Sunday, May 22, 2011

How I resisted stamping but then fell it love with it

I am making a card for a baby shower for my friend Tiffany, who helped me learn to stamp. This got me thinking about how I resisted stamping but then fell in love with it.

After I started scrapbooking, I decided to take a stamping class at the local scrapbook store. We made some pretty cards, and I bought a clear alphabet stamp set and some ink. I thought I would use it on my scrapbook pages, but it seemed messy to me. I tossed those supplies aside and went back to my pretty papers and stickers. That was in 2005 or 2006.

Fast forward to winter of 2008. I was dropping off some books (probably overdue...) to the library. A couple of women were in the multipurpose room offering free "make and take" cards. I made a card and entered their drawing for a giveaway. They were Stampin' Up demonstrators, and I had used their products to make my wedding invitations. I won a prize and chatted with Tiffany a week or so after the event. I joined her mailing list but still did not start stamping.

In the summer, I heard about her "stamp club," which piqued my interest. I joined with the intention of mainly buying scrapbooking supplies. They had cute kits and punches. Over time, I ordered more and more stamps. I liked making and giving cards. With a little one around, I found it easier to make cards than to make scrapbook layouts. I learned about embossing, die cutting, emboss resist, and more. Once I learned more about stamping and practiced, I fell in love with it. I shifted from just thinking of myself as a scrapbooker to also thinking of myself as a stamper.

Thank you Tiffany and congratulations on the addition to your family!


Alison said...

Stamping is something I don't do a lot of either...I have quite a few stamps, but very rarely think of getting them out. Maybe it's time to have a look at an online class? Thanks for stopping by my blog
Alison x

Sara said...

Most of my classes have been in person, but I have taken a couple of online classes too. I really enjoyed the online blogging class :)

I may try out a Copic class from this site:

I love videos online and learn a lot from Kristina Werner: