My Story

How it all began:

I started stamping at the end of 2006 after meeting a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator at a scrapbook workshop. She introduced me to an alphabet set and that’s when I realized how easy and simple it was to add titles to my pages. Using coordinating colors and stamp sets I was able to make my scrapbook polished and professional looking.

I didn’t stop there. I ended up going to every stamp camp to learn more about stamping and how the products and techniques worked. I was able to make a beautiful birthday card for my sister. She loves the colors in it and wants to paint her bedroom in the matching colors. Without Stampin’ Up! I would have been guessing at how to bring the colors together.

I decided to become a Demonstrator when my friend and upline had to move out of state. I was worried that the stamp camps would end and that I wouldn’t have a great group of ladies to stamp with. I realized that I needed to be the one to continue the camps and to hold my own workshops.

At first I was thinking it would be a great way to get a discount on all the stamp sets that I wanted. Now I realize that this isn’t just a hobby for me anymore. I’m enjoying stamping and creating cards but I’m really enjoying teaching techniques and how to make these beautiful cards. I love how I can connect with friends in a whole new way. This truly has become my passion. 

You can visit the "Join Stampin' Up!" page to see a video about becoming a demonstrator.

If you are interested in making Stampin’ Up! your passion too call me and we’ll discuss all the benefits of becoming a demonstrator.
Updates to my blog can be viewed here: www.jackiebarfield.blogspot.com

October 19:
Friday night was the party I planned for my husband. I have to say that it was super fun! The rain put a damper on some of my fun ideas for games but it ended up stopping long enough for the kids to go outside with their glow sticks. 

The theme of the party was pirates and treasure. My hubby, Steve, turned 40 on the 15th and I wanted to use my treasure map stamp wheel to make invitations. Plus I came up with a creative way to use the top note Bigz Die for the Big Shot machine. Go to www.splitcoaststampers.com and look up top note in the search. Mine is a treasure chest with the map behind it. 

I also used the Ahoy Matey to make treasure maps for the kids to find treasure. (Glow sticks, gold rocks and skull rings and tattoos). But it turns out that kids don't need a map to find treasure. The locations were investigated before the maps were handed out. 

We had a DJ and Karaoke. I love to sing and dance so this was great! But much harder to do if you've never sang the song without the words in the background. So I did my best and everyone had fun watching me make a fool out of myself. 

I was very happy that our guests had as much fun as we did. Some told me we need to do this more often even if there isn't a reason. I agree! So I think my Martini Monday class will fulfill that. Check my November classes and let me know if you want to sing, dance, drink and stamp. (Maybe not in that order. LOL).

September 29: 
My Mom’s second birthday without her here was this weekend. I was a mess last year but for some reason I had a sense of peace this year. I know that someday we will see each other again and I have started to let God carry my pain. He knows what’s best anyway so I shouldn’t question why things are the way they are. Plus I was very busy doing classes all week and then I entered to have a booth at the Southern Woman Expo in Mobile Saturday and Sunday. 

My voice got a little scratchy from all the talking I was doing. But it was really great to inform people about stamping and to show them all the cool stuff that they can do with Stampin’ Up! 

I had a few ladies tell me they were interested in classes in Mobile and that they’d want to do a scrapbook class. Yeah! I’ve been wanting to start a club to do the scrapbook like the one I made. I only need 5 people and then we can start. It’s just for 4 months, $20 each month.

Hopefully I can download some pictures of the Christmas card class that we did. I was very impressed with the artistic ability of these ladies. Some of them used aqua painters and ink to color in images but they looked like watercolor paintings! Just GOJUS! 

Check my classes for October and please let me know what you want to sign up for. So far no one has said Boo! And I mean that literally. I have some fun Halloween classes and need some people to come get creative with me. 

Don’t forget that there’s some great deals ending soon. Check the promo page for the latest sales on stamp sets. Upsy Daisy is a great set to have and the sale ends at the end of September. Order online and have it ship right to your door!

September 15:
I’m just so excited about the new Decor Elements! I can’t wait to get the butterflies. They will accent Amanda’s wall perfectly. And the Thankful blessings, I have a great idea that I got from convention using a shadow box. The possibilities are endless! If only I had a baby to use those cute elephants on. LOL. Oh well. 

I have almost finished my scrapbook chipboard album. I’ve posted pics in my gallery so take a look. 

September 7:
I’ve been working on a scrapbook using the On Board Album and the Simply Scrappin’ kit. I think you’ll love it! It’s all about me so of course I love it. As soon as I get it finished I’ll post some pictures. So make sure you check the "Creative Projects" page.

September 4:
We’ve been busy with family in town. Steve’s Aunt, cousins and several friends from New Orleans have been staying here in Fairhope and Daphne escaping the hurricane. They’ll be leaving tomorrow to return home and I pray that their homes are fine. 

I just placed my order for the Big Shot! I can’t wait to start playing with the newest tool that Stampin’ Up! is selling. With all the great die cuts and other companies die cuts I’m sure the possiblities are endless with what we can create. Check out the promotions page and products page to find out more about the great deal on the starter package. 

I’m excited to be having a couple workshops this month. Both Susan and Kate are hosting one and have said it’s fine to invite my regular customers and friends. So if you want to hang out and do some stamping just check out my calendar and find out which date works for you.

August 18:
Yesterday our friends from CA left to go home. We were all sad to see them leave. I thought that having 5 people in our house for two weeks was going to be hard. Instead they made my life even easier. Helping out and making me feel like a guest. I felt a little guilty at times and had to actually start doing some work so they would stop. LOL. I also got to see more of my great state of Alabama with them. The fort in Mobile, Mardi Gras Museum and the sea lab on Dauphin Island. 

Today the fun and games are over. I am starting to plan my calendar for the next 6 months. If I can get my dear husband to okay the list (he watches the kids for me) then I’ll be all set. I have Christmas Cards, Halloween gifts, Thanksgiving placesettings and invites, and much more. 

Check out my events list to see what’s new and click on the next couple of months to see if there’s something you are interested in.