Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ali Edwards STAMPtember™ Project


Please join us in welcoming Ali Edwards to our STAMPtember™ feature!  We are thrilled that Ali created a project for STAMPtember™ incorporating stamps from her line into a scrapbook layout.  Stamps are versatile tools and allow us to express our creativity when preserving memories and photographs.   Her unique style encourages us to tell the stories of our lives.  Personally I find Ali's philosophies and approaches not only inspiring, but also motivating and uplifting.  She is applauded in the scrapbooking industry for good reason. 

From AliEdwards.com:  Ali’s passion resides in that very special place where the stories and images of life intersect.  Designer, blogger, author, and mother of two, Ali is well known for capturing everyday life with photos and words and creating scrapbooks from those moments that often pass by in an instant.

“I started scrapbooking in 2002 as a way to organize all the stuff I collected after the birth of my son. It has become so much more than an organizational process for me. Through the techniques of photography and personal storytelling I have discovered my voice. My hope is that by sharing the stories of my life and the methods I use to document our days, others will feel inspired and encouraged to record their own.”

From Ali: 

One of my favorite ways to use stamps is to create pattern backgrounds. For this page I used two of my stamp sets: Love This Memory and Life Circles.  I stamped each circle individually so that they would overlap. Originally I thought I would stamp on the entire page but I changed my mind half-way through and decided to cover the bottom half with pattern paper.


I tell stories about real life. This one is about getting Simon off the bus after school on one particular day. 






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Be sure to visit Ali's web site.  It is extraordinary in every way.  She is a teacher, an inspiration, a life coach and so much more.  Visit.  You will not be disappointed.  I simply don't have the words to express how much I love AliEdwards.com.  AND GUESS WHAT!?  Today she has something extra special for you!  Visit AliEdwards.com for a discount code to use at www.SimonSaysStamp.com on her stamps.    Check out the fabulous selection of clear stamps that Ali designs at Technique Tuesday:
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Ali Edwards Stamps:

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A big "Thank You" to Ali for celebrating STAMPtember™ with  Simon Says Stamp.  It's great fun to see the many, many uses for stamps! 

From all of us to all of you..... HAPPY STAMPtember™!!!!


Heidi and the Simon Family


We loved loved loved reading everyone's comments below telling us about their stamping backgrounds.  Thank you!  Congrats to Leslie Hanna who won yesterday's gift bundle!  Please email Amanda@SimonSaysStamp.com and she will ship your prize.  Want another chance to win!?  We would love to hear more about your favorite way to use stamps.  Please comment below and you could win a $25 shopping spree to Simon.



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82 comments:

  1. LOVE Ali's work and her stamps! I like using stamps in my mixed media projects- throwing them in "the mix", so to say!

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  2. I love Ali's stamps and the layout is great:)

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  3. Love this layout, the stamped background looks gorgeous especially!

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  4. Love the layout--I sometimes stamp the design, color it with inks, chalks etc and then cut it out and using pop dot, put it on a card or layout.

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  5. Love Ali, thank you for the spotlight on her. I love to use stamps mostly for sentments on cards, but also have been trying to make backgrounds more often.

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  6. I rarely use stamps as backgrounds in my layouts, but I really like what Ali's done here.

    I send out a lot of packages and like to use my stamps to decorate my envelopes. Hopefully that makes my happy mail a little happier.

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  7. I like to use stamps on school craft projects - I've been "room mom" for more years than I can count -- with kids 7 years apart the preschool through middle school years go on and on (thankfully.) Stamps have made a special difference in everything from cards the kids create for mom, dad and their grandparents to bigger projects like planters and candle holders. The smile on a childs face when they examine what they've just stamped is priceless.

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  8. Great project by Ali! I mainly use my stamps to stamp images to color with Copics. But I'm trying to use them more for inside the card and on the envelopes.

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  9. I like to use stamps making cards, and also have used them on layouts for scrapbooking! Wonderful job with the bg on this layout Ali!!

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  10. Hello! I would like to make a purchase with delivery within a hotel
    where my son'll be hosted on 17/09 at 19/09.Esse hotel is in Miami.
    Is this possible? In Orlando it will be until the 16th.
    I await response for purchase.
    Thank you

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  11. Beautiful layout. I love embossing large background stamps. This gives me subtle texture and definite color.

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  12. I like to use stamps as focal points, and I often heat-emboss the images.

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  13. I LOVE to use stamps to create fun backgrounds!! I like using all different stamps together and experimenting with different ink colors!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  14. Great layout. I love how you made your own patterned paper.

    I love trying new things with my stamps, and StampTember's been wonderful for this, teaching me some new techniques.

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  15. I use stamps in almost all my projects from cards to jewelry! I am currently obsessed with water coloring with my Distress Markers.

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  16. I don't use stamps much, but I'm going to now!

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  17. Pretty boring actually. I use them mostly to make cards but sometime on other paper projects too...

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  18. after tim holtz cc101 classes i'm afraid i'm using stamps for EVERYTHING)))) together with distress inks)))

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  19. wonderful layout, Ali. I love how real you keep everything. ... and your stamps are fabulous. love the background! I guess, I need to get outside my comfort box and try something other than stamps for titles ;)

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  20. Love this layout. The writing is really nice and brings a nice touch. Oh and that stamping is wonderful.

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  21. Beautiful layout. Ali's ability to tell the story is so inspiring. I mainly use stamps for setiments on cards. However, I love embossing to create backgrounds, too.

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  22. I love Ali's work and her products! I think her stamps put the love in stamping for me. I use her sentiments as accents, word borders or a subtitle on a page. Can't wait to try out using her stamps to make a background like that! The cool thing about stamps is you can use them over and over (like to create a background) and you don't have to worry about running out :)

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  23. I love this layout and the story behind it. Reminds me of what I go through with my daughter. :) As for stamps, I do everything with my stamps. I make cards mostly, but I am a stamping technique junkie. I love learning new ways to use my stamps. Right now I would have to say that my two favorite ways to use my stamps is paper piecing and alcohol markers. Thanks for a chance to win a prize and also for the coupon code. :D

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  24. Ali's designs are fabulous! I love the ones that I have and will be adding more! I use my stamps constantly in card-making for back grounds, for embellishments, etc! Thanks, Ali for sharing a special LO with us!

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  25. I use stamps on cards or gift tags. Love to make backgrounds with them too. Love Ali's sentiment stamps. Great handwriting/type combos.

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  26. I love Ali Edwards products she an amazing artist and very uplifting with her lifts of the week I adore it much

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  27. My favorite way to use stamps is on a card! :)

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  28. I am a huge Ali fan, too. Love her stamps and her true stories about real life. Thanks, Ali! Happy Stamptember!

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  29. I like to use my stamps for focal points best I guess, but I use them for backgrounds, sentiment labels and such. Thanks for the visit from Ali. She's very talented to say the least.

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  30. I am a huge fan of stamps. Love using them to make wrapping paper and cards as well embellishments or sentiments for my layouts. My two favorite ways to use them are with acrylic paint and embossing. Thanks so much!

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  31. Love the page that Ali made. My fave uses for stamps are for card-making, either as the focus of the design or to add a little something extra to the background.

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  32. Thank you to Ali for a lovely page. Card making is my favorite stamping ground right at the moment but I have plans to expand.

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  33. Beautiful layout and gorgeous photo!!!! I love using stamps on my cards. I am just learning to color them with Copics and I am having a blast in the process!

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  34. I'm not too creative when it comes to using stamps in different ways. But I love the idea Ali used.

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  35. I love to acqua color my stamps, it takes me back to my childhood crafty days.

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  36. I use my stamps so many ways! I heat emboss A LOT, but I also like to watercolour them, emboss resist colour them, fussy-cut them, paper-piece them... :D

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  37. I really love that you can use your stamps for so many things, not just cards and scrapbooking (even though that's what I use min efor the most). The other week I made myself a decorated advent candle :)

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  38. I use my stamps for card making, I love doing heat embossing but also like playing with some nice inks. Ali's stamps are so unique I love them all. :)

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  39. Yes, the first week of school can be exhilarating, exhausting, and upsetting! There are so many expectations of what 'might' be in store. Falling short of those opportunities creates tension and disappointment. It's cool that YOU captured that moment in photo and journaling. Life is full of ups and downs. And it's OK! Am I stilled loved by you? ABSOLUTELY! Thanks for sharing your story!

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  40. I use my stamps in so many different ways, how to pick a favourite? Well, I really enjoy creating my own background papers with them, often using small stamps repeatedly or using stamps and embossing powders and the resist technique to give different colours. I'm really enjoying your stamptember

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  41. For the last month, I have used my stamps with Perfect Pearls almost all the time, I really love the effect it makes on black paper.
    Christina P.

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  42. Love all of Ali's stamps! I love the way the background on her layout turned out.
    Favorite ways to use stamps? Right now I use them on my monthly ATC swap cards! Love using different colors of inks.
    DeniseB

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  43. I love to pair background stamps with other stamps too. I like taking a stamp for instance and maybe using it all over the paper and making a background out of it even if it is not specifcally a background stamp. That way you get more out of your stamps. SSS had a great variety of stamps to choose from. It is the best place to shop for papercrafting supplies

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  44. Love this layout. I like doing background stamping, and also lines for journaling

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  45. I use my stamps for cardmaking. I like to paper-piece and make my own backgrounds. Thanks for sharing all this talent with us, such great inspiration!!

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  46. Love Ali Edwards' stamps! I wish I did more scrapbooking and journaling but I use my stamps mainly for cardmaking.

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  47. Honestly, I just love Ali's stamps. They are so versatile and "just right". She has some really great sayings that you can use on a lot of layouts. Love them!

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  48. Love this background! I love using stamps on my layouts,but haven't used them to make a background like this, I need to remember to do this. TFS!

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  49. I love using acrylic paint on my stamps! It gives it such a great dimension that stamping and embossing alone cannot do.

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  50. Yes, Ali is very inspiring.. I really admire her candidness, creativity, and uplifting attitude towards life and fam :) My fave way to use stamps is to create little scenes.

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  51. I did not know about her stamps. I;ve gotta go look through them. I'm a very traditional stamper.. just cards and maybe some layouts now and then. I'd love to get more adventitious.

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  52. This may be boring, but I love using my stamps to create cards. There are so many stamps and so many ways to make cards with them that I can't think of any better way! thanks!

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  53. I use stamps when I make cards and gift tags. I sometimes decorate envelopes too. I've also used them when making mini-books or albums and decorative items. I love Ali's website, blog and all of her inspiration. Thanks for showcasing her work today!

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  54. Wow, Ail's a real star! Love her LO, great journaling and fabulous stamps too! I use my stamps to make cards, and very occasionally a scrapbook page (though they're scary to do LOL!)

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  55. When do aI use my stamps? I'd say on just about everything I make. I make cards, layouts, mini albums, mixed media projects, art journal pages, altered art projects, I just love them all. Ali is one of the super stars! Thanks so much for sharing her LO.

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  56. I use my stamps for lots of card making using all kinds of techniques. I also do a little scrapbooking with my stamps and during the holidays I use my stamps to create for school craft shows where kids buy presents for their families.

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  57. I have followed Ali for a long time. She is fantastic.

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  58. I love using stamps on just about anything. Cards, layouts, gifts, I always seem to find a way to use them. By the way, I love Ali, too!

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  59. I love using stamps on everything! I make my own patterned papers, use them for titles and embellishments on scrapbook layouts, and of course...on cards!

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  60. I lovve yusing stamps to make wonderful cards for people but I have recently thought I could try paper scrapbooking and use many for that also. Karen

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  61. I like stamps on my kids' projects :)

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  62. I love using stamps to make cards!

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  63. I love to use stamps to create embellishments like journalling spots or word blocks. Thanks for sharing Ali. Thanks for a chance to win a SSS voucher too.

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  64. I love this layout, especially the story. I love using stamps in my scrapping, they are fun to add dimension to the background. I also use stamps to create my own embellishments. Thanks for the chance to win to buy more stamps!

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  65. I tend to stamp the focal image on my cards and always the sentiments.

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  66. I LOVE AE Technique Tuesday stamps!!! I love how clear they stamp and the beautiful sayings!!!

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  67. What a gorgeous page! I love Ali!
    I love to use stamps in my Project Life!

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  68. I love sentiment stamps but I love Heat embossing with pretty much all stamps. it's so fun to see what comes out in the end.

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  69. I like to use stamps for the sentiments on my cards.
    What agreat post.

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  70. I love Ali's stamps. I love that she is the perfect mom for Simon--she understands him so well and is such a champion for the education of Autism. She is the perfect mom for Anna, too!

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  71. I use stamps for just about all of my crafting. I have a ton, and like to use them. LOVE stamps. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

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  72. I like using them to do embossing images. love the textures you can get. thanks for the chance to win.

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  73. I enjoy using stamps when creating cards and also in my journal books for the kids. Loved the idea to use the stamp as the background on the paper!

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  74. My favorite way to use stamps is making greeting cards. Great stamps!

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  75. Fantastic layout! I have those stamps and never thought to use them to create a background before, need to try that now! I like using my stamps in mini albums & Project Life to create journaling cards and titles.

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  76. Great layout. Love stamptember!!

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  77. Amazing Layout I love those stamps and to make a BG it's Brillant !!!

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  78. I like to use alphabets to make custom sentiments and titles. Also to stamp and cut out to make embellishments.

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  79. I like to use sentiment stamps and sometimes alpha stamps.
    I have been using picture stamps and coloring them. It's fun.
    Linda

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  80. This is such a great page Ali! I love the graphic design of it even thoug it's not digital. I adore your work and this proves it! Great story to document as well. You're an amazing mother

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