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About stampwithanita

Hello and welcome to my blog! I am so glad you have stopped by for a visit. I am a work at home mom, wife, sister, friend, artist and ever-growing/evolving masterpiece of God. I’m married to Todd… my true… my best friend, high school sweetheart and soul mate! God has blessed us with 6 beautiful children. My desire is to inspire you to live a creative life. I love what I do! It brings me such joy to share the tools to live a creative life whether it’s making a simple card, a thoughtful gift, a scrapbook filled with memories or something to beautify your home. I look forward to helping you unleash the creativity you have within! I love what I do and share what I love, as I help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this I hope to make a difference! Blessings and Happy Stamping! Anita

Hello Cupcake… Let’s Sale-a-brate!

Sound the horns, blow up the balloons and throw the confetti!!! It’s SALE-A-BRATION time!!!! I can’t believe we are already more then halfway through Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year. Earn FREE exclusive SAB Products for every $50 you purchase.

There sure are lots of fun products to be excited about this year. And yes, some have been so popular that they have already sold out. But no worries… there are still lots of awesome products to choose from as well as new products that have just been added.

What’s a celebration with out cupcakes? Hello Cupcakes is definitely one of my favorite stamp sets being offered for FREE with a $50 order. And bonus…. coming up in March you will be able to purchase coordinating framelits to cut out this cute set. How fun is that!!!

Hello Cupckae

This card was inspired by the sample in the Sale-a-bration Brochure. I am always amazed how the samples from the catalog come alive when you CASE (copy and share everything) them for yourself. So if you are ever in a creative rut, simply open up your catalogs and be inspired. I can’t wait to see what you create.

Hello Cupcake

Happy Sale-a-bration! Make sure you head over to my online store to check out all the new. Your opportunity to earn FREE SAB products only runs through March so don’t miss out.

Blessings and Happy Stamping!

Anita’s Fall Retreat Registration is OPEN!

Anita's Fall Retreat

It’s that time… time for seasons to change. I am so ready for the hot and sticky season of Summer to change over to cooler days of Fall… one of my favorite seasons. I wish we could hold on to the colorful and beautiful Fall season longer, but here in Ohio we are sometimes lucky to have it at all. The hot days of Summer seem to barrel right through and over into the cold nights of Winter. There is beauty in all the seasons, but let’s face it, Fall and it’s fun festivals, bright blue skies, colorful leaves, crisp air, chunky sweaters, hot cocoa, bonfires with s’mores and smell of freshly baked pumpkin pies have my heart!

Thankful for You Fall Retreat

Fall Retreat Photobooth Backdrop

Along with my favorite time of year comes my favorite event of the year… my Fall Weekend Retreat. This year, as with the seasons, we are changing things up a bit. For the first time Fall Retreat will be held locally at a hotel. I know this is a big change and honestly sometimes I struggle adjusting to change. I recently listened to a podcast about change and stepping out of our comfort zone. When we do this we grow and learn and can make things better than they were before. I am really looking forward to our time together and with it being at a hotel with all the comfort and amenities I think this will be a blessing for all of us. And what gal doesn’t like a little pampering ever now and then, right!

Group photo from Fall retreat 2017

Fall Stamp Camp Retreat

Registration for this year’s Fall Retreat is now open. I invite you to join us on the last weekend of October – Friday the 26th through Sunday the 28th at our new venue – Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin.

stampwithanita displays

We’ve got a spot for you and would love to have you join us for this year’s Fall Weekend Retreat!  It doesn’t matter what creative projects you bring to work on you are welcome to join us for this weekend.  So grab a girlfriend and get registered… or come alone.  I promise you will make new friends!

Fall Retreat Stamp Camp Girlfriends

This year the retreat registration DOES NOT include your optional hotel stay. You will need to make two separate registrations – One for the Retreat itself and one for your hotel room. We do have a block of rooms for a special rate. Below you will find the link to Download the Registration Information with all the details.

You can click link or image below to view and print PDF
>>> Anita’s 2018 Fall Retreat Registration Information <<<
You can download them from the Google Drive or Dropbox

Fall Retreat Registration Open


Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Pkwy. Dublin, OH 43017

Guest rooms feature 2 double beds with ultra comfortable bedding, spa like showers, smart tv, mini-frig and room service. Hotel has indoor pool, fitness center, full service restaurant & bar, a Starbucks and lots of places to sit and relax.

 Blocked Room Rate available only till Sept. 21st 
$89 (+ tax, fees) per night w/ 2 double beds.
Rooms can have 1 to 4 guests so you can share the cost.

Please call or use link below to reserve your room by September 21st.
Or Call 888-801-7133

(Event listed as Stampin’ Up! Scrapbook Conference)

Anita C Haines
Create With Anita  •  Touch The Edge Studios


Natalie’s First Solo Show

Natalie's First Solo Show
We are so very proud of this gal! At the end of 2017 Natalie was selected as one of the “Kid Artisans” for the Not Your Mama’s Big Holiday Market that took place in the Short North of Columbus.

Art Show Prep -
With my help and the help of her sisters, Natalie spent hours prepping for the show…  printing, cutting, matting and framing her beautiful art work.  I thought I’d share a peek at some of her artwork and booth set up.

She had a lot of fun making buttons as well.

Touch The Edge Studios - Natalie's first Show NYMCM2017

Touch The Edge Studios- NYMCM2017

Not Your Mama's Craft MarketShe had a wonderful day and enjoyed sharing her art with those who stopped by her booth. We are so thankful for everyone who came out to encourage and support her and her creative endeavors. If you would like to see more of Natalie’s work you can follow her over on her Instagram account @lightningstar1389.

You can also support Natalie and purchase her artwork at the Liberty Tree Artisan Market in Powell, Ohio on March 10th from 10am to 2pm. I invite you to stop by our Touch The Edge Studios family booth.

I am also working on getting some of Natalie’s art prints up on our online shop over at Touch The Edge Studios website. It’s still a work in progress, just like we are.

Anita C Haines
Create With Anita  •  Touch The Edge Studios


Bible Journaling – Trusting in God Booklet

Bible Journaling Trusting in God

This is so exciting!  I am still in disbelief that all this is happening!  The Lord is always so perfect in the gifts He has for us and in His timing.

Bible Journaling Trusting in God by Anita C Haines

Do I have any list makers, note takers or doodlers out there?  If so you will understand the draw to anything that includes pencils, pens, markers or even paintbrushes.  I just love the feel of a good pencil or pen in my hand.  Soaking in whatever I am hearing or reading and letting it come alive as I scribe it out onto paper.  Studies have even shown that the simple act of doodling helps you concentrate, remember things, makes you more productive and helps you be present and in the moment.  In a time when there are so many distractions around us this is something I need for sure!  This is one reason I take notes during church… to keep me focused.  Otherwise, my mind and attention spins off into all directions… from the two gals chatting back and forth in the row in front of me to the the guy 3 rows back on the left unwrapping his mint.  “Squirrel!”… the struggle is real folks.  All that to say you can be assured to find me with a purse full of pens and journals full of notes and doodles.
Some of my favorite pens

In addition to taking notes in my journal I had always done the typical underlining and quick notes in the margins of my Bible.  Then in 2014, a new world of worshiping the Lord with my creativity and art began as I stumbled across the idea of Bible journaling.  This was the practice of journaling, doodling and creating art in your Bible as a way to connect with God and it has changed the way I come to His Word.  I ordered my first journaling Bible (a Bible with extra wide margins for note taking and journaling) and gathered up supplies I already had on hand. 

I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get started and when my journaling Bible came I unpacked it, took a pic to post on Instagram and… jumped right in!  Umm, no.  Actually it sat for a while.  Why?  Because I was so afraid to make a mistake.  Back then there was limited information about this new thing called Bible journaling.  What if I mess up?  What if it’s not perfect?  What if I do it wrong?  Is there even a right way or a wrong way to do this?  And as with anything else when these thoughts begin to happen, guess what?  I become paralyzed or worse, end up spiraling down the rabbit hole of Google, Instagram or Pinterest.  I end up looking at what everyone else is creating and not actually creating myself.  This leaves me staring at a blank page, a blank canvas, and could even lend itself to staring at a blank life if not careful.  As always, “Trust” is what the Lord was trying to teach me.  I needed to stop trying so hard in my own knowledge and strength and rest in Him.  This is not a passive rest but one of faith, expectant hope and trust… even in the midst of fear.  Just as the eagle who spreads it’s wings and is lifted up by the winds and beautifully soars.

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” ~Isaiah 40:31

Sufficient Grace Journaling

So with a leap of faith I finally spread my wings and jumped in to create my first page shown below.  It was not perfect and yes, if I could do it differently now I would.  But guess what?  The more time I spent intentionally focusing and meditating on scripture while creating I felt the presence of God right there with me.  I learned that it wasn’t ultimately about what the art looked like.  Yep, I seriously did just write that!  As a professional artist, of course I’m concerned with the physical result of my work.  But as I got more deeply into Bible Journaling, I learned that growth and healing occurs not in the perfection of the art, but rather in presence with God.  As a busy mom, wife and business owner it has really helped me to slow down, to be still, and rest in His Word, staying long enough to actually hear from Him and not just something to be checked off my to do list.

God is Light Bible Journaling Anita C Haines

I recently heard Christian author and speaker Jess Connolly share, “The Word of God doesn’t need beautiful imagery.  The Word of God deserves beautiful imagery.”  It’s changing our mindset from, we “have to” do this to we “get to” do this.  How awesome and beautiful is that!  God has given me a gift and if I can use that gift to help others draw closer to Him then that is my calling and my mission in this life.  If the art is what someone sees that draws them ultimately into the Word and the presence of God like I’ve personally experienced then I’m okay with that.  In fact I’m all for it!  Because when one spends time meditating on the living and active Word of God one can’t help but to be changed, renewed or even healed as God Himself is revealed.  The Lord has given us each gifts to be used for His glory and for His Kingdom and I am thrilled, humbled and honored to share my love and passion for Jesus with the world through art.

Sufficiant Grace Bible Journaling Anita C Haines

All this has lead to creating my Bible Journaling Trusting in God booklet as a tool and resource for others to encounter God through creative practice and worship.  I have found that God provides opportunities for us to honor Him and in faith and obedience we can choose to step into those opportunities or not.  This journey all started with a conversation with my sweet friend, author and speaker Rachel Wojo.  Last year Rachel and I collaborated on a Bible Journaling Workbook focused on the topic of Joy.  You can read more about that and find the downloadable workbook on Rachel’s Blog HERE.  When I received a call from Rachel this Spring asking if it was okay to pass my name along to a small publishing company who was looking for artists to work on Bible Journaling Booklets I was like, “Sure!”  I mean, why not.  I had been praying for God to lead me in how I could share the message of hope through my art with others.  Maybe this would be the opportunity?  But honestly, I wasn’t sure anything would actually come of it for a while, because things like that take time, right?

Beatuty for Ashes Bible Journaling Watercolor by Anita C Haines

The next day started a journey that would be new, challenging and fast.  Whew!  Before I knew it I had signed a contract and was working around the clock creating and designing images that would be used by hundreds, maybe thousands of others to create with in their own journals, on canvases and in their Bibles.  Because of the extremely tight deadline there really was no time for me to rethink as I usually do and question my imperfection.  I believe this would have never happened any other way.  I’m sure I would have talked myself out of it.  God knows how to stretch and grow us.  What a crazy, awesome, wonderful experience this has been!  I totally understand now why some equate it to giving birth to a child.

Bible Journaling Trusting in God by Anita C Haines

So here we are, less then 1 week away from my Bible Journaling Trusting in God Booklet being released… birthed into the world.  I can’t wait to see how the Lord will use it, how the Lord will use those who use it and how the Lord will use me.  And if I’m honest, I’m a bit anxious as any new mom would be.  Hoping it’s received well and that it will truly help others encounter God.  Remembering I did as the Lord called me to do and I’m expectant for blessings as others open up their Bibles and spend time with the Lord, maybe for the very first time.  I hope you pray along with me on this journey and if lead, will help me to share it with the world.  You can hop over to Amazon to check it out or place your order.  There you will also be able to see some of the inside pages.

Bible Journaling Trusting in God Booklet Avaiable on Amazon

I’ve also been posting updates and sneak peeks on my Touch the Edge Studios Facebook Page and my Instagram.  And just started a separate Instagram account for just the book at biblejournalingbook.  I’d love for you to come over and follow my accounts. 

Also, to those who have already ordered my book I am truly humbled and thankful for your order and support and if you are so lead, I would be ever so grateful for you to add a review on Amazon for me.  And, as you use the templates, traceables and elements found in the book on your own Bible journaling and creative projects please share them using the hashtags #biblejournalingtrustingingod and #biblejournalingbook. You may just get your post featured on one of my accounts! 

I am working on putting together some Bible journaling events and book signings and will update you all as soon as I get things nailed down.  I love you all!

Anita C Haines
Create With Anita  •  Touch The Edge Studios







Fall Creative Retreat Registration Now Open

group photo from 2016 Fall Creative Retreat

It’s that time of year… The air begins to cool, the trees start showing off their colorful spender, squirrels scurry around gathering nuts for Winter… and a group of beautiful creative women make their way to one of the most wonderful places in Ohio, Camp Kirkwood!  Registration for this Fall’s Retreat is now open. I hope you can join us October 26th through October 29th this year. Continue reading

For the Love of “Naturally Eclectic”

I have had such fun playing with the new suite “Naturally Eclectic“.  This suite has a beautiful variety of bright colors and bold textures that can be used on so many different projects and is appealing to a variety of crafters. Continue reading

Do You Have the NEW 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Catalog?

2017-18 SU! Catalog - www.stampwithanita.comToday is the day!!!  The brand NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is here!  You can check it out by simply clicking on the image.

Do you have your copy yet?  Would you like a copy for yourself?  There is nothing like having your own catalog in hand to flip through and mark your favorite pages. 

“HOW DO I GET A CATALOG?”, you may ask…

1 • If you are one of my local customers you can stop by and pick one up from me… Just Contact me and I will have one ready and waiting just for you. 

2 • If you live anywhere in the US and and are not already working with another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I can mail one out to you…  Simply fill out my Catalog Request Form found HEREContinue reading

The Sun is Setting….

I have been so busy (I’ll share more about that later) over the last few months that I haven’t shared a whole lot about it being “retirement” time for many of our Stampin’ Up! products.  Each year we must say goodbye to some of our old favorites to make room for new products that I’m sure they will become our new favorites.  Continue reading

Sale-a-Bration Has Come and “Almost” Gone!

It’s hard t believe Sale-a-Bration has come and is almost over! We only have a few short days left. It’s one of the biggest promotions of the Stampin’ Up! year and customers as well as demonstrators look forward to it. For those that are new, it’s the time of year that exclusive products come out that you can earn for FREE. And who doesn’t love FREE!!! Especially when it comes to craft supplies.

2017 Sale-a-bration Catalog www.stampwithanita.com2017 SAB 2nd Release These seriously are some of my favorite SAB products we have ever had. Time is running out to snag your favorite ones. For every $50 you purchase in awesome SU! product you get to choose a SAB item for FREE! It’s that simple. These items are limited and once Sale-a-bration is over these products are gone forever. Click on images to see all the awesomeness. Continue reading

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I posted on this blog.  I am such a bad blogger! lol  I really will try to do better this year.  I am so much better at being consistent on Instagram.  If you’d like to stay updated and see my post head over now and follow me. @stampwithanita Continue reading