Tuesday, December 21, 2010

So many WINNERS!!! 10 New stampsets are LIVE on the website!!

 All these little snowmen stamps are going to new homes!!
I just wanted to share the joy I had in creating these little cards to hold your snowmen stamps!!
 Too many winners to list, but more than 80 snowman stamps are going out to those who registered by the time I printed my mailing list and live in the countries we ship to---heading to new homes first thing in the morning!!!

Here's a closer look at them:
 I wanted you to have a way to store your little snowman without losing him, so the card worked well.
I store my stampsets on Clip It systems so I can see everything and grab what I need quickly.
See how well the little card I made works?
BIG NEWS:  10 New Stampsets are now added for you to purchase in the online webstore including the 1"snowmen stampset used above ($7.99 for the set of 12 images)
by request of some of you inspired stampers' who wanted a stamp telling people NOT to throw your handmade cards away after they receive them...
here is a set I called 'Made By' which is only $3.99
the flower, heart, and star are all separate stamps.
I used the middle phrase on the back of the snowmen cards I made for the many, many winners:
I will be back to post some artwork done with some of the new stamp sets in a couple of days.
Until then, take a look at the store and see them (under the NEW category) on the left after you click on this link to the store:
Be the blessing,
inspired stamping,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

HUGE Free Stamp Giveaway--44 people will win!!!

Hello blogger-friends!
Inspired Stamps is turning 1-month old on December 19th and our sales have FAR exceeded our wildest dreams in this first 30 days in business!  We know that our success is by the grace of God and are ever thankful to Him.  We also know that it is by word-of-mouth that inspired stamps will get to reach new customers and friends.  And what better way to THANK YOU and encourage you to share us with your friends than by giving you and your friends a way to get a FREE STAMP????!!!   I LOVE GIVE-AWAYS!!!  And I love this give-away in particular due to my love of SNOWMEN!!  I love to make them out of snow, clay, pots, marshmellows....and STAMPS!!
Wanna See a BRAND NEW STAMPSET that will be coming into the online store in a few days?
Here is item #C1010 1inch snowmen which will go on sale in a few days for just $7.99!
I have to tell you I just love these little guys/gals so much!!
Look at them colored and matted (you can click on them to see them enlarged!):

They fit onto a 1" acrylic block and can be cut out of a 1" square punch, a 1and1/4" circle punch, and matted by a variety of scallops, snowflakes, and tags!!!  They would go perfectly next to Scripture or sentiments! Color them pink for a 'love' card, 'red white and blue' for a patriotic card...the options are really endless!

Ready to hear how you can receive 1 of these 1" snowmen?  I'm cutting up each sheet so that 11 snowmen and the one phrase are able to be given out individually!  So whoever gets the tiny snowman, will also get the phrase stamp!!  So some of you will get 2 stamps!! That's why it's 44 winners...that's 4 stamp sets cut...FUN!

How Can I get one of these 1" snowmen (a single stamp is free to the first 44 people;
the entire set can be purchased soon by everyone!)
1.  Comment here and let me know which snowman you love best and how you might use him on your card or project (not required to win, but requested if you are able to post a comment!)
**REQUIRED**2.  REGISTER on our store website(below my signature).  This is how I'll have your mailing address to know where to send your free snowman 1" stamp to.  The first 44 people to register will get the free stamp mailed out!  What if you've already registered?  You will have a stamp coming your way; just post a comment if you can....plus the next 44 people who register will get their free stamp too!! We are giving away a LOT of 1"stamps!!  THIS GIVE-AWAY IS ONLY OPEN TO CONTINENTAL US, HAWAII, ALASKA, and CANADIAN addresses, which are the only countries we ship to at this point.One per household/address.

3. Tell your stamping friends (this is not required, but is GREATLY appreciated!!)  You can post a link to us on your blog, copy and paste our blinkie on your blog, or just let the gals know from your card ministry or crop/club that we are here and we are giving away some cute snowmen stamps!!

I am busy making samples from our newest additions to our store which will go live in a few short days.  I'll be back to post here again when the new items are up in the store!
until then, Be the blessing!
inspired stamping,
WHERE DO I REGISTER:  Go to www.inspiredstamps.com and look in the upper right hand corner 'register'.  Follow the instructions and you are registered! 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspired Stampers' Favorite Verse Collection #1....

Hello blogger-friends!
 After reading through all the submitted favorite verses, I chose 4 verses to be part of the first Inspired Stampers' Favorite Verse Collections!!   It was REALLY hard to choose 4 verses and 4 winners, but I have chosen based on ones I have not made, do not have in production, ones I can see others wanting as well, and of course, I loved reading your 'whys'!!  There will be a Inspired Stampers' Favorite Verse Collection #2 coming in a few weeks, so be sure to try again if your favorite wasn't chosen this time around!

Before I announce the 4 winners, I want to encourage you to come back tomorrow because there will be WAY more than 4 that will be getting a stamp from me with this next challenge....as a matter of fact there will be more than 40 of you that will get a Free stamp from me in tomorrow's 1-Month-Anniversary post give-a-way!!!  Get your friends to stop by too....it's going to be like SNOW other give away you've seen one woMAN give before!! (hint hint)

So....Here are the WINNERS of the November 29th-Dec 15th Contest to share your favorite verse:
          Carol D aka Scrappykat said...
It's hard to pick just one favorite verse, but I guess one of my top choices would be Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. This verse always lifts me up when I need encouragement. I love the image of my Lord supporting the wings He gave me to fly.  
Deneen said... One of my favourite verses, Psalm 62:5 "Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him." 
...because true rest only comes when I give things over to the Lord, and in return He fills me with hope. 
Jean M said... I have a couple. the first is 2 Corinthians 5:8 "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." I love this verse for Sympathy cards. 
          Krista Ritskes said...
Right now my favourite is "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has encough trouble of its own." Matt. 6:34. I have it on a nicely decorated paper on the wall in my kitchen. I love it because life is so busy and I can get caught up in all the planning and preparation for things I'm involved in. I need to remember that God is in control and although planning is important, how I spend today is more important.
Email me your addresses if you are one of the 4 winners WITHIN 7 DAYS FROM THIS POST and as soon as I get them made into stampsets, your FREE set will be mailed out to you!!!  
Be the blessing!
inspired stamping,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Card and a reminder: Contest ends TOMORROW 5pm!

Mark Praying is the first character I drew, so like a firstborn, he'll always have a special place in my heart!  Here I've colored him with Copics to match the colors in the rose paper around him.  I used a stamp from my Prayer collection of Bible verses that center around the subject of Prayer.  This was stamped on Tim Holz' grungeboard (love it)!  The card was finished with a ribbon rose, ribbon, and chocolate brads. 

Be sure to tune into tomorrow night's post...I'll be announcing the winners of my Inspired Stampers' Favorite Verse collection #1..contest!  You have until 5pm Wednesday Dec 15th (Eastern time) to enter on my post dated November 29th! 

Be the blessing!
inspired stamping,
Have you shopped the store? www.inspiredstamps.com
Free Priority shipping on US orders over $50!  Canadian First Class shipping is only $4.75 for orders up to $200!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Whimsical Tree Birthday Card

Know someone with a January Birthday?  How about a WHIMSICAL snowy scene?
I don't know what it is about this Whimsical Trees stampset, but I absolutely love coloring the trees!  The set comes with lots of trees at varying sizes so you can put some in the back on a hill or in the front!
I used the 1"circle sentiments stampset and stamped the solid circle stamp in yellow ink, then the happy birthday sentiment in black.
Coloring was done with Copic Markers and had I put the sun on there BEFORE I colored them, the shading would be in the correct part of the tree....too funny!
Have a great night and stay warm until I share a favorite Mark Praying card with you tomorrow!
Be the blessing,
inspired stamping,

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tag Gift in a card...

                                                                Hello blogger-friends!
   It is COLD AND SNOWY here, so I wanted to post a WARM card for you tonight!  This card has a removable tag that is stamped with my Names of Jesus 4x6" stamp, and the cross is from the Blessed Little Christmas set.  I stamped a piece of vellum with the Philippians 4:13 set and used the straight stitching from the Bind and Stitch set.  (I have a number of new sets coming out within the next week---so excited! So be sure to check back later)
                     I will be back tomorrow with a WHIMSICAL scene of trees to share!
                                Remember only 2 days left to get your favorite verse in for the contest!
                                                 click HERE if you haven't posted for it yet.
                                                               Stay warm,
inspired stamping,

Friday, December 10, 2010

Glory to God card...

Hello-blogger friends!
Today I have a card,  that combines 2 loves of mine...the Word of God and a wintery scene!!  I brayered the sky onto white paper with Distressing ink in 'broken china' blue.  I stamped the trees in black ink and tore the bottom of the brayered blue to create the snowy hills.  I then added glitter.
Stamps used:  Fir Trees and Trees and Leaves
The stars and Bible verse come from the Blessed Little Christmas stamp set.
Be the blessing,
inspired stamps,
~ Antoinette

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brayered Forest Scene...

Hello blogger-friends!
Here is a card I made that was inspired by a card I saw in the store the other day.  I love to see something and think, "Wow, I could make that in a card!"

I used:
Fir Trees and Prayer stamp sets from my inspired stamps store
Momento ink: black
Distressing inks: blues and greens
white cardstock 
Chocolate pearls
Gary's Ultrafine glitter
Crackle medium
Have a warm evening and I'll see you back here tomorrow night!
Be blessed,
inspired stamping,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Warm Gray VS Cool Gray (Have you entered the contest yet?)

Hello blogger-friends!
I took a whole slew of cards to the scrapbook store today to be used for displays of my stamps.  I had a customer ask me about the difference between the cool grays and the warm grays when coloring, so I wanted to share 2 cards I made, one with warm grays and the other with the cool grays
This first card is stamped with Mark's Tree and the 1 inch circle sentiments stampset. His hair is colored in cool grays.  Cool colors tend to go well with 'cooler' colors (like the blues in this card).  Blue is one of my favorite colors to use in my cards, so I tend to color in cool grays when I use grays. 
 On the next card, I used warm grays for Mark's hair and clothing, but a pale blue for the present that went with the paper.  The warmer gray actually will 'pop' more with warm colors, but as you can see is not off limits to use with blue, especially when the design on the paper contains warm gray.  Can you see how the gray in this card has more of a yellow undertone than the cool grays? 

The stampsets I used here are Philippians 1:3 and Mark's Present.
I have a wonderful wintry scene for you tomorrow that you won't want to miss!

Only another week until I select the winners! Click HERE to post.  Can't get the post to work?  Email me and I'll post it for you!
Until then, stay warm!
inspired stamping,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Pretty in Pink...

Hello blogger-friends!
My internet has been down and I could not post for Sunday night!  But I have one of my top-selling stamps, Sarah, to share with you tonight and she is so pretty in pink!!
I used Sarah and the sentiment from the Prayer set from the inspired stamp store
I colored her with Copic markers:
dress/lips:  R81, 83, 85
face:  E00,02, E20
hair:  Y15 Y19, YR22, E15
eyes: YG11, YG17, and G14
The paper is Core'dinates and is two-toned (love it!)
I used my 1"circle sentiments stamp,  2 buttons, 1 chocolate dot, and adhesive w/extra fine glitter for the 'flower'.  You can see it in a close-up here:
I'll do a photo tutorial on it for you later in the week. I came up with this because I forgot to get flowers and NEEDED ONE....necessity is the mother of invention, I hear! LOL
Ok, I can't NOT post this, because I love snow so very much and we had our first real snow this weekend. The first photo is of the snow--and I may have to use it for the inside of my Christmas Cards this year along with John 3:16 (For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever shall believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life)...the second is of Snowphie Paws (Sophie, my poodle, wanting in from the snow.  I just think she's adorable!)
Yes, that's a santa suit!  
I'll be posting another wintery card for you tomorrow, with Mark's Tree!
Be the blessing!
inspired stamping,

Friday, December 3, 2010

Glass photo coasters with a twist...

Hello blogger-friends!
I am one of those people who get up to go shopping on Black Friday here in the US to get the best deals (and then I usually pay for it the following week with bronchitis, but that's a whole other story :o)
This year I found glass coasters, that you'd use to place under your drink, really inexpensively! 
These had a space on the back where you could slide in a favorite photo!
I found that my 2x2 scriptures fit them perfectly!!
Here is what they looked like completed.  I turned one over so you could see where I slid the scripture that I stamped onto cardstock.
These will make really useful gifts!
Have a beautiful weekend and I'll be back on Sunday for my next post!
Those that are having trouble posting your favorite Scripture for my contest are welcome to email me and I'll type them in for you.
inspired stamping,

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Reusable Fir Tree Cards...

Hello blogger-friends!
I am so very excited that we'll be having our first BIG SNOW STORM this Saturday! 
It has been a little difficult dealing with the cold, with a pretty good chest cold, but it's all worth it when the snow starts falling....especially as it piles up on the fir trees!  God truly is a Masterful Artist!!
Today I wanted to share with you a very simple idea that you can do with your own cards that you send out...
make them RE-USE-ABLE!
Here are Thank You cards I put in all the packages I mailed out this week for those who ordered from the inspired stamps web-store

The card is simple embossed white cardstock
I used a Spellbinders' Scalloped Oval die to cut the New England Ivy (CTMH) cardstock
Then I stamped the largest tree in my FIR TREES stampset using matching green ink.

Here's a close up with some STICKLES glitter on the top.
I didn't put a sentiment on the outside of the card, but I wrote a thank you note inside on a Sticky Note.
That way the recipients are able to take the note off, and write their own note inside the card
to send off to a friend or loved one!
If you do this, I highly recommend sending a matching envelope ( I stamped a tree and glittered it on the envelope for these gals, but forgot to get a photo!)
I will be back tomorrow!
inspired stamping,

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Card part 2 and some exciting news!!

Hello blogger-friends!
Today a wonderful scrapbook store here in Indiana is stocking inspired stamps!!
Sharon's Crop Studio is run by a wonderfully warm woman named, Sharon, so if you are in the area, be sure to stop by and see her!
How exciting to be able to sell our stamps online AND in a brick and mortar store!!

For today's post I have one more Art Card to share.
This one is using Blessed Little Christmas,

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
until tomorrow,
inspired stamping,
shop the store:  www.inspiredstamps.com 
**Have you signed up for my latest contest?  Enter your favorite scripture under the November 29th post**

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Art Card...

Hello blogger-friends!
I absolutely love the scenery at Christmas time!
I used 4 different stamp sets from the inspired stamps store
on this card:
Fir Trees
Trees and Leaves
 Me and My House
and Grasses

The 'ice' was formed with Ranger Ink's Cracked Glass.  Cool effect but takes QUITE some time to dry!

Don't forget to post your favorite Scripture under my new contest post if you haven't already!
until tomorrow,
inspired stamping,

Monday, November 29, 2010

Scripture Art and New Contest!!

Hello blogger-friends!
This past weekend I had a booth at a craft fair and sold a bunch of these Scripture Art frames, which held a number of different verses from several of my inspired stamp collections.
 So I figured today would be a great day to share them with you, too!

Another way to use your Scripture stamps!!

I enjoyed reading all your comments so much on the last contest, that I wanted to share with you a special contest that begins now and will go until December 15th.
Here's what it entails!!  
1.  Share with me your FAVORITE BIBLICAL SCRIPTURE verse
2.  Tell me WHY it's your favorite
(I have about 40 favorites, so just pick ONE...I know it's difficult, but one entry per person please!)
Here's the special part of this challenge:
I will be designing a stampset using several of the recommended verses that you all supply!
So, I'll choose a few (depends on how long your favorites are as to how many winners I choose!)
and not only will I design a stampset called "Inspired Stampers' Favorite Verses #1"
BUT....I'll send the winners this stamp set absolutely FREE right around Christmas time!

Please spread the word, and tell your friends to come add their favorites, too!!

Until tomorrow,
inspired stamping,
~Antoinette :o)
visit the store at www.inspiredstamps.com

Sunday, November 28, 2010

And the winners ARE...

The first drawing here at inspired stamps is official!!  If your named as one of the winners you have 7 days to email me your mailing address so I can get these goodies off to you!!  If you did not win (or if you did win), be sure to come back Monday night for a new prize opportunity!!!  Thanks to everyone for playing along and for all your well-wishes!! 

And the winners are:
True Random Number Generator 31   
Deneen wrote:
Congrats on the new company, we'll miss you at CTMH. I'm thankful for many, many things that the Lord has provided for me and my family.
True Random Number Generator 29 Julie wrote:
I am thankful that God has me in this situation at this time in my life, because I know that's what's best for me.

True Random Number Generator 48 
Helen Onulak wrote: 
Hi Antoinette - Congratulations on starting Inspired Stamps - what a wonderful name and I look forward to seeing what you create!  I'm thankful for an incredible husband, 3 amazing boys, Mom and for living in a country where we are free to proclaim our beliefs.

 Congratulations ladies!!  Email me your mailing addresses and I'll have these prize packages to you soon!!
 ~inspired stamping,

Friday, November 26, 2010

Today last chance to win 3 stampsets!!

Be sure to go to my November 19th post with this photo on it and follow the directions to have a chance to win one of 3 sets of this prize package above!!
I'll be at the Southport High Craft Fair all day Saturday so my next post will be with the winners announced on SUNDAY night!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
inspired stamping,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Snowball Cuties and 2 THANKFUL stamps...

Hello blogger-friends!
Today is Thanksgiving in the US!!  I am so thankful for YOU!!  I hope your day is great, whether you are here or outside the US!!
Here's a couple of the $3.99 stamp sets that are ideal for thanksgiving, all year long from the webstore:  
Both fit a 2x2 acrylic block

I am getting ready for some 3am shopping tomorrow AND then after some rest, the craft show I'm working on Saturday at Southport High School in Indianapolis!!
Here are some Snowball Cuties (ornaments) I make every year that have NOTHING to do with stamping, but I just love drawing all their little faces.  I have 4 trays of these I'm bringing with me on Saturday...so look for them if you are trying to find me if you are stopping by!!
Have a wonderful night and I'll be back tomorrow!!
inspired stamping,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tons of Kraft-y Tags and 12 new stampsets in our web store!

Hello blogger-friends!
Who doesn't love Kraft paper????  
It's one of my favorite card bases and today, it became a favorite tag...well.. tags!

I used many of my new stampsets above (12 new stampsets are now in the store--check them out HERE)
Bind and Stitch I used the verses AND two of the stitching stamps (love these!!)
You can also see I used the cross and phrase 'Praying for you' from the new Prayer stampset
along with the 1 Corinthians 13:13 verse on faith, hope and love.

Here I used my new 4x6 background stamp, the Names of Jesus and inked with black ink and this distressing ink to get some names brown and some black. Then I stamped the entire tag with one stamp, before sponging distressing ink along the outside like this:

I added raffia to the holes to finish off the tags and now they are ready for the show I'm working on Saturday:
                   (Here's a first look at Baptism, a much needed stamp set for Baptism Celebrations!)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit!
I have a special treat in store for you tomorrow!

If you haven't yet signed up to win one of 3 sets of stampsets I'm giving away, you have until 11:59pm this Friday to enter....see the Birthday Giveaway I posted on Friday the 19th of November to enter!!
inspired stamping,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2 Christmas cards...

Here are 2 Christmas Cards that I made using some retired CTMH papers and 2 of the stamps you'll find in my Christmas Verses 1 set.  I hope you are getting ready to see some new stamp sets, because I am adding 12 new sets to the online store tomorrow!!  (I also will be sharing one of my favorite techniques with you!!)

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to stop by and visit!
inspired stamping,
 shop the store:  www.inspiredstamps.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'll have a brown Christmas....

Hello blogger-friends!
We are still warm here in the midwest, so today I got ALL my Christmas lights up on the house and all the decorations IN the house!  I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, and I have never done it early before, but I gotta tell you, I LOVE having it done!!

Since it's still Thanksgiving week here in the US, I thought I'd do a brown Christmas card to share with you today.  Kinda a mix, like my house lol.

I introduced you to Mark's Present before in the brown with copic markers, and here he is all put together with some bling and one of the 1"circle sentiment stamps with a clear round epoxy sticker on it.   The paper is from My Mind's Eye and the ribbon was on sale at Michaels.

12 new stampsets will hit the online store Wednesday (so excited to get them posted!), so be sure to be on the lookout for those.  Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to stop by!

See you tomorrow!
inspired stamping,

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Technique: Chipboard ornaments

Hello, Blogging Friends!
Wow what an amazing first weekend!!  We had well above the amount of purchases of our stamps than we had even hoped for and I have to just THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart for your support!  I will be uploading 12 new stamp sets to the online store within the next couple of days, so be sure to check the store again soon!

Today I wanted to share with you a really fun and easy technique for making chipboard ornaments sparkle in a hurry!  First, let me share some I made for this weekend's craft fair:
White chipboard ornaments with some scrap gold ribbon I found at Michael's.  I used prisma glitter and my 1"circle sentiment stampset, which has over 50 images, perfect for ALL occasions! 
Here's how to make these:
1.  You'll need to put your white chipboard pieces FACE DOWN on your sticker maker machine like this:
See the chipboard that isn't white above?  That's the back. Some unfinished chipboard will hold the 'sticky' but much of it won't.  That's why I usually use white chipboard.  Run it through the sticker maker.

2. Next, you'll want to stamp your images (directly on the sticky area--trust me, it works :o) OR you can stamp your image onto paper and attach it to the ornament with a pop dot.

3.  Now sprinkle glitter onto your ornament and add the bow, magnet or string to hang it!
Here are more samples finished.  I made magnets out of the snowflakes and hanging ornaments out of the stocking and trees (which were done with my 2x2 Scripture stamps--I didn't get photos of the trees before I sold them all, but will make more and post another day):

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to pop over here and visit with me!!  
Until tomorrow,
inspired stamping,

Friday, November 19, 2010


Hello blogger-friends!
I am so excited to get to share with you my BRAND NEW CLEAR STAMP COMPANY,
inspired stamps!!
Today, our online stamp shop goes LIVE!!!  I will be adding a number of new stamps this weekend, so be sure to check back there every so often to see what's new!!
inspired stamps' birthday
YOU get the presents!
Ready to see what I'm giving away?!? 

  There are 3 different stamp sets here, plus our logo being held by a tiny Mark! (I love him!)
I will draw 3 names using random generator when we are 1 week old! (Friday, November 26th). 
Each winner will recieve ALL the stampsets, PLUS the Tiny Mark magnet!
I'll announce the winners by Sunday night, November 28th due to a craft show I'm working at all day Saturday!
what you are thankful for!
Easy!  I'd love it if you let your friends know about this contest, so be sure to let me know if you copy our blinkie (he's getting a makeover Saturday!) and put him on your blog!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and celebrating with me! 
inspired stamping,


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

My first post on the inspired stamps blog...

It is with great excitement and thanksgiving that I write this very first post on this brand new blog!  I started this new clear stamp company with the character, Mark praying, and verse, Pray Without Ceasing.  I fell in love!  For the last several months I have been illustrating and organizing print in all of the stamps you will see on our store, beginning this FRIDAY, November 19th, 2010.

I owe my life to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and just thank the LORD for the blessing and honor of the opportunity to bring my two loves together to share with you in this new venture!
Inspired stamping,


Inspired Stamps used in this card:  Mark Praying (c1000), Prayer (E3007), and    
                                               Bind and Stitch (E 3005)                                    
Paper: My Mind's Eye and CTMH
ink: copic coloring, CTMH desert sand, and Momento black
embellishments:  Prima flower, CTMH ribbon and mocha opaques, Shrinky Dinks