Sunday, July 31, 2011

Inspired Stamps ships INTERNATIONAL plus new artwork...

Hello friends!
In case you missed the last posting's update, I want to share that Inspired Stamps now ships INTERNATIONALLY!!  We are so excited to be able to offer this expansion after many email requests from our overseas friends who want to purchase stamps from the Inspired Stamps online store! 

In addition to this wonderful news, you have until 11pm Monday night (August 1st) to enter to win a free 6x6 card from the last post JUST BY LEAVING A COMMENT ON THAT POST (CLICK HERE)!

Today I have a simple card made with just cardstock, a white pen, white flower, white pearls, off white ribbon, ink, and a Scripture Stamp (Bible Verse Stamp) that I used from the set His Plans for You found in the Inspired Stamps online store:

Thanks so much for stopping by today and don't forget to come back tomorrow when I announce the card winner and some other things to look forward to...
Be the Blessing!

Friday, July 29, 2011

inspired stamps sponsors CHRISTMAS challenge and a 6x6 card giveaway...

Hello friends! 
***BIG NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT! Today Inspired Stamps has begun shipping outside the US/Canada...we've gone INTERNATIONAL!  Now our international friends can order our stamps at the online store, too!!  We are so excited!!***
Today is a FABULOUS DAY to put on the Christmas music and grab a cup of hot cocoa!  Why?  Because today Inspired Stamps is sponsoring the Fussy and Fancy CHRISTMAS challenge!!  PLUS I'm going to share a photo tutorial!!  PLUS I'm giving SOMEONE who comments on this post a very special present to show up and brighten their day!  

Here's the card I made for the challenge.  I already know I will be emailed with requests on where i found this AMAZING ribbon, so I'm gonna save you the trouble and go ahead and tell you...Wal-Mart, in the ribbon section!  It's a seriously happy find, to be sure:
  I used 4 stamps from the online inspired stamps store (you can click on the names to go to see the stampset in the store---just make sure you come back to see the rest of this post for the tutorial and giveaway!!)
Mark's Present 2 Cor 9:15, Fir Trees, and 1 inch circle sentiments (it's a little hard to see due to the epoxy sticker over it!---we will have more 1 inch circle sentiments back in stock in one week due to the great demand this week, we are out of these!)

Earlier this week I posted a scene with the Fir Trees and promised a tutorial on how to make one fir tree into a forest so here you go!
1.  These are the supplies you will need (or similar if you don't have the exact).  I used Distress Ink Tea Dye and CTMH New England Ivy, You'll want to have some colonial white or off white paper (I use a 5.5 square).  I use the sponge ink tool made by Tim Holz and a craft mat.  Of course I used the Inspired Stamps Fir Tree set shown above (notice the new packaging?!).  Put the largest fir tree onto an acrylic block.

2.  I ink up the fir tree with New England Ivy and stamp onto the paper, then ink up and stamp a second time as shown (notice the stamping foam behind the paper ensuring a perfect stamped image--these are now coming FREE inside the packaging of every Inspired Stamp!)...Now WITHOUT REINKING MY STAMP
3.  I stamp in between the trees with what is left on that stamp from the last tree I stamped.  This is called Second Generation Stamping and is a fabulous way to give your scenes DEPTH!  Here's what it looks like when I pick up the stamp:
4.  It looks fabulous from mid-tree up, which is all you will see on this card due to the ribbon so I don't worry about the bottom trunk showing, but if I did not want it to show I would mask it (which I'll show in a second)
5.  Continue stamping as before, but if you need some 'background' trees you can always ink the tree, stamp it off on some scrap paper, and then you are ready for the 2nd generation stamping...
6.  You can stamp what part of the tree you need and use that scrap piece of paper where you DONT want the tree to show.  So here, the top half will show, the bottom half won't because the ink is caught on the scrap paper.
7.  When the paper is stamped how you like it, ink up the distress ink onto the handled sponge tool ON your craft mat.  I start rubbing it on the craft mat and bring my handled sponge tool gradually onto my paper so there are no harsh lines of brown.  Do this all the way around the edge of the paper, through the center of the trees...
 and down the bottom where the ground is...
Your scene is finished and ready to be made into a 6x6 card...
I added some cork I stamped with a stamp from a set called Perfect Sentiments, added some iridescent glitter clouds in the sky and onto the trees, and of course the lace and mocha opaques.

Now, I'm mailing this last card out to someone who leaves me a comment to this post by Monday!  Don't forget when we get to 100 followers on this blog, there will be a random follower chosen to get a Free Stampset...and when we get to 150 'LIKES' on our Inspired Stamps Facebook page someone will get the new Copic Book as a thank you!!  

Be sure to head over to the Fussy and Fancy blog by clicking HERE to see more or to enter YOUR card to win an Inspired Stamp of your choice!!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to stop by and visit!  Leave a comment and let me know you were here!!
Be the Blessing!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Inspired Stamps...Design Team Thursday!

Hello friends!
Welcome to another Design Team Thursday, where you can find the design team creations ready to inspire you to use your Inspired Stamps in a whole new way!  Above is the INSIDE of Deneen's card using GRASSES and FLOWERS sets.  Isn't it GORGEOUS?
 Here is the outside of Deneen's card followed by the rest of the talented DT creations!!



Don't you just love the different styles? 

You will want to come back tomorrow for a very special CHRISTMAS card I've made for a challenge blog Inspired Stamps is sponsoring this week!!!

Thanks so much for looking...don't forget to let us know you were here by leaving us a comment!
Be the Blessing,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

inspired stamps....Perfect Sentiments: Thinking of you and Fir Trees...

Hello friends,
Today I have been working hard on the repackaging of our inspired stamps line and I am really happy with what I'll get to share with you in a couple of weeks at our mid-August release!!  I made a very simple card using two stamp sets from the inspired stamps online store:  Perfect Sentiments and Fir Trees.  I will be sharing a tutorial in Friday's post to show you how easy it is to make a forest scene with these stamps!  Here's the card:

Don't forget to upload your inspired stamps artwork for a chance to be selected as a guest designer for the blog!!  Go HERE to post your link!!

Tomorrow is Design Team Thursday and you will want to hold onto your seats...they have outdone themselves this week with some VERY INSPIRING artwork!!

Be the blessing,
~Antoinette  (orders going out same day as ordered when ordered by 3pm ET!)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Show off your INSPIRED STAMPS artwork HERE!!

Hello friends!  This post is devoted for the next 3 weeks to YOU and YOUR FAVORITE artwork that you've made using INSPIRED STAMPS!!  We wanna see what you made and this is open to ANYONE who has artwork made with our stamps!!

Fill in the info below and link us back to your artwork post (please link to the DIRECT ARTWORK POST, not your general blog address). 

          ***We will be choosing a few participants from this to be our very first GUEST DESIGNERS***
           This means we will be showcasing YOUR artwork!!  So get to stamping and photographing and show us what you do!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

The inspired stamps winner of the free stamp set of choice is...

Hello friends!
Thanks to all of you who signed up for our big CHA WEEK CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY on each of the 9 Design Team blogs and of course, this one!! 

I am excited to announce the winner from this blog is...

CRAZY4CHRIST  who said...

I am a new follower!! I love all your stamps, i have spent about 30 minutes looking at your website trying to figure out which sets to buy, but i will wait to see if I win!! Thanks for the chance to win

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bible Verse inspired stamp post-it note book!

Hello friends!
I love making little gifts and the post-it note book is by far one of the most joyful ones for people to receive because it is so functional!!  This one I made using one of my favorite inspired stamps Bible verse stamps called His Plans For You:
His Plans For You: Click to shop!
Here are photos I took of the completed post it note book:
materials:  inspired stamps from the online store, distress ink mahogany, petaloo embellishment flowers, K&C Paper, CTMH opaques, Post It Notes

Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial on this and I'll be happy to make one to post here.

Tonight (Friday, July, 22nd) at 11:59pm is the last chance to sign up to win the stamp set giveaway!  You can find the info for this giveaway  HERE (just leave a comment on that post!).

Have a COOL weekend (it's so hot here!!),
Be the Blessing!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bible Verse Stamps...DT THURSDAY FOCUS! Plus 10 inspired stamps Giveaway...

Hello friends!
I am so happily exhausted after my very first trip to the CHA show in Chicago this week!  I have photos to share tomorrow, but for today I want to share the inspired stamps Scripture stamp focused artwork that the incredibly talented Design Team made for this week's artwork!  Above is a close up of Melissa's beautiful use of the Scripture.  Here are all the DT's artwork using Bible Verse Stamps from our inspired stamps online store...leave a comment if you see something you love!!

Have you signed up for our 10 FREE STAMP SET GIVEAWAY?  Click HERE to go to the post to sign have til 11:59pm Friday, July 22nd to leave a comment on that post!!

melissa made the following card using a $3.99 Scripture Stamp, DEUTERONOMY 31:8
Jan made the following card with a $3.99 Scripture Stamp called Lamentations 3:41

Sylvia made this bookmark using a $3.99 Scripture Stamp called Isaiah 30:15

lynn made the following card using a $3.99 Scripture Stamp called Romans 8:28

Jenn made this frame using a $3.99 Scripture Stamp called John 14:6
Shana made this card using Psalm 91:11 from the Stamp Set called  Psalm 91 Protection

Belinda made this hanging Scripture banner using a $3.99 Scripture stamp called Deuteronomy 31:8

Amy made the following card using a $3.99 Scripture stamp called John 14:6
Deneen made the following card using the following inspired stamps:
Isaiah 30:151inch circle sentiments, grasses, flowers

Thanks so much for stopping by...please leave a comment and let me know you were here!  We are all so blessed by your visit!!
Be the blessing,
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Friday, July 15, 2011

HUGE stamp set giveaway runs 7-15 through 7-22!

Hello friends!  Are you ready for a SUPER BIG Giveaway???  You have come to the right place today!

From now through next Friday (July 22nd at 11:59pm) you will have the opportunity to win a FREE stampset of your choice JUST BY LEAVING ME A COMMENT TO THIS POST! We'd love to have you sign up to FOLLOW our blog in the right hand margin, but that's not a requirement to win.  I will choose a winner randomly from all the comments and post next Saturday who the winner is!


Each of the inspired stamps design team members will be sharing a Scripture Focused Artwork sometime between today and Tuesday.  You'll want to pop over to their blogs and leave a comment on their Scripture Focused post in order to be included in each of their giveaways too!!  So this blog post + 9 Design Team blog posts= a chance to win10 FREE Stamp sets!

Enter ONE time per blog!  You can find the Design Teams blogs by clicking on their name in the left hand margin of this blog!

I'll be at CHA most of the next week, so the next post I'll have here will be Design Team Thursday!!  Orders will still go out, so be sure to head over to the online store if there is something you would like to order !! 
Here's my Scripture focused card for this week using the BE STILL SILHOUETTES stamp set, shown below the photo:

Have a beautiful week and I'll see you back here very soon!
Be the blessing,

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Design Team Thursday: BIG GIVEAWAY FROM 7/15-7/22!!

Hello bloggers!
Don't you just LOVE the inside of the card Deneen made for the Design Team Thursday's artwork this week??  Fabulous job coloring the flower!!  I love all the little details of this!  Wait til you see the outside of her card and some of the other DT cards!!  Great job this week inspiring us to use our inspired stamps in new ways and with great color combinations!

Jenn's outside and inside:

Belinda outside and inside:



FABULOUS techniques on these cards with lots of sure to pay a visit to their sites by clicking on their names and leaving them some love!! 

Starts tomorrow (Friday 15th July!).  Each Design Team member will be sharing a SCRIPTURE FOCUSED project sometime between tomorrow and next Tuesday.  EACH Design Team member will be choosing ONE person who commented on that inspired stamps Scripture-focused blog post to win a FREE INSPIRED STAMP SET of the winner's choice!!  You have from the time the DT member posts their inspired stamps Scripture-focused post UNTIL next Friday, July 22nd to get your comment in to be eligible to win. 

Don't forget to come back here tomorrow....the inspired stamps blog is participating in this BIG GIVEAWAY too!!  You'll want to comment on each DT member's Scripture-focused inspired stamps blog post  plus our inspired blog Scripture-focused blog post to enter to win.  YES, if you enter on all 9 DT blog posts and the inspired stamps blog post--which will be posted tomorrow!---, you can win more than ONCE!! 
You could win up to 10 times!!  WAHOOO that's a lot of FREE stampsets!! 

Until tomorrow, Be the Blessing!