Monday, October 31, 2011

Big News, Big Savings, a Winner announced, and NEW RELEASE week!!

Hello Friends!!  I have SOOOOO much to share with you this week....make sure you have had your coffee (or hot cocoa! or chocolate bar) before you start reading....SO MUCH EXCITEMENT HERE THIS WEEK!!

First:  It's SNEAK PEEK WEEK, Tuesday-Friday, when you leave a comment on one of the 4 Sneak Peek Posts, you will be entered into one of 4 drawings for the new stamp sets JUST BY LEAVING A COMMENT ON THAT BLOG POST or ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!!  So be sure to come back DAILY to see all the fun new sets coming Friday to the Inspired Stamps online store!!  We would LOVE it if you let your friends know to stop by and comment too...remember, if they win, you automatically win for referring them, too!

Second:  We have a FABULOUS Christmas-Card Contest that will run all of November and have a WONDERFUL prize package for the winner!  We are combining this with our BIG NEWS Tuesday evening!!

Third:  NOVEMBER IS OUR ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!  We have a very special month planned for you including a BIG SAVINGS guessed it, Tuesday (It's Nov 1 on Tuesday!)

And LAST, but certainly not least....We have a winner from our Week #4 of the 12 Weeks of Inspired Stamps Christmas Creations giveaway....
and it goes to...
a woman
Tamara Chambers who posted "I love winter stamps!"

Congratulations Tamara!!  You have until noon Friday to email me (I always email you right back so you'll know if I get your email) your mailing address!!  If I don't hear from Tamara by Friday noon, this prize will go into the BIG GIVEAWAY at the end of the 12 Weeks!!

Until Tuesday!!
~Be the Blessing!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Week #4 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations: FRAME IT!!

Hello Festive Friends!!
Today is Week #4 of our Christmas Creations here at Inspired Stamps and I am super excited to bring you this idea that is NOT NEW, but one I need to be reminded of time and time again.  You make a card or a tag or an Artist Trading Card and YOU JUST LOVE IT!!  You know the minute your non-crafting recipient receives it they will think it's adorable and not too long from then...well, let's just say our trash men aren't just collecting trash (they are collecting the hours we put into that piece of ARTWORK!).  So what to do? What to do?

FRAME IT!  Yes, now who is going to take that piece of FRAMED ART and trash it (ok, we all know those that would do that, but MOST of us wouldn't dream of it!!)  So no matter how small your creation, get a frame and frame it.... (these frames literally hold items no bigger than 3" x 4" and some are 2x3!!  Got them on sale at Hobby Lobby and Michaels has a bunch of the little ones on CLEARANCE this week!!).

Here's your inspiration for this week!  I'd love to see what you frame so be sure to post a photo of some artwork on our Facebook page if you do this:
I love to have Scripture around my home and studio...Framing on of our 2x2 Single Scriptures is perfect for a square frame like the one above!

 Here's one I made for my daughter and it says May the Lord bless your day on the Let it Snow Snoman! You can see it better in the photo at the top of the blog.  I used Flower Soft for snow and even put a little in the bottom of the frame!  You could do the same with leaves, flowers, or birthday confetti!!
 This frame is SO much more beautiful in person!  It came ivory and I inked it up with some distress inks.  Putting this frame by my computer reminds me to stop and give thanks!!
And this little HLO: Thankful Girl in her beautiful 2.5 x 3.5 inch frame is just PRECIOUS in her pink outfit!  She has a verse from the Love is... set that reminds me God not only loves, He IS love :o)

Giveaway this week:  Just leave a comment to this post and you are entered to win this set, so you can make your own!!
 Be sure to come back Monday to see if you won.  All unclaimed prizes are going into the BIG GIVEAWAY at the end of the 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations and we are already over $100 in products I've added :o)

Until then,
Be the Blessing!
~Antoinette  Shop our online store!  We ship most orders the same day as they are placed!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lots of Christmas Fun Fold Cards with tutorials: Design Team Thursday!

Oh the WONDERFUL folding Christmas Cards the Design Team has whipped up for us today!!  Above is a close up of Deneen's FABULOUS stair-step card!  Be sure to head over to each Design Team's blog as many of them have given a tutorial on HOW to make the cards!

Remember to come back tomorrow for Week #4 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Stamps Christmas Creations and your chance to WIN a giveaway that will help YOU to create the shown item on your own! It's a very COLORFUL creation...(hint hint)

On to the DT artwork:
Amber made a gatefold card:
Belinda made a double tri-fold card

Chere made two diamond fold cards

Deneen's close up started the post, now see the entire stair step card:
Jamie made this great easel card:
Jenn made a gift card holding card:

 Kary created this great wallet fold:

Kim made this origami envelope fold:

Aren't they fabulous?

Leave a comment and let me know which folds YOU want to try out!
Until tomorrow,
Be the Blessing,

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Looking for Inspired Stamps Artwork!!

Hello friends!  Do you have a favorite project you made using Inspired Stamps? (Mine is this one with one of our $3.99 Scripture Stamps and Mark's Present!)  Or have you WON some Inspired Stamps that you are wanting a reason to use?  Then GET OUT YOUR SUPPLIES, stamp away, and then upload your photo either on the blog HERE or on our Facebook page!  We are giving away a stampset of the winners choice and we will be choosing someone's Inspired Stamps artwork in LESS than a week!!! 

Looking forward to see what you've created (and for those of you who have already entered...WE LOVE THEM ALL!!)
Until Tomorrow,
Antoinette  (

Monday, October 24, 2011

Winner of Week #3 of the 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations Giveaway...

Hello friends!
Today I am happy to announce the WINNER of Week #3 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations' giveaway (shown above (HLO: praying Girl; HLO: praying Boy; Recipe Card Box (hobby lobby) goes to...

JulieS said...
I knew Belinda had a winner the minute I read her idea. Congratulations!
Congratulations JulieS, just email me your mailing address to by FRIDAY and we'll get this right out to you!!
Thanks to everyone for the comments, emails, and facebook posts supporting us!!  We so appreciate your support!
Until next time, 
Be the Blessing,
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Friday, October 21, 2011

12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations: Week #3 BOX IT UP!

Hello Festive Friends!

Are you ready for ANOTHER week of our Inspired Christmas Creations?  Today I have decorated boxes FILLED with cards---a great gift idea (who wouldn't send more cards if they were already made and organized in an adorable box?).

Here are the boxes I made (one for a man and one for a woman)...I got the boxes at Hobby Lobby and didn't get the brand name so I will come back and update that info once I get back over there:

Here's how I made them:

Using the Inspired Stamps 6x8 Colorable Letters and my Copic Markers I stamped directly to the top with Momento black ink on the man's box and onto paper for a softer look with the woman's box:

I used the sponging tool with the tea dye Distress ink around the entire boxes edges.
Then I stamp my pieces (I used the stitching and verse from the Bind and Stitch set..I love the way the stitches are so crisp!!)
Next I stamped and colored His Little Ones: Praying Boy and His Little Ones: Praying Girl using Copic Markers and cut them out (I wanted their outfits to look fuzzy, so I took the colorless blender solution on a paper towel and dabbed them after I colored them):
Next, I used some left over Petaloo flowers, ctmh opaques, and Michael's ribbon to glue all the items on the boxes:

Now for the inside, this clever box comes with dividers (yes!) and was ready for the cards I had made to fill it with (here are a few samples of those):

So what do you think?  Is this a project YOU might do for a Christmas Gift? Remember to Leave a comment to THIS POST and/or on our FACEBOOK page to be automatically entered in our Giveaway!  Those prizes that are NOT claimed will all be added into a FINAL GIVEAWAY prize package that will be worth over $100!!  So make sure you are commenting each week!  You have until SUNDAY MIDNIGHT to comment!


GUESS WHO WON OUR DESIGN CONTEST FOR THE NEW Christmas His Little One's stamp set?!!

We actually chose 2 winners, as I used ideas from both of them to make not only HLO stamps but a new full-sized Winter Ruth character, that has the ability to hold several different items!!  I can't wait to share these with you but before that, I'm sure you wanna know who won the Free sets!!

Belinda K----You inspired a 4x6 set called Winter Ruth, with a brand new full size character Ruth!!  You wanted a character that has the ability to hold different items, and you got it!

and our HLO: Christmas Boy winner goes to...

Jamie M---You suggested Him holding a Christmas ornament (and I've drawn him this morning doing just that!)

Thanks to everyone who gave ideas both here and on Facebook!


I'll be back Monday to announce the winner!
Be the Blessing!
~Antoinette  (Shop our online store:  We are shipping most orders the SAME DAY as you place it!)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Design Team Thursday SPECIAL...

Hello friends!
There is a contest going on until the end of October and the Design Team has uploaded their Inspired Stamps for the contest to inspireYOU to upload YOUR Inspired Stamps artwork too...
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THEIR ARTWORK FOR DT THURSDAY TODAY?  Go to the top of this blog where it says "October Challenge:  Show us your Inspired Stamps'" and click on it to see all the DT artwork!

Friday I have a wonderful item for Week #3 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas sure to come back and leave a comment on that post (this will be one prize you DONT WANT TO MISS!!).  I will also be announcing the Inspired Stamps His Little One Design winner...who will win a Christmas HLO stamp set that will be designed based on the winners specifications...I have a feeling there will be more than one winner, but I won't be choosing until after midnight tonight, so be sure to get your ideas in before then by commenting on our last post OR our facebook page.

Until tomorrow,
Be the Blessing!
~Antoinette  Shipping the SAME DAY you place your order on most packages!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Christmas His Little One DESIGN IDEA contest!

Hello Friends!
I am so thrilled with how LOVED the His Little One Characters are that I wanted to see how YOU would like to see the Christmas HLO character dressed, holding, doing, near, in front of , etc!  So you have until midnight Thursday night to leave a comment HERE or on our Facebook page letting me know what you'd like to see.  I'll incorporate one stamp with the Winner's ideas and if you are the winner, you'll get that stamp set sent to you FREE as soon as it's produced!!  So go ahead and comment and let me know what YOU'D like for the HLO CHRISTMAS BOY or HLO CHRISTMAS GIRL to look like (you can specify clothes and/or what they are holding and/or what is near them by their feet, etc).  I'll be back tomorrow with the Design Team Thursday artwork and will announce the Winner of the HLO Design Idea Contest on Friday's 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Post!! 
 Be the Blessing,
~Antoinette  (you can shop or just go peek at all the HLOs we currently have :o)
Here are a couple more HLOs in the store:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Week #2 winner of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations giveaway is...

Hello friends!
Here is the full card with Mark's Present from the Inspired Stamps store and the 1inch circle sentiment bottlecap (if you missed my how to, go to the last post WEEK #2 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations for all the info!)

We are having WEEKLY giveaways with our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations and the blog winner for this week's bottlecap/stampset prize is....

Leah's crafts said...
when i do bottle tops i just my circle nesties one of the smaller ones are ideal. Love this idea thanks so much xx

Friday, October 14, 2011

12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations: Week #2 Bling it on with 1inch stamps!

Welcome to Week 2 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations and today we are BLINGIN' it on, with some great new products and a couple of our favorite Inspired Stamps Sets (1 inch Circle Sentiments and our 1 inch Snowmen, both found at the Inspired Stamps online store HERE).  I have more finished projects below...

REMEMBER TO LEAVE US A COMMENT on this post (you can also comment on our FACEBOOK page).  We would love it if you'd let others know about our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations and our weekly Comment Giveaways by sharing on your blog and facebook page...if your friend wins one of our giveaway and has mentioned that YOU sent them in that winning comment, YOU will automatically win the same prize too!!

Today I used the following items from Epiphany Crafts and Inspired Stamps:
Let me show you how I made the items I created:
See the blackened circle on the stampset's carrier sheet above?  It is a solid clear stamp that allows you to match whatever color background you need like this:

I used Crystal Blue from the CTMH stamp pad for the background on this circle then stamped WARM WINTER WISHES on it in black:

You can also do this with different colors, like red.  I used a sponge dauber to ink up the edges on several of my pieces before using adhesive tape runner to glue the circles into bottle caps or the disk jewelry pieces:

Then I added the self-adhesive clear discs to the tops:

Here are some project ideas using this great new product:
In place of tags on your packages...
 On your cards...

As Jewelry...
 As a sentiment on a tag...

Would you like to win a goodie package containing some of these materials so you can make your own Inspired Bling?  Just leave us a comment here by midnight Sunday night...we'll announce the winner in Monday's post!  Don't forget...let your friends know too...if they win and told us you sent them, then YOU win a goodie package too