Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Weeks of Christmas Card Tutorials: GIFT CARD card

Hello friends!

We are busy busy busy this time of year as I'm sure you are too!  Today I have the 10th week post of our Christmas Card Tutorials with a really simple and really practical Card to make:  One that holds the gift cards all the teenagers (and some a little beyond the teenage years!) look for under the tree!  I have tons of nieces and nephews I don't live near that I always send a gift card to and this card style is easy enough for me to make them quickly and in production method! 
I took a sheet of off-white cardstock and cut it to 5.5"x 9 inches.  I folded one end up an inch (and forgot to take a photo, but you'll see it clearly when I show the finished card photos) then folded the card base in half.  Here's the card itself using Inspired Stamps (HIS LITTLE ONES: WINTER GIRL, MATTHEW 1:21, and a sentiment from PERFECT CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS) :
 Front of the card after it's folded in half and I rounded the bottom corners.  I used Bo Bunny paper (LOVE this winter paper) that you can find in the online store POWDER MOUNTAIN COLLECTION:
Below is a shot of the inside of the card.  You'll see the one inch strip at the base that was folded up and glued on the sides of the fold to make the pocket.  I used  a sentiment from Inspired Stamps' PERFECT CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS on that 1" strip, background stamped a tree from FIR TREES and stamped JOHN 14:6 over that so the verse would pop:
 Here's a close up of the top:
 In the bottom I took 2 glue dots and a piece of ribbon and made a little loop so the gift card can be easily removed.  I always put a glue dot to hold the gift card in place so it doesn't fall all over the place in the mail:




I hope this gave you a quick idea on making some easy gift card holders this year!  The DT is back Thursday and then Friday another of our Christmas Card tutorials will be shared!  Hard to believe only 9 weeks until Christmas then!!

Blessings,
Antoinette

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall HAPPY BIRTHDAY Cards

Hello Friends!
I love fall...the colors on the trees, the crisp cool (sometimes cold!) air, and all the decorating that happens this season!  Our Design Team are sharing some beautiful FALL BIRTHDAY CARDS with you today using Inspired Stamps!  (TUESDAY I have a great card tutorial to share with you so be sure to check back TUESDAY afternoon!)

Deneen starts us off with this great card using HYMN GIRLS: FEBRUARY, LEAVES, and PERFECT SENTIMENTS stamp sets from our Inspired Stamps online store!
Jamie shared her card using a technique she'll be sharing:

Belinda is next up using our BIRTHDAY stamp set with LEAVES:
Chere combined a few sets to create this lovely card with the same sets and added a pumpkin from FALL GRATITUDE:
Patty made this lovely card with one of our $3.99 2x2 Stamp set, ISAIAH 43:1 and TAGS (Happy Birthday!):
Shanta created this lovely card using PERFECT SENTIMENTS  with Leaves:
Most used BO BUNNY APPLE CIDER paper pack you can also find at our online store!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! TUESDAY afternoon I will have week 10's post of 12 Weeks of Christmas Card Tutorial!!

Blessings,
Antoinette and the DT

Friday, October 10, 2014

Using Stencils: 12 Weeks of Christmas Card Tutorials with Kary week #11

Hello friends,
Here is Kary with her fabulous photo tutorial....

There are so many fun ways you can use a stencil.  The easiest method I think is using Spritz with the stencil.  Here I've used a chevron stencil and spritzed some gold and clear shimmer sprays.  It's not perfectly even and there's some splatters of ink but it's ok.


Next, I played with Embossing paste.  Place a stencil over the cardstock.

Spread a thin layer of Embossing paste over the stencil. I also spritzed some shimmer sprays over the Embossing paste.  Then lift the stencil from the cardstock.
 Here's the end result.  Let it dry for about an hour before using.

And here are the cards using the above stencil techniques:

The stamps I used are HLO Angel and the Scripture sentiment Luke 2:13-14, and you can see the chevron stencil piece behind the stamp images.



For this card, I used the Scripture sentiment Luke 2:11 with the Embossing paste piece in the background.

I hope you'll try these techniques with stencils and have a great weekend!

Thanks Kary!!  This is great!
Be sure to come back each Friday for our lastest Christmas Card Tutorial!
Blessings,
Antoinette

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FALL CARDS using Inspired Stamps

Hello friends,
Fall is definitely in the air and in our crafting today!  The wonderful ladies that make up our Design team have made some wonderful cards to share with you today! 

Up first, Kary actually made 2 for us in the fall theme!  First up, using our brand new and super popular HYMN GIRLS: SITTING WITH SIGN:
Doesn't HYMN GIRLS: OCTOBER look like it's windy with all those airplanes?? 

Up next is Belinda with this beautiful rustic card using HYMN GIRLS: JANUARY along with our FALL GRATITUDE  pumpkins!

Deneen made this lovely card using PERFECT SENTIMENTS and LEAVES
Shanta has this great shaped card and used Inspired Stamps using the LEAVES set:
Jamie made this clever card using inks with our LEAVES set and PERFECT SENTIMENTS:
Chere made this clever pop up card using FLOWER VALUE SET and PERFECT SENTIMENTS:
LOVE the clever inside!!
Friday Kary will continue with week 11 in our 12 Weeks of Christmas Card Tutorials!!  Can't wait to see what she has planned!!
Blessings and thank you for stopping by today!
Antoinette and the DT

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas Card Tutorials starts NOW!! WEEK 1: MATCHBOOK CARD

Hello friends!
We had such a wonderful time with the 30 Days of Christmas Cards in September, we thought we'd bring you the next 12 weeks until Christmas (yes there are only 12 left...Friday will start 11 weeks until Christmas!) giving you photo tutorials of Christmas Cards that are somehow different from the typical A2 card style to help you liven up your card-making over this wonderful time of year!

I am starting off with a MATCHBOOK CARD.  These are one of my favorite cards to make because 1) they are simple 2) easy to make a lot of these in a short amount of time 3) you can include a photo or gift card inside!!
Let's get started.  Here are the measurements (I have a black piece of Cardstock for the base)  My editing software was not working tonight so if you will just click on the photo  you will see the measurements more clearly:

 It folds like this, just like a matchbook:
 I decorated the card with one of our brand new Bo Bunny paper packs from the online store:  CHRISTMAS COLLAGE COLLECTION and HIS LITTLE ONES: ANGEL stamp set:
 The top of the card fits into the little flap, which I stamped with the CHRISTMAS POINSETTIA words 'Merry Christmas' and put above the staple...
 NOTE ON STAPLE PLACEMENT:  you want the top of the card to be able to fit inside this flap so be sure to keep it low...
Here is the inside (I used VINTAGE CHRISTMAS stamp set on the inside) and included a place to attach a family photo or gift card/message on the top):
Thanks so much for stopping by today...
KARY has week 11's tutorial on Friday
Thursday is the Design Team's posting of artwork for you!

Be sure to check out the online store for these and many more stamps and Bo Bunny papers!
Blessings,
Antoinette
www.inspiredstamps.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NEW Stamps + NEW paper packs: NEW RELEASE DAY AT INSPIRED STAMPS!!




Hello friends!

LOTS of new product in the INSPIRED STAMPS online store!  First, we are introducting 10 BRAND NEW SETS of 36 pages in each 6x6 coordinated pack of BOBUNNY papers to the online store!  We are all SO excited about having these paper to offer you along with our clear stamp line, which is ALSO featuring BRAND NEW never-before seen stamp sets in the online store!!  Let's get started...
Here are the 6x6 paper packs, all selling for $5.49 each:
 Apple Cider
 Christmas Collage Collection
 Enchanted Garden Collection
 Madeleine Collection
 Powder Mountain Collection



Primrose Collection

 Bold & Bright: Double Dot Designs
 Natural Necessities:  Double Dot Designs
 Soft Shades: Double Dot Designs
Very Vintage: Double Dot Designs

We have had a wonderful time working with these GORGEOUS paper packs and know you will too!!

We also have 4 BRAND NEW STAMP SETS to share with you today!  First up is a much requested addition to our ever-expanding nativity character is...
He comes with his own bible verse that can be used anytime, and particularly around Easter.  Here is a card I made using a verse and character stamps from our NATIVITY STAMP SET and a photo of him before and after coloring:
 I used a little Copic Colorless blender on a piece of fabric and dabbed to make his color look more like a donkey's coat...
Next up is the most popular new stamp set with the Design Team:  HYMN GIRLS:  SITTING WITH SIGN which comes on a 3x4" acetate sheet:

Here are the DT's cards using her, notice how nicely many of our other stamps fit in her sign!!:
Deneen
Belinda
Chere
Shanta:
 Next up is HYMN GIRLS: SITTING HERE THINKING...


Kary
Jamie:

and last, but not least is one of my favorite stamps:  HYMN GIRLS: JOYFUL
Patty shared her card using her:
Be sure to leave us a comment here and let us know what you are most excited about in this new release!!!
We are currently shipping most orders out the SAME DAY you place your order
                                                   Click on the link to go to the online store...
   (**ALL Bazzill paper packs are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST as we move to the BoBunny line!**)

Thank you so much for your support of Inspired Stamps!  We love being able to create for you and with you!!
Blessings,
Antoinette and the Design Team