Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sneak Peek #2 + Giveaway!!

Hello friends and welcome to Day 2 of our Sneak Peek week!!  Today I have a loveable new $4.99 His Little One to share, but before I get to that, we have a winner drawn from the comments on YESTERDAY'S Sneak Peek Post (remember:  just leave a comment here today and you'll be entered to win today's stamp set!)

The winner of the Ask Seek Knock! Set is...
Ann said...
What a wonderful versitile set, and such gorgeous cards made with it!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Release! Sneak Peek #1: Ask, Seek, Knock!

Hello Friends!
It's New Release week at Inspired Stamps, so that means 3 days of fabulous Design Team artwork and GIVEAWAYS!!  We will be drawing a winner each day:  Just leave us a comment for this post and you are entered!  We will announce the winner in the next day's post!

Before I move on to this first Sneak Peek, I have drawn a winner from the comments on our Week 8 of the 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations...
The winner of the $15 store credit is...
Marlena M. said...
Thank you for your tutorial, Antoinette! Beautiful work. ;)
 Deneen showed both an elegant and fun way to use this set in the cards she made:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Week #8 of Inspired Christmas Creations: RANDOM STAMPED PATTERNED PAPER TUTORIAL & giveaway!!

Hello friends!
I am posting this Saturday so I'm giving you an EXTRA day to get your comments in here and/or on facebook to be entered in our $15 gift certificate to our online store  Just post a comment to this post by Tuesday noon ET and you'll be automatically entered!!  Remember:  If you refer someone here to share our giveaway with them and they win and mentioned that you sent them in their post, you'll BOTH win!!   We APPRECIATE your referrals!!

Thanks so much to all the wonderful Guest Designers last week!!  Our birthday month was made so much more Inspired by your beautiful creations!!   Occasionally we look to our customers to Guest Design for us so make sure you share what YOU create with Inspired Stamps on our Facebook page or here on our contests so we can see what you've done!!

TODAY I am sharing a Random Stamped Tutorial on creating your own beautiful wrapping papers and patterned papers for card-making and scrapbooking.   You will need inks; a large, medium, and small stamp; and plain paper (we used the brown packaging paper that comes on the large rolls which is intended to use to ship packages...I love Kraft paper and it's a thicker version!!).  I also used Spica markers from Copic and a stipple brush.

Step one:  I chose a large, medium, and small stamp from the ME AND MY HOUSE Inspired Stamps set:
Remember to work in a TRIANGLE fashion when 'random' stamping:  You will also want to get some images that stamp 'off' the paper:
I always start with the LARGE image.  Below I cut out 2 different size triangles so you could see better what I mean when I say to remember triangles.  You want to be stamping to make a triangle each time you place the stamp down:

After you have all the LARGE stamps down, stamp with your MEDIUM sized stamp, again thinking TRIANGLE:
You will have MORE of the smaller stamps than you do of the larger one.
I like to use white pigment ink on Kraft and these solid small churches fit perfectly as the SMALL stamp.   continue stamping until it looks good to you:
Don't worry about smudges (see the one I did for you by the church; you can use a white pen at the end to make a 'snowflake' to cover it---someone once said 'A mistake is an opportunity to embellish'...I live by it!!)

Here it is with the Spica blue colored in the church and snow was added with the Signo pen.

Here's a close up so you get a better idea bout the Spica them!  Wait to add the Signo White until your blue has a chance to dry or you'll get the blue snow like I did above.
If you have too much 'blank space' you can either add another image or my favorite is to stipple brush some color on:
Here's the finished piece and here it is wrapped on a present with a bow I got from Hobby Lobby:

Here's another one I did for you with FRUITFUL FLOURISHES and HIS LITTLE ONES: PRAYING GIRL:
I LOVE the Fruitful Flourishes set...swirls and phrases really add a lot to random stamping!!
Here this is wrapped up:

Leave your comment below to be entered into the giveaway!  I'll have my next post Tuesday to announce the winner, as we start SNEAK PEEK WEEK of our next NEW RELEASES TUESDAY....our release date is on Friday, December 2nd at noon!!

Thanks so much for visiting us today!
Be the Blessing,
~Antoinette  (40% off coupon good through Thursday;  shipping the same day as most orders are placed!!)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! A GORGEOUS Rosette Wreath !

Happy Thanksgiving U.S friends!!  We are stuffed here at our house and I am about to grab a few hours of sleep before heading out for the 3am Black Friday Shopping Experience with my college-daughter, Bree!  Before I did I wanted to come here and THANK YOU ALL for your support and love of Inspired Stamps and that fact that you come to visit us here on the blog!  We are so thankful for YOU today!!

One of our fabulous Design Team members, Jamie M, made this AMAZING rosette wreath in honor of our 1 year Birthday at Inspired Stamps and it's just too beautiful not to post for you!
Here is her creation in full, and then with close ups:

Isn't is WONDERFUL?  I need a new wreath for our front door so I'm going to have to do this!  Thanks so much, Jamie, for your hard work and GORGEOUS creation!!

I am going to have our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations Week 8 up either Friday or Saturday this week!  So be sure to come back and see that; as always, I have a giveaway scheduled! All who emailed me before noon on Wednesday (last week's winners), your prizes were mailed that afternoon.  Any unclaimed prizes as of noon were added to our Big Giveaway at the end of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations!!

Have a blessed Thursday and we'll be back soon!
~Antoinette  (40% off coupon on the store for only a few more days!!  Don't miss out on it! We are shipping on Friday and Saturday!!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest Designer: Jan H plus Coupon!

Hello friends!
I am on my way to the post office again today with orders of stamp sets that are going to their new homes!!  Don't forget we have a 40% off coupon special going on now and we ARE shipping Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of this week so you can get your goodies as fast as possible!    Here's the coupon and it's also on the storefront at :
Today I have a treat for you again with our next Guest Designer!  Jan Hunnicutt is a fellow military wife and very involved in Operation Write Home.  She was a member of our very first design team and has such beautiful work, such as the LET IT SNOW stamp set she colored in the card above and these below:

She has more over at her blog, so be sure to head over there now by clicking HERE

I have one of our current DT to showcase tomorrow and if you love the Rosettes, you GOTTA come back and see what she's done!!  Then Friday I'll have week #8 of our 12 Weeks of Inspired Christmas Creations to share with you along with our next giveaway!!  So much fun!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and all your support of Inspired Stamps! 
Be the Blessings,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Guest Designer: Lynn Miller!!

Hello friends!
Today I want to share with you the blog of our Tuesday Guest Designer, Lynn Miller.  I met Lynn while teaching classes and just loved her style right away!  Check out the adorable card above and you can see why!  I don't want to spoil the artwork she has on her blog by giving too much of it away, so go ahead and head over there now and see what she has created for you, HERE

Thanks so much, lynn, for all of your support and your friendship!  I absolutely love the coloring in the card that HLO  Boy created into a girl?  I love that!!!!

Until tomorrow's Guest Designer,
Be the blessing,
~Antoinette (40% off coupon plus we are shipping same day as most orders are placed.  Check it out at

Monday, November 21, 2011

Guest Designer: Sherry H plus WINNERS ANNOUNCED + new coupon!!

Hello friends!
Yes, a NEW COUPON for your shopping pleasure!!  And before you head over to the ONLINE STORE shopping I have a LOT of winners from our Birthday weekend to announce so see if you won first:

2 winners of the $10 gift certificates were chosen and they are:
Carol Drumwright
Anita Randall

Congratulations ladies!  Send me your email/ mailing address info and I'll get your store credit logged in!!

Then we had 6 people winning a FREE Inspired Stamp set of their choice!  The winners are:
Shelly Mendenhall,
The Crafty Dream,
MaxineD  who mentioned Kary, who sent her so KARY wins too!!
Tanya Johnson,
Ann Merkins

Congratulations ladies!  Send me your mailing address and stampset of your choice by WEDNESDAY, NOV 23rd NOON Eastern Time or your winnings will go into our Big Giveaway at the end of our 12 Weeks of Christmas!  I will mail out all winnings on Wednesday afternoon!

Now for some beautiful inspiration as we continue a week of Guest Designers.  Today Sherry H has blessed us with some beautiful artwork on her blog, here is a peek of what she has over there for you to see, Don't you just love the choir she created in the first card?  I love how subtle the church from the ME AND MY HOUSE set sits so cleverly in the background!!...

How wonderful!  Thanks so much Sherry for blessing us with this beautiful inspiration today! Head over to Sherry's blog HERE.
Be the blessing!
~Antoinette (new 40% off coupon!  We ship most orders the day they are placed!)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Guest Designer: Patti J plus Win one of 6 stampsets through Monday noon!

Hello friends,
Before I introduce thewonderfully talented Guest Designer today, I want to remind you of 2 important birthday happenings!
1--through Monday noon ET, you can take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING SPECIAL above!
2--through Monday noon ET, you can leave a comment on our last post or our facebook post for a chance to win one of 6 FREE stamp sets we are giving HERE to go there now.

TODAY, I am happy to usher in a week of Guest Designers who have created some AMAZING papercrafting delights using Inspired Stamps!!  Sunday's Guest Designer is Patti J from Cherish Each Precious Day blog!  Here are a few of her creations I wanted to spotlight here before you head over to see the rest at her blog:

She used the following Inspired Stamp Sets for these 3:  Nativity, Blessed Little Christmas with Military Soldier, and Choir Angel!  Thank you Patti for your AMAZING creations to help us celebrate our 1st Year Birthday!!  We are so blessed to see what you have done with the Inspired Stamps and by your continued support and encouragement!!

Now it's time to head over to Patti J's blog and see the rest HERE
Be sure to come back Monday after noon to see the long list of winners as well as another Guest Designer!
Be the Blessing!
~Antoinette We are shipping the same day as most orders are placed and until noon Monday, you can get FREE SHIPPING in US/CAN orders over $25 and all other places with orders over $40!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

WEEK #7 of our Inspired Christmas Creations: Coaster Calendar Tutorial (Birthday SATURDAY GIVEAWAYS ANNOUNCED!)

Hello friends!  It's our 1st Birthday and Here's the FREE SHIPPING SPECIAL only good this weekend:

Also, since it's our Birthday Weekend, we are drawing 6 winners to receive a FREE stamp set of their choice from the Inspired Stamps Online Store. HOW TO ENTER:  Just leave a comment to this post AND/OR our Facebook Birthday post between now and 11:59pm Sunday!  Let your friends know about our Birthday Giveaways and tell them to mention you when they come here to comment.  If they are drawn as a win too as our THANK YOU for sharing us with them!!
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Tonight I am sharing one of the most inexpensive and beloved gifts I give each year:  The Coaster Calendar.   I made this one for myself, as I make the same New Year's Resolution each year 1. To love the LORD my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength 2) To love others more fully.   So I make one of these for myself to keep on my desk to remind me of this dedication I have to those two pursuits! I also put the His Little Ones: Boy Praying on the front to remind me to pray without ceasing throughout the day.  Winter is my favorite season so mine is decked out with a winter theme, but you can make these to suit any person you like.   These make great gifts for men, too, and a photo can replace or be added to the inside spot across from the calendar.

Here are the supplies I started with:
There are 4 solid blue card stock pieces at 4" each, 4 3.75" pieces of the BoBunny paper with their corners rounded, I used different ribbon and that hole punch wasn't strong enough so I got out my crop-o-dile to punch the holes.  So lets get you started so you can make one!

First, You need coasters.  Mine are 4" blank coasters I got from a friend about 4 years ago and I believe she googled where to purchase them.  I love the restaurant coasters, because they work the same and your waitress may give you a stack free if you ask (Chilis in the US is great for this).  I glued the blue card stock to the coasters with gel medium, but your tape runner or plain old glue would work too:
Next I file the edges with a CTMH file (sandpaper will work too, but these are easier).  This makes it look like the paper just blends into the edges.  Now add your 3.75" patterned paper to the center (I use a tape runner for adhesive from now on):

Ok, now you'll want to print off a calendar for 2012.  Here's the link I used for the one I printed off: HERE
I trimmed it and using my Tim Holz mini stapler I stapled them together:
I then used red line tape which is the strongest tape I know to attach this to the burgendy paper, then my adhesive tape runner to attach that to the blue mat you'll see in the photo below this one:
I stamped the bear head from the Inspired Stamps called BEARS ALL THINGS and left a piece of paper underneath his chin that I marked and colored yellow so you'd notice it here in the photo.  Those adorable mitten buttons are from Christmas Button Bags at Hobby Lobby.
I used the Inspired Stamp set LABELMAKER ALPHABET to stamp the word love, then I flip over the carrier sheet like above to see which double lined box stamp will work best with the size of that word.  Then I stamp it and cut it out:
I centered it between the bear's mittens so it looks like he is holding it and added the other elements:
Here they are from front to back and how I assembled them:
 Above is the outside front cover, below is the back side of the top coaster:

 This is the inside right side and below is the back of the coaster you see above:
I heat embossed the Inspired Stamps stamp set MADE BY...on the back.  To head emboss you just stamp with a pigment based ink, put embossing powder on it, and heat it until it's shiny.

Here's how I put these 2 coasters together to make the Coaster Calendar:
 I punched two holes with the crop-o-dile.  Then I put the coasters together and marked onto the coaster I wanted to punch holes in so the holes would be the same spot in both coasters:

Choose your ribbon and thread it through the closed coaster calendar:
Tie the ribbons to secure your coaster calendar: 
outside (above)
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 inside of coaster calendar above and closeups below:

Don't forget!  Leave a Comment to this post and/or our Facebook page... you have 6 chances to win!!
I'll be back to announce the winners on Monday.  Our Guest Designer week starts Sunday with one of our very talented followers, Patti!!  Be sure to tune in each day to see what these ladies have to inspired you with!
Until then,
Be the Blessing!
~Antoinette   We ship most orders the same day they are placed! Click on the link to see all our stamps and the specials!!