Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! NEW stamp releases NEXT WEEK!!

Happy New Year Friends!
We thank you all for your support in 2013 and have so much exciting to share with you in 2014, starting next week with a brand new year kickoff of NEW STAMP RELEASES!!  Have a very blessed end of 2013 and wonderful start of 2014!
Antoinette and the Inspired Stamps team!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Last DT artwork of 2013!!

Hello friends!
It's the Design Team's last artwork assignment for 2013!  They have done such a beautiful job!!
Thanks to Belinda, Chere, Deneen, Gaby, Jamie, Kary, and Patty!  We are looking forward to an AMAZING 2014!!
Here's Kary's full card:
Jamie's Card:
Deneen's Card:
Chere's Cards and Wreaths:

 Have a very blessed Christmas and we will have more artwork for you soon!
Antoinette and the DT
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Friday, December 13, 2013

BEAUTIFUL Chrsitmas cards!

Hello friends!
Today the Design Team has some beautiful cards to share with you using Inspired Stamps!!  Above, Deneen starts us off with her GORGEOUS coloring of His Little Ones: Angel!
Here's her full card:
Kary used the SNOWMEN stamp set(running low of these in the online store so grab one while you can!)  :
BEAUTIFUL  job ladies!  One more week then our DT will take a 2 week break to spend with their families over Christmas!

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Hello friends!
We are expecting a winter storm over the next couple of days and then again on Sunday so I am busy working on Christmas Cards (nothing makes me want to sit by the fire with a cup of cocoa and work on Christmas cards while listening to my favorite Christmas music more than SNOW!!)

Today Kary is sharing one of our newest stamp sets:  His Little Ones:  Sincerely Girl along with a 2x2 set 1 John 3:1:
So Gorgeous!

Chere has used His Little Ones: Girl with heart stamp set and Proverbs 3:5 single scripture stamp set in her lovely card:

And Deneen has shared this beautiful creation using Inspired Stamps VINTAGE CHRISTMAS (we are very low ins stock on this set as well as the NATIVITY set!):
So beautiful!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Making ELEGANT yet simple Christmas cards in Sets

How to make your own Christmas Cards in sets

Hello Friends!   HERE IS ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS I wanted to repost for you!
Today I want to show you the Christmas Card Sets I am making this year  for my friends and family (well over 100, and that's all I'm gonna say LOL).  I need SIMPLE, but ELEGANT designs and I don't want them all exactly alike, since we all know we look at everyone's cards when we go to family's and friend's houses and want to feel our card was hand made just for us!  SO here is how I made mine.  FEEL FREE TO COPY THESE TO MAKE YOUR OWN or something similar, just dont' submit them to contests or for publication please.  As always you are free to make and sell sets with our stamps, and I am honored when you use my designs to do that (although this is so simple, I would be surprised if someone else hadn't thought this design up in some form LOL).

Here is what you need:
*4x5.5 card bases
*I used GLITTER TAPE in 3 different colors, but you could just use pretty ribbon or even make paper strips to look like the ribbon behind the verses.
*I used colored card stock that came close to matching my glitter tape riboons to mat my embossed white pieces with Cuttlebug Snowflake design.
     *colored cardstock mats are 5.25x 3.75
     *embossed white snowflake paper is 5.5x3.5
*I used the Spellbinder die cut for the lacy pattern I stamped the verses on and the insert ornament inside:      2012 Heirloom ornaments and  Floral ovals

 I also used the following Inspired Stamps:
 Christmas Poinsettia  this $13.99 stamp set that you can find  HERE
   Matthew 1:21 this $3.99 single Scripture stamp you can find HERE
John 1:14this $3.99 single Scripture stamp you can find HERE
Made By... this $3.99 stamp you can find HERE

I leave that white side on the left blank, but for family cards I attach a photo of our family by the tree there!

Here's how to make them:
I STRONGLY encourage the assembly line method when making a LOT of cards.  I cut all my papers out and stack them.  So I have a stack of the colored mats, in each of their colors, I have a stack of all the papers I've cut with the Spellbinders, all the papers I have cut and embossed,  I cut all of the GLITTER TAPE in their strips and put them in a basket, by color, I tie all the ribbons ahead of time and put them in a basket.  THEN I go through and STAMP everything that needs to be stamped (inside and out).

Once you've got all your materials ready, you can go and do each card one at a time OR assemble them in sets:  so you may put all the embossed pieces on their mats first.  Then adhere all those to the white card bases.  Then do all the glitter tape ribbons onto the embossed.  Then put all the stamped verses.  Then adhere all the bows (with pop dots).  Then add all the jeweled embellishments (optional).

Tune in tomorrow for a Design Team Thursday showcase of Inspired Stamps artwork!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale: Free Shipping + 50% off!!!

Last Big sale of the season...Free Shipping is only for continental US orders BUT...the 50% off coupon is for everyone (and there is no stamp minimum...buy 1 or 101 stamps, your highest priced stamp will still be 50% off!!!!  HURRY...only good through 11:59 MONDAY!  Happy Shopping!
(all orders placed Sunday and Monday will ship out TUESDAY!)

Friday, November 29, 2013

EvErY StAmP on sale...Til midnight Saturday!!

Last day to get your FREE GIFT and DISCOUNTED stamps in our 4 Day Thanksgiving Stamp Sale!
(all orders placed this weekend will ship first thing Monday morning!)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Huge Sale...no lines to stand in!

Hello friends!
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Friday is BLACK FRIDAY, a big shopping day here in the U.S.A and we've made it easy for you to save and still get some shopping done from home!  Head over to the online store...each order placed Thru Saturday midnight will have a Free Gift included in the package we ship home to you!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HUGE SAVINGS! 4 Day sale!!

Hello friends!
We are thankful for YOU!  ALL of our stamps have been marked down for 4 days only and each package we mail will have a FREE GIFT included!!  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Hello friends!
This week we will be having DAILY specials (good ONLY one day!).  MONDAY'S online store special is: EACH ORDER will have an extra SURPRISE stamp set added to your package before we ship it out! For every $20 you spend up to $100, you get a FREE stamp set (maximum of 5 FREE stamp sets per order) that we will choose randomly that will be automatically added to your order...you don't need to do anything!:
             up to $20 in product ordered= 1 free SURPRISE stamp set included automatically
            $21-$40 in product ordered= 2 free SURPRISE stamp sets included automatically
            $41-$60 in product ordered= 3 free SURPRISE stamp sets included automatically
            $61-$80 in product ordered= 4 free SURPRISE stamp sets included automatically
            $81-$100 in product ordered=5 free SURPRISE stamp sets included automatically

Happy Shopping!

Friday, November 22, 2013

SNOWMEN stamp set spotlight!

Hello friends!
Today we are showcasing one of our most popular winter stamp sets:  SNOWMEN which you can see by clicking HERE

Here is some artwork:

Have a really great weekend!
Antoinette and the DT
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Copic Marker Coloring Inspired Stamps Tutorial: Week 8 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Tutorials with His Little Ones Characters

Welcome to this week's Christmas Tutorial with Inspired Stamps!  Since I love Copics so much, I thought I'd share with you a little about Copic markers and colouring.  I'm certainly no expert but just some tips from my own experience.  I never knew I love colouring so much till I bought my first set of Copic Markers.

When I first decided to try Copics, I had such a tough time deciding what to buy.  I must have read a hundred tips before I took the plunge.  Basically, the following are the Copic markers colours : [B- Blue] [BG- Blue Green] [BV- Blue Violet] [G- Green] [YG- Yellow Green] [Y- Yellow] [YR- Yellow Red] [R- Red] [RV- Red Violet] [V- Violet] [E- Earth] [C- Cool Gray] [N- Neutral Gray] [T- Toner Gray] [W- Warm Gray].  I buy mostly the Sketch markers, and the colours and numbers are labeled on the tip of the caps.  If you would like to know more about the Copics colour chart and family, please click here.

I thought I'd show you my Copics collection :)  I have collected over 200+ markers and store them in jars so I can easily move them around or pick some colours that I want to use - I colour while watching the tv most days.
After buying so many markers, I must say I only use the few that I really like, and it is too excessive to own so many markers :)

Here are some of my favourites, and this would be my recommendation to those who would like to start with Copics.
These greens are my favourite, I love some of the YG combination as well
These are my favourite pinks - the little Ciao in the photo is RV10
These are my favourites for backgrounds and skies
My favourite blue range - great for colouring jeans
I love the R30 series (I use them all the time) and also the R80's
I love so many of the E series but these are my favourites, the 2 Ciao markers are E93 & #95.
I'll share some step by step photos how I coloured the new HLO: Angel - which I absolutely love.  My favourite skin colours are E13, E01 and E50. I like to start with the darkest shade first, and then blending it with the lighter shades.
Here, I just added E13 to the angel, just on the forehead, neck and hands as shown
Then I blended E13 with a E01 the next lighter marker
Using E50, I picked up the pink R20 and coloured the cheeks
Then, I used E50 to blend everything, adding a little of E01 for areas where I need a little more shadowing
For hair, I used E99, E23 and E21. 
Add E99 as shown
Add E25 and extend the strokes a little further
Add E21 and blend the colours
Blend a little more with E50, and colour his mouth with R20.  Then I added some BG10 to his wings
Added BG10, BG000 and the Colourless blender to the wings and his tunic and shoes. I added BG02 to the corners of his eyes.
The little Angel
 Using a sharp pointed scissors, the image is cut out, and ready to be used on the card.
And, here is the finished card.  I hope you find the step-by-step instructions helpful, and if you have any questions, please email or leave me a comment and I'll try my best to answer them.  I'm not an expert in Copics, I learnt how to use the markers mainly from watching videos of manga artists in action :)

Thank you for visiting me.  Have a great day!