Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Inspired Stamps December Release

HLO Winter Girl, Vintage Christmas, Inspired Stamps
Hello Everyone.  This week is Inspired Stamps December release week, you want to be sure to check out all the great projects made with this months newly released sets.  These stamps will be available at noon on Friday at the Inspired Stamps online store.
I made a tri-fold card and embossed it with a Sizzix flower embossing folder.  The paper is by Coordinations. I sanded the embossed image to reveal the inner core color.  I used the newly released HLO Winter Girl, I colored her with Copic markers, I chose colors that were Christmas festive, but also tried to match the core color of paper.  I used the sentiment and star image on tag from Vintage Christmas set.  I used a clear rhinestone that I colored yellow to match star.  I punched the same Coordinations (opposite side) cardstock with a SU! punch and embossed .  I embellished the card with ribbon and felt holly leaves and clear rhinestones colored with Copic markers to match core color of paper.  I just love those big, sweet eyes and the sentiment "believe".  Thank you for visiting today and please check out the other DT members beautiful projects.  Have a great day!

Heartfelt Thanks

Hello Everyone.  I thought I would share a quick and easy card with you today and also remind you all to check out the Inspired Stamps DT blogs for the December stamp releases.  I will post my project on Thursday, so please come back and visit again then.  This card is not my usual card.  I received this stamp in a Kaiser Crafts goodie bag from CHA in Chicago last July.  I decided that I wanted to use fine black embossing powder to emboss this very intricate image.  I like how it worked out.  I am out of practice embossing because my tools were always buried, but now that I have redesigned my space I always have access, so I will have to practice some more soon.  Who knows maybe on Christmas cards.  I hope you like it, leave my a comment.  Thanks for visiting and remember come back to see me on Thursday when I reveal another Inspired Stamps December release. Visit the Inspired Stamps website for a last chance to use the 40% coupon off the most expensive item in your cart.  Enjoy your day and I hope you have an opportunity to get creative.

Kraft card stock, Kaiser Crafts clear floral stamp, Fiskars die

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving-Cricut Indian scene

 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  I hope that you take time to really reflect on what you are thankful for this year.  I know we go through the motions of each day and we forget how truly blessed we are.  I wanted to share a little project I helped my dd with for her "Indian project" at school.  She worked in a group on research about the Indians, but then each child had to do something on their own to share.  She had great plans, like I make her a costume or I make her doll a costume.  I am not very confident with my sewing skills so that made me shake a little.  I had resigned that we would make her doll an Indian outfit, had Indian looking doll, and different colors of felt in hand to go the checkout, where what do I spot? Cricut carts for sale at checkout and that led me to remember that I owned the Cricut cart for the dress up paper dolls and that their were Indians.  So this is what transpired.  Love the Cricut.  It had the pots, baskets, corn, tepees, canoe, paddle, bow and arrow, headdresses and clothes for a boy and girl.  Then we just cut and glued the pieces together.  My dd likes paper dolls so I put the girls on craft sticks so she can play with them by moving them around the scene (scene was attached to outside of shoebox). She loved it.  Sorry pictures are so bad, but I had to take them quickly before she left for school and lighting was not so good.  I am thankful for my Cricut and all the great images that were perfect for this school project.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Happy First Birthday Inspired Stamps

Display board purchased for less than $6.00 at Wal Mart
 Hello Everyone,  it is Inspired Stamps First Birthday and below you will find a coupon for this weekend only to celebrate.
 I used Inspired Stamps to decorate my multi-purpose board.  I made this one for my dd, shhh! don't tell her.
A few tips.  I used three coats of chalk board paint (I purchased paint at Wal Mart along with board).
I let each coat of paint dry for 1 hour before applying each coat.  I used self adhesive dp to cover some of the panels, but you could use white glue or a strong adhesive.  I used a sheet of cork and applied to panel with red line tape.  I covered binder clips with same dp and attached to panel with red line tape.  You can use the clips for photos or items you do not want to attach with thumb tack. I applied velcro to each panel to attach to board, this secures them in place and also allows you to move panels as you see fit.  This was a lot of fun and easy to do.  Who knows I might do a few more.  Let me know if you have any other questions.  I will probably paint outside before I give it to my dd.  Enjoy your weekend! 
Finished display board.  I painted three panels with three coats of chalk board paint.
Four panels were covered with dp, three panels I put on a cork piece.

I added dp on mini binder clips and attached to panel with red line tape.

I printed calendar from Antoinette's blog where
she did a coaster tutorial.

Images and sentiments
 are all from Inspired Stamps.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Inspired Stamps

Go to Inspired Stamps site and leave a comment or wish them a Happy Birthday for a chance to win a free stamp set.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Inspired Stamps Christmas Tag- Blog Hop

Hello Everyone.  Today we have something fun in store for you.  We are having a Christmas tag Blog Hop.  We (the DT) were asked to create some Christmas tags to share.  I always have trouble only making one item, so I have made three very different tags to share with you today.  All the sentiments and images are Inspired Stamps.  Please check out the Inspired Stamps store to see these beautiful images. I just love coloring the HLO stamps.  There is still a chance for you to save 40% on your most expensive item in your cart, this coupon expires on Friday.  On Saturday it is Inspired Stamps birthday so please check out our blogs for some favorite projects using Inspired Stamps, also make sure to check out Antoinette's blog, there might be some Birthday Celebration Fun.
HLO Christmas boy and Vintage Christmas sentiment, Inspired Stamps.
I cut the tree from dp, DCWV added glittered snowflake.
Embossed sentiment in silver embossing powder and colored
HLO with Copic markers and glittered his ornament. Used mini pearls and silver beads, with glittered
punched circles on tree for ornaments.

Doily Christmas Tree with glitter snowflake embellishement.
Sentiment is from Vintage Christmas stamp set.  I inked the edges
of doily with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Ornament Tag:  Vintage Christmas stamp set, Inspired Stamps
Embossed vanilla cardstock with Sizzix snowflake embossing folder.
Spellbinders circled die for ornament and EK Success square punch,
Martha Stewart flower punch with DCWV glitter paper, dp My Mind's Eye, and organdy ribbon.
Thank you for stopping by today, please check out Deneen's blog next. If you started from my blog, please start at the beginning of the hop by going to Inspired stamps blog and hop through the entire DT.   Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment, we love to hear from you all and hope you enjoy the Hop!  Please let me know which of my tags is your favorite and why?  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Crafty Christmas gifts- Earring "Tree"

Custom made earring "tree" from a photo tree
 Hello Everyone, I made a gift for dd that I wanted to share with everyone.  My dd loves earrings and was running out of places to store them.  I went out shopping to try to find a solution but many of the earring trees were too small for her collection.  I kept looking trying to come up with a way to craft a solution.  I found this Photo Tree at Michael's.  Purchased it at 50% off and bought a piece of fine mesh canvas.  I took the ovals apart, removing the plastic film (that would protect your photos). I used it to trace ovals on the fine mesh canvas.  There was a piece of foam in the frame to fill the space and I kept it as a stabilizer for the earrings.  The ovals can support both studs and dangling earrings.  Some of her earrings had a levered post, so they did not fit in canvas supports, so we just hooked them over the several nodes in the tree (see photo below).
This is working quite well for her, she can easily remove and put back the earrings.  I hope you find this post useful, please let me know what you think.  I always love hearing from you.
A close up view of oval earring holders and nodes on tree for lever backed earrings.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Inspired Stamps HLO Christmas Girl

Hello Everyone.  Today the DT made projects with His Little Ones (HLO) and scripture.  I chose to use the new HLO Christmas girl.  I colored her with Copic markers in festive Christmas colors.  I used a Sizzix wreath embossing folding with Coordinations paper (which I sanded and cut out leaves to fit over oval).  I used scripture from Christmas verses set.

HLO Christmas Girl and scripture from Christmas verses, Inspired Stamps.
   I made the paper roses and added bling.  Please check out the other DT blogs for more beautiful designs.
Remember there is a 40% off the most expensive item in your cart at so if you have been wanting to try out these beautiful character stamps and scripture or you are waiting to buy something off your wishlist, now is the time.  The coupon is good through next Friday, November 18.
Please check out Antoinette's blog for wonderful Christmas projects and contests.
Please feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear from everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Inspired Stamps- November Release

 Hello Everyone, it is Thursday and today we have some sneak peaks of Inspired Stamps November Release.  Please make sure to check out what the other Inspired Stamps DT have made with the new releases.  Check out Antoinette's blog to see who Inspired Stamps has partnered with and how you can get involved.  I have  made two cards today, I could not decide which of the sets I wanted to use, so I used both.  The first card is a telescoping card, I saw this pattern this week on  I used Vintage Christmas, Inspired Stamps with verses Luke 2:10 and 2:11 and shepherd image.  This set was perfect for this unique card.
Closed telescoping card.  I used Vintage Christmas stamp set by Inspired Stamps.
I used Spellbinder circles and eyelet circles.

I masked image to sponge background color. This is the card fully open.
This is Winter Ruth, Inspired Stamps.  The main image has her hands in her pockets,
but you can add other images, like this one of her holding a present.  I love this set and you will too.

Here she is upclose.  I colored her with Copic markers and used pop dots to raise up present.
I embossed and spritzed background with Shimmer spray.  The card base is DCWV and dp is Colorbok.
Are you ready for some great news:
Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these cards, these wonderful new stamps sets, which will be released at noon on Friday, November 4 at