Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy First Birthday to Inspired Stamps!

I was thrilled to be invited by Antoinette to be a Guest Designer as her company, Inspired Stamps, celebrates its first birthday! I sing in a choir at my church; when I saw the Choir Boy/Angel set, I knew I wanted to create a choir card! The tiny church in the background is from the Me & My House set. I've never made a stairstep card before, so this was a fun personal challenge for me!
Card recipe:
Inspired Stamps products:
Choir Boy/Angel
Me and My House set (church)
Perfect Christmas Sentiments
EK Success Intertwined Arches edger punch
DP: Music Notes, Recollections, Michael's
Stickers: Jolie (holly, ribbon, bell, music note)
Twine: Angela's Happy Stamper, Reston, VA
Glossy Accents
Stampin' Up Modern Label punch
McGill Fancy Square punch
Embossing folder: Provo snowflake
Here are 2 more views of my boys' choir card:

And here's a link to the stairstep card base tutorial at Crafty Girl's blog.
I made two other cards for today using Inspired Stamps. Here is my little patriotic Valentine:
Card recipe:
Inspired Stamps: His Little Ones Patriotic Girl with Heart
DP: Passion Fruit Journal by BoBunny
Pink striped DP in a small pkg at AC Moore
Twine: Pink Paislee
Sentiment: Inspired Stamps Perfect Christmas Sentiments
Stampin' Up Jewelry Tag punch
Glossy Accents

I have been making cards since June 2010 when I read about Operation Write Home (OWH) in a magazine. I had been looking into ways of marketing a children's book I wrote and illustrated earlier that year. My book happens to be the story of a lady who makes cards for people, so it seems like fate that I would fall in love with cardmaking. There is a link to my storybook blog in the right hand column.
So, of course, I wanted to make a card for today using one of Inspired Stamps' winsome little soldier stamps:
Card recipe:
Inspired Stamps: His Little Ones Soldier with Helmet
Bible Verse: from Choir Boy/Angel set
DP: from open stock at A.C. Moore
Camo type ribbon & green star brads: Michael's
Provo embossing folder: stars
Copic sketch markers

Before I sign off, here are two cards I made recently using David's Shepherd. I won't list all the card ingredients here but they can be found in my October posts. Basically, I indulged my love of paper piecing!

Thanks for hanging in there for this extra-long post! I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks again, Inspired Stamps, for inviting me to be a guest designer and congratulations on your 1st Anniversary. Thank you for the sweet and beautiful stamps you create! I wish you continued success!


~Antoinette (inspired stamps) said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the choir signing in your top card (love the other ones too, but that one just took my breath away!!) Thanks so much for your support of Inspired Stamps and Guest Designing for us today!! Hugs!

Patti J said...

Sherry, these are wonderful! Thanks for the great inspiration! Hugs...

AllisonG said...

Congrats on being a Guest Designer for Inspired Stamps. All of the cards are great, but you REALLY outdid yourself on the choir boy card. Great coloring, great fancy fold, great job!

Unknown said...

Fabulous stairstep card and I love the shepherd in brown. Gotta love those Glossy Accents too. Congrats on guest designing!

Cora said...

I am ever so proud of you! What an honor to be a guest designer. I like your paper piecing. You have an eye for it

Seongsook Duncan said...

Wow... these are all beautiful cards. I love the stairstep card. Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration!

Donna Hanley said...

Sherry, congrats on your new position as Guest Designer. You deserve it. WOW you've been busy. You'r cards a all incredible. I love the stair step card (I've never trie dto make one. This format was just perfect for these images. Theyall looked like they were sitting in the pews of a church. Your other cards are equally special. Boy, you are cfraty and have a singing voice. Ithink I envy you. Just kidding.

Donna said...

Oh! Wow! Sherry, these are so...adorable. I love them all and the stair step cards are great for these little people. I really like the DP's on the patriotic girl and winsome little soldier. Congratulations on being a guest designer. your cards are fabulous and you certainly deserve this honor!

first birthday photo invitations said...

Wow these cards are awesome!

McCrafty's Cards said...

The choir boys are fabulous the step design shows these little fella's off perfectly, brilliant card Sherry. the other cards are gorgeous, I like the little soldier!
Kevin xx

farmhouse-story said...

hi sherry!

thanks so much for your sweet comments:) how cool that you are a writer! your cards are lovely-- i esp. think choir boy card is such an awesome card! congrats on your guest spot--you rocked it:)