Hey there crafty friends! Hope your weekend has been absolutely fabulous. This weekend for me personally was huge. I jumped out of plane at 14,000 feet over the Great Barrier Reef! It was incredible, amazing, beautiful and gorgeous!

Snapshot 13 (11-3-2014 9-45 AM)

Why, you might ask? That has been the biggest question this past weekend. Here’s my answer…Because it has given me the courage, the belief and the self esteem that if I can do that, I truly can do everything that my heart desires. We are bigger and braver then we think we are and now I have the belief behind everything that I am doing and will do. And from this one experience, I know for sure now that I can do it and anything that I put my mind too. Here’s my video!

PS…Before you watch it, I swore. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself but please know before watching. Winking smile

Hope you enjoyed the video!

Now onto our Winter Birds feature by Donna and Grace! They both created beautiful cards featuring this new set. Plus, scroll down to view who the winner is for the Pinterest Contest. Tomorrow we will announce our Customer Gallery Contest Winner. Here’s Donna!

Of the four Winter Birds in the Inspired by Stamping set, I have only seen two in my yard.  The Chickadee is the one most often hanging out at my bird feeder.  I’ve only had a Goldfinch visit once.  Cardinals are not native to Colorado and I am not sure if I have ever seen a Titmouse.  Since the Chickadee is one bird I see often, I made this Christmas card to show him off.

Inspired by Stamping, Donna Nuce, Winter Birds stamp set, Christmas Card

I used the cut file to cut the Chickadee out on watercolor paper and them stamped him.  He only needed a little bit of soft gray watercolor since he is basically a black and white bird.  I used the holly and berries from the Build A Stocking set, the Joy sentiment from the Elegant Christmas Sentiments, and some ribbon from the Crochet Collection III.

Hope you enjoyed my little Chickadee Christmas Card!

Happy Crafting!


Products Used

Winter Birds
Build A Stocking
Elegant Christmas Sentiments
Crochet Trim Collection III

Hello there friends. Today I’m sharing a card I made using the latest bird theme stamp released by Inspired by Stamping. I have to admit, I’m not a good colorist. I admire those that can put markets and pens to use in bringing a stamped image to life. Unfortunately despite the hours of tutorials I watch on You Tube, I still can’t replicate the technique. So with that being said, I recently had a light bulb moment…I can layer the image using two different inks and see how that looks. And that’s exactly what I did with this card. I inked the Cardinal bird design using a brown ink and then another one on red. I used the IBS frame die cut to highlight a part of the bird with the red ink and adhered that right on top of the brown inked image. I love how the dimensional characteristic of this technique made the image pop really well in my card. I also added some glitter glue over the bird image for some shine and more texture.

Inspired by Stamping, Grace Tolman, Winter Birds stamp set, Big Holidays stamp set, Christmas Card

  I also used the new sentiment stamp from IBS for this card. I just love the font of IBS sentiment stamps.

Inspired by Stamping, Grace Tolman, Winter Birds stamp set, Big Holidays stamp set, Christmas Card

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you create something wonderful today.




 Winter Birds ,Inspired By Stamping


Big Holidays ,Inspired By Stamping
Fancy Labels 2 die ,Inspired By Stamping

Others: Cardstock, pattern papers, twine, glitter, ink pads.

Thanks ladies for the beautiful inspirations today. Here is our winner of our Pinterest Contest….

Marcelle Baldwin

Marcelle, please email us at customerservice@inspiredbystamping.com to receive your gift card!

We will be back tomorrow with more cards from Jo and myself. Until then, have a great day!

With paper hugs, Joanna

12 thoughts on “Winter Birds stamp set & A Personal Note

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  2. Mom says:

    I have watched your video many times and it still makes me smile and share in your joy of doing this. I’m so proud of you! You’re an inspiration! I love you!!!!

  3. Helen J says:

    I’d love to watch the video (swearing & all!!) but unfortunately I don’t see a clickable link, is it just me? It’s the same in both Chrome & IE.

  4. Becca Cruger says:

    That is SOOOO awesome (the skydiving!). Way to be brave and don’t worry, I would have said a swear word or two, myself. In fact I think I did WHILE watching that video. 🙂

    Gorgeous cards! I especially like the vintage feel of the second one!

  5. Patti J. says:

    Well, you know I love your stamps and cards. Now….on to your adventure – YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK! Skydiving is at the top of my bucket list! I’ll be 61 in April, and I’m hoping to have lost enough weight to do it myself! For the record, I would probably have sworn the moment we left the plane! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  6. Chrissie says:

    Wow! Your adventure sounded and looked awesome but you’re definitely braver than me, I just couldn’t do it.

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