Thursday, March 7, 2013

Inspired By Stamping Release - Fancy Circles and Pirates

I'm SO excited to show you more projects for the Inspired By Stamping March Release!  Today I'm showcasing the new Pirates and Fancy Circles sets.

Up first, my very first attempt at the wildly-popular Chalkboard Technique, using Pirates.  This set of 10 stamps has more images and sentiments that I didn't use on my creation, such as a pirate's map, spy glass, hook, and a very cool label that matches our IBS dies.


I stamped the sentiment and ghost ship (at least, that's what it looks like on a 'chalkboard'!) with white craft  ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  The skull and crossed sword flag was simply stamped in white craft ink, with two red eyes courtesy of liquid pearls.  Using a bit of white ink on a sponge, I softly wiped color around each image, too.


I thought burlap and natural twine lent a rustic, natural flair to the card, topped with a tag that says "Arrrr!"


I even made little cupcakes for the occasion!  Red Velvet cupcakes, that is.  I stamped the skull flags with black ink on kraft cardstock, trimmed, and glued (with non-toxic glue of course) to wooden toothpicks.  So fun!




And now changing gears to the other end of the spectrum, I've got a subdued elegant thank you card using the new Fancy Circles:


I stamped the delicate patterned frame in a light gray (there are 4 framed circles altogether in the set) and added one of the 5 oh-so-versatile sentiments in black ink.  Had to add some signature pearls, you know.  ;)


The Light Blue Medium Flower sits atop my bow for a finishing touch.


Stuff to know before you go:
  • BLOG CANDY!  Every day from March 6th through March 10th, IBS is giving away a $25 gift card to its store.  You must leave a comment on Joanna's blog to be eligible for the prize.  One comment per person and each winner is randomly selected.  Good luck!
  • All new release items will be available for purchase on March 10th at 7 pm Brisbane time (4 AM Eastern Standard Time)
  • All 6 stamp sets will be offered as a bundle for a 10% discount
  • Free shipping will be available on all orders over $25 for 24 hours only:   from March 10th at 7 pm Brisbane time (4 AM Eastern Standard Time) to March 11th at 7 pm Brisbane time (4 AM Eastern Standard Time)
Our team wants to share more sneak peeks of inspiration with you!

Thank you for your visit today.  :-)

25 comments:

Karin Åkesdotter said...

WOW!!! You are taking the chalkboard technique to a new level - it is awesome - Love your second card too - so "my" colors (-:
Have agreat day and thanks for the inspiration, hugs, Karin

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Shani Thomas said...

Awesome! Just awesome both of them!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwww! These are all gorgeous!! LOVING that chalkboard background on the first one!!!

Claudine C. said...

Awesome stamps and card there. I specially love the pirate ship.

Hussena said...

I just loved the chalboard technique you have used on your first card ..it looks just amazing ..what a fab idea to create those flags toppers for the cake could make a perfect theme for a party :)
Your second card is so subtle and beautiful ..love the colors and your bow :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the pirate chalkboard card!

Sonia said...

What a great Pirate-y party! Even Wendy would love to come. Your thank you card is also great.

Lisa said...

Your chalkboard turned out great Colleen! I haven't been brave enough to give it a try! Love the pirate flags in your yummy cupcakes. And your last card IS elegant and lovely!

Cindy Blancett Designs said...

So swoonworthy (is that a word?) and versatile. Love the super masculine Pirates card with the chalkboard technique and burlap and to top it off with cupcakes? Yum! Your second card took an entirely new different direction in design and is just beautiful.

Benzi said...

Wow, Colleen..your chalkboard techniue is fab. I've never tried that before but it is perfect for this pirate card. I have a little grandson who is into pirates and he would love this.

Love your other, more elegant card, too. Great job with both.

Benzi said...

Oh, the cupcakes look delish! Such a cute idea.

lisa808 said...

Your chalkboard card is awesome and the cupcakes so perfect for a little boy's party (or here in FL for Gasparilla!).

Linda R said...

Both your cards have me smiling this morning. yOur chalk board technique look perfect for this card. And those cupcakes look adorable.

Hugs~

~ Kendra ~ said...

Great projects! Love your chalkboard technique on the pirate card!! Love the toppers for the yummy cupcakes! And love your thank you card, such a nice design!

Marisa said...

What a fun pirate card :) Great ship image and the red eyes are great touch. Love how you can swing from pirates to soft and girly! Lovely work on both cards.

Thx for your comment re: my photos. Still tweeking and learning. Thank heavens for Photoshop LOL!

Paper Profusion said...

You've blown me away with that chalkboard Colleen! Its FAB-U-LOUS! The ship is so evocative of Shakleton's 'Endurance' stuck in the Antarctic ice. Really brilliant work. Nicola x

Joanna M said...

Gorgeous my dear friend! Your pirate card is my favorite! Beautiful cards! Hugs, Joanna

Ann Schach said...

Fabulous cards, Colleen! I love the pirate images...but the pearls with the soft hues of the second card are beautiful!

Emily Keaton said...

Your pirate party looks so fun!! Great take on the chalkboard technique. Too cool :)

Charlene said...

WOW WOWEEEE!!!!! LOVE all these awesome cards especially the chalkboard one!

Bonnie said...

From fun to elegant! I love the pearls on the second card! I tried putting some pearls on a card the other day and they looked like they'd been dropped. Not at all artistic like yours. Fortunately I could get them off without ruining the card. There is a definite knack to adding pearls elegantly! And you have that gift!

Andrea Ewen said...

Fantastic! Love all your projects...they're so much fun for a party! 'Cept...you don't have any boys! :) That's ok, I'll come over and eat all of your cupcakes for you! ;)

Leslie Miller said...

Wow! That pirate ship is amazing! What a fabulous card with the chalkboard technique! Love those little flags for the party cupcakes, too. And your second card is so pretty. Nice the way you dropped the circle off the edge and scattered the pearls. Lovely!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Both of these cards are awesome. I love the white embossing on the black and the chalk. It gives such a cool effect. And your second card is so darn sweet and done in your classic beautiful style.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

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