Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I Brake For..... Love Text Backgound....and more!

Hello my fellow stampers - Nancy here!  I'm all about Love and Valentines today!

I used three different stamps on this card  and proved to myself that almost any stamp can be made into a Valentine if you use red and white paper and ink.   Take a look at the heart details in the photo below.

I cut out 3 heart shapes (Silhouette cut files) on red and white paper.  Then used three different stamps:

The largest heart has the Love Text Background stamp found here:  I stamped it with a bold red ink.
The smaller white heart uses the Buttercups stamp - found here.  It almost has a toile feel to it.  The same red ink was used.
The small red heart was stamped with the Large Flower Background stamp found here - using versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.

Take a look at your floral and background stamps and see how they look stamped on a heart shape!

The word "love" is a  silhouette cut file as well.  The background is a heart embossing folder

Now, the pillow box - this was so easily done I should make more of these.  The file is a silhouette cut file.  I used the Love Text Background stamp and embossed it in  white.  Here is a close up of the design without the ribbon.  This is so pretty - it would be perfect for a wedding favor as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.   Head on over to the IBFS store - there are a ton of Love/Valentine stamps available and I know you will find something to your liking!

Monday, January 15, 2018

I Brake for Dachshunds

Hello everyone! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. I am back from my travels abroad and here today to share with you a card I made coming back from my travels. Many of you may know that I have two little Dachshunds and they stayed behind while I traveled. 

While they were well cared for by my son, I sure missed those little pooches. I thought I would create a card to let them know that!

This dachshund image is from I brake for Stamps and I was so thrilled when I found it in the shop! I Created a little background scene using a picket fence die cut.  I also stamped the background using the Numbers Background and added a little tag that reads "Miss You"!

While I enjoyed my travels, I must say, I am very happy to be home and creating again!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I Brake for Poppies!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a card that a coworker requested for her step-mom.  She wanted something pretty...just something to brighten her day.

I stamped the image on the printed paper and also on white cardstock.  I cut out the 3 main flowers from the white cardstock and popped them up on foam tape to give the card some dimension. I thought the border punch from Martha Stewart reminded me of one of those garden borders so I added that to my card.

Friday, January 12, 2018

I Brake For...Baby Boy Block

Hello Everyone, 
Today, I'm sharing a baby boy mini album with you. I created this to go along with a card I created earlier as a gift.  The stamp is called Baby Boy Block from the store. The paper collections used are titled Echo Park Bundle of Joy A New Addition and Carta Bella Baby Mine. The stickers comes from a pack from Micheal's.

Don't forget to check out the store today!
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I Brake For.....Heart Quilt!

Hello stampers, Nancy here today!!  Now that we are done with Christmas and New Years celebration, the next holiday on the horizon is Valentine's Day.  You are already seeing hearts and flowers all over the place, but how about a nice warm quilt?

The stamp is called Heart Quilt and can be found here.  

I love the homespun look of the image.  And while I used it for a Valentine's Day card here, I can see this being used for a wedding card, or even a birthday card for a quilt maker.  My sister makes quilts and this image would be perfect for a card for here.  

The color scheme possibilities are endless here.  I pulled out an old pad of Basic Grey paper that I love and used it as the inspiration for the colors of the quilt.  The pinks and reds work well for a valentine, and the touch of green softens it up.  I can see this done in a red, white and blue palette for patriotic days and how about a crisp red and white for Christmas?

Hope on over to the IBFS store - there are many love/valentine themed stamps for you to choose from.   I know you will find something there to your liking!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 8, 2018

I Brake for Mixed Media

Hi everyone, it's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. The start of the new year is always a great time to make a list of birthdays you don't want to forget during the year. For many of us card makers, we usually have a card on hand that will work for a female, it is the masculine cards we are sometimes lacking in.

Today I am sharing with you a card I created using the Wood Background stamp set from I Brake for Stamps

The background stamp was a great start to this masculine card I created using lost of elements. Let me tell you what I did.

To begin, I stamped a 4.25" x 5" piece of white card stock with the Wood background stamp using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink. I then found some script paper and tore it diagonally and adhered it to the wood grain stamped background. I added some black soot distress crayon to the torn edge.

I then took the background inserts of one of my tim holtz packages and cut it down to 4.75" x 6.75" and added some washi tape to it. I then took a paper distresser and frayed the edges.

At this point, I was ready to add my woodgrain background to the larger background piece.  Once it was adhered I started to add my embellishments.

I also stamped the watch clock image onto the panel which was also part of the woodgrain Background set

This would be a great stamp set for those masculine cards you need to make this year.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

I Brake for Babies!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Happy 2018!
This is my first post of the new year for I Brake for Stamps and I figured what better way to start the new year than with a new baby card.

The cross spins around if you wind it up.

We have some friends whose daughters both had their first baby only a month apart.  Both girls... I doubled up on this card and gave them each the same one.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!

Friday, January 5, 2018

I Brake for.. Baby Boy!

Hello Everyone, 
Today, I'm sharing a baby boy card with you. My close friend is having a baby boy very soon so I needed this card.  The stamp is called Special, Bundle, Baby Boy, Baby Girl from the store. The paper collection used is titled Echo Park Bundle of Joy A New Addition.
Don't forget to check out the store today!

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

I Brake For....MASK!

Hello my fellow stampers and Happy New Year!!  Nancy here today and I hope your Christmas and New Years holidays were filled with family, fun and food!  You may think you are finished with the holiday season, but for some of us the party is just getting started.  Let me explain with this card...

The card features the cool Mask stamp - found HERE  It is a digital image so you don't have to stalk the mail carrier!  And because it is a digital image you can make it as large or small as you want.

I've colored it with copics and added some stickles and a stardust gel pen to add sparkle.  That is part of what Mardi Gras is all about - break out the glitter!  The background paper is some Mardi Gras digital paper I've had for years and thought it would be the perfect background for this image.  The sentiment is computer generated.

So,  let me explain a tiny bit about Mardi Gras.  I grew up in Connecticut. then moved to California for many years and we did not celebrate Mardi Gras in either of those places.   In fact, the only thing I knew about it was that it was a big party in Europe and South America (Carnival season) and in the USA it was something that I saw on the news when they showed Bourbon Street in New Orleans on the actual day of Mardi Gras.

Then in 2004 we moved to Northwest Florida - a mere 3 hours from New Orleans.  During the Christmas Holiday the craft stores were filled with Christmas decorations.  I also noticed a section of decorations in green, gold, and purple.  At first  thought it was the "trendy" color that year for Christmas - you know how each year along with the traditional décor the stores bring out some different color palette that no one seems to buy!  Then as Christmas was winding down I noticed more and more decorations in these colors.  My second thought was that maybe it was some college football colors (college football is huge in this area).  Then as I looked closer I saw that they were Mardi Gras decorations and thought - they celebrate that here in Florida?

I quickly learned that it is a BIG celebration along the northern Gulf Coast  - not just in New Orleans.  And that Mardi Gras is not just a day, but an entire season.  It starts on January 6 - just  days from now - and runs until the actual day of Mardi Gras, which this year falls on February 13. So we have more than a month of  partying to go!  In this area we have parades just about every weekend, with the big ones the weekend just before the big day.  And it is also ball season.  Balls - meaning tuxedos and evening gowns. At least one every weekend until the big day.   It is also a school holiday in Louisiana, and parts of Alabama and Florida.

So get ready to party and Let The Good Times Roll!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head on over to the IBFS store to find this and other Mardi Gras Stamps.

Monday, January 1, 2018

I Brake for a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. As you read this post, I am enjoying my New Year in Rome Italy! I love to travel so I thought I would create my first post for the new year using the Travel Planes & letters set from I brake for Stamps. 

I love this letter set! They are long which makes them stack up nicely next to the city scape. I decided to keep my background black and white so that my colored image would stand out.

This fancy lady holding the balloons is one of the humorous senior stamp sets called Half Sheet #406. After I colored her up using my copic markers, I fussy cut her and added her to the forefront. She sure looks like she had a great night out on the town!

I hope this day is the start of a wonderful New Year for you all!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 25, 2017

I Brake for Christmas!

Merry Christmas! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. I hope everyone so far is having a wonderful day with Family and Friends. I wanted to share with you my last Christmas Card of the season.  I am using the Music Sheet Background from I Brake for stamps and have stamped the Large Grungy Leaves stamps over it.

The Large Grungy Leaves stamps was the perfect addition to give the background some color. 

Sometimes we forget how accent stamps can add great contrast to our backgrounds. This stamp can be used all year round and for so many occasions.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 18, 2017

I Brake for Teddy Bears!

Hey everyone. It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. I am sharing a cute vintage Christmas card I created using this adorable stamp called My Bear from I Brake for stamps. I love these stamps that are re created from vintage photos. They are great for creating vintage style cards.  

I stamped the image using Black archival ink. I thought it looked like a negative from a photo so I decided to go with that theme.  

I dry embossed some black cardstock and added some metallic distress crayon to the edges.  I framed some white cardstock with some washi tape before cutting it with my rectangular die stitch.

From There I adhered my image, added some ribbon film strip and a metal element. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Brake For....Bisters!

Hello crafty friends.  Nancy here and today I am sharing a gift bag made using Bisters for the colors.

 Bister is a wood stain that creates beautiful backgrounds. It is water soluble. To use, put a tiny amount on card stock and spray with water. You can use a light spray or a heavier spray, depending on the background that you want to achieve.

You can find Bisters on the IBFS store here.

For my bag I used Bisters in the Mahogany and Green colors to make the Poinsettias,  leaves and the background on the bag.  These colors have a rich and rustic look to them. They are beautiful and it is hard to capture the colors in a photo.

For the main flower I sprinkled mahogany bister on watercolor paper and spritzed water.  Here is what it looks like before cutting out the shapes.  The color is a rich dark red.

Here are the poinsettia die cuts -I used the Spellbinders Poinsettia dies.  I just put the pieces together and attached a dark red glittery  pearl to the center.

Here is the sheet with Green bisters and the leaves cut out.

Once I had the flower finished I made a bag using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.  I made several bags this season for gifts and really love this tool.  

I lightly sprinkled some Green Bister onto the bag before I put it together -it gives the bag a bit more of a rustic look. I also punched out some leaf branches and a tag with the leftover piece of green stained paper.

Hop on over to the IBFS store and check out all the Bister colors.  They are so much fun to work with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!