Saturday, August 17, 2019

I Brake for Crabby Birthdays!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing the card that I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.
She loves the beach so I know she'll think this is cute.

I used SEA CRITTERS complete set.
He can also be found in his own CRAB SET if you prefer.

I love the scales background for nautical cards and I added some stickles to the sand to give it some sparkle.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I Brake for Apple Picking!

Hello!  Apple picking season is just around the corner, and so is back to school. I decided to use this darling image, Miss Rachel Picking Apples, to make a little thank you note for the new teacher.

I watercolored the image, and then decided I just had to paper piece Miss Rachel’s dress.  The sentiment that I added is from Florals Sheet

Are you ready for fall? I don’t think I am yet, but it seems to be coming nonetheless!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

I Brake for Monsters on Halloween!

Hello and happy Saturday!

My daughter and I ran some errands on Thursday and guess what the stores were FULL of??  Halloween decorations.  It's still 2 1/2 months away but apparently it's time to start sharing Halloween cards.  (which is just fine by me because they'e so much fun to make.)

The great thing about the stamps that I used on this card is that none of them are actually Halloween stamps.  Why is that a good thing?  Because.  It means you can use them almost all year 'round.

I used

The pumpkin came from an image that I've discovered has been discontinued but I have another stamp that I almost trimmed the pumpkin out of that you could easily sub for the one that I used.

You could use Pumpkin and Vine Border.

I made an easel card so that the stone walkway really looks like it leads up to the house.  Little monster is really holding a cake in the actual stamp but I trimmed it out and had him hold a pumpkin.  The monster of a good time could be for a birthday if you leave the cake but I thought it fit for Halloween and Trick-or-Treating with him holding the pumpkin.

The house and one of the clouds is popped up on foam tape so that it has a 3-D look.

I also put yellow stickles on the windows so that it looked like the lights were really on.

The little monster lays flat and the house panel folds down so that it's flat for mailing.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

I Brake for Gladiolus!

Did you know that Gladiolus is August’s birth flower?  This is a wonderful flower comes in so many colors. I often will look at images of flowers before I color my stamped image, and for this one, I found I could have used almost any color.  

However, I went with a peachy orange color.  This was my absolute favorite color when I was a little girl.  I colored the stamens of the flowers with a fine tipped marker in magenta, so they stood out a little more, and added just a touch of white gel pen.  

My stamp is the Jumbo Version of August Gladiolus, but if your prefer that your stamp not take up the entire card front, there is a smaller version available too.

Find them in the store here:

Sentiment from Florals Sheet

Thank you for visiting us!  Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

I Brake for Gnomes!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a just for fun card with you. I've really been into mushrooms lately and if they have a cute little gnome or elf to go with them, even better.

I've used 

This sheet has so many mushrooms and gnomes to choose from it was hard to select which ones I wanted!

I can't wait to try some of the others.
I love puns and have been thinking of verses I could print from my computer to go with these.  Maybe a birthday or Valentine's card for my husband...
Happy Birthday to a real "fungi!" or There's gnome-one but you for me!
Wouldn't that be cute.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

I Brake for Kittens!

Hello everyone!  My family just adopted 2 baby kittens, and however fun and adorable they are, that fact has kept me away from my craft desk quite a bit.  So I wanted to make a little kitten themed card today!

I colored the Kitty in a Can image and die cut it out.  I then used some scraps of coordinating patterned paper and some hot pink cardstock to make this fun layout.  The sentiment is from Florals Sheet.

Do you have any pets and do you use pet related stamps?

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

I Brake for Mums!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a floral card that I made with LARGE MUM.
I decided to take artistic license and have multiple colored flowers on my mum. It may not be that way in nature but I like it on my card!

I Brake for Stamps has the BEST floral selection!
I have about a million of them. Love them all!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

I Brake for Irises!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a thank you card.

A friend recently did me a nice favor and I wanted to thank her.

I used IRIS on my card.

I also used a verse from Every Day Phrases.
If you love Irises like I do then take a peek here...

I think I Brake for Stamps probably has the most extensive and prettiest selection of flower stamps of any company out there.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I Brake for Summer Flowers!

Hello! I am sharing a pretty Thank You card made with some flowers from this great set called Florals Sheet.

I used the flowers as a two step stamp. I stamped the solid portion in pinks, and then used an old fashioned stamp positioner to get perfect placement of the outlines.  I added a couple accents using a marker and a white gel pen.  I trimmed these out and placed them over my die cut.  

I hope you have some time for stamping this summer!  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I Brake for Garden Pavers!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm not sharing a paper craft.  At school we started a community garden this year and someone donated some pavers.  Any adult staff that was interested was invited to paint one for the little patio they built.

At first I wasn't going to participate because I figured I'd become obsessed with Pinterest trying to find the perfect idea for my rock.  Then, one night I had a dream that I painted 3 big mushrooms. I actually remembered the dream when I woke up and started thinking about what I could do to bring my idea to life.

I had just got the Shroom to Grow stamp and wondered if it would be possible to stamp on a rock.  I figured the worst that could happen would be that it  wouldn't work and I would just have to paint over it and start from scratch.

The lines came out a little thick because I pressed REALLY hard to be sure the entire image would come out.  Then...I just started sketching around him.

I went through my stamp book to see what other images might be cute on my rock and came across WINDOW BOX FRAME.  After stamping that image I drew a gnome inside of it.

Next, I came across this little watering can and bird (unfortunately I realized too late that this one is discontinued) and imagined that they belonged to the gnome.

I drew a door in on the last mushroom I added.  The gnome needed a neighbor right?? lol!

Lastly I just colored everything in.
The pavers measured 11" x 17."

I used copic markers rather than acrylics because I don't have a tiny enough paintbrush to paint some of the small details. It was a little streaky but I like the way it turned out.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I Brake for Summertime Fruit!

Hello!  Yesterday, I had a lot of fun playing with this cute fruit stamp set.  We have been eating wonderful cherries and watermelons, so it seems like the perfect time of year for this card.  

I colored the Fun Fruits, set of 4, with alcohol markers.  I did want to mention how I choose colors.  I colored just the fruits first and kept the markers that I was using out on my desk.  

Then, when I went to color the rest of the frames, I tried to pick only markers I already had out.  This is the easiest way, for me, to keep my cards harmonious and not too busy.  I think I only used 8 markers total.

The sentiment is from Florals Sheet.

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

I Brake for Graduating Ballerinas!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a slightly unorthodox graduation card with you.
My daughter's best "dance" friend graduated last week and we went to her party last night.

I thought the verse in this set was perfect for a young girl heading off to college.  She wants to be an occupational therapist.  Go Ally!

We met Ally and her mom when they transferred to Makena's dance studio.  We all became fast friends and they did several duos and trios together each year for about 6 yrs.

On the inside I used another image from the half sheet and also the phrase

I used some Stickles on her tutu to give her lots of sparkle.

The girls duet...No the moms didn't plan our outfits along with them but it made for a fun picture!

Image may contain: 4 people, including Makena Matarese and Renee Matarese, people smiling, people standing and shoes