Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I Brake for Valentines!

Hello!  I have a very traditional looking Valentine to share today.  I thought that the grungy look of the sentiments in the Old and New stamp sheet would look good with the Chalkboard technique.  That was my starting point for this card.

I heat embossed the sentiment, then smudged white ink around the edge of the panel.  After framing this out with another red die cut, I used some neat foiled patterned paper for the background.  My embellishment Kiss is also from the stamp set!  I thought this turned out nicely, and definitely the photos don’t do this one justice.

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

I Brake for Luscious Lilys!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a thank you card.
I used


A girl at school brought several of us a bouquet of flowers.
Her mom is a florist and she brought them back from a show.

I wanted to make a card to thank them for their thoughtfulness.
Image may contain: flower and plant

If you love flowers like I do then check out I Brake for Stamps.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

I Brake for Mouse Love!

Hello!  I have a cute card to share today that I am probably going to use as a Masculine Valentine.

 It is cute,
 it is woodsy,
and I like it!

I combined 3 different stamp sets for this card.  

Card process:  First I stamped my mouse and mushroom image with Memento Black ink. I colored it in with alcohol markers.  Next, I masked around the mushroom cap with masking paper.  I used red ink to stamp the Bubble Wrap background onto the mushroom cap. After removing the mask, I used colored pencils to add just a little detail.  

The background is kraft paper with a woodgrain embossing folder. I inked the raised portions with dark brown ink.  I then used the brown ink to stamp my sentiment, and embellished the card with die cuts.  

Thank you for visiting today!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

I Brake for Stargazers!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Happy New Year!

For my first post of the year I wanted to share something bright and cheery.

I was drawn to this stamp because my wedding bouquet was comprised of Stargazer Lillies.  It's such a bold, beautiful flower. 

I love flowers on cards because they're so versatile and I Brake for Stamps has a wonderful selection of floral stamps.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

I Brake for Hello’s!

Hello 2020!  I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!

I made a little clean & simple card using Mostly Mice sheet and for the stamped background and sentiment, the Bubble Wrap, Lattice and flowers sheet.  All are stamped in dark brown ink.

 The mouse is simply colored and cut out, then popped up on dimensional tape.  I am thinking I should make a few with a Thank You sentiment, too.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Day!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a  safe and happy holiday season!

My clean and simple card uses a lovely image from the Small Christmas sheet, which is one of the newest stamp releases.  The sentiment is from Christmas Tree Collage Quarter Sheet.

I masked off my card front with tape, and blended three colors of Distress Oxide ink: Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves.  I spritzed this with water to get a snowy look.  When it dried, I stamped the scene on top using Distress Oxide Black Soot.  

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Tree Collage!

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well with their holiday preparations! I have a card to share that is either good for mass-producing, or for a last minute card.  This card was quick to make because I stamped on watercolor paper and just quickly added color with my pan watercolor set.  This really is a FAST way to add color.  

This affordable quarter sheet set has two choices for an outside sentiment and a great inside-of-the-card sentiment too!  

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

I Brake for Penguins!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a very special thank you card.

I used Large Penguin from I Brake for Stamps.

My husband is a member of the Elks.  I am the 5th grade special ed program aide at an elementary school.  I approached the Elks about helping out my school and of course they came through for us!

We have a HIB library which stands for High Interest Books.  Due to poor funding our school library is rarely open and we don't have a librarian so we now have a "mini" library that the kids can access anytime they want to.
The Elks gave us a generous donation to buy new books to add to our library.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Birdhouses!

Hello! I hope you are feeling the joy of the season.  I made a card this morning with a charming stamp that takes up the whole card front.  This makes Christmas cards easier, as I just needed to add some matting to finish off the card.

I colored the image, Merry Christmas Bird Houses, with alcohol markers, and then I added the details and shading with colored pencils. I find that this helps speed up the coloring process.  

Thank you for visiting and have a crafty day!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

I Brake for Tall Snowmen!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card I made using 

He can be found at I Brake for Stamps along with several other fun snowmen.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I Brake for Snowmen!

Snowmen are one of those stamps where you can have a bunch, but they all seem to have their own personality.  I just adore this one, called Snowman with Lantern

I made my background with glitter paste and a stencil.  It looks lovely on any color of cardstock, but it looks especially nice on black.  I colored and fussy cut out the snowman, and placed him over a couple die-cut snow hills. I added a little flocking to the snowman’s hat. 

The sentiment is from Christmas Tree Collage quarter sheet. This card is still flat for easy mailing. 

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

I Brake for Gnomes at Christmas Time!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card.  The set isn't really meant for Christmas but that's one of the things I love so much about it.  It's a very versatile set.

The very large set is called MS123 Gnome Sheets.

I'm so in love with this card!  That would drive my kids nuts.   They'd say I was "tooting my own horn."  I just can't help it though.  I feel like with these country, farmhouse looking trees that this little gnome must be in charge of Santa's reindeer or something.

I tried to keep the embellishments and papers very rustic looking. 
The metal, twine, plaid...even the glitter has sort of a North Pole feel to me.
It's difficult to see but the white background paper has "snow" dots all over it too.


The verse on the inside is from Every Day Phrases...another WONDERFUL sheet full of stamps.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

I Brake for Stained Glass Poinsettias!

Hello and happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm sharing a pretty Christmas card with you.  
The beautiful stamp is called  CHRISTMAS STAINED GLASS.

It's Thanksgiving which means it's time to start making those Christmas cards!
I like to use non-traditional colors on a lot of Christmas cards.  I thought these poinsettias would be pretty in pink rather than red this time.  I also chose paper that I thought almost had a stained glass design to go with it.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I Brake for Sympathy

Hello stampers!  I am sharing a pretty Sympathy card today.  Often, I find a clean and simple look works well for these.  

I simply stenciled over the left side of my card panel and then stamped the silhouette over top.  I then coordinated the inside of the card by just using a lighter touch over my stencil, and stamping my favorite Sympathy sentiment.  

These stamps can be purchased in the I Brake for Stamps store. The foxglove image is part of a new stamp set in the store, available as Unmounted rubber (with an attractive price), or it is also available separately.  

Mostly Florals unmounted stamp sheet
Quarter Sheet Dahlia (outside sentiment)

Thanks for your visit today!  For those of you in the US, I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!