Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I Brake For Hot Air Balloons

My niece and sister-in-law just completed a hot air balloon ride this week over the skies of Southern California. I think it sounds exciting, but I would be scared to death to do it!

This gorgeous collage stamp is available three different ways. I have used the Large Paris Balloon Collage, which is 3 x 4". My card is 5 1/2" square. The Small Paris Balloon Collage is 1 3/4 x 21/4". Both are available in the beautiful Paris and Heart Collage Full Sheet (I have the hearts too, and love them!). I stamped on my designer paper (Tim Holtz Ideology) with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Easy! Added a shabby seam binding bow, a vintage button, and some paper roses for embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I Brake for Fairies

Hello, Braker Fans. I have a card to share with you today featuring the "Silver Fairy." She is just the sweetest stamp; plus I'm a fan of fairies... :)

I made my own background paper for this lovely girl and played with my white Sharpie Poster Paint pen and some Sakura Gelly Rolls for the doodling.

For all the details, go check out my blog. That's it for me; I hope you all have a great week.


Monday, May 28, 2012

I Brake For Monday

{Jane Bosi} Ooops....Monday's holiday threw me for a bit of loop!!  I'm just sneakin' in here on a Tue-Monday to share a quick little card featuring these sweet butterflies from I Brake For Stamps.  You'll find them in the Embossing Arts area, called Solid Flowers.  The card was completed using a new technique from The Technique Junkie Newsletter called Layered Masking--I like the blending of color--it's a great way to highlight solid images just like these!  Have a great day!  TTFN--Jane

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thank You Veterans!

What a beautiful weekend to celebrate the many military personnel and their families.  Thank you for your sacrifice!

This sweet image called Floral Silhouette Bouquet. I used the torn frames and brush wash techniques on this card.

I cut out the flowers with my flower punch and added some punched leaves coated with stickles.  I used my liquid pearls for the pink pearls in the top left.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Best wishes birthday

Birthday wishes birthday is the verse I've used on my card today. 
It can be found in the I Brake For Stamps on line store.

I made the flower myself with various punches and it didn't really 
take that long.

I did things a little different on this card.  Usually I stamp the image
on the outside and put the verse on the inside.  I reversed it and 
this time I have the November Chrysanthemum stamped in a slitghly
different shade than my paper.  It gives off just a subtle image
that you can write your message over.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

I Brake for Chefs!

Time to begin your weekend! What better way to start than with a piece of yummy cake!?

Chef Charlotte is here with her birthday wishes for my mother-in-law, who is celebrating her 82nd birthday today!

The inside of the card uses a sentiment from Half Sheet #052. It says "Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live." Perfect!

I stamped Chef Charlotte with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored in using just a few Copic markers for highlights and cake color. I added a little candle to the dotted bow for fun.

Thanks for taking a peek and have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Stamps: Chef Charlotte and Half Sheet 052
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers C1, C3, C5, R00, R20, RV02, RV04, Y04, Spica Glitter pens
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White and Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), Pink Dot designer paper (Stamping Station)
Accessories and Tools: Dots embossing folder (Sizzix), candle (Dress Ups), Pink Satin Checkboard Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), white dotted bow, pink brad (The Paper Studio)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Brake for Explorers

Hello, Braker Fans. It's me, Cathy here with a new project for your Tuesday. I hope your week has gotten off to a great start.

My card today features the sweetest little girl stamp that I call my explorer. You can find this cute little lady in the store, here. She is called "Girl Picking Flowers."

For all the details on my card you can visit my blog.

Have a wonderful week and I'll see you next Tuesday.


Monday, May 21, 2012

I Brake For Zebra Butterflies

{Jane Bosi} Happy Monday!!  It looks like summer is upon us--at least here in the midwest---our temperatures have been skyrocketing!  I'm so thankful for air conditioning!  And, also butterflies like this beautiful Zebra Butterfly Collage stamp from I Brake For Stamps.  After grunging up the base kraft cardstock with the same color ink, I used the a negative-positive technique from Technique Junkie newsletter to complete the card.  The portion of the image that is colored, was colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  This is a great image for this technique, but I've also used it for many others!!  Let's see what you do with it......
TTFN, Jane

Free Flag Digis through Memorial Day

Hi Everyone,

To celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, you can snag a couple of flags from the digi section of the website. These are the two that I am giving away. Click HERE to grab them.

Have a great week,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I Brake For Daffodils

I used my brand new December Narcissus stamp to create this masculine father's day card.  I colored it with Inktense colored pencils.  I couldn't wait to get it inky.

I used a 2007 TJ Newsletter technique called Veined Marble.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Brake For Toucans

There's one in every crowd! 
I think this may have been the very first 
I Brake For Stamps stamp I ever bought.
It's called One In Every Crowd.

 My jungle leaves were cut with a Sizzix yellow die. The flowers
are from a Martha Stewart border punch.  (See inside for what the border
looks like.  I cut it apart and layered it for the flowers on the front.

The embossing plate is from Fiskars and the labels are from
a McGill giant punch.

Inside I used the verse Best Wishes Birthday.

Don't forget to use my code SAVE10RENEE
to save 10% on your order!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Hi...I think this is my favorite stamp!! But then again every time I use I stamp it becomes my favorite!! lol This one is called "Window Box Frame" and I thought it would be a cool card for a graduate, since the page I used reads "Spread your wings..." made me think "graduate."  For more details visit my blog.
Here is my project hope it inspires you to create!! :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ah Coffee and Music!

I do love a good cup of coffee, but I also love the scent, and I love using coffee as a dye/aging process for seam binding. When I want to add an aged or vintage look, I add coffee! Take a look:

I used Dark Peach Seam Binding with these steps:
1. Brew a cup of coffee and fill Mini Mister with cooled coffee.
2. On a craft sheet or plastic place mat, spray coffee onto seam binding, while crinkling at the same time.
3. Continue spraying and crinkling until desired shades are achieved. Let dry.

Easy to do and it ends up smelling wonderful too!  My lace is from an antique store that I raided this fall on one of my junk jaunts looking for vintage lace and Valentines to use on projects.  

My image is from my favorite set in the IBFS Store: Music Collage Quarter Sheet. I use this set over and over! Love it!

I stamped my images using Memento Rich Cocoa ink and distressed the edges with Spun Sugar Distress ink and Close to Cocoa dye ink. I added a little corner doily piece for some fun paper lace.

My mom worked as an organ and piano teacher when I was born. When I turned 4, she taught me to play piano (Teaching Little Fingers to Play - anyone else learn from that book?), and I have been playing ever since. When I was in junior high, she became an elementary music teacher. My dad had a beautiful tenor voice - one that never wavered, even when he was 79 years old. He was a minister, and when I was 10, he took on two country churches (in addition to ours) that didn't have a pastor - or a pianist. So I traveled with him Sunday afternoons and played for two services every Sunday and learned to sight read on hymns - and have hardly missed a Sunday playing since then!

My husband is a trumpet and French horn player, my daughter plays the oboe, and my son is also a trumpeter, drummer, keyboardist and guitarist. All of us love to sing and harmonize. When my kids were about 3 I taught them a silly made-up song about brushing your teeth. For you music officianados, I sang on the tonic, and they had to sing on the 3rd and 5th above that, then switch parts. Short song, but they learned harmony that way!

I am a music teacher by day, and a music director on weekends. I find good music in just about every genre there is, and enjoy listening to a symphony as much as a raucous rock band. Unless it's Lady Antebellum, and they edge everyone out.... :)

Want to enjoy a two-minute musical pick-me-up? Click here.

Have a great musical day! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I Brake for Golf

Hi there, Braker fans. I'm back with the Tuesday DT project which is for that special golfer in your life. The stamp I used is "Small Golf Ball." It's also available in a larger size as well. 

I'm giving these to my Golf buddies that are attending our annual outing. This year it's in Palm Beach, Florida.

Unfortunely I'm not able to attend the week it's scheduled but I wanted to make something special for my girls. I found a tutorial on Scor-Pal's website so thought I would give it a try.

For all the details on this project head over to my blog.

Hope you all have a great week.

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Brake For Sarah's Girls

{Jane Bosi}  Hi Brakers!!  Today, I'm sharing a favorite image from the Sarah's Girls sheet!  I adore all these fun little girls!  My project is a mini album I created using a tutorial from the Technique Junkie Newsletter's Mini Album Mania CD.  I've included a close up of the Happy Birthday Girl--isn't she cute?
The interior of the album can house a layout and some journaling:
Have a great day!!
TTFN, Jane  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!!

Before I begin I would like to wish all the Mother's out there a wonderful and happy Mother's Day, we all deserve it...

Onto today's post.  I had this really cute Elizabeth Bell stamps called Emma from the SCACD stamp company.  I just love Elizabeth's stamps, they are so cute and fun to color and create with. 

Please come by and visit my blog for all the details and more pictures.  

Have a wonderful and crafty Mother's Day...You deserve it!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Beautiful Sympathy verses

This card is something that I've been wanting to try for a while.
Though I don't have any stamping on the front of the card the
inside has a beautiful sympathy verse from I Brake For Stamps.
The verse is called With Sympathy.  I made two of these and
used another IBFS verse called Memories Comfort You in the
other one. 

The doors and church were just cut free hand by me.
I embossed them on my Martha Stewart scoreboard.
The crosses are from Spellbinders and the door hinges
are called Hardware from BossKuts.

Here are the two beautiful verses from I Brake For Stamps that
I used inside my cards.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

TGIF! Card stamping time!

Hi!!! This week, I played with the Tea Pot Photo Frame!   I left the the top of the Teapot open so I could slide a photo and turn it into a picture card! too cute!  This card can be used as a birthday or friendship card or even as an invitation for Tea Time? You should give it a try!  I hope you like my project and are inspired to keep creating!!!

 I colored it in with Copic markers and did a little fussy cutting, lots of stickles and a few flowers!
thanks for stopping by and as always...