Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Brake for...Gnomes!


 Hello, friendly readers! It is Hannah again! I am bringing to you another gnome for the Gnome Sheets stamp set! I know you are used to seeing Kathi post about these gnomes because they are AWESOME, but I wanted to play with them too and to show you something I made with them.



There are 10 gnomes on this stamp sheet, as well as 3 toadstools, there is A LOT of variety on this sheet, it is a MUST HAVE for any gnome lover. Most of the gnomes are gardening, but some of them are doing other activities, or just standing there. It was actually one of Kathi's cards that alerted me to the company I Brake for Stamps! I hope this card inspires you to poke around the shop, if you do, comment down below on what amazing products you find! With over 3,000 items I know you'll find something I haven't!



I colored my little gnome using Zig Markers on watercolor paper. I hadn't been too sure of what I'd do with him until I found this background stamp, which was also colored in the same fashion. My only problem was that the background was so busy my gnome would easily have gotten lost. 

Enter vellum! Vellum allows you to see the background but in an obscured way, allowing for something in front to pop to your attention. Adhering vellum can be tricky, I could adhere it behind the gnome no problem, I used some Ranger Multi-Matte Medium between the background and the vellum, and again between the vellum and the gnome. I also used TINY bits of Multi-Matte Medium behind the strategically placed sentiment, which I found on another random stamp set in my stash.


I hope you don't get too bored of gnome stamps, you can obviously tell that both Kathi and I love gnomes. Next week I'll bring you a FABULOUS mermaid card!



Friday, June 23, 2017

I Brake for Poppy!

 Hello and Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I'm sharing a sympathy card with you. It is one of those cards that unfortunately we all need. I also feel that since It does not say sympathy on the front you could also send it to someone who needs some encouragement.  

I used Poppy Pod Set from 



Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Brake for Golf !!

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and I have a fun Birthday card using one of my oh so fun Humorous Seniors called Where's my Balls ? Come on now with a fun name like that I knew she was going to make a fun card !

she is copic colored 


 Happy Birthday was cut from vinyl on my silhouette


I added my sentiment inside and blended some clouds

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my card for this week.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I Brake For.....Bister!

Hello my stamping friends!  I hope you are all doing well.  Today's card is using a product called  Bister.  It's my first time using it and I can see all sorts of possibilities.  You can find the Bister products at IBFS here. First, my card.




What is Bister?  Essentially water soluble wood stain, similar to watercolor powders, but these are different than what you may have seen elsewhere.  IBFS's Bister comes from the Netherlands.  It's a tiny bit more granular than other watercolor powders.  I believe it is made from crushed walnuts.  All colors have a wonderful earthy undertone to them.   They are very easy to work with - just sprinkle some on some watercolor paper and spritz on water.  Or you can put water on your paper first then sprinkle on the Bister.

In my experimenting I sprinkled some Blue and Green Bister on the paper and added water. ( I thought I had taken photos of he background before I assembled my card, but I did not - the background on the card shows a little bit of what it looks like.)

Next I took some Flower die cuts (from a Silhouette file) and did the same - here is my result.


And the ribbon?  I took some seam binding and wiped up the excess Bister and water from my craft sheet and ended up with some pretty dyed ribbon to coordinate!

I still had some errant Bister on my craft sheet so I added more water and using another piece of paper just wiped up the diluted color onto that paper.  This piece ended up being my base tag.




I wanted to try another color so I sprinkled some Mahogany Bister  onto paper....Oh My!!!!  The color was so beautiful!  I ended up cutting some leaf shapes with this color - here they are.  This color will look gorgeous for fall cards.  I have a bunch of leaf stamps and dies that will see  a lot of this Mahogany color! I added two of these leaves to my card.



So..no stamps on this card - I'll add a sentiment later when I decide who to send the card to, and for what occasion.

I hope you will give Bister powders a try - they are fun and easy to work with.  I made a feminine card here but because of their earthy colors I can see these being used for masculine cards, vintage, mixed media and so many other areas.

Hop on over to the IBFS store for all the Bister colors and many wonderful stamps.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Brake for Warrior Princesses!



The warrior princess was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape. The Eclipse Tape version was fussy cut, then adhered over her counterpart on the Neenah cardstock to mask the image.

Pumice Stone Distress ink (Ranger) was sponged over the cardstock, then sponged again over the archway and the stone column on the Tuscan Wall stencil. Some Worn Lipstick Distress ink was sponged here and there to add depth of color, then Pumice Stone Distress ink was sponged over it again to soften it. The tiles were outlined with a dark Copic marker, then colored with Toner Grey markers. 

The Eclipse Tape mask was lifted off of my warrior princess and I colored the grey background around her using Copic markers. The warrior princess was colored with Copic markers and some Green Starlight Glitter gel pen was used to add sparkle to her necklace and her sword.

The image panel was edged with Black Soot Distress ink, then adhered to a brown card. A sentiment sticker was colored with a green Copic pen, then adhered to finish the card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now.  Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally!


Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, June 19, 2017

I Brake for Playtime!

Hi everyone! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. Last month I turned 50. I remember when I was young thinking 50 was so old. Well you are only as old as you feel! While my playtime has changed a bit, I still have a playroom aka my craft room and I make sure I find plenty of time to play!


The stamp set I am using is called Fashion Silhouettes and it has a total of 6 stamps in this set. I have shared with you three of them in my previous posts. I just love this set. Not just for the beauty of the images, but for the crispness of the stamping! That is a must with silhouette stamps in my book! The sentiment is called Grow Old. You can find both of these over at I Brake for Stamps.

I added some black NUVO Drops to accent the night sky. It was a perfect finish. 



Don't forget to use coupon code: SAVE10MONICA to save 10% off your next purchase.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Brake for...4th of July!


Hello, fellow crafters! Hannah here with my Sunday installment! I literally JUST changed the card I was going to post as I finished this card yesterday! I was SO EXCITED to get a recent order from I Brake for Stamps that I HAD to use some of the stamps for this week's card!


This card features two different stamps, I believe both of these were recently available as the IBFS weekly deal at 35% off! Seriously, it was such a steal, you should consider checking out the offerings every week!

The two stamps I used here are the Uncle Sam Star Border and Large Happy 4th. I loved both so much that I had to use both on this card. I did do some creative masking on the Happy 4th stamp. Not seen here are more fireworks, however, they crossed over onto the border stamp. To avoid stamping them I simply placed a bit of tape over those sections on the stamp, inked it up, and removed the tape before pressing onto the paper. It took a bit to line everything up, even with my super awesome tip of stamping onto acetate, however, the result was more than worth it. 



The supplies for this card couldn't have been fewer. Besides the stamps, I used two Copic markers, a silver Gelli Pen, and card stock. You don't need a lot at all!

The 4th of July is coming up on us, quickly, but there is still time to order your stamps and to get your cards out! While you are ordering these two stamps you should search "4th of July" on the I Brake for Stamps website, you'll find two packed pages of options!




Thank you so much for reading this! I hope I have inspired you to get some 4th of July cards out and to spread the celebration!





Saturday, June 17, 2017

I Brake for Father's Day!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Father's Day card.

Even though I've made a Father's Day card with this image this would be perfect for absolutely any guy who loves to grill anytime!  I'm thinking any BBQ you're invited to for the host?  Or, for a grill masters birthday!


I've used two images from I Brake for Stamps on my card.


and 



Happy Father's Day to all the dads!  I hope you all have a wonderful day.





Friday, June 16, 2017

I Brake for Bears

 Hello Everyone Shanta here!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card with you. I honestly can never have too many birthday cards because I am always sending them out late. 

I used Little Rascals Bear from 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

I Brake for Spa Day ..

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and today I have a card using Bathing Edith she is from the Humorous senior line .
I made my cucumber sliced gate fold card from scratch on my Silhouette cutter , the cucumber slices open to reveal the image of Bathing Edith , my sentiment was cut on my silhouette also from vinyl .









Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Brake For....Stacked Presents!

Hello IBFS friends!  How is your summer going?  We are doing well down here in hot and humid Florida, except for my small vegetable garden, which seems to have taken the year off!  My tomato plants are dying, my orange and plum trees did not blossom,  and the only thing growing this year seems to be a couple of small pepper plants.  I guess we'll just need to rest the soil this year and hope for a better crop next year.

The Fourth of July is less than 3 weeks away and I took my inspiration from that holiday to make this birthday card.





This card is perfect for anyone with a birthday near July 4th, or someone who like the red, white and blue color scheme.  The image is called Stacked Presents and it is a digital image  It can be found here.  Did you know that I Brake For Stamps does digital images?  In addition to the thousands of rubber stamps they have a great collection of digis as well. I hope you will check them all out!  The best thing about digis is that you can resize them to fit your needs, color them within whatever computer program you are using and they take up no physical space!

The sentiment is a rubber stamp called Best Wishes Birthday and can be found here.

I printed the image out on copic x-press it cardstock and went to work coloring it with copics.  The present that has the stars on it originally was just a plain box and I felt it needed something, so I took a star punch and some acetate and made myself a little stencil!  How easy it that?  You can also try it with a small hole punch if you want to do polka dots.  And while I used the red, white and blue theme, any color can do with these - just pick some patterned paper and use the colors on it as your guide!



The star background paper is part of a patriotic digi paper pack I've had for years.  I think I use it every Veteran's Day when I make a card for my husband so it was nice that I was able to get some more use out of it on this card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store and take a look at all the wonderful stamps there.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I Brake for Gnomes!


Oh gno! It's time for another gnome pun. Since Father's Day is coming up rather quickly, I decided that the Fishing Gnome from the Gnome Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) would be the perfect image for a card! This fabulous gnome is one of NINE (9) gnomes and a plethora of mushrooms on that sheet. Please gnote that this sheet is a great bargain!

The Fishing Gnome was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. The image panel was die-cut with a rectangle die. 

Old patterned paper was layered. A set of tag dies were used to die-cut white and patterned brown cardstock. Rub-ons were used to add the sentiment.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Just so you know, I Brake for Stamps ships internationally! 

Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! 


Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, June 12, 2017

I Brake for Adventure

Hi everyone, it's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. With Father's Day being just around the corner, I wanted to share with you a masculine card I made using some of the stamps on the  Full Sheet Travel Set. I have been sharing cards using this set over the past several weeks, but it just goes to show how versatile this set is.


For this card, I started out using some distress oxides to create the background.  Then I used four of the stamps from this set. 


I added some washi tape, distressed the edges and matted it onto some designer cardstock.  I hope that I have given you some great inspiration for some masculine as well as some vintage inspired travel cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I Brake for...Radiance and Positivity

Hi there, Hannah here! I have been dying to share this card with you! I started playing with this moth the second I got it into my hot little hands. I also knew I was going to use this die with it, but I struggled with how I was going to put it together.
I admit that my husband helped me there. It was his suggestion that I colored the strips so that they appeared more dimensional. Using distress inks I worked the darker colors in the curved area and then worked out on both ends to the brighter inks.
Look at that moth though? Isn't it FABULOUS, with its circuit board wings? I just think it is incredibly different than many stamps currently on the market. This is another Carmen Medlin design, whose designs I have used a lot! I love her animal mechanical designs! When I was done coloring it I fussy cut it out, ran a black Copic marker around the edges, and hit the lightbulb head with some Wink of Stella.
I will absolutely be playing with this stamp a bunch more, it was so fun to color. If you like this stamp you should check out the other Carmen Medlin designs that can be found at I Brake for Stamps. If this isn't your thing, you are in luck! I Brake for Stamps has over 3000 designs to choose from. I promise I'll showcase more of their amazing designs!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Brake for making the most of stamps!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing the card that I made for my daughter's friend.  She graduates in two weeks but is having her party tomorrow to avoid all the party conflicts.

I wanted something bright since we're FINALLY starting to have some sunny weather in upstate N.Y.

I used 
and 

on the front.
 The verse is actually an anniversary stamp that I'masked of part of making it much more versatile.


On the inside I used



Courtney's such a sweet girl.  She has such a sunny disposition that I thought this stamp would be perfect for her!