Wednesday, May 24, 2017

I Brake For....Apple Blossom!

Hello stampers - Nancy here today to show you a couple of cards using the very pretty Apple Blossom stamp.  Here is the first card.

I've been wanting to do this technique for awhile now - where you use part of a die or cut file to create  the look of a trellis with some flowers climbing on it.  I started with a Silhouette cut file called lattice placemat and using the Silhouette knife tool cut out most of it so that it would fit on a card front.  Here is the original file (which is a 12 x 12 design)  and how I used it on the card front.

I stamped the Apple Blossom image to overlap the cut out area.  This was done intentionally.  I stamped the image again on a separate piece of paper, colored the larger blossom, cut it out and popped it up on the main panel  I sponged some memento ink around the edges.

I found some pretty green organza ribbon along with a stash of silver thank you charms that I have had for ages and added them to the card.
The Apple Blossom image was colored with copics.  It can be found on the IBFS store here.

I decided to do another card with the same stamp but really had nothing in mind.  So I first stamped the image several times in versamark and embossed the images....

Then I took several shades of blue ink and just covered the card with the ink.

Loved the color scheme and decided to make a few tags...

I figured I had the makings of a card at this point so I stamped the bottom of a card base with the same stamp and ink and placed the tags on the front.  Here is the final version.

The "thanks" is a cut file.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store to find your favorite image!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I Brake for Flowery Cats!

Cats plus flowers make me happy. The Purrfect Day Cats rubber stamp sheet (Stampinback), available at I Brake for Stamps makes me really happy ecstatic because the sheet includes TEN floral cat silhouettes, four paw prints, two sentiments, one fish skeleton, and one matching flower for a total of 18 fabulous images on the sheet which means you'll be seeing LOTS of flowery cat creations from me! By the way, IBFS ships internationally.

Here's my card with one of the ten floral kitties!

Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink was smooshed (technical term) onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, then 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock (Strathmore) was dragged through the diluted ink and heat set. This step was repeated with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink, then Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. When I was happy with the coverage,  Post-It Notes were placed across the cardstock and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink was sponged over top. I wasn't really thrilled with the color, so I sponged Peeled Paint Distress and Mowed Lawn Grass Distress ink over top.

Using my stamp positioner, the kitty from the Purrfect Day Cats sheet was stamped with Onyx Black VersaFine ink . I had to re-ink the stamp and stamp it again to get better coverage, most likely because inept. I can't wait to get ahold of the of one of the new trendy stamp positioner systems so that I don't have to be quite so careful when re-stamping an incomplete image! Anyway, I touched up the image using a Black Pitt Artist Brush pen.

A shadow was added under the cat using a Warm Grey Pitt Artist Brush pen.

The image panel was die-cut with one of a scalloped rectangle die. A larger plain rectangle die, a "Purr-fect" sentiment die, and the "Just" die were used to die-cut black cardstock. The image panel was matted with the plain black rectangle die-cut. The sentiment was adhered in place.

The leftover Distress Oxide sponged cardstock was die-cut with a Butterfly die ) and punched with a tiny dragonfly punch. The butterflies and the dragonflies were a bit boring, so I added Distress ink to them to perk 'em up a bit. My black marker was used to detail their bodies and edge them, then Black  Glitter pen was used to add a touch of glitter to them. The insects were adhered to the image panel and a Clear Glitter pen was used to add flight trails. The cardfront was adhered to a rust card.

I Brake for Stamps is where you'll find great selections of Stampinback stamps plus lots of other stamps from other stamp companies. 

If you have any questions about the techniques or products I used, feel free to ask!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 22, 2017

I Brake for Remarkable Creations!

Hi everyone. Did you know today is my birthday? I have been celebrating all month long on my blog Taylormadecards4u! I sure hope you have been joining along in the festivities.

I thought this sentiment, Create Something Remarkable, was the perfect sentiment for today and you can find it over at I Brake for Stamps.

Now of course I had to create a remarkable background to go with this awesome sentiment. The stamp that I used to create the background is called Ruler Background and it is REMARKABLE!

I started out by using a stencil called Morroccan Lattice from Kaisercraft and Mustard Seed Distress Ink. I had some ruler washi tape in my stash that worked as a great compliment for this stamp. 

I added the washi tape, then came in with the Ruler Background stamp to complete the background.  I then used a tim holtz dots stencil along with some Black Soot distress crayon to add the finishing touches to the background. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I Brake for...Going Outside the Lines!

Hi, Stampers! Hannah here, from Fanciful Spaces!

I love squid and octopuses. I REALLY love them. I also really like the animal mechanical images by Carmen Medlin, if you couldn't tell. ;) You'll be seeing quite a few more cards based off of her designs in the near future. How could I not fall in deep, deep love with them, they are so creative! I Brake for Stamps has SO many Carmen Medlin designs to choose from, I encourage you to check them out!
Wow, do I have a lot of video for you today! I filmed myself painting the background and the squid in two separate sessions. I went into painting this card with zero ideas of how it would turn out. I very much wanted to do it in the spirit of the sentiment, but I just couldn't.
Painting the Background with Zig Markers, watch this.

Painting the Squid with Zig Markers;

My filming of this card was inspired by a conversation that happened in a Facebook group about how some people found it hard to paint with Zig brushes. I get that, boy do I ever. I almost sold mine because I couldn't figure them out. In fact, they were in my house for a solid year before I finally "got" them. It is so funny to think back on how much trouble I had with them, especially since my family and I are taking a trip shortly and I think I've decided that they will be the coloring medium I choose to use while away from my stash!
The videos show what ended up being the background of the main panel and the critter itself. I do not show how I built the card. Honestly, I didn't know how I was going to finish the card for the longest time. It floated around my craft room for a couple of weeks while I pondered that.
In the end, I'm extremely pleased with how the card was finished. I re-created more background for the back panel. I feel like the black middle panel acts like a black line in a coloring book and the background that I re-created is the color going "outside the lines".
I silver embossed all edges, because that is my MO, and finished the card off with single strands of silver embroidery thread. I also took a black Multiliner from Copic to color the card panel corners black, thus providing a more finished look to the card, instead of leaving the corners white.
I worked hard on this card, I spent more time thinking about it and trying to decide how it would look than most cards. I am extremely pleased by how this turned out, and I hope it inspires you!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Brake for Bister Shaker cards!

Hello and happy Saturday!
Welcome to my weekly I Brake for Stamps post.

My niece just celebrated her 17th birthday.
Since she's a little older now I wanted to do something pretty, yet still fun.
I think this suits her perfectly.  She's quite mature now yet still very young at heart.

I used a birthday verse from EVERY DAY PHRASES.
Inside the shaker I used the blue and yellow BISTER STAINS.

This is the same blue bister that I used on a card a couple of weeks ago.
As you can see the original card was almost navy blue.  By simply adding more water to the powder I was able to get this teal look.  Add more powder for a darker look...less for lighter shades.  You can also use the stains to create a water color effect.  Pretty cool results for a tiny little container of powder.  And, although the container is tiny the powder lasts SUCH a long time.  It's so potent that you need only a tiny sprinkle to get some pretty grand results.

I mixed the blue bisters with water as you're supposed to.  I treated the yellow a little differently.  I have a shimmer spray that I thought would be interesting to mix with the Bisters.  I was right.  I sprinkled just a tad of the yellow powder into a plastic palette and then sprayed a bit of the spritz into the dish.  I "scooped" up the liquid with my paint brush and splattered it onto the paper.  I really like the look it created.  It's tough to see the metallic look in the photo but it's very cool in person.

Friday, May 19, 2017

I Brake for....Cammy Girl!!

Shanta here,

I hope you all are having an amazing day!!!

 I am here to share with you my first box card using Cammy Girl

I absolutely love the stamps by Chelsea Le Designs

I am enjoying my journey which is learning how to color, and add more depth to my images. 

Until Next Time! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I Brake for a Summer Float !

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and today I am using Floating Wilma to create my Thinking of You card ..
I color dusted my background with a brush and distress inks then added water drops and blotted and dried that layer , I copic colored my image and layered it on my background and then had fun add some die cuts to pull my card together and add some fun. I added stickle to my flip flop straps and around the image in the water , I added glossy accents to my float tube.

if you like this images or want to check out lots of other great stamps visit the I Brake For 
Stamps on-line store , they carry thousands of images to choose from .

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Brake For....Tickled Pink!

Hello stampers, Nancy here today!   Do you know someone who is having a baby?  How about a baby girl?  Here is a card with a super cute stamp to celebrate the new addition!

The stamp is called Tickled Pink and is found here.  I stamped it with two different markers, a black one for most of the text and pink for the "tickled pink" part.  The little booties were stamped once on a piece of scrap paper where I colored them pink, cut them out and then glued them onto the front.

The frame and cutout for the centers are die cuts.  I popped the center of the frame out with foam tape to make it stand out a bit more.  The pink mat is embossed with a large dot embossing folder.

I hope you will stop by the IBFS store and check out all the great stamps there.  If you are looking for some Father's Day images they have some great masculine/outdoor stamps that would be perfect.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I Brake for Steampunk Sea Turtles!

I celebrated Mother's Day all weekend as my gifts started arriving on Thursday. I guess that put me in the mood to create this card!

Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy cut, and edged with black markers. Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle's eyes, beaks, the screws on their armor, and the lenses on Steampunk Sea Turtle's periscopes were coated with several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze pen. Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle were then set aside for some mother-child bonding time while I created a scenic background for them.

Three colors of Distress Oxide inks were applied in various ways to 140 lb. cardstock. When I was happy with the look, Peeled Paint Distress ink was sponged over a vine stencil and Broken China Distress ink was sponged over a gear stencil.

Dimensional paste was scraped across the netting pattern of a nautical-themed stencil in three places and allowed to dry. When it was dry, sand texture paste was scraped along the bottom. Some tiny gears and an anchor charm were embedded in the wet paste. When the sand paste was dry, Vintage Photo Distress ink was lightly sponged to highlight the texture and add a depth to the color. 

The netting was touched up with a white gel pen, then Steampunk Sea Turtle and Steampunk Baby Sea Turtle were adhered. The image panel was matted with metallic copper, then adhered to a green card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click HERE to check out all of the goodies! 

Thanks for visiting today!

Thanks for visiting today!

Monday, May 15, 2017

I Brake For Silhouette Stamps!

Hi everyone. Monica here from Taylormadecards4u. I have always loved silhouette stamps. But I often times struggled with getting good, clean, crisp stamped images. 

It wasn't until the introduction of the MISTI that my love for these stamps was reignited. The stamp set that I am sharing today is from I Brake for Stamps and is called Fashion Silhouettes

I think the reason I love Silhouette stamps so much is that the black and white style definitely has a vintage "old time" feel. As you can see, I got a nice crisp stamped image on such a detailed stamp. This is possible due to the MISTI as well as the great quality of stamp of at I Brake for Stamps.

The sentiment is from the Tim Holtz sticker set called small talk and was a perfect addition to this card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I Brake for...Affirmation

Hannah here, stepping out of my Steampunk love'n style!

Sometimes I like to stretch my boundaries and my expectations of a card, the stamp I used for today's card is a perfect example of this. I chose to use this card for a couple of different reasons.
  1. I haven't seen many stamps like it on the market
  2. It is SO different from my usual style, I wanted to see what I'd do with it
  3. I LOVED the "YES" sentiment on it!

Isn't it the selection of stamps, that are out of the ordinary, awesome at I Brake for Stamps?!?!?!
Wouldn't this card be perfect for a teenager, or someone who is just tricky to get the perfect card for? The encouragement on the front is AMAZING, I love the simple YES. Inside a sentiment could be added for a birthday, or a graduation, or anything that is needed! YES! Happy Birthday! YES! Congrats! Those would be the PERFECT additions!
I used my stamp positioning technique for rubber stamps, which you can watch here.
This image was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black and then re-stamped with VersaMark prior to embossing with WOW! Clear Embossing Powder. I painted everything with my Zig Real Brush Markers except for the two "star" areas which I used my Kuretake Gansai in a pearl color. Yes, even the black background was made using my black Zig brush.
I matted this image on a piece of brown cardstock I had, I wanted it to look like an extension of a wall. To tie the two layers together I used a stencil from Tim Holtz to overlap both panels. I used Ranger's Texture Paste to carry on the overall look I was going for. The texture paste popped too much on the brown areas (it took a gray tone where it was naturally mixing with the black Zig) so I GENTLY brushed my Dew Drop Brilliance ink pad in Cosmic Copper.
I hope that I have inspired you into thinking outside your own crafting box! If you are interested in this, or in any other stamps from I Brake for Stamps, I urge you to pop on over to their website! You'll find THOUSANDS of awesome rubber designs!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

I Brake for Magnolia-ficent birthdays!

 Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card that I made for my friend's Sister-in-Law.

I used a stamp from I Brake for Stamps.

The image is called MAGNOLIA FLOWER.

Look how pretty that blossom is!

I added some Wink of Stella to give it a little shimmer.
I know Diane will love this.

Friday, May 12, 2017

I Brake for... Lace

Shanta here,
          Hello wonderful people!!! I am here to share a lace wedding card I created for my cousin who is getting married. Once I saw the Lace Borders Stamp Set I knew exactly what I was going to create with it. These borders are so lovely to work with, and I am so blessed to have it in my collection.

Don't forget to check out the store and get you some of the yummy stamps over at IBFS!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I Brake for Graduation !!!

Hello IBFS fans !!!

It's Crystal here and on todays card I and using the Graduation Shy Bear and the Happy Graduation with confetti sentiment , I made a flip card , I have not made one in a while and this bear is so cute I had to play.
I colored my image with copic markers and I did him in our school colors , I have several of these to make this year between the  8th grade and seniors parties we have to go to this little guy will be a fun card to share works for guys and girls alike , perfect don't you think ?

I also added some graduation thickers , I got these to add to some of my cards for just a little extra something fun.
if you like this images or want to check out lots of other get stamps visit the I Brake For Stamps on-line store , they carry thousands of images to choose from .