Saturday, April 22, 2017

I Brake for Wine and Grapes!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a card that makes me happy!
I really love red wine.

The image is from I Brake for Stamps
and it's called 

I used some Bister stain on the card base to look like a little of the red wine spilled.
Then red is currently sold out but IBFS is hoping to offer it again soon.
For now they have several other pretty colors.  If you scroll back to last Saturday you can see the blue Bister also.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

I Brake for Coffee ...

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and today I am back and using the Coffee Shy Bear  to create a 2D more dimensional look to my image .

if you look closely to the paw and the face I stamped and colored the image  and the stamped again and only colored the paws and face and then fussy cut them out and next I used a stylus on the backside to cup up the paws and face I then add glue dots and put them over them main image to give a puffed up dimensional look  ,
this is a flower molding mat and stylus and I trace the outer edge to cup it and give a dome look

I do run my copic marker around the fussy cut edge to cover the white paper edge

I also stenciled some coffee stains with TH stencil and tore the layer to give a fun distressed look and then I inked the edges with walnut stain , my hello is die cut 2 times and layered up on a black fishtail banner that I used a white gel pen to make faux stitching , I added a few of my DIY enamel dots I make . I added glossy accents to the bears nose to make it look shiny. Thats it for this card ,I hope you enjoyed it . For The Coffee Shy Bear and many other great images, be sure to hop over to IBFS online store and pick it up. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Brake for....Large Mums!

Hello fellow stampers!  Nancy here today to show you a card using the pretty Large Mums stamp - available here.  

This is a perfect stamp for Mother's day!  The mums here are in the style of Fuji Mums which are so very pretty and come in a variety of colors.  I chose my paper first (a tip I learned long ago and often forget!) and then matched copic colors to coordinate.  The image was stamped on a pierced oval die cut with memento tuxedo black ink. The paper is a from a Michael's 6 x 6 paper pad.   I sponged some light blue on the side to add a little more interest.

Let's talk about sponging.....I have many sponge daubers - both the large jumbo type and the small finger ones.  But the sponge part tends to disintegrate over time and a few weeks ago I had to throw out a bunch of them. I've also used those round yellow regular sponges but really don't like how they apply the ink.    Then a friend told me about using latex make-up sponges instead - she bought them at her local dollar store. I picked up a bunch and love them.  Because they are latex they hold up very well and really do a nice job of applying the ink to paper.  Here is a look at the ones I got.  And they were much cheaper then the daubers.  So - that's my tip for today!!

I hope you like what you see here today.  Head on over to the IBFS store where you can find this and many other stamps. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I Brake for Curiosities!

The Those Days set includes a dazed looking creature and the sentiment "Ever have one of those days?". The creature from Those Days was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, edged with a dark marker, then set aside while I created a background for him.

Clouds were stenciled onto 140 lb. Mixed Media cardstock with Watering Can, Shadow Grey, and Hydrangea Archival ink. Leaf Green and Fern Green were sponged along the bottom of the page. 

An ancient tree die-cut was sponged with Tree Branch Archival ink, then touched up with Copic markers. The tree was adhered to the sponged image panel using Matte Multi-Medium, then the creature from Those Days was adhered at the base of the tree. His eyes were touched up with Clear Gelly Glaze pen to make them dimensional and shiny. He was so out of it that he didn't feel a thing! Some white drops were judiciously added with a White One4All paint marker

White cardstock was die-cut with a cardinal die, then colored with Copic markers to magically become bluejays, which were then adhered to the tree.

"Ever have one of those days?"from the Those Days set was stamped in the upper right hand corner using Jet Black StazOn ink . The image panel was matted with black cardstock and adhered to a white card.

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

I Brake for April's new baby boy!

Hello and happy Monday!!

It's a time for celebration in my home town!  
That's right...that world famous giraffe APRIL is from my hometown. (well, close enough)
Her owner Jordan is.  She's about 30 min. away from my house.  We first met him about 13 yrs. ago when my kids used to go to birthday parties that he was at.  He used to bring all his little critters like snakes, centipedes, tortoises and bearded dragons.  It was fun for the kids and adults alike!

For those of you who don't know the story, there's a small zoo called Animal Adventure in Harpursville, N.Y.  They have a giraffe couple April (15) and Oliver (5).  They recently bred for the first time.  The zoo set up a live webcam and almost the entire world watched and waited for April to give birth.  This past Saturday (2 days ago) she finally did!

It's a boy!!

I used three stamps from I Brake for Stamps on April's card.

April and her soon to be named calf  are both doing well!
I'll be mailing my card to them today and can't wait to visit them this summer!
Congratulations April and Oliver and of course Jordan and everyone at Animal Adventure!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I Brake for Beautiful Blue Bisters and Flowers!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing what I'm calling Blue Beauty!

I used several different products from I Brake for Stamps.

My background was created using Blue Bister Stains.

My flowers are from two different stamps.
The larger flower is the center portion of 
The smaller flowers are from 

My verse on the front and on the inside is from 

On the inside I also used

Here's a close up of the front flowers so you can see the layered dimension.

Friday, April 14, 2017

I Brake for Antique Tea Sets!

When I used the tea set last week, I thought to myself, "Self, wouldn't a teapot look cool if it had a crackled texture?" So I set about creating an antique tea set this gorgeous teapot and matching tea cups from a fabulous rubber stamp sheet (MS78) from Merry Stamper, available at I Brake for Stamps! The tea set has four tea gorgeous teapots with four matching tea cups, two sentiments, and a tiny steaming teapot. 

Here it is!

The teapot and matching tea cups were stamped with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink, colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, then edged with a blue Sharpie marker. I used my index finger to coat the teapot and  tea cups with relatively thick layers of Distress Collage Crazing Medium. They were left to dry for several hours. When completely dry, I had to place them under a stack of books for a few days to flatten them out.

Blue floral cardstock was trimmed, then the edges were distressed. White cardstock was die-cut with a pretty lace border die.

The border was adhered over the patterned paper, then the teapot and matching tea cups were adhered. The final step was to adhere card front was adhered to a blue card.

Here's a close-up view of the lovely crackling!

I Brake for Stamps has a huge and varied collection of rubber stamps that you ought to check out right now. Click on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies! 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

I Brake for Easter ...

It's Crystal and today I have an Easter card. I am using a very pretty Scripty Happy Easter  sentiment image and It's a very nice size .

I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Easter and then added some greenery leaves from a MFT die and the rolled roses are a MFT die and added diamond stickles on the petal tips, the butterflies are SU and the lace boarder is an unbranded die  , the bow die is Gina Marie , enamel dots are my DIY and the plaid paper on trim and flowers is Lawn Fawn.

If you love the Happy Easter  script stamp as much as I do be sure to hop over to IBFS online store and pick it up.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Brake For....Trailer!

Hello my stamping friends. Nancy here today .  Here in Florida the remaining snowbirds (people from northern areas who come to Florida for the winter) are either back home or in their campers on  their way.  In about two months we'll have a new group of travelers coming for summer vacations. So I thought I would show you a cute card with the IBFS image  called Trailer.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics.  I tried a bunch of different colors on the trailer.  From basic silver to bold red and even did a two-tone version by drawing a line across the middle of the image.  In the end I went with the blue/green color because it reminds me of the color of the motorcycle my husband had years ago.

The image was  stamped on a stitched oval die cut.  The clouds are a silhouette file.  The kraft cardstock base was embossed with a cuttlebug folder.   The patterned paper is from a Michael's 6 x 6 pad of 60 sheets which I picked up for just a few dollars.

As cute as this trailer is I have to confess I am not much of a camper.  When I'm on vacation I want luxury!

The Trailer stamp can be found on the IBFS store here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  head on over to the IBFS store where you will find thousands of stamps!  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I Brake for Fire Women!

Here's a card with Fire from the Elements Collection  by Carmen Medlin Designs, available at I Brake for Stamps.

Fire was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts) and colored with Copic markers. As per my Virgo nature, I googled Desert Hawks and decided that this hawk was a Harris Hawk and colored him accordingly.

The Fire image is so beautifully detailed that I decided to use a very clean design. I matted the image panel with dark brown cardstock to match my hawk, then adhered it to a piece of textured kraft cardstock that I found in my stash. The edges of the textured cardstock were sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress ink, then the cardstock was adhered to a 5x7 card. 

Dark bronze metallic cardstock was die-cut with a compass die. The compass was adhered to the card, then the Fire image panel was added. 

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

I brake for camp outs!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a fun card that could be used for a lot of different occasions.
We "camp" at a lake every August and I always send a thank you card to the lady that owns the cottage. I also may use it for a friend who is retiring at the end of this school year.  Her favorite place to be is outside in the woods.  Maybe you're surprising your kids with a trip??

Isn't this the cutest little car and camper?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I Brake for a Note ..

Hello IBFS fans !
It's Crystal here and today I have a fun and fast cards I am making for my daughter music teacher at school. When I saw the Music Staff with Flowers image I knew I had to make some note cards for her teacher.Teacher are always send a note home for reminder and such so I made these Just a Note cards for just that purpose .
to make these I cut a sheet of 651 vinyl 4"x12" with Just a Note and cut them out with my silhouette.
I stamped my image and copic colored my flowers and added the words to my card using transfer tape ,I then added glue splatter made with white glue and water 50/50 mix and splatter my card front
I then sprinkled the wet glue with my gold glitter
shake off the excess and save to use again , you are now left with home-made glitter splatters , next I add glossy accents to my flowers and we are done , these are easy to mass produce and are so cute , you can spray with hairspray to give extra hold to glitter if you think its needed .
one of my finished cards I will wrap these in pink tissue and tie a tulle bow to send to her teacher .

for the Music Staff with Flowers and many other great stamps , visit I Brake for Stamps online store 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I Brake For.....Luncheon Meat!

Lunchoen Meat???  Hi everyone it's Wednesday and time to show you what I did with the cute and funny stamp  from I Brake For Stamps called Luncheon Meat.  First let me show you what the stamp looks like:

Cute, right?  I love the look on the faces of the fish and the helpless worm!  I wanted to go in a different direction with this stamp though.  Here is my card:

To get the most use of my stamps I try to think of various ways to use them.  My card is an exercise in masking and using a stamp positioning tool (I used the stamp-a-ma-jig).  Once everything was stamped I pulled out my copic markers,  set up a rainbow palette and went to work.   My inspiration for the card was this t-shirt:

Once the fish were all colored I worked on the background.  The watercolored look of the background was created using copic colorless blender in an aqua brush.  I then scribbled some very rich blue color (B69) on a craft sheet,  picked it up with the aqua brush and simply brushed on the color.

Now, if you don't have copic colorless blender you can use rubbing alcohol but the color many not be the same.  

The sentiment on the bottom of the card is computer generated.

The Luncheon Meat stamp can be found on the IBFS store here.

Then I did a second card.  Have you ever cut your stamps apart?  This is one of those stamps that can be cut apart and used in a variety of ways.  In the next card I used the worm an two of the fish. 

 I can see using those fish individually for so many different cards. The worm and fish were colored, cut out and popped up.  And it was a bit tricky cutting that little worm!!  

The waves were created using a couple of curved border dies and I don't know if you can see it well from the picture but the bottom of the card is embossed with a design that looks like waves.
I hope you have enjoyed these cards.  Please take a look at the IBFS store to find all sorts of fish stamps! 

Thanks for stopping by!