Saturday, March 25, 2017

I Brake for Teachers!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a "work in progress."  I work in an elementary school and a couple of us have decided to do a few things to help beautify the school and make it a nicer place to work.  For instance someone added some table cloths, a flower arrangement and brought a pretty clock into our staff lunch room.

I plan on making several little "pictures" to hang in different areas. 

I trimmed out her purse and shopping bag because they didn't really make sense for a teacher to be holding them.  It shows you that your stamps can be even more versatile with a little creative thinking.
I figure the purse strap just looks like a bracelet now.

I hope the staff will enjoy these funny little
 wall hangings and it will put a smile on their faces.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I Brake for Lunch ..

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and today I am using an image from the Humorous Senior line called Flo the Waitress . We just had a new cafe open in my town and the waitress are so kind and I had a thought what if a make a Thank You card to go with my tip I leave for them, sometimes it's the little things in a day that can really let someone know they are appreciated, I believe Flo the waitress will but a smile on my waitress' face , spread a little love and kindness ....

to find Flo the Waitress and look for many other images from  Humorous Senior line visit I Brake for Stamps online store 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I Brake For,,,,,,,,,,Flower Background

Hello IBFS fans...Nancy here with another pretty spring card....

The image is called Large Flower Background and measures 3 1/8 x 4.5.  It can be found at the IBFS store here. 

 Now, I had another completely different card in mind for this stamp...until I stamped it.  I saw how pretty the design was and thought it would make a wonderful focal point for a card.  I did not want to cover this pretty background with another image!!

I stamped it with Peeled Paint distress ink and colored the leaves and flowers with copics.  It really took no time at all to do this.  I paired the image with some digi papers  -  yellow in the background and striped paper in blue, green and yellow.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a stitched circle die.  Just a little blue ribbon was added for an accent.
Stop by the IBFS store - I know you will find something wonderful there!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I Brake for Blue Poppies!

It's the second day of spring, snow is on the ground, and it's still chilly here in the Northeast. I'm yearning for warm days and flowers, so I decided to go floral with the poppies/text image from the Half Sheet Numbers and Flowers (Stampinback stamps) carried at I Brake for Stamps. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

Here's my card.

The poppies/text image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts) onto wood patterned paper. The poppies were colored with Copic markers to match a photo of gorgeous blue poppies that I found on Google images. As a Virgo, I sometimes usually like to be accurate. I used a wet brush to loosely draw around the perimeter of the image, then tore on the wet lines. The poppies part of the image was outlined with a Copic marker, then the text and dot part of the image were sponged with Distress inks.

I recently rediscovered my sprays and decided that they weren't evil after all! In fact, they're rather fun to use! A corrugated cardboard rectangle (reserved packaging) was sprayed with various blue sprays until I was happy with the result. The excess ink was mopped up with a second corrugate rectangle, a white tag, and a short length of white lace.

A stencil was placed atop the sprayed corrugate, then a pearlescent white spray was misted over top to create a pattern and some shimmer. The sprayed shimmery corrugate was heat set, then the top layer was torn in a few spots to reveal the texture below. Some Distress ink was sponged onto the revealed layers to change the color a bit. 

The image panel was adhered, the dyed lace was stapled on, and three small dragonfly charms were added.

I found a sheet of script patterned paper in my stash, which I cut down, then used Jet Black Archival ink  with the dot patterned stamp from the Half Sheet Numbers and Flowers rubber sheet to stamp the dot pattern several times. The dotty script panel was sponged with the same mix of Distress inks used on the image panel. 

The corrugate matted image panel was adhered to the card front, glitter stickers from my stash were used to add the sentiment, and the card front was adhered to a blue 5x7 card.

I Brake for Stamps has a great selection of Stampinback's 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! 

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I Brake for Babies!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Yesterday I had a baby shower at work and my grade level went in on a gift together.  I made the card.  I used

I had no idea when I made this but the plates at the shower were white with blue polka dots.
Just a fun coincidence!

I used Copic markers to color the B and rattle.

Here's the inside...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I Brake for Mama ...

Hello IBFS fans !!
It's Crystal here and today I have a Mother's Day card using Enoa Mae and Kids , she is from the Humorous Senior line and you all know how I love love love that line ....

Today I wanted to show how you can get more looks out of your stamps by cutting the stamped image apart and highlighting one of the images to be the main focal point , this is a Mother's day card so I wanted Mom to stand out from the kids , take a look at my card and then I will walk you thru how I did it .

ok here is how I made my card , I stamped the imaged in a news print designer paper 6x6 size ( this kind if paper has smaller print size made for card makers )
I then copic colored the kids and add line colors to the mom , this helps the image blend seamlessly when I pop her up over the news print image

I stamped the image again on white card stock and colored only mom and then fussy cut her out right on the black stamped line and then used glue dots to pop her up over the image of her stamped on news print

I added a banner with my sentiment cut from vinyl and a few of my DIY enamel dots I distressed the layer edges of my card and inked then up with TH walnut stain

you can see by the side angle that it is colored under the popped up image but we did not fully color and no one will ever know...

inside I stamp the image im matching ink to my card so its more like a watermark look and I can still write over the image to write a special message to mom

I did not have a die cut to fit the area I need it to fit , so what I did was use my Silhouette and cut vinyl to fit the area I need it to fit , it looks like its embossed but its really just vinyl , give it a try it will open a hole new world .

well I open this post has inspired you to look at your stamps in a whole new way , turn those images into a 2D look , leave me a commit if you liked my card today and if this is something you would like to try .
to find Enoa Mae and Kids and look for many other images from  Humorous Senior line visit I Brake for Stamps online store 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Brake For......Kerr Jar

Hello my crafty friends!  Nancy here and  I hope all is going well with you.  Are you ready for spring?  it is right around the corner and I can't wait to see the pops of color as the flowers start to bloom.  We planted our annuals in the front last week and it was so nice to see something other than brown in the flower beds.
I have a wonderful spring like card to show you today.  A burst of color in some flowering blackberry /raspberry stems all delightfully placed in a Kerr mason jar:

The image is call Kerr Jar and can be found here in the IBFS store.
It's a wonderful image to color.  I used a mix of copics and prisma pencils for the coloring, sticking with purples and pinks.  The blackberries have a touch of green on them to show they are not quite ripe yet.  I used a pierced oval die for the main image and an EK Success punch for the scallop portion on the bottom.  The paper is from Basic Grey and I had to add a little bling with green rhinestones.
Please be sure to stop by the IBFS store for more wonderfully detailed stamps!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I Brake for a Butterfly Chrysalis!

Here's an encouragement card featuring the Butterfly Chrysalis Change rubber stamp from the Eclectic Collection 2 by Carmen Medlin Designs for I Brake for Stamps. By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

The Butterfly Chrysalis Change was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut and edged with a black marker.

Shimmery white cardstock was die-cut with a berry sprig die colored with Copic markers, and detailed with a fine tip pen to make the branches look pipe-like. Gold metallic cardstock was die-cut with a fancy clock corner. Black metallic cardstock was die-cut with the steampunky butterfly. White cardstock was die-cut with the matching Solid Butterfly die, then colored with the same colors used on the Butterfly Chrysalis Change image. The metallic steampunky butterfly was adhered atop the colored Solid Butterfly die-cut.

Green cardstock was embossed with a clockworks embossing folder. The sprig, corner, and butterfly dies were adhered to the embossed cardstock. was adhered over the sprig, then several sentiments rub-ons were added. The embossed panel was matted with black metallic cardstock, 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 on my badge below to be whisked over to I Brake for Stamps to check out all of the goodies!

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

I Brake for Birdies!

Hello and happy Saturday!

My Brother-In-Law Bob has a birthday next week and he loves to golf.
It's called Jack's Birdie.

 IBFS has a slew of funny seniors stamps!
It scares me a little that I'm starting to relate to them more and more!

I printed my own sentiment off my computer.

Happy Birthday Bob!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I Brake for New Florals ..

Hello IBFS fans !!!

It's Crystal here and I got in some more flower stamps from the I Brake for Stamps store this set is called Floral Sheet, it has great solid images and line work images , so there is a lot you can do when playing with this set. Today I stamped the solid image in a color ink and the added black line work to make it pop , I was not worried about lining these up perfectly (not the look I wanted today , going for more abstract today ).

I made a total set today ,card and matching vellum envelope
I stamped my flowers in a coral , melon mambo , Lagoon color and added black line work then shaded around the flowers in copic BG11 and BG15 and added random dots around , I added wink of stella pen in clear to outer centers and then added diamond stickle dots to center of the flowers , the Thank you is cut 2 times from black CS and stacked layered up to add more pop , they stand out more

I stamped more flowers inside , because the inside of my card should be fabulous too , plenty of room to still write a note inside

I hope you hop on over and pop the Floral sheet into your shopping cart , you will have so much fun with this set , it even has great sentiments in the set too.

I got more ideas coming for this set so pick it up and we will have some more fun with it !!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

I Brake For...Some Days

Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right?  Hopefully it does not happen often but there are times when it's just not your day.  And this stamp and sentiment from I Brake For Stamps says it all..

The stamps are from the Carmen Medlin Curiosities line at IBFS.  This set of the monster and the sentiment is called Some Days Set and can be found here.  It is also available in the Curiosities Set 2 which includes 5 other cute monsters and sentiments.  That set can be found here.
I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with copics.  The grass is an EK Success punch.  The polaroid frame is a silhouette file.
The patterned paper has stitch lines in the design and I wanted to carry that onto the card so I cut the paper and some white cardstock with a curved lines stitch die - here is a close up.

 have to say that I just love these little monster stamps and especially like that they are paired with funny sentiments.  Be sure to stop by the IBFS store to check them out.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

I Brake for Steampunk Skulls!

Steampunk Skullanother of my favorite digital images, was just released in gorgeous deeply etched rubber by by Carmen Medlin Designs for I Brake for StampsSteampunk Skull is available separately or in the New Steampunk rubber stamp set with six other fabulous Steampunk images that are also now in rubber! By the way, IBFS ships internationally!

Here's my card with Steampunk Skull.

Steampunk Skull was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (ImagineCrafts) and colored with Copic markers.

Mixed media cardstock was die-cut with  bent and straight pipe dies, a chain die, and a Steampunk Corner die. The pipes were formed into a frame and then painted with silver acrylic paint, which also was used to paint the chains and the corner. A mix of other paints were dry brushed onto the pipes, the chains, and the corner to add the look of rust to them.

Blue cardstock was cut to 5.75" x 6.75", then dry embossed with a Steampunk-themed embossing folder. The raised bits were brushed with silver waxy stuff to add a metallic look to them. The image panel was then edged with my balky silver leafing pen.

The corner and chains were adhered to the top of the card front. A tiny gear die-cut from my stash was added to the center of the corner die Three screwtop brads were used to both secure the chains/corner element and to add an additional touch of metal

The framed Steampunk Skull image panel was adhered to the card, then drops of clear adhesive were added under the Steampunk Skull's faucet. The image panel was adhered to the card and I called it done!

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!

Thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

I Brake for Crabby Birthdays!

Hello and happy Saturday!

My Father-In-Law has a birthday coming up at the end of the month so I wanted to get a head start on getting his card made.  I need a head start because I also have a Nephew, Sister-In-Law and two Brother-In-Laws with March birthdays.  It's a busy month for our family!  (not to mention that I'm a March baby)

So...George lives just outside of Tampa, Fl. and loves the water.  How perfect is this CRAB SURPRISE for him?

You can find it over at I Brake for Stamps.