Saturday, October 19, 2019

I Brake for Harvest Mice!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing the Thanksgiving card I plan to give my mom and step-dad.  I'll be doing the cooking but it will be at their house.

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Thanksgiving just might be my favorite day of the year!  I love to cook and I love to eat.  What better day is there for those two things!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

I Brake for Winter Scenes!

It’s a rainy day here and it is a good day to work on Christmas cards.  I like this very sweet, super detailed stamp called Little Creatures Christmas.

I colored the stamp with alcohol markers.  I started with all the details in the Christmas tree. There are carrots, grapes, pinecones, and more, decorating this woodland tree!  How cute are all the little animals.  I then added Wink of Stella, glitter glue, white gel pen and glossy accents to the details.  It looks like it would take a long time to color but it really didn’t.  

I masked off the snowy portion of the image, and the edges, and then sponged blue ink for my sky.  It looks like it took a long time to color, but it really didn’t .

I matted the image over some pretty plaid paper, using ribbon and a snowflake button to add even more Christmas cheer!

Hope you have a wonderful day! I would love to know if you have started your holiday cards yet?

Saturday, October 12, 2019

I Brake for Wheat!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing what I'll probably turn into a Thanksgiving card.

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I didn't finish off the inside yet because my mom's been in the hospital.  I may just use it to brighten her day if she doesn't come home since it's also just a nice fall card as it is.  She hasn't been outside in over a week and loves fall.

I love fall and you always see the pumpkins and scarecrows and wagons...I was drawn to this wheat spray bundle because it was unique.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

I Brake for Fall Bouquets!

Hello from design team member, Heidi.  I hope you are having a great Autumn so far.  Today, I am sharing a card with a bouquet of flowers that I colored for this season.  

I decided to stamp my sentiment right over top of the card front.  I used my stamping platform so that I could stamp it repeatedly, and get a nice bold look.  Then, I thought I would use a bit of white pencil to highlight the right side of the words to make sure it stood out well.  I thought that did the trick, and my card is nice and flat for mailing!

The floral stamp is part of a lovely stamp set called Florals Sheet, and the sentiment can be found in the I Brake for Stamps store HERE.

Thank you for visiting the blog today!  Come back again soon!

Monday, October 7, 2019

I Brake for Butterflies!

Hello and happy Monday!
Today I'm sharing my mom's 70th birthday card.

My mom has been unable to tend to her gardens this summer due to illness so I wanted to bring her garden to her via her card.  She has what will hopefully be her last surgery today.

You can't really tell in the photo (see the shadow?) but the wings of the butterfly are popped up on foam tape.  The verse is from EVERY DAY PHRASES.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

I Brake for Covered Bridges!

I love writing this post, because I really do brake for covered bridges!  I have happy memories of driving through one every year with my family, on our way to our summer vacation.  We always slowed down and tried to see if someone was coming through the other way, and when the coast was clear, drove on.   It is painted red, so I decided to color this stamped scene in red.

I used alcohol markers to color the scene.  I randomly decided where the clumps of different colored leaves would be and am happy how it turned out!  I added accents of die cut leaves around my oval frame, and finished it with this lovely plaid paper that I have been saving for a special project.  

This stamp is simply called Covered Bridge and you can purchase it in the I Brake for Stamps store.  If you like covered bridges, there are a few others to choose from HERE.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

I Brake for Happiness!

Hello and happy Sunday!

Today I'm sharing a fun, bright card that I made for my friend.

Last week my friend surprised me with my favorite 3-wick candle from Bath and Bodyworks for no reason!  The card simply said, "Happy Thursday my friend!"
Isn't that so sweet??

There's an entire line of these fun little monsters.
I thought this one would be perfect for her thank you card.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

I Brake for Birthday Flowers!

Hello from designer, Heidi!  I used this stamp a couple weeks ago with an artsy stamping technique, but wanted to use it again to show the pretty detail of the stamp.

First, I used watercolors to created a background.  This time, I used mixed media paper.  I die cut the paper, then stamped the floral silhouette in black ink.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, available in the I Brake for Stamps store: Half Sheet 138B.

Thanks for your visit today, and happy stamping!!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

I Brake for Birthday Roses!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card.

The sentiments are both from Every Day Phrases.

I stamped the roses twice and cut them apart so they would fit around the circular window.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

I Brake for Asters!

Hello!  Did you know that September’s Birth Flower is the Aster?  That isn’t a big surprise as you may see them for sale all over during the early fall.  I made this card for my friend, whose birthday is in just a couple days!  

I tried to color the image in what I think is the quintessential color for an Aster, a pretty periwinkle. I used a blue and a purple alcohol marker to get this look.  I die cut the image, and then with the die in place, sponged light blue distress ink over top, to get the delicate white frame.  

I like to decorate the inside by stamping the flower in a very light ink with the sentiment over top.

Like all the stamps in the Birth flower series, this is available as both a regular size and a Jumbo size. The stamp I used is the regular one.  

Sentiment from Half Sheet 138B

I sure appreciate your visiting the blog today!  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

I Brake for Ghosts!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Halloween card.  I know it's probably still hot where some you live...I'm in upstate NY and it was just 90 deg. here 3 days ago.  The last two days have been in the upper 60s though so my mind has shifted to fall.

My son and his girlfriend decorated our house for Halloween a few days ago and it looks great.  It also got me in the mood to make a Halloween card.

I've used GHOST  and SPIDER WEB from I Brake for Stamps.

I've had this little ghost for so many years!  I still pull him out EVERY SINGLE Halloween.  I just recently acquired the spider web and thought they'd be great together. 

On the inside I used LARGE BOO.
I hope you're all enjoying the start of fall!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

I Brake for Gnomes!

Hello and happy FRIDAY!

In case you didn't notice...I LOVE this Gnome set from I Brake for Stamps.

You can find this gnome and these mushrooms on MS123 Gnomes Sheet.

There are so many wonderful images on this full sheet from I Brake for Stamps!

I just recently received this Tim Holtz Textured Impressions log die and embossing folder and I instantly thought of this set.  The leaves and branch are old Sizzix dies.  The grass was cut with a Martha Stewart punch.

Inside I used the Happy Birthday verse from Every Day Phrases.
I also used Large Leaf on the inside.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

I Brake for Birds!

Hello!  Today, I worked on a Thank You card.  First, I sponged light blue Distress ink over textured white cardstock.  I then stamped my bird image onto this, and a second time onto plain white cardstock.

I simply filled in the color with alcohol markers, then fussy cut out the plain bird and glued it over top of the textured paper.  I like the tiny bit of dimension this gives, as I would have lost a lot of the bird detail on the textured cardstock.  

Oh, and I almost forgot! I did add a touch of white gel pen to accent the eye.  I often find that makes a big difference!

The image is from Sheet 141A Birds, and the sentiment is from Florals Sheet.

Thank you for visiting today! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

I Brake for Brusho Stamping!

Hello everyone.  I am sharing a card I made this week with a bit of a different stamping technique. I stamped with Brusho powders.  Any of the watercolor powders would work with this technique and it gives a neat look.

This is the process. 1: Spritz rubber stamp with water.  2: Sprinkle Brusho powders over the wet stamp.  I used yellow, green and blue powders. 3: Spritz again with water to mix colors.  4: Stamp onto watercolor paper.

This is a very loose look and will be a bit different each time.  I let my garden dry, and then stamped over top of it with the fence stamp. I added a few flower sequins to the garden, just for fun. I just adore this sentiment, don’t you?

All the stamps are from Half Sheet 138B.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

I Brake for Flowers!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a "pick me up" card for someone who is ill.

I used one of the flowers from
It's a plate full of stained glass windows with flowers and insects.

I have an embossing folder that matches this image REALLY well so I dug that out and embossed my front panel.  It's difficult to see in the photo but the glass panels are colored in a warm gray.

On the inside I used one of the verses from