Wednesday, October 21, 2020

I Brake for Coffee!

 Hello from design team member Heidi!  I have been feeling very low energy lately, so I decided to make a card with one of my favorite, most energizing themes.  Coffee!

I started with a background created with Colorburst powders.  This background is really pretty in person.  It is gloomy today so my camera just didn’t capture the depth of the colors.  I stamped over the background with dark brown Versafine ink with the coffee cup image.  

The focal image is one of my favorite stamps.  It just makes me laugh.  This was stamped on a kraft cardstock with brown ink, and then I sponged color around the edge of my oval die.  

These stamps are part of Coffee Rubber Sheet.

Thanks for visiting and keep on stamping!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

I Brake for Harvest Bear

 Hello and happy Monday!

Fall is most definitely in the air where I live and I love it!!

Today I'm sharing HARVEST SHY BEAR. He can be found on his own or on full sheet MS49.

I love all of the fun things people do with pumpkins now.  Elaborate carvings, painting them fun colors, adding embellishments.  It's just so FUN!! 
I decided to go blue!

Saturday, October 10, 2020

I Brake for Crazy Times!

 Hello and happy Saturday!

As some of you may know, I work in an elementary school. We're currently in session 5 days a week with 80% of the students opting for in person learning. The rest are at home and "zooming" in for instruction.

It's been a wild and crazy year and as I was flipping through my IBFS index book I came across this set...Clueless Set.  It can also be found on a sheet with some other fun sets HERE.

I'm pretty sure there's no better sentiment to wrap up the 2020 school year than this verse!!

I fussy cut the image because for this particular card I didn't want the wings and large horns.  I placed it on the counter of our office with a note that said how proud I was to work with such an amazing group of people.

The little flowers are from MS91.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

I Brake for Asters!

 Hello from design team member, Heidi!  I have a friendship card to share with you today.  

I first colored the September Aster stamp with markers.  I cut it out with scissors.  I put this over top of a pastel vellum circle and then popped it up over the card front.  The background paper is actually one I made using the Faux Linen technique.  It is hard to see the texture in the photo, but you first sand glossy paper in both directions and then just add ink over top.  

On the inside, I stamped the same image again in light tan ink, and stamped my message from Inspirational Plate #2 over top.  I know just the friend I want to send this to!

Thanks for visiting today and keep on stamping!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

I Brake for Thankful Bears!

Hello and happy Saturday!!

Today I'm sharing a thank you card that I made for a co-worker.

She gave me a little "just because" gift yesterday and so I wanted to thank her. 

It's probably not well known to most people but I LOVE bees!

I used the bee from Things with Wings and Butterfly Catcher Shy Bear.
The verse is from Every Day Phrases.

On the inside I used Thank You for the verse and
I also used a flower and a leaf from MS91 Full Plate.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

I Brake for Halloween Skies!

 Hello!  Happy October!  I am not very into Halloween, but I do like to give out candy to trick or treaters. I don’t feel as safe doing that this year, so I wanted to send out cards and maybe a little candy money to some of the special kids in my life.  

I used an all-purpose Trees Background stamp here and made it Halloween by using those colors in the sky.  I first punched a circle from masking paper, then sponged my inks on the paper till I got the blend I wanted.  I removed that mask to reveal a moon, and then stamped over top with the Tree stamp.  The sentiment was created with dies.  

I have previously used this stamp with blues to create a wintery sky.

Thanks for visiting and keep on stamping!

Heidi @MyLittleStampingBlog

Saturday, September 26, 2020

I Brake for Sunflowers!

 Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a sunshiny card that has no purpose yet.

It may become a birthday card or a thinking of you never know.

I used MS91 to make my card.

I'm torn...a couple weeks ago I made a card with a branch and bee for my son's girlfriend's October birthday.  Her favorite flower is the sunflower though.  Decisions, decisions...I think I'll show them both to him and let him decide what she'd like the most.

I live in the country and have deer and squirrels galore.  I rarely have a sunflower actually bloom but this year I was lucky enough to have several. (well...5)  That's a pretty big accomplishment for my yard.  I'm in love with this wonderful stamp sheet and all the beautiful flowers and leaves.  Check it out at I Brake for Stamps here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

I Brake for Outdoorsy Dogs!

 Hello from designer, Heidi!  I just love the wonderful detailed scenes that I Brake for Stamps carries.  Many of them are very appropriate for masculine cards.  Check out the search for “Masculine” and see what you think...

This stamp is called Asleep on the Deck.  I have several recipients in mind who are going to love this scene!

I made a bit of an abstract background for this scene.  I used glossy paper and swiped my inkpads randomly across the paper.  When you wipe the excess ink off, it blends them just so.  You can always repeat the process if you want to add a little more here or there.  Then I stamped right over top with black Memento ink.  

I am not sure what occasion I am sending this for, so I left the sentiment off for now. I do think I it could work well for a dog sympathy card.  

Thanks for visiting!  Keep on stamping!

Monday, September 21, 2020

I Brake for Shy Bears!

 Hello and Happy Monday!

I thought I'd share a cheerful card to start the week out.

One of my co-workers just started in a new position and I wanted to send her a little note to cheer her on.

I used Mailbox Shy Bear.

The sentiment is from Every Day Phrases.

My friend is in a new school due to Covid-19.  With the need to social distance in the classrooms there was a need to add a teacher to each grade level.  She's enjoying her new room but in these new and trying times I just wanted her to know that I'm thinking of her.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

I Brake for Safari!

Hello from designer, Heidi!  I just love this wonderful Safari stamp. I have used it before on the blog and it just is such a great illustration.

This time, I created a background on glossy paper.  I used my mini dye ink cubes, and pressed them directly onto the paper and twisted them so I didn’t get harsh edges. I wiped the excess ink from the paper and then stamped over top with memento ink.  

I finished the card as a Clean and Simple look, by matting with black cardstock and adding a sentiment underneath.  

The stamps I used are Pride of Africa and sentiment from Inspirational Phrases. Check them out at the I Brake for Stamps store!

Thanks for visiting today and keep on stamping!

Saturday, September 12, 2020

I Brake for blue flowers!

 Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a pretty card that could be used for several different occasions.

I used Half Sheet 137A and the butterfly is from Things with Wings.

The verse is called Hold on to Each Other.

I masked of the center square and sponged to different color blue inks.  I then used a blue bister stain powder to make the dark splotches. 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

I Brake for Gelli plates and stamps!

 Hello from design team member, Heidi!

Today, I would like to show you the results of a simple stamping technique using a gelli plate.  I will first just tell you my process. I applied Distress Oxide ink in a few colors of pink and orange to a gelli plate. I used a brayer, just to even out the ink.  

Then, I pressed this large background (5x7 inches) stamp over the gelli plate and removed it.  I made a print of what was left on the gelli plate (center), and then also stamped what remained on the stamp to make another print (right).

This is really fun and fast to do!  The gelli plate not only allows you to make two prints with every stamp, but it also adds a lot of texture you wouldn’t get if you just stamped the traditional way.

So, I made a bunch of prints and then made several cards out of them.  Some of the prints I didn’t like as well, so I either cut them down and used the area I liked.  Or, I stamped flowers over the print and cut them out like it was patterned paper. 

The background stamp I used is Huge Floral Background, but you could use any of the great background stamps the I Brake for Stamps carries.

The sentiments all came from Inspirational Plate #2.  

The flowers are from Floral Half Sheet.

Thank you for visiting! 

Friday, September 4, 2020

I Brake for Bees and Branches!

 Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card with you.

I've used Branch with Flowers for my main image.

The ladybug and bee are from Things with Wings sheet.
Happy Birthday comes from Every Day Phrases.  I stamped the bee 3 times.  One is the base.  The next was stamped so that I could pop the wings up and the last one I stamped in yellow and drew in the black stripes.  I just cut the body out and glued it to the layer with the wings folded up.

I think I'm going to set this card aside for my son's girlfriend.  Her birthday is in October and she loves bees.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

I Brake for Outdoorsmen!

 Hello from design team member, Heidi!  I hope you are doing well.  September snuck up on me and I need to get a card out for my brother’s birthday.  He is an outdoor enthusiast, and I found this wonderful stamp that I know he will love!

I first masked off part of my card front. I then sponged green and brown distress oxide ink over the area.  I added some blue to the top to get another color of green. I spritzed this with water to get marks and then stamped over top.  

I could have done this in landscape, the stamp is big enough to cover a card that direction too.  

I then used a Happy Birthday stamp from another sets and a couple enamel dots to finish this off.  Clean and simple works well for masculine cards.

The stamps I used today can be purchased at the I Brake for Stamps store.

Outdoorsmen Collection 

Sentiment from Florals Sheet 

Thanks for visiting today and keep on stamping!