Thursday, September 29, 2011

Walk Beside Me

There are times when I want to make "just because" cards that I can send to friends to brighten their day. I found this beautiful sentiment from I Brake for Stamps, and I wanted to make a feminine and sunny card with it.

I used some sunny Yellow Crepe Ruche paper and some Cryogen White (a yummy shimmery white cardstock) from Paper Temptress. The sentiment was stamped and die cut with an oval die, and I used the Wisped Frames technique. I added some flourishes that I die cut with the Cryogen White cardstock, and I added some Wild Orchid flowers from I Brake for Stamps to embellish the lower right edge of the sentiment.

You can see the gorgeous shimmer of the Cryogen White cardstock here:

Why not make a "just because" card today and send it to a special friend? It's always fun to surprise people with some happy mail. :-)

Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Inspirational Plate #2 (I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Daffodil
CS: all from Paper Temptress ---
--- Cryogen White
--- Yellow Crepe Ruche
Other: lace, Wild Orchid flowers (I Brake for Stamps), oval dies (Spellbinders), Fanciful Flourishes die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
TJ Technique: Wisped Frames

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Too Adorable!

Hey everyone, it's Robyn here today. I am super excited to share this card with you today. Della included the most adorable stamp in my last Design Team kit and I absolutely adore it. It's called Kittens in Mitten. I tell you just makes me smile!

I've paper pieced the mitten and added white gel pen to accent, and then I colored in the kitties with my Letraset Promarkers. I've also added some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers: 20mm Roses and 15 mm Roses. Did you know that I Brake for Stamps is the only US-based stockist for Wild Orchid Crafts flowers?

The card measures 5" x 7". Doesn't it make just the cutest country Christmas card? Such a fun stamp. Hope you enjoy seeing it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please also be sure and check out all of the gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts flowers Della stocks on the website HERE. Gorgeous eye candy!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Game Folk...

{Jane Bosi} Here's a scrappy page featuring my oldest doing one of his favorite things! The minute I saw the Game Folks sheet, the idea for this page was born! That kid owns every single board game, card game on the planet! I'm thrilled to have finally gotten it out and really like the results. In addition to using Game Folks, I've also used the Playing Card Background and Numbers Background. Also found in the IBFS store is the TJNL's Stampbooking CD.--My border technique, called Inchies Borders, can be found here as well! How's that for one stop shopping?? TTFN, Jane

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Enchanted Wolf Love

Yup, it is true, I'm a Twilight fan. Whether it is team Edward or team Jacob, it really doesn't matter to me. With the countdown started for the new Breaking Dawn film, I thought it was the perfect time to create a card using this amazing Silhouette Coyote stamp from I Brake for Stamps, which I interpreted as a wolf.

Hello everyone, Erika Taylor here today to share with you an embossed card I created using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and 2 colors of embossing powder. I love this image and the crispness of the silhouette is wonderful. I hope you enjoy it too. So without further adieu...

Here is a close up snot of the image for you to see.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. We sure appreciate your comments, so don't be afraid to leave one. Also I have a little blog candy going on on my blog, so stop by and leave a comment there too. Until next time

Erika Taylor

Thursday, September 22, 2011

IBFCC #10 - Fall

It's Holly posting today, and this week's challenge over on the I Brake for Challenges blog is all about fall. I love the fall season - you're probably sick of hearing me gush about the crisp, cool weather. LOL Just as soon as I actually GET some here, maybe I'll stop gushing. Hee hee hee!

I decided to use this fun Harvest Pumpkins scene from I Brake for Stamps for my challenge card today. This image just screams fall, doesn't it? The pumpkins, the apples, the adorable little kitty.......

I stamped this image on watercolor paper and then pulled out various dye inks (SU as well as distress inks) to color in the image. I colored the background behind the fence a warm golden glow to go with the fall theme.

The pumpkin cardstock is stamped with Holly's Tattered Background, and I used the Torn Frames technique on the dark brown cardstock. I just couldn't cover up this sweet scene with ribbons or buttons or anything, so this card is clean and simple (and tattered). :-)

Take some time to pull out some fall-themed stamps and play along with this fun challenge. You can see more gorgeous inspiration on the I Brake for Challenges blog, and you can go shopping at I Brake for Stamps for all kinds of fall-themed stamps.

Stamps: Harvest Pumpkins & Holly's Tattered Background (I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie, dye inks for watercoloring
CS: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, watercolor paper
Other: aquapainter, distress tool
TJ Technique: Torn Frames

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Delight in the Day...

Hi Everyone, its Robyn here. Happy Wednesday to each of you; I hope you are having a good week. Its lovely weather here in Michigan as the cooler weather has finally moved in and the Maple trees start to turn lovely hues of reds, oranges, and yellows. It's my favorite season of the year. I've already been to the orchard and have been baking lots of yummy Fall goodies for my family and friends. Last night I made Apple Crumble/Crisp for dessert and it was soooo good. Ahhhhh, Autumn!!!

So, that brings me to my card share for today. I'm playing along with the IBFS challenge that starts today; which is "Fall" (you can see it here). I submitted a scarecrow card - (super cute image), but wanted to create with my new Cornstalk Scene stamp that I just got from I Brake for was nagging at me to color it! :) I always enjoy using my Promarkers and this stamp is such an amazing Autumn stamp that it called for some relaxing coloring time.

Autumn Handmade card

Here is a closer look at the Cornstalk Scene stamp

Cornstalk Scene IBFS Stamp

A full list of the products used is on my blog HERE. Have a super, fabulous rest of your day! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Monday, September 19, 2011

She's All That!

Jane Bosi, here, with a cute little card featuring one of the MANY fabulous KennyK images! This little beauty is called "All That"--right? LOL!! This is my 11, going on 16, year old daughter! Who can relate?? This image is so cute and fun to color--it's perfect for those teen cards I'll be making lots of! My background uses a technique from the Technique Junkie Newsletter called Mulberry Magic. Check it out! TTFN, Jane

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Saskatchewan Tiger Lily

When I saw this stamp at I Brake for Stamps, it made me think of my husband. Why you ask would a flower do that? Well the Tiger Lily is the Provincial flower for Saskatchewan, and my wonderful husband is from there. So I asked if this one could be included in my design team package, and I'm so glad I selected it.

Hi everyone, Erika Taylor here today to share with you a card I created using the Large Lily with Forever stamp. For this image, I stamped on some beautiful Mica/Metallic paper from Paper Temptress. I embossed the image, then painted it entirely with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Glaze. Once dried, I added a little Copic marker in burgundy and finished it off with Helmar Crackle Medium. I love how this one turned out.

It has a bit of a watercolor feel and I love it. This image stamps so amazingly clean and was super easy to work with. Here is a close up of the flower for you, so you can really see the detail.

Isn't that beautiful? If you love flowers, there are so many stamps to chose from at I Brake for Stamps. Everything from collage to bold and anything in between. Take a look and grab yourself a couple of flower stamps today.

Until next time
Erika Taylor

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spirelli and Carnations

I always need birthday cards, and I wanted to make a feminine, frilly, and very pink card this time. So I pulled out my beautiful January Carnation stamp from I Brake for Stamps and colored it with pink Copic markers before cutting it out with a circle die. I just saw that this stamp is on sale this week - check it out HERE!

I wanted to use some papers that would go with the pretty pink carnations, so I pulled out my Be Mine 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park) which I bought from I Brake for Stamps (just a few left so grab yours HERE). These papers are so pretty - shades of pinks and grays and blacks which are so perfect for feminine projects.

Don't forget to check out the challenges over at I Brake for Challenges. You've still got a few more days to play in the current challenge (backgrounds) for a chance to win a free stamp! We'd love to have you play along with us this week. :-)

Stamps: January Carnation (on SALE right now at I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Black, White
Patterned Paper: Be Mine 6x6 paper pad (Echo Park) - I Brake for Stamps
Other: Copic markers, string, black & white checkered ribbon, circle dies
TJ Technique: Spirelli

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Butterfly Kisses Tri-Fold (Portrait Style)

Hello Everyone, it's Robyn here.

I'm back today with a tri-shutter card that I flipped and decorated in the portrait-style. Something different, but I really like the idea of it. Let me know what you think.

(Full card)

(Close-up of front)

(Closed - ready for the A2 sized envelope)

Isn't she precious! This stamp set is called Butterfly Kisses and is available on the I Brake for Stamps website. I LOVE each image on this sheet so, so much. Super adorable vintage-style feminine stamps.

Products used:
Paper: Coordinations, Echo Park (Life is Good)
Stamps: I Brake for Stamps (Butterfly Kisses) SAVE10ROBYN
Ink/Markers: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Letraset Promarkers, Stickles (Waterfall), SU! Chalk (Celery)
Tools: Cricut E2, Gypsy, Sentimentals Cricut Cartridge, Fiskars Trimmer, scissors, ATG
Other: Prima pearl flourishes, dimensional tape
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dare to be Different

I love experimenting with colors and mediums. Some of the best stamps to do this with are Silhouette stamps and the ones available from I Brake for Stamps are simply stunning (I'm absolutely in love with this one)

Hi everyone, Erika Taylor here today.For my card today I sprayed a Cardboard heart from Basically Bare with Glimmer Mist, then I added some UTEE to the top and when melting it and it was still liquid, I pressed a stamp into it to create this beautiful artistic heart. Then using one of my favorite sentiment stamps, Dare to be Different, I added the image using Distress Ink and when it was almost dry, sprinkled with embossing powder so that only some of the sentiment would be embossed. Here is the final project for you.

I love the simplicity of this card, yet it still packs an artistic punch. There are so many amazing phrases and sentiments in the I Brake for Stamps shop. Something for every single project I'm certain. So take a moment today and dare to be different.

Until next time
Erika Taylor

Thursday, September 8, 2011

IBFCC #9 - Background Stamps

Howdy! It's Holly posting today, and today's challenge over on the I Brake for Challenges blog is all about background stamps. So pull out your background stamps and get inky and share your creations with us!

I love background stamps, and my favorite one is Holly's Tattered Background from I Brake for Stamps. This is THE most versatile stamp I've ever owned. Just look at how I used it on this card.

Not only did I stamp the Tattered Background on the red paper, but I also stamped it directly over the horse scene after I colored it. Now it looks like a very old Western painting - love it!!

I stamped this Desert Mustang with Timber Brown Stazon ink onto watercolor paper, and then I watercolored it with various distress inks. After this was completely dry, I sponged some Antique Linen distress ink around the edges. Then I used Antique Linen distress ink and stamped Holly's Tattered Background all over the colored image.

I used some Walnut Stain distress ink on the same Tattered background and stamped it all over the red paper in the background. The main image was distressed with a distress tool, and then I used the Torn Frames technique (from Technique Junkies) around it. Lastly, I frayed some twill tape and added that behind the Torn Frame.

You can see that you don't "have" to use background stamps only on your backgrounds. Give your stamps a whirl and see what you can do with yours. Better yet, check out what the other gals have done on the I Brake for Challenges blog and play along with us. There's a fun prize for one lucky player!

Stamps: Desert Mustang, Holly's Tattered Background - I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, distress inks
CS: Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, watercolor paper, Wanted pp (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: aquapainter, distress tool, twill tape, sponge
TJ Techniques: Torn Frames, Worn Wallpaper

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We Remember...

As we remember the events of 09/11/01 here is a card that I've made. (More personal details on my blog HERE). Its very basic and simple but I meant it to be so.

The inside sentiment is from the Inspirational Phrases sheet, and the compasses are from the Collage Elements #1

Here is a close up of the sentiment so it's easier to read

May God bless each of you in a special way today.

Products Used:
Papers: Kraft cardstock (Paper Studio); Patterned paper is Americana (K& Co)
Stamps: Compass from Collage Elements #1 and Sentiment from Inspirational Phrases (I Brake for Stamps)
Tools/Diecuts: Cricut E2, Gypsy, the 911 are from the Country Life cartridge and the forward slash is from Gypsy Font, Tim Holtz Rosette die, Big Shot
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts tiny closed rosebuds
Other: Remember sticker from K&Co Americana, vintage buttons, linen thread, Prima lace
Inks: Vintage Photo Distress ink, Tuxedo Black Momento ink

Monday, September 5, 2011

I've Labored For You......

Not that it was a hardship, though! {Jane Bosi} bringing you a little goodie to make you start thinking about Fall and candy :) These yummy Costume Bears can be found in the I Brake For Stamps store--in plenty of time for all of your Halloween needs!! I've been itchin' to color these cutie pies and hope you can see the detail in my close up shots. I've used Pencils Over Markers (Technique Junkies Newsletter) to complete each bear and then added some ribbon and spica sparkles to finish things off.

As a reminder, there are a few days left to play along in the I Brake For Challenges current challenge. A new challenge will be announced (with a winner!) on Wednesday of this week! C'mon over and check us out!!
TTFN, Jane

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fall is in the Air

I love Maple Leaves! Maybe it is the Canadian in me, but those colors as fall comes into play, are truly breathtaking. Every autumn color can be found on that one special leaf. Hi everyone, Erika Taylor here today to share with you a fall card I created using the beautiful Bold Maple Leaf stamp from I Brake for Stamps.

This image is absolutely stunning and perfect for both feature images and backgrounds on projects. The card has both of those and I hope that you can truly appreciate the beautiful image this stamp creates.

First off I used Versamark and a little glitter to create the background. Then I stamped the Bold Maple Leaf 3 times on different paper and used some wonderful embossing powder to create these autumn leaves. After they were heat embossed, I fussy cut them and using Helmar Liquid Scrapdots, created a wonderful dimensional pile of leaves.

I think this stamp is my favorite so far. The versatility is simply AMAZING!!!! Here is a close up shot of the leaves themselves. I hope you can see the amazing detail the Bold Maple Leaf stamp creates when you emboss it.

Try you hand at some of the amazing bold images at I Brake for Stamps. There are so many to choose from and with Autumn right around the corner, make sure you look at the Fall and Halloween stamps too.

Until next time

Erika Taylor

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Just Peachy

It's Holly posting today. I'm playing along with the Belli Challenge again, and this week is all about acetate or vellum. I've used the Vellum Sentiments technique from Technique Junkies for today's card.

I stamped these gorgeous peaches from I Brake for Stamps and colored them with Copic markers. Then I stamped the sentiment on the vellum, centered it over the peaches, and adhered it with brads in each corner. There is a little trick to this technique, but you'd have to subscribe to the Technique Junkies newsletter to read about it.

Stamps: peach and sentiment from MS71 Full Plate (I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: white, Olive, Chocolate Chip, vellum
Other: Copics, hole punch, brads (Queen & Co.)
TJ Technique: Vellum Sentiments