Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Hello Everyone! This is Chrissy D here! Welcome to the I Brake For Stamps Blog!

I couldn't resist using this fun image from I Brake for Stamps with this paper - it's just too perfect! You can find this  image called  Movie Maven Maude. The image was a little larger than I needed, so I used the Out of the Box technique, from Technique Junkie Newsletter.  I stamped that on the sentiment strip and on Vellum and used the another technique called Vellum sentiments. 

Stamps:  Inspirational Phrases  and  Movie Maven Maude from I Brake For Stamps
Cardstock: Pink Pirhouette, Early Espresso, White Storm 
Accessories: Copic Markers, Viva Pearl Pens Ice White, Ivory Open Roses 10mm, Rose Satin Ribbon, Hat Pin, Dimensionals, Eyelet Scallop Punch from SU, 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

Chrissy D

Monday, January 30, 2012

Latched Bear Love.....

{Jane Bosi} Hi HO Brakers!!! I'm still lovin' on the new Rick St. Dennis Bears, Winter Bears. I decided to use this little skater bear with this fun little latch card technique. I must be getting all lovey lovey a bit early for Valentine's Day! You can find this sweet bear here. You can find out more about the Latch Card technique on my blog. If you happened to miss the Winter Bear Hop, you can start right here. AND, you still have a day or so to play in the I Brake For Stamps challenge--the prize is a bear of your choice!! Hurry! :) TTFN!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

There is a new challenge over on the I Brake for Challenges blog, and this time we are having fun with Fun or Fancy Fold projects.

I was inspired by the blue background paper that I used here. It reminded me of the beautiful Delft plates that my mother collects. I used this sweet scene from the Rare Image Garden Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) and stamped it in blue. I sponged the edges with some Antique Linen distress ink to give it an aged appearance.

You're wondering what the "fancy fold" part of my card is, aren't you? I used the Double Gatefold Card technique (Technique Junkies), and you can see how this card opens in this picture below:

The sentiment inside is also from the Rare Image Garden Sheet. I love the way this card opens up - so unexpected. :-)

Check out what the other Design Team members created over on the I Brake for Challenges blog. There is still another week left, and we'd love to have you play along!

Stamps: Rare Image Garden Sheet - I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Marina Mist, Antique Linen distress ink (my FAVORITE)
CS: White, Marina Mist
Other: sponge
TJ Technique: Double Gatefold Card (Fancy Folds & Motion Paper Crafts cd)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Miss seeing you out sledding...

Happy Wednesday Everyone, it's Robyn here today. I know many of you have seen the new release sheet via our blog hop last Friday, but just in case you missed it here is a card that I made using the new stamp release available only through I Brake for Stamps by Rick St. Dennis.

Here is the card that I created using the sledding bear...

Stamp: Winter Bears - Rick St. Dennis Exclusive, Every Day Phrases "I Miss You"
Other Products used:
Paper: Basic Grey 'Out of Print'; Grey textured Coordinations paper, Letraset Promarkers, Doily, Snowflake button, 5mm self-adhesive pearls, Stickles in Crystal, Jenni Bowlin ink in Fountain Pen, EK Success scalloped border punch

Thank you so much for shopping by today, we always appreciate you taking time to see what the DT have been creating. I hope you have a fabulous rest of your week.
~ Robyn =)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Hi Everyone! Have you played along in the latest I Brake For Stamps Challenge yet? The challenge is to make a “Fancy Folds” (you can see it here).  
On my card today, I used the technique called the Pleated Front card from the 3-D and Fun Folds Cd from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.
Here’s a list of supplies I’ve used for this card:
Papers:  SU Wild Wasabi, Rose Red
Stamps:  IBFS Coffee and Tea Sheet
Copics: R39, R81Y23, YG67 and YG63
Inks:  Momento: Tuxedo Black, SU Wild Wasabi, Rose Red
Accessories: Martha Stewart Score Board, Pencil, Technique Junkie Newsletter 3-D and Fun Folds, Paper Piercing Tool, Pink Grosgrain, Crystal Effects

Have a very BLESSED day! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! I hope you will join us in the challenges!

Chrissy D

Monday, January 23, 2012

And, The Winner Is......

Happy Monday, Brakers!!! Thank you to everyone who joined us for our New Release Hop! The DT (and a few wonderful guests) had a great time providing inspiration with Rick St. Dennis' new Winter Bears. It was just the first of many fun hops from I Brake For Stamps!!

The winner of the $15 IBFS gift certificate is JeanFB!! Congrats! You have two weeks to contact Della at ibrakeforstamps@yahoo.com to claim your prize :)

My card today features Gloriosa Daisy. I just love this image--isn't it pretty? I've combined it with a great technique, Copic Stencils, from the Technique Junkie Newsletter. Be sure to check it out!

TTFN, Jane

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spring flowers

Hi!! I was supposed to get this posted yesterday, but since it's 4:00 am on Sunday, I think it will be okay!! Our currect challenge at I Brake for Challenges is to make a card with a fun or fancy fold!!
I made a criss cross pocket card! Won't you join us and create something too!  For online galleries please use IBFCC17 so we can find your creations! Thanks!

Here's the link for the challenge: I Brake for Challenges 
You don't have to use an IBFS image, but if you have them, we'd sure love it if you did!!
Della has so many great images in stock!!

I used Flower Pots and Tulip for my card. 
There's more in this BLOG POST.
Have a great day! Cheryl

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hoppin' For Rick's Bears.....


WELCOME!!!! Are they not the cutest???? Today, the IBFS Design Team, along with some very talented guest designers, are hoppin' for a brand new Rick St. Dennis release: Winter Bears! As the only rubber stamp source for these awesome images, the IBFS store is happy to offer these images TODAY! In honor of our very first hop EVER, we are also offering a $15 IBFS Gift Certificate to a random hopper. Drawing will be held on Monday night. In order to qualify, you must leave a comment on each designer’s blog including the IBFS blog. Tell us which bear is your favorite AND anything else that might make our crafty hearts smile. The remainder of the hop looks like this:

Cheryl Rowley

Chris Dickinson


Holly Brown

Kristine Reynolds

Robyn Correa

Tricia O’Bin

Jane Bosi

You’ll also have your chance at winning a bear of your choice when you participate in the current challenge over on the IBFS Challenge Blog. Our current challenge is Fancy Fold cards. Please see the Challenge Blog for all of the details.

I'm not sure about you, but I just cannot decide which bear is the cutest! Perhaps the designers will help you out with that....your next stop is Cheryl Rowley's blog. I know she has something uber cute for you! Enjoy!

Have you seen the new rubber over in the I Brake for Stamps store? This Basket of Heart Scones is one of the newest ones, just in time for Valentine's Day. I had so much fun coloring this one with Copic markers in pastel tones.

I used the Wisped Frames technique (from Technique Junkies) for a soft pinkish hue on the image after I colored it. The sentiment comes from the MS102 Full Plate - a wonderful source of sentiments for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, weddings, and general love cards.

Valentine's Day will be here in less than a month. There are a lot of great stamps for Valentine's Day in the New Items section of the I Brake for Stamps store. Have fun shopping!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I Brake for Fancy Folds

Hello Everyone, it's Robyn here today. Well, it's time once again for a new challenge over on the IBFS challenge blog. The theme this time around is 'Fancy Folds." I hope you are able to play along. I've enjoyed seeing the samples that the other DT members have come up with. You can see them HERE.

I decided to create a gate fold card and if you scroll down, I've created a free download for you with directions and cutting measurements if you would like to create one.

The stamp that I used is called Present and is available through I Brake for Stamps.

Here is the free PDF tutorial download: GATE FOLD TUTORIAL (It will open in a new window and begin automatically).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I made a video of this card if you fancy seeing...

Hope your day is fabulous! x

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Hello Everyone!!! Welcome to the I Brake For Stamps Blog today! This is Chrissy D sharing a project with you today!!! On todays card, I used the Technique Junkie Newsletter CD called 3-D and Fun folds and the technique called the Fancy Gatefold Card.

Here are some more details:
Stamp Sets: MagnoliaGood Example Birthday from I Brake For Stamps (I used a black marker to color only the Happy Birthday Words)
Cardstock: Wasabi, Black, Whisper White, Stella Rose My Mind's Eye Paper
Accessories: Red Buttons, Red Grosgrain, Paper Snips

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!

Chrissy D

Monday, January 16, 2012

It's a Girl Thing.....

{Jane Bosi} Happy Monday!!! Today I am sharing a Clean and Simple project featuring Crying Girl and Girl Thing from the IBFS store. This endearing image spoke to me the minute I saw it---who has not seen a similar face on their child? The current challenge on the I Brake For Challenges blog is Clean and Simple -- you still have time to play along! A new challenge will be announced on Wednesday of this week so, hurry while there's still time! TTFN, Jane

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Old Friends and Treasures

Happy New Year! It's Holly posting today. This will be a fun card to give to an old friend. The purses are created using various punched shapes and silver pearls, and I stamped this beautiful sentiment from this Victorian Lady plate (MS81 Full Plate from I Brake for Stamps). I used some Faux Stitching (Technique Junkies) around the edges - y'all know I don't sew. LOL!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Butterflies and Banners...Valentine's Day

Hello Everyone, it's Robyn here today. I have 2 Valentine's Day cards to share with you today...
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The phrase came from the Every Day Phrases sheet from I Brake for Stamps. It is fast becoming my new favorite stamp set as it's so versatile.

Here is the inside of the card...


The inside sentiment came from long-time favorite set called Inspirational Phrases (this set is my go-to stamp sheet-I love it!) The butterflies came from the Butterfly Kisses set.

This second card is my favorite... (I've enclosed a video tutorial below)

The outside sentiment also came from the Every Day Phrases sheet. Lastly, here is the inside of the card; which uses the Happy Valentine's Day Bold stamp. You can click on the names to see the whole sheet of each set.

Thanks for popping in today. We always appreciate it! Have a great day! xx

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Valentine Bear

Hello Everyone! This is Chrissy D here! Welcome to the I Brake For Stamps Blog! On todays card, I used the adorable Valentine Queen Bear and stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the CUTE bear with Copic Markers E23, E21, E00,C5, C3, C00, R20, R24 and R000. I used the Tim Holtz Flourish Die and the Big Shot. 

Here are some more details:

Stamps: Valentine Queen Bear and Happy Valentine's Day
Cardstock: Red, Black, White
Accessories: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink,  Big Shot, Embossing Folder, Paper Trimmer, Circle Spellbinders, Scallop Spellbinders, Dimensionals, Gems, White Gel Pen

Thank you for taking a look! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Chrissy D

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!! We are back with new challenges on the I Brake for Challenges blog, and today we are easing back into challenge mode with a CAS (clean and simple) project.

I pulled out this Bird Houses set (btw - it's on sale!) and inked up this cute birdhouse with the birds flying around. I went with some bright colors and I used the Embossed Image technique from Technique Junkies. You can see the woodgrain embossing folder that I used if you look closely at the image.

There's no flourishes or flowers or buttons on this card today. Just a simply tied ribbon is all I used for this CAS card. Head on over to the I Brake for Challenges blog to see what my fellow team-mates came up with. Hopefully we've inspired you to create your own CAS project, and we've love to see what you've come up with. Share your creation for a chance to win some free rubber from I Brake for Stamps! :-)

Stamps: Bird Houses Set (I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Olive, Limeade, white, Melon Mambo dp, Olive dp
Other: circle dies, woodgrain embossing folder, Melon Mambo ribbon, Copic markers
TJ Technique: Embossed Image

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I Brake for Simple Challenge...

Hello Everyone and a very happy New Year to each of you! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas season with family and friends. It's Robyn here today. I have a CAS (Clean and Simple) card to go along with the first IBFS challenge of 2012. You can see what the other DT member have come up with HERE. Hope you take time to play along; you have 2 weeks after all to make a CAS card and link it to the blog. Any colors or theme will do! Just have fun!

I typically don't "do" CAS as I like lots and lots of layers but sometime you really only have time to sit and create something fast and simple. I do like the clean look though when I've happened along in blog world and see what others create.

My card today is using stamps from 2 sets that I recently got in my DT kit. The sentiment is from the wonderful Every Day Phrases (love!) and the cute little image is from the Chocolate Set of 4 (which is on sale right now by the way). I colored it in using my Letraset Promarkers. I then used my ruler to trace a frame around it. Can't get much simpler than that! =) Hope you are able to play along!

Crafty Hugs,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Happy New Year Everyone and Welcome to the I Brake For Stamps Blog! This is Chrissy D here, welcoming you all back from the Christmas Break! We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season!

Todays card, I decided to get a little bit "catty" and use this CUTE Cat image called Amun's Eyes. I created the background using the Smooch Painted Texture technique from the December/ January Technique Junkie Newsletter. The other portion of the background uses the stamp called Holly's Tattered Background. The sentiment comes from the Inspirational Phrases Sheet.

Be sure to check out the DEAL OF THE WEEK section here for some GREAT SAVINGS! And Della never fails to create opportunities for more creative juices to flow by offering us NEW ITEMS here.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a WONDERFUL week! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what challenge Jane has in store for us!
Chrissy D