Saturday, August 29, 2015

I Brake For Hagatha Crone!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Halloween card that made.  I used Miss Hagatha Crone (rubber).
If you're someone that prefers digital she can also be purchased that way...digi Hagatha.

There are SO MANY fun and spooky Halloween images at IBFS.
You can find lots more HERE.

I colored her with Copic markers and the bat border is from Martha Stewart.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I Brake for Gardening ....

Hello IBFS fans !!!
It's Crystal here and today I am using Gardening Gracie to make a Hello card . Gracie's in her garden and a groundhog grabs the rope to take off and she goes flying off her wagon  , I know she will put a smile on a friends .


inside my card I stamped the image to create watermark  , it's in a light enough ink color that I can still write over.



 lately I have been loving the look of glitter enamel dots so here I created my own from scraps of glitter heat transfer vinyl from my T-shirts I make , I punch out small dots with a paper punch from scrap vinyl and put it on top of a glue dot and then add glossy accents over the top , tah dah they turned out great with loads of sparkle , I love to save money where I can  , especially embellishments so nor I can spend more money on stamps .. who wants to go shopping for more images in the I Brake for Stamps store .... me


for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Brake For Bister and Barns

Hi everybody, Regina here with a post showing how to use Bister to make a beautiful background in no time at all.  Bister is watercolor powder.  Do you like making your own backgrounds?  Then you really need to experiment with these.  I'm going to give you a link to Bister at I Brake For Stamps.  The powder is in small containers and cost about $1.65, so affordable for everyone to try.    Here's a link to Bister and here's a link to the online store, I Brake For Stamps.  I used two I Brake For Stamps stamps on this card.  One is called Rustic Barn and the other is Fall Leaf Background.  

First, I embossed the Fall Leaf Background stamp with clear embossing powder.  I decided to use Bister in  red, yellow and a little bit of green.  You can choose how much color you want and can even add more if you want more of a certain color in a certain place on your card stock.  I used watercolor paper.  I use 140# cold press Strathmore.  I would recommend taping the watercolor paper down with washi tape or some kind of easy release tape.  The main reason for this is so that the paper doesn't buckle.  The first couple of times I tried this I didn't tape down and I had watercolor dripping down the buckled paper.  This makes it much neater I promise.  You need a fine paint brush, just an old one but not those super stiff bristle ones. This powder will last forever because you need to use so little.  I compare it to Bare Minerals makeup.  If you wear this brand, you know exactly what I mean.  That stuff lasts forever because you barely need to use any.  Same here, a little bit will go a long way after it is activated by the water.


Lightly dip your paint brush in the powder getting a little on the brush and tap the paint brush lightly.  This is what it will look like.

This is what it looked like after I used all 3 colors.

After you have all your colors down, lightly spritz with water.  The more you spritz, the more the colors will move around the paper,  Here's what it looks like after a few spritzes.

Then I decided I wanted a little more red in that bare area so you can go back and add more and put it where you want it.  I love that!  See where I added some red powder.

Then continue to spritz with water. The next 3 pictures will show you the progression and the final result.  You can see the embossing. 

Isn't this cool looking?  


I blot the little puddles with a paper towel and then use a heat gun to dry.  Look at the awesome results for such an easy technique. 

I colored this beautiful Rustic Barn with Copics listed below.  I used a little Copic blending solution on a cloth and dabbed it lightly on the grass and drive part to give it that textured look.  For some reason, whenever I see an old barn in the middle of a field, it reminds me of Fall.  I remember growing up everybody had one of those 1,000 piece puzzles that ended up being a barn in a field in the Fall.  This is a fantastic stamp to use for those masculine cards that are so hard to create.  This stamp is appropriate for any male I think and of course, females as well. 

For this card I used Gina K Designs heavy base weight Ivory card stock as well as Tomato Soup and Chocolate Brown.  I wanted to try Neenah card stock with my Copics because I keep hearing people say they like it, well, I thought I ordered the wrong kind because it was flimsy then I remembered Xpress blending cards are flimsy too.  I bought Neenah 110# Smooth White Exact Index and I love it.  I can blend very well on this paper.  It is reasonably priced too at Amazon, ream of 250 sheets around $15.00.  I used Spellbinders Labels 8 dies and then used it as a template for the layering one.  I sponged Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs distress ink around the edge of the cut out stamp and the edge of the leaves background.  That's all I used on this card.  I wanted the stars to be the background and this beautiful scenery stamp.

Copics Used:
Barn:  E11, E15, E19
Fence and Roof::  W2, W5 and tip to tip also
Stone on barn:  E42, E44
Pumpkins:  YR04, YR07
Cart:  E23, E25
Driveway:  E31, E33
Pines:  YG63, YG67
Shadow in Doorways:  C9
Tree:  G40, G43, Y35, YR21, YR24, YR27, YR18
Grass:  YG91, YG93

Next Wednesday I will post a Halloween card using Black Bister powder in the background.   Ooooh spooky!  lol 

I hope I have inspired you to want to try Bister watercolor powders.  Have fun making your Fall cards! I hope you'll visit my blog at for more inspiration and fun techniques.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

Monday, August 24, 2015

I Brake For Love

{jane bosi) Do yoooooouuuu believe in loooovvve? Does anyone besides me currently have a Cher sound track raging in their head???  Happy Monday, Brakers!  I've had to take a break from my Monday floral feature and share this 3x3 canvas project.  It's been a few weeks since I made it and I just can't keep quiet any longer!

My new favorite is this amazing sheet by Alie Hoogenboezem de Vries Designs ......when I got it, I could barely cut all the images apart before I was compelled to ink them up.  I started by laying down a layer of acrylic paints in various colors on a 3x3 canvas.  Using a few of the shaped images, I added contrast to the colorful background with white paint.  The remainder was a bit of fussy cutting (which I love), copic coloring and modge podging--all my favorites!  For finishing touches, I added some bling/dimension with sequins, glitter glue wings and dimensional glaze for the character's eyeglasses.

I love these sweet little girls! And, it's a great message in these sometimes challenging times in which we live.  You can pick up your own sheet over in the store! Go on!  Be awesome!

TTFN, Jane

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I Brake for Wine and Friendship!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a friendship card with you.  I tried my hand at making a shadow box card and I really like how it turned out. If you'd like to see the tutorial you can find it HERE.

The ink splatters were made with BISTER powders.  I used Green and Yellow.  The method I used was to drop a tiny little bit of powder on a CD.  I then spritzed it with water and then applied it to my paint brush.  Next I "flicked" the brush to make the splatter marks.

I used three stamps from I BRAKE FOR STAMPS on my card.  The main image is called WINE AND GRAPES, the second image is GRAPE BORDER and the sentiment is from EVERY DAY PHRASES.

You can see the dimension of the card here.  (and why it got the name "shadow" box)

I love the layers and will definitely be making one of these style cards again.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I Brake for the Handy Man ...

Hello IBFS fans !!

It's Crystal here and today we are going masculine  , I am using Handy Andy and decide I should make a Thank You card for today inspiration . Sometimes a friends helps you out with a fix around the house and you need a thank you card , Handy Any is a perfect image for this , you can get him and lots of other great stamps over in the I Brake for Stamps online store.

I cut my tools from gray CS and then sponged a darker gray as the are stencil die too and then no tool is free of Rust , so I added some rust spots to make them look more life-like.


To see more great card ideas and techniques visit me at my blog

Supplies used : Handy Andy stamp , Enamel dots , Sprocket punch SU ( retired )  , tools die Lea'bilities ,Celebration 2  ( word )dies Spellbinders ,Kraft and Black 6x6 cardstock pad ( Hobby Lobby ) , copic markers
for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Brake For Poppies

Hi everybody,  Regina here and I have started loving poppies as of around the first of the year and all of a sudden, I am seeing poppies everywhere, including the card making business, stamps and dies galore.  I Brake For Stamps has a few really pretty poppy stamps including the one I am using on today's card.  Here is a link to the I Brake For Stamps STORE.  Here is a link to the stamp I am using called, Stained Glass Poppies.

I wanted to do something different so I made a square window card with this stamp.  One of my friends lost a family member recently so I wanted to use this one as a sympathy card.  I used Gina K Designs White, Red Hot and Sweet Corn card stocks.  I colored the stamp with copics, which are listed below.  I used a Lawn Fawn die called, Thinking About You Border.  It is all one phrase but I cut it apart so it would fit on the card.  I used the Silhouette Adhesive Sheets with the die so that all I would have to do is peel off the backing and stick it to the card, no worries about it coming unglued.  I used a Cuttlebug Polka Dot embossing folder but only embossed part of the card.  I used Diamond Stickles in the center of one of the flowers.  The patterned paper on the inside is by Echo Park called Sweet Girl.

I used a Spellbinders Classic Large Square die to cut out the opening for the window. 

Copics Used:  Poppies R20, R22, R24, R27
Stems and Leaves:  G20, G24, G28
Frame:  Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17
Center of Poppy:  E23, E25, E27 and Y15
Background:  BG000 and BG01 and also used tip to tip to blend better

I hope I inspired you to make something beautiful!  You can see additional projects by visiting my blog at  Have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

Monday, August 17, 2015

I Brake For Color Blocked Flowers

{jane bosi}

Happy Monday!!  Here we are again...another Monday and more flowers!  It does make Monday a little bit more palatable...right?

For this card, I used an old scrap booking template to create the different areas, but you could use post it notes to achieve a similar look.  For color, I used Distress Inks due to their unique ability to react with water. The top of each cone flower is lighter due to removing ink with a water brush.  It's a little trick you have to complete before the ink dries completely, of course, but it gives nice contrast like you see above.  Also, I used a water drop technique over the whole piece to give this one layer card an extra bit of interest.

All stamp images are from my favorite flower sheet, Floral Sheet 148B. I just love those cone flowers!

It's your turn....go get inky and make it an awesome day!  TTFN, Jane

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I Brake for Beauty!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card with you.

I used 4 different stamps from I Brake For Stamps on my card.
I think these flowers and butterflies are so beautiful.

The images are called...


The verses inside are called...


Thursday, August 13, 2015

I Brake for a soak ..

Hello IBFS fans !!!!
It's Crystal here with a super simple card and awesome technique called Glitter Splatters for you to try .Today I am using Bubble Bath Belinda to create this card .

okay  to get this look this is what I did Copic color and fussy cut the image out

next I lay down 3 different colors and patterns of washi tape ( Stampin Up ) to the base , later I decide to cut this down to 4" by 5 1/4" to layer on a darker card base

next mix 50 /50 Aleene's tack it over and over glue with water and use a paint brush to tap brush loaded with glue mixture to create splats

next I used diamond glitter and covered the glue splats ( this can be done with any color ) I chose diamond to give a look of bath foam bubbles floating around .

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shake off extra and set aside to dry , after its dry with and old paint brush dust off extra glitter
after glitter splats are dry add the image with glue dots to the front of your card , I added wink of stella to bubbles and then added glossy accents to the bubbles on the image  , I added dots of glossy accents not solid spots glossy accents  , this give even more texture

notice I cut the front down to layer on a darker card base , the Love life is a Kaiser die cut

I think this card would be perfect to add a spa gift card too and could be used for any occasion . 
For more creative inspiration visit my blog  @

well I hope you try out this technique on your cards .
for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,
Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS

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