Saturday, November 28, 2015

I Brake For Tina Mae and Birthdays!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing my 11 year old niece's birthday card.
This sweet as pie cow is called TINA MAE and she's from I Brake For Stamps!

I hand drew the hat to make her a little more birthday-ish. 
She's colored with Copic and Marvy markers.

Just a little FYI...I've also put a Santa hat on Tina Mae last year.  She's a cow for all seasons!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

I Brake for a Christmas Mouse ...

Hello IBFS fans !!!

It's Crystal here , Happy Thanksgiving !!!! Today I have a Christmas card for you that you can complete in no time  , I love to color it is very relaxing for me , so at the end of the day I got out my copic markers and got lost in coloring this cute Christmas mouse ,the image is called "The night before Christmas " and it is a digital stamp so if you wanted to start your cards today with this stamp it is very possible , all you do is place your order and you will get it the very same day for you to start printing and coloring ..How cool is that ?? I Brake for stamps has many images that will help you get your Christmas cards created and I will help you get some ideas on what to make in the next few weeks so stay tuned ...

I made a big tulle bow for this card and the word die is Christmas words from Paper smooches .
I added stickles to the flame and glossy accents to the melting wax of the candle and to the berries , I used wink of stella in clear to ornament and bow
I hope this has inspired you to make some cute Christmas cards this year .
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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I Brake For Fashion

Hi everybody!

I've made holiday cards the last few posts that I've done for I Brake For Stamps.... I'm shifting gears here and using a girly background stamp.  I love this stamp!!!  It stamps really clear too.  I am sending this card to one of my fashionista friends who loves clothes, shoes and purses.  I thought this would be really cute!

This stamp is from I Brake For Stamps and is called, Fashion Background.  I think this stamp is perfect for anyone from teenage girls to women of all ages.  

I used Versafine Black Onyx ink with my Misti and it stamped perfectly.  I then embossed with clear embossing powder to give it some shine.  You can color the stamp in as well.  

I wanted to try the new Tim Holtz Platinum Glitter Dust so I cut out the word dies, Hello and Friend (which is on the inside) in thick white cardstock and covered with Glossy Accents, sprinkled the Glitter on the words holding with tweezers, shook off excess and let dry.  I thought Platinum was more of a silver color but this looks like a gold color.  It's really pretty and super shiny but it is extremely messy.  The glitter dust is super fine and makes a mess.  

Have I inspired you to make a girly card for the girls or women in your life?  

For more inspiration please stop by my blog at

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - Design Team Member

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I Brake for Beautiful Buildings!

It's always a good idea to have lots of Thank You cards on hand, especially as we approach the holiday season. The best thing about Thank You cards is that they can have almost any image on them!

I was in the mood to color scenery, so I got out my Cats and Buildings stamps (Stampinback)  which I got at I Brake for Stamps.  Cats and Buildings is a half sheet that has two different scenes of Dutch buildings (Amsterdam?) and a great cats stamp, which I love and adore. 

I stamped one of the two Dutch Buildings from the half sheet onto Solar Crest White cardstock (Neenah) and colored it with Copic markers, after looking up Amsterdam architecture on Google to check if I remembered the colors accurately. After all, it's almost thirty years since I was last in Amsterdam. I was three when I went to stay in Holland for a month to visit my husband, who was doing a short stint there. After coloring the buildings, I added some Clear Spica Glitter pen (Copic) to the windows and glass doors to make them sparkle. I also added some to the strettlight and a few elements of the buildings.

The sky, pavement, and canal were added with Copic markers with a touch of white gel pen (Sakura) to add some white caps to the water.

Since the scene is rather busy, I decided to keep the design CAS. I matted the scene on Kraft cardstock, then added it to a piece of patterned paper from the Maritime 8x8 pad (7 Gypsies). I die-cut kraft cardstock using old QuicKutz dies, then added the sentiment to the label using a equally old rub-on, also from QuicKutz. Jute twine was used to string the sentiment and some staples from my Mini Attacher were used to secure it all.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

I Brake For Artsy

{jane bosi}  Happy Monday, Brakers!!!  I took some time, this weekend, to pause the holiday preparations and just play!  I'm loving these new Stamp Release Sheets!  They are so much fun to play with and they all work well together!
There's a lot going on with this card and I am completely in love with it!  I wanted to create a background with a mixed media feel to it.  I started by creating a resist using the checker board strip stamp from the Einstein Half Sheet.  I added multiple layers of color using distress inks and my nonstick kraft sheet.  Then,  I layered several other images from Einstein Half Sheet, Binoculars and Golf Half Sheet and Wood Background Half Sheet.  I used white pigment ink, black ink and some distress ink.  I almost didn't want to cover it up!

I chose the main image from Binoculars and Golf Half sheet and popped it up on dimensional tape when adding it to the project.  To finish things off, I added the cute little tag found on the Einstein half sheet with a portion of the "Keep Calm" sentiment from the Wood Background Half Sheet (I'm sorry if I'm confusing you, but you really do need them all!!)
My second card features images from Glass and Eye Chart Sheet and Einstein Half Sheet.  The cracked glass image is embossed and colored with three different blue distress inks.  Great images for masculine cards!

Go on and get artsy--be awesome!  Jane

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Edith brakes for WINE!!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a wine gift box that I made. 
It holds two of the little single serve bottles.

I used 3 different stamps on it...all from I Brake For Stamps!

The fun sentiment says "Wine gets better with age...i get better with wine"

I made a very similar box a few days ago and people have been asking how I made it so I decided to recreate it and make a tutorial to go along with it.

One 12x12 sheet of cardstock
patterned paper
stamps and embellishments of your choice
glue or double sided tape

  Cut 2 pieces of cardstock 3"x6"
One piece 4 3/4" x 6"
One piece 4 3/4" x 9"

Score the 2 larger pieces at the 2" mark across the width.

Score the side pieces at the 2" mark across the width and 1/2" on each side length wise.

Cut the patterned paper.
Two pieces 2"x 3 7/8"
One piece 4 1/2" x 3 3/4"
One piece 4 1/2" x  8 3/4"

Glue the printed paper onto the cardstock above the score line.

On the two small side panels I cut a notch so that I could fold it.

Glue the side panels where the notch was.
Now they're ready to glue the front and back on.

Adhere the front panel by placing the sides on it and carefully lining them up.

Here it is with both sides glued to the front.

Now you can place the back panel inside.  The place where it's scored will be on the inside bottom and will help reinforce the bottom by adding another layer.

Now you're ready to decorate it!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I Brake for Santa wine tag ..

Hello IBFS fans !!
It's Crystal here with another fun project you can make and give for the holidays . I am using the Skating Santa digi , today I made a wine tag , we always need a last minute gift for a neighbor or a dinner party and when you pair a bottle of wine with a cute tag , it turns you gift into something very thoughtful .

 cut my base 4 1/4' by 8 1/2' score at 3 1/2 ' , I use a 1 1/2" circle punch and a 2" scallop circle punch , I embossed my paper with a snowflake embossing folder and then inked it with a pearl ink , I die cut snowflakes from silver glitter paper from the back side of the paper , my greeting is a Time Holtz script die and the one the edge die Dec 25 is a die-versions die


I used copic markers to color my image

I hope this has inspired you to make some cute wine tags this year just in case you need a few for those last min gifts .
PS ..I made my glitter stem wine glass also .
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I Brake For Beautiful Hair!

Hi everybody!  Regina here and lately I've been feeling a little stressed so I decided I needed to color something.  That always relaxes me.  I have to say that I really enjoyed coloring this one.  If you like coloring hair, you will love it.  

It is from I Brake For Stamps.  She comes in stamp or digital form.  Her name is Trieste.  

I love this stamp because you can color her hair a normal color like I did in browns or can use reds or greens.  Some people like non-traditional colors for Christmas so why not color her hair pink or turquoise?  :)

For the inside, I used Tim Holtz dies from the set, Holiday Words Script.  I cut them out using some glitter paper in a pretty white, glitter color.

I colored her with Copic Markers and added Glossy Accents to her lips, Wink of Stella glitter pen on the star and used a Sakura Clear Star glitter pen over the jingle bell on her necklace and accented the ornaments in her hair.  

I used Red Hot and Black Onyx card stock from Gina K Designs and the patterned paper is Echo Park, Christmas Cheer by Lori Whitlock.

Did I inspire you to get out your Copics?  Again, Trieste comes in a rubber stamp and a digi.  I really enjoyed coloring her and I know you will too!  

Please stop by my blog at for more inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - Design Team Member

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I Brake for Cats!

I seem to be in a catty mood lately so I thought I'd continue my cat streak by using Kibbles and Betts, from the fabulous and funny Humorous Senior Collection of stamps (I Brake for Stamps). If you're a cat person, you know that your house is secretly run by your cat(s). Cats can be finicky, especially as they get older. So this image totally tickled me since I've gotten down on my hands and knees to tempt my kitties with treats.

Kibbles and Betts was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) onto white cardstock and onto Eclipse Tape (Judikins). The Eclipse Tape version was fussy-cut to be used as a mask. The cardstock image was colored with Copic markers as was the floor. The Eclipse Tape mask was placed over the image, Removable Scotch Tape was used to cover the floor area, and the background was airbrushed with an E81 marker and the Copic Airbrush System. My Damask stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) was placed over the background and Y32 Copic marker was airbrushed over the stencil. The stencil was lifted and shadows were added with the Copic marker. Pink Spica Glitter pen (Copic) was added to Bett's earring. Black Spica Glitter pen was added to her glasses, then her glasses were coated with a layer of Clear Gelly Glaze pen (Sakura).

The image panel was distressed with the edge of a scissor and matted with solid cardstock. Old patterned paper from My Mind's Eye and Doodlebug were layered and the image panel was adhered in place. A scrap of cardstock from the card base and mat layer was die-cut with a tag die (QuicKutz) and a rub-on (QuicKutz). The sentiment was popped up on dimensional foam squares and baker's twine was threaded through the tag's hole, then knotted.

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