Monday, October 30, 2017

I Brake for...Thank You Cards

Hello Crafty friends. It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. Today I am sharing some inspiration using one of the sentiments from the Inspirational Plate #2 set  which can be found over at the I Brake for Stamps shop.

I have shared several cards this month using some of the wonderful sentiments from this set. It is a great set for everyday cards.

I decided this week to create a simple, yet elegant thank you card. Black and grey are always so classic and they make great cards.  

I also added a sheer black ribbon to accent the bold "Thanks so Much" focal point. 

This card is very simple to make enabling you to duplicate them with ease. You can easily create several to create as a set to give as a gift or to have on hand when you need to send out your own Thank You cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

I Brake for Holly!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card with you.  I've used the HOLLY SPRAY stamp from I Brake for Stamps.

The JOY verse is from EVERY DAY PHRASES.
I realize that Halloween is still a couple of days away but it's never too soon to start stockpiling your Christmas cards! We all know that as the holiday approaches we have less and less time to work on them.

Friday, October 27, 2017

I Brake for.. Fancy Birthday!

Hello Everyone, 
Today I'm sharing a semi-fancy birthday card with you. I have been playing with embossing powders lately, and decided to use them on this card. I think the fancy happy birthday fits the card well.  I also used Paper Trey Ink's Quatrefoil Cover Plate as well as Rangers Embossing Pearl gold powder. 
Stamp used: 

Until Next Time..

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

I Brake For ....Jumbo Acorns!

Hello stampers - Nancy here today I have a nice fall card to show you - along with my attempt at the latest popular technique.  First, the card..

The stamp is call Jumbo Acorns and can be found here.

Oh - this was such a great image to color up.  I love using fall colors on cards - you can go very bold and bright or muted.  I used copics in  oranges, reds, mustardy yellows and a bunch of earth tones. If you do a fancy dinner for Thanksgiving this image would be perfect for napkin rings or on candles.

Now - the technique.  The word FALL was spelled out using the Eclipse technique - which seems to be all the rage right now.  It was my first attempt at this and let me give you my perspective..

I don't own any alphabet dies, which is what is typically used to cut out the letters, so I went to my silhouette and designed the word using the Bebe Nueve font and a generic leaf cut file for the "A".

I cut the word out of my main panel, and twice more on colored cardstock - the same color as the background mat - giving you three layers.

Then you take the three layers and glue them together...

From here you just place the letters on your card where the negative space was left.

Some pointers -

-If you have good sized alphabet dies, use them as they are probably easier to handle then going with a cut file.
-If you use a silhouette or similar machine, make your letters big enough so they are easy to handle.  If I were doing my card over again I would make the letters about 1.5" tall (they are just shy of an inch tall now) and I would make them "fatter" - which is easy to do on a silhouette.
-Use liquid glue to put the layers together - you will have a few seconds to wiggle the pieces so they are lined up nicely.
-Some people use pop dots to pop the letters up on the card, but if you are using good cardstock there is no need to do so - the three layers will be enough.

I hope you will try this technique - it was fun to do.

Hop on over to the IBFS store to find this stamp and hundreds of other for the fall and winter.  You are sure to find something you will like!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, October 23, 2017

I brake for Halloween Frames...

Hi everyone! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. It has been such fun sharing Halloween cards! But it is even more fun when you can create a Halloween card using a Non-Halloween stamp.  I created this frame using the Daisy background stamp along with some frame die cuts.

I knew I wanted to make a frame, but that was as far as I had gotten. I had a new container of Nuvo embellishment sitting on my desk, so I rubbed it on my stamp and tried to stamp with it. So here is a tip, you can't stamp with Nuvo Embellishment paste. But it did leave an impression on my cardstock in some areas, so I decided to stamp right over it using my Black archival ink. It was just enough to add some great color to my frame. 

From there, it was just a matter of getting out my die cuts and creating my frame along with my pumpkin focal point.

As added embellishments, I added some of the Halloween clippings and numbers from the Tim Holtz idea-ology collection. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

I Brake for Sweet Teddys!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a card for a new baby girl.
My friend commissioned me to make a card for her coworker and sent me a picture of the nursery for inspiration.

I used SWEET TEDDY on my card.

Here's Charlie's nursery.  Pretty sweet isn't it?!

This bear certainly lives up to his name...Sweet Teddy.

On the inside of my card I used LITTLE GIRLS.
I absolutely love this verse.  It's just so perfect for a little girl.

Friday, October 20, 2017

I Brake for Weddings!

Hello Everyone, 
Today I'm sharing a wedding card with you. A recent wedding inspired this card. I think the elegant sentiment fits the card well.  I also used Spellbinders A2 Devine Eloquence as well as My Mind's Eye Niche "Fancy That" die sets along with Want 2 Scrap Baby Bling Pearls.

Stamp used: On Your Wedding

Until Next Time..

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I Brake For....Elegant Pumpkin!

Hello stampers - Nancy here and today I have a card that is all about October!  Take a look...

This beautiful pumpkin filled with fall foliage is called Elegant Pumpkin and can be found here.

There are many pumpkin stamps out there but the reason I LOVE this one is that it is not a jack-o-lantern, or cute, but has a nice elegance to it.  Look at the luscious blooms that fill this pumpkin!   Everything screams fall and this is perfect for a fall birthday or even a wedding card.  It's a really nice size too -  about 3.5 x 3.75 - enough to make a statement on a card.

I enjoyed coloring this up - I used copic markers and went to town with the colors of autumn.  Lots of orange, yellow and green with touches of red and brown.    I found some old Basic Grey paper in shades of orange and love the bottom design - a perfect elegant pattern for this stamp.

Even though I used patterned paper and a fancy edge tag, I can see this image on a clean and simple card as well,  The overall design is so nice it can stand on its own.

I hope you will hop on over to the IBFS store and take a look at this and all the fall/winter stamps that are available.  I'm sure you will find something to your liking!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, October 16, 2017

I Brake for Postcards!

Hi everyone! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. I am here today with my Monday share. I wanted to create a Postale theme without actually creating a post card. 

The postale marks in the left hand corner as well as the mini airplane are from the set Travel,Planes and Letters.  The sentiment is from Inspirational Plate #2 set.

I added some washi tape to a 4.25" x 5.5" card base then adhered a 4" x 5.25" piece of black card stock to it.  I cut out a piece of the red and white cardstock using a rectangular stitch die and a smaller piece to stamp my images.

As added embellishments, I added some round postale rub ons. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I Brake for S'Whale Whales!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card I made for my friend.

I decided to create a shaker window card.  The sequins and beads are on the front of the card and you can see through the shaker to the inside of the card where the whale is.  I also used some of the fusible glitter sheets on the anchor.  I just cut a small piece off the sheet and ran it and the die through my Cuttlebug.

Here's the inside of my card with one of the sentiments from the Whale Set.

Here you can see some of the fun shaker elements shaken up a bit.

"Sea" ya later!

Friday, October 13, 2017

I Brake for Serenity!

Hello Everyone,
Today, I am sharing a serenity prayer card with you. I used the Serenity Prayer stamp from the store.   I also used my heart punches as well as Fabrika Decoru dark knight enamel dots. The paper collection used is called Couture Creations vintage rose garden, and I am pleased with the results.  I encourage you to find time to get crafty everyday! Don't forget to check out the I Brake For Stamps store and pick up the Serenity Prayer stamp today! 
  stamp used:

Until Next Time...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Brake For....Wine And Grapes!

Hello stampers, Nancy here.  My card today features the beautifully drawn Wine And Grapes stamp..

The stamp can be found here on the IBFS store. It's also part of a larger set called MS58 Full Sheet - found here.

I really enjoyed coloring this one up.  I've been taking an online class using colored pencils and wanted to try out what I learned on this image.  One thing I've learned from the class is patience.  I am not a patient crafter - I think it goes back to the days when I first started stamping and it seems like every class or get together was focused on how many cards we could make in the time we had together.  That created a rush mentality for me that has carried on throughout the years.  However this particular class I am currently taking focuses on different parts of a stamp and taking your time to color each section.

It's been a real eye opener for me and I find that taking the time to just get one card done, and done well, is much more satisfying than getting three cards done in the same time that may not turn out as nice.  That being said, I still like those "stamp and go" cards.  Especially around the holidays when I need to get a few clean and simple cards out.

I used a bunch of prisma pencils for this image:

Grapes:  Dioxazine Purple Hue,  Dark Purple, Imperial Violet, Lilac and a touch of Lime Peel on a few of the grapes
Leaf and Stems - Prussian Green,  Kelp Green, Moss Green

The Wine bottle and Glass use the same colors.  For the Wine Bottle, I combined some green and purple pencils to try and mimic the look of a green wine bottle filled with red wine.  For the label on the bottle of wine I scribbled a name and framed it out with a bronze pencil.

I went back and forth as to how to use the image on a card and decided on framing it within a stitched rectangle die with a purple mat on green cardstock.

This image would be great for a birthday card for wine lovers, a thank you card, or house warming gift card.   If you are heading out to a party this holiday season this image would look great paired with a bottle of wine!

Stop by the IBFS store to find this and thousands of others stamps.  You are sure to find something to your liking!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, October 9, 2017

I Brake for Witches in the night!

Hello everyone! It's Monica from Taylormadecards4u. I am here today to share with you another Halloween card using the Large Witch with Cat from I Brake for stamps.  

I used Jet black archival ink to stamp my witch image as well as my Cityscape and utilized my Stamping platform for both. The cityscape is from the half sheet travel set.

The paper I used was a scrap piece I had from the Tim Holtz Laboratorie paper stash. It is an old set, but this design can be created using any of the many spider web stamps released this season.

To finish off the card, I matted the design onto black cardstock then onto some grey.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I Brake for Autumn Houses!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Happy Fall!!
My favorite season of the year.  I can start making soups and stews again.  The air is cool and crisp and the foliage is beautiful!

My card is the epitome of Autumn.  Corn stalks, pumpkins and fresh picked apples.

The image is called HALLOWEEN HOUSE.

I used a basket weave embossing folder in the background because it felt sort of Fallish to me.  I also added some fun little dots with Nuvo Crystal drops.

Hope you're enjoying your Fall as much as I am!