Wednesday, December 25, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Day!

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a  safe and happy holiday season!

My clean and simple card uses a lovely image from the Small Christmas sheet, which is one of the newest stamp releases.  The sentiment is from Christmas Tree Collage Quarter Sheet.

I masked off my card front with tape, and blended three colors of Distress Oxide ink: Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves.  I spritzed this with water to get a snowy look.  When it dried, I stamped the scene on top using Distress Oxide Black Soot.  

Thank you for visiting!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Tree Collage!

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well with their holiday preparations! I have a card to share that is either good for mass-producing, or for a last minute card.  This card was quick to make because I stamped on watercolor paper and just quickly added color with my pan watercolor set.  This really is a FAST way to add color.  

This affordable quarter sheet set has two choices for an outside sentiment and a great inside-of-the-card sentiment too!  

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

I Brake for Penguins!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a very special thank you card.

I used Large Penguin from I Brake for Stamps.

My husband is a member of the Elks.  I am the 5th grade special ed program aide at an elementary school.  I approached the Elks about helping out my school and of course they came through for us!

We have a HIB library which stands for High Interest Books.  Due to poor funding our school library is rarely open and we don't have a librarian so we now have a "mini" library that the kids can access anytime they want to.
The Elks gave us a generous donation to buy new books to add to our library.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Birdhouses!

Hello! I hope you are feeling the joy of the season.  I made a card this morning with a charming stamp that takes up the whole card front.  This makes Christmas cards easier, as I just needed to add some matting to finish off the card.

I colored the image, Merry Christmas Bird Houses, with alcohol markers, and then I added the details and shading with colored pencils. I find that this helps speed up the coloring process.  

Thank you for visiting and have a crafty day!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

I Brake for Tall Snowmen!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card I made using 

He can be found at I Brake for Stamps along with several other fun snowmen.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

I Brake for Snowmen!

Snowmen are one of those stamps where you can have a bunch, but they all seem to have their own personality.  I just adore this one, called Snowman with Lantern

I made my background with glitter paste and a stencil.  It looks lovely on any color of cardstock, but it looks especially nice on black.  I colored and fussy cut out the snowman, and placed him over a couple die-cut snow hills. I added a little flocking to the snowman’s hat. 

The sentiment is from Christmas Tree Collage quarter sheet. This card is still flat for easy mailing. 

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

I Brake for Gnomes at Christmas Time!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a Christmas card.  The set isn't really meant for Christmas but that's one of the things I love so much about it.  It's a very versatile set.

The very large set is called MS123 Gnome Sheets.

I'm so in love with this card!  That would drive my kids nuts.   They'd say I was "tooting my own horn."  I just can't help it though.  I feel like with these country, farmhouse looking trees that this little gnome must be in charge of Santa's reindeer or something.

I tried to keep the embellishments and papers very rustic looking. 
The metal, twine, plaid...even the glitter has sort of a North Pole feel to me.
It's difficult to see but the white background paper has "snow" dots all over it too.


The verse on the inside is from Every Day Phrases...another WONDERFUL sheet full of stamps.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

I Brake for Stained Glass Poinsettias!

Hello and happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm sharing a pretty Christmas card with you.  
The beautiful stamp is called  CHRISTMAS STAINED GLASS.

It's Thanksgiving which means it's time to start making those Christmas cards!
I like to use non-traditional colors on a lot of Christmas cards.  I thought these poinsettias would be pretty in pink rather than red this time.  I also chose paper that I thought almost had a stained glass design to go with it.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I Brake for Sympathy

Hello stampers!  I am sharing a pretty Sympathy card today.  Often, I find a clean and simple look works well for these.  

I simply stenciled over the left side of my card panel and then stamped the silhouette over top.  I then coordinated the inside of the card by just using a lighter touch over my stencil, and stamping my favorite Sympathy sentiment.  

These stamps can be purchased in the I Brake for Stamps store. The foxglove image is part of a new stamp set in the store, available as Unmounted rubber (with an attractive price), or it is also available separately.  

Mostly Florals unmounted stamp sheet
Quarter Sheet Dahlia (outside sentiment)

Thanks for your visit today!  For those of you in the US, I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 18, 2019

I Brake for Christmas Card Sets!

Hello!  I recently got the NEW stamp sheet called Small Christmas Sheet, and I wanted to make a few cards with it.  I realize that it is getting towards time to send out those cards, and I was motivated to get a bunch finished.  

This is half sheet stamp set, and it is available at a special price right now as an unmounted rubber sheet.  I Brake for Stamps rubber is nice and thick, and works well as unmounted.  I have Tack N Peel set up on a couple of my acrylic blocks, especially for use with unmounted rubber. 

The paper I used is foiled and is always a bit tricky to photograph, but I love using it on holiday cards.  I didn’t even use all the images on the sheet yet, so I look forward to making more cards with this set.  The small Happy Holidays sentiment is from this Christmas Tree quarter sheet set.

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

I Brake for Belly Dancers!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing the card that I made for my friend's birthday yesterday.

I used Belly Dancer Gracie from the Humorous Seniors Line.

The verse is from the very large set

I have used this set about a million times!

My friend has taken belly dancing classes for a few years now to help keep herself in shape.  We have added some classes to our 5th grade curriculum that are areas the kids were interested in that we don't normally teach in school.  My friend is teaching a belly dancing class to some of the a 5th grade appropriate I thought this card would be perfect for her.  All of the images and verses can be found at I Brake for Stamps.

I used Wink of Stella on her outfit to add some shimmer.

On the inside I used a verse from Half Sheet #052.

I forgot to photograph the back of the card but I used this hilarious stamp...WARNING!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

I Brake for Mostly Mice Thank You Notes!

As promised, I stamped up a few more of the images from the Mostly Mice stamp set, which is one of the newest sets in the store, sold as an unmounted sheet.  I decided to start on a card set to give as a gift, to a music teacher.  I know that at the holiday, she will be getting a lot of teacher gifts and may need some thank you notes.  

I colored the images with alcohol markers.  For the first card, I made it look as if the critters were looking over a wall of patterned paper.  I stamped the Thank You from this Sentiment set onto yellow cardstock and trimmed it out.

The second card uses two of the images.  The little student mouse fits just right under the teacher bunny, but they are two separate images.  These are so sweet and fun to color.

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

I Brake for Stained Glass Irises!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a pretty, pastel card that I made using
Stained Glass Iris #2.

If you follow my IBFS posts at all, you'll know I'm fairly obsessed with their stained glass line.
On this piece I used some Nuvo clear drops to add some gloss to the iris.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

I Brake for the Spotlight!

       Hello and happy Thursday!

Today I'm sharing a card made with one of the funny images from Carmen Medlin found over at I Brake for Stamps!

This one's called Spotlight.

He can be purchased individually or in the Curiosities Set 4.
Since he looks like he's dancing I decided to use some paper with music notes on it.  I also placed him in a "star-studded" frame.

I used the verse on the inside of the card.
You can find the entire line of Carmen Medlin stamps at IBFS.