I Brake For….Curiosities!

Hello friends!  I have something a little outside my comfort zone today.  In going through my inventory of stamps I’ve found that I don’t really have any “cute” or “funny” stamps.  Until today, that is!  Just look at the cute face on the monster stamp used on this card.

The stamp and sentiment are part of the Carmen Medlin line at I Brake For Stamps and I have to tell you when I first saw them I thought they were just so cute.  This particular stamp and sentiment combination can be found here called Monster Chill Set,  but it is also available as a set with four other cute monsters and sentiments found here, called Curiosities Set 1.

As soon as I saw this little guy I knew he should be purple.  Don’t know why, it just seemed like it fit.  But I wanted him to be a bit more colorful so I added orange to his palette.  I used the following copic markers:  V01, V12, V15, V17, YR01, YR14 and YR15.  I have him sitting in a field of grass contemplating deep subjects.  The grass was created using an EK punch and some patterned paper. Green and purple cardstock and purple grosgrain ribbon finish it off.

I hope you will check out the Curiosities line and all the other stamps at IBFS.  Remember – you can save 10% on your order when you use code SAVE10NANCY.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!



rusty can with lavender

Hello creative people!  I hope your weekend is going well.  I want to show you a card I made based on an online class I am taking.  The class is from Kit and Clowder and she offers a variety of classes on coloring.  I’m not affiliated with it or anything – just a satisfied customer.  The class I am taking is called Elements of Nature and has video tutorials on flowers, fruit, vegetation, scenes and nature.  The digital images are all included and the videos are wonderful to follow along.  It’s done at your own pace. Here is my card:

It’s called Lavender and Rusty Can.  I’m really happy with how the rusty can came out.  When I have tried to do rust before it never looked good.  Below are just a couple of steps in the progression.  I used a lot of markers on this.  Also, I drew in the ground and grassy clumps to finish it off.

If you are looking to improve your coloring skills I hope you will check it out.  You can find all the classes here.

I Brake For….Sunflowers!

Hello my creative friends.  It’s Wednesday and time for another look at stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  Today I have a card and little gift box with a sunflower theme to show you – first the card.

I have several sunflower stamps – just can’t seem to get enough of them!  I suppose it reminds me of the place I grew up – down the street our neighbors had a small patch of sunflowers in their front yard. They looked enormous to me, probably because I was just a little thing. I’ve always love the big bold blooms.  This sunflower  image from IBFS can be found HERE.

Usually when I do a sunflower card I use darker colors – mustard yellows and browns.  This time I wanted to go a little brighter and found some digital paper in my computer files that worked well.  It has yellow and browns but cooled down with blue.  Love it!  I stamped the image on copic x-press it cardstock in memento tuxedo black ink.  The stitched design on the panel (hard to see in the photo) was created using my silhouette. Copic markers were used for coloring.  The vellum panel with the word “sunflower” was computer generated. It originated as a silhouette cut file but I could not get my machine to cut the intricate design in a small enough scale to fit on the card.

Tell me about your coloring process.  I’ve evolved over the years – I’ve been stamping since the late 1990’s.  In using copics I’ve found that it helps me to have a practice piece to work out the right mix of colors.  I usually take a small piece of cardstock and stamp the image – it doesn’t have to be the full image – and test my colors.  It’s what I did with the sunflowers in this card.  I worked out a few different shades in the copic color Y and YR ranges on my practice piece first and was able to color the final version quickly.  It may seem like an extra step but it helps me get the right blend of colors.

Now for the little box.  I had enough of the digital paper left over and decided to put it to use by making a small coordinating gift box.

The box was created using an easy origami fold and two pieces of paper.  To top it off I cut a circle with a spellbinders die and stamped one of the sunflower blooms .  The box is about 2.5 inches.

I have a short video on how I created the box – I hope you find it useful:

I’m so glad you stopped by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store – I know you will find something there to love!  Remember you can get 10% off your order by used code SAVE10NANCY.

I Brake For Stamps!

Hello crafty friends!  I have some wonderful news to share with you today – I am now a member of the I Brake For Stamps Design Team!  If you know this wonderful stamp company then I don’t have to tell you how great it is  Now, if  you don’t…well they have thousands – yes thousands – of rubber stamps.  In just about every style there is.  I’m very happy and proud to be a part of a great team.  And I have a coupon for you to receive 10% off at the IBFS store!!  Just use code SAVE10NANCY at checkout – I am sure you will find something to love.    Now here is my card:

I used the cute Garden Still Life stamp (you can find it HERE).  Stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black on copic x-press it card stock and colored it with copics.  I paired it with some pretty Memory Box papers that I have been hoarding holding for just the right project.  The garden theme of the stamp works well with the spring colors of green and purple.  I drew in some grassy clumps to fill in the ground and on the pots added little white dots.  Some ribbons and pearls finish it off.  The pearls were white so I colored them with a copic marker to coordinate with the purple of the cardstock.

So.. are you ready to do some planting?  Many of you are still in the middle of winter but here in Florida I am in the planning stages of what type of annuals to put in the front yard.  We’ll start in March and I can’t wait to get some color in my yard.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will hop on over to the store – have fun!


I carry your heart with me

Hello friends – hope your Monday is going well. I have a valentine card to share with you..and some news at the end of this post. First, here are the cards.

The large card was made using a silhouette file that was generously shared by a fellow crafter on a facebook group I belong to. The file is actually three panels of heart shapes – which each panel the hearts are smaller and when you put them all together it had a nice dimensional look. I used foam tape to pop the layers up, but that is not necessary. On the front I added a couple of hearts along with a sentiment that was computer generated – the first two lines of one of my favorite love poems – i carry your heart – from e.e. commings. Here is a closer look at the front to show the three layers.

When these panels are cut you end up with many cut out hearts – a whole pile of them!! So I took nine of them and popped them up on a smaller panel and made the smaller card. I think it took longer for me to line up these nine hearts than it did to make the entire first card!

Now some news.. I don’t know if you noticed or not, but there is a new blog badge on the right side of my blog for I Brake For Stamps. I am now on the design team for this company and can’t wait to show you what I’ve made with their stamps. Come back on Wednesday for my first card. And save 10% on your purchases at their store when you use code SAVE10NANCY. They had thousands of stamps!!

Thanks for stopping by today!