I Brake For….Flower Background

Hello stampers!  Welcome to another Wednesday showcasing the lovely stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  Here is my spring card…

The image is called Large Flower Background and measures 3 1/8 x 4.5.  It can be found at the IBFS store here.  Now, I had another completely different card in mind for this stamp…until I stamped it.  I saw how pretty the design was and thought it would make a wonderful focal point for a card.  I did not want to cover this pretty background with another image!!

I stamped it with Peeled Paint distress ink and colored the leaves and flowers with copics.  It really took no time at all to do this.  I paired the image with some digi papers  –  yellow in the background and striped paper in blue, green and yellow.  The sentiment is computer generated and cut out with a stitched circle die.  Just a little blue ribbon was added for an accent.

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I Brake For…….. Kerr Jar

Hello my crafty friends!  I hope all is going well with you.  Are you ready for spring?  it is right around the corner and I can’t wait to see the pops of color as the flowers start to bloom.  We planted our annuals in the front last week and it was so nice to see something other than brown in the flower beds.

I have a wonderful spring like card to show you today.  A burst of color in some flowering blackberry /raspberry stems all delightfully placed in a Kerr mason jar:

The image is call Kerr Jar and can be found here in the IBFS store.

It’s a wonderful image to color.  I used a mix of copics and prisma pencils for the coloring, sticking with purples and pinks.  The blackberries have a touch of green on them to show they are not quite ripe yet.  I used a pierced oval die for the main image and an EK Success punch for the scallop portion on the bottom.  The paper is from Basic Grey and I had to add a little bling with green rhinestones.

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clean and simple wildflowers

Hello stamping friends!  Just popping in here to show a quick, clean and simple card I made today.

This came together so quickly – it actually took me longer to find the stamps than to make the card!  The stamps are mostly from Papertrey with one image from Starving Artistamps.  They were stamped with memento inks on watercolor paper.  I went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to add bling, more color, ribbon, etc.  In the end I just wanted something clean and simple.  This card design can be replicated easily and used for a variety of occasions by just changing the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check back here on Wednesday – I have a pretty spring card to show!


it’s one of those days…….

Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right?  Hopefully it does not happen often but there are times when it’s just not your day.  And this stamp and sentiment from I Brake For Stamps says it all..


The stamps are from the Carmen Medlin Curiosities line at IBFS.  This set of the monster and the sentiment is called Some Days Set and can be found here.  It is also available in the Curiosities Set 2 which includes 5 other cute monsters and sentiments.  That set can be found here.

I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with copics.  The grass is an EK Success punch.  The polaroid frame is a silhouette file.

The patterned paper has stitch lines in the design and I wanted to carry that onto the card so I cut the paper and some white cardstock with a curved lines stitch die – here is a close up.

I have to say that I just love these little monster stamps and especially like that they are paired with funny sentiments.  Be sure to stop by the IBFS store to check them out.  You can get 10% off your order with the code SAVE10NANCY.

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queen anne’s lace

Hello friends and welcome to another Wednesday showcasing some wonderful stamps from I Brake For Stamps. Did you ever set out to make a card but in the end had to switch gears and do something completely different?   It’s what happened to me with this card.  I had in my mind an embossed and heavily colored card but after several versions that just did not work out I decided to go in another direction.  Here is the card:

The main panel uses just one stamp – the very versatile Fennel Silhouette, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace.  It can be found on the IBFS store hereI created the card by first cutting out a circle and sponging along the lower half with distress inks of chipped sapphire and faded jeans.  I masked off a few areas to create the hills in the background.  I used dusty concord ink (with a very light touch) for the sky after masking off the moon.  Once all the sponging was done I stamped the image  several times.   The same image was stamped in versamark to create the background paper as well. It always makes me happy to see what you can do with just one stamp!

Now, I did not stop there.  I always like to keep a bunch of simple cards made up for those times when you need something right away.  I made this series for what I call my “add sentiment later” stash.  Having these ready made cards are wonderful when you need a quick thank you, thinking of you, or just a blank card to write a quick note to someone. You can just pull one out, stamp a quick sentiment and you are good to go.   This bunch took me only about 10 minutes in total to make.

It’s a very simple technique.  A great tip here – most of you probably have different types of watercolor paper in your supplies.  Well, break out the cheap stuff for these!!!

Just cut a panel to whatever size you want.  The ones I made here are small – the front panel is 3″ x 4″ with the actual card only slightly larger.  Then take a narrow acrylic block and a rainbow type inkpad.  I used Kaleidacolor pads for these and since I have 5 different pads I was able to make 5 slightly different cards quickly.

Press the acrylic block onto the pad and get a nice coverage of ink.  Then spritz some water on the inked block and press it onto the paper. That’s it.

Do all the inking, spritzing and pressing at once.  It goes very fast and you end up with this..

From here I just lined everything up and stamped the Queen Anne’s Lace image onto the pieces and attached these to the card bases.  You can go a little further if you want by adding ribbons, embellishments etc. I stippled some additional color on one and I might add some pearls to another later on.   Just remember to leave some space for a sentiment to be added later.

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