I Brake For….Love Text Background & More!

Hello my fellow stampers and welcome to Wednesday with I Brake For Stamps.  I’m all about Love and Valentines today!


I used three different stamps on this card  and proved to myself that almost any stamp can be made into a Valentine if you use red and white paper and ink.   Take a look at the heart details in the photo below.

I cut out 3 heart shapes (Silhouette cut files) on red and white paper.  Then used three different stamps:

The largest heart has the Love Text Background stamp found here:  I stamped it with a bold red ink.

The smaller white heart uses the Buttercups stamp – found here.  It almost has a toile feel to it.  The same red ink was used.

The small red heart was stamped with the Large Flower Background stamp found here – using versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.

Take a look at your floral and background stamps and see how they look stamped on a heart shape!

The word “love” is a  silhouette cut file as well.  The background is a heart embossing folder

Now, the pillow box – this was so easily done I should make more of these.  The file is a silhouette cut file.  I used the Love Text Background stamp and embossed it in  white.  Here is a close up of the design without the ribbon.  This is so pretty – it would be perfect for a wedding favor as well.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.   Head on over to the IBFS store – there are a ton of Love/Valentine stamps available and I know you will find something to your liking!


I Brake For….Heart Quilt!

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday with I Brake For Stamps!  Now that we are done with Christmas and New Years celebration, the next holiday on the horizon is Valentine’s Day.  You are already seeing hearts and flowers all over the place, but how about a nice warm quilt?


The stamp is called Heart Quilt and can be found here.  

I love the homespun look of the image.  And while I used it for a Valentine’s Day card here, I can see this being used for a wedding card, or even a birthday card for a quilt maker.  My sister makes quilts and this image would be perfect for a card for here.

The color scheme possibilities are endless here.  I pulled out an old pad of Basic Grey paper that I love and used it as the inspiration for the colors of the quilt.  The pinks and reds work well for a valentine, and the touch of green softens it up.  I can see this done in a red, white and blue palette for patriotic days and how about a crisp red and white for Christmas?

Hope on over to the IBFS store – there are many love/valentine themed stamps for you to choose from.   I know you will find something there to your liking! Use code SAVE10NANCY and save 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sisterhood Of Crafters challenge

Happy New year everyone!  Today starts the first 2018 challenge at the Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge Blog.  The theme for this challenge is Frames!  Put on your crafting hats and let’s see what  you can do!  All the details are here:

Here is my card:

An unusual one for me, no stamps were used, only dies.  I made a wintery scene and framed it out with stitched rectangle dies.    Are you all tired of the bitter cold weather we are having?  Even here in Florida we experienced the cold – temperatures in the 20’s at night and even had SNOW!! I hop it warms up soon!

Another first for me is that this is the first Christmas card for the 2018 holiday season – At this rate I won’t be scrambling in November to finish my holiday cards!

Thanks for playing along with us!

I Brake For…..MASK!

Hello my fellow stampers and Happy New Year!!  I hope your Christmas and New Years holidays were filled with family, fun and food!  You may think you are finished with the holiday season, but for some of us the party is just getting started.  Let me explain with this card…

The card features the cool Mask stamp – found HERE  It is a digital image so you don’t have to stalk the mail carrier!  And because it is a digital image you can make it as large or small as you want.

I’ve colored it with copics and added some stickles and a stardust gel pen to add sparkle.  That is part of what Mardi Gras is all about – break out the glitter!  The background paper is some Mardi Gras digital paper I’ve had for years and thought it would be the perfect background for this image.  The sentiment is computer generated.

So,  let me explain a tiny bit about Mardi Gras.  I grew up in Connecticut. then moved to California for many years and we did not celebrate Mardi Gras in either of those places.   In fact, the only thing I knew about it was that it was a big party in Europe and South America (Carnival season and in the USA it was something that I saw on the news when they showed Bourbon Street in New Orleans on the actual day of Mardi Gras.

Then in 2004 we moved to Northwest Florida – a mere 3 hours from New Orleans.  During the Christmas Holiday the craft stores were filled with Christmas decorations.  I also noticed a section of decorations in green, gold, and purple.  At first  thought it was the “trendy” color that year for Christmas – you know how each year along with the traditional décor the stores bring out some different color palette that no one seems to buy!  Then as Christmas was winding down I noticed more and more decorations in these colors.  My second thought was that maybe it was some college football colors (college football is huge in this area).  Then as I looked closer I saw that they were Mardi Gras decorations and thought – they celebrate that here in Florida?

I quickly learned that it is a BIG celebration along the northern Gulf Coast  – not just in New Orleans.  And that Mardi Gras is not just a day, but an entire season.  It starts on January 6 – just  days from now – and runs until the actual day of Mardi Gras, which this year falls on February 13. So we have more than a month of  partying to go!  In this area we have parades just about every weekend, with the big ones the weekend just before the big day.  And it is also ball season.  Balls – meaning tuxedos and evening gowns. At least one every weekend until the big day.   It is also a school holiday in Louisiana, and parts of Alabama and Florida.

So get ready to party and Let The Good Times Roll!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head on over to the IBFS store to find this and other Mardi Gras Stamps. Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order!



I Brake For…Bisters!

Hello crafty friends.  It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog and today I am sharing a gift bag made using Bisters for the colors.

What are Bisters?  Bister is a wood stain that creates beautiful backgrounds. It is water soluble. To use, put a tiny amount on card stock and spray with water. You can use a light spray or a heavier spray, depending on the background that you want to achieve

You can find Bisters on the IBFS store here.

For my bag I used Bisters in the Mahogany and Green colors to make the Poinsettias,  leaves and the background.  These colors have a rich and rustic look to them. They are beautiful and it is hard to capture the colors in a photo.

For the main flower I sprinkled mahogany bister on watercolor paper and spritzed water.  Here is what it looks like before cutting out the shapes.  The color is a rich dark red.

Here are the poinsettia die cuts -I used the Spellbinders Poinsettia dies.  I just put the pieces together and attached a dark red glittery  pearl to the center.

Here is the sheet with Green bisters and the leaves cut out.

Once I had the flower finished I made a bag using the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.  I made several bags this season for gifts and really love this tool.

I lightly sprinkled some Green Bister onto the bag before I put it together -it gives the bag a bit more of a rustic look. I also punched out some leaf branches and a tag with the leftover piece of green stained paper.

Hop on over to the IBFS store and check out all the Bister colors.  They are so much fun to work with!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!