Category Archives: I Brake For Stamps

I Brake For….Hippo Set!

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday with I Brake For Stamps!  Today’s card features a new set over at IBFS- and it is so cute!!  How do you like hippos?

This adorable stamp and sentiment set is called Hippo Set – found here – and is one of the cute animal sets just released.  It’s also available as part of a larger set called Animals Complete Set – found here – which includes 5 cute animal stamps and a bunch of coordinating sentiments.

When I went to color this cute hippo I whipped out my grey markers….then said wait a minute!!!  I don’t[ have to go with grey!!  He can be any color!  I had already chosen some patterned paper to use and noticed there was a bit of bright blue within the plaid.  Once I saw that I new this guy had to be blue!!

I colored the body first, then stamped him again and colored the head and bird.  The head/bird part was cut out and popped up off the body so it really stands out on the card.  The sentiment is one stamp that is horizontal, but I cut it up and stamped it in a vertical format to work with the overall design of the card.

The pink, green and plaid paper are all from a birthday paper pack from DCWV.  The trees in the background are just pieces of a leaf die.  I used stitched dies for the frame and hills.     Here is a closer look.


I hope you will hop on over to the IBFS store and check out this new release.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

I Brake For… Beautiful Sunflower!!

Hello my crafty friends and happy August to you.

I’m doing double duty today with this post.  It’s my day to host the I Brake For Stamps Blog, and it’s also the start of a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog.  I have a sunny combo to show you today…..

A big and bold sunny sunflower gets a lot of work in this card and gift bag combo.  The image is called  Beautiful Sunflower and can be found here on the IBFS store.  It’s a great size – about 3.25 inches across so it makes a wonderful statement on a card.

I colored the image with copics and cut it out.  I then stamped just the center portion of the sunflower, colored it, cut it out and popped it up on the larger image.  All the patterned paper was from the same paper pack ( I think it was a DCWV pad) and went perfectly with some yellow cardstock I had in my stash.


Now onto the bag.  I recently picked up a We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.   Boy, where have I been all this time!  With this wonderful little tool it took no time at all to make the gift bag.  Here is a closer look.

It’s made with the same cardstock as the card and measures 7.5 inches tall and 3 5/8 inches wide.  The punch board comes with  instructions and measurements plus there are a ton of videos on YouTube with ideas.

I stamped the bag itself with the sunflower image using  Memento Cantaloupe ink .  Then I cut a tag shape and stamped/colored the image again.  The stitched banner die is stamped with a Thank You stamp from IBFS that can be found here.

Onto the Challenge….The Sisterhood of Crafters new challenge starts today and the theme is Harvest.  Check out all the details on the blog here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you will visit the IBFS store where there are thousands of great stamps!  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.




I Brake For….Wheat!!

Hello friends and welcome to Wednesday with I Brake For Stamps.  I have a pretty card to show you today – one that was supposed to be clean and simple but ended  up a bit more.  Here is the card:


The stamped image is called Wheat and can be found on the IBFS store here.

Now, you know you are a crafter when you start a card, thinking it will be a nice clean and simple, then you start adding layer after layer and before you know it you have 4 layers on top of a base card!

I started by stamping the wheat image with versamark and embossed it with an embossing powder called Harvest.  I have not used a colored embossing powder in many years and found this particular color in the bottom of a craft drawer.  It’s actually embossing powder mixed with copper colored glitter and is beautiful in person – just does not photograph well.

I then cut the image out with a fancy pierced edge die.  I started to add this onto a pretty piece of copper metallic cardstock but it looked a little plain….I found another die that I had already cut – a flourishy rectangle piece and placed the copper paper behind it.  At this point I thought I was done – I punched a scalloped border along the edge of a base card and started to put things together.  Here are the pieces at this point.

But no….I would not stop there!!  I felt it needed just another layer…and I found another die in my ever growing collection  This one was more of a floral shape and had slots on either side where I could thread some ribbon ……

So after all was said and done, my clean and simple card is now 4 layers – including 3 different dies, one punched border, embossed with a ribbon accent.  It’s all part of the fun!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you check out the IBFS store to find this and thousands of other wonderful stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and save 10% on your order.



I Brake For….Joe Surfer!!

Hello stamping friends!  I have a real hunky card for you today!  I’m pulling double duty with this one – it’s for my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog as well as the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog.  Take a look at this guy!

This hunky guy is called Joe Surfer and can be found on the I Brake For Stamps store here.  He is one of the many Humorous Seniors stamps available at IBFS.  You can see the entire senior collection here. Don’t you just want to see him on your local beach!!   I stamped him in Memento ink and colored with copics.  I built a little scene behind him with a pierced circle sponged with some distress inks and added the sand with a curved border die.  Since I live in Florida I tend to have a lot of beachy type paper packs which sometimes will include a few stickers – I’ve added those along the left side.

The Sisterhood of Crafters new challenge starts today and the theme is…Boys To Men/Masculine.  So get out those guy type stamps and have a go at it.  The challenge blog can be found here.

I hope you will hop on over to the IBFS site to take a look at all the stamps available.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I Brake For….Monster Mash!!

Hello again my fellow stampers and welcome to Wednesday with I Brake For Stamps!  Here is a super cute card for today!

This adorable image and sentiment is called Monster Mash set and can be found here by itself or part of the Curiosities Set #1 here.

I love the smile of pure joy on this monster and feel that we all should dance like no one is watching!!!

I colored the image with copics and used a curved border die on the side to mimic the curves of the tutu.  Small flower dies and a swiss dot embossing folder finishes everything off.  I used bright colors of yellow, orange and pink – this is one of those images where you can go bright and bold with color.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store to check out all the Curiosity stamps, as well as thousands of other stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.