Category Archives: I Brake For Stamps

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!

I Brake For…Tags!

Hello friends!  It’s December and just about 2.5 weeks away from Christmas!  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the season.

It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog and I have a couple of holiday tags to show you.  To get the most out of my Christmas stamps I like to use them not only for cards, but for tags as well.   My craft room is filled with enough paper, ink, ribbons and stamps so I really don’t need to buy ready made tags.

Here is the first..


This tag uses the cute North Pole Postage stamp found here.

I colored it with copics and adhered it to a tiny red card that opens up and provides a space for you to write To/From.

From there I attached it to a base that consisted of red cardstock and a snowflake die cut.  The die cut was attached to the red cardstock with spray adhesive – its the best thing to use when you have a die cut with a lot of open spaces.  The only problem is you only get one chance to attach it.  Once it is on the paper it is stuck!  No repositioning!    And forget about the fancy twine in the scrapbook aisle.. that white string is crochet thread – cheap and lasts forever.

The next tag uses the beautiful stamp called Poinsettias…found here. 

As you can see I only used part of the stamp – I colored it with copics, cut it out and attached it to a die cut tag.

Over the years (decades?) of paper crafting I have learned not to spend a lot of money on gift wrap.  For small items I use my (large) stash of patterned paper to make gift card holders, envelopes, boxes and bags.  For larger gifts I have a roll of white wrapping paper that I purchased at a local retail supply house.  With white wrapping paper you can do so much – it can be used for any occasion – just dress it up with ribbons or stamp on it and you have a custom design.

For this package I used a pretty gold ribbon that I saved from  a gift I received last Christmas along with some plain red satin ribbon to wrap the box.  Add the tag and I’m done!

Hop on over to the IBFS store and check out the thousands of stamps – I know you will find something to you liking.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I Brake For….Poinsettias!

Hello my stamping friends!  It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps blog.

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of joy, family, friends and food!  Now we are in full swing for Christmas!  I have most of my cards completed and my shopping is about 90%  done.  Ok, I cheat a little – I live far from my family so most of them get gift cards to their favorite stores, which makes my shopping very easy to do.  So I tend to focus on pretty packaging for the gift cards – making and embellishing envelopes to hold the gift cards.

Today I have a very pretty card to show you.

It uses only one stamp – actually only part of the stamp.  The stamp is called Poinsettias and can be found here.  The stamp has two poinsettia blooms but I only used one for this card.

Since the image is traditional and classic I wanted to keep that feeling with the card.  I used a fancy swirly die cut in white and mounted it on white cardstock. I used a spray adhesive on the die cut – found that it works best with those die cuts that have lots of open areas.  And I  love the white on white look.  The poinsettia was colored with copics  and mounted on a fancy edge pierced die cut

As I have done with most of my Christmas cards, I used a stardust gel pen to add some sparkle to the image  – here is a close up.

Hop on over to the IBFS store to find thousands of stamps – there is something for everyone there!

Thanks for stopping by today!



I Brake for….North Pole Postage!!

Hello fellow stampers!  Well, tomorrow is the big turkey day here in the USA – are you ready?  Pies baked?  Turkey thawed?  I have to confess that Thanksgiving is easy for me. Since we live far away from family it is only my husband and I on Thanksgiving.  I used to do the whole shebang and ended up with way too much food for two people.  Over the years I cut back and several years ago we decided to forgo all the cooking and go out to eat on Thanksgiving.  A local restaurant not to far from our home offers a traditional Thanksgiving meal and we have been going there for the past several years.    It has been working out fine for us!

But right after Thanksgiving we will be in full Christmas mode.  So, here is a cute card with that in mind.

This stamp is called North Pole Postage and can be found here.

I stamped and colored up a bunch of these (using copics).  They color up easy and are ready to go on a card or gift tag.

I was going to do a clean and simple card but once I started putting things together it just became layer after layer!

The stamped image was layered on a stitched tag that was embossed with a swiss dot embossing folder. It looked so plain on the white tag that I ended up adding some plaid paper along with a punched snowflake with a red glittery brad in the center.

When I placed the white tag on the white base card (which was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder) it just disappeared, so I mounted the white tag on red which helped it pop.  And to make things sparkle I used a stardust gel pen on parts of the image.  It is my favorite tool to use on images for Christmas.

Hop on over to the I Brake For Stamps store for this and some great holiday stamps. Use code SAVE10NANCY and save 10% off your order!

Thanks for stopping by today!

I Brake For….Table Top Tree!!!

Hello stampers!  It’s my turn on the I Brake For Stamps Blog today.  I know we have not yet celebrated Thanksgiving , but I am in full Christmas mode!

This darling stamp is called Table Top Tree and can be found here.  Isn’t it just the cutest thing?  We have our main tree in the living room, but also have a small table top tree on the patio where we spend a lot of time.  I love the rustic and natural feel of this image.

I stamped it with Memento ink and colored it using a mix of copics and prisma pencils.  Then I sponged in some snowy hills in the background to make a wintery scene.

And I have two favorites on this card. First is my use of a stardust gel pen to get a sparkly look – I used it mainly on the tree branches – here is a closer look…

The second thing I love to see on holiday cards is plaid paper!!!!  I just love the look of plaids during the holiday.  It seems this year it was a main décor focus because I’ve seen so many things with plaid in the stores.  I found a great pad of paper at Michaels called Plaid Tidings that had 60 sheets of different plaid designs! I think I am set for many years to come with this pad of paper.

The sentiment is part of another stamp that I used last week called Happy Holidays Ornaments which can be found here. I just used the sentiment part of the stamp.

I hope your holiday season is going well.  Stop by the IBFS store and take a look at all the wintery and holiday stamps they have.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!