Monthly Archives: July 2017

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.

 

I Brake For….Strawberries!

Hello my fellow stampers!  Is your summer being filled with  fresh from the garden vegetables and juicy sweet fresh fruit?  Even thought it is hotter than you know what here in Florida, I love the summer for all the great fresh produce.

So…how do you like some strawberries?

This wonderful stamp from I Brake For Stamps is called, of course, Strawberries and can be found here.  The image is wonderfully drawn with shading to help you when you color .  I stamped it with memento black ink and colored  it with copics.  Although I used 4 red copic markers on the berries it went really fast.  I added some highlights on the seed portions with a white pen.  (BTW, if anyone ever invents a white pen that doesn’t have to be constantly shaken  to work, or one that does not dry out after a few months they will end up being very rich!!)

I used a stitched rectangle die for the main piece, and a silhouette file  scalloped rectangle in the background.  Some patterned paper on the bottom was topped with a red gingham ribbon and green button.

On a personal note…we lived in California for many years before moving to Florida.  We were next to a city that was known for its strawberry fields and each year at harvest time, starting in March, you could buy flats of fresh, ready to eat strawberries direct from the farms at roadside stands for next to nothing.  It was wonderful!  We would have smoothies, shortcake, and all sorts of wonderful strawberry filled treats.  I do miss being able to get such a deal here where we live.

I hope you like the card and that you will hop on over to the IBFS store where you will find this and thousands of other stamps .  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

 

 

Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello my fellow crafters.  I have some news to share with you today…I am now on the Design Team for the Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge Blog!! This blog offers challenge on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.    The challenge starting today is to make something representing the part of the world, country and/or state where you live. 

I live in Florida  – which means I have so many things to choose from – anything Disney, beachy, tropical, fruity…and how about flamingos?

 

This super cute Flamingo stamp is from Viva Las Vegastamps and I’ve had it for years and actually started coloring it awhile ago, but never finished.  This challenge was perfect to push me to finish it and make it into a card.  The sentiment and tag die are from a Hampton Arts set.

Now…let’s talk flamingos shall we?  I love the bird – the color is pretty, they are tall birds and they walk funny!  But here in the Northwest part of Florida the only flamingos are in the zoo – they are not found in the wild up here.

Here are my two flamingo stories…

Several years ago my husband and I took a cruise to the southern Caribbean.  Once of the places  we visited was the beautiful  island of Bonaire.  Since we were only going to be on the island for a few hours we elected to take a guided excursion.  We saw one offered by the cruise that said “Flamingos!”  The description went on to describe how we would see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. There were a few other island stops as part of the tour, but the focus was going to be on flamingos.  SO – sign me up!!  We hopped on the tour bus and it takes off,  The guide gets on the microphone and starts telling us all the sites and animals we will see.  And then he says we probably won’t see any flamingos…..

WHAT?????

I was dumbfounded.  The whole point of the tour was flamingos.  He went on to say that it had been dry lately and flamingos like wet areas and by they way they are shy and if there are any they won’t be very close…..

To say I was disappointed is an understatement but we were stuck on the bus at that point so there was nothing I could do.  We did the tour and at the very end the bus pulled up along this area where there was a very large pond.  The tour guide then pointed out that if we looked carefully we would se a flamingo way off  in the distance.   I squinted my eyes and noticed something pinkish way across the pond.  It may have been a flamingo, or a piece of pink cloth.  It was too far away to make out what is was……

So, after the tour ended we walked around town before heading back to the ship and I found a refrigerator magnet to remind me of my time in Bonaire – one that depicts the flamingos we did not see!!  Here is the magnet!

My second flamingo story is much better…  A few weeks ago Tropical Storm Cindy blew though here and dumped a bunch of rain on us.  The worst of the storm was west of us but we still ended up with a ton of rain.  Now, remember I said the only flamingos in our area are the ones in the local zoo?  Well the morning after TS Cindy came through people saw several flamingos on our local beach – Johnson Beach and snapped these photos.

Everyone thought they were escapees from the zoo, but the zoo reported that all their flamingos are accounted for.  So – these were real, wild flamingos!!  The experts think they got caught up in the storm and came up from the Yucatan Peninsula!  It was so cool to know we had some wild flamingos here!  I have no idea what ended up happening to them.  I hope they were able to find refuge somewhere along the beach.  The area of Johnson Beach is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and has many protected areas so it would have been the perfect place to land!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you will check out the Sisterhood of Crafters blog here and take part in this challenge.

 

I Brake For…Large Picket Fence!

Hello stamping friends!!  Did you have a nice 4th of July holiday?   Ours was filled with burgers on the grill, ice cream and fireworks!!  We’ve reached the midpoint of summer and I thought I would share a pretty and cheery card with you.

The image is called Large Picket Fence and can be found at I Brake For Stamps here.  It was colored with copics but I can see this would look fantastic done in watercolor.   I used a frame die and banner die on the front.

I love the look of flowers growing up on a fence.  When I was a child the house next door to us had a white picket fence and beautiful roses climbing over much of it.  They were so pretty and had a wonderful fragrance.

The flowers in my current home are not on a fence but in  flower beds in the front yard.  A couple of years ago we redid the landscaping in the front yard, removing some boring bushes and planting a variety of flowers, bushes and trees.  Here are a few photos of some of our flowers that are currently blooming.  Hydrangeas, Coneflowers and Milkweed.

I hope you stop by the IBFS store and check out all their stamps – and there are some beautiful floral images!!  Use the code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

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