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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I Brake For ….Blueberry Tea!

Hello stamping friends!  Are you getting ready for the July 4th holiday next week?  I hope you have some fun filled plans!  Today’s card is  filled with blue.  How about a cup of Blueberry Tea?

 

Now…I LOVE coffee, but there are times when you just need a cup of tea.  And flavored teas are my favorite.  The image is called Blueberry Tea and can be found on the I Brake For Stamps store here. 

I stamped it on some ivory cardstock with Memento ink and colored it with copics.  For the cup I used three shads of cool grey markers to really get the shading.  Of course I had to cut the image in a tea bag shape!  The edges were sponged with some Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

The sentiment is a digi stamp and it’s only $1!!  It’s called Tea Sentiment and it  can be found here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.   I hope you will stop by the IBFS store and look at their wonderful selection of stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

I Brake For….Bister!

Hello my stamping friends!  I hope you are all doing well.  Today’s card is using a product carried by I Brake For Stamps called Bister.  It’s my first time using it and I can see all sorts of possibilities.  You can find the Bister products at IBFS here. First, my card.

What is Bister?  Essentially water soluble wood stain, similar to watercolor powders, but these are different than what you may have seen elsewhere.  IBFS’s Bister comes from the Netherlands.  It’s a tiny bit more granular than other watercolor powders.  I believe it is made from crushed walnuts.  All colors have a wonderful earthy undertone to them.   They are very easy to work with – just sprinkle some on some watercolor paper and spritz on water.  Or you can put water on your paper first then sprinkle on the Bister.

In my experimenting I sprinkled some Blue and Green Bister on the paper and added water. ( I thought I had taken photos of he background before I assembled my card, but I did not – the background on the card shows a little bit of what it looks like.)

Next I took some Flower die cuts (from a Silhouette file) and did the same – here is my result.

And the ribbon?  I took some seam binding and wiped up the excess Bister and water from my craft sheet and ended up with some pretty dyed ribbon to coordinate!

I still had some errant Bister on my craft sheet so I added more water and using another piece of paper just wiped up the diluted color onto that paper.  This piece ended up being my base tag.

I wanted to try another color so I sprinkled some Mahogany Bister  onto paper….Oh My!!!!  The color was so beautiful!  I ended up cutting some leaf shapes with this color – here they are.  This color will look gorgeous for fall cards.  I have a bunch of leaf stamps and dies that will see  a lot of this Mahogany color! I added two of these leaves to my card.

SO..no stamps on this card – I’ll add a sentiment later when I decide who to send the card to, and for what occasion.

I hope you will give Bister powders a try – they are fun and easy to work with.  I made a feminine card here but because of their earthy colors I can see these being used for masculine cards, vintage, mixed media and so many other areas.

Hop on over to the IBFS store for all the Bister colors and many wonderful stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!