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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!

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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.



parrot tulip

It look like much of the country is feeling the bitter cold weather today and here in Florida we have not escaped it.  I woke up to 25 degree temperatures and it looks like we won’t get out of the 30’s today.  I’ve lived here for thirteen years and we’ve never had a day where it stayed in the 30’s.  Thankfully it won’t last long  – it looks like by Wednesday we’ll hit 70 degrees.  Until then I am staying inside and bundling up!

So, let me bring a little warmth to your day by sharing a card I made with the beautiful Tulip image from Power Poppy.

The image was printed on copic x-press it paper and colored with copics.  I took my color inspiration for the photo below, although my dark color is more of a magenta than red/orange.


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Feminine and Masculine cards

Happy New Year my crafty friends!  I hope your holiday season went well and that the new year holds wonderful things for you.  Here in Northwest Florida the holiday season is still in mid stream because we are just about to start Mardi Gras season.  When I lived in Connecticut and California I thought of Mardi Gras only on the actual Fat Tuesday when the news showed all the celebration in New Orleans.  Little did I know that the party is all along the northern gulf coast and begins on January 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, which is February 28th this year. This area will be filled with parties, balls and parades until then.

So. onto cardmaking.  Have you ever taken a favorite card of yours and made different version of it?  I frequently use the same overall design or sketch and mix it up with a variety of colors and patterns and stamps.  Take a look at the cards below.

I created the pink version back in 2010.  I love the overall design and the simplicity of the image.  The rhinestones, ribbon and hat pin with beads, along with the pink and black color scheme all come together for a very feminine card.  I wanted to take this card and make a masculine version of it so I took another image and colored it with blue and black copic markers (I used the B00 – B05 and N1 – N8 colors). I chose a different embossing folder and used just the bare minimum of embellishments  – a metal brad.

I really like how the masculine version came out and will most likely use this overall design again.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Pink flowers

Hello crafty friends – I’m back at my blog again and over the next couple of weeks I will be showing some cards I recently made for Creative Visions.

This is a cute and easy card to whip up – I colored the flowers with copic markers and sponged the sky with memento ink.  The cloud is a shape cut with my Silhouette.

The image is from Creative Visions Spring Flower set shown here.