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I Brake For……Large Pears

Hello stampers and welcome to Wednesday and I Brake For Stamps!  I hope your Memorial Day weekend was nice and as the unofficial start of summer I hope you had some wonderful weather to enjoy the long weekend.

Today I have a beautifully illustrated stamp to show you.  It is called Large Pears and can be found here on the IBFS store.


I love fresh fruit – especially in the summertime.  We have lemon, orange, and plum trees in our yard but no pear – the weather is simply too hot for pears.  And have you ever had pear ice cream?  Oh it is delicious.  I was at a dinner where the host had homemade pear ice cream and served it with rum pound cake (also homemade).  The combination of the flavors of pear and rum was just delightful!!

The  Large Pear image was stamped with Memento Ink and colored with copics.

I went back and forth on how much embellishing for this card.  The image itself is large so you can only do so much before your card gets too big to handle. On cards like this I tend to leave a sentiment off because the image can be used for a variety of occasions .  Perhaps just a “thinking of you” would work well.  I took the brad used on the card and colored it with a brown copic to coordinate with the other browns used.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hop on over to the IBFS store where you can find this and thousands of other stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.

I Brake For….Peaches!!!! And a freebie!

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday where it is my turn to show you a beautiful, juicy and ripe stamp from I Brake For Stamps.  Do you like peaches?  I LOVE them and IBFS has them!!  Here is my piece:

It showcases the beautifully drawn stamp called Peaches, available here, which is also available as part of a larger set called MS58 Full Sheet which includes not just the peach image but pears, melons and grapes as well.  That large set can be found here.

This stamp works well for a card front but I ended up making a framed piece for my craft room.  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics.  Love how it turned out and I think I can use this image to practice my copic coloring.  I can see coloring this in various shades of red, pink, yellow and orange. making the fruit lighter or darker in color.

Now, I have a freebie for you!  The text that you see around the frame was created by me using a bunch of different fonts.  I printed it out on kraft cardstock and changed the transparency down to about 60% so that it would not overwhelm the main image.  If you want the background here it is:


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you pop on over to the IBFS store and take a look at this stamp and the larger set – they are all lovely images.  And you can get 10% off your order when you use the code SAVE10NANCY.

Have fun!!


an apple a day

Yes, another fruit card!  I’ve been practicing coloring apple images and thought I would share this card and some coloring examples with you.

The image (from Flourishes) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Copic X-Press  It cardstock.  I colored it with the following copics:

  • apple and stem:  R29-R27-R24-R22 then with R39 and Y15 to add a little yellow to the center (although you really can’t tell from the photo), E27 and E30
  • blossoms:  R20
  • leaves:  G28-G24-G21-G0000

The designer paper is from K & Company called Nature and has some wonderful designs in it.

After I colored the red apple, I thought I would try my hand at coloring some green and gold apples.  Here are my results and the corresponding copics I used.

copics:  YG11-YG13-YG17-Yg00 and Y00.   I needed that little bit of Y00 in the center

The golden apple really did not come out the way I wanted it to – but here it is.

Copics:  Y11-Y13-Y15, a little of R22 in the center, and Y21 and Y26 around the edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

berry vs. berry – what’s in a name?

I’ve been working on a couple of cards using a berry image that can be colored to look like either raspberries or blackberries.  When I first started I wanted to get some photos of berry images for color inspiration.  So I did a generic search on google for “berry images” and it came back with pages and pages of photos of a berry – Halle Berry!!!

OK – so I learned a quick lesson about not being specific enough in my searches.  I refined my search to more specific “blackberry images”.  As soon as I hit “enter” I knew what I was going to get.  Yes – pages and pages of blackberry’s – the phone not the fruit.

(sigh)  Well – let’s get as specific as possible.  Search for “blackberry fruit”.  Now I am on a roll!  Pages and pages of blackberries – the fruit!   After all that here are my cards – a blackberry version and a raspberry version:

The image  (from Flourishes) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on copic x-press it cardstock, mounted on a black panel, then mounted on a scalloped square with SU cardstock – eggplant I think.   The base card is PTI’s Soft Stone.  The patterned panel is from Basic Grey Eva series and the purple grosgrain ribbon is SU.  There is just enough room on the bottom for a sentiment, which I will add later.

Copics I used to color the image are:

  • For the fruit:  V12, V15, V17
  • For the leaves:  YG99, YG93, YG91, and Y06

Here is the raspberry version of the card – same layout.


The colors on this card are actually less bright than in this photo.  I used SU’s razzleberry for the scalloped panel.  The patterned panel is from Basic Grey’s Urban Prairie series.  The ribbon is from JoAnn’s.

Copics I used for the fruit are:  RV19, RV17, RV11.  The leaves were colored with the same markers as in the blackberry card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend!

fresh fruit basket

Hello friends!

I’m back!  We’ve been out of town and busy with the normal every day things that get in the way of crafting, and I am so glad to be blogging again.  I’ve been preparing for a copic class I’m teaching in June at my LSS, which will focus on coloring fruit and here is one of the cards we will do.

I love coloring fruit images because they provide a wide range of color choices.  This image is from Peddlers Pack and while it may look like it was alot of work because of all the different types of fruit it really was not.  Because the fruit sections are small they color up quickly.  I think I spent more time on the basket than anything else!  The background embossing was done with a cuttlebug folder – I think it is called “tartan”. 

I used many different copic markers to color – here is a recap:

  • basket:  E18, E15, E11, E00
  • cloth:  B24, B23, B21, B0000
  • cherry:  R89, R46, R24
  • strawberry:  R29, R24, R20
  • apple:  R39, R37, R35
  • grapes:  V17, V15, V12
  • banana:  Y15, Y17, Y00
  • pear:  YG25, YG23, YG21, YG0000
  • orange:  YR68, YR61, YR18

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on copic x-press it cardstock.   The blue base card is generic, the mat is espresso.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to share more fruit cards with you soon.