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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… Beautiful Sunflower!!

Hello my crafty friends and happy August to you.

I’m doing double duty today with this post.  It’s my day to host the I Brake For Stamps Blog, and it’s also the start of a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters Blog.  I have a sunny combo to show you today…..

A big and bold sunny sunflower gets a lot of work in this card and gift bag combo.  The image is called  Beautiful Sunflower and can be found here on the IBFS store.  It’s a great size – about 3.25 inches across so it makes a wonderful statement on a card.

I colored the image with copics and cut it out.  I then stamped just the center portion of the sunflower, colored it, cut it out and popped it up on the larger image.  All the patterned paper was from the same paper pack ( I think it was a DCWV pad) and went perfectly with some yellow cardstock I had in my stash.


Now onto the bag.  I recently picked up a We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board.   Boy, where have I been all this time!  With this wonderful little tool it took no time at all to make the gift bag.  Here is a closer look.

It’s made with the same cardstock as the card and measures 7.5 inches tall and 3 5/8 inches wide.  The punch board comes with  instructions and measurements plus there are a ton of videos on YouTube with ideas.

I stamped the bag itself with the sunflower image using  Memento Cantaloupe ink .  Then I cut a tag shape and stamped/colored the image again.  The stitched banner die is stamped with a Thank You stamp from IBFS that can be found here.

Onto the Challenge….The Sisterhood of Crafters new challenge starts today and the theme is Harvest.  Check out all the details on the blog here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you will visit the IBFS store where there are thousands of great stamps!  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order.




let it snow!

I think autumn is starting to happen down here.  About a week ago it was so hot and humid I thought it was July again!  This week it will be in the 70’s and low humidity  – perfect weather for us!

I’m making a few samples for my LSS using Flower Soft Snow Globes.  Here’s the first..

The snowman image is from Sweet n Sassy stamps and I just love the look on his face – like he is enjoying a wintery day!  The little bit of color on him was done with copics.  He was cut out and popped up against a background made of SEI paper, the  Winter Song series.  Once that was done I filled the plastic globe with Polar White Flower Soft and attached it to the stamped piece.  I covered a plain white gift bag with more paper from the same SEI collection, along with some SU cherry cobbler cardstock and topped the snowglobe with a red grosgrain ribbon.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Flourishes stamped with Memento Rhubarb Stalk.  Here’s a close up:

I also made a coordinating tag to go with the bag.  I used a reduced version of the snowman and cut the label out with a spellbinders die.  Memento Sky blue ink was sponged on it and the “to/from” sentiment added last.

I’ll share more of my snowglobe creations in the next day or so.  Thanks so much for stopping by!