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I Brake For……Stacked Presents!

Hello stamping friends!  How is your summer going?  We are doing well down here in hot and humid Florida, except for my small vegetable garden, which seems to have taken the year off!  My tomato plants are dying, my orange and plum trees did not blossom,  and the only thing growing this year seems to be a couple of small pepper plants.  I guess we’ll just need to rest the soil this year and hope for a better crop next year.

The Fourth of July is less than 3 weeks away and I took my inspiration from that holiday to make this birthday card with images from I Brake For Stamps.

This card is perfect for anyone with a birthday near July 4th, or someone who like the red, white and blue color scheme.  The image is called Stacked Presents and it is a digital image  It can be found here.  Did you know that I Brake For Stamps does digital images?  In addition to the thousands of rubber stamps they have a great collection of digis as well. I hope you will check them all out!  The best thing about digis is that you can resize them to fit your needs, color them within whatever computer program you are using and they take up no physical space!

The sentiment is a rubber stamp called Best Wishes Birthday and can be found here.

I printed the image out on copic x-press it cardstock and went to work coloring it with copics.  The present that has the stars on it originally was just a plain box and I felt it needed something, so I took a star punch and some acetate and made myself a little stencil!  How easy it that?  You can also try it with a small hole punch if you want to do polka dots.  And while I used the red, white and blue theme, any color can do with these – just pick some patterned paper and use the colors on it as your guide!

The star background paper is part of a patriotic digi paper pack I’ve had for years.  I think I use it every Veteran’s Day when I make a card for my husband so it was nice that I was able to get some more use out of it on this card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hop on over to the IBFS store and take a look at all the wonderful stamps there.  Use code SAVE10NANCY and get 10% off your order!

make do instead of new

Recycle, upcycle, diy, repurpose, use what you have, etc……..  These days it is all about taking what you have and using it instead of buying something new.  This is true – especially for paper crafters.  Each month we see  blog posts, pinterest boards, Facebook and twitter feeds from companies with their latest and greatest products.  Everything looks fresh and new but you don’t need an unlimited craft budget to get a similar look – just reach into your stash of craft materials!  I saw this wonderful patriotic card from Debbie Olson:

Debbie O star card

Love the look and the design, but I had none of the materials she used – most importantly was that star die plate.   BUT…..since I have the Silhouette Cameo I knew I could recreate this look – here is my version of Debbie’s card:

 Patriotic Star cardd

The star die cut background took a little bit of time for me – but only because I am still in the learning phase on how to use the Silhouette.  I started with a simple star shape, copied it a bunch of times to make seven rows of 5 stars each and cut it on kraft cardstock – perfect cut the first time!  I don’t know what I am going to do with all the cut out stars but I’ve saved them and will think of something!

star background

The patterned paper is from a digital patriotic paper pack I purchased awhile ago.  I just made a background of the different designs.  The stars on the front are the same shape as the die cut background – I just resized them and cut them out on some of the same digital papers.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and the ribbon behind the sentiment is from Michael’s – I picked that up during their Memorial Day sale.

die cut stars

I am very happy so far with the Silhouette – but I know I have so much more to learn.   I think I am just about done with purchasing those steel dies – with a little work I figure I can cut just about any shape.

Thanks for stopping by today!


in memory

America the Beautiful

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday America! 

I hope  you are all enjoying this long holiday weekend.  Since it is so dry here there is a ban on burning and most fireworks.  Still, it is a wonderful day for celebrating, barbeque and just kicking back. 

Here are two cards I did for the holiday CAS challenge at SCS.

This card was made using one of the postal images from Rubber Monger – this particular set has 4 stamps, each with a phrase from America the Beautiful.  I love the set and don’t use it nearly enough.  It was colored with copics in the V and BG series. I mounted it on some lilac and black cardstock that was cut with pinking sheers.  The star image is from an Inkadinkado set called You Rock!  I was looking for a good star image and just happened to glance at the set to find the stamp.  The “America” stamp is from Mark’s Finest Papers “Regal and Proud” set which contains some great patriotic and masculine images.

This card with so quick and easy.  I used the same star image from the previous card and just stamped it 9 times.  I colored the stars with red and blue prisma pencils and mounted the panel with bllue cardstock.  The sentiment is computer generated because I could not find a good “God Bless America” stamp in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by today!