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I Brake For….Large Mums!

Hello my friends.  It’s Wednesday and time to show you my latest card using stamps from I Brake For Stamps.  My card for today features the very pretty Large Mums stamp – available here.


This is a perfect stamp for Mother’s day!  The mums here are in the style of Fuji Mums which are so very pretty and come in a variety of colors.  I chose my paper first (a tip I learned long ago and often forget!) and then matched copic colors to coordinate.  The image was stamped on a pierced oval die cut with memento tuxedo black ink. The paper is a from a Michael’s 6 x 6 paper pad.   I sponged some light blue on the side to add a little more interest.

Let’s talk about sponging…..I have many sponge daubers – both the large jumbo type and the small finger ones.  But the sponge part tends to disintegrate over time and a few weeks ago I had to throw out a bunch of them. I’ve also used those round yellow regular sponges but really don’t like how they apply the ink.    Then a friend told me about using latex make-up sponges instead – she bought them at her local dollar store. I picked up a bunch and love them.  Because they are latex they hold up very well and really do a nice job of applying the ink to paper.  Here is a look at the ones I got.  And they were much cheaper then the daubers.  So – that’s my tip for today!!

I hope you like what you see here today.  Head on over to the IBFS store where you can find this and many other stamps.  Use code SAVE10NANCY  and save 10% on your order.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thinking warm thoughts

Thought I would share something to warm us up!  This clean and simple card worked up quickly with reverse masking a circle and sponging 3 different colors of ink over it.  The palm tree image is from Creative Visions.   Kept the overall look of the card simple in order to keep the focus on the colors.  Stay warm and thanks for stopping by!


grassy sunset

Several times a week my husband and I do a morning walk as part of our exercise routine.  Since we live in Florida it can get a bit hot and humid during the day so we get up before the sun rises and get in our 3 miles and often are rewarded with beautiful sunrises as we make our way home.  During those mornings when the sunrise is especially pretty it is like being rewarded for getting up so early.

So…with sunrises/sunsets on the mind here is a quick and easy card I did…

blowing grass sunset

The blowing grass image is from Creative Vision Stamps and when you buy it you get two sizes – this is the larger of the two.  It can be found here.  The sentiment is also from Creative Vision.

I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black ink then sponged various colors of memento ink to create the sunset colors.  The sponging technique is quick and easy and with the right color combination can create beautiful backgrounds.

Thanks for stopping by today!

winter wishes

I’m just about finished with my Christmas cards – here are my latest two.  I used the same stamp set for both with just a few changes.

In this first card the main image – colored with prisma pencils -is  mounted on a tag created in Silhouette.  Snowflakes on the blue cardstock are embossed in white.  The coloring was quick and easy.

 Winter wishes blue

The hills are made a bit more festive by adding some Martha Stewart glitter – here is a close up

 Winter wishes blue close up

The main image and sentiment are from Papertrey, and the snowflakes are from Hero Arts.

The second card uses the same image but is mounted on a white base.  I drew the hills in on the base card.

 Winter wishes white

Glitter was also used here – both on the main panel as well as on the hills drawn on the base card.

 winter wishes white close up

Thanks for stopping by today – hope all is well!

A snowy scene

Hello crafty friends!!  Are you ready for the holidays?  My shopping is done, gifts are wrapped and cards have been mailed so now I can relax a bit.

I want to share with you something I made with the latest set from Technique Tuesday’s Greenhouse Society club.  The set is called Berries and comes with one main branch image and three small sentiments.  It is the perfect set for a clean and simple holiday card.  Some easy sponging and stamping with a little glitter added for sparkle and you are done!

I started by taking a piece of white cardstock and masked one portion with a scrap of cardstock cut to mimic a hill.  I sponged Memento’s Summer Sky and Danube Blue inks above the mask.

I took another scrap of cardstock and cut it slightly different to create another hill.  I positioned this mask lower than the first and sponged again with the same inks.  By doing this you end up with two “hills”


I stamped the Berry branch in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored the berries with a red marker and stamped the sentiment in Memento Rhubarb stalk.

To add a little sparkle I glued some Martha Stewart glitter on a few branches.

I created a few cards with this panel as well as a gift card holder – shown below.

Thanks for stopping by today!!