Monday, February 8, 2016

I Brake For The Hokey Pokey

{jane bosi} Happy Monday, Brakers!  I thought we could all use a Monday morning chuckle!  I Brake For Stamps has such a fantastic line up of these crazy and fun Humorous Seniors--who among us doesn't just love them!?

This hula granny can be found on sheet AA1005 or singly as Ghost of Hulas Past.  LOL!!  Be sure to check out the whole category because there are so many seriously funny images!

I started by stamping the image on a piece of water color paper and then water coloring with distress inks.  I love how you can layer up colors using these inks this way.  For a little extra texture, I added some water droplets in a splatter pattern to complete the background.

To finish off the project, I added the thought provoking sentiment: What If.....Get this one while you can......there's only three left in the overstock section!

That's all!  Be Awesome--Jane

Saturday, February 6, 2016


Hello and happy Saturday!

It's almost here...Valentine's Day!
I'm sharing today a card I made using a very beautiful heart image from I Brake For Stamps!

You can find the individual image here...LARGE PRIMROSE HEART COLLAGE.
You can also find it on a beautiful sheet of stamps called 

The text/senitments on both inside and out are from EVERY DAY PHRASES.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I Brake for Water Aerobics

Hello IBFS fans !!!
It's Crystal here and today I am playing with water color, the image for my card is Water Aerobics Agnes  ,she can be bought as a single stamp and she also comes in the Humorous Seniors Full Sheet  and both can be found in the I Brake for stamps store just click I have linked them .

to make this card I used the following
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I stamped my image in black soot ink and the used clear embossing powder and heat set, this technique make it much easier to water-color and the color nor flow all over , makes it more controlled , I used Bristol water-color paper ( lots smoother to stamp on )
my colors I used , I used both distress markers and ink pads
I used tumbled glass and salty ocean on a craft mat , spritzed with water drag the paper thru and heat dry , do this several times until you get the look you love be sure to heat dry between layers , my image was water colored and then fussy cut out and popped up
I chose this die cut sentiment  , I was think with all the exercising after first of the year this would make a perfect card  , Way to go !! keep up the great work , we all like to hear positive words to keep us on track .
I added a water-color layer inside my card too and you can hand write a sentiment or stamp a sentiment inside

well that's my card for today , it was fun to watercolor and to use a different technique from the norm for me .
I hope this has inspired you to make a card and share with a friend .. share the stamping love : )
for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I Brake for Wolves!

While perusing the large selection of stamps at I Brake for Stamps, I came across Large Wolf with Moon and decided that he'd be the perfect image for many different projects, especially those difficult cards for the men in one's life. I should mention that this stamp is also available in a smaller size too.

Large Wolf with Moon was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Craft) and colored with Copics. When it came time to die-cut around the image, I realized that I had messed up the orientation of the stamp and the image was askew. Rather than binning the project, I fussy-cut the image and edged it with a Black Pitt Artist pen (Faber Castell).

I used one of the dies from the Rounded Tag Framelit die set (Sizzix) to die-cut a piece of patterned black paper from the Cartographer 6x6 pad (Prima). The next largest die from the set was used to die-cut star-patterned paper from the Beachside Pint Size Patterns 6x6 pad (lawn fawn). The edges of both die-cuts were lightly distressed and layered atop the remaining black patterned paper. The piece was trimmed and the edges lightly distressed. Large Wolf with Moon was adhered onto the die-cut and the card front was adhered to a kraft card.

I did not add a sentiment yet because the recipient and occasion have yet to be decided.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

I Brake for Butterfly Wishes!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a beautiful verse stamp with you.  Usually we think of the sentiment as being secondary, it's there to compliment the image.  This sentiment is the star of the card though. 

It's such a pretty poem and the little butterflies accent it so beautifully.

My friend's grandmother passed away earlier this week (at 97) and I wanted to make something pretty for her.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I Brake for Birthday cows ...

Hello IBFS fans !!
It's Crystal here and today I made a cow birthday card using Tina Mae  cow from the I Brake for Stamps store , she is a red rubber stamp and she is as cute as can be , I have a friend who needed a Birthday card for a cow lover and this stamp is perfect .

I stamped her out in memento ink ( Copic friendly ) and then I used pan pastel chalk and a scallop acetate and sponged on clouds around her .
I copic colored her and then used a frame die to cut her down to fit my Step card base
copic colors I used
the flowers are handmade and the centers have glass beads
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inside my card
the back of my card is finished too
one more look of the whole card

supplies :Tina Mae cow stamp ,  step card is made using a Sizzix die set , the flowers are MFT Prima Donna Petals , the grass is an Impression Obsession die , the sentiment is a Lawn Fawn die
I hope this has inspired you to make a card and share with a friend .. share the stamping love : )
for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I Brake For Bistros

Hi everybody!  Regina here....

It's so cold, rainy, windy, etc., that when I ran across the stamp I am using here, it made me think of warm, beautiful days ahead, relaxing at a bistro table with a glass of wine.  This stamp is from I Brake For Stamps called Bistro Table.  

I wanted this to be colored with subtle, soft colors to make it look relaxing and inviting.  I almost sponged a background and decided I liked how it looked without one.  It reminds me of those little matted pictures you can buy at the store, simple yet cute.

I used Copics to color, added some Sakura Silver Star glitter pen to the pole of the umbrella and fringe to add some sparkle and of course, have to have sequins. 

For more inspiration, please visit my blog at

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - Design Team Member

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I Brake to Dance!

This song was inspired by a few of David Bowie's songs, but being me, I mistook the "red shoes" in Let's Dance for "red dress". Oh well. At least I remembered that something was red. However, there are a lot of other songs where women wear red dresses, so maybe I was inspired by them. Who really knows?

Here's my card using the dancing woman and the clock/sentiment from The Old and The New Half Sheet (Stampinback) which you can purchase at I Brake for Stamps

The woman from the The Old and The New set was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko), colored with Copic markers, fussy-cut, and edged with a Black Multi-liner pen. A touch of blush was added with a pink chalk pencil (Derwent). She was set aside while I created a background for her.

Silver glitter paper (DCWV) was die-cut with the Star Flourish die (Memory Box) and set aside.

The clock/sentiment from The Old and The New set was stamped with Unicorn Hero Hues (Hero Arts) onto music-patterned paper from the DIY Shop 6x6 pad (American Crafts) then heat-set with Polysparkle embossing powder (Ranger).

Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch Distress inks (Ranger) were sponged over the heat embossed music paper. Faded Jeans Distress ink was sponged over the Tornado stencil (Andy Skinner/DecoArt). The card front was edged with Black Soot Distress ink.

The glittery die-cut was adhered, then the dancer from the The Old and The New set was adhered on the die-cut. The cardfront was adhered to a white card and I called it done.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

I Brake For Flowers

{jane bosi} It's always of interest to me, the different ways I can use the same image.  I love this Kerr jar image and have shown it many times, but never like this!

I started by heat embossing the image on kraft card stock.  Using water colors (Koi by Sakura), I added color to the image.  Once dry, I cut the image using an oval die and the Out of the Box technique.  To finish things off, I added the sentiment "Enjoy the good life."  You will find it on the Beach Theme Full Sheet.

As usual, I had to add a few pieces of bling for some finishing sparkle!  It just makes me happy!

TTFN, Jane

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I Brake For Kitchen Organization!

Hello and happy Saturday!

Today I'm sharing a fun utensil caddy that I created using an image from I Brake For Stamps.
The stamp is called Kiss the Chef.

You can get caddies at the store but none are as personal as this.  I used an up-cycled broth can that I covered in paper.  

Okay, maybe you're thinking..."but he's GRILLING and that takes place outside."  I absolutely love to cook but I've never once in my life grilled.  I can do just about anything you can do on the grill in my kitchen.  If I can't do it, I don't care because I don't miss it.  Steaks are best seared on the stove top and finished in the oven anyways.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Brake for Poppies ...

Hello IBFS fans !!
It's Crystal here and today I am dreaming of beautiful flowers that pop up after a long winter , I love the colors of Spring .Today's card was made using the Poppies half sheet from the I Brake for Stamps Store , I copic colored the flower and then added shabby embossing enamel in the center with a versamark marker and heat gun and glossy accents on the petals to give a glass look .

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for my inside I stamped a frame in TH worn lipstick and left a space to write a sentiment .

Thanks for stopping in to see me today , I hope I inspired you to make some fun backgrounds to go with those awesome images found in the IBFS store.
for this image and so many more visit the IBFS store  .
when you visit I Brake for Stamps store ,

Crystal Lopez – Design Team member for IBFS

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I Brake for Vineyards

Hi everybody.... Regina here and I need an anniversary card for my boyfriend.... we will be together 2 years 1/30.  I drew a blank. Then a lightbulb went off to use this stamp called Vineyard for the card since we stay at a B&B winery every year.  We love the place so much.  We already have rooms booked for this October, it will be out 3rd time going there, in Hermann Missouri. 

This stamp is from I Brake For Stamps called Vineyard.  I love coloring scenery stamps!  

I used Prismacolor Pencils to color the image, Memento Rich Cocoa ink so that I could color over the lines, and used baby oil on parts of it to create a smoother look, such as,the sky.  You can also use Gamsol for this.  The Love die is from Lawn Fawn.  

I think this will make a great Anniversary Card, don't you?  If you use images that have special meaning to a person on your cards, how can you go wrong?  

For more inspiration, you can check out my blog at

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - Design Team Member