Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I Brake for Watercolored Dahlias

Hi everybody!

I started out this year loving poppies and I still do but now I am on to a new flower, the dahlia.  I love all of the little petals and they are super fun to watercolor.  I got my inspiration from a Kristina Werner video.  Her inspiration was from a comforter and she made a card using the purple inks I used below. 

Here's a link to I Brake For Stamps online store.  I LOVE this stamp set!  It's great when you know you will actually use all the stamps in a set.  

The set is called, Quarter Sheet Dahlia.  I also used Large Grungy Leaves stamp.  This is what it looks like...

Use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA to receive 10% off your order.

I stamped the flower and leaves in Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  I chose a few Tim Holtz inks in Fall colors and just pressed the ink pad on my craft mat and spritzed with water and used a watercolor brush to paint the different colors on my flower and blended.  It's so easy and relaxing.  I also used Fossilized Amber, I added that later to have a golden brown yellow color.  Be careful not to paint outside the lines of the flower.  Then I used Antique Linen to paint the background.  Be careful not to touch the flower when you're painting the background because the colors will run.  Ask me how I know that!  LOL!  Use a heat gun to dry.  Take a paper towel and wipe off the flower and the ink will come off of the embossed part, it resists the ink.  Then I put a few drops of water in my hand and let them drop onto the paper.  After the water sits for 30 seconds to a minute, take a paper towel and blot and you will have the white spots, dry with heat gun.  You can add more water droplets but dry in between.  I sponged ink around the edge of the watercolor paper and around the sentiment.  I added a few sequins and twine and called it a day.  

  • Recollections 110# card stock for card base
  • Gina K Designs Tomato Soup and Cherry Red card stock
  • Strathmore 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral.  Antique Linen for background and Gathered Twigs for sponging around edges and stamping the sentiment
  • Sizzix Framelits Die, Phrases.  Stephanie Barnard's name is on package and these numbers 658838
  • Versamark Ink
  • Recollections Detail Embossing Powder in Snow
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Pop Dots
  • Craft Medley Sequins in Citrus
  • American Crafts Twine
Purple card, same as above but used Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves and Dusty Concord.  Sequins are Craft Medley, Viola, Gina K Designs card stock in Kraft and Edible Eggplant.

Did I inspire you to start watercoloring?  These Tim Holtz inks are so easy to work with and the colors are so vibrant.  You can do a lot with this Dahlia Stamp Set. 

Don't forget to use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA to get 10% off order.  Check out the Christmas stamps too.  There are deals of the week for 50% off. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Art Impressions Big Bertha Big Mouth Birthday Card

Hi everybody!

I love making cards because I can make them to fit almost any situation.  Well, after making this one, I think I can cover any situation now lol.  My Mom's top front tooth has been coming out for months now and she has been so upset, mad, etc., and now it's just kind of a running joke.  She smiles and laughs all the time and tries not to because of her missing tooth and is having a really hard time of it.  

Anyway, I saw this stamp back in June and knew I had to have it to make her birthday card.  It is Art Impressions Big Bertha Big Mouth Stamp.  I believe there are a couple other big mouth stamps as well.  There might be more now but as of June I think there were 3.  Tell me this isn't the funniest thing you've ever seen since you know the situation.... it's all in good fun. 

My friend Crystal Lopez colored this image when I was staying at her house a couple weeks ago.  She is so talented and can make cheetah print like no one's business.  Please visit her blog because she is very creative and you will definitely get inspiration from her work.  Here is a link to 8upscrapin

The directions on how to assemble the card with the pull out tab are included.  There is a small square die to use to cut out the mouth area.  The only thing I would tell you is stamp out one and practice cutting it before you cut out your colored one.  Also, when you draw the 2 lines it tells you to draw, I would draw them a little bit more spaced apart and a little longer than your tab is so the tab will fit well and feed easily through the slits.  

Happy Birthday Mom!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I Brake For Bucks

Hi everybody!

Deer hunting season is almost here and so I thought I would make a card using this Buck stamp from I Brake For Stamps.  This is a great stamp to use for a masculine card.  I cut off the top of the stamp as you can see on my card with a plan in mind.  I colored it about 4 weeks ago and decided to make a card with it this week and forgot what my plan was LOL!  I cut it off because I didn't want blue sky to show but I can't remember why.  :(  Please tell me I'm not the only one who is like this.  

Here's the stamp... If you use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA at checkout, you will receive 10% off of your purchase. 

I used embossing folders as you can see on the card background and the background the stamp is on and sponged ink around the edges of the die the stamp is on.  I cut a couple pieces of camo ribbon and adhered to card, adding bronze brads in corners.  I colored the stamp with Copics and I asked my boyfriend to make sure I colored it accurately and he said yes.  Yay!  I cut the stamp out with a die and cut off the top part of the stamp (for whatever reason?!?) and cut out the leaves and For You sentiment with dies.  Supplies listed below.  

It is kind of difficult to make masculine cards and I usually don't put ribbon on them, twine maybe, but not ribbon, but I made an exception here.  I usually make masculine cards pretty CAS but I tried to add as much as I could to this one to see how much I could do and it still be a masculine card. This card will be to display in my boyfriend's reload room so I made it 6" square.  

Supply List:

  • Recollections 110# white card stock for base
  • Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus, Kraft and Chocolate Brown card stock
  • Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs ink (used to sponge around die)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black 
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Brown Fun Foam (to pop up stamp)
  • Pop Dots
  • Zig Two Way Glue Pen
  • Leaves embossing folder by Darice
  • Woodgrain embossing folder, Tim Holtz Alterations 
  • Copic Markers
  • Spellbinders Foilage Die
  • Spellbinders Labels 18 die
  • Spellbinders Classic Large Squares Die (to cut out stamp)
  • Sizzix Dies, Card Phrases Set #3 (For You die)
  • Camo ribbon from big box store
  • Bronze brads from big box store

Isn't it amazing how many different supplies we use on a single card?  

Did I inspire you to get this stamp to make masculine cards for the deer hunting men in your life?

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Crazy Birds - It's a Party!

Hi everybody!

My boyfriend's sister is one of those that have tons of friends, always surrounded by them and loves to have a good time, won't say no to a party.  I love that about her!  I thought this card would be perfect for her using the bird stamps, dies and accessories.  I made the background and am happy with how it turned out.  

The background is so simple and such a wow factor!  All I did was rub a few colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink across my kraft mat (it wipes right off).  I laid my piece of watercolor paper on top of this ink and gently pressed all over.  I used a heat gun to dry it.  If you have areas of water, you can dab with a paper towel then use heat gun.  Then I put a little bit of water in my hand and trickled droplets onto the watercolor paper and let it sit a minute or so and dabbed it with a paper towel and that is where  you see the white areas, the spots.  

I colored the birds, hats, and present with Copics and a glitter pen and cut the birds out with the matching dies.  I fussy cut the hats and present because I don't have dies but I'm getting a Scan N' Cut around 10/9 and I'll try to cut the accessories out with this.  I'll do a blog post to let you know how this goes.  I added a few silver sequins to the out and insides. I used a Lawn Fawn stamp on the inside.  

I hope you like my card.  I love this set so much for men and for fun people!  Try some fun backgrounds, there's no right or wrong.

Supply List:

  • Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Stamps
  • Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Dies
  • Tim Holtz Crazy Talk Stamps
  • Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
  • Recollections 110# white card stock
  • Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet Card Stock
  • Strathforth 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio
  • Copic Markers (I'm sorry but I threw the paper away accidentally that listed the colors I used)
  • Sakura Silver Star and Clear Star Glitter Pens
  • Tim Holtz Scissors
  • Silver Sequins
  • Ranger Matte Multi Medium Adhesive (for sequins)
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Versafine Ink in Black 
What a FUN card!  I had a blast making it too because you just never know exactly how your background will turn out and once you put the birds on it, it just all comes together so perfectly.  

Did I inspire you to pull out your Crazy Birds?  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I Brake For Poinsettias

Hi everybody!

I see that my fellow card making friends have been making Christmas cards for a few months now, this is my first one of the year!  Yay!  I think it turned out beautiful!  The first time I saw this stamp I knew I had to have it.  This stamp is from I Brake for Stamps called Poinsettias in Squares.  If you use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA, you will receive 10% off of your order.  There are over 4,000 stamps so I'm sure you will be able to find several that fit your taste.  Time to get the Christmas ones! 

Here's the stamp.  Look at the possibilities!  

First, I stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I cut the squares out with scissors and then I cut 9 squares out with my Silhouette that were a little larger.  The tiles are 1-1/8" so the squares I cut out are about 1-1/4".  I glued down the poinsettia tiles to the silver squares that I cut and then cut a piece of vellum and used pop dots to pop them up and give dimension.  I embossed the red layer with poinsettias.  I colored the stamp with Copics.  It was so relaxing to color this too.  
Finally I cut out the Joy from my Silhouette, design ID# 36114, using glitter paper and used some cute glitter enamel dots.  I love these!  

Supply List:

  • I Brake For Stamps Poinsettias in Squares stamp
  • Gina K Designs White and Red Velvet Card Stock
  • Grafix 40# Clear Vellum
  • Martha Stewart Elegant Paper Pad (used silver under the poinsettia squares)
  • Sizzix Texture Fades Embossing Folders by Tim Holtz 2/pkg - Texture Poinsettia Pattern
  • American Crafts Christmas Glitter Papers
  • Silhouette Design Joy, # 36114
  • Versamark Ink
  • Martha Stewart Sterling Silver Embossing Powder
  • Virginia Turtle Stamps Starlight Glitter Enamel Dots
Copics: Poinsettia Stamp R22, R24, R29
Poinsettia Leaves G43, G46
Poinsettia Center Y15 and dots of R27

Did I motivate you to make a Christmas card?  Start now!  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

St. Louis Arch Thank You Card

Hi everybody!

Today I want to share a Thank You card I made.  It's simple but I think it looks so clean and nice, what do you think?  I stayed with a friend when I went to St. Louis last week and I thought this St. Louis Arch stamp would be perfect to go on my card to her.  This stamp is from I Brake For Stamps.     If you use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA, you will receive 10% off your order. 

I embossed the stamp with black embossing powder and colored the Arch with a silver glitter pen.  Isn't that pretty?  I used a Sizzix stamp with matching dies and finished it off with some silver metal beads.  I used Black Soot ink around the edge of the die to set it off from the white card stock background.

Supply List

I Brake For Stamps St. Louis Arch stamp
Gina K Designs Black Onyx and White Card Stock
Recollections Ebony Embossing Powder
Sakura Silver Star Pen
Sizzix Framelits Thank You Stamp and Die (It has Stephanie Barnard's name on the set but I don't see a name, it has 658838 on it)
Silver Metal 5mm Sticker Beads
Tim Holtz Black Soot Ink and Sponge

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Cards using MFT Stencils

Hi everybody!

I just wanted to share a couple cards that I made yesterday.  I made the Thank You card for my next door neighbor's Mother, who stayed here overnight and kept Barney when I went out of town to St. Louis.  I know, you think my having a 'baby sitter' for Barney is insane right?  He would be scared if he had to be here by himself all night because he never has.  :)

I just made a simple background using a My Favorite Stamps stencil called Scrolled BG.  I inked it up with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  The Thanks die is a Lawn Fawn die called Scripty Thanks.  I use these scripty dies a lot.  I topped it off with a few sequins and used some Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen over the word, thanks to give it a subtle sparkle.

I made this card for someone whose Father recently passed away.  I know she doesn't like pink so I made the flowers blue.  I used a My Favorite Things stencil called Rose Builder.  I love this stencil!  It is so relaxing to use this stencil and mask and just take your time.  That's what I did, went around the card masking as I went with Post It Masking Tape.

I ended up stamping a sentiment inside.  It said, Sending Thoughts and Prayers Your Way.  I used ink colors, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass and Bamboo Leaves by Memento.

I hope you liked my cards!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

By the way.... My BLOG IS FIXED!  The JOIN THIS SITE is FIXED.  It no longer goes to an error message.  So happy about this!