Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I Brake For Traditional Thanksgiving Cards

Hi everybody,

Thanksgiving will be here in the blink of an eye.  I wanted to make a traditional card for someone for Thanksgiving.  I was going to color the feathers different colors and make it look really fun and colorful.  I decided to look up pictures of what a real turkey looks like because I really didn't know.  I was very surprised by what I saw.  I even sent a picture of my card to someone that used to raise turkeys and she said this was spot on.  I didn't know they have a bluish face/head and iridescent feathers.  

This stamp comes from I Brake For Stamps.  It's called Thanksgiving Greetings.  

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I used several layers to make it look like a picture, colored with Copics, sponged at the top, added some Perfect Pearls on the feather to give it an iredescent look, and finished it off with some hemp cord and a button.  Easy peasy except wow, did I use a lot of Copics!!! 


  • Recollections 110# White Card Stock (for base)  ** I LOVE this for card bases!
  • Gina K Designs Chocolate Brown and Tomato Soup Card Stock
  • Authentique patterned paper, 6x6 Bundle Collection called Thankful 
  •  Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Tim Holtz Antique Linen (to sponge) 
  • Ranger Perfect Pearl and Perfect Medium
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Copic Markers
  • Virginia Turtle glitter enamel dots
  • Hemptique Hemp Cord
  • Gina K Designs button, chocolate brown
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive Dot Runner

If you are thankful and feel blessed, why not make a card during this holiday season time and tell someone what they mean to you and your life.  

I hope I inspired you to make some Thanksgiving cards.  It's really relaxing to color this stamp.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina – Design Team Member

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I Brake For Treadmill Freddie

Hi Everybody!

I have a fun card to show you today.  I used a super cute digi from I Brake For Stamps called Treadmill Freddie.  You may remember a card I made a while back with Freddie on Harley.  There are several Freddie digital stamps.  Check them out!  I know most of you have a Scan n Cut by now so digis are no longer an issue with the fussy cutting.  If you use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA, you will receive 10% off of your order. 

I wanted to make someone a motivational card because they have been on a diet and have lost about 10 pounds so far so I wanted to congratulate them with this cute card. 

Here's the digi, Treadmill Freddie

How cute is this!!!  I even cut the outside part with my new Scan n Cut!  I haven't played with it enough to figure out how to cut the inside parts so I just used an X-Acto knife for those 3 parts but it was really easy and I went around the edges with a black pen (LOVE this pen - see supplies)

I used a Tim Holtz stencil to make the water/paint splotches to add some interest and a little color.  I colored him with Copics of course.  I used a Die-Versions die at the top of the card.  I love how you can use these style dies and it keeps the sentiment out of the way but is still a large size.  I added some enamel dots, twine, googly eyes and glossy accents on the screen of the treadmill.  

  • Recollections 110# white card stock for base
  • Gina K Designs Blue Denim, Red Hot and Turquoise Sea
  • Die-Versions Express Edges Die called, "You Did It"
  • Tim Holtz Layers Stencil called Splatters
  • Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  • American Crafts Red Twine
  • My Mind's Eye Enamel Dots
  • Adhesive Googly Eyes
  • Glossy Accents
  • Pop Dots
  • Tombo Mono Adhesive
  • Micro Glue Dots
  • Copics:  Treadmill C3, C5, C7, C9 and Freddie YG01, YG03, YG17, YG67 
  • Scan n Cut 
  • Tim Holtz Scissors 
  • FABER-CASTELL PITT Artist Pen Black 199 (love this pen more than Copic Multiliner)

Check out the Freddie digital stamp collection.  There is also a super cute Freddie Thanksgiving digi called Freddie Pilgrim.  If you use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA you will receive 10% off your order, includes Overstocks, 50% off Deals of the Week, Clearance. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Etching YETI's... The Season's Hottest Gift Item

Hi everybody!

Wow!  It's a very busy time of the year for me.  Not only do I make cards, but I also etch glass and metal items, vinyl lettering on items, glittered wine glasses, etc.  The most popular items for me have been etching 9x13 Pyrex casserole dishes, pie plates, glass cutting boards, and the HOTTEST thing this year, etching YETI's.  I just wanted to post a few pics so that you would know what I do and if I can ever help you out by making a Christmas gift, wedding gift, etc., please let me know.  

You can send an email to and I will get back to you right away.  

I bought my boyfriend a YETI for his birthday and etched his name on it because to be honest, I just didn't want anyone stealing it off of his desk lol.  Now I'm inundated with orders to have YETI's etched for gifts or just people who want their own etched.  I am etching company logos on some for trade shows, Christmas gifts for customers, etc.  

I have also etched beer, wine and tea glasses, sports mugs with team names, can etch metal flasks too.  

Just wanted to share with you what keeps me busy in addition to making cards.  I love what I do but cards are my passion.  Would love for you to comment on my work and let me know what you think.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I Brake For White Washed Flowers

Hi everybody!

I really love the stamp set that I'm using today.  It is called Ballerina, Flowers and Numbers from I Brake For Stamps.  Here's what it looks like:

This set has so any possibilities!  I am envisioning mixed media projects for the future but today I used the White Wash Technique.  I used the stamp with the flowers, script and dots, the butterfly and the love infinity stamp.  I love how it turned out!  

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I embossed the flowers with white embossing powder, took a water brush and used white pigment ink to water color the flowers to give them the 'white wash' look.  Let this dry or heat dry.  Then I just used some Fired Brick distress ink with water to give the flowers a soft color.  I had originally embossed the script white too but I decided I wanted the script part black so I masked off the flowers, stamped in black and fussy cut the flowers out that I had embossed white and used pop dots to give it some height next to the script.  I embossed the small butterfly with black ink and clear embossing powder and used a little of the Fired Brick distress ink to coordinate with the flowers and used pop dots with it also.  I stamped the love infinity symbol stamp at the bottom and used some black glitter enamel dots on each side.  I used a distress tool to distress the edges of the black and kraft card stock.  Finally, I used clear Wink of Stella on the butterfly.  

Remember to use Coupon Code SAVE10REGINA to receive 10% off of your order.  I'll be using this set more in the future to show you different ways to use it.


  • I Brake For Stamps stamp set called Ballerina, Flowers and Numbers
  • Recollections 110# White Card Stock for base
  • Gina K Designs Black Onyx and Kraft Card Stock
  • Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Ink
  • Close To My Heart White Daisy Pigment Ink
  • Versamark Ink
  • Versafine Onyx Black
  • Recollections white embossing powder in Snow
  • Stampendous Clear Detail Fine Embossing Powder
  • Water Brush
  • Tim Holtz Distress Tool
  • Pop Dots
  • Tombo Dot Runner Mono Adhesive
  • Virginia Turtle Black Glitter Enamel Dots
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Regina - I Brake For Stamps Design Team Member

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...

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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!