New Stamps from I Brake For Stamps!

Happy Friday!!   It’s my pleasure to help introduce some new cuties from I Brake For Stamps today!

When Della from IBFS showed these to me, I couldn’t refuse.   They come in a set of six in different poses …

Dress Up Girl – Anna

Pony Girl – Chelsea

Princess – Mary (my fav!)   😀

Skater Girl – Brittney

Music Girl – Hailee

Birthday Girl – Quinn   (shown here)

Of course, I couldn’t help myself and HAD to “play” with another!    Here’s Pony Girl – Chelsea too:

Be sure to take a peek at all the new cutie pie girls over at I Brake For Stamps ~ also known as Sarah’s Girls.   I’m sure I will have a few more colored up in the very near future!   🙂

It looks like it’s a beautiful spring day today – Yee Haw!    And, since today is my birthday, I think I’m going to take the rest of the day off!    Have a great weekend!


2nd Card:

One Last Snowman Tuesday


Welcome!   Time for one last Snowman card … well, in this instance – a set of cardz!    I’ve used the Snowball Set of 4 from I Brake For Stamps.  

Each image has been embossed with black EP, I then VERY carefully added a bit of color with Copics and finally, lots of Star dust Stickles.   I’ve used various pieces of the new Basic Grey Jovial paper for each card and vellum for the Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles.    Here are some closeups to see all the sparkle.






These were super fun and easy for anyone looking for some last minute Christmas card mass production ideas!    If you are interested in this set or ANY stamps from I Brake For Stamps, be sure to used Coupon Code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire purchase!    

Since this is my last post as a DT member for I Brake For Stamps, I wanted to send a special Thank You to Della, the owner of IBFS ~ it’s been a true pleasure to work with her over the past year,  she’s a very generous and and caring person, who I’m glad to call my friend!   


Snowman Tuesday No. 3!


Well, unfortunately the weather is becoming much more appropriate for snowmen!   No white stuff yet, but it sure feels like it could be any day now.   blech.     Don’t get me wrong, I love snowmen – just not the snow needed to make one!    

This smiling cutie is another from the awesome selection of snowmen stamps at I Brake For Stamps.   He is Snowman #4 on their wonderfully revised site.  



I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE this new paper I found at my local scrapbook store!   Seems that red and black are THE hot colors for Christmas papers this year.    This paper is by Teresa Collins and each sheet is GORGEOUS!!   I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never actually heard of this brand of paper, but boy I sure am glad I have now!     Here’s a link to her blog showing all the papers in the Noel collection, which I ‘ve used for this card. 

I also wanted to share with you the new Sizzix die I found at my LSS also ~ I’ve only used the holly leaf part, but it also includes an awesome swirl die cut that I know you’ll be seeing here in the very near future!   I love it ….  too!    

Don’t forget, if you are interested in any of the awesome stamps from I Brake For Stamps, please be sure to use Coupon Code SAVE10MARY to receive a 10% discount off your entire order.

Thanks for visiting today.


Snowman Tuesday!


Happy Tuesday!   Welcome back for another Snowman day.   I thought this week, I’d go with some of the new non-traditional Christmas colors.   This was certainly an unusual color combo for me, chosen to match the Cosmo Cricket DP ~ Mitten Weather . . . just the name seemed appropriate for these cuties!   The 6×6 Mini Deck contains LOTS of purples, reds and greens!



I’ve used the snowman stamp from I Brake For Stamps called Bundled Up Snowman.   As you can see, I thought it would be fun to use him several times for a card from “the whole family”!     The sentiment is computer generated using a font called Fontdinerdotcom Sparkly.   (Nope, I didn’t make this one up!)   It’s from and can be found here

If you’re up for a little shopping, I Brake For Stamps is having a 15% off all half sheets of rubber sale through the 31st of October.   Here’s the link  

Don’t forget, be sure to use Coupon Code SAVE10MARY

for an ADDITIONAL 10% OFF!!


Thanks for stopping by today.   Hope your week is off to a great start! 


Happy Holidays … a little early!


Seems to be a bit early for Christmas cardz, but I just couldn’t resist this adorable face!    He’s one of many awesome snowmen stamps from I Brake For Stamps.    

This is my third holiday season making cardz and I’ve unintentionally gotten quite a collection of snowmen stamps!   I really love using these guys for my holiday cardz.    Soooo, I thought it would be fun share a new one with you each Tuesday for the next few weeks . . . hope you will be able to stop back!



This cutie is called Large Snowman Post  (he actually comes in a smaller size too).   I’ve stamped him onto watercolor paper and colored him with Copics – they say this is not the best idea with Copics since the watercolor paper seems to suck up lots of ink.   I like to do it occasionally, since it really seems to add some nice texture to your image.  I’ve also added some Diamond Glaze to his coal eyes & mouth and the berries on his hat for a little extra dimension and shine.   The gorgeous papers are new this year from Bo Bunny ~ and I do love em!!   

The sentiment is from an older Gina K. Designs set, illustrated by my friend the amazingly talented, Asela Hopkins Christmas Blessings.



If you’d like to order any stamps from I Brake For Stamps, be sure to use the code SAVE10MARY to receive a 10% discount off your entire purchase.    I know you’re sure to find something in their selection of over 3,000 stamps! 

Thanks for visiting today.    I hope you can stop back next Tuesday for another Snowman Day!   


Halloween in Wonderland


Hello and happy Thursday . . . we’re getting closer and closer to the weekend!   I’ve got a fun card for you today made with some of the new Graphic 45 Halloween papers and an adorable vintage witch from I Brake For Stamps.



She’s called Girl on Pumpkin and is part of an awesome selection of Halloween images available at I Brake For Stamps.   If you haven’t visited the I Brake For Stamps site recently, you’ll be in for a surprise ~ Della has completely redesigned the site, making it so much easier to navigate and find exactly what you’re looking for … and with over 3,000 stamps – you’re sure to find SOMETHING!   🙂     

Don’t forget to use coupon code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire order!



Lots of glitter on this one!   I don’t often do this abstract/vintage type of card – which seems to be so popular right now, so I thought it would be fun to give it a try!    And,  I found it was actually pretty easy, especially using the new Halloween in Wonderland papers.    Besides, if you do make a mistake, who would know?!   LOL

Don’t forget to take a peek at the awesome new website for I Brake For Stamps ~ I know you’ll LOVE it!


The Haunted House


Hello!  Since the temps have definitely dropped and Fall will soon be in the air, it seems time for Halloween cards.    This Haunted House is from the awesome Halloween stamp section  at  I  Brake For Stamps.   I made it into an easel card … however, the Haunted House poem I used was a bit too long, so the card doesn’t stand as it should.  It works fine if it’s braced up in the back.   Oh well!   It was one of “those” days!!   🙂



I spent way tooo long cutting some of the details on this card for some added dimension.    I guess I really love to do this “fussy cutting” as I’ve heard it called!



I found the Haunted House poem on the internet, and used a combination of two new fonts from ~ nightmare for the title and dracula for the poem.    They have LOTS of  very  cool Halloween fonts if you’re interested!



For all you Red Rubber Lovers out there, I hope you have a minute to take a peek at the “OVER 3000 images” available at I Brake For Stamps . . .  Don’t forget to use Coupon Code SAVE10MARY to receive 10% off from your total purchase.

Thanks for visiting today.   Hope you can stop back tomorrow for a new Phindy’s Place challenge. 


Supplies Used:  

Circle Slide Book Album and Blogoversary Candy Winner!!!!


a grand adventure is about to begin ~ from Winnie the Pooh!


I’ve been really excited to share this photo album I made for my daughter who recently gave birth to the most beautiful little baby girl ~ Quinn (a/k/a Quinney poo)!   

It’s not a normal album either ~ each page has a mini hidden slide-out photo page.   As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for an album keepsake for the whole family.      (Please keep in mind, I’m a card girl (My Cardz) and this is my FIRST attempt at scrapbooking!  Although, I do think I have discovered a NEW hobby!!)  

Here’s how the “hidden” photo is revealed . . .    (it slides out!)



And a closeup view . . . 



Pretty cool, huh?  These are photos of my VERY pregnant daughter from just a few weeks ago!    

In trying to not overwhelm you, I won’t show each and every photo from the album, since there are a total of six pages, PLUS six hidden photos.     I did, however, put together a wee-little slide show of the entire album which can be found at the end of this post!    Yep, just a proud grandma! 

I just LOVE this type of album, I think it would make a perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, new babies!   🙂     The album is being sold over at I Brake For Stamps.   

I have a few photos to show you how super easy it is to put together.   This is what you will receive in your package . . . 


It may look confusing at first, but believe me ~  if I can do it  —  anyone can!      Your first step is to take one of the black chipboard spacers and a black chipboard circle . . . 


and glue them together . . . always being sure to line up the punched holes.


You then peel off the blue protective film from one of the clear pull outs . . . 


and glue two black chipboard pull tabs to the front and back of the square end.   (I’ve left the film on so you could see it a little easier in this photo.) 


Lay this tabbed insert inside your glued circle as shown below . . . 


and glue a second chipboard circle on top ~ always being sure to line up the punched holes. 


That’s it!    (Of course, you have two more to put together.)     The album pages measure 8 1/2 inches, so I cut out all of my papers/cardstock  . . . 


and used one of the chipboard pull tabs as a guide to cut this section to adhere to the album. 


Since I was using double-sided papers, I marked the back of each piece so I would know which side I had planned to use. 


And now the REAL fun begins!    Adding your photos and embellishments.    I decided to cover the clear plastic pull outs with DP also, which was not necessary – if you decide to do this, one little suggestion I have to make your life a little easier, cut and measure these BEFORE you glue your album together!   Live and learn!    If you do purchase one and run into ANY problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll try to help.   

I highly recommend this awesome album kit if you’re looking for a unique gift for someone special!    You can find the album HERE.   AND, as always, if you use code SAVE10MARY, you’ll receive 10% off of your entire purchase from I Brake For Stamps!     


As promised, here’s proud grandma’s slide show of the entire Circle Slide Album for my daughter . . .   (just hit the X to close the little propaganda on the bottom of the slide show — sorry, I couldn’t remove it!!  ugh!)  



So, after all that I FINALLY have a WINNER for my 2-year Blogoversary blog candy!!

Drumroll please . . .

True Random Number Generator 7 Powered by RANDOM.ORG 



Here’s Patti’s so very kind comment:    

Patti J. permalink July 27, 2010 6:34 am

“How funny! When I saw your candy, I was excited, but when I read that the card came with the gift, I was ecstatic!!! Congrats, Mary, on your two years! I read your blog every single day, and certainly admire your talents. I look forward to seeing your name pop up in my email! Odd though – I always get me email alerts a full day late! lol… Again, congrats, and I adore this beautiful card!

Hugs! I’m off to add your candy to my blog!”


YAY!!    Congrats Patti!  (Please be sure to send me your address so I can get the card to you and, of course, your email address for the $50.00 Gift Certificate to 7KCF!)      [Eeeek, I’m gonna have to check into WHY you’re getting your emails so late!!]  



Thank you ALL for your SOOO VERY WONDERFUL comments, they have meant the world to me!   I appreciate each and every one of you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your very kind words and frequent visits to my blog! 



Just a quick reminder about tomorrow!    You definitely won’t want to miss the new challenge blog ~ our first prize is a $50.00 Gift Certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!!    

But, please note . . . the blog is still under construction and won’t be available until tomorrow..  


Supplies Used:  

Where flowers bloom . . .

so does hope!


Hello!   Hope you brought your sunglasses along today ~  it’s a bright one . . . although not quite as bright IRL!    This is another gorgeous flower from the amazing floral collection at I Brake For Stamps, called Poppy.   If you’re interested in any stamps from IBFS, be sure to use coupon code “SAVE10MARY” for a 10% discount off your order! 

I’ve tried to keep the card somewhat uncluttered, to focus mainly on the image and sentiment.  



The poppy was colored with Copics, cut out and attached with dimensionals … is there any other way???   🙂    The papers are from Bo Bunny ~ poppy dot and gypsy curry.   I used both the Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Mega Ovals  and Large Mega Scalloped Ovals  . . . I really love the long, thin design of these dies.   The ribbon is from my stash and was originally coral and white – I used a Copic marker to make it more orange-colored to match the cardstock.    And, the sentiment is from PTI.



Thanks for stopping by today and for your always wonderful comments that truly make my day!


Copics Used:   R05, 08, 35, 46;  YR02, 12, 18;  YG41, 45, 67;  BG11, 34;  W1, 3;  T1, 3, 5

With Gratitude


Hello … again!   With the busy weekend ahead I thought I would share this card with you now.   It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to make a card with an image from my favorite stamp company ~ I Brake for Stamps.    This one is part of a set of four called Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet.   Each stamp can be purchased separately, if desired.   The image shown above is called Butterfly Rose Collage.    I do have the other three and am hoping to use them on cards VERY soon!     Don’t forget ~ if you’d like any stamps from IBFS ~ use Coupon Code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your order. 



The image was stamped onto watercolor paper and painted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks ~ antique linen, scattered straw and vintage photo for the flowers; bundled sage and peeled paint for the leaves; pumice stone on the flourishes; and old paper for the background.   

The butterfly was stamped on regular cardstock, colored with Copics, cut out and attached to the main image.  I had done this as a last minute thought and didn’t keep track of the marker colors I used – sorry about that!    Both images were then sprayed with Shimmerz Spritz for a little sparkle.   The paper is from a K&Co paper pad by Tim Coffey.   The ribbon and green braided cord are both from my stash.  

Thanks for stopping by tonight!    Tomorrow I’ll have a brand new Phindy’s Place challenge card ~ hope you can stop back.

Vintage Birthday Greetings



Greetings!    Aren’t these two young ladies just lovely?     I feel as though I should be talking quite proper when describing this vintage-feel image and card!     It’s one of the digi images from the brand new I Brake For Digis, called Two Friends.   

I’ve colored them in sepia toned Copic markers, listed below.   You know I love the monochrome technique – hope you’re not getting tired of seeing these!  



I thought the new Capella papers from Basic Grey would be a perfect match for a vintage feel with this image.   I also used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Six and Fancy Tags dies on this card . . . added some Kaiser self-adhesive pearls and a small drop of Stickles in Antique Linen  to the rose in the hand of the girl on the left.  

Don’t forget you can still use the code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire order at I Brake For Digis!   AND, Della, the super nice owner of both I Brake For Digis and I Brake For Stamps is offering some blog candy ~ a $25.00 Gift Certificate until June 15th.   All the details can be found on the I Brake For Stamps blog.  


***I’m going to be taking a few days off this week.  I haven’t said anything prior to this, but we are in the process of preparing our house to list, workers and repair guys coming and going, meeting with realtors, and driving to and from the Madison area to look for a new home.  The realtor is coming tomorrow to take pictures for the listing and I have a TON of things to finish up!   Eeeeeeeeek!        I’m hoping it will be okay with the new owners if I come back to take pictures of my cardz on the mantel of their fireplace!   LOL***

Thanks for stopping in today.  Enjoy your day.


Copics Used:   E50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59

Hyacinth flowers




Hello!   Just a quickie for you today.   I pulled something in my back the other day and am now taking muscle relaxers . . . needless to say, my brain is a little relaxed too!      I wanted to share this card I made with the gorgeous Hyacinth Collage  stamp from I Brake For Stamps.    It’s actually a much prettier purple IRL, but the color just didn’t come out too well in the photo.  

The papers are from the new Memory Box collection ~ Enchanted.    The hyacinth flowers were colored with Copics and the background was painted with Distress Ink in the new Crushed Olive color on watercolor paper.  The sentiment is a ribbon label from Making Memories, and the ribbon is from my stash.    That’s really it!   This was a pretty simple card, since I tried to keep the main focus on this beautiful image.   

Don’t forget, if you are interested in buying any stamps from I Brake For Stamps, be sure to use this code for a 10% discount ~ SAVE10MARY.

Thanks for stopping by!   Hope you’re having a wonderful day!


Copics Used:   BV000, 01, 02, 04, 08, 11, 13, 17;   YG01, 93, 95, 97;  W1, 3

Springtime Greetings


A sure sign that Spring has officially arrived is of course seeing the beautiful daffodils in bloom.   So I thought this image would be  perfect for a “springtime greetings” card.    It’s called Stained Glass Fairy Friends ~ available at I Brake For Stamps.   For any of you fairy collectors out there, IBFS has LOTS of gorgeous fairies for you.   Be sure to use Code SAVE10MARY for a 10% discount off your entire order.



The DP is from Basic Grey Kioshi – all these papers couldn’t be more perfect for Springtime, pastel toned projects.   The ribbon, which seemed to be made for this paper, is from Amuse.   The image is colored with Copics and some Crystal Stickles were added to the flower centers, fairy wings and hummingbird.    The sentiment is computer generated.

It’s a dreary, rainy day here in Wisconsin – Hope it’s sunny and bright where you are!


Copics Used:   Y000, 00, 02, 04, 11, 13, 21;  YR00, 01, 02;  E00, 11, 30, 50, 51, 53;  G12, 20;  YG6, 7, 11;  B12;  BG72;  BV23;  R20;  W000, 5

Happy Mother’s Day to my Daughter(s)!


There’s something about this image that just tugs at the ole’ heartstrings!   I thought it would be a perfect Mother’s Day card for my daughters, since they are all grown up and mothers themselves . . . and presently each one is pregnant (!)  The image brought back memories of when they were little girls.     (Of course, that means I’ll definitely be needing to make one more!)   




This sweet image, Mother and child,  is from I Brake For Stamps.   If you hurry, there’s still plenty of time to order and still receive it in time ~ Della is the faster shipper around!    🙂     And, of course, if you use code SAVE10MARY, you’ll receive ten percent off!!    

I’ve been saving this dp from the Basic Grey green at heart 6×6 paper pad for just the perfect card, since I love it!!   It seemed to be made for this image.   The little flowers are punched with several EK Success punches and I’ve added some white 3 mm brads to the centers.   The oval shape was cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Petite Oval die.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Thanks for visiting today!   Hope you’re having a GREAT weekend! 


Copics Used:   Vo6;  RV02, 09, 14, 21;  Y11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 21, 35;  YR000,01, 09, 31;  YG91, 93, 95, 97;  E00, 11, 13, 37, 39, 50, 51, 53, 55;  W000, 00, 1, 2, 3;  T3, 5

Welcome Gnome!


Hello, happy Saturday!   Hope you’re having a good weekend.   It’s dreary and rainy here in Wisconsin – but as they say, April showers bring May flowers!    

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was officially starting to collect Gnomes for my garden …   so, I had to share this awesome Gnome garden flag I found, which is now happily displayed in the garden!!



hehehe   Ain’t he a cutie??    I was thinking that you could take the words two ways – either as Gnome talk for Welcome Home . . .  or he’s the Official Garden Welcome Gnome!    I’m going with the official Welcome Gnome guy, and thought I would make a card to match with this little adorable Gnome from I Brake For Stamps.   I thought he looked VERY welcoming!   😀



And, for any fellow Gnome fans/collectors, this little guy and an entire set of awesome Garden Gnomes stamps can be found at I Brake For Stamps.   As always, be sure to use code SAVE10MARY to receive 10% off your entire order at I Brake For Stamps!  

For this card, I used the Sketch designed by Kim Crawford for Skipping Stones that I used on this card recently.   The papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Mini Deck, of course  🙂   and a Spellbinders Nestability Blossom die was used to match the DP.  

Be sure to take a peek at the amazing selection of stamps available at I Brake For Stamps, I know you won’t be disappointed!  

The Copic Creations DT was invited to join Crissy Armstrong for tomorrow’s Sunday’s With Crissy challenge.   I hope you are able to stop back tomorrow for this fun challenge!