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Thursday 29 September 2011

Announcing our new Design Team!

We received so many wonderful applications for Bombshell Stamps Design Team. We were awed and inspired by the depth of talent and creativity.

After much deliberation and careful consideration, we're pleased to announce the new team.

Without further ado, please join me in congratulating our fabulous new team!

Full Time Designers, aka Bombshell Girls
Kathi Rerek– DT Captain
Katie Shanahan-Jones – Blog Captain
Alison Heikkila – Blog Hop Captain
Mary Griffiths - DT Contest Captain
Cheryl Valadez– Prize Patrol
Alaine Medio – Tutorial/Calendar Captain
Mary Harmon
Kelli Green

Meredith Winston
Milo Lilja
Anam Stubbington

Guest Designers, aka Pin-ups
Ms.October – Paula Riley
Ms. November – Celina Anthony
Ms. December – Torrey Moseley
Ms. January – Laura Boyd
Mr. February – Freddie Toledo
Ms. March – Alex Lundgren

Wednesday 28 September 2011

September Hump Day Hop: Holiday Hoopla!

Hello again, Bombshell fans! Alison, your Hump Day Hop Goddess (one of the many wonderful titles I've been given), is here to bring you the latest installment of our Hump Day Hops. Many of our major holidays are just around the corner (at least here in the US). I think we all know what my favorite holiday is (Halloweenie! :twisted: )...but what's yours? My challenge was to make a Bombshell project for your favorite holiday. Bonus points if you made a decoration!!! Participants were to use any holiday they wanted and create something that's going to make us want to celebrate!!! Here is the full hop list.

Please be sure to visit all of our participants and leave them some love. You are sure to be inspired! Join me here next Wednesday when I reveal the October Hump Day Hop Theme. I hope we can add your name to the bloggy list here with ours next month! Have a fang-tastic day!

Friday 23 September 2011

Accordion Planner

Accordion Planner using a file folder!
Manila File folder
Scoring system
Stamps of choice (I used Bombshell Angel with dress up, A Pirates Life, and Lucky Bride)
Cardstock cut at: 3 7/8 x 7 (4), 4 ¾ x 6 ¾ (1), 4 ½ x 3 7/8(1), and 3 7/8 x 3 7/8(3)
Patterned Paper cut at: 3 5/8 x 6 ¾ (4), 4 ½ x 6 ¾ (1), 4 ¼ x 3 5/8 (1), and 3 5/8 x 3 5/8(3)(my patterned paper is from PinkPaislee and is last years christmas line called Father Christmas)
Strong adhesive
Corner punch ( I used the ticket corner punch from Stampin up)
I am trying a new way to give a tutorial… Let’s see if it works!!  Please click on the pictures to enlarge them to see the step by step instructions!

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Ms. September's Challenge -- Speed!

Stempelientje, Ms. September, set this month's challenge.

Yes! Only two words for this challenge and that is SPEED! :D and the colour bright RED
And yes, you can interpret this challenge any way you like......

You can find the thread at the forum here.

Alaine used King of the Road to make this Hot Rod Car!

Sparkly Engineer used the Harley Bikes for her speedy red motorcycle

Kelli using Speed Shop

Link up your challenge project using the Inlinkz tool for a chance to win a fabulous prize.

Monday 19 September 2011

Bombshell Stamps Blog: Bombshell Desk Set

Bombshell Stamps Blog: Bombshell Desk Set

Bombshell Desk Set

My local stamp group, The Meade Girls, did a 3-month round of Secret Sisters. We recently met for dinner to "reveal ourselves". This is the desk set that I made for Paula, who I had been sending cards to in secret since June.

I had made this card a while back for a Bombshell Design Team-only technique challenge:

I was very pleased with how the card turned out. So pleased that I decided to make a desk set using the same papers and stamps as the card. This is what I came up with:

A wooden mini- clipboard that I found at Michael's on sale. Using ModgePodge, I adhered the patterned paper to the board after staining the wood.

A note paper holder. I found these at ABC Distributing online. 5 assorted colors in a box. This one was almost a perfect match for the papers that I used.

Love how this turned out. Here's a picture of it opened.

A travel mug (the kind that kids decorate for their parents). By now I had run out of the patterned paper.

I sure hope Paula liked it as much fun as I had making this set.

Stamps: Retro Cowgirls, Western Gal
Papers: Cranberry Crisp, Summer Sun (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, patterned paper unknown
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Copic Markers, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval die cuts, Modge Podge, sponge brush, star brads (Stampin' Up), Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon (Stampin' Up), glue dots, large star punch, sponge

Sunday 18 September 2011

Bombshell Girls Blog Hop!

The Bombshell Girls have gotten together and are celebrating the release of the digital Halloween Costume Dress-Up set with a blog hop.

This wonderful set contains three outfits for your Bombshell Angel pin-up, plus a bunch of Halloween-themed sentiments.

Here's the hop list! Enjoy all that eye candy!
Bombshell Stamps Blog
Mary G
Glittery Katie

Thanks for visiting today!

Friday 16 September 2011

What Do YOU want to see???

We Bombshells are trying to keep up a line of tutorials to inspire and help you explore different crafty things every Friday out on our Blog. Now, I have been really open in stating that I am not a trained artist. No... I am really just a girl who likes to color and uses it to relax. I do like trying new techniques and love the tutorials that everyone is posting. But you know what???

The Bombshell Blog is not just about us! It is about YOU!!!! :!: :!: :!:

To that end, I would like you all to share with us some things that maybe you have seen a Bombshell do that you would like to have tutorials on. Or... maybe something you have seen other places and you would like to get a Bombshell-y take on it. Let us know!!!

Please leave a comment here on the blog and let us know what kinds of things you would like to learn about.

Wednesday 14 September 2011

September's Sketch Challenge!


Here's September's sketch!

Here are the Bombshell Girls' takes on it.

Alaine used Man's Ruin to create this bubbly lady.

Alison using Retro Cowgirl and Speed Shop

 Sparkly Engineer using Mi Amor

If you play along, be sure to post your takes below and/or at the forum for chances to win a free set of your choice.

Tuesday 13 September 2011

It's spooky. It's fashionable. And it's a secret.

More to be revealed on September 18th, so mark your calendars!!! Here's a sneak peek...

Friday 9 September 2011

Dimension - It's not just embossing anymore

Ok... So this is going to be a little bit more of an idea post as opposed to a strict tutorial. One of the things that can add a lot of interest to a card is dimension. When most people think of dimension - they automatically  think of embossing - dry embossing and / or wet embossing. But, you can get dimension in so many ways.  

I have two cards to share with you today that shows off different ways to get dimension in your card. Popping up things with dimensional foam or silicone is one way you can get some dimension on your cards. When you do this try to not only think of popping up things, but popping them under.  I did this below with the stars punched out of the white cardstock. When it is popped up on the purple cardstock, it gives an extra punch to the card (Hee Hee... Punch).
In this card I have taken one of the sugar skulls and stamped it twice. Once on black with versamark and wet embossed, and then a second time with Memento on white. I cut out the pieces - leaving a slight edge on the black one.  I then used "fussy cutting" to cut out the nose, eyes and heart on the top of the head and then colored them.
I used foam dots to pop up the white skull on the black one, and then slightly thicker foam tape to pop up the flowers in the center of the eyes. I added additional dimension with the pretty sparkle gems on the skull and flowers.

When you look at it from the side you see this type of image.

Another way I added dimension was with quilling the scrollwork on the card. This is an easy way to add some dimensional elements when all you have is paper. You don't even need tools. You can quill with just strips of paper and glue. Roll a strip into a tight coil and then let it expand. For Scrolls take one small strip of paper and wind it into a tight coil about half of the strip. Turn it over and wind the other end  to the center. Let it loosen and glue it down. For the "leaves" take the strip of paper, coil it up, and then let it loosen. When it has loosened a bit glue the outer edge to the outside of the coil. then pinch it on opposite sides of the loosened coil... one end slightly more strongly than the other end - this gives the leaf effect.

Other ideas for dimention are to cut a large shape out of the top of a card, and adhere the image inside the cut out top card. You can also leave a strip of a card open on one side so you see the sentiment/ design / embellishment underneath This is fun because you can see the image from both the inside and out. Microbeads, gems, ribbons are also ideas for adding dimension. And last but not least is when you color an image, you can add dimension with the shading and shadows you choose to add.  In the card below I used all of these techniques, including the coloring and popping part of the image up. The black "dots" in the center of the flower are microbeads. 

Thank you for sitting through this idea-fest. I hope you have a great weekend. And come back next week and join us for some more fun !!!

Thursday 8 September 2011

September Hump Day Hop Theme: Holiday Hoopla

Greetings Everyone! Alison here, bringing you the theme for our next Hump Day Hop! This month's theme is Holiday Hoopla. Many of our major (US) holidays are just around the corner. I think we all know what my favorite holiday is (Halloweenie! :twisted: )...but what's yours? My challenge to you is to make a Bombshell project for your favorite holiday. Bonus points if you make a decoration!!! Let's try to break away from doing cards this month. Use any holiday you want and create something that's going to make us want to celebrate!!!

This hop will be on September 28th (always the last Wednesday of the month). And all you need to do is sign up in this thread, make a project in accordance to the challenge I give you, grab the hop list on the 27th, and post it on your blog on the 28th. Easy as pie!

Full details are in the thread. I hope you sign up for the Holiday Hoppla Hop...it's going to be a lot of fun! Have a great day!

Tuesday 6 September 2011

August's Random Winner!

Prize Patrol Bombshell Cheryl here and I'm back bearing good news for one of you fabulous Bombshells!  It's time to announce August's random winner!  I just finished ogling all of the stunning artwork submitted in the forum, on Paper Craft Planet, and on the challenge posts on this blog.  Thank you so much to everyone who played along.  There were a few more entries this month which means the word is getting out about these amazing images.  Thanks for sharing the love ;D

Okay, now for the moment you've all been waiting for....drum roll, please!  August's random winner is none other than...


MellyMel, please take a look around the Bombshell Stamps store, pick a set of your choice, and then contact me here via email with your selection.  I can't wait to hear from you!  MellyMel joined our sketch contest and submitted this lovely vibrant card:

What's better than Bombshell Stamps?  FREE Bombshell Stamps!  Here's how you can add to your BSS arsenal of awesome sexy images...create a card or project using a Bombshell Stamp's image as the main focal point and then join one or more of the amazing challenges taking place each month.  Post your entries in the BSS Casino Forums, the Bombshell Group on Paper Craft Planet, or right here on the Bombshell Blog using the linky provided at the end of each challenge post.  The more challenges you enter, the greater your chances of being selected to win your choice of a Bombshell Stamps set.  Somebody has to win, why not you?!

Don't forget, I've been super stealthy peeking in all the nooks and crannies around the Internet looking for dazzling work created using Bombshell Stamps.  I might be making some sort of announcement soon, so you'll want to check the blog often.  Just sayin' ;D  Get those lovely images out and play, play, play!  

Catch ya' later! 

Sunday 4 September 2011

Meet Ms. September!

Our September Pin-up, Stempelientje, hails from Holland! Let's meet her!

1. Brief info about yourself, including your name, where you live, your family (if you want), etc.
I am Stempelientje, born in 1962,I live in Groningen, right in the north of the Netherlands, Europe. I am a single mother of a beautiful 8 year old daughter,an almost 15 year old ginger cat and another ginger-like cat who adopted us. :D

2. How long have you been stamping and/or crafting?
I have been crafting since I was four years old, at least,that's what I can remember :lol: I think I got seriously into stamping about five years ago.

3. What are your favorite Bombshell sets and why?
Of the Pin-ups Bombshell Angel is my favorite. I love Speed Shop from the Hot Rod collection and also love of the the Homeward Bound set. It is impossible to just pick one set of favorites...

4. What kind of projects do you like to do?
I am a cardmaker.

5. What are your favorite coloring mediums?

Watercolours and Copic markers

6. Describe your crafting "style".
Plain, straightforward, bold, masculine, or fairytale-like -- well that's how I see it. I have no idea how others see it...

7. Describe your crafting process. Do you start with a stamp set? A sketch? A technique you want to use?
Hehe,that's a good one :lol: I just start, never have a plan, never measure things, I do everthing by eye,I just see what happens.I am too chaotic and impatient to work by a plan. Occasionally I follow a sketch. The colour I use most is red.

8. Do you have any other hobbies?
I love old buildings/architecture, visiting graveyards, animals. surfing the internet.

9. Free for all including little facts, etc. about you.
• I am a vegetarian for 30 years.
• I am also an animal rights activist.
• For ten years I have worked for a famous Dutch Rock & Roll band as a Roadie and Merchandiser/Driver. :D
• I love tattoos and of course had my first one 30 years ago.
• I have lived in three different countries: Germany,United Kingdom and The Netherlands and speak/write those languages also.
* I am a Anglophile and would love to move back to the United Kingdom, that's were my heart is.
* I am a sucker for toadstools/red and white spotted things. People see red and white dots everywhere after they visit my house

Now that you've gotten to know more about Stempelientje, feast your eyes on these three fabulous cards that she's chosen for this interview!

I bet you'll want to see more of Stempelientje's great work, so visit her Bombshell Gallery and her blog!