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Monday 31 October 2011

Wearable/Usable Art Challenge!

Hi there!  The party is up and going over on the Bombshell Forum!  We’re celebrating it’s re-launch, and there are awesome challenges, games, and prizes to be had.  I hope you’ll come by and check it out!
Bombshell Stamps are extremely versatile, but I want to see just how versatile they can be!  I’m asking you to use your Bombshell Stamps(rubber or digi) to create a project that is either Wearable or Usable.  The possibilities are really endless for this.  Here are some suggestions:  “Jewelry, headbands, barrettes, shirts, candles, wall hangings, clipboards, etc.”
Just be sure to show us your project over on the forum before Wednesday night at Midnight(PDT). (HERE is the thread where this challenge is.)
I can’t wait to see your creations!
I made a sample for you.  These are charms I made using the Bombshell Angel stamp set.  And I hope you like them…because they are also the prize for this challenge.:)
Thanks for looking!  I hope to see you over on the forum!

Howl At The Moon Challenge

Happy Halloween!!! Bombshell Stamps is having a party...a party to celebrate the re-launching of their updated forum. We will be partying for 3 days- starting today- and running through Wednesday. The Bombshells have challenges, games, and lots of prizes...so make sure to check it out HERE.

I am thrilled to be hosting one of the party challenges. My challenge is called "Howl at the Moon". Your challenge is to create a project using your Bombshell Stamps or digi-images but make sure that you have a MOON somewhere on it! It's easy to play along- all you'll need to do is create your project and post a picture of it on THIS thread on the forum and you could win one of MANY prizes! All prize-winners will be randomly selected. Hurry! You only have until Thursday morning at 12 midnight (PDT) - that's 3:00am eastern- to post your creations!!

To get you started, I've provided a little inspiration for you:

So, now you know your challenge and you've been (hopefully!) inspired, so go get to work! I can't wait to see what you create!!! Oh, and you will need to join the forum to participate but it's FREE! Once you've joined you'll be privvy to updates on sales and new releases, monthly challenges, and lots and lots of fabulous inspiration from the Bombshell beauties and Pin-Ups.

Stamps: skeleton from Retro Cowgirls (Bombshell Stamps), trees from Plant Hope (Stampin' Up)
Papers: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Neenah 80# white
Inks: Stazon Black, Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, More Mustard
Accessories: sponge, brayer, 1/16" hole punch, Daffodil brads (American Elements), Cuttlebug, circle Nestabilities, glue pen, white gel pen, scissors

Forum Party and a Tutorial

   We are so partying on the Forum - there are a horde of amazing contest and challenges and some pretty spiffy prizes. Pop over here to the Forum or just scroll down to join the party.   This project uses Senora Muerta (check the next entry for a super contest with this image).

  Dining with the Bombshells

     Halloween dinner party here we come.  This was a simple (not necessarily easy project) that I have wanted to try all month.  I saw some dinner ware with a black Halloween motif and a large orange border in a magazine and it was quite out of my reach money wise.  Well, I soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to try it with Senora Muerta.    After searching for the right products to make this work, here is what I came up with.

Here is the supplies I used:

Plain glass plate from the Dollar Store
Alcohol and cotton ball
Lots of paper towels (for mistakes and Let me tell you I made lots)
Unmounted rubber stamp – Bombshell Stamps Senora Muerta
Black and Orange Martha Stewart Multi-Surface High Gloss Acrylic Craft Paint
Sponge dapper and small paint brush and a paper plate for a palette

     The first thing I did was to wash my plates and then wipe down the surface I was going to work on with alcohol so that I had a perfect working surface.  Next I added black paint to my stamp using a wide sponge dapper.  Make sure that the paint isn’t too thick or your impression will not show detail.

     Next place the image in the center of the plate and then add pressure to capture the details.  My plates have a slightly concave center which is why I use an unmounted stamp. 

     Carefully remove the stamp and check your image.  If the image isn’t clear or not complete wipe off with paper towel and clean the plate with alcohol and start again.   Like I said simple but not easy, unless you are using a simple line stamp.

     After stamping my image, I added a border around my plate using a small paint brush and more craft paint. 

     With this technique the plates dry rather quickly but they do need to “cure” for 21 days before using them.  The paint is non-toxic so you can use them to eat from.  They are also supposed to be dishwasher safe for the top rack, but I will be washing my by hand.

There's a Scavenger Hunt with PRIZES!!!

....over on the Bombshell Forum we have kicked off a cool Scavenger Hunt with prizes!!
Head on over to the relaunched Bombshell Forum for details of how to play!!!

~You have until midnight PDT on Wednesday, November 2nd to enter
~Bombshell DT members (past and present) can not win prizes for this challenge.

GlitteryKatie xxx

Sunday 30 October 2011

You're invited to a Bombshell Party!

Bombshell's forum has been upgraded and we're celebrating with a party -- Bombshell Style!

Where: Gambler's Anonymous in The Casino @ Bombshell Stamps Forum

Monday, October 31st through Wednesday, November 2nd

Games, challenges, and PRIZES!!!

We hope to see you there!!!

Saturday 29 October 2011


Check out what's new at Bombshell Stamps!!! Geisha digi images!!! Look how beautiful this image is!!

The image- called Peek-a-Boo Geisha- comes with the Geisha behind the plain umbrella, a Koi design umbrella, a Cherry Blossom umbrella (seen on my card) and a Peek-a-Boo sentiment. I just LOVE her!!! For my card above, I printed the Geisha and Cherry Blossom umbrella and colored them using my Copic Markers. In my "stash", I found a pack of bamboo mat coasters, so I used that behind my Geisha to look like a bamboo screen. In my stash, I also found some Asian coins (however, I *think* they're Chinese, not Japanese- oh, well!)

So, what do you think??? Don't you LOVE these new digi images?! Check 'em out at the Bombshell store HERE

Stamps: Peek-a-Boo Geisha digi images (Bombshell Stamps)
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, patterned paper unknown from my scrap bin
Accessories: Copic Markers, bamboo mat coaster (Dollar Tree), Chinese coins (The Shoppes at Somerset by Stampington & Co.), red line tape, glue dots, burgundy-colored stick on gem (Studio 18)

Friday 28 October 2011

Paper Flower Tutorial

There are other tutorials out there for these but I found, once I started, that they were wasting to much paper to get the perfect flower. If you want that perfect flower then by all means, square off your paper and go from there. I personally think that if they look a little wonky then it looks a little more home/handmade instead of store bought! Just my personal opinion though!

Material needed:
Stamps of choice, I used the skeleton from the digital set skully doll!
ink/or image printed from the computer
copy paper
old books, or if you have trouble tearing up books, some sort of thin paper.
hot glue( lots and lots of hot glue!!! I went through a whole bag when making the wreath!)
lots of patience!!!
Now you didn’t think I was going to leave you with that did you???  No way not me!  How about a box filled with candy to put them on?  Now this box I made using my Martha Stewart score board, but that is a tutorial for another day!!!  Wanna see the finished project?

Wednesday 26 October 2011

October Hump Day Hop: A Very Skelly Halloween! ...or Day of the Dead

Hello guys and ghouls! Alison here. It's the last Wednesday of the month of October (sniff sniff...) which means it's time for the Bomsbshell Stamps Humpday Hop! This month's theme was...Halloween of course! :twisted: Well, it IS my favorite month of the year! But...it's with a twist. You needed to include skelletons or skulls or bones in/on it somewhere. You can use any of the numerous Bombshell Stamps skelletons, or you can create your own.You just had to get your Bombshell Stamps in there somehwere! You could have also created a Day of the Dead project for this hop. But I couldn't fit it all in the forum title! ;) Like last month, I encouraged you to make a decoration as opposed to a card, but this was not mandatory.

Here is the full hop list!

Please be sure to stop by all of the blogs and leave some love. And if you like what you see (how could you not?), then perhaps you can join us for our next Hump Day Hop! Happy Halloweenie!!!

Friday 21 October 2011

Time for a Toot!

Hey, lovely Bombshells!  Cheryl here to share a quick and easy way to make some custom embellies for your cards, layouts, and projects.  This is going to be quick and dirty, so pay attention.  Just kidding, you know I can't be quick about anything.

This all started with a "de-stashing" of sorts.  While combing through the crazy assortment of tools and supplies I have accumulated over the 13 years I've been carding, I ran across a glass pendant kit.  You've probably seen similar products.  Even TH has his own version of this called Fragments.  This particular kit was given to me by my buddy, Anne, a few of years ago.  This happens to be her own line of stuff under the company name Craft Fantastic.  Long before Fragments was/were a twinkle in Mr. Holtz' eye, Anne was already creating her cool pendant kits.

Anyway, after I tripped across this kit, I started finding old papers and various accouterments that I thought would make cool embellies.  Stuff that I had long since forgotten.  I decided at that point I would only use my "older" stuff to make these pendants.

Here's the play by play:

This process started with a "de-stash".  I started digging through old stuff and found some things that might make cool custom embellies.

Here's the foundation of my project...a glass pendant kit, but any flat back glass or plastic pieces can be used.

Line up your glass piece on a scrap of paper to get a feel for the layout.

Punch shapes in contrasting tones to add interest.

Add punched pieces to the scrap of paper, again, just to get a feel for what you want your final layout to look like.

Okay, time to commit!  Glue punched pieces to the scrap of paper using dimensional lacquer , such as Crystal Accents, Diamond Glaze, or my personal favorite, Craft Fantastic Glaze and Glue.  Apply lacquer liberally to the back of the glass pendant and lay it on top of the scrap paper and punched pieces.  Gently scoot it around slightly to release any air bubbles that might be trapped under the glass.  Use a pin or a toothpick to scrape off any excess glue that might seep out from under the glass.  Set it aside to dry.

Once the glue has dried, trim the corners away by cutting at an angle.  Next trim off the sides, slightly angling the scissors to undercut the paper on the bottom.  This ensures that you will have a clean finish on the edges.

Don't forget to add embellishments to the front of the glass for added dimension.

One of our finished embellies.

Here are the others.  Notice the Japanese Washi papers.  Wonder what I'll be doing with those ;D  
See, I told you it would be quick and dirty...lol!  These are super easy to make and can be used to enhance lots of projects.  I'll be using a couple of these on cards next week, which I will share on the blog, so please stop back by ;D  

Feel free to visit me at my personal blog and don't forget to join the numerous challenges that are offered here on the Bombshell Blog.  You could be randomly selected to win a $20 gift certificate, but you have to play to win! 

Catch ya' later, alligator!

Thursday 20 October 2011

Birthday CARd

I saw this layout in the SU catalog and thought it would work well with one of Bombshell's classic car sets. I still have my friend Mary G's sets that I borrowed ( I promise to return them soon Mary!) so I made this card using  Speed Shop by Bombshell Stamps. I decided to stamp the car on colored cardstock. I used SU's So Saffron. Then I shaded it using my Copic markers and blender pen.

This will make a great masculine card when I need it. I think I'll try using my Copics on some more colored cardstock.  I liked how it turned out. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Ms.October's Challenge- Think Pink

Hi Bombshell fans. It's time for the monthly challenge. My challenge is in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is October. I challenge everyone to THINK PINK !

The challenge is to use the color PINK somewhere on your project. Your project can have a breast cancer theme, but it doesn’t have to. Just be sure to use PINK.

You can find the thread at the forum here.

Here's my challenge card. I used A Pirate's Life.

Mary G. used Girl's Ruin as a reminder to get your mammogram!

Alaine used one of the new "Halloween Costume" digi stamps to create a Birthday Beauty.

Milo used Bombshell Angel for this beautiful creation

Anam also used Bombshell Angel for her card and added some pink organza as the skirt.

Stempelientje used Western Gal for her card

Kathi used one of the new "Halloween Costume" digi stamps to create a bewitching card.

Celina using Lotus Garden

GlitteryKatie using Rose's Portrait

The deadline for the challenge is October 31st.

So break out those Bombshell Beauties and THINK PINK! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Saturday 15 October 2011

How I paint with distress Ink

I always paint my motives with Distress Ink.
Here is a picture on the Bombshell´s I will show you.

I start with soft soft skin color.
Much water and a tiny drop of color.
After the first plain layer with color, I have more
color at the edge of the lines.
And after that, I soften it down, so the edge of the
skin color is soft and not so sharp.

More color in the hair, as the same way as the skin.
Lot of color nearly the lines and, soften it down.
I paint lots of layers, and fill in more color, and more... and more...
And when I´m satisfied with the shadows, I sometimes use
another color in the shadows, as you can see in her clothes.
Here she´s done!
And she got some eye brush color too...

Left: Done without white highlights...
Right: With some white highlights... and dots at her cheeks.
Close up...
The same procedure with this two...

...AND AFTER... 

That´s all for this time! Big big hug from me to you!
// MiloLilja