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Wednesday 30 November 2011

November Hump Day Hop

Greetings once again! Alison here with the latest Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month I kept it simple and chose a beautiful color palette from Design Seeds to work with. Here it is...

Isn't it pretty? I asked the prticipants to use at least 3 of the colors in the palette, keeping the colors as close to what's shown here as possible. Pretty simple right? And with these colors, I'm sure there is going to be a huge range of amazing projects to look at! Here is the full hop list. Please be sure to stop by and leave some love for everyone, but especially Sparkly Mary, as it's her Birthday today! Happy Birthday, Bombshell!!!

I hope you enjoy today's hop. Maybe you can join us for December's! I'll have the theme posted in the forum tomorrow! Have a great day!

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Bombshell T-shirt Tutorial

     This is a project that I have had in mind for quite some time and finally tried out.  You can experience first hand how it went.  I really like my finished product.
     Now, here is the really, really important part of this tutorial, perhaps even the hardest.  Pretend that the model is slim and beautiful.  Told you it would be hard.  Now for the actual tutorial part of this tutorial.

For this project you will need

1 t-shirt that has been pre-washed
a colored stamped image
Avery t-shirt transfer paper
computer printer/scanner
Iron and ironing board

    Print off your Geisha Bombshell or stamp your desired image.

     Color image as desired with whatever technique you wish to use.  You can even paper piece at this point if you like. Then cut out your image, fussy cutting is best.

         Scan the image into your computer and increase to the desired size using whatever program works on your computer.  I used the built in program in my printer/scanner.  Print out image to make sure it is exactly what you want to have on your t-shirt.

    Now copy the image onto a t-shirt transfer product made for computer copiers.  I used Avery T-shirt Transfers. Again, cut out the image this time leaving a slight border around the image.

     Iron image onto t-shirt following manufactures' directions.
     Careful peel off paper backing.
     Finished product
      I'm thinking a matching card or tag and gift bag and you have a neato gift.  I see several showing up in my Christmas giving pile.

November's Prize Patrol!

Hey, lovelies!  I almost let the month slip by without announcing this month's Prize Patrol Winner.  Prize Patrol?  What is that?  Let me explain...in addition to the monthly random winner selected from all of the challenge entries, I also scour the Internet seeking out fab designs using Bombshell Stamps.  I hit all the card forums and hot spots including Splitcoast Stampers, Paper Craft Planet, Flickr, Facebook, the BSS Gallery, etc. and I don't stop until I find "the one".  Basically, "the one" creation that makes me sit back and say "WOW"!

This month I ran into so many beautiful creations, I didn't know what I was going to do, but then I came across one in particular that kept me coming back for more.  Please give a big round of applause to this month's Prize Patrol Winner...Karen Hyland!  Karen shared this exquisite creation on the Bombshell Stamps Facebook page and I think you'll agree that it is something special!

Karen used the Vintage Raceway stamp set on her zippy creation.  I just love the gears used as the background for the race car and the distressed text/patterned paper combined with those chic antique hues.  Terrific work, Karen!  I'll be contacting you soon regarding your prize which is a $20.00 gift certificate to use in the Bombshell Stamps Shop.  Or feel free to contact me directly via email at cvaladez@comcast.net.  Congratulations!

Remember, winning some amazing free images from Bombshell Stamps each month is easy.  All you have to do is enter one (or more) of our monthly challenges for a chance at the random drawing or continue to create awesome projects and share them on your blog and in your favorite forums for an opportunity to be discovered via the Prize Patrol.  The key to winning is that you have to play, because someone has to win and why shouldn't it be you!

Catch you next time!

Monday 28 November 2011


It's Cyber Monday and the last day to take advantage of the terrific sale going on over at Bombshell Stamps!

Get 25% off your entire purchase!!! Use coupon code "CYBR30" at check out!

Click here to be whisked away to your shopping trip!

A Stocking Experiment!

Silly pun aside, this is about trying different ways of coloring stockings on the Butterfly Queen. For three of these ladies I stamped them in black pigment ink instead of the usual archival ink. I found that it works a lot better because Copics and other water based colors do not bleed with it. Of course you want to let it dry for quite awhile before you're ready to color.

The first lady has Pearlescent Arylic Ink stockings by Daler and Rowney.
Lady number two has Magical Mica stockings
Lady number three has water color pencil stocks
And the last lady has glitter stockings!

I think my two favorite styles is the acrylic ink stockings and my usual water color pencil stockings. The glitter stockings look better from far away, but I found it hard to get an even coverage of glitter on her legs. 

Please do let me know which style of stockings you prefer!

Sunday 27 November 2011

It's a Bombshell Christmas!

Okay, so it's not quite Christmas yet. But I wanted to show off the card I made using the Butterfly Queen set from Bombshell Stamps:

I started with a basic brown card and stamped the flowers in the background in Walnut Stain Distress ink. I stamped my lady here in archival ink and colored her with Copics, Magical Micas, and water color pencils. I did a bit of distressing around the edges of the other page and I added a Christmas sentiment from a Paper Studio rub-on set. All in all, it just goes to show you that this set can be used any time of the year!

Friday 25 November 2011

Black Friday Weekend Sale!

You've made your list. You've checked it twice.

Now it's time to be naughty and nice (to yourself), especially if you're the one who did all the shopping, cleaning, cooking, and cleaning for Thanksgiving!

It's Bombshell's Black Friday SALE! Receive 25% off your entire purchase from NOW through Monday, Nov. 28! Just use coupon code "CYBR30" at check out!

Click here to be whisked away to your shopping trip!

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Be prepared! "Windowshop!"

You might want to do some windowshopping at Bombshell Stamps' store tonight and tomorrow so that you're ready for the Black Friday sale!

Make a list, check it twice, sometimes being naughty IS nice!

The code will be posted here on Bombshell's front page, on the blog, and on Facebook!

Monday 21 November 2011

Bombshell ATC

I love the idea of Artist Trading Cards. This is my first chance actually doing one. I hope to eventually start a collection. The idea of having a little piece of art made by someone else is fantastic. 

Here I took a plain watercolor ATC and added some distress ink for extra depth of color. I then added some Starburst stains to get the sparkly pink and brown. I used part of a new stencil that I bought by The Paper Company and added that with some gold pigment ink. The swirl in the top corner is from Bo-Bunny. I embossed the stamped phrase with some black embossing powder. Finally I stamped a butterfly from the Butterfly Queen set and colored it in with some Magical Micas. I fixed it on using some dimensionals.

Saturday 19 November 2011

Rocking out Backgrounds

I love using stamps to make background patterns for my cards and layouts and the Bombshell stamps always have perfect images to match my themes.

Link(using the "Island girl" set)

(using the "Homeward Bound" set)

The easiest way of doing it is to pick a tonal colour and stamp away - I often use left over printer paper under mine so I can stamp over the edges. I also try to make them as random as possible Linkbut that doesn't always work.

(using the "Speed Shop" set)

You can use the stamps to keep your theme going or to emphasis a theme. I enjoy making them for card especially as you can make a whole bunch up before hand and then cut to size.

(using the "Fathers Day" Digital set)

and don't forget about the digital stamps that Bombshell make as they are super easy to set up as a repeating pattern as they can be re-sized to suit your needs.

(using the "Island girl" set and the background is using the "Pin Stripes" set)

Using stamps as a background helps when you have limited supplies and want to make different textures and patterns. I used just two ink pads for the above card which helps when you do not want to colour in a whole image.
I hope I've given you a little inspiration to try using your stamps for more than just the focal images on your artwork.

Have fun!

Friday 18 November 2011

Bombshell Tutorial with Kelli

Hello Lovely Bombshell lovers!  It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another tutorial!  Today I am sharing with you a Center Step card I thought would be fairly simple to make during the Holiday season! I had made one of these a long time ago and when looking through old photos to get some inspiration I found it and decided to give it another go!  We all know we always have tons of cards to make so why not make some that look like they take forever but really don’t take a lot of time at all!  This card I made for the Tutorial took 20 minutes.  Coloring, putting together, and taking pictures of each step.  So I am sure if you don’t take pictures of each step it won’t take you nearly as long!!!

Supplies needed:
One 5 1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock
Scoring tool
paper trimmer
stamps of choice, I used A Pirates Life
additional cardstock, decorative paper and embellishments to decorate! 


Thursday 17 November 2011

I Just Love Retro!

Whew! I think I've finally run out of that retro paper! Here is another scrap card from me using the Butterfly Queen set. I love the bombshell in this stamp set because it is so easy to create relatively simple cards with her. Here I used just some scraps of that same paper I've been using for awhile. On the edge I used stickers from that same set as a border. It still felt a little too  plain so I added the stars. As usual I colored most of my lady here with Magical Micas by Lindy's Stamp Gang. I colored her skin with Copics and added the stockings to her legs with a water color pencil.

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Ms. November's "Waste Not" Challenge

Hi everyone, Celina, Ms. November here with my challenge for this month. On my blog I like to have Waste Not Want Not Wednesdays where I post a card I made out of scraps from my scrap drawer. We all have those pesky little scraps we can't bear to throw away, but they always seem to linger. So my challenge is to create a card using just the scraps you have on hand. It doesn't have to be perfect, in fact I love creating crazy looking cards with little bitty scraps. Bonus kudos if you even stamp on a scrap colored piece of paper instead of a white one!

Check out what the DT did with this challenge!

If you play along with this challenge, add your take using the Inlinkz below. Double your chances for a prize by sharing it over on this thread on Bombshell's forum.

Monday 14 November 2011

How to mask stamps & take away some detail

I´ve used this things to mask my stamps and
to take away the cherry.
Put the tape at the cherry, before you use
the black ink.
After ink, take away the tape and there
is no color at the cherry.
This technique have you seen many times before
I think, but I will remind you of it! =)
And, told you how to think...

ALWAYS stamp the motive FIRST
that you want to have in the FRONT.

Stamps the lady at a paper and cut her out.
(The pink paper here)
Stamp her again where you want it.
(I use white watercolor paper.)
Put the pink one, over the white one.
Stamp with the motive you want to
be masked with your lady.
I want her to sit on the bike.
It´s kind of cool, is´nt it!
But, the lady is a liiiitle bit to big,
but it does´nt matter, I love the combination.
I´ve made the same with the lady and the wings...
She looks good as a fairy girl too.
And... same thing with the flames...
A really hot chick!

Big hugs, Milo Lilja.