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Wednesday 29 February 2012

Leap Year Giveaway!

Leap Day Give Away! Happy Leap Day!

All orders of 2 or more rubber stamp sets (priced at $11.99 and up) will receive free stamps shipped with their order! This offer is only available on orders placed today (February 29th) and ends March 1st at 11:59 pm PST.

View coupon details here and click here to go shopping!

February Hump Day Hop: Leap into Action!

Greetings, Bombshell Fans! It's Alison, your Hump Day museIt's February 29th! So of course I just had to challenge us to do something with the word "leap" in it! So what's the challenge? "Leap into Action!" What's it mean? I want you to make your Bombshells into heroes. Now think about it...think about all of the different types of heroes there are. Firemen, policemen, super heroes, and advocates.

Here were some ideas that I thought of. 
-Use the "To the Rescue Bombshell" digis which feature firefighter, police woman and nurse costumes. All of these would work!
-Use Retro Cowgirl for some bull-slingin' action! Have your cowgirl save the day!
-Dress up any of your Bombshells like superheroes! Throw a cape and mask on 'em and help them beat the bad guys!
-Use your Bombshells as advocates for a group. For example, dressing your Bombshell up in pink and make a breast cancer awareness card
-You can even go completely opposite of the challenge, and use "Rise & Shine." To make up a funny quote about not leaping or going anywhere.

I am so excited to see what this month's Hop crew has come up with. We've got some newbies in the mix this month, so please be sure to visit everyone and give 'em some love. Here is the full hop list.

Now go get hoppin'! Have a fabulous day! 

Sunday 26 February 2012

A Little Bombshell Love

My Bombshell Stamps have been feeling a little neglected lately so I decided to give 'em a little love this weekend. I made these two cards...one for the monthly challenge and one for the sketch challenge.

For the monthly challenge, I made my first telescoping circle card. I used the angel and devil from Bombshell Angel to show the "good and bad" of love.

For the sketch challenge, I used the cowgirl boot from Western Gal digi.

 There are a few days left to play in both challenges, so check in at the Forum for the deets and join in the fun. You might even win some free stamps.

Saturday 25 February 2012

Hot Rod Classic

Another Bombshell card today!
This time I made a Hot Rod classic.I just love old cars and bikes!
For this card I used stamps of the set:
"King of the Road"
Car image and King of the road text are heat embossed.

Tuesday 21 February 2012

February's Prize Patrol Winner!

Hola, lovely Bombshells!  Cheryl here to award this month's Prize Patrol Winner!  Each month I scour the Internet and popular paper crafting galleries and forums in search of eye-catching projects that make you go "wow".  To me, all projects sporting a beautiful Bombshell Stamps image is a winner in my book.

This month, I found this particularly fetching creation on Facebook by the lovely Rachael Brackett.  Rachael's beautiful card features Bombshell Stamps Rise and Shine set.  Love the layout and that fabulous color palette!  Congratulations, Rachael!  Please contact me at cvaladez@comcast.net to claim your $20.00 gift certificate to spend in the Bombshell Stamps Shop!  WOO HOO!!!    

Want to get in on some free stamp action?  It's easy!  Just enter one of the challenges happening during the month and your name might come up in the Random Monthly Drawing OR create some fabulous Bombshell art and post it in your favorite forums or share it with us on Facebook.  I select one project each month that really showcases the images and designate it as the winner of our Prize Patrol Award.  Each winner receives a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in the shop.  Just do it already ;D

Ciao, Bombshells!  Muwah!!  

Rise and Shine!

Greetings, bloggy friends! Alison here.I have a new Bombshell card to share with you today. And it’s one of those cards that I just made to make it. No challenges, no requirements, nothing but me having fun. I used Rise and Shine, which is one of the newest sets for me.

I colored this pretty little Bombshell a couple of weeks ago, but nothing I paired with it was working for me. The today, inspiration struck and I assembled it pretty quickly.

I used a double whammy of watercolor markers and Copics for her. I used a bunch of scraps I had, and some cardboard that I embossed with green powder. I loved the texture on the cardboard and from the powder.

This was such a relaxing and fun card for me to make. I guess that Bombshell is sending off some good vibes! She was wonderful to color, and I can already envision what else I can do with her. Well, I’m off to create some more! Don't forget, you still have a few days to sign up for the next Hump Day Hop. Click HERE for all of the details. Have an inspiring day!

Friday 17 February 2012

Greetings my fabulous Bombshell friends!!  I'm here today with a really simple and basic tutorial on how to make shaped cards.  I've had a few questions regarding these and I thought I'd show you two different ways to create cards other than squares and rectangles.  (although, I must admit...those are my "go-tos")

The first way I will show you is essentially cutting by hand.  I have a couple of old templates that were given to me when I worked on one of my first design teams.  I don't *think* they ever went to production as they were difficult to make due to the materials but you could do this with any shaped template, stencil, or free drawn shape you have.  If you have a Cricut, you could cut any shape and use it as a template in the same way I am going to show here.

I have cut my Kraft cardstock at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.
I then laid my template (remember this could be ANY shape you have or would like) on top of my folded card leaving the crease at the top.
Trace lightly around the edges with a pencil and then cut on the line.
 I'll do it again with a different template.
Cool, huh? And no fancy equipment necessary!!!  Love that!

If you do have a Big Shot, Sizzix, etc here is how to do the same thing using any die cuts you have.  I've chosen two different styles of Spellbinder Nestabilities to use.  I have used the largest in each grouping to give me the most surface area for my card.

First, select the shape die you want to use.
You'll notice that I anchored my die just on the crease of my card, holding it in place with low tack painters tape.  That way it won't wiggle when it goes through my machine.

Now you will put it into your machine leaving the CREASE SIDE OUT of your cutting plates.  If you cut all the way through you'll have two pieces but they will not be connected.
Run the plates through making sure that that creased edge is hanging out the entire time.
Here is how it looks when it comes out.  Now all I need to do is take my snips and cut the excess away from the sides of the card.
Sweet, huh?  Ok...one more time using a different shaped die.  Add cutting plate on top and run through leaving the crease side out.

Now all I need to do is cut those little areas to separate it from the outline and my card is ready to decorate.
And here are the four different shaped card bases I've created.  Whether by hand or machine this process is really simple.  Please don't hesitate to ask questions!!  You can either leave a comment in the comments section or come over to my blog Paper Canteen and send me an email with any questions!!
I hope you have enjoyed this crafty, creative shaped card tutorial!!! 

Crafty Hugs!

Wednesday 15 February 2012

February's Challenge with special guest GlitteryKatie!!!!

This month we have a little change to the schedule.
Sadly Freddie couldn't join us this month so the you're stuck with me GlitteryKatie !
It's been really fun stepping in to set our February Challenge and as it's February, the month of St. Valentine and as we all love Bombshells I figured lets have a Bombshell LURVE theme!

What goes through your mind when you think of love, maybe cherubs, chocolates music and whispering sweet nothings to your honey bun or perhaps something a little darker....broken hearts, tears and thoughts of sweet, sweet revenge

So here's my Valentine challenge to you this month, I want to see what's in your hearts the good AND the bad.
If you like sweet nothings- great but lets see a little bit of your dark side too!!!
If you like the dark side of love then sweeten it a little !
So go where your imagination takes you and lets see the YING and YANG of lurve!

Here's what we the Design Team came up with:

Please Play along with us for a chance to win Bombshell goodies.
Enter your project link below:
Entries close on March 15th 2012

Friday 10 February 2012

Design Team Call!

It's time to select the next six Bombshell Pin-ups (Guest Design Team members)!

Each Pin-up receives a free set of stamps, a generous discount to Bombshell's store, will be featured on Bombshell Stamps' website and blog, and sets a monthly challenge. If the Pin-up rocks her guest design gig, she's asked to join the Bombshell Girls (our Design Team).

To find out how to apply, please visit this link!

Applications must be received by March 14th. The new Pin-ups will be notified before March 20th!

Wednesday 8 February 2012

February's Sketch Challenge!

We'd love to have you play along. Take the sketch and feel free to flip it, flop it, and make it your own. Then share your take on the sketch in the Inlinkz below for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

Here's February's Sketch!

Presenting the Bombshell Girls and Pin-ups takes on the sketch!

Kathi using Man's Ruin.

Kelli using Bombshell Angel

Meredith using Homeward Bound and Hula Girl

Sparkly Mary using Bucking Bronco

Tuesday 7 February 2012

January's Random Winner!

Hola!  I'm baaaaackkkkkkk!  Time to announce the latest and greatest random winner for the month of January!  Each month we give away two $20 gift certificates to spend in the Bombshell Stamps Shop.  The first is given out during the beginning of the month and it's a random drawing selected from all of the entries submitted for the sketch challenge, the pin-up challenge, and the folks who create a little something and participate in the monthly blog hop.  That's right!  You don't have to be part of the DT or the monthly Pin Ups to join the blog hop!  Just throw your name in the hat on the Monthly Blog Hop Thread in the forum.

The second award is given out around the middle of the month. I basically go prowling around the Internet poking my nose in all of your favorite project sharing forums (Splitcoast Stampers, Paper Craft Planet, Flickr, etc) and seek out something spectacular featuring BSS images that catches my eye.  Two really easy ways to win some free Bombshell Stamps loot!

This month, our Random Winner for January is MOMMAMEA!  Woo hoo!  Mommamea has won a fabulous $20 gift certificate to spend in the store!  Here is a closer look at her wonderful entry!

Congratz, MOMMAMEA!  Please contact me at cvaladez@comcast.net to find out how to claim your prize and to pick up your Winner's Badge!

Come back around the 15th and I'll be giving away more BSS bucks!  

Be sure to join this month's challenges to be entered for next month's drawing.  I'll be watching for your creations ;D  Tootles!

Friday 3 February 2012

Octagon Box Tutorial

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful Friday today!  I am sharing with you a tutorial I found on, where else, pintrest!  Here is the original post… It’s wonderful and you can find the templates on this post as well. 
I used the Bombshell set Pin-Stripes and embossed them on my cardstock.  This came about because I needed something that would work for a boy for Valentines day this year…
So onto the tutorial….

Materials needed…
The templates found on above mentioned post
patterned paper or decorated cardstock
a scoring device
So there you have it, half a box for my son and half a box for me until I can get back in the craft room and print out another top and another bottom!!!  LOL  I hope you enjoyed my adventures of octagonal box making and please please please go to the original post for the proper directions!!!!