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Sunday 29 April 2012

Miss April's Farewell....Welcome Miss May!!

I made this pencil holder for my last project as Bombshell’s Miss April.

It was a fun project to do I used the Retro Cowgirls stamp and the Butterfly Queen Set for the images. Colored with the Spectrum Noir markers, I really like those. I covered the pressed wood box with 4 different scraps of paper from some of the projects I did this month. I wanted to have a memento of my month. This will sit on my craft desk to hold my pencils, something I’m always losing. 

Thank you for the opportunity to guest design and play with your wonderful stamps. It was a very fun month.

Now I would like you to all give Miss May Jennie Harris a wonderful “Welcome” She will bless you with such wonderful creations. Can’t wait to see what she has in store for us. 

Thank you all for the visit. 

Saturday 28 April 2012

Bombshell Girl Spotlight!

It's Emily Wilson's time to shine in the Bombshell Spotlight!

Here's my little interview with her!

When did you become a full Bombshell Girl?
I became a full Bombshell Girl in April 2012! I was a Bombshell Pin Up in June 2011.

Has/have your favorite Bombshell set(s) changed since you started on the team? If so, what are your favorites now?
My love for Mermaid Treasure has grown even more. I love how I can make her fit my personality or mood on the given day. Oddly enough I am picking up my Retro Cowgirls more now than ever and not knowing why.

What new techniques have you tried and/or learned as a result of being on this team?
I have become more adventurous in trying altering things, example being my April Challenge with the shoes. I never thought I could pull something off like it and have it looking NICE!! Oh, and does using glitter count as a technique?

Has your style changed and/or evolved since you started with the team? If so, how?
My style has grown a little. I am more willing to try new things. I am loving the Distress inks more so than ever, but I am still the same ol’ California girl who still doesn’t like to match her colors.

Do you follow any special "design rules"?
There are rules? Wow. I must be a rule breaker. I try to go outside the lines and get out there and experience new things. Rules are meant to be broken. I can be rebellious. Whatever, I do what I want!

Where and when do you find inspiration?

The people who surround me are my inspiration. I see my friends and family in each and everyone of my Bombshell Stamp sets. They inspire me more than my words can express. If it weren’t for them, I doubt I would be as creative as I am.

How do you regain your lost mojo?
Having a friend challenge you, and pull you out of the lost mojo gutter. I try not to lose it as it can be a hard thing to get back.

Altered Flats. By far my favorite, and with my favorite set. They started as an experiment, and I thought they would fail. They shined, Now, I cannot wait to make more. :)

Jets Girl. This was made for my friend's Valentine's (nicknamed Valentine) Day card. This is just an example of how I like to personalize my Bombshells for my friends. I mean what guy wouldn't like his lady friend in one of his t-shirts? FYI: I am NOT a Jets Fan.

I love all the detail work I did with this Mermaid Treasure easel card. I am a sucker for the easel card. I love how I stamped the area where one writes. It's probably my favorite card I have ever made.

Here are some links for you to learn even more about Emily and to see her work!
• Link to her first Bombshell interview.
• Link to her Bombshell Gallery!
• Link to Emily's blog!

Friday 27 April 2012

Retro Cowgirl Ornament

Happy Friday Everyone! Emily here with your Friday Fun-day tutorial! :) Recently I have decided I need to try altering more items. Maybe its because of this months Pin Up Challenge? I love the look of altered things but maybe I just fear Mod Podge. I think its the horrific smell. Who knows! Join me anyway.

At Christmas this past year I ordered some wooden ornaments from Cabin Crafters with full intentions of making ornaments for all my friends and family. I just ran out of time, and ambition. I sat down a couple nights ago to do some long overdue crafting. This is what I came up with:

You're going to need:
-a wooden ornament or object of choice.
-White Tissue Paper
-Staz-on (I used Timber Brown)
-Permanent Markers (I used Prismacolor, Bic Mark its and Sharpies)
-Sponge Paint brush
-Mod Podge
-and of course The Bombshell of your choice (I used Retro Cowgirl)

I have no idea why this is sideways

First I stamped my image(s) in Staz-on on to a piece of white tissue paper which I first measured would fit the inside of my ornament base. Once colored her with markers, and if I like how she turned out I cut out the circle just to fit the inside of the circle. Once this is done, set aside.

Since my mom borrowed my distress inks, I had to settle with sponging Staz-on. Which isn't all that fun! I sponged both sides of the ornament with ink. (DON'T FORGET THE EDGES). Once I got the coverage I liked, I then carefully placed my tissue paper circle of images on the wooden ornament. Let dry.

Once Dry, I could see spots where you could still see the tissue so I took more ink to my sponge and filled it in. Once I got the extra ink in I did a final coat of Mod Podge.

While waiting for the last round of Mod Podge to dry, you can find a nice ribbon or other accessory to finish off the top, and enjoy!

I must say, after making this... I am addicted! I must make more! Thank you for checking in, and have a great weekend with your Bombshells! {oh, and your families too} :)

Wednesday 25 April 2012

April Hump Day Hop!

It's the last Wednesday of the month...so you know what that means! It's time for the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! It's Alison, your official Hump Day Hottie, and I am SO stoked about this month's hop theme. And I think you will be too. This month's hop is HUGE! We have 17 amazing stops for you to take. And I am sure you are going to love every single one of them! Here's what I wrote in the forum.

On April 22, 1923, a star was born. A star that we all know. A star that, without her, Bombshell Stamps may not even exist (if I may be so presumptuous). Who is it? None other than Bettie Page. What better month to pay homage to the Pin-Up Queen herself than the month of her birth? So for this hop, I want you to give Ms. Page some love. Make a project, any type of project, using her as inspiration. There are thousands of images to view, lots of quotes she has said, and others have said about her. Here are some photos of Ms. Page.

So now that you've seen her...let's see what kind of inspiration the participants have gotten from Bettie Page! Here is the full list (did I mention 17?!) of hoppers.

Mary (Sparkly Engineer)http://sparkly-train.blogspot.com/

So get hopping! You have a lot of places to go, so don't waste a moment! Let's celebrate the beautiful and inspiring woman that is Bettie Page! Thank you to all of the participants, you really rocked my world this month! Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Hey diddly dee, A pirate's life for me!

Since I was a wee girl I have obsessed with Pirates.  This is how I discovered Bombshell Stamps.
A Pirate's Life was my first ever stamp set, and I still love it.
The Bombshell in it is very versatile.  I love making dresses and things for her.

For this card I went full on Pirate ;)
I saw this old map type paper in the Kaisercraft Vintage timeless collection, and immediately knew what I was going to do with it.  
I wanted to keep all the background colours muted, so that the bright Parrot, and Pirate popped.

Paper: Kaisercraft Vintage Timeless
Skull and crossbones charms, and stamp from my cupboard.
Ribbon: Papermania Portobello Road collection

Coloured with copics

Hope you like it.

Miss May xxx

Monday 23 April 2012

Paper tip!

For this card I used Bombshell Angel.
Coloured with Distress ink.

Now,here is my TIP!
Here cupcake making is a big thing.....so plenty of nice printed cupcake holders available.They hardly cost anything.
It is easy to use them on your craft projects,like I did on this card.
Just fold the paper flat,spray it with water with a mister,and iron it on the highest setting and hey: PRESTO!

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!

Sunday 22 April 2012

Bombshell Block Art

This was a blast to make. Time consuming but very fun.

The stamp set is “Rise and Shine” from Bombshell stamps.
I used a Stampin’ Up flower punch to make the pretty flowers, the birds and the leaves. The leaves are actually the bird’s wings.

The brads in the center of the flowers are from the build a brad from Stampin’ Up. They are wonderful because you can design the center to match what your working on. The swirls are hot jewels, I used my little pink heat setter to put them on . The coloring was done with my new Spectrum noir markers.

To see more you can visit my blog here. This is the last of my required Design Team cards for April. I hope you enjoyed my "Miss April" reign. It was a fun treat to play with their stamp sets.

Have a great day.

Saturday 21 April 2012

Bombshell Girl Spotlight!

Starting today, one of our talented Bombshell Girls will be in The Bombshell Girl Spotlight twice a month. This new feature will give you a chance to get to know our whole team a little better!

Rachael, known on the Bombshell Forum as Etsy-Ketsy, holds the honor of being our first victim! *grin*

Here's a little interview with her!

When did you become a full Bombshell Girl?
April 2012, but I was a pinup in April 2011 and have been a faithful Bombshell Stamps customer for more than three years prior to that.

Has/have your favorite Bombshell set(s)changed since you started on the team? If so, what are your favorites now?
No, I love them all.

What new techniques have you tried and/or learned as a result of being on this team?
I've tried playing with crackle paints and altering items, which is hard because I've never done that before.

Has your style changed and/or evolved since you started with the team? If so, how?
My style is always changing. When you're exposed to new things, ideas, and techniques that you enjoy and try, the result can be quite positive. I find myself trying new techniques and being aware of what works for me and what does not.

Do you follow any special "design rules"?
Nope! I'm a paralegal in my professional life, so that's enough rules for me. I do what I want and what looks good to me.

Where and when do you find inspiration?
I am always open to inspiration. When it strikes, it strikes! I love to go to art stores and look at all the products to see what I can come up with. Trying new things is always great.

How do you regain your lost mojo?
Walk the art store, look at scrapbooking ideas, touring art galleries. Most importantly I don't push myself. If I force it it just goes all to hell.
Here are three of Rachael's favorite projects.

Here are links to Rachael's Blog, Rachael's Bombshell Gallery, and to her interview as Ms. April 2011!

Friday 20 April 2012

Cutting Out Stamped Images- a tip!

Hi there!
I love to colour in my Bombshells then cut them out and add them to my cards- sometimes raised up on foam pads.
Cutting out can be tricky but with practise it is possible to get a good result!
Here's a little tip I use to make those cut out stamped images look a little less snaggy:
Here's the little Koi from the Lotus Garden Bombshell set which I've coloured and cut out

I've done an OK job but some of the ripples around his fins and tail were too fine to cut accurately and could look a little snaggy and the white card is showing.

I take a sponge applicator and some dark ink- I like Walnut Distress Ink and apply all round the edge of the stamped image, work it into the corners so all the white card stock edges are covered.

With the white edges of the card stock are being covered by the ink which makes the stamped outline shows up much better and makes your cutting out look MUCH neater.
This is me part way through:

Much neater!

Anyway that's my first tip for making your stamped Bombshells look even better- I'll be back with another one next month!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday 17 April 2012

April's Pin-Up Challenge

My altered ego, Miss April here, aka Teresa. I would like to challenge you and your altered ego to a fun challenge.
We all have an altered ego and you know who yours is. So here is your challenge.......Alter something. You can change its purpose or take the plain and make it beautiful. Bring out your altered ego. No major rules but one very important one..........Have FUN!!!

I can’t wait to see what you altered. Now go create something fun.

          Rachael  - Altered Magnetic Tin using Mermaid Treasure

Find my blog here for a full tutorial on how I created this tin.

Emily using Mermaid Treasure

Torrey  transmogrified a soda can into a trinket box. She used the butterfly from Butterfly Queen. Click the following link for a FULL tutorial on the Bombshell Blog!

Alaine used A Pirate's Life to create this altered stamp block.

Sparkly Mary using Western Gal to create a western style trophy buckle


Monday 16 April 2012

Bombshell Bracelets

Hey Friends!

I have been on a altering kick lately. Here I am with some wooden bracelets. Recently I posted this on my Facebook, and I was very surprised on the responses I have been getting on my altered wooden bracelets.. This particular bracelet was made with Mermaid Treasure and Hawaiian Girl. I like how these two sets coordinate so well for each other. I am such a sucker for the cute little turtle, and the lovely mermaid.

I made this bracelet for my friend who has been dying to have one for quite sometime. Now I am finally getting around to making it. Now I just cant stop! If you ever get the chance to make a bracelet like this I suggest you do! They are so much fun!! :)

Have a wonderful Monday! :)

Sunday 15 April 2012

Rise and Shine Page

Today's page was brought to you by Rise and Shine stamp set.

I cut around her and tied her to the palm trees. The trees were cut using my Cricut machine and Gypsy. For the green palms, I used the "Paper Layerz" by Megan Elizabeth, I love this paper.

Now I just need to find that perfect picture to put on this page. I was very happy it turned out like I had pictured in my head. Isn’t it wonderful when that happens? You can see more at my blog here.

Hope you enjoyed your visit today