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Tuesday 30 April 2013

Simply Irresistible Angel

I know the month started out with our April Bombshell sketch.  Well, sometimes this working mom just gets a little busy.  But I didn't want to miss out on this awesome sketch and still made a card.   So figured I'd close out this month with a card using April's sketch and to give y'all a reminder to check in on May 5th for another fabulous Bombshell sketch challenge.

Oh and if you like the dress this Bombshell is wearing, stop by on May 3rd for a tutorial on how to create a fabulous Bombshell outfit with your e-cutter and favorite printed designer paper.

I often take liberties with sketches and use them as inspiration.  This time I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  Here it is if you didn't catch it earlier this month. 

Here's a bit of an angled shot that shows a bit of dimension.  I love pop dots and may need a 12 step program one of these days. Hmm... I could make steps with pop dots... anyway, back to the card. 

Here's the inside of the card. 

Additional Supplies: 
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Coloring: Copic Markers
Printed Paper: Miss Caroline 6x6 (My Mind's Eye), 
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Riding Hood Red, and Naturals White (Stampin' Up), Neenah white cardstock for the Bombshell.
Tools: e-cutter (KNK Zing), software (Make the Cut)
Accessories: Brads (Paper Studio),  Rub-on for the greeting (misc), Pop Dots, Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Monday 29 April 2013

Muse Monday: Harley Bikes -- Week Five!

Yep, there's five Monday's this month, so here's the fifth time that we're featuring Bombshell's Harley Bikes set!

Here's a photo of the set:

Here's what the Bombshell Girls created featuring this great stamp set!


Look back at all the diverse projects the DT has produced this month:
Week 4

Friday 26 April 2013

Fabulous Friday Tutorial - Bombshell Chalkboard Menu

Happy Friday Bombshells!

Is anyone else ready for summer?  It's Kim here with a Fabulous Friday Tutorial that is sure going to make you want to grab an icy drink! (with or without alcohol- take your pick!).  It's a chalkboard menu created with the Tiki Party, Hawaiian Girl, Hula Girl, and Tattoo Font sets.
Supplies Needed:
-Bombshell Stamp Sets - Tiki Party, Hawaiian Girl, Hula Girl, and Tattoo Font
-A rectangular wood board - 10 inches high x 8 1/2 inches wide, about 1/8 of an inch thick (I purchased mine at AC Moore)
-Folk Art Chalkboard Paint in Black by Plaid
-1 inch foam brush
-Tsukineko Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink Pad in Moonlight White
-Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
-White Cardstock Paper
-Small Thin Paint Brush and a regular size paint brush
-Heat Gun Tool
-Acrylic Stamp Block and Stamp Cleaner
-Mod Podge in Matte
- Martha Stewart Craft Paints in Satin (Pink Dahlia, Blue Calico, Scottish Highlands, Habanero, Chestnut Brown, Marmalade, Surf, Chamomile, Spring Pasture are the ones I used)
-Disposable Gloves, good ventilation, water, paper towels, and chalk!
   Using the foam brush, apply the black chalkboard paint onto one side of the wood board. Once that dries, apply another coat of chalkboard paint. Then do the same for the back, making sure each coat is dry before applying another layer.  I used 2 coats of paint on each side, but depending on the wood and chalkboard paint you use you may need to use additional coats.  Apparently, drying time will vary from 1 -  24 hours depending on weather, so make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the chalkboard paint you're using. Plaid has instructions and tips on their website for their brand of chalkboard paint.  Also, if your wood is really rough, you may need to sand it down first before applying paint.  The board I used was smooth so I didn't need to.

   While waiting for coats to dry, I started planning out the placement of my stamps on paper.  You will need to stamp your stamps in black ink onto white cardstock and fussy cut them out for later.  Once the board is dry, ink up the stamps with a light coat of Tsukineko Brilliance Archival Pigment Ink Pad in Moonlight White and start stamping them onto the board.  I used a lighter coat of ink so it would look more like the stamped image was drawn in chalk.
For the areas where the stamps overlap, first stamp the first image onto the board, example - the Hawaiian Girl, let it dry, and then place the cut out image on top of it.  Next ink the second image that will be behind the first one, example - the palm tree, and stamp it on top of the paper cut out image.
   After all of the images are stamped onto the chalkboard, use a heat gun for a few seconds to dry the images a little bit and then let the chalkboard sit for 24 hours before painting.  (The chalkboard paint itself needs to sit for 24 hours before it's conditioned according to manufacturer's paint instructions.)
   Once that loooooong 24 hours is up, paint in parts of the stamped images using Martha Stewart Craft Paints in Satin and a small tiny paint brush.  I used a very thin coat of paint and let some of the black chalkboard show through so the coloring would look more like it was colored in with colored chalk.  I had to restrain myself and not color in the Tiki guys, banner, and Hawaiian Girl because even a light coat of paint washed out the small features.

After the paint is dry, apply a thin coat of matte Mod Podge only onto the stamped image areas and let it dry.
In the circled area on the left the Mod Podge clumped up a little, so I smoothed it out while it was still wet.  On the right is the tiki guys after the Mod Podge has dried. 

So after all that waiting for paint and glue to dry, it's finally time to condition the chalkboard area where there are no stamped images.  I conditioned it with a yellow piece of chalk, but I think it would have been better to use white.
Clean the chalk off with a damp paper towel and your Bombshell Menu is all ready to use! 
   There are so many different kinds of chalkboard paint out there, so choose the one that suits you best and follow the manufacturer's instructions for it. I recommend wearing gloves while using the chalkboard paint and be careful when applying it because it's permanent when dry.  Also use it in a room that has good ventilation (I find it to be a little smelly and I am safety conscious, as you can tell!). 

   And last but not least, this project is great for any Bombshell Stamp Set. Whether it be this Tiki Bar Menu, a Girl's Ruin Night Menu, a Halloween Skeleton Menu...  And chalkboard paint comes in a ton of different colors.  The possibilities are endless! 

Happy Stampin!
- Kim

Wednesday 24 April 2013

April Hump Day Hop: Color Challenge

Hello Bombshell fans! Alison here. It's the last Wednesday of the month (and just so happens to be my husband's birthday!). What happens on the last Wednesday of every month? The Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month, I wanted to do one of my favorite types of challenges...a color challenge!

I found this yummy palette from Design Seeds. I told the participants to use at least 3 colors (though more is always better!) from the palette. Colors needed to be as close as possible to what's shown. Are you excited to see what everyone has made? I know I am! Here is the complete hop list. Please be sure to stop by everyone's blog and leave some love. Happy hopping!

Tuesday 23 April 2013

April Wacky Holiday: Take a Chance Day

Greetings Bombshell fans! Alison here. Today, we Bombshells are bringing you a new challenge. Our monthly Wacky Holiday challenge. Each month, I'll chose a wacky holiday from the website Holiday Insights.  Then, the team will make a project based on the holiday. These holidays can be any day of the month, so there's no set posting date for these! You'll just have to keep your eyes peeled.

This month, I chose "Take a Chance Day." Here's what Holiday Insights had to say about the day. I hope you've enjoyed what the team has made! Be sure to Take a Chance today!

When : Always April 23rd

If you are a gambler, you will just love this day. Today is "Take a Chance Day". This sounds pretty risky (but fun) to me........

Life is filled with risks. To get what you want, sometimes you have to take a chance. And, today is created to do just that. Today is the day to take a chance on virtually any object or goal. Will it be love? will it be luck? Or, just lollipops? We hope you fully participate in this day, and that you attain everything you seek. So go ahead and take a chance. As they say "Nothing ventured, nothing gained".

If you are in love and a little afraid of taking the next step, perhaps today is the day to take a big leap. After all, it's somewhat coincidental that today is also Lover's Day

Note: If you are going to "take a chance" at winning the lottery, we suggest you only buy one ticket. After all, everyone is going to take a chance today, so the odds are really low.
 This is how the Design Team interpreted the holiday.


I hope you've enjoyed what the team has made! Be sure to Take a Chance today!

Monday 22 April 2013

Muse Monday: Harley Bikes -- Week Four!

It's the fourth Muse Monday in April and we're featuring Bombshell's Harley Bikes set!

Here's a photo of the set:

Here's what the Bombshell Girls created featuring this great stamp set!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Friday 19 April 2013

Butterfly Wings Tutorial

Hello all! I am soooooooo happy it is Friday. And one of the reasons is it is time for a tutorial! I think I have said repeatedly that one of the things I like about Bombshell stamps is their versatility. But sometimes flat can be well... flat - and you need to add a bit of dimension into your life.  That is what I have done here.

This is a really easy technique to make your images have something extra. I chose the largest butterfly in Butterfly Dreams. Stamp the image a few times. I always stamp about twice what I will need, since I am messy and get angry at my images when I miss something. :-) Color at least two of the same image. I have used up to 3 images before.


The glue will help to ensure that when you put it in an envelope, it will pop back out when it is removed (provided you let it dry for a while - otherwise smushaloo).

OK... Thanks for taking a peek at this simple tutorial. I hope you join us again next week for the next installment of the Fabulous Friday Tutorials!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday 18 April 2013

Koi Sketch!

I loved the simplicity of Kathi's sketch this month and created this quick card:

Lotus Garden Bombshell Stamps
Banner Saying Bombshell Stamps
Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares
Crafters Workshop Template
Patterned Paper
Spectrum Noir Pens
Crackle Glaze
Mister Huey Paint

Happy Crafting,
GlitteryKatie xxXXXxx

Monday 15 April 2013

Muse Monday: Harley Bikes -- Week Three!

It's the third Muse Monday in April and we're featuring Bombshell's Harley Bikes set!

Here's a photo of the set:

Here's what the Bombshell Girls created featuring this great stamp set!

Alaine made Harley Quinn's Harley!

Friday 12 April 2013

Fabulous Friday Tutorial

Good Afternoon I'm sorry I'm a bit behind today the final arrival of some warmer weather in the UK has brought out the germ's with it but we've waited so long for spring to arrive I'm going take Paracetamol Honey and Lemon( maybe a  little Whiskey too.........shush!!!) in abundance and get on with it!!!

This is my first Tutorial I think for Bombshell Stamps so lets hope its OK!

Today's Fabulous Friday Technique is to use a

 Baby Wipe Ink Pad.

The supplies you will need are:
Baby wipes.
Stamping card.
Stamps I have used the Mermaid Anchor Set from Bombshell Stamps.
A selection of Re-inkers 
( I have used Stampin Up re-inker's in "Not Quite Navy" "Tempting Turquoise" 
"Bashful Blue" & "Garden Green") 
A large Acrylic Block and a rocker Block (not shown)

First take one baby wipe and fold in half and lay on your acrylic block,


Take your first colour of ink and just let drops fall onto the baby wipe but making sure your don't let them drop to close together.

 With the second colour fill in a few of the gaps.

Do this until you have filled all the gaps but also making sure your ink pad is big enough for your chosen stamp to get covered in one application.

Now assemble your stamping card, stamp and rocker block, I like to use a foam stamping mat with blocks as I get a more even print.

Apply you stamp to the baby wipe and just press once.

I'm going to create a backing paper with the two Dolphin's from Mermaid Anchor Set.
Cover your stamping card with your chosen image(s) 
Like so!

Here's my finished card.

Tuesday 9 April 2013


Hey there guys - me again with the March version of Prize Patrol. Now, I roamed about a bit this month and saw some very interesting things. LOL... But first I want to present the challenge winner for the Bombshell Stamps challenge - Random.org chose KAPREE!!!! Whoo HOO.   Here is what she did for our Sketch challenge - Isn't the background WAYYYYYYY cool?!!!!

For the roving prize patrol - like I said - there was some interesting stuff, but Marnie made this very cool looking paper pieced Angel that was just shiny. I really love the color scheme here, and all the fussy cutting!

Doesn't it just scream retro?!!!!!
Ok... that is the Prize Patrol for this month. Next month the Prize Patrol duties will be picked up by Kim so make sure you all out there are creating and a crafting and you will be in the running to win some $$ to the Bombshell Store! 

Monday 8 April 2013

Muse Monday: Harley Bikes -- Week Two!

It's the second Muse Monday in April and we're featuring Bombshell's Harley Bikes set!

Here's a photo of the set:

And here's some inspiration for you!

Sunday 7 April 2013


Did you know Bombshell stamps are great stamps to create scenes with?
For this card I used:
Bombshell stamps: Retro Cowgirls and  Western Gal
For the background: Stampscapes and Third Coast stamps
Other materials I used are:
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Pan pastels
Copic markers
gold pen
masking paper, fixative, cardstock and glue.

Wishing you a crafty day!
Kind regards, Stempelientje