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Saturday 30 November 2013

Sugar Skull Card

Happy Saturday!

There is still 1 day left to enter the November Sketch Challenge and Ms. November's Pin-Up Challenge!  Have you linked up your takes yet on these fantastic challenges!?  If not, head on over to the posts and link up using the inlinkz code for your chance to win a Bombshell Stamp Set!  And don't forget only projects using Bombshell Stamps are eligible for the prize.

 Kim here sharing a card using Sugar Skulls, Holiday Accessory and Banner Sayings using the November Sketch:

Bombshell Stamps - Sugar Skulls, Holiday Accessory and Banner Sayings
Sentiment Stamps - Simon Says Stamp Holiday Hello
Cardstock - Patterned Cardstock by Chic Tags; Solid Cardstock by unknown
Spectrum Noir Markers  

Have a Crafty Weekend! 

Wednesday 27 November 2013

November Hump Day Hop: Water World

Hello! Alison here! It's time for the November Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! This month's theme is Water World. I wanted the participants to incorporate water, or some of the water-loving images that Bombshell has to offer. And there sure are a lot of them! Below is the full hop list. Please be sure to stop by everyone and leave some love!

Monday 25 November 2013

November Muse Monday -- Week Four

During November, we will be showcasing the Indian Princess set, which is available in both rubber and digital formats!

The rubber set will be on sale throughout the month!

Here's the set!

Be sure to visit us each an every Monday for some fabulous inspiration from some of our talented team. Here are this week's projects.

Sharon aka Ms October

And from the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge team:


Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating this week!

Friday 22 November 2013

TGIFF -- Clouds Tutorial!

Greetings! Today I'm going to share a tutorial that will show you two of the ways that I use my Copic markers to create a cloudy sky behind my Bombshell stamps.

I've chosen to use the Butterfly Dreams set, mostly because I couldn't decide which pin-up set to use.

Go grab a cuppa and let's get started!

I've used the following supplies:
  1. The Butterfly Dreams rubber stamp set.
  2. Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  3. Nestabilities Grand Labels 4 die
  4. Memory Box Puffy Clouds Die
  5. Post-It Notes® or Judikins Eclipse Tape
  6. Copic markers or other alcohol markers
  7. Patterned papers: I've used papers from old Ambrosia and Marjolein 6x6 pads by Basic Grey
  8. Cardstock: Neenah Classic Solar Crest 80# (stamped panel) and Bazzill Basics
  9. Black Soot Distress ink
  10. Various other die cuts
Step One
Stack several Post-It Notes® together, line up the dies over the sticky areas of the stacked PINs and die cut the three different sizes included in the Puffy Clouds set. Do this step several times. You can always use the spares! Separate the notes and set aside for now.

Steps Two, Three, Four

Choose your butterflies from the Butterfly Dreams set and stamp them as desired using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto whatever Copic-safe cardstock you prefer. Use the metal die as a placement guide. I used the same two butterfly stamps in various configurations, which you'll see later. Much, much later.

Color the butterflies as desired, position the metal die over your stamped colored images and die cut. I just got the new Sizzix Magnetic Platform and it rocks. Prior to that, I've used Repositionable Scotch Tape® to hold the die where I wanted.

Step Five

Take the platform out of the machine, keeping the die-cut, stamped, colored panel within the die. If necessary, gently remove the tape, taking care to keep the die in place. Take your C0 or equivalent and lightly trace around the inside of the die. Be careful because sometimes the inner edge of the die will be a bit jagged, which might snag your marker nib! Remove die and clean with hand sanitizer. Put the die and platform away! You must keep your work surface tidy or the Stamping Police will come and arrest you!

Here are all four of my stamped, colored, die-cut, and outlined image panels.

Step Six
Position your Post-It Note® clouds as desired. Play around to find a layout that you like. Be sure to use the sticky side to keep the clouds in place so you can do...

Step Seven
Using a C00 (or equivalent) marker, lightly trace around the clouds. If you have overlapping clouds, gently lift the part that overlaps, and trace it so the cloud appears to be in front.

Step Eight
Use your C0 marker (or equivalent) and make the clouds' outlines a bit bolder. Start adding some curvy lines and squiggly doodles to the inside of the cloud. Go over the C0 with COO or your Colorless Blender to soften some of the lines.

Step Nine (are you bored yet?)

Go over the edges of the clouds with a blue marker (I've used B21). Outline each cloud and the edges of the butterflies that touch the "sky" with the blue marker. Then start to fill in the "sky" using horizontal strokes. It might look streaky, but you can always add additional ink and/or lift some with the blender.

Step Ten
The above is mostly finished. The last step of this process is to go over the image, darkening or lightening the sky as desired and touching up the clouds.

Finished Card

Did you think we were done? Nope. Not yet. Go refresh your coffee and/or tea. Or get yourself a leisure beverage 'cause there's more yet to come!

Variation on a theme or Clouds, the sequel

Repeat steps one to five (stamp, color, die-cut, and trace the interior edge of the die-cut). 

Clouds, the sequel -- Step Six

Now free-hand draw in some clouds using your CO0 (or equivalent) marker. Then follow the rest of the steps as above. The only real difference is that you drew in your own clouds! Yay.

Hand-drawn clouds using C00, C0, B0000, B000 markers (and blender)

Finished Card with Hand-drawn clouds -- also uses Banner Sayings rubber stamp set!

You can add pink, purple, and other colors to the clouds to reflect the sky. You can also create a cloudy night sky! The possibilities are endless! 

Card Three

Card Four -- I was channeling my inner hippie.

BTW, if you've made it this far, pat yourself on the back. And now you know why I rarely do tutorials...

Monday 18 November 2013

November Muse Monday -- Week Three

During November, we will be showcasing the Indian Princess set, which is available in both rubber and digital formats!

The rubber set will be on sale throughout the month!

Here's the set!

Be sure to visit us each an every Monday for some fabulous inspiration from some of our talented team. Here are this week's projects.


Also, Bombshell is sponsoring the latest Desert Islands Crafters Challenge, so here are a few of the DICC team's creations. Next week, we will share some more.




Friday 15 November 2013

Fabulous Friday Tutorial- Tin time!

I find something so wonderful about decorating little tins and then opening them to reveal treasure within! Of course most of the time these tins contain minty mints but I'm going to show you how you can transform them into a treasure trove for all sorts of goodies!

Here's what you need:

A Tin
Some patterned papers, don't use anything too THICK or it's trickier to mould the paper into the corners of the tin. I've used Prima 6x6" papers as they have a pattern quite small which works with size of the tin!
Wet glue this sticks the paper to the tin firmly but lets you move it slightly to line it up!
Tape runner

First I like to start with the lid:
Measure your paper against the edge of the lid and allow extra to form a flap and make sure it's a long enough strip of paper to go all the way round the lid of your tin with a little overlap.

Stick the strip onto the edge of the tin with wet glue:

...then snip into rim of paper to make little flaps which are easier to mould around the edge of the tin lid and stick them down with wet glue.

..the edge of your tin lid is now covered you need to repeat this process for the lower part of the tin being careful to measure and cut the tabs as above:

...you can see I have NOT covered the area where the tin lid covers the body of the tin- this allows the tin to close smoothly.

Now you need to cover the top of the tin lid and the bottom of the tin.
I use the tin as a template and draw carefully around it onto the BACK of the paper with pencil.

I then trimmed about 1/4" inside my pencil line

..and stuck this piece of cut paper to the top of my tin this time using a tape runner for speed.

Repeat this process for the bottom of the tin and the outside of your tin is all covered- you can stop at this stage if you want but I like to cover the inside of the tin and here's how I do it:

I start with the inside edge of the tin with a strip of paper that is twice the depth of the tin edge and I push and mould it into the corners with my fingers this makes it easier to fit properly when you glue it..

...you also have a crease so you know where to cut your tabs to help your paper fit better...

 ...cut your tabs on the lower folded piece...

...now glue in place....and repeat with the inner tin lid- this is fiddly as it's a SMALL lip but take your time and measure, trim your tabs and mould the paper applying with wet glue...

To complete the inner parts of the tin you need to draw around the tin again onto the back of your patterned paper and this time trim about 6/8th" inside your drawn line. When the inner sections of paper fit stick in place with wet glue.

Now your tin is all covered it's time to Bombshell it all up!!

I stamped and coloured Ahoy Sailor and cut her out, mounting her on a Spellbinders decorative oval which I attached to the top to the tin lid but as I said I like finding little things INSIDE these tins so...

...I stamped out, coloured and cut out various Bombshell stamps from the Ahoy Sailor and Homeward Bound stamp sets and added them inside the tin!

So there you have it-an altered tin which doesn't take long, you can substitute washi tape or soft for the edging bits to make the process quicker and you can add whatever treasure you want to the inside!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday 13 November 2013

November's Sketch Challenge

Here's November's Sketch!

 Feel free to flip it, flop it, and make it your own! Just as long as you have fun and use Bombshell's stamps, it's all good!

Kas used Man's Ruin

Marnie Used "Koi Tattoo"

Susie using "Hula Girl"