Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Live to Ride

Welcome to the May Bombshell Hump Day Blog Hop.   The theme is banners, so I had to pull out my seam binding and make my favorite little banner.   

It's also Motorcycle Safety Month.  This card is a call out to all drivers to look twice and don't just look for cars.  Keep an eye out for motorcycles too. Share the road and help us all ride safe.


Stamps: Live to Ride (Bombshell Stamps)
Ink: Basic Black craft ink/pigment ink (Stampin' Up)
Coloring: pencils (Prismacolor)
Printed Paper: Gypsy (Basic Grey); Miss Caroline (My Mind's Eye)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin' Up); white (Hammermill)
Accessories: black embossing powder; baker's twine; seam binding (Stampin' Up)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Lovely Poppy

This is the card I sent my mom for Mother's Day.   She lives in Germany and when Stampin' Up released greeting stamps in German in the US, I was thrilled.   I picked up one set thus far.  Gonna have to get a few more if they're still offered.  With this card I also wanted to make myself use some Washi tape.  I may have overdone it though.   

Here's a bit of a close up on the coloring.  The Poppies took some time to color with my Copics.

Stamps: Stampin' Up (Pleasant Poppies, Verspielte Gruesse)
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Coloring: Copics
Cardstock: Stampin' Up (Black, Pear Pizzaz), Neenah (white)
Accessories: Washi Tape (Recollections, K&Company)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Beady Smile

How better to create a quick card than to do so in a recycling spirit.  This little beaded smile came off of a card someone gave me.   I tucked it away and ran across it a few weeks back.   The beaded smiley face was just precious and I know a lot of work went into that.  I paired it with some pool party cardstock (SU), pop dots and a white card base.  So easy and so cute. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Patriotic Showgirl

This beauty is ready to celebrate Memorial Day in all her red white and blue glory.  Just think of her as one of the showgirls traveling the world to entertain our loyal troops. 

Featuring Butterfly Queen

Credit for the sketch goes to Retro Sketches (rs64).  

Stamps: Bombshell Stamps (Butterfly Queen)
Ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa)
Coloring: Copic
Papers: My Minds' Eye and Jillibean Soup
Cardstock: Stampin' Up & Neenah
Ribbon: Misc.
Accessories: misc Bling

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cool Skate

Is the summer here yet?   Is spring soccer over yet?   Will work ever let up?    At least I managed to squeeze in a bit of an escape with this card.  I think it's perfect for a teen or tween boy.  The skate boarder image is straced using MTC and cut with my KNK Zing.  I then covered it with a coat of Glossy Accents by Ranger. The background has some silver shimmer paper trimmed with a Martha Sttewart border punch.  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Hot Wishes

It's time for Bombshell Stamp's May sketch challenge.   

I ended up turning the bottom half of the sketch into a fancy fold. 

And here's the inside of the card.

BombShell Stamp's may sketch challenge.

using Piston Rebel stamp set

Additional Supplies
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Coloring: markers (Copic)
Printed Paper: (Authentique)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Naturals White for the inside (Stampin' Up), white for stamping and coloring (Neenah)
Tools: stars embossing folder (Paper Studio)
Accessories: rubon greeting (K&Company)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bombshell Paper Dress-Up

This tutorial is also posted on the Bombshell Stamps blog.  

Hi there Bombshell fans.   As a Bombshell fan, one of the must have stamp sets, is the Bombshell Angel.   And Bombshell has done a fabulous job making her oh so versatile.   One of the offerings is a cutting file you can purchase to make Bombshell clothing.   That Bombshell Angel makes for one H.O.T. dress-up doll.  If you have an e-cutter that hooks up to your computer such as a KNK Zing, Black Cat, Cameo, Silhouette, etc., then this is just oh so perfect for you.  It's oh so easy for you to dress your Bombshell.   I'll take you through the process step by step.  

This image below gives you an idea of all of the clothing items that are available and it's on sale right now for only $8.99.   You'll get several different file formats to suit your machine including .scut, .gsd, .gif, and .eps.  For more details read here:  "Bombshell Clothing" Die Cut Collection

Now follow me along on how I make use of this awesome file.  I like to use Make the Cut (MTC) software and my KNK Zing.   I love MTC.  It's so easy to use.  I imported the .scut version of the cutting file and was ready to start cutting in no time.   

After purchasing the cutting file from http://www.bombshellstamps.com, you can access the download from the home page.  Click on the link "DIGI PICKUP" toward the top right of the page.   

Log in and you should be able to access your purchased files.  Follow the download instructions at the top of the page.... it's pretty simple. 

Be sure to save your files where you'll remember later. 

Open your software for your e-cutter.  In my case, I'm using Make the Cut (MTC).  MTC easily lets me import non .mtc file formats.   So I'll chose the .scut file and import it into MTC.  The import process takes barely a few seconds...  It's just a few mouse clicks. 

Once imported, I can save the file as a .mtc file and massage the file as desired.  For example, I split the file up and put each clothing item on its own layer.  One thing I was careful not to do is that I did NOT resize any of the items.  The items are perfectly sized to work with the Bombshell Angel stamp set. 

So now to the cutting process.  Load your paper onto your cutting mat.  I chose a blue jean print to cut... well, you guessed it - blue jeans.  :-)   

Load your cutting mat, go back to your software and give the instruction to cut. 

Remove excess paper and weed any small items from your cut item.  See.... I now have little paper blue jeans.   Aren't they cute? 

Do the same for additional articles of clothing.  I chose to cut a red polka dot shirt.


I like to add a bit of shading.  It not only gives the Bombshell clothes some dimension, but it also does a great job to disguise any burrs from the cutting process.

Here's her outfit with shading and ready to go.

Now to stamp a Bombshell Angel.   I like to stamp her in Rich Cocoa Memento ink.  I think black is just a bit harsh for her skin and Memento ink works well with my Copic markers.

After stamping, I just lay the outfit on my Bombshell image to see where I need to color.   See how low that belt goes.   I'm just going to color dark brown behind the jeans for the belt.

Here she is again after coloring.  I just laid the clothes on her again to make sure I got everything before fussy cutting her out and then adhering the clothes.

And WOW... What a Bombshell ready for a ride.   I'll be featuring her on a card sometime in the future, but in the mean time, she's just a hottie with my son's toy motorcycles. :-)

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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