Thursday, December 20, 2012

December Pin Up Challenge - Get Ornamental

For this month’s challenge at Bombshell Stamps, the Pin Up Challenge was to “Make it Ornamental”.

Instead of creating a paper ornament, I’ve been wanting to try creating my own. So I purchased a plastic ornament at Joann’s and filled it with Elmer’s glue. *Note - use floor polish if you want it to  dry translucent.

After swirling it around a bit to make sure all of the sides of the inside of the ornament were covered, I poured out the excess glue and folded a piece of paper to funnel the glitter into the ornament. And then I shook! I repeated and tapped out the excess glitter and glue.

After it dried I replaced the cap.

Originally my idea was to stamp on the plastic with Stazon, however after many failed attempts, I gave in. *Note - Stazon comes off of plastic with lighter fluid.

Instead, I stamped the image I wanted (I used the Tattoo sentiment from the Sacred Heart set) and colored and cut it out. Then I adhered it to the domed surface with Ranger's Glossy Accents and set to dry. Because this project was giving me such trouble, I decided to keep it very simple and just add ribbon at the top.

Overall I am pleased with the outcome! I think it turned out better than I originally planned because I got to incorporate more color this way. Have you tried this project or something similar?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Copic Workshop!!!

Have you heard?! There are new Copic offerings! Not only is there a new three-piece blending kit available, but there is a workshop called The Copic 2013 Color & Ink Workshop! Of course I'm absolutely dying to take this workshop!! I've got to first take my Intermediate Certification Class as I am certified for the Standard Certification. Are you going to sign up for the workshop???

Bombshell Stamps December Sketch Challenge

Welcome Back!

Playing along with the Sketch Challenge at Bombshell Stamps is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. This month's sketch was great! Here's what I came up with!

I created this piece using the Vintage Motorcycle and King of the Road stamp sets.

You can see the sketch and all of the wonderful Bombshell Girl's creations at the Bombshell Blog! Hope you check it out!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mark's Finest Papers - Red and Green #137

Today's challenge was to make a Christmas card using red and green. This is what I came up with.

I hope you like. :) I'm usually a Grinch. I don't care for making holiday cards that much, but this floral image from the Mark's Finest Papers Amaryllis Definition set spoke to me and seemed to work well with this single layer card. You can layer it! I've colored it here with my Copic Markers to add depth and interest.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Slider Card Tutorial

Break out your favorite Bombshell and let's get started with a great style of movable card - slider cards!

You will need the following:

1.  Pop dots - preferably the round ones, but if you do not have those, you can always round off the square ones.

2.  Two pennies

3.  Stampin' Up Word Window Punch (or the like) OR a craft knife/xacto

4.  Your favorite Bombshell image. I am using Bombshell's 

First, select the papers that you would like to use and stamp out your images. Stamp, color and cut out the images that you would like to use.

Now create the base of your card.

Now, on the base of your card, figure out how far you want your slider to go, lengthwise.

On a scratch piece of paper, punch out a template if you like, as I did here.

Trace and punch the actual paper you would like to use. Distress if you like. I'm using Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in Antique Linen.

Add pop dots to the back of this, but try to stay clear of the sliding area.

I am layering with another piece of paper of the same color and print. Glue.

Now glue the first layer to the base of the card. Set aside.

Using the piece that you've punched and distressed, take one penny and adhere a pop dot to it. I used two small square pop dots, but if you would like your moving bit to spin, you can round off the edges of the pop dots to a circle and the image will spin instead of slide. Sandwich with another penny after sliding it into the area you punched out.

Adhere your colored image to the back of the penny.

Adhere the entire piece onto your card and decorate.


Thanks for joining us today! I hope you give this fun style of card a try. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mark's Finest Papers - You've got Style!

I just love this feminine set from Mark's Finest Papers. It is the You've Got Style set and it is SO much fun. I was just having a play and not really concerned with following a sketch, but it turned out pretty cute anyways.

I background stamped with the shoes offered in this set and colored them with my copic sketch markers. I stamped the boot and a handbag and popped them off with pop dots and stuck them on. A pretty simple card, but pretty cute! ;) I hope you like it.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Mele Kalikimaka!

Welcome Back!
Don't you just love this image? Its the Hawaiian Girl set from Bombshell Stamps and she was absolutely PERFECT for this card. I also used the Banner Sayings set from Bombshell Stamps to create this holiday card. I love Hawaiian-themed Christmas or holiday cards because they're a fun alternative to classic holiday cards.
I hope you like it!

This card has been entered into Drunken Stamper's Fire and Ice challenge!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Spilling the Beans!

Hi Everyone!

I've been so looking forward to this day since I found out, but today I actually get to spill the beans!

WELL...Ever since my good friend Cheryl Valadez introduced me to Copic Markers I've been addicted to coloring with them. And as a coloring fanatic, I've also been a fan of Kenny K for quite some time.

So, I'm so excited to announce that I've made the team for Kenny K! I'm looking forward to getting to know my fellow teammates and enjoying our time together on the team!

Yay! :)


Saturday, December 1, 2012

No Red or Green - Mark's Finest Papers #136

This week's challenge at Speedy Fox & Friends was to make a traditional holiday card not using red or green. So I chose blue and gold and used the ivy from the Ivy and Blossoms set.

Guess I'm just a Scrooge because holiday cards are probably the least favorite type of cards for me to make. But this was fun. I really like how the gold embossing shows up on the Chipped Sapphire Distress Stain. And I got to use the rest of my pretty blue and gold fine paper!
What do you think?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bombshell Blog Hop! Recipe Card!

Welcome Back! Hope you're all enjoying the hop!

This month's challenge for the blog hop at Bombshell Stamps was to create a recipe card using: 1 ribbon, 2 stamped images and 3 papers.

Here's what I came up with.

I used Mermaid Anchor and the seaweed from Mermaid Treasure. Finished this card up with a brown rick rack ribbon at the bottom and three printed papers at the top to simulate waves.

Now hop on to see what all the other Bombshells have come up with!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Chevrons and Steampunk Wenches with Kenny K.

Today's card was created with Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdops set paired with Kenny K's Eva Pearl digital stamp.

I couldn't wait to color Eva. I picked out her colors and pulled the purple from her outfit for the chevrons.

I popped Eva off of the base of the card. I chose to keep the background rather simple because I wanted Eva to be the focal point of the card.

I colored her with my Copic Markers and cut her out.

I added a simple Thinking of You sentiment to round out this card. Perfect for a naughty little hello. :)

I loved working with Eva. She's such a fun character to color!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 135 - Recipe

Here's this week challenge from Speedy Fox and Friends.

Recipe cards are so difficult for me! This one was: use 1 paper, two colors and three embellishments. Easy, you think. Yikes, when I sat down to play, my mind went blank. Zip, zilch. Nothin'. But, I think it turned out pretty well!

I have another recipe card blog hop on Wednesday November 28th, so if you're interested in playing along you should sign up at the bombshell forum:

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Graphic Novel Inspired Card with Kenny K

Do you love comics? I'm reading this graphic novel right now called Going to Amerikay and its beautifully done. When I saw this image at Kenny K I couldn't resist.

I used the Total Drama image, which I love, obviously, because she's versatile. 

I loved coloring all of this image. The hair an the makeup

and even the shirt and jewelry were fun too!

I added a simple harlequin background to offset the image just a tad.

I think it turned out nicely. What do YOU think?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bombshell Pin Up Challenge: Confessions!

Cassie, the Bombshell Pin Up for November, has challenged all of us to confess to something. My confession? I love mermaids. Always have. I think its a carry over from my childhood - a 'The Little Mermaid" obsession that never really faded. Actually, its more than mermaids - mer-folk of all sorts, and tales about the sea in folklore. So I made this little art tag for my 'confessions' project. Hope you enjoy it!

First I created the background. I started with a blank white tag and ran the tag through Green and Blue Distress ink.

Then I stamped with a flourish stamp and covered it with glue and glitter, packing the glitter into the glue, and let dry.

I stamped out my mermaid image and colored her.  I cut her out and put her on dimensionals to give a sense of depth. I added rhinestones to her hips.

I thien background stamped the small icons in the far right corner.

I threaded a button and stuck it on and added the "imagine" metal tag.

Then I hand-dyed some crinkle ribbon and let it dry and added it to my art tag and VOILA! A beautiful and completely authentic piece of art.

Leave me some love in the comment section, I'd love to know what you think. Or, if you have tried this art tag technique before, link me! I'd love to see how it turned out for you!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Muse with Bombshell Stamps

Check out what we've got going on at Bombshell Stamps for Muse Monday! We're playing with Cherry Bomb!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge 134 - Pop it Up - with Mark's Fine Papers

I had a lot of fun with this challenge at Speedy Fox and Friends! It was #134 - Pop It Up. I decided to create my challenge card with the Black Eyed Susans for Encouragement set. I love this set, its so versatile! I kept it pretty simple, but I think the card speaks for itself.

What do YOU think? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Friday, November 16, 2012

On the Fly with Mark's Finest Papers

Hi Everyone!
I want to share a quick card that I made this evening using the On the Fly set from Mark's Finest Papers. (Side note, I've now made two separate and distinctive cards from this one set. Its so versatile!!)

Originally I forgot that I already made a card for a challenge called Pop It Up (which is coming up later this week) and I needed to make sure that I met my commitment, so I made this card thinking it would be featured for that post.

Lucky me! I had saved the day. Funny how that happens. All that worry for nothing, and now I have a great little masculine outdoors-men card to give to all my fishing friends. Now...If I only knew people who fished.

I particularly love the depth and texture created with this card. I used Glossy Accents all over the fishy, making sure to just work with a little bit at a time so it didn't smear together. I used a dotting motion on the paper for the scales and a pulling motion for the fins of the fish. I think it turned out really nicely - its not too pretty and its not too manly. And the Glossy Accents makes me want to touch the fish! The fishy actually has scales when I run my finger over him. How cool is that?! What do you think???

What else is a good product to create texture and depth for a wet look?

Hanging out with Daisy Collins of Tsunami Rose

Hello Blog Land!

I'm so excited to bring you today's post. I had the chance to sit down with a dear friend of mine and ask her some in-depth questions about the ins and outs of her business and I'm sure you'll love reading about some of Tsunami Rose's fab new products.

Lets get started!

1 . So tell me, what’s your name and shop name and what do you do?
My name is Daisy Collins and my brand name is Tsunami Rose. I am the owner and designer of my line printable scrapbook papers , ephemera, and my newest product, printable journal kits. All of my printables have a very vintage shabby chic flair.
2. Where are you located?
My shop is online @ I live in Las Vegas, Nevada! I am originally from Southern California.
3. What’s the favorite part of your craft?
My favorite part of designing, whether it be graphic design or scrapbooking, is the ability to make of one of a kind creations that suit my needs. I hate buying off the shelf products, I would always rather customize, and change them to make them unique.
4. That sounds great, we all love customization projects! So how long have you been crafting?
I’ve been crafting since I was a child. My mother was a teacher back in her home country and I remember always doing projects with her. About three years ago I discovered scrapbooking only 3 years ago but I'm constantly coming up with new items. Here is a photo of my newest item available!

and here is a photo of my current project that I'm working on! It's going to be BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait to debut it!

5. What’s your favorite thing to make?
As far as scrapbooking, I love making mini albums. They are just so much fun and quicker than your traditional 12x12 layouts. And right now in graphic design I’m addicted to designing mini printable books.
6. What kind of camera do you use to shoot?
At the moment I just use my web cam

7. Who models your items?
I have a design team and I use their pictures to show off what you can do with my designs. We like to share all of our work in our facebook group! That's really the best way to stay up-to-date with Tsunami Rose!
8. Awesome! I've seen some of your design team work, they're truly talented! So! What's THEE most rewarding part of running your own business?
This is the first time having my own business, and I must say that the best part is seeing and hearing that people enjoy your designs and how they say it inspires them to create. :)
9. What's the most challenging part of running your own business?
I’d say making people aware what your company is and what your product are. Also the fact that I pretty much work all day and all night every day. But I don’t complain because this is just a dream come true.
10. On average, how many things do you create per week?
I try and upload items to the shop every week. As far as scrapbooking, I try and make a card each day or use up my supplies on a daily basis. I have too much time on my hands and I’ve spent too much money on scrapbook stuff not to use them up! :P
11. Haven't we all!? Hehe! What inspires you?
Vintage images, vintage music to put me in the mood.

12. So I'm interested, take me thru your creative process.
I start out by picking out a theme and picking out a color palette from From there I go on to looking thru my own collection of vintage images I’ve found, and start trying to make an environment where they will blend in. It can take me up to 2 hours to create one full page scrapbook paper design. But I have to make sure there’s nothing I’d do to touch it up, then I move on!
13. What is your best advice to blossoming crafters?
Never lock yourself in a box. And don’t ever think there is nothing new to learn.

I love all your advice, Daisy! And I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for taking the time to sit down with me and share your expertise with my readers!

The Tsunami Rose Vintage Shop (and all of her lovely goodies!) can be found right here!

The newest item, Life Abloom Journal, can be purchased here, and to PRE-ORDER the Tsunami Rose Vintage Shop Christmas Gift Journal, please click here.

If you'd like to show off all your Tsunami Rose related sketches, journals, downloads and goodies, come over and play in the facebook group!

Thanks again to Daisy Collins!! So much fun! XO

Cheers everybody!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bombshell Stamps Sketch Challenge!

Its sketch challenge time at Bombshell Stamps! Check out this fab sketch by the one and only Kathi.

I was feeling way inspired with this month's sketch. I created a burlesque greeting card for this challenge. I used Butterfly Queen to create this piece and a little imagination.

I created a stage from the sketch for Butterfly Queen to stand on, scalloped the edge of the stage with a scallop punch and added fringe with some grommets. The hardware is Tim Holtz and Spare Parts. I really love this naughty little card, and its so fun because fringe moves when you touch the card. :-P

Leave some love in the comment section and let me know what you think!


Dance Hall Girl with Visible Image

Welcome Back!

Here at Rachael's Handmade Designs, we love cabaret! Don't you? And pretty much anything burlesque. And I love Prima Marketing - so when I saw the Prima Moulin Rouge collection, I absolutely fell in love!

I created this fun little dance hall cabaret card with a little bit of naughty flair. :) I cut out the can can dancer from a selected piece from the Prima Marketing Moulin Rouge collection and paired it with a checkered background and the Grunge Flourish from Visible Image stamps.

I even took the Steel Plate background stamp from the Visible Image Heavy Metal set and stamped in white over a flower embellishment.  This is a new technique I've tried, and I think it worked out quite well.

Next I paired the checkered paper with a crimson and glued. I selected some hardware from my Tim Holtz collections and added them to the card, adding some red jewels to the card as well to match the red background.

I used a label-maker to write the word 'dance' and stuck it to the card. How fun! What do you think? Have you ever tried stamping over embellishments?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sassy Steampunk with Kenny K


I hope everyone enjoyed their three-day weekend and celebrated the veterans in their life.

Today's post for Rachael's Handmade Designs is featuring the fab Kenny K! I love Kenny's creations, he definitely has his own style and a broad range of images to choose from.

Here is what I created:

And here was my inspiration!

What do YOU think?

 Look for this card and lighter combo gift set on my ebay site soon!


Sacred Heart & Mi Amor Rockabilly Greeting

Today I'm bringing you a newly designed card using Sacred Heart and the heart icon from Mi Amor.

To create this card I first selected the images that I wanted to use.  I wanted to use my new stamp set, Sacred Heart and a small rose from the Mi Amor set from Bombshell Stamps.


I then selected my color palette and then my printed papers.

I stamped the main heart image from Sacred Heart twice onto blank white card stock. I colored the heart and fire of one heart and the bramble vine of the other. I then cut out the vine of the second and glued it down to the first stamped and colored image. I then cut out the entire image.

I stamped, colored and cut out the wings from the same set.

On a strip of red card stock I stamped the small red rose from Mi Amor as a background stamp.

I used my Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Small (using the largest oval) and cut out and embossed an oval of white card stock.

I sized my black base paper, the black and white checkered paper and the red strip.  I distressed each piece of paper (except the white oval) with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen first and then Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.  I then glued the black card base down to a white card base.

I popped the checkered paper off of the black base.

I glued down the wings I had colored and cut out down to the classic oval I had cut out previously.  I then popped off the flaming heart image of the background and adhered it to the wings. I then glued down the oval to the card base.

I finished off this card with three half pearls in the far right corner.

I hope you enjoyed this project and it inspires you!


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