27 November 2013

Bombshell Blog Hop- November!

Hello everyone!
Hard to believe another month is almost at it's end and it's so close to Christmas now!
With the end of the month comes the Bombshell Hump Day Blog Hop and here is Alison with this month's theme for your inspiration!

This month's theme is Water World. So I want you to incorporate water or water loving elements into your projects this month! There are so many sets that you can use for this such as Homeward Bound, A Pirate's Life, Mermaid Treasure, Mermaid Anchor, Ahoy Sailor, Lotus Garden, Koi Tattoo and our Hawaiian themed stamps.

I'd love to be able to paint with watercolours so this is my version of it!

I stamped Koi Tattoo onto some Ranger Water Color cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with Wow! Platinum embossing powder which has a beautiful silky look with a hint of gold to the deep silver.
I took a thick paint brush and covered the watercolour card with water so it sat on the surface and quickly applied splodges of Tim Holtz Distress Stains, I used Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick and Seedless Preserve. 
I splodged the Distress Stains onto the wet cardstock and allowed them to wick out and go where they wanted- I liked the way they mixed and flowed.
When I was happy with the look of the Koi I used some kitchen roll to soak up the excess water then left the piece to dry.

It was a bit scary leaving things to chance but it was also fun to see the colours develop!

Now hop to the next Bombshell to see her cool project!
Leave some love on each blog and you will increase your chance to win your own Bombshell Stamps- or why not play along and show us your Water World inspired Bombshell project?

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Glittery Katie YOU ARE HERE!!!

Happy Crafting!
GlitteryKatie XXXXxx

25 November 2013

Muse Monday, November - Indian Princess

This month we are featuring the wonderful Indian Princess Bombshell Stamp set which is available in traditional rubber AND if you can't wait it's also available in digital form to download!

I decided on an autumn palette for my card as it IS November AND it's Thanksgiving this week in the U.S!

Spectrum Noir pens used:
Skin TN5, TN6, TN8
Hair EB2, EB6, EB8
Headband OR1, OR3, CR11 GB2, GB3, GB6
Jewellery GT1, GT2, GT3 GB2,GB6, GB9
Feathers TN2, TN3, TN4
Bakers Twine
QuicKutz leaf dies various
Patterned papers Cosmo Cricket and KaiserCraft
Gold Glimmer Spray

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating this week!

15 November 2013

My Friday Tutorial!

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!

2 November 2013

Bombshell Wacky Holidays- November

This month we are celebrating Day of the Dead (SpanishDía de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where the day is a bank holiday. The celebration takes place on November 1 and 2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.   
A common symbol of the holiday is the skull (in Spanish calavera), which celebrants represent in masks, called calacas (colloquial term for skeleton), and foods such as sugar or chocolate skulls, which are inscribed with the name of the recipient on the forehead. Sugar skulls as gifts can be given to both the living and the dead. Other holiday foods include pan de muerto, a sweet egg bread made in various shapes from plain rounds to skulls and rabbits, often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones.
I chose to use another tag and Madonna Woodcut Bombshell Stamps

The tag was swirled into various Distress Inks and when dry I added texture paste through a stencil. I sprayed some Glimmer Mist on the tag to add a gold sheen.
I coloured Madonna Woodcut and flowers with Spectrum Noir pens: GT1, GT2, GT3; OR1, OR2, CR11; JG1, JG5, JG7; GB1, GB5, GB9

Happy Crafting!
GlitteryKatie xxx

1 November 2013

Bombshell Birthday Hop!

Today is the Birthday of Bombshell Stamps Owner and creator, the gorgeous Shannon Lucier!
It is thanks to Shannon's awesome stamps that I discovered a passion for card making and through Shannon's kindness and encouragement that I became a part of the Bombshell Design Team back in June 2009!
I am grateful to Shannon for her stamps and the friendships I have made with so many wonderful members of the Bombshell Design team!
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHANNON- have a wonderful day filled with loads of love and glitter from me!!

I have used Alter Skulls and Banner Sayings both of which are on SALE in the Bombshell Store!

I swirled my tag into various colours of Distress Ink and when dry I added texture paste through a stencil.
I cut a Sizzix Ornate Frame and added it to the tag.
I used Spectrum Noir pens to colour Alter Skulls stamps: LG1, LG2, LG3, LG5; GB1, GB5, GB9; BG1, BG2, BG3; OR1, OR2, OR3, CR11.
I stuck the coloured Alter Skulls onto the tag and added a Happy Birthday sentiment, I finished off the tag with a spray of Glimmer Mist in blue/green and some seam binding ribbon coloured with matching Distress inks.

Now hop along to Kelli's blog to see her Birthday project dedicated to our favourite Bombshell girl, Shannon!
Loads of love,
GlitteryKatie xxx