This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Geography Lesson Bombshell-Style!

You should have arrived here from Katie’s blog. If not, why not start the hop at the beginning?? Head on over to Kas’ blog. She’s the first leg of your geographical adventures.

School is back in session, the kids are learning their lessons...and the theme for this month’s blog hop is Geography: travel, foreign lands, or exotic colors. With me being a biker, I knew I just HAD to use one of Bombshell’s motorcycle images.

It's so much fun to travel the roads and visit new places on a motorcycle! These bike images are so great...this one that I used- from the Harley Bikes stamp set- is very similar to MY bike, however, I don’t ride a Harley...I ride a Victory Vegas (Harleys’ are over-rated!) :D Anyway...the card base is Stampin’ Up’s now-retired Brilliant Blue. I embossed the card front in the Cuttlebug using the Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder. I then cut out circles using my circle Nestabilities from SU’s retired Marigold Morning, Basic Grey red dotted DSP and a scrap of map (snitched from my dear husband’s road atlas...) The bike image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Copic markers. The sentiment is from a very old unknown motorcycle set that I’ve had for a long while...both the bike image and the sentiment are popped up using dimensionals.

Now, if you’d like to continue your geographical journey, head on over for a visit with Cheryl, one of our newest design team members. She never disappoints!!

Have a safe trip!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Maryland City SBS a.k.a FUN TIME!!!

This past Saturday I attended the Maryland City/Laurel shoebox swap hosted by the hostess with the mostest- Kathy. Oh, my, what a fun, FUN time we all had!!! A great group of ladies attended and they brought a fabulous lot of cards for us to make!!!!!

First of all, here is the card that I took to the swap. My mojo was pretty much non-existent, and of course, I waited till the last minute...I attempted and discarded 4 different designs before I finally decided on this card with less than 12 hours to go before the swap...

I used Stampin' Up's Come to Bethlehem stamp set. It's such a pretty set. The papers I used are all from SU- their new Cherry Cobbler (my NEW favorite color!), Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Jolly Holidays DSP. It's a simple card, but I like it.

Now, here are the other cards that I made at the swap:

top- Eva/ bottom- Mary B.

left- Angie/ right- Lynn
(the card on the right is not completely finished, I still need to add the sentiment to the bottom)

top- ??/ bottom- ??

left- Gloria/ right- Maranda

left- Sharon/ right- Theresa

left- Susan/ right- Rose

left- Ruth/ right- Kathi

top- Jeaneen/ bottom- Lori

top- Kathy/ bottom- Fran

top- Michelle D./ bottom- Michelle M.

left- Pam/ right- Michelle G.

top- Cindy/ bottom-Donna
I love how each and every card is so different...I think we all had a great time and we can hardly wait till the next swap!!! I'm sorry I don't know who designed the 2 cards with ??. The other ladies at the swap were Marcia and Michelle. If anyone knows who belongs to these cards, please let me know!

Friday, September 24, 2010

World Card Making Day Is Coming- October 2, 2010

World Card Making Day is on October 2, 2010. Why don't you help Bombshell Stamps celebrate the weeks leading up to it?? The design team at Bombshell Stamps will be posting challenges to get your creative juices flowing. Every couple of days, a DT member will post a fun and fabulous challenge. So far, there are 3 challenges to show your "icon" challenge, an inspiration challenge and a "bling it" challenge. Check out the Bombshell WCMD challenge thread here. Post your challenge cards to that thread. For each project that you post, you will be entered into Bombshell's monthly prize drawing AND you will receive a 25% off coupon good on any Bombshell purchase!! So, head on over to the forum to check out the challenges that have already be posted and be sure to check back to see the challenges that will be coming next week!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Bombshell Published!

Well, I FINALLY had one of my Bombshell cards published in a magazine!!! Today, I received both my subscription copy AND my comp copy of Just Cards! Volume 19.

This is the card that was published on page 102:

I love spreading the Bombshell love and I'm so happy that one of my Bombshell cards was finally published! (Sorry for the crooked scan!)

Two of my friends had cards published in this issue- Amanda had 2 cards- "Decorative Shack" on page 30 and "Happy Blessings" on page 93. Tracy had "Just for You" published on page 32. Great job, girls!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Make & Take Fun!

Amanda invited us over for a mini-stamp camp/make & take today. Getting together with the Meade Girls is ALWAYS a fun time!! We chat (about ALL sorts of things!), eat and are the projects that we made using the SU owl punch- which is now on my GOTTA HAVE list!!

This first project is a mini Mason jar (from Walmart). The circular disks are cut from Nestabilities and decorated using Amanda's new favorite patterned paper from SU. The owls are popped up on dimensionals.

We had our choice of M & Ms or "owl droppings" (aka brown dew drops) to put in the jar. I chose the owl droppings. :)

This next project is just adorable...a mini Post-It note holder. We used the owl punch to make a penguin and attached googlie eyes. SO cute!!

Here is another view of the Post-It note holder. We used a glitter pen to highlight the snowflakes which were embossed using the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Next we made this wonderful owl card. The black card is embossed using the spider web embossing folder. LOVE how the owl and moon seem to POP off the card!

This card is so precious...beautiful colors and great layout!! The sentiment says "From the Heart".

We also made these cute little luggage/craft bag tags. On the back of the tag is a place to write your name and phone number. Love the gem on the initial. These colors will match my craft bag perfectly!!

Amanda also made each of us an owl bookmark using the large paper clips, but I must have left mine at her house since it wasn't in my bag with the other projects. You'll just have to trust me that it was just as adorable as these other projects!!

Thanks, Amanda, for having us over and for providing all of these fun projects!!! It was good to see everyone again...and I finally got my meet Michelle, my cousin-by-marriage, who just moved back to the area. Can't wait for the next get-together!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch 79

Now that my mojo has returned, I decided to participate in this week's Card Patterns' Sketch 79 challenge. Here is their original sketch:

...and here is MY take on their sketch:

I made the card a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" size. The card base is Stampin' Up's Night of Navy cardstock. The patterned paper is also from Stampin' Up, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the pack, but I know that it's now retired. I ran the patterned paper through my Cuttlebug using the stars embossing folder. The image is from Bombshell Stamps's Ahoy, Sailor stamp set. I love her. The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock and colored using Copic Markers. The image is layered onto SU's Real Red and Night of Navy. 1-1/4" circles of Night of Navy were punched using the small star punch and layered onto 1-3/8" circles of Real red. All punches are from Stampin' Up. Using my Crop-o-dile, I punched holes in the center of the punched out star (well, I THOUGHT they were in the center, but looking at the card now, I see not ALL of them were! Oh, well!) I then inserted yellow star eyelets from Doodlebug, then attached them to the left side of the card and the layered image to the right side. I omited the ribbon from the original sketch. Hope you like it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September Bombshell Sketch Challenge

Well, here it is September 1st- a brand new design team and a brand new set of challenges on the Bombshell Stamps' forum. Kathi, our sketch genius, has come up with a wonderfully fun sketch for us this month. Check it out:
I don't make many long cards so this one was fun to make. Here's my take on Kathi's sketch:

I used Stampin' Up's textured Razzleberry cardstock for the base of the card. The card measures 4-1/4 x 8-1/2" so it will fit in a regular legal-sized envelope. The patterned paper is unknown. It's some I picked up in a "yard sale" at my local stamp store. Instead of making just one panel for the image, I made 3. Two are cut from SU's silver metallic cardstock and embossed in the Cuttlebug using the Diamond Plate embossing folder. The center panel is GP110 white cardstock. The motorcycle image, from Bombshell's Harley Bikes stamp set, is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using Copic Markers. The "Girl's Ruin" banner is from Bombshell's Girl's Ruin stamp set. I thought it went well with the motorcycle, afterall, a motorcycle CAN be a girl's wouldn't believe the cost of accessories for a bike! :D The skull image is from Bombshell's Speed Shop Hot Rod stamp set and is punched out using a small oval punch, layered on a scalloped oval of textured Razzleberry CS, which is layered onto a large oval of GP110 white. All punches are from Stampin' Up. The scrap of black and white dotted ribbon and the lace are from the Offray Ribbon Outlet.

I hope that you'll play along with us on this sketch challenge, as well as the other challenges on the Bombshell Stamps' forum. We can't wait to see what you come up with!!


...the new Bombshell Stamps' Design Team!!!

A new term for a revamped DT- we welcome 3 fabulous artists to the team- Cheryl, Alison, and Kelli. I am SO excited to be working with these ladies...check out their blogs!! You'll be amazed at what they do! In welcoming these ladies, unfortunately, we have to say good-bye to 3 equally talented artists- Nicole, Terra, and Erika. I guess it really isn't "good-bye" because once a Bombshell ALWAYS a Bombshell, so I know we'll still see lots of them!!

We also introduce a new set of guest designers for the next 6 months...drum roll, please...and here they are!! Meet the monthly pin-up girls:

Ms. September- Meredith
Ms. October- Mary Ann
Ms. November- Mary H.
Ms. December- Diana
Ms. January- Alaine
Ms. February- Dawn

Check out the Bombshell Forum if you haven't already done so! There are lots of fun challenges and prizes to be won!!! Also check out Bombshell's brand new stamp sets! WOW!!

I'm off to my hide-away now, so check back soon to see what I've been up to!