Thursday, February 28, 2013

Follow Your Own Star Card -- Craftwell DT

One more day till Friday, my favorite day of the week!  Since I was part of a really fun blog hop yesterday I am posting my Craftwell design team project today.  If you didn't get to check it out yesterday on the Craftwell blog here it is! 

I had this card all finished but still could not find a sentiment that I liked.  So, I searched through some stamps I haven't gotten around to using yet (I'm not the only one that "collects" stamps right?) and this one just jumped out at me.  It's a terrific message and fits great with this card.

-eBosser by Craftwell and magnetic shim
-Embossing folder - Cheetah by Sizzix
-Colorbox Ink in Lilac
-Sizzix Stars Framelits ( 7/8"x3/4", 1 3/4"x1 5/8", 2 5/8"x2 1/2")
-Xyron 5 inch Creative Station;  permenant adhesive refill and laminate refill
-Glitzy Glitter by Stampendous
-Stamp - Follow your own star sentiment from Unity Stamp Co April 2012 Kit of the month
- pop dots and adhesive
-cardstock, black and white
- Tsukineko Memento Ink

First, I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the cheetah embossing folder.  I then lightly applied ink onto the raised areas with a lilac ink pad.  While that was drying, I cut out the stars using the platform combination - A on top, cardstock, star die facing up, magnetic shim, c plate, b plate, d plate. Then I put the stars through my Xyron using the permanent adhesive refill.  I sprinkled glitter to the sticky side of the stars and then ran them through the Xyron again, this time using the 2 sided laminate refill in the Xyron.  After the glitter stars were laminated, I cut off the excess laminate with my scissors.  I adhered the cheetah background onto a black cardstock card and then attached the stars with pop dots.  (If you find the stars aren't sticking with the pop dots, you may need to use a little glue instead).  I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock, cut it out with scissors, adhered it onto black cardstock and cut that out leaving a border and attached it to the bottom right of the card.

Have a great day!
- Kim 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop! You should have arrived here after checking out Torrey's awesome project at her blog - Left Field Studio. If not, please start at the Bombshell Stamps blog so you don't miss anything!  

Here's what Alison, our blog hop captain, had to say about this month's hop - "This month, the theme is "Some Like it HOT!" Figured after last month's "cold" theme, "hot" would be a good challenge to go with. And this will be easy, since ALL of the Bombshells (stamps and you REAL Bombshells out there) are all hotties."

I decided to create a card loosely based on the movie of the same name, "Some Like It Hot":

Sorry for the super large picture! For some reason it was really distorted when I tried to make it smaller.

I used the "Girl's Ruin" Stamp Set (Pin-Up in Shoe) and the "To The Rescue Bombshell" Digital Stamps (Some Like It Hot Text) - both by Bombshell Stamps.  The Pin-Up in Shoe stamp was stamped with Tsukineko Memento Ink and colored with Copic Markers.  The "Some Like It Hot" text was printed and then die cut with ProvoCraft Fanciful Labels Embossing Folder plus Die, the oval background is a Sizzix Oval Framelits Die and embossed with the Craftwell Regency embossing folder with the eBosser.  The black background paper is digital paper from the Ooh LaLa Collection by Jodie Lee (  The film strip is washi tape that I purchased at Michael's (I can't remember if it's by Tim Holtz or Recollections -- I know, I shouldn't be losing my memory already!)

The inside is out-lined with washi tape and has a lot of room for writing a sentiment. (or story! lol.)

I also made the right side of the inside of the card a little shorter, and added washi tape to the edge so you can kind of see through the inside of the film when it's held up toward the light.

Thanks for stopping by here and hopping with Bombshell Stamps this month. Your next stop is Emily's blog to see her super cool project. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

- Kim

Bombshell Stamps Hump Day Hop Line Up:
Bombshell Blog:
Torrey:  <-- you were here
Kim:  <--- you are here now! =)
Emily:  <-- this is your next stop!
Glittery Katie:

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Hi Everyone!
I had a productive weekend and actually got to make a few cards. Below is one of them.  The others will be on my blog later this week and next week.  =) 

The arrows are from Bombshell Stamps Indian Warrior Digital Stamp Set.  The 'No Regrets' banner is from the Bombshell Stamps Girl's Ruin Stamp Set.  I colored both of them in using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries and Seedless Preserves.  I embossed a piece of white cardstock with a Darice embossing folder in my eBosser and used the Seedless Preserves Ink on it. 

I am linking this card up to:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Use An Arrow
Ranger Blog - February Color Pallet Inspiration and Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure to stop by on Wednesday for another fun monthly Blog Hop with Bombshell Stamps!

- Kim

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hooray for Friday!

I'm excited it's time for the weekend!  Are you?

I have a tutorial up at the Bombshell Stamps Blog today. Every Friday is Fabulous Friday at their blog, with a new tutorial by a DT member.  I love seeing what techniques and projects everyone comes up with and I think you would too.  Please go check it out @ Bombshell Stamps! 

Have a great weekend!
- Kim

RetroSketches Sketch #51

Hi Everyone!

This card was made using Bombshell Stamps Girl's Ruin Stamp Set and RetroSketches Sketch #51.

I used cardstock by Bazzill and Echo Park, bling from Queen & Co, Sizzix Circle Framelits Die with the eBosser, Bombshell Stamps Girl's Ruin Stamp Set, Tsukineko Memento Ink and Copic Markers.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
RetroSketches #51
SDC88 - Use Text
CraftyBloggersNetwork Challenge 8
Lady Anne's Challenges - 2nd Challenge
Stamp N Doodle Challenge 20th Feb
Crafting By Designs Anything Goes Challenge
Crafting For All Seasons #46 Dies and Punches

Thanks for looking!
 - Kim

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wish Necklace - Craftwell DT Project

Hi Everyone! 

One of my past projects was a Cherry Blossom necklace using metal charms and Vintaj Embossing Dies/Folders.  There were also two really amazing projects on the Craftwell Blog using metal and the eBosser.  Caroline used Mocha 40 gauge metal by Ten Seconds Studio to make a really awesome tag.  And Debi used soda cans to make a really cool hair embellishment.   After seeing their two projects, I got up the courage to test out the metal charm blanks in a regular plastic embossing folder.  I've never done it before and I wasn't quite sure it would work.  First, I prayed to the craft gods that I wouldn't somehow harm my eBosser or the embossing folder.  Then, I tested it out on an embossing folder that I wouldn't cry about if I ruined, and it worked really well.  Awesome!!!  So, after that test run, I took out one of my favorite Craftwell Embossing Folders called Whimsical Wishes and embossed some beautiful charms that I made into a necklace.

The platform combination for this is the same as a regular embossing folder.  A plate on top, then embossing folder with the charm blanks inside, C plate, D plate on bottom.  The metal charms you use should be 24gauge thick. 

-eBosser by Craftwell
-embossing folder: Whimsical Wishes by Craftwell (letter size)
-Metal Charm Blanks: 1 - 34mm round (24gauge) and 3 small round circles (24gauge) by Vintaj
-Vintaj Patina in Verdigris
-Chain in antique brass
-jump rings
-2 seed beads
-jewelry pliers - flat nose/needle nose; wire cutters to cut chain
-paint brush
-non stick craft surface (for painting on)
-disposable gloves
- safety glasses
- Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block

First, I placed the charms in the embossing folder on the parts that I wanted to emboss.  I placed the embossing folder in the platform stack ( A plate on top, then embossing folder with the charm blanks inside, C plate, D plate on bottom.) and embossed it in the eBosser.  The metal charms did mark up my embossing folder a little bit (see pic below on left), which I was concerned about, but after running a plain piece of cardstock through the embossing folder and eBosser, the cardstock came out clean and didn't have charm imprints on it (see pic below on right).

Next I sanded the embossed charms with the Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block. 

Then I applied the Vintaj Patina in Verdigris with a paint brush, let the charms dry, and then sanded them again with the reliefing block.

Then I cut 2 pieces of chain at 8 inches, attached the clasp on an end of each one with jump rings, and then attached the bigger charm with 2 jump rings on the other end of the chain. To hang the smaller charms, I attached each one to a piece of chain with a jumpring ( 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch, and 2 1/2 inch chain lengths) and attached them to a jumpring with a seed bead in the middle to space them out. I then attached the jumpring to the back of the charm. (see below pic).

And now your necklace is complete and ready to wear!  I haven't had an issue with the patina paint coming off, but Vintaj does make a glaze that you can put on top of it.  I just haven't used it yet!  Make sure to wear safety glasses (especially when cutting chain) and gloves when painting and sanding. 

How cool is it that the eBosser can emboss metal charms with a regular embossing folder?!  I'm super excited about it.  Now, I'm thinking I may need two of each embossing folder from now on -- one for paper and one for metal.

If you have any questions please ask below. Have you tried embossing or cutting anything besides cardstock with your eBosser?

Happy Crafting! 

edited to add:
I am also linking this up to Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. This week's challenge is metal-ology!  How fun!  Click the link above if you want to play along with their challenge too.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Red and Gold

Howdy All! 

Is it really the middle of February already?  

Well, that means it's time for Bombshell Stamps Pin-Up Challenge!  Christine, February's Bombshell Stamps Pin-Up, has challenged us all to use the colors red and gold. Don't forget to link up your project on the Bombshell Stamps Blog tomorrow and onto the Pin-Up Challenge in the Bombshell Forum  for a chance to win a free set of stamps.  

Here's my card for this challenge:

I used the Bombshell Digital Stamp Set - Western Gal, red cardstock, white cardstock, a gold pigment ink pen by EK Success, Tsukineko Memento Ink, Copic markers, Herringbone Embossing folder by ProvoCraft in the eBosser by Craftwell.

- Kim

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love Card - Craftwell DT Project

Happy Wednesday!  Tomorrow is Valentine's Day!
I have really been in a card making phase lately. So I hope you all don't mind that I have another card to share! This Valentine's Day card has a few of my favorite things on it -- stamps, the colors pink and black, and embossing.
Darice Heart Embossing Folder
Dies: Sizzix Ovals Framelits (size 1 1/8 x 2 5/8 and 1 1/2 x 3 inch ovals)
cardstock: white, black, pink
Colorbox Ink - Black and Raspberry
Stamps: Bombshell Stamps Tattoo Font (Love letters); Hampton Art (Heart with Wings)
Black Pearl Bling
Scorer and Paper Trimmer
Adhesive and Pop Dots
First I cut a piece of white cardstock to 9 1/2" w by 6 1/2" h and scored it down the middle to make a 4 3/4" w by 6 1/4" tall card. I cut a piece of pink cardstock to 4" w x 5 1/2" h and embossed it with the Darice Heart Embossing Folder in my eBosser. I adhered the embossed cardstock onto the card.
  Next, I stamped 2 winged hearts in black and pink ink onto white cardstock. After the ink was dry, I cut out the 2 pink heart stamps and inked the edges. Then I fussy cut out the 2 black winged hearts with my scissors leaving some white around them. I attached the pink heart onto the black heart with a pop dot. Then I attached both winged hearts onto the embossed cardstock

  I stamped the word LOVE onto a piece of white cardstock, let it dry, and then cut it out with the smaller oval die and the eBosser. I inked the edges and let it dry while I cut out the larger oval die in black cardstock. Then I adhered the ovals together with a glue dot and onto the card with a pop dot. I also added 3 black pearl pieces of bling onto the top left of the card.
Happy Valentine's Day! Or Happy Single's Awareness (Appreciation) Day! (Whichever you celebrate!)
- Kim

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bombshell Jackpot!

Hey everyone!

As you may or may not know, every month Bombshell Stamps has a sketch challenge.  The sketch is up in the Casino in the Bombshell Stamps forum at the beginning of the month, and you have all month to play along!  Kathi makes the most fantastic sketches and she let's us change it around so we can make the sketch our own.  The only real "rule" is that you must use Bombshell Stamps.  So please feel free to play along with us each month!  Upload your sketch to the Bombshell blog post and forum for your chance to win a free Bombshell Stamp set!

Here is the sketch for February:

Here's my take on the sketch:
When I first saw this sketch, for some odd reason, I thought - slot machine.  So I flipped the sketch and went with a card reminiscent of a slot machine.  And since it's the Bombshell Casino, of course it's a Girl's Ruin Slot Machine! 
I used the Girl's Ruin, Tiki Party, and Cherry Bomb Sets all by Bombshell Stamps. I stamped them in Tsukineko Memento ink and colored them with my Copics.  The font was typed and printed out with my printer. It's the 7 Segmental Digital Display by Ash Pikachu Font which is a free download at  The black background was embossed with the Regency Embossing Folder by Craftwell in the eBosser.
Thanks for taking a look at my interpretation of the February sketch.  Don't forget to upload one of your cards at the Bombshell Blog!
- Kim

eBosser and eCraft by Craftwell on HSN Today

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that the eBosser and eCraft by Craftwell will be on HSN today!  Check it out!

Have a crafty day!
- Kim

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sent with Love... - Craftwell DT

Happy February!

Valentine's Day will be here before we know it!  Have you made any cards?  Today I have an easy card to show you using the eCraft and eBosser.

In SCAL3, I created a 10 inch wide by 4.25 inch height rectangle.  I then resized a heart (from the basics shapes menu) 3.5 inches wide and centered it in the middle of the 5 inch wide section.  I selected both elements and right clicked on path and selected exclude. The image is now a rectangle with a heart cut out.  I cut this out with my eCraft in polka dot patterned paper and scored the 10 inches width down the middle (at 5 inches).   I re-sized a rectangle to 4 inches wide by 3.75 inches height and cut out 2 of them with my eCraft in red cardstock.

Using my eBosser, I embossed one of the rectangles with a Birds and Swirls embossing folder by ProvoCraft. I adhered it inside the left hand side of the card with the embossed birds/swirls showing through the heart cut out.  I adhered the second rectangle to the right hand side of the card and attached a 'PS I Love You" sticker.  On the front of the card I added a few stickers attached with pop dots. (To make them un-sticky, I attached them onto cardstock, cut out the sticker, and then attached the pop dot to the back).  The patterned cardstock and stickers are from Echo Park's Yours Truly Collection, and the red cardstock is by Recollections (Michael's). 

Happy Valentine's Day Craftin'!
- Kim