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Winter Wonderland

Hi everyone!  This will be my last post as a member of the Basically Bare Design Team.  It’s been a great three years, but I’ve decided to resign.  For my final post as a designer here, I have created a wintery tag for you.  It’s nice and cold outside and I thought my tag should reflect the weather (well, it doesn’t snow where I live, but one can dream).

I used a watercolor tag from Basically Bare’s Scalloped Tag set,

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  1. Spray the tag with Art Anthology Siesta Key then set it aside to dry.
  2. Tear scraps of copy paper into pieces that resemble mounds of snow.
  3. Emboss with Stampendous Chunky White embossing powder.  Set aside.
  4. Die cut three trees from the and spray or paint them with dark green.  Add embossing powder to tips of trees and emboss with more Chunky White powder to simulate slow.
  5. Lay out the embossed pieces of paper and your trees so they look to be sticking up out of the snow,  Carefully glue everything down.
  6. Stamps Winter Wonderland at the top of the tag in black Versafine ink.

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Until later…………….

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Scalloped Tag Set
Art Anthology Siesta Key
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Pine Tree & Holly Set
Technique Junkies Winter Wonderland Sayings Set of 3
Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Powder

Whimsical Christmas Tree

Good morning everyone!  I’ve got a new art journal page for you today, created using Basically Bare’s 5×7 Artful Journal.  The watercolor pages are nice and thick and colors do not bleed through to the other side.  I actually saturated this page with color.

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  1. Stamp the stars using embossing liquid and then emboss with silver powder.
  2. Spray Ink Spot (by Art Anthology) or another dark ink onto your page, blotting and drying until you’ve reached the depth of color you are going for.
  3. Stamp your tree with Versafine ink onto a piece of paper, emboss with clear embossing powder, and cut out, leaving a wide margin.  I painted mine with Art Anthology Ferrari and Parakeet Sorbet.  I embossed the star with silver embossing powder.
  4. Add a trunk cut from a piece of paper and color with a dark brown paint.
  5. Die cut holly and snowflakes from cardstock.  I painted the holly leaves and then embossed with clear powder.  The snowflakes were embossed with silver powder.
  6. Stamp Merry Christmas in black ink and then emboss with green embossing powder.  Adhere everything to the page.
  7. I outlined Merry Christmas with a white pen.  I had also outlined the tree with a red paint pen but went back over it with a white pen.  Next I outlined the holly leaves and snowflakes with a black Micron pen.
  8. Finally, outline the page with a red paint pen.

You are done!

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Until later………………

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare 5 x 7 Arful Binder
Art Anthology Ink Spot Colorations
Art Anthology Ferrari and Parakeet Sorbet
Technique Junkies Star Power and Merry Christmas 2 stamps
Sizzix Movers and Shapers Mini Pine Tree & Holly Set and Mini Snowflakes Set
Clear Embossing Powder
Silver Embossing Powder
Red Sharpie Paint Pen
Micron 03 Black Pen
White Pen

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Fall Artful Binder Page

Good morning everyone!  Today I created a page using the 6×6 Artful Binder 6×6 Watercolor Expansion Pack.  I use my 6×6 Artful Binder as an art journal; it’s so easy to remove the pages to work on.

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First, I misted my watercolor paper with water then sprayed Barbie, Salmon, Granny Smith, and Siesta Key Colorations on to get my background started.  I then stenciled some squares using one of the Off the Grid Layered Stencils and then stenciled some Chevrons using Bronze Metal Effects through the Tick Tock stencil.

I die cut the Tree of Life from Tattered Lace, sprayed it with Salted Caramel, French Toast, and Juicy Colorations and glued it down.  The leaf was something I had laying around on my desk.  I then stamped FALL using the Almano stamp set from Technique Junkies,

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A couple of closeups of my page.

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It’s now been placed in my 6×6 Artful Binder.

Hope you enjoy this today and can get an idea how versatile our Artful Binders and the Expansion Packs can be.

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Until later………………

Supplies Used
Basically Bare:  6×6 Artful Binder, 6×6 Watercolor Expansion Pack
Art Anthology:  Barbie, Salmon, Granny Smith, Siesta Key, Salted Caramel, Fench Toast, and Juicy Colorations; Gold and Bronze Metal Effects
Tatttered Lace:  Tree of Life die
Technique Junkies:  Alnamo Stamp Set

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Words and Pictures Tags

Good morning everyone!  I’ve got a couple of tags I made with the Basically Bare Scalloped Tag Set.

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For this one, I gesso’d a cardboard tag and then coated it with Art Anthology Chocolate Sorbet.  I then added my picture and ran twine all around the edges.  Next, I cut out “You Can Do This”, sprayed it with Salted Caramel and used my Xyron to adhere it to the tag.  I then added faux stitching around the image with a black Sharpie, glued on a cowboy hat charge and a few doo-dads I had laying around and it’s done!

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For this tag (which we carry but isn’t currently in the shop), I used one made from watercolor paper.  I misted water over the tag, sprayed with Barbie and Grass and dried.  Next I added the image and the words.  I cut a piece of Diamond Wrap (available in floral supply stores) and used it to edge the tag.  Finally I added faux stitching around the edges with my black Sharpie and tied on some fiber.

Two quick and easy tags that I absolutely love (the top one is in my office at work).

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare:  Scalloped Tag Set; Mixed Tag Set
Art Anthology:  Salted Caramel, Barbie, Grass Colorations; Chocolate Sorbet
Diamond Wrap
Collage Sheet Images

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Wicked Journal Page

Good morning everyone!  I was in the Halloween mood and decided to create an Art Journal page using the Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal.

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The background was created using Art Anthology Juice and Raider Colorations and the Art Anthology Meridian stencil.  I then stamped several Viva Las VegaStamps stamps in the background.

I then die cut the ghosts using the Sizzix Bigz die, inked them with Walnut Ink, and placed them where it looked like they were coming out of the tree.  I then cut several bats with the Movers & Shapers Tiny Bat die and the Bigz Hocus Pocus die (hat also).  The “wicked” is cut using the Thinlits Halloween words script.

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare 6×9 Art Journal
Art Anthology Colorations
Sizzix Bigz Die:  Hocus Pocus, Ghosts
Sizzix Movers & Shapers: Tiny Bat
Sizzix Thinlits: Halloween Script

Until later…………………….

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You Are Here

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share a journal page I created with the Basically Bare 6×9 Artful Journal.  It’s made of high quality watercolor paper and is a wonderful surface on which to create.

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As you can see, I added layers and layers of Art Anthology Colorations and paints, lots of stamping, washi tape, and embellishments.  I started out by laying down several different colors of spray, drying in between applications.   I then did a little stenciling with Art Anthology’s Cracked stencil and Tuxedo Velvet.

Before adding my stamped images, I smeared on a little gesso where I would be stamping in order to lighten things up and then stamped and colored my images.  I also added a little background stamping as I like lots of layers.  I wanted a sort of frame for the page so I used two strips of different washi tape up the side and then triangles laid sideways.  This gives a two-sided frame to the page.  Lastly I added my flower in the bottom right and outlined the lizard with a white gel pen.

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare 6×9 Artful Journal
Art Anthology Colorations, Cracked Stencil, Tuxedo Velvet
Viva Las VegaStamps
Stampotique Design Cube
Washi Tape
White Gel Pen
Miscellaneous Embellishments

Until later…………………

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Beware! Mixed Media Card

Good morning everyone!  Our Mixed Media Cards work great with the Project Life system, but they can also stand on their own.  Today I created a little Halloween card using one of the chipboard Mixed Media Cards.  You can add this as an accent to your Project Life Halloween spread or do what I did and stand it on an easel by itself.

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First paint your chipboard card with a layer of gesso.  Next stencil on your Haunted House with Art Anthology Black Leather Jacket Sorbet and dry. Stamp “Beware” with a black pigment ink and emboss it with clear embossing powder.  You can barely see Happy Halloween which I stamped right under the house in black pigment ink.  Now paint a bat and cat with the same Black Leather Sorbet and a fence with Art Anthology Kona and Ash Velvet, smudging to age the fence.  My trees are paper from an old Jolee Halloween set and the pumpkin is a sticker I had.  Once everything is glued down, add a layer of dried moss at the bottom so your fence, trees, and pumpkin look like they are setting on something and not floating in  air.  Ink around the edges with any black ink (I used India Ink).  Want to make the cat look scary?  Add 1mm flat back rhinestones for eyes!

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Mixed Media Card Set:  Chipboard
Art Anthology Sorbet and Velvet
Bat, cat, and Fence cutouts
Pumpkin sticker

Introducing the Two New Members of the Design Team!

Good morning everyone.  We here at Basically Bare are extremely excited to welcome two new members to the team.  So here they are along with a little about themselves.

Sue C

Hi!  I am Suzanne Czosek.  I live in the midwest in the U.S.  The summers are hot and the winters are very cold.  I have a family of 3 kids, two puppies and a wonderful hubby.  I have a great love of creating art using all kinds of mediums.  I can usually be found in my craft room early in the morning creating something with my inks, paints, stamps on all types of surfaces.  My style ranges from CAS to mixed media, vintage, and graphic designs.


Hi my name is Jeanne, also known as Jeannie In A Bottle. I am married and have 4 wonderful children, 2 of whom are already off on their own and 2 who are in high school. I am also a grandmother to an adorable 2 year old.   I have been crafting for a little over a year. I quickly discovered that my style of crafting was vintage/grunge. But as I like to challenge myself to other types of crafting I am very open minded and a quick learner when it comes to mixed media, shabby chic, etc. I love to alter items, mini albums, paper scrapbooking. I also have done a few Ustream classes, I will hopefully be doing more in the near future. I hope you are inspired by my creativity just as so many inspired me~

Please help me welcome this two talented ladies to the team!



Basically Bare is Holding a Design Team Call!

Basically Bare is a manufacturer of mixed-media albums and embellishments for the scrapbooking and paper crafting industry and has been in business since 2011.

We are looking for a couple of designers to add to our team.  Design team terms last for six months.

You will be showcasing the Basically Bare embellishments and albums in scrapbooking layouts, cards, mixed media, and other paper crafting or home décor projects. Each design team member is responsible for 3-4 projects per month.  All types and styles of artists are encouraged to apply.

Each team member is responsible for creating three to four blog posts per month on the Basically Bare blog showcasing the projects they make during that month. In addition, design team members are required to help promote Basically Bare via their own blog/website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or other social media outlets.

Each designer will also be responsible for creating two to three samples for the Basically Bare booth during CHA Summer or Winter, depending on the time of their term.

Members need to be strong in the area of social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We also welcome all applicants with video/live streaming backgrounds.

Design team members can expect ample Basically Bare product to complete their assigned projects for each month, including access to brand new and unreleased product prior to CHA. We hold blog swaps with several other manufacturers throughout each design team term, and each design team member will receive materials and product from these manufacturers during their term. Basically Bare designers will also have the opportunity to join us at CHA and appear in the Basically Bare booth as a Basically Bare ambassador!  There, you will meet thousands of fellow crafters and scrapbookers, mingle and network with others in the paper crafting industry, as well as help out with our workshops, demos and make ‘n takes.

To apply, please send an email containing the following to Basically Bare Design Team Coordinator Marilyn Hughes at

The subject of the email should read: “(Your Name) DT Application”. An example of an application for the team is “Jane Doe DT Application”. The body of the email should include:

1. Your name, address, phone number, and email address.
2. Links to your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media outlets you belong to.
3. In 50 words or less, tell us why you think you’d be a good fit for our design team.
4. Photos of six to ten projects that you feel show how well you will fit within the team. Projects using Basically Bare products are appreciated but not required.

Currently, we are accepting only applications from the United States.

The current term runs from October 1st – March 31st.

The length of this call is two weeks.  At that time, all applications will be reviewed by the Design Team Coordinator and the owner of Basically Bare.

Please send any questions to

Application deadline is midnight CST September 13th.

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Trio of Tags

Good morning everyone.  Today I wanted to share three tags I made using Basically Bare’s Scalloped Tags.  I made one from canvas, one from chipboard, and one from acrylic.

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First up is the once I made from the Canvas Scalloped Tag.  I sprayed the background with Art Anthology Colorations in Heart, Grass, and Waimea Bay and when dry, stamped the background with Stampotique’s French Journal stamp.  I then stamped Unity’s The Little Things in rose ink, cut out, and adhered to the tag.  Next I arranged some Petaloo flowers down the right side.  To finish, I sprayed with Art Anthology Sterling Fairy Dust.

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The second tag was made using the white side of the chipboard tag.  I layed a stencil down and inked the background with black archival ink.  Next I stamped Unity’s You Witch stamp onto a piece of paper and fussy-cut out.  The hat was painted with a mixture of Art Anthology Heart mixed with SIlk Tie, Juicy mixed with Silk Tie, and Grass mixed with Silk Tie Colorations.  I inked the edges of the sentiment with black archival ink.  The entire thing was then sprayed with Art Anthology Sterling Fairy Dust.

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And for the third card, I chose an Acrylic Scalloped Tag.  I stamped Unity’s Cuckoo Clocks with black Stazon ink and carefully dried with a heat gun.  I then pained the clock with Art Anthology Desire, Lemon Tart, FIgi, Tuxedo, Tango, and Kona Velvet.

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Basically Bare Scalloped Tag Set
Art Anthology Velvet – various
Art Anthology Colorations – various
Unity Stamps – Cuckoo Clocks, The Little Things, You Witch
Stampotique Stamps – French Journal Page

Until later………..