Category Archives: Embellishments

Christmas Village

Hi!  Suzz here.

How about a Christmas Village you can use for Place Settings, Gift Card Holders or just adorable Candy Treats?


I started with two sets of the  Basically Bare – Happy Little Houses:

and the Mixed Media Card Set:

which I assemble together using the Paperie Binderie:

which looked like this:


All of these items are available in the Basically Bare Retail Shop.


Vintage Deer, Bottle Trees, Jolee Stickers, October Afternoon, Authentique

I used the die cuts as templates to cut out different pattern papers to decorate the houses.  I attached the papers to the house and sponged with a touch of white paint.  I cut sides from the mixed media cards as well as my bases to my houses.  I used hot glue to attach the houses to the base.


October Afternoon, Authentique, Jolees Stickers, Idea-ology Seasonal Chit Chat, Tim Holtz trim

I added hot glue mixed with crystal glitter to the base.  I added embossing paste for snow on the roof and door frames.  I sprinkled that with glitter as well to give it a shimmer.


Authentique, October Afternoon – Make it Merry, Washi Tape

I had previously misted tissue paper with snowflakes and used that for stuffing in the center of the gift box.


October Afternoon, Washi tap

Now I have four gift card holders and candy treat containers for last-minute gifts.  These easily could be hung on the tree as well with a few hole punches in the roof and some glittery twine.

Happy Holidays!



Mixed Media Junk Journal

Hi crafty friends! I wanted to make something that wasn’t Xmas themed even though it is coming up. I like to be different ! Anyhow, I have been wanting to do a Junk Journal using the Timeless Tab Album from Basically Bare Online Shop


I first took it apart and papered some of the pages from the album, I also used the inserts from the Prima Mixed Media 7×9 Album. Which includes paper tags, plain canvas sheets, watercolor papers, resist canvas sheets, plastic sleeves, double sided card stock, photo insert sheets. I also added some double sided designer folders from a Heidi Swap pkg I had in my stash. I left it blank because this will be going to a friend for Xmas. I will post a video link once I upload it , it will contain the rest of the pages that aren’t pictured here. I didn’t want this blog to be too long. The papers that I used were some of my favorite from The Paper Studio, Haberdashery & Kellerkurtz&Company . 


In the above photo collage are some of the pages from my album. I also used one of the adorable frames from Basically Bare called Fanciful Frames  , I used one of the chipboard ones that I embossed in Black embossing powder. I loved how it looked on the front cover page. I added a tiny doily with a ivory flat back pearl to accent the frame. I hot glued it on, after I had already glued some wide vintage lace and a beautiful vintage appliqué . I will be posting a link to my video that shows a more extensive look at this journal . I hope you like it and will order your self this or other selections of albums from the Basically Bare Online Store




On Angel Wings and Hearts

Hi!  Suzz here.

Christmas preparations are well  under way in our house.  I am busy getting prepared with decorations, presents and baking.


Basically Bare – Hearts Dies, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Doily, Wendy Vecchi – Gold Embossing Paste, Twine, Button, Heidi Swapp – Color Shine – Pink

I was looking at the charming canvas hearts from the Hearts Die Cuts and thought how sweet it would be to create ornaments using two of them sewn together.


Basically Bare – Heart Dies

I started with the Basically Bare – Die Cut Hearts and stenciled on gold embossing paste with a doily pattern.  I let that dry and then sprayed the canvas with a mist.  After it was done the mist was darker than I wanted so I added a hint of white acrylic paint over the surface to lighten the background color.  I let that dry and then hand stitched the edges to add an additional rustic feel.

You will need a heavier needle to stitch the canvas.  If I had a machine and knew how to use it I would have used it to stitch the edges!


Basically Bare – Dress Form Die Cuts, Memory Box – Dream Stamp, Ranger Archival Ink – Black, Idea-Ology – Gold Shimmery Paper, Lace, Ranger Distress Stain Spray – Tarnished Brass, Paper Flowers, Stampendous Gold Glitter

For my second ornament I used the Basically Bare – Dress Form Die Cut and the Basically Bare – Angel Wings.






I stained the lace with a gold mist.  I painted the dress form and stamped over the painted form with a text stamp.  I then created a Christmas outfit with a touch of holly.  I punched a hole in the top and tied on a piece of twine.

I am happy that I have three ornaments which can be attached to gifts and the recipient can hang them on their tree after they open their gifts.

All the product is available for retail purchase in the Basically Bare Online Store.


Happy Thanksgiving

Amanda here

Today on this Grateful Holiday I get to share a banner made from our wonderful embellishment line.

you will need:

Large Pennant Embellishments,paper,ribbon, adhesive, and some fun brads,random letters

these need not match ..I just happened to have this many that did “P I used a 1-1/2″ & 1-1/4” circle punch with glue dots to raise letters.

Cover your embellishment pieces with your patterned paper then double layer with the canvas and felt embellishment pieces. This really give this sweet, little banner dimensional pop!


IMG_6975_edited-1IMG_6976_edited-1 Come visit me at the above link for more fun details on this FUN banner!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Starry Starry Night

Hi!  Suzz here.

I have been wanting to create a journal to use for colors and capturing ideas, techniques or color combinations to use at a later time.

The Artful Journal – 6″ x 9″ is the perfect size to carry along with me when I am out and about and fits nicely anywhere when I want to jot down an idea, sketch something or just create a page.


Which started looking like this:

6″x9″ Artful Journal

I decided to use one of the pages and apply it to the cover.   I took one of the pages from inside the journal and inked it up with a mix of colors.  They all look very monochromatic when done but I actually started with this mix of colors:


I was inking up some color combinations on my journal page and this one was a lovely blend of colors and I decided to smear them onto my craft mat add a bit of water.

I laid the journal page in the inky mix and pulled it up.  I then heat dried it with my heat gun.  I repeated this about 10 times.  This gives the lovely water marks and spots with different shades of color.

Once I had my pretty golden background with all the lovely splotches I decided I needed a sentiment and there is this lovely one from Impression Obsession, that I have had for awhile that hadn’t seen ink yet.  I stamped it in the center of the page using black water resistant ink.

Next I wanted some stars for my golden background and I knew I had some beautiful ones from the Celestial Shapes Die Cuts.

Celestial Shapes

I used the Acetate stars to accent my cover.


I used alcohol inks and blending solution.  3 drops of rust and caramel alcohol ink and 3 drops of alcohol blending solution.  Dabbed onto the surface to add the color.  Usually I wait a minute and let the first coat dry on the star and then repeat with the same inky applicator without re-applying any ink.  This gives a nice splotchy effect on the acetate.

I also used gold embossing paste and the Memory Box star stencil to add a smattering of golden stars and circles across the background.

After that dried I stamped script (Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp) using Tsukineko Delicata Gold Glitz ink to stamp that script on the stars and the background randomly.  This ink needs extra drying time or to be heat set. be careful with your acetate as it will curl up if it is heated too much.  I let those dry naturally.

I then colored white twine with the gold ink and added a hint of the gold on the binder rings.  I heat set the gold on the binder rings as that surface would not hold the ink without being dried. When I was finished with my page I adhered it to the cover.

I wanted to mention I loved how the paper in the journal took the colors from the die inks.  Here is a another page of the journal which I used to put together a fun bright color palette:


Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Tuxedo Black

Remember you can purchase the journal and the celestial shapes in the Basically Bare on-line store.

I love how the paper enriches the colors.  I am looking forward to putting more ideas and colors into my new art journal!


My Journey Journal Page #4

Good Morning!

Amanda HERE  , Today I am bringing what will be my final show for the large

8 1/2 x  11″ Artful Binder 

This has been a fun project and the truth is we could go on and on. We have so many wonderful refills in so many wonderful textures. I hope maybe you will share with us what you have done with your artful binder “)

My Journal pg 4 My Journal pg 4-1This last page includes pockets full of messages written on chalk board paper with a chalkboard pen.  I also added the canvas hearts from our amazing embellishment line!


Elegant yet Vintage Tag & Easel Set

Hi my crafty friends! Today I want to share with you this tag and easel combo set I created! I of course used one of my favorite paper collections, some beautiful laces, a little bit of Bling, & of course some wonderful products from Basically Bare!!  I will get started showing most of my process! Enjoy!!


  • I first began by altering one of the adorable Prima Julie Nutting Tags, its size is 3.5 x 8.5 but I trimmed it just a tad. I then chose my papers which are two different paper collections but are yet similar. They are both from the Paper Studio, “Haberdashery ” & “Kellerkurtz&Company “, like I said they have similar papers the only difference is the Haberdashery is a Kraft paper and the Kellerkurtz&Company is a very thin design paper. I chose which one I wanted to adhere on my tag, I used my Scotch ATG to adhere both front and back of the tag. I then used some Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink ” Black Soot” to distress all of the edges of my tag. I then chose the smallest the dress forms  from Basically Bare which they do come in all sizes and different materials. Dress Forms  image
  • With this I applied some mod podge and adhered some vintage book papers that I had. I applied the same distress inks around the dress form then I had a small corset clipboard die cut that a friend of mine had gifted me so I embossed it using the Lindy’s embossing powder in ” Midnight Pewter”. As I let that cool off I chose some beautiful laces from my stash. A black embroidered ruffle trim. & a Pearl light caramel colored Venice lace that has a beautiful design on it. I used Beacon Fabri-tac to adhere the laces. I applied the embossed corset then added a little bit of BLING to the center belt line of the corset then a small strand of pearls with lace as a necklace. I stamped on some images/ sentiments using a Spanish themed stamp set that I have called “Dilo En Espanol- Hecho Con Amor” ( Say It In Spanish- Made with Love) By: www. Retro I then applied some Ranger Stickles in Gold around the stamped images. Last I tied some Black/ Gold seam binding on top of my tag. *Note: I also made a box from the Haberdashery Kraft paper using my scoreboard. I will be doing a tutorial on it. Will post here when I do. **image
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  • After making this I decided to make a little something extra so I decided on the  Basically Bare Pre Assembled Album (Easel) image
  • I began by taking it apart from the cinch binder it comes with. I prefer doing this to adhere my papers to give it a neater, clean look I guess you can say. I don’t own a Cinch Binder or Zutter so I just holes of the paper with my Crop-A-Dile. it works great! Ok back to my project! I then traced all of the chipboard sheets that’s come in different sizes on to different design papers from The Paper Studio “Kellerkurtz&Company ” as I had mentioned before I decided to use the same papers on this as well. I used the Prima Distresser  and the Ranger Distresser on all the edges and then once adhered to the chipboard I used The Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in ” Vintage Photo” & ” Black Soot” in the edges. image
  • After all the papers where adhered using my ATG, I began making some pockets with some wide laces so that I could use some small tags that I had cut out from the same paper line. I distressed the edges on them too using ” “Vintage Photo” . Once the laces dried from using Fabri-tac, I began to embellish using a variety of small cabachons, a few more of those embossed chipboard die cuts my friend Amy Love had gifted me for my bday this past May. I also used a beautiful pink sequined appliqué on the last page. Along with other small embellishments. I did leave some of the pages blank with no pocket to be used as a photo mat. I just added a small embellishment on those. I did however use a couple of different die cuts from Basically Bare!! I used Wings & Hearts
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  • I Used the small chipboard heart, I embossed it using Lindy’s Embossing Powder ” Hibiscus Rose Orange”  & the smallest of the chipboard wings in ” Midnight Pewter ” They look GREAT!!
  • I apologize that this post was so long but I would love it if you got some inspiration and / or ideas out of it!! I love love all the products that I have been so blessed to play with from Basically Bare!! I promise u will love them just as much as me or even more!! So click HERE and take a look at all their wonderful products!! I hope u all have a safe a Happy Halloween!! Peace, Love, & many hugs!! ?
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Home Sweet Home – Part II

Hi!  Suzz here.  I am back to share the other side of my album today.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI started with the fun Rowdy Roadster album and used papers, paints, stamps and embellishments to decorate it celebrating family and home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI covered the tag with pattern paper and layered in a doily with a photo of a family.  I added a few embellishments of flowers, brads and tissue tape.

The album opened up which showcases the next page which is acetate.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI painted the acetate with acrylic paints.  I painted, smeared and wiped off coats of paint and then splattered more paint over the top.


I stamped a flourish using paint on this side and you can see the sentiment peeking through from the other side.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next page is covered in pattern paper and has a hand painted heart.  The keyhole and key were stamped over the painted heart with a chain added to the key for an embellishment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you flip the page you now get to the fun envelope to store mementos.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe envelope was accented with tissue tape and another tag cut from pattern paper.  The butterfly was stamped and colored on the tag.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA few touches of lace trim were added and the word Home was stamped onto the tag.


The next page is the half circle which is covered in pattern paper.  The image and sentiment were stamped and a flourish added with a hint of embossing paste.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you flip the page you are back to the beginning with the acetate house that started the whole Home Sweet Home theme.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe heart and house were aligned to the front cover.  The mini house is from the Happy Little Houses embellishments.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell I hope you enjoyed seeing the reverse side of the album!

Products: Basically Bare Rowdy Roadster Album, Happy Little Houses, Darkroom Door – Home Sweet Home, Prima Flowers, Darkroom Door Montage – Love Letters, Darkroom Door – Eclectic Key, Artistic Outpost – The Outpost, Darkroom Door – Harriet and Henry, Idea-Ology – Remnant Rub-On, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Idea-Ology Tissue Tape

Don’t forget that you can purchase the album and  Happy Little Houses at the store found here.

Til next time..


My Basically Bare Journey pg 3

Hello Again!!

Wow we are already at #3 and I can not wait to show you.

Again I hope whatever size you have chosen of our Artful Binders that you find my designs easy to adjust to your book.

Journal pg 3

The Basically Bare tags along with random bingo cards are adhered in steps so as to add notes pictures whatever you feel as long as there is creative expression”) please click on picture to see closer view. My camera is a unhappy guy lately and the doc is out of town”(

You can find our wonderful tags as well as the Artful Binder 8 1/2x 11 refill pages here.

I have found this paper in polka dots just about everywhere and I love it!  As always please come see me over at the link below.

Amanda Phillips here,

Page #2

My Journal pg 2

I am so happy to begin my journey here as a Basically Bare Design team member. It’s true,  I am a  hokie crafting geek with a whole lotta bohemian artist thrown in. “)

So lets throw on some Jim Croce or maybe some  Carol King to get  in our artsy groove and begin.  Inspiring one another along the way displaying and sharing our Basically Bare creations.

My very first share will be an on -going  thing. Every month I will display another page that shows the tips and techniques used.

Supplies so far:  8 1/2 – 11 Artful Binder, Celestial Shapes, Fanciful Frames , Happy Little Trees, Standard Rounded Tags.

Misc. Papers, Letters, Ribbon, distress ink and embellishments of your choosing. If it feels good…”Use It”!

My Journal AlbumWhen I began this album I wasn’t sure where it would go, sometimes that is how it just have to start.  Most of us have many supplies in our arsenal that we are not sure if we will use again ie. letters by the millions and these metal framed tags…I have married them and placed them on my center strip, My Son that is included in the Celestial Shapes was covered with a pretty fabric, I ran my sun through my sticker maker and stuck it directly to the fabric, trimming after and using distress ink to highlight. I used a straight distress ink to color the frame tag on the bottom right corner and I took my brand label and created a eyelet tag out of it! To pay me a little visit drop by HERE. I would love to hear your thoughts.

MJA Album Cover 1Have A Great Week!


Halloween Easel Card

I realized that with commissions and design team deadlines stacking up faster than Abe Lincoln could split logs, if I was going to make Hallowe’en cards for my sister and mother I had better step to it now.


Last year my sister lost her husband, and my mother is getting on in years, so they decided my mother would move in with sister, who was tired of rattling around her large home alone after only a year.

Now this is great – because ONE card can do for both of them! No need to send two cards to the same address!

So the first thing I do is rush off to my Basically Bare stash to see what I might be able to come up with to start. That’s the great thing about always having a stash of Basically Bare supplies on hand … when you need something you can come up with a clever idea and you don’t have to start ‘building’ a substrate…you’ll have something to build off of and it will be incredibly reasonable, so you can have several things to choose from!

I decided on using the “Easel” from the Mixed-Media Spiral-Bound section of the catalog. I have several terrific Hallowe’en vintage postcard images from Alpha Stamps and Altered Pages, so I knew I could have a super cool card in no time.

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The first thing to do is gently bend back the binding rings so you can remove the pages and easel parts from the binding. You don’t HAVE to do this – but I find working on a flat surface so much easier.


Next, paint the easel ‘legs’ both front and back, and punch a hole about1 1/2 inches from the top of the arc. Put these aside to dry … and start working on the fun stuff!

Here are the pages that I decorated to go onto my Hallowe’en easel greeting card…

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Flip07 Flip06

Flip08 Flip09

Flip10 Flip11

Flip12 Flip13

Flip14 Flip15

Now, you can put all the pages and easel backs on the binding ring and gently squeeze closed … this is really easy – the rings are lightweight, so you won’t have to struggle or call for help!

The final step is to take a piece of twine and thread it through the holes you punched into the easel legs. Spread the legs of the easel to the angle that best accommodates your mini-masterpieces and tie off the twine so that the easel legs will stay in that position. I tied mine onto buttons – but you could use anything that is just larger than the punched hole.

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I hope you’ll give the easel a try on your own … there are so many ways to utilize this terrific little piece of Basically Bare substrates…it would be great for special Christmas or Valentine cards – or a way to display an array of your favorite photos!


For Basically Bare, the Basically Bare Catalog, and the  BadicallyBare Basically Bare Design Team, this is Tristan signing off until the next time. Enjoy!