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A Joyful (and easy) Banner

Hello again!

Jessica here and I have a fun project to share with you today. I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually get to do a lot of crafting during the holidays. It’s all hosting parties, taking finals, celebrating my birthday and scrambling to get a million things done before Christmas. When I do have a chance to craft, I like to make decor for my house. This year I decided to make a banner for my front porch and was inspired by the Oh So Mini Album in the rounded shape. I had multiple pages made from chipboard in my stash and I thought they’d be perfect to use to make this banner rather than using them as album pages. Now, those Oh So Mini sets come in a few shapes and it would be so fun to mix and match them to make a fun banner for any occasion. I decided to make this one because I had an empty frame on my front porch that was just calling out for something festive and sparkly.

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I kept things affordable by using diecuts and flowers from my stash. Those pinwheels add a lot of dimension at a cost of almost nothing. I also added in some acrylic Fanciful Frames behind the letters. The acrylic adds some sparkle on its own, but I added some snowy white and silver glass glitters to the top of them after running them through my adhesive machine. The letters were actually just some that I typed up in my word processing program, printed out on cardstock, and cut out before attaching them with some foam adhesive. I think that stringing it all on that tinsel trim just makes it. I love the way it all came together.

Well, I hope that you all have had some time to be creative this season. I know it helps put me in a good mood! You can check out all of the Basically Bare products in the online store and you can see projects and happenings on the Basically Bare Facebook page.

Have a very happy holiday season!

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!



Twinkle Twinkle

Happy Thursday!  Suzz here.

I had fun over our Thanksgiving break playing with the Mixed Media Card set.   I created a series of ATCs.  The different media offered in the card set gave me different platforms to try ideas.


Basically Bare Mixed Media Card Set, Stampendous Silver Luxe Mix, Idea-Ology Chit Chat Seasonal, Inkadinkado, Black Gesso, Deco-Art Metallic Paint

This ATC is chipboard which gave me extra durability to layer on paint, embossing paste, more paint and some sequins, snowflakes and beads.  After I had glued on a mix of embellishments I coated them in black gesso.  I then added the mix of glitter and silver stars over the background.  I stamped the buck and gave him glittery antlers.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card Set, Penny Black, Memory Box Stencil, Sequins, Memory Box – O Holy Night, Silver Embossing Paste, Blue Stain Spray, USPS Stamp

The base for this ATC is  cardstock  from the Mixed Media Card Set.  I stenciled on the stars with silver embossing paste.  I flicked on the mix of navy and teal spots.  I then took the larger sticker that comes with a set of stamps and cut it out to place it as my focal image.  The sentiment was stamped and cut to layer on.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card Set, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Stampendous Silver Luxe Mix, Penny Black – Robin’s Kingdom, Paper Artsy – Paint, Black Gesso, Gems

For my last ATC, I used another chipboard ATC from the Mixed Media Cards set.  I wanted to layer on paint and embossing past and the chipboard keeps is sturdy.   I embossed the holiday words using silver embossing paste.  I layered on splashes of paint and glittery goodness. I then stamped the sweet bunnies and cut them out to pop them on the ATC.

These three ATC’s can be placed on a card, use them as tags on gifts or trade them with my artsy friends for one of their ATCs.

Don’t forget that you can purchase all the fabulous Basically Bare products in the retail store here.


Christmas Days

Hi Suzz here.  I am back to share more of the Flip Advent Calendar made from the awesome Basically Bare Easy Easel.


Basically Bare – Easy Easel, Hero Arts – Snowflake, Madonna and Child, Idea-Ology Tissue Tape, Momento, Stampendous – Numbers, Tsukineko – Gold Glitz

I finished my album off with a few religious images.  I painted a touch of gesso on the paper and stamped the image using a black archival ink.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, Scalloped Tags, Kaisercraft – paper, Stampendous Numbers

I had some beautiful paper that looked like a stained glass window and what better way to frame it than to take the Acetate Scalloped tag and lay it over the top. I applied a touch of alcohol inks and blending solution to the acetate tag to create a warm aged feel.  I edged the tag with gold krylon pen to gild it.  I then attached the paper to the back side of the tag. I added a gold star to the top to cover the hole of the tag.


Basically Bare – Scalloped Tag, October Afternoon, Memory Box – Merry Christmas, Hero Arts -Numbers

This is the Basically Bare Scalloped tag decorated with a mix of papers and a few tiny stamped touches.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, October Afternoon, Penny Black, Mementa Stamps, Hero Arts – Number, Ranger Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber, Ranger Archival Ink

A snowy scene stamped over The Night Before Christmas paper.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, Acetate, Indigo Blue Deer, Memory Box Snowflakes, October Afternoon

With the acetate it is tricky to place things in a way it looks visually pleasing on both sides of the calendar. I covered the word Joy with the snowflake. The buck actually was stamped on the reverse side and becomes  a reverse image on the back.


Basically Bare – Easy Easel, October Afternoon

A cute layering of deer and a doily with a few accents of holly and ribbon.


Basically Bare – Easy Easel, October Afternoon, Hero Arts

A simple layering of cute papers with vintage images.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card, Mementa, Inkadinkado, Hero Arts, Gesso, Color Pencils, Stampendous Glitter

I used the mixed media card set and  scalloped tag set to add additional pages along with the Easy Easel.  All the items area available to purchase on-line at the Basically Bare retail shop.

I hope you enjoyed wandering through a few more pages of the Christmas Count Down!


Flip Advent Calendar

Hi Suzz here.

I was inspired to create an  Advent Flip Calendar using the Easy Easel Album. 


Authentique, Basically Bare Easy Easel, Momento Stamps, Memory Box, 7 Gypsies, Stampendous

Santa had to lead off day one and be the main cover for the advent calendar.


Authentique, Stampendous, October Afternoon, Cork letter, STAEDTLER watercolor

Day 2 has a little tyke sharing his big candy cane over Twas the Night before Christmas paper.


Penny Black, October Afternoon, Stampendous, Inkadinkado

Day Three Shows Santa on his journey around the world.


Basically Bare – Celestial Shapes and Angel Wings, Stampendous Glitter

Day Four highlights the felt scalloped tag from the Scalloped Tag Set with a set of glittery wings from the wings die cuts and finished off with a shiny star from the Celestial Shapes Die Cuts.


Stampendous, Memory Box, Technique Tuesday, Ranger Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber, STAEDTLER watercolor, October Afternoon

Day 5 is a host of birds sitting in the berries.


Basically Bare – Scalloped Tag Set, Authentique, October Afternoon

Day Six is Jolly St Nick on a Basically Bare Scalloped Tag.


Artistic Outpost, October Afternoon, Momento, Stampendous

Day 7 has Frosty enjoying the snowy weather.


Basically Bare – Mixed Media Card Set, Washi Tape, Indigo Blue, October Afternoon

Day 8 was hard to get a great photo but the beautiful acetate from the Mixed Media Card Set is the base for the handsome buck.



Inkdadinkado, Momento, Stampendous, Darkroom Door,

Day 9 lets us know that a visit from Santa is coming and we better be on our best behavior.


Stampers Anonymous, October Afternoon, Momento

Day 10 is a vintage gent silhouette bringing the wreaths in preparation for Christmas.


October Afternoon, Hero Arts

Day 11 is another Mixed Media Card with a fun retro image skating along.  I will be back to share the remainder of the album soon!

The easy easel  album came with a certain number of pages.  I had to add extra pages to have enough for the 25 days of Christmas.  I used the mixed media card set and  scalloped tag set to add additional pages.  All the items area available to purchase on-line at the Basically Bare retail shop.


Christmas tag series

Hi everyone!! I’m back with a project that is smaller than I’m use to making. But I wanted to make these tags into a series of these wonderful mixed scalloped tags that Basically Bare carries! Their tags are a mixture of canvas, acrylic, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, stiffened felt,  & water color paper. Here are the two I decided to start with



  • These were actually very quick and easy to make. The felt tag I left it as is and added some xmas brads , an adorable candy cane and sentiment, and some colored Rinestones. On the other tag I decided to use to corrugated cardboard. I removed the cardboard from one side so that it exposed the inside. I then just applied some Deco Arts Snow Tex , then I added some stickles to make it look like shimmery snow. One the other side I just traced some pattern paper from the DCWV Christmas stack , which I just love snow flakes!! Then after the snow Tex dried I just added some adorable xmas embellishments, the xmas tree is a thick acrylic piece that I added Rinestones to look like lights, the Santa is made of chipboard and the snowflake is made of felt, I just added stickles to give it that shimmer look. Then I just added some red glitter ribbon on top. On the bottom is some fabric ribbon that says Merry Christmas. I am anxious to share the rest with you. These will be used when I put up my Christmas decorations, I will place them on my shelf.

These next photos are of the assortment of tags and of the snow Tex I applied on the corrugated tag.

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I hope you enjoy what I made and I hope this gives you an idea of how you can use your tags instead of just applying paper or stamping on them.  You can find these and many more products at the Online store

Till next time! ~Besos~ Jeanne


Snowy Home Mini Album Tutorial

Hello crafty friends! Einat Kessler here with another project to inspire you.

Christmas is a special time with friends and family and I’m sure this last Christmas was a great opportunity to take lots of photos. But the holiday passed so quickly and I’m sure you all want to hang on just a little bit longer to these warm, jolly feelings. How about putting your holiday photos in a small mini album that can fit in your bag and carry Christmas with you for a little while longer? This mini album is the perfect way to do just that!


I used Happy Little Houses chipboard set to create this mini, but since I had only two houses left (just goes to show you how much I love this set :-)), I used the houses as templates to create more houses that will be my mini album pages. So…let’s start!


1. Before we start working we need to create our pages. Use two different designs of houses and trace them on double sided patterned paper. In order to increase our “real estate” fold the paper in half and only then trace the shape. Cut the shape while the paper is folded living the side or the bottom un cut. This will give you an interactive page that can be opened!

Create three pages: first paper page, fold on the side, second paper page fold on the bottom. The third page will be the second chipboard house and it has three parts: folded square that fits the body of the house, folded triangle that fits the roof and one traced piece that would fit the backside of the chipboard house.


2. Next we’ll work on the front cover. Create a brick pattern with a stencil and modeling paste. Allow to dry. After drying spray the house with color spray. After it’s dry add a little more color with Photo Vintage distress ink. Next, emboss the house with white embossing powder to create a snow effect. I also added a second layer of sparkle embossing powder for a little bling.


Add a door and a window as well.


3 Embellish your pages with Christmas themed embellishments but leave enough room for photos and journaling.


4. Create holes on the upper part of the roof with a Crop-A-Dile. Make sure to make the hole only in the front page of each folded page otherwise you will not be able to open it once it’s bound. Then cut out a small diamond shape from the back page of the folded page. Bind the mini album with a ring and add ribbons.



The photo size that would fit this mini is 2″ X 2 1/2″ max. So now all you need to do is add your holiday photos and carry Christmas with you!

Have fun creating!



Vintage Merry Tag album

Hi, Veronica here, yep my turn to share with you all what I’ve been up to.  Well, I made ANOTHER tag book.  What can I say, they are easy and I love making mini’s.  Yes, I used the Basically Bare Tiny Tabs album.


This little treasure has a vintage feel to it, mostly because I used both Graphic 45 and Anna Griffin paper, both companies are known for their vintage and beautiful paper.  You can make these cute mini’s for gifts and you can use your stash because it doesn’t take a lot of paper.  I also used one of my favorite embellishments from Basically Bare.  Basically Bare’s small pennant set.


I sprayed these babies with Art Anthology color spray, one side Paprika and the other Fern Leaf.


This mini measures approx. 4×5.5 and has clear acrylic front and back tabbed covers.  There are 5  chipboard pages inside.





Christmas is so close – hope you all having a wonderful Holiday Season so far. Thank you or stopping by.

Happy Scrapping, Veronica (kitsnbitscraps)

Products Used:  Basically Bare Tiny Tabs, Art Anthology Colorsprays, Graphic 45, Anna Griffin, May Arts, 7 Gypsies, Petaloo, K&Co., Helmar, Xyron

Christmas Memories and Basically Bare Easel Album

Hi, Veronica here today to share with you a mini Christmas album using the Basically Bare Small Easel Album.  The easel is such a cute album to make into any theme or gift you want.  Today I am sharing Christmas Memories using Bella Blvd “Christmas Wishes” collection.


I had so much fun making this mini easel album, it makes such a cute coffee table album






Wow, the Holidays are here and I have so much to do before the big day.  Hope my album gets you inspired to start your Christmas Memories album.

Happy Scrapping … Veronica (kitsnbitscraps)

Products Used:

Basically Bare (Easy Easel BK012SML), Bella Blvd (Christmas Wishes), May Arts, Helmar, Xyron, Bazzill