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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.


Basically Bare Steampunk Album – Part 2

I have finished embellishing my Basically Bare Steampunk Album and I can’t wait to show it to you! I know steampunk isn’t everybody’s cup of tea … but I hope you get some ideas about how to use some of the embellishments that are available from Basically Bare!

If you remember from my last post, I used the Delightful Doors from the Mixed Media Spiral Bound Albums.

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Here are the pages and some of the techniques I used to embellish the album.

DSC00008The cover of the album got a good ‘roughing up’ with an emery board, distress stain, and some light misting of a golden tan color. To the right side I added some flowers and a winged key with some crystal foliage for some bling.

On the left side I used two sizes (small and medium) of the Gears embellishments from the Mixed Media Embellishments category in the catalog. I inked the medium gear with a brown distress ink and heat embossed it with antique gold powder – these cardboard pieces are pretty tough and can take quite a bit of heat so I was able to get a good melt. Over the antique gold powder, I applied a thin coat of copper embossing powder so that both colors were blended and became a unified color. I used the same technique on the two smaller gears, using different colors of powders. Then I layered on a “real” metal gear to the top of the upper small gear and added a few faux gem ‘bolts’ to finish it off. The chipboard embellishment in the upper left corner was a piece I had in my stash and I thought it worked great with the Basically Bare gears.

DSC00007When the gate fold cover opens, there is a large illustration with text and two side panels. I used the same techniques on some of the Basically Bare gears as on the cover and added a few steampunk treasures from my stash.

DSC00005For the next pages, I used a variety of materials. On the left side, I used the blank from the inside of a Fanciful Frames II in the Embellishment category in the catalog and used red flocking powder to create a textured mat for the image of the Statue of Liberty talking on the phone.

I used two of the stars from the Celestial Shapes embellishments and inked them with red distress ink and gave them a light dusting of red glitter. I layered two wooden gear shapes on top of them and put them on the tag envelope. I also added a vintage button the flap of the envelope.

On the left side I used more of the medium sized Gears embellishments, and after used my original technique of embossing powders – then I added an extra two coats of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. It gave the gears a truly grungy industrial factory look – when seeing them in real life it’s almost impossible to tell that they’re simple die cut cardboard! The nice wide cogs on these gears really allow a lot of medium to be added without clogging up the space between.

Here is the same tag envelopes with their tags. They were only embellished with paper images and mica sheets. You can find these wonderful shaped tags in the catalog in the New Products for 2015 section (Scalloped Tag Set).

DSC00006The next page is embellished with things from my steampunk stash and a small tag that I used from Happy Little Houses embellishments – I used the smallest house die cut and snipped off the peak of the roof to make the tag shape – then distressed and inked it and stamped the word ‘dream’ on it. The tie is simple jute cord.



I found it impossible to photograph the transparent acrylic page in the album, so I put a sheet of white cardstock behind it to acquire the photo. The acrylic has been layered with several thicknesses of mica, stamped with a fun image. I’m sure you’ll have fun playing with this acrylic page – there are so many opportunities to try new things! Next time I know I want to try alcohol inks and make a translucent background on an acrylic page! Options are endless.

DSC00002On the left side of the next spread, I used a frame from the Fanciful Frames II collection and gave it a good thick coating of gold and UTEE embossing powders after inking it with black distress ink. All the other embellishments I were either from my stash or I made (the rosette).

DSC00001On the last page, I used gold embossing paste on a script text stencil and added some ‘real’ metal gears and chain. Then I took a large Gear from the Gears collection and cut it into quarters, using them as corner decorations, after inking them with orange ink and lightly dusting them with red distress glitter.

So, there we have it. It took me several days to complete this project – each page had a lot of drying time required before the next step. But I think the result was well worth the time – and using the Basically Bare products made it not not only beautiful, but made the various elements so easy to pull together!

Thanks for stopping by … hope you enjoyed the little tour of my finished Basically Bare Steampunk Album!

For the BadicallyBare Design Team, this is Tristan signing off … and see  you again soon!




Hello everyone.  Today I have one of the scalloped tags we carry that I want to share with you, along with some of the embellishments.

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I used the white side of one of the cardboard scalloped tags and sprayed it with Art Anthology Glorious and Peacock Feathers.  Next I stenciled on some Art Anthology Figi using a square stencil.

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I painted two of our Bird embellishments (one chipboard, one felt) and then added a paisley stencil that I outlined in black marker to make it stand out.

The sentiment if from Technique Junkies and was stamped using black Versafine ink.

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Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Scalloped Tags
Basically Bare Bird Diecuts
Art Anthology Colorations
Art Anthology Velvet
Technique Junkies Wings of Possibilities Stamp
Faber Castell Big Brush Marker
Square Stencil
Paisley Stencil

Until later……….

Happy Birthday Cards!

I have a little theme for my next couple of posts. You see, On June 27, 2003 I had these adorable little identical twins boys come into the world. Their birthday is tomorrow and their party is on Sunday. to prep for this I have some cards to share (and a bunch of cupcakes to make but those aren’t coming through the internet to you). I have two styles that I made and I think you’ll like them.

First up, some cards that are mostly basic but with a little sparkle. One of the boys actually walked into my craft room when I was taking pictures of these and was like “Wow! That shiny stuff on those is really cool!” You heard it here first. Shiny stuff is cool to almost twelve-year-old boys. :)

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I started with a base and the sentiment card. These are pretty easy to find as parts of the sheets of paper for pocket scrapbooking or as part of the sets of pocket pieces. The acrylic cards are part of a set made for pocket scrapbooking. The Mixed Media Card Set can be used for pocket scrapbooking or anything else (like cards!). I used Staz-On ink to stamp patterns on the pieces after I trimmed them slightly and rounded the corners. I attached the cards to the acrylic and the acrylic to the card base with foam adhesive. There was a perfect spot left for a little bow. Quick, easy, and cute.

The other cards I have to share have room for a little gift for the birthday boy or girl. I love these ones and am going to have to make a zillion more.

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Seriously. Love them. I used more pocket style cards for the sentiments (hey, that’s part of why they’re so quick!), and I used them to make a pocket…for a tag that holds a gift card! They slip into the front of the card and the inside is blank for your message to the recipient. I used foam adhesive to attach the pocket and leave space for the tag. These are from the Scalloped Tag Set and one is made of watercolor paper and one is made of stiff felt. There are also cards made from chipboard, cardboard, and acrylic. You could use any one of them on this card, I just chose these because I wanted them to be plain white to coordinate with the paper. A little ribbon on the tag and some buttons/sequins finish things off with a little dimension and fun.

Okay, that’s it for today! I have four cards to add to my birthday stash (which is pretty empty at the moment), and hopefully you have some ideas that you can use to make cards of your own.

As always, you’ll want to stop by the Basically Bare Facebook page to check out projects and say hello, and you can see all of the goodies over at the Basically Bare Store.

Have a great weekend! I’ll be partying (at a trampoline place *shudder*), baking cupcakes and trying to fit in some homework :)



Tag, Your It!

Good morning everyone!  I got to playing around with some of the tags that Basically Bare has and fell in love.

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I first took a couple of the chipboard tags, painted, gesso’d, sprayed, stenciled, and then fussy cut some stamped images (with a slightly suburban theme), and came up with the front side.

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I then used a couple of the watercolor paper tags and did the same thing, this time using a cityscape stencil that I fussy cut for my images.

I then glued the watercolor paper tags to the backs of the chipboard tags.  I’m thinking I’ll create a tag book with them, just as soon as I figure out the contents.

Basically Bare’s tags are extremely versatile and lend themselves well to just about any kind of mixed media application.

Okay, your turn!  What can you do with our tags?

Until later………………

Supplies Used:
Basically Bare Tags (chipboard, watercolor paper)
Art Anthology Velvet
Art Anthology Stencils
Stampotique Stamps
TCW Cityscape Stencil

Winter Snow Queen Dress Form


Hi, Veronica here today to share my latest project.  I have been hearing on the news about all the winter storms rolling in so I thought I would share with you my Winter Snow Queen Tag.  I used the Basically Bare Dress Form, which is another of my favorites. I love making new dresses for the dress form and each time I try something different.



I also gave the dress form some “wings” because after all she is the Snow Queen.



So I normally scrap by feel.  I always start with color.  To me winter is white and blue.  I used some Bo Bunny winter collection “Power Mountain” and Best Creations glitter silver paper, some bling and a reminisce white and sliver 3D snowflake for part of her dress.


I added “snow” with Art Anthology Sorbet (linen) I wanted that textural glistening on the tag.


I also decided to add a little something special so I hung a large 7 Gypsies crystal at the bottom of my tag along with an acrylic “gear” from Basically Bare.  I love working with acrylic because you can alter the acrylic in several ways.  Today I added some white lace transparency I had from Hambly Studios to make the “gear” look like a big snowflake.



The tag measures approx. 4×9.  You can either make tags to collect or use them on your scrapbook pages.

I know a lot of you have snow and Winter is definitely here.  I do not have much of a winter season here in Florida but making this tag put me in the mood. I hope you are inspired by my winter tag and are able to do a little scrapbooking.

Thank you or stopping by.

Happy Scrapping, Veronica (kitsnbitscraps)

Products Used:  Basically Bare Acrylic Gears, Dress Form, Wings, Art Anthology Sorbet, BoBunny, Reminisce, May Arts, 7 Gypsies, Hambly Studios, Ranger Industries, Bazzill, Helmar