Friday, November 28, 2014

VLVS! & Die-Namites Dies Blog Hop FINALE

Welcome to the FINAL day of the Christmas Blog Hop between Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-Namites Dies.


All week long our Design Team has been hopping with the Die-Namites Dies Design Team to bring you tons of Christmas inspiration just in time for the holiday! Be sure to visit each day and leave comments on all the posts involved, because there ARE Prizes to be won! Two big prizes full valued at $50 full of DIES and STAMPS!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

VLVS! & Die-Namites Dies Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to day FOUR of the Christmas Blog Hop between Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-Namites Dies.


All week long our Design Team is hopping with the Die-Namites Dies Design Team to bring you tons of Christmas inspiration just in time for the holiday! Be sure to visit each day and leave comments on all the posts involved, because there ARE Prizes to be won! Two big prizes full valued at $50 full of DIES and STAMPS!

Today I bring you a card in traditional red and white :


If you follow our blog you'll know that I recently posted my attempt at a CAS styled card... well here's another! Christmas cards should surely be under way and I'm still trying to figure mine out... maybe this is it!! I used the Cardinals and Holly from Die-namites and the brand new Musical Background from Plate 1451. The paper is from Glitz and Canson, and the ribbon is May Arts.

Please stop by the Die-namites blog to see what they're up to! Don't forget to leave comments to be entered to win.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

VLVS! & Die-Namites Dies Blog Hop Day Three

Welcome to day THREE of the Christmas Blog Hop between Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-Namites Dies.


All week long our Design Team is hopping with the Die-Namites Dies Design Team to bring you tons of Christmas inspiration just in time for the holiday! Be sure to visit each day and leave comments on all the posts involved, because there ARE Prizes to be won! Two big prizes full valued at $50 full of DIES and STAMPS!

We've got the lovely Hermine Koster joining us today:



For this awesome team-up she made a giftset, containing a photo/scrap book made with a gelli plate and transparant sheet, a matching gift tag using acryllic paint and a Christmas card using Bistre and alcohol ink.

Dienamites:
Birds on a wire DN 1179
Heart Branch DN 1039

Viva Las VegaStamps! used :
Spiked fench 18919
Flock of geese 19465
Xmas Silhouette collage 19317
Keep calm and unwrap 19311
Eat drink and be merry 19316


Leave her some love and be sure to stop by the Die-Namites blog to see what those girls are up to today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VLVS! & Die-Namites Dies Day 2

Welcome to day TWO of the Christmas Blog Hop between Viva Las VegaStamps! and Die-Namites Dies.


All week long our Design Team is hopping with the Die-Namites Dies Design Team to bring you tons of Christmas inspiration just in time for the holiday! Be sure to visit each day and leave comments on all the posts involved, because there ARE Prizes to be won! Two big prizes full valued at $50 full of DIES and STAMPS!

Today we are being joined by GLENDA TKALAC.

A bit from Glenda "Hellooooo! We over at Viva Las VegaStamps! have teamed up with Die-Namites for a blog hop!!!!!! Yes, that's right! How exciting is that?? I was super excited to do my project and without further adieu here is an ATC I made:


Does that look like one happy nun or what??? Just looking at this card makes me smile and feel the joy of the upcoming Christmas season!! I used the fabulous Deck the tree die as well as the Nun with hands up stamp, the Waybill invoice background, the Chevron banner AND the Bring on the twinkle stamp. That's right, 4 stamps on this little itty bitty ATC!! Stop by my blo to see some step by step pictures and I hope you enjoyed my project!"

Leave her some love and be sure to stop by the Die-Namites blog to see what those girls are up to today!

Monday, November 24, 2014

VLVS! & Die-Namites Dies Day One

Welcome to day ONE of the Christmas Blog Hop between 


All week long our Design Team is hopping with the Die-Namites Dies Design Team to bring you tons of Christmas inspiration just in time for the holiday! Be sure to visit each day and leave comments on all the posts involved, because there ARE Prizes to be won! Two big prizes full valued at $50 full of DIES and STAMPS!

Today Tina Walker is joining us :




VLVS Stamp used:
Writing Background

Die-Namites used:
Winter FirCardinals & Holly

Tina says "I used a vintage Bingo Card as my backdrop, and added sprays, embossing powder, and stamping to continue the handmade feel. I used the 'Writing Background stamp on my Bingo Card. This is a great stamp for any mixed media project! It adds the perfect little touch.Using 2 Die-Namites die-cut shapes (cut from a cereal box), I sprayed/painted them Shimmerz Paints. I love the beautiful shimmer and glitz from the paints! It was a great compliment to the embossed background.
To finish off my home decor project, I added some handmade embellishments from my stash, painted in corresponding colors, and glued them in place. I love the tone on tone look! It has a timeless feel."

Leave her some love and be sure to stop by the Die-Namites blog to see what those girls are up to today!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Celebrate

Hi Hermine here, this time I made a birthday card (bdetween beeing busy making Christmas cards ofcourse).




step 1:  take a double square card and stamp the Tea Party 19114 with Stazon black and make a mask and cut out.
step 2: stamp  Apothecary Cabinet 19515 but flip it on its side. Cut out the inside of the cabinet and around the tea party image.
step 3: mask off the upper area to create the floor, stamp with Stazon the Harlequin Diamond Background 18920 .
Step 4: mask off the tea party image, the cabinet and the "floor" to create the walls. Using Spotty Background 1461 and stamp  Spider on web line19263 on the left hand side
step 5: remove all masks and colour in with Derwent colouring pencils and white spirit.
step 6: Stamp the text Celebrate 19469 and its your big day 19475 on the inside behind the "window".

Hopr you like it. I love using stamps in a different way, and this way the cabinet acts like a window.

Warmly Hermine



Used materials:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Guest Designer : Corrie Herriman x2

Today is our second post from the talented Corrie Herriman:

 
Hello everybody !

This is my second project as Guest Designer for VLVS! I have really enjoyed doing the projects. For this last one I actually did two little projects and couldn't decide which one to use so I'll show them both. Here goes. The first one is a series of three ATC's with the lovely Banksy stamps in the spotlight :





They were all made in the same way. The background is a gelli print. I have lots of them because they are so handy to use in your projects. Of course you can just paint your background, I do that too sometimes. I used two VLVS! stamps for the background : 19415 – Butterfly Specimens and 5210 – Collage writing. I used some black and white ink to make some splatters. Next I stamped the main images :19488 – Banksy Diving Helmets / 19434 – Banksy Gas Mask Flower girl / 19421 – Banksy girl floating with balloons. 





Any spots that were not stamped right, I just filled in with a black marker. I then looked for suitable sentiments and decided on : 18408 – I'm not weird / 19423 – BANKSY / 18409 – Share your Sparkle.

I also used a black ink pad to ink the edges.

I also used the following supplies : Pieces of gelli printed paper. Grey StaZon ink, Black Archival ink and white and black India Ink.



The second project was a postcard. I really liked how this came out :


I made the background by dragging a piece of cardstock through some Dylusions spray inks that I sprayed on my craftsheet with some water. I dried it and repeated the first step until I liked the result. I then stamped the flourish with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. When it was cool I rubbed it lightly with black Archival Ink. Next I stamped the background and the sentiment. I used the following VLVS! Stamps : 19417 – Victorian Flourish / 19416 – Waybill/Invoice Background and 8225 – Attention le ballet...

For the main image I used 9883 – Striped dancer jumping which I stamped on white card, coloured, cut him out and adhered him on the postcard. Some doodles with a black fine tipped pen and a white paint pen finished it off. Some close-ups:





I also used the following supplies : Cardstock, black and white markers, Ranger Silver embossing powder, Versamark Ink, Archival ink, Memento ink, Dylusions spray inks in pink and orange. StaZon Dove grey ink.

I hope you enjoyed my contributions to this fabulous blog !

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Challenge/Counting Numbers Art Journal page

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Tina here today with my take on the November challenge.

If you haven't seen the challenge yet, here's a peek!  When I saw it, I just knew I had to play along.


I'm not sure if the it was the color palette, elements, or overall fun that inspired me most, but here's what I was inspired to create!


As you can see, my Art Journal page is almost a literal interpretation of the challenge, but with elements of my own.

I began my page by building color with PanPastels.  I LOVE the blendability and intense colors with PanPastels.  They are great for all types of Mixed Media projects, especially Art Journal pages.

I set the PanPastels with a quick layer of water.  Once the page was dry, I randomly stamped the background with background stamps and a bit of stenciling.



I really love the number theme of the challenge, so I added stenciled numbers, that I doodled with a black and white pen.

I also added another stamp to the bottom of my page that was colored with Shimmerz paints.



I hand drew my sentiment and done!


VLVS Stamps Used:
Periodic Table
Directional Circle
Dictionary Page
Design Crosses


Will you be playing along with us this month?  A great prize package is up for grabs for playing along!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Follow the Road not taken.

Howdy everyone! Karen with you again today..
 
I thought I'd spend a little time with a new friend I found while looking through the VLVS! online store..
 
 
 
Isn't he just so cute, and go on, admit it, He made you smile!
 
I started off by stamping a few bits and pieces onto some cardstock. I didn't really have a clear idea of where I wanted to go, so I just stamped some random bits and pieces.
 
I ended up going with:
 
Road Trip  ( road word)
Don't follow your dreams  ( follow word)
 
I then collaged my tag with some Tim Holtz  paper, and some  distress crackle paint ( Picket Fence) . While I was waiting for it to dry, I then decided which pieces of the stamps I was going to use, added some very messy colouring to my bunny and cut them out ready to collaged to my tag.  This is what I ended up with.. Have to say he makes me smile!!

 
 




 Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope I've inspired you to have a little play and do some collaging with your stamps! Until next time..
 Happy Stamping

Karen xx

Monday, November 17, 2014

October Challenge WINNERS >>>

Hi Hi stamping friends :)

Let's announce some winners from October's SPOOOOKY challenge shall we??

Voted on by our DT is this beauty by Kristiina :



Congrats Kristiina! Please feel free to use the following image on your blog as our voted winner :)



Our Random Winner for October goes to Corrie Herriman as chosen by random.org.

Ladies please email me @ deedee430@gmail.com to collect your winnings :) include your shipping address!

Don't forget to enter THIS Month's challenge to win your own feature and rubber!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dreaming of spring Mail Art

Hello, It's me Tera here again with a "dreaming of spring" mail art piece
(Its snowing here in Ohio, and I'm so NOT a winter person!!! I bet you can see why I'm ready for spring again already)


Lets get started...

Stamps Used:

Girl in Princess Costume 

Butterfly Specimens

Line of Grass

Field of Wildflowers


Other supplies: 
Distress Markers
Distress ink: in various greens, and weathered wood for the sky
Black ink of choice

Start by stamping the Girl in Princess Costume in the black ink of your choice, then stamp it again on scrap paper to create a "Mask". place your "mask" over your stamped image to protect it while you work. Next stamp your Line of Grass, and Field of Wildflowers in various greens. 

Along the edge of your envelope stamp your Butterfly Specimens in black ink. Now add your "clouds" by selective "masking" and inking. (remember to leave the center light so you can read the address on your envelope).

After all of your ink has dried, remove the "mask" and use your markers to add color to bring everything to life! 

I hope you are inspired and dreaming of spring along with me!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Under the sea with Viva Las VegaStamps!

I had alot of fun making this trio of ATC's using an "under the sea" theme.  Anyone who knows me knows my love of mermaids so of course I had to make a couple using my favorite sea creature, the gorgeous mermaid! Here is the first ATC using the fabulous mermaid stamp as well as the waybill invoice, the jagged chain link fence and row of stars.
 If you look closely you will see that I used black embossing powder for the jagged chain link fence and gold embossing powder for the row of stars.  I also glued some brightly colored beads onto the card as well.
Here is my next ATC and this was my first time using the fun scuba lady
 and if you look closely here you can see that I also used the elegant flower stamp along with some red and green embossing powder.  I wanted to make it look like there were ocean plants so this stamp was perfect for that! I also used some clear acrylic buttons to look like oxygen bubbles.
Here is my last ATC using the mermaid lying down
I hope you enjoyed the journey to the bottom of the sea and until next time,

Glenda

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Door stopper

Hi Hermine here, this time I found a children's hobbybox to make a door stopper, but I wanted my own unique one of a kind version by altering it. This is so much fun.

front view

side view

close-up

in function (doens't it match my new flooring perfectly)

works perfect

the children's hobbybox I bought (for once I didn't forget to make a picture of the before phew)



step 1: take all the parts out of the box, I kept the fabrix, the buttons and the fiber with the pompoms, the rest I put aside.
step 3: sew all parts together, I did this by hand because my sewing skills are that great, and even worse with a sewing machine, but its easy because they are all rectangles.
step 4: fill the door stopper with heavy material like pebbles. Sew on the handle.
step 5: give the focal image some white accents with a white gel pen.

Hope you like it!

Warmly Hermine

Used material:


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pure Imagination

Hello all :) Nataliya is here :) Today I will show you my new wall art with VLVS!
About imagination, of course :)


In this time I been able to use the 15 stamps, this is my personal record! The moon is 2 stamps: Moon Circle and Art Doll Set-ATC Size.
A boy is part of the Children Playing on Toy Car, and then I given to him a star :) (Row of Stars)


I stamping with black StazOn and different violet ink (all on the one stamp, for ombre effect) and adding shadow with grey Faber-Casrell Pitt Brush.

And my VLVS!
Stars 2 x 2 1/4
Caterpillar 1 x 2 1/2
Moon Circle 1 3/4 x 1 1/2
Art Doll Set-ATC Size
Butterfly 3/4 x 3/4
Butterfly/Spotted Wing/Sm 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
Butterfly Side/Sm 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
Pure Imagination 3/4 x 4
Unicorn 3 x 4
Children Playing on Toy Car 1 3/4 x 4
Row of Stars 1 x 5
Mushroom 1 3/4 x 1 1/2
Small Mushroom 1 1/4 x 1
Tall Daisy Arrangement 1 3/4 x 3
Cow With Spots 3/4 x 3/4

 Have a day of pure imagination!





Monday, November 10, 2014

Feed Your Soul Mail Art


Hello Again, It's me Tera here with more fun Mail Art!! 
Today's envelope is a little sweeter/cuter than my normal style and I must say I love it!!

Stamps Used:  

Feed Your Soul 3/4 x 4 1/4

Line of Grass 3/4 x 3 3/4

Boy in Tub Boat 2 1/2 x 3 3/4

Plate 1449 (plane found on this plate) 

Place Stamp Here 1 1/4 x 1 1/4


Start by stamping your line of grass in various green inks along the bottom of your envelope, don't be afraid to stagger them for depth. Next stamp the Boy in Tub Boat in versaFine Sepia ink. While that drys you will want to make a mask to cover the image so you can sponge on some clouds without getting any on the boy image. After I used a mask to create some clouds, I then stamped the plane in VersaFine sepia ink. I removed the mask from the boy, and colored him with various markers, and added a touch of red to the plane too!

Now pick your quote to stamp along the grass.. Mine was "Feed Your Soul" I 1st stamped it in black ink, then added white highlights with a gel pen to make it pop! To finish the piece off I stamped the "place stamp here" square so everyone would know yes, it really will go through the mail!

Thank you for stamping along with us!!