Friday, October 24, 2014

GDT : Shanna Shands x2

Hey everyone. Shanna here again. I am excited to share my last guest designer project with you that I created for Viva Las Vegas Stamps.

I am beyond excited to share with you a fun card I created. I got to play with a lot of mixed media products on this card. But the stamps just make it really come to life.

I used these two stamps from the plate numbered 1436. They were both stamped using Archival ink! I cut them out and mounted them to my card using some cardboard from a shipping box.

For my background I started with some twinkling h2o's, but once it was dry used a brick wall stencil and some light modeling paste. Once that dried I added some Distress Paint splatter to make the back funky and fun.

Also I couldn't help but to add flowers. I don't know why but it screamed at me add flowers!

I am so thankful DeeDee let me be a guest this month and I had fun sharing with you all and hope that you gained some inspiration! Have an awesome crafty day!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fun with my new Gelli plate

I finally got myself a Gelli plate and had some fun with it!  I'm still a total novice when it comes to using the Gelli plate as this is my first project but I had fun and got messy none the less!  I started off by squirting 3 different colors of bright paint onto my Gelli plate and using my brayer to put the colors all over the plate
Then I laid the Gelli plate down onto my clean page and with my hand smoothed it down to get the paint to transfer.  As you can see by the circles I also used some stencils with black paint.
I also used more stencils with different colors of paint directly onto my Gelli plate and then transferred the plate onto the page again.  At one point I put white paint onto my Gelli plate and then lightly drew some squiggles and then transferred it onto the page, I thought that was kind of neat!
Here is my finished journal page:
 I love the bright fun colors and loved playing with the Gelli plate! Here are some close ups

The stamps I used for this project were the hitchhiker stamp, the row of stars, the star pin, the not all who wander are lost, on the flip side and the chevrons.

I hope you enjoyed my journal page and until next time,


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Elephant is in the room, Art Journal page

Hello and Happy Wednesday!!  Tina Walker here today!

Today, I am sharing an Art Journal page, full of texture, color, and fun!  If you have seen several of my past posts, you know that one of my favorite techniques is to create Art Journal pages using Gelli Plate Prints.  I love the  instant background you achieve with the prints and I love to embellish them to create an art journal or doodle page.

To create my art journal page, I enhanced the circle design to add more texture and interest.

But before I did this, I created my focal point....the stamped, embossed elephants.  I LOVE this Whimsical Elephant stamp.

I added color to each elephant using Gelly Roll Pens.  (love these).  They have a great opaque, bright color and are perfect!

Once the pen dried, I started added texture and embellishing the circle design.  To do this, I punched a circle from a scrap piece of cardstock to use as a mask.  I then stamped within the punched shape.  This only added the stamped image to the circle.

Super easy, but effective.

The stamping added great texture and interest to the plain background.  I love this technique and will be using it again.

Stamps used:
Dictionary Page
Design Crosses
Lacy Lines

I hope you enjoyed my page today!  I am always looking for new stamp techniques.  Please share them with us.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween is coming!

Hi Hermine here, this time with a Halloween card, in spite of the fact we don't celebrate Halloween overhere I love the images.

step 1: stamp Skeleton punk/tombstone 860 and skeleton punkess/tombstone867 next to each other, make masks and put on.
step 2: stamp  Apothecary Cabinet 19515, make a mask and put on.
step 3: stamp the barbed wire 19513
step 4: stamp raven in witch hat 19509 on top of the Barbed wire, make  a mask and put on.
step 5: stamp text You've got my under 19265 and striped spider 19508 and spider on web line 19263
step 6: make sure all the masks are still on your car, then sponge with several colours distress ink the background. Remove the masks and colour the images with distress ink and waterbrush.
step 7: Pur on masks again and make some fog/mist with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress. Take off masks.

Hope you like my card, I surely love making it.

Warmly Hermine

Used stamps:
Skeleton punk/tombstone 860
Skeleton punkeews/tombstone 867
Apothecary Cabinet 19515
Barbed wire 19513
Raven in witch Hat 19509
striped spider 19508
You've got my under 19262
Spider on web line 19263

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Simple Wish

Hi everyone :)

DeeDee here today! I'm always very fond of "CAS" cards (Clean and Simple) because they SEEM like they should be quick to put together, and quick to get the point across, and perfect for little notes here n there. That being said, I can never do them. EVER. 

However, that doesn't mean I don't attempt them. So, here is my stab at a CAS card for a local friend who was doing some healing : 

The base of the card is Nature Walk from 7 Dots Studio with a layer of punched watercolor paper on top. There's a bit of gray watercolor paint in the next layer (Which I think puts me over the CAS limit already! hah.) 

Then I've taken the Blowing Dandelion with Extra Seed and stamped only the seed across the card in two colors; Versafine Black and Versafine Smoky Gray from our friends @ ImagineCRAFTS. The sentiment was hand written on coordinating watercolor paper and adhered down.

Are you any good at CAS cards? I feel about midway successful with this one. I'll be giving them a go again soon :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Hi Hermine here, this time I made a little tutorial, hope you like it.

step 1: Take a piece of cardstock, spray some water at the top of the cardstock, then throw in some Brusho powder, spray some more water and hold your card up straight so it can run down.

step 2: stamp Cute fox in coat 19158 wit Stazon, then draw some circles, below you find a tutorial on how to do this. Then stamp You color my world  19344, also with Stazon.

step 3: take a fantastic and some bleech and take the color away in the fox. Give the fox some color with water color pencils.

step 4: finish off with some white accents with a sharpie.

And now the tutorial:

step 1: take a transparant sheet and a circle cutter and cut different sizes circles. This way you can choose with size you need.

step 2: take a hole puncher and punch different sizes dots out of a scrap piece of foam.

step 3: glue the dots onto sticks.

step 4: for this tutorial I took a blanc card but in my sample I did this step after I had stamped. Take your transparant sheet, decide which size you want and draw the circles with a black fineliner, do this three times but moving the transparant sheet a little.

step 5: take you toothpicks with the dots on it and Stazon Black, dip the sticks into the ink and stamp around your circle.

step 6: because I hate to waiste perfectly good things I finished my sample fot the tutorial off with the same stamps I used above, but now using my stencil as a mask as well and sponged the inner side, masking off the fox first. And as you can see if you changed the way of working around, you get a completely different result.

Warmly Hermine

Used materials:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

September Winners

Hi hi folks!! We've got a couple WINNERS to announce from our September Challenge!

By popular vote the talented Harikini is our winner!

She's used our  

Harikini please feel free to use the following image on your blog as our voted winner!!

And our RANDOM winner is Carla.

Congrats both ladies, please email me @ with your shipping address to collect your rubber!

And don't forget to enter to win in our SPOOKY October Challenge.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Hello all, Nataliya is here :)
We in the midst of an Indian summer and all around sooooo beautiful...
yellow and orange leaves glow in the rays of the bright sun...

And apparently, that is what inspired me to create this card. It's sunny and cheerful as the weather outside  :)

And it's so shiny!

oh yeah :)

To create the background I used texture paste and stencil. I painted everything with a few shimmer sprays and added stampig (Writing Background 4 x 4)
I cut out the sun (Sun Rays/Big 2 1/4 x 2 1/4) and pasted it on the 3D adhesive tape

Have a sunny day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Murder Mystery Mail Art!!

Ready for some Murder Mystery MailArt?
ok, lets see if you can solve the crime!!
(wildest/funniest guess in the comment wins this envelope!!!)

Stamps Used: 

other supplies:
Ink- black, brick red distress, weathered wood distress, frayed burlap distress ink
Markers in various colors (distress, stamping markers and copics for the skin)
White Jelly Roller pen
my fingers for the finger prints

Start by stamping your crime scene tape then masking it off, next stamp Sherlock. 
while your crime scene tape is still masked off use your jagged fence stamp and your ink drops/runs stamp (or blood in my case), Want to add some extra mystery? add a coffee ring stamp! 
for added fun ink up some fingers and add some random prints!! :D 

Who was drinking coffee at the crime scene?? The cops? Sherlock? the Criminal? you decide!!! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Guest Design Team Member : SHANNA SHANDS!

Today we have Guest member Shanna Shands joining us with two superb tags! First let's meet Shanna : 

Hi everyone. My name is Shanna and I am super excited to be a guest this month. I love all types of styles of colors and crafting and find VLVS perfect to fit any theme for anyone. I am very thankful and decided to have some fun with my stamps this month.

And now onto her super fun tags!

For my first guest post I created some tags. I played with some Dylusions sprays and a stencil with some 3D Matte Gel. I stamped the image and sentiment from the plate numbered 1436, cut them out and added some cardboard underneath the image to give it some dimension. I then colored in some of the bubbles from the stencil with Picket Fence Distress Paint to make bubbles stand out after I circled them and smudged a black PITT pen around the edges for shading. The sentiment was added down and smudged wight eh PITT pen too. I used a different stencil with some black distress ink to add more circles. I happened to have a little bit of fun trim that I think went perfectly with the underwater theme tag. 

For my second tag I had just got some Dina Wakely paints and went to town on this tag with that. I smeared on the pink and yellow paint. Once dry I added some 3d Gel with a stencil and dried it. I stamped the image and sentiment from the plate numbered 1436, cut them out and added some cardboard underneath to give dimension. This tag I added some glass glitter too for extra bling. I finished this tag off with some seam binding ribbon that matched the paints I used on the tag. 

I did add some black india ink splatter to both tags. I love splatter. I can't wait to share my next creation with you. Now go get some stamps and start creating!

VLVS! Stamps used:
Whimsical Diver

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Mixed Media ATC's

Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. 

One thing I love about making ATC's is that you can use alot of the supplies that you already use if you scrapbook, art journal, do canvases, project life, etc...  I also find it's a great way to use up all the little paper scraps we seem to accumulate (I get a ton!!).

To make this first ATC I gathered up some odds and ends that I had lying around
as well as the treasured Line of Chevrons stamp and the Showgirl with baton stamp and made this ATC
 I also found another overlay as well as some pom poms and miscellaneous items and added them as well, but that's what makes the ATC have more depth and interest.  Don't be afraid to layer on the items!

I also made this ATC
using the Lady tilting head stamp as well as a chipboard piece, rub ons, some pattered paper and a rhinestone.

And last but not least this fun ATC using the Lady dress flying up stamp
 using a project life card glued onto cardstock, some rub ons, a transparency, rhinestones and pattered paper.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my ATC's and that it has inspired you to dig into your stash and layer on the supplies! 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Creating background texture with stamps and embossing powder

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  Tina here today with a Spooky Halloween house, full of mystery, ghoulishness, and of course texture!

Halloween is my favorite season of the year and I can't wait till this time rolls around to create fall and Halloween projects.  Today, I will share with you how I created this Halloween product, using stamps and embossing powder to create texture.

I have fallen in love with embossing powder all over again.  I love the instant texture, dimension and color you get with one simple step.

To prep my wood structure, I primed each piece with a coat of black gesso.

Once each piece was dry, I heat embossed each section (before assembling).  I used a dark blue on the main house pieces instead of black to create a bit of contrast.  I used red on the roof and brown on the tombstones.

For more dimension and color, I sprayed each piece with several shades of Shimmerz sprays.  Once the pieces were done, I glued the entire house together.

I assembled all of the internal pieces and glued them in place.

Special Note:  My moon is a bottle cap covered with Shimmerz Texturez and Shimmerz sprays.  Doesn't it look great?

VLVS Stamps Used:
Bubble Background
Lacy Lines
Dictionary Page

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a great week!