Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My mail ran away with the circus (mail art part 2)

Hello it's me Tera again here with a super fun 2 part Circus Mail Art series. 
you can view part 1 HERE
I really really love this awesome plate of rubber, It is super awesome with the new USPS Vintage Circus postage. (Also how cute would these be in a MINI album!?!)
Also I apologize ahead of time but my scanner wouldn't work so its hard to see the amazing details of these stamps... you'll just have to buy some and try them!! you'll love them!



Stamps used: 

Admit One Ticket 1 1/4 x 2 1/2Striped Border Arrow 1 1/4 x 2 3/4Strong Man 3/4 x 2 1/2Zoltar Machine 2 1/4 x 4Circus Lady 1 1/4 x 3 1/2Bearded Lady 2 1/4 x 2 1/2Shoes Hanging From Wire 1 1/2 x 5Circus Strongman 3 3/4 x 3 1/4Spinning Swing Ride 3 1/4 x 4 1/2Under The Big Top 1 1/4 x 3Bulls Eye Target Solid 1 x 1Be True 3/4 x 1 1/2Bulls Eye Target Open 1 1/4 x 1 1/4The Greatest Show 3/4 x 1 3/4


I started by stamping out my envelopes and a set of "masks" to mask off the areas i don't want covered by sprays. (Below you can see I used scarp paper to create my masks)



I even love how these envelopes look even with out color, the detail in these stamps is just unbeatable! 

Next I masked of the parts is wanted to stay white, and sprayed the envelopes with "kiwi" tattered angels ink spray then removed the masks and allowed to dry
(in the 1st two below I decided to leave them at this step so a friend could color them to match her art journal... they are still really cool though and the stamps seam to pop off the page!)



To finish off my piece I added my postage stamps and tried to match the colors in them by using my distress markers and a water brush for a fun vintage feel.



 

I hope you are feeling inspired to send some at through the mail now!!
Happy stamping!




Monday, July 21, 2014

You & Me

Hi everyone, Glenda here with a scrapbook layout using 5 Viva Las VegaStamps!  I know I said I was doing project life my way but I also did a regular layout. Yeah I'm a rebel like that! haha  I had a bunch of pics of the hubs and I and decided to do a layout on us and how many years we have been together. I had a lot of fun making this layout using some pictures that I had of the hubs and I.
What I love about stamps is that if you don't have the right embellishment you can custom make your own!  I used the Banksy painter (love this guy!!)


and the You color my world
and the Admit ticket
and last but not lease the checkerboard border 
 and here is a closeup
 I wanted to make it look like the banksy painter had paint dripping from his brush so I sprayed different colors of Glimmer Mists and let them drip down and then dry before gluing him onto the page.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout and until next time,





Friday, July 18, 2014

Bird of Flight, ATC Card.....



Hello and Happy Friday!   

Tina here today with a quick, but super FUN project, ‘Bird of Flight’ ATC card.


ATC cards are the perfect little size.  When I want to create a super quick project, or when I want to experiment with a new stamp, paint, or ink, I pull out my ATCs.  There is something about the little, compact size that does not overwhelm the creator and when you only have a short period of creating time, you can finish a project.


Before stamping my 'Bird Head' image, I created a wash of color using Spray mists as my paint.  I also inked the edges of my ATC with Distress Ink and spritzed water to create little drops of goodness.



Knowing that I wanted to use the 'Bird Head' stamp as the head to my creature, I stamped the upper portion of my card, then added the bottom portion and wings.  Just like that, it was done.  My mythical Bird of Flight has been given wings!

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a great day!

Tina

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Heartfelt

Hi Hermine here again. This time with a shabby chique looking project. The felt was a gift from a friend, she send me wool directly from the sheep, never had that before, I always bought my felt ready cleaned up. But because of my inexperience I messed up big time during wet felting. Oh boy did that hurt, this wool was special for me, so instead of throwing it away I decided to needle felt it. PHEW that was a relieve to find out that that worked out.

 finished project
 close-up
back

step 1: Needle felt a heart (this one is as big as my hand).
step 2: take a piece of fabric and stamp the Banksy Unhappy boy 19493 on it with Stazon.
step 3: search in your stack for some lace, tule. ribbon. string and silk flowers. Decide which layout works best and then needle felt it onto the heart.
step 4: take a piece of ribbon and stamp The great unknown 19350 onto it with Stazon. Pin it to the heart with a little black safety pin.
step 5: needle felt some balls.
step 6: assemble the whole thing by drilling holes into a wooden cube. Take some wire and cut them into different size pieces. Take a long needle and make holes into the centre of the heart and balls. Finish it off with some string.

I know not everyone is into needle felting, but hopely this piece inspires you to make something awesome. Think about how it would look like if you used a fabric heart and wooden balls, or make this as a fully paper version. I think that would look awesome as well.

Warmly Hermine



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

You Had the Power All along...

Hi Guys, Karen here with you again.  Hope you've had a wonderful week so far.
 Its my turn to share with you a tag or two  using lots of different Viva Las VegaStamps!
 
You had the Power all along My Dear....
 
As soon as I saw the weathered tree on  plate 1444,
I had an idea floating around in my head..
 

 
  I knew I wanted to team it with the little witch silhouette from the 
 
 
 
 and the Spider on Web Line.
 
 
I started by choosing my base paper again from the Nature Walk collection by 7Dots Studio, and stamped the tree and spider... I just  love the look of the two of them together, extra spooky.. these would be perfect just like this for a Halloween project..
 
 
I then stamped the witch from the Kids in costumes silhouette. I did this by just applying ink to her silhouette on the stamp, then wiping off any ink that may have been in areas that I didn't want inked before I stamped.  I found this worked really well with this particular stamp. I then fussy cut the image and added in a bit of black cotton thread before sticking her down with foam mounting tape. ( the tape helps to secure the cotton thread as well )

 
I then stamped the
 
 

 
and arranged it on the right hand side of the witch silhouette, once again using foam mounting tape, to add some dimension.

 
 lastly I added in some UmWow Studio star confetti , some Tim Holtz Idea-ology,prima crystals and machine stitching  to finish it off.
 
 
 
 
and  Next up as a added little bonus : A Banksy inspired tag using images from Plate 1443.  Its full of lots of awesome goodness. I've used the Gas Mask flower Girl - love this stamp!, Rat walking chain, Shopping carts ( I've only inked up the area of the stamp with the large shopping cart) and Where is My mind saying.
 
 
I've also used a Tim Holtz layering Stencil and the waybill/invoice stamp to add a bit more to my background. The barcode is from the December Daily plate.
 

 
Thanks so much for stopping by.. I hope you're feeling a little inspired, until next time, Happy creating!
Karen xxx





Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Wet" card by Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell)

Hi, it's Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell) here for you today))

As you probably already noticed, lately I've been more and more starting to like the most simple projects. 
I was always beckoned this lightness result - zero cost, and the effect in a million! heheh))

Today I want to share with you my card, which I did, only using stamps, ink, paper and glue dots. Oh, I forgot about another material - GooseBumps (TEXTURE spray, GooseBumps Original) -  I warned you that I was in love with it?

Let's see...



These mushrooms (1, 2, 3) and Sunflowers are simply adorable, aren't they? ;)



The Winged Girl Under Umbrella 2 x 3 3/4 turned into a girl in a red swimsuit with a red umbrella)))


And, of course, the inscription - Keep Calm/Puddles 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 - especially for summer weather this year in my city!


I added a little "water" ... and card is ready!


Let's run through the puddles!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Time2Stamp {Chunky ATCs + stamping tip}

Hey folks :) I'm not sure if you're aware but every couple of months the VLVS! fans and myself (DeeDee here!) participate in an art swap of some sort. Right now Chunky ATCs are due to be arriving on my desk all week long. You can join our facebook group where all swap info and signups are posted.

Today I'd like to share with you my own Chunky ATC + a video tip on using old fragile / vintage / delicate papers without being in fear of them tearing, breaking or downright disintegrating. lol.


My little Immortal Seeking doll has Bat Wings in archival black. They've been stamped on an old book page, and to reinforce the image so that my wings aren't so delicate I've prepared them accordingly. Please watch the following Time2Stamp video for that info:


I've also used the new Penny Farthing in archival ink.

And the Clockface on the back as a bold statement about time slipping by and seeking the immortal path. The first two stamps were stamped on different kinds of paper, but the clockface has been stamped directly to wood. So grungy and great.

Other supplies : Amazing Crafting Products, UmWowStudio, Ranger Ink Distress Ink and Paint, Michaels Drawer Pulls, coffee, vintage card catalog card, netting, staples, Dymo Label Maker.

Join me on my own blog for more shots and details on the creation process.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Circus Mail Art Part One

Hello it's me Tera again here with a super fun 2 part Circus Mail Art series. 
I love this awesome plate of rubber, It is super awesome with the new USPS Vintage Circus postage.



Stamps used: 

Admit One Ticket 1 1/4 x 2 1/2Striped Border Arrow 1 1/4 x 2 3/4Strong Man 3/4 x 2 1/2Zoltar Machine 2 1/4 x 4Circus Lady 1 1/4 x 3 1/2Bearded Lady 2 1/4 x 2 1/2Shoes Hanging From Wire 1 1/2 x 5Circus Strongman 3 3/4 x 3 1/4Spinning Swing Ride 3 1/4 x 4 1/2Under The Big Top 1 1/4 x 3Bulls Eye Target Solid 1 x 1Be True 3/4 x 1 1/2Bulls Eye Target Open 1 1/4 x 1 1/4The Greatest Show 3/4 x 1 3/4


I started by stamping out my envelopes and a set of "masks" to mask off the areas i don't want covered by sprays. (Below you can see I used scarp paper to create my masks)


Look how awesome these envelopes look even with out color! 

Below you can see the parts I masked off

Next I sprayed the envelopes with a homemade ink spray then removed the masks and allowed to dry

To finish of my pieces I added my postage stamps and tried to match the colors in them by using my distress markers and a water brush for a fun vintage feel. 

I hope you all enjoy these and have fun creating some of your own!