Saturday, August 29, 2015

tag and clip

Hi Hermine here, I found these awesome super large paperclips and I simmply had to do something with it, so here a little tutorial.

step 1: take a piece of paper and add different colours with colouring pencils, blend them with a paper stump and white spirit. Take a circle stencil, colour the circles with colouring pencils and blend them with white spirit, and do the same with another stencils. Then make some high lights with a black fineliner. Put aside for a while.

step 2: take 1 small tag and stamp with Stazon the stamp XO 19462. On the larger tag stamp with Versamark Writing circles background 19567 and on a piece of  paper the large bird flying 19001, cut out and colour with Lyra crayons.

step 3: Take a piece of paper, tear at the bottom and cut out the top like on the photo.

step 4: Matt the background on a piece of black paper, then fold the tags on the richt hand side. Fasten the white piece on the paper clip and slide the paperclip at its place. Then flue the bird on it. Finish off by glueing the whole inner side on a double kraftpaper squared card with foam tape.

Hope you like it.

Warmly Hermine

used materials:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guest Designer TINA WALKER!

Hello Everyone! I'm so excited to bring back Tina Walker as a guest designer. She's been super busy in her life and crafting career she can't quite fit in a full term but I'm glad she's here for a short period! Her work is STUNNING, full of texture, mixed media, different products and of course.. our stamps. So HERE SHE IS! : 

Her Blog

And from Tina:


Happy August!

Tina Walker here today with my first Guest Designer project for Viva Las VegaStamps!

I LOVE VLVS stamps!  They are perfect for all types of projects and the selection is endless!  It literally takes hours to peruse the online store, creating a huge wishlist of stamps.

For my first project, I am sharing a Mini Leather, Hand-bound Journal book, using VLVS stamps to embellish my signature header pages.

To create my signature headers, I started with a blank piece of felt.  I added color to each section of felt with Distress Stains, allowing the colors to blend and mix.

Once the felt was dry, I heat embossed each signature header with the 'Writing Background' stamp. (there are 3 signature headers pages in total)

(be careful to move your heat around so the felt doesn't burn)

For each signature page, I stamped a different image on a square piece of silk, then dipped the silk into coffee, to stain the fabric.

 I then layered the stamped, silk fabric on top of other fabrics for texture and interest, using Matte Medium to adhere them together.

Once the matte medium was dry, I stitched over each stamped image, embellishing the image where I desired.

Stamp used: Design Crosses

Stamp used:  Whimsical Moon Face

Stamp Used: Owl in Vest

Once the stitching was done, I adhered each stamped embellishment to the cover of each signature page.

I added several additional blank journal pages to each signature and hand-bound the book together, using a pamphlet stitch.

I added a blanket stitch around the entire outside edge, and a metal embellishment for my cover.

I hope you enjoyed my mini leather journal book!  I really love how it turned out!  These would make the perfect little gift!  (hint-hint)

Be sure and stop back again in September for another Guest Designer project.  Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Winner Winners Chicken DINNERS!!!

We have some winners to announce today!

From our June Challenge:

Our randomly selected winner is : Gerda.

From our July Challenge:

our very own Michele Kosciolek!

Our randomly selected winner is : Paradise Lost

Congrats to all of our winners! If everyone can just email me : we'll be sure to get you grab bags in the mail. Please include your shipping address in the email :) 

Want to be featured and or win your own grab bag?! Enter our Current Challenge!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Never Change

Hello blogland. Shanna here to inspire you all with some Viva goodness.

I found inspiration from DeeDee's art journal page she recently did and I wanted to give it a go.

I played with a new stamp. 

I decided to play with some Distress Inks and I went ahead and took some pictures as I created. So grab a cup of something and following along with this quick tutorial. 

I smooshed some the new 2015 color Abandoned Coral all over the page. 

Sprinkled some water on it. 

Then I pulled out a tag and the tree stamp Leafless Trees in Field (19719). I used three colors of the Distress Ink to give the tag an ombre effect. 

Of course I add a sentiment via Tim Holtz stickers after doing a smidgen more stamping using the stamp Color Wheel with Lines (19338) and Torn Paper (19341)

Here are some close ups. I am bummed that I ended up with black ink smudged above the tree, but I loved the sentiment and was glad to add it. 

Again I was just so inspired and loved how simple and fun this page turned out to be.

Items Used:
Black Ink
Distress Ink: Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed
Tim Holtz - Conversation Stickers

Friday, August 21, 2015

Advernture awaits

Hello everyone,

For my DT post this time, I fancied doing a little canvas, so that is what I did. I made lots of photos of the process so go and get yourself a drink, sit down and enjoy !

First of all the finished article; I thought it came out nice.

And this is how I made this : 

I started with a gessoed canvas, size 8"x 8" or 20 x 20 cm.

I used Dylusions paints and an old card to crape on the paint, you could of course just use a brush or your fingers ! 

This was the result.

Next I used a stencil and some model paste to create some texture. 

This is what is looks like....

Next: Put the stencil back and use a blending tool and Dylusions paint white to accentuate the flowers.

The just become a little whiter. 

Now with the same white paint, read some on your craft sheet with a brayer and use this as an ink pad. Then stamp the flowers a few times. 

Here's what that looks like... make sure to wash your stamp straight away (and your stencil too) as dried paint is very hard to remove....

Next, I used a blending tool and Archival Ink to ink up the edges of the canvas. If you don't like this, you don't have to do this...

Next : Mark making. Use the same card you used for scraping the paint on and make marks with black paint.. You can see the result in the next photo...

Then the background gets stamped; I used black and grey Archival inks and a couple of stamps. (A complete list of all the stamps I used is at the bottom of this post. 

This is what that looks like..

Now it is time for the main image. I stamped the bird twice on tissue paper with Archival ink and then clear embossed them. That way they get even more black. You then adhere them to the canvas with gel medium. 

Here is what that looks like... 

Next I took some Faber Castell Big Brush Markers to colour the birds a little.. I also stamped the sentiment "adventure awaits" at the bottom right. 

A close up of both birds...

A view from the left...

 Front view...

 View from the right..

And here is the last photo of the finished project ! 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Corrie x