Thursday, April 17, 2014

Love Envelopes....

Hello and Happy Thursday!  

Tina here again today and I am excited to be able to share another project with y’all.  Today, I would like to share Love envelopes, using 'Bird Head', 'Steampunk Owl', 'Face Collage' and 'Color Wheel Lines'.

To create my envelopes, I started by heat embossing several stamp images to small tags.  I used a white/gold embossing powder so that it would act as a resist when applying paint.  Using several complimentary colors, I painted each tag and wiped off the paint from the stamped image (with a baby wipe).  

I then stamped a white coin envelope with 'Color Wheel Lines' stamp and colored in (randomly) the pattern.  I then stapled the stamped tag to the stamped envelope.

To finish my Love Envelopes, I dry embossed several larger envelopes, then attached a rhinestone brad, tag, stick-pin, and sentiment to each envelope. 

This is one of those ‘done in a minute’ projects,  that I just love.

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Art Journal Faces for those who don't draw

Hello Again! 
It's me Tera Here with a fun tutorial on creating beautiful faces in your art Journals using Stamps!
 Who says you have to be able to draw to art journal?

 Have a peak at the first video for a quick and easy tutorial on how I created the beautiful face below. 
With rubber stamps you can create a completely cohesive piece without knowing how to draw!

(Part 1 The making of the face)

You can watch part 2 HERE 
If you're still playing along HERE's part 3
Finishing touches HERE for part 4

Supplies list in cast you want to play along: 

Rubber Stamps:

Eyes Looking Left 1 x 3Large Arrow Heart 2 x 1 3/4Chicken Wire 3 3/4 x 4 1/2The Usual Suspects 3/4 x 3Flying Eye Insect 2 3/4 x 2 1/4Harlequin Diamond Background 4 1/2 x 5 3/4, Number Strip 1 1/4 x 3 1/4Plate 1428Plate 1430, (in the example below I also used: Large Lightbulb 2 x 3)

Acyrlic paint in various colors (I used: pink,yellow, medium skin, green, aqua, white)
Paint brushes (various sizes)
Paper/Art journal for you to work on (I used vintage sheet music)
Scissors (because you never know)
Black permanent marker (Micron or Zig Vellum writer are my preferred markers)
Washi Tape
Gel Medium or Mod Podge (or your preferred adhesive)
You could also use scrapbook paper and word cut outs

I hope this inspires you! 
Please share what you create I'd love to see your art too!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two mixed-media collages by mellpellmell (Maria Potapovich) or "Don't ever trash your pink rubber, use the plate's number!" (c)

It's mellpellmell (Maria Potapovich) here today.

Glad to see you <3!

Does it ever happen to you? - You throw something, and exactly a minute later it turns out for you the most necessary and essential?

That is one side.

On the other hand - if you remember that in childhood the main wealth were not the candy (although they were very important too!), but candy wrappers?

Why am I saying this?

Because when you buy a plate of stamps, DO NOT throw candy wrappers!))))) I mean do not throw away plates's numbers  - they are gorgeous as separate stamps too!

Here's an example:

Mixed-media collage "Сold April evening"

In this mixed-media collage in my art-book I've used plates' numbers.
917927 and 1436.

How do you like it?
How cool is that I do not throw it away? ;)

Well, and I will show you one more collage "Map of thoughts"

Here I used common stamps)))  Map background and Hexagon background.

These two collage made ​​in similar colors - although, of course, they differ from each other. They are distinguished by mood, internal dynamics and also saturation...

But stamps in the first and second collage are from Viva Las VegaStamps!)))))

All the best and...  see you soon!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

You will stay with me forever

Hello) Nataliya is here, and  this is my new work, with little story about love...maybe...

- Where are you?
- You know I can't stay ...
- But I love you!
- I can't ...
- I saved you!
- We're from different worlds ... goodbye ...
- No, nonononono! You will stay with me forever!

And some details. I colored the Butterfly Lady with watercolor:

For tin decorating I used texture paste, acrilic paint & alcohol ink (and lace):

Have a nice day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tribute layout

I made a tribute layout to our dog Skyler who had to be put to sleep in December of this past year.  He was 16 years old and was a cherished member of our family and it was very, very hard for me.  I still miss him and think about him all the time.  I had a picture of him and I and I love the sweet look on his face so I decided to scrap it and made a mixed media layout:
 Here are some close ups of the stamps, my fave Line of chevrons stamp

and the Bird in flight
and the set of two hands pointing (I used the right hand pointing only) on the picture of the layout I seem to have cropped out some of the hand, sorry! haha

Here is a photo collage of my Skyler

I hope you enjoyed my tribute layout and until next time,


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time Flies.

Hello!!  Mary, here with a fun shaped mini album.
I've been wanting a creative way to showcase some photos of my kiddos in a 'then & now' way---something that could capture the way they were as littles and how those same traits have morphed and changed into who they are at this moment.
When I saw the Time Flies sentiment, I knew it'd be perfect as the title and main focus of this mini!  The Feather Silhouette makes an amazing embellishment.  I love the look of the gold embossing on the black cardstock.

And here's a peek at the bird-shaped mini book.  I'm still working on it, but the Stars embossed in gold over a wash of watercolor makes this Prima Marketing 'Life Time' paper happy.
Well, it makes me happy anyway!!

Ok guys, that's it for me!!  I hope you've enjoyed this peek at my book.
xx Mary

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Hi Hermine here. This time I decided to use beeswax for my project. I bought this notebook, but it was a little bit boring just being black.


step 1: take a piece of kraftpaper and stamp wit Stazon Black No. 5 tag 19063, mask off, and stamp coffee ring stain 19230 and color wheel lines 19338. Color the tag a little with colouring pencils.
step 2: take some beeswax and let it melt, then pour some over the kraftpaper. As soon as the beeswax touches the paper it starts to darken. Take a refill bottle Distress ink Peacock feathers and drip into the beeswax which is still in the container in the machine. Take a brush, dipp into the coloured beeswax and dripp on your work.
step 4: Take a piece of cardstock matching the colours of the coulured beeswax and glue the card onto this card with miracle tape. Glue the whole thing onto the cover of the notebook.

used materials:
No. 5 tag 19063
Coffee ring stain 19230
Color wheel lines 19338
Miracle tape

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Hi Folks!! Welcome to the blog today -- we're sharing the random winner from our March Challenge which was full of outdoorsy goodness in green.

Our winner ... Is ...


Isn't that so clever?? Thanks for joining us Paulette! Email me @ with your address and we'll get you some rubber in the mail.

Doing forget to join us for the April Challenge to win your own rubber.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Bewitched {Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout}

ouija stamp, bew, allassiter
Hello stampers, It's Amy here today, sharing a layout I created with some pretty rad stamps. I used a photo of my daughter, and used some of her favorite things........mystical, magical things.
Bewitched, ALLassiter, VLVS
I started by painting my background, and then finding a few coordinating papers, that I then stamped with the ouija board onto them, using Momento ink in Tuxedo Black. Next I stamped random lines with the washi grid background, using Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee; and then layered on the photo and playing card, as well as some more paper bits and washi tape.
title bewitched
When those were complete and adhered, I stamped with the directional circle
, as well as inking up only bits of the ouija board stamp, and randomly adding some stamping to the background. After adding my embellishments, I stamped throughout using paint, with the cross square background stamp...which really completed it for me. 

close flower, bewitchedbottom section, bewitched,allassiter

 Thanks for having a look today, and I hope you have a creative day! :)

Supplies used: Viva Las VegaStamps-ouija board, directional circle, washi tape grid background, cross square background
Paper-7 Dots Studio-Illumination, Messy Head, Domestic Goddess
Stickers-7 Dots Studio
Paint-Plaid folk art Ink-Hero Arts, Tsukeniko/Imagine Crafts, Ranger, Liquitex

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Tina Walker, April Guest Designer

Hello!  And Happy Thursday! 

Tina Walker here today, I am so excited to be here with y’all today and to be able to share in my excitement and passion for creating art!  I’d like to say a special THANK YOU to DeeDee Catron for inviting me.  I will be with y’all for 3 months and I can’t wait to get started!

Before I start, here’s a bit about me and what I like to create.

I dabbled in scrapbooking approximately 15 years ago and would create in bursts of artistic energy, but it wasn't until 4 years ago when I really started to be 'obsessed' with Scrapbooking.  I have been blessed to have been published in Somerset Memories, Artful Blogging, Scrapbook Trends, and Creating Keepsakes.

I am a working mom, working outside the home.  My children are grown, so much of my inspiration comes from my two French bulldogs, Moose & Flikka.  They have quite the reputation in the scrapbook world.  I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah, but am a Mid West girl by heart.   (Go Buckeyes!) 

You can see more of my scrapbook, Home Décor, and mixed media projects on my blog, A Dog's Life.

For my first project share, I created an Art Journal page.  Art Journaling is relatively a new art form for me, but once I tried it, I was hooked.  I love the free-form input and creativity associated with Art Journaling, and using stamps really extends your creative options.

I am not a typical stamper, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love using (and collecting) stamps.  One of my favorite ways of using stamps is to build a focal point that enhances the message of the page.

The background of my page started with a Gelli Plate Print.  Before doodling on the background, I stamped my page using 'Flower Background', then heat embossed with black powder.  I ‘painted’ the open spaces on the stamp with watercolors and let it dry completely.

Once I was happy with how the stamped image looked, I doodled and embellished the remainder of the page with Acrylic Paint markers and doodle pens.  

This is a really simple way to use stamps when Art Journaling, yet make them unique and personalized.

Thank you for letting me share my Art Journal page with you today.  Be sure and stop back later this month for another project.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

April Showers Bring...

Yes they do for me HeHe : D
 (Ok, maybe it's the May flowers that d that? either way it works!)

Hello again everyone! It's Me Tera again here with you to share my take on this months super fun inspiration board! I love this board It contains some of my favorite things, But for my piece I narrowed it down to Yellow Polka Dots!! They are so cheerful!

I created this super fun Queen Bee card that can be used for any occasion. 
I started with a white card base, then added a yellow polka dot layer with a quarter inch boarder. The black piece is fiber paper. I stamped Queen Bee 2 3/4 x 2 3/4  on white card stock, then colored with various markers. 

For the finishing touched I used pop dots to pop up the bee, and added a cute yellow rose and some punched greenery. Everything was glued in place with Miracle Tape. 

Don't Forget you upload your piece for the April Challenge HERE

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

April Challenge

Bring on SUMMER!!!

Meet us back here next week this time to see the winner from our March Challenge. A LOT of goodness was entered!

April's Mood Board:

Draw inspiration from anything on our board, windmills and like architecture, April showers, flowers, umbrellas, polka dots, yellow, scene stamping and more!

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board
-Use at least one (but certainly more if you want) Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps (please no competitor stamps on your entries)
-Post it to your blog with a link back to us
-Upload to our linky using your direct blog post link (You may also upload via facebook, flickr or other gallery)
You could win a Project Spotlight post on our blog + some new rubber of course!
And visit us back here tomorrow for some inspiration from Tera Callihan!