Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tis the season!

Since it's getting so close to Christmas I thought it only appropriate to make some Christmas inspired ATC's!  I made a trio of them, as I'm known to do, and they each make me smile.  Here is the first one using three different VLVS stamps!  I used the Cowgirl with tray, the Arched window and the Set of three ornaments to make this ATC
and here is a close up to show the red embossing I used for the ornaments
For the next ATC I used the Lady with wine stamp
and here is a close up
and last but not least this little gem using the fabulous Angry lady stamp
I hope you enjoyed these ATC's and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with family and friends!
 


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

looking smart

Hi Hermine here,
Don't you have the same problem or is it me. If its only me I sovled at least my own problem hahaha. When I die cut with my Vagabond I always cut some extra, you'll never know if you make a mistake, but always have some leftovers, putting them somewhere in my art room, my biggest problem is that I can;t find them anymore if I want to use them, so I stamped and gessoed on this smart handbag (a project from Club Scrap) and from now on I can put my die cuts in zipperbag and tuck them into the handbag. Works perfectly :o)











step by step:
step 1. take the project out of the packaging (maybe if you are very handy you can make one yourself) and lay flat on your worksurface. Take a stencil of The Crafters Workshop and sponge with gesso on a few places. Then stamp with different colours ink randomly on the cardboard. tamps that I used are: Harlequin diamond background 18920 , Color wheel lines 19338, Bulls eye target solid 19196Bulls eye target open 19193 , Waybill.Invoise bakcground 19416 and put the box together
step 2: stamp with Stazon black on a seperate piece of paper: Slide to unlock 19534 , NY License plate 19544 , Hello my name is tag 19540 and  Girl in princess costume 19536, cut out and colour with distress ink and a waterbrush.
step 3: glue the images onto the box. Fill it and its ready to use.


Hope you like my project.


Warmly Hermine





Used stamps:
Harlequin Diamond background 18920
Color wheel lines 19338
Waybill/Invoice background 19416
Bulls eye target solid 19196
Bulls eye target open 19193
Slide to unlock 19534
NY License Plate 19544
Hello my name is tag 19540
Girl in princess costume 19536
Stazon



Friday, December 12, 2014

Vintage card

Hello all, Nataliya is here!
Today I will show my new vintage card, I love to do card in this style :)


For this card I took not so many embellishments: flower, chipboard, leavs, stamens and paper doily lace.


For doily lace I used VLVS! Medium Doily 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 and hot embossing:


As usually I used a lot of Viva Las VegaStamps for background:


And do you love vintage style?

My VLVS!
Medium Doily 2 1/4 x 2 1/4
Design Open Circles 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
Dictionary Page 4 x 2 1/2
Chicken Wire 3 3/4 x 4 1/2
Victorian Flourish 2 1/4 x 5



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Reindeer Dreams

 Hi Guys, Karen here with you again today, to share a quick tag with you..  I'm well and truly in Christmas creating mode, so I've got another Christmas themed tag for you.
 
This time I've used these stamps:
 
 
 
 
I just love this Deer!
 
 
 
My tag base is coloured with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls mist splattered randomly over the tag - I think it makes it look a little more wintery and festive,  and my images are coloured with Distress markers..
 
 
I have made a few of these tags.. I'm going to use as gift tags for some of my presents.. Why not give it a go, and stamp some gift tags of your own?
 
Happy Creating,  and a huge thanks for stopping by
Karen xox
 

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Merry Merry : A Christmas Card

Hello stamping friends :) Yesterday we had a giant delicious blog hop full of Christmas Cards by our Design Team. Please stop by if you didn't get a chance to see everything. We had a fun giveaway and now we have a winner to announce!!!

the winner is......
Julie Steed said...
Er... no, I haven't started them yet. But I've been THINKING about it!
Congrats Julie!! Please email me @ deedee430@gmail.com with your shipping address and we'll get you a LB o' rubber and a Christmas grab bag!

Also -- Sometimes things don't go as planned and we had a little hiccup -- so today I'm sharing the deliciously whimsical card by Amy Lassiter here on our blog that was missed yesterday. Her original post was here. Check out the her card, leave her some love here on our blog, and we'll give away one more Christmas themed grab bag to a sweet comment left for Amy.

Plucked directly from Amy's Blog:
"I have created a fun little card to shine with Christmas spirit, without a single Christmas specific image! Today I am giving a shout out to Dr. Who…and thinking of how the TARDIS would look, sailing across a sky of Christmas stars, sending a Christmas greeting.


The background of my card was created by adding many colors of blue on my Gelli Plate, and then spreading with a brayer. When this was dry, giving splatters of white ink from 13 Arts, gave me a nice night sky to work with.

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I painted the watercolored pine trees, fussy cut them out, and added them in layers. Each tree is topped with a star from the Stars 2 x 2 1/4, using gold ink from Imagine Crafts.

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The Whimsical flying police box stamp is focus of this card, obviously. I decided to stamp it in several colors of blue, and then color with Sakura Gelly Roll pens, Faber Castell Design Memory Craft big brush pens, and fine line Sharpies; for pops of color. I wanted the TARDIS to be flying the Union Jack, so I stamped it using the Union jack silhouette, and added it and the Chevron banner stamp, using shimmering gold heavy embroidery thread….like they were being flown. The entire card was added in a layer to another white plain 4×6 card, which was watercolored to give a lighter background pop of color."


Monday, December 08, 2014

Christmas Card Blog Hop

Today the Viva Las VegaStamps! Design Team is joining forces to show off our Christmas themed rubber stamps on some beautiful and fun greeting cards.



If you haven't started your Christmas Cards, it's time. Visit our team for inspiration and then get started!

Our hop :

Hop through the links to be inspired, leave our DT some love and let them know what you think of their creations. Make sure to comment everywhere because we're giving away a prize pack full of rubber! One lucky comment along the way will win a Lb o' Rubber and a Christmas Grab Bag.

Here's a sneak peek of what our hop has to offer you:



Hop hop hop! Comment comment comment!! Have you even started your cards yet?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I can be a hermit....

Seriously, I am the kind of person who can entertain herself for hours and doesn't mind being alone! haha I did an art journal page paying homage to my "hermitism" and the neat thing about this page is that alot of the paint was leftover paint from cleaning my Gelli plate, and I love how the leftover paint created this background for this project.
 Here is the page with alot of left over paint from some other projects and then I stamped the grunge numbers onto the page
 and then I added the gorgeous lady swimsuit back (isn't she gorgeous???)
and here are a few more close ups


I also used the line of chevronsstar pinset of wingschevrons and the not all who wander are lost .

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

Glenda


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

VLVS December Inspiration Challenge!

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Tina here today with my interpretation of the December Challenge!  If you haven't seen the challenge yet, here's a peek at the amazing December inspiration piece!


I wasn't sure what type of project I wanted to create for my inspiration piece - a card, an art journal spread, a layout, or a assemblage type project.  So many options!

After much deliberation, I decided on an assemblage type project.  I used a an Amazing Alterable from Paper Whimsy as the base for my project and used the inspiration image color palette and design as a beginning point.


I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous Blues in the inspiration image, so I layered multiple shades of Shimmerz Paints to achieve the hue I was looking for.  I aged the edges with Distress Ink for a more vintage feel.


Using these 3 Snowflake stamps, I heat embossed the images all over by piece, with white embossing powder.

Small Snowflake
Medium Snowflake
Large Snowflake

(BTW - these snowflakes are part of Plate 887, which is a great Christmas Plate, that includes the ornament shapes in the inspiration image.)

I LOVE how the embossed snowflakes turned out!



Once I was happy with the embossed piece, I added several vintage inspired embellishments to finish it off.





You can't see the detail in the pictures, but there is a subtle stripped image on my background.  Using a stencil, I inked the stripes before I embossed it.  You can see the striped effect in the above image, on the inside of my piece.

We hope you play along with the Challenge this month!  For all of the details, please Click Here!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful December!



Monday, December 01, 2014

Monthly Challenge - Ornament Swap

I really can't believe it... It's time for the very last challenge of 2014! We bring you a bit of blue and white chilly-ness with a dash of brown warm and some beautiful vintage ornaments.


Please be inspired by all the colors (blues, whites, offwhites, black, brown and more,) stripes, ornaments, bows, snowflakes, winter, Christmas, chilly, snow, snowmen and more. Please feel free to enter any type of project; altered art, ATCs, cards, layouts, journal pages and more!  Visit us this time next week for November's TWO winners! We'll now be having TWO winners. One voted winner will receive a grab bag, a badge, and a spotlight. One random winner will receive a grab bag.



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
(We are now allowing competitors stamps to be on your work, but please make VLVS! the focus of the project, thank you.)
-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 Tina Walker.

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!

To finish off this inspiring week we have Tera Callihan joining us.


Die-Namites Die Leafy Branch

Viva Las VegaStamps! Used
Santa Collage 3 1/2 x 4 1/4
Holly Large 2 3/4 x 2 1/4
Noel 1 1/4 x 2 1/2
Jingle Bells 3/4 x 2
Pen Tips 2 3/4 x 2

Tera says "Today I decided to do a fun new take on using dies. As many of you know I love mail art, but gluing pieces on the outside of an envelope can be awkward. To keep the envelope nice and flat, but add depth and dimension I decided to combine stamping with "masking" with Die cuts! This Is a great technique to use on all of your upcoming Christmas tags, envelopes, and even gift wrapping!!"

And that's it folks! Visit the Die-namites blog for their last day and make sure to catch up on leaving comments. We'll be announcing a giveaway soon!!

Did you get lots of inspiration this week? Maybe you can finish your Christmas cards, make  your own wrapping paper or even put together some beautiful handmade gifts.

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: