Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Live in the moment

Hi!! Karen here with you again today!
 Hope you are having a wonderful week!
I absolutely adore this stamp, and have been waiting patiently for it to arrive.
Finally this week I found it in my letter box.. so I knew exactly what I was going to be creating my tag with for this post :)

I started with a distress inked base for my tag... added in some background stamping using
Victorian Flourish 2 1/4 x 5
Line of Grass 3/4 x 3 3/4
 and my favourite -
Waybill/Invoice Background 4 1/4 x 5 1/4
I added in some stitching and a crinkle ribbon bow a few  idea-ology few trinkets

I then stamped the Girl in Princess costume onto some blank pages of an old book, and cut her out.. isn't she just adorable. I also added in some fussy cut butterfly wings.. turning her into a fairy princess!!
Next up I layered  her onto my tag, 
 added in a Tim Holtz ornate plate and word band, and some more baubles
and my tag was finished!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope I've inspired you a little,
until next time..
Happy Stamping!
Karen xx


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The road not taken card by Maria Potapovich (mellpellmell)


Do you  know...?

Every day goes and never comes back...

Every minute disappears at a speed a second per second...

Years run inexorably...

We grow older every minute and it does not change...

But this is not a reason to say goodbye to happiness?!

It is an opportunity to understand that you can start once again at any moment!
Life goes on! 
There is a chance and... a lot of them! Really!

If you want to know I'll tell you about the stamps I've used:

Always remember that the Road Not Taken! 

Remember this every moment !

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Guest Designer >> AMBER

We have guest designer Amber Rasmussen joining us today :)

Hello everyone! My name is Amber Rasmussen and I live in Florence, Arizona with my high school sweetheart and our two fur little babies. I am an avid cardmaker and scrapbooker and like to explore different styles but if I had to describe my crafting style I would say its Clean & Simple but Fun & Cute. There isn't a material or technique I won't try at least once!

Hello Viva Las VegaStamp fans! I'm super exciting to be joining you here as a guest on the VLVS Blog for the entire month of September. Today I would love to share this fun and funky little tag, using Wheeley Frog, Photographs Do Not Bend, and Lets Roll.

To create my little tag, I started by taking an old recycled sticker sheet and placed it over my tag base. Then I took my sponge dauber and added some color. I used a light green and a light orange color for this background. You could of course use a stencil or stamps to create your background but I like to recycle and reuse whatever let over supplies I have on hand, like the sticker sheet. After I had my colorful background circles applied I went a head and stamped the two Photograph images and the Wheeley Frog image to the tag base. I also went a head and distressed the front of my tag as well as the edges.

After I had my tag base all ready to go I stamped my "Lets Roll" sentiment onto a little white banner I created and then stamped and colored my Wheeley Frog. I also added some clear Rangers Stickles to my cute little frog and cut all around him. 

Here is a close up of my finished tag. I add my cut and colored Wheeley frog over the first image I had stamped onto my tag base, added my "Lets Roll" banner to the top left side, and then added some orange stitching all around my tag.
VLVS Supplies:  
Wheeley FrogPhotographs Do Not Bend, and Lets Roll.
Other Supplies: Patterned Paper- Fancy Pants / Staz-On Ink Pad- Jet Black / CTMH Markers / CMTH Edge Distresser / Ranger Stickles- Clear / Sulky Thread- Orange / Sewing Machine

Friday, September 12, 2014

Keep summer in the bottle

Hello all! Nataliya is here :) And I don't want to say goodbye to summer! So I decided to preserve it and make this card:

I really love fuzzy cutting :)

And how do you this glass bottle with dandelions and bubbles?

Now I'll tell you how I did it :)
First of all, I stamping Bottle 2 x 3 with 2 colors of Memento Luxe:

For next step I cut "stencil" and stamping in bottle Blowing Dandelion and Extra Seed by Susan M. Brown 2 x 3 1/2 and 3/4 x 3/4:

Little bit of drawing with Pigma Micron & Faber Castell Pitt Brush:

And watercolor & Gelly Roll:

To make a "glass" bottle, I used Emboss It from Ranger Ink & Ultra High Embossing from WOW!:

Looks great!

But I decided to add another layer of powder. As a result, bubbles appeared unexpectedly. But I loved it!

Have a summer day!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mail Art Mania is back!

Hello again!!!
It's me Tera here again with another super fun piece of Mail Art 

For this piece i wanted to stick with the fun medical theme from my last post, but go in a slightly different direction.
 If you like what you see here you can easily recreate it with the following products:
Stamps used: 

Biohazard 2 x 2

Other Items:
Black Marker
Your favorite Black Ink
Color Box ink-Seattle grey (or other Dark grey ink)
Distress ink- Weathered Wood (or other light grey ink)
post-it note or other item to trace to draw your "Rx pad"
Ink Blending tool or make-up sponge
Scrap paper to create "masks" to cover images you want to protect

To begin stamp the Doctor With Needle 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 and Man With Organs Exposed 1 3/4 x 2 1/2  in black and create a mask to cover them so that non of your other stamping/inking will get on them. Next trace around a post-it note to create the base shape of your Rx pad. Stamp the Prescription Pad 2 x 2 letters on the upper right corner and add some numbers for fun! Cover the freshly stamped area of your Rx pad to protect it from further inking/stamping.

Now stamp all of your "background" images (these ones will be in the darker grey)... After those have dried use your blending tool to add the base color of weathered wood (or your favorite light grey ink). Now you can add your Wow factor stamping in black to pull the whole piece together. Make sure to stamp some over the "masks" so that it gives you the depth and feel that they are behind the 1st focal images we stamped... (this is why we use the "masks") 

Remove the masks and enjoy your work of art!!!! 
(add shading with a pale grey marker for added depth if you'd like) 
Can you imagine what the post office workers will be thinking when this passes through?? 

Below are a few more angles so you can see more detail 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Banksy love

I just love the Banksy stamps and decided to make a trio of ATC's using some of them.  Here is the first card
and I used the following stamps:

the Banksy spray can cop

the Line of chevrons

and the Brick background,

along with a rub on and lots of yummy mists dripping down.

The next card is a little cheeky but when I look at this Banksy cop giving the finger this is what comes to mind:
and for this card I used the Banksy cop giving finger stamp, a stencil, letter stickers, inks and a piece of Hambly transparency.

Here is my last card:
and for this one I used the Banksy sweeping under lady along with the Marrakech stencil from StencilGirl, inks, glitter, clear patterned tape, a piece of Hambly transparency and an acrylic sticker.

I hope you all enjoyed my trio of Banksy ATC's and have a great day!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Journey Awakens the Soul, Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Tina here today with a mini mixed media canvas, full of personal meaning and feeling.

One of my latest obsessions, is creating mini mixed media canvases.  There is something about their smaller size that is less threatening and overwhelming.  I especially love incorporating metal embellishments with stamped images for a different, eclectic look.

The Whimsical Diver stamp is quickly becoming a favorite.  I find myself reaching for it over and over again.  For this project, I simply stamped the image onto heavy cardstock, then colored the image for effect.  I also added a few alcohol ink colored rhinestones for texture.

Using the same sprays and paints on the canvas AND embellishments,  I created a cohesive project that looks like all of the individual parts were made for each other.  

In addition to the texture created on my canvas with a Crafters Workshop stencil, I added a bit of stamping, using Bubble Background.  This is a great stamp for creating amazing texture on any mixed media project.

What is your current creative obsession?  I'd love to hear about it!  Maybe it will become my next crafty project!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 08, 2014

August Winner!

We have a winner to announce today from our August Challenge ---

it is.....

Corrie !!!

Loved her interpretation and hope she joins us again in challenge. Corrie, please email me @ with your shipping address and we'll send you out a grab bag of rubber!

Don't forget to stop by and enter September's challenge.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Guest Designer Marilyn Hughes

Today we have Guest Design Team Member MARILYN HUGHES joining us :) 

I'm a 45-year old married mother of one living in southeast Louisiana.  I work full time as an Assistant Director of Facility Services for an internationally renown research center, but spend all my weekends in my studio where I create a wide range of mixed media projects ranging from ATCs to Tags to Journal pages and beyond.  My studio is a converted 10x20 metal storage building that sits in my backyard until a large oak tree (I'm currently campaigning for a larger, better studio).  Not only do I like to play with stamps, paints, and paper, but I am a voracious reader; my Nook is my constant companion.  
You may have seen my projects over on Gauche Alchemy where I am a dt member or on Basically Bare and Art Anthology where I am the Coordinator.  Being a guest designer for Viva Las VegaStamps! is a dream come true and I'm very thankful that DeeDee has given me this opportunity.

If you would like to see more of my work, you can visit my blog, Tarnished Rose, at
Hi everyone! It's a Happy Day for me today.  I'm doing the Snoopy Dance because I get to be the Guest Designer on VLVS! for September!  So today, for your viewing pleasure, I've got three projects for you; two ATCs and a journal page.  For the ATCs, I was working with a monochromatic color palette, not the easiest thing in the world.

Other Supplies:
Art Anthology Sandcastle, Salted Caramel, and Cinnamon Twist Colorations,Art Anthology Splashed Sorbet, Tim Holtz Layering Stencils Chevron, Sepia Archival Ink

For "The Road" ATC, I sprayed the background with a combination of the three mists, going lightest to dark, saving the the darkest one (Cinnamon Twist) to spray through my Chrevron stencil to give me a line of chevrons across the top.  I then stamped the Sunflowers in sepia archival ink directly onto the card.  The dragonflies were stamped onto white cardstock, sprayed with the darkest brown of my mists, cut out, and then painted with Art Anthology Sorbet to give them sparkle.  

​Stamps Used:

Other Supplies:
Distress Stain Squeezed Lemonade, Distress Ink Mustard Seed, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Dot Fade, Glitter Dome Stickers

For my sunny Chemistry ATC, I drug my card through a puddle of Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain and then inked on the dots using the Dot Fade Stencil.  I stamped the DNA Strand, Chemistry 101, Books, & Mouse in Hole in Mustard Seed ink directly onto the card.  Taking some Glitter Dome stickers, I highlighted all the circles in the DNA Strand to make them stand out and give the card dimension.  I then stamped and cut out the Chemistry 101 and Set of Books from cardstock, inked around the edges, then added popup dots to the back to make them stand out, placing them over the previously stamped images. 

And finally, just for fun (and for a lovely journal swap hosted by VLVS!) I completed the following journal spread:


Stamps Used:

Other Supplies:
Art Anthology Salted Caramel Colorations, Art Anthology Mardi Gras Velvet, Shaved Ice, Fresco Flakes
TCW Sketch Grid 12 x 12, Tim Holtz Layering Stencil Dot Fade, Liquitex Bead Gel Medium, Distress Markers, UmWowStudio Flair, UmWow Daisy
I threw a lot at this page, but the Dr. Who stamp is on one of my favorite and to me, it's a visual representation of my stenciled statement, that "You really can do whatever your want".  

Thank you for having me!
Until later...................