Friday, February 12, 2016

Time To Dance Darling

Hello VLVS friends, Fiona here with you again with a new project I created using the awesome rubber stamps from Las Vegas!

"Time to Dance Darling"

This was one of my first VLVS purchases as soon as I knew I'd made the team and I was given the instruction to choose my favorite stemps, I went for this gorgeous "Steampnk Woman's Head".

I had a definite idea in mind of what I wanted to create. All I needed was a little cardboard box and some trinkets to adorn her!

I gave the box (which is actually a lid to a box) a light coating of gesso and then added some crackle medium. Once that was dry I added water colours and then some stamping with the Jagged Chain Link Fence background stamp.

Then all it took was ......... some depth (lots of layers of cardboard!), some old book pages, some Um WOW Studio chipboard and a Relics and Artifacts resin hand and she was ready to go to the ball!!!

I'm so pleased how it all turned out. I was getting worried towards the end but once I added the micro beads and some black and white ink flecks, it suddenly all came together.

Stamps I used to create this piece include:

I hope you like my crazy piece. I had a blast creating it.

Catch you next time.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Winners winners CHICKEN DINNERS!

We have a few winners from our Monthly Challenge series to get caught up on! SO be sure to read carefully and find out if you've won anything!

First -- FEATURED WINNERS who win a blog feature, the shiny badge to put on your own blog and grab bag of unmounted VLVS! rubber:

From October:

From November:

From December:

From January:

Four random winners who each win a grab bag:
October: Kim
November: Kristiina
December: Gail / Iona
January: Salla Porra

Congratulations to all of our winners! Just email me : : with your shipping address and which winner you are! Thank you so much!

Don't forget to join in on our current challenge:

Friday, February 05, 2016

mainly men

Hi Hermine here, this time I tried to make a card for men, always a struggle for me,

step 1: colour the backgorund with 3 colours fluid ink.
step 2: stencil the dots onto the background with Memento Luxe Weddingdress (white).
step 3: stamp with distress purple the Victorian Flourish 19417 and partial  Waybill/invoice background 19416 
step 4: stamp with Stazon Black the Business man silhouette 19418 and  Wright brothers walking 19730
step 5: take a stencil and purple Memento Luxe and sponge the dots. Make with a white sharpie some accents.
step 6: die cut the dragonfly and glue onto the left hand upper corner
step 7: Glue one a white card.

Warmly Hermine

Used materials:

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Love Banner

February, the LOVE month...and Valentines Day is right around the corner.
Michele here today sharing a mixed media banner inspired by the colors of love.

I started with some canvas banners, did some random samping with archival ink and sprayed with Distress Spray Stain in Wild Raspberry, Abandoned Coral and Fossilized Amber.  The stamps I used were:  Writing Circles Background, Writing Triangles, Coffee Ring Stain, Numbers Set, Bubble Wrap Texture and Stitching.

I covered some chipboard letters with gesso, stamped with Writing Circles Background and Coffee Ring Stain then sprayed with the Wild Raspberry spray and water.

I also stamped a couple of white flowers with Numbers Set and cut out some Writing Triangles.  Then the fun began...

Yep! The embellishing, I also had to have some Prima flowers too!!

I put the banners on a wooden dowl that I painted white and finished with some scrumptious May Arts Ribbons.

Now, how am I going to hang my LOVE banner??  Any ideas?  Let me know what you think.

Until next time, get inky!!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Hello everyone,

For today's DT post I have made an art journal.

This page was started with white card stock and gesso. I then brayered over turquoise and green acrylic paints. Next I used a layering stencil from Tim Holtz and with a blending tool and white paint added the circles.   The are very subtle. I also rubbed some white paint along the edges of the page. Using the same stencil and a text stamp I added some interest into the stencilled circles. Yes, I stamped over the stencil to get the print inside the circles. 
Next I stamped some more, concentrating on the right bottom and top left. I used a variety of background stamps and different colours of Archival Ink. There is a list of all the stamps I used at the bottom of this post. 
I then stamped the pigs and the man with the umbrella onto white card stock with Memento Ink and coloured them with Copic Markers, cut them out and adhered them onto the page. I added some shading under the man and added the sentiment directly to the page. 

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some inspiration to dust off those stamps and start creating ! 

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

"Live Like There Is No Midnight"

Hello VLVS friends. It's challenge time!!! I've put together a little journal page using this months challenge as my inspiration.

"Live Like There Is No Midnight"

I drew most of my inspiration from the whimsical appearance of the challenge frame and took the words bold, characters and circles. 

I also incorporated the colour purple by adding some watercolor to the old book page wing I created.

This is a depiction of the story Cinderella, one of my favourite fairy tales. I even drew some little white mice! I incorporated the stamp quote "Her wings were made of bold patterns and bright colors" to represent Cinderella's courage.

I created a little pumpkin half way up my page and decorated it with two different style circle stamps.

I choose bold colours in the lime and orange for my background. I love the impact and contrast the black stamping has against it. For good measure, and because it happens to be my most favourite stamp at the moment, I added some stitching stamping!

Here is a list of the stamps I used.

Design Open Circles 1 3/4 X 1 3/4
Stitching 3/4 x 2 1/2
Her wings were made 3/4 x 4
Writing Circles Background 1 3/4 x 4 1/2

Join me in the challenge. You can find all the information HERE
I can't wait to see what everyone creates!! Have fun xx

Monday, February 01, 2016

February Challenge

Welcome to our February Challenge!

We're inspiring you with words like bold, patterns, zentangle, rays, stripes, circles, distressed, grungy, purple, black and white, splash of, Mary Vogel Lozinak, characters, checkerboard, whimsical and more!

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board (it has to be posted this month, but you can certainly link up to other challenges as well!)
-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 for inspiration! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

VLVS! Swaps

Did You Know?

Viva Las VegaStamps! hosts swaps in a sweet little facebook group dedicated solely to VLVS! projects. We sure do! In today's post we have the results from our last swap for your viewing pleasure. The last theme was a Fall Harvest Postcard and my oh my the results are GREAT! 

We have also started a brand new swap -- Art themed ATCs. If you are interested please join our group and or read this file to learn more. It's easy to sign up, and we keep the rules pretty basic to accommodate most! Now - onto the postcards:

Monday, January 25, 2016

Drink More Coffee... Make More Happy Mail

Hello Again
Welcome Back For another Mail Art Monday!!!

Ok, So I have a confession... Yes, I am addicted to Coffee!!! 
I got a Keurig  for Christmas, and Now I'm Crazy addicted! So if you are like me grab a cup of White Chocolate Caramel Cappuccino and lets get Crafty!!!
(stamps used listed at the bottom)

(I'm currently enjoying my coffee from my awesome Whovian Mug from my two awesome friends Scott and Jillian, and yes the T.A.R.D.I.S. does totally disappear and move to the other side of the mug when cooled!!!!!)

I started with a standard plain white A2 Envelope.  I started by measuring out where I wanted my quote stamp, then I stamped it in Versamark Ink. Then I used black embossing powder so that It would stand out.  Next, I stamped the coffee cup in black StaZon ink in Jet black, then masked it off so that I could work on the background.

I inked the background in frayed burlap distress ink, then I stamped the waybill/invoice randomly over the envelope. Next, using Vintage photo distress ink I stamped the coffee ring stain, and double coffee ring stain. (Before I stamped them on the envelope, I spritzed them with water so that the ink would be a little more drippy).

Ok, now remove the mask. 
I used vintage photo, and frayed burlap ink on my craft mat to water color the coffee cup, and the shadow below the cup.

Well, There you have it.  
One super easy and fun coffee envelope Great for anyone, and any occasion!

Stamps Used:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Wibbly Wobbly TARDIS Card's

Hello! Fiona here with you today to share with you my "Wibbly Wobbly T.A.R.D.I.S cards. Of course I HAD to make something using the Blue Police Box stamp!

I know I have lots of new and exciting stamps from VLVS to play with but I really couldn't wait to create something "Whovian".

The stamp is a fabulous size at 2 3/4" x 4' so really perfect for shrinking! That's exactly what I did. I stamped it a couple of time onto some white shrink plastic (2 of them because I knew I'd wreck one ...... and I did!) and then coloured them with some Distress Ink. The new Blueprint Sketch colour is the Perfect T.A.R.D.I.S colour.
Then I taped off some white card stock and added some more Distress Inks to begin the background!

Then the process of creating a scene from out of space began! First a flick of water, next some white flicks, then some dark blue flicks, after that I added some black ink splats and finally some white ink splatter with a fan brush so I would get really fine spots to represent galaxy's far far away! Once it was all dry I attacked it with my black and white pens.

A close up shows you how the layers create an out of this world background!

Now I did say "Cards" plural more than one so here is the second T.A.R.D.I.S card. I made this one for a friends daughter who is a one eyed Whovian (YAY!).

I just used a simple fluid masking technique for this one and then wrote a little Dr. Who quote around the outside and then added an arrow to indicate the quote going around and around and around .......

Viva Las Vegastamps Used Included:

Thanks for popping by. See ya next time ....

Fiona X