Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Viva Las Vegastamps! I Love Paris in the Springtime!

This month the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team was challenged with the theme of  LOVE... and I think Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world.  So my first post this month combines my LOVE of Steampunk with my LOVE Paris!
Tissue Paper
Card stock - red (Base), black and pattern paper (From  my Stash)
Ink Stewart Superiors - Memories Dye Black
Ink Versafine Crimson Red
Locking washer from the hardware store
Foam Tape

Stamp VLVS!Eiffel Tower on tissue paperlet the ink set, use heat tool if necessary) and adhere to the background, mask  VLVS! Eiffel Tower.  Edge pattern paper panel Versafine Crimson Red ink. Then stamp the VLVS! Nesting Gears and VLVS! Steampunk Warrior on the background with Versafine Crimson Red ink.  Heat emboss the VLVS! Nesting Gears with Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powered.  Stamp the VLVS! Steampunk Couple ( on a light colored card stock, fussy cut, color with COPICs and attach with foam tape to add dimension. With VLVS! Miracle Tape attach the pattern paper panel to black card stock then adhere to red card base.  
Stamp sentiment "I love Paris in  the Springtime" with black ink on scrap of paper, edge with Versafine Crimson red, layer on black cardstock adhere to card with foam tape.  Last touches add Stickles to the wings on man's hat, adhere locking wash on man and embellish lady with rhinestones. 

Join us for our February Theme 

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You must play to have a chance to win!

See More of my work at DreamingofCastles!

Monthy Challenge

January  was Just full of :"Celebration" between our Design team having a wonderful blog hop to  all the entry for January Theme.  Thanks so much for play along..  We love to see what you create.  

Here is January  Winner
Theme was Celebration:

This was made by
Sandra Strait

please contact 
Terri Sproul at Terri@ultimatescrapbookretreat.com
to claim your prize...

Now on to February Theme.  


How to enter our monthly challenge
1)  post a project using the theme on our Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/vlvstamps
2)  Must be a follower of our blog
3) entry must use Viva Las Vegastamps!  here is the link to our on line store.  Click HERE  
4)  Prize is a feature on our blog and $25 to our on-line store. 

We hope your play and WIN... 

Terri Sproul

Monday, January 30, 2012

Queen Bee in the Hive!!

Hi everybody! It's Susan and I'm at CHA and sending in this post from IHOP since the hotel internet is down...many crafters are M.I.A. because of this {Terri included}. But I did find Terri!!!

Here is my project today...This Queen Bee who is a little self conscious of the size of her stinger. I used three Viva Las Vegastamps!: Queen Bee #5373; Does this stinger... #5327; and Texture/Sharp Angles #9752. I started off with a scrap of hand-painted paper that really wasn't pretty enough for anything. So I cut hexagonal shapes mimicking the queen bee stamp and then with grey Staz-on stamped the texture on each piece. Then I glued them onto an olive green cardstock in a honeycomb pattern. I stamped the Queen Bee on the same painted paper twice and then colored in and layered the image. The wing is a piece of Mica colored with silver Krylon pen on the back and stamped on the front. Then I gave it detail with Sakura Terri Sproul Mixers on the wings, staff and eye {OK - I just got a mini sample at the trade show today}. The tip of the staff is perfect pearls. Then I stamped quote on yellow cardstock and matted on same background paper. A lot of fussy cutting....but so worth it.

Detail of gussied up Queen Bee!

Two days left submit your creations for the VLVS Theme Challenge for January! Submit your "CELEBRATION" theme creations using Viva Las Vegastamps! for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate at the VLVS online store. CLICK HERE for info on submissions. Don't forget to check out the Viva Las Vegastamps! store - there is something for every occasion and everything from bees to aliens! Don't forget to hang out a little while to see what our talented Design Team has been up to.

Thanks so much for visiting & if you would like to see more of my creations please visit my blog, sbartist : painting in the dark HERE. Happy Monday : )

Friday, January 27, 2012

We're Still Celebrating!

Yep, here are VLVS we're celebrating the entire month of January!
And if you know me, you know I love a part-tay!!

My card today is a title risqué, so if you don't swing that way, please avert your eyes! 

This card used some scrap papers, which made me very happy.
And it includes a nekkid man, which makes me happy.

So are ya ready?
On with the show....

Card Base
Patterned Papers
Craft Paper Scraps
Foam Tape/Pop Dots
Markers to Color your Nekkid Man (I used Stampin Up markers)
Black Ink (I used Memories by Stewart Superior)
Circle Punch
Scissors (my go-to for precision cutting are Cutter Bees)
Swirl Die Cut (mine is cut from craft paper with a Sizzix die)
Paper Trimmer
Distress Ink- Black Soot, Vintage Photo
Inking Handle
Stipple Brush
Blue & Green Inks
Spellbinder's Dies and Die Cut Machine
Baker's Twine

Here's your man:
I mean, seriously, how can you not love him!
Anyone else think he looks like Super Man?

OK, first things first -
Fold a card base.
Stamp your man using black ink on white card stock twice.
Use the circle punch and punch out his head from one of the stamped images.
Set aside.
 Cover the card front with patterned paper. 
This paper is old Sassafrass, and already had the scalloped border on it!
Ink up the edges with Vintage Photo.
 Die cut a couple of nested shapes using the Spellbinder's dies. 
Ink all edges with Vintage Photo. 
Add a strip of patterned paper to the center of the die cuts.
Adhere to center of card using Miracle Tape.
 Die cut a swirl out of craft paper and ink edges with Vintage Photo.
Add to card front.
Ink edges of punched circle using Vintage Photo,
and place in center of die cuts using a pop dot.

 Cut a white panel of card stock to go inside card, and stamp your man using black ink.
Color with markers- I cheat and color just the edge areas, because most of this will be covered up!
Mount this onto a card stock panel and place inside card towards the top.

 Color your stamped image that you stamped earlier using markers.
Fussy cut...
Note- I DID NOT cut out the candles at the edges. 

 Add some patterned paper strips inside the card (NO NEKKID INSIDES!)-
 be sure to ink all the edges with Vintage Photo first!
Stamp the sentiment onto craft paper using black ink. 
Trim around it, ink with Vintage Photo, and add to the card.
Use a Stipple Brush and add some color around your man- I used blue and green.

Put pop dots or foam tape on the back of your cut out image.
Place the cut out image over the image in the card.

 Add Stickles to the hearts and candles.
I used Fruit Punch on the hearts and candles, Yellow on the outside part of the flames,
Orange on the inside part of the flames, and a little Crystal in the man's hair.
 Awwww yeah!

 Side view.

 Add some Tangerine Stickles around the edge of the circle with the man in it.
Add some Crystal Stickles to his hair and to the flourish.
Put the brad through the flower and put some Baker's Twine behind it.
Adhere with Miracle Tape.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

And Now For Something Completely Different!

Viva Las Vegastamps! is thrilled to have the whimsical designs of Mary Vogel Lozinak now available in rubber. We sent the boards to the engraver today so they're on pre-order at 20% off through February 2nd... hope you love them as much as we do.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY Washi Tape part II

Hey everybody!! Welcome back :) 

Today the card I'm sharing is a simple beauty using the Washi tape that I made on Sunday! 

Besides adding my tape in a "strategic" way - I did a bit of doodling around the edge. I picked a very graphic background since I didn't want to do much embellishing! This card makes the perfect "Thank you" or small note slipped inside a gift! 
VLVS! Items used:
Memento Black Ink

Thanks so much everyone!! -DeeDee

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pug Birthday Card!

One of my best friends loves Pugs. She has two of them and their names are Frankie & Piglet. She had a birthday recently, so I wanted to use this cute Pug In Party Hat stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps! to make her birthday card. To start off, I stamped the image on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. My friend’s favorite color is purple, so I used a purple card for the base and I colored some Spellbinders shapes with purple chalk for my background. I added some Sakura Crystal Lacquer to the eyes and nose to make them look wet as well as dimensional. On the inside of the card, I stamped a simple and fun Happy Birthday! My friend loved the card by the way! She is so into Pugs that every year she organizes the “Pug Picnic”. Anyone can come as long as they have a Pug and bring it with them. She even knows all the Pug’s names! I gave this stamp to her and suggested she use it next year for her Pug Picnic invitations. She loved the idea!

For anyone who missed our blog hop, here’s another project where I was able to use this same versatile stamp for a New Year’s card. I had a lot of fun with this card since I am a cat person, and I enjoyed making the little dog annoying!

Feel free to comment below and be sure to come back to see new cards & projects posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Washi Tape!!!

Hi Everyone!! DeeDee here for an extra post this month!!

I kind of stole the opportunity of doing a DIY video for VLVS! on how to make your own Washi Tape with VLVS! Supplies!!!

I used :
Tissue paper

Please please.. tell me what you think!!!!
I'll show you a project using this tape on Wednesday so come back!!!! -DeeDee

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Age Is Relative

I thought I'd have fun with one of my favorite persons in history!!  I had to have this Einstein image and then these gears were the perfect touch to add "another cog in the wheel," for a birthday card.  The Masquepen is fabulous with Einstein's hair...it prevented the MicaColor Watercolor from seeping onto the hair!


Viva Las Vegastamp Images -

Other Items - Miracle Tape

Other Supplies:

White, Teal, and Green Cardstock
Dimenstional Gears and Wheels
USArtQuest MicaColor Palette
Gears Embossing Folder and Embossing/Die Cut Machine
Copic Markers
Brown and Black Permanent Ink
Dark Green Pigment Ink
Soft, pointed Brush

(Inks = Permanent won't move with water, Pigment is juicy for coverage and embossing powder, and (not used in this project) Dye Based inks moves with water like watercolors)

1.  Stamp Einstein image onto white cardstock.  Use the Masquepen and cover  the WHOLE Einstein image.  Let dry.

2.  Prepare your Micacolor Palette color by dipping your soft brush into water and letting the water drip onto the color.  Let set a second or two, and then swirl your brush into the color.  The consistency should be creamy - if not - add a little more water.

3.  Pick up color from your MicaColor Palette and brush onto the gear stamp image, covering the whole surface.  Tap lightly with a sponge to remove excess color. Stamp like you would normally stamp, going over Einstein image (See photo).  Let dry.

4.  Remove Masque material by using your forefinger and slowly moving your finger down over the the edge of the masking material.  It will start to roll and you can roll the material down and off the card.

5.  Color and shade Einstein with Copics.  Run green cardstock through die cut machine (I used a Cuttlebug) using the Gear Embossing folder.  Swipe the dark green pigment ink over the surface.    Mount Einstein card to green Gears with Miracle Tape. Add Gears and Brads. 

6.  Mount Teal for background cardstock with Miracle Tape.

Note:  My quote about "another cog in the wheel," I generated by computer, but, VLVS has a HUGE selection of quotes and birthday images that would be perfect with this project.  Pick and choose and personalize this Einstein card the way you want.

Enjoy - Lea

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clear vs Rubber Stamps

The cheaper silicone stamps - I don't think will ever stamp as well as rubber. The material just does not exhibit the desired qualities of ink pick up and transfer as rubber. The ink has a tendency to bead up and provide less coverage with the silicone material.

Rubber: the surface of rubber is more porous. If you were to look at the rubber surface under a microscope you would see lots of tiny cups and valleys. This pocketed surface allows rubber to pick up and transfer more ink than the smooth surface of a photopolymer stamp.
Therefore, an image stamped with rubber is always going to be darker and more vibrant - because more ink has been transferred to the stamped surface.

Photopolymer - the surface of a photopolymer stamp is very smooth. It has been formed/hardened against a plate of glass. So the amount of ink that can sit on the surface of the photopolymer stamp is less than what sits on the surface of a rubber stamp.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Viva Las Vegastamps! A Month of Celebrations

January is a month of "Celebrations" 
At Viva Las Vegastamps! 

Today I am sharing another CELEBRATION card celebrating friends!!!  I am using VLVS! Cowgirl-Granny from Plate 1355 that just came out in November!  

Be sure to check out the savings when you buy stamps by the plate!  You get an even greater savings when you pre-order as new plates are introduced.  Be sure to check the front page in the Viva Las Vegastamps! store each month for the newest plates. 

Stamp VLVS! Cowgirl-Granny using Stewart Superior Memories Black ink on white card stock, using COPICs color her face and scarf.  

Stamp sentiment VLVS! "If friends could be bought..."  using Stewart Superior Memories Black ink on background pattern paper (Memory Box).  Heat emboss sentiment with Viva Las Vegastamps! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.

Attach VLVS! Cowgirl-Granny and feather to the card using foam tape. Layer the pattern paper background on black and adhere to the card using Viva Las Vegastamps! Miracle Tape.

Add a little bling with red Stickles to her hat and blouse.

Gotta love your friends!
Check out my blog
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Want to win some blog candy!!!

The Monthly Challenge is been posted

This Months Theme is
Interpret “Celebration” any way you like... 
a Birthday, Anniversary, Party
or whatever you would like to celebrate!

Learn more HERE
Winner will receive a $25 shopping Spree 

Post the Viva Las Vegastamps Blinkie on your blog 
and get a Free Grab bag of Unmounted Rubber.
Find more details on the VLVS! Sidebar beneath the “Blinke”

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Senior Ladies, Best Friends - A Card For Your BFF

Old Friends Card by Joe Rotella using Viva Las Vegastamps! stamps

Senior Ladies (#8671) from Viva Las Vegastamps!Until this project, I don't think I've ever used a "photo stamp." You know the kind - stamps made from photographs rather than drawings. I've seen many that have interested me, but just didn't know what to do with them or how to use them. That brings me to the pound of rubber I received from Viva Las Vegastamps! For only $25, you can buy one pound of unmounted, deeply etched red rubber stamps. Viva Las Vegastamps! will select, at random, a pound of images and sayings from their collection of over 16,000, mostly "non-cute" stamps. I got a pound and when I sat and went through them I found Senior Ladies 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" (#8671).

Every time I looked at this stamp, a story went through my head. These two woman knew each other for years. They often went to the park together. They fed the birds. They played BINGO. They were best friends.

Given how many times I stopped and looked at this stamp (yes, I go through the pound of rubber over and over again), I knew I had to use it on a project.

I started by covering some glossy photo paper with distress ink. Then I stamped Senior Ladies 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" (#8671) using black dye ink. Once trimmed, the result looked like an old photo!
Bingo Card (#8431) from Viva Las Vegastamps!I picked up some vintage BINGO cards at a flea market this summer and decided to use one as a background for this photo. If you don't have a real BINGO card, you can create your own using Bingo Card 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 (#8431).

Scrabble Alphabet (#1948) from Viva Las Vegastamps!For the sentiment, I stamped letters using Scrabble Alphabet Unmounted Regular Size (#1948) on white paper. I applied distress ink, used a Copic marker to color the edges of each tile and then embossed the letters with Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder. Once cut out, they look like real Scrabble tiles.

The card base is made from Designer Paper (DP) that fits the vintage look I was going for.

Now that I've finally used a photo stamp, I know they will become a standard part of my stamping portfolio. I hope you'll give them a try too. In fact, why not challenge yourself? Get a pound of rubber and see how creative you can be with stamps you didn't select. I bet you'll find it as fun as I did!

Check out my blog on Create & Craft for more project ideas.
Happy crafting!

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Loving Birthday

Hello my darlings!

Our theme for the month is "Celebration".
And, I love to celebrate!
I'll celebrate anything
- your birthday, my birthday, the dog's birthday, the dog getting a bath,
 my teenager not being grumpy for a day, you name it! 
I like to have fun!!

When I ordered the little cutie that I used for this card, I got him for Valentine's Day cards.
I'll still use him for those, but a friend of min saw him and thought he was SOOO cute.
Her birthday is next month, so I thought I should use this guy on her birthday card.

It's a simple card, but I thought it turned out cute!!

You'll need:
Red card base
Black card stock panel
White card stock panel plus a scrap of white card stock
Black Ink- I used Memories (Stewart Superior)
Foam dots
Distress Ink (I used Broken China) and blending tool
Black glitter pen (Sakura)
Scraps of card stock
Bakers twine
Miracle Tape

 This card just makes me smile!
I thought that since everyone else was doing super awesome, super fancy stuff, 
I'd go in a more bright and light hearted direction. 
What do ya think?
 Ok, my card is regulation size (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), so the black panel is 5 1/4 x 4. Stick it onto the card base.
Cut the white panel to 5 x 3 3/4 and stamp the cute heart guy three times across the center. 
I stamped the two end guys first, then the middle. 
Their hands will overlap in the middle but that's OK.
Stamp another heart guy on a wrap of white card stock.
 Color the three heart guys on the panel, and color the heart guy you stamped on the scrap.
Fussy cut the scrappy heart guy and set him aside.
Use the ink blending tool and ink up that white panel.
Now, add the scrappy heart guy over the heart guy in the center using foam tape/pop dots.

Use scissors and hand-cut three balloons from card stock. 
Knot some bakers twine around each balloon.
VERY CAREFULLY, snip the line on the center heart guy that makes his thumb, 
and push the twine behind his thumb...He's gotta hold onto those balloons!

Take your glitter pen and color in the hat on the center heart guy.
I don't kno why, but the shimmer from the pen didn't show in the photo!! SORRY!!!

Here's your wiener!
Sammy, waiting for me to finish this card so he can jump into my lap!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Celebrate the Every Day

If you haven't heard or haven't been paying attention... VLVS! is hosting a monthly challenge where a selected winner receives a gift certificate to the online store! Very generous of our fearless leader, Wayne! 

This month's theme is "CELEBRATION"

and I made my first piece for January based off the idea.. but with a twist.. I'm a big fan of "the small things" and so I went with "Celebrate the Every Day"

I recently got my little grubbers on two fabulous stamps that are going right in the front of my stash.. 

I used the chicken wire as a background.. I stamped it in clear embossing ink and then doused it Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder by VLVS! I then smeared, sprayed and spritzed a combination of Broken China distress stain and water all over my tag. Once that was dry I laid newsprint over my tag and ironed out the embossing ink. Then I grabbed the bird stamp, my Memento Ink and a clear block.. some creative placement and VIOLA! the "Sing" "Chatter" and "Spread Joy" were written by hand in black ink on manila to match the rest of the tag. Swipe the edges of the tag with the same ink as the stamp and some creative doodling... And we get....

Thanks for coming by again this week!! Don't forget to enter your own piece into the competition!