Tuesday, December 25, 2012

WHO has Returned for CHRISTMAS in CHICAGO!

MERRY CHRISTMAS and welcome to Viva Las Vegastamps!!! Susan your Chief ELF here and today I am bringing you some inky inspiration... to Ink, Drink and be MERRY!

I am in my hometown of Chicago for Christmas and of course, I had my brand new stamps sent to meet me there. So today I have created a page in my Christmas SMASH book Travelogue that I started the other day on the Saturday Crafts Fair and I showed how I made my own VLVS! Tissue Tape using Miracle Tape and the Jingle Bells #10686 stamp.

I hold in my hot little hands my Police Box illustration
that has been turned into one of the new Viva Las VegaStamps!!!

Stamps used: Jingle Bells #10686 to create Tissue Tape on Miracle Tape and three stamps from Plate #909: Blue Police Box #19054, "Otto's Sweet Ride" #19049, and quote "Ink, Drink & Be Merry #19058".


I am working in this book like a Smash book crossed with an art journal and I am totally having fun with it. I painted my recycled 1998 calendar with a gesso mixure, then I collaged my tissue tape, paper scraps and parts of fussy cut sightseeing brochures - all nestled amongst my stamped images. I used my Ranger Distress Markers to color in the images and paint in a faux skyline. The finishing touch is a Jolee's Santa cap to adorn "Otto the Octopus", one of Brian Kesinger's illustrations on Plate #909.

My husband and I spent the day walking around downtown soaking in the sights and this is the perfect end to a day filled enjoying the Christmas spirit. Merry Christmas!

Look WHO's Visiting the WINDY CITY!

I hope you have a wonderful Holiday with family and friends today. Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have a little time... check out what the rest of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team has been up to. Or if you have a VLVS! gift certificate in your hands - head on over to the Viva Las Vegastamps! store - for all your stamping needs and for every occasion...and MIRACLE TAPE, too!

If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my blog, sbartist : painting in the dark HERE. I'll be back with another stamping adventure real soon! Hope you have an inky day! Sb


Stamped Impressions said...

Fabulous page!

Sheri said...

very cute! hope you had a great time here!

Sandra Strait said...

Could this be the St. Nick of Time?

Barbara Rankin said...

Oh wow. I love this page. I've been wanting to smash journal, too, but your page looks so cool. TFS. I may have to "borrow" some of your ideas. :)

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Glenda T. said...

That little Santa hat is the icing on the cake, love this!!