Monday, March 31, 2014

ATC swap results

You probably know by now, but just in case you don't, we regularly host swaps involving VLVS! rubber stamps in a group on facbeook called Viva Las VegaStamps! groupies. Our last swap was an ATC swap and today I get to share the results with you :)

The theme for our swap was "METAL" and totally open for interpretation as you'll see :

 by DeeDee Catron using Man in Gas Mask

 by Anne Squire using Devil or Angel on Motorcycle

 by Dawn Cahall using Grunge 1787 Writing BG

by Bets Golden using Coca-Cola

by Carol Hodges using Couture by Brian Kesinger

by Michele Kosciolek using Steam Strain and Whimsical Cloud

by Lyneen Jesse using Graphometre

 By Tera Callihan using Man in Gas Mask and Infections Waste

 by Marilyn Hughes using Motorcycle and Small Scrabble Alpha

 by Christina Anderson using Heart Diagram and Hand Circus

and finally this one is by Gerrie Johnnic using the Flying Eye Insect.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jingle {Thinking Of You}

We're back today with a post by our Guest Designer for March Jingle! We were so excited she joined us for our ATC Bash, now we're giving her the introduction she deserves.

This is Jennifer Ingle AKA Jingle:

She says "I am me. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am an artist. I am a crafter. I laugh. A lot. I like to make stuff. It keeps me happy."

Short and sweet :) And here.. short and sweet like is her beautiful card.

Jennifer says "I used the Map of the World stamp along with a tiny jet plane they included in my order for free. I stamped it in grey and then stamped the plane in red. The 'course' is done in black pen. A couple of sentiment stickers and some patterned paper finish off the look of this fun card." 
Leave miss Jingle some love for guesting for us this month. Her CAS style was very refreshing and we welcome her back anytime.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Brand New Stamps!!

We have five brand new Plates O' Rubber on the way,
order before they arrive and save 20% (Now just $17.56!)

Lots of natural elements on this plate; pomegranates, pears, a bear, an owl and more.

A great collection of artwork by varying artists. Tera Callihan has lent her hand to a couple of drawings.

A collection of vintage style bits ready for layering.

Get ready for a little artsy grungy madness with some help from the ever popular spray paint artist Banksy.

A selection of brand new whimsical images from Mary Vogel Lozinak. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


We have a ton of winners to announce from our 2 week ATC bash! how exciting!!!

Will the following people email me @ with your shipping address and "ATC winner" in the subject line? We'll get you a grab bag of Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber in the mail :)

  • Bonnie Linhart
  • Diana Fernandez
  • Kathy Bonogofski

  • Tristan Blakeman

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Time for transparencies again!

Hi everyone, Glenda here with part 2 of using alcohol inks, stamps and transparencies!  I had alot of fun with these images and made them very colorful by using some bright alcohol inks.  For my first ATC I used the funky Pair of boots stamp
and stamped the image, using black Staz on ink, onto the transparency after the alcohol inks had dried.  I then found some patterned paper that I wanted to use
and then stapled my transparency onto the papers
Then I added some Hambly transparency as well as a quote and this is my finished ATC
For my second ATC I used the gorgeous Lady swimsuit back
and found some various materials that I wanted to use and stamped the image onto the transparency after the inks had dried
I stapled the transparency onto the papers as well as added some Hambly transparencies and a little acetate crown. (to color the crown I just used blue alcohol ink!)
I added some ribbon, gems and a quote and this is my finished ATC
I hope you enjoyed these and if you have alcohol inks and transparencies have a blast with them!  Until next time,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pure Imagination.

Hello, Mary here.  Today, I've got a CAS card for you.
If you're new to coloring (or a seasoned coloring artist!), I gotta tell ya, VLVS has some amazing images that'll make it super easy to whip up a quick card or project.  Most images are detailed with a ton of shading already included, so coloring them up is simple to do!
I've used Copic markers for my card...
I adore this Unicorn image.
For my embellishments, I've just inked up the 'pure' in the Pure Imagination sentiment, and stamped repeatedly.  A bit of Lindy's Stamp Gang mist splatter and a few chippies from UmWowStudio and image was ready to layer onto a card base.

I've also inked up the Pure Imagination stamp to add a quick sentiment on the inside.

Ok, guys---that's it for me.  Now, go grab your favorite VLVS and get your color on!!
xx Mary

Friday, March 21, 2014

birds on a wire

Hi, Hermine here with an step-by-step ATC I named birds on a wire.


overall photo

step 1: Take a white card which a slightly smaller then an ATC. Stamp with Stazon Black the birds on a wire 18098 and the butterfly 14159 twice. Stamp with Distrees Frayed Burlap torn paper 19341

step 2: Drag with your inkpad direct-to paper the upper half with Distress Peacock feathers and blend with a waterbrush.

step 3: Dry brush with gesso, please keep it as thin as possible.

step 4:  Stamp the birds on a wire with Stazon black, but slightly lower then the first time. Stamp with Stazon the French background writing19297 on top of this (you don't have to mask anything).
And stamp with Stazon Black Whimsical boy in hat 19359 on a piece of vellum and cut out in shape.

step 5: Glue the Whimsical boy in hat 19359 on the right hand side. If you cover the whole piece of vellum you won't see the glue and it dries invisible. Take a waterbrush and make some shades with Distress Frayed Burlap. Scriblle around the boy with a micron pen.

This way you can create lots of layers without making the ATC chunky and it will fit an ATC sleeve perfectly. Hope this will inspire you.

Warmly Hermine

Used materials:

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Hello again! 

It's Me Tera here with you to share an ATC and a matching piece of mail art! 

Welcome to the next to last day of the ATC Bash!

I hope you've all been Enjoying this super fun bash VLVS has been hosting! It has really inspired me!

I made a Video to show you exactly how I made this mail art envelope so you can re-create it yourself!!

(Below is the finished envelope created in the tutorial)

NOW Who wants me to announce the winners of the mail Art Give-Away selected using ??? 

VicR said...

I LOVE all Mail Art! Hard to pick a FAV, but what a hoot that last one is, with the 'big girl panties' - LOL
Thanks for a chance to win :)

Annie said...

Tera, your mail art is SO awesome! You know I love it and I love it even more when it shows up in my mail. I carry no shame jumping in here trying to get more. I love most the Usual Suspects, Beware of the Pink Flamingo, and the first three. Your envelope designs are not only fun to look at, but inspirational too. Thank you for your generosity in sharing your art!

Donna Nuce said...

Love them all (except the first one, bugs are NOT my thing). But as a retired military member I laughed my a** off at the big girl panties one!
Have a great day!

all are fun - but my favorite is #3 - I love plays on classic and neo-classic architecture!
What a clever giveaway contest!

karen sallows said...

I love all of them, you will have to pick for me. Parrot 

My fave is the "Discover, feed your soul, destination unknown" with the craft background. The colors and images take me to a place where I feel like I could go exploring to find new land. Wouldn't that be fun!!!

I would love the sophisticated rooster!He is so classy and fun!

Gerrina said...

They are all beautiful in there own way...
I loved looking and try to see wich stamps you used...
Cannot help myself, but I have something with water the last two weeks, so the sailor and the diver mail Art are the ones I like best at the moment... Inky greetings, Gerrina

chaddy233 said...

Totally cool mail art! I love them all, but I think my favorite is the Grandville bug and Grandville hawk. followed by the Grandville chicken!! but the one under the sea with the window fish is pretty awesome too!

Chark said...

love the architectural discover one, the way the stamps go together is fab and I love classical architecture. The pen is a perfect complement and the whole thing is classy!
BONUS Winners 

sandi.james said...

beware of the pink flamingos!!

Karen Buchanan said...

Hard to pick a favorite! But I am a dog lover, love the chicken, the parrot, the fish,,, told you too hard!

Winners Please Email Me with your Mailing Address at:       
with-in 48 hours to claim your envelope!! :D 

Stamps USED (Envelope and ATC)

Cowboy Carrying Letter 3 3/4 x 3 3/4

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Baby, it's butterflies outside

Hello all! Nataliya is here. Glad to welcome you at the ATC BASH!

My ATC about what should not be hidden in a house in bad weather, because rain can be made ​​from butterflies...Until you do not go out on the street - you will not know about it:


Girl With Umbrella facing away 2 1/4 x 3

Butterfly 3/4 x 3/4

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Little House of Madness

Poe Shrine Full
Hello, it's Amy here today to share my first ever attempt at an ATC. I decided to also create a shrine for my ATC, so Mr. Edgar Allan Poe has a little house for his
brilliantly mad mind.
 Poe ATC
To create the look I was after with my ATC, I started with one standard size ATC card, and after painting it with iridescent green paint, I stamped it, using the cursive writing background stamp in black ink. Next, I used a 1.5" smaller piece of cardstock, and painted it with an aqua mist. When that was dry, I stamped randomly with the nesting gears and coffee ring stain stamps,using brown and black inks. I stamped the Poe stamp onto another piece of paper, and then sponged black ink around his face. When that had dried, I hand doodled circles around the face as well, using a template, cut them out, and mounted it using foam tape. Adding some metal embellishments gave it steampunk/time passing flair.

poe shrine roof
When creating my ATC shrine, (from Retro Cafe Art) I also stamped over the painted and papered outside, using the cursive writing stamp here as well.

I am super excited about my first ATC, and the little house it has to reside in. I've already been so inspired by the creations of the design team, I cannot wait to create another very soon! Keep an eye out for more fabulous ATC sized projects from the design team as we continue to celebrate our ATC bash!

Viva Las VegaStamps!: Coffee Ring Stain, Nesting Gears, Cursive writing background, Poe
Ink: Momento-Tuxedo Black, Clearsnap mix'd media inx-noir, Ranger Archival-Coffee.
Paint: Plaid, Mist: Heidi Swapp Color Shine- Teal
ATC Shrine, watch gears, skull bead: Retro Cafe Art
Metal Embellishments: Tim Holtz, Bead Landing, vintage
Chipboard Gears: UmWowStudio

Monday, March 17, 2014

Project Life Cards

We have been sharing ATCs here on the Viva Las VegaStamps blog, but I am more of a Project Life gal, so I chose to make a set of 3x4 cards for a Project Life page. I am using a Becky Higgins Project Life sleeve, but if you like, you can choose other brands and style of pocket pages that are available from many other manufacturers.

I wanted to do a black and white series, so I used five different stamps and Versafine Onyx ink. All of the stamps I used are available at Viva Las VegaStamps.

After I got them all stamped, I let them dry overnight. There is nothing worse than sliding wet ink into these sleeves — it can ruin a whole project by smearing inside your pockets.

I used pictures from Valentine's week. I liked the red accents against the black and white. I also added a bow I cut from a die set on the outside of my sleeve. I love the added dimension even in a flat canvas like the pocket pages.

So there you have it! This was my take on ATC week, and a big thanks to Dee Dee for letting me go outside of the box on this. I had a lot of fun making these.

This is also my last post for Viva Las VegaStamps. My guest term is over, and I have loved every project I made here these last three months. 

Thanks to Viva Las VegaStamps for having me!