Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Stamps!

The Life

A friend of mine at work had been talking a lot about getting a fish for our office so when the new plate came out with the fish bowl I was itching to get it inky!!

I created this tag with a shaker fish bowl. :)

Viva Las VegaStamps!:  Fish bowl, numbers set, harlequin diamond background, whimsical diver and high gloss embossing powder.
Other items used:  UmWow Studio fishy confetti and hashtag banner, Distress Spray in Abandoned Coral and Mermaid Lagoon. Distress Paint in Abandoned Coral, Crushed Pistashio and Fossilized Amber, Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs, Tim Holtz mask, gesso, sequins, seed beads, archival ink and foam tape.

I upcycled some acetate from product packaging for my shaker.

The numbers floating in the water make me happy!!

Swimming around in that bowl, wouldn't it be #thelife!!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some random funnies

It's been a while since I made a series of funny ATC's so I decided to do one on women, because we can be pretty funny right? I used the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps! stamps and here is the first ATC called "happiness shield" using the fifties housewife pointing

This next one is called "gang members" using the lovely 3 women in tubes stamp

and last but not least is the "how to be awesome" with the smiling lady holding chin

I hope you enjoyed these and got a chuckle and I would love to know which one was your favorite!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quick Gift Bags.

Hello, it's Mary here with a simple idea perfect for wrapping up a quick gift!

Each year for National Scrapbooking Day, a group of crafty gal pals and I pack up our supplies and head off to parts unknown for a few days and create.  It's always fun to bring a little gift, and here's a peek at this years offering...

I've stitched together a few layers of vintage dictionary pages to create a pocket, then heat embossed the Butterfly Specimens image in WOW! embossing powder in Opaque Bright White and gave them a quick wash with a bit of watercolor.

To embellish, I've wired a white May Arts silk ribbon bow and a flower to a shaped paperclip and attached it to the flap.  A monogrammed brad serves as the perfect closure.  Now all's that left to do is to fill them up with a few crafty goodies and I'm ready to go!

If you'd like to see last years gift bags, check them out HERE.

Thanks so much for joining me today, and I'll see you next time!


Monday, April 27, 2015


How did you enjoy last week? I know I did. 

I played a little further creating something else to go along with my box. 

What do you think? Isn't this cute stamp just adorable?

I used some clear detail embossing powder to to stamp the largest moon in the stamp Moon Phases - 19543. The embossing powder will resist the spray. 

I really enjoyed using two different dimensional paints from Art Anthology with the Wildflower Silhouette - 19556. I just used a paintbrush to add it to the stamp.  Then I used the spray to add color for the sky. I used the stamp Wonderland - 19580 to give a little title to this project. 

The Girl in Princess Costume - 19536 was stamped on some white cardstock and cut out. 

I used black embossing powder on embossable acetate to stamp the Dragonfly Wings - 11042. Then painted the wings with alcohol ink and cut them out.  I created dimension using cardboard and pop dots. I also added some Prima Glass Beads to act as flowers adhered using Glossy Accents. 

I even have a quick video on how I created this lovely little project. 

So check it out and let me know what you think! 

Stamp List:

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Hello everybody,

Hope you are all fine !

For my DT post today I have made an art journal:

I have made a little step by step of how I made it, so sit down, have a cuppa and enjoy !

I started with a piece of Mixed Media Paper.

Using a palet knife and some model paste and a stencil I created some texture. 

I used a Time Holtz stencil for this called Flourish. After stencilling I painted the whole thing with white gesso. This gives a slightly softer result..

Now the fun starts.... colour. I used my favourite sprays. 

After spraying, dripping and more spraying and dripping this was the result. 

Next, I put the stencil back on and wiped it with a baby wipe, so the pattern gets a little lighter.

Then, some stamping, a complete list of all stamps used will be at the bottom of this post. 

Time to stamp the main image; I used Versafine ink and black embossing powder to make the image even blacker...

I gave the same treatment to the sentiment. I still thought it needed something more so I added some white pen on the bird and some numbers which I heat embossed with white powder. I also added some washi tape and this is the end result :

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Corrie x

Friday, April 24, 2015


Hi Hermine here. This time we team up with Art Anthology and I made this shrine

I started to paint the wooden shrine with Velvet Dimensional Paint Reef at the top half and Gemstones Dimensional Paint Emerald at the bottom. Then I sprayed with Coloration spray Juicy at the bottom. Stamped Dandelion Head Silhouette 14103 with Stazon Black. Hand drew some stems and placed some studs in the middle. Made some accents with a white sharpie.

Then coloured the grungeboard swirl with Emerald and sprayd some Juicy, put some studs in it. Fasten it on the shrine with glue dots

Take two rectangled tags, cut the shape out of cardstock and coloured it with Juicy. Stamp on one the tex Be true 19197 and on the other one Life is Beautiful 18167 with Stazon Black.

Take a piece of cardstock and stamp Wheeley Rabbit 18377 , Elephant on ball 18374 and Wheeley Penguin 18375 with Stazon Black and colour them.
Glue the Penguin on the shrine and the Rabbit and Elepant on the tags. Glue the tags on the sides of the shrine.

Take some artificial flowers and glue them around the tags.

Hope you like it!

Warmly Hermine

To see what the design teams came up with all week have a look here:
Viva Las VegaStamps blog
Viva Las VegaStamps website
Viva Las VegaStamps Facebook

and the links for Art Anthology:
Art Antohology's website
Art Anthology's facebook
Art Anthology's blog

A Place for Creative Ideas...

Hello everyone! Susan here with a special project combining Viva Las VegaStamps! with Art Anthology. All week we have teamed up with Art Anthology to bring you tons of inspirational creations. Have you been checking in each day to see all the artsy goodness?

So you don't miss anything please be sure you check out these links:

Art Anthology's Website:

Since Earth Day is this week, I have decided to decorate this journal that came to my husband as a goodie from the car dealership. It's a blank book, with lined pages – perfect for jotting down ideas and things to remember... BUT it's not me. Enter Art Anthology Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint in Emerald and Flourite and Colorations Spray in Wild Orchid along with my stash of VLVS! to decorate this journal in my favorite color PURPLE and also to disguise it from the hubs {so he doesn't realize I swiped this out of the recycling bin - LOL}.

In the process of creating my monoprinted backgrounds - I discovered the Art Anthology Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint works great for a resist technique. Here's what I did...

I started with my Amazing DIY No-Gelatin Printing Plate and set out to make some monoprinted backgrounds using the Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint. I went with the Emerald first and placed some onto my surface and spread out evenly with a brayer. **A note** When monoprinting you have to work quickly with this paint as it dries quickly. I pressed the "Harlequin Diamond Background #18920" stamp into the wet paint and pulled back making a reverse image. I quickly placed the stamp onto another paper to remove the paint and pressed a paper onto my rubber slab to pick up the design.

This is my first pull from the Art Anthology Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint in Emerald.


There was some leftover paint that dried on the plate, but that's OK. I then sprayed the Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Wild Orchid and swiped the print into the beads of color. I blotted away any excess spray from the green painted areas with a paper towel. 


Photo on left is full resist background and on right is an up-close detail.
The texture and color is yummy!

How about another! I blotted off the remaining mist onto a blank paper {nothing goes to waste} and applied some of the Art Anthology Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint in Flourite and spread out with my brayer, then repeated my steps. 


This one is even better!!! Some of the Emerald that was dried on the plate was picked up in this second pulled print. I love the contrast of the monochromatic resist - this will be for the front of my notebook.

I trimmed each to fit and adhered to my cover using Miracle Sheets - makes altering notebooks quick and easy. Using a small paintbrush I added some of the Flourite around the edges to distress and get rid of the white edges... really I just wanted to get my fingers all purple. Now I'm ready for a little inky embellishing with some fun stamps!

"A Place for Creative Ideas"

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Gemstones ~ Dimensional Paint in Emerald and Flourite
Colorations Spray in Wild Orchid

Other Supplies: white cardstock; recycled notebook; scissors; paper trimmer; small paintbrush; Sakura of America Gelly Roll® Stardust® Pen; and pencil.

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Don't forget about the April inspiration board... there's still time to join us and play along with the April inspiration challenge {CLICK HERE for details}. Just make a creation using the inspiration above and your stash of VLVS! stamps... you could win more RUBBER!

If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my blog, sbartist : painting in the dark HERE. Hope you have a fabulous day!!  Sb

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Birdhouse Photo Display.

Hello and welcome to another day of inspiration with VLVS! and Art Anthology!!

 If you haven't, you'll definitely want to check out what's been going on this week over on the Art Anthology blog along with this weeks post here on the VLVS! blog.

For Viva Las VegaStamps
Art Anthology's Website:

Now, on with my project!

I decided to give an old birdhouse from my stash new life!  My original idea was to make a wind chime with this baby, but after covering it in a layer of clay, it was FAR to heavy to attempt hanging---so Plan B---a photo display!

Before my clay had fully set, I stamped into it with the Butterfly Gossamer/Large image.  I just cannot get enough of this stamp!  A few Idea-ology Memo Pins were just the hardware I needed to make this piece functional.

I LOVE the texture stamped clay provides!  It's subtle, but so lovely.  After my clay had fully dried, I gave the whole piece a nice coat of  Art Antology's Velvet paints in Red Velvet and Imperial.  When this paint dries, it has a nice sheen and such a lovely sparkle!

What you couldn't see from the front, were the glass stones I've embedded into the roof.  A bit of patterned paper glued onto the bottom beforehand adds a nice pop of contrasting color against the Velvet paint.  To finish off the piece, I've sprinkled a handful of vellum butterflies to give a little more dimension to my house. 

And that's the project!  Thanks so much for joining me today, and don't forget to hop on over and see what the crew at Art Anthology has created.  See ya tomorrow!

Supplies used:

Velvet paint in Red Velvet and Imperial
wooden birdhouse
glass pebbles
patterned paper
vellum punched butterflies
Idea-ology Memo Pins