Thursday, November 26, 2015

Design Team Call!!

We’re looking for all types of artists and welcome anyone who has a passion for rubber stamping to apply! Bring on the Mixed Media Artists, the Card Makers, the Scrapbookers, the Altered Artists, the Scene Stampers… we want you ALL!! International applicants welcome to apply, too.

Our terms last six months. This term will run from January 1st – June 30th and has 8 openings. 

Design Team requirements during your six month term are as follows:
1) Regularly promote VLVS! through:
a. online galleries
b. your blog
c. social media like facebook, twitter, youtube, flickr and pinterest
d. and by submitting to publications. 
2) Participate in our public VLVS! dedicated Facebook group.
3) Complete a minimum of two (2) projects per month to be posted on the VLVS! blog, always using only Viva Las VegaStamps! images. Details for projects provided to team members.
3) Participate in the online private facebook group for the team. Important information like schedules, future hops, logos, links and contact information are all kept in the group. I run a lot of ideas by the team and value their honest opinions. 
4) Participate in blog hops and/or product swaps. (Some may be on a volunteer basis only) 
5) Mail two (2) completed projects to the store for display. This is out of your whole six month term. We love having projects posted all around the store for people to ogle as they peruse through our stamps.

In return VLVS! will: 
1) Provide you with regular shipments to keep you fully stocked on supplies, including but not limited to VLVS! Stamps, Miracle Tape, Embossing powder, and any product swap goods. 
2) Provide you with a detailed schedule at least 2 weeks in advance. 
3) Compensate you for extra work outside of the regular schedule. This will be based upon volunteer projects and any extra hops or swaps outside of said schedule. 
4) Regularly promote you and your projects through online social medias, as well as display you and your personal blog address on our company blog.

How to apply:

Please email me the following information:
- your name
- a brief bio.. Who are you? Why do you create? That type of stuff!
- attachments including three (3) of your best stamped pieces. (could be cards, layouts, tags, jewelry, anything using rubber stamps -- VLVS! not required but appreciated)
- the link to your facebook, twitter, pinterest and/or other accounts
- the link to any and all online galleries you regularly upload to
- any other important links you think I’d like to see
- a list of current and past design teams you have been on. (no previous experience necessary)
- and last please also include in your post why you want to be on the VLVS! DT.

Email to with subject line “VLVS! DT CALL -YOUR NAME-” due by 12/11 (December 11th) at midnight pacific standard time.

Applicants joining the team will be notified
by December 18th.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dancing with the Sky

Well I had to play around with this art journal page. Do any of you have  those art journal pages or art journals that you use to put your extra ink or extra modeling paste so you don't waste product???


Well I decided to use one of my wipe off, extra product pages to play with. 

So on this page the first bit I did was clean up some blue ink off my desk. Then the next addition to the background was a stencil stamping.  You know when you spray through a stencil and there is spray ALL OVER the stencil... well the stencil got smooshed in here. 

Then I recently did some ATC's and had lots of modeling paste left over so I added some stenciling too. 

So I played around with the stamps Dictionary Page - 19015 on the bacground and Girl With Wings - 19005. I stamped her on some paper and colored her with some watercolor pencils. I cut her out and added her to the page with some matte gel medium and then added some silver stickles to her wings. 

Here you can see some of those leftovers in detail and shimmer. 

I try to use up everything I can and create something from nothing. Give it a try and enjoy the process and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Artist Trading Block - Tutorial

Hi my dear Viva Las Vegastamps! Friends!

It's Susanne here and I have a tutorial for this Artist Trading Block (ATB) for you. I cut the base of the ATB with the Silhouette Cameo. Of course you don't need an e-cutter. You'll find free templates for a cube online or you can use a cutting die.

Here are my instructions:

1. Step: Stamp the Dictionary Page background randomly onto the cube blank.

2. Step: Add a thin layer of gesso on top.

3. Step: Use the Gelato (Cotton Candy) to add some color. Instead of the Gelatos you can also use other watercolor crayons. A plus of the Gelatos is, that you can blend them easily with your fingers.

4. Step: Add a second layer of texture with the Worn Clockface stamp.

5: Step: Take the white Gelato in this step to give the background some more contrast.

6. Step: Now it's time for some structure. I used modeling paste together with a crackle stencil.

7. Step: When the texture paste is dry you can build up the ATB base.

8. Step: Stamp the The Fish in Mini Skirt and the Fat Fish in Heels and cut them out. Add some Twinklings H2O for a shimmery effect (alternatively you can use other shimmery colors). Adhere a wooden spear to the fishes with hot glue. I colored the spears  with Viva Decor Inka Gold. Before you add the fishes to the block, cover the whole top with Gel Medium and glitter.
9. Step: Add glitter to the edges as well. I used chipboard die cutted numbers and letters for the embellishing. The chipboard is painted with different colors of Viva Decor Inka Gold and stamped with the Be adorable stamp to add some texture. Some more embellishments are the Pylon and the One Way Small . Use some silver tinsel to finish it up.

See you soon and happy crafting, Susanne.

Stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps!:

Other supplies:
Gel Medium
Modeling Paste
Gelatos: Cotton Candy, Coconut
Viva Decor Inka Gold: Orange, Violett, Silver, Pink, Blue
StazOn Jet Black
Prima Marketing Crackle Stencil
Memento Luxe: Sweet Plum, Love Letter
Twinklings H2Os: Summer Breze
Silver Tinsel
Wooden Spears

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mail art Monday !!!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Mail Art Monday !

Today,  I am sharing a mail art envelope with you. It is a little tutorial so sit back and enjoy !

First of all the finished envelope :



Here's how I made it:

I started out with a standard envelope. Of course you could use or make any size you want. 

First thing I did, was mask off the address section with a bit of post-it tape. You see I have used this before ! 

I decided to use acrylic paints and a brayer to create my background. It will be more weather proof with acrylic paint as well. 

Here's how it looked when I just started rolling on the paint... 

I used: Orange, pink, green and turquoise..

After I finished rolling the paint I took off the mask. 

Next is stamping ! My favourite bit !

Here is a 'halfway'look....I used different colours of ink to stamp the background.

A bit more stamping....I also doodled around the address space with a black marker. 

Here, the stamping is finished and I thought it needed some white..... 

So here is the finished product with white stencilling added.... Hope you like it....

Of course I couldn't ignore the back of the envelope....

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

We have a winner...and more Mail Art!

Hello again! 

Tera here to share some mail art and announce the lucky winner who will be getting the hand made mail art...

I decided to create one more in the northern lights style to show you the variety that can be used with this technique. 

Stamps Used:

Straggly Pine Trees 2 1/2 x 4 1/2

Thank you to all who commented on and shared my video tutorial ...

OK the wait is Over... 
The winner is...

(Thank you so much for joining us, I hope you get to see them in real life! I know I would love to also!)

Please Email me your address at so I can get your envelope in the mail to you soon :D 

Thank you everyone for stopping, by and I hope you feel inspired to get inky too!!! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Dance me to the end of love: art piece

 Hello my dear crafty friends!

Today I am going to share an art piece that I made some print publication submission. It didn't make the print, but then I think that it's a good  example of art made with a song line and I decided to share it with my VLVS blog readers.
So this piece was born  from the old Leonard Cohen song and I really love this " Dance me to the end of love" sing as I am a dancer (together with my other half) for maybe 20 years already. I mean dance lessons, classes, contests etc, not this party so called " dancing". As as a dancer this small stamp of Dancing pair is one of my favorites.
What I did here was to stamp the film strips to show that life is like an old movie and then to begin with  color black. to move to sepia, to grey and then to brighter colors as love  becomes bigger and real. The last one is black again as this is all about the end: end of love or end of life or both/
I also added some flower silhouettes around the art piece and stamped the word Love that was made with a stencil (I didn't own any Love VLVS word stamps yet...)
Maybe this is not the best stamp art ever, but it's definitely so much me that I had to share it here.

 VLVS used to make this piece:

Couple dancing lady leg up Item 10673 Plate 1132 Page 578

Dandelion Silhouette Item 19330 Plate 1437

Film strip Item 18921 Plate 1428


Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Hi Hermine, this time I made a step by step photo tutorial again. I am totally in love with this heart stamp, it colours my world.

step 1: take several colours Memento Luxe and several rounds sponges and finger sponges and stamp circles all over you card, one colour at a time. On the front as well as on the back of your card. Leave to dry.

step 2: Take Memento Luxe Weddingdress (white) and work in the same way you did in step 1. Leave to dry.

step 3: Stamp Wright Brothers walking 19730 with Stazon Black. And the Vitruvian Man Large 19763 partial on the right hand site and partial on the left hand bottom side.

step 4: Stamp the Squiggle Heart 19644 next to the Vitruvian Man   Then stamp the  Scribble Heart 19645 once on the front and twice on the back. Make some outside masks and sponge the inner space with Memento Luxe red.

step 5:  Stamp the Stitching Lines 19642 3 times on the front vertically and twice on the back horizontally. Draw some dots at the ends of the stitching lines. Take green en blue Memento Luxe and stamp the Wild flowers Silhouette 19646 aal the way along the bottom of the card.

step 6: fold the card in half. I Always love when the design runs over the back of the card as well.

Hope you like my tutorial. 

Warmly Hermine 

Used stamps:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Peace on Earth

November's inspiration challenge is SCRUMPTIOUS!!

Am I right??!!!

I have some mid-month IN-spir-A-tion for you and a short tutorial showing a stamping with bleach technique.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and a couple of Distress Sprays.

Broken China, Blueprint Sketch and Hickory Smoke sprayed lightest in the middle.

This stamp is Christmas Trees Large.

Make sure you clean your stamp off right away.

I used the chip pine tree from Um Wow Studio.

The texture from this technique is perfect!

And I just love stamping in gesso!!

I used peace on earth for my sentiment because snow scenes just feel that way to me,  The mask and star are Um Wow Studio, Faber Castel paste and of course archival ink.

I hope you are inspired to join our challenge, you have until the end of the month and make sure to check out our facebook group, Viva Las VegaStamps! Groupies.

Until next time, get inky!!