Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mark Maker ATC's

Hi VLVS! Friends!
Elina here with you today, sharing my first projects as a brand-new member in this amazing VLVS! design team. I’m so excited to start this journey with you!

In just a few months’ time I’ll be travelling to Netherlands to attend a great stamping event, ARTSpecially. I’ve been to a few workshops in Netherlands before but this specific one will be a new experience for me. But I’m sure it will be a lot of fun!

My crafty friend who has participated in this event before suggested that I should bring a pile of ATC cards with me. Event participants will swap them during the weekend, and for being able to join the fun I’d better be prepared. I love ATC’s and do have quite many ready in my stash, but I thought it was a good idea to make a few more:

Many of my projects are very colorful, but I also like to play with contrasts between bright colors and grey tones. Like on this ATC set: To highlight the cool stamped main images I colored them with grey markers, and placed them on a grungy orange-yellow-brown inked background.

The patterns on the bottom of the background were made with a stencil: I first inked the background with Distress inks, placed a stencil on top, and lifted some of the ink by misting the stencil with water. Once dry I decorated the background with VLVS! pattern stamps.

I hope these ATC’s will get new owners in April!

Supplies used:

VLVS! stamps:
20162 Carved Xs
20165 Cross Marks Background
20161 Punchinella/Sequin Waste
20168 Mark Maker
19359 Whimsical Boy in Hat
7605 Sandwich Board/Large
6727 Clown Face
7658 Clown

Other Supplies:
Stamping inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black; VersaFine - Onyx Black; Archival Inks – Saffron; Plum
Distress Inks -  Rusty Hinge; Walnut Stain; Ripe Persimmon; Mustard Seed
Stencil: Crafter's Workshop - Corncob Etching
Water mister
Cardstock in white and black

Thank you for stopping by!
xx Elina

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Born to be Wild" scrapbook page | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here kicking off my first post as an official design team member for Viva Las VegaStamps. (I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to say that!)
So I thought I would start with what I do best - a mixed media scrapbook layout. I even used a fun SnapChat selfie, so you can see who you are putting up with for the next 6 months...hehe

To create this page, I started by laying down my background colour onto my cardstock using  Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks. I first spritzed the cardstock with water, then used a small brush to apply the inks and a little more water to move the colours around, before drying it with a heat gun.

Once dry, I decided I wanted more hard water lines; so I went back and applied more ink & water to my focal area; as well as some splatters with a small, stiff brush; before again drying with the heat gun. 

Next, it was time to add some depth to my background. I used Staz On ink along with a couple of my favourite mark making stamps to add structure to my focal area:
- Punchinella / Sequin Waste Border

I also stamped a few quotes randomly around my page:

Next, I turned my attention to the focal piece of my page. I fussy cut my photo away from the background; and I also cut out two rabbit images I had previously stamped onto tissue paper to use on either side:
Creepy Rabbit by Tera Callihan

I adhered them all to a piece of cardstock using a matte medium, before cutting around them, leaving a white border. (You will note the tissue paper simply disappears into the background using this technique.)

To add a bit of colour to my gorgeous creepy little rabbits, I used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, which I applied roughly, before blending them out with a water pen. Once coloured, I mounted my photo up on some cardboard to raise it from the background and then moved on to putting the page together.

Underneath where my photo was going to be placed, I added a die cut glitter frame, that I had cut in half; along with some messy purple thread.

I then added a few torn pieces of washi tape to my background, and also tucked a piece of paper doily in behind my photo before sticking it down.
I used a chipboard title from Kinder Kreations, which I coloured simply with black ink.

I then stamped some scattered stars using purple ink:
Star Sliding 

To finish my page I added a wood veneer arrow (also inked black) to the left of my photo.

And to the right of my photo, I added a cute handmade rabbit embellishment from Charms Creations.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this - I hope I have inspired you to get inky today!

Stamps used:
-  Star Sliding 

Other materials:
- Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks
- Staz On ink
- Studio Calico ink
- Kinder Kreations chipboard title
- Charms Creations rabbit embellishment
- Cocoa Vanilla Studio wood veneer arrow
- washi tape
- die cut glitter frame and arrow
- cotton thread

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mail Art Monday - *Hellooooo* - Majo

The title says it all: "HELLOOOOO"!

Hi all, it’s Majo here with my very first posting as a member of the design team 2018!

I'd like to show you some mail art with one of my favorite stamps, the little boy in the tub boat.

I started by applying distress ink in three different colors (Stormy Sky, Dried Marigold and Peeled Paint) and spritzed it with some water. After stamping the main image and the word, I stamped the background for some more texture. I used stars, cross stitch and numbers as well as the cute little fish.

I applied some bleach to the main image.

For the address label I used a cross stitch stamp and a sticker from the German Post Office.

Some close ups of the background:

Stamps I used:

Happy crafting

Friday, January 12, 2018

He was a dreamer

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my first post for 2018 ! I have made an art journal page:

It had been ages since I used model paste or crackle paste so today was the day to revisit this medium. I had forgotten how much fun it is ! 
Anyway I used an UmWow Studio stencil to add texture with crackle paste. I let it dry naturally because this particular one won't crackle when you use a heat tool. Ask me how I know! :o)
After it was dry I sprayed Lindys sprays in blues and greens over it, starting at the bottom and letting it run over the page to the top. Once I was happy I added some background stamping, not much because there is already a lot going on. The Whimsical Man was stamped on book text, coloured with pencils and cut out. I added a little room under him to be able to stamp the word dreamer after masking off the words 'she was a'. 
The same sentiment was stamped on a blank piece of book paper after masking off just the 's' from she so it says he. 
I adhered both to the page with dimensional tape and then added the page to my journal with Miracle Tape. 

I have used the following stamps/tape:

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Holiday Thank You!

Happy New Year Viva Las VegaStamps! fans!!
Michele here with you today and boy am I excited to have been asked back for another term on this fabulous team!!!

So, it is just a bit after the holidays and I had plenty of thank yous to hand out this year!  I still and always will prefer to send a hand written thank you for a gift or an act of kindness.  This Christmas I had plenty to be thankful for!

Viva Las VegaStamps! used:  Thank You, Trumpet, Sheet Music Background.

This card was fairly easy to create!  I stamped the sheet music background on white cardstock, trimmed to size and then stamped the trumpet in Ranger's new Letter It embossing ink and heat embossed with the marigold Letter It embossing powder.  The sentiment is stamped in archival ink which is my go to for stamping!!

I was unexpectedly happy with how translucent the trumpet ended up.  It seems to be floating on the music.

These went together so fast that I was able to get my notes mailed out already.

Thanks for spending some time with me today...I look forward to inspiring for another term!

Until next time...get inky!

Friday, January 05, 2018

Hello 2018! January Challenge

Our first challenge for January is here... and it's awesome.

We'd like you to pull deep down and bring forth your muse! Show us your face... real or whimsical, use greens of any hue, black & white. Be inspired by bold patterns, circles, dots, crosses, mark making, hatches, grungy, distress, layers & more. Mary Vogel Lozinak's images are a great way to start your year of stamping.

Meet us back here shortly for inspiration & our last challenge's winner!

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board (it has to be posted this month, but you can certainly link up to other challenges as well!)
-Use at least one (but certainly more if you want) Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
(We are now allowing competitors stamps to be on your work, but please make VLVS! the focus of the project, thank you.)
-Post it to your blog with a link back to us
-Upload to our linky using your direct blog post link (You may also upload via facebook, flickr or other gallery)
You could win a Project Spotlight post on our blog + some new rubber of course.
And visit us back here for inspiration!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Welcome to our Design Team for Winter 2018!



Then > Help me usher in the new Design Team for Winter of 2018 won't you?

You'll recognize some returning members, including one of our previous GUEST designers! Then we have quite a couple NEW faces, as well. We are beyond thrilled to work with these talented artists.

Returning we have: 

Corrie Herriman
her blog

Fiona Paltridge
her blog

Michele Kosciolek
her blog

We are welcoming BACK:

Sue Plumb
her blog

Tera Callihan
her blog

Brand new to us is:

her blog

Elina Stromberg
her blog

Can you believe this line up?!?!?!??

(stay tuned)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Delight in the Little Things by Cheetarah

Hi all, it's Cheetarah here with my last post as part of the DT this term. It has truly been a blast! I've got a little ATC to share made with wonderful stamps from VLVS! and watercolors. I have used this gorgeous Whimsical Star Girl in frame by Mary Vogel Lozinak as focal point. She is the perfect size for an ATC. 

I started out by stamping her onto watercolor paper using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her in with watercolors. I used different brands but started off the basic set colors from Sennelier which you can see on the right. I found that using watercolors to color a block stamp like this (where there is a lot of detail in the stamp) you can really make the image pop!

Here is a side by side of the stamped image and the water colored image next to it. What a transformation, right? A few tips to this technique: Make sure you work on thick (preferably a cotton blend) water color paper; Stamp your image lightly, let it dry completely before applying color and use a small #1 of #0 round brush for the details. Just let the water and color do it's magic!

I die cut the ATC with my nesting die and added some gold accents to it with a marker. Then stamped "Delight in the Little Things" on the top and bottom of the image. 

I have put it in a protective sleeve and it's on a shelf above my desk as an inspiration card to remind me to delight in the little things as they matter most. 

Stamps used: 

As I said at the beginning, it's my last post for the DT this term, as next year I am doing a new studies so don't have much time for many other things, sadly. Designing for VLVS! this year past has absolutely been amazing, was honored to be a part of it! Hope you liked the projects I shared with you as much as I enjoyed making them. 

With this I am wishing you all a wonderful 2018 with delightful cherished little moments filled with joy and happiness. 

Best wishes!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Whimsical Watercolor Tags- Video by Susanne

Hi my dear Viva Las VegaStamps! Friends!

I have two whimiscal watercolor tags for you today which are created with Brushos, the Leaf Lady and the Letter Man stamps.

I have a video tutorial for you today! Enjoy!

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Viva Las VegaStamps!
Wire Rings
Butterfly Specimens
Brushos: Turquoise, Ost. Blue, Orange, Vermillion
Liquid Watercolor: Purple, Black
Sizzix Embossing Folder
Crealies Banners

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone,

Today I have a quick Christmas card to share. I filmed to process so you can see how I made this. It is very simple but not simple enough for me to stamp the sentiment straight ! LOL... Hope you can forgive me !

I have used the following stamps :

Here is the link for the tutorial:

Thanks for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Jingle Bells

How about a little challenge inspiration??
Michele here today with a card inspired by the December Inspiration Challenge.

Image may contain: tree, plant and outdoor

This one really spoke to me and I can up with might just be one of my favorite stamped scenes this year.

Viva Las VegaStamps! used:  Covered Bridge, Christams Tree in a Car, Jingle Bells

These two images were really made for each other!

The snow was created with opaque Mister Misty.

I just love how the white space creates the perfect snow.

Thanks for spending some time with us today and I hope you are inspired to join our challenge this month.
Merry Christmas to all!!
Until next time...get inky!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Mail Art by Fiona


Today I'm sharing a little gift box I have decorated ready to send to a special someone using the awesome Viva Las Vegastamps!

I have created a short process video for you on how I made it.

I love to personalize my gifts for my loved ones.

I up-cycled this little box by adding some hand made paper using the Viva Las Vegastamps!

Here is the video for you to watch. Enjoy!

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and i'll see you all again in the new Year xxx