Tuesday, May 31, 2011

American Express Called...

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for dropping by. I am so excited to show you a new card for Viva Las Vegastamps! I love this woman image, she looks so haughty, and the sentiment with her makes me giggle.

The lady is called Pretty Lady in Fancy Hat and she can be found here. The sentiment used is called American Express Called and can be found here. The image and sentiment were stamped on high gloss paper, then painted in with tombows using watercolour paintbrush and water. The card was assembled using Miracle Tape. There are so many widths of tapes to choose from and even sheets, and if you haven't tried it yet, you will NOT be disappointed!

Thank you again for stopping by, and I look forward to sharing again on June 15th,
Have a wonderful day,
Kim Prince

Monday, May 30, 2011

Making 3-D Flowers

Terri Sproul shows you how to make the 3-D flowers used in the cards, wreath and bouquets by Cheryl Lindsay using rubber stamps and materials available from Viva LasVegastamps!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Roses, Roses everywhere

                                   Check out these great new 5 petal Flower Stamps
                                                      3  Dimensional Roses

                                      Stamps: item no. 17433 plate 1332

                flowers by Cheryl Lindsay    http://www.cherlin-ink.blogspot.com

                come see more samples of Vivalasvegastamps! new 5 petal stamps on my blog.
 you will be amazed at all the things you can do with this wonderful set.

This is what happens when you go crazy with Roses!!!

This entire set is on Special, check it out now!

Be sure to see the tutorial by Terri Sproul

Saturday, May 28, 2011

HowTo Videos

Three videos on embossing techniques and how to make fancy embellishments with the new Viva Las Vegastamps! five-petal flower.


Dancing With Elves

Jolly Elves will dance their way into into your heart.

The stamps are all from vivalasvegastamps.com
The elf below was made dimensional using a layering technique
called PaperTole.

As you'll see I love to stamp on printed paper, I love the feeling it gives the piece.

I love this little "dancing elf" There are so many ways to use this versatile little guy with his little out stretched hands to hold things and his little tip toe feet to stand on anything.

All stamps in this post are done with water color pencils.

Below I have incorporated my 3 favorite Christmas stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps:

"Holly Santa" item number 14721 (plate 1205) , "Dancing Elf" item number 10106 (Plate 975) and "Christmas ball " item number 9234 (plate 290) in many of these. All 3 of these stamps are very versatile.

I was thinking that elves have a great deal of down time between Christmas'. So I decided they needed a summer job, so why not 4th of July elves? That still gives them an awful lot of free time. We may have to find them other holidays to work?
Cheryl Lindsay

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friendship, Flowers, and Fun - OH MY!

I'm so happy the weather is FINALLY getting warmer! I thought yellow and orange were perfect timing and so was this Sunflower with Ladybug Rubber Stamp from Viva Las Vegastamps!

I really wanted to keep it simple this week with a quick and easy card. I really like this stamp because it has it's own built-in boarder! I used Prismacolor Colored Pencils and cut around the edges and stuck it to some card stock. I also found some vellum phrases and 'there ya go' - a quick and easy card!

I found this to be one of those PERFECT Rubber Stamps to work with...you, see, for years I was intimidated by many rubber stamps because I didn't always get a nice, even ink on it but this worked really well and it's a smaller stamp but big enough to shade and blend a little too!

I hope you will swing by my blog! And don't forget the shop, too!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Make your own embellishments!

Hiya Viva followers!! I am a huge fan of making my own embellishments; whether it's alphas, shapes, epoxy brads, rosettes... etc. etc! and today I'd like to share with you a huge rosette I made featuring a Viva Las Vegastamps! original!

I chose this gorgeous dandelion head silhouette:

Product # 14103
1.5" x 1.5"
$6.75 Mounted

I stamped the Dandelion onto a piece of cream cardstock in StazOn Saddle Brown and did a little bit of clipping as I cut it out, not being too fussy on purpose because I want it to stand out! I nabbed some vintage lace, a gorgeous pink and cream patterned paper and I started layering.

For the card base I used the same color cardstock and patterned paper, distressed both with TH Vintage photo distress ink and wrapped with a simple cream colored crochet thread to imitate bakers twine!

I topped off the rosette with an American Crafts pearl brad and strung some pink beads on a dark brown upholstery thread... secured everything with Miracle Tape and VIOLA!

A hint on making the pink rosette... use a scalloped scissor to cut your strip of paper.. scallop OUT on both sides (so that there are BUMPS on the outsides.. not cut IN) and then accordion fold where the scallops meet... make sure it's long enough to fold around and secure onto a piece of cardstock with miracle tape!

You can use all sorts of things to layer, I encourage you to experiment have fun making your own rosette style embellishments.. easier to match colors and you can do all sorts of amazing things with textures, patters and shapes. use feathers, old fabric swatches, recycled cardboard, magazines... they'll all provide amazing different styles to your work! And the stamps are so easy to customize that they are the perfect addition to making your own embelly!!

Thanks for stopping to see what I had to show this week! -DeeDee

Monday, May 23, 2011

Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop

Hello all,
My name is Terri Sproul and I am the honored to be the Design Team leader for Viva Las Vegastamps! and would love to let you guys know about the Blog Hop the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team will be doing on June 29th. This hop will include Blog Candy! We all love blog candy, so make sure you stop back by this this hop and tell all your friends, about it. This should be great fun! Hint, Hint if you click on the word Blog Candy it's a hint! smiles...

Here is a Christmas Card I just made for my Festive Friday blog Hop I have on my blog on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. Check us out.

Stamps: "Scrolled circle Tree #12702" and "Streampunk Background #16468" and "Happiness and Tranquility This Holiday Season" #2834
Ink: Cherry Red Dye Ink and Green Dye Ink
Green Glossy Paper
White Cardstock
Gears - Viva Las Vegastamps!
Post it note
Miracle Tape

1) Stamp tree image onto Post-it Note or any thin white paper (like typing paper) and White Cardstock. Cut out tree image on Post-it note. I stamped tree image using Green Dye ink onto my white cardstock.
2) Place Post-it note image over Image on White cardstock - Post it note will act as a mask to protect the Image on White Cardstock.
3) Ink up "Steampunk Background" stamp with "Cherry Red" dye ink and stamp over the Tree Image. Stamp until your background is covered. Then remove your Post-it note tree image and see how it protected the image on the white cardstock - cool!
4) Adhere Glossy Green Cardstock to cardbase using Miracle tape and then add Stamp image to the center of Cardbase - again using my Miracle Tape.
5) Start adding Viva Las Vegastamps! Gears to Tree Image... see sample.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to stop by again as we have a new project on this Blog from our Design Team on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

Terri Sproul

Friday, May 20, 2011

3-D Mixed Media Art Card

I had so much fun creating this mixed media art card. I used a dog stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps to create the 3-D angel dog.

click to enlarge

a close-up of the wings

To create this mixed media artwork card, I stamped the dog image on white watercolor paper and shaded it with Copic markers. I punched a 2" circle of white paper, cut it in half, folded it and used a corner stamp to punch the design. I combined the dog and wings on three layers of handmade paper.

I painted dots around the circle with gold metallic acrylic. Then I added beads and metallic threads along one side.
stamp - Bichon With Bow 2 x 2 1/4 Item 11156 Plate 1165

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sure I shot the Sheriff...

Hi there,

Thank you for stopping by today. It's Kim here, with another project using the fabulous Viva Las Vegastamps! I decided to use the Sure I shot the Sheriff stamp, because I have a warped sense of humour! When I saw this stamp it just made me chuckle, and I knew I had to have it.

The image (Sure I shot the Sheriff - Image 15080)   is stamped on vanilla cardstock with chocolate Ancient Page ink, and then cut out with deckle edged scissors. I then lightly distressed the edges of the stamped image as well as the patterned paper behind it. All layers are put together with Miracle Tape, and lastly the stamped image is pop dotted up.

Please click on any of the links above to be taken directly to the product used, and while you are there, stay and browse awhile at all the FANTASTIC images at Viva Las Vegastamps!

Have a great day,

Monday, May 16, 2011

Kickin' it old school...

In honor of another school year done and heading to Kindergarten next year, I made a school themed card. {FYI: Jordan has no idea what she is going to grow in her kinder"garden" but she still wants to go!}

For this card I just simply stamped the image in black ink. I did no coloring. I used a punch to give my notebook paper the "notebook" look. I was lucky enough to find some fun number paper that goes perfect with this stamp. Then I added some bakers twine.

Make sure you go to Viva Las Vegastamps and get some stamps!! While you are there pick up some Miracle Tape!! LOVE this tape!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Distressed Door Hanger

I honestly couldn't wait to use these stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! You, see, I've been accused more than once of being a hippie. It's almost a joke now.Link
I have been wanting to do more Door Hangers, too, so I thought it was PERFECT!

I just found a template online somewhere, printed it, cut it out, and started smearing my ink pad everywhere! I used Tim Holtz Ranger Ink - Distressed Ink. I then used Black ink for the stamps. I used a little bit of 3 different Stickles colors, too.

Remember to swing by the Shop HERE and the Blog HERE and MY BLOG is HERE!

And tell 'em the HIPPIE Sent Ya!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Coloring Stamps

Good morning blogland!! Viva Las Vegastamps! has so many gorgeous stamps to offer.. and in such great varieties that I've been trying to share lots with you.. they have great detailed stamps, cartoony stamps, phrases, pictures, drawings.. today I want to show you a great REALISTIC stamp.

This butterfly is 3.25"x3.25"
Product #9459
And I can't get over the amazing amount of negative and positive space. It's the perfect "coloring" stamp!

I chose to stamp my stamp with Momento Tuxedo Black ink (Also available at Viva Las Vegastamps! just click the link!) which is a permanent waterproof ink in a very rich black. I colored it with Prismacolor Art markers... you could also color with chalks, copic markers, colored pencils, water color, or your favorite stamp pads!

My adhesive of choice was Miracle Tape - which holds ANYTHING to ANYTHING - including the plastic recycled netting to my card base!

Other supplies: KnCO paper, rhinestones, distress ink, stickles, and a 7gypsies stamp for the script.. a great substitute for the script would be Viva Las Vegastamps!'s Writing Background 4"x4" stamp #16207 or any of their other writing background stamps such as 14641.

Hope this inspires you to get creative with your stamps and alter them for your own beautiful images. It's a fun easy technique that has great personalization capabilities for any artwork! -DeeDee

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Moon Party!

While in the Viva Las Vegastamps! store I found this wonderful stamp
"Moon Party"
item number 2265 which is 4 1/2" x 4 3/4"

Above is my very well love and used stamp! I love the versatility of this stamp. Here I have decided to use it for Christmas....but I have thought about how great it would be for New Years, Birthdays, Party invitations....the uses go on and on.


Since VLVS now carries Ecoartboard, Tsukineko embossing stamp pads and Miracle tape I decide to combine them in these combination cards. I have used my Jewelry making ideas and have incorporated them into cards.

1. Rubber stamp on your card with stayzon ink (any color for your outline)

2. Choose the area you want to focus on and rubber stamp that onto you
ecoartboard before heating it. I apply black Sharpie marker to all sides of

3. Color in your designs with matching colors so that they appears to be jumping
right out of your design. On this card I use faber Castel water color pencils

4. I covered the entire board with Tsukineko embossing stamp pad by patting it on... rubbing
could distort your design. On the Kraft colored board I used an old Versamark
pad that had been used on a previous project incorrectly and had a large
area that was now brown in color which I used to add the brown color to the
moon in the first card.

5. When the embossing was still wet I covered the entire piece with a heavy
layer of VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.  I heated the powder with a heat gun, and repeated this process several times to get a heavy, smooth, glaze over the top.

These pieces could easily be converted to jewelry pieces.

5. With the designs on I cut the card stock the sizes I needed. I used embossed
Bazill papers for the backgrounds. Adhering the original stamped design on to the card stock and

after lining up the ecoartboard with the design I adhered it down. (Miracle tape works great for this).

Remember these supplies are all available at Vivalasvegastamps.com Miracle tape, ecoartboard, Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder and Embossing pads (Tsukineko embossing stamp pad)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Steampunk ATC Swap

Click title to join a Steampunk ATC Challenge

Friday, May 06, 2011

Mother's Day Cards with Digital Design Elements

These cards were created with three of the beautiful women's face stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. VLVS has over 75 images of women's faces available to you.

Being a digital mixed media artist, I love to combine traditional elements with digital. For this set of cards, I wanted to show stampers how easily it is to use the stamped images with digital elements. I also wanted to create three different cards using the same few design elements. It is important to note that you must respect the stamp manufacturer's copyright policies when creating anything.

I stamped each image on white paper and scanned them into PhotoShop. I created the card background elements in PhotoShop. The faces were colored and decorated digitally also.

Viva Las VegaStamps Used in these cards:
Lady In Big Red Hat 2 x 2 1/4
Item 2495 Plate 729 Ladies Woman Women Page 489

Lady In Chapeau 1 1/2 x 1 1/4
Item 5796 Plate 595 Ladies Woman Women Hat Hats Page 328

Lady Round Hat/Large 3 1/2 x 5
Item 7564 Plate 252 Ladies Woman Women Page 14

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Beautiful Woman

Hi There,

Thank you so much for stopping by today. My project today features a beautiful woman's face, from Viva Las Vegastamps!, (#5908) on the front cover of a book I made! The book has chipboard covers, but the rest is patterned paper and envelopes. I had a blast making this, and will be making more for sure. This book was put together using Miracle Tape from Viva Las Vegastamps!, if you haven't used this product yet, it's awesome, and, it comes in many different sizes and even sheets.

Stop by Viva Las Vegastamps! and have a look at all the awesome stamps over there, you won't be disappointed.
Have a great day,
Kim Prince

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Steampunk Swamp

Fun card by Rebecca Stiles using Viva Las Vegastamps!

Monday, May 02, 2011

something stupid...

So I hate doing housework!!


If I was rich I would have a maid for sure!!

When I bought my "pound o rubber" from Viva Las Vegastamps and found these 2 stamps I knew they just had to go together!!

Housework is so stupid!! LOL

I just used some random background papers here.

I used a punch on one of them to give it a "notebook" look.

Image is stamped in black ink and colored with Copic markers.

Make sure you go to Viva Las Vegastamps and buy some new stamps.

After all stamping is way more fun than housework!!

Sunday, May 01, 2011


The Winner of the Pound O' Rubber is
Drum roll!
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Learn to make your own background paper

Here is a fun and super easy video on how to make your own background paper using Miracle Sheet.

Great way to use up your scrap paper! Hope you enjoyed, I will have this Book on my blog as soon as I finish it.. Hope you stop by my blog and become a followers.

Thanks for stop by.
Terri Sproul