Friday, May 31, 2013

VLVS! Design Team Call♥

I can't believe it.. it's that time again...
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Viva LasVegaStamps! is having a 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 welcome to apply, too!

Our terms last six months. This term will run from July 1st – December 31st 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) Complete a minimum of two (2) projects per month to be posted on the VLVS! blog, always using only Viva Las VegaStamps! images. Your posts must include at least one over all finished photo, one detail photo, a product list with appropriate working links to our online store and a short description on how you completed the project. Keep in mind occasionally you may be asked to follow certain criteria, ie; using a given product, following a theme, or creating for the season. We may also request an additional post in which case you would only be asked to share a project as inspiration with working links to the appropriate stamps. No need for tutorials or step by steps on inspiration posts. It is important you possess the necessary skills to photograph your projects well. We want to see them in their full glory; you should be able to provide well lit, focused, center of attention photos.

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:
Create a new post on your blog with the title “Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout”. Include in your post three stamped projects that best represent you and your style. I’m open to cards, ATCs, tags, scrapbook pages, etc.! Because I want to see your best work I will not limit the stamped pieces to only Viva Las VegaStamps! stamps, but I’d love to see some if you have them!

Then, in an email to me (with a subject of “VLVS! DT CALL”) please include:
- your name
- a brief bio.. Who are you? Why do you create? That type of stuff!
- the link to your direct blog post titled Viva Las VegaStamps! DT Tryout
- 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. (not necessary to be chosen for VLVS!)
- 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” due by 6/7 (June 7th) at midnight pacific standard time.

Applicants joining the team will be notified by June 10th.

Zack and A-Dee by Donna Salazar

We're welcoming back Donna Salazar today with this gorgeous layout!!

I love this photo from their baby shower (Congrats!!) and the use of stamps on the layout!

Donna has used the Man and Woman symbol on the left paired with some beautiful flowers. The distressed look over the corrugated board is awesome.

 She's also used Feed Your Soul along on the top. Super tender and so perfect!

Thanks for joining us Donna! We're totally blown away and appreciative of you sharing your time with us.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Loud Noises

I don't know about you but I hate loud noises and I have what my mom calls "super hearing" (she has it too!).  My husband says I can hear an ant crawl! haha It is a pain though because I find normal everyday noises to be so irritating and my sleep gets disturbed ALOT. #&^$)#*&_)&_$$

I made this journal page dedicated to my super hearing using these fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps!
The Large lightbulb
the Crime scene tape
The end is near
the Star pin
You can also find these 4 stamps all on Plate 924

and last but not least the Men in balloon basket

and here is my journal page
I hope you enjoyed my page and here are the supplies used to make it:

Large lightbulb
Crime scene tape
The end is near
Star pin
Plate 924
Men in balloon basket
Miracle tape
Scrapbook paper
Journal spots
Versafine & Staz on ink
Various Stickers
Watercolor pencils
Magazine image
Chipboard embellishments
Fabric star
Die cut letters
Glimmer mists

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Extended DT CALL!

Morning Stampers!!

Just a quick note to let you know, we're extending the design team call by a week!!

We'll be participating in some upcoming festivities and want to celebrate FULLY!

I Dare You... to Take a Chance and Stamp!

Welcome to Viva Las Vegastamps! May is over tomorrow - where did the month go? Susan here today for some super fun birthday cards. What do crafty pals do when they are already pushing the time envelope??? They dare each other to do something WILD and CRAZY... just for fun.

DeeDee, our team leader and I have dared each other to enter the Gallery Idol Competition. If we make the top twenty selected that move on to round two tomorrow - we will be entering JUNE MADNESS. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to hear and see what the next challenge will be. And even if we don't make the cut - we are still going to complete all the challenge round themes. It's going to be a blast!

For the first round audition round theme was birthday cards for kids and teens. So FUN! This was a challenge - BUT - with the my huge stash of Viva Las VegaStamps! at my disposal, I was able to enter some really fun cards. This fun card using "Hippo with Party Hat" #1454 is one of my entries. I had about five different cards in the works and she made the cut. I made my own tissue tape with Miracle Tape and Miracle Sheets. The colored tissue comes with a tissue wrap with the printed "happy birthday" on it; except for the yellow. The yellow tissue section I created by stamping the "Happy Happy Birthday" #10479 stamp repeatedly in Milled Lavendar Ranger Distress Ink. The green tissue at the top is recycled from a gift I received {I've been having fun using this craftily}. I fussy cut an hand colored my party girl with my Ranger Distress Markers and grounded her on a strip of grey spotted washi tape. I finished her off with some eyelash googlie eyes - no card is complete until you add some GOOGLIES! The bright colored tissue really makes the party girl pop.

Now for another card using "Alligator Present" #9129. This is so fun and festive! I didn't enter this one, but one can never have too many birthday cards on hand. I just totally fell in love with this stamp and it made me laugh out loud. It has a blank little tag in the image and the "Don't Freak Me Out" #18327 fit perfectly in it's place. Stamped in black on yellow painted paper with Mustard Seed Ranger Distress Ink and hand colored with my markers. I added some shimmery details and polka dots with my Gelly Roll Stardust pen. The border is the "Happy Happy Birthday" #10479 stamped about 10 times to create a pattern stripe using Clearsnap Colorbox Khaki Green Dye ink.

**TIP FOR THE DAY** Try out different themed stamps for different occasions. Play around and have fun! Cut your images apart to use just a section, or stamp a repeating pattern. This gives you endless possibilities with your stash of rubber.

Aren't these cards fun with just a few stamps???

Now for a DARE... I challenge all of you to play along, too and share your Viva Las VegaStamps! creations with us on the Viva Las VegaStamps! Facebook page. The Gallery Idol challenge will be announced sometime on Friday... we can't wait!
Supplies used: STAMPS - "Happy Happy Birthday" #10479, "Alligator Present" #9129, "Don't Freak Me Out" #18327, and "Hippo with Party Hat" #1454. Other supplies: cardstock; Staz-On Black ink; Miracle Tape; googlie eyes, photo corners; Ranger Distress Markers; Milled Lavendar & Mustard Seed Ranger Distress Inks; Clearsnap Colorbox Khaki Green Dye Ink; Gelly Stardust Pen and a water brush.

Thanks so much for dropping by. Have you seen what the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team has been up to or dropped by the Viva Las Vegastamps! store lately? There's so much amazing inky inspiration to see!  If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my blog, sbartist : painting in the dark HERE. I'll be back soon with another stamping adventure... Sb

Get all the details HERE -- hop to it, the deadline to apply is June 7th at midnight pacific standard time. You know you want to be a part of this team... go ahead - give it a try!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Glue my heart

Hi, Hermine here, as promissed on my blog I made a tutorial to make this heart out of Helmar PVA glue. But its not only hearts any shape you like you can make.
Here you see a little vase with a handmade flower and a tealight/candle holder.
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Used washi tape to enhance the vase and stamped with Stazon Black be adorable 19038 and large wasp 19014.

On the jar I also used some washi tape and stamped with Stazon Black on the heart using images: Blowing Dandelion with extra seeds 19045

On this container I used Clearsnap Crafters ink and the larger circle: Harlequin Diamond Bkacground18920 and spotty background 1461 and on the small circle  swirl 17401. On a piece of Kromecote I stamped steampunk eagle head 18976

Altered this note pad box using  Large bird flying 19001, Brick background 19077, Washi Grid Background 19074 and inspire 18888. In the PVA glue I dripped Mix'd Media Ink refill this time.

VLVS stamps used:

Be adorable 19038
Large wasp 19014
Blowing Dandelion with extra seeds 19045
Harlequin Diamond Blackground 18920
Spotty Background 1461
Swirl 17401
Steampunk eagle head 18976
Large bird Flying 19001
Brick background 19077
Washi Grid background 19074
Inspire 18888

Monday, May 27, 2013

You And me...20 Years Later

Hey there VLVS fans!!!

It's just me Pinky here today with another sassy fun project.
You know on the OWH blog hop I had a card using Plate 1397 well
it completely inspired me to create yet another card for my girlfriend. 

We all have those special friends in our lives- I have 5- they are
my amazing friends I trust with my world and I know in 20
we will still be visiting and since we all swear like sailors...
we WILL be saying "Bitch Please!" haha
 Don't even play- you know you will too!! 
 These images are so fun and perfect for my sassy life!
I used the amazing Miracle Tape
Authentique Paper
My Little Shoebox Alphas

I hope you enjoyed my post on this Monday and it made you laugh
a little. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

House of Whimsy Tag

 This is my house of whimsy.  All stamps from the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps!  They include:
Whimsical House
Whimsical Cloud
Another Whimsical Cloud
Pure Imagination

I used all kinds of colors - acrylic paints - on the tag.  The Gelli plate was helpful!  Images were stamped and trimmed from patterned papers.
These I then glued directly to the tag using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  Final touch was to outline each piece with silver pen and voila!  Some pre-summer sun on a tag!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hoppin' With Operation Write Home {GIVEAWAY}

We @ Viva Las VegaStamps! are super honored to be included in the OWH hop this year. These girls work so hard each day all year to gather cards to send to the troops so that they may have easy and beautiful ways to send letters home!


Today our design team has put together some cards that we'll be sending them in! I apologize for the cards that aren't "Thank Yous", I neglected that tiny bit of info when I sent the idea on to the team for consideration, but we've still got a great big bunch of other cards to send off!
(Leave the DT some love on these!)

We'd also like to offer up a GIVEAWAY and a code for 20% off any orders placed in the store! With over 19,000 deeply etched pink rubber stamps in our line, we're sure you'll be able to find something to send the troops!

For the giveaway we'll be offering up a POUND of Unmounted rubber stamps from our line, guaranteed to be NOT duplicates in the bag!!

To be entered into the giveaway just leave a comment here with your favorite VLVS! stamp!

Okay.. we are FINALLY onto the work from the DT! 

Our first card is by Susan:

Our next card is by Ellen:

The next is from Lea Cioci:
 She used the following stamps : Hearts and Washi Grid Background

Then we have Sheri:
 She has used Tea Party and Make A Wish.

We also have a card from Pinky:
All the stamps she used are from Plate1397.

and two from Lyneen:

She's used Boy in Cape, Too much of a good thing, and Whimsical House.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Helmar & VLVS! Inspiration {Susan & Hermine}

Well folks, this is wrapping up our final day with Helmar, and we're so full of ideas after our week long celebration!

Today we're ending with a bang and I'm super excited to show you two projects...

The first by Susan with this AWESOME cake!

She has put together this cake with some recycled ribbon spools and the following stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! : Cat Jumping, Party Streamers, Washi Lines Background, Large Doily, and Celebrate. She's also done a great job utilizing the extensive line of adhesives from Helmar including 450 Quick Dry, Craft and Hobby PVA, Craft and Decoupage Paste, Fabric Glue and Scrap Dots.

And rounding out our week have Hermine:

For the front cover of her journal she has used the Swirl, Washi Grid BG, Be Adorable, Blowing Dandelion and Wheeled Jester from Viva Las VegaStamps!. She's also utilized the PVA glue and Decoupage paste from Helmar. She has taken the time to stamp on all the inside pages as well, for a full reveal and a tutorial on the front please head over to Hermine's Blog

And for our last scoot n boogie, please visit Helmar for some more inspiration!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Helmar & VLVS! Inspiration {Glenda & Ellen}

Welcome to day FOUR of our week with Helmar.

All week long we're sharing projects between the Helmar blog and VLVS! blog.
I hope you've been commenting! We'll give away some glue AND rubber to two lucky commenters! (One from our blog, one from theirs)

The first project for today is this one by Glenda!

Glenda is our resident art journaler and she is SUPERB. She's used the lovely Angel weeping over pillar stamp, the Row of stars stamp, the 6 Hexagon background stamp, the Crime scene tape stamp and the Star pin stamp by Viva Las VegaStamps! as well as the Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and Decoupage and Craft Paste.
Check out Glenda's blog for a HOW TO!

 Then we have Ellen with this fabulous altered box:

She has used Helmar's Decoupage and Craft Paste to adhere all the paper to the box. She also used VLVS!'s Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder and the Zebra Painting Stamp. Check out Ellen's blog for a bit more info!

Now check out Helmar's Blog for more inspiration!