Taking the Plunge: VLVS Design Team Tryout

Hi everyone!  After much hemming and hawing, I've decide to just throw caution to the wind and apply for the Viva Las VegaStamps! team.  I'm a huge fan of this store because they specialize in the quirky, unique and out-of-the-box type images I have learned to love.  The fact that they have thousands of stamps to choose from is also an added plus.

I have chosen a few projects that best display my stamping prowess.  First up is an altered tin I made using a harlequin background stamp and some awesome alcohol inks.  This tin was also featured on the Technique Tuesday blog since I did use their background stamp.  Of course I just had to slap some Punchinella onto that bad boy to jazz it up a bit.

Next, I want to show you a neato little tag I made using another background stamp.  Who just doesn't love leopard print?!  Can you also tell that I love floral sprays as well?  This tag was made for a feature on the Paper Crafter's Library blog.

I have another altered project to share with you.  This one holds very special meaning for me.  I made this memory jar for a very dear friend of mine who lost one of her closest friends to a sudden death.  She came to me and asked me to make something to commemorate the memory of her friend.  I was more than humbled and honored to make this for her.

This jar is colored with alcohol inks and I used a large cling stamp, minus the acrylic block, to stamp the gold swirl in the background.  Each element on this jar symbolizes something about her friend and their friendship.  But I shall keep those explanations between my friend and I.

And since I couldn't just stick with 3 projects, I just have to show you this project.  I just made this the other day for May Arts.  This was my first solid attempt at art journaling and I love how it turned out.  That huge dahlia is jumbo cling stamp as well as the embossed hexagons.  I really love the gradient color stamping and will practice this more in the future.

Well, there you have it!  Thanks for taking a look at some of my favorite stamping projects and let's keep our fingers crossed!


Gift Tag Tutorial & A Sneak Peak of Something Cool

Good morning!  Today, I have a quick, down and dirty tag for you.  This is also one of my first posts for GlobeCraft & Piccolo.

I love their Piccolo Accents and they are perfect for that quick tag you may need at the last minute.  For this tag, I used my Dylusions and Heidi Swapp sprays to lay down my base color.

Once the ink dried, I stamped my diamond background using a stamp from 3rd Eye stamps.  I also use a cat's eye inkpad to highlight my edges.

Once all of the ink completely dried, I stuck on a clear sentiment from Little Yellow Bicycle and ran the whole tag through my cuttlebug.  I used the polka dot embossing folder.  I love the texture and dimension it added.

Next, it's time to dress up the accents.  I used an assortment of Cool Set Enamel Gels, Enamel Powder, and some Doodlebug glitter.

I applied the gels to all of my small accents and heat embossed the wreath using the Mossy Green enamel powder.

Next, glue the bow and other accents where you want them.  Then glue the whole wreath to your tag.  Voila!  You are done!

Now for the sneak peek!  This is a REALLY cool tutorial that I have up on the GlobeCraft blog today.

For the completed project and tutorial, head on over the GlobeCraft blog!  Trust me.  You'll love it!


A Pretty Type of Tag

Good morning!  Wow!  Three posts in a row?!  I must have some down time on my hands!  Today, I decided to try my hand at making a more "pretty" tag.  I made this little gem for a guest post on behalf of May Arts for Paper Crafter's Library.  
You all know how I love getting inky and mess so I have a quick and easy project for you today.   Since we are fast approaching the holiday season, tags are a must have.  They are a great way to dress up any present or gift bag.
I really loved the reverse side of my May Arts black velvetand crochet trim.  You can see the velvet peeking through the crochet and it adds a nice bit of texture.
Prima’s “Fairy Belle” vine was a perfect accent.  I threw in some pieces from a very old vine I had in my stash and a wonderful “Inspire” light bulb.  I misted the large flower using Glimmer Mist.  To tie my purples together, I highlighted the tips of the petals as well as the petals on the vine with my pigment pad.   Some ZVA Creative bling, May Arts burlap cord, and a filigree heart and voila!  You have a tag ready for the giving!
Thank you for checking out my tag and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season!


A Funkadelic Tag

A few weeks ago, Gauche Alchemy teamed up an awesome stamp store, 100 Proof Press, for a week of artsy fun.  Their stamps range from the traditional to the more eccentric.

Here is a tag I made for the swap using their "Architectural Design" border stamp.  You all know how much I love my mists, my bold colors, and my masks.  This time, I used some of our 6 Petal Flower PVC Punchinella and my super fabby Dylusions mists.

I used some amazing chocolate jute from my friend, Frank.  I have GOT to get a roll of that stuff!  Slap on a bright flower, a cool skully bead and some Prima and Heidi Swapp odds and ends and BLAMO!  Fabulous tag is now yours!

How about you head on over to 100 Proof Press and check out their awesome stamps?  Oh, and take a dirty martini with you!