Wednesday, January 30, 2013

VLVS! Making Backgrounds!

It is always fun to try new techniques using what is around the house, shop/garage or in our creative supply stash.  Today's post is about making backgrounds.

Faux Wood Background
This is an ATC from a SWAP... The theme of the swap was "FROM THE SHOP." My shop items are masking tape and locking washers! over lapping layers of Masking Tape on the base card stock (2 1/2 x 3 1/2), swipe with Chocolate Brown. Stamp VLVS! Harlequin Diamond Background with Barn Red after stamping off. Note: stamping off is inking the stamp then stamping on another sheet of paper before on the actual project.  Next stamp the VLVS! Easy Dog Rider and Route 66 Road Sign with Black. Cover the entire card with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder, heat the embossing powder until clear, this gives the card a nice finish. Add locking washers (available at the hardware store) for embellishment and a touch of color with COPICS.

Masking Tape (shop)
Card stock
Inks: Chocolate Brown, Barn Red and Black
Heat Emboss Gun
Locking Washers(shop)

Stamp the VLVS! Nike Statue and VLVS! Two Columns in the back ground with white ink (one statue with violet ink), using masks to keep from stamping over previously stamped images. Heat emboss with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.  Spritz with mists, wipe the mist from the embossed images. Randomly stamp VLVS! Swirls to create borders with violet ink. Ink May Arts Lace with chocolate ink and adhere with VLVS! Miracle Tape. What a great background!!!
Journal Clairfontaine
Ink White - Violet - Chocolate
Mist - Winter Grass Stewart Superior
Mist - Sandalwood 
Add VLVS! Lady with Arms stamped on Kromecote Cardstock, fuzzy cut and add her in the foreground.  

Washi Tape Background
To see step by step instuctions on making your own Washi Tape check out Dee Dee's Washi Tape Tutorial posted earlier this week. It is well worth watching!!!
For this card place VLVS! Miracle Tape 1 inch on white tissue. Use an dauber or sponge to apply brown ink directly to the white tissue. 
Randomly stamp images of VLVS! stamps Draw,Pen TipsPointed Pen TipA Drawing Is and This is where I draw the line on the tissue. Note: the images are partially stamped on the tape. Now you have beautiful one of a kind Washi Tape.   
For this card the Washi Tape was cut to fit the card stock panel and used as a background. A few pen nibs were added in the lower left.  Stamp the VLVS! Feather Pen Collage on coordinating card stock and mount with foam tape.

White Tissue (dollar store)
Pen Nibs (thrift store)
Card stock
Ink Brown & Black

Another background can be done using VLVS! Stage Curtains stamps to create a mini stage. This is a background I used last weekend when the VLVS! Design Team had their fantastic blog hop BLAST FROM THE PAST using VLVS! Oldie But Goodies Stamps! My stamp was the VLVS! MAN WITH HOOPHere I created an altered tin with a stage.

May Arts Ribbon & Fibers
Altoid Tin
Cream card stock
Pink Card stock
Black ink
Red ink
Hearts Made from Creative Paperclay®
Be Mine - Sticker
Foam Tape
Small blocks

Now is the time to stock up on your Viva Las VegaStamps! 
They are now  47% OFF!!! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013



Join the creative team on a nostalgic jaunt through the past using some of our long forgotten stamps! Each stop is located in the linky at the bottom of the post, so you'll always be able to find your way :) Comment on each stop and be entered to win the unmounted plate o' rubber of your choosing! a $22 value.

My Viva Las VegaStamps! stamp from the past is the MAN WITH  HOOP I decided since we are getting close to celebrating Valentines Day I would use him on a Valentine!
Viva Las VegaStamps! Supplies:

Other Supplies:
May Arts Ribbon & Fibers
Altoid Tin
Cream card stock
Pink Card stock
Black ink
Red ink
Hearts Made from Creative Paperclay®
Be Mine - Sticker
Foam Tape
Small blocks
Measure paper for outside and inside of tin, stamp Chevron Banner on the front, adhere paper inside and out. Stamp MAN WITH  HOOP two times on a transparency and cream card stock.  Heat emboss all four images with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing PowderFussy cut images, cutting away the hoop on the card stock images. Adhere the card stock to the transparencies. Attach one of the MAN WITH  HOOP images to the outside of the tin. Add the BE MINE sticker and MAY ARTS Ribbon and fibers to the out side. Use a light coating of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer on the cover/.
Stamp the Stage Curtains on pink card stock add stickles for sparkle, attach using foam tape for dimension.  On back of the stage floor add MAY ARTS Ribbon fibers. Adhere the Creative Paperclay® hearts to the transparency. Glue four blocks together for a mini stage within the stage. Adhere the MAN WITH  HOOP to the stage. Print "little cue cards" A HOOP OF LOVE FOR YOU MY VALENTINE!


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Altered Pages

It is time to make some 
old fashioned Victorian Valentines!
Give a special someone in your life a handmade Valentine!
With lace, paper doilies, glitter and a sweet image.

Did you know, 
Valentine's Day reached its height of celebration during the Victorian Era? 

Or that some Valentines were so thick with layers of paper and embellishments they were given in presentation boxes.  
The image for this Valentine is from the Victorian Valentine collage sheet. It was first adhered to a thin piece of chipboard (about the thickness of a cereal box) and then fussy cut.  Also cut a heart from the chipboard slightly smaller than the largest doily.  Adhere the large  doily to the chipboard, glue lace around the backside edge of the chipboard. Add lace around the backside of the smaller heart.  Attach smaller heart to the larger heart. Use a black marker and carefully edge the fussy cut images.  Attach lace around the heart in the image. Attach the images with foam tape to give dimension. Add gold, red and diamond glitter. Let dry.
Doilies - Large (6 inch) and small (3 1/2 inch)
Lace - White and Red & White
Giltter - Red, Gold and Diamond 
Black Marker
Foam Tape

Please come by and join the Altered Pages Monthly Challenge, the theme for January is "Snow Dancing!" The design team has created some wonderful inspiration.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine Tin with Sakura Crystal Lacquer!

Valentines is just a few weeks away!!!  It is time to get to work on the Sweet Valentines. Here is a simply way to dress up any tin or heart box, to put that special something for the LOVE of your life.

On the tin use Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to adhere a red paper doily, then a white doily layered on top. Cover with a thin layer of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. With tweezers gently place large red seed beads around the edge of the doily. While the lacquer is still wet sprinkle with Terri Sproul Ultra Fine Glitter. Set aside to dry overnight.   Add another layer of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and set aside to dry again. Adhere Tim Holtz flying bird with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer! Your tin is now ready to use!

Tin (5 x 5 1/2)
Red Doily
White Doily
Large Red Seed Beads
Bird Charm

Saturday, January 19, 2013

NEW CLASS - Altered Cigar Box At Claywerks

Claywerks, 408 Pacific,
Downtown Bremerton

Date of Class: April 27th
5:30PM - 8:00PM

Sample may be seen at the store!

Get a couple of friends together 
and enjoy a FUN girls night out!
This is a night out you do not want to miss!
Register early at Claywerks, limited seating.

All supplies provided.  Note: images of Paris have been used (with the permission of
You will leave with a box similar to this, supplies will vary due to limited supply of vintage items!

Personalize your assemblage with a vintage family photo, be sure to use black and white or sepia when printing. The frame opening is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. If you have other mementos you would like to include in your assemblage you are welcome to bring them

Also, if you have your favorite paper cutter, scissors and ruler you are welcome to bring them.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Altered Pages Challenge ~ Snow Dancing

Altered Pages Challenge

I was having a bit of fun with the words. 
This is an altered tin, you can use one you have or purchase one HERE from Altered Pages! Adhesive used Sakura Crystal Lacquer! Cut picture to shape of tin, tear a of strip of sheet music distress edges with brown ink and adhere to image.  Stamp " there is "snow" dancing" distress edges and adhere to cover. Add Stickles to highlight snow. Adhere snowflake button.

INSIDE FRONT: Adhere sheet music and cover with snowflake tissue, add Moulin Rouge and jewel stickers.  Stamp "like show dancing", add bird and Stickles around the edge.  INSIDE BACK: Adhere image of Paris Dancer to thin chipboard and fussy cut, add highlights to dancer with Stickles. Place scrap of pattern paper, add Stickles around the edge, adhere feather, and pop dance with a couple of layers of foam dots.  Add small white flowers around her feet. 

Altered Pages Supplies:
Altered Pages images Dancer, Moulin Rouge on Vintage Paris

Stash Items:
Alpha stamps
Image of Lady with Skis
Snowflake button - remove shank
Sheet music
Pattern Paper Scrap
Small white flowers
Glittered bird made with paperclay
Snowflake Tissue
Jewel stickers

Be sure to check the other Design Team Members inspiration then join the fun. More detail HERE at the Altered Pages Challenge post!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Altered Pages ~ Let Me Read Your Palm!

Thank you Jean for inviting me to be a member of the awesome Altered Pages Design Team!  I love collage and am excited to work with the wonderful products Altered Pages has to offer.
My inspiration was the beautiful image of the lady above, found on this Paris Collage Sheet!! This collage is created on a Manila Tag. First, paint a light blue wash with  Pearlescent Watercolors. Once it was dry use a brown ink and stamp swirls, then ink the edges of the tag and image and ink a vintage white paper doily and white lace. 
With a fine pen write "Let me read your palm" on the image. Adhere the doily, lace and image. From my personal stash I added the feather, chipboard palm, heart rhinestone and feather  with Sakura Crystal Lacquer. Complete it with the finishing touches a bit of ribbon and glitter!

Be sure to check out all the images at Altered Pages!!! 

Sunday, January 6, 2013


I am really excited to announce that Jean over at
has invited me to join their amazing design team!

Here is one of the pieces I created using Altered Pages© collage sheets last October!  I love working with vintage images and altering things!

 This is an Altoid tin!!! With a butterfly from an Altered Pages collage sheet.
Inside is a pull out. To see the details to create this altered tin please click HERE to go to my original post!
For this project I used collage sheets: Think Pink and a second one, Thinking Pink, I won during an Altered Pages blog hop!
More recently I created this using several Altered Pages© Christmas collage sheets:  Miscellaneous Christmas the other was a Christmas Freebie! To see the more pictures and instructions go HERE!

Be sure check out the Altered Pages blog and like Altered Pages© on FB!  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!!!


I LOVE all the Celebrating, my dog doesn't... she is curled up shaking!!!  All the fireworks scare her, poor little thing!

More vintage postcards from my ephemera collection!
For more New Years Postcards visit HERE!