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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Twelve Tags of Christmas with Viva Las Vegastamps! - Day #11

It's Day Eleven - just one day left!!!
 Twelve Tags of Christmas with
Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team!!!
Myself along with members of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team
will each be making tags every day December 1st thru 12th,
all using the same plate of stamps

Thanks for stopping by! To get back to the top of the hop,

Here is my creation for today....

It has been so fun making this tags every day. The icing on the cake is that I have all these scribbles and ideas I have jotted down {I can't remember anything these days}, and that I get to visualize them. This is one of these "BRIGHT" ideas. This is the second attempt - the first attempt didn't come out, because I stamped it in green and embossed and it looked like a blurry mess. OK - so try...try again. Stamping is a constant evolving experiment. When you try new things, you never know what you will get...the fun is in the playing.

OK - so this looks pretty elaborate, right??? Nope. Really simple. First I took a piece of green patterned paper by My Minds Eye and stamped the "Have a Great Christmas" from plate 1363 in black cats eye pigment ink and embossed with Viva Las Vegastamps! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder. Before I stamped I rubbed the ink off of the light bulbs {they are larger then my mini strand bulbs}. I kept the strand and the base of the lights.

Then I made the background more interesting...
 Know what this is??? YES a clipping from a 9 foot piece of pine garland from the Dollar Tree {I'm waiting for my royalty check Dollar Tree...hehe}. So I took the branch and used it as a stamp and pressed it into my green distress ink. You may want to wear gloves for this. I pressed it into the ink and then press it onto the paper, sort of like you would make a leaf print. I kept it really flat and changed angles for each pressing. It really gives the effect of tree bristles. YAY! Easy peasy...just a little messy.

You will need a piece of faux pine garland/branch.
Try out technique on scrap paper first.

After completing my pine needle texture, I colored in the bulbs and made glow with markers and my water brush, then clipped mini bulbs from these Darice mini lights. I love these and I have this pack in my stash so I always have some when I need them. These are about 8 years old left over from some reindeer heads I made out of popsicle sticks. CLICK HERE to see that project. I clipped the bulbs off the string and super glued them to my tag. Why super glue??? Because they are too tiny for glue dots and hot glue, they roll around, and most importantly, I didn't want to stand there holding them while anything else dried. These made this stamp come to life. I finished it off with a pretty bow. Enjoy!! Hope you try the technique : )

The 12 tags bloghop contributors from
Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team are:

Thanks so much for joining us today! We hope you enjoyed our creations. Want more creative ideas? Checkout the Viva Las Vegastamps! blog for fantastic projects each Monday, Wednesday and Friday {and an occasional Saturday}. Make sure you sign up to follow the page so you do not miss out on the fun.

How about some blog candy??? You can WIN these stamps, too! All you have to do is leaving a comment every day on each of the bloghop posts {this is for all 12 days}. Winner will be drawn randomly after completion of event.

VLVS Plate 1363 of stamps is 8 1/2" x 6" and has TWELVE stamps {retail value $21.95}.

Pssst... There is also a double chance for you to win...if you win this plate from the bloghop, you can also create something to submit to the VLVS monthly theme challenge {which happens to be Christmas} for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Viva Las Vegastamps! online store - YIPPEE!!!

See you again tomorrow!!! The bloghop each day will begin with Terri HERELooking forward to seeing you there and what everybody dreams up!


  1. What a fabulous tag! The Christmas lights and the "pine" brushed background--brilliant!

  2. Singing...."You light up my Tag..." Very the Bow.

  3. Fabulous tag! Clever idea to use the faux pine branch to apply the ink to the tag. It does give it a very cool look.

  4. Who wouldn't love using a pice of Pune tree as a paint brish? Very cool idea. Live those mini lights too.

  5. Absolutely awesome!! Love those mini lights so much! (saucermcfly)

  6. What a great technique, Susan--wonderful tag!!


  7. Fantastic tag!! Love the lights--they always make Christmas for me.

  8. Great tips and ideas on this tag. The result is awesome! Love the little lights.

  9. wonderful! love the ideas and tips you give!

  10. Super tag! I love this! Those little lights are the BOMB!

  11. Using the pine needles is a stroke of genius! Love the lights too!


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