Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Getting serious about Viva!

Hello, Hello, Hello!

Three hellos because as usual I've missed getting on here for way too long! Will I ever get better? Maybe not, but I will keep trying. My excuse now will be: the plants need planting, the weeds need weeding, the lawn needs mowing, etc, etc.! But it is sure nice to have spring in the works! Speaking of works, I've got a GREAT look in the works for our Posies. I can brag about it because it is truly all in the product. It is called Viva Modelling Cream. On my last blog, I teased you with a picture, but here are some basic directions.

Stamp one of each of Extra lg, Lg, Medium and Small sized Posy. Using compatible colors of ink and paper probably works best, but are not absolutely necessary. Cut away excess paper leaving a tab to hold on to. This tab will make working with the cream easier, so try not to forget it. Turn over and apply a light to medium coating of the Modelling Cream to the unstamped side of the paper with an off-set palette tool. This is going to look very messy, but not to worry!
Before the paint dries, pounce with a small wad of saran wrap to give it texture. You can leave this to air dry or dry it with a heat gun. Using the heat gun has two advantages: first it will dry immediately so that you can continue on and second, it will give it more texture.

Turn over and cut out leaving the tab on.

Apply Viva Holo Iridescent Glitter Liner to each petal. Put a dab on each petal and spread with your finder. Allow to air dry and cut tab off.
Shape petals by bending up at the center then curl over your finger in the opposite direction. The Modelling Cream makes the petals very durable and pliable. Layer the petals using 3-M mounting tape. Double the tape for more depth.

Make a center for your Posy. You can experiment with different ways to do this. Stamp out a few centers from your Posy and try Pearl Pens, crystals or a combination of both. Just a large gem in the middle looks great. A combination of two of our filigrees and a crystal gives them a really elegant look.

Another tip, since we only carry the filigrees in the gold color you may need to make the silver color if you desire silver. Spray paint does okay but one more Viva product does a great job, Inka Gold Paste. We carry it in silver and graphite. The graphite makes a good dark silver. I've posted several pictures of cards that I've done with these Posies to our website. Hopefully they will give you some ideas for creating your cards!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Hop Winners!

Thanks to every one of you that participated in our Spring Blog Hop, introducing our new line of images "Serendipity Stamps"! We had two $25 gift certificates to give away for the Hop Prize! After checking off comments at each blog, the two random names that were selected are:

GrandmaLee (Lee Tucker)

Vickie Merrick

Congratulations to you both and Happy Shopping!
Please email Jenny at, so she can set you up with your gift certificates!

Click here for instructions on the above card.

The Design Team is showing off Birthday themed cards today, be sure and use the links below to check out this week's card creations!

Bev Gerard
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp
Lisa Silver
Robin Kirkpatrick
Sandy Hulsart
Vicki Garrett

Monday, April 11, 2011

Outlines Spring 2011 Blog Hop!

This card features our new image #I-1144 Birdhome.

Welcome to our very first Blog Hop!

We are excited to introduce a newly designed line of images named "Serendipity"! The Design Team each picked an image and everyone is showing off something a little bit different. To celebrate this new release, we are giving away two gift certificates for $25. You can check out all the new stamps using this link: Serendipity Stamps by Outlines!

Here's how to win:

Please visit each blog and leave a comment for each designer on their Outline's card for this week. Comments need to be in by 8PM on Sunday, April 17th. Two random winners will be selected from folks that left comments on all the blogs. Winner's will be announced right here on Monday, April 18th. So be sure and check back next Monday!

Now... Where and who to go visit:

The order doesn't matter... just make sure you stop by them all! Happy Hopping!