Sunday, June 17, 2018

Art Journal Page: Underwater Wonders

Elina with you today, sharing the latest page I created in my art journal:

Coloring stamped images is one of my favourite things to do. For me it's perfect mindfulness; working with images that have lots of details requires concentration, and seeing how the colors bring the images to life is always so rewarding!

This time I stamped the lovely Brian Kesinger image twice, and colored and fuzzy-cut both images:

I wanted to place the octopus into a simple underwater scenery, and while coloring I got the idea of using a submarine window as a frame around the main image. Even though I was not quite sure of how a submarine window should look like, I liked the thought of looking through a submarine window, and seeing this quite unusual marine animal swimming by :)
I traced and cut a circle frame from grey cardstock, and used the center piece as a mask when painting and decorating the page background. Once the paint was dry I inked the center of the page, and created waterdrop patterns with plain water and a thin brush. My blue Distress ink reacted with water, and I was able to lift the ink underneath the waterdrops by pressing the page with a paper towel. Before gluing down the die-cut greens and the fuzzy-cut octopus I highlighted the edges of the waterdrops with a white gel pen.

The bolts on the window frame are heat-embossed with a silver embossing powder. Finding a nice circle stamp small enough was not easy, so I decided to use the eraser end of a pencil as my stamp. Worked quite ok!

The second octopus is now on the front of an ATC card. Size of the image was just perfect!

I hope my latest creations inspire you to create something yourself. For more information on the VLVS! Brian Kesington 'Pirate Otto' octopus stamp please *click here*

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Make it Manly...

Hello Everyone!

In light of fathers day coming up, I wanted to create something masculine. 

At first I thought I wanted to create a card, but then I decided something more fun would be an envelope for gift cards.
(You could of course use this base to create a card as well)

Stamps Used:

Other Items Used:
Scrap book paper
Sizzix thinlet die- gift card bag (662687) 
Tim Holtz Layering stencil (THMS070)
Distress ink -gathered twigs
Archival Ink- tuxedo black
water pen
Tim Holtz Remnant rubs

I started by picking out the paper I wanted for my base.  I went with some Tim Holtz paper that had nice neutral colors and some general text.  (looks kind of like a vintage invoice).  Using my sizzix gift card holder die, and my big shot I cut my base out.

I used my distress ink around the edges before gluing everything together.  (you could probably skip this step. I ended up inking everything again at the end to deepen the color anyway). 

After my piece was folded and glued, I stamped "Fabrique De Cravates Ad" in black ink. Then, I used my distress ink to watercolor some shading on the suit. 

 When I was satisfied with that I used the same distress ink to stamp my clock randomly on the front and back. 

To finish this off I added some stenciling details. 

I added a remnant rub with "TIME" on it for added detail

I love how this came out, and it was so simple! 
(Now I need to decide what gift card I want to give him.... Tough decisions!)

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!
I hope this inspires you!

Monday, June 11, 2018


We need to round up some winners for your viewing pleasure :) :) :)

First up are the gorgeous creations being featured on our blog, then comes some random winners from each challenge. Everyone wins a grab bag of unmounted Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps.

From January's Challenge :

From May's Challenge

Our random winners are :

Everyone >>> Please email me @ with your shipping address & we'll get you a grab bag in the mail ASAP -- CONGRATS EVERYONE! Thank you so much for joining our challenges :)

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Butterfly Tag with Miracle Sheet ► Majo

Hello dear Crafty Friends,

Majo here, it's my turn again to show you a little something I made with a product I actually use mostly for adhering things. 


But the Miracle Sheets are so versatile, you can use them with all kinds of embellishments, such as glitter, beads, flocking etc. For me the most important fact is, that I can use it with my BigShot to cut all shapes I desire AND heat emboss the die cuts.

Lets's get started with my tag ....

I used a piece of cardstock I had in my stash already colored with distress ink in different colours and cut a tag.

I added some stamps for the background, pretty much staying in the same colour range. I also cut the butterfly. I used a Sizzix Thinlits die, designed by Tim Holtz.


 This is the part I like least ..... ;)


After I took off the backing of the Miracle Sheets, I applied WOW Detail White Embossing powder and heat embossed the butterfly.

I added some wire for the antennae.

Here are some close ups for you to see how detailed the Sheets can be cut.


These are the stamps I used:

Thanks so much for stepping by today, have a good time and Happy Crafting ♥