Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Challenge/Counting Numbers Art Journal page

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Tina here today with my take on the November challenge.

If you haven't seen the challenge yet, here's a peek!  When I saw it, I just knew I had to play along.

I'm not sure if the it was the color palette, elements, or overall fun that inspired me most, but here's what I was inspired to create!

As you can see, my Art Journal page is almost a literal interpretation of the challenge, but with elements of my own.

I began my page by building color with PanPastels.  I LOVE the blendability and intense colors with PanPastels.  They are great for all types of Mixed Media projects, especially Art Journal pages.

I set the PanPastels with a quick layer of water.  Once the page was dry, I randomly stamped the background with background stamps and a bit of stenciling.

I really love the number theme of the challenge, so I added stenciled numbers, that I doodled with a black and white pen.

I also added another stamp to the bottom of my page that was colored with Shimmerz paints.

I hand drew my sentiment and done! 

VLVS Stamps Used:
Periodic Table
Directional Circle
Dictionary Page
Design Crosses

Will you be playing along with us this month?  A great prize package is up for grabs for playing along!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Follow the Road not taken.

Howdy everyone! Karen with you again today..
I thought I'd spend a little time with a new friend I found while looking through the VLVS! online store..
Isn't he just so cute, and go on, admit it, He made you smile!
I started off by stamping a few bits and pieces onto some cardstock. I didn't really have a clear idea of where I wanted to go, so I just stamped some random bits and pieces.
I ended up going with:
Road Trip  ( road word)
Don't follow your dreams  ( follow word)
I then collaged my tag with some Tim Holtz  paper, and some  distress crackle paint ( Picket Fence) . While I was waiting for it to dry, I then decided which pieces of the stamps I was going to use, added some very messy colouring to my bunny and cut them out ready to collaged to my tag.  This is what I ended up with.. Have to say he makes me smile!!


 Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope I've inspired you to have a little play and do some collaging with your stamps! Until next time..
 Happy Stamping

Karen xx

Monday, November 17, 2014

October Challenge WINNERS >>>

Hi Hi stamping friends :)

Let's announce some winners from October's SPOOOOKY challenge shall we??

Voted on by our DT is this beauty by Kristiina :

Congrats Kristiina! Please feel free to use the following image on your blog as our voted winner :)

Our Random Winner for October goes to Corrie Herriman as chosen by

Ladies please email me @ to collect your winnings :) include your shipping address!

Don't forget to enter THIS Month's challenge to win your own feature and rubber!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dreaming of spring Mail Art

Hello, It's me Tera here again with a "dreaming of spring" mail art piece
(Its snowing here in Ohio, and I'm so NOT a winter person!!! I bet you can see why I'm ready for spring again already)

Lets get started...

Stamps Used:

Girl in Princess Costume 

Butterfly Specimens

Line of Grass

Field of Wildflowers

Other supplies: 
Distress Markers
Distress ink: in various greens, and weathered wood for the sky
Black ink of choice

Start by stamping the Girl in Princess Costume in the black ink of your choice, then stamp it again on scrap paper to create a "Mask". place your "mask" over your stamped image to protect it while you work. Next stamp your Line of Grass, and Field of Wildflowers in various greens. 

Along the edge of your envelope stamp your Butterfly Specimens in black ink. Now add your "clouds" by selective "masking" and inking. (remember to leave the center light so you can read the address on your envelope).

After all of your ink has dried, remove the "mask" and use your markers to add color to bring everything to life! 

I hope you are inspired and dreaming of spring along with me!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Under the sea with Viva Las VegaStamps!

I had alot of fun making this trio of ATC's using an "under the sea" theme.  Anyone who knows me knows my love of mermaids so of course I had to make a couple using my favorite sea creature, the gorgeous mermaid! Here is the first ATC using the fabulous mermaid stamp as well as the waybill invoice, the jagged chain link fence and row of stars.
 If you look closely you will see that I used black embossing powder for the jagged chain link fence and gold embossing powder for the row of stars.  I also glued some brightly colored beads onto the card as well.
Here is my next ATC and this was my first time using the fun scuba lady
 and if you look closely here you can see that I also used the elegant flower stamp along with some red and green embossing powder.  I wanted to make it look like there were ocean plants so this stamp was perfect for that! I also used some clear acrylic buttons to look like oxygen bubbles.
Here is my last ATC using the mermaid lying down
I hope you enjoyed the journey to the bottom of the sea and until next time,


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Door stopper

Hi Hermine here, this time I found a children's hobbybox to make a door stopper, but I wanted my own unique one of a kind version by altering it. This is so much fun.

front view

side view


in function (doens't it match my new flooring perfectly)

works perfect

the children's hobbybox I bought (for once I didn't forget to make a picture of the before phew)

step 1: take all the parts out of the box, I kept the fabrix, the buttons and the fiber with the pompoms, the rest I put aside.
step 3: sew all parts together, I did this by hand because my sewing skills are that great, and even worse with a sewing machine, but its easy because they are all rectangles.
step 4: fill the door stopper with heavy material like pebbles. Sew on the handle.
step 5: give the focal image some white accents with a white gel pen.

Hope you like it!

Warmly Hermine

Used material:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pure Imagination

Hello all :) Nataliya is here :) Today I will show you my new wall art with VLVS!
About imagination, of course :)

In this time I been able to use the 15 stamps, this is my personal record! The moon is 2 stamps: Moon Circle and Art Doll Set-ATC Size.
A boy is part of the Children Playing on Toy Car, and then I given to him a star :) (Row of Stars)

I stamping with black StazOn and different violet ink (all on the one stamp, for ombre effect) and adding shadow with grey Faber-Casrell Pitt Brush.

And my VLVS!
Stars 2 x 2 1/4
Caterpillar 1 x 2 1/2
Moon Circle 1 3/4 x 1 1/2
Art Doll Set-ATC Size
Butterfly 3/4 x 3/4
Butterfly/Spotted Wing/Sm 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
Butterfly Side/Sm 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
Pure Imagination 3/4 x 4
Unicorn 3 x 4
Children Playing on Toy Car 1 3/4 x 4
Row of Stars 1 x 5
Mushroom 1 3/4 x 1 1/2
Small Mushroom 1 1/4 x 1
Tall Daisy Arrangement 1 3/4 x 3
Cow With Spots 3/4 x 3/4

 Have a day of pure imagination!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Feed Your Soul Mail Art

Hello Again, It's me Tera here with more fun Mail Art!! 
Today's envelope is a little sweeter/cuter than my normal style and I must say I love it!!

Stamps Used:  

Feed Your Soul 3/4 x 4 1/4

Line of Grass 3/4 x 3 3/4

Boy in Tub Boat 2 1/2 x 3 3/4

Plate 1449 (plane found on this plate) 

Place Stamp Here 1 1/4 x 1 1/4

Start by stamping your line of grass in various green inks along the bottom of your envelope, don't be afraid to stagger them for depth. Next stamp the Boy in Tub Boat in versaFine Sepia ink. While that drys you will want to make a mask to cover the image so you can sponge on some clouds without getting any on the boy image. After I used a mask to create some clouds, I then stamped the plane in VersaFine sepia ink. I removed the mask from the boy, and colored him with various markers, and added a touch of red to the plane too!

Now pick your quote to stamp along the grass.. Mine was "Feed Your Soul" I 1st stamped it in black ink, then added white highlights with a gel pen to make it pop! To finish the piece off I stamped the "place stamp here" square so everyone would know yes, it really will go through the mail!

Thank you for stamping along with us!! 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Guest Designer : Corrie Herriman

Today we have the talented Corrie Herriman joining us as a Guest Designer and I couldn't be happier! Her work is so fun and we're glad to have her. 

Hello everybody!

I am very excited to be here as Guest Designer for the month of November.

My name is Corrie Herriman and I live in Venlo in the Netherlands with my hubby. I love art journalling and making tags, cards and ATC's. Mainly I love getting painty and inky ! I hope you will like my contributions this month. My style is mostly colourful with a bit of humour but occasionally I also love doing something in vintage style. If you want to see more of my work please visit my blog at

I am very excited showing you the first project I did for my Guest Designer Term here at VivaLasVegaStamps! It is an art journal:

I made this journal with a gelli print as a base. Of course you could paint a background too. Then use stamps and stencils to create more interest. I used the following VLVS! Stamps in the background : 19416 – Waybill/invoice background / 19454 – Grunge 3 / 19456 – Grunge 5 / 19459 – Grunge 8 and a Crafters Workshop stencil with white ink. Next cut some borders from scraps with a die or a punch and tear some book text. Adhere randomly to the page. Doodle around the edges of the page. Stamp main images on separate cardstock, color, cut out and adhere. I reversed the roller skate using tissue paper. Stamp sentiment & adhere. I used the following VLVS! Stamps for this : 19036 – Boy in cape / 19419 – Rollerskate (reversed) / 19414 – Toy airplane.

Her are some close-ups :

I also used the following supplies : Gelliprint made with acrylic paint, StaZon ink, Memento, Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink and Distress Inks, TCW stencil : Mini cut circles, Blending tool, Scalloped border punch by Fiskars, Scraps of gelli print & book text, Tissue paper to reverse roller skate stamp, Copic Markers, India Ink for splattering

Hope to see you next time !

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Doodling with a Stamped Background

Hello and Happy Thursday!  Tina here today with an Art Journal Doodle page, using stamps to create a textured, whimsical background.

I am currently obsessed with Doodling.  I love creating whimsical pages using stamps to create a wonderfully textured background. 

This is such an easy fun way to create and any stamp will do to create an amazing background.

To create my background, I started with a sheet of heavyweight watercolor paper, spritzed with multiple colors of Shimmerz Sprays!  Love the gorgeous color!

After the sprays have dried, randomly stamp on the background, overlapping images and shapes.

VivaLasVegaStamps Used:
Periodic Table
Color Wheel Lines
Design Crosses
Design Open Ovals
Texture Open Suburbia

Once you are happy with your stamping, add your doodles or whimsical shape.  I first drew my Owl shape with a pencil, then outlined the shape with a Scarlet Lime pen.

I then colored the Owl Image with Montana Markers, allowing the textured background to peek through the drawing.

Once I had finished painting the Owl image, I wanted the background to blend into the background, so I covered the entire thing (minus the owl) with watered down Gesso.  I love how you can still see the color and pattern underneath, while muting the intensity.

Here are a few close-ups of the details and doodles!

I hope you enjoyed my Art Journal Doodle page!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Seek Paradise

Hi Guys Karen with you again today.. I'm so happy to be back after a little break to share with you again.
I fell in love with the gorgeous little Boy in Tub Boat on plate 1449,

 so I thought it would be perfect to use for my project today.
I started off by doing some mono printing on to my tag as my first background layer using some of  The Crafters Workshop Stencils and some distress ink.
The Crafters Workshop stencils I used were
 TCW455 Love post
TCW460 Ring Doily
I love how this background looks!
I then added in some machine stitching around the edges, and a little bit of random stamping using  one of my go to background stamps
 I don't think I could ever get sick of using this stamp!
I then stamped the
Seek Paradise 3/4 x 2 1/4
 on to some cardstock and cut them out, added in a tiny bit of distress ink around the edges and mounted them onto my tag along with some of my favourite idea-ology embellishments and I was done, Nice and simple, but I love how it turned out!

Thanks so much for stoping by today, Until; next time.. Happy Stamping!
Karen xx