Friday, December 14, 2018

Color Your World by Fiona Paltridge

Helloo VLVS! friends. Fiona here with you today to share a vibrant art journal page I have created using the coolest Banksy inspired Viva Las Vegastamps!

The page, other than the obvious stamping, was created using Posca Paint Pens. I'm really beginning to love these guys. They are so vibrant and fun to use.

"Spray the world with your ideas" is the theme for this page. I say ... why not, and the best way to do that is through your art!

I just love to use lots of colour in conjunction with my stamps. It helps them to pop off the page.

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

I've also made a little process video for you to check out. While you're over on the Viva Las Vegastamps! YouTube channel don't forget to subscribe!

Until next time peeps ... Have an awesome Christmas and New Year!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bookmarks and Notebook - Gift Ideas | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. As we head into the festive season, I thought it would be a good time to share a couple of simple appreciation gift ideas with you. There are always people in our lives that deserve a small token of our thanks - whether that be teachers, neighbours, friends, the mailman, or even the staff at the local store. So I decided to whip up some simple stamped bookmarks and notebooks featuring some of my fave Banksy stamps to give out.

For the notebook, I started with a plain, kraft cover notebook (purchased from Kmart). I used Dina Wakley acrylic paints, applied with a brayer and layered randomly to add some colour. I then took the recently released Victorian Flower Background and used it to stamp a border around 3 sides of the cover.

Next, I chose the fabulous Banksy Wall Singer for my feature image on the cover, before I also stamped the Banksy Life is Beautiful as the accompanying text. I love how it turned out! I paired it with a pen before wrapping it up.

After I created the notebook, I decided to re-visit a project I have created previously and shared here - bookmarks. (You can find my original watercolour bookmark post HERE) This time however, I wanted to use a more minimalist style to showcase some cool Banksy stamps. 

I started by cutting some smooth white cardstock into strips measuring 2x8.5". I then stamped a focal Banksy image onto each one, and an accompanying quote as well. 

Here is a list of all the stamps I used on the bookmarks (as shown from left to right above):

I also stamped the back of each bookmark with the Banksy stamp.

Once they were all stamped, I used Faber-Castell gelatos to add a splash of colour to each one. I wanted to keep them simple, so I only used a single colour on each one and left the focal images uncoloured.

I then took all the bookmarks and laminated them, trimming off the excess laminate with a trimmer.

I then punched a hole into each bookmark and added a variety of twine, tassels and a metal charm to decorate them.

I am so happy with how these turned out and cannot wait to gift them to their new owners! Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to create some special handmade appreciation gifts for the people in your lives too. 

Stamps used:
Victorian Flower Background
Banksy Wall Singer 
Banksy Life is Beautiful
Banksy Man on Bicycle 
You Only Live Once
Banksy Frida Kahlo 
Banksy Just Because
Banksy Spray Can Cop 
The Unicorns Made Me
Banksy Einstein Protestor 
Banksy Love is the Answer
Banksy Girl Floating with Balloons 
She Was a Dreamer
Banksy Ladder Painter
Banksy Gas Mask Flower Girl 
Where is My Mind?
Banksy Child Sitting 
I Hope You Know
Banksy Swing Girl 
She Spread Her Wings

Other materials:
- Plain notebook
- White cardstock
- Tsukineko StazOn ink
- Faber-Castell Gelatos
- Dina Wakley acrylic paints
- Laminating sheets
- Assorted twines, tassels and charm

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Let Fear Be Your Compass An Art Journal Page by Jenn Engle

Hello everyone!

Today I have an art journal page to share. It's relatively simple, but the VLVS stamps pack a punch!

Stamps Used: 

I started out by covering my entire page with Tim Holtz collage paper. Then using some brown inks, randomly allowed it to move all over the background. Once that was dry, I used a palette knife to apply Teal Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint. Then, I added gesso to the spots where I was going to do my stamping. All that was left to do was to stamp my Deer and sentiment and it's done! Simple!

Other Supplies Used:
Tim Holtz Collage Paper
Daler-Rowney Acrylic Ink
Dr. PH Marten's Liquid Watercolor
Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint
Dina Wakley Media Gesso

Thanks so much for looking!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Whimsical Owl Tag - with Elina

Elina here today, sharing with you my latest mixed media tag creation:

For the tag background I used a fun resist technique:
Using my craft mat as my ink pad, I stamped the stained glass pattern on the tag with Distress Paint (color 'Antique Linen'). My tag was a bit longer than my stamp, so I stamped the pattern in two pieces, masking the center of the tag with a paper strip.

Once the paint was dry I inked the background with yellow and brown Distress Inks (colors 'Mustard Seed' and 'Vintage Photo'). The dried paint resisted the ink, and the dark ink highlighted my background pattern beautifully.

I placed the inked tag on my stamping platform, and stamped the main images with black StazOn. Before staming I glued a strip of paper on the bottom of the tag; the lovely owl needed a ground to stand on.

Then I stamped the main images on white paper, colored with Promarkers, and fuzzy cut. The last step was gluing the images on the tag, and my project was finished!

For this project I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Whimsical Owl in Clothes 1 3/4 x 3
Flying Eye Insect 2 3/4 x 2 1/4
Stained Glass/Mosaic Background 4 x 5 1/2

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Monday, December 10, 2018

You know too much...MAM

Hello again crafty friends!

I'm still on a snarky/sarcastic kick...

Today I'm sharing a card and envelope set made for a friend...

Stamps used:

These 2 ladies crack me up!

I started by stamping the ladies on the card base and envelope.  
Setting the  card aside for now, I created a mask of the 2 ladies using  scrap book paper. Once the ladies were masked off, I stamped my typeset scallop boarder on the right side of the envelope (yes, I realize that the text is upside down, but I do not care I'm going for an overall look...and if I let silly things like that limit me than my stamps have less uses) 

I added a mask over the boarder than chose a dylusions stencil and lucky clover distress ink to create my background. When I finished stenciling,  I used a black micron pen to roughly trace the shapes made from the stencil. 

Next, I removed the masks and colored everything using blick alcohol markers.
(This is what I used on the card as well)

The card was finished by adding it to the A2 card base, and applying some washi tape along with my snarky quote sticker

Friday, December 07, 2018


Hello crafty friends!

It’s my turn today to show you the beautiful butterfly stamp along with all the other images on my project.

This time I decided to make a ticket card. The ticket is a die from Studio Light, a Dutch manufacturer. Even though this die is meant to be folded together I liked it better this way.

I started by cutting the panels from cardstock, the smallest one is watercolor paper so I was able to spritz water on it.

After adhering the two larger layers together with miracle tape, I set them aside and started working on the smallest one.

I swiped a Distress ink pad (Fossilized Aber) over the paper and added drops by splashing water with a brush which I dipped in different colors of distress oxides. I used Broken China, Worn Lipstick and once again Fossilized Amber.

After stamping the beautiful butterfly and all the other stamps for the background texture, I cut some flowers from paper I had in my stash and added some coordinating colors. A sentiment finishes my ticket card.

 I used the following stamps:
You are beautiful 19832 from plate 1471

I also used Miracle Tape, Studio Light STENCILSL99, Sizzix Wildflowers 661190
 and Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Cardstock.

Thank you for stopping over, Happy Crafting

I wish you all a wonderful time until Christmas!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Countdown to Christmas

Happy December everyone!!
Michele here today sharing some tags I created for my nieces countdown to Christmas gifts.  This year we are trying something new and they are getting a new book each day.  One of them is loving it and the other not so much...oh well at least the packages look great!!!

I used different colored ink on the numbers to distinguish whose presents were whose.

Stamps used: Christmas Saying Reindeer Head, Grunge Numbers

Of course I did some simple masking to make sure the ink colors didn't blend and overlap.

Everything is stamped in Archival ink, my go to for EVERYTHING!!

Simple but oh so effective!!
Until next time, get inky!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

November WINNERS

We have a couple November Winners to announce ...

The voted winner is : TINDALOO!!!

Our randomly chosen winner is : Kapree Clark...

Please email me @ with your shipping address to claim your prize!

Do all things with love

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the VivaLasVegaStamps! blog where today I am sharing an art journal spread. Initially the top of the pages was orange but when I didn't like it, I just changed it into blue ! That is the beauty of acrylic paint !  Anyway, here it is :

So, I started with painting the pages with gesso. I used a silicone brush for that, well actually it is more of a scraper than a brush. I then added the colours, green at the bottom, yellow in the middle and orange at the top. Next I used a stencil and white paint to tone it down. I also use a brayer to add more white over the colours but I still didn't like it. I solved the problem by painting over the orange with white gesso and then adding the blue and repeating the stencilling. I like ! 
Next I used the flower stamp with dark green paint at the bottom; make sure to wash your stamps straight away after using paint because when it dries is it almost impossible to get off. 
Next I stamped the background randomly with inks in similar colours. The plane and the boy in the tub were stamped on book pages as was the sentiment. I coloured the boy and the plane lightly and then cut everything out and adhered it to my page. A little doodling around the words and some shading under the tub finished it off. 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Saturday, December 01, 2018


Welcome to December's Monthly Challenge >>> 2019 is next month. NEXT.MONTH.

Yeowza. Let's get to winning some rubber hey?

It's time for UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS & red, black, white, teal. Think about ornaments, Santa, blocky christmas patterns, reindeer, sparkles, letters to Santa Claus. Christmas icons, script, dots & anything else that you can gain inspiration from in our board.

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board (it has to be posted this month, but you can certainly link up to other challenges as well!)
-Use at least one (but certainly more if you want) Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
(We are now allowing competitors stamps to be on your work, but please make VLVS! the focus of the project, thank you.)
-Post it to your blog with a link back to us
-Upload to our linky using your direct blog post link (You may also upload via facebook, flickr or other gallery)
You could win a Project Spotlight post on our blog + some new rubber of course.
And visit us back here for inspiration!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

My dream ► Majo

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my second November post. I made another Christmas card, this time using some of the typical Christmas stamps .... and some others as well.

You might want to scroll down for a funky version of my card?

 I stamped the waybill in addition with the branches on a panel and added some distress ink. 

After stamping the tree on another panel, I traced this image, using a dummy I stamped before to trace the tree on the upper panel and cut it out accordingly.

I used pop dots to glue the two panels together.

I added some wooden stars with a bit of sparkle and the sentiment which is a part of the "This was not my dream" stamp. 

A closer look at the sparkle?

Wanna get a bit funky with your Christmas Cards? Here you go in VERY unusual colors ....

.... and here is the variety I created with the versatile stamps ....

These are the stamps I used:

Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy stamping ♥