Monday, October 19, 2020

STOP ► Majo

Hello Peeps,

 today I show you a creation I made for my art journal book.

I’m fed up by now, as probably most of you too with all the restrictions due to COVID19.

Nevertheless, I decided to put my inconvenience, not into words, but into a page.

 I tell you how I made this.

 I stamped the jar and the lady and protected them with masking fluid. I inked the page and stamped the fingerprints, the virus and some dots randomly.

 After stamping the sentiments, I rubbed off the masking fluid and colored the lady and the jar.


I have used the following stamps:

Jar from plate 827

Lady and wings from plate 1523

Fingerprints, Sentiments and virus from plate 1524

Doodle Dots from plate 1471

Please stay safe, find time to craft and enjoy ♥



Something Wicked This Way Comes

 With Halloween just around the corner, I created this postcard in the spirit of the holidays and a little bit of humor on keeping up with "social distancing." This could easily be a journal page as well.


Witch Holding Broom

Banksy Gas Mask Flower Girl 

Kids with Giant Jack-o-Lantern

Field of Stars 

Something Wicked This Way comes

Markers (I used Tombo standard pens) 

White Jelly Ink pen

Black permanent ink

Post-it notes for Masking stamped images




1. I stamped the Banksy girl, the Jack-o-Lantern kids and the witch using the black ink, allowed to dry, then stamped these same stamps onto the post-it notes for masks. 

2. After cutting the images out of the post-it notes, they were applied over the stamped images to protect them from all the coloring I was going to do.

3. Using the stars stamp, the background was filled out. Something Wicked stamp, was also inked up then stamped center top over the stars.

4. Colored in the background and created a floor line while blending pens. Once background was colored, the masks were removed to allow those images to be then filled with color.

Happy Halloween!


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Not every witch lives in Salem

Hey everyone,

it's my favorite crafting time of the year: Halloween! Well, I don't limit the use of all my monstrous, spooky and weird stamps to that one season. But however, here's a little Halloween based inspiration for you.

For this art journal page I'm working in an old book from the 50's. Two tips for you: As the pages are quite fragile, it's better to glue two or three together. And to avoid the book becoming too bulky, just seperate a few pages from time to time. Keep those pages for future projects.
I primed my spread with some heavy gesso and a brayer, leaving enogh "white space" for some of the text to shine through.

Then I tried to figure out how to place my chosen images and stamped them directly on the page. While I got a good impression from the moon in the background, the spooky house didn't look as good as expected and the details got totally lost. Guess my ink pad got a little too dry. But I wasn't too worried about that. I simply stamped the image on a plain white napkin and cut it out (not too neatly). I kept that piece aside and glued it on top of the unsuccessfully stamped image after I added color to the background. 

And coloring the background is already the next step. I used two Lindy's Gang sprays: moonshadow mist in buccaneer bay blue (a brown with a blue touch) and a blazing black flat fabio spray which gets a greyish blue tone when it's dyluted with water. I tried to get as little color as possible onto my stamped images which worked pretty well even if I had been to lazy to mask them.

After that I adhered my napkin piece and added a stamped tree next to the house and some texture to the background. The new mark making stamps do work well, don't you agree?

I staped a witch hat on watercolor paper, colored it with ZIG brush pens and cut it out. As I wasn't sure about which color of the hat would work best, I just did two versions and kept the other one (which is green) for a future project. Then I added some washi tape to the lower right corner, placed the witch hat on top and stamped a quote: Not every witch lives in Salem.

Here are some more photos of my finished project. Hope you like it.


Stamps used:
Haunted Mansion/Bridge (17883)
The Moon (20157)
Striped Witch Hat (19204)
Assemic Stripes (20576)
Plus Sign Background (20571) 
Fir Trees Silhouette (19723)

Other material:
- old book
- watercolor paper
- heavy gesso
- brayer
- Archival Ink (jet black, watering can, seafarer)
- Versafine Ink (onyx black
- Lindy's Gang sprays (moon shadow mist "buccaneer bay blue"; flat fabio "blazing black")
- ZIG real brush watercolor marker
- washi tape

See you soon!


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Creatures of the night

 Hello everyone, 

For today's post I have made a postcard. I have used a mix of new and older stamps for this. 

I have made the background with Distress Oxide Inks. I used the smoosh the inked and dunk method, drying between layers. The images were coloured with coloured pencils. 

Stamps used: 

Other materials:
Distress Oxides : Peeled paint, Ground Espresso and Carved Pumpkin. 
White pen for splattering
Coloured pencils
Versafine ink 'Nocturne'

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Thursday, October 08, 2020

That VooDoo That You Do

 I think Halloween celebrating has started early this year because we are simply looking for something fun to take our minds off of what is happening in the world these days!!

I have a fun Halloween card to share today AND I have changed up the way I typically color my Viva Las VegaStamps! images!!

The VooDoo doll is colored with Copic markers and fussy cut to be adhered on a gelli print I had in my stashed (Dina Wakley Paints).

He is sitting on some custom washi tape from Um Wow Studio, designed by our very own DeeDee Catron.

I just love how it all came together!!!

Are you doing any Halloween creating??

Until next time...get inky!!

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Life is a Carnival

 As Summer slowly fades into Fall, county fairs start up. Using the Spinning Swing Ride stamp and some Distress Oxides on a tag, reminds me of simpler times.


Spinning Swing Ride

Distress Oxides: Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade

Blending Brushes (or any blending type tool)

Chipboard Tag

White Gesso

Black Pigment Ink

Black Embossing Powder 

Stencil Flower Dot (use any stencil you have on hand)

Texture Paste Copper Crackle



1) Cover chipboard tag evenly with white gesso (if you have a tag that is on white chipboard, skipp this step).

 2) Stamp and emboss the stamp, positioning it to the left of the tag.

3) Apply in strips horizontally each color, purple, pink, orange and yello.

4) Blend colors with blending tool, color to color, edge to edge of pigment.

5) Find stencil and add texture metallic pastes.

This tag can have a tassel added and the sides inked with black as well, but I ended up leaving this as is.

Hope you enjoyed this quick project! See you on the flip side!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

ART ► Majo

 Hello my friends,

unfortunately this will be a very short post. I pinched a nerve in my back, right underneath the shoulder blade, and I can hardly move. So, please bear with me. 

I show you a card I made for the Craft Stamper Magazine, unfortunately it was not published, since the magazine closed down completely. 

I show you some pictures and the stamps I used, ok?


I used the following stamps:






You all have a good time, stay safe nd find time to craft ♥

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Brave Wings

 OK, so you may have noticed that I just LOVE all of the Scribble Girls by Ms. Tina Walker, and if you haven' me when I say I DO!

Today I have a tag to share with you combining the new release of stamps with a previous release of Scribble Girls.

The tag is pulled from my stash of gelli printed tags and papers.

She is stamped in archival ink and colored with Posca Paint pens.  My favorite was to dress the girls!!!

I cut the earring with a craft knife so I could but the wings under them.  The wings are stamped on a magazine page from my stash that was gelli printed.

I do most of my gelli printing with Dina Wakley acrylic paint, I just love the colors.  The sentiment is written with my favorite Posca's.

I have a feeling this tag is going to end up in a journal, what do you think??

Until next time...get inky!

Enchanted - Quick bookmarks

 Hey everyone,

Today I'm sharing two bookmarks with you. No fancy techniques this time, even no coloring, just a little stamping to fill up my lunch break while I was working from home.

I must admit that I have been a little uncreative over the last month. Such more simple projects help me getting back to the crafting table. So if your muse went on vacation, this might be a way to get back into your creative flow.

Here's how I made the bookmarks:

I cut the two pieces of paper to a size of 7 x 2.5 inch and used a small corner chomper. For bookmarks I prefer having round corners. Then I stamped the goddess on one and the raven on the other tag, using Versafine Clair ink. The next stamp I used was the "enchanted" lettering along with a multi-colored embossing powder. This creates some nice interest on the bookmarks as it contrasts the other more neutral colors I used.

For a little visual texture I grabbed the lace background stamp as well as a writing stamp from the same plate. Fun fact: When I stamped the lace I was really dissatisfied with the look - lucky that changed once I added the other stamp over it.

I added some ink to the edges and some mettalic thread to the top and that's it.


Here are some more detail photos of the two bookmarks:

Stamps used:
Raven Looking Up (20269)
Whimsical Tree Lady Nude (19681)

Lace Background (19298)
French Writing Background (19297)

Enchanted (18823)

Other supplies:
- left over paper (watercolor paper, kraft cardstock)
- corner chomper
- Versafine Clair ink (nocturne)
- Versamark ink
- Archival ink (pebble beach, watering can)
- WOW! embossing powder - Seth Apter "space dust"
- thread or ribbon

Hope you like my project, even if it is such a simple one.

See you soon


Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Hello everyone,

Welcome to the VLVS! blog where today I am sharing an art journal spread. I was a relatively simple one too but I enjoyed making it.

Here's how I made it:

First I painted the pages with shades of blue and purple. I mixed in white paint to get some different hues. 

Next I stamped this doily (a full list of the stamps I used is at the bottom of my post) and heat embossed it with white powder. So pretty ! 

I then added some stamping on the background.

Next I stamped, coloured and cut out this lady.

Here she is all finished on the page. I added some washi tape here and there, some doodles and a word that I cut out of a sentiment. 

I have used the following stamps:

Other materials :

Acrylic paints: PaperArtsy
Ice Blue, Summer Sky, Snowflake and Forget me Not. 
WOW embossing powder in white 
Archival inks in Jet Black and Deep Purple
Versafine ink - Morning mist
Copic markers

Thank you so much for stopping by today !