Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Surprise

Hello Friends!! 
Michele here and with Easter right around the corner I would like to share a couple of very quick and super cute pillow boxes.  These are PERFECT to give a little Easter surprise in!!

Stamps used:  Bunny Looking Right, Chick, Line of Grass.

I colored with Faber Castel Aquarelle pencils.

The grass is stamped in 2 colors of Archival Ink for a little depth.

These little boxes are perfect for a little treasure or treat for Easter.  I am putting little silver hand stamped initial necklaces in them for me nieces.  With some chocolate eggs tucked in there it will be a perfect little something in their Easter baskets!!

Happy Easter!!
Until next time...get inky!!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easy Easter Card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today, I want to share a super cute and easy Easter card.
(which could easily be adapted for any occasion)

Stamps Used:
Wind-up Bunny

Other Items:
A2 Card Base- Black, slightly smaller white card stock for card front
Dylusions Paint- cut grass, fresh lime
Tim Holtz products- layering stencil, distress oxide ink (broken china), Chitchat stickers
Memento ink- Tuxedo Black
Lace washi tape
various markers

Let's Play
I started by brayering a piece of card stock with my 2 dylusions paints (all colors/products listed above), once dry I used one of my layering stencils to add some background depth.  (I used the same ink to lightly edge my card for a more blended effect). 

Next, I stamped the waybill/invoice stamp to add additional depth and visual interest.  Setting that aside, I stamped my little wind-up bunny on a separate piece of card stock.  I used various markers to color in the cute little details in my bunny, then cut her out (yep, I said her... because, why not).  

Next I began by using my Miracle tape to add my card front to my A2 card base.
I used wet glue to add my bunny, and my Tim Holtz chit chat sticker. (Of course the washi tape was plenty sticky and didn't need anything).

Well crafty friends, as you can see this is super fun and easy! 
 I hope you use this as inspiration for some cards of your own. :)

Thank you for visiting 
Happy Easter
(A bit early)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Destination unknown

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my blogpost for today. I have made a mini artjournal spread and I have filmed the process because it is easier than having to explain in writing how I made something ! So here are some photo's first :

Here is the link to the video: 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Watercolor Background and Stamping Journal Page with Fiona

Hello my gorgeous VLVS! peeps! Fiona here with you today to share an art journal page I have created with the amazing red rubber from VLVS!!!

 I had lots of water colour fun in the background with this one. I love the unpredictability of using water colours. They just do whatever they please ..... no point trying to control the outcome. Once I got the hang of that rule ... I then began to love using water colours in my work.

 They can be a little bit difficult to stamp onto though as they often warp the paper and make it difficult to get a clear image. So I do a little double stamping technique that I'll show you in my next VLVS! tutorial video.

I didn't over use the stamps with this page. I was looking at creating a simplistic effect. A lot of my journalling now days has got really busy and full of doodles and mark making so for this one, I wanted to pull it all back a wee bit.

 There is still some mark making but it's very tame in comparison to what I normally would do and it is with water soluble markers so it would blend in seamlessly with the background.

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

I hope you like my little creation and I'll be back again very soon with some more creaty arty farty stuff xx

Friday, March 09, 2018

"I Wish You Were Here" scrapbook layout | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone! 
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features lots of delicious painty layers, and (of course) plenty of fabulous stamps! It also features a fun photo that was taken on dress up night at a scrapbook retreat I went to last year.

I took lots of process photos while I created this page so you can see exactly how I put it all together - and perhaps even try creating your own version?

I started with my cardstock and a selection of Flutter Colour acrylic paints. I didn't have any plan when I applied them, I just followed my instinct.

I started applying the paints using a wide brush, allowing each colour to dry before adding the next; then moved on to using my fingers. (Fingers make the best brushes!)

Once all the paint was in place, it was time to pull out my stamps to give my page some structure and depth.
The stamps I used for my background were:
Doodle Circle 

After I had stamped out my background marks, I decided I needed a little colour contrast; so I used my finger to rub a little pink paint into the centre of each circle.

With my background complete, it was time to start adding some focal images to my page that were going to help compliment my photo. I looked through the images I already had stamped onto tissue paper to see what would work with the theme of my page. 
The images I chose were:
Magic Maker Paintbrush

The butterfly was to represent the fact that it was the Flutterby retreat, and the paintbrush was to represent creativity and tie in with the painted background I had created. I adhered my images using an acrylic matte medium.

Once I had the focal images in place, I wanted to add some words to my page. I used the following stamps:
I Wish You Were Here

It was then time to add some texture to my page, so I collaged a few bits and pieces onto my page (torn tissue paper; plasterer's tape; paper doily; cotton thread).

I then added my photo on top, which I mounted onto some scrap cardboard first using Miracle Tape. 
With my photo in place, I then added my handwritten journalling before adding a few random sequins to my page to finish it off.

Here's a closer look at the finished details...

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

Stamps used:
Doodle Circle
Magic Maker Paintbrush
I Wish You Were Here

Other materials:
Staz On ink
Flutterby Designs Flutter Colour paint
Miracle Tape
tissue paper
plasterer's tape
paper doily
cotton thread
felt pen

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Art journal page: Adventures

Hi and Happy Tuesday!
Elina here with you today, sharing my latest art journal page:

Oh how I love those images by Brian Kesinger! They contain lots of interesting details making the images wonderful for coloring. The stamps are very versatile and can easily be used both for cards and for art journal pages.

This time I made a double-page layout in my Moleskine book: I started with gluing down some old book pages...

... and once dry I white washed the texts with gesso. A thin layer of white gesso makes miracles to a busy textured background, calming it down and enabling the main images to pop!

While the gesso was drying I inked a few book pages with brown Distress ink. I stamped patterns on top with black ink, cut the images out, and glued on the page. I had some brown ink left on my ink blender, so I inked parts of the background with the same color, connecting the scalloped elements with the white background.

My old book had some empty pages, and I used one of them for decorating the background. Using the same brown Distress ink I stamped large X circles on the paper, cut them out, and glued on the page.
Even if there were several different patterns on the background, they all had the same common brown color which linked the elements together.

Also the background remained light enough, highlighting the main images.

I really like how this page turned out! Hope it inspired you, too :)

For this page I used the following VLVS! stamps:
Not in Kansas Anymore Otto by Brian Kesinger
Book Signing by Brian Kesinger
 X Circle
Typeset Scallop

Other supplies:
Stamping inks (Memento 'Tuxedo Black'; Distress Ink 'Brushed Corduroy')
Promarker alcohol markers for coloring
White gesso
Matte acrylic adhesive for gluing
Old book pages

Wishing you a great adventurous day!

Monday, March 05, 2018

Mail Art Monday with Majo

Good morning, Peeps!

Another Monday and some new Mail Art.

I'd like to show you an envelope with many of my favorite stamps, which I used on a master board I created with Distress Inks and stamps.

I prefer to use heavy paper or card stock adhered to the envelopes when I apply lots of colors or layers. Plain envelopes tend to coil up, I like mine to look tidy when I send them to my friends.

I started with Distress ink in four different colors:


I swiped the pads alternately over my panel until it had the color richness I desired. To soften this up a bit I spritzed some water on the panel.

I stamped different images randomly with the colors I had used before.

I cut the panel to my envelope size and stamped my main images: The little child, the stitches, the world map, the sentiment and the word. I adhered the panel to my envelope with Miracle Tape.

I added a piece of self adhesive paper for the address label and stamped the stitches on the edges.

These are the stamps I used:

 I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial! 

I wish you a happy week and happy crafting ♥