Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Not Every Piece

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand spanking new year.
well not so new now as we are already up to the 28th.
Where the FREAK has the start of this year flown off too...
So I'm back for another round of DT creations.
thankyou all for having me.... so ..
January is Anything Goes Challenge...
so I went with .....
 I started with some Distress oxide in Peacock Feathers and smooshed it on my page.
Added some masking tape and washed with Stabilo All pencil in black.
then i stamped....
I've used Grunge numbers 0,4,8 and Clock face all from plate 1444. Simply stamped with some London Fog (numbers) and Distress Ink Black Soot (clock face)
 Then I added the Cross Marks background in walnut stain.
Distressed Row of Lines in Ground expresso 
and finally added the Banksy Tiger Escape Barcode Bars in Stazon in Black because I wanted it to stand out.. 
 then I stapled some wire....
Coloured a piece of Dina Wakley Media chipboard shapes with Ground Espresso.
Stamped and then Embossed my title right onto the chipboard figure..
Banksy Not Every Piece stamp!! 
so good!! 
 I really wanted the Banksy stamp to stand out on the page with a NON Banksy title..
well Banksy but NOT...
 background ... close up.
oh and I added some Stabilo All black on one side of the chipboard, and Red on the other.. and activated them with water.
but the red wasn't red enough so I added some Oxide Ink in Candied Apple.
And the FINAL page....
 So .. THOUGHTS????

Viva Las VegaStamps! used:
Grunge 4 (sku: 19455)
Grunge 8 (sku: 19459)
Grunge 0 (sku: 19461)
Clock face (sku: 19468)
Banksy Tiger Escape Barcode bars 1 (sku: 20076)
Cross Marks Background (sku: 20165)
Distressed Row of Lines (sku: 20171)
Banksy Not Every Piece (Sku: 20453)

Other materials used:
Dylusions Art Journal
Ranger: Distress Oxide ink: Peacock feathers; Candied Apple, Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Black    Soot.
Stazon Jet black ink
Momento London Fog
Colourblast Embossing Powder: Dusty Charcoal
Dina Wakley Media Chipboard Shapes
Stabilo All: Black, Red
Helmar 360 glue
masking tape, staples, wire

thank you all for Joining us again.

Live with Respect...xoxo

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Zombies - Art Journal page by Elisa Ablett

Hi VLVStamp fans,

Hello from Australia ...'waving madly'🙋🙋

Elisa here from the design team with my latest inspiration for you. 
I created an Art Journal page featuring loads of Viva Stamps in a crazy collage.

I have included a few close ups showing the fun I had stamping and colouring each layering of the collage and including some mulberry coloured craft wire and stitching.

Love this Creepy Bald guy stamp, so versatile, I can definitely see myself using him again and again.

And I find myself using the Rows of Numbers and X Circle stamp over and over in my backgrounds. 

Make sure you head to the website to check out the new plates of stamps and also I have included a list with direct links to the stamps I used to create my journal page.

I used the following Viva Stamps:-

Other products used: 

Archival Ink
Blue Fern Chipboard
Colour Blast Watercolour Ink
Black Thread
Versafine Ink Black
Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks
Scraps of Patterned paper

Thanks for stopping by !

Elisa x

Friday, January 24, 2020


Any New Years resolutions for 2020??

I am not one for resolutions, I don't want to disappoint myself, but this year I decided that I need to BELIEVE in myself more.  So that is what I am going to try to do.

This card was inspired by my decision.

Stamps used:  Palmistry Palm, Leafy Tree, I Believe, Row of Scribble Squares

You can see I used the Leafy Tree in the background but you would never know what the image really was...just a bit of interest.

Splattering, coloring, fussy cutting and viola!

I ended up with another any occasion card to add to my card stash!

Until next time...get inky!!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

If this is reality...

Hello everyone,

I'm Natalie and new to the design team. Hope to inspire you with my upcoming posts. Here's my first project to share with you. I recently started creating Memorydex cards and got kind of addicted with that. So I made one where I used the Banksy Dali stamp as my focal image.

To start I die cut the layers for the card from different paper. My base is a black cardstock, the middle layer is a gelli printed background I found in my stash and for the top layer I chose watercolor paper. I also stamped the Dali stamp on watercolor cardstock and cut it out.

To create the top layer of my card I smudged some Oxide Inks to a non-stick craft mat, added water and swiped my paper through the ink. I dried it between each color. I also did some background stamping with 'mesh texture' and 'writing triangles' in the same Oxides colors that I used before. 

I found this fantastic quote stamp which says "if this is reality I'm not interested". It had the perfect words but not the right size for my project. So I masked parts of the stamp and stamped word by word to rearrange the shape.

As a final step I glued my card layers on top of each other and added the Dali image that I cut out earlier.

I used the following stamps:

Banksy Salvador Dali Street Artist (19941)
If This Is Reality (19884)
Mesh Texture (19569)
Writing Triangles (19571)

Other materials:
- Studio Light Die cut stencil 153 (for Memorydex)
- Paper: black cardboard, gelli printed kraft paper, Canson watercolor paper
- Distress Oxide Inks: Cracked pistachio, Abandoned coral, Broken China
- Versafine Ink Onyx Black

See you soon! :) 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Here is the incredibly talented team that will be inspiring you for the next six months!

Click their links to the right to see their pages!

Well behaved women

Hi everyone,

For my second January post for VivaLasVegaStamps! I have made an artjournal spread.

Here's how:

First I applied Distress Oxide inks over gessoed pages. I used pieces of cut and dry foam for this but you could also use a blending tool or blending brushes. 

Next I placed a stencil over the top and rubbed the ink with a dry piece of kitchen towel. I wanted it lighter  but not white. If I had used a baby wipe it would have taken all the ink off. 

Next I stamped the background randomly with the same Oxide inks,  a Versafine black and a grey StaZon. No reason for the inks apart from them being within reach or the colour I wanted. 

I forgot to take a picture when I was colouring, but you get the idea. I stamped the naughty lady and the gentleman and coloured them with my Copic Markers and cut them out. I added some washitape to the page to stand them on and glued them down. The sentiment was stamped on white card stock, cut into strips and adhered on the other page. I then doodled around the strips with a black pen.

I have used the following stamps:

Other materials:
Distress Oxide inks:
Broken China
Peacock Feathers
Twisted Citron
Mustard Seed
Carved Pumpkin
Worn Lipstick

Versafine Onyx Black
StaZon Dove grey
Copic markers
Black pen

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Save the Vandals

Happy New Year!!!
I am starting off 2020 with a little Banksy.
My first project for this year is a card, I think this is an any occasion one.

Stamps used:  Cross Statue, Banksy Spraypainter Boy, Banksy God Save the Vandals

I started with the background, Distress Oxide Ink blended and splattered with both water and Distress Oxide Spray.  The some stamping with the same Distress Ink colors used in the background.

I stamped the Banksy Spraypainter on the background AND on a white piece of paper.  Of course I colored with Prisma colored pencils that I blended with Gamsol.  Some fussy cutting and adhered the colored part over the image stamped on the background.  I decided to ground the image with a little washi...

I then stamped the sentiment on the background only inking the stamp one time so I would get varying colors.  One on white paper and matted with black cardstock to be popped up to be the focus.

Hope you enjoyed my first post of 2020!!  Looking forward to sharing lots more with you!!

Until next time...get inky!

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Food soothes the soul

Hello everyone,

and a very Happy New Year to you all! I hope it brings you everything you wish for.

For my first post of 2020 I have made a postcard.

I used a piece of Tim Holtz' worn wallpaper for the background. I did add some paint to distress it even further and I inked the edges with Distress Oxide ink. I then got a piece of paper bag on which I stamped the recipe card and the cow, inking the edges with the same Oxide ink. I also stamped the cow on Kraft card stock and coloured him lightly with pencils. I added some random stamping and finally added the sentiment that I stamped on a scrap of the wallpaper, inked the edges and matted it on black card stock. 

I have used the following stamps:

Other materials :

Worm wallpaper (Halloween version)  - Tim Holtz 
Acrylic paint - Buff
Distress Oxide ink - Vintage Photo
Archival ink - Jet Black

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Quick and Easy

Hello Crafty Friends!

I cant believe how quickly this year has passed! 

Today I want to share a cute and simple cat card I made for a friend whom is a fellow cat lady. 

Stamp Used:

Do you ever feel like you struggle to make a quick and simple card when you need? 
Me too!

Fear not, this stamp really does all of the work for you! 

I started by stamping my tuxedo cat stamp on white card stock with black memento ink. 
To color my image, I used a variety of alcohol based markers.
(Blick, Copic, and Spectrum Noir)

I chose to do a double mat to give more visual interest. 

I hope this gives you some ideas for a quick and easy card! 
I love that this stamp can be used for any occasion, and who doesn't love cats?!

Happy New Year!!!Stay crafty my friends

Monday, December 30, 2019

altered Index cards

Hello Crafty Friends!

Happy Monday!

I hope you all are having a wonderful December! 
Here in Ohio we have been blessed with wonderful and unseasonable weather! 
(50's and 60's rather than the usual teens or lower!!)

Today I want to share 2 altered index cards with you.
I seem to be feeling the itch for them again... I love the size and how fun they are to flip through when you have several together.  This time I am not trying to convince myself that I will finish 1 a day (#ICAD). Rather, I am just following whatever my crafty muse tells me to do!

I am also on a kick for faux postage of late, so maybe I will share some of that in a later post.

Anyhow, lets get on with showing you these mini works of art.

This one was fun to be able to match with my washi tape that had the quote on it!
(Background was created with Distress Oxide ink and a layering stencil)

This one is of course this one is total love for me! 

I had this piece of scrap paper cut to index card size already.  A while back I had used it to test my crackle medium, but never went any farther with it. 
I saw it the other day and I instantly knew what was missing... So along came my Grandville character and the postal marks (along with some ink distressing) and it was instant love!

Have you made any altered index cards or participated in #ICAD ?