Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Adventurer Journal

Hello all you stamping fans out there. I had another notebook in my stash I wanted to alter. 

So here is the book completed. Spots of blue and the map across and the light stain of paint... I just had fun I really did. 

So first I started with some Distress Paint in Antique Linen spritzed with water. 

I smoothed the paper into the puddle and then dried it. 

Next I used the stamp Map of the World - 19340 with Distress Ink color Old Paper.

Then I used some other colors to create a water puddle. Ink mixed with water. 

I used the stamp Boy in Tub Boat -19542 with Archival Ink. Then I cut it out. 

I also used the stamp Color Wheel Lines - 19338 with the color Pumice Stone. 

Here are some close ups. You can see the splotchy way the ink worked but I love it. 

 I also used this last stamp Be An Adventurer - 19173 with Pumice Stone to add a sentiment to this book cover. 

I just love this little boy as he reminds me of my little guy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps Used:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

More Mail Art Inspiration

Hello Again!

Tera Here for a quick share of 3 envelopes I created for a few swaps :)

Hope you all enjoyed this quick mail art post! 
Stay inky!! 

Monday, September 28, 2015


We have some winners to announce for AUGUST's Challenge! :)

Our voted winner is the talented Kristiina Majuri with this beauty:

Congratulations on your beautiful win Kristiina! 

Don't forget to display our badge, Kristiina.

And our random winner is Sheri Levitt! 

Both ladies please email me @ with your shipping address and we'll get you a grab bag o' rubber! Congrats to the both of you!!

Just a few days left to enter our September challenge to win yourself. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

A dose of Tina Walker!


Tina Walker here today with my second Guest Designer project for VivaLasVegaStamps!

 Today's project shows you how you can create simple, yet beautiful Home Decor using your VLVS stamps.

 To create this project, pull out your favorite VLVS stamps.

I will be using the following stamps:

Design Crosses
 Map Background
Bubble Background
Open Sign

Stamp in blocks on sheets of vellum, using coordinating ink colors. 

 Make flower:  Cut vellum into randomly sized squares, approx 3 in x 3 in.

Stack squares on top of each each, alternating them so they do not line up.  Trim around the edge with a rolling cut.

Add a brad to the center of the squares and lift each layer, 'scrunching' for texture and lift.

Stamp another sheet of vellum, cut to size to fit your frame, and heat emboss with white embossing powder.

Stamp used: 
Crackle Background

Adhere paper flower,jewel embellishment, and sentiment.

Hang and enjoy!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by today!  I'll be back again in November with a couple more Guest Designer project.  Be sure and stop back!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Out of the Blue and Proud: altered cube

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new tutorial made with delicious (even if those are a bit odd) VLVS stamps.
As you all know I always have a story to share about the " brainstorming"  of my art piece.
So this time it's not different and here is a story.
I ordered VLVS  new stamps set as I wanted to get some stamps that are totally different from my usual Mixed Media picks.
Then, when those stamps came, I was not sure about them. They are gorgeous, but so much not me.
At that moment I felt that I was " out of the blue" ordering them. But them it was like" let's make lemonade from the lemons": lets make " Out of the Blue" piece with blue shade and some new slogan.
So this is how my own " OUT OF THE BLUE AND PROUD" slogan was born. I think that it can be used in many different ways, just like this " Keep calm and..." one.
It can be "out of the blue and going " or" out of the blue and dreaming" or even " or of the blue and feeling great". But those will be used next time. Today I am totally proud with my " OUT OF THE BLUE" 3d foam cube.
So here is my step by step tutorial:
1. Paint the foam cube into a shade of blue color; pick the color that is not totally blue, but close to it.
I used Earth Safe Finishes Rock Candy Chalk it up paint and made just one single layer that covered the foam perfectly. 

2. Cut thick cardstock into 2 3/4'' size that fits the cube . Stamp 5 different focal images and add some backgrounds. You can see the full stamp list on the bottom of my post. I used blue Clearsnap ink and clear embossing powder over each stamped piece.

3. Color the stamped  images with distress markers and ink them over with distress inks. I tried to make them colorful, but to stay mostly in blues (remember the title? ).Add two more stamped images cut outs : those will hold the title panel.

4. Glue all 5 stamped piece over the painted cube. Leave the bottom  as is.

5. Make the title panel using a chipboard. chipboard and sticker letters and 2 stamped cut out images.
I painted the chipboard with inks and clear embossed it . The letters were colored two using different markers and inks. This is how the top panel is looking.

6. Glue the title panel over the cube and your project is done.
This is  one side look of it.

And from other side:

And from the back:
I also painted the back as this 3d project can be seen from all corners.

And from the top:

Now this " OUT OF THE BLUE" cube is on my craft table and I am totally proud of it!
Hope you like it too.

Stamps from VLVS used to make this project:
Cracked background  Item 16208 Plate 1287
Grunge circles Item 19563 Plate 1451
Whimsical rat Item 19531 Plate 1448
Whimsical Beaked Guy in crown  Item 19530 Plate 1448
Whimsical Jester lady Item 19521 Plate 1448
Whimsical Beetle man Item 19525 Plate 1448
Whimsical key man Item 19527 Plate 1448
Whimsical star hat lady Item 19526 Plate 1448
Whimsical Man face- Fish Item 19678 Plate 1457

Other products:
 Ranger distress markers and distress inks
American crafts Thickers
Chipboards from different companies

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Are You Ready?

Halloween is RIGHT around the corner...have you started your spooky crafting??
Michele here today and I HAVE!!  For some reason this year I am really feeling ghoulish and have been creating for Halloween extra early.

Viva Las VegaStamps! would like to inspire you with words like lime greenhalloweenspooky, POISON, labels, fruit, bad, spoiled, witch's broom, skulls, droopy, blood, black, white, heritage, grungy, spots, distressed, leaves, stems, and more.

Inspired by this months mood board; lime green, halloween, grungy, distressed, spooky, labels... I created a set of ATC's and a card.

Viva Las VegaStamps! used:  Bell Jar, Caution Safety Glasses, Bottle, Spider Web, Spider, Spider on Web Line, Practice of Palmistry, Frankenstein's Bolts, Full Moon, Striped Witch Hat, Raven in a Witch Hat.

Other supplies:  Distress Spray, Faber Castelle Aquarelle pencils, Archival Ink, VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder, Dymo Label Maker, Thread, watercolor paper.

The card:

The ATC's:

I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this months mood board!!  Get linked up for your chance to win a grab bag of AWESOME pink rubber!!
Until next time...get inky!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Hello everyone,

For my DT post today I made a card. I love this bunny, he looks so sweet ! I wrote up how I made this card so sit down, have a nice cup of coffee and enjoy !

This is the finished project and here is how I made it :

I painted a piece of white card stock with gesso. 

Next I mixed Primary Elements with soft gel Medium and 

painted my card with that....

I then sprayed some Lindy's spray ink on it and it gave me this mottled effect which I thought was nice.

Then I got my stamps out ! 

The bell jar was stamped straight on the card along with some numbers in the background. I used black Archival ink for the jar and grey for the numbers.

The rest of the images were stamped on separate card stock, I used Memento ink for the bunny and the bee as I was going to colour with Copic Markers. The sentiment words, of which I only used one in the end, were stamped on black card stock using Versamark ink. I then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.

Here is how it looked after colouring...

I then decided to stamp the jar on acetate also; I used StaZon ink for this. I got rid of the back bottom rim with a cotton bud and some StaZon cleaner and cut it out.  Next I glued the bunny on the card.

I then adhered the acetate jar over the top. The bee was glued over the acetate, so was the sentiment. I also drew some doodle lines on the edges of the card panel...

Lastly I adhered the panel to a card blank. 

Here is a view from the side so you can see the shiny acetate. It looks like bunny is really in a glass jar... 

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today !