Tuesday, March 28, 2017

She was... Art Journal Spread by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne here and I'm sharing an art journal page today. I used the beautiful "Fed-up Vintage Lady " stamp as my focal point.

For my background I used a kind of embossing resist technique. Instead of watercolour I used white acrylic paint. I learned this in a video by Marion Emberson from WOW! Embossing Powder. She calles it White Out Resist technique.
Start by colouring the background with PanPastels. Next step is stamping the "" image with embossing ink. Use clear powder, so your background will shine through. Add a l layer of white acrylic paint on top. Let it sit for a short moment and wipe the colour off the embossed parts with a baby wipe.
The result is a shabby background. I used the "Scribble Heart" and "Sawtooth Stitching Lines" to add some details.
Finally I added my focal image with the sentiment on top of a silver thread.

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Viva Las VegaStamps!:
All stamps can be found on Plate 1495
Fed-up Vintage Lady
Scribble Heart
She was
She was a Wildflower
Wildflower Silhouette 2
Sawtooth Stitching Lines
WOW! Clear Embossing Powder
Archival Ink Jet Black
White Acrylic Paint

Friday, March 24, 2017

Let's Get Lost Art Journal

Hello to all you stampers out there. Shanna here to share a quick art journal spread I made.

So I had a lot of fun making this page. I started with the Jelly Fish stamp and used Versamark ink to emboss the stamp with white detail embossing powder. Then I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals to watercolor the background and the jellyfish. Then I used some Salty Ocean Distress Ink to stamp the Map of the World in the background. Then I added Let's Get Lost with black ink. 

Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy! 

Stamps Used:

Other Products Used:
Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals - Ocean Breeze Blue, Plumeria Pink, Caribbean Blue, Hibiscus Rose
Distress Ink Salty ocean
Staz On Jet Black 
Veramark Watermark Ink
White Detail Embossing Powder


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Art Doll Tutorial with Fiona

Hello my VLVS fans!!! Fiona here with you today to share a whimsical art doll I have created.

I won't go into too many details about how I made this gorgeous little doll. I'll leave you to watch the tutorial.

I'm not sure why I made him ..... I suppose I don't really need a reason.

But I have definitely fallen in love with him ..... He is my Transgender fairy Queen!

The tutorial is right here below. Sit back and relax and enjoy the madness!

Viva Las Vegastamps! used:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Courageous Mother Nature - Mixed Media card by Cheetarah

Hey everyone, I'm back this week to show you a Mixed Media card I made inspired by this month's Challenge Inspiration Board.

Beautiful isn't it? I got inspired by the nature elements and the green and purple colors.

To start off I went on building layers to get the background texture you see in the card.
The base of this card is a 6x6 scrapbook paper on which I applied light a coating of gesso and then glued on all the paper scraps I keep on collecting at the edge of my desk into a square / diamond shape. I glued it all with modge podge so it's also sealed well. When I was satisfied with the basic shapes I went on to add more texture with a stencil and modeling paste.

I chose dots for a nice contrast with the square shapes and applied messily and let dry and adding more in various places over the card. It's going to be covered up with paint so it doesn't matter if some paste seeps though or is uneven, because it's about the texture! You can see the process of the base HERE. When I was done with the modeling paste I sealed it with Modge Podge shimmer varnish to smooth it out and have a secure base to get the paint to run.

Then comes the fun part, dabbing distress paint on your textured background and get it all colored up! I started off with lighter colors first, chose the left edge, dabbed ink and sprayed water on to get it to run to the right. Dried each layer with a heating tool to set the colors and to get them to stay crisp. I went on until I was satisfied with the color blend and saturation. 

I chose the whimsical tree lady to be my focal point and I stamped and colored her on tissue paper. Adhered it with soft matte gel medium. Did the same with the "she was courageous" sentiment. Before I adhered these to the card I stamped some more nature themes stamps on the card with Staz-on inks in corresponding colors. 

Mother nature was written with Zig wink of Luna in purple and green. And then with a faber castell pitt artist marker. Also doodled around the edges with these colors. I like how it pops from the card. 

Oh by the way, the sun I made on the top left is done with stamping Doodle Circle stamp inked with mustard seed and carved pumpkin distress paints. I just used a brayer to adhere the ink and stamped until the color was opaque enough. I adhered the piece to a turquoise color double card, rounded the edges and called it done.

Stamps used:

Modeling paste
Modge Posdge Matte Medium and shimmer varnish 
Distress paints 
Zig Wink of Luna brush pens
Faber Castell pitt artist markers 
Staz-on Inks 
Memento Inks 
Alcohol markers 
Tissue paper
Carabelle Studio and the Crafter's workshop Stencils

Hope this inspired you to play along with this month's challenge :)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A whole year incrediblerer

Hello everyone,

and welcome to this blogpost where today I have an art journal page to share with you.

Aren't these girls adorable ..

I had fun making this and if you want to know how then have a look here :

I have used the following stamps for this page :

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hop on in for Mail Art Monday...


Welcome Back for another Mail Art Monday!

Stamps Used:
Creepy Rabbit by Tera Callihan
Hippitty Hoppitty

Today is an EXTRA fun piece for me because both of the stamps used on this piece are actually created by me!
(I hope you like them!)

To start, I used a piece of paper cut to 8.5in x 8.5 in
 (which makes and A2 envelope when used with my envelope punch board)
 I layered some Dylusions paints, Tim Holtz distress paint and Tim Holtz layering stencils to create my background. 
(the colors I used were squeezed orange, pure sunshine, bubble gum pink, and white linen. I also used the Tim Holtz sponge dauber in picked raspberry and wild honey)

Next I added a few scraps of Tim Holtz tissue paper to add some visual interest. 
After I got all of the background layers just right I stamped my bunny on the envelope and again on a separate piece of paper. I used a variety of markers to color him. 

 To glue him to the envelope I used Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium, which really made the colors even more intense! 
(yes I used this on the bottom and top of the bunny so he would be safe going through the post)

Lastly,  to finish everything off I stamped "Hippitty Hoppitty" by my little bunny! 
Sorry I forgot to take progress photos, but you know how it is when you really get into a project! you have too much fun! 

I can't wait to get this little guy paired up with the perfect stamp and mailed out to his new home! 
Happy crafting!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Inspiration with Jenn Engle

Hey everyone! I'm here to inspire you to join in our Monthly Challenge. I was so inspired by the colorful sky background and the black silhouette against it, that I created a very simple trio of ATCs.

My ATCs are just some black embossing with some of my fave new VLVS stamps and playing with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers like they are watercolors. I really like the simplicity of them.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


I am so ready for some warm spring weather!!!
Michele here today and I have noticed that all of my projects lately are inspired by SPRING.
Today I have a little home decor piece featuring the Deathhead Moth image.

I also have a short tutorial on mirror image stamping.  I wanted to have the image on both sides of my piece!

I stamped the moth on a piece of watercolor paper.

Sprinkled some Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder on it and heat embossed.

Next I used a clear silicone stamp with the image down.

You need the flat side up so you can stamp on it.

Stamp the moth on the flat silicone.

Stamp on the watercolor paper and emboss.

Next I cut both of the image out...

So they could be glued together back to back.

The ideolgy pins are perfect to hold the moth.

The base is an Ideolgy finial stained with Distress stain.  I used wodden beads to spell fly and wired them on the finial.

Some pretty pearl beads are added to the pin.

Come on SPRING!!  Let's FLY!

Until next time...get inky!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grungy Mixed Media Tag by Susanne

Hi there!

It's Susanne here today and I'm sharing a process video on our YouTube channel.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Here are some close-ups:

 Thank you for stopping by today! xx Susanne

Viva Las VegaStamps!:
Be Adorable
Redwood Trees
Brusho Crystal Colors
Neocolor II Crayons
Staz On Ink
Archival Ink
Sizzix BigZ Bird
Gel Medium
STAMPlorations stencil "Stars"
Molding Paste
DCWV Maps, Text & Ledgers Stack