Friday, April 28, 2017

Nevertheless, she persisted - Art postcard by Cheetarah

Hey all, it's Cheetarah here and I've recently received some of the gorgeous newly released stamps and my absolute fave among them is this gorgeous whimsical leaf lady by Mary Vogel Lozinak. I created a postcard using one of my gelli printed book pages that had a leaf design on it and some other great stamps that goes well with the whimsy of this stamp. List of stamps and materials used is at the bottom of the post. 

I colored the lady in with alcohol markers and it was stamped on Neenah classic card stock, cut her out and adhered her to the page. The butterflies were stamped with Stazon Midnight blue, as well as the sentiment "finding my way" - thought these two sentiments went great together. They are in the same lettertype as well which is great!  I edged the leafs with ZIG wink of Luna in green and the sentence "nevertheless, she persisted" with ZIG wink of Stella in light green. For the edges of the postcard I used chipped sapphire and twisted citron and blended those together with my fingers. I kept a blue green color scheme going, as we have in our current monthly challenge. You still have a couple of days to join in!

We're all trying to find our way in this world, and it's important that you keep on persisting esp. when you encounter defeat. This sentience is such a powerful one, it encourages to never give up. 

VLVS! used:

Alcohol markers (Letraset promarkers) 
Amsterdam Acrylic paint
Pronty leaf stencil 
gelli plate 
Zig wink of stella markers 
Zig wink of Luna markers
Distress crayons 
Staz-on midnight blue, teal, jet black
Liquitex INKS in gold and white

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Altered Playing Card by Susanne

Hey there crafty friends!

Susanne here today and I share a altered playing card today. I have tons of 3 1/4" by 4 3/4" cards laying around. My kids got them twice during a promotion in our local discounter. I covered the card with gesso and started to play:

I used some light blue acrylic paint and applied it with my fingers. The "Dictionary Page" stamp is perfect for some texture in the background. I also used the "Writing Circles Background" for more interest. The "Wildflowers Silhouette" are a fab background for my main image. Everything is stamped with Archival Ink. I used some brown acrylic paint together with a stencil from stamplorations and applied some copper metallic acrylic paint with my fingers. Before I added the "Dancing Lady" I made some black splatters with a mix of black paint and water. The "Dancing Lady" is stamped onto the card and onto white cardstock. I cut it out and adhered it to my page. I decided to just add a tiny little bit of a skin tone to my main image and leave the rest black and white. Finally I used a black oil pastel to give the card a black frame and stamped the sentiment "She was a Wildflower".

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!
Dancing Lady
Dictionary Page
Wildflowers Silhouette
She was a Wildflower
Writing Circles Background
Archival Ink (Jet Black, Saffron)
Acrylic Paints
STAMPlorations stencil
Faber-Castell Black Oil Pastel

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Art Journal Page by Jenn Engle

Today I have an art journal page to share with you. There is a process video at the end of this post so you can see exactly how I made it!

Stamps Used:

Process Video:
Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 21, 2017

ATC Freaky Little Thing by Cheetarah

Hey all, it's Cheetarah here today and I'm sharing an ATC I have made with our wonderful Viva Las VegaStamps! It's based on this month's challenge inspiration board. 

The gorgeous blue green colors of the mood board inspired me as well as stamps by Mary Vogel Lozinak! We'd also like to inspire you with words like SPRING! flowers, doodles, buds, whimsical, patterns, checkerboard, stars, wings, Mary Vogel Lozinak, banners, green, teal, white, black... and whatever else you may be inspired from by seeing the mood board.

I've used a fun and easy resist technique for the background with heavy matte medium and ecoline watercolors.

First I took a 6x6 piece of patterned scrap book paper, put a thin layer of gesso over it and then brayered on some Paper Artsy fresco paint Hint of Mint.  You still see a bit of the design of the paper showing through for some muted texture. Then I took a stencil from the Crafter's Workshop and messily applied some heavy gel medium though it with a credit card. After that dried I took some blue and green ecoline water colors and a brush to color the raised aria's. The gel medium will soak up the color and the paint will resist it somewhat. You can take a baby wipe to wipe off excess color around the textured aria. I cut this piece with my ATC die cut to use as my background.

Next I stamped Whimsical Face with horns on ivory paper and colored her in with promarkers. I added some accents with a white gel pen. I find using bold complimentary colors make the image on the foreground pop.

The sentiment She was a freaky little thing was stamped on some left over paper where these wings were stamped on and also had some brick texture on it. I took a black distress crayon to darken the edges of the sentiment as well at the card to give it more dimension. Finally I matted it onto an ivory card stock on which I also darkened the edges with the crayon.

VLVS! Stamps used:
She was a freaky little thing
Whimsical girl with horns
Set of Wings

Heavy gel medium
The Crafter's Workshop stencil
Ecoline inks
Letraset promarkers
Paperartsy Fresco paints Hint of Mint
white gelpen
Memento Tuxedo black
Distress crayon in black

Hopefully this will inspire you to play along with this month's challenge as well. 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Frida - A journal Page by Fiona

Hello my VLVS friends!! Fiona here with you today to share an art journal page I have created dedicated to the gorgeous Frida Kahlo.

Frida was a radical comunist and an artist living in both Mexico and New York in the 1920's and 1930's.
You can read more about here HERE

 In short .... she was mostly disabled due to both Polio she contracted as a child and an horrendous train car accident she was involved in when she was 18. This was what lead to her being a painter, mostly of self portraits depicting the chronic pain she lived in for the rest of her life.

She was one very remarkable woman.

My page depicts one of her most famous quotes 

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly"

VLVS Products:

I hope my Frida page has inspired you. She most certainly inspires me.

See you all again soon xx

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Coffee Time!

Hello Again!!!

Who else here is a Coffee Addict?
Some of you know I am!!!

In Honor of my love of coffee, I have decided to make a set of 3 ATC's. 

Stamps Used:

I stamped these all with black stayzon ink, and versa fine sepia ink.  
(I also used the verafine to edge everything) 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brave Heart

Hello everyone,

and welcome to the blog where today I will be sharing inspiration for this month's challenge:

I made an art journal and I have based it on this moodboard:

the words to go with this challenge are SPRING! flowers, doodles, buds, whimsical, patterns, checkerboard, stars, wings, Mary Vogel Lozinak, banners, green, teal, white, black and whatever else might strike your fancy from our image

I have filmed the process and if you want to know how I made this please click this link and go straight to YouTUbe ! 

I have used the following of the words :

The background was made with a flower stencil by Tim Holtz and I coloured it with Distress Oxide Inks. I have used the following stamps for my pages:


Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mail Art Monday with Shanna

Hello to you stamp lovers out there! Shanna here and I am excited to share with you some Mail Art Monday inspiration.

Not sure where I got my inspiration from. I started with a envelope already and then just started playing with some of my favorite colors of Dina Wakely paints.

Then I grabbed my stamps and stamped a little on the envelope.  

I used a stabilo pencil to outline the mailing address box and colored the macarons with some gelatos.

Viva Las VegaStamps Used:
#Foodie - 20010
Double Coffee Rings - 19568
Stack of Macarons - 20014
Scribble Heart - 19645
Bubble Wrap Texture - 19566

Other Items Used:
Dina Wakely Paint - Turquoise, Lemon, Blushing, and White
Staz On Jet Black Ink
Stabilo Pencil

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter is Right Around the Corner

Happy Friday ALL!!
Michele here with a bit of last minute Easter inspiration...for those of us who just remembered we needed a couple of cards before the bunny hops by.
I started with watercolor paper and used Authentiques Eastertime for accents.

Stamps used:

I started by stamping the bunny on watercolor paper with archival ink.

Then again on a thin dictionary page to mask the bunny.  This allowed me to stamp the clump of plants around the bunny with Distress Oxide ink.

The bunny is colored with Distress Markers and a waterbrush.

These little gift cards are perfect for some Easter treats I will be passing out Sunday.

Next a couple of cards...

Stanp used:

Using the same masking technique I stamped the chick several times.

The last chick is colored with Dustress Markers and a waterpen and popped up.

Stamps used:

I used the masking technique here too and the background is Distress Oxide Inks.

The bunny is colored with Distress Markers and a waterpen.

Can't wait to see what you do with my favorite masking technique!!

Until next time...get inky!!  HAPPY EASTER!!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pass the Postcard {SWAP}

Join us for our monthly swap! This month brings POSTCARDS to the table. All the details HERE.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Altered Paper Houses by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends.

I'm sharing two altered paper houses today. I cut the pieces with my Silhouette Cameo from Kraft cardstock.

Here are the step by step instructions:

Add some pieces of old book paper before you cover every piece with gesso. Use acrylic paint together with a baby wipe to add some color. I used DecoArt Fluid Acrylics.

Add some details with different stamps and waterproof ink. I used Archival Ink Jet Black.

Use Crackle Paste with a stencil to add some texture.

After the paste is dry, cover the texture with DecoArt Antiquing Cream Carbon Black. Let it dry and wipe it away with wet baby wipes. Wipe away the color just in one direction to get a deep shadow on one side of the stenciled image.

I added the Pair of Butterfly Wings, stamped on tissue paper, onto the roofs. And some dimensional Flowers and sentiments to the front of the houses.

The flowers are from the Sizzix Susan's Garden Collection and colored with PanPastels. I glued the pieces together with Miracle Tape.


Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!
Miracle Tape
Doodle Flower Garden 3
Tired of Trying to Cram 1
Pair of Butterfly Wings
Flowers are Love's
Where Flowers Bloom
Butterfly Specimens
Writing Circles Background
Sizzix Susan's Garden Flowers
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics (Carbon Black, Green Gold, Cadmium Orange Hue, Quinacridone Burnt Orange)
DecoArt Crackle Paste
DecoArt Gel Medium
Americana Stencil Doily