Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Whimsical Owl Tag - with Elina

Elina here today, sharing with you my latest mixed media tag creation:

For the tag background I used a fun resist technique:
Using my craft mat as my ink pad, I stamped the stained glass pattern on the tag with Distress Paint (color 'Antique Linen'). My tag was a bit longer than my stamp, so I stamped the pattern in two pieces, masking the center of the tag with a paper strip.

Once the paint was dry I inked the background with yellow and brown Distress Inks (colors 'Mustard Seed' and 'Vintage Photo'). The dried paint resisted the ink, and the dark ink highlighted my background pattern beautifully.

I placed the inked tag on my stamping platform, and stamped the main images with black StazOn. Before staming I glued a strip of paper on the bottom of the tag; the lovely owl needed a ground to stand on.

Then I stamped the main images on white paper, colored with Promarkers, and fuzzy cut. The last step was gluing the images on the tag, and my project was finished!

For this project I used the following VLVS! stamps:

Whimsical Owl in Clothes 1 3/4 x 3
Flying Eye Insect 2 3/4 x 2 1/4
Stained Glass/Mosaic Background 4 x 5 1/2

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Monday, December 10, 2018

You know too much...MAM

Hello again crafty friends!

I'm still on a snarky/sarcastic kick...

Today I'm sharing a card and envelope set made for a friend...

Stamps used:

These 2 ladies crack me up!

I started by stamping the ladies on the card base and envelope.  
Setting the  card aside for now, I created a mask of the 2 ladies using  scrap book paper. Once the ladies were masked off, I stamped my typeset scallop boarder on the right side of the envelope (yes, I realize that the text is upside down, but I do not care I'm going for an overall look...and if I let silly things like that limit me than my stamps have less uses) 

I added a mask over the boarder than chose a dylusions stencil and lucky clover distress ink to create my background. When I finished stenciling,  I used a black micron pen to roughly trace the shapes made from the stencil. 

Next, I removed the masks and colored everything using blick alcohol markers.
(This is what I used on the card as well)

The card was finished by adding it to the A2 card base, and applying some washi tape along with my snarky quote sticker

Friday, December 07, 2018


Hello crafty friends!

It’s my turn today to show you the beautiful butterfly stamp along with all the other images on my project.

This time I decided to make a ticket card. The ticket is a die from Studio Light, a Dutch manufacturer. Even though this die is meant to be folded together I liked it better this way.

I started by cutting the panels from cardstock, the smallest one is watercolor paper so I was able to spritz water on it.

After adhering the two larger layers together with miracle tape, I set them aside and started working on the smallest one.

I swiped a Distress ink pad (Fossilized Aber) over the paper and added drops by splashing water with a brush which I dipped in different colors of distress oxides. I used Broken China, Worn Lipstick and once again Fossilized Amber.

After stamping the beautiful butterfly and all the other stamps for the background texture, I cut some flowers from paper I had in my stash and added some coordinating colors. A sentiment finishes my ticket card.

 I used the following stamps:
You are beautiful 19832 from plate 1471

I also used Miracle Tape, Studio Light STENCILSL99, Sizzix Wildflowers 661190
 and Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Cardstock.

Thank you for stopping over, Happy Crafting

I wish you all a wonderful time until Christmas!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Countdown to Christmas

Happy December everyone!!
Michele here today sharing some tags I created for my nieces countdown to Christmas gifts.  This year we are trying something new and they are getting a new book each day.  One of them is loving it and the other not so much...oh well at least the packages look great!!!

I used different colored ink on the numbers to distinguish whose presents were whose.

Stamps used: Christmas Saying Reindeer Head, Grunge Numbers

Of course I did some simple masking to make sure the ink colors didn't blend and overlap.

Everything is stamped in Archival ink, my go to for EVERYTHING!!

Simple but oh so effective!!
Until next time, get inky!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

November WINNERS

We have a couple November Winners to announce ...

The voted winner is : TINDALOO!!!

Our randomly chosen winner is : Kapree Clark...

Please email me @ deedee430@gmail.com with your shipping address to claim your prize!

Do all things with love

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the VivaLasVegaStamps! blog where today I am sharing an art journal spread. Initially the top of the pages was orange but when I didn't like it, I just changed it into blue ! That is the beauty of acrylic paint !  Anyway, here it is :

So, I started with painting the pages with gesso. I used a silicone brush for that, well actually it is more of a scraper than a brush. I then added the colours, green at the bottom, yellow in the middle and orange at the top. Next I used a stencil and white paint to tone it down. I also use a brayer to add more white over the colours but I still didn't like it. I solved the problem by painting over the orange with white gesso and then adding the blue and repeating the stencilling. I like ! 
Next I used the flower stamp with dark green paint at the bottom; make sure to wash your stamps straight away after using paint because when it dries is it almost impossible to get off. 
Next I stamped the background randomly with inks in similar colours. The plane and the boy in the tub were stamped on book pages as was the sentiment. I coloured the boy and the plane lightly and then cut everything out and adhered it to my page. A little doodling around the words and some shading under the tub finished it off. 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Saturday, December 01, 2018


Welcome to December's Monthly Challenge >>> 2019 is next month. NEXT.MONTH.

Yeowza. Let's get to winning some rubber hey?

It's time for UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS & red, black, white, teal. Think about ornaments, Santa, blocky christmas patterns, reindeer, sparkles, letters to Santa Claus. Christmas icons, script, dots & anything else that you can gain inspiration from in our board.

Don't forget the rules:
-Create a new project based on our inspiration board (it has to be posted this month, but you can certainly link up to other challenges as well!)
-Use at least one (but certainly more if you want) Viva Las VegaStamps! rubber stamps
(We are now allowing competitors stamps to be on your work, but please make VLVS! the focus of the project, thank you.)
-Post it to your blog with a link back to us
-Upload to our linky using your direct blog post link (You may also upload via facebook, flickr or other gallery)
You could win a Project Spotlight post on our blog + some new rubber of course.
And visit us back here for inspiration!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

My dream ► Majo

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my second November post. I made another Christmas card, this time using some of the typical Christmas stamps .... and some others as well.

You might want to scroll down for a funky version of my card?

 I stamped the waybill in addition with the branches on a panel and added some distress ink. 

After stamping the tree on another panel, I traced this image, using a dummy I stamped before to trace the tree on the upper panel and cut it out accordingly.

I used pop dots to glue the two panels together.

I added some wooden stars with a bit of sparkle and the sentiment which is a part of the "This was not my dream" stamp. 

A closer look at the sparkle?

Wanna get a bit funky with your Christmas Cards? Here you go in VERY unusual colors ....

.... and here is the variety I created with the versatile stamps ....

These are the stamps I used:

Thanks so much for visiting!

Happy stamping ♥

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Art Card || "Learning to Sail"

Hey everyone! I have a monochromatic art journal page to share today. Sometimes taking the color choices out of a piece makes it come together super fast. Of course, Banksy stamps help too!

If you want to see exactly how I made this piece, you can check out the video at the bottom of this post.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Santa Claus is coming...

Hello crafty friends!

It's time for me to get to work on Christmas cards.  I wanted to create something simple and sort of grungy/vintage so it would be great for anyone. 

Stamps used:

Using archival ink in watering can grey.  I stamped Santa and my sentiment.  I used distress stains to "watercolor" everything.  The card is A2 sized with each matte being 1/4 in smaller than the layer below.

I hope you enjoy this fun and easy card!
Happy Holidays

Monday, November 26, 2018

Mail Art Monday with Elina

Happy Mail Art Monday!
My latest mail art project is created on a craft envelope, using Banksy images and a limited black/brown color palette:

With a help of a stamping platform I first stamped my two main images on the craft envelope. I left the stamps on the platform, and re-stamped the images on a white paper:

Then I cut out the address label from the white paper, following the stamped lines on the left side. I glued the label on the envelope on top of the stamped images.

Then the only remaining thing was the decoration: I stamped some patterns on the top of the envelope, and here and there added a bit of color with color pencils. The background needed a hint of white, so I traced around the edges with a glue pen.
I think the envelope looks quite nice!

For this mail art project I used the following Viva Las VegaStamps! products:

Banksy Pulling Back The Curtain
Banksy Ladder Painter
Typeset Scallop
Staple X
Triangle Arrow Marker

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Love. Repeat.

Hello everyone,

and welcome to my second November post. I made a very small art journal page today. I had this piece of paper in my stash that I had gelli printed on and wanted to use it today. It is 10 x 15 cm which is aprox. 4 x 6 inches.

I did add some stencilling on the right side to repeat the pattern of the left side. I then added white paint in the middle and some splatters. I doodled the same words as from the stamp onto the whitish spot in the middle. Next I stamped this fab stamp by Tina Walker, went around with a white pen and filled in the heart with a pink paint pen. I then stamped the sentiment as a background stamp and also separately on a strip of white paper which I edged with a pink marker. I adhered the strip underneath the woman image. Lastly I added a line around the sentiment and around the page. 

I have used the following stamps:

Thank you for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

More Incrediblerer

Can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US??  WOW, time is flying!!!
Next month will be jamb packed with holiday crafting so for a little break I am sharing a birthday card.

What I love most about this stamp is that it can be geared towards a girl or a boy, in this case it was for a boy.  I always have a little bit of trouble with boy birthday cards but I LOVE the playfulness of this one.

Viva Las VegaStamps! used: Girls Party, Whimsical Triangle Banner, A Whole Year.

I chose blue and red and focused my coloring with Prisma Colored Pencils on the boy in the group creating  my focal point.  I kept to the color theme and added washi tape and splatters (with Broken China and Festive Berry Distress Spray).

See you next month with some holiday cheer.
Until then...get inky!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Awesome | Sue Plumb

Hi everyone!
It's Sue Plumb here to share my latest Viva Las VegaStamps design team project with you. Today I have a 12x12" mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features some new release library-themed stamps, as well as a few others from my stash.
I created this page to document some photos of my boys that I captured in a hospital waiting room one day, while they both practised their reading and writing skills.

I began my layout with a sheet of white cardstock, and a couple of pages torn from some old books. I collaged the pieces onto the cardstock, then applied acrylic paint over the top with a brayer to give the page more of an aged paper look. 

Once the paint had dried, I stamped the new Library Return Card stamp multiple times to define the focal area of my page where my photos were going to be placed.
I then used the This Book Belongs To: and the Library Return Dates stamps to add some extra interest and structure to my background. 
(These three stamps are all available together on plate #1508.)

With all that text in place, it was time to add a few images to my page. I used a series of dragon images (all with a book theme) designed by Brian Kesinger - Aagar the Emotional; Telkyn the Learned; and Vornii the Bookish. (These three stamps are all available together on plate #1499.)
I stamped the three dragons around my page to form a "visual triangle" around my photos. 

With all my background in place, it was time to add some papery layers to form a mat for my photos. Naturally, I turned again to book paper (a logical choice for this page, right?) 

I layered some torn pieces of paper, along with some brown paper, small white tags, and a large kraft tag that I had also stamped with the Library Return Card stamp. 

I stapled all the papers in place along with some frayed gauze, and then added my photos on top before turning my attention to adding some embellishments to finish off my page and tie it all together. 

In keeping with the reading theme of my page, I chose a handmade book paper star from Charms Creations, and tucked it under the right edge of my photo.

I added three wood veneer stars from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, layering one on top of the book paper star and using the other two to again form a "visual triangle". 

To the left of my photo I added a wood veneer arrow, and then below my photos the large awesome wood veneer piece for my page title (all from Cocoa Vanilla Studio). 

I added some simple handwritten journalling below my title using a felt pen, and my page was complete.

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

Stamps used:

Other materials:
- Bazzill cardstock
- Mont Marte acrylic paints
- Book paper, brown paper, gauze, tags
- Tsukineko Staz On ink
- Cocoa Vanilla Studio wood veneer pieces
- Charms Creations handmade book paper star
- Felt pen