Monday, March 27, 2023

THANK YOU CARD - by Fran Chalmers

Hello everyone!

It's finally Spring, and as I had to make a thank you card for a friend, I decided to use bright, Spring-like colours.  I loved this stamp and thought it would look great in yellow!

 I made the background by inking up only part of the stamp and randomly stamping over the card.

I stamped the main image onto card, coloured it in Copic pens and fussy cut it out.  It was easy to cut despite the edges of the petals.

I mounted the card onto a green mat, and added the sentiment (handwritten, as I don't have a printer at the moment!).

I hope you like this card.  It made me look forward to Summer even more!

Stamps Used:

Blowing dandelion and extra seed 19045

Girl in flower Plate 1410

Other Items Used:

Versafine Clair ink in Verdant

Memento Ink in Tuxedo

Copic Pens

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Intro : Gosia Du

 Hi !

My name  is Gosia Du. I am beyond happy to be a part of VLVS team!

I live in Poland with my hubby and our two little ones. I’m a proud owner of a few art journals

 ( stopped counting after my 5th one :).  I have been crafting for a few years and simply cannot stop. 

Most of my projects come to life at night, this is when I’m most creative. I like making albums and cards 

and just love playing with colours . I’d love to share with you a few of my older art pages created with 

gorgeous VLVS.

This granny is probably one of my favourite stamps.


Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Some kind of matchbox by Arwen

 Hi Lovelies

Back on the Blog with a new project :)

And that's the way, I made it:

1.) You need 2 leaves of sound box. The dimensions are in the picture.
Then both sides are folded.
The large piece (19cm wide, 21cm high) is folded at 1.5 cm - 6.5 cm - 12.5 cm - 17.5cm
Turn 180 ° and fold at: 1.5 cm - 6.5 cm - 14.5 cm - 19.5cm
The smaller piece is folded at 5cm and 10cm, then turn 180 ° and fold at 2cm and 7cm.

2.) With the big piece you have to cut a lot away so that the dimensions remain from the picture. Part 2 is only folded.

3.) After cutting out, all fold lines are kept in one direction. You do the same with the smaller piece of cardboard.

4.) All 4 tabs of the box are now stuck. After drying, glue the outer tabs inwards. Part 1 is ready.

5.) So that the drawer is properly adjusted, the smaller piece folded wraps around the box and marks the circumference with a pen. The box is glued together on this marking.

6.) Now you can push the box into the finished tunnel. The blank is now ready and can be designed

7.) To design the box, I cut out coverings from watercolor paper and colored it with watercolor color.

8.) With a chalk pillow, I stamp my selected motif on all pieces. A little shimmer spray sprinkle, a saying and the box is ready.

All stamps, I used:

- Checkerboard Heart large

- Swirl

- with love

other stuff:

- cardboard

- Prima Watercolor

- Chalk ColorBox

- Staz on

- ScorePal

- Dylusions Shimmer spray

- watercolor paper

See ya soon *mwah*

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Bitch by Birth, by Madisen Hernandez

 Hi Stamping Friends! My name is Madisen and I am a pediatric psychiatric registered nurse in sunny southern California. I'm coming to you today with an introduction post and art-journal entry! I like to do maximalist art, always adding something just before I think I'm finished! I rarely have a plan and just stamp with my heart! I hope you enjoy!

I began with this image of myself on a film print, one I took while hiking in Idyllwild California. I wanted to incorporate the blue, green brown I saw in this photo. 

I began to brush random distress oxide inks on the page to single out the targeted colors, I used tumbled glass, mowed lawn, ground espresso and faded jeans. I then began to stamp the abstract background images using

I then accentuated my crass personality with the Bitch by birth sticker

Lastly, I added my sassy bored chick next to me, colored with alcohol markers and fussy cut her out!

Thank you for your time and viewing my art! Until next time!

Thursday, March 16, 2023



Hello, my friends.

 Time for another fun card with the lovely ladies designed by Tina.


I inked a watercolor panel and after stamping the wire I cut a few squares from it. On two squares I stamped the ladies on the backside, on one the word on the front. I glued it to a second panel.

 I adhered all other squares with pop dots to make them stand out a bit.

A little wooden heart finished my project.


I used the following stamps:

 Wire rings

Badass from Plate 1517

Ladies from Plate 1523:

Scribble Girl Spiky Hair

Scribble Girl Pigtails 

 Have a wonderful weekend and find time to craft!

Luv ya

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Off to work by Cathy Norton

                                                                   Hello everyone. 

Today I have a vintage, grungy postcard for you today. 

I started off with some watercolor paper and 2 brown distress inks. I put some inks on the glass mat and I smooshed the watercolor paper into it. I dried it with a heat gun and repeated it till I got my postcard looking like this. 
I then stamped vintage tobacco advertisement and writing background randomly over the background with the darker of the brown inks. I edged the sides of the postcard with the same ink
Next, I used some Kraft cardstock and stamped the businessman with black ink and I made it into a tag. I also edged this with the brown ink.
After I added the tag to the center of the postcard, I then added some of Time Holtz snippets around. 

Stamped Used:

20669 shadowgraphs tobacco 

17545 grunge writing background

19418 businessman silhouette

Other supplies:

Ground espresso, vintage photo distress ink

Versafine Clair Nocturne ink

Watercolor paper

Kraft paper

Tim Holtz snippets

Monday, March 13, 2023

MAKE ART NOT WAR - by Fran Chalmers

Hello everyone!

Today I have made a postcard with a great message.

Firstly I made a background using brushos and water.  I needed paper that would hold water to do this.  I love the way the brushos mix and make a textured look.


I stamped the main stamp in black on the lightest part of the background, which I then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then added some gems and coloured the lips red.

In the darkest area I stamped the sentiment with Versamark so I could emboss it with white embossing powder.  I missed off the top and bottom of the stamp.

I finished off the postcard by adding a couple of edging stamps and some crosses on the background to give it some more interest .

Stamps Used:

Cross Marks Background 20165

Sawtooth stitching lines 19643

Whimsical lady's face with tears 19773

Banksy Make Art Not War

Other Items Used:

Brushos in Yellow Ocre, Purple and Grey

Versafine Clair inks in Nocturn and Fantasia

Versamark ink

White detailed embossing powder and clear embossing powder

Red Pen


Saturday, March 11, 2023

Is it Spring yet???!!! by Tract Blackwolf

 Hello everyone!

Here is a simple tag for my project this week- hope you enjoy. Im sure most can relate to the sentiment.

So to start this tag, I stamped the eyes all over leaving a space for the blinds lady.
Then I sprayed two colors of spay stains, avoiding the center. I used a paint brush and two flesh toned spray stains to fill in the lady.

Then I used alcohol markers to start filling in the blinds. Next I grabbed my stash of icicles I made using hot glue and glitter on a Teflon mat. I used my hot glue gun to glue them on the tag. I trimmed the ends.

Last I used my computer to generate the sentence, stuck foam tape to the back and put it on the tag. I added a bit of salvaged patina spray to finish it up and that's it!

Stamps used:
Peeking through blinds    18082
Eyes      278

Other supplies:
Versafine clair ink pads: Warm breeze, Nocturne
Distress Spray Stains: Victorian velvet, Tattered Rose, Salvaged Patina, Squeezed Lemonade, Speckled egg.
Gel pens: Glitter, white.
Hot glue, clear glitter