Thursday, October 20, 2016

Born to be wild

Hello everyone,

For my DT post for today I have made a tag. I had a bit of a struggle with it though as at one point I thought I would have to throw it away ! In the end I think I quite like it. :o)

This tag was cut from a gelli print. I put so much stuff over the top that you can't see the print anymore ! lol. That was the reason I almost threw it away... 
First I stamped the cat on white card stock and coloured her with Copic Markers, then cut her out. Next I added the circles to the tag because I thought the cat didn't stand out enough. 
I took it to my sewing machine and added some stitching. So far, so good. I then started stamping and I think I just stamped too much... I used a load of stamps and inks and ended up using some punchinella and white paint to cover some of it up or at least make it less visible. In the end I think I  do like it. 

I used the following stamps:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mail Art Monday Spook-tackular

Hello Everyone! 

Tera here again,
Welcome back to another fun Mail Art Monday! 

Today, I want to share a super fun and easy envelope just in time for Halloween. 

To create this envelope, I started with an A2 envelope.  I started by stamping the Skeletons in the closet stamp.  I next used a ruler to continue the line for the "base board" to create a floor. 

Next, I stamped the spider and web in the upper right corner. I used my micron marker in .005 to create the cracks in the "wall".

To color everything I used a variety of zig clean color brush pens. and distress inks to add a bit of shading around the edges. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monster Mash {A blog hop}

Hello stamping friends!

The Design Team here @ Viva Las VegaStamps! has put together a small Halloween themed blog hop for you. Join us on our MONSTER MASH tour of famous monster stamps in use. Leave a comment on each blog in the list, and you'll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to our online retail shop

The hop looks like this :
Jenn Engle :
Corrie Herriman :
Michele Kosciolek :
Nikki Woodward :
Fiona Paltridge :
DeeDee Catron :

So stop by each member's blog, check out their project, leave 'em a little love then come on back here and tell us your favorite thing about Halloween! One comment per blog = 7 comments. 7 comments = an entry into the drawing for our gift certificate. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Little Art Journal Cover

Hello VLVS peeps!! Fiona here to share with you a little bit of inspiration using the wonderful Viva Las Vegastamps!!

This is a little art journal that I have created from an old book. I keep all my special little notes and cards that people send me in it.

I decorated the cover using some VLVS Stamps. I drew the heart but if you wanted to you could use the Squiggle Heart also. Doodle frame down the spine side and then some stitching stamps around the gesso block in the middle to frame it.

A little title to finish it all off. This one is almost full already. I think I'll have to start a new one!


The Stitching stamps can be found on 

I hope you've liked my little bit of inspiration.
I'll be back again soon xx

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Art Journal Page by Jenn Engle "Color Explosion"

I have an art journal page to share with you today! To see exactly how I made it, you can check out the process video below. There are also links to all the VLVS stamps I used. 

Stamps Used:

Thanks for looking!

Instagram @mixedmediajenn
Email is the easiest way to get a quick response from me:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween Mail Art Monday

It's mail art Monday!!!

Michele here with some HALLOWEEN mail art.

I created an envelope to go with my inspiration challenge project...

I have a little tutorial to share.  I started with my gelli plate.

This is Dina Wakely paint in Gilt, Cheddar and Elephant.

I stamped the Skeleton in two rows and then put down my envelope cut from white cardstock.

I made sure to tape off a spot for the address.

The Humerus Bone stamp and some doodling frames the address spot.  I also stamped the Striped Spider and Fly.  The Skull is cut out, colored with gray watercolor pencil and adhered.

This is the envelope before put together.

Look at how fun the skeleton ends up using the gelli plate.

I am having so much fun with my gelli plate...I made this one myself with Amazing Mold Rubber.

Such glorious Halloween colors!!

I hope you will be creating some fun Halloween things and that you will share with us in our Facebook group.

Until next time...get inky!!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

An art journal spread with a VIDEO tutorial !

Hello everyone,

and welcome to the VLVS! blog where today I have an art journal to share for my DT post. I have filmed the process so you will find a link to my YouTube channel underneath. 

If you enjoy it, please give me the thumbs up and maybe even subscribe to my channel ! 

Here is a picture of the finished project:

I have used the following stamps:
(click and they will take you straight to the shop)

19995 - Overlapping circles (I designed this one) 

If you would like to know how I made this then please click the link :

Enjoy ! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Monday, October 03, 2016

Nightmare in the Mail?!?

Hello Again!! 

Tera here again for another round of Mail art monday!

In the spirit of October let's share our nightmares...

 My nightmare, I'm sharing with you in the form of mail art!
(and I'm sure its not just my nightmare!)

Ok so as a dental hygienist one of my nightmares is of course for my teeth to fall out... so I found it too funny when i found the floss postoid from VLVS... I knew instantly that I needed to create this.  

I know many of my patients have asked me about keeping their teeth, but its always funny when you tell them you really need to floss... (If you could swe what i find between teeth, then trust me you'd floss too!! Lol)
anyhow I hope you all find this as funny as I do :D

(I used various alcohol markers to color this and momento ink in tuxedo black)

Stamps used:
(Direct links coming soon)
Floss post
Man amazed

Saturday, October 01, 2016

October Challenge - Demonic

Hiiii! We are here with the October Challenge and it is a bit spooky... but rest assured we do not require you to get spooky with your entry. Just be inspired by a single element OF our mood board. 

Here it is :

You might draw inspiration from the star and or stars, the text, dictionary, the numbers, the list aspect, stripes, oranges & tans, blacks & whites, neutrals in general, a SPLASH o' color (any color,) the demonic little being, other stamps by Mary Vogel Lozinak and or anything else you find inspirational about our mood 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, September 29, 2016

witching hour

hi there lovelies
Kassa here again...

i've got my spook on early and brought you this 'witching hour' mini journal page that's full of color and FUN! FUN! FUN!

how adorable and awesome is creepy creature sitting stamp designed by the fabulous Leslie Wood - heeheehee :-) i just couldn't resist sitting her on the Tim Holtz Ideaology broomstick, she is just the PERFECT size, too darn cute!

in the background i overstamped the design open circles stamp which helps give depth to the many layers of paints and markerpen doodles.  

around the edges i randomly stamped doodle frame, i used this little gem of a stamp with a little black ink on this particular page to help draw your eye away from the main image, thus enables the eyes to travel around the page in an easy flow. 

Dina wakley Media Paints were layered with a touch of Golden Fluid Neon translucent Acrylics, doodled with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons & doodled with marker pens...

and how relaxing it is to colorise Leslie Wood's amazing 'Creepy Critters' with my various coloring pencils :-)))


thanks for stopping by today, you can leave me some love if ya likes and if you want to find more of my 'Happy Art' here's where to look...

instagram - where i post the most :-)))
facebook - where i post frequently...
blog - where i post infrequently 'tut, tut, tut lol'

Mwah Kassa xoxo

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Almost Halloween!!!

Michele here today to share two Halloween cards.  One is a CAS card and one is a stamped scene.
Halloween cards are one of my favorites to make.  You really can get away with anything, all you need is your imagination (and some AWESOME Viva Las VegaStamps!!!)

First the CAS card:

I used the Bat Skeleton and Oct. 31 on this card.

The little bats are from Um Wow Studio, bat confetti.

The paper is Authentique and Bazzill.  Of course there had to be a little bit of splatter with Distress Stain.  I also used the Distress Stain to color the ribbon.

Next is a spooky scene card:

I used the Gnome Skeleton, Gnome Lady Skeleton, Gnome Large, Cemetery, Spooky and Full Moon stamps.

I did some masking with the gnome skellies.

Do you think this gnome is a little scared??  I used more of the bat confetti from Um Wow.

I used Distress spray for the erie background, Authentique and Bazzill paper and archival ink.

Be sure to check out our Facebook fan page, Viva Las VegaStamps! Groupies.  You can always find LOADS of inspiration there!!  You also still have time to link up to our inspiration challenge for September, click here.

Until next time, get inky!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's mailart Monday !!!

Hello everyone,

and welcome to Mailart Monday !

For this post I have made an envelope. I also took some photos along the way to show you how to make this:

I used the gelli plate and some of the techniques I learned in Birgit Koopsen's workshop. 

Here's how:

First, mask off the bit where the address has to go. I used some all over sticky post-it note for this. It did come off every time I printed but I just stuck it back on. 

Next, paint.. not too much and 2 or 3 colours. I used 2 yellows and an orange..

Roll them out with a brayer..

And print your envelope. This is the first layer.

I used the leftovers on the plate to do the back of the envelope. 

Next more paint, in darker or contrasting colours. Add texture with stamps, bottle caps etc.. 

I printed this on the right hand side of the envelope.. I continued doing this with different colours all over the envelope until I was happy.. 
Make sure, when using stamps to wash them straight after use as you don't want dried paint on them. 

This is the envelope after I finished printing.. (front)

And here is the back. 

Now for the stamping. The world is your oyster really, use what you like, where you like. I chose some Banksy inspired stamps. 

As you can see Salvador Dali did't stamp very well but this is easily rectified with a black marker. I used a Faber Castell Pitt artist pen, big brush.. 

et voila ! fixed ! 

Next I did some doodling with black and white pens and also some more stamping which I forgot to photograph but I am sure you got the idea ! 

And here is the finished envelope again front and back.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I have compiled a list of all the stamps I have used for this:

Thank you so much for stopping by today !