Sunday, October 30, 2016

Glitter Dude...

hi there lovelies

Kassa here  

back in with another of Leslie Woods delightful 'Creepy Critters' hahaha - ohhhh how i looooooves 'em! 

this dude is a real treat to colorise and just pops off my black gesso background!  and for a giggle i popped oodles of glitter and gold dust on the page for the glam Halloween look!

here is a close up and you can spy the doodle style 'Design Open Circles' stamp above the Creepy Critters head - I seem to be using the stamp rather a lot of late!  So VERY useful!

so Happy Halloween from me

tis a rather FUN Halloween piece from me - full of color and GLAM...

MWAH Kassa xoxo

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pencil Case Makeover

Hello VLV STAMP lovers! Fiona here with you today to share a little pictorial tutorial on how I gave my pencil case a makeover using the gorgeous new stamps by the very talented  Corrie Herriman and Tera Callihan.

I bought this little gem at K-Mart. It is made from canvas that has been dipped in a matt rubber covering on the bottom. It is very cool and as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to give it a makeover!

I began by giving it a light coat of gesso and once that was dry I started to collage some old book pages, music sheets, stamps and other ephemera onto the gesso with some matt gel medium. While I waited for the first layer of gel medium to dry, I stamped out some of the girls new designs onto some old book paper and coloured them using some water soluble pastels. You could use anything you liked to give them some colour. Then I cut out and layered the stamped images on top of the layer of ephemera and gave it another coat of matt gel medium.

Next I added some white contrast with ultra white gesso. I scraped it over with a palette knife, then with my finger I added just a touch of black contrast using some black acrylic paint then finally I added my colour element. I only choose three colours to add because there was already a lot of colour going on with the stamped images.

Speaking of stamped images ..... I wanted a feature piece so I chose the Whimsical Lettered Man and stamped him in a place where there wasn't as much going on with some black Archival ink. 

Tip: Place a hard cover book inside the pencil case to press onto when you stamp. It gives you a nice firm surface to work with.

Lastly .... and this is the best bit ... I added some white paint pen marks over the top of the black areas, I scribbled randomly and with my non dominant hand all over the front with a led pencil, I then outlined roughly any areas I wanted to enhance using a black biro (ball point pen) and then finally I added a little bit more black stamping with the little star and heart and some acrylic SPLASH! Ink.

Here is a list of the Viva Las Vegastamps I used:

I think you'll agree it looks much funkier now!!

Thanks for popping in to take a look and I'll see you all again soon xx

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Artist Trading Cards by Jenn Engle "Braaaaains"

Hey everyone! Today I have two ATCs to share with you. I used several Halloween stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! which will be listed below. There is also a process video showing exactly how I made the cards from start to finish, at the bottom of this post.


The Process Video:

 Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Scream Queen

Halloween is almost upon us and I am still creating for this spooky day...
Michele here with a quick card for All Hallows Eve.

I used Fancy Spiderweb Corner, Bride of Frankenstein, Bat Wings and Scream Queen.

I stamped the wings in Heidi Swapp reactive paint and foiled them.

My scream queen is colored with Distress Markers.

The corner cobweb was stamped  in embossing ink and then I used Ultra High Gloss embossing powder to create a resist.

The background is Distress Spray and Ink with water splatters.

Thanks for stopping by today!!
If you are so inclined, check out our inspiration challenge for this month, you still have time to get linked up!!

Until next time, get inky!!

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!

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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!!