Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Design Team CALL!!!!

We’re looking for all types of artists and welcome anyone who has a passion for rubber stamping to apply! Bring on the Mixed Media Artiststhe Card Makers, the Scrapbookers,the Altered Artists, the Scene Stampers… we want you ALL!! International applicants welcome to apply, too.

Our terms last six months. This term will run from January 1st – June 30th and has 8 openings. 
Design Team requirements during your six month term are as follows:
1) Regularly promote VLVS! through:
a. online galleries
b. your blog
c. social media like facebook, twitter, youtube, instagram and pinterest
d. and by submitting to publications. 
2) Participate in our public VLVS! dedicated Facebook group.
3) Complete a minimum of two (2) projects per month to be posted on the VLVS! blog, always using only Viva Las VegaStamps! images; 1 tutorial & 1 inspiration post. Details for projects provided to team members.
3) Participate in the online private facebook group for the team. Important information like schedules, future hops, logos, links and contact information are all kept in the group. I run a lot of ideas by the team and value their honest opinions. 
4) Participate in blog hops and/or product swaps. (Some may be on a volunteer basis only) 
5) Mail two (2) completed projects to the store for display. This is out of your whole six month term. We love having projects posted all around the store for people to ogle as they peruse through our stamps.

In return VLVS! will: 

1) Provide you with regular shipments to keep you fully stocked on supplies, including but not limited to VLVS! Stamps, Miracle Tape, Embossing powder, and any product swap goods. 
2) Provide you with a detailed schedule at least 2 weeks in advance. 
3) Compensate you for extra work outside of the regular schedule. This will be based upon volunteer projects and any extra hops or swaps outside of said schedule. 
4) Regularly promote you and your projects through online social medias, as well as display you and your personal blog address on our company blog.

How to apply:

Please email me the following information:
- your name
- a brief bio.. Who are you? Why do you create? That type of stuff!
- attachments including three (3) of your best stamped pieces. (could be cards, layouts, tags, jewelry, anything using rubber stamps -- VLVS! not required but appreciated)- let us know -- can you provide videos for your tutorial posts?
- the link to your facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube and/or other accounts
- the link to any and all online galleries you regularly upload to
- any other important links you think I’d like to see
- a list of current and past design teams you have been on. (no previous experience necessary)
- and last please also include in your post why you want to be on the VLVS! DT.

Email to with subject line “VLVS! DT CALL -YOUR NAME-” due by 12/8 (December 8th) at midnight pacific standard time.

Applicants joining the team will be notified by December 15th.

Flower Pot Pants by Fiona

Hello VLVS! fans!!! Fiona here with you today to share a creepy little art journal page I created with the fabo stamps from Viva Las Vegas!

I call this one "Flower Pot Pants" LOL I just love these stripped leggings and I love to find weird and wonderful ways to use them in my art journal.

 And of course it wouldn't be a garden of flower pot pants if it didn't have a bird in it!! Right?? luckily VLVS has the best whimsical selection of birds to choose from that suit my weird O garden perfectly!

 I'm not much of a flower drawer but i can do abstract!! Which is exactly what this page needed.

VLVS products used:

Every time I pull out these striped leggings something weird happens and I LOVE it!!!
See you all again soon!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wanderlust Wall Decor

HELLO!!! I haven't been feeling very crafty lately and I got some new stamps to spark a light. I decided to pull out some paperclay and had fun. I created a little bit of wall decor. So grab a drink and  scroll on down!

I started with rolling out some clay to a good thick layer. Stamped my background image into it and then cut it out.

I did the same thing for the stamp wanderlust. 

I think painted the background with some paint and let it dry. 

Once it dried I rubbed some rose gold wax on top.

I did the same thing with the word but in different colors. 

Then I got some scrap cardboard. I get lots of boxes due to work and cut them up to use them in crafting. I added some compound tape and then gave it all a coat of gesso. 

I forgot to snap a photo of what the wax looked like over the compound tape. Then added some cheesecloth. Then adhered everything together. It was really fun and simple and I hope you give it a try. 

Stamps Used:

Other Items:
Prima Paint and Waxes
Canvas Fabric
Compound tape 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Art Journal Cover by Susanne Rose

Hi there!

I have an art journal cover to share today, which was made with the Eileen Hull Journal die from Sizzix. I used acrylic paints and some gorgeous Viva Las VegaStamps! to decorate it.

I have some process photos for you to see how I build up the layers.

I started with light olive green, dark blue and white acrylics. The polka dots are made with my fingers. I used pastel pencils to make some marks.

I added some stenciling (DecoArt) and the "Squiggly Star Collage" with StazOn Ink "Midnight Blue". 

... more stamping (I will list all stamps I've used at the end of this post)

I also made some marks with acrylic fineliners and uniPOSCA markers

I painted the inside of the journal in the same way

Here are some more close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today! 
I hope you like my journal! 
Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!
xx Susanne.

Viva Las VegaStamps!
Eileen Hull Journal die (Sizzix)
Acrylic Paints
DecoArt stencil
uniPOSCA marker
Acrylic Fineliner
StazOn Inks

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Food soothes the soul

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blogpost where today I am sharing some inspiration for the latest Challenge. This is the mood board:

And this is what I made of it :

This postcard was made with white card stock which I coloured with Distress Inks and a blending tool. I used 'Antique Linen' and 'Vintage Photo'. I dripped some water over it and then stamped the word foodie with the same Antique Linen Distress Ink. 
Next I stamped the onions and made a mask. I masked them off and then stamped the recipe card over the top. Next I coloured in the onions with Copic Markers. The sentiment was stamped separately and cut apart. I adhered it to the card and doodled around the edged. That was it ! 
I used the following stamps:

I hope I gave you some inspiration to play along with us ! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quote Artist Trading Cards with Jenn Engle

Hey Everyone! I have a trio of Artist Trading Cards to share today. I was looking thru my stamps and realized there are so many great quote stamps by VLVS that they shine all on their own. So, I decided to showcase a few of my faves on ATCs.

To see exactly how I made them, check out the video at the end of this post.


I started out with 3 cards cut to 2.5" x 3.5" that already had some modeling paste thru a text stencil on the cards. I adhered some Sewing Pattern tissue paper to my cards with Collage Pauge Matte.

 Next, I took 3 colors of Fluid Acrylic paint and applied them to my cards. Once that was dry, I did some stamping with Mesh Texture and Numbers Set. Then, I scraped some gesso (white paint works, too) around my cards using a palate knife.

The last step was to add my quote stamps. I stamped them out, cut them apart, then inked all the edges with a black ink pad to help them stand out. I splattered some yellow paint all over and that's it!


Other Products Used:
Watercolor Paper
Modeling Paste
Text Stencil
Sewing Pattern
Collage Pauge in Matte
Golden Fluid Acrylic in: Quinacridone Magenta, Cobalt Turquoise, Indian Yellow Hue, Hansa Yellow Medium
Liquitex Gesso
Staz-On Ink in Black

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whimsical Sparkly Fairy art journal spread by Cheetarah

Hi everyone! It's Cheetarah here and today I am sharing an Art Journal spread I have made in my new art journal pocket book. I've used some yummy VLVS! mixed media stamps and this gorgeous new Whimsical Fairy Lady from newly released plate 1496 with designs from Mary Vogel Lozinak I absolutely LOVE this plate! As always a full list of stamps is at the end of this post. 

My focal point, the fairy lady, was stamped on a piece of scrap water color paper and I have used some wonderful glittery/sparkly water colors from Cloves and Honey watercolors (they are hand made) to give some sparkly life to this beautiful image. I've then glued this piece down in the art journal I wanted to work in. 

It's a pocket art journal and these illustrations are just the perfect size to add in. I've added a couple of layers of Paper Artsy fresco paints (chalky finish) with a brayer and stenciled over it a whirlpool pattern from a stencil by Andy Skinner for DecoArts. This pattern is actually also in the dress of the fairy. I made sure I also stenciled over the image and then using a lighter paint to knock back the colors the image is slowly becoming a part of the spread. 

Time for some stamping! I've stamped a bunch of yummy mixed media stamps around the edges of the spread coming inward for some texture . Then added more sparkle by spraying some perfect pearl mist on the pages. The fresco paint is chalky and it absorbed the misty glitter quite well so that the page has a beautiful glittery sheen to it. 

To finish off the spread I added "everywhere she went she left a sparkle" text on the bottom left and "generation stamped" the text out to the right. I stamped it with Staz-On Jet black, as well as the dandelion above it. I also added a few seedlings spilling over to the right page at the top and bottom so it would become a more coherent spread. 

And lastly I added a border with chipped sapphire distress crayon and black sooth distress oxide. Definitely love how the first spread in my new pocket art journal looks :) 

Stamps used: 

Whirlpool stencil by Andy Skinner 
Paper Artsy Fresco Paints: captain peacock, banana, dolly mix, hint of pesto 
Crafter's workshop white gesso 
Staz-On jet black, midnight, black cherry, cactus green 
Watercolors by Cloves and Honey, Sennelier and Schmincke 
Distress oxide black soot 
Distress Crayon shipped sapphire 
Perfect Pearl mist Kiwi

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day :) 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mail Art Monday

It's mail art Monday and I have a wintery envelope to share with you today.
Even though it is just the beginning of November it is cold where I am so I am already working with my winter stamps.

I used the new Frosty the Snowman along with Skinny Fir Tree and Wonderland.

The background is Distress Ink Story Sky watermarked and then doodled snowflakes.

The snowman is colored with Distress Markers.

This will be perfect for anytime this winter!  Next...a card to go inside.
Until next time...get inky!!