Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tiny Little houses

Hi everyone!

It's Majo here today and I'd like to share my newest home decor with you. I was so inspired by the tiny houses from the Tim Holtz collection with Sizzix, that I just had to have them on my candle tray. I love this neutral look for my home decor. 

I cut the shapes from cream cardstock, added some old book paper with Gel Medium and covered everything with gesso.

 In my next step I used different stamps to create my background together with Archival Ink Shadow Grey, Pale Ochre and Versafine Toffee.

  After I adhered the sentiments and the Paper dolls with pop dots,  I used strips of my Miracle Tape tape to build the houses together.

I stamped and heat embossed the roof with very chunky embossing powder, I had to add powder several times, before it had the texture I desired. 

I made flaps from Washi Tape to adhere the roofs to the base. Thanks to my lovely teammate Tera for the recommendation!

I have a tray with glasses for candles, which I have redecorated many times over, i.e. Christmas, Halloween, Easter etc, now it's a more general theme I can use for a while regardless of any occasion.

As you can see, I left the backside undecorated, this way I can come up with some other embellishments if I get tired of the dolls. It also shows you that sometimes I don't look at my image before stamping and turn it upside down 😏

Have a closer look:

Some little flowers cut from Glassine Paper and crumbled up.

 Stamps I used:

 Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Majo.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Journal Page Process Video by Fiona

Hello my gorgeous VLVS! friends. Fiona here with you today to share a little art journal page I have created.

Break Free

I'm really enjoying this style of art journalling. Messy, not too much thought, lots of fun!

 I use three different ways to add mediums to your stamps along with the conventional ink transfer.

 You can watch the process video to see the three techniques.

Here is the video

VLVS! stamps used:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


It is the day before the big day of 'love'!!  Happy Heart Day!!!
I am sharing a home decor piece but I just can't decide if it will be a wall hanging or a coaster, what do you think??

I picked up this awesome slice of wood and had to stamp on it!
Stamps used:  Naked Painter Boy, Writing Background.

The background is stamped in Distress Paint and our painter boy in Archival Ink and colored with Faber Castell Aquarelle pencils.

I used metal stamps to make the 'love' impression.

To finish I used Amazing Clear Casting Resin for a protective layer over the stamping.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think, coaster or wall hanging!  I am leaning towards wall hanging.  The wood rings and pattern in the slice of the bark are so pretty!

Until next time...get inky!

Monday, February 12, 2018

"Jelly Fish" Mail Art | Sue Plumb

Hi VLVS friends!
Sue Plumb here today to share my project for Mail Art Monday. I was actually inspired by the current "Under the Sea" Monthly Challenge to design this sea themed piece. Although I have created mail art before, it has usually been on a bigger scale (pizza boxes); so creating on this envelope was a good push to do something outside what I am used to. 

When I started this piece, I realised I didn't have any larger sized white envelopes left at home, only some yellow ones. The answer? Gesso of course! And then lots of lovely layers over the top!
I started with some Colour Blast Colour Artist Ink, which I applied directly over the gesso, along with lots of water to help move it around before drying it off.

Next, I wanted to blend the edges of the envelope, so I used a Faber-Castell Gelato to scribble some colour around the edge before blending it with a baby wipe.

Then it was time to turn my attention to my focal images for my envelope. I had previously stamped some gorgeous jelly fish out onto tissue paper using the Jelly Fish stamp. Because the tissue paper is so thin, it means the image can been seen well from either side, which allows you to flip its orientation to face the other way. 

I added some subtle colour to the jelly fish bodies using another Gelato, then used a Faber-Castell watercolour pencil to add some colour along the tentacles before sticking them down onto my envelope.

Once I had the jellies in place; I then took a piece of scrap cardboard to mark out the address box, before I used the same blue Gelato to blend around the edges of it, and also around the edges of my jelly fish.

Next, it was time to add a little greenery to my under sea scene, so I used the Doodle Flower/Garden stamp to add some plants along the bottom edge.

I also added some "bubbles" to create a sense of movement using my favourite Doodle Dots stamp. (I told you, there is no project this stamp can't be used on!) I also added some more pink to the jellies with a darker pink Gelato, as I didn't think they were "popping" enough.

I used a green Gelato to roughly scribble some colour over the top of my stamped plants before blending with a wipe.

To finish off my envelope, I added some blue ink splatters before removing the cardboard to reveal the address box. To help further define the box, I used a watercolour pencil to quickly draw around the inside border.

I am really happy with how this piece turned out; although sadly, I don't think it will make the mail. As soon as my daughter saw it she said "can I have that?" (she loves the ocean and its creatures) and I didn't have the heart to deny her. 
If I was planning on posting this however, I would recommend a quick spray with a water based sealant to protect it from the mail handling process and prevent the colours being rubbed away.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this - I hope I have inspired you to get inky today!

Stamps used: 

Other materials:
tissue paper
Colour Blast White Heavy Gesso
Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks (Calypso & Marine)
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Faber-Castell watercolour pencils
Staz-On ink

Thursday, February 08, 2018


Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blogpost where today I am sharing a set of three ATC's. I thought another Alice project was long overdue so that is what I did !

These ATC's were made in the same way. I started with stamping the background and heat embossing it with WOW embossing powder. I then coloured the backgrounds with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in rainbow colours.  I inked the edges then stamped the images and sentiment. I used pages out of an old book. It has oriental letters but I have no idea what language it is or what it is about. I bought it especially to use in my projects. Next I cut out all the images and adhered them onto the ATC's after I added some washi tape on each of them. 
When this was all done I thought it needed something more so I stamped the background with a text stamp and that was it ! 

Here are some close ups:

I have used the following stamps for this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by today ! 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fairy Girls on Art Journal Page

Hi VLVS! Friends,
Elina here today, sharing with you my latest art journal page:

Mirroring a stamped image is not difficult. For this you need a smooth, non-porous surface that is a bit larger than your image to be mirrored; the backside of a large pattern stamp or a piece of EZ mount foam work well. 
I stamped the image on a piece of EZ mount foam, pressed the stamped foam on the paper, and the EZ mount foam transferred the a mirrored version of the stamped image on the paper. Easy!

I wanted to color the images with alcohol markers, and therefore I chose a water soluable ink for stamping. A pigment ink may have created a bit more crispy mirrored image, but also the water soluable ink worked fine. Some of the lighter lines I reinforced with a black marker before fuzzy cutting the images.

For the page background I used a piece of a watercolored page I had painted a while back. I glued the paper with some bookpage pieces on the page and added acrylic paints in white and grey on top. Simple and fun!

For this art journal page used the following VLVS! stamps:

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Sunshine Tag by Majo

Good morning, my friends!

It's me again.

Today I'd like to share with you a tag I created with this awesome lady. I have used her a quite a bit in the past, for me she suits my creations almost every time.

I started by spraying my tag with Distress Spray Stain and stamped the ray on top. I applied texture paste and let it dry, meanwhile I stamped and fuzzy cut the main image, the hat and the sentiment. I colored the lady and the hat with Koh-I-Noor pencils.

I adhered everything with pop dots.

Some close ups of the background ....

Stamps I used:

Happy Crafting ♥