Monday, August 25, 2014

Viva Las VegaStamps & StencilGirl!!

What could be better than Viva Las VegaStamps! Well how about Viva Las VegaStamps AND StencilGirl!!  That's right, it's a blog hop people!!!! woooot!!!

 Also there is this fabulous giveaway:
Grand Prize will go to 2 lucky people. They will win what is pictured above from StencilGirl and VivaLasVegaStamps. ALL comments on ALL blogs are elgible to be entered for the entire week.One comment per blog please. Giveaway will close Sunday, August 31st @ 11:59PM Central. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 2nd.

Isn't that a freaking amazing prize!!!!!!

The DT was provided with some awesome StencilGirl stencils and here are the 3 that I chose:
the Marrakech stencil, the Journal texture #2 stencil and the Inky circles stencil.
(thank you StencilGirls!!):

Aren't they fabulous??? I knew right away that I wanted to use all 3 in an art journal page so I first started with painting one page
but then I got a vision in my head of how I wanted the page to be so I added paint to the other page as well to make a double spread
Next it was time to use the Marrakech stencil (this reminds me of the middle east or of some exotic locale!) and what I did was dab blue and burgandy paint onto the stencil with a foam brush
Once it dried I then "bumped" the stencil.  To do this you move the stencil slightly over until you see in this case some orange paint, and then I dabbed white paint over top with my foam brush.

What this does is gives you more depth, check it out!  Now it looks like there is shadowing, I love it!!

Here it is so far:
Now it was time for some stamps and washi tape.  I also used some sandpaper to distress the white paint so it looked more distressed.  I also used yellow paint with the Journal texture #2  stencil and lots of yummy inks from Imagine Crafts and the awesome "birds on a wire" stamp
and here is the finished journal page:
I had so much fun doing this!! Here are a few close ups (I am totally in love with the Delicata Golden Glitz ink from Tsukineko!!!!)
 more gold ink goodness
 and yet more gold ink goodness, can't get enough!!
Here are all of the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps! I used on this journal page:

chicken wire stamp
the spotty background stamp
the arrow stamp
birds on a wire large stamp
the You are here stamp
the large wasp stamp
the flock of geese stamp
the line of chevrons stamp
 and last but not least the you had the power stamp
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my journal page! Here is a list of everyone in the blog hop for today in order:

Mary Beth Shaw
Mary Nasser
DeeDee Catron
Glenda Tkalac - that's me, this is where you are now!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Project life and Viva Las VegaStamps!

I'm still loving doing project life my way and this page is a heartfelt tribute to my Sammy who we had to say goodbye to in April of this year.  I  still miss him and think of him EVERY DAY and I love how this page turned out.  He was my little Poppa.  I used some Viva Las VegaStamps! as embellies and you can stop by the blog to see which ones I used.
I love how I as able to fit so many pictures on this page yet it's not too crowded.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Art journal fun & Viva Las VegaStamps!

It's been a little while since I added to my art journal and I had a picture of the hubs and I the night we went and saw Black Sabbath in concert (awesome!!) so I decided to do a journal page with it using the fabulous Viva Las VegaStamps stamps. When I use a stencil with mists or paints I hate to waste any leftovers so what I usually do is press it onto a blank page in my journal so that I can use it on another page. This is what I started out with
I loved the bright colors! I then added our picture as well as some other embellies
and I stamped the numbers on the bottom and decided that I wanted to color them in with a fuschia color to make them pop more!  Here is the finished journal page
 and here are a couple close ups

 Stop on by the Viva Las VegaStamps blog to see the stamps I used to make this journal page.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Birthday layout!

Hi there, just popping in to share a layout I did on my Grama's 91st birthday.  I used a regular scrap page for the left side and a pocket page for the right.
I love how many photos I was able to use as this was a special family gathering and I also love how festive this spread is.

Here is the left side
 and the right side
I am still loving this style of scrapping but now when I look around my art room I feel bad about all of the 12 x 12 papers I just "had to have" as well as so many scrap supplies.  Heavy sigh.  I'm hoping once we move and I get my new art room all organized that I can buckle down and make a bunch of my own cards with the papers I already have.

Friday, July 25, 2014


I forgot to post this ATC I made using the super funky mouse stamp by Viva Las VegaStamps! and some rub ons!
I love the color combo of this card and also commemorating the conditional sale of our house!!! woot!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

You and Me

Hi everyone, today I would like to share a scrapbook layout using 5 Viva Las VegaStamps! !  I know I said I was doing project life my way but I also did a regular layout. Yeah I'm a rebel like that! haha  I had a bunch of pics of the hubs and I and decided to do a layout on us and how many years we have been together. I had a lot of fun making this layout using some pictures that I had of the hubs and I.
What I love about stamps is that if you don't have the right embellishment you can custom make your own!  I used the Banksy painter (love this guy!!)
and the You color my world
and the Admit ticket
and last but not lease the checkerboard border 
 and here is a closeup
 I wanted to make it look like the banksy painter had paint dripping from his brush so I sprayed different colors of Glimmer Mists on and let them drip and then dry, and then I glued the banksy painter  onto the page.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my layout and until next time,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My style and project life

I had all of these pictures of different outfits that I love and I thought that this would be really neat to look back on when I'm older, so I did a 2 page spread on it and love how it turned out!
 I love the color scheme I used here and I used actual story cards along with misc. papers that I had in my stash (notice the cool foil skull paper?).  Here is the left side
and the right side
I think that I will keep documenting my outfits and also want to do one on things in my house that I love too!  Thanks for stopping by again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Black Sabbath and project life!

As promised here is a 2 page project life spread I did about the Black Sabbath concert that the hubs and I went to.  It was amazing!!! Ozzy still has an amazing voice and they put on an awesome show!! I love that I was able to fit so many pictures in this spread and the left side I used a pocket page and then I just used a regular 12 x 12 piece of cardstock (regular scrap page) because I had a 5 x 7 picture that I didn't want to cut up to fit into the pockets.
and here is the left page
and the right side
I will have to see if they have project life pages that have the option of having a 5 x 7 pocket.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2014

The new colored pencil book

Hi there, today I would like to talk about the book called The New Colored Pencil by Kristy Ann Kutch.  I love using watercolor pencils when making my ATC's, art journaling and scrapping and dream of someday being able to produce the gorgeous art that Kristy does in this book.
Kristy talks about applying and lifting colored pencils, creating and enhancing textures with colored  pencils, compatible surfaces for waxy colored pencils (I would love to try this!!), getting the most out of color, combining color drawing media and much, much more.  The art in this book is gorgeous and she has many examples on how to create the different effects that she shows.  I would have never believed what could be accomplished using pencils, it's awe inspiring!

Here is a clip of her on Youtube showing her technique of sketching pine trees

and if you go here you will see how a simple line drawing using an HB pencil becomes a  gorgeous
8 x 10 work of art!

This is one of my favorite colored pencil works of Kristy's:
Doesn't that make you want to bust out your pencils and make some art??  Kristy Kutch's book The New Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications) is available for sale through,,,, Cheap Joe's Art Stuff -, and Dick Blick Art Materials - The book is also available at stores such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels Arts and Crafts.

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review and I appreciated being given the opportunity as well as this fabulous book!

Wicked Wednesday

I found a new challenge site and it's called Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge blog and the theme is "clouds/cloudy day" so I made this ATC using 3 different stamps (the clouds and the crows are from Viva Las VegaStamps!)  and a stencil from StencilGirl (I just love this punchinella stencil!!) and some glimmer mists
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my ATC!


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