Monday, August 25, 2014

Viva Las Vegas & StencilGirl Blog Hop


Before we start, keep in mind that I was humming Viva Las Vegas the entire time I wrote this blog. Since it is now stuck in my brain, I thought it should also be stuck in yours. See how I am?
These are the stamps I got from Via Las Vegas. They were all on one sheet and I cut them apart, but I probably won't mount them, I tend to be comfortable just grabbing them without a block and they work just fine. The quality and depth of rubber is terrific; these are well made stamps.
I started  on a blank journal page, this is one I had done with left over paint from another project, I had simply brayered it onto the page and added the white dots at the bottom. So it was ready for embellishment.
First up, I added several pieces of collage from my hand painted stash. You can see that I used Cascading Leaves stencil and Words to Live By, gluing them both down with my trusty Uhu glue stick. 
I used the largest filigree stamp in the upper left corner. This is a really gorgeous stamp and would enhance any piece of art, I think I will be using it a lot. The other collage parts are from napkins plus a strip of Washi tape.
This shot shows another stencil, Half Moon Slant. This stencil is one of my go-to regulars - I love how it creates a linear yet also organic border and the black helped to balance the piece. I enhanced the napkin parts with my Posca Paint Pens. 
But it needed a little something, hey, what about a bird!?! And yes, that was the perfect touch, a songbird from the Songbirds stencil. I am really happy with this quirky little page, see how I snuck another word in......Forget, from the StoryTime stencil. It had been a rough week for me, so my little bird will hopefully help me move on to better things. 
Hope you enjoyed this quick little step out. To follow along on the Blog Hop, here is the list for today:

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Make sure you check back with StencilGirl Talk every day this week, so you can see all the projects. And be sure and leave your comments each day so you can be entered in the give away.



87 comments:

  1. Wow! It's stunning!
    Nataliya - sistercraft (at) mail (dot) ru

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    1. Redoing comment. Forgot to put in my email address. I love how the stencil and stamps were blended. Love this page.

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    2. Love all the depth of this page, and the little bird was the perfect finishing touch!

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  3. This is such a fun piece.it is also, to me, whimsical as well. Makes me happy to see it. Thank you. Oh, love thar stamp.

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  4. Another great journal page :)

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  5. what a great journal page. I just started a journal a few months ago...I find it a bit intimidating(sp?) but am having fun with it.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  6. MB! This is wonderful! It turned out great!

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  7. What a fabulous page Mary, love the colors and that little bird!

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  8. Love the page like colors thanks.......

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  10. Cool page! I never think to use napkins, but will have to try. Love the overall composition!
    jamiosh@comcast.net

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  11. awesome combo of all! very inspiring :)
    cowtown (at) cowtownstamps (dot com)

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  12. Forgot to leave my e-mail address
    darlenemarieanne@gmail.com

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  13. Great step outs indeed! Here is to a better week!

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  14. amazing page, i love the color, and the desing!

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  15. Love all the layering you achieve in your pieces, Mary Beth! The songbird is a great finishing touch.
    Hope your week is better than last week! deardeniseh (at) yahoo (dot com)

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  16. Awesome! Love the layering on this page!

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  17. This is a Gorgeous art journal page Mary Beth!! I'm new to your blog, hopping in with the SG/VLV blog hop and I'm so glad that I found you!! I love all of the colors that you've used and LOVE the little bird and 'hidden' word you've added. Those two additions really made a difference and the bird and word are what I see first! Can't wait to delve further into your blog and find more inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!! XOXO-Shari T.
    aintthatartsyfartsy(at)Hotmail(dot com)

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  18. I love how you take all kinds of elements and put them together so artfully! Those stamps look absolutely stunning on your art. I will check them out.

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  19. Beautiful
    Sher.hink@yahoo.com

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  20. Gorgeous! Love all your layers and the colors you chose. It all came together beautifully!

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  21. Love this Mary Beth! It's gorgeous!

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  22. you make it look so simple love what you have done
    manicros@hotmail.co.uk

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  23. Love how everything just comes together in the end. Great page.

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  24. Stamps, stencils and those colors.. WOW!!! Everything I love.

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  25. The bird was the perfect finishing touch!

    puffinliz@yahoo.com

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  26. nayamcd (at) gmail (dot com)
    Love your work, it's always amazing!

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  27. Love your combination of stencils and stamps Mary Beth! Thanks for the intro to this company too, I was not aware of them before. cindykl2006@yahoo.com

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  28. Love the little bird sitting on top of the "post". So many pretty colors and designs.
    Great project.

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  29. LOVE all the layers! Can't hurt to put a bird on it either :)

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  30. That bird is doing a fine balancing act. He's struck dumb by the beauty of his surroundings!

    jo.murray.art@gmail.com

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  31. Cool page!
    pinkijj@yahoo.com

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  32. What gorgeous colors you've used, Mary Beth! And yes, those rubber stamps do look as if they belong in my collection!

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  33. Love all the details. Makes you want to look at every inch

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  34. Love the page and how open you are with your use of stencils - I am a big stencil user but need to try to be a bit freer with how i use them. Great inspiration at stencil girl. Hope your week improves ;-)

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  35. This is absolutely amazing!

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  36. I love this the colors are beautiful.

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  37. I love the whimsical feel of this piece. It seems to tell a story. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  38. Love the colors.

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  39. I love this page from start to finish. Great colors, great design, great inspiration. Makes me want to run to my studio... Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Great canvas, Love all the different textures and colors.

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  41. Always love to watch a journal page grow.

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  42. Awesome step-out! Thanks for demonstrating this! eileenlaurette (at) gmail (dot com)

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  43. I love all the layering you have flowing throughout your piece, Mary Beth! The songbird is a great finishing touch and the stamps are gorgeous. Oh geez...now I gotta hop along with that Viva Las Vegas song stuck in my head, too!! ;)
    msmith2illustration (at) gmail (dot com)

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  44. That is a very pretty canvas! Great tutorial and I love the big filigree stamp.
    Hope the rest of the week goes better and your canvas does the trick to help you forget!
    Thanks for sharing your excellent tutorial! :)

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  45. Nice page rozwillster (at) gmail (dot com)

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  46. Great layers. Love this page.

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  47. Beautiful work! Great combination!

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  48. Always great colors...and birds top everything. Thanks for the giveaway..
    rtilinsk@mail.win.org

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  49. Fabulous - I love the bird!!

    gillwatson(at)mailbox(dot)co(dot)uk

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  50. What a terrific page!! It seems effortless the way you play!!

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  51. cath(at)karststage(dot)com

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  52. love how you build your layers with color!
    sallee.haerr (at) gmail (dot) com

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  53. LOVE your creation and the colors! great job!

    vmarquis(at)gmail(dot)com

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  54. Love the color palette! My eye swayed over the page, enjoying the textures and colors, love the addition of your bird! Thanks for sharing your page!

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  55. Love the inspiration and all the bright colors. Thanks for the giveaway too

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  56. Love it, especially the little bird!

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  57. Great art! When I see what can be done I realize I need to experiment try new ideas that I see created here. Thanks for sharing so inspiring. Appreciate the giveaway. Would love to try using something new. Here is my email address italmama6060 (at) yahoo dot com)

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  58. These stamps are fab. Love your art journal page. That little bird is such a great focal. He is too cute sitting up top of his beautiful perch!

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  59. Its gorgeous, great colours

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  60. Love the journal page and colors.

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  61. The stamps and the stencils meld so beautifully together. I really like this composition.

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  62. I love the photo that shows the depth of the rubber - they are nice and deep, great for Gelli-ing too.
    cathsheard (at) xtra (dot) co (dot) nz

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  63. LOL Listened to Viva Las Vegas while reading your post. Love the layout!!!

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  64. I love these colours! Ps I'v mounted an acrylic block with "tack'n peel" so I don't have to mount my rubber stamps separately, they can be used as easily as clear stamps.

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  65. Love your work, always...bea

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  66. Love the bird and the whole page! Great look

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  67. fantastic journal page! I do love combining stamps, stencils and paint!

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  68. Your journal work is amazing!!

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  69. You've used all my favourite colours, MB! Wonderful page.

    vananda(at)twincomm(dot)ca

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  70. Wow that is super fabulous!!! What a wonderful work of art!!! So much great details and I just love it! :)

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  71. I love your page, MaryBeth! Especially how you inspire me to go ahead and do something with some of those brayered pages I still have. It's like magic! Thank you!

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  72. I love your journal page! Great balance of color, layers, and textures. And that bird was the best! TFS!

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  73. I love the colors you used, so bright and fun :)

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  74. Love the colors and varying shapes!

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