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On Top of World Playing with Rubber Stamps and Stencils

Video showing my art journal play with rubber stamps, watercolor crayons, and a stencil. Check it out!

I feel on top of the world when I play…so I captured that feeling with rubber stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and StencilGirl stencils! Today is day 5 of the hop and it is loaded with inspiration!  There are 2 great prizes so be sure to check the end of this post for details and leave a comment to be entered!


Check out the video that shows how I use unmounted stamps, what the new Fude pen is like (and how I mispronounce it), isolating parts of a stencil, and more!

Watch On Top of World Playing with Rubber Stamps and Stencils on YouTube.

If you enjoy rubber stamps, you can find all sorts of inspiration over on the Viva Las Vegas Stamps blog!

Video showing my art journal play with rubber stamps, watercolor crayons, and a stencil. Check it out!



Mary Nasser’s Around the World Latitude stencil  sets the stage.  I had every intention of having lots of whits space…almost. I just couldn’t resist color.  I know – you’re shocked.



Video showing my art journal play with rubber stamps, watercolor crayons, and a stencil. Check it out!



There’s a little white space left…but not for long…



Video showing my art journal play with rubber stamps, watercolor crayons, and a stencil. Check it out!

Supplies Used


Would you like to win a pound of rubber from Viva Las VegaStamps and (4) 6″ x 6″ stencils from StencilGirl??!! All you have to do is leave a comment. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win!  But just one comment per blog please.  ALL comments on ALL days will be entered to WIN!
They are giving away TWO of these prize packs!  Comments close Sunday, August 31st @ 11:59PM Central so hurry and check it all out!
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  • Laurie hunt August 29, 2014, 1:21 am

    All is right with the world! You are back filming again!

  • Nataliya (SisterCraft) August 29, 2014, 1:37 am

    Wow! That’s cool!
    Nataliya – sistercraft(at)mail(ru)

  • Hermine August 29, 2014, 2:10 am

    Lovely and colourful

  • IrinaR August 29, 2014, 3:41 am

    Such a fun cover !!! Lovely!

  • Linsey August 29, 2014, 4:16 am

    OH golly, this is absolutely darling!!! It’s so fun and whimsical, yet also has a worldly sophistication to it!! Marvelous!!! 😀 Thanks for sharing your wonderful project for the final day of this GREAT week!!!

  • ros August 29, 2014, 4:42 am

    love to see your work especially on video thanks for sharing

  • Jo Murray August 29, 2014, 5:55 am

    That’s really cute…and upbeat, Carolyn. Love the colours.

  • Mary C. Nasser August 29, 2014, 6:40 am

    So fun, Carolyn!!
    Thank you for incorporating Around the World Latitude into this page! 🙂

  • auntie em (emily) August 29, 2014, 7:14 am

    That is an awesome journal page! White space is highly overrated in my world too. (I like how you left a little in the corner just to please people who are partial to it.) lol Outlining the images makes such a difference to the overall look of the page, doesn’t it? I will have to give it a try. I like the lovely large animals in their beautiful colours (must be mating season) 😀
    Thank you for sharing your fun and whimsical page!

  • Dawn C. August 29, 2014, 8:10 am

    Love your use of color and sense of adventure in creating your page – just enjoying the process and the outcome is fantastic!

  • Consie @ Atop Serenity Hill August 29, 2014, 8:16 am

    Carolyn! Your videos always crack me up. Thanks for sharing your humor and play! Have a great holiday weekend.

  • Tasha F August 29, 2014, 9:50 am

    Carolyn you are such a hoot! So happy for a new video. I love your rainbow animal play page 🙂

  • Maria McGuire August 29, 2014, 10:26 am

    So many tips! I love this FUN page 🙂 I am so very proud of you for your fussy cutting–I know it isn’t your favorite but it made this page perfect!

  • Lisa DO August 29, 2014, 10:27 am

    I had never seen VLVS stamps before – thank you for sharing yours – and what great animals – I just love them! Love what you did!

  • Denise Kangas August 29, 2014, 10:34 am

    Always love your creative sharing!

  • stamping sue August 29, 2014, 10:35 am

    what a fun journal page!!! I like it!
    stamping sue

  • Denise Huntington August 29, 2014, 10:44 am

    Fun fun fun! I always have fun watching you, Carolyn! Love your colors.

  • Raine August 29, 2014, 10:50 am

    Great video, Carolyn! I posted it on my FB page. Just a little more fuel for your Muse!

  • Vernetta August 29, 2014, 10:54 am

    I LOVE your art journal page! So colorful and playful! and those stamps and that stencil are great!


  • Judy Shea August 29, 2014, 10:55 am

    Carolyn.. what a fun page. I love the animals and sitting on top of the world. I think you and I have the “patience” thing in common.

  • Gwen L. August 29, 2014, 11:00 am

    Love this! Super creative way to use those stamps with the stencil… I just love that idea! Great color and whimsy – super inspiring!

  • marylouh August 29, 2014, 11:10 am

    I love this. I was lucky enough to go to Africa a couple years ago and this is a wonderful reminder of a great trip. thanks for sharing a wonderful page.

  • kathy August 29, 2014, 11:36 am

    I love this page and what you did with the word. It looks great with the color and outlining! And those stamps are so cool!

  • Nancy Sapp August 29, 2014, 11:54 am

    I always enjoy your videos!! Also love that you have NO patience for waiting until things dry! I DO understand.

  • Margaret Griffiths August 29, 2014, 11:59 am

    Really enjoy all your videos, thanks for sharing

  • Rebecca Tilinski August 29, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Carolyn, you are the best! I love this, the colors..the animals..the stencils..just great. and you always make it easy..

  • Win Dinn August 29, 2014, 1:04 pm

    Love the play-fulness of this; hadn’t heard of the Fude, so looking forward to playing with it as well. Thanks!

  • Gill August 29, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Fabulous – thank you for sharing!

  • Shari Czerwinski August 29, 2014, 2:18 pm

    Love this! How fun and colorful!!

  • Linda J August 29, 2014, 2:22 pm

    loved your page and enjoyed watching your method and don’t worry about the rambling. felt really comfortable with it.

  • Janea McDonald August 29, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Love watching your videos all the time! So glad I got to see your project on this last day.


  • Kristiina August 29, 2014, 2:41 pm

    I find myself playing all too seldom. The problem is planning for some perfect result in stead of just giving it a go. Thanks for the inspiring video 🙂

  • Saundra A. August 29, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Love your project and the video!

  • Cecilia Swatton August 29, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Thanks, Carolyn — for your inventive and inspiring video!

  • dawn August 29, 2014, 6:56 pm

    As always you get my muse going. I always enjoy seeing you create in a carefree fun and playful manner.

  • Bea Savellano August 29, 2014, 7:39 pm

    Love your colors and your playful attitude toward wha tyou are doing…bea

  • Jackie QH August 29, 2014, 7:53 pm

    I liked the video! Your art journal page is so colorful!

  • Cheryl August 29, 2014, 8:07 pm

    Very whimsical and colorful. I love it!

  • jean marmo August 29, 2014, 8:09 pm

    This is a colorful journey! What fuN!!

  • Amante del Papel August 29, 2014, 8:45 pm

    your page is so vibrant, so coloring, I love it!

  • Cath S August 29, 2014, 10:50 pm

    You fussy cut something! *gold stars* all round. Love the final result. Oh, and the Fude pen – how is it pronounced?

  • Sheri August 30, 2014, 1:03 am

    Cute page!

  • Amber R. August 30, 2014, 1:08 am

    Super cute, love the fun bright colors!

  • Melody S. from KS August 30, 2014, 1:45 am

    Love those stamps! The stencil is great too! I love to watch you work woman! Thanks for sharing…now I gotta have those stamps! Maybe I will get lucky and win? Prolly not, anyway, congrats to whom-ever DOES win!

  • Sue Chesley August 30, 2014, 4:33 am

    I love your project, Carolyn! Always colorful and full of inspiration, even your fussy cut animals make me think I may do that sometime!

  • meditation resources August 30, 2014, 5:43 am

    My spouse and I stumbled over here different website and thought I may as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to
    finding out about your web page for a second time.

  • Corrine August 30, 2014, 6:09 am

    I want to hang out with those animals, they are ever so fun. Nice world you live in there oh colorful one. xox

  • Christa August 30, 2014, 10:51 am

    Amazing fun project to brighten any day

  • Denise S. August 30, 2014, 10:54 am

    Sweet page with these new stamps and stencils. Love your work and all the videos you share.

  • Mary August 30, 2014, 11:03 am

    So cute! With our first granddaughter just turning 6 months old, this Granny is looking for cute colorful projects to use in creating an art journal especially for her, and this project gives lots of inspiration for getting started with that! Thanks for all you do, Carolyn, to spark our imaginations!

  • Glenda L August 30, 2014, 11:25 am

    What a great art journal page. I’ve never used unmounted stamps. That intrigues me a lot. Must check them out. Thanks for sharing your colorful journey.

  • Mary Beth Shaw August 30, 2014, 11:36 am

    This piece makes me smile!

  • Ruth L August 30, 2014, 11:42 am

    Carolyn I loved your colorful Globe, and those animals on it, wow!

  • Ann Daly August 30, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I always love your laid back approach. I need to calm down more!!

  • Julie S August 30, 2014, 1:30 pm

    I’m so glad to meet somebody else who had no patience for waiting for this to dry. By far that’s my biggest creative challenge. Wonderful page.

  • Jennifer August 30, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Love watching your videos! You such an inspiration!!!

  • Mary in IL August 30, 2014, 2:57 pm

    love this Carolyn. Need one of those writes on all pens! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Heather Thompson August 30, 2014, 5:16 pm

    Great page!!! great colors. beautiful

    heifer21 (at) hotmail (dot)com

  • Wendyy P August 30, 2014, 6:11 pm

    your pages and techniques are always so inspiring. thanks.

  • Josie Brugada August 30, 2014, 7:07 pm

    I’m new to all this and am so glad to discover your site. I love all of them and can’t wait to try all the techniques.

  • Judi Abbey August 30, 2014, 7:17 pm

    I absolutely love this page. I love the latitude stencil and I also love the steampunk animals and thank you for introducing them to us. I am a newbie to all of this art journaling and can use all the help I can get. I love the way you make everything seem so simple, thank you for great video’s and how to use the products.
    Judi Abbey

  • Liz August 30, 2014, 8:39 pm

    Wonderful as usual, Carolyn! Those are fun stamps!

  • Lisa M August 30, 2014, 9:41 pm

    You left a perfect amount of white space! None! Teehee! I love vivalasvegastamps and stencil girl! Thanks for the chance!

  • GayeK August 30, 2014, 10:47 pm

    OH What fun! I Love those Steampunk animals. You always have a new trick or two in your hop entries. Thanks for sharing!

  • Amy Davis King August 30, 2014, 11:16 pm

    Love youth colorful view from ‘on top of the world’- what a great, colorful journal page!!

  • Sallee August 31, 2014, 12:42 am

    so much fun as always to watch your videos. Always inspiring!

  • Suztats August 31, 2014, 9:08 am

    Now that was fun! I think I want to play, too.

  • Shanti Day August 31, 2014, 10:42 am

    When I need a pick me up, I go to your site or your youtube channel! *and* I can even win something! win win!

    shanti from the netherlands

  • Ruth Reaves August 31, 2014, 11:04 am

    Love the world stencil with all the colors.

  • Donna L. Hanrahan August 31, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I really love what you have done with this page. But of course I love all the art you make! The stencils are super great! I have shared you with all my artsy friends and they adore you too.

  • Sarah August 31, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Fun! And colorful, of course!

  • Rita Hatcher August 31, 2014, 4:10 pm

    This would be so much fun! I have never made my own stamps! And stencils are awesome! Than you so much for all you do to encourage and teach us!! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Denise August 31, 2014, 10:15 pm

    You never fail to amuse and inspire me. Thank you so much for the smiles.

  • Laura August 31, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Wonderful play Carolyn 🙂

  • cathy August 31, 2014, 11:00 pm

    I love this fun colorful page and I love to watch how fast you work. You prove that you do not have to be 100% exact all the time!

  • Beverly Jordan August 31, 2014, 11:04 pm

    Wow! I want to make a page like this! Love the rainbow of colors and images!!

  • Tyna September 1, 2014, 8:37 am

    Just love to watch you work. Keep your video’s coming love them. Even when your hands are off camera haha!

  • Marjie Kemper September 2, 2014, 1:36 pm

    That was fun to watch, and I definitely did a double-take when I saw the scissors in action. Great page, always love hearing your voice.

  • Linda Monopoli September 10, 2014, 10:55 pm

    Carolyn. You are what I’ve been looking for for a long time. I love your videos. Loud enough to hear. Straight to the point. Not to fast not to slow. No coughing sniffling or trying to find stuff. No emailing while shooting a video. I love it! Thank you!!!!.

  • Sue Pearl September 16, 2014, 1:45 am

    You are inspiring!