Thursday, December 26, 2013

Fabric Book with Sin City Stamps


Karen from Starshine Salon here!

I have another fabric stamping project for you today.  I love the stamps from Sin City Stamps!  Just looking at the images inspires me to create!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Noel, noel

Hello everyone, Astrid here from the UK and I would like to start by wishing you all the most wonderful, peaceful and fulfilled Holiday Season!!

Today I am sharing a cover I made for a mini book that is going to contain photos of our family Christmas. My grand daughter is over from Australia and I know there will be many treasured memories to scrap.
These are the products I used for my project:
Winter Wonderland plate
Other products:
Carta Bella Christmas Day collection DP
Ranger Potting Soil Archival ink
3 sheets buff coloured A4 card (8.5 by 11")
Other scraps of white card and DP
Martha Stewart decorative edge punch
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Pinecones die
Various Snowflake dies
Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glitter
Iced Spruce Distress Ink
Antique Linen Distress Paint
Lace trim
Dark brown lace
Cream coloured smooth card
Sewing machine (if wished).
Your favourite adhesive.

1.I started by creating the central panel. I cut the piece of cream coloured card to 5.5 b 5.5" and stitched around the edges with my sewing machine. (This step could easily be left out).
2. Next I distressed the edges and inked around the outside with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stamped the skating children and some of the snowflakes in Potting Soil Archival Ink. I also did some first and second generation stamping of the snow flakes with Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I then glittered the children and the centre of the brown snowflakes with Vintage Photo Distress Glitter.
Here you can see the background stamping with Iced Spruce a bit better

3. Next I worked on the word Noel die cut, this was a gift from a friend and came from another Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die. I dabbed it with the Antique Linen Distress Paint and when dry dabbed some Potting Soil Archival ink over it.
4. Time to create the actual covers. For this I cut two pieces of the buff card to 8.5 by 10"
For the spine I cut a further piece to 8.5 by 3" and scored it 1 3/8" in from both sides, leaving me with a 1/4" bit in the middle. I gave one of the sides a decorative edge. I glued that around the two covers on the outside.
5.For the inside I created an accordion binding by scoring a bit of 8.5 x 6" card every half inch. I then folded it accordion style and glued in place on the inside of the covers as you can see from the photo.
The inside pages will later be tucked in between the folds and glued in place.
6. Before adhering the central panel to the covers I inked the corners from the back and curled the edges for a bit more interest.
7. Now for the fun bit, - embellishing the cover:
I cut the pine cone and branches from some scraps of card and coloured them with my two chosen colours of Distress Inks. I also cut various snowflakes and layered them up together and finally the whole thing was finished with some lace and beaded trim as you can see from the photos.

Well, I hope you like my mini book cover, I can't wait to start to design the inside pages and fill them with my holiday photos.

Thanks you so much for visiting today and don't forget to spent some time being creative this holiday season!!

Monday, December 23, 2013


Today I am sharing an ornament I made using the Clockworks Inspired By Terri Sproul plate from SinCity Stamps.

Isn't this so cute!!  Super easy to make too!

Gather your supplies:

Cut out circles, about 5" in diameter.  My circles were made using my Cricut and the free 3D Ornaments cartridge.  You can use a punch or a stencil to make yours.  Then, fold them in half, down the middle.

Use your Clockworks set of  Stamps and stamp random numbers on the right and left of the middle crease on each circle.

Fold your circle with the white side showing.  Using your glue dot runner, apply adhesive to it. Stick the next circle to this one and apply glue to it, just like you did before.  Do this to all the circles except the last one.

Before you add the final circle, put a bead of hot glue down the center of he ornament.  Lay your string of pearls in it, leaving a few inches coming out of the bottom and make a loop for the top, so you can hang it on the tree!

Here is a picture showing the ornament from the top.

This is the finished ornament!  See the pearl loop on top?  and the leaves and flowers at the bottom, glued to the pearls?  AWESOME!

Here is another view.  This ornament should have 7 half circles.  I love the vintage feel you get with the numerals!  And a Victorian feel with the pearls and flowers.  These look so pretty on the tree!

Thanks for stopping by..

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mini Butterfly Album*

Hello everyone!  So glad you stopped by today.  I have a super fun project to share using some of the newest products from Sin City Stamps, and my favorite technique I learned from Finnabair, aka Anna Dabrowski.  As you will see, this technique allows you to use whatever supplies you have on hand, whether or not the colors match.

Supplies Used:

  • Sin City Stamps: Love of Butterflies
  • Butterfly Chipboard Book
  • Gears Die Cuts
  •  Animal Print Stencil
  • Paper flowers and embellishments
  • Metal gears embellishments
  • Ink Sprays in shades of blue, browns, red, green and pink
  • Ink Pads:  gold Metallic, Versafine, greey, brown
  • Metallic Creams:  silver, green, gold, copper and black. 
  • Adhesive
  • Modeling paste
  • White gesso
  • Colored pencils and glitter gel pens


Front Cover:

Adhere die cut gears and clock hands with glue n seal to front cover.

Apply  molding paste through animal print stencil and let dry.

Adhere flowers and metal embellishments, as shown, and paint everything with white gesso, let dry.

Spray cover with ink sprays, dabbing some of the colors off, and re-spraying until you like it.
Blend colors a bit with a damp paintbrush and dab off more with a paper towel.
Apply metallic creams to the die cut gears, flowers, and metal embellishments (gold), clock hands (green metallic), stenciled areas (black and gold metallic) and add some gold metallic around the edges.

Cover metal filigree butterfly with  silver metallic cream and adhere to cover, as shown.  Lift wings a bit for dimension.

Glue chain and metal hanger to center of butterfly, as shown.  Add small metal clock face, lightly inked with brown archival ink, and tiny pearl to center of clock hands.

Here are a few more close-ups of the front cover embellishments.

Inside Front Cover:
Stamp large butterfly onto die cut butterfly book page with grey ink.

Color with colored pencils, ink, and add a bit of iridescent gel  pen to the white flower petals and butterflies.

Stamp small swirl design around the edge of the paper with gold ink.  Adhere to inside front cover.

Back Cover:

Adhere ribbon, lace, die cut gears, paper flowers, leaves, and metal embellishments . Let dry.  Trim excess lace and ribbon.

Paint entire piece with white gesso and let dry.

Spray cover with ink sprays, dabbing some of the colors off, and re-spraying until you like it.  Blend colors a bit with a damp paintbrush and dab off more with a paper towel.

Apply metallic creams to the die cut gears, flowers, and metal embellishments (gold), clock hands (green metallic), stenciled areas (black and gold metallic) and add some gold metallic around the edges.

Inside Back Cover:

Paint inside back cover with white gesso while adhering die cut gears.  Allow to dry.
Spray cover with ink sprays, dabbing some of the colors off, and re-spraying until you like it.  Blend colors a bit with a damp paintbrush and dab off more with a paper towel.  Apply metallic creams to the die cut gears.

Add a few metal gears and clock face with brad over die cuts, as shown.
Here you can see the back (left) and the front (right) side by side.  There are several die cut pages inserted in the middle to be decorated as you choose.  
I hope you enjoyed my project this week, and that you will hop on over to the Sin City Stamps store to see all of their new and wonderful products.  They have so many items to go along with your stamping needs and you will fall in love, as I have, with them.

Gingerbread Bird House by Michelle Frae Cummings

 Hi Everyone!
     Michelle here with a delightful Gingerbread Bird House that was as fun to make as it is to look at!
The supplies I used were, .....From Sin City Stamps : Steampunked Christmas Peppermint gears,  and Santa from Steampunked Christmas.
 A unpainted wooden birdhouse with the perch removed, paint to prime it as you see here,
red, green and black ink. Assorted dew Drops from The Robins Nest, gold and silver glitter, a red ink pen for Santa's suit, a plastic candy cane, some beads for the feet, and extra Christmas miniatures.
I also used tombo glue, foam tape, e6000 and precision scissors.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Joy Tag by Pam Bray

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Pam here today on the SinCity Stamps Blog today....can you believe it is 9 days until Christmas but you still  have time to make a few beautiful tags using Mannequin Tags Stamp and Knock on Wood Stamp Sets
 I started by cutting out a tags from chipboard and white cardstock using my Tim Holtz Tag Die.
Stamp one of the white pieces with the Knock on Wood Stamp set using Apricot Brown Memories Ink. 
Spray with three different Dylusions Sprays...I used Melted Charcoal, Paintbox Red, and Pure Sunshine...spray and allow each layer to dry til you achieve the depth of color you want....
Stamp two images of your favorite mannequin from the Mannequin Tags Stamp Set, color with two of your favorite markers, fussy cut them out and layer with pop dots....
 Scallop punch the border with a border punch....
 accordion fold the strip to form a dress for the mannequin....
Glue to the top of the mannequin, tie a black sheer ribbon around the waist, fussy cut a holly leaf and add to top of black sheer ribbon, add some metal wings and gear to the stand along with other fun embellishments to dress up your tag. Add your stained binding ribbon to the top.  Have fun making tags this holiday season. Hugs Pammejo
Knock on Wood Stamp
Mannequin Stamp
Teresa Collins Christmas Home Paper Pad
Dylusions Sprays: Melted Chocolate, Paintbox Red, Pure Sunshine
Pearl Pen Silver
Tim Holtz Tag Die and Metals
Paper Studio Metals
Pearl and Red Gemstones
Black Sheer Ribbon
White Ribbon Binding
Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Peeled Paint, Barn Red
Bottle Cap