Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Card by Pam Bray

Hi it is Pam today on the blog....I know you thought I left the team but as a designer of stamps, chipboard, stencils, and mask for SinCity Stamps I have been asked to do some guest today I would like to share with you my Happy Birthday Card....
Do you ever wish you had the perfect background for your card ... well today I am gong to share with you how to make one....I started with the Natural Beauty Stamp Set, stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped it on a scrap piece of paper prior to stamping on my white card base....this will give a muted look to the image. 
Re-stamp on the white card stock with the Natural Beauty flower...this time don't stamp on the scrap paper but right on to the white card stock so the images will be darker.
 I colored the background and flowers in using my Copic Markers.....
Make sure to stamp one extra Natural Beauty Flower on scrap paper, color it in with markers and fussy cut out....
 Place the fussy cut flower on to the top of you finished card base that has been stamped with the Happy Birthday image from my Fall Collection 2 Stamp Set. 
I hope you will try making your own backgrounds...remember you can use any markers or watercoloring pencils to color SinCity Stamp images in. Make sure to check out the SinCity Stamps Store and check out the stamps, stencils, chipboard, etc. Don't forget the SinCity Stamps Blog for fabulous inspiration from the new Design Team Hugs Pammejjo
Sin City Stamps - Natural Beauty Stamp Set
Sin City Stamps - Pam Bray's Fall Collection 2 Stamp Set
Copic Markers
My Minds Eye Find Your Winds and Fly Paper Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Clear Stickles

Monday, January 27, 2014


This is my last post as a member of the SinCity Stamps Design Team.  I've had a wonderful time!!  I got to work with amazing artists, and use AWESOME products.  It has been my pleasure Donna and Terri!!

For my final project, I made a quick and easy card.

I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.  I cut it in half horizontally.  Fold one side in half, and you get a standard A2 size cad.  I stamped my images on the other half.

I spent some time cleaning my studio this weekend and found so many beautiful things!!  I found a bunch of diecuts and pieces of sheet music (and a lot of other things!!).  The circle piece behind the sheet music was one of the things I found.  I don't know where it came from.  I ran it through my Xyron and attached it to the card.  I used a glue runner to adhere the music scrap on top.

I cut out my stamped images out and attached them to the card with foam dots.  I put a rhinestone in the center of the butterflies and attached them to the card with a mini glue dot.  

Again, thank you to everyone at SinCity Stamps!  It's been fun!!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spring Pillow with Sin City Stamps and Altered Pages

Finished pillow

Karen here with another project combining digital images with rubber stamping.

For my spring pillow, I used a leaf image from Terri Sproul's Leaves by Sin City Stamps and
a bird image from the Little Spring Birdies collage sheet by Altered Pages.

I had originally intended to use Terri Sproul’s Leaves for fall projects, but there are all kinds of leaves in the set and several are just right for adding to flowers.  You can buy Sin City Stamps individually, but buying the set gives you so many options!  Even if you only buy a couple of sets, you instantly have a library of images to draw from when you set out to make something.

printed fabric
freezer paper
buttons for yoyo flowers
ColorBox Chalk Ink in Olive Pastel

I printed the Little Spring Birdies collage sheet onto a piece of muslin with an Inkjet printer.   You just need to cut a piece of freezer paper and a piece of the fabric to the same size (in this case 8.5 by 11 inches), put the wrong side of the fabric onto the shiny side of the printer paper and iron until they stick together.  My printer does not like anything thicker than regular paper, and it smeared black ink on some of the images, but most of them were okay.

Printed on muslin (2)

I have a bunch of fabric charm packs (5 x 5 inches) and decided to see which colors in the charm packs looked good with colors in the collage sheet.  Many fabric companies are now offering collections of small cuts.  It’s a great way to get a little bit of lots of different fabrics.  I noticed one of the collections had a red-pink color that was almost exactly the same as the red-pink of one of the birds, so I decided to work with that collection. I chose some prints for a border, cut the charms in half and sewed them together in a strip.  Then I cut the strip in half with a rotary cutter so that I had two strips.

Matching colors
I cut out the bird image, stitched it onto one of the charm squares and then stitched the square onto a piece of tea dyed muslin.  I used a zigzag stitch.

Then I figured out where I wanted my flowers and stamped the leaves with ColorBox Chalk Ink in Olive Pastel.  I used really tightly woven muslin.  For some help with stamping on fabric, see this post.

Stamped (2)
Here is a tip. I use a transparent ruler to help me with image placement:

Measuring (2)

I trimmed the piece of muslin and added my pieced borders.

Adding borders
Then I cut two more pieces of muslin the same size – one for a lining to strengthen the front and one for the back.  I pinned the muslin pieces together, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing, stitched the seam, trimmed the corners, turned the piece right side out, and ironed it.

Turned and pressed (2)
Then I stuffed it with fiberfill and stitched the opening closed.

I cut circles from two more charms and made them into yoyos.  Then I attached the yoyos with vintage buttons.  The leaves make the yoyos look like flowers.

Flower closeup (2)

Finished pillow

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Fond Farewell

Hello everyone, lovely to see you and welcome. This is Astrid here, with my very last post for SinCity Stamps.

I want to start by saying a big thank you to Donna and Terri Sproul for inviting me on to the team 6 months ago, I have had a ball and how time flies.... but now it is time to move on and next month you'll have a chance to see the work of some amazingly talented new designers!

Anyway, onto my project. I altered a little paper mache hanging board, using some of the wonderful new products that SinCity has now added to their store.

These are the stamps and products I used:
Love of Butterflies stamp set
Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 stamp set
Giraffe stencil
Chipboard girl
I also used
Paper mache hanging board
Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap
Tissue Tape
Gel medium
Distress Inks Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint
Texture Paste and pallet knife
Some Tim Holtz stencils
Faber Castell Gelatos (various colours)
Distress Markers
Archival Ink Jet Black, Library Green
Faber Castell Big Brushpen (Warm Grey and Walnut Brown)
A home made flower and some embellishments from my stash.

1. I started by adding a bit of brown ink around the outside of my hanging board and adhering a bit of tissue wrap along one side.
 I really wanted to use some of the new products Sincity stocks now, so I used a stencil and one of their cool chipboard pieces. Here you can see what I used:

2. So next I taped down the Giraffe stencil with some scraps of tape and spread some texture past through it with my palette knife. While still wet I pressed a text stamp from the journaling set into it. (Remember to clean your stamp with water straight away).
Here you can see everything taped down and the stamped impression.
Here you can see what it looked like once the stencil was removed:

3. Time to bring it all together by adding a thin layer of Gesso: Sorry, it was evening when I took this photo, so the light is funny. The Gesso is white of course, not pink like it looks here...
4. A first layer of colour was next. I used a selection of Gelatos for this, I love how they blend over a gessoed background and yet are translucent.

5. Some more colouring, stenciling with ink and background stamping to add interest to the background. I also added some bits of tissue tape, both to the front and the sides.

6. Time to add some colour to my chosen Chipboard girl. I coloured her first with some Distress Markers and later added some Shimmer Gelatos to smooth the colour out a bit. Here is the first colouring, just with the markers
As this whole piece is going to be for one of my teenage nieces, she seemed like the perfect choice.
7. Time to start to put it all together. Here are some of the bits I used to embellish (later I added some more as you can see from the finished piece).
8. And here finally is the finsished piece,, first of all the girl, now coloured further, I also added shadow around her with Big Brush pens, to add depth to it all.:
As you can see, I stamped and coloured one of the little butterflies to add to her hair.
And then the sentiments from the journaling set:

Well, that's it. Hope you like my little hanger, I had great fun making it and don't forget to check out all the cool new products over at SinCity Stamps!

Wishing you all the very best and thank you so much for visiting!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Angelic Hearts Gift Card Holder by Pam Bray

It is so hard for me to think that today is the last post I will be making as part of the SinCity Stamps Design Team but am SUPER EXCITED to share that I will be a regular Guest Designer on the blog.  I will be sharing not only my chipboard, stamps, die cuts, stencils, etc that I design for the SinCity Stamps but also will continue to support Donna and the team anyway I can.... Today I am sharing with you a sweet Angelic Heart Gift Card Holder that I made using the Angelic Heart Collage Sheet from Altered Pages and SinCity Stamps Natural Beauty Stamp Set.
I started by stamping multiple flower images on to a piece of white card stock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.....
Spraying with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Spray....allow it to dry completely....
Once dry fussy cut the flowers out, making sure to save two of the stamped and sprayed images....
Fussy cut out one of the heart images from the Altered Pages Angelic Hearts Collage Sheets....trace around it on to a piece of white card stock and fussy cut it out also, (make a small hole at the bottom of the white heart so you will be able to hang your baubles from) will become the back of your project....
Taking your Natural Beauty flowers that you have fussy cut out....adhere them to the back of the Angelic Heart Collage piece....once that is done...adhere the white piece you have fussy cut out and adhere over the back to cover up all the flower but making sure not to adhere the top because you want to form a pocket for your gift card and ribbon to go into.  Add the ribbon to the inside of the top part of heart.
Fussy cut out the last two flower images from the previously stamped and sprayed paper, layer with a pop dot and add to the top of a scallop circle....Place on top of the Heart Angelic Gift Card Holder and add a bit of Gold Stickles to the center, some gemstones to the front of the Angelic Heart and a few baubles to the bottom of the Angelic Heart. I hope you have enjoyed my gift idea and try making some for yourself....Please check out the SinCity Stamps and Alterered Pages, along with the will excited to see what the designers have been making. Hugs Pammejo
SinCity Stamps Natural Beauty Stamp Set
Altered Pages Angelic Hearts Collage Sheet
Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise Spray
Tuxedo Memento Black Ink
Gold Stickles
White Card Stock
Clear Gemstones

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Butterfly Mini Album - Part 2

Hello everyone!  Barbara here, and I want to share a couple of pages from my Butterfly Mini Book, as promised earlier.  You can click on the link above to see my earlier post where I decorated the front and back covers.  Now, I will be decorating the inside pages.  This month, we are also teaming up with another fabulous company, Altered Pages, so I am combining some of their products with Sin City Stamps' products to show you how well they work together.


Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps:  Butterfly Chipboard BookMannequin Tags 2Love of ButterfliesA Wing Above the RestArt Journaling with Terri SproulArt Journaling with Terri Sproul 2Birds and Clocks

Altered Pages collage sheets: AP-761-Queen of Hearts (lady); AP-1735 Altered Images I (Butterflies); Vintage ATC Sheet III (moth, Kimball label, bottle stamp)

White gesso

Black archival ink; Artprint Brown ink

Distress inks in blues, greens, browns, yellows

Chalk inks in jade, violet, and yellow ochre

Print papers and card stock

Embossing folder


Paint both sides of page with white gesso, leaving some of the page color to show through.

Stamp background image from A Wing Above the Rest randomly over front of page with black ink.

Stamp numbers and letters from Art Journaling with Terri Sproul over back of page with black ink.

I spritzed both sides of the gessoed pages with home made distress ink mists in blue, green, and brown, but discovered that the colors disappeared on the gesso.  As you can see in the photos, the colors are not at all vibrant.    We will fix this later.

Stamp one mannequin image onto print paper with artprint brown ink, and a second one with green distress ink.  Adhere to lightweight chipboard and cut out.  Set the green one aside.

Stamp one medium butterfly image onto print paper with blue distress ink, and one with brown distress ink.  Cut out.  Set the brown one aside.

Print AP-761-Queen of Hearts collage sheet onto parchment card stock, and a second time reverse or mirror image the print.  Cut out one of the same lady images from each sheet.  Set the reversed image aside.

Put the first three pieces together, as shown.

Adhere to center of butterfly page, as shown.

I needed more color, so I swiped my blue ink pad along the edges, and added some green here and there in the center.

This is what it looks like on the back page.  Not good for a book page.
That is why I printed the second image in reverse, so I could make a second butterfly lady and adhere it to the back page.  This time, however, you will not put it together first, but instead, layer each piece, as shown.  This will ensure a good alignment.  Adhere lady image first.

Then adhere the butterfly wings.

Then adhere the mannequin, matching up along the bottom and below her face.

I need more color, so I swiped my green ink pad along the edges and added a bit of yellow in the center.

Now, my pages need some bling, so here is a close-up of front and back of this page.

For my second page, I first embossed the green page with a branch style die.  On this particular two-sided die, there is another pattern on the inside, which is the one used for this page.
Rub high spots with jade and violet chalk inks.
Turn page over and rub high spots with bisque and yellow ochre chalk inks.
I first fussy cut several Altered Pages collage images, inked the edges, and adhered them to the pages. Stamp small clock face onto tan scrap with Versamark ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder.  Trim and place beneath postale butterfly square collage image, as shown.  Trim and add remaining collage images to page, as shown.  I also added some punched flourishes and paper flowers to embellish, with a few pearls in the flower centers.
I embellished the back of the page in a similar manner, stamping the bird image with blue ink onto a scrap of blue print paper and fussy cut it out.  See photo below.
Well, there you have it.  Two pages down, several more to go.  But between the wonderful Sin City Stamps and the fabulous collage images from Altered Pages, I will get this book finished in no time.  So I hope you will visit both shops and see what wondrous products they have in store for you.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I would love for you to visit me at my blog and say hello.  Have a super creative weekend.


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