Thursday, May 29, 2014

Design Team Call

SinCity Stamps is looking for a few awesome Designers to

showcase SinCity Stamps Products!!

If you LOVE play with Stamps, ChipBoard, stencils and Masks show us
what you can do!!
We're looking for talented artists and designers who know how to
inspire others to create. For those that also seek opportunities to
have their stamp work prominently featured, SinCity Stamps Design
Team is a great fit!

What’s expected of a SinCity Stamps Design Team Member?
* Ability to create compelling projects that showcase SinCity Stamps products
* Experience taking good photos or scans of projects
* Active interaction with members of SinCity Stamps Facebook and blog
as they discover YOUR WONDERFUL DESIGNS!!

What are the responsibilities of a SinCity Stamps Design Team Member?
* The SinCity Stamps Design Team is a 6 month hitch, from August  1,
2014 – February 28, 2015
* Create a minimum of 2 (Two) projects per month. Post them on both
your blog and SinCity Stamps blog on your assigned dates each month.
You will post a teaser on your blog and the full project with
directions on the Sincity Stamps blog
* We are also looking for a few designer who would live to make class
kits with videos, if this is something you think you would like to do,
you would be required to complete class kits with full videos.
Date assignments will be given when the team is picked.
* Participate on SinCity Stamps Facebook - this is a MUST!
*  We ask that you are NOT working or Designing for another Stamp or
Chip Board company during your term with SinCity Stamps.
* Submit work for publication. SinCity Stamps will share project
submission opportunities from their editorial contacts.
* Take part in one Blog Hop during the 6 months. Date to be announced.
* Promote SinCity Stamps! Post projects created during your six-month
term on other online
Galleries and blogs. Include working links to SinCity Stamps blog and
to products used on SinCity Stamps

What are the rewards of a SinCity Stamps Design Team member?
* Your bio, picture and link(s) on SinCity Stamps blog
* Promotion of your work and projects to SinCity Stamps Newsletter,
Facebook and Blog members,
a growing international community.
* FREE product in three shipments:

Apply today! Here's how:
1) Send your bio, blog address and Facebook info to with “DT
Applications” in the subject line (this way you don’t end up in Junk
Mail – I get lots of spam)
2) 1st Deadline: Must have bio to Terri Sproul by June 14th
3) 2nd Deadline: Submit/Post 1 project:  Post a project on your blog
on June 15th 12AM   This post must include: a) The SinCity Stamps logo
(you will be sent logo when you send your bio to Terri Sproul) Step by
step directions on how to make this project with links to SinCity
Stamps blog and website. Your submission project can be anything you
love to make ... Scrapbook, Cards, Mixed Media, Altered Art, Eco-Art…
just think outside the box and impress me…
4) Join our Facebook and blog - this is a MUST and is very important
to the success of our team, please friend Terri Sproul and she will be
adding your name if you are part of the team to a Facebook Group page

What to include with your emailed submission –

* We want to know all about you! Send in your bio
* Please describe your style (genre): Scrapbook, rubber stamp, mixed
media, vintage, altered art, ecoart, urban, etc.
* Why would you like to be on the SinCity Stamps Design Team?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Our Private Zoo

Hey, there!  It’s Robin Redd (a.k.a. RockinReddRobin!)   

Today I’m sharing an envelope book used with the Envelope Template from Green Sneakers
in which Sin City Stamps is teaming up with this month.

I made 12 envelopes using 12 different sheets of paper, each one representing each month of the year.
I made an accordion fold 6” in height, the same length of the envelope, by 12” from a piece of cardstock.  I scored a line every ½” and fan folded the paper.
I adhered the bottom, front of each envelope to the same side of the fan fold 
until all folds were filled with envelopes.

I made a front and back cover by covering a piece of chipboard, ¼” larger than the envelopes.   
I taped a long piece of ribbon into the cover.  This will help bind the book and keep it closed.
I adhered the covers onto the outermost piece of the fan fold.
Here is the binding, showing the fan folded paper and the ribbon.

I stamped, “Our Private Zoo” from the Wildlife stamp set, onto the front of the book.  
 I will keep pictures of my cat and many dogs in here.
I folded back the top of the envelope.  Since the paper I used was double sided, 
I wanted to be able to see both the outside and the inside of the envelope.
I will slip 4 x 6 pictures and/or scrapbook pages into the envelopes.

I hope I have inspired you to create something today.

Until next time…

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Sin City Stamps Embossing Envelopes

 Hello Peggy here to show how I put together some fabulous background stamps using Sin City Stamps and Green Sneakers Kreate-A-Lope Envelope Template.

Items used today are:
Sin City Stamps
Green Sneakers Envelope Template
Clear embossing powder
Versa mark ink
Distress inks
Heat tool
Bone folder
Hole punch
Double sided tape

Below is an envelope using the clear embossing powder on black to create a tone on tone effect.  I used a background stamp. Where the stamp didn't quite reach the edges of my envelope I used a texture stamp and stamped randomly around the edges. Since my background stamp was vertical I made a few adjustments to my template to create an envelope that opened at top.
 This is where I changed it up a bit.. I punched two holes and inserted two eyelets and threaded my twine for a closure. I taped up the two side flaps. I may use this technique for a future envelope mini album.

 Here is the same stamp as above. Only using clear embossing powder on a white sheet of paper. I distressed this white paper with distress inks. Then wiped my image clean to reveal awesomeness. 

This envelope below shows how I used the same stamp again for the background. My background stamp is not wide enough for this horizontal envelope, so I decided to stamp half on one side, half on the other and the entire stamp in the middle. I love how not all of the stamp made an impression. Where I had any lines to distinguish where my stamp started and ended I used a texture stamp to fill in the spots.
And last but not least .. an embossed focal image using the tone on tone effect with only clear embossing powder. The other images for the background were only using versa mark ink without embossing powder which gave me another tone on tone shade. 
 My Green Sneakers template made perfect envelopes every time and with
Sin City Stamps you can't go wrong!
Thank you for joining me, I hope I have inspired you to create
your own envelopes and have as much fun as I did! 
Check out Sin City Stamps for your next purchase of stamps, chipboard, stencils and more...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mixed Media - Sin City Stamps - Stencil - Canvas by Design Team Member Lisa Mita

Hi Friends hope all is going well I can't believe we are almost done with May time is just flying…   Tuesday Morning at 5am I put my son on a school bus for his 8th grade Washington DC Trip.   This is his first time going away without me.  And yes I'm totally freaking out.

The only updates I got today was "mom I broke my glasses"…  but thankfully he's on instagram so I'm getting all the photo updates…  Today's technology - I don't know how my parents did it!!

Decided to have some fun with an old canvas that I didn't know what to do with, Montana Paint Markers and my Favorite Sin City Stamps Stencil.

Here's the canvas that I started - I was trying to play with Alcohol Inks.

So I loved this canvas - but couldn't figure out where to go with this…   so I pulled out my handy dandy Montana Paint Markers…   I have pretty much ever colors…  Below is the fun process.

Using the dark and light of each color gives it a lot of dimension…

Even used Browns, black/ silver and Iron curtain.

OMG I am in love right now… I know the photos don't capture it well - but this is just so textured…  I used the heat dryer so it was picking and bubbling when drying.

So - now i'm using my FAVORITE!!!  by Sin City Stamps Stencil Flower #2  i'm totally getting the whole line..
Used my other new favorite fun…  Super Heavy Gesso…

Used my spatula and greens to do the stems.

Then comes out the Montana Marker thin tip.

Using the same marker started outlining the stencils and getting some definision.

close up

Pulled out the stickles for the middle of the stencils. and outlined the stems.

Then pulled out the Sin City Butterfly Die Cuts…  Used glue to glue the piece together.

Then pulled this from the Sin City Stamps Plate of Rubber - Classic Spark played with green paint then used the heater so it would bubble around the end.

Then attaching it on the canvas.

Some close ups.

Here's what it looks like and I have to say I LOVE IT…
The colors.. the texture.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sin City Stamps and Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Challenge #8 - Show Us Some Metal or Glass

Hi everyone, and welcome back to Challenge #8 with Sin City Stamps and Craft Hoarders Anonymous design teams.  Today we begin a new challenge.  

Challenge #8 Show us Some Metal or Glass

Do you hoard gears, pins, brads, eyelets, frames, and other metal do-dads? Do you have a thing for tiny light bulbs and glass vials? Do junk drawers make you giddy? Do you hang out in office supply stores so you can score funky paperclips? Do bottle caps make you swoon? Dig through your hoard to find something metal or glass (or both) and make a project to share!

One talented participant will receive these prizes, donated by Sin City Stamps and Really Reasonable Ribbon! Challenge Rules are HERE.  Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Mixed Media Canvas by Lisa Mita

Stamped Silk Sari Ribbon Necklace by Karen Lackey

Steampunk Metal Tag on Canvas by Peggy Oliver

Metal Canvas by Robin Redd

Microscope Slide Mailer by Barbara Rankin

Make sure you visit the Design Team and check out what they have to share!

Sin City Stamps Blog -

I hope you can spend some time with us today to check out all of the awesome projects brought to you by both teams.  You can click on the designer names beneath their project pictures to be taken directly to their blogs for more information.  In addition, there will be prizes awarded, and all the information can be obtained on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog.  Sin City Stamps is also giving away a fabulous $20 gift card, and the CHAC blog has this beautiful selection of Really Reasonable Ribbon to be awarded to the challenge winner.

Good luck to you all, and have a wonderful week!!!

Barbara and the Sin City Stamps Design Team

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