Friday, June 27, 2014

Inspirational Mixed Media Plaque

Dream Big - Believe in yourself!

Hello, Peggy here to show you how I put together a deco plaque for my wall.
Todays supplies
  • Sin City Stamps
  • Ephemera background stamp
  • World Clock baloon stamp
  • Butterfly stamp
  • Dressform stamp
  • Believe sentiment stamp
  • Journal texture stamp
  • clay
  • Distres paint
  • Black/White  and plum crylic paint
  • Black stazon ink
  • gold embossing powder/heat tool
  • wooden plaque
  • Paper ephemera
I prepared my wooden plaque by painting it black. Then I spread shiny plum acrylic paint in the middle of my plaque and pressed my ephemera background stamp into the paint. I lifted my stamp to reveal my impressed image. I put this aside to dry. I pressed some premo clay into several stamps. I used the world clock, butterfly and dressform stamps pressing firmly for a good impression.

While my clay was baking, I was trying to decide weather to crackle or whiten the edges with a wash.
I decided on the later. After white washing my plaque I spayed water where my central background image was and wiped it clean. Now my clay is dry and ready to paint.

Texture stamp using black stazon ink. Here you can see 
the large Ephemera background stamp

Trying to decide placement
I hope you enjoyed my affirmation plaque. I highly recommend you check out 
Sin City Stamps! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sin City Stamps Design Team - Elementary School comes to an end mini book

So as the title reads my son is Graduating 8th Grade - time has really just gone into fast forward motion at this point.
I can't believe that I will not have any kids in Middle School - a school that I attended.
Very weird.

So I made a mini-book on the yearly School Photo's

Here's Chris - Kindergarden

8th Grade 

Here's the process

7 Gypsies - Sizzix Stamp & Die-Cut #659083 

Sin City Supplies

Here's the photos of the process

I glued photo's  onto the cut outs.
I used Aleene's Tacky Glue

Punched Holes

Hope you enjoyed

Monday, June 23, 2014


Hey!  It's Robin Redd (a.k.a. RockinReddRobin!)
Today, I worked on an art journal page based on week 4 of The Documented Life Project.  If you don't know about The Documented Life Project, click the link, here, for more details.

Personally, I don't keep the weekly journal as they do.  I just use the art journal prompts when I can get to them.  Like I said, this is the art journal prompt for week 4 and they are on week 26!

Week 4's journal prompt was to "Write a secret message and then paint over all but one key word."
I had written a letter, a while back, on watercolor paper for this use.  I didn't know of this prompt, specifically, but it's kind of cool how it worked out.

I used the background stamp and the wings stamps from the Classic Spark collection.  I LOVE these wings and that background stamp will get used over and over, for sure!

 I LOVE these wings.

 And, that background stamp will get used over and over, for sure! 

I hope I have inspired you to create something today.

Until next time...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Embossing Resist Techniques with Sin City Stamps

Hello everyone.  I hope you all have had a wonderful week and are ready for a fabulous weekend.  Today, I want to share a couple of embossing resist techniques that are more of those oldies but goodies.  I made a similar card using part of this metal foil sheet, and on my desk was the section I had cut off.  I did not want to throw it away, so I made this card in a similar fashion.  Nothing goes to waste, especially if it is metal.

Supplies Used:

Sin City Stamps:  Mannequin Tags 2 :  Dream

                            Art Journaling with Terri Sproul:  diamond border, solid bubble, notebook page

                            Time: Time clock face

Kaisercraft Check In 6-1/2"x6-1/2" paper pad

Off white textured card stock (cut to 10" x 7", folded in half to make 5" x 7" card)

Glossy White Cardstock

Wax paper

Ink Pads:  StazOn Midi:  Jet Black, Gothic Purple; Versamark; Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap

Versamark ink pad

Tim Holtz Fragments acrylic charms

Tim Holtz Compass embossing folder

Tim Holtz mirrored sheets

Sizzix Super Crescent Tag die

Glossy Accents

Seam binding ribbon

Pop Dots


This is the metal foil sheet I embossed for another project, and cut off the portion you see on my card.  I used StazOn Orange Zest and Hawaii Blue to patina it.

I had just this small piece left.

Since I really wanted the compass for my card, too, I took a piece of white glossy card stock and wax paper, embossing together with the compass embossing folder.  I had already added color to the card stock using Evergreen Bough.

I used a hot iron to melt the wax from the wax paper onto the card, removed the wax paper, and added Frayed Burlap over the card.  The wax caused a resist, giving it this shabby look.  I really like it.

I began layering my papers, as shown.  First was a print from the Kaisercraft paper pad (4-1/2" x 6-1/2"), the embossed glossy card, and the scrap piece of metal, aligning it with the card stock.

Now to make my focal image.  I die cut another piece of glossy card stock into a tag shape.  Using Versamark ink, I stamped and then heat embossed the solid bubble image a few times.  Next, I sponged Gothic Purple StazOn over the entire tag.

I removed the ink from the embossed areas and wiped the whole tag with a baby wipe.  It actually blended the ink a bit more on the tag, too.
Stamp note paper with Gothic Purple onto scrap card stock.  Distress and ink edges with Frayed Burlap.  Adhere to tag.
Use black StazOn to stamp Time clock face onto mirrored card, cut out and adhere to tag.  Stamp diamond border along bottom edge of notebook paper.
Use black StazOn to stamp "Dream" onto Kaisercraft print paper.  Adhere clear acrylic charm with Glossy Accents.  When dry, cut out with craft knife.

Adhere seam binding ribbon to tag, then attach Dream charm to ribbon with vintage pin.

Close up of Time clock face stamped onto mirrored card, without my reflection showing in the mirror.

Lastly, adhere tag to card with foam dots and the cut out portion of a travel file label from one of the Kaisercraft printed papers, as shown.  Adhere to right side of tag.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today.  I hope you will visit often for more inspiration from the rest of the team.  And stop on over to see all the newest stamps and product releases in the online shop.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!!!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fly Away, Be Free! by Linda Hess

I am a mom of 3 beautiful children, 1 boy and 2 girls.  They are in various stages of growth and I have discovered along the way that age does not guarantee what stage they shall be in at any given time!  Looking through the Sin City Stamp collection I stumbled on this wonderful saying and knew I had to use it on a canvas.  It makes me think of growth and beauty and the wings we all must sprout eventually to learn our true potential in life.  With that in mind, may I present "Fly Away, Be Free!"

Sin City Stamps (
Love of Butterflies (plate), Caterpillar (SC32-6)
Bird cage Chipboard Book (sccb68)
Branch Stencil (scs29)

8"x8" Artists Loft back-stapled traditional canvas
variety of acrylic paints ( I like metallics)
assorted polymer clay butterflies ( see info below to contact)
Creative Paper Clay
Color Box Archival Dye (Coal Black)
"The Ultimate" Glue (
Pentel Metallic Brush Pens in red, gold, green (

1) Paint canvas using colors of choice.  I am not much of a painter so I tend to sponge paint in layers: blue, pearl, a little more blue, maybe some purple until I am happy with the look.  Don't forget to paint the sides along with the top!  Set aside to dry.



2) Paint birdhouse cage in bronze or gold.  Set aside to dry.
3) Rubber stamp "to become..." saying on a sheet of computer paper.  For this canvas I wanted the words to be larger, so I scanned it into my computer and enlarged it before printing on a piece of vellum. (PLEASE NOTE: To keep ink from smearing on vellum I rub it first with the Perfect Printing Pouch from
4) Choose a few smaller butterflies from "Love of Butterflies" plate and cut out as shown. 
Rubber stamp on vellum using Color Box ink.  If desired detail with pencils or markers before cutting out individual butterflies.
5) Use "The Ultimate" glue (my favorite!) to attach vellum butterflies to canvas.  Glue painted cage over the butterflies. Glue rubber stamped saying in the upper corner.
6) Mix a small amount of Creative Paper Clay with water, just enough to make a paste.  Position Branch Stencil as shown.  Smear paste over stencil, filling the openings. 
Remove stencil.  Rinse and dry stencil before repositioning.  Repeat process until happy with look.  Let dry.
7) Color in flowers, leaves and stems as desired.  I like Pentel's Metallic Brush Pens because they are so easy to use and give the perfect pop of color. 
Also use the Brush Pens to detail stamped saying.
8) Finally, polymer clay butterflies are glued in place. (PLEASE NOTE: All shown are made by me and vary in size and color [obviously]  Email me at for info)
Thanks for visiting.  Have fun flying free!


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