Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fairy Mushroom Chipboard Book

Hello everyone!  Today is the start of a new month with Sin City Stamps, and August proves to be yet another fun partnership with our good friends over at Altered Pages.  The designers on both teams will be using the theme "Fairies" for the first half of the month.  So be sure to stop by both blogs to see all the inspiration from everyone.

In keeping with the fairies theme, and because I received this awesome little Mushroom Chipboard Book from Sin City Stamps and lots of fairy collage images from Altered Pages, I made this adorable little mini book.

I prepared this video preview showcasing each page and a brief description of how I put it together.

  Supplies Used:

Sin City Stamps:  Mushroom Chipboard BookAnime Fairies 2 Art Rubber StampsFairies and Blossoms 2 Art Rubber Stamps; Fairy 2 Die Cuts; Fleur de Lys Die Cuts; Fairy Die Cuts; Vine Flourish Mask;

Altered Pages:    AP-1060 Fairy Dolls;  AP-1554 Little FairiesNiji Oil PastelsWhite GessoStazOn Jet Black; Delicata Gold; Petaloo FlowersGerman border scrap; Stickles glitter glue; Art Anthology dimensional acrylics (Kona)(Terra Cotta)

Other:   Molding Paste, Acrylic Paints, StazOn colors, watercolor paper, crackle paint, glitter glue, various flowers and embellishments, Prima Pixie Glen paper pad

For a complete video tutorial on how I made this book, please visit my youtube channel by clicking this link.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit Sin City Stamps and Altered Pages for more shopping and inspiration!

Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!


Monday, July 28, 2014

My Manifesto

Heeey, it's Robin Redd (a.k.a. RockinReddRobin!)

 This week, I did another art journal page.  
This lesson was taken from Effy Wild's Book of Days class.

The top and bottom border is made with strips of masking tape.  
The masking tape lays underneath a selfie that is printed on simple copy paper.

I used Punchinella to stencil on the sides of my photo, 
then turned the Punchinella over and stamped with it around my art journal page.

I doodled, with a gold metallic pen, little squares to frame the entire layout.
I stamped the swirl from the Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 stamp set, and the Believe in Yourself from the Fairies & Blossoms stamp set.

And I just love the pointing finger from the Classic Spark stamp set.
I hope I've inspired you to create something today.
Until next time...

Friday, July 25, 2014

As Time Goes By

TGIF! Hello Peggy here to show you how I made this card using Sin City Stamps.
List of supplies used today are:
Sin City Stamps - clock, steampunk background stamp
Swirl stencil by Sin city Stamps
Metal gear embellishment,  clock hands
Black stazon ink
Gold acrylic paint
Perfect pearls petina set
Distress Inks

 I started with making a clock out of chipboard. I cut a circle  and little strips for roman numerals. I then glued each piece in place. I was not sure how I was going to color the background, so I had to play around a bit. I stamped my first clock in stazon black ink as I knew I would later be adding more ink and I did not want it to smudge.
Next I played with a new stencil from Sin City Stamps. I used a dabber and distress ink in aged mahogany.

I aged the cardboard with more disress ink. I painted with the perfect pearls to create a faux patina look and highlighted the numbers in gold acrylic. 
I created my card base out of black cardstock and layered with DCWV patterned paper. I added some fabulous ribbon and put it all together. I used score tape for the paper and foam tape for the clock.

Here is my final project! 
I hope you have enjoyed todays card. Come and check out what Sin City Stamps has to offer! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet our Design Team

We are so excited to introduce our brand new design team.  

Terri Sproul - Team Leader

Terri Sproul is a CHA designer with her own stamps line from Sincity stamps and her own paint line with Sakura Hobby Crafts.  Her and her husband  of 15 years live on top of Palomar Mountain, near San Diego, Ca.  Terri Sproul is a Mixed Media artist with her own Live Art show on Tuesday nights.  

Hello! I'm Graciela but my Brazilian family calls me Gracie Ellie, and that is the name I go by in the papercrafting community. I discovered papercrafting through cardmaking around 2010 and little by little, it became my passion. Since I opened my blog I've felt even more captivated by this craft and I've discovered that I also enjoy working with alternative projects that give me freedom to experiment with different techniques. My style goes from shabby chic to vintage, and I tend to create classic and feminine projects. My blog has allowed me to connect with other artists and has given me so many opportunities that I'm thankful for. Currently I'm part of various design teams that I enjoy to work with very much. Now Sin City Stamps welcomes me to a new team and I am so grateful to be part of it!

I look forward to sharing my work with you all. I believe the genuine nature of creativity is inside each of us, so I'd be delighted if you could join me in this journey!

Hugs from Honduras/Brazil,

Laura Davidson

Hi! I am nurse from Ontario Canada. I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
I love to make cards but will try anything to do with scrapbooking once.. I am just 
starting to do mixed media and love it... I love to read. I also love to spend time with my 
youngest daughter Emily, Ayonna(our dog) and my grandchildren.

My name is Barbara Rankin, and I am thrilled to be a part of The Sin City Stamps Design Team for another term. I have been a crafter since early childhood... always making things.  After pursuing many different artistic endeavors, such as sewing, needlework, and Pergamano (embossing on parchment), I found my way into rubber stamping and graduated into becoming a self-taught, mixed-media artist.  I have taught classes at my local scrapbook store, as well as teaching the members of my local stamp club.  I have also been a guest instructor at another out-of-state stamp club on several occasions.  I love making cards, tags, ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), as well as making and altering books and mini albums.  My style is usually vintage or shabby chic, with a sprinkling of steampunk whenever possible.  I am also currently a design team member for Altered Pages.  I have been published in Altered Arts Magazine, as well as in a book "Make it in Minutes: Mini Books".  I was also published in the Just Steampunk Volumes 2 and 4 magazines, as well as Crafts n' Things e-zine.  I have a wonderful, supportive husband of thirty years, and we share our home with our two cute little Yorkie fur babies, Chloe and Zoe.


Danielle Hayes

I am a mother of 2 teenage boys and a wife of 22 years.  I love making art of any kind, but paper arts are my true love.  It is the start of everything I make.  The paper shows me the direction I'm going to go in.  It's color, it's texture and it's designs show me the way. I love the journey it takes me on every time!  My work can be found in publications like Somerset Studio, Take Ten Magazine and The Stampers' Sampler.  I am so excited to be part of The SinCity Stamps Design Team!!!

Peggy Oliver 
I am a mother of three living on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and I have the pleasure of living on an ocean front acreage with my husband and multitude of animals. I have been crafting for almost seven years. I love a variety of mixed crafting including DIY, Mixed Media, D├ęcor, Acrylic Painting, Paper Crafting, Mini Albums, Cards and Altered Objects. I look forward to creating with wonderful products along side of some very talented gals.

Rj Avery better known as the Thrifty Crafter is a father and husband, whom love to craft.  He started out  in 1985 doing scrapbooking and it evolving into  make cards in 2006 for family and friends.   His true love is make how to video on his Youtube channel  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sin City Stamps Design Team Owl… Be Good Card

Hi all Lisa Here…  Just started playing with these owl stamps they are so cute.  We are heading to Disney on Sunday and wanted to leave a "Be Smart" card for my oldest son  Going to stick some money in it…

Here's the process

Outside Card

Inside Card

Here is some photos of the process

After stamping the images cut out the images

Then I started using the Acrylic Inks to paint them.

Once all dry - just fill in your message and your friend or family will love it… these are so cute these stamps - they are a must have!!

Supplies Used:

Stazon - Jet Black & Azure

Acrylic Inks
Dr. Ph. Martins - Cherry Red 6A
Dr. Ph. Martins - Violet 10A
Dr. Ph. Martins - Juniper Green - 12A
Daler Rowney - FW Flame Orange
Daler Rowney - Light Green
Daler Rowney - Hot Cool Yellow

Misc Scrapbook Papger
Aleen's Tacky Glue

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Up Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Chipboard Book

Happy Friday, everyone!  I have been a busy little beaver lately.  I finally decided to take the plunge and attempt to learn how to make a video.  I wanted to share with you this new Hot Air Balloon Chipboard Book from Sin City Stamps, as well as one of the newest stamp plates to go along with it, Up Up and Away 2.  There is lots of room to further embellish your book, add photos, quotes, or whatever you want to add to it.

Here is my first video attempt, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for you.

Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps:  Hot Air Balloon Chipboard BookUp Up and Away 2 stamp set; Gear 3 Die CutsGear 17 Die CutsGear 19 Die Cuts

Paper:  Carta Bella Well Traveled collection; 140 lb hot press watercolor paper (to stamp on)

Inks:  VersaFine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint

Ink Spray:  Maya Mist - Brown Mist

Acrylic Paint:  Fresco Blood Orange, Cinnamon (Paper Artsy); Malted Milk (Ranger-Jenni Bowlin);

Other:  White Gesso, foam brush, watercolor brush, matte medium, ink blending tool, Inka Gold: Gold, Copper (Viva Decor), Distress Markers, Derwent Inktense ink blocks, spinner, brad, various metal embellishments

Thanks for watching, and please be sure to visit the Sin City Stamps Online Store to see all the newest products, not only their new stamps, but also tons of new chipboard and die cut pieces for your crafting enjoyment.  And I hope you will visit the SCS blog often for lots of inspiration from the rest of the team.

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy crafting!!


Christmas in July

Peg here to share with you a fun technique to use on darker card stock.  This technique is called Black Magic Stamping and quickly become a favorite of mine.  I know you'll love using it, too!  
 You will need these items:  Peg Rounds Christmas Stamps,  Colored Pencils and Blender Pencil, White Ink Pad, Dark Colored Card Stock, Card Stock for Card Base, Patterned Paper
 Start by stamping the image and sentiment onto the dark card stock using a white ink pad.  Allow the ink to dry and then use a heat tool to set the ink.  This helps to thoroughly dry it and to set the ink so it doesn't smear. 
Color parts of the image in with the colored pencils while leaving other areas white.  Use the blending pencil to blend the pencil marks and continue to layer on the color; blending in between each layer until you have the look that you like. 

Create the card base and layer a piece of patterned paper on top.  Add the stamped image to finish off the card. 

July is the time to start those holiday cards so that you have them done early!  Use this fun and easy technique to make your cards stand out from the rest.  Head on over to Sin City Stamps website and purchase what you will need to have Christmas in July or at least get a start on the holiday. 

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"Time Flies" Again by Linda Hess

Hard to believe that 6 months have passed since I began my time with the Sin City Stamps design team, but here I am posting my last project! 

With "time" in mind I look back at time with my husband, a man who has been in my life off and on since high school.  Fell flat on my face for him at 16 and always had him in my heart (even as we were apart and dating others)...sometimes the heart truly knows what is right.  26 yrs of marriage (won't tell you how many since I was 16!) and 3 beautiful children we are almost (but not quite) to the empty nest stage. the heck did that happen when we haven't changed a bit?

Mixed media has become my "medium" of choice.  Off to the studio I go to collect a bit of this and a bit of that...

Materials:  : Couples Clock UM rubber stamp, Time Flies UM rubber stamp, New Year's Chipboard Book
ComposiMold  (
polymer clay (I use Premo!Sculpey for most of my claying needs)
ColorBox Archival Dye ink (
small canvas (6"x6" shown)
acrylic paint
sponge or brush
The Ultimate Glue (

First, I cut away the wording from the "Time Flies" and set it aside. The couples clock and the flying clock were taped with double stick tape into a metal tray.  ComposiMold was melted according to directions and poured over the stamps. 
I let it set from about 15-20 minutes to make sure it was completely gelled before removing the mold from the tray...PERFECT! 

Clay was pressed firmly into the molds. Once removed, edges were cleaned up (trimmed) before inking. 

I tried adding cane slices to the mold for extra detail on the wings.  As you can see, they didn't really work when pressed into the mold, so I cut them off.  After inking the watch image I added cane slices to make it fly
ColorBox Archival ink was patted on top of the polymer clay clock and watch to bring out the design.  Patience is a virtue when inking as it never inks completely on the first try.  I patted the ink pad back and forth, up and down, and then back and forth again before getting it completely covered. 

 Once inked place clay pieces into the oven to bake (275 degrees for 15-20 minutes).

While those bake, paint the canvas, small chipboard plaque, and 2 chipboard gears in color of choice (I used Deco Art's Dazzling Metallics in Splendid Gold). 

Once plaque is dry, ink "Time Flies" saying and stamp. [note: I found it was easier to perfectly place the saying if the plaque was placed on top of the stamp rather than the other way around]  Gently press edges onto stamp pad to "age" and highlight.

Now to put everything together.  Pictures are cut to fit.  I used a corner paper punch to curve the edges. 

Pictures are layered with chipboard & polymer clay components. 
Hmmmm, something is to the cabinets I run.....
Pearl Dots are the perfect final touch to this super simple canvas! 
Everything can now be glued in place.  Once dry, it will be ready to hang.  Now to find a space on my wall :-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Story

Hello!  It's Robin Redd (a.k.a. RockinReddRobin!)
I found this video tutorial online and thought this journal page is perfect for my Sin City Stamps!

I'm, very much, into learning how to draw faces.  This one in particular is a 'whimsical' face.

After sketching out the face, shoulders and hair, I  went to my collage stash.  My collage stash are papers I painted myself at various times via various methods, i.e. Gelli Print, random painting, stencils.

I chose to use this one.  I found it fitting for this wonderful summer season we are in.

I tore up my collage paper into many, many quarter-size pieces.

Then, I collaged them onto the background of my girl.

I still can't get too far out of the box with my 'whimsical' look.  
Although, she's not completely realistic, she's not as whimsical as I'd like.

I used my Art Journaling with Terri Sproul 2 stamps.

After stamping with a coordinating color, I embossed with a sparkly, clear embossing powder.
Because the ink was going onto the paint and gel medium that I laid onto the page, 
first, the ink stayed wet a while.  
I sprinkled, liberally, onto the stamped images and shook the excess off, 
back into the embossing powder container.

I heat set the embossing powder slowly, to keep the collage papers and paint from bubbling up.

Look how pretty this lovely swirl looks after the heat embossing is complete.
This is the great set I used for this art journal page.  Perfect!

I hope I have inspired you to create something today.

Until next time...

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