Sunday, November 23, 2014

Believe In The Magic of Christmas!!! by Pam Bray

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving isn't til Thursday but with the Christmas music playing in all of the store, holiday decorations everywhere you go and seeing so many post sharing Christmas Cards it just gets you in the mood to make a few Christmas Cards and decorations yourself. So I pulled out my SinCity Stamps - Christmas Collection and made a card using the Snowman Snow Globe Stamp.
 I began by stamping the image onto white card stock using Black Memento Ink and coloring it in with Copic Markers, fussy cut it out, inked the edges with brown ink and placed it to one side....
 because I first had to layer my white card base.  I began with embossing a piece of blue card stock with a Snowflake Embossing Folder, added it to the top of the card front, added a piece of pattern paper to the bottom. Using a journal block from the collection I stamped  "Believe in the Magic of Christmas" sentiment from the same set with black Memento ink.  Placing the sentiment  to the front of my card and adding a brown strip of paper along with some blue gemstones.  Once I had it in place I placed my Snowman Globe image on top using pop dots. 
I continued the same theme on the inside of my card to give it a finished look. I hope you enjoyed my first Christmas Card and I am sure there will be more to come. Please check out the SinCity Store to see all the products that are available and of course check out my Christmas Collection Stamp Set. Hugs Pammejo
Authentique Paper Collection
Chestnut Roan Ink
Black Memento Ink
Copic Makers
Pop Dots
Xyron Adhesive
Red Twine

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Cards in Ten Minutes

Hello all!  So glad to see you today.  I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy on these cold days.  With this cold weather comes the desire to get a start on my Christmas cards.  I just got this stamp set of adorable penguins, and a very Victorian style girl holding a sign.  I could hardly wait to put stamps to paper and get started coloring and embellishing.

My first card uses this adorable penguin from the Penguins on Ice stamp set.

Directions for Penguin Card:

1.  Cut olive card stock to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", fold in half to make 4-1/4" x 5-1/2 side folded card.

2.  Trim red print paper to 4" x 5-1/4", adhere to card front.

3.  Use Labels 22 die to cut gold card stock layer.   Stamp penguin onto white card stock with Memento black ink and use smaller size Labels 22 die to cut out.  Stamp Merry Christmas onto a scrap of white card stock with Olive Green Pastel chalk ink.

I find it is always best to stamp my image first, then determine which dies I have will work best.  
4.   Color image with Copic markers, edge with Vintage Photo distress ink to give it an aged look.  Use pop dots to adhere this piece to the larger gold print die cut layer, then to the card front, as shown.

5.  Trim stamped sentiment with a straight ruler, then use decorative edge scissors to trim both sides.  Edge with Vintage Photo distress ink and adhere to card front below focal image.
6.  Punch 8-9 holly leaves from the green print paper.  Edge with Peeled Paint distress ink and glue beneath pop dotted focal image in upper right and lower left corners.
7.  Add Crystal glitter glue to hat and snowflakes.

Directions for Vintage girl holding blank sign:
1.  Cut Cherry Red card stock to 6"x12", fold in half to make a 6" square top folded card.

2.  Trim print striped paper to 5-3/4" square.  Use decorative corner punch on all four sides and edge with Krylon gold leaf pen.

3.  Stamp holly in upper left and lower right corners, first with Olive Green Pastel chalk ink.   Using a stamp positioner, stamp the holly again using the Memento Cottage Ivy ink.  This brings back the fine detail lines over the chalk ink, while the chalk ink acts as a colored-in background. 
In the photo above, the upper left image is stamped with the chalk ink only.  The image below shows the detail after stamping over the chalk ink.
4.  Adhere this layer to the card front.

5. Using the larges oval frame die, cut out the green print  and the white card stocks.  Stamp and color the girl holding blank sign image on the white oval and edge with Vintage Photo distress ink.
6.  Sponge Olive Pastel chalk ink through the die on the green print paper.  I removed the center before adding the ink, so the paper frame is underneath the green metal die in the photo below.
7.  I adhered all pieces together, and offset the green print framed piece over the white framed piece before attaching to the front.

8.  Punch three snowflakes from gold vellum and stamp one of the small snowflakes in the center with Emerald Green StazOn ink.
9.  Make a double bow with the gold rayon seam binding and adhere around the top of the frame, adding one of the snowflakes to the center of the bow.
10.  Adhere the two remaining snowflakes to the lower left side of the frame, pop dotting only one snowflake for dimension.


Sin City Stamps:  Penguins on Ice
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two; Lea'bilities frame oval curves
DCWV Christmas Made paper stack
Card stock:  Olive Green; Cherry Red; Gold Vellum, White
Copic Markers:  R37, R39, YG21, YG 23, E71,
Snowflake punch (Emaginations)
Fiskars decorative corner punch
Holly leaf punch (McGill)
Stamp positioner
Ink Pads:  Olive Green Pastel Chalk; Memento Cottage Ivy, Black; Blue Hawaii and Emerald Green StazOn; Vintage Photo distress
Stickles Crystal glitter glue
Ruby red glitter Liner
Krylon gold leaf pen
Colored pencils:  black, white, flesh
Gold seam binding

Whether you are making 1, 10, or 100 Christmas cards this year, both of these cards can be made very quickly.  I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I have inspired you to get busy on your card making for the holidays.

So be sure to stop by the Sin City Stamps online store for all your seasonal stamps, and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team on the SCS Blog.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative weekend!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Owl Card

Welcome to Sin City Stamps.
Today we have our first real snowfall. 
It really made me think more about Christmas.
I was thinking of these adorable owls so I had to do a Christmas card.

Supplies Used:

Patterned Paper
Homemade Texture Paste.. snowflake stencil
Aleen's glitter snow and Crystal Stickles. Glossy Accents.
MS branch punch., copics

Using the stencil I added texture paste to the patterned paper.
I used a serrated part of a knife so the lines would be ridged.

I stamped the owl and the sentiment.

I am not sure whether you can tell or not but I Stickled some snowflakes.

I coloured the owl with copics...
I punched a lot of the MS branches in white.
I added the owl and branches to the white branches.
I added Aleen's snow to the white branches.

Simple but cute... 
thanks for stopping by ...

(I believe there is new stamps.....)

Friday, November 14, 2014

My Favorite Things...

Hello and welcome! Today I made a double page journal using Cottonwood Arts Coldpress Notebook and SinCity Stamps.
Todays supplies include:
Dictionary Paper
Molding Paste
Matte Medium 
Watercolor Paints
Lindy's Sprays 
Grey Stazon Ink
Black Stazon Ink
Magazine Picture
Cardstock Flower
small lid

This month we are teaming up with a fabulous sponsor Cottonwood Arts. They have produced a line of coldpress journals and notebooks that can handle a large amount of medium for mixed media projects.

Today I am showing a double layout journal page featuring 
I started  with some ripped dictionary pages.  I placed small pieces horizontally and glued them down with Matt medium.
Next I used stencils with some molding paste. I knew roughly where I was going to place my focal image and worked around it.

With Grey Stazon ink  I started stamping with the background images from the Terri Sproul Art Journaling 2 line.
I also wanted these images in white so I used white gesso with my stamps. Keep in mind Gesso is an Acrylic so cleaning your stamps immediately is a must.  I used my finger to apply the gesso directly to my stamp. I used a small lid with white gesso to create  circles.
Next I started laying down some color with watercolors. I got a really cool resist effect when coloring on top of my stamped images.
I glued my focal image of Marilyn down with matte medium being careful not to get any medium anywhere but under my image as it will resist any colors I place on top. I wanted to tone down my colors so I created a wash with water and gesso and covered both pages. Seeing my focal image is black and white I wanted some darker colors. So I brought out my sprays and went to town with green, gold and browns.
More Stamps! Layers, layers, layers! Brick background stamp in black stazon. Next more stamping with gesso. I stamped the background words, I also stamped "My Favorite Things" beside her coffee cup.
I placed a cardstock rose in her hair and I made some of my texture pop by outlining certain elements with a black fine point pen. 
I hope you have enjoyed todays tutorial. I have to say I added alot of water and medium to this coldpress notebook and there was no piling or warping. Very impressed with this fabulous journal/notebook from Cottonwood Arts.
Check out Sin City Stamps for Journaling and crafting needs! Stamps, stencils and more....
Warmly, Peggy Oliver 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Colorful Canvas

This month Sin City Stamps is partnering with Cottonwood Arts. Cottonwood Arts offers a variety of art products: canvas notebooks, sketchbooks, cold press blocks and more.

Today I want to share with you a mixed media project I made with a 6 1/2" x 4" Cottonwood Arts canvas. This canvas is really great quality... It can hold many layers of products, which makes it perfect for mixed media.

Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps Rosette Hearts stamp set
Sin City Stamps Chickenwire with Butterflies chipboard sheet
Cottonwood Arts 6 1/2" x 4" canvas
Pan Pastels
Crafter's Inks
Sponge applicator
Die cuts
Gold acrylic paint
Tacky glue
Homemade gesso
Textured cardstock in white and beige
Gold embossing powder

I have a complete step by step tutorial on how to make this colorful canvas. Start the guide below to check it out!

Check out How to Make a Mini Canvas With Lots of Texture and Color by Gracie CH on Snapguide.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project and tutorial. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment here or at my blog.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


I love Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Art Journals.  I have 2 of the 6"x12" journals and use them all the time.  The pages are thick and you don't have to prime them.  They do not leak or bleed in the spine.  They are thick and perfect for mixed media art journaling.

So when I got my package from them (to use this month~they are our sponsor) filled with delicious 6"x6"  "Cold Press Blocks", I couldn't wait to dig in!

These blocks are "Cold press paper, laminated for stability".  These cold press blocks are "easy to use and give you the flexibility of a stiff board without the warpage of a normal cold press block."

I made 2 blocks. 

They were so fun to make!  It was true, I used gesso, spray ink, water, regular ink, stamps and paint and they didn't warp at all!  Amazing!  I might frame these and put them on my foyer table.  Or, I could add them to my art journal.  Taking several of these blocks and binding them into a journal would be a fabulous use for them.  There are so many possibilities!
I also made a Snapguide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Make Mixed Media Cold Press Blocks by Daniella Hayes on Snapguide.

Thanks for visiting!  Make something AWESOME today!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Great Things Art Journal Page

Hello everyone, and welcome back.  This month, the Sin City Stamps design team will be sharing projects using some fabulous products from Cottonwood Arts.  I was lucky enough to receive their large canvas notebook.  It has thick chipboard pages covered with canvas, allowing it to hold up to lots of wet, heavy mixed media.

For my first project of the month, I made a journal page using my notebook, some stencils, rubber stamps, and lots of mixed media.

I have prepared a Snapguide tutorial for your viewing pleasure.  I hope you enjoy it.


Sin City Stamps: Art Journal 3 stamp set; Clockworks Inspired by Terri Sproul setFlower StencilEntangled StencilFleur de Lis die cuts

Cottonwood Arts Canvas Notebook (6.75" x 12")

Ginger Peach, Emperor's Gold Acrylic Glaze

Homemade Spray Inks:  Liquitex Prussian Blue and Sap Green Inks

Indian Corn, Cork Glimmer Mists

IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Wedding Dress IrResistible Texture Spray; Versamark ink

Detail Black embossing powder

Light Molding Paste


Mixed Media Adhesive

Metal filigree butterfly charm

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I always enjoy seeing you and I hope you are inspired to give art journaling a try, especially with these wonderful journals from Cottonwood Arts and stamping products from Sin City Stamps.  And check back often throughout the month to see what wonderful projects the team comes up with.

Have a wonderful, arty weekend, my friends!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Hi! Today I am sharing a canvas I made for Sin City Stamps.
Our sponsor this month is Cottonwood Arts.
I used one of their 6 x6 canvas's to make my project.
I made an altered canvas.

Supplies Used:
Sin City Stamps: Hoot Owls by Michelle
Cottonwood Arts - 6x6 canvas

gingham paper, white gesso, burlap,twine and mod podge.
I also used two stencils and glossy accents (for the eyes)
I also used copic markers to colour the owls.

I painted gesso on the blank canvas.
I then tore the gingham into strips then started layering them on the canvas.
I used mod podge to adhere the strips to the canvas.

(I did stamp some snowflakes on the strips.. this was an afterthought)

This picture shows the mod podge  (which will dry clear)
and the layers.

I stamped the owls three times each and then cut into pieces.

I coloured the owls and branch with copics.
I added glossy accents to the eyes.

I added burlap and twine...

I also used white gesso and stencils on the corners to add detail.
The Hoo's are hand written.. 
I was thinking of Christmas... 
Be sure to check out all the amazing products in the store.
Thanks for stopping by..

Monday, October 27, 2014


Today I am sharing an art journal page I made for our Design Team leader Terri Sproul's  Tuesday Night Art Journal Class.

I made a Snapguide Tutorial to show you how I made this page.
Check out How to Make a Halloween Art Journal Spread by Daniella Hayes on Snapguide.

Thanks for visiting!  Please be sure to check out all the amazing things that SinCity Stamps has to offer.  And check out Terri's Live Art Journal Class!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Haunting Card by Pam Bray

Wow can you believe Halloween is in a  few days!!!! ...Today I am sharing with you my Happy Haunting Card using the Halloween Collection Stamp Set from SinCity Stamps. It is a super easy card to make...
so get yourself a blank white card base and stamp the "Happy Haunting" to the center bottom of card. Stamp the spider web randomly around the front of the card and inside edges with black ink and set to one side. Now the fun part...die cut out a frame that will fit the pumpkin stamp, stamp it with black ink and then stamp a second on white cardstock, color both pumpkin images our using your favorite markers (I used Copic Markers), fussy cut the one that is on the cardstock out to layer onto the framed stamped one. place both on a second frame that has been cut out of black, wrap in twine or ribbon and add to the front of your card base that you set to one side. 
 Here is a closer look at the card at an angle so you can see all the dimension that it has but yet so simple to make. I hope you checkout my SinCity Stamps, Chipboard, Stencils, Mask, etc as well as the rest of the store and try making some easy and simple cards. Pammejo

Black Ink
White Cardstock
Copic Markers
Fall Berry Pick
Pop Dots