Monday, August 25, 2008

Retro Beatnik Cat -Customer Card by Rina!!

How cool is this card?!?!

Rina of ciaocarina created this fantastic craft using our beatnik cat and happy birthday rubber stamps. I'm not sure where the background is from, but it is fabulously punk rock. The happy birthday cake has bright sparkles that don't show up as well on blogger, and the stamps are embossed.

Isn't her color scheme awesome?
Thanks for sending us this card Rina!!

Check out her blog too!

Happy stamping...

Hey!! Don't forget to enter your card in our summer themed contest! Prizes galore!!! Just for sending us a card stamped with Sideshow Stamps rubber stamps. More details below...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vintage Circus Carnival Art Card

Vintage Circus Carnival Art Card
We just watched Tod Browning's
"Freaks" again...
and inspired by the side show madness I felt like posting this old art card I made a while back.

The stamps on this card are Spider Lady Circus Poster - J110I, Circus Poster - J111I, Toy Clown Head - N293E, Pinhead - N346D, KooKoo the Bird Girl - J307H, Alligator Boy - N114D, Pop Corn - N128C, Hypnotic Swirl - N34E, Pointing Hand - N398D, Vintage 1930's Circus - J375O, Desert Mesa - N270I, and Surfer Rosa - J249G.

What I did was fold a piece of beige card stock in half. Then I stamped the swirl, circus posters, desert mesa, surfer rosa and alligator boy directly on the card stock with art print brown dye ink. I stamped the pointing hand, pinhead, popcorn, bird girl, clown head, and circus on the same color of card stock with art print brown dye ink. I cut around these images and brushed the edges with art print brown dye ink. Then I colored the images with blue and yellow markers (the yellow is not as bright in real life). I taped these to blue card stock and cut around the edges. I sponged a bit more of the art print brown ink around the edges and on the main card itself. Then I taped on the circus scene with mounting tape to make it raised a bit. I taped all of the rest of the images on with double stick tape. I was going for an antique, vintage feel when I made this card, thus all the brown and monochromatic colors. Good times...

Be inspired by your favorite movie and make a piece of art to remember! It's fun!
On another note: You should go check out my husband's awesome ongoing comic saga Untamed Highway - for more Side Show, Secret Society, Tiki, Carnival, Beatnik, Horror B-Movie, Ratfinky Kustom Kulture, Creepy, madness!!
It's an amazing story you won't forget!!

And see more cards, crafts and creepy carnival cool rubber stamps at

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

* Re-Post * Summer Contest!!

There's still time to enter our summer contest!
Here's the details...

Our first contest will be Summer themed. We're looking for cards, scrapbook pages, crafts, basically anything you can stamp on, with a theme of summer...luaus, barbeques, family picnics, road trips, pool parties, and anything else you can imagine that conjures up a fun escape from the heat.

~ The craft must feature at least one or more of our stamps.
~ All submissions must be emailed to us by August 31st for a September 6th posting.
~ Email submissions to

~ There will be a first, second and third place winner and each of these submissions will be posted on our blog on September 6th.
~ First Place-Macho Grab bag of 30 unmounted rubber stamps with a retail value of $85-$90.
~ Second Place-Medium Grab bag of 15 unmounted stamps with a retail value of $45-$50.
~ Third Place-Little Grab bag of 10 unmounted stamps with a retail value of $35-$40.

We have tons of summer themed rubber stamps such as our barbeque grill and utensils; tikis, palm trees, bathing beauties and hula girls; suns and clouds; hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream cones; circus scenes, posters and concessions; surfers; flowers; cars, trailers and roadside googie signs and lots more to give you inspiration. Plus, right now we're offering a little Summer themed grab bag to help you get started on your Summertime crafting adventures. These can be purchased on our home page at

Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Retro Owl Card, Pendants, and Tip for today!

Retro Pop Art Owl ~ Birthday Card

The stamps on this card are "Pop Art 70's Owl Mate - J452H", "Retro Leaf - J297B" and "Retro Tiki Design - J299C"

What I did was cut a piece of beige card stock to size. Then I picked out a piece of ribbon (Michael's bargain bin) and chose my color scheme based on it. I then stamped the striped and diamond shaped images directly onto the card stock, with olive and blue dye ink. (Theses "stamps" are from scraps of rubber that I saved, and mounted onto a wood mount to make bold retro backgrounds.) I then stamped the leaf on the top and the tiki design on the bottom with art print brown dye ink. I laid the ribbon across the center and taped it on. Then I stamped the owl with art print brown dye ink on a piece of orange card stock, and then cut around it in a rounded shape. I sponged the edges and then taped it to a square of brown. I cut around that in an off kilter rounded edge, and then sponged those edges. The I taped it on the card. On the inside I wrote, "Happy Birthday! Hope it's a HOOT!"

TIP: Save your scraps of rubber, when you buy unmounted stamps! You can cut these into whatever shape you wish, and create your own background stamps!

Customer Craft!!!!

These fabulous pendants are by Eileen Bellomo
She used our retro owl border rubber stamp.
"I acquired some domino-like game pieces at a craft fair and finally got aound to doing something with them. I stamped them with Stazon, added embossing powder, heat set them, and used alcohol inks to color the owls. I glued on a bale, and instant pendant!"
Check out her blog for more cool crafts!

See more cards, crafts and rubber stamps at

Sunday, August 10, 2008


This here card is the first of our Customer Card posts...

This card is by Ami ~ She used our Retro Cowgirl Rubber Stamp. Great coloring job and color scheme huh?!

Thanks for your contribution Ami! Check out her blog too!

If you would like to be a part of this, email us a card you've made with some of our stamps and we'll post yours!

See more cards, crafts and rubber stamps at

busy busy busy...

Wow! It's been a while since we posted, and we had such great intentions of doing this at least once a week...

Well, first of all we here at Sideshow Stamps have been extremely busy with this lil' cutie!

This is our 4 1/2 month old daughter Dahlia. She's so awesome! And so much fun!!! I just did a little photo shoot with her, so I had to post a pic...

And, we've also just been blessed with two new nieces! Fun times!!

Okay, enough mommy and aunt stuff...

Here's a simple card I made recently.

It's stamped with our big wooden tiki, bamboo branches and hibiscus rubber stamps. I just stamped the bamboo directly onto the card with Memories art print brown dye ink and the hibiscus with Color Box ~ Prussian Blue chalk ink. I stamped the tiki with the same brown ink on another piece of cardstock and sponged the edges with the blue. I cut a few background layers and double stick taped it all together. Voila!

Don't forget our contest is still going and the deadline for submissions is August 31st!
Check below for details...