Monday, September 15, 2014

Owl & Autumn Moon

With the first cold front of the season headed for Texas this weekend, my mind is turning to the beautiful autumn season. We will be lucky to have our temperatures lowered by 5 degrees this first time out. We don't begin to see anything in the way of colorful leaves until late November. And even then, it will only be the Chinese Tallow and a few others. My yard is filled with oaks which hang on to their leaves until early spring.

My Kitchen Sink focus stamp set for this week's Ten Minute and Ten Minute More Designs is the beautiful Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon. Every time I use it, I wonder why I don't pull it out more often.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon, 3 Step Autumn Squirrel, 
and Multi Step Harvest by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and SU Really Rust
Inks: Owl layers - 4 Memento Espresso Truffle, 3 Memento Rich Cocoa, 
2 Memento Peanut Brittle, 1 Memento Peanut Brittle
Limb - 2 Memento Espresso Truffle, 1 Memento Rich Cocoa
Leaves: Memento Potter's Clay, Cantaloupe, Peanut Brittle
Tools: Oval Punches

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon, 3 Step Turkey Trot, 1/2 Pint Alphabet,
and Friends of the Moon by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and SU Summer Sun, Basic Black, and Night of Navy
Inks: Owl layers - 4 Memento Espresso Truffle, 3 Memento Rich Cocoa, 
2 Memento Peanut Brittle, 1 Memento Peanut Brittle
Limb - 2 Memento Espresso Truffle,
Moon layers - 3 SU Peach Parfait, 2 SU Crushed Curry, 1 SU Crushed Curry
Stars - Brilliance Platinum Planet
Sentiment - Memento Paris Dusk
Tools: Spellbinders Wrought Iron Fence, Circle Punch

I am so lucky to have you visit here today! Thank you so much!

For more wonderful KSS designs, check out the Kitchen Crew's latest creations!

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Odd Day at CCEE Stampers

Lois has us celebrating Odd Day over at the CCEE Stampers with Challenge 1437. The task at hand is to create a card on which we use an old number of the same embellishment for our design! Fun!!

On my design I have used 1 ribbon, 5 roses, and 13 leaves!


Stamps: Lamentations 3:21-23 by Our Daily Bread Designs
Papers: Naturals Ivory, Lavender Lace, and Pear Pizzazz by Stampin' Up
Perfumeries by Graphic 45
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, SU Pear Pizzazz
Tools: Circle Nestabilities, Curvy Leaves Die by Elizabeth Designs
Embellishments: Paper Roses, Ribbon

Head over to see what oddness the CCEE Stampers have for you today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Birthday Balloons - KSS Monday

There are lots of September birthdays among my friends and nothing says birthday like balloons! Today's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More Kitchen Sink Designs feature Multi Step Bunch o' Balloons. These fun cards are hitting the mailbox today to help my friends celebrate their big days!

10 Minute Card - I added a burst of confetti in pink and purple across the card using an image from KSS Friends of the Moon.


Stamps: Multi Step Bunch o' Balloons, Friends of the Moon, and 3 Step Hearts & Roses
by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White, SU Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry
Inks: Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry and Memento Tuxedo Black, Elderberry and Rose Bud

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Bunch o' Balloons and 3 Step Hearts & Roses
by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White, assorted Stampin' Up Scraps
Inks:  Memento Lulu Lavender, Rose Bud, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Teal Zeal,
Nautical Blue, Pear Tart, and Bamboo Leaves
Tools: Fine Tip Black Sharpie and My Favorite Things Alphabet Dies

What an honor it is to have you visit here today!

Be sure to check out the work of the rest of the Kitchen Crew:

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CCEE Stampers 1436 - Newsprint

CCEE Stampers' Designer, Lois Bak, is the host for the CCEE challenges in September. For this first September challenge, she has asked the team to make a card using newsprint as a part of the design.

Here is my newsprint creation:





Stamps: Multi Step Father's Pocket Watch by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, and  Soft Suede by Stampin' Up
French Industrial by Tim Holtz
Inks:  Layers on Watch - 3 Memento Espresso Truffle, 2 Memento Rich Cocoa,
1 Memento Toffee Crunch
Sponging done with Memento Toffee Crunch and SU Soft Suede
Sentiment: Memento Espresso Truffle
Tool: Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug

See the newsprint creations of the members of the CCEE Design Team!
They are awesome!!

Maryann Einam

Play along and link your creation to the CCEE Stampers' Blog.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Pansies for KSS Monday

This weekend my sister is here a few weeks early to help me celebrate my birthday. We don't often get to spend crafting time together so it always really special when we do. We have been having a ball with one of the wonderful gifts she brought.

I am now the proud owner of a Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch system and 3 punches. It makes the most fabulous doilies quickly and easily in sizes from 6 inches up to 12 inches which is a little large for card making, but I knew I had to fit one in for today's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More KSS Designs.

I realized that I haven't had the 3 Step Pansy out in a while and thought it would fabulous for today's cards. I hope you agree!

10 Minute Card



Stamps: 3 Step Pansy and Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White
Inks: Pansy - 4 Memento Grape Jelly, 3 Memento Sweet Plum, 2 Memento
Sweet Plum stamped off once, 1 Memento Lulu Lavender, 5 Memento Elderberry
Leaves - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves,
3 Memento Olive Grove
Sentiment - Memento Elderberry
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

20 Minute Card



Stamps: 3 Step Pansy and Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White, Mrs. Grossman's Embossed Crinkle, SU Elegant
Eggplant and Garden Green, Reaction by Crate Paper
Inks: Pansy - 4 Memento Grape Jelly, 3 Memento Sweet Plum, 2 Memento
Sweet Plum stamped off once, 1 Memento Lulu Lavender, 5 Memento Elderberry
Leaves - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves,
3 Memento Olive Grove
Sentiment - Memento Elderberry and Sweet Plum
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities, and Martha Stewart
Circle Edge Punch
Embellishment: Ribbon and Crystals

Check in on the amazing designs of the rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew:

 Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CCEE1435 - Herringbone

Today Amber is bringing another fun challenge to the CCEE Stampers. This week the focus in on the herringbone technique. It is a super fun technique for using up scraps of paper. Directions for this technique can be found in the Splitcoaststampers Tutorial Section

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post on the CCEE Stampers Blog. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1435 to your keywords.

Here is my herringbone design!


Stamps: 3 Gentlemen by Tim Holtz
Sentiment from Sassy Succulents by Power Poppy
Papers: Naturals Ivory by Stampin' Up
Recollections Black, Bazzill Yellow
Assorted Graphic 45 scraps
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink Wild Honey
Embellishment: Dimensionals and Ribbon

Be sure you check out the fabulous herringbone designs by the rest of the
CCEE Stampers' Design Team found linked below!

Monday, August 25, 2014

KSS Monday - Sunflowers

The heat here in my part of Texas continues to remain above one hundred degrees day after day. Not a cloud in sight for days, just the blazing sun. That hot summer sun has inspired me to reach for Kitchen Sink Stamps' Multi Step Giant Sunflower for today's KSS 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs.

10 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Giant Sunflower, Simple Sentiments, 3 Step Bells,
and 3 Step Letters from the Past by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White
Inks:  Flower - 1 SU Crushed Curry, 2 SU Crushed Curry, 3 SU Hello Honey,
4 Memento Rich Cocoa, 5 Memento Espresso Truffle
Leaf - 3 Memento Olive Grove, 2 & 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Background Script - Memento Pear Tart
Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle
Tools: Circle Nestabilities


20 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Giant Sunflower, Simple Sentiments,
and 3 Step Letters from the Past by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Certainly Celery and Crushed Curry
Inks:  Flower - 1 SU Crushed Curry, 2 SU Crushed Curry, 3 SU Hello Honey,
4 Memento Rich Cocoa, 5 Memento Espresso Truffle
Leaf - 3 Memento Olive Grove, 2 & 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Background Script - Memento Pear Tart
Sentiment - Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: Circle Nestabilities and Nesting Lace Circles by QuicKutz
Embellishment: Ribbon

Thanks for visiting me today to see my KSS creations!

Drop in on the KSS Crew to see their latest designs:


  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CCEE 1434 - Back to School

Back before I retired from the classroom, late August was always the most exciting time of the school year. Everyone was anxious to learn who their teachers would be and how many of their friends would be in their classes. Every child entered the classroom on the first day decked out in their favorite new clothes and staggering under the weight of all their new school supplies.

I have been retired for 10 years now, and I still miss the crazy, busy excitement of that first day of school, but tomorrow morning I will get to experience that excitement in a new way. I will be delivering my oldest granddaughter to college and helping her move into her dorm. We are starting out in the wee hours of the morning so we will have plenty of time to settle in after our 3 hour drive.

For this week's CCEE Challenge, Amber has us going Back to School! -   She has asked that we make a card or item that can be given to the teacher at open house or first day of school. 

My design is dedicated to elementary teachers everywhere. The love of reading established by devoted teachers has served my son and his children well. It is the key that opens the door to success for all children.



Stamps: Girl with Book and Crayon Box by Hampton Art
Sentiment from All Booked Up by Papertrey Ink
Papers: Pale Plum and Basic Black by Stampin' Up, Recollections White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black,  SU Wisteria Wonder, and Copic Markers
Tools: Cirle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Edge Punch
 Embellishment: Ribbon

Check out the Back to School designs of the CCEE Stampers! Then make a card for a teacher and share it with us on the CCEE Stampers' Blog!


Monday, August 18, 2014

KSS - Get Well Teddy

While looking through my KSS bins to select stamps to use for Kitchen Sink Monday, I came across this adorable teddy bear that I haven't used but a few times. With more than one of my friends getting a new knee or new hip in the coming weeks, this little guy looked like a perfect choice for today's designs.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Get Well Teddy and Never a Loss 4 Words by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections Ivory, SU Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar
Inks: Bear - 4 Memento Espresso Truffle, 3 Memento Rich Cocoa,
2 Memento Peanut Brittle, 1 Memento Desert Sand
Sentiment: Memento Espresso Truffle
Tools: Spellbinders Dies

20 Minute Card 
This teddy bear was stamped, cut out, and mounted with dimensionals over the stamped background.


 by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White
Inks: Bear - 4 Memento Espresso Truffle, 3 Memento Rich Cocoa,
2 SU Baked Brown Sugar, 1 Memento Peanut Brittle
Sentiment: Memento Espresso Truffle
Bowl - 3 Memento London Fog, 2 Memento London Fog stamped off once,
1 Memento London Fog stamped off twice
Carnations - 1 Memento Rose Bud stamped off once, 2 Memento
Rose Bud, 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Stems and Leaves - Memento Bamboo Stalk
Sponged Table Top - SU Pink Pirouette

The members of the Kitchen Crew have stamped wonderful KSS to share with you on their blogs!

 Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

There is a 10% discount code for all Kitchen Sink merchandise in the link in my right side bar. Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit today!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CCEE 1433 - Saying Goodbye

As Amber sends her oldest child off to college, she has challenged the CCEE Stampers to create a card saying goodbye. It can be a sympathy card or a safe trip/farewell card. Something that has to do with saying goodbye.

Sadly, my card needs this week included sympathy cards for a few of my dear friends.


Stamps: Dragonfly by PSX, Sentiment by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Papers: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Taken with Teal, and Lucky Limeade
by Stampin' Up
Inks: Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic Marker, SU Coastal Cabana
Embellishment: Copper Embossing Powder, Copper Cord, Stickles
Tools: Impression Obsession Tall Grass Die

Look in on the wonderful designs created by the rest of the CCEE Design Team.

Monday, August 11, 2014

KSS Monday - Sweet Cherries

I have be sharing some of the wonderful Kitchen Sink fruit stamps with you for the past month and will share one last one this week before moving on next week to a new focus.

Today I am working with the beautiful Multi Step Cherries. The 10 minute card was inspired by a pair of chartreuse pajamas I wear which are covered with pink and red cherries. I always have sweet dreams when I wear them!

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Cherries and Multi Step Berries by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Passion Pink and Pistachio Pudding by Stampin' Up
Inks: Red cherries - 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk, 2 and 1 Memento Lady Bug
Pink cherries - 3 Memento Rose Bud, 2 and 1 Memento Rose Bud stamped off once
Leaves - Bamboo Leaves and Olive Grove
Tools: Martha Stewart Edge Punch

20 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Cherries by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Real Red and Basic Black by Stampin' Up
Inks: Cherries - 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk, 2 and 1 Memento Lady Bug
Leaves - Bamboo Leaves and Olive Grove
Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishment: Ribbon

I appreciate so much your visit today!

Look in on the exquisite KSS work of the Kitchen Sink Crew!

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Flick Chicks

These girls was watching from the balcony, can you tell? This is my next to last card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers. I'm off to stamp my final one.


Stamps: At the Movies by Art Impressions
Tools: EKSuccess Punch, the Paper Studio Embossing Folder, Copic Markers