Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CCEE1606 - Heart Animals

Welcome to week two of our CCEE February challenges. Lynn here with a little Valentine fun. Way back when I was in grade school, every Valentine’s Day my classmates and I had such fun creating Valentine Critters to decorate our Valentine boxes. The task for today is to create an animal of any kind on your card in which you use heart shapes for some of its body parts.

My Valentine card has no stamping at all this week. My bee and sentiment were both created completely from die cuts.



Look at the fun critters created by the CCEE Team 
then take the challenge and play along!!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snow Buddies - KSS Let's Make a Scene

I thought these cute snowmen buddies might make a fun card to February's first Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. It practically never snows here on the Texas Gulf Coast so all my wintry, snowy fun has to be had with ink and paper.


Kitchen Sink Stamps used in this scene:

Color Recipes:

Snowmen:  Layer 1 was just cut out of white paper
Layer 2 PTI Spring Rain stamped off once
Layer 3 PTI Spring Rain

Snowy Pines: Layer 3 Memento Northern Pine stamped twice
Layer 2 Memento Northern Pine stamped once
Layer 3 Memento Northern Pine stamped off once

Cabin: Layer 3 PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 2 PTI Classic Craft
Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen

Cabin Roof: Layer 2 PTI Spring Rain
Layer 1 PTI Spring Rain stamped off once

Brick Wall: Layer 2 Stampin' Up Going Grey
Layer 1 PTI Soft Stone

Visit Maria and Lisa for additional Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CCEE1605 - Winter Fun

Hello, CCEE Stamper fans. February is my month to serve as hostess for the CCEE challenges. I know that many of us are having icy or snowy weather (or are dreaming that we do) now that February has arrived. My challenge for you is to create a project which features some activity unique to the cold months of winter.

We hope you will join us in this challenge and link your creation to the CCEE blog post for today. Should you post your design to another online gallery, please use keyword CCEE1605.




Stamps: Multi Step Rolling Hills and Multi Step Snowy Cabin
by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, PTI Spring Rain
Inks: PTI Spring Rain, Versafine Onyx Black
Tools: Spellbinders' Oval Dies, Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Dress It Up Snowflakes and Gemstones Pearls

Wonder what winter fun has been cooked up by the CCEE Designers? Check it out!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love from Teddy - KSS Monday

Lots of love in the air on this first Monday of February. For today's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs sponsored by Kitchen sink Stamps I have created a couple of the Valentines I will be sending on their way next week.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes, Multi Step Love 4 Ducky & Teddy,
and Plaid Plus by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White

Color Recipes
Teddy: Layer 3 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Layer 2 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft,
Layer 1 Papertrey Ink Fine Linen, Layer 4 Memento Espresso Truffle

Candy Box - Layer 3 Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Layer 2 Memento Rhubarb Stalk,
Layer 1 Memento Lady Bug, Layer 4 Memento Elderberry

Top Hat - Layer 4 Memento Tuxedo Black stamped twice, Layer 3 Memento London Fog stamped 3 times, Layer 2 Memento Gray Flannel, Layer 1 Stampin' Up Going Grey

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes and Multi Step Love 4 Ducky & Teddy,
 by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Paper: Recollections White and Black
Stampin' Up Real Red

Color Recipes
Teddy: Layer 3 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft, Layer 2 Papertrey Ink Fine Linen,
Layer 1 Memento Desert Sand, Layer 4 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate

Candy Box - Layer 3 Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Layer 2 Memento Rhubarb Stalk,
Layer 1 Memento Lady Bug, Layer 4 Memento Elderberry

Top Hat - Layer 4 Memento Tuxedo Black stamped twice, Layer 3 Memento London Fog stamped 3 times, Layer 2 Memento Gray Flannel, Layer 1 Stampin' Up Going Grey

Tools: Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Embossing Folder
Spellbinders' Heart Dies

Embellishment: Silk Ribbon

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CCEE1604 - Chocolate Cake

Who doesn't love chocolate cake? Did you know they even have a special day to celebrate this yummy treat? Chocolate Cake Day was the 27th January. To take part in this week's CCEE Challenge the cards are to feature cake, bonus points if it is chocolate cake.



Images: Beary Nice Celebration - Griffies by Jareckie Designs
               Loved by You by Stampabilities

Check out the cake being served by the rest of the CCEE Design Team members!




Monday, January 25, 2016

4th Monday - Let's Make a Winter Scene - KSS

The fourth Monday in January brings with it this fun winter scene sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The design includes an ice fisherman on a frozen pond tucked in behind the birch trees. I am loving all the new winter images for my masculine cards.

Sets used to create today's scene include:

Multi Step Icy Pond
Multi Step Birch Trees
3 Step Honey Bunny
Greetings from the Woods




Color Recipes

Birch Trees - Layer 1 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft, Layer 2 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate

Pine Trees - All layers Memento Northern Pine (layers 2 & 3 stamped off once)

Bunny  - Layer 4 Memento Espresso Truffle, Layer 3 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Layer 2 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft, Layer 1 Papertrey Ink Fine Linen

Visit the members of the Kitchen Crew for additional  Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration!



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

CCEE1603 - National Opposites Day

Did you know that the 25th January is National Opposite Day?  For our challenge this week Frances has asked that we make a card/project that has opposites on it. Think opposite colors on the color wheel, stripes and polka dots, black and white, mirror image, etc.

I chose to use reflections in water as my opposites today. The images are from Kitchen Sink Stamps while the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

We would love for you to join us in this fun challenge and share an opposites card on the CCEE Stampers Blog.



Look in on the CCEE Design Team's work to see the "opposites" they have chosen!


Monday, January 18, 2016

New from the Kitchen

In today's post sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I am taking a break from my usual 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs to share with you the latest new sets available to order or pre-order from Kitchen Sink Stamps now. So much wintery fun! What a great blend of images to mix and match with each other as well as KSS images you may already own. I have not even begun to use all the fun mini silhouettes included in Icy Pond and Snowy Cabin. They are awesome!

The new sets are:

Multi Step Icy Pond
Multi Step Rolling Hills
Multi Step Snowy Cabin
Multi Step Snowmen
Multi Step Love 4 Ducky & Teddy
Make a Bold Statement


All the images in this first card are from Multi Step Icy Pond which is a mini set. It also includes silhouettes of skaters, kids on a sled, and an ice fisherman. I only used three inks on this card: Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue, Memento's Northern Pine, and Versafine Onyx Black.


The images except for the sentiment on the card below are from Multi Step Snowy Cabin. This cabin is smaller than the cabin in Cabin by the Lake and has a snowy covered roof with dangling icicles. The sentiment is from Greetings from the Woods. The inks used for this card were SU Bashful Blue, Papertrey Ink Classic Craft, Fine Linen, and Dark Chocolate, and Memento Espresso Truffle.



For this monochromatic anniversary card, I used only two inks: Stampin' Up's Going Grey and Versafine Onyx Black. The snowy hillside was created using Multi Step Rolling Hills while the trees are a part of the Multi Step Snowy Cabin set. The sentiment is from Make a Bold Statement and the pond and skaters are from Multi Step Icy Pond.



I do not have a white ink that is worth a darn so here is how I created the three step snowmen from the new Multi Step Snowmen set ( which contains three snowman sizes by the way. Used here are the large and medium). I stamped layer one of the snowman on a pink sticky note and stuck it on top of my white cardstock to cut out layer one. That gave me the bright white layer. I then stamped layer 2 on the pre-cut snowman with Papertrey Ink's Soft Stone. I next stamped layer 3 with Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue. The features were added last, of course.



Today's final card uses a new companion set for Teddy and Ducky called, what else, Love 4 Ducky & Teddy. It includes the tiara and top hat as well a a sweet box of chocolates. There are sentiments included that would work well for Valentine's Day or an anniversary.



When ordering from Kitchen Sink Stamps, remember to take advantage of a 15% discount by entering the store through the link in my right side bar and using the coupon provided there!

I'll be back on schedule with a Let's Make a Scene design next Monday! I bet it is something cold and frosty!

Look in on Lisa and Maria to see what they have to share today with the new stamps!


Saturday, January 16, 2016

I am holed up in my craft cave working on samples for 6 new Kitchen Sink Stamps sets being released on Monday, January 18. Here is a little snippet of a Valentine I will be able to share with you on Monday.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CCEE1602 - Hats

Our CCEE Hostess for the month, Frances, has asked that we include a hat in our creations to honor national Hat Day which is January 15. Play along with us this week and link your design to the CCEE Blog!

For today's challenge this Texas girl has thrown a cowboy hat on one of Tim Holtz's crazy birds! Yee haw, ya'll!


Images from:

Bird Crazy by Tim Holtz
Happy Birthday Everyone by Stampin' Up
Multi Step Cowboy Hat by Kitchen Sink Stamps

I wonder what kind of hats the rest of the CCEEers have used!
Check it out!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Truck and Birch Tree Tutorial - KSS

After posting yesterday's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps using the KSS Multi Step Classic Old Truck, Multi Step Birch Trees, and Multi Step Tree Friends , I have had several requests for a step by step tutorial describing how it was created.

From start to finish, the steps below took me one hour and 10 minutes. I was slowed down a little by the photography. Also note that I do stamp my layers using the MISTI which allows for easy restamping for color intensity

Step One:

Stamp layer 3 of the wheel base of the truck using Versafine Onyx Black twice.


Stamp layer 2 of the wheel base of the truck using Memento London Fog.



This next photo shows how layer 1 is lined up for stamping.


Layer 1 of the wheel base was then stamped with Papertrey Ink Soft Stone.


Now it is time to add the body of the truck. I started with layer 3 stamped 4 times with Papertrey Ink Classic Craft. (It is somewhat blotchy because my pad needs reinking and I haven't ordered the reinker yet).


Next I stamped layer 2 of the truck body twice also with Papertrey Ink Classic Craft.


Then I stamped layer 1 of the truck body twice with Papertrey Ink Fine Linen.


The last layer of the truck body (layer 4) I stamped with Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate.


Now it is time to mask the truck to stamp the background. As you can see from the ink, I store my mask and reuse it over and over with the truck. The square post it below the truck keeps the tree trunks from stamping on the card front below the truck.


I then stamped layer 2 of the birch trees over the truck using Memento Espresso Truffle.


Next came layer 1 stamped with Papertrey Ink Classic Craft.


Then it was time to mask the tree trunks. I store and reuse these masks as well!


I then torn a horizon to lay across the entire card front to sponge in the sky with Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist.


Here it was time to remove the horizon mask and the tree truck mask.


The next masks were quickly torn panels for sponging on the road below the truck. I tapped in some Memento London Fog to create it.


At this point all masks were removed making it clear that one final masking needs to happen. We need to be able to see the birch tree trunks through the right truck window.


To accomplish this, I repositioned layer 2 of the birch tree trunk in the same place it was stamped originally.


Now using 4 post it notes, I masked off the truck by framing the window.



Then the two layers of the birch tree trunks are stamped in the same colors as the original.


Now all the masking has been completed.


I added the grazing deer and grass sprigs on the hill and by the road.


I then added a torn strip of glitter paper across the bottom and trimmed the card on all 4 sides.


The last things added to the card before the final trim were extra birch tree trunks which had been stamped and cut from another piece of cardstock.



One last trim and the scene is ready for use on the card or project of your choice. Happy stamping!


Monday, January 11, 2016

Winter Birthday

Today begins a new year of 2nd and 4th Monday Let's Make a Scene designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. I don't know if I have told you lately how much I love the Multi Step Birch Trees! They are so very versatile and beautiful for any season.

Today I have placed them in the background and foreground of this snowy winter scene with the Multi Step Classic Old Truck and Multi Step Tree Friends. I wanted something special for my dad who will be celebrating his 87th birthday next Sunday.

I am sharing this card in The Male Room Challenge  and the Landscaping Challenge: Winter Wonderland this week!


Color Recipes

Trees: Layer 2 Memento Espresso Truffle, Layer 1 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft

Truck Wheel Base: Layer 3 Versafine Onyx Black, Layer 2 Memento London Fog,
 Layer 1 Papertrey Ink  Soft Stone

Truck Body: Layer 3 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft stamped 3 times, 
Layer 2 Papertrey Ink Classic Craft stamped 2 times, 
Layer 1 Papertrey Ink Fine Linen stamped 2 times

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