Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunflowers and Pumpkins - KSS Monday

I don't know why I haven't reached for this cute little sunflower more often, but I sure had fun playing with it today! It comes from Multi Step Sunflowers by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

10 Minute Card



Multi Step Harvest by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Chocolate Chip and Crushed Curry,
and Fashionista by Graphic 45
Inks: Flower - l Momento Dandelion, 2 SU Crushed Curry, 3 SU Pumpkin Pie
stamped off once, 4 Memento Rich Cocoa, and 5 Memento Espresso Truffles
Stalk and Leaves - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves
3 Memento Olive Grove
Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle
Embellishment: Ribbon


20 Minute Card - I stamped and masked the pumpkins first and then stamped the sunflowers. I removed the masks and added the grass over the pumpkins.
This card as been entered in the Craft a Scene September - Fall Splendor Challenge and the Jellypark Friday Challenge Blog - Autumn/Fall Challenge.


Stamps: Multi Step Sunflfowers,  Multi Step Pumpkins, 3 Step Honey Bunny,
and Multi Step Harvest by Kitchen Sink Stampd
Papers: Recollections White, SU Garden Green and Pumpkin Pie,
and Fashionista by Graphic 45
Inks: Flower - l Momento Dandelion, 2 SU Crushed Curry, 3 SU Pumpkin Pie
stamped off once, 4 Memento Rich Cocoa, and 5 Memento Espresso Truffles

Stalk and Leaves - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves stamped off once, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 3 Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade

Pumpkins - 1 Memento Cantaloupe, 2 Memento Tangelo, 3 Memento Tangelo, 4 Memento Potter's Clay stamped off once, 5 Memento Potter's Clay

Pumpkin Leaves and Vine - Memento Cottage Ivy

Grass - SU Lucky Limeade
Sentiment - Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa
Sky - SU Soft Sky

I'm headed over the check out what the Kitchen Crew has to share today.
Come on with me!

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Friday, September 26, 2014

HMFMC179 - Autumn/Fall

I have had this cute little mouse for a couple of years and pulled it out today for the Mouse-House and Friends Monday Challenge 179 - Autumn/Fall as well as Gruffies & Guest Challenge 9 - Anything Goes with Option of Fall.


Stamps: Happy Windsday by House-Mouse Designs, Inc.
Papers: Recollections White, SU Soft Suede, Night Fall by American Crafts
Inks: Memento Espresso Truffle, SU Soft Sky, Copic Markers
Embellishments: Burlap, Copper Nailheads, McGill Leaf Punch

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CCEE1439 - National Dog Week

This week Lois has challenged the CCEE Stampers to honor National Dog Week by creating a card that features a dog. I have chosen to use sweet little Cookie from birthday4Cookie by The Stamps of Life.


Stamps: birthday4Cookie by The Stamps of Life
Papers: Blush Blossom and Groovy Guava by Stampin' Up,
 Georgia Pacific White, and Peachy Keen by American Crafts
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Calypso Coral, Copic Markers
Tools: MFT Die-namics Little LC Letters, The Stamps of Life Dies
Embellishment: Prima Flowers and Crystals

Check out the precious pups used by the CCEE Stampers' Design Team!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Leaves for KSS Monday

Each September I look forward with anticipation to the arrival of my favorite season of the year. I am welcoming autumn today with a couple of cards created using Multi Step Big Leaves and Autumn Squirrel by Kitchen Sink Stamps. 

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Big Leaves and Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, and Tangelo Twist
Inks Layers on Leaf: 3 Memento Rich Cocoa, 2 Memento Tangelo, 
1 Memento Tangelo stamped off once
Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle

20 Minute Card - the acorn and sentiment are from 3 Step Autumn Squirrel.


Stamps: Multi Step Big Leaves and 3 Step Autumn Squirrel by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Lucky Limeade
Inks Layers on Leaves and Acorns: 3 Memento Rich Cocoa, 2 Memento Peanut Brittle 
1 Memento Pear Tart
Sentiment - Memento Rich Cocoa

Thanks for your visit today! I hope you found some Kitchen Sink inspiration.

For more beautiful Kitchen Sink creations, drop by the blogs of the KSS Crew!

 Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Friday, September 19, 2014

The First Christmas

I am hard at work trying to get all my Christmas cards ready to go before Thanksgiving. Today I mixed a few die cuts together with a sentiment from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps to create this holiday card.


Stamps: Born This Day by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Dies: Nativity Die by Taylored Expressions, Pine by Impression Obsession, and
Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Blue Bayou and Glorious Green
Inks: Versamark and SU Handsome Hunter
Embellishment: Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Cord, Silver Tinsel Ribbon

I have entered this Christmas card in the following challenges:

Scrapy Land Challenge #2 - die cuts and embossing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CCEE Stampers - Word Play - Hug


Today Lois has given us a Word Play Challenge. In honor of "Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day," include on your card something that starts with each of the following letters -- H U G. And tell us what each thing is.

Please join us and link your card up using the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post. If you upload to another site such as Splitcoaststampers, please add CCEE1438 to your keywords.

My hug:

H - hat on head, hand on hip/ U - uniform/ G - gown





Image: Stella Nursing - ICU by Bugaboo Digi Stamps
Papers: Only Orange, Garden Green, and Crushed Curry by Stampin' Up
Georgia Pacific White
Ready Set Go by American Crafts
Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe by Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Embellishments: Spica Atyou Pen, Prima Flower, Brad, Dimensionals

See all the fabulous H-U-G creations by the CCEE Stampers!


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!