Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bleached Out Images - CCEE1505

For Vicky's final week as hostess of the CCEE Stampers Challenge, she has asked us to use the Bleached Out Image technique. I wasn't quite sure what that entailed so I headed over to the SCS tutorial she shared with us.

Here is what I came up with! The bleached image is from an old set (2003) called Sketches by Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.

After bleaching the image, I colored it with Copic markers.


Check out the bleached creations from the rest of the CCEE Designers! Beautiful stuff!!

Maryann Einam

I had lots of fun with this challenge! If you choose to give this a try, be sure to share your results with us on the CCEE Stampers Blog. We love it when you play along!

Monday, January 26, 2015

For You, Valentine

I am back with week with more Kitchen Sink Stamps Valentines. I love the carnations from the Get Well Teddy set, so I let them have center stage in this week's designs!

10 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Get Well Teddy and Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections 110 White, SU Melon Mambo
Inks: Memento Rose Bud, Lady Bug, and Bamboo Leaves
Tools: Heart Nestabilities

20 Minute Card - for this one layer design, I sponged Love Letter ink over a small doily. I then stamped the teddy and carnations on top of that.


Stamps: Multi Step Get Well Teddy, Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes,
 and Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections 110 White
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Potter's Clay, Peanut Brittle,
Rose Bud, Love Letter, and Bamboo Leaves

I have one more week of KSS Valentines planned for you. Next week - roses!

Also creating beautiful work for Kitchen Sink Stamps:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CCEE1504 - Silhouettes

Our CCEE January hostess, Vicky Gould, has challenged us this week to make a card using a silhouette stamp.....any kind...our choice!  The card must also have a sentiment stamped on the front.

I love working with silhouettes so this challenge is right up my alley. I have used a stamp set called The Sea by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I never tire of working with this beautiful set!


Drop by and see the beautiful silhouette designs created by the CCEE Team!

Maryann Einam

Pull out your silhouette stamps and join us in this week's challenge! Post your completed card over at the CCEE Stampers!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wild 4 You, Valentine!

Today I had fun creating some of the Valentines I will be sending out in the next couple of weeks using Kitchen Sink Stamps' Multi Step Lil' Elephant. I hope my friends don't think I am making a statement about the color gray and wrinkles!

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Lil' Elephant and Words of Love
by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections 110 White and SU Real Red
Inks: Elephant - 3 Memento London Fog, 4 Memento Tuxedo Black,
2 Memento London Fog stamped off once, 1 SU Going Grey
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Oval Nestabilities



20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Lil' Elephant and Multi Step Hearts
by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections 110 White and SU Real Red and Pink Pirouette
Inks: Elephant - 3 Memento London Fog, 4 Memento Tuxedo Black,
2 Memento London Fog stamped off once, 1 SU Going Grey
Hearts - Memento Lady Bug and Angel Pink
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Heart Nestabilities
Embellishment: Ribbon and Paper Rose

Thanks for your visit today. Next Monday will bring more Kitchen Sink Stamps Valentine creations!

Be inspired by the wonderful work of the Kitchen Sink Crew.

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

CCEE1503 - Stamp Etching

Vicky has asked us to try our hand at stamp etching with today's CCEE Stampers Challenge. If you have never tried it, Lydia Fiedler of Splitcoaststampers created a wonderful tutorial that teaches you every thing you need to know to give it a try. I have chosen to use it on this bird stamp by Martha Stewart.

I don't think I have quite gotten the hang of it on my first attempt, but I had fun trying!


Check out the beautiful stamp etchings created by
the rest of the CCEE Stampers Design Team!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Trucks in Snow - KSS

After mailing 6 birthday cards last week, I am still working to stockpile more winter birthday cards. This week I am working strictly on masculine cards. I had a lot of fun on these mixing Kitchen Sink Stamps' Multi Step Classic Old Truck and Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees. 

Thank you, Kitchen Sink Stamps for these beautiful images you provide for me to use in my design work! I just recently celebrated my 6th year as a member of their design team! 

10 Minute Card


 Stamps: Multi Step Classic Old Truck, Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees, 
and Simple Sentiments
Paper: Recollections 110 White and Black
Inks: Truck Wheel Base - 3 Memento Tuxedo Black, 2 Memento Gray Flannel,
1 Memento London Fog
Truck Body - 3 Memento Teal Zeal, 2 Memento Summer Sky, 1 Memento Summer Sky,
4 Memento Teal Zeal
Snowy Pines - 3 Memento Cottage Ivy, 2 and 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Sky - Memento Summer Sky
Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black

20 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Classic Old Truck, Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees, 
and Multi Step Tree Friends
Paper: Recollections 110 White, SU Chocolate Chip
Inks: Truck Wheel Base - 3 Memento Tuxedo Black, 2 Memento Gray Flannel,
1 Memento London Fog
Truck Body - 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk, 2 Memento Lady Bug, 1 Memento Lady Bug,
4 Memento London Fog
Snowy Pines - 3 Memento Northern Pine, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy,
1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Sky - Memento Summer Sky
Deer - Memento Espresso Truffle
Road - Memento Peanut Brittle and Rich Cocoa

Other member of the Kitchen Sink Crew are:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Visit them and be inspired by their gorgeous KSS creations!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CCEE1502 - With Sympathy

For the CCEE Stampers' second challenge of the new year, Vicky has requested that we create sympathy cards. I probably take more time and care creating sympathy cards than any other type of card. The emotion of the card needs to transcend the image and the words making it a very delicate balance to get it just right.

I hope you take the time to play along with CCEE1502 and share you creation on the CCEE Stampers' Blog.




Stamps: Serene Silhouettes by Stampin' Up, Bridge of Hope by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and Black
Inks: Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, and Regal Rose by Stampin' Up
Versafine Onyx Black
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities

The rest of the CCEE Stampers' Design Team 
have created some gorgeous sympathy designs.

Please take the time and see for yourself. I hope they inspire you to join us in this challenge. I would love to be inspired by your creations.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Birthdays with Winter Cardinals - KSS

With 7 birthdays of family and friends to celebrate in January, I felt that Multi Step Winter Cardinals by Kitchen Sink Stamps would be the perfect set to use for both masculine and feminine birthday designs. The 10 minute card and three of the 20 minute cards are going out in today's mail!

10 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Winter Cardinals and Ready 4 Any Holiday
Papers: Recollections White and Black
Inks: Cardinal - 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk, 2 Memento Lady Bug,
1 Memento Lady Bug, 4 Versafine Onyx Black
Beak and Feet on all layers Memento Tangelo
Pine - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy
Pine Cones - 1 Memento Potter's Clay, 2 Memento Rich Cocoa
Sentiment - Versafine Onyx Black

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Winter Cardinals, Simple Sentiments, and Multi Step Harvest
Papers: Recollections White and Black, SU Real Red, 
the Paper Studio Christmas Plaid
Inks: Cardinal - 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk, 2 Memento Lady Bug,
1 Memento Lady Bug, 4 Versafine Onyx Black
Beak and Feet on all layers Memento Tangelo
Pine - 1 Memento Cottage Ivy, 2 Memento Northern Pine
Pine Cones - 1 Memento Rich Cocoa, 2 Memento Espresso Truffle
Sentiment - Versafine Onyx Black
Tools: Spellbinders Die, Oval Cutter, Martha Stewart Fern Punch
Embellishment: Ribbon

Thanks so much for your visit today!
Be inspired by the work of the rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew!

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sweet Memories

Today's sympathy cards were created with images I received for use in my design work from Kitchen Sink Stamps. This beautiful rose bud is a part of 3 Step Hearts & Roses.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses and Words of Comfort and Joy by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Stampin' Up Pale Plum
Inks: Rose Bud - 4 Memento Elderberry, 3 Memento Sweet Plum,
2 Memento Lulu Lavender, and 1 Memento Lulu Lavender
Leaves - 1 and 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 3 Memento Olive Grove stamped off once
Sentiment - Memento Elderberry

20 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses and Simple Sentiments by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Stampin' Up Pale Plum and Blackberry Bliss, Recollections White
Inks: Rose Bud - 4 Memento Elderberry, 3 Memento Sweet Plum,
2 Memento Lulu Lavender, and 1 Memento Lulu Lavender
Sentiment - Memento Elderberry
Leaves - 1 and 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 3 Memento Olive Grove stamped off once
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and EKSuccess Edge Punch
Embellishment: Pearls

The rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew includes:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas Inside and Out!

For my final posting for Kitchen Sink Stamps before we all celebrate Christmas, I am featuring two wonderful tree sets provided to me to create my final holiday cards of 2014.

I hope you are ready for Christmas and enjoy a day of love and joy with you families.
Merry Christmas to you all! 

Thank you for looking in on me and supporting me with your comments and visits throughout 2014.

10 Minute Card - Looking Out



Stamps: Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees and 3 Step Bells by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White, Sleigh Ride by Cratepaper, Glitter Paper
Inks: Trees - 3 Memento Northern Pine, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 
1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Sky SU Baja Breeze, Sentiment Memento Tuxedo Black and Lady Bug
Tools: Grand Madison Window Die by Poppy Stamps, Circle Punch
Embellishment: Crystal Holly

20 Minute Card - Looking In


Stamps: Multi Step Pine Trees and Multi Step Christmas Lights, and
Multi Step Ornament and Stars by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White and SU Sahara Sand
Inks: Tree - 4 Memento Northern Pine, 5 Memento Cottage Ivy,
 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, and 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Lights - Memento Bahama Blue with green Sharpie
Wall - SU Daffodil Delight, Star Versamark embossed with gold glitter embossing powder
Tools: Grand Madison Window Die by Poppy Stamps and Brick Embossing Folder
by Cuttlebug
Embellishment - Red Crystals

Thanks again for dropping by today.

Visit the Kitchen Crew:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator


Monday, December 15, 2014

Hanging the Greens

Today I am working with a number of beautiful Christmas sets provided to me by Kitchen Sink Stamps for my work as a member of their design team. The focal point of each of today's designs is the small holly sprig from 3 Step Holly & Mistletoe. This set also includes a larger holly sprig with more leaves as well as a branch of mistletoe.

10 Minute Card


and Multi Step Christmas Lights (Merry) by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections Ivory and American Crafts Metallic Red
Inks: Holly - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 
1 Memento Northern Pine
Sentiment - Memento Lady Bug
Tools: Spellbinders Stately Circles
Embellishment: Red Crystals

20 Minute Card - the bow was stamped, cut out, and popped up on dimensionals over the wreath of holly.


 by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections Ivory and American Crafts Metallic Red
Inks: Holly - 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 
1 Memento Northern Pine
Bow - 1 Memento Love Letter, 2 Memento Lady Bug, 3 SU Ruby Red,
4 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Sentiment - Memento Lady Bug
Embellishment: Red Crystals

Visit the Kitchen Sink Crew to see more beautiful KSS designs.

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Starring Santa - CCEE 1450

For the final CCEE challenge of 2015, I have asked the girls to create cards featuring Santa. I have used my most favorite Santa image (Santa Collage by Rubber Stampede) to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas from the CCEE Stampers. We will return in January with all new challenges for the new year!


Look in on the rest of the design team to see their Christmas creations!