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, Inc.
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

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CCEE1432 - At the Fair

Welcome to another CCEE Stampers Challenge.  Amber Hillman is the challenge hostess for August. The first week in August is the County Fair where Amber lives so with CCEE1432 she has challenged us to make a card having some object or an animal that you would find at the fair. And for extra points, have some green on the card as that is the color for 4-H which is always a big part of any county fair. No bonus points for me!

I spent many a day and night at the Brazoria County Fair which is held every October viewing all the entries. So many wonderful memories!


Stamps: Jar of Peaches by Yvonne Albritton Designs
Sentiment by Stampin' Up
Papers: DP, Poppy Parade, and Summer Sun by Stampin' Up
White Recollections
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copic Markers
Embellishment: Ribbon


And I'm going to throw this one in for good measure. It was created for one of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at SCS. Still no green, Amber! So sorry.


Stamps: Feeling Sentimental by Stampin' Up
Sentiment by Tim Holtz
Papers: Naturals Ivory, Baked Brown Sugar, and Basic Black by Stampin' Up
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and Baked Brown Sugar by Stampin' Up


Check out the county fair inspired creations of the rest of the CCEE team members:




I hope you have wonderful memories of the county fair, too! If so, create a card about the fair and share it with the CCEE Stampers!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Welcome Little One

This week I am busy taking part in the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers. Now in its fourth day with 7 or 8 challenges per day, it is beginning to feel somewhat brutal. I thought today I would share one of my favorite creations of the 23 I have completed so far before today's challenges are posted, and I am off and stamping again.

 It is a card to welcome a new baby girl. I hope you like it!

I am also entering it in the HMFMC175 - Relax and Enjoy Life Challenge over at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge.




Stamps: Baby Shoes by House-Mouse Designs, Inc.
I Love Lace by Stampin' Up
Sentiment from 'Lil Elephant by KSS
Papers: Recollections White, SU Basic Black and Pink Pirouette
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Pink Pirouette, Copic Markers
Embellishment: Paper Roses, Leaves cut with Elizabeth Curvy Leaves Die


Monday, August 4, 2014

Sweet Summer Strawberries

Thanks for dropping by for another Kitchen Sink Monday. Today I am working with the sweet strawberry from Multi Step Berries.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Berries and Seed Packet by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade and Certainly Celery
Inks: Berry - 2 Memento Love Letter, 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk stamped off once, 
1 Memento Love Letter stamped off once, 4 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Greens: Memento Bamboo Leaves and Olive Grove
Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black colored with Copic Markers
Tools: Circle Nestabilities
Embellishment: Seam Binding Ribbon

20 Minute Card
Although this is a simple single layer card, all the masking took up the entire extra 10 minutes



Stamps: Multi Step Berries and Multi Step Basket by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White
Inks: Berries - 2 Memento Love Letter, 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk stamped off once, 
1 Memento Love Letter stamped off once, 4 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Greens - Memento Bamboo Leaves and Olive Grove
Basket - 3 Memento Rich Cocoa, 2 Memento Rich Cocoa stamped off once,
1 Memento Peanut Brittle
Table sponged with SU More Mustard
Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle
Embellishment: Seam Binding Ribbon

You will find more Kitchen Sink inspiration on the blogs below.

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Inspired by a Song - CCEE1431

Shirley is ending her month of challenges for the CCEE Stampers with a fun one: Create a card related to a song title. Since I am in holiday card-making mode at the moment, I have chosen the classic Christmas carol, We Three Kings.


Stamps: sentiment from Seek Him Still by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Papers: Basic Black and Lost Lagoon by Stampin' Up
Lost & Found Two by My Mind's Eye sponged with SU Lost Lagoon
Tools: Nativity Die by Taylored Expressions
Star Die from Born This Day by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black and SU Lost Lagoon
Embellishment: Yellow Chalk and Rhinestone

See what the following songs have inspired the CCEE Design Team to create! Then choose a song and create a card to share with us!


Frances Bryne - Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Joanne Grzelak - High Hopes
Anne Harmon - I Love Paris
Vicky Gould - Ebb Tide
Sabrina Friel - On the Road to Find Out
Lois Bak - You're the Cream in My Coffee
Amber Hillman - These Boots Were Made for Walking
Liz Williams - Tangled Up in Blue 
Maryann Einam - Funny Face

Monday, July 28, 2014

KSS - Blackberries

This week's Kitchen Sink Stamps fruit of choice is the blackberry/raspberry from Multi Step Berries. I chose it today because my husband's favorite summertime dessert is blackberry cobbler, and I just put one in the oven. Fortunately for me, Marie Callender makes the one he loves! I'll add a dollop of Cool Whip when it comes out of the oven, and he will be one happy camper!

10 Minute Card


 Stamps: Multi Step Berries by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Blackberry Bliss
Ink Layers: Berries - 3 SU Blackberry Bliss, 2 SU Blackberry Bliss stamped off once,
1 SU Blackberry Bliss stamped off once
Stem and Leaves - SU Mossy Meadow
Sentiment: SU Blackberry Bliss
Tools: Sizzix Dies, Dimensionals

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Berries and 3 Step Hey, Chick by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Blackberry Bliss and Lucky Limeade
Ink Layers: Berries - 3 SU Blackberry Bliss, 2 SU Blackberry Bliss stamped off once,
1 SU Blackberry Bliss stamped off once
Stem and Leaves - SU Mossy Meadow
Sentiment - SU Blackberry Bliss
Sponging - SU Pale Plum
Background Flowers - Memento Pear Tart
Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Dimensionals, EK Success Punch
Embellishments: Ribbon and Crystals

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! I hope you have time to look in on the Kitchen Sink creations being shared today by the rest of the Kitchen Crew!

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CCEE1430 - Follow the Recipe

This week Shirley has asked the CCEE Stampers to follow a recipe! The cards for Challenge 1430 must include 2 circles, 1 oval, and 2 or more octagons (or hexagons/decagons).

I looked around my desk and decided to use the papers, stamps, and embossing folder I had used to create a birthday card earlier this week! I turned out O.K., I think. I hope you like it.


Stamps: World of Dreams and Wetlands by Stampin' Up
Paper: Recollections White, SU Certainly Celery and Mossy Meadow
Inks: SU Centainly Celeery and Mossy Meadow
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Octagon Nestabilities, Circle Punches,
Oval Punch, Dimensionals

Drop in and see what the rest of the design team cooked up with this recipe!

Maryann Einam

Now it's your turn! What can you create with 2 circles, 1 oval, and 2 or more octagons? Play along and link your creation to the CCEE Stampers Blog!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Peaches

Some of my favorite childhood memories of visiting my grandmother's house in the summer were the hot afternoons we would spend at her kitchen table eating the sweet concoction she would pull from her freezer during our visits. The recipe was simple: sweet Texas peaches, cream, and sugar blended together and frozen in an ice cube tray. The resulting treat can only be described as heaven on earth! Although she has been gone for over 30 years, I still treat myself to her Peaches and Cream at least once a summer and I am flooded with sweet memories of the summer days my sister and I spend in her care.

Today's Kitchen Sink designs were created with their Multi Step Peach set. I really love the color recipe I used on the layers today. I think I will be using it again!

10 Minute Peach


Stamps: Multi Step Peach by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Crisp Cantaloupe and Pear Pizzazz
Ink Layers: Peach - 3 Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe, 4 Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie,
2 Memento Cantaloupe, 1 Memento Cantaloupe
Leaves - 3 Memento Olive Grove, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Stem - Memento Rich Cocoa
Sentiment - Stampin' Up Tangelo Twist
Tool: Sizzix Die

20 Minute Peaches


Stamps: Multi Step Peach and Multi Step Berries by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Crisp Cantaloupe and Pear Pizzazz
Ink Layers: Peach - 3 Stampin' Up Crisp Cantaloupe, 4 Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie,
2 Memento Cantaloupe, 1 Memento Cantaloupe
Leaves - 3 Memento Olive Grove, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Stem - Memento Rich Cocoa
Sentiment - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Tool: Oval Nestabilities
Embellishment: Doily and Dimensionals

See the latest Kitchen Sink inspiration from the Crew!

  Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator