Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Inlaid Die Cuts - CCEE1509

It wouldn’t be a month of challenges from Sabrina without a technique challenge! The various ones for “the month of the pearl” were all optional, so here’s a technique challenge pure and simple...or not so simple; it’s up to you.

Create a design where you inlay your die cuts into your creation. I have inlaid my Elizabeth Crafts Designs ladybug into a Sweet 'n Sassy leaf and the leaf into the sentiment panel on my card. The background paper is By the Sea by Graphic 45. The sentiment is from Best Day Ever by Stampin' Up and is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.



Visit the blogs of the CCEE Design Team members to see their inlaid designs and then pull out your dies to give it a try.



No Coloring - ODBD

Our Daily Bread Design's Shining Light Challenge #228 requires a card with no coloring. I used their Fishing Boat and Fishing Net to create this monochromatic masculine card of encouragement.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Shamrocks and Clover - KSS Monday

It has been a while since I have created cards with Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover. With Saint Patrick's Day just around the bend, this seems like a good week to pull them out. The 10 minute design uses a shamrock to honor the Irish and the 20 minute design uses the 4-leaf clover.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover and Ready 4 Any Holiday 
by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, SU Garden Green
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, and Tuxedo Black
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinders

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover, Multi Step Lucky Horseshoe,
Multi Step Rubber Ducky, and Simple Sentiments by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and Black, SU Garden Green
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Gray Flannel, London Fog, and Tuxedo Black
Tools: Nestabilities by Spellbinders

Kitchen Sink Crew:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CCEE1508 - Moonstruck

This week's CCEE hostess, Sabrina says, "Interestingly, because February is a short month, there can actually be years in which there is no full moon at all. The last time this happened was 1999, the next time will be 2018. So while this isn’t one of those years - feature the moon on your cards."

Sounds like fun so here goes! I created an anniversary card!



Stamps: Because of You by Gina K Designs, 
Out on a Limb Sentiments by PaperTrey Ink
Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and Black
Inks: SU Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, and Daffodil Delight
Versafine Onyx Black
Tools: Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Embellishment: Star Sequins

Don't miss the opportunity to check out the moonstruck creations of
the CCEE Design Team Members! Then choose your favorite
moon image and join in on the fun!

Monday, February 16, 2015

By the Sea - KSS Monday

This Kitchen Sink Monday, I have designed masculine birthday cards using Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Seashells.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Seashells and Simple Sentiments by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: SU Naturals Ivory and Graphic 45 Gathering Seashells
Inks: Memento Morocco and Toffee Crunch

20 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Seashells, Letter from the Past, and Simple Sentiments
 by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: SU Naturals Ivory, Chocolate Chip and Soft Suede;
 Graphic 45 Gathering Seashells
Inks: Memento Morocco and Toffee Crunch; SU Soft Suede
Tools: EK Success Edge Punch, Martha Stewart Fern Punch
Embellishment: Jute

Also designing for Kitchen Sink Stamps

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CCEE1507 - Month of the Pearl

This month's CCEE Challenge hostess, Sabrina, shared with us that the Finnish for February is “helmiku”, which means “month of the pearl”. Snow melting on twigs and refreezing as drops has a pearl-like look.

For this week's challenge, we could take it easy and just use pearls/Liquid Pearls on our card, or we could be adventurous and try out some pearl techniques; pull out that old Pearl-Ex or Perfect Pearls!!

For my card, I embossed the butterfly with black embossing powder and then painted it with Pearl-Ex mixed the Future Floor Finish.


Stamps: Stipple Butterfly by Stampin' Up
Ecclesiastes 3:1 by Our Daily Bread Designs
Papers: Recollections White and Black
SU Lucky Limeade
Inks: Versamark and Versafine Onyx Black
Additional Materials: Black Embossing Powder, Pearl Ex and Future Floor Finish
Tools: Sizzix Interlocking Circles Die, Curvy Leaf Die by Elizabeth Craft Designs

Create a card using pearls or any pearl technique and share it this week on the
CCEE Stampers Blog!

Take a look at what the rest of the team has created for this challenge.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Daisies, Daisies, Daisies

I am so tired of the cold and ready for warmer weather so today I will dream of spring by creating with images from Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Daisy.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Daisy and Multi Step Lilac (stem) by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White
Inks: Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight by Stampin' Up
 Bamboo Leaves and Rich Cocoa by Memento

20 Minute Card



Stamps: 3 Step Daisy, Multi Step Lilac (stem), and
Never a Loss 4 Words by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White, Sleigh Ride by Crate Paper,
and Groovy Guava by Stampin' Up
Inks: Calypso Coral, Groovy Guavy, and Dusty Durango by Stampin' Up
 Bamboo Leaves by Memento
Embellishment: Ribbon

Other Members of the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Queen for a Day - CCEE1506

A new month brings a new hostess to the CCEE Stampers. For February our challenges will be coming from Sabrina all the way from Ireland. Welcome, Sabrina, and thanks for this fun challenge.


February 6th 1952 was the day Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne. So Sabrina has asked us to create a card featuring crowns or “royal” images. -She says that playing cards could work well for this challenge so I reached for my Graphic 45 All Decked Out paper to use as the focus of my design.


Stamps: Ready 4 Any Holiday by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Graphic 45 All Decked Out, Recollections Black, SU Real Red
Inks: Memento Lady Bug
Tools: Heart Nestabilities
Embellishments: Crocheted Lace, Jewels, Paper Roses, Red Heart Sticker

Visit the rest of the team to see their royal creations:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Valentine Roses

Today's Valentines focus on romance using roses and rose buds from Kitchen Sink Stamps'
3 Step Hearts & Roses.

The 10 minute card is a one layer design which I created for Splitcoaststampers CAS310. Their theme this week was love.

10 Minute Card



Stamps: 3 Step Heart & Roses, 3 Step Holly & Mistletoe, and Multi Step
Sweetheart Roses by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections 110 White
Inks: Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, and Tuxedo Black



The 20 minute card was created for TLC519 also over at Splitcoaststampers. For the challenge, a section of the front panel is cut out so that the sentiment is stamped on the card base and the stamped panels are popped up above and below it.

20 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Heart & Roses, Words of Love, and Friends
of the Moon by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections 110 White, SU Blusing Bride
Inks: Memento Rose Bud, Angel Pink, and Bamboo Leaves
Embellishments: Dimensionals

Kitchen Sink Crew Members
Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

For more rose inspiration visit Kitchen Sink Stamps'
3 Step Hearts & Roses Gallery!

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!