Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CCEE 1514 - Humor

April is National Humor Month so the cards for CCEE Stampers Challenge 1514 should tickle your funny bone!

I have used Santa Called by Bugaboo Digi Stamps to create a Christmas card to honor Humor Month.



I know you will get a chuckle or two from the fabulous designs created by the CCEE Team.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Tulips - KSS Monday

What a wonderful week of beautiful weather we have had this week.  Wonderful spring flowers are showing up in yards all over town. This week my Kitchen Sink designs feature tulips from Multi Step Tulip Garden.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Tulip Garden by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and Black, Unknown Yellow
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, and Olive Grove
Stampin' Up Hello Honey, Crushed Curry, and Daffodil Delight
Tools: Thanks die cut by Elizabeth Crafts Designs and Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

20 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Tulip Garden and Words of Comfort and Joy by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Blackberry Bliss and Lavender Lace by Stampin' Up
Inks: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove, Elderberry, Grape Jelly, and LuLu Lavender
Tools: Nestabilities Decorative Elements dies by Spellbinders

See additional sensational KSS Designs!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Goodbye, March - CCEE1513

We are all hoping that March goes out like a lamb and leads us into a beautiful spring. Our CCEE hostess, Anne Harmon, has chosen lambs or farm animals for CCEE Challenge 1513.

I have used Stampin' Up's From the Herd to create this fun belated birthday card.


Stamps: From the Herd and So Very by Stampin' Up
Papers: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, and Basic Black
by Stampin' Up
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, 
Stampin' Up Real Red and Baked Brown Sugar
Embellishment: Washi Tape

Check out the sweet farm animals featured by the CCEE Stampers' Design Team!

Frances Bryne
Maryann Einam

Join in on the fun and post a card featuring a farm animal over on 
the CCEE Stampers Blog!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Arrives in Texas

Texans know that spring has truly arrived when the Texas roadsides are blanketed with bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes. Last week in my neck of the woods, the paintbrushes showed up and this week the bluebonnets are beginning to appear. If you want to see our grand state covered with glorious wild flowers, this is the time of year to hit the road.

To honor this annual arrival of our state flower, I have used Kitchen Sink Stamps' Multi Step Bluebonnets to create my 10 minute and 20 minute cards.

10 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Bluebonnets and Multi Step Texas Long Horn by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White and Unknown Blue
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Danbue Blue, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves, Olive Grove,
Tangelo, and Tuxedo Black
Tools: Embossing Folder by the Paper Studio and Spellbinders Die

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Bluebonnets and Seed Packet by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections White and Unknown Blue
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Danbue Blue, Cantaloupe, Bamboo Leaves,
Tangelo, and Tuxedo Black
Tools: Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug and Marvy Corner Punch

For additional Kitchen Sink Stamps ideas visit


 Lisa Somerville - designer
Connie McCotter - designer
 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

CCEE 1512 - Weather

Anne Harmon, our CCEE hostess for the windy month of March, has challenged us this week to create a card which features weather. Since rainstorms woke me up several times during the night, I have used rain as my weather of choice today.


Stamps: Million Dollar Moments by Stampin' Up
Encouragement - Words to the Rescue by Steve Fadie
Landscape Silhouettes by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and Black, SU Blue Bayou,
Two Scoops a la Mode by BasicGrey
Inks: Memento Summer Sky and Cottage Ivy
Stampin' Up Pool Party and Baked Brown Sugar
Versafine Onyx Black
Embellishment: Ribbon
Tools: MISTI (if you don't have one, order it TODAY!)

I wonder what weather the rest of the CCEE Team is celebrating today?
Check it out and see!



Monday, March 16, 2015

Lucky You, Lucky Me!

Tomorrow Irish Americans across this great nation with be celebrating St. Patrick's Day in style! To join in their celebration, I have created two Saint Patrick's Day cards today using images from Kitchen Sink Stamps' Multi Step St. Patrick's Day 4 Ducky & Teddy and Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step St. Patrick's Day 4 Ducky & Teddy by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections 110 White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel, London Fog, Dandelion, Cantaloupe,
Peanut Brittle, Love Letter, Tangelo, Cottage Ivy, Summer Sky, 
Paris Dusk, and Grape Jelly

20 Minute Card


and Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper: Recollections 110 White, Stampin' Up Green Galore and Garden Green
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel, London Fog, Dandelion, Cantaloupe,
Peanut Brittle, Love Letter, Tangelo, Northern Pine, Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves,
Pear Tart, Summer Sky, Paris Dusk, and Grape Jelly
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Embellishment: Ribbon

Thanks for visiting me today! Next week: spring flowers! It has been cold for way too long!

The Kitchen Sink Crew:


 Lisa Somerville - designer
Connie McCotter - designer
 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CCEE1511 - Go Green!

Next Tuesday is Saint Patrick's Day so the theme which Anne has chosen for CCEE1511 is GREEN! Lucky for me, green just happens to be my favorite color, and I have a new Saint Patrick's Day stamp set!



Stamps: Multi Step St. Patrick's Day 4 Ducky and Teddy, Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes, 
and Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Garden Green, 
Reaction by Crate Paper
Inks: Memento New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, and Norther Pine

Check out the gorgeous green creations the rest of the CCEE Stampers DT have made!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Ducky and Teddy Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

What a fabulously fun day in the Kitchen with the release of Multi Step St. Patrick's Day 4 Ducky & Teddy {Set 3}! This set was created for use with Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes and Multi Step Rubber Ducky. I have also mixed in a few images from Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover with my designs today. After all, we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

10 Minute Card



Papers: Recollections White and Black, Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana
Inks: Duck - 1 Memento Dandelion, 2 Memento Cantaloupe,
 3 Memento Cantaloupe, 4 Memento Peanut Brittle
Duck Bill - Memento Tangelo and Potter's Clay
Eye - Memento Tuxedo Black
Hat - 4 Memento Northern Pine, 3 Memento Cottage Ivy,
 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 1 Memento Pear Tart
Shamrock - 3 Memento Northern Pine, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 
1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Tool: Darice Waves Embossing Folder

20 Minute Card



Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and Barely Banana
Graphic 45 Sporting Aristocrat
Inks: Bear - 1 Memento Desert Sand, 2 Memento Rich Cocoa,
 3 Memento Espresso Truffle, 4 Memento Tuxedo Black
Hat - 4 Memento Northern Pine, 3 Memento Northern Pine,
 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
4-leaf clover- 3 Memento Northern Pine, 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 
1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Sentiment- Memento Tuxedo Black
Tool: Oval Nestabilities
Embellishment: Ribbon

I am throwing a third card into the mix today because I wanted you to see all of the images that come with this fun set. In the 10 and 20 minute cards today I didn't get a chance to show off the adorable pot of gold and coins that also come with this delightful set. I am entering it in Artistic Impressions Challenge #126 - Anything Goes with a Twist of Green.


Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and Certainly Celery,
Stampin' Up Designer Paper
Inks: Bear - 1 Memento Desert Sand, 2 Memento Toffee Crunch,
 3 Memento Rich Cocoa, 4 Memento Espresso Truffle
Hat - 4 Memento Northern Pine, 3 Memento Northern Pine,
 2 Memento Cottage Ivy, 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Pot - 3 Memento Tuxedo Black, 2 Memento Gray Flannel, 1 Memento London Fog
Coins - 1 Memento Cantaloupe, 2 and 3 Memento Peanut Brittle
Sentiment- Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishment: Ribbon

Members of the Kitchen Sink Crew:


 Lisa - designer
Connie - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CCEE1510 - March - In Like a Lion

Happy March!  Anne Harmon is our new CCEE Hostess for this month. She says, "March comes in like a lion."  Her challenge to us this week is to make a card with a wild animal theme.

I pulled out one of my treasured PSX images and let it be the star of the Father's Day card I have designed for this challenge.


Stamps: G-1855 by PSX, Nature/Father by Paper Inspirations, Inc, Pines by
Stampin' Up, and Multi Step Pine Trees by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Crumb Cake and Early Espresso by Stampin' Up
Inks: Memento Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, and Toffee Crunch
Tools: Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders

Stop in to see the cards created by the CCEE Design Team and then take a walk on the wild side and enter a card in this week's challenge over on the CCEE Blog.


SCS Sketch Challenge 530

If my stamping is looking crisper, cleaner, and straighter, it is all due to my new MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) which I purchased from My Sweet Petunia.

With the help of my MISTI and Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 530 I was able to knock out all my March birthday day cards in 45 minutes!  This photo shows 4, but I completed 7! Life is good!


Stamps: Sheltering Tree by Stampin' Up
Script Birthdays by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Papers: Recollections White
Stampin' Up Crushed Curry and Real Red
Graphic 45 By the Sea
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Potter's Clay, Cottage Ivy, LadyBug, and Bamboo Leaves
Stampin' Up Crushed Curry and Tempting Turquoise
Versifine Onyx Black
Embellishment: Jewels
Tools: Flower Punches and MISTI

Monday, March 2, 2015

KSS Monday - Multi Step Guitar

This week I am in the mood for a little music so I pulled out my Kitchen Sink Guitar. This is one of my favorite KSS sets because Maria designed it at my request. Most of the members in my family are involved with music in one way or another so I love using this image.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Guitar and 3 Step Hearts by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White
Inks: Guitar - 4 Memento Tuxedo Black, 3 Memento Peanut Brittle stamped 2 times,
2 Memento Peanut Brittle, 1 Memento Peanut Brittle
Heart - Memento Lady Bug and Rose Bud
Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishment: Ribbon

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Guitar by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and Black, Tiki Voyager by Graphic 45
Inks: Guitar - 4 Memento Tuxedo Black, 3 Memento Peanut Brittle stamped 2 times,
2 Memento Peanut Brittle, 1 Memento Peanut Brittle
Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black
Sponging - Distress Ink Antique Linen
Tools: Sizzix Music Embossing Folder
Embellishment: Ribbon

The Kitchen Sink Crew:

Connie - designer
 Lisa - designer
 Maria - owner and creator

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.