Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monday Morning Thanks

Today I need to spend some time writing thank you notes to my family who helped me celebrate my birthday a little early this weekend! I used these beautiful tulips from Kitchen Sink Stamps along with one of the pretty punches my sister included in the crate full of crafting goodies she gave me!! I think the elegance of each makes them a perfect fit!!

Stamps: Multi Step Tulip Garden and Other Important People by Kitchen Sink Stamps (Remember when you order from KSS to use promo code LYNN10KSS and get 10% off your order.)

Papers: Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, and Melon Mambo by Stampin' Up, White by Papertrey Ink

Inks: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Purely Pomegranate, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, and Always Artichoke by Stampin' Up

Embellishment: Rhinestones

Tools: Ticket Corner Punch by Stampin' Up, Scroll Edge Punch by EK Success

Today being Monday means that each member of the Kitchen Sink Crew has created something special for you! Don't miss a one!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Angels Landing Gratitude Journal

Today I got the opportunity to create for Angels Landing something that I have been wanting for a while but had never taken the time to make for myself. When Judi suggested a Gratitude Journal might be a good project for this week, I thought, "Yes! Now I'll finally get to have one of my own!" Thanks, Judi!!

I titled my journal Counting God's Blessings! I don't think it will take me long to fill it. I may be needing another one very soon!!

The covers of my Gratitude Journal were created using two pieces of 4.5 inch x 6.5 inch turquoise textured chipboard from DCWV . I attached a strip of designer paper by the Paper Studio and used my Kombo ibico binder to punch the holes and add the plastic comb.

The sentiment was computer generated on white Georgia Pacific card stock using the Dauphin font and cut out with my Nestabilities Labels 3. I sponged the embossed center with So Saffron and the edge with Tempting Turquoise.



The sculpted spray of flowers and leaves was created using digital images from Simply Flowers by Angels Landing printed on white Georgia Pacific card stock. They were watercolored with Stampin' Up reinkers, scored on the back, folded, and attached using layered dimensionals. Microbeads were added to the centers of the flowers, and ribbons tied through the holes in the binding.

Digital Images: Simply Flowers by Angels Landing

Papers: White Georgia Pacific, Pink Passion by Stampin' Up, Floral Designer Paper by the Paper Studio

Inks: So Saffron and Tempting Turquoise by Stampin' Up

Reinkers: Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Pink Passion, Regal Rose, Green Gable, and Groovy Guava by Stampin' Up

Chipboard: Turquoise Textured Chipboard by DCWV

Embellishments: Ribbon, Microbeads, and Dimensionals

Tools: Kombo ibico binder, Nestabilities 3 die cut

You can check to see the projects design team members have prepared for you today using other digital images by Angels Landing over on Judi's Blog.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 16


Had time for a little Midnight Madness this evening!! I created this card for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 16.

Stamps: Dasher and Snowflakes by Stampin' Up

Papers: Baja Breeze, Cranberry Crisp, Whisper White, and True Thyme by Stampin' Up
Figgy Pudding by BasicGrey

Inks: Close to Cocoa Craft and Baja Breeze by Stampin' Up, Metallic Gold by ColorBox

Embellishments: Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Cord, Snowflake Charms, Red Crystals

Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Challenge #30


I'm thrilled that my sister Liz has been chosen as the Guest Challenge Host this week for Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Challenge. You can read her description of the challenge as well as view her gorgeous sample on her blog Right Brain Madness ( Yes, this is one of the ways we are opposite. Right brain- left brain!).

You can also read about the challenge and see the entries in the Flourishes Newsletter.

The short version is use something with pearls or a pearl finish. I created my card using Flourishes' Coffee with Friends and Pearl-Ex.

I stamped the mugs with Versafine Onyx Black and then created a reverse mask so that I could coat them with Versamark. Leaving the mask in place I rubbed copper Pearl-Ex over the surface of the mugs. I then removed the mask and restamped the mugs with Versafine Onyx Black one last time.


Stamps: Coffee with Friends by Flourishes

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark

Papers: Whisper White and Basic Black by Stampin' Up, sugared by BasicGrey

Embellishments: Pearl-Ex, Dimensionals, and Ribbon

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School - Kitchen Sink Monday


Today is the opening day of a new school year for many teachers and students here in Texas. A new year always brings with it new members to the faculty, and I designed this card today with them in mind. Hope it inspires you to make the newbies at your school feel welcomed and appreciated!! Wishing for everyone a wonderful year!!

Stamps: 3 Step School Days and Other Important People by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: White PaperTrey Ink, Real Red and Basic Black by Stampin' Up

Inks: Real Red, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, True Thyme, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede and Whisper White Craft by Stampin' Up, Versafine Onyx Black

Embellishment: Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tools: Nestabilities Labels 4


I also hope that some of you are giving some serious thought to joining Maria and members of the Kitchen Sink Crew in Warner Robins, Georgia on Saturday, September 19 for the Chef in Training event! What a fabulous opportunity to be introduced to multi step stamping! I'll be there and am so looking forward to meeting many of you there as well!! It will be a day filled with stamping, door prizes, food, and fellowship!!

Each member of the Kitchen Sink Crew has something special to share with you today. Be sure to check them out!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thanks Marie and Amy, for the Kreativ Blogger Award



Thanks so very much to Marie and Amy who have both shared with me the Kreativ Blogger Award! It is so exciting to know that people are checking in on your work from time to time and sometimes find something they enjoy!

To accept the award I had to do a few things:
  1. Thank the person who nominated me for this award.
  2. Copy the logo and place it on my blog.
  3. Link the person who nominated me for this award.
  4. Name seven things about me that people might find interesting.
  5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.
  6. Post links to the seven blogs that I nominate.
  7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know I nominated them.

Seven things that people might find interesting about me:

1. My only sister is as crazy about stamping and paper crafting as I am!
2. I come from a crafting family. My parents have made their own Christmas cards for the past 60 years!
3. I am a reality TV junkie!
4. My sister, my niece, and I are traveling to Georgia next month to attend the "Chef in Training" event put on by Kitchen Sink Stamps. There might still be an opening or two if you want to meet us there!!!
5. My stamping room is actually one half of my L-shaped kitchen!
6. Much of my stamping stash is stored in an old card catalog. You can see some of the drawers above in my header! There are 60 of them!! Yipee!!
7. This summer I let my hair go back to its natural color and found out that half of my hairs are grey!! Oops! Guess I need a new avatar!!

Seven People I Am Nominating to Receive the Kreativ Blogger Award:

1. Liz at Right Brain Madness
2. Cindy and Maria at Crafty Creations
3. Susan at Susan's Creative Space
4. Paige at She Who Must Stamp
5. Maggie at Stamps in Hallways
6. Emilia at Emilia's Italian Inspirations
7. Francie at Francie's Fancy

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cats Rule Bookmark


Well, we all knew it was coming, but never realized it would arrive so soon! Those lazy days of summer have gone, and it's time once again to hit the school books! So what could be more purr-fect (and fun) to add to your kids' pile of school supplies than an adorable kitty cat bookmark?

To create this bookmark I used one of the whimsical digital kitties from Cats and Kittens, the recent release from Angels Landing. She was printed on white Georgia Pacific card stock, colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits, and cut out.

The row of cat tracks printed on the bookmark is from Cat Paw Prints also from Angels Landing. The sentiment was computer generated. I used scraps of colored cardstock to create the Cats Rule book.

All the white edges were sponged with Perfect Plum ink from Stampin' Up. The white bookmark was double matted, first on Kiwi Kiss and then on Orchid Opulence by Stampin' Up. After gluing all the layers together, I slipped the bookmark into a plastic sleeve. To finish it off, I punched a hole with my Crop-o-dile and tied on some pretty ribbons!

Please stop by Judi's Blog to see the Angels Landing creations posted today by other members of the design team!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kitchen Sink Monday


I love these gorgeous Kitchen Sink lilies! I decided today that I wanted to create a frame for my sentiment tag by making a wreath of lilies.

In order to do that I needed to create two masks for the lilies and two masks for the leaves. After tracing an oval in the center of my white card front, I started stamping lilies and leaves at the top and worked my way around the penciled oval overlapping them as I went until I was back where I started. I moved the masks from lily to lily as I went.

This is the color formula I used for my lilies:
Layer 1 - Pink Pirouette
Layer 2 - Pretty in Pink
Layer 3 - Pixie Pink
Layer 4 - Purely Pomegranate
Layer 5 - Bravo Burgundy

This is the color formula I used for my leaves:
Layer 1 - Old Olive stamped off once
Layer 2 - Old Olive
Layer 3 - Wild Wasabi

I popped up the sentiment tag on 1/8 inch dimensionals and ran the ribbon under it to tie the bow.

Stamps: Multi Step Lilies and Words of Comfort and Joy by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: White by PaperTrey Ink, Pink Pirouette and Rose Red by Stampin' Up

Inks: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, and Wild Wasabi by Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Ribbon, Crystals, and Dimensionals

Tools: Oval Nestabilities, Sponge

Remember that you still have until Friday to join the Crew in Emilia's Challenge. Three lucky winners who use their Kitchen Sink Stamps to create and share a card with embellished corners will be receiving fabulous Kitchen Sink prizes for playing along!!

I also hope that you are making plans to attend the Chef in Training event scheduled by Kitchen Sink Stamps for Saturday, September 19 in Warner Robins, Georgia! This Texas girl wouldn't miss it for the world and would love to meet and stamp with you there!!! You'll get the chance to learn everything you've ever wanted to know about layered stamping and have all your questions answered! Head over to Maria's Weblog and get all the sensational details!!

Each member of the Kitchen Sink Crew has created something special for you today. Be sure you drop by and check out each one!!

Lisa**Makiko**Connie**Dee

Angela**
Maria**Lori**Julie

And remember when ordering from Kitchen Sink Stamps, promo code LYNN10KSS will get you a 10% discount on your stamping supplies!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blog Hop - Angels Landing August Release




Welcome, friends, to today's Blog Hop celebrating the release of two new digital sets from Angels Landing!! This is not the first stop on the hop, so head back to Judi's Blog (if you haven't been there already) to start at the beginning!! At two stops along the way, there will be some blog candy up for grabs, and no one wants to miss out on that!!


My birthday card was created with one digital image from each of the new August release sets. The cat is from Cats and Kittens while the tag is from Cat Paw Prints and both of these delightful sets are being released today.

I decided to perch this sweet cat on a big fluffy, fringed pillow. The white tile floor was created with my Scor-Pal as were the pleated drapes.

This cat was watercolored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons by Stampin' Up. The shadowing of the cat was done with Pink Pirouette using a sponge. The tiny hearts were also stamped on the "wallpaper" using Pink Pirouette.

The tag was layered with More Mustard and attached with gold cording.

The tag, pillow, and cat are all popped up on dimensionals.

Digital Images: Cat from Cats and Kittens, Tag from Cat Paw Prints - Angels Landing

Stamps: Tiny Heart from Small Sayings by Stampin' Up

Papers: Pink Pirouette and More Mustard by Stampin' Up, White by PaperTrey Ink, Sugared by BasicGrey, White Georgia Pacific card stock (for printing digital images)

Ink: Watercolor Wonder Crayons by Stampin' Up, Pink Pirouette and Close to Cocoa by Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Satin Fringe, Gold Cord, Dimensionals

Tools: Scor-Pal

The next stop on today hop is Cheryl Rowley's Cottage Creations! Head on over to see what she has created for you today with these precious cats!!

If you get lost along the way, return to Judi's Blog to get back to where you need to be! You won't want to miss a single thing!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chef in Training and MMSC14


All kinds of excitement in the Kitchen today!! Maria Colosimo is taking to the road and traveling down south to Georgia for a fun-filled day of multi step stamping with Kitchen Sink Fans and Crew Members Lisa Somerville and Dee Jackson. So if you have Saturday, September 19 unbooked, check out the details of this wonderful event: Chef in Training!

What a great opportunity to work with an unreleased set and learn everything you want to know about layered stamping from the pros!!!

The card I have created today uses Kitchen Sink's newly released Multi Step Berries.

I have been looking for a new Tuesday challenge and decided to give Midnight Madness a try! They post a new sketch challenge every Tuesday and give away wonderful prizes and awards! What could be better than that? So this is my entry for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 14.

Stamps: Multi Step Berries by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Real Red, Whisper White, and Kiwi Kiss by Stampin' Up, nature's garden by doodlebug design inc.

Inks: Real Red, Riding Hood Red, Rich Razzleberry, Kiwi Kiss, and Old Olive by Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Rhinestones

Tools: Martha Stewart Punch, Stampin' Up Punches

Monday, August 10, 2009

Kitchen Sink Monday - Linen Birthday Album


While doing a little closet cleaning last week, I happened upon my stash of linen covered address books which I had purchased for next to nothing at a Hallmark store that was closing about 10 years ago. They have been sitting on a shelf taking up space and collecting dust all this time!

I started thinking about some interesting way to use them. I decided that I would like to have a book where I could keep birthdays of my family members along with sizes, favorite colors, their music preferences, etc., etc.

Next, I got out my favorite Kitchen Sink flowers and figured if I used my craft inks, I would be able to stamp directly on the linen. Sure enough, it worked beautifully, don't you think?

Stamps: Hearts & Roses and Whole Family by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Album: Hallmark linen covered address book

Inks: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Ruby Red, Always Artichoke and Black Craft Inks by Stampin' Up

Embellishment: Black Satin Braid, Metallic Gold Flat Back Beads

Have you had time to play this month's Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge? If not, be sure you do!

There will be three lucky winners chosen by a random number generator from those who enter using Kitchen Sink Stamps and decorative corners!! You can be one of them!! Visit the Kitchen Sink Weblog and use Mr. Linky to upload your entry!

First Prize - the large Kitchen Sink Stamp set of your choice
Second Prize - the small Kitchen Sink Stamp set of your choice
Third Prize - a full size pad of Opalite Ink - color is winner's choice

Read all about Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge 16 hosted by guest designer Emilia and enter to win!

Check in on the Crew to see what new projects they have prepared today!!

Lisa**Makiko**Connie**Dee

Angela**
Maria**Lori**Julie

Don't forget, promo code LYNN10KSS will get you a 10% discount on orders from Kitchen Sink Stamps!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Congratulations, sleepyinseattle!!! SCS FS131

I was so excited to learn that Joanne, aka sleepyinseattle, had been chosen at today's Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers!! What a talented stamper she is!! It was difficult narrowing down the possible field of cards to case because they are all fabulous as you can see when you look through her gallery.

I finally settled on her New In Colors! What an adorable way to showcase the new Stampin' Up colors. I decided these precious 3 x 3 cards would be a great way to clear out some of the Old In Colors as well.

I pulled together a hodge podge of stamps from various sets to create these little cards. I didn't have matching ribbon for all my colors like Joanne did so I added black as my accent color, and I was good to go!!




Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers, So Many Sayings by Stampin' Up, Butterfly by Inkadinkado

Papers: Marigold Morning, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White by Stampin' Up

Inks: Marigold Morning, Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango by Stampin' Up, Versafine Onyx Black

Embellishments: Ribbon

Tools: Sponge and Stampin' Up Punches

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Couple of SCS Challenges

I created this card today for Julia's Ways to Use It Challenge Just Pleat It! I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pull out my all-time favorite Stampin' Up set Sketches!! I let this set get by me the summer of 2003 when it was in the summer mini! I had to bide my time searching the BST forums to finally track one down in the summer of 2006!

Stamps: Sketches by Stampin' Up, Multi Step Berries (sentiment) by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Groovy Guava, Glossy White, Cool Caribbean, Kraft, US Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up, Porcelain by BasicGrey

Inks: Apricot Appeal, Regal Rose, Mambo Melon, Cool Caribbean, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White by Stampin' Up

Embellishments: wooden kabob stick, twine, dimensionals

Tools: Distresser, Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Punches, Sponge




This card was created for Roxie's Sketch Challenge 240. I picked up this vintage golfer in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby last week and was thrilled to get the chance to try it out!

The golfer was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia on Whisper White. The grass was created with images from Honey Bunny by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The golf ball was cut with my circle Nestabilities and dimpled with my Bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder. The sentiment was also stamped in Vintage Sepia is from Out on a Limb Sentiments by PaperTrey Ink.

Stamps: Vintage Golfer by Stampabilities, Honey Bunny by Kitchen Sink Stamps, Sentiment by PaperTrey Ink

Papers: Whisper White, Kraft, and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up

Inks: Kiwi Kiss, Wild Wasabi, Handsome Hunter, and Creamy Caramel by Stampin' Up, Versafine Vintage Sepia

Tools: Nestabilities, Bubbles Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Sponge

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Name Badge Mini Photo Album


I had so much fun creating this tiny pocket album for Angels Landing to share with you today. It was made using 4 name badge holders and a few bits of ribbon. With everyone in my family involved with music in one form or another, I naturally gravitated to this sweet digital image from Angels Landing's Marching Band 1. I plan to make these for my "girls" to share with their Band Buddy friends.

The album is quick, easy, and inexpensive! It will hold six photos and measures just 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches so it will fit easily into purses or backpacks!

I printed the bunny, musical notes, and album title on white Georgia Pacific card stock. The bunny was colored with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The French horn was colored with an 18 karat gold paint pen. I masked the rabbit and horn before splattering with red ink. The ribbon was tied through the holes in name badge.

Digital Images: Marching Band 1 from Angel's Landing

Papers: White Georgia Pacific card stock, Real Red by Stampin' Up

Inks: Real Red by Stampin' Up

Tools: Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, 18 Karat Gold Paint Pen

Materials: 4 Clear Vinyl Name Badge Holders, Ribbon

If you head over to Judi's Blog, you can see the other projects which Angels Landing designers have prepared for you today!! Amazing work!! Don't miss it!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Emilia's Challenge - Pretty Corners



Today we are welcoming Emilia to the Kitchen Sink as Guest Designer. Emilia has planned a fabulous challenge for us to use with our Kitchen Sink Stamps. You can read all about it and see her beautiful sample on her blog Emilia's Italian Inspirations.

This challenge is all about corners!! To join in and play all you need to do is dust off your Kitchen Sink Stamps and design a card on which you have embellished the corners! Use brads, use photo corners, use punches, use die cuts, use anything you can think of to dress up those corners!!

There will be three lucky winners chosen by a random number generator from those who enter using Kitchen Sink Stamps and decorative corners!! You can be one of them!! Visit the Kitchen Sink Weblog and use Mr. Linky to upload your entry!

First Prize - the large Kitchen Sink Stamp set of your choice
Second Prize - the small Kitchen Sink Stamp set of your choice
Third Prize - a full size pad of Opalite Ink - color is winner's choice

I have returned today to one of my favorite sets from the July release stamps - Letters from the Past. The sentiment comes partly (With loving thoughts) from Words of Comfort & Joy and partly (of you) from Words of Love.

I created the letter by stamping the pen first and then masking it to stamp on the script. The edge was then sponged with Close to Cocoa. For the envelope, the stamp was added with Bravo Burgundy stamped off once on the first layer and full strength on the second layer. I then stamped the post mark over it with Versafine Onyx Black and sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa.

The sentiment was embossed in gold and the corners were cut with a Cuttlebug die cut from gold metallic paper.

I then pulled the gold ribbon through the die cut corners at the bottom and tied it with a bow before attaching it to the card front.

Stamps: Letters from the Past, Words of Comfort & Joy, Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Bravo Burgundy by Stampin' Up, Vintage Creme by PaperTrey Ink, Metallic Gold

Inks: Close to Cocoa and Bravo Burgundy by Stampin' Up, Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, ColorBox Metallic Gold

Embellishments: Gold Die Cut Corners, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Ribbon

Tools: Cuttlebug, Heat Gun, Sponge

Don't miss a single one of the fabulous samples from the Kitchen Sink Crew!! If something you see inspires you to give Kitchen Sink Stamps a try, remember you can get a 10% discount on your KSS order with the promo code LYNN10KSS!