Friday, January 29, 2010

Spring Birthdays

 
I have a slew of friends with spring birthdays coming soon so I decided that tulips would be perfect for some female birthday cards.! I am stock piling a half a dozen of these!!
Stamps: Multi Step Tulip Garden, Whole Family, and Simple Sentiments by Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Papers: Barely Banana by Stampin' Up, sugar rush by BasicGrey
Inks: Pink Tulip - 3 - SU Melon Mambo, 2 - SU Melon Mambo stamped off once, 1 SU Pixie Pink, 4- SU Purely Polemgranate, Purple Tulip - 3- SU Orchid Opulence, 2 - SU Orchid Opulence stamped off once, 1 - SU Pale Plum, 4 - SU Elegant Eggplant, Orange Tulip - 3 - SU Pumpkin Pie, 2 - SU Pumpkin Pie stamped off once, 1- SU Marigold Morning, 4 - SU Only Orange, Leaves and Stems - 1 - SU Certainly Celery, 2- SU Old Olive  Sentiment - Happy - SU Melon Mambo stamped off once, Birthday - SU Orchid Opulence
Embellishment: Ribbon

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sketch Challenge 265 and Color Dare 53






I used the colors from today's Color Dare 53 Challenge to complete this card for Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge 265 to kill two birds with one stone.

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes by Stampin' Up
Papers: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue, Certainly Celery, and Soft Suede by Stampin' Up
Inks: Soft Suede and Old Olive by Stampin' Up
Tools: Crimper, CB Embossing Folder, Crop-o-dile, Sponge
Embellishment: Hemp

Sweet Blog Award

I received this delightful blog award from jimlynn of Creative Crafts by Lynn! Thanks so much, Lynn, for this sweet treat! The first thing I need to do is list ten things that make me happy. They are: 1)watching my dog roll around in his shopping bag, 2) completing a card without having to cover a smudge of ink, 3) reading a good book, 4) relaxing in a bubble bath, 5) spending time with kids and grandkids, 6) bargain shopping, 7) traveling to new places, 8) the luxury of not having to work, 9) stamping with my Gulf Coast Paper Crafters, and 10) a day at home without errands to run!  Next I will need to share this award with 5 other bloggers! I will check around this afternoon to see who else needs this sweet award!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Another Kitchen Sink Monday


I am having such fun blanketing my card stock with fields and fields of these wonderful daisies from the newly re-released 3 Step Daisy by Kitchen Sink Stamps! With spring just around the corner, I know I will be using this great set over and over.

Stamps: 3 Step Daisy by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, and Riding Hood Red by Stampin' Up
Inks: Daisy - Layer 2 - SU Riding Hood Red, Layer 1 - SU Regal Rose, Layer 3 - SU Bravo Burgundy, Leaves - Layer 1 - SU Old Olive stamped off once, Layer 2 - Old Olive, Sentiment - SU Riding Hood Red
Embellishments: Rhinestones and Ribbon



This past Wednesday, I had fun sharing this card with the Gulf Coast Paper Crafters at their monthly shoebox swap! What a great night, ladies!! It's always a delight to get together and be inspired by the creativity of other talented stampers!!

Stamps: A Cup of Warm Comfort by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Creamy Caramel, Baroque Burgundy, and Whisper White by Stampin' Up, bittersweet by BasicGrey
Inks: Mug: Layer 4 - Memento Dark Cocoa, Layer 3 - SU Close to Cocoa, Layer 2 - SU Creamy Caramel, Layer 1 - SU Creamy Caramel stamped off once, Versamark - Layer 4 with Seafoam embossing on the foam and clear embossing on the mug. Edge sponged with SU Regal Rose. Sentiment - SU Baroque Burgundy and Memento Dark Cocoa
Tools: Nestabilities
Embellishments: Ribbon, Embossing Powders, and Dimensionals

Maria, Connie, and Lisa are having a blast at CHA this week! Can't wait to hear about all the latest and greatest trends in the stamping world from them in coming weeks!!

If you are there as well, don't forget to stop by the Kitchen Sink Stamps Meet and Greet tonight at the Peacock Inn Suites from 7-9PM! 

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Please visit the rest of the design team today to see their newest Kitchen Sink creations!!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Clean and Simple #51


Today's Clean and Simple Challenge at Splitcoaststampers was the perfect opportunity for me to try out this delightful little set I received Friday from Lynn Miller of millers-ink. It is Tiny Treats:Valentine by Papertrey Ink and I love it!! Thanks, so much, Lynn!!

For the clean and simple challenge we were to include designer paper on our card. I used marrakech by BasicGrey.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Color Dare 52



Don't know about you, but I'm sure ready for spring! Decided to create this spring birthday card from the wonderful colors in today's Color Dare Challenge!

Stamps: 3 Step Daisy and Friends of the Moon by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Whisper White, Only Orange, Brocade Blue, and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up
Inks: Daisy - Layer 2 - SU Only Orange, Layer 1 - SU Only Orange stamped off once, Layer 3 - SU Really Rust, Layer 4 - SU Chocolate Chip, Leaves -  Layer 1 - SU Old Olive stamped off once, Layer 2 - SU Old Olive, Sentiment and Spots - Chocolate Chip
Tools: Nestabilities
Embellishment: Ribbon

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Belli Challenge 83



Congratulations to my very talented sister, Liz Williams, who joins the Belli Challenge Design Team today! I'm celebrating with her by joining in on Belli Challenge 83 - Hearts!

I created this suspension card stamping a pansy on the front and a sentiment on the back of the spinning heart.

Stamps: 3 Step Pansy by Kitchen Sink Stamps, Well Scripted by Stampin' Up
Papers: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, and Baroque Burgundy by Stampin' Up
Inks: Pixie Pink, Baroque Burgundy, and Old Olive by Stampin' Up
Tools: Nestabilities Hearts, Victoria Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Pearl, Silver Cord, Ribbon

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spring Cardinal!



I decided to play the Color Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today. Betty selected Stampin' Up's Ruby Red, Bashful Blue, and Soft Suede as the colors of choice! As an extra added bonus, she suggested we throw in some stripes so I did! I also am feeling a little anxious for spring so I took Kitchen Sink's Winter Cardinals and replaced the pine with a branch sprouting new spring leaves!

Stamps: Multi Step Winter Cardinals, Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon, and Words of Comfort & Joy by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, and Soft Suede by Stampin' Up, offbeat by BasicGrey
Inks and Layers: Cardinal - Layer 3 - SU Riding Hood Red, Layer 2 - SU Ruby Red, Layer 1 - Memento Lady Bug, Layer 4 - Memento Black   On each layer with beak and/or feet, I wiped off the red ink and added Memento Tangelo instead. Branch - SU Soft Suede, Leaves - Layer 1 - SU Old Olive, Layer 2 - SU Soft Suede stamped off once. Sentiment - SU Soft Suede
Tools: Nestabilities
Embellishment: Ribbon and Dimensionals

Monday, January 18, 2010

Kitchen Sink Project of the Month - Heartstrings


Today I want to share a fun project which I used to do with my elementary students every year to decorate the class room for Valentine's Day. We would take pretty cords and attach hearts back to back all along the string adding ribbons and beads between the hearts as we went. These were then hung from the ceiling  in anticipation of Valentine's Day.

Well, I think this same concept will work well to create cards or greetings which can be hung from ceilings or in window or door frames to brighten someone's day. Wouldn't one look cheerful over a hospital bed or a new baby's crib! The possibilities are endless!

I'm hanging my Cup of Warm Comfort Heartstring in the narrow space between my calendar and my bulletin board! Now I'm all decorated for Valentine's Day just like the old days in my elementary classroom!

I made the heartstring to the left for my Mother's upcoming birthday. She has an open window frame in her kitchen which will allow the heartstring to spin freely. The back of  "For my Mother" says "with Love". I think she will like it!






       





























For the Valentine heartstring, I put sweet chocolate goodies on the front side and  messages of love on the back!

As you can see, these were made by attaching various size and shape cut outs which I created using my Nestabilities. I started with a pretty cord (I used a silk necklace cord for the birthday heartstring and silver cord for the Valentine heartstring) and tied an overhand knot at the top to create the loop for hanging. Then I just worked my way down the string adding paper pieces to the front and back using Scor-Tape. I added beads between the pieces and attached the bows last after all the pieces were in place.



When securing the front and backs together, I used plenty of Scor-Tape and made certain that it held the string tightly in place to support the weight of the beads and paper pieces.



I hope you can think of someone special who would enjoy a heartstring hanging near them to brighten their day!! Now go make them one!

Recipe for Birthday Heartstring:
Stamps: Multi Step Hydrangea, Whole Family, Simple Sentiments, and Words of Love by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Whisper White, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, and Certainly Celery by Stampin' Up
Inks and Layers:  Pansy - Layer 4 - Memento Grape Jelly, Layer 3 -Memento Sweet Plum, Layer 2 - Memento Sweet Plum stamped off once, Layer 1 - Lulu Lavender   Leaves - Layer 1 - SU Certainly Celery
Layer 2 - SU Old Olive stamped off once, Layer 3 - SU Old Olive
Tools: Nestabilities, Scor-Tape, and Oval Punches
Embellishments: Silk Cording, Beads, Ribbon, Rhinestones, Tulle

Recipe for Valentine Heartstring:
Stamps: Multi Step Cup of Warm Comfort, 3 Step Pansy, and Words of Love
Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, and Riding Hood Red by Stampin' Up, Lots o' Love by Little Yellow Bicycle
Inks and Layers: Hot Chocolate Mug - Layer 4- Memento Dark Cocoa, Layer 3 - SU Close to Cocoa, Layer 2 - SU Creamy Caramel, Layer 1 - SU Creamy Caramel stamped off once. Versamark was added to the foam on Layer 4 and embossed with seafoam embossing powder. Versamark reinker was painted on the mug with a paintbrush and embossed with clear embossing powder. Cookies: Layer 4 - Memento Dark Cocoa, Layer 3 - SU Close to Cocoa, Layer 2 - SU Creamy Caramel, Layer 1, SU So Saffron. Pansy - Layer 4 - Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Layer 3 - SU Melon Mambo, Layer 2 - SU Melon Mambo stamped off once, Layer 1 - SU Pretty in Pink.   Leaves - Layer 1 - SU Old Olive stamped off once, Layer 2 - SU Old Olive
Tools: Nestabilities, Scor-Tape
Embellishments: Silver Cord, Ribbon, Rhinestones, Beads

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Digital Valentine



It has been a while since I created with a digital image. I have long been a fan of the amazing work of children's illustrator, Mo Manning. Her precious image, Bella Hearts Bronte, makes the sweetest Valentine, I think!!

Digital Image: Bella Hearts Bronte by Mo Manning for Mo's Digital Pencil Too
Stamps: Small Sayings by Stampin' Up
Papers: Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, and Real Red by Stampin' Up and sugar rush by BasicGrey
Inks: Marigold Morning and Almost Amethyst by Stampin' Up
Tools: Nestabilities, Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Versamark
Embellishments: Ribbon, Dimensionals, and Silver Embossing Powder (dog tag)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Color Dare 51


I created this card for today's Color Dare challenge. I didn't get a chance yesterday to share Kitchen Sink's new Simple Sentiments so I added it to my card today!

Stamps: Multi Step Pansy and Simple Sentiments by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Melon Mambo, Garden Green, and Barely Banana by Stampin' Up

Inks and Layers:
  Pansy: Layer 4 - SU Purely Pomegranate, Layer 3 - SU Melon Mambo, Layer 2 - SU Melon Mambo stamped off once, and I left off Layer 1 to let the Barely Banana show through

  Leaves: Layer 2 - SU Garden Green, Layer 1 - SU Garden Green stamped off once, Layer 3 - SU Handsome Hunter

  Sentiment: Birthday - SU Melon Mambo, Wishes - SU Melon Mambo stamped off once.

Tools: Martha Stewart Punch

Embellishment: Ribbon

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

January Release - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Today is the day that Kitchen Sink fans have been anxiously awaiting! Maria is releasing 4 new sets and reissuing one retired favorite!! The new sets include Multi Step Cup of Warm Comfort, Winter Cardinals, Simple Sentiments, and Friends of the Moon which is a companion mini set for Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon. The returning set is the very popular 3 Step Daisy!



My first sample today was created with Multi Step Cup of Warm Comfort. In addition to the foam-topped mug, the set also includes a fabulous array of fun sentiments, these star-shaped sugar cookies, and a sweet peppermint stick!

Stamps: Multi Step Cup of Warm Comfort by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Whisper White, Soft Suede, and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up, Coffee Phrases designer paper by Marah Johnson for Creative Imaginations. LLC

Layers and Inks:
   Coffee Mug: Layer 4 - Chocolate Chip Craft Ink by Stampin' Up, Layer 3 - Close to Cocoa Craft Ink by Stampin' Up, Layer 2 - Versafine Toffee stamped off once, Layer 1 - Creamy Caramel Craft Ink by Stampin' Up

   Cookies: Layer 4 - SU Chocolate Chip, Layer 3 - SU Close to Cocoa, Layer 2 - SU Creamy Caramel, Layer 1 - SU So Saffron stamped off once with two way glue and Dazzling Diamonds dusted on the top

   Sentiment: Versafine Vintage Sepia

   Masked and Sponged Tabletop: SU Bayou Blue

Tools: Nestabilities

Embellishments: Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals




Winter Cardinals is the star of my next card!! This set includes two gorgeous cardinals along with pine boughs and pine cones! This is a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card so you can see that the birds are a nice large size!! The sentiment comes from Words of Comfort and Joy.

Stamps: Winter Cardinals and Words of Comfort and Joy by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Riding Hood Red, River Rock, and Whisper White (heavily sponged with River Rock) by Stampin' Up, KO Hannah Crazy Quilt Flat Paper designer paper by K&Company, LLC

Layers and Inks:
   Cardinal: Layer 3 - Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Layer 2 - SU Riding Hood Red, Layer 1- Memento Lady Bug. The beak was wiped clean of ink and reinked with Memento Tangelo on each layer, and Layer 4 - Memento Tuxedo Black

  Pine Boughs and Pine Cones - Layer 1 - Memento Bamboo Leaves, Layer 2 - Memento Cottage Ivy on the pine needles and Memento Potter's Clay on the pine cones, Layer 3 -Memento Potter's Clay stamped off once, Layer 4- SU Handsome Hunter on the pine needles and Memento Dark Cocoa on the pine cones

  Sentiment: Memento Tuxedo Black

Tools: Nestabilities, Paper Piercer

Embellishment: Brads



Friends of the Moon is a fabulous little mini set made to be used with Owl & Autumn Moon. It includes the above Santa and reindeer as well as a witch for Halloween, geese, rockets, stars, fireworks, planets, and a  smiling Man in the Moon face!! A great big bundle of fun jammed into a tiny package!

Stamps: Friends of the Moon, Owl & Autumn Moon, and Multi Step Christmas Lights by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Night of Navy, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, and Whisper White by Stampin' Up

Inks and Layers:
   Moon - Layer 1 - SU Barely Banana Craft Ink stamped and dried with the embossing gun 3 times, Layer 2 - So Saffron SU Craft Ink , Layer 3 - SU Summer Sun Craft Ink

   Santa and Reindeer - SU Basic Black Craft Ink and black embossing powder

   Stars - SU Whisper White Craft Ink

   Christmas Lights -Memento Lady Bug

Tools: Martha Steward Edge Punch, Heat Embossing Gun, Grey Bic Mark It Pen

Embellishment: Fun Flock


I am thrilled and delighted that Maria decided to dust off the daisies and bring them out of retirement since I am one of those who didn't get this fabulous set into my collection before it disappeared! With spring just around the corner, I know this set is going to be getting a workout at my house!! It is so much fun to absolutely blanket a sheet of paper with these beautiful blossoms!! This set comes with numerous fun sentiments as well!

Stamps: 3 Step Daisy by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Whisper White, Orcind Opulence, Certainly Celery, and Elegant Eggplant by Stampin' Up, Wasabi Dot by Bo-Bunny

Inks and Layers:
   Daisy - Layer 2, Memento Grape Jelly, Layer 1 - Memento Lulu Lavender, Layer 3 - SU Elegant Eggplant

   Leaves - Layer 1 - SU Old Olive stamped off once, Layer 2 - SU Old Olive

Tools: Nestabilities

Embellishment: Ribbon

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The entire crew has created sensational samples using these wonderful new Kitchen Sink Stamps!! Be sure to check them all out!!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Just a Tiny Kitchen Sink Peek!

The Kitchen Sink Crew is doing something just a little different today! We are sharing only a tiny little peek at the new releases which will go on sale tomorrow. There is a very special reason for this!! Tomorrow's releases with be made in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled Kitchen Sink Store!!

So if you will check back tomorrow, you will find full samples made from the new releases along with updated links and promo codes as well as a little something special for blog readers only!!

Here is my peek for you today:


Saturday, January 9, 2010

January Birthdays

I sent out a couple of birthday cards this week to some very dear friends who live far away from me! You know who you are!! Hope your birthdays were the best ever!!!


Stamps: Multi Step Giant Sunflower and Multi Step Berries by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Paper: More Mustard, Whisper White, and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up, nook and pantry by BasicGrey

Inks: Memento Inks: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Potter's Clay, and Dark Cocoa, Stampin' Up: Old Olive and True Thyme

Tools: Nestabilities

Embellishment: Ribbon




Stamps: Cupcake by Martha Stewart and Out on a Limb Sentiments by PaperTrey Ink

Papers: Pretty in Pink and Whisper White by Stampin' Up, nook & pantry by BasicGrey

Ink: Memento Dark Cocoa and Angel Pink

Tools: Martha Stewart Cupcake Punch, Corner Rounder

Embellishments: Rhinestones and Ribbon

And finally before I leave you tonight, I wanted to share a couple of little sneak peeks I have ready for Kitchen Sink's new release on Tuesday.

 


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Check back on Tuesday, and I can share these cards along with others I have created using the new releases from Kitchen Sink Stamps!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bemuda Bay Butterfly





It is presently unseasonally cold here in Texas, so I spent the day creating Spring cards!! I started with this one for the SCS Ways to Use it Challenge which was called "In with the New". We were asked to use new crafting items we had never used before.

This inverted scalloped Nestability square was one of the delightful things Santa brought me this year. I cracked open the package and used it to create this layout for my 3 Step Butterfly! You can't tell in the picture, but the black on the wings is Fun Flock, another of my Christmas goodies!!

Stamps: 3 Step Butterflies and 3 Step Honey Bunny by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, and Taken with Teal by Stampin' Up, KO Addison Blue Garden DP

Inks: Butterfly - Layer 2 - SU Bermuda Bay, Layer 1 - SU Bermuda Bay stamped off once, Layer 3 - Versafine Onyx Black with 2 way glue and Fun Flock
         Sentiment - Versafine Onyx Black

Tools: Nestabilities - Scalloped and Inverted Scalloped Squares, Sponge


Embellishments: Rhinestones, Fun Flock

Monday, January 4, 2010

Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge #21



With today being the first Monday of the month, it is time for another Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge! Designer Lisa Somerville is hosting KSCC#21 and has asked that we use stitching on our card for this month's challenge. My sewing machine is on permanent loan to my daughter-in-law since seamstress is not a hat that I wear, but I trotted across the street to my mother's house. She is the seamstress in our family so she has a machine that does all kinds of fancy stitches. I found one that looks just like my KSS pinecones!! How fun is that!!! I hate sewing fabric, but sewing paper is a blast!!



I need several masculine winter birthday cards this month so I thought this greenery and pinecones would work well for the guys in my life!

I stamped Layer 4 of the pine needles first in SU Handsome Hunter. I then added the pinecones and masked them. Next I stamped the remaining layers of pines.

Stamps: Multi Step Build a Garland and Multi Step Berries (sentiment) by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: US Vanilla, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, and Old Olive by Stampin' Up

Inks:  Greenery - Layer 4 - SU Handsome Hunter, Layer 3 - SU Old Olive, Layer 2 - SU Old Olive, Layer 1 - SU Kiwi Kiss

           Pinecones - Layer 1 - Memento Potter's Clay stamped off once, Layer 2 - Memento Potter's Clay, Layer 3 - Memento Dark Cocoa stamped off once, Layer 4 - Memento Dark Cocoa

          Sentiment - Memento Dark Cocoa

Tools: Sewing Machine, Cuttlebug Herringbone Embossing Folder, SU Oval Punches

Embellishments: Brown Thread, Dimensionals

Hope you can play along with the Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge #21! Three lucky winners will end up with some KSS cash to spend at the Kitchen Sink Store!! And with new stamps being released on January 12, who wouldn't want some extra money to spend?? Remember to use your Kitchen Sink Stamps and add your entry to the Kitchen Sink Blog using Mr. Linky before the challenge ends on January 22!


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Let's go see which Kitchen Sink Crew members stitched by hand and who used their sewing machine. Or maybe someone did a little faux stitching!!!  Heading over the crew's blogs to see!!