Monday, December 28, 2015

Happy New Year!

The fourth and final Monday this December brings with it another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps.  For this winter scene I have mixed images from KSS' Multi Step Cabin by the Lake with the Multi Step Snowy Pines. The "New Year" part of the sentiment comes from Greetings from the Woods.

In my mind, this peaceful, rustic site looks like a fabulous place to start the new year!
Wishing you all health and happiness for 2016! 


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Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas - 2015

Today's post brings with it my final Christmas cards for 2015. This has been a challenging year in our home but we have made it to the end in grand fashion! I wish you all a joyous Christmas spent with those you hold dear! 

For this week's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have used a sprig of greenery from Multi  Step Winter Cardinals and images from Multi Step Ornament and Stars.

10 Minute Card

Color Recipe for the Star
Layer 3 Memento Peanut Brittle stamped twice
Layer 2 Memento Peanut Brittle
Layer 1 Memento Dandelion

20 Minute Card

Thanks for all your visits and wonderfully sweet comments on my work this year. They mean the world to me!


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Monday, December 14, 2015

A Cardinal Christmas

Things are Christmas crazy around my house these days. I managed to whip out several major tasks: 60 Christmas cards made and sent, 10 dozen French cookies made and frozen, and 25 Christmas recipe scrapbook pages completed. But shopping, wrapping, and 48 scrapbook pages still await me! I need to kick things up a notch this week.

It was fun taking a break from all of those tasks to complete today's Let's Make a Scene card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. For today's design I included images from Multi Step Winter Cardinal, Multi Step Cabin by the Lake, Multi Step Christmas Lights, Multi Step Tree Friends, and Greetings from the Woods. To create the look of snow on the cabin roof, I did not ink the shingles on layer 4.


Also creating for your pleasure with Kitchen Sink Stamps:


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Joanne is our hostess for the CCEE Stampers last challenge of 2015.  We will be taking a short break before returning in the New Year on January 7th.  So at this time we would all like to extend our wishes for a wonderful holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!!

So.....here is this week's challenge.....

Did you know? There are occasional "Leap Seconds" added to the official year. They help to correct minor variations in time. On December 31, 2015, the folks who maintain the official time for the planet, will add an extra second to the day!  To honor this, the challenge for this week is to incorporate time into your card…..a clock, a calendar, a date, a watch, etc.


We would love for you to join us for the final challenge of 2015 and add a link to your card on the CCEE Stampers's Blog. Thanks to those of you who have played along with us this year! We loved seeing your wonderful creations!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Holly Days!

Today's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps were created with their 3 Step Holly & Mistletoe set. I love using this classic holiday greenery on my Christmas cards and tags. It always looks so festive!

This is the color recipe I used for the holly leaves: layer 3 - Memento Northern Pine, layer 2 - Memento Cottage Ivy, layer 1 - Memento Bamboo Leaves stamped twice.

10 Minute Card


20 Minute Card


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Roof Over Your Head - CCEE1549

Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day.   It is a day to be thankful for those of us who are fortunate enough to have a safe home to live in AND to think about those around the world who do not.  To mark this day, our CCEE challenge today is to make a card with a house/building of some sort on it.




Stamps: Holiday Home by Stampin' Up
Holiday Greetings by Verve

Join us in this week's challenge and post a card on the CCEE Blog!

Check out the houses the rest of the CCEE Stampers used in their designs!


Monday, November 30, 2015

10 and 20 Minute Poinsettias - KSS

I am getting busy today on more Christmas cards. I really need to get mine finished and in the mail this week so I can move on to more pressing Christmas projects like scrapbook and recipe pages for our families' yearly albums. I will be scrapping 12 sets of 4 different pages for my family members this year for a total of 48 scrapbook pages. I will be scrapping 20 sets of recipe pages (front and back) for members of my husband's family. That makes a grand total of 88 pages! Yikes! I'm sure glad I work FAST!!

The 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs for Kitchen Sink Stamps feature the beautiful 3 Step Poinsettia. On both cards the poinsettias were stamped, cut out, and popped up on the card front.

This is the color recipe I used on the flowers:

Poinsettia: Layer 5 - Memento Rhubarb Stalk stamped twice, Layer 4 - Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Layer 3 - Memento Lady Bug, Layer 2 Memento Love Letter, and I omitted Layer 1

Gold microbeads were glued to the center of each flower.

Leaves: Layer 1, 2, and 3 - Memento Bamboo Leaves, Layer 4 Memento Olive Grove

10 Minute Card




20 Minute Card



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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CCEE 1548 - Black Friday

Today is Thanksgiving in the USA and tomorrow is Black Friday. Many will be taking advantage of the sales. Our November hostess, Frances, has asked that the CCEE Stampers create a card with a shopping theme. The card must also include the color black on it somewhere.

My card pretty much sums up my shopping philosophy be it shoes, pants, blouses, whatever! If it fits, is comfortable, and looks good, buy it in every color available!



All stamp images are Stampin' Up!

Check out these fun shopping designs by the CCEE Design Team Members
and then, of course, join in the fun:


Monday, November 23, 2015

4th Monday - KSS Let's Make a Scene - Merry Christmas, Neighbor!

Another 4th Monday has rolled around which brings with it a new Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. I decided to take the opportunity today to create a special holiday card for a very special neighbor! The scene outside the window was created with images from Multi Step Cabin by the Lake and Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees. The Christmas tree inside the house was created using images from Multi Step Pine Trees, Multi Step Christmas Lights, and Plaid Plus.



Also designing for Kitchen Sink Stamps:



What an honor that you have stopped by my blog today! Thanks for  your visit!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Universal Children's Day - CCEE 1547

Tomorrow is Universal Children's Day. Frances, our November CCEE hostess, has asked that we create a card featuring a child having fun of some type.

When I was a child, the most fun I had involved trips to the library where I loaded up on books which took me on amazing adventures all over the world! What a blessing reading has been to my life! So much so that my life's work was teaching children to read by sharing my love for books with them. I never taught from a basal reader, but always from the amazing world of children's literature! Hopefully, that love for reading has served them well.



Stamps from All Booked Up by Papertrey Ink
Designer Paper by Graphic 45

See the rest of the designs for Universal Children's Day
created by the CCEE Stampers and then join us in this fun challenge!


Frances Bryne

Sunday, November 15, 2015

KSS Turkey Trot

This week's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps were created featuring images from 3 Step Turkey Trot. 

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? This week I will be busy searching for some exciting side dishes to accompany my Thanksgiving turkey as well as looking forward to spending some time with my extended family. We always have such fun together!

10 Minute Card


Color Recipe for Turkey

Layer 3 - Memento Rich Cocoa
Layer 2 - Memento Potter's Clay
Layer 1 - Memento Peanut Brittle

Grass and Sentiment - Memento Cottage Ivy

20 Minute Card
For this card I added a couple of baskets of mums from the Multi Step Harvest set.



The rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sesame Street Day at CCEE Stampers


On  November 10th Sesame Street celebrated 46 years on television. To honor this great show for its years of contributions to the entertainment and education of young children, Frances has asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card inspired by the show … It could feature any of the characters from the show; something related to a character like a garbage bin or cookies; or feature a letter of the alphabet etc.

My stamp collection doesn't contain any Sesame Street characters so I created this famous duo with my punches!


The sentiment is from True Friend by Stampin' Up.

Here are links to the Sesame Street tribute cards created by the rest of the CCEE Stampers



Monday, November 9, 2015

Winter Cabin - KSS Monday

The second Monday in November finds me farther behind on Christmas cards than I have ever been at this late date in the year. This week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps uses a great mix of winter images to create a greeting card for the holidays and gets me one step closer to being ready to mail out my Christmas cards the week after Thanksgiving.


Stamps: Multi Step Cabin by the Lake, Multi Step Build a Garland, 
Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees, Greeting from the Woods, and 
Multi Step Tree Friends by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Recollections White, Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow and Crumb Cake

Inks: Memento Northern Pine, Olive Grove, Cottage Ivy, Toffee Crunch, Potter's Clay, Rich Cocoa, Peanut Brittle, Espresso Truffle, and Summer Sky

Also creating with Kitchen Sink Stamps are these Kitchen Crew Members:



Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Circles, Circles Everywhere!! CCEE1545

Our November CCEE hostess, Frances, has us running around in circles this week! I went with a fun easy way to use up scraps to make a bright and colorful birthday card! I hope you like it. I punched  circles in all colors and sizes and glued them to my black front panel before embossing it with my circle embossing folder. Lastly, I added a sentiment and bow to create this simple birthday design.


Check out these other fabulous circle designs by the CCEE Team and then play along!!

Monday, November 2, 2015

KKS Monday - Autumn Squirrel

Watching the squirrels scurry around burying pecans in my front yard on Wednesday inspired me to reach for my 3 Step Autumn Squirrel set to create this week's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs for Kitchen Sink Stamps. I am glad to see that they will visit me again this winter to dig up their sweet Texas pecans for a quick lunch!

10 Minute Card


Stamps: 3 Step Autumn Squirrel, Multi Step Harvest, and Simple Sentiments 
by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Color Recipe for Squirrel:
Layer 3 Memento Rich Cocoa stamped twice
Layer 2 Memento Potter's Clay
Layer 1 Memento Toffee Crunch stamped twice

Designer Paper - Pyrus by BasicGrey

20 Minute Card


by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Color Recipes:

Squirrel
Layer 3 Memento Espresso Truffle
Layer 2 Memento Potter's Clay
Layer 1 Memento Desert Sand stamped twice

Birch Trunks
Layer 2 Memento Espresso Truffle
Layer 1 Memento Toffee Crunch

Birch Leaves
Layer 3 Memento Morocco
Layer 2 Memento Tangelo
Layer 1 Memento Dandelion

Other members of the Kitchen Sink Crew are:



Thank you for visiting me today!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CCEE 1544 - Down Under

This week our Australian hostess, Maryann,  has asked the CCEE Stampers to end our October challenges by using something down under. She says it is not necessary to have something Australian; it can be under the sea, or a tree or underground or under an umbrella.



Stamps:
Puddle Fun by House-Mouse Designs, Inc.
Friendly Greetings by Hero Arts

See the down under creations of the CCEE Design Team:


Monday, October 26, 2015

Bushels of Thanks - KSS Let's Make a Scene

This week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created for the Hope You Can Cling To event at Splitcoaststampers. It was inspired by hostess Holly Brown wo chose as her theme "Bunches of Thanks" which brought to my mind bushels of mums for autumn. 

I started with the three baskets of mums across the bottom of the card front and then masked them to add the truck. I then masked the truck to sponge in the road and grass and sky. The leaves for the birch tree where stamped next. I stamped the tree trunks on computer paper and cut them out to mount over the sponged sky.

The sentiment was computer generated and then punched out with an oval punch and mounted on another decorative punched piece.

Lastly, I stamped and fussy cut another basket of mums to pop up on the bottom right corner of the card.

What a great way to spend a lazy, rainy Saturday morning! This card is going to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas to be used by a cancer patient there. I hope it brings them a little joy and comfort!



Stamps

Kitchen Sink Crew


 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

CCEE1543 - Reflections

Our CCEE hostess, Maryann, as assigned us the task of having fun with reflections for this week's CCEE Stampers' Challenge.

Here is what I came up with! Hope you like it! The swan, lake, and grass are by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The sentiment is by Verve.


Look in on the fabulous reflections created by the CCEE Team!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kitchen Sink Monday - Autumn Leaves

This Monday brings you some new 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps featuring autumn leaves. The leaf images are a part of the 3 Step Big Leaves set while the acorn is from 3 Step Autumn Squirrel. The sentiment is from Words of Comfort & Joy.


10 Minute Card



20 Minute Card


Embossing Folder by Darice

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CCEE1542 - Acetate

Our October CCEE hostess, Maryann, has asked that we create a card that incorporates acetate into our design for this week's challenge. That gave me the opportunity to create a fun sequin and bead shaker card for the holidays.


Stamps
Bird Crazy by Tim Holtz
Multi Step Grizzly Bear Wishes by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Christmas Messges and Holiday Home by Stampin' Up

Check out the creative uses of acetate by the rest of the CCEE Team! Then join in the challenge and show us how you would use acetate on a card!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Warm Autumn Hugs

Since October 1st I have been taking part in Hope You Can Cling To at Splitcoaststampers. All cards created for this great annual event go to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for use by their patients and the's patients families.

Today's Let's Make a Scene card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created for SCS's First Class-No Extra Postage challenge. In other words, flat for easy mailing. It is headed out this week along with my first dozen cards created for this year's HYCCT challenges to MD Anderson. I hope it goes to someone needing a warm autumn hug and brings them comfort.

I am also entering it in the Mod Squad Get Your Fall On Challenge. Don't forget that Kitchen Sink Stamps will be a sponsor of the Mod Squad Challenge next week (third Wednesday) with one lucky entry winning a $25 gift certificate to the Kitchen Sink Stamps store!



Kitchen Sink Stamps
Multi Step Trees
Multi Step Pumpkins
Multi Step Harvest
Multi Step Tree Friends


Accessory
Impression Obsession Fence Die

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chocolate Combinations - CCEE1541

Our CCEE October hostess, Maryann, has requested chocolate combinations for this week's cards. Chocolate and ivory, chocolate and pink, chocolate and.......

For my card I have chosen to pair chocolate with mint for this simple masculine birthday design.


Stamps: Serene Silhouettes and Big Day by Stampin' Up

See what the rest of the CCEE Stampers have combined in their chocolate designs!

Frances Bryne
Maryann Einam

Then join us for this challenge and create a card with chocolate and the color of your choice to share in the CCEE Challenge!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Birch Tree Christmas

For this week's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes more cards sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have used the newly released Multi Step Birch Trees to create two simple holiday designs. This is one of my all time favorite KSS sets! I have mixed in with the stamped images  die cuts deer from Impression Obsession.

10 Minute Card



Stamps: Multi Step Birch Trees, Multi Step Christmas Lights, 
and Multi Step Grizzly Bear Wishes by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and SU Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
Inks: Trees - Layer 2 Memento Espresso Truffle, Layer 1 Memento Toffee Crunch
Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle
Deer sponged with Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug, Deer Dies by Impression Obsession



20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Birch Trees
and Snow Flurry by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Recollections White and SU Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, and Crumb Cake
Inks: Trees - Layer 2 Memento Espresso Truffle, Layer 1 Memento Toffee Crunch
Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle
Deer sponged with Memento Rich Cocoa
Tools: Embossing Folder by Cuttlebug, Deer Dies by Impression Obsession

Members of the Kitchen Sink Crew Include:

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hope You Can Cling To - 2015

Yesterday was the start up day for Splitcoaststampers' annual Hope You Can Cling To event in support of breast cancer awareness month. All cards created for this wonderful event go to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas for use by their patients and their families. I love taking part in this event each year and hope to complete a card for each of their challenge throughout the month of October.

The card I have created today is for the collage of hope challenge, and I am also entering it in the Mod Squad Anything With Wings Challenge this week.


Stamps: Stipple Butterfly and Stipple Rose by Stampin' Up
Hanging Droplet Set by Designs by Ryn
Sentiment from Azalea by Power Poppy


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CCEE1540 - Blocks

October is here and along with it we welcome a new CCEE hostess, Maryann. She will be our hostess for the next five weeks and has asked the team to step back in time and remember their childhood toys. This week we were to create a card that resembles a child's toy blocks stacked high.


Sentiment from Kitchen Sink Stamps
Designer Paper is My Anchor by Graphic 45
Tools: Cuttlebug ocean dies and embossing folder, Martha Stewart Punch

Check out the fun block designs by the members of the CCEE Stampers Design Team 
and come then play along with us!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mod Squad - Sprinkle Your Sparkle

Today's birthday card was created the the Sprinkle Your Sparkle Challenge over at the Mod Squad Challenge Blog. Glitter is always great to light up a birthday!


Stamps: Bird Crazy by Tim Holtz, Make a Wish Quotes by Fiskers
Papers: Recollections White, SU Rich Razzleberry, Lemonade by BasicGrey
Tools: Bird Crazy Dies, Sizzix background die
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Rich Razzleberry and Kiwi Kiss

Monday, September 28, 2015

Owl and Bats and Autumn Moon

With the arrival of the 4th Monday in September comes the opportunity to share another Let's Make a Scene card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Today I went really dark with an adult and spooky Halloween design. I hope you like it.


Stamps: Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon, Multi Step Birch Trees,
Friends of the Moon, and Ready 4 Any Holiday by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Papers: Night of Navy and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up
Recollections Black, DP by BasicGrey
Inks: Color Recipe for the Owl - 4 Memento Espresso Truffle.
3 Memento Toffee Crunch, 2 Memento Peanut Brittle, 1 Memento Desert Sand
Moon - 3 Memento Peanut Brittle, 2 Memento Cantaloupe,
1 Memento Dandelion
Tree Trunks - 2 Memento Espresso Truffle, 1 Memento Rich Cocoa
Clouds - Stampin' Up Craft Vanilla
Sentiment and Bats - Versafine Onyx Black
Tools: Circle Punch, Sizzix Iron Fence Die

Also designing with Kitchen Sink Stamps are the member of the
Kitchen Sink Crew:



 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

Thanks for your visit today! I hope it was worth your while and you leave here inspired to give layered stamping a try!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CCEE1539 - Cherries Jubilee Day

Our CCEE hostess, Lois, has asked that we celebrate National Cherries Jubilee Day this week by making a card with cherries on it; or, if you don't have any cherries, use any fruit. Pull out some fun fruit and play along!



Visit the CCEE Stampers add see what fruity fun they have cooked up for you this week!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

KSS Monday - I See Pumpkins

Everywhere I shopped this week I saw bins filled with pumpkins so what could be a better inspiration for today's 10 Minutes and 10 Minutes More designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps? I pulled out my Multi Step Pumpkins and got to work.

10 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Pumpkins and Multi Step Birch Trees by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Color Recipe for Pumpkin: 5 - Memento Potter's Clay, 4 Memento Morocco, 3 Memento
Tangelo, 2 Memento Tangelo, 1 Memento Cantaloupe
Leaves: 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves, 3 Memento Olive Grove
Designer Paper: You're Late from Hallowe'en in Wonderland Collection by Graphic 45
Tool: EK Success Corner Punch

20 Minute Card


Stamps: Multi Step Pumpkins, Multi Step Birch Trees, 3 Step Turkey Trot
 by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Color Recipe for Pumpkins: 5 - Memento Potter's Clay, 4 Memento Morocco, 3 Memento
Tangelo, 2 Memento Tangelo, 1 Memento Cantaloupe
for Turkey: 1 Memento Peanut Brittle, 2 Memento Toffee Crunch, 
3 Memento Espresso Truffle
Tool: Impression Obsession Fence Die

The Kitchen Sink Crew:



 Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

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