Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCEE1942 - National Fossil Day

According to Kelly, yesterday was National Fossil Day. A fossil is a preserved impression of a once-living thing from a past geological age, including plants, animals, shells, and more.
Her challenge to the CCEE Stampers is to create a card including anything that has been found as a fossil -- dinosaurs, leaves, amber, footprints, etc.

Paper: BasicGrey
Sentiment: Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers
Car Die by Sizzix
Ink for exhaust: Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide by Ranger

Let's see how everyone else celebrated fossil day!

Monday, October 14, 2019

I'm Caffeinated - KSS

When I saw this week's Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, I knew that I would be reaching for my Keep Calm Coffee Mug to create today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card. The challenge is called "Drama" and at my house I am always careful to avoid drama by making sure the coffee pot is the first one "awake" and perking at my house!

When I suggested this set to Maria, I knew it would be one of my favorites because: 
1) Coffee is my favorite beverage!
2) Most of my friends love coffee!
3) I could dress the cup up or down depending on the need or season

Thanks, Maria, for creating this fabulous set. I keep an assortment of colored mugs stamped and ready to go at all times, and I reach for them often!!

Here are a couple of tips I want to share about working with the mug. Because of its large size, I need to use full-sized pads to get the ink smooth. I also ink each layer with Versamark before adding the colored ink. Here is the last thing that I have discovered with the mug. Mine have always come out best when I stamp every single layer in the same exact color. I start with layer 4 and work backwards. This mug was stamped with Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle and the rings and blops of coffee were made with Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CCEE1941 - The Rainforest

October CCEE hostess, Kelly McKown-Santi let us know that this week is World Rainforest Week. She has therefore challenged the CCEE Stampers to create a card showing the rainforest or any animal you'd find in the rainforest.

I used images from Sloth-some by Art Impressions and designer paper from Wild Heart by Crate Paper.

Here are links to the rest of the CCEE Design Team creations:

Anne Harmon

Monday, October 7, 2019

Warm Christmas Wishes - KSS

Good morning to my coffee-loving Kitchen Sink Stamps friends!! I wanted to share with you this morning a new companion set called Coffee Mate Greetings which pairs beautifully with the just released Coffee & Friends and Keep Calm Coffee Mug.

You can PRE-order this great set with shipment expected to be October 31. Just in time for your Thanksgiving and Christmas wishes for your coffee-addicted friends (like ME)!!

For today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card I have created a holiday card with Coffee & Friends. I had to pull together sentiments from here and there because I don't have Coffee Mate Greetings in my hot little hands yet, either!! But when I do, watch out!!

Color Recipe for Cup

Layer 4 - Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Layer 3 - Memento Love Letter
Layer 2 - Memento Love Letter
Layer 1 - Memento Lady Bug

Color Recipe for Coffee

Layer 1 - Memento Desert Sand
Layer 2 - PTI Fine Linen
Layer 3 - SU Creamy Caramel
Layer 4 - SU Baked Brown Sugar

Designer Paper and Stickers - the Paper Studio

Today's card has been entered in the following challenges:

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube Channel of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

CCEE1940 - National Techies Day

Kelly McKown-Santi is our CCEE hostess for the month of October.  She tells us that today is National Techies Day.  I am so grateful to have the technology that we do!  Create a card with something 'techy' on it (computers, cell phones, etc.) or simply create a thank you card. 

Sentiment by Stampabilities
Designer Papers - Girl Squad by Pebbles
Sticker by the Paper Studio
Hand Die by Impression Obsession

Cards by the CCEE Design Team can be seen here:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Coffee Cups in the Kitchen

As promised yesterday, the two new coffee sets are available for sale at Kitchen Sink Stamps today. They are:


Today's cards sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created with Keep Calm Coffee Mug, Rubber Ducky, and Fishing 4 Bass.

This mug is so much fun to personalize with the words or images of your choice for your favorite coffee drinkers.

Here is another one I have done for an angler friend of mine:

The fun never ends with this fabulous set!!

Maria and Nancy also have some coffee goodness to share! Check it out!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Coffee, Please! - KSS

I am starting today exactly the way I start every morning, by putting on a pot of my favorite coffee! I guess you could say it is an obsession. I can't start my day without it!

So you know for sure, how excited I am that my two Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored cards this week were created with two brand new coffee sets being released by Kitchen Sink Stamps tomorrow.

The first set is called Keep Calm Coffee Mug. It is a simple, unadorned mug ready for you to stamp with the words or designs of your choice. The set comes with a fun mix of sentiments which are coffee related, of course.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Used in this Design

Color Recipe for the Coffee Mug:
Layer 4 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink stamped twice
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 1 Memento Angel Pink

Color Recipe for the Dogwood:
Layer 4 Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush
Layer 3 (petals only) Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush
Layer 3 (center only) Stampin' Up Certainly Celery
Layer 2 (petals only) Stampin' Up Regal Rose
Layer 2 (center only) Stampin' Up Certainly Celery
Layer 1 (petals only) Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 5 Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade

Color Recipe for the Spoon
Layer 3 - Memento London Fog
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Granite Gray
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone

Sentiment and Steam - Memento Espresso Truffle

The second set is called Coffee & Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps and also has a great assortment of fun sentiments. All the images on this card come from that set.

Color Recipe for the Coffee:
Layer 4 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel
Layer 2 Memento Desert Sand
Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen

Color Recipe for Coffee Cup:
Layer 4 PTI Hawaiian Shores
Layer 3 PTI Aqua Mist
Layer 2 PTI Aqua Mist
Layer 1 PTI Aqua Mist stamped off once

Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle

This card has been entered in the following challenges:

I can tell already that I am going to have a great time crafting cards for my coffee-drinking friends with these two fabulous sets!! My mind is spinning with ideas!!

Thanks for visiting today! If you love coffee like I do, head over to 
Kitchen Sink Stamps
tomorrow morning and add these wonderful sets
to your stamp collection!

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Simon Says Stamps STAMPtember

There is a lot of excitement in the Kitchen today! Simon Says Stamp has been celebrating their 10th Anniversary of STAMPtember all month long, and TODAY they are featuring a fabulous new holiday set designed just for them by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Gingerbread Hugs is a fun and versatile set that can be used for cards, tags for baked goods or packages, and gift presentations of all kinds. You can purchase it here at Simon Says Stamp.

I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to create this cute treat box with a sleeve included to hold a gift card.

This gift presentation is created with 2 pieces of heavy-weight card stock. A piece of white cardstock 7.5 inches by 7.5 cut and scored as shown below. The needed red panel is 4 inches by 5 inches. 

For this size box the score lines to create the box are each 1 and 6/8 inches apart. 
All the scoring should be done before stamping, but do not cut the panel until your stamping is done. This makes for easier placement of the images and more stable use of your stamp positioner.

Begin by stamping the Peppermint Kisses sentiment at the bottom edge of the 2nd box panel from the top. The top is the edge with the half inch score line for tucking the box closed after the candy are added. I then stamped peppermints across box panels 1 and 2. Stamp directly across the folds. I should have stamped all the way to
both side edges which I will remember to do next time.

This is the color recipe I used to stamp the peppermints: Layer 1 Memento Lady Bug, Layer 2 Memento Love Letter, and Layer 3 Stampin' Up Lovely Lipstick.

Now you can cut the pieces that need to be removed.

Next, die cut an opening in the first panel of the box to create a peek-through panel to see the treats inside. In this photo I forgot to trim angles on the side panels beside the acetate window, but you can see them in the photos below. These angles make it easy to open and close the box from the top once it is completed.

Flip the box over and attach a rectangle of acetate over the opening using sticky tape.

You are now ready to attach the candy box to the gift card holder panel.  With the stamping side down, align the bottom 4 x 1 6/8 panel to the bottom edge of the 4 x 5 red panel with sticky tape. It is easy in this photo to see the extra angled cuts I put on the top end flaps for tucking into the candy box.

Finally the box can be folded up and taped closed except for the top opening and closing lid.

Extra pieces were stamped and fussy cut for decorating the gift holder portion of the box.

This is the color recipe I used to stamp the gingerbread men: Layer 3 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar, Layer 2 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel, Layer 1 Stampin' Up Barely Banana. The buttons were stamped with Memento Love Letter while the icing details were stamped with PTI Dark Chocolate.

Add the decorated panel of our choice to create the gift card holder. I clipped the top with a circle punch to make for easy insertion and removal of the gift card.  I used very skinny sticky tape on the two side edges and the bottom edge of my designer paper. I also added a gift tag. I hope you have fun with your Gingerbread Hugs. I think it is a great way to dress up your home baked goodies and treats for the holidays.

A huge thank you goes out to Simon Says Stamp for inviting Kitchen Sink Stamps to have a fun part in their wonderful event! Happy shopping!!

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

World Dream Day - CCEE1939

CCEE September Hostess, Frances Bryne has one more challenge for the CCEE Stampers before the month comes to an end. I hope you have all enjoyed her challenges for September as much as I have!

The 25th September was World Dream Day. So for our challenge this week Frances has asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card with someone/something sleeping/dreaming.

Here are links to the dreamy cards of the CCEE Design Team Members:

Monday, September 23, 2019

Flip Flap Interactive Card

I have been busy working on some samples for some new Kitchen Sink Stamps sets coming out in the next few weeks, so I didn't get today's card designed until TODAY! I hate when that happens, but sometimes it does!

And when it does, I usually check in at Splitcoaststampers to see what kind of challenges they have posted for the day. The Clean and Simple Challenge was to create a card with candles. That didn't appeal to me so I moved on to the Try a New Technique Challenge. Sabrina Friel, the hostess for this challenge, asked participants to create a Flip Flap Card. Well, I don't usually go in for fancy folds as they require too much precision and fiddling around to get them to work properly. After reading the SCS tutorial by Beth Rush and watching her YouTube video twice, I decided to give it a go.

So here are two views of today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card:

Here are the results of my efforts:


Pull the tab and:

Kitchen Sink Stamp Sets Used:

Color Recipe for the Hat
Layer 4 - PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 3 - SU Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 2 - SU Creamy Caramel
Layer 1 - PTI Desert Sand
Layer 5 - Memento Pistachio

Color Recipe for the Creel
Layer 4 - PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 3 - Memento Potter's Clay
Layer 2 - PTI Fine Linen
Layer 1 - Memento Desert Sand

Recipe for the Bass
Layer 4 - Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 - SU Old Olive
Layer 2 - SU Sage Shadow
Layer 1 - SU Barely Banana

 This card was entered in the following challenge:

Stinkin' Inkers Challenge Blog - Fancy Folds

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

CCEE1938 - Talk Like a Pirate

Ahoy there me Hearties!!!!

It's challenge time for the CCEE Stampers!

Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day, so grab those pirate stamps/dies to create your card this week. If you have no pirate stamps, think beach, ocean or treasure.

The ocean designer paper is from Divinity Designs, LLC.
The sentiment is from Llama Fiesta by Sizzix.
The Jolly Roger is a die  from Cuttlebug.

What pirate adventures await you with the CCEE Design Team?
Check it out!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Inlaid Dies and Autumn - KSS

Today's clean and simple design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps features an autumn theme and inlaid dies. I am a huge coffee fan as are many of my friends so I am currently working on a stash of coffee themed cards.

The Kitchen Sink sets used to create this design include:

Cup of Warm Comfort Multi Step Stamps (no longer available)

I inlaid two die cuts for this design:

Coffee Cup Die by Spellbinders
Coffee Sentiment by Divinity Designs

Color Recipe for the Pumpkin

Layer 5 - Memento Morocco
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Only Orange
Layer 3 - Memento Tangelo
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Mango Melody
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Marigold Morning

Color Recipe for Leaves and Vines

Layer 1 - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Today's design is entered in the following challenges: