Thursday, July 12, 2018

CCEE1828 - National Simplicity Day

It's Lynn back again to share with you the second July challenge for the CCEE Stampers. 


July 12 has been declared National Simplicity Day in honor of Henry David Thoreau who was a devoted advocate of living a life of simplicity. So on this lazy day of summer it's time to simplify. My challenge to you is to create a clean and simple one layer card!

Please include keyword CCEE1828 if you choose to play along and post your card to an online gallery.

I have used a silhouette stamped in Versafine Onyx Black from Essential Silhouettes by Ranger and a die cut sentiment from Shine Thinlits by Sizzix.



Check the links below to see the one layer cards of the CCEE Design Team.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Tulips and Daffodils - Kitchen Sink Stamps

I love when the second Monday of each month rolls around again so I can share another one of my Let's Make a Scene designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Scenes are so much fun to do and usually require very little masking.

Today I have create a little garden scene with daffodils and tulips under the birch trees.
The colorful and beautiful flowers of spring and summer always bring me such joy!



The secret to successful masking is to start with the front image first. I stamped two bunches of daffodils first of all. Then work back image by image. To stamp the purple tulips, I placed masks over the daffodils and then stamped the tulips. I then masked the tulips so I could stamp the birch trunks behind them. With the masks still on the daffodils, I added the fringe of grass. To finish the composition I brushed on distress ink for the soil and the sky. The sentiment was added last of all.

Another card in which I used this same method can been seen here.

I am entering today's daffodils and tulips card in the following challenges this week:

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #85, Anything Goes

Stamping Sensations - July - In my Garden

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 475 - In my Garden


Kitchen Sink Stamp Sets used to complete this card include:



Color Recipes used on today's card:

Daffodil Blooms
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Pineapple Punch
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Peekaboo Peach
Layer 2 - Memento Dandelion
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Barely Banana

Daffodil Leaves and Stems
Layer 1 - Memento Pear Tart
Layer 2 - Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 3 - Memento Olive Grove

Tulip Blossoms
Layer 1 - Memento Lulu Lavender
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Lavender Lace
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Highland Heather
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grape


Since so much of the tulip stems and leaves were covered by the daffodils, I only stamped layer 1 and I used Stampin' Up Old Olive to do so.

Birch Trunks
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Soft Suede

Leaves of the Birch Trees
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Lemon Lime Twist
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Old Olive

The ground was created by brushing on Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then flicking it with speckles of the same.

For the sky, I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink added with a soft brush.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

The papers used include:
Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight
Stampin' Up Lavender Lace
Recollections 110 White

The embellishments are purple grosgrain ribbon and gold cord.

Before I leave you today, I wanted to let you know that Firecracker Savings
have been extended until midnight Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 11.
You can received 15% off of all in stock Kitchen Sink Stamps merchandise when you use promo code freedom.

To view more wonderful examples of projects using Kitchen Sink Stamps
visit the blogs below:

Kitchensinkstamps' Weblog by Maria Colosimo,
the owner and creator of KSS


Nana loves stamping by Jeanne Frontz

Thank you for dropping by for a visit today! It's always nice to see you and to respond to your sweet comments!




Thursday, July 5, 2018

CCEE1827 - The Impossible Card

Hi, friends. Lynn McAuley here! I will be hosting the CCEE Challenges for the month of July and hope that you will want to join in on the fun.

Suddenly I am seeing the Impossible Card popping up everywhere I turn. This new fun fold is based on a famous card trick so it isn't really all that new! I thought it would be great if the CCEE Stampers put their own "twist" on this design with their creations this week.

Here is a link to a tutorial by Maymay Made It Crafts that will show you what it is all about! It demonstrates the Impossible Card in several varied sizes.

Won't you join us in creating an Impossible Card. It really is simple and not at all impossible!!

If you post to an online gallery, please include keyword CCEE1827.



Images from Crazy Dogs by Tim Holtz
and Doggy Kisses Set by Art Impressions

And here are more impossible cards created by the CCEE Stampers DT.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy 4th - May Freedom Ring! - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Today's card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps  was designed as a celebration of the 4th of July. My hope is that enemies can be friends and celebrate together the amazing freedoms we have in this great country of ours!! May we somehow find a way to work together for the good of our nation as well as all humankind!

The images are from Spring Daffodils Multi Step Clear Stamps and the sentiments from Ready 4 Any Holiday Clear Stamps.

I am entering this card in two challenges this week:

Fly Your Flag - CAS488 at Splitcoaststampers and 2 Crafty Critters Crazies 16th Challenge - July.



Color Recipe for the Frog:

Layer 3 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves stamped 4 times
Layer 1 Memento Pear Tart stamped twice

Color Recipe for the Dragonfly

Layer 2 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Gray Granite

The grass was stamped in Memento Pear Tart with Layer 2 of the grass image from 3 Step Honey Bunny.The sky was brushed on with Distress Ink Peacock Feathers.

The die cut numbers and letters are from My Favorite Things.

Happy and May Freedom Ring were stamped with Memento Nautical Blue.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CCEE1826 - Relaxation

CCEE Hostess, Joanne Grzelak, has chosen RELAXATION as her final theme for the month of June.  She said, "Create a card that depicts RELAXATION to you.  Can be a place where you are relaxed or what you do to relax."




Image - Brightest Bulb - House-Mouse Designs
Sentiment - Stampabilities

See how the rest of the CCEE Team chooses to relax:


Monday, June 25, 2018

LMS073- Under the Dogwood Tree - KSS

The fourth Monday of June brings with it the chance for me to create another scene for you using some of Kitchen Sink Stamps' newest released images: Enchanted Dogwood Multi Step Clear Stamps and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps. I have mixed with them images from Tree Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps, grass from Honey Bunny Multi Step Clear Stamps, and a word die cut from Hero Arts.

I am entering this card in the Stamping Sensations' June Challenge - Anything Goes as long as stamping is the center point of attention and interest. I sure hope the stamping catches your attention!

I stamped this scene with the large branch of dogwood blossoms across the top in the foreground to create the depth and distance back to the dogwood tree and bench. I have done this before as in the card seen here where I put the large flowers at the bottom forefront for the same reason. The front dogwood on this card was fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals.



Color Recipe for Today's Dogwood Blossoms

Layer 3 SU Real Rose on the petals and SU Certainly Celery in the center
Layer 4 PTI Hisbiscus Burts on the petals and SU Certainly Celery in the center
Layer 2 SU Powder Pink
Layer 1 Memento Angel Pink
Layer 5 SU Lucky Limeade

Color Recipe for the Leaves

Layer 1 SU Certainly Celery
Layer 2 SU Certainly Celery
Layer 3 SU Old Olive

Color Recipe for the Bricks

Layer 2 SU Granite Gray
Layer 1 PTI Soft Stone

The Kitchen Crew members also have some beautiful
Kitchen Sink Stamps creations to share with you today!
Check them out by clicking below!

Maria Colosimo - owner and creator

Jeanne Frontz

Tammy Hershberger

Thank you for dropping in today to see my work!
Please leave a comment so I can see yours as well!


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Seaside Challenge - CCEE1825

"As many of you know, the ocean is my favorite place….and my annual trip to Maine is sacred.  So, in honor of that, please create a card inspired by the ocean or beaches," declared Joanne Grzelak, our CCEE Stampers' hostess for this week's challenge.

Like Joanne, I absolutely love everything nautical or beach related. I blended two Stampin' Up sets, Wetlands and High Tide, with my Ranger Distress Oxides to create this card.






Linked below are the oceanside beauties created by the other members of the CCEE Design Team. Won't you join us and play along in this weeks beach challenge?


Monday, June 18, 2018

Dear Friend - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Having a little more froggy fun with today's card from Kitchen Sink Stamps. This card was created for a gardening friend who is under the weather. I will be sending this out in today's mail to hopefully encourage and cheer her.

All the images except the grass and the sentiment are from one of Kitchen Sink Stamps' newest sets, Spring Daffodils Multi Step Clear Stamps. The grass is from Honey Bunny Multi Step Clear Stamps and the sentiment from Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.

I just got all the new Stampin' Up colors so I tried some new color recipes and really like how they turned out.



Color Recipes

Daffodils
Layer 4 Memento Peanut Brittle
Layer 3 SU Crushed Curry
Layer 2 SU Pineapple Punch
Layer 1 SU Barely Banana

Leaves and Stems
Layer 1 SU Pear Pizzazz
Layer 2 SU Granny Apple Green
Layer 3 SU Mossy Meadow

Frog
Layer 3 Memento Tuxedo Black
Layer 2 SU Lucky Limeade
Layer 1 SU Lemon Lime Twist

Dragonfly
Layer 2 Memento Tuxedo Black
Layer 1 SU Gray Granite

The hand is a die cut from Impression Obsession.

Also sharing beautiful work using Kitchen Sink Stamps
are the rest of the members of the Kitchen Crew.


Maria Colosimo - Owner and Creator of KSS
Jeanne Frontz

Thank you for stopping by today!! Leave a comment so I can come back and see you!!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CCEE1824 - Spring Flowers

Joanne, our June CCEE hostess, says that spring came late to her neck of the woods so they are still enjoying the blooming of flowers. She asked that the CCEE Stampers create cards with lots of flowers.


I did not get over to East Texas this spring, so I didn't get to see the amazing dogwood trees in bloom. But since I got my new dogwood stamps, I am making up for that! I cannot seem to put them down! So even though you got to see them as virgin stamps last week, I am using them again. This time for a sympathy card. The flower images are from Kitchen Sink Stamps set called Enchanted Dogwood Multi Step Clear Stamps and the sentiment is an Impression Obsession die.


Head over and see the beautiful flowers used by the CCEE Stampers Design Team.

Then get out your favorite flowers and join in the fun!


Monday, June 11, 2018

LMS072 Inside Shadow Box Card

Lynn here with another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps using their newly released Enchanted Dogwood Multi Step Clear Stamps. I also used KSS Trees Multi Step Clear Stamps as well as sentiments from Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps. My card today was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's June 4, 2018 post in which she shared a video tutorial describing the construction of an inside shadow box card. It was truly easy to create with her clear and concise directions. Thank you, Jennifer!! Check it out and give it a try!! You won't be sorry!

It takes one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock to create this card cut in half either direction depending on which way you want the card to open.

You might remember another style shadow box I have used in the past. Both styles are fun to make and loved by those who receive them!

I am entering this card on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog in their June Anything Goes Challenge.

You might remember another style shadow box I have used in the past.

Front of the Card




Inside Shadow Box



Close-up of Shadow Box


Color Recipe for the Dogwoods

Layer 3 SU Flirty Flamingo with  Memento Pear Tart in the center
Layer 4 PTI Hibiscus Burst with Memento Pear Tart in the center
Layer 2 PTI Sweet Blush
Layer 1 Memento Angel Pink
Layer 5 SU Lucky Limeade


Color Recipe for the Stems

Layer 1 PTI Classic Kraft
Layer 2 SU Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 3 PTI Dark Chocolate

Color Recipe for the Leaves

Layer 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 3 Memento Olive Grove

Recipe for the Tree

Trunk  PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 2 SU Flirty Flamingo
Layer 1 PTI Sweet Blush
Layer 3 PTI Hibiscus Burst

Bits of Lucky Limeade were dotted into the tree.

The edges on the front were sponged with PTI Sweet Blush.
The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! 
Your kind words about my cards are so uplifting to me!!

To see more beautiful creations with Kitchen Sink Stamps newly 
released stamps be sure to see the posts of the KSS Kitchen Crew!


Maria Colosimo - Owner and Creator of KSS

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Virgin Stamps - CCEE1823

Joanne Grzelak has taken the reins as hostess for the CCEE Stampers for the month of June. She said, "I don’t think  I am the only one with unused, or ‘virgin’, stamps.  This week I want you to go through your stash and ink those virgins to create this week’s card."

Well, as luck would have it, yesterday Kitchen Sink Stamps released three new stamp sets and my virgin dogwoods are seeing ink for the very first time for CCEE Challenge 1823. 

This set is called Enchanted Dogwood Multi Step Clear Stamps and I have included the color recipes for the layering I did to create this sprig of spring dogwoods below the card.





Color Recipe for the Dogwoods

Layer 3 SU Flirty Flamingo with  Memento Pear Tart in the center
Layer 4 PTI Hibiscus Burst with Memento Pear Tart in the center
Layer 2 PTI Sweet Blush
Layer 1 Memento Angel Pink
Layer 5 SU Lucky Limeade


Color Recipe for the Stems

Layer 1 PTI Classic Kraft
Layer 2 SU Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 3 PTI Dark Chocolate


Color Recipe for the Leaves

Layer 1 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves
Layer 3 Memento Olive Grove

The sentiment is from virgin stamps as well: Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.
It is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

If you have stamps that haven't seen any ink yet, 
pull them out and join the CCEE Stampers in this fun challenge

Look at the great stamps which have been hiding in the drawers and closets
of the CCEE Stampers' Design Team but have NOW been inked!


Frances Byrne



The Daffodils are Up!! KSS

I hope that you will agree with me that good things are worth the wait! Today's card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps features two of their newest sets being released today. Spring Daffodils Multi Step Clear Stamps is a delightful set that includes the frog and the dragonfly along with the group of daffodils. The new sentiment set, Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps has an awesome blend of words that can be mixed and matched in so many creative ways!! And who doesn't love that gorgeous script font? 

In addition to these two new sets, I also used an old favorite: Basket Multi Step Clear StampsYou know I love putting things in baskets (like mistletoe) as seen here. And of course, my go to grass is from Honey Bunny Multi Step Clear Stamps.

I do use the MISTI which allows for perfect restamping with my layered stamps.

I am entering this card in The Paper Players PP396 - A Theme Challenge from Joanne  Animal Antics.


For my color recipes I list the layers in the order I stamped them along with the color.

Color Recipe for the Daffodils:

Layer 4 Stampin' Up More Mustard
Layer 3 Memento Dandelion (stamped 3 times)
Layer 2 PTI Lemon Tart
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Barely Banana

Color Recipe for the Leaves and Stems:

Layer 1 Stampin' Up Certainly Celery (stamped 2 times)
Layer 2 Memento Bamboo Leaves (stamped 2 times)
Layer 3 Memento Olive Grove (stamped 2 times)




Color Recipe for the Basket:

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Soft Suede
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel
Layer 1 Memento Peanut Brittle

Color Recipe for the Frog:

Layer 3 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Lemon Lime Twist

Color Recipe for the Dragonfly:
Layer 2 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Going Grey


The designer paper is Dots and Plaid by Echo Park.
The die cut hand is by Impression Obsession.
The die cut bracelet is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
I added a tiny rhinestone for a ring and a couple of strips
of grosgrain ribbon to finish off the card.

Using the same papers and color recipes I created this card for today's 

Sketch Challenge 700 over on Splitcoaststampers.




In addition to these two wonderful sets, Kitchen Sink Stamps is also
releasing Multi Step Enchanted Dogwood today.

I know for a fact that you can see them on one (or more) of
the Kitchen Sink Crew's Blogs linked below:

Maria Colosimo
Tammy Hershberger
Jeanne Frontz

Thank you for stopping by today!
I love sharing my Kitchen Sink Stamps Creations with you!