Thursday, February 14, 2019

CCEE1907 - Birthday Cards

In addition to being Valentine's Day, today is also the birthday of the CCEE Stampers' February hostess, Maryann Einam. So in honor of Maryann's big day, the CCEE Stampers are making birthday cards. I decided to go fun and masculine.

The stamp set I used is the Lawn Ranger by Art Impressions. The dies I used include Country Scapes Mountains by Elizabeth Craft Designs and Grassy Edges and Rolling Hills Die-Namics by My Favorite Things.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Ladybug Valentine - Kitchen Sink Stamps

If you are visiting today looking for a Let's Make a Scene design, I am going to have to disappoint you (but not too much, I hope). With Valentine's Day on Thursday, I needed one more Valentine to put in today's mail. Therefore this creation, sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, is a Valentine which features two Kitchen Sink Stamp sets: Heart & Roses Multi Step Clear Stamps and Ladybug Hugs Multi Step Clear Stamps.

Here is how I created the image panel. First I stamped the rose. I then stamped the ladybug on the lower right petal of the rose. I then added a mask to the ladybug and the rose which allowed me to add the leaves. Finally, I used my magic makeup brushes to clean up the tiny gaps left after masking. Those things are AWESOME!!

I created the card with the following challenges in mind:

International Art & Soul #51 Make Your Own Background

The background was created with three Distress Oxide Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, and Candied Apple. I put splotches of the two pinks and spritzed with water before drying it. I then sponged on the stenciled script (The Crafter's Workshop) with Picked Raspberry. I dried it and added more water splotches and dried it again. The final addition to the background was the tiny hearts stamped in Candied Apple.

The February Pile It On Challenge - Pretty in Pink + 1 More Challenge


613 Avenue Create #218 - Anything Goes with Optional Twist: Critter

Color Recipes

Layer 4 Memento Rosebud stamped 3 times
Layer 3 Memento Rosebud stamped once
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink stamped 3 times
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink stamped once

Layer 1 Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

Lady Bug
Layer 4 Memento London Fog stamped twice
Layer 1 Memento Love Letter
Layer 2 Memento Ladybug
Layer 3 Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Layer 5 Versafine Onyx Black

Versafine Onyx Black

Embellishment: Pink Stretch Crochet Ribbon and White Grosgrain

Find more fabulous Kitchen Sink Creations linked below:

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

Nana loves stamping by Jeanne Frontz

Thursday, February 7, 2019

CCEE1906 - Amethyst

The birthstone for February is Amethyst. Our February CCEE hostess, Maryann Einam, has asked that the CCEE Stampers use a shade of purple and include gem stones or charms on our cards.

I created my amethyst card using Stampin' Up's Lasting Lily.

Head over and see the pretty purple and gemstone creations of the CCEE Team:

Monday, February 4, 2019

Faux Pressed Flowers and Embedded Embossing - TLC728 featuring KSS

I am so excited to see you today! Thanks for dropping by!!

Today's Technique Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers seemed the perfect technique to create this floral Valentine sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

I first stamped the carnations on both colored cardstock and white cardstock. I then die cut part of the white panel with a frilly heart die. I then carefully aligned the flowers to get a perfect match before gluing down the white heart and running both through my Gemini Junior.  I love the way this Valentine turned out!

Kitchen Sink Stamps used on today's Valentine are:

Color Recipes used on today's card include:


Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Calypso Coral
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Powder Pink
Layer 1 - PTI Sweet Blush


Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

Sentiments: Versafine Onyx Black

Dies: Spellbinders Nested Scalloped Hearts

Embossing Folder - by Crafter's Companion

I am entering this card in the following challenges today:

For additional Kitchen Sink Stamps inspirations be sure to visit:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CCEE1905 - Thank You Month

Here is Liz's last challenge for the month for the CCEE Stampers. Because January is National  Thank You Month, make and send an unexpected thank you today to someone whose small act of kindness has not gone unnoticed by you.

Stamp: from Nautical by Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
Die: Thanks Corner by Poppy Stamps
Paper: Walking on Sunshine by Echo Park

Monday, January 28, 2019

Forever by Your Side - KSS - Let's Make a Scene 087

In honor of several of my friends who are currently buried knee-deep in snow, I have created another wintery Valentine. This Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps features the swans from Love Birds and this sweet, sweet sentiment from Love 4 Ducky & Teddy. It has been a while since I have stamped with the swans. I think this might be the last Let's Make a Scene design I made with a swan and it had an autumn theme.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Used:

Tree Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps
Cabin by the Lake Multi Step Clear Stamps

Color Recipes for

Birch Trees
Layer 2 Dark Chocolate by PTI
Layer 1 Baked Brown Sugar by SU

Layer 4 Gray Flannel by Memento
Layer 5 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 Gray Granite by SU stamped off
Layer 2 Soft Stone by PTI stamped off
Layer 1 was not stamped. I cut a mask of Layer 1 and covered the birds to preserve the white while sponging on the water with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.

I added a little dry grass on the torn-paper snow banks.

I am entering today's card in the following challenges:

Don't miss the chance to see more beautiful Kitchen Sink creations. Visit the blogs of the Kitchen Sink Crew below!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

CCEE1904 - Gold

January CCEE hostess, Liz Williams, tell us that gold was discovered in California on Jan. 24, 1848. Therefore, she has asked the CCEE Stampers to feature gold on our creations this week. Glittery gold paper, gold chrome cardstock, gold embossing, or any other golden possibilities.

I have created this gold and purple birthday design for my mother who will be celebrating her birthday in a few weeks. The stamp set I have used is First Frost by Stampin' Up with its matching dies. The rose frame die and sentiment die are by Crafter's Companion.

Let's look in on the golden treasures created by the rest of the CCEE DT:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Envelope Art and Non-Traditional Valentine - KSS

Since I spent yesterday watching football instead of card-making (both my teams LOST by the way), I woke up this morning without my Kitchen Sink sponsored design ready for posting. When that happens on occasion, I head over to Splitcoaststampers to see what the challenges might be for the day.

I found one that was just to my liking - Technique Challenge 726 - Envelope Art. I don't usually take the time to create a matching envelope for my cards, but it sure is fun when I do.

For today's design I have crafted a non-traditional Valentine using the following stamp sets from Kitchen Sink Stamps. As you can see, I am keeping my wintery images busy during these cold winter days.

Color Recipe for the Skates

Layer 4 - Memento Gray Flannel
Layer 5 - Memento Tuxedo Black
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite on the blades and Going Gray on the shoe
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Going Gray on the blade and PTI Soft Stone on the shoe

The sky is Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.
The trees, sentiment, and skaters are Stampin' Up Soft Suede.
All layers of the icy pond are Stampin' Up Baja Breeze. Each time stamped off once from the pervious layer.

Today's card is entered in the following challenges:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hot Beverages - CCEE1903

Our January CCEE hostess, Liz Williams, has asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card which features their favorite hot beverage during this cold winter season.

As you a see, I am a coffee girl!! I start every morning with a least two big mugs of coffee and an hour of browsing on my computer!

The image is by Unity.

The sentiment and die are by Verve.

The embossing folder is by Sizzix.

I wonder what the rest of the CCEE Stampers chose as their favorite?

Let's check and see:

Link to CCEE Cards

Monday, January 14, 2019

Let's Make a Scene - Winter Birthday KSS

I'm getting a little bit of a late start in posting my Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps this morning, but today is a very amazing day for a dear friend and her family so I wanted to create something very special. My sweet friend is celebrating  her 107th birthday today! What a remarkable feat! She is not accepting gifts at her party this afternoon and actually had her family pass out 107 red roses to our church members yesterday. It is just like her to always think of others first!

With much of our nation blanketed in snow this week, I decided to make a winter theme. I can image that in her youth, Lucile may have had the pleasure of riding in a horse-drawn sleigh through the snow! I will ask her this afternoon at her party!

The frame is popped up over the stamped background and the snowman is popped up on the frame. I crocheted a scarf to add a little fun texture to the design! The sentiment is die cut and angled across the frame.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used include:

Tiny Norway Pine Multi Step Clear Stamps

Color Recipes

Layer 3 Distress Oxide Gathered Twigs
Layer 1 Distress Oxide Peeled Paint
Layer 2 Distress Oxide Pine Needles

Layer 3 Memento  Summer Sky
Layer 2 Memento Summer Sky stamped off
I did not stamp Layer 1 but traced around it with pencil and cut out the snowman.

Layer 3 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 2 SU Gray Granite
Layer 1 Memento Summer Sky stamped 3 times

Coal - Versafine Onyx Black
Carrot - SU Only Orange

Sky - Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass

I am entering my card today in the following challenges:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

CCEE1902 - Happy Birthday, Elvis!

It's challenge time again here at CCEE Stampers and Liz is back with another fun challenge for us all.

Happy Birthday, Elvis!! Liz is challenging us to make him come alive in some way on our cards this week.( Maybe a rock and roll theme, records, an Elvis or guitar stamp, or perhaps even “Blue Suede shoes.”) Anyway you can think to let the world know “the King” of rock and roll.

See how the rest of the CCEE Stampers honored the Kings birthday!!