Monday, August 20, 2018

Summer Home - KSS - Let's Make a Scene

I must apologize in advance! I know this is not the second or fourth Monday when I always post Let's Make a Scene designs sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, but this card has been haunting me in my dreams, and I could not force myself to save it for next week! I love it too much!! It also fits perfectly in International Art & Soul's current challenge - #40 Marine, Ocean or Sea.

Even though I only spend a few days renting a condo on the beach each year, I always love every minute of it. This year the temperatures were in the freezing range when I was there in December, but I loved it just the same!

The places I have rented are always decked out to the nth degree in sea creatures and images of every nautical kind. I knew the Deep Sea Marlin Multi Step Clear Stamps would be a perfect fit for this seaside cabin.  I mounted the small marlin on a wood plank oval and make a Salty Kisses plaque out of the sentiment. Outside the window is a sailboat headed in to dock for the night.

I love making inside-the-house-looking-out scenes. You may remember this one I made for my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day and this one I made for a dog-loving friend's winter birthday.

The designer paper I used for wallpaper for today's nautical design is from Ahoy There by Alisha Gordon & Kasie Fry for Carta Bella.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Used for this Scene Include:

Baseball Multi Step Clear Stamps (wooden oval for the marlin)

Color Recipe for the Marlin

Layer 5 - Memento Danube Blue
Layer 4 - PTI Hawaiian Shores
Layer 3 - SU Going Gray on belly side only stamped 3 times
Layer 2 - SU Going Gray on belly side only
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone with SU Pineapple on the belly

The window die is by Poppy Stamps

Maria and Jeanne each have wonderful Kitchen Sink Stamps creations to share with you today. Don't miss a chance to see what delights they have designed.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

CCEE1833 - World Honey Bee Day

Saturday the 18th of August is World Honey Bee Day so Frances has challenged the CCEE Stampers this week to include a bee or two on our cards.

My bee is from Scribbly Insects & Spinners by Dina Wakley Media. The Honeycomb Curve die is by Poppy Stamps, and the sentiment is from Scripture Medley 4 by Verve.

Buzz on over and take a look at what the other members of the CCEE Team has made!

Monday, August 13, 2018

What's Cooking in the Kitchen?

Today is a big day for Kitchen Sink Stamps with 4 brand new sets being released. Two of the sets are ocean related: Ocean Waters Multi Step Clear Stamps and Deep Sea Marlin Multi Step Clear Stamps.  The other two may just inspire you to get started on your holiday cards. They are Figure Skates Multi Step Clear Stamps and Big & Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps.

And, of course, it is the second Monday which means I had the opportunity to work one of them into this week's Let's Make a Scene design. I think it makes the perfect January birthday card for my "way up north" friend.

KSS Sets used in this scene include:

Tiny Norway Pine Multi Step Clear Stamps (Junkie Fest 2018)

Color Recipe for the Skates:

Layer 5 - Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Layer 3  - Stampin' Up Going Gray
Layer 2 - PTI Soft Stone
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone on the blades and back edge of the right skate only

Color Recipe for the Tiny Norway Pine:

Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Lemon Lime Twist

The card front was embossed with snowflakes and die cut snowflakes were glittered and layered as embellishments.

Color Recipe for the Marlin:

Layer 5 - Stampin' Up Blueberry Bliss
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Balmy Blue
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite (lower half of fish only)
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Going Gray (lower half of fish only)
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone with Memento Dandelion added to the stomach area

Color Recipe for the Ocean Waters

Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Balmy Blue
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Soft Sky

A die cut sand dollar, starfish, and seaweed sprigs were added as embellishments on the fish net which was stamped in Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar.

I am ending today's preview of the new stamp sets with this clean and simple one layer Christmas card which was made with Big & Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps, Build a Garland Multi Step Clear Stamps, and Christmas Lights Multi Step Clear Stamps.

I have entered this card in the challenge at Sweet Stampin' - Christmas in August.

Recipe for Pine Sprig

Layer 3 - Memento Olive Grove
Layer 2 - Memento Bamboo Leaves stamped twice
Layer 1 - Memento Bamboo Leaves

Recipe for the Light Bulb

Layer 4 -  Memento Rhubarb Stalk (top of bulb only)
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Lovely Lipstick (top of bulb only)
Layer 2 - Memento Lady Bug (top of bulb only)
Layer 1 - Memento Love Letter (top of bulb only)

I hand cut a socket for the lightbulb out of red rubber and stamped it with Memento Olive Grove. The wire was hand-drawn with a Copic marker. The glow of the bulb was brushed on with Distress Oxide Barn Door. The sentiment was also stamped with Barn Door.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the new releases. Visit Kitchen Sink Crew members Maria and Jeanne to see more projects with these new images.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

CCEE1832 - World Lion Day

CCEE Hostess, Frances Byrne, says that August 10 is World Lion Day .... Lions are often referred to as the "King of the Jungle" so she has requested to see some jungle animals appearing on the cards of the CCEE Stampers this week … bonus points it's a lion.

No lions in my collection, but I have this great silhouette which is a part of Landscape Silhouettes by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I have paired it with a sentiment from Vacation Thinlits by Sizzix. The flocked designer paper is from Anna Griffin Inc.

See more jungle animals below:

Monday, August 6, 2018

Happy Happy Happy Anniversary - KSS

Hello, all! Thank you for dropping by today to see this week's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card! The anniversary of my very favorite couple is fast approaching so I decided to use the newly released Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps along with Carnations Multi Step Clear Stamps to let them know just how special they are to me!

I really love the simplicity and beauty of this glorious carnation. Here are a couple of my other favorites with this set:  I Love You - KSS Valentine and KSS 10 Minutes & 10 Minutes More Carnations.

I have entered today's card in the August challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything goes with a handmade bow.

Here are the color recipes I used for this card:

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

Layer 1 - Memento Lulu Lavender
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Highland Heather
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Highland Heather stamped 3 times
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grape stamped 2 times

Check out more KSS creations by the most talented Maria and Jeanne!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

CCEE1831 - Coloring Book Day

August CCEE hostess, Frances Byrne, says that apparently today (2nd August) is Coloring Book Day. Coloring books are popular for both young and old. For the first CCEE challenge of August, Frances asks that we use an image on our cards that needs to be colored. She is handing out bonus points for anyone who actually uses a page from a real coloring book on their card.

Instead of a coloring book, I have used one of my uninked House-Mouse stamps called Basket Full of Dreams. The sentiment is from Baby Multi Step Clear Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The inside sentiment says, "They will be few and far between!"

I know the rest of the CCEE Stampers are much better colorers than I am.
Visit their blogs and check out their work.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Floral Sympathy Cards - KSS

In recent weeks my sympathy card stash has sadly been depleted so I am using today's blog post sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps to share with you the sympathy cards I have been working on this week. One is going to a sweet friend who just lost her younger sister. Her sister loved the color purple and loved hydrangeas so I incorporated both into my first design. 

I generally make my sympathy cards larger than the standard A2 card. Both of today's cards measure 5" x 7" and have a black grosgrain ribbon tied across the bottom.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used to create this card:

Color Recipe for the Hydrangeas

Layer 4 Memento Elderberry
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grape
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Highland Heather
Layer 1 Memento Lulu Lavender

Color Recipe for the Stems and Leaves

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

Color Recipe for the Dragonfly

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

Sentiment: Versafine Onyx Black

I have entered the hydrangea card in C4C445 - Sympathy or Hope Cards over at Crazy 4 Challenges.

This second card is going into my sympathy stash. For it I used the same layout and sentiment but added sprigs of dogwood blossoms. The two smaller blossoms are cut out and popped up over the background flowers.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used to create this card:

Color Recipe for the Dogwoods

Layer 4 PTI Hibiscus Burst (wiped off the center)
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo (wiped off the center)
Layer 2 PTI Sweet Blush
Layer 1 Memento Angel Pink
Layer 5 Distress Ink Peeled Paint

Centers on Layer 3 & 4 - Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade

Color Recipe for the Leaves

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

Color Recipe for the Branches 

Layer 1 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel (wiped off of the leaves)
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Soft Suede

A HUGE thank you for visiting my blog today.

Find more Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration on the blogs below:

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

Nana loves stamping by Jeanne Frontz

Thursday, July 26, 2018

CCEE1830 - National Refreshment Day

Here it is the last Thursday of July, and the calendar says it is National Refreshment Day!

One way to beat the heat of summer is with a cold refreshment. Do you cool down with a glass of lemonade, a rainbow snowcone, an ice cream cone, a cold bottle of beer, or something else? Whatever it may be, share with the CCEE Stampers your favorite cool-down treat in your design this week.

Make mine lemonade!! AHHHHH!!

Let's see how the rest of the CCEE Stampers like to cool down:

Monday, July 23, 2018

Backyard Scene - KSS

For today's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps I have potted the new Spring Daffodils Multi Step Clear Stamps in the urn from Hydrangea Multi Step Clear Stamps. In recent weeks I have put the daffodils in a basket and in a watering can. As promised last week, today they are in the urn.

This card is going to a friend and her sweet pup who are spending the summer in Denver.
She has sent me lovely pictures of herself and Scooter on their hotel balcony enjoying the gorgeous mountain scenery and crisp, clean air! I'm not sure how we can lure her back to Texas with our broiling heat and relentless sun!

I used two masks to create this design. After stamping the urn first, I placed a mask over it and stamped the daffodils. Next I stamped the dog toward the background of the scene and then added a mask on him. I then brushed Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the grassy area and Peacock Feathers Distress ink on the sky. After removing both masks, I added the frog, the dragonfly, the grasses, and the bold sentiment.

I am entering this card in the following challenge:

Stamping Sensations - July - In my Garden

Kitchen Sink Stamps used in this design:

Color Recipes

I have listed the layers in the order in which I stamped them.

Layer 4 - Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 - Memento London Fog
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Going Gray
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone

Layer 3 - PTI Lemon Tart
Layer 2 - Memento Dandelion
Layer 1 - Memento Cantaloupe
Layer 4 - Memento Peanut Brittle

Leaves and Stems
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Pear Pizzazz
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Mossy Meadow

Layer 4 - Memento Espresso Truffle
Layer 3 - PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 2 - Stampin' Soft Suede
Layer 1 was omitted to leave the rest of the dog white

Layer 3 - Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 2 - Distress Ink Peeled Paint
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Lemon Lime Twist

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

I am going to take this card to exercise class on Wednesday morning and have all the ladies in our class sign it for my friend! I think she and Scooter will get a big kick out of hearing from us this week!

I am truly honored that you have chosen to visit me this week!
Please leave a comment so that I return the favor!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

CCEE1829 - National Zookeepers' Week

Hello to all our CCEE followers! Lynn here to share with you this week's challenge.

Back in the day when I was a young mother, one of the first trips I planned during the summer break from school was a day at the zoo for my son and his cousins. We all loved watching the crazy antics of the animals. This week in honor of zookeepers' week, I am challenging you all to include at least one (more if you want) zoo animal on your card.

Those of you who choose to share your card in an online gallery, please include the keyword CCEE1829.

I have used Lil' Elephant Multi Step Clear Stamps and for the grass Honey Bunny Multi Step Clear Stamps both by Kitchen Sink Stamps to complete this challenge.   The designer paper is graphic 45 safari adventure.

Color Recipe for the elephant:
     Layer 4 - Memento Tuxedo Black
     Layer 3 - Memento London Fog
     Layer 2 - SU Gray Granite
     Layer 1 - SU Going Gray

Take a trip through the CCEE Zoo by checking out the links below:

Maryann Einam

Monday, July 16, 2018

Daffodils for your Birthday - KSS

While working with the new Spring Daffodils Multi Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps, I was struck by the fact that the size of the flowers is perfect for placing in several of the other "will hold a bouquet of flowers" types of items in my Kitchen Sink Collection. Things like the urn from Hydrangea Multi Step Clear Stamps, or the glass bowl from Bitty Tulip Bouquet Multi Step Clear Stamps. In past week I have already placed them in a basket from Basket Multi Step Clear Stamps on this card, so today I have placed them in the watering can from Sunflowers Multi Step Clear Stamps.

I need to send out a birthday card to a friend this week so I added a sentiment from Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps and I now have a card ready to go.

You may notice that the top handle of the watering can is missing. This is the process I used to place the daffodils in the can. I first created a mask for the watering can from a PostIt Label and cut it out. I then cut off the top handle and back rim of the mask so that the flowers would appear to be inside the can.

I then stamped the daffodils over the can as shown starting with the leaves and stems first. Once the bouquet was done, I removed the mask and proceeded to stamp the watering can being careful to wipe the ink off of the top handle and rim of each layer before I stamped it. The end result was a beautiful watering can of spring daffodils!

All in all it was a pretty simple process needing only the one mask for the entire card.

I then returned the mask to the watering can to stamp the brick walkway and the fringe of grass.

Here are the Kitchen Sink Stamps I used to create this design:

Color Recipes for today's card:

Daffodil Leaves and Stems

Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Lemon Lime Twist
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Granny Apple Green
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Old Olive


Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Barely Banana
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Pineapple Punch
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Marigold Morning
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Mango Melody

Watering Can

Layer 4 - Memento Tuxedo Black
Layer 3 - Memento London Fog
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Going Gray
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone

Brick Walkway

Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel
Layer 1 - Memento Desert Sand


Layer 2 - Memento Tuxedo Black
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Going Gray

Papers for this card:
Recollections White and Black
Designer Paper - Everyday Flair by My Mind's Eye

I am entering this card in the following challenges this week:

Thank you for your visit today!!

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.