Friday, May 29, 2009

Every Day is a Gift

Wanted to share today another card I created for Stampin' Out Alzheimer's which will be ending on May 31. If you haven't joined to play along or even just to see the beautiful work created for this wonderful event, you still have time! For a $5 donation to the Alzheimer's Association you can take part in the sponsored challenges. Tons of prizes have been donated for this fund raising drive.

The card was created for the Button, Button challenge sponsored by PaperTrey Ink.

To create it I used:

Stamps: God's Beauty and Itty Bitty Backgrounds by Stampin' Up, Out on a Limb Sentiments by PaperTrey Ink

Digital Images: Faux Stitched Borders copyright Judi Maddigan of Angels Landing

Papers: So Saffron, US White, Sage Shadow, and Riding Hood Red by Stampin' Up

Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Ruby Red Marker, Sage Shadow Marker

Tools: Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Martha Stewart Punch, Paper Piercer

Embellishments: Buttons, Rhinestones

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Design Team News - Angels Landing

A little bit of excitement around my house this week. Judi Maddigan of Angels Landing announced her summer design team, and I am on it! How thrilling is that!!

This gives me the opportunity to work with Judi's awesome images as well as the other talented stampers on her team. I look forward to working with and learning from Alma Olhava, Cheryl Rowley, Cheryl Walker, Jennifer Scull, Lauri Ingram, Sparkle Smith, and Suzy Haghighi.

Judi has created a wonderful collection of digital images and piercing patterns, and I just had to share my first design with you today. I intentionally used the back of the pierced paper because it reminded me of antique punched tin! I absolutely love the look!! The pattern is one of the designs in Judi's Pierced Backgrounds.

The digital blossom is from Simply Flowers, and is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and odorless mineral spirits. The flower and leaves are cut out and mounted on dimensionals.

Check back each Wednesday when Angels Landing Design Team Members will be posting new samples.

Images: Pierced Backgrounds and Simply Flowers copyright Judi Maddigan of Angels Landing

Papers: Purely Pomegranate and US White by Stampin' Up, Euphoria by BasicGrey

Embellishments: Ribbon, Button, Pearl

Tools: Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Paper Piercer

Monday, May 25, 2009

Stampin' Out Alzheimer's

Last year, Jen Tapler established the Stampin' Out Alzheimer's event on her blog with one sponsor. Through Jen's hard work and efforts, this year her event has grown to a week long extravaganza with over 40 sponsors and fun challenges of every kind for papercrafters world- wide. A donation of $5 to the Alzheimer's Association is all it takes to become a part of this worthy event.

Kitchen Sink Stamps is so thrilled to be a part of this special community, joining together for this very important cause ... Stampin' Out Alzheimer's.

With Alzheimer's effecting a person's memory and this Monday being Memorial Day, Maria thought a fitting challenge would be remembering those who've touched our hearts.

kss4soa Challenge

"Remembering someone you love" by creating a card, project or scrapbook page ...

* remembering a loved one who is far away
* remembering someone you love depicted at a younger age
* in memory of someone you love

It is not necessary to use Kitchen Sink Stamps to enter this challenge ... but if you would like to, that would be lovely. too!

The deadline for the challenge is May 31 midnight EST. Then one lucky number will be chosen by a random generated number to win .....

"Everything but the Kitchen Sink" - KSS Mystery Box

This box will contain at least one KS stamp set... plus inks, stamping blocks, embellishments, etc. (all things from Kitchen Sink Stamps). The total value of the Mystery Box will be at least $75.00. It could be more ... it's all part of the mystery!

When uploading your creation to the SOA gallery, please be sure to tag your creations with kss4soa so we are sure to include your entry.

For today's challenge, I decided to create an inside-out card to honor the close friendship I have with my sister, Liz! Being only 13 months apart, our mother often dressed us as twins during our early childhood as you can see in these cherished photos. We also always sported the same "do" be it bob, curls, or pony tails! Fun memories!

To create today's card I used:

Stamps: Pansy Multi Step Clear Stamps, Whole Family Clear Stamps,
Other Important People Clear Stamps, and Mix It Up! Clear Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, and US White by Stampin' Up, euphoria by BasicGrey

Inks: Riding Hood Red, Cranberry Crisp, Certainly Celery, and Kiwi Kiss by Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Ribbon, Rhinestones, clear atYou Spica pen, Dimensionals

Tools: Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Fern Punch, Mauvy Dimple Corner Punch, Sponge

Today you can see all of the Kitchen Sink Crew samples on the Kitchen Sink Weblog.

Our hope is that something we have created might inspire you to join us in the challenge and become a part of this wonderful event!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Kitchen Sink Monday!

Kitchen Sink Monday has rolled around again, and I had fun mixing a few of my favorite KSS sets together to create today's card.

I thought the glass bowl from 3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet would look great holding lilies as well.

In order to create this look, I stamped the lilies first. I then laid a post-it note over the top part of the flowers to sponge on a table top to show through the glass bowl. Then I was ready to add the bowl. To get the glassy surface, I created a reverse mask of the bowl and covered the area with Versamark. Clear embossing powder was added, and I turned on the heat gun! I then dipped it back into my tub of embossing powder for another coat and another and another. I think I ended up with five coats to get this thick glossy finish heating thoroughly and redipping after each layer before it could dry.

Hope you like the look!!

Stamps: Bitty Tulip Bouquet Multi Step Clear Stamps, Lilies Multi Step Clear Stamps , Never a Loss 4 Words Clear Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, and US White by Stampin' Up, Ambrosia by BasicGrey

Inks: Marigold Morning, Tangerine Tango, Purely Pomegranate, Bravo Burgundy, Wild Wasabi, Sahara Sand, Going Grey, and Basic Gray by Stampin' Up, Versamark

Embellishments: Ribbon, Dew Drops, Clear Embossing Powder

Tools: Dimple Corner Punch by Marvy, Sponge

Don't forget when you are ordering Kitchen Sink Stamps, be sure to use discount code LYNN10KSS for a 10% discount on your order.

Also be sure to drop in on the rest of the Kitchen Sink Crew today to see the wonderful projects they have to share with you!!


Time has not run out on your chance to win some fabulous prizes in Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge #13, but it will soon! Friday, May 22 is the deadline. Three talented and lucky stampers will win.

1st Prize - $50 KSS Shopping Spree
2nd Prize - Large KSS set of your choice
3rd Prize - Small KSS set of your choice

All winners are chosen by a random number generator.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

SCS Featured Stamper - Joan Erwin

When I saw that Texas' own Joan Erwin had been selected as today's Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers, I was thrilled beyond belief!! Joan is one of the kindest, sweetest ladies around in addition to being a phenomenal stamper. She is a Dirty Dozen Alumni and it's easy to see why!! Cruise through her awesome gallery and see for yourself!!

I have chosen to case her wonderful Bottoms Up seen here! I love the glittery framing she has created with her Nestabilites Labels 1.

Stamps: Nature Silhouettes and Nobel Deer by Stampin' Up, Nature/Father by Paper Inspirations, Inc., and 3 Step Baseball by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Naturals Ivory and Creamy Caramel by Stampin' Up, Glitter Designer Paper

Inks: Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel by Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Copper Swirl Clip, Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tools: Nestabilities Labels 1, Oval Punches

Friday, May 15, 2009

Life's A Beach! - LSC220 - Splitcoaststampers

I created this card for the Limited Supply Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today! The requirements were: beach images only, one sentiment, and one embellishment. Sea shells qualify as the ultimate beach image, I do believe so I pulled out my 3 Step Sea Shells by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The sentiment comes from Words of Love, another KSS favorite! As my one embellishment, I used Eucalyptus Stickles.

The ocean was created with torn layers of Baja Breeze by Stampin' Up. I sponged the top of the waves with Baja Breeze and the front of the first wave with White Craft Ink. I added the Stickles to the top of the waves.

The clouds were sponged with White Craft Ink as well.

StampsSea Shells Multi Step Clear Stamps and Words of Love Clear Stamps 
by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Naturals Ivory, and Kraft by Stampin' Up

Inks: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral, Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze, and Whisper White Craft by Stampin' Up

Embellishment: Eucalyptus Stickles

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thanks a Million Coach!

I wanted to create a very masculine thank you card for the baseball coach of a friend. I decided to go monochromatic brown to give the card an aged, vintage feel. I stamped the glove first and then masked it so I could add the bats. The bats were added one at a time and each one masked before adding the next. I felt the card needed a little texture so I pierced the edge and added stitching (hopefully resembling the seam of a baseball) before sponging the edges with Chocolate Chip. I stamped baseballs on the Close to Cocoa card front and then added the stamped Kraft panel matted in Chocolate Chip.

I really love this fabulous Baseball Multi Step Clear Stamps set from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Not only are the images easy to layer but it comes with so many sensational sentiments from birthday to Father's Day to Thanks Coach (and many more).

Stamps: Baseball Multi Step Clear Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, and Close to Cocoa by Stampin' Up

Inks: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, and Chocolate Chip

Embellishment: Brown Twine

Tools: Paper Piercer, Sponge

This weekend I also received exciting news from Maria. She has provided each designer on the Kitchen Sink Crew with our own personal discount code that we can share with friends, family, and blog followers. So if you would like to receive a 10% discount on your next purchase of Kitchen Sink Stamps, just add LYNN10KSS to the code box at checkout (all capitals and no spaces).

Today is Monday which means the rest of the crew will be posting new samples to inspire you!

Be sure you drop in and check them out!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Blossom for Nina's Mom

Nina was kind enough to share this gorgeous digital image she created to honor her mother this Mother's Day. Check it out on her blog Crafting in Croatia.

I was still in need of another Mother's Day card myself so her beautiful blossom was just perfect for my needs! I colored the flower with Prismacolor Premier Pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits.

Image: Digital blossom by Nina of Crafting in Croatia

Stamps: Itty Bitty Backgrounds by Stampin' Up and Whole Family by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Papers: Pixie Pink, US Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss, and Pink Pirouette by Stampin' Up, and Romani by BasicGrey

Ink: Pixie Pink

Tools: Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Nestabilities

Embellishments: Ribbon, Pearls

Monday, May 4, 2009

Embossed Wax Paper Resist

Today's Technique Challenge at Splitcoaststampers gave me a chance to add another card to the Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge today! The background was created by running a sheet of wax paper through the Cuttlebug using the Congratulations embossing folder. The paper was then ironed onto a sheet of glossy white paper and brayed with Real Red ink by Stampin' Up.

I stamped the mortar board with Basic Gray and Memento Tuxedo Black. The tassel was created by wrapping black DMC floss around a fork and knotting. I cut out the hat, wrapped the end of the tassel around a brad in the center of the hat, and attached it to the card front with dimensionals.

Stamps: Graduation Multi Step Clear Stamps and Mix It Up! Clear Stamps
by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Glossy White, and US White by Stampin' Up

Ink: Real Red and Basic Gray by Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black

Embellishment: Brad, DMC Floss, Dimensionals

Tools: Cuttlebug Congratulations Embossing Folder

KKCC#13 Running with Scissors

Today's Kitchen Sink Monday features a Crew Challenge by one of our newest design team members, Connie McCotter. Connie challenged us to use our scissors and cut out one or more of the images we used in today's design.

I'm still experimenting with one of my newer KSS sets, 3 Step Adornments. I thought it would make a great graduation card so I used it to create this one for a graduate whose school colors are burgundy and gray.

I cut out the knotted cord with two tassels, the lock, and one of the keys. The cording and tassels were stamped with Riding Hood Red, Cranberry Crisp and Purely Pomegranate before cutting them out and attaching them over the gathered tulle. The lock and key were stamped in Going Grey, Basic Gray stamped off once, and Basic Gray. I then stamped the third layer again in Versamark and embossed with silver embossing powder. The lock was cut out and attached through the knotted cording and tied with silver cord. The key was attached with dimensionals over the computer generated sentiment.

To create the background, I stamped layer one of the key randomly over the card front with Going Grey stamped off once. I omitted the second layer and stamped the third layer with Versamark which I then embossed with silver embossing powder. I layered on a black mat and the Cranberry card front.

Stamps:  Adornments Multi Step Clear Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Paper: Going Grey, Basic Black, Cranberry Crisp, and US White by Stampin' Up

Inks: Riding Hood Red, Cranberry Crisp, Purely Pomegranate, Going Grey, and Basic Gray by Stampin' Up, Versamark

Embellishments: Tulle, Silver Cording, Silver Embossing Powder

Tools: Nestabilities and Sponge and Scissors

Check in on the rest of the Crew to see what fabulous things they have snipped and clipped for you today!!

Now get out your Kitchen Sink Stamps, sharpen up your scissors, and join us in this challenge!! Remember there are great prizes to be had!!! Check out the rules and details at Kitchen Sink Stamps!!