Wednesday, August 29, 2018

CCEE 1835 Spring Flowers

In Australia,  the home of Frances Byrne (our CCEE August hostess), Saturday is the first day of Spring .... Flowers are beautiful at any time of the year so for our challenge this week Frances has asked us to add some flowers to our cards.

One of the beautiful spring flowers that has come and gone already for the year in the USA is the daffodil. I have chosen to feature it on my card today.

The images I have used are from Spring Daffodils Multi Step Clear Stamps and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

I am headed off to see what flowers the rest of the CCEE Stampers have chosen to feature. Check for yourself below:

Monday, August 27, 2018

Day Dreaming in Texas - KSS

Today is the 4th Monday of August so there are no apologies needed for this Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Last Monday I jumped the gun a little early with this post, but it seems that sometimes I just have no will power and play like my right-brain has taken control of my senses although my left-brain is usually able to rein it in and take charge somewhere along in the process.

For today's post I have designed a 5 x 7 New Year's Day card using a great mix of Kitchen Sink Stamps winter images. With the temperatures in the triple digits in my part of Texas all this week, my thoughts turned to snow and ice!

Kitchen Sink Stamps Sets Used for this Design

To create this design, I started first by stamping the snowy cabin on the left. I wanted the chimney to look like Texas limestone, so I inked layers 3 and 2 of the cabin with two colors. One for the stones and one for the logs.

Recipe for the Snowy Cabin

Layer 3 - SU Tip Top Taupe on the stone chimney
SU Baked Brown Sugar on the logs

Layer 2 - Memento Desert Sand on the stone chimney
SU Creamy Caramel on the logs

Layer 1 - PTI Fine Linen for both the chimney and the logs

All of the ice on the roof and pond, as well as all the snow mounds on this card were created with varied intensities of Stampin' Up's new Balmy Blue. It is my current favorite blue!! After stamping the roof, the pond, and the snow mounds, I added the trees.

Recipe for the Snowy Pine Trees

Layer 3 - Memento Northern Pine
Layer 2 - SU Mossy Meadow
Layer 1 - SU Old Olive

The hockey players, the bare trees, and the sentiment were all stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle.

The only masking I did on this card for a torn strip of paper laid across the top of the card to create the horizon. I brushed on the sky using Distress Ink Peacock Feathers.

I wanted this card to look like you were driving in through a front fence so I popped up a panel of wood-grain designer paper mounted on heavy card stock on the right to serve as the foreground of the design. I then stamped and cut out the figure skates, added a top bow of white embroidery thread and popped up the the skates hanging them from a brad over the faux fence. I am pleased with the way it turned out!

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

I am entering this card in Stamping Sensations's August Challenge - Use your "current" favourite stamp. The ice skates are "currently" holding that place. They are perfection!!

Kitchen Crew Members Maria and Jeanne have fabulous designs to share as well!!

Check them out!!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

CCEE1834 - Ride the Wind Day

Thursday, August 23rd, is Ride the Wind Day. This day was created to celebrate the anniversary of the first man powered flight. There are so many things that rely on wind for them to work, so our CCEE hostess, Frances, has asked the CCEE Stampers to include something that needs wind on our cards today. Some examples include kite flying, windsurfing, Hang Gliding; Sailing Boats, Birds Flying, Hot Air Balloons, Balloons, Paper Planes etc.

Images are from:

Sail Away by Stampin' Up
The Mighty Sea by Our Daily Bread Designs

Paper from Ahoy There by Carta Bella

Find more wind powered beauties created by the CCEE Stampers Designers here:

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.