Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CCEE1946 - Sundae Day

According to the Days of the Year website, the 11th November was Sundae Day ... doesn't that sound like a delicious day!  So for our challenge this week, Hostess Frances Byrne has asked the CCEE Stampers to create cards that feature ice cream.

The sentiment on my card is from Tlc Creations. The fishtail banners were created with Strips Set One by Unity. The ice cream bars are stickers from Recollections.

View the CCEE Stampers Design Team ice cream treats here:

Monday, November 11, 2019

Come Rain or Snow - KSS

Normally by this time in November I have all my Christmas cards made, addressed, and ready to drop at the Post Office on the day after Thanksgiving. Sadly, that has not been the case this year. I am really going to have to kick it up a notch to have Christmas cards ready for all my friends and family. So from now until Christmas, you may think this is a Christmas ONLY blog, and it just may be!!

For today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored design I have created this snowy night scene using images from the following KSS sets:

Tiny Norway Pine Multi Step Clear Stamps
(this set is no longer available but Minnesota Norway Pine Tree is)

These are the steps I followed to create the night sky:
   1. Punch a circle and attach it to the white 6 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch panel.
   2. Brush the top 3/4 of the panel with Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire.
   3. Brush in a little Distress Oxide Black Soot.
   4. Flick on tiny droplets of water and dry with a heat gun.
   5. Before adding the snow, I stamped the 3 Norway Pines.
   6. Water down some white acrylic paint and flick on the falling snow.
   7. Remove the moon mask and stamp Santa.

To complete the card, I used watered down Chipped Sapphire to paint the tree shadows and tore an addition snowbank on which to stamp the sentiment. I edged the top of the snow banks with some clear Stickles and called the card done.

Should you need it, here is the Color Recipe for the Norway Pines:

Layer 3 Memento Espresso Truffle
Layer 2 PTI Ocean Tides
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Old Olive

Santa and the Sentiment were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Today's card has been entered in the following challenges:

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

But First...Coffee KSS

I have been waiting a while for Maria to put out her fabulous new coffee sets, and now that they are here, I can't seem to put them down. Who could resist two of their favorite things combined together: stamping and coffee? The Keep Calm Coffee Mug is so much fun to decorate.

For today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card, I have  stamped the Keep Calm Coffee Mug using Stampin' Up Bashful Blue on all 4 layers, and then decorated it with wintery images from Icy Pond and Snowy Cabin. The images you see through the window are also from the same two sets. The sentiment is from Coffee & Friends.

The designer paper wallpaper is from Early Bird Collection by Bo Bunny while the woodgrain tabletop is designer paper from the Paper Studio and the window die is by Poppy Stamps.

Color Recipe for Mug

All layers for the mug and the lake were stamped with SU Bashful Blue. All the silhouettes were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black

Color Recipe for the Cabin

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Soft Suede
Layer 2 Memento Toffee Crunch
Layer 1  Memento Desert Sand

Layer 1 of the Roof Stampin' Up Bashful Blue on the top ridge of the roof only.

Color Recipe for the Pines

Layer 3 Stampin' Up Forest Foliage
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Old Olive
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Always Artichoke

Skeleton Tree in window and sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle

Today's card has been entered in the following challenges:

  I used a Bo Bunny scrap for the wallpaper and a scrap from the Paper Studio for the
  woodgrain tabletop.

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

CCEE1944 - Halloween or Harvest

For her last challenge as hostess for the CCEE Stampers for the month of October Kelly says, "Let's keep it simple and create a card with anything Halloween OR Harvest -- costumes, candies, spooky things, or just use orange and black!"

The die cut sentiment is by Tonic while the stamped images are from Zombies by Hampton Art.

Below are links to the cards created by the CCEE Design Team:

Kelly McKown-Santi

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

SCS Sketch Challenge 773

Since the beginning of October, I have been helping to supply samples for the lovely ladies who make up the Design Team for the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge. Here is a link to this week's challenge: SC773. 

For this week's sketch I decided I wanted to do a holiday scene card and include all three of the circles in the scene. To accomplish this, I stamped two copies of the same exact scene using my stamp positioner. I then die cut the larger center circle from one and the two smaller circles from the other. This made lining them up a breeze.

The images are from Snow Front from the holiday mini by Stampin' Up. The sentiment is by Verve. I mounted them on a panel embossed with a 3-D embossing plate by Sizzix.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sending a Cup of Christmas Cheer

I have been working for weeks on some table toppers and name tags for a church event which all featured these tiny hands by Impression Obsession. I still have tiny hands scattered everywhere, and I felt they would look adorable presenting this cup of coffee from Kitchen Sink Stamps' new Coffee & Friends set. So my Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card today included them as well as words from Coffee Mate Greetings and Christmas from the Limited Edition Gingerbread Hugs which sold out at Simon Says during their STAMPtember Event.

Color Recipe for the Cup and Saucer

Layer 4 Memento Rhubarb Stalk stamped 3 times
Layer 3 Memento Love Letter
Layer 2 Memento Lady Bug
Layer 1 Memento Lady Bug

Coffee Recipe

Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen
Layer 2 SU Creamy Caramel stamped 2 times
Layer 3 SU Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 4 Memento Espresso Truffle

Embellishments include:
Die cut hand by Impression Obsession
Bow sticker by the Paper Studio
Washi Tape Diamonds by the Paper Studio
Paper Doily

I have entered today's card in the following challenges:

Look in on Maria and Nancy's lastest KSS creations below:

Monday, October 21, 2019

KSS - Cup of Hope & Healing

For today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card, I have added the newest KSS set to the Coffee & Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps set to create this autumn get well design. The new sentiment set is called Coffee Mate Greetings Clear Stamps and is a fabulous tag- along set for both Coffee & Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps as well as Keep Calm Coffee Mug Multi Step Clear Stamps.

This fabulous set will be arriving in the store any minute and is expected to start shipping on October 25.

Color Recipe 
for today's Coffee Cup

Layer 4  Stampin' Up Only Orange stamped 2 x
Layer 3 Momento Tangelo stamped 3 times
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Mango Melody stamped 2 x 
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Mango Melody

Color Recipe 
for today's coffee brew:

Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel
Layer 3 Memento Toffee Crunch
Layer 4 PTI Dark Chocolate

Sentiment stamped with PTI Dark Chocolate

Designer Paper from Happiness Collection by The Stamps of Life

Embellishments: leaves punched with McGill punch, bow, and plastic spoon sticker

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCEE1942 - National Fossil Day

According to Kelly, yesterday was National Fossil Day. A fossil is a preserved impression of a once-living thing from a past geological age, including plants, animals, shells, and more.
Her challenge to the CCEE Stampers is to create a card including anything that has been found as a fossil -- dinosaurs, leaves, amber, footprints, etc.

Paper: BasicGrey
Sentiment: Word Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers
Car Die by Sizzix
Ink for exhaust: Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide by Ranger

Let's see how everyone else celebrated fossil day!

Monday, October 14, 2019

I'm Caffeinated - KSS

When I saw this week's Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers, I knew that I would be reaching for my Keep Calm Coffee Mug to create today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card. The challenge is called "Drama" and at my house I am always careful to avoid drama by making sure the coffee pot is the first one "awake" and perking at my house!

When I suggested this set to Maria, I knew it would be one of my favorites because: 
1) Coffee is my favorite beverage!
2) Most of my friends love coffee!
3) I could dress the cup up or down depending on the need or season

Thanks, Maria, for creating this fabulous set. I keep an assortment of colored mugs stamped and ready to go at all times, and I reach for them often!!

Here are a couple of tips I want to share about working with the mug. Because of its large size, I need to use full-sized pads to get the ink smooth. I also ink each layer with Versamark before adding the colored ink. Here is the last thing that I have discovered with the mug. Mine have always come out best when I stamp every single layer in the same exact color. I start with layer 4 and work backwards. This mug was stamped with Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel. The sentiment was stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle and the rings and blops of coffee were made with Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

CCEE1941 - The Rainforest

October CCEE hostess, Kelly McKown-Santi let us know that this week is World Rainforest Week. She has therefore challenged the CCEE Stampers to create a card showing the rainforest or any animal you'd find in the rainforest.

I used images from Sloth-some by Art Impressions and designer paper from Wild Heart by Crate Paper.

Here are links to the rest of the CCEE Design Team creations:

Anne Harmon

Monday, October 7, 2019

Warm Christmas Wishes - KSS

Good morning to my coffee-loving Kitchen Sink Stamps friends!! I wanted to share with you this morning a new companion set called Coffee Mate Greetings which pairs beautifully with the just released Coffee & Friends and Keep Calm Coffee Mug.

You can PRE-order this great set with shipment expected to be October 31. Just in time for your Thanksgiving and Christmas wishes for your coffee-addicted friends (like ME)!!

For today's Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored card I have created a holiday card with Coffee & Friends. I had to pull together sentiments from here and there because I don't have Coffee Mate Greetings in my hot little hands yet, either!! But when I do, watch out!!

Color Recipe for Cup

Layer 4 - Memento Rhubarb Stalk
Layer 3 - Memento Love Letter
Layer 2 - Memento Love Letter
Layer 1 - Memento Lady Bug

Color Recipe for Coffee

Layer 1 - Memento Desert Sand
Layer 2 - PTI Fine Linen
Layer 3 - SU Creamy Caramel
Layer 4 - SU Baked Brown Sugar

Designer Paper and Stickers - the Paper Studio

Today's card has been entered in the following challenges:

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube Channel of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

CCEE1940 - National Techies Day

Kelly McKown-Santi is our CCEE hostess for the month of October.  She tells us that today is National Techies Day.  I am so grateful to have the technology that we do!  Create a card with something 'techy' on it (computers, cell phones, etc.) or simply create a thank you card. 

Sentiment by Stampabilities
Designer Papers - Girl Squad by Pebbles
Sticker by the Paper Studio
Hand Die by Impression Obsession

Cards by the CCEE Design Team can be seen here:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Coffee Cups in the Kitchen

As promised yesterday, the two new coffee sets are available for sale at Kitchen Sink Stamps today. They are:


Today's cards sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created with Keep Calm Coffee Mug, Rubber Ducky, and Fishing 4 Bass.

This mug is so much fun to personalize with the words or images of your choice for your favorite coffee drinkers.

Here is another one I have done for an angler friend of mine:

The fun never ends with this fabulous set!!

Maria and Nancy also have some coffee goodness to share! Check it out!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Coffee, Please! - KSS

I am starting today exactly the way I start every morning, by putting on a pot of my favorite coffee! I guess you could say it is an obsession. I can't start my day without it!

So you know for sure, how excited I am that my two Kitchen Sink Stamps sponsored cards this week were created with two brand new coffee sets being released by Kitchen Sink Stamps tomorrow.

The first set is called Keep Calm Coffee Mug. It is a simple, unadorned mug ready for you to stamp with the words or designs of your choice. The set comes with a fun mix of sentiments which are coffee related, of course.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Used in this Design

Color Recipe for the Coffee Mug:
Layer 4 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink stamped twice
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 1 Memento Angel Pink

Color Recipe for the Dogwood:
Layer 4 Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush
Layer 3 (petals only) Stampin' Up Strawberry Slush
Layer 3 (center only) Stampin' Up Certainly Celery
Layer 2 (petals only) Stampin' Up Regal Rose
Layer 2 (center only) Stampin' Up Certainly Celery
Layer 1 (petals only) Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Layer 5 Stampin' Up Lucky Limeade

Color Recipe for the Spoon
Layer 3 - Memento London Fog
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Granite Gray
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone

Sentiment and Steam - Memento Espresso Truffle

The second set is called Coffee & Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps and also has a great assortment of fun sentiments. All the images on this card come from that set.

Color Recipe for the Coffee:
Layer 4 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel
Layer 2 Memento Desert Sand
Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen

Color Recipe for Coffee Cup:
Layer 4 PTI Hawaiian Shores
Layer 3 PTI Aqua Mist
Layer 2 PTI Aqua Mist
Layer 1 PTI Aqua Mist stamped off once

Sentiment - Memento Espresso Truffle

This card has been entered in the following challenges:

I can tell already that I am going to have a great time crafting cards for my coffee-drinking friends with these two fabulous sets!! My mind is spinning with ideas!!

Thanks for visiting today! If you love coffee like I do, head over to 
Kitchen Sink Stamps
tomorrow morning and add these wonderful sets
to your stamp collection!

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Simon Says Stamps STAMPtember

There is a lot of excitement in the Kitchen today! Simon Says Stamp has been celebrating their 10th Anniversary of STAMPtember all month long, and TODAY they are featuring a fabulous new holiday set designed just for them by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Gingerbread Hugs is a fun and versatile set that can be used for cards, tags for baked goods or packages, and gift presentations of all kinds. You can purchase it here at Simon Says Stamp.

I am sharing with you a tutorial on how to create this cute treat box with a sleeve included to hold a gift card.

This gift presentation is created with 2 pieces of heavy-weight card stock. A piece of white cardstock 7.5 inches by 7.5 cut and scored as shown below. The needed red panel is 4 inches by 5 inches. 

For this size box the score lines to create the box are each 1 and 6/8 inches apart. 
All the scoring should be done before stamping, but do not cut the panel until your stamping is done. This makes for easier placement of the images and more stable use of your stamp positioner.

Begin by stamping the Peppermint Kisses sentiment at the bottom edge of the 2nd box panel from the top. The top is the edge with the half inch score line for tucking the box closed after the candy are added. I then stamped peppermints across box panels 1 and 2. Stamp directly across the folds. I should have stamped all the way to
both side edges which I will remember to do next time.

This is the color recipe I used to stamp the peppermints: Layer 1 Memento Lady Bug, Layer 2 Memento Love Letter, and Layer 3 Stampin' Up Lovely Lipstick.

Now you can cut the pieces that need to be removed.

Next, die cut an opening in the first panel of the box to create a peek-through panel to see the treats inside. In this photo I forgot to trim angles on the side panels beside the acetate window, but you can see them in the photos below. These angles make it easy to open and close the box from the top once it is completed.

Flip the box over and attach a rectangle of acetate over the opening using sticky tape.

You are now ready to attach the candy box to the gift card holder panel.  With the stamping side down, align the bottom 4 x 1 6/8 panel to the bottom edge of the 4 x 5 red panel with sticky tape. It is easy in this photo to see the extra angled cuts I put on the top end flaps for tucking into the candy box.

Finally the box can be folded up and taped closed except for the top opening and closing lid.

Extra pieces were stamped and fussy cut for decorating the gift holder portion of the box.

This is the color recipe I used to stamp the gingerbread men: Layer 3 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar, Layer 2 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel, Layer 1 Stampin' Up Barely Banana. The buttons were stamped with Memento Love Letter while the icing details were stamped with PTI Dark Chocolate.

Add the decorated panel of our choice to create the gift card holder. I clipped the top with a circle punch to make for easy insertion and removal of the gift card.  I used very skinny sticky tape on the two side edges and the bottom edge of my designer paper. I also added a gift tag. I hope you have fun with your Gingerbread Hugs. I think it is a great way to dress up your home baked goodies and treats for the holidays.

A huge thank you goes out to Simon Says Stamp for inviting Kitchen Sink Stamps to have a fun part in their wonderful event! Happy shopping!!

For addition designs featuring Kitchen Sink Stamps, please visit the blogs and YouTube videos of the members of the Kitchen Crew linked below: