Thursday, June 27, 2019

National Catfish Day

After discovering that June 25th is National Catfish Day, Lois Bak (our June CCEE Challenge Hostess) has asked that the CCEE Stampers create a card that has some kind of fish or sea life on it.

I don't have a catfish in my collection, but I do have a bass!

Want to see what sea creatures there rest of the CCEE DT featured?

Check below:

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer Pleasures - Kitchen Sink Stamps

This clean and simple one layer card, sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, was created using images from two of the newest KSS releases - Fishing Creel & Reel Multi Step Clear Stamps and Fisherman's Hat and Tackle Multi Step Clear Stamps. The sentiment is a part of the Berries Multi Step Clear Stamps set.

This card was stamped directly on the cardfront with the fisherman's hat being stamped first.

After the hat was completed, I masked it and stamped the creel. I added a mask for the creel before completing the card. 

To finish the card, I added the fly, the float, the grass, and the sentiment before removing the masks.

The responses I received about my new visual color recipes were all positive so I plan to continue adding them to my posts. They are very helpful to me, as well as my readers, for future reference.  The color recipes I have posted below are the ones I used to complete this design.

Fisherman's Hat

Fishing Creel

Fishing Fly

Fishing Float

The grass was brushed on with SU Certainly Celery and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.

I am entering this card in the following challenges today:

See more fabulous fun summer KSS designs by visiting the work of the Kitchen Crew:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

CCEE1925 - National Pink Day

This Sunday (June 23) is National Pink Day. Lois has an easy challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week - make a pink card.

I had two non-stamper friends over to make cards yesterday afternoon. They have been getting their cards at the Dollar Store. I wanted to show then just how quickly, easily, and beautifully they could create their own cards. And inexpensively, too, when their friend has all the tools and materials they will need to share with them. We used just distress oxides, Versafine Onyx Black, silhouette stamps, and sentiments. They left very happy!!

While they worked on their cards, I took three minutes to create this pink one for today's challenge.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Pulling in the Bass - KSS

I have been having the best time this past week stockpiling fun scene cards in my masculine card basket. This card, sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, was created mixing this fabulous fish image from their newly released Fishing 4 Bass Multi Step Clear Stamps with images from Cabin by the Lake Multi Step Clear Stamps.

I am trying out a new feature on my blog today with the main color recipes I used to create today's card. Instead of just listing the colors, I am going to stamp and photograph the progression of the image and the color used as I stamp it. The order in which I stamped the image will start on the left and read to the right. I usually stamp darkest to lightest, but not always. So sometimes the layers will be out of order, but by reading left to right you will be able to see how I stamped it.

I am starting first with the bass today. My photography on this is not the best on my first try, but I think you get the idea. Be sure to let me know it this is helps you better understand layered stamping.

Color Recipe for the Bass

Color Recipe for the Log Cabin

The bass and the cabin were the only things that needed masking to create this scene.

The trees are images used at last year's Junkie Fest Workshops and are no longer available for purchase.

Find more beautiful creations with Kitchen Sink Stamps images created by the Kitchen Crew and linked below:

This card as been entered in the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar - June - Masculine

Crafty Catz - Challenge 466 - Anythings Goes with Optional Twist: Male/Fathers

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog - Challenge #166 - Anything Goes

Craft Rocket Challenges - Challenge #60 - June 2019 - Summer is Coming

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CCEE1924 - Sewing Machine Day

Lois Bak is continuing her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers Challenges.  Since today is National Sewing Machine Day, she asked the team to make a card with some stitching on it -- either actual stitching, faux stitching or stitch-edged dies.

Stitched Dies by Gina Marie Designs
Image by Unity
Sentiment by Kitchen Sink Stamps

Check out the fun stitching on the cards of the CCEE DT below:

Monday, June 10, 2019

Let's Make a Fishing Scene for Dad - KSS

What a fun day in the Kitchen this June morning. This Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created using three new sets being released today which are absolutely perfect for the fishermen in your life!

 They include:

Fishing Creel Basket Fish Reel rubberstamps clear stamps

Birch Bark Canoe rubberstamps clear stamps

fishing fish bass rubberstamps clear stamps

Other KSS sets used as well include:
Tiny Norway Pines Multi Step Clear Stamps (no longer available)

Here are the color recipes I used for these fabulous new images:


Layer 4 PTI Dark Chocolate
Layer 3 Memento Potter's Clay
Layer 2 Memento Toffee Crunch
Layer 1 PTI Fine Linen


Layer 4 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 SU Gray Granite
Layer 3 SU Going Gray
Layer 1 PTI Soft Stone


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


Layer 3 SU Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 2 SU Always Artichoke
Layer 1 SU Old Olive


Layer 2 SU Baja Breeze
Layer 1 Memento Summer Sky


Distress Ink Peeled Paint


Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass

Sentiment and Silhouettes

Versafine Onyx Black

To create this card I followed these steps in this order:
  1. Stamp and mask the creel.
  2. Stamp and mask the reel.
  3. Stamp and mask the canoe. 
  4. Stamp the lake.
  5. Brush on the ground and sky.
  6. Dab on the clouds using my finger and white acrylic paint.
  7. Stamp on the trees.
  8. Stamp on the water's edge grasses.
  9. Remove all masks now.
 10. Stamp the bottom edge grass.
 11. Stamp the sentiment and silhouettes. I used a black finepoint sharpie to add the fishing line.

One other awesome set which also goes with the fishermen's theme is available for pre-order today and will ship on June 14.

Fishing Bucket Hat and Fish Lures Tackel rubberstamps clear stamps

This final card I did for Technique Challenge 746 - Ink Blending at Splitcoaststampers today using the new Fishing 4 Bass Multi Step Clear Stamps set.

These are the three inks I blended for the background: Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon, and Faded Jeans. The designer paper is from Echo Park.

Color Recipe for the Bass

Layer 4 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 SU Lucky Limeade
Layer 2 SU Certainly Celery
Layer 1 SU Barely Banana on the belly only
See what the Kitchen Crew has created for you with these new images:

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

CCEE1923 - Back to School

This is the 60th anniversary of CCEE June hostess, Lois Bak's graduation from high school -- June 9, 1959.   So her challenge for the team this week is to make a card depicting our favorite subject in school.

Well, my favorite subject was art! I guess that is why in retirement, it continues to be such a huge part of my everyday life.

I have created a card with features a wonderful Picasso quote which I purchased from Deep Red

Monday, June 3, 2019

Time 2 Celebrate Dad! - KSS

Today's Father's Day card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps was created with words pulled from a variety of KSS sets and the wonderful watch from Father's Pocket Watch Multi Step Clear Stamps. The background is designer paper from the Paper Studio.

Color Recipe for the Watch

Layer 3 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 2 Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Layer 1 PTI Soft Stone

The sponging and most of the sentiment was done with Stampin' Up Merry Merlot.
Dad was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black

Visit the Kitchen Crew and be inspired:

Today's design is being entered in the following challenges:

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