Monday, October 16, 2017

Autumn Get Well - Kitchen Sink Stamps

Today's card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is one of the cards I have created for the Falliday Fest over at Splitcoaststampers. You can see all of the challenges in this thread.

For the Block Party Challenge hosted by Ceal participants were to use an acrylic block to stamp a background for the design. I put Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, and Tea Dye Distress Ink on my acrylic block. After spritzing it with water, I stamped in on my white card front. I then added the leaf from Multi Step Big Leaves by KSS.

Here is the recipe for the leaf:

Layer 4 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate
Layer 3 Stampin' Up Baked Brown Sugar
Layer 2 Memento Morocco
Layer 1 Memento Cantaloupe

I then stamped on the sentiment from Make a Big Statement using Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate.

I finished the card off with a splattering of Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CCEE 1741 - Old Farmers Day

Did you know that today is "Old Farmers Day?"  Frances, our CCEE hostess for October, has asked that the CCEE Stampers show their appreciation to our farmers by creating something farm related today.

I have used images from

Horses by Inkadinkado
Landscape Silhouettes by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

a sentiment from
Scripture Medley 5 by Verve

Check out what the CCEE Stampers are doing down on the farm:

Monday, October 9, 2017

KSS LMS59 - Autumn Squirrel

Two things have been showing up in my yard a lot this week: squirrels and acorns. They were the inspiration for this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps!

Images used came from the following Kitchen Sink Stamps Sets:

3 Step Autumn Squirrel
Multi Step Snowy Cabin
Multi Step Birch Trees
Multi Step Owl and Autumn Moon

Color Recipe for the Squirrel
Layer 3 Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate
Layer 2 Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Sepia
Layer 1 Stampin' Up Creamy Caramel

The sentiment is die cut using
Shine Thinlits by Sizzix

Find more KSS inspiration in the work of the Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

CCEE1740 - Balloons

Hi Crafty Friends,and welcome to another CCEE Challenge. Being a brand new month, it is time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Frances Byrne.

Today is “Balloons Around the World Day”. So this week Frances has asked the CCEE Stampers to add some balloons to their cards.

I have used Bryna Girl from Unity to create my birthday design.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CCEE1739 - Johnny Appleseed

In honor of Johnny Appleseed and his kindness and generosity, September CCEE hostess, Kelly McKown-Santi, has asked the CCEE Stampers to create cards using anything apple related this week!

This old campfire prayer from my many years as a Girl Scout immediately came to my mind. The bushel basket of apples is from Multi Step Harvest by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Sweet Petunia and Kitchen Sink Stamps

Today is a fun day in the Kitchen for a couple of reasons. For one, we are doing a collaborative blog hop with My Sweet Petunia. I have long been an owner and a fan of their amazing MISTI (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) and have been a devoted user of it from the time it was introduced to the craft market. Layered stamping and the MISTI are truly a match made in heaven! I am the proud owner of three MISTIs: two originals and one mini, and I will never again be without one.

Fourth Monday is always a Let's Make a Scene Day for my Kitchen Sink sponsored design.
For today's scene I have mixed images from Multi Step Classic Old Truck, Multi Step Trees, Multi Step Birch TreesMulti Step Pumpkins, 3 Step Baseball (I made the fence posts from the baseball bat), and Multi Step Snowy Cabin.

The mini MISTI I use most often when I am working on small individual images like the pumpkins. I love to use it whenever possible due to its small footprint on my work surface. Here is a look at how I got started on this card.

The rest of the card was created in the original MISTI with its larger work surface. This card measures 5.5 by 7.5 inches. As you can see, there is plenty of room to work with. I stamped the truck first and after masking it, I added the road and grass before stamping the background tree.

I finished the scene by adding the cut out fence posts and the pumpkins to the foreground, brushing some color on the sky, and stamping the sentiment.

Please check out the KSS designs created using the MISTI from
The Kitchen Sink Crew and the My Sweet Petunia Design Team.

Participants in the blog hop who comment on each of the linked samples below
with be entered in the prize drawings. One person will win an original or mini MISTI and one person will win a $50 gift certificate to the Kitchen Sink Store.

Lynn McAuley

Winners of these two drawings will be announced on October 3!

Our other reason for excitement is the 10th Anniversary of Kitchen Sink Stamps! And what better way to celebrate than with a huge sale!

35% off all items in stock - Free Shipping at $65 (US Only)
(Sale Excludes Out of Stock and Special Order/Retired Items)

Sept. 25th - 29th (midnight PDT)

Enter Code: KSSDECADE at checkout to receive your 35% discount!

We hope the My Sweet Petunia Team enjoyed creating with
Kitchen Sink Stamps
every bit as much as we love stamping with MISTI!

Thank you all for your visit today.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

CCEE1738 - Pirates

For this week's CCEE Challenge, Kelly has reminded us that Tuesday was "Talk like a Pirate Day!" She has challenged us to create a card using anything pirate related and promised us extra 'treasure/booty' for using a map anywhere on the card! No extra booty for me!

The die cuts for my pirate design are by Cuttlebug and the sentiment is by Tim Holtz.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Splendor - KSS

I am calling today's all occasion card sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps "Autumn Splendor." I love the colors and textures of the fall and decided to use them here today to encourage autumn along its way as it makes its approach on South Texas. I so look forward to its arrival each and every year!!

Created with Kitchen Sink Stamp images from:

Multi Step Big Leaves
Letters from the Past

The Kitchen Sink Crew:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CCEE 1737 - Roald Dahl Day

Kelly McKown-Santi has another fabulous challenge this week for the CCEE Stampers. We are celebrating Roald Dahl DayFor challenge #1737,  we are to create a card using any one of his books as our inspiration.

Back before I retired from teaching, there were years when I threw out the basal reader and based my entire reading program for my 4th graders on the amazing books written by Roald Dahl. My students honed and sharpened their reading skills on his delightful tales of fantasy including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The B.F.G.,  The Witches, and Matilda. But their all time favorite of his books was his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood!  What a life he led and shared with children the world over!

Images from Kids at Play by Flourishes
Victorian Alphabet by Spellbinders

Linked below are the Dahl inspired designs by the CCEE DT!

Frances Byrne

Monday, September 11, 2017

Autumn Birthday Blessings - KSS LMS

On this second Monday in September the cool air has inspired me to create an autumn birthday card for this week's Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The images come from Multi Step Birch Trees, Multi Step Harvest, and Multi Step Icy Pond. The words are pulled from various Kitchen Sink Stamps sets.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CCEE1736 - Teddy Bear Day

Happy September from the CCEE Stampers!
Kelly McKown-Santi will be our hostess during the month of September.
She has informed us that Saturday (9/9) is Teddy Bear Day ♥
She has asked us to create a card using a bear somewhere on our design 
for challenge #1736.

Images from
Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes
Multi Step Bunch o' Balloons
Big an Bold Swashes
by Kitchen Sink Stamps

See the cute teddies used by the rest of the CCEE Stampers DT:

Monday, August 28, 2017

KSS - Ladybug Parade

The 4th Monday of the month brings with it another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. For this cheerful birthday card, I stamped the two sunflowers from Multi Step Giant Sunflower first and then the stems and leaves. I next placed masks over the flowers and leaves and laid a lattice stencil over the top. Then it was safe to sponge the grassy background and the sky. After removing the stencil and the masks, I added the four ladybugs. Finally after matting it and mounting it to the card front, I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Whole Family with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

Be inspired by the Kitchen Sink Crew: