Heartfelt Sympathy

Today I have two sympathy cards to share. The first card I used Multi-Step Lilies and Words of Comfort & Joy on the inside. The second card is with 3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet and the sentiment is from 3 Step Daisy.

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To quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Please check out the beautiful winter scene card from Lynn McAuley.

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Lily Card – Stamps:  Multi Step Lilies, Big & Bold Swashes, (Sentiments): Words of Comfort & Joy, Other Important People, and 3 Step Hearts & Roses from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Solar White, and Stardream Quartz from Neenah. Shimmery White, Certainly Celery, and Soft Sky from SU! Sponge edges with Olive Grove.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Lilies: (Flower) Step #5 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – London Fog, Step #3 – New Sprout, Step #2 – London Fog so 1x, Step #1 – Frost White (Color Box) 2x’s . (Leaves & Stem) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Onyx Black (Versa Fine) followed by Tuxedo Black.
Swash: Pistachio. After stamping sentiment, stamp again with VersaMark and Kaleidoscope embossing powder. 
Embellishments: On flowers only – Rock Candy Stickles. Octagon & Scalloped Octagon Nestabilities from Spellbinders.

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Tulip Card – Stamps:  3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet and  3 Step Daisy (sentiment) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Stardream Quartz and Kunzite from Neenah. Shimmery White from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Tulips: Step #4 – Elderberry, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender. Leaves & Stem: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Elderberry.
Embellishments: Silk lavender ribbon from my stash.
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A Kitchen Sink full of Thanksgiving Inspiration!

This Thanksgiving Day card was inspired by a vintage looking card that I found while roaming the web. It can be found here. This turkey reminds me of the lovely Currier & Ives brown plates that my Grandmother would use for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Somehow my card version kept growing and before I knew it, I had used 7 different KSS stamp sets! Electronically cutting out the turkey, ivy, basket of apples, pumpkins, corn, and banner made it a lot easier to stamp individually and then assemble. If I had tried to mask everything … I would still be stamping into New Years!!!

After having my stamped cut out images, I needed to determine where the background images should go. To help visualize this, I used removable adhesive on the stamped cut-outs and lightly placed them down on my card. This way I could see where the trees and hay bale should go first.

Using the MISTI, I placed the last step for the large tree (step #4) and the hay bale (Step #3) on my card over the cutouts. Closed the lid to pick up the stamps, removed the lightly tacked down cutouts and then inked up and stamped. This was the foundation. Next, cutting a quick mask for hay bale, I did the same process for the brush stroke ground (under the apple basket and hay bale) and pine trees (first the larger and the smaller – no mask just overlapped the trees). Lastly, added the sentiment. Then it was just a matter of adding permanent adhesive to the stamped cut out images that would go on top and then add up dots to the ivy, turkey and the banner with the sentiment.

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Please check out the beautiful Sympathy card from Lynn McAuley.

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Hope you and your families wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Top Card – Stamps:  3 Step Turkey Trot, Multi-Step Ivy, Multi-Step Pumpkins, Multi-Step Trees, Multi-Step Snowy Pine Trees, Multi-Step Icy Pond (smaller pine trees)Multi-Step Brush Strokes (behind turkey & under apple basket), and Multi-Step Harvest from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream, and Stardream Bronze from Neenah.Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke (used in cut out banner) from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Ivy Leaves: (Variation 1) Step #4 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Morocco, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. (Variation 2) Step #4 – Morroco, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion.
Pine Trees: (From Snowy Pine Tress) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. (From Icy Pond) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Tree: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Hay Bale: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 Toffee Crunch, Step #1 –  Toffee Crunch so 1x.
Turkey: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle + Pearlescent Poppy (Brilliance) on waddle only, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa + Lady Bug on waddle only, Step #1 – Desert Sand.
Ground (behind turkey): #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. 
Pumpkins: Step #5 – Potter’s Clay, Step #4 – Potter’s Clay so1x & repeat, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion. Stems: Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand. 
Basket of  Apples: (Basket) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Apples) Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Lady Bug, Step #1 – Lady Bug so1x, Repeat.
Corn: (Variation 1) Step #3 – Toffee Crunch, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. (Variation 2) Step #3 – Rich Coca so 1x, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 – Dandelion. Added small dots of darker corn with Spica Pen – Chocolate & Lipstick.
Sentiment: Espresso Truffle and Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Banner electronic die cut from Silhouette (ink the edges with Rich Cocoa) and pop up dots.

Bountiful Harvest Ahead

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have 2 Thanksgiving cards to share with you today.  One using 3 Step Autumn Squirrel and the other using 3 Step Turkey Trot and Multi Step Harvest for a more traditional “Tom Turkey” card.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Please check out the colorful Thanksgiving card from Lynn McAuley.

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Top Card – Stamps:  3 Step Autumn Squirrel, Multi Step Brush Strokes, and Multi Step Harvest (sentiment) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), Classic Crest Classic Cream, and Stardream Cappuccino from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Squirrel: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Desert Sand.
Ground: #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. 
Acorns: (Variation 1) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Variation 2) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch. (Variation 3) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Variation 4) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Cantoloupe. (Variation 5) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Cantoloupe.
Sentiment: (from Multi Step Harvest) Toffee Crunch and VresaMark w/ Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder from Ranger.
Embellishments: Scalloped Scissors – “Clouds” from Fiskars. Cappuccino Baker’s Twine from The Twinery. Highlights on acorns – Clear Star pen by Sakura.
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Bottom Square Card – Stamps:  Multi Step Harvest and 3 Step Turkey Trot from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), Classic Crest Classic Cream, and Stardream Bronze from Neenah. Chocolate Chip from SU! and  Mini Deck pattern paper – Wanted by Cosmo Cricket.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Basket of  Pumpkins: (Basket) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Pumpkins) Step #3 – Morocco, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Tangelo so1x, Repeat.
Basket of  Apples: (Basket) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Apples) Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Lady Bug, Step #1 – Lady Bug so1x, Repeat.
Turkey: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle + Pearlescent Poppy (Brilliance) on waddle only, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa + Lady Bug on waddle only, Step #1 – Desert Sand.
Sentiment: Espresso Truffle.
Embellishments: Classic Square – Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Highlights on the sentiment – Clear Star pen by Sakura.

Substitute for Autumn Leaves

With the cooler weather, I am missing the leaves changing color. We have only Pine and Oak trees, so no color changing at our house. But that won’t stop me from changing the colors of leaves while stamping! To simulate clusters of red, orange, and yellow maple leaves, I used Multi-Step Ivy. I think it works … or does it look like poison ivy?

Tell me what you think?

Happy-Thanksgiving

 

Please check out the beautiful Christmas card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi Step Ivy, Multi Step Pumpkins, and 3 Step Turkey Trot from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream and Stardream Cappuccino from Neenah. Chocolate Chip from SU!.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Large Pumpkin: Step #5 – Potter’s Clay 2x’s, Step #4 – Potter’s Clay, Step #3 – Morocco, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. Stem: Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
Smaller Pumpkins: Step #5 – Potter’s Clay, Step #4 – Morocco, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Cantaloupe so 1x, repeat. Stems: Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch.
Ivy Leaves: (Variation 1) Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 – Morocco, Step #1 – Tangelo. (Variation 2) Step #4 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Morocco, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. (Variation 3) Step #4 – Morroco, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion.
Sentiment: (from 3 Step Turkey Trot) Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Copper metallic cord from SU!.

Daisy in perfect alignment

I recently had a request for some suggestions for lining up the set, 3 Step Daisy. I thought some visuals would be helpful.

First, here is a card I did a while ago. As you can see the smaller daisy is certainly not lined up.

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I was playing around and did this on purpose for a couple of reasons. 1)  I was trying to create a thin petal and fuller looking daisy and 2) to show that this set is one of the few multi-step sets form KSS that is pretty forgiving when it comes to lining up each step. Now, with that said, on to the visuals that will put your daisies in perfect alignment.

To begin, my suggestion is to start by stamping the center of the daisy (no number) in the darkest color you planning on using. This daisy center was stamped using Espresso Truffle (Memento).

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 Yes, I am asking you to stamp in the opposite order and not follow the standard order of Steps 1, 2, 3 (you will have to trust me). The ink rule still applies. Smallest step number = lightest color ink. Largest step number = darkest color ink. Next, lining up Step #3.

When lining up the next stamp (Step #3), look for “peaks” and valleys” to help identify “target points” for positioning the stamp over of the previous image.

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This example shows Step #3, image side down, over the previously stamped image. By stamping in reverse order, it is easier to see that step #3 creates an outline of space following the peaks and valleys around the top half of the daisy center. Because the spacing is evenly spaced around the peaks and valleys, this entire spot is used for lining up Step #3. Try and check at least 3 different spots to ensure the proper alignment. SIDE NOTE: This is what I really love about multi-step stamping with the MISTI, at this point, after I have positioned the next stamp (as seen above) exactly where it belongs, I just close the MISTI lid on top of the stamp. When I open the lid again, the stamp is now stuck to the lid in the perfect spot for stamping!

Step-3Step #3 was stamped using Potter’s Clay (Memento).

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Next Step #2. This sample shows the following spots as target points for alignment: a set of dimples at the top of the “flat petal” (top of example), a long and narrow peak to the right of the “flat petal”, and a valley on the opposite side of the daisy (at the bottom of example).

Step-2Step #2 was stamped using Morocco (Memento).

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The last stamp is Step #1. In addition to positioning the stamp as the arrows indicate the target points, look for a slight “space” outline at the top of the “flat petal” and around the solid petals at the bottom. This space should remain the same thickness at the top and at the bottom of the daisy.

Step-1Step #1 was stamped using Tangelo (Memento).

This is the end result when finished. I think stamping in reverse order really helps to SEE where each stamp fits by surrounding the previous step.

Let me know what you think. Which order do you prefer to multi-step stamp … standard order or reverse order? Please let me know if this tutorial helped you with lining up your 3-Step Daisy stamps.

A PDF of this tutorial can be found HERE.

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Card above – Stamps:  3 Step Daisy from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah. Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry from SU!.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Large Daisy: Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Center: Tuxedo Black. 
Leaves: Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves.
Small Daisy: Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 (again and shifted) – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion, Center: Tuxedo Black.
Ladybug: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Rhubarb Stalk.
Sentiment: Northern Pine.
Embellishments: True Thyme Ribbon from SU!.