Father’s Day … a beacon of light

I did not fall into a deep abyss…

sure it seemed like it!

What’s that saying … “Life happens while you are busy making plans”….

Yes, it has been too long since I have posted a card … because it has been way too long since I have stamped!  I eventually ran out of cards and was forced to… are you sitting down 

brace yourself …      

I had to give … a store-bought card!    (oh the horror!) 😉

But, NOT this Father’s Day!


Before I get to my card (yes, there is one – oh yeah!) and other exciting KSS news, I want to thank everyone who reached out during this quiet spell. Your checking in and making sure that everything was ok, meant the world to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Now, even though I have been quiet, I have been busy the past couple of months. Doing what?

For starters …  I’ve been busy designing NEW STAMPS!!! Yup, that’s correct! You can look forward to more sneak peeks in the near future! Also, you will find that many more digital die cut files have been added to the KSS store. (I’m almost caught up!)

Other exciting news, KSS is sponsoring a Father’s Day Challenge with the Mod SquadThere you’ll find an awesome Multi-Step Baseball card from Judy, to get you inspired by the challenge!  And this just the beginning … You can expect to see KSS as a Mod Squad sponsor once a month (if this doesn’t get me back to stamping… I don’t know what will!) 😉

 Lighthouse with pine trees - stamped with Kitchen Sink Stamps

Determined not to let another holiday go by and having to purchase my cards, I took the Mod Squad’s challenge as the “kick in the pants” I needed to start stamping again. But, first I would have to dig under the accumulated “stuff” that found a home on my craft table (I knew it was there somewhere), dusted off the ink pads and get to work! At first, it sort of felt like learning how to walk again … but before I knew it, I was back to running and got 4 cards done! (oh yeah!)


Remember when layering Holly Hobbie cut outs, gluing one on top each other in a shadow box was the big thing to do? (I just dated myself?) Well, I reverted back to my childhood crafting days to give this Father’s Day card some depth and layered a pine tree over the rock.  The water was created using the ink pad technique. The sea spray, daubing on top of the water with a sponge and Opaque White (paint?) from Copic.

Thanks for looking!


Multi-Step Lighthouse w/digital Die Cut available & Color Recipe

Multi-Step Pine Trees w/digital Die Cut available & Color Recipe



Stamps: Multi Step Lighthouse, Multi Step Winter Cardinals (large pine branches) and Multi Step Pine Trees from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Gold from Stardream. Bashful Blue from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) Lighthouse: Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – London Fog 2x’s, Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 – Summer Sky.  Birds: Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Gray Flannel, Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 2x’s. Rock: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. Pine Trees: several different color recipes that can found HERESENTIMENT: Toffee Crunch and Paris Dusk.
Embellishments: Atyou Spica pens – Clear (accents on sentiment and lighthouse top). Opaque White from Copic for the whitewater & splashes.

6 thoughts on “Father’s Day … a beacon of light

  1. So happy to see you back! This card is beautiful!

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  2. She’s aliiiiiiiiive! And what a great card! I still have to make mine but I have 3 days right? So very good to hear from you, Maria. I’m looking forward to your previews.


  3. Ciao Maria, I am so excited to see you back! I am happy you are designing new stamps!!!!


  4. This is wonderful and elegant. Nice to see you back!


  5. Yay! So glad to “see” you back! Love this card and can’t wait to see what fabulous new images you have in store for us!!


  6. Thanks so much for the warm welcome back! 🙂


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