New Stamps are in the Kitchen… once again!

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3 New Stamp Sets are available starting today!

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Back in February, I asked KSS followers what stamps they would like to see next? When I saw Dogwood and Daffodils mentioned, I had to agree that we were long overdue for some fresh flowers! The 3rd set is a sentiment set & the companion set to Whole Family.

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All 3 new sets can all be found under “What’s New”,  but here is a quick look…

Multi-Step Enchanted Dogwood

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Enchanted Dogwood – Color Recipe

 

Multi-Step Spring Daffodils

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Spring Daffodils – Color Recipe

 

Words 4 Celebrating

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New stamps aren’t the only happy news at KSS … Jeanne Frontz & Tammy Hershberger will be sharing their designs with us for a spell! Welcome ladies!

Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using today’s new stamps.

Lynn • JeanneTammy

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(CARD #1) Stamps: Multi Step Spring Daffodils and Words 4 Celebrating from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Yo-Yo Yellow and Always Artichoke from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks) 
Daffodils: flowers – Step #4 – Peanut Brittle, Step #3 – Cantaloupe + Dandelion, Step #2 – Dandelion, Step #1 – Dandelion so 1x. leaves – Step #1 – Pistachio, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #3 – Northern Pine.
Dragonfly: Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 – Summer Sky. Tiny Dragonflies: London Fog.
Sentiment: Paris Dusk
Embellishments: none.
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(CARD #2) Stamps:  Multi Step Enchanted Dogwood and Words 4 Celebrating from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Punch and Vista from Stardream
Inks: (all Memento Inks) 
Dogwood: BLUE – Step #4 – Pistachio, Step #3 – Summer Sky 2x’s, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – Summer Sky so 1x, Step #5 – Olive Grove. PINK – Step #4 – Pistachio, Step #3 – Rose Bud, Step #2 – Angel Pink, Step #1 – Angel Pink so1x, Step #5 – Olive Grove.
Tree Brach and Leaves: Step #3x – Espresso Truffle, Step #2x – Rich Cocoa, Step #1xy – New Sprout, Step #2y – Olive Grove, Step #3y – Northern Pine. Other Leaves: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Paris Dusk & Rose Bud. Card edges sponged with Paris Dusk.
Embellishments: none.
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Hibiscus Eclipse Card

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Eye-Popping Colors & Disappearing Letters!

I have been “oohing and aahing” over the Eclipses cards that so many stampers are creating lately, but after seeing the video demo by Karen Hasheck, I knew I had to give it a try!  Hibiscus-eclips-card

After stamping the bright and colorful hibiscus flowers and leaves, I cut out the “BIRTHDAY” letters using my Silhouette Portrait. Century Gothic – Bold was the typeface and which I then stretched to look more condensed.Hibiscus-eclips-card-side-view

I really enjoyed this card technique and LOVE the look of  “now you see it, now you don’t” effect for the sentiment. I will definitely this technique again!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous, inky weekend!

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Stamps: Hibiscus (Multi-Step) and Forever & Always (Happy) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest from Neenah. Dark Teal cardstock – unknown.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Hibiscus: [Variation 1 – blue] Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Teal Zeal, Step #1 – Summer Sky, Step #4 – Nautical Blue, Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine).[Variation 2 – red/orange] Step #3 – Lilac Posies, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Cantaloupe sponge edges with Tangelo, Step #4 – Love Letter, Step #5 – Imperial Purple (VersaFine). [Variation 3 – purple] Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Angel Pink, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine).

Leaves: [Variation 1 – large] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.[Variation 2 – small] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

 

Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine)

Embellishments: pop dots.

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4 Different Ways to Stamp Rolling Hills …

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Green Knoll, Snowy Slopes, Poppy Fields or Ocean Blue … you be the judge?

Lately, my go-to stamp set for creating a scene card has been Rolling Hills (Multi-Step). You may recall seeing a few weeks ago, the St.Patrick’s card with a green grassy knoll? Then there was my post that showed the 2 contrasting uses for Rolling Hills. One as slopes covered in snow and the other as a field of poppies … but this stamp set doesn’t stop there!

Keep Calm and Shamrock On   Peaceful Greeting from Kitchen Sink Stamps   Red-Poppy-hills

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The other day I came across a video demo by Joyce from Mod Squad/Paper Finesse who was creating a lovely scene card with KSS – HERE and Gina K. Inks (her 40 colors look absolutely lovely which I am going to have to try!) … and Joyce did something that hit me with total inspiration! While stamping Rolling Hills, she used Step #4 at the bottom of the hill instead of the top of the hill. Instantly it looked like waves to me! I LOVE IT when you turn something upside down and see it as something completely different and that gives you entirely new perspective… and inspiration!

Now it just so happens that I needed to make a Masculine Birthday card, so I immediately pulled out Rolling Hills along with Lighthouse (Multi-Step), Sail Boats (Multi-Step), and Icy Pond (Multi-Step)… for the small pine trees AND used the snow drifts for a grassy mound in front of the lighthouse… and got inky!

First stamping the lighthouse and seacliffs. I cut a simple mask for the left side of the lighthouse and the roof to the caretaker’s house and stamped the light pine trees. After stamping the light pine trees, I removed the mask and stamped the darker pine trees and grassy mound… right on top – no masking.

Next the water. Another mask for the cliffs. This mask was loosely cut and a bit larger (beyond the tiny specs of rocks) and placed the mask down lightly so the mask edges were free from the paper (ok… does that make sense?). After stamping each step of Rolling Hills for the water, I would pick up the mask and gently reposition it over the cliffs. This process of repositioning the mask loosely over the cliffs created the white “breaker water” between the cliff and water. As usual, I stamped step #4 a the top, but I also stamped Step #4 a few times at the bottom. Overlapping each time with a different color ink – Teal Zeal, Paris Dusk, and Nautical Blue. This created added waves at the bottom of the card.

Finishing UP. After the water was finished, (using the Sail Boats SVG Cut Files) I cut out two sailboats and then stamped them (colors listed below). The larger one is attached with a pop-up glue dot and the smaller was attached flat directly onto the card stock. I added a little shimmer to the boats’ water wake, with a Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen. Sponge the sky with Summer Sky and a cut cardstock using Lawn Fawn Custom Craft Dies – Puffy Cloud Borders dies. Add the Happy Birthday sentiment from Make a Big Statement, the seagulls… and voilà! A Masculine Birthday Card!

I was thrilled with how the ocean turned out! (Thanks, Joyce!) What do you think?

So, what else can you see Rolling Hills turn into???

I would love to hear your suggestions … even if it is a challenge. 🙂

Please check out the beautiful Lilac Spring card from Lynn McAuley this week.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!

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Tulip Card/Stamps: Lighthouse (Multi-Step), Sail Boats (Multi-Step), Rolling Hills (Multi-Step), Icy Pond (Multi-Step), and Make a Big Statement from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Solar White 80 Cover 8.5″x11″ 250/pack from Neenah. Soft Sky & Not Quite Navy from SU! 

Inks(Memento)  

Lighthouse: Step #1 – London Fog – so 1x, Step #2 – London Fog – so 1x – repeat, Step #3 – London Fog, Step #4 – Gray Flannel.

Rock: Step #3 – Gray Flannel 2x’s, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 Gray Flannel so 1x + Desert Sand, Step #1 – Desert Sand so 1x – repeat.

Pine Trees & Grassy Mound (from Icy Pond): [Variation 1 – lighter] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. [Variation 2 – darker] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. [Grassy Mound] Stpe #1 – Pistachio, Step #2 – Olive Grove).

Sailboats: [Large Boat] Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog on boat and Love Letter on the sail, Step #1 – London Fog on the boat and Lady Bug on sail then so 1x, Step #4 -Gray Flannel 2x’s. [Small Boat] Step #3 – London Fog, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – London Fog so 1x.

Ocean: Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Teal Zeal, Step #1 Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Nautical Blue.

Seagulls: Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 London Fog so 1x, Step #3 – Gray Flannel.

Sky: Sponge with Summer Sky, using Puffy Cloud Borders (see below for link).

Sentiments: Paris Dusk with a drop shadow in Summer Sky.

Embellishments: Lawn Fawn Custom Craft Dies – Puffy Cloud Borders dies, Sakura 37906 2-Piece Pouch Gelly Roll Stardust Pen Set, Clear, & 3L Scrapbook Adhesive Permanent Pre-Cut 3D Foam Squares, Mixed Variety, 217pk, White.

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Daisy takes a beating… and keeps on stamping!

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Some of you may remember, KSS’ very first multi-step stamp set was 3 Step Daisy. With KSS hitting a milestone of 10 years and feeling sentimental and inspired by Ilina’s Zinna card, I wanted to stamp some daisies on both white and kraft cardstock.

So, I pulled out my daisy stamps and ….. YUCK!

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Yes, my daisy stamps have been one of my “GO TO” sets from the very beginning of KSS and this set has seen a lot of stamping over the past 10 years!  I admit, I am not kind to my stamps and well, sort of abuse them… sometimes on purpose. Why? To see well will KSS stamps hold up under harsh conditions.

As a stamper, I don’t always have time to clean up after a quick last-minute card and I figure I am not alone. So, since the Fall of 2017, I have been testing the quality of our stamps by leaving them out exposed on my craft table with the ink haphazardly cleaned off for weeks, months and (this is a tad embarrassing) just found some exposed stamps high up on a shelf that I placed a couple of years ago, that I had forgotten about … all covered in dust! (cough-yuck!) Plus, I recently found some of those stamps that had jumped off my craft table and gone MIA – under furniture, in cardstock file folders, and other places in my craft room that I still can’t figure out how they got there! Yes, I guess I am a messy stamper! lol

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BUT, the point I am trying to make… no matter how much dried on ink (except for alcohol-based inks), dust and gunk have built up or migrated to your KSS stamps over time … they keep on stamping!

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The first 2 photos above are of my first 3 Step Daisy set (used since August 2007). As you can see in the first photo, they are filthy! I seriously thought it was time to give this set a burial! But, with some rubbing alcohol, anti-static/lint-free wipes (such as Kimwipes) and a super soft toothbrush (those for very young children are perfect) for the crevices, and then air dry … Voilà!

My 10-year-old stamps are back in business! Even the center stamp of the daisy is so much cleaner I CAN actually see to line it up again! Yes, my set of stamps are no longer crystal clear as when they were new. They have either a pinkish tint (stained from inks) or a yellowish tint (caused by UV rays when left out for long periods of time), but they are still pliable, stick to acrylic blocks (or my MISTI) and can stamp a crisp impression! I think that says a lot about KSS stamps!

If you ever find that one of your KSS stamps has gone MIA from its set, just email me. If I have an extra stamp of the one you are missing, I am happy to mail it to you.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!

Please check out the fabulous Autumn card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  3 Step Daisy from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft) and Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Daisy on kraft cardstock: Step #1 – Frost White (Color Box) – 2x’s, Step #2 – Aspen Mist (VersaMagic) – 2x’s, Step #3 – Summer Sky – 2x’s, Center: Tuxedo Black. Leaves: Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
Daisy on white cardstock: Step #2 – Aspen Mist (VersaMagic), Step #1 – Summer Sky, Center: Tuxedo Black. Leaves: Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.
Embellishments: Pop-up adhesive.

Spring Tulips

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Happy Spring!

This basket full of Spring Tulips would have taken forever if I had tried to mask all the flowers and leaves.

Instead, I stamped the leaves and stems one over the other (no masking). Then stamped cut out tulip flowers and extra leaves and arranged them on top of the stamped layer of leaves and stems. This made it much easier to “arrange” my bouquet. Adding pop dots to some of the flowers and leaves also added lots of dimension to the card. Below are some photos of how I created this card.

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I started this card by stamping Step #1 of the basket. This gave me a base/area to build my tulip bouquet.step-1 With masking tape, I taped off the sides and bottom of the basket. step-2

Stamped overlapping stems and leaves. step-3

Removed the masking tape and filled in empty spaces with more leaves that had been cut out. Once I got all the loose leaves in place, I taped them all down below the top of the basket. Then stamped the brush stroke “shadow” at the bottom of the basket.
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Finally, I added a fully stamped cutout of the basket on top of all the tulips, leaves and stems for a finished bouquet.step-5NOTE: I realized after I finished the card, I should have cut away the “back side” of the basket so the tulips would look more like they are in the basket instead of behind the basket…oh well! LOL!Basket-of-Tulips-CLSUPThanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

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Check in with the KS Crew and see what inspiration they have cooked up for you.

 Lisa • Lynn

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Stamps: Multi Step Tulip Garden, Multi Step Basket, Multi Step Carnations (butterfly), Multi Step Brush Strokes and Simple Sentiments from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Lavender Lace and Elegant Eggplant (banner: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, and Very Vanilla) from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)Basket: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee, Step #1 – Desert Sand. Pink Tulips: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step#3 – Lilac Posies, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Rose Bud so 1x. Red Tulips: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step#3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 – Love Letter, Step #1 – Lady Bug. Purple Tulips: Step #4 – Elderberry, Step#3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Lulu Lavender. Tulip Leaves & Stem: (variation #1) Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. (variation #2) Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout 2x’s. ButterflyStep #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – TangeloThe shadow under Basket: Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step#3 -Tuxedo Black, so 1x, repeat, Step #2 – Gray Flannel, Step #1 – Gray Flannel, so 1x. Sentiment: Grape Jelly and Lilac Posies.

Embellishments: Rock Candy Stickles (on gold),  pop dots.