On the 3rd Day of Christmas …

… my True Love gave to me,

Three French Hens.

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday! I hope everyone’s Christmas was Merry and Bright…. and this is just the beginning of the twelve days of Christmas. Which I am thankful for, because I wasn’t completely ready for Christmas this year as I would have like.Β  This year my Christmas cards to send out have turn into New Years’ cards … but better late than never. And as a dear friend says …. “All in a day”. πŸ˜‰

You might wonder what am I leading up too? I want to share about a really great challenge going on from The Daily Dare. Deb and Bev had this fabulous idea to get a jump on next year’s Christmas Cards by Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with a new Christmas card Challenge & a New Gift to give each day.

What does this have to do with me? Besides that this challenge is perfect for me to get a jump on my Holiday Cards for next year, as well as a jump on one of my New Year’s resolutions, (to make one Christmas Card a week)…. I am today’s Hostess for the Third Day of Christmas! Yahoo! πŸ™‚

The gift of Three French Hens, represent The Three Theological Virtues:

1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Here is my Challenge: Create a Christmas card that includes the word/s Faith, Hope and/or Love as the sentiment or incorporated in the sentiment.

The majority of the sentiment came together from two sets, Words of Comfort & Joy and 3 Step Poinsettia. Faith, Hope and Love came from the set, Vintage Words . I must add, I don’t know how the word “Faith” has escaped from being in a KSS’ stamp set! You can bet that sentiment has moved to the top of my “To Do” list! But, where there is a will, there is a way and I was able to stamp the word “Faith” by masking out letters from other words in the set. I used: FA from family, the I from live and TH from thoughts.

As for the gift for the winner to today’s challenge, head on over to The Daily Dare to find out more. To play along, upload your card to the Splitcoast Gallery with the keyword: DD12days03.

The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Sunday, January 9th.Β  Winners will be chosen announced over at The Daily Dare on Monday, January 10.

The full details for The Daily Dare’s –Β  12 Days of Christmas Challenge, can be found: HERE

Please remember to check what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up for you today.

Angela (Challenge Hostess) β€’ Connie β€’ Julie

Lisa β€’ Lynn β€’ Makiko


Materials –
Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses, 3 Step Holly & Mistletoe, Vintage Words, Words of Comfort & Joy, 3 Step Poinsettia and Multi Step Christmas Lights from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Shimmer White from SU! Ruby Metallic from The Paper Co. Olive Ruche from Paper Temptress.
Ink: (all Memento, unless noted) Rose: Step #4 Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 Grape Jelly, Step #2 Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 Rhubarb Stalk and again with Lady Bug. Holly: Step #3 – Olympia Green (VersaFine), Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. Sentiment: Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves.
Embellishments: Elegance – aadhesive rhinestones and pearls from K&Company. Corner punch from EK Success.Β 



Are you already tired of candy?

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

I just had to share a photo of my “low tech” Trick-or-Treaters. They found these sweat jackets while we were shopping for back to school clothes early Sept. Our oldest DS exclaimed that would be his Halloween costume … of course his “mini me” (his little brother) had to follow suit. πŸ˜‰ I thought for sure they would change their mind once Halloween rolled around … especially since both jackets had been in their dresser drawer since they came from the store. But they DID remember and had not changed their minds. It was the quickest costume change I have ever encountered! LOL!

Back to stamping!!!

It is a new month, which means a new Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Crew Challenge. This month’s KSCC Hostess is Julie. Her challenge: to make a card or project with a monochromatic color scheme.

You can find all the details HERE.

Now, I don’t know about you, but picking one color for a monochromatic color scheme has always put me in a state of indecision. How do I pick just one when there are so MANY colors I love??! This is why I LOVE this challenge… Thanks so much Julie! πŸ™‚

The reason for the bookmark…. I have a dear friend who asked me to give her a bunch of KSS business cards to share with her book club (how sweet is that?!), but I thought making her a set of bookmarks for each member would be so much better. Don’t ya think? πŸ™‚ Have a great Monday!

Remember to check out what monochromatic cards and/or projects the KS Crew has created to inspire you for Julie’s KSC Challenge!

Angela β€’ Connie β€’ Julie (Challenge Hostess)

Lisa β€’ Lynn β€’ Makiko


Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Build a Garland from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Ink (all Memento unless noted):Red Candy – Step #3 – Pearl. Poppy – Brilliance, Step #2 Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 Lady Bug. Pink Candy – Step #3 Rose Bud, Step #2 Rose Bud stamp off 1x, Step #1 Angel Pink. Sponge edges with Rhubarb Stalk. Embellishments: Red Atyou Spica pen (in the center of the peppermint for some sparkle). Ribbon – scraps from my stash.

KS Blue Plate Special & Winners to KS Crew Challenge #26

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If you are looking to see who won this month’s KS Crew Challenge, #26, … you can find out HERE.

The Monday got away… and 2 New POM for June!

Hey, who moved Monday?!?

I am one day late, but with 2 Projects for the Month of June!

First something OLD πŸ™‚

Last Monday I showed you a project that was inspired by Lynn’s KS Crew Challenge … use a piece of ribbon as the inspiration. I mention that I thought about something old, something new, … something blue. The “new” and “blue” is pretty easy to see on the garter (that dreamy silk ribbon), but I did not mention what was “OLD” …. (I think I was still on a sugar high from all the birthday cake! LOL). The “old” is at the bottom of the garter. I had a handmade doily of my grandmother’s that had a large tear in the center . 😦 I just could not bring myself to let it go (I’m have trouble even writing, “throw out”). But, Lynn’s challenge and the ribbon garter was the perfect project for a piece of vintage (and sentimental) lace. Yes, I cut (gasp!) the edge off the doily and it became the bottom of the garter. The full tutorial can be found HERE. I also had a number of comments about if there was a special bride for the garter … Yes, there is (hope she’s not reading today), it is for my god-daughter… when the time comes her to need. πŸ˜‰

Another side note about this ribbon garter, I used ScoreTape to hold the ribbons in place with the intentions of sewing the layers together at the end….. well, the ScoreTape does such an amazing job, there was very little sewing involved.

Now to show you something new …. another project!

I guess I still have wedding on the brain with this next project. A quick and economical Embossed Wedding Favor. The dry embossing gives this simple 2″x 2″ favor box an elegant look that is also very quick to accomplish. The stamped wedding tag (which can be personalized from the wedding couple on the back of the tag) is easy for a group of friends to help assemble. The full tutorial for this project can be found HERE.

You may have seen their fabulous KSS cards yesterday, but you can always pay the KS Crew another visit!

Angela β€’ Connie β€’ Julieβ€’ Lisa β€’ Lynn– Challenge Hostess β€’ Makiko


Come join us in the KS Crew Challenge fun!… (last one before the Crew Challenge goes on vacation for the summer)


Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Wedding Rings from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Metallic Amethyst from Paper Temptress and basic computer paper. Ink: Step#4 – Vintage Sepia – VersaFine, Step#3 – Toffee – VersaFine, Step#2 – Toffee – stamp off 1x – VersaFine, Step#1 – Galaxy Gold – Brilliance. Embellishments: Scalloped Hearts Nestabilities. 2″x2″ white box and gold organzia ribbon from Michael’s. Gold cord from SU!

Who loves ribbon?

Boy, oh boy! Did I have surprise this weekend when I discovered that the fabulous ladies of the Kitchen … KS Design Crew, cooked a Blog Hop for my birthday! I am still in awe of all their beautiful cards and so deeply touched! Thank you all for all the wonderful Birthday wishes… I truly had a fabulous Birthday weekend! πŸ™‚

Now, it is the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means … a new KS Crew Challenge. This month, our hostess is Lynn. She is challenging us, KS Crew Challenge – #26, to dig in our ribbon box, drawer or where ever you store your lovely ribbons…. and get inspired!

So, I got to thinking about ribbon and came across this beautiful silk ribbon that I got from Sharon over at her Stamp Simply Ribbon Store … then I started thinking about vintage lace… and then thought about something old, something new, … something blue … and something with shrink art film! Sorry nothing borrowed this time πŸ™‚ …. That dreamy silky ribbon inspired me to create this wedding garter. What more perfect than to stamp Multi Step Wedding Rings to create an embellishment for this ribbon garter?
I am writing up full tutorial for this project, which I should have available a little later today. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have fun getting inspired with your ribbon.
Please checked out what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up for KS Crew Challenge #26 … with their ribbon inspiring KSS designs!
Angela β€’ Connie β€’ Julieβ€’ Lisa β€’ Lynn– Challenge Hostess β€’ Makiko
Thanks Lynn, I had so much fun digging through all my ribbons (and making a total mess – HA!) for this supper fun challenge!


Come join us in the KS Crew Challenge fun!… (last one before the Crew Challenge goes on vacation for the summer)

By using your Kitchen Sink Stamps and playing along with this month’s challenge, you will qualify for a chance to win one of 3 prizes! Winners will be picked by a random number generator … so, everyone has a chance to win. The more you enter… the more chances to win.
Post your KSS project using Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post on the KSS BLOG (HERE). Please leave one link per challenge sample. Enter as many samples as you like. When uploading your KSS’s entry to you favorite gallery, please use KSCC#26, kitchensinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag.
All the info and rules for KSCC#26 can be found HERE.

Deadline to my challenge is Friday – June 25th – midnight EDT.

The winners will be announced on Monday – June 28th.
Happy Stamping!

Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Wedding Rings from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Shrink Film for ink jet printer. Ink: Step#1 – Galaxy Gold – Brilliance, Step#2 – Toffee – stamp off 1x – VersaFine, Step#3 – Toffee – VersaFine, Step#4 – Vintage Sepia – VersaFine. Embellishments: Baby Blue Silk ribbon from Stamp Simply RIBBON Store . Scalloped Hearts Nestabilities. Adhesive pearls and ribbon from Michael’s. Antique Dolly from my stash. 1″ wide elastic.