New Year… New Forum… New Stamping Fun!

…  Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!

Wow ~ What a week …

with the new kss forum & new open gallery (yes, where you can share your KSS creations too!) is up and in full swing!  The KSCrew has an amazing lineup where you’ll find something new to do everyday! You can find inspiration in the Crew Corner or stamping fun in the Crew Challenge Cupboard! By the end of this week, the full line up will be up and running. Here is what you can expect to find….


Crew Challenge Cupboard
Monday: 10 Min. Card – Hosted by Lynn
Tuesday: Kitchen Pantry – Hosted by Makiko
Wednesday: Stock Up on Occasions – Hosted by Lisa
Thursday: Word of the Week  – Hosted by Julie
Friday: Sketch Carte – Hosted by Connie
Saturday: Case the Crew – Hosted by ME
Sunday: Everything PLUS the Kitchen Sink – Hosted by Angela

Crew Corner

KSS Monday (a quick spot to find all the links to KSCrew’s Monday’s Creations) – Hosted by Maria
Tuesday Tip (fabulous quick tips and multi step stamping wisdom)– Hosted by Lynn
Wednesday Blue Plate Special Spotlight (serving up “samples on the side” to accompany the WBPS)– Hosted by Maria
Thursday Crew Chat (Grab your coffee [or Diet Coke] and chat with the Crew)– Hosted by Julie
Friday Flashback (spotlighting an inspiring creation from the KSS Archives) – Hosted by Julie
Saturday Sizzling Spotlight (spotlighting a creation from the Member Gallery… will you be in the spotlight next?) – Hosted by Connie
Sunday Recipe Spotlight (spotlighting an eye-catching Color Recipe from the Member Gallery or the KSCrew) – Hosted by Maria

Today’s card is for Lynn’s 10 Min. Challenge #2 (10MC2), using a reverse mask to create the focal point.

Yes, I will admit, I did know a head of time what Lynn’s challenge was going to be and was excited to try this technique … BUT, I forced it out of my mind and purposely did not stamp anything for this KSS morning. I wanted to put myself to the test. I did not use a timer for this stamping “dash”. I used the human clock of my DH walking the kids to school. LOL! We live about two blocks away from our neighborhood school.  SO, out the door they all went, and into the stamp room I raced…  GO!

I will admit that my DH was just opening the door returning from school, as I put the finishing touches on the champagne with Star Dust Stickles…so, this card may have taken maybe 12 to 15 mins… so easy to lose track of time when stamping (isn’t it?). Next time I will have to use a timer! 🙂

What took the longest? Which shape for my focal point. 😉

This card was created using one of the 3 new stamp sets released on Jan 1st, called Multi Step Champagne Celebration.

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

Angela ConnieJulieLisaLynnMakiko

Barbara – KS Guest Designer

Today is the deadline the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge, winner will be announced at The Daily Dare!


Materials –
Stamps: Multi Step Champagne Celebration from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Barely Banana from Su!
Inks: Champagne Glasses – Step #4 Smokey Gray (VersaFine) stamp off 1x, Step #3 London Fog (Memento) stamp off 1x, Step #2 Cantaloupe (Memento) stamp off 1x, Step #1 Platinum Planet (Brilliance). Reverse mask/focal point: Cosmic Copper on inside edge of mask and blend out towards center with Galaxy Gold (both Brilliance). Sentiment – Cosmic Copper. Bubbles Platinum Planet.
Embellishments: Wonky Squares from Nestabilities to cut reverse mask. Star Dust Stickles.

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.  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”. 😉

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! 🙂

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.  Winners will be chosen announced over at The Daily Dare on Monday, January 10.

The full details for The Daily Dare’s –  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)ConnieJulie



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. 


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. 😉 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! 🙂

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? 🙂 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!

AngelaConnieJulie (Challenge Hostess)



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 🙂

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. 😉

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!

AngelaConnie Julie LisaLynn– Challenge Hostess 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!