Harvest Moon over a Pumpkin Patch

Blending a Spooky Night Sky.

I recently learned about these “Life Changing” Blender Brushes (from Picket Fences) from Chris Dayton (you can see her gorgeous MN Loon at Dusk card – HERE). These brushes are so incredibly soft and make it so easy to blend different ink colors that have an “airbrushed look” when you are finished. The trick when blending is to start off the cardstock and in a circular motion, move the brush onto the cardstock. This helps prevent getting ink splotches where some brush bristles picked up too much ink.

Harvest Moonlit Pumpkin Patch

Stamps to make this card: Owl & Autumn Moon Multi-Step Clear StampsBrush Strokes Multi-Step Clear Stampsand Pumpkins Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

I created this card by first stamping in this order:

  • the ground
  • tree
  • leaves
  • moon

Next came blending the sky. Using the largest brushes in a circular motion, starting around the moon and working out towards the cardstock’s outer edges in “rings” of color. I used the following ink colors (from Catherine Pooler) in this order:

  • Limoncello
  • Tiki Torch
  • Mandarin Spice
  • Sugared Lavender
  • Juniper Mist
  • Royal Treatment
  • Black Jack
  • Midnight

Finishing the card with adding the bats over the moon. Coated the pumpkins with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and add to card with pop dots.

Color Recipes to make this card

Pumpkins

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week using KSS stamps… and have an inky day!

Lynn  Jeanne

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(Moonlit Pumpkin Patch)

StampsOwl & Autumn Moon Multi-Step Clear StampsBrush Strokes Multi-Step Clear Stampsand Pumpkins Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

PaperClassic Crest Classic Cream Crest from Neenah. Bronze & Onyx from Stardream.

Inks: (Catherine Pooler – except pumpkins)

  • Ground: Step #4 – Spruce, Step #3 – Eucalyptus, Step #2 – Green Tea, Step #1 – Melon Ice.
  • Tree: Step #2 – Icing on the Cake, Step #1 – Twilight.
  • Moon: Step #3 – Tiki Torch, Step #2 – Shea Butter, Step #1 – Limoncello.
  • Pumpkins: see Pumpkin’s Color Recipe
  • Leaves: (variation 1) Step #2 – Tutti Frutti, Step #1 – Sauna. (variation 2) Step #2 – Mandarin Spice, Step #1 – Shea Butter.
  • Bats: Black Jack.
  • Sky: Limoncello, Tiki Torch, Mandarin Spice, Sugared Lavender, Juniper Mist, Royal Treatment, Black Jack, and Midnight.

Embellishments: pop dots and Wink of Stella clear glitter pen (Zig).

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With Heartfelt Sentiments

I still love how a multi-step stamped image gives a clean & simple, single layer card pop with an image full depth!

An old friend who was trying multi-step stamps for the first time exclaimed after finishing her first stamped image … “It is like Magic!”  A single-layered card can really spotlight that multi-step “Magic”!

Today, I have two single layered, C&S cards to share today. One is a Sweet Thank You card and the other is a Heartfelt Sympathy card.

What is your favorite image to stamp when making C&S cards?

Thank-you-Raseberries

Stamps to make this card: Berries Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Thinking-of-You-puppy

Stamps to make this card: Kittens & Pup Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Words of Love Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Color Recipes to make this card

Kittens & Pup

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week using KSS stamps… and have an inky day!

Lynn  Jeanne

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(Thank You Berry Much Card)

StampsBerries Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.

Inks: (Memento)

  • Raspberries: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk 2x’s, Step #1 – Lady Bug 2x’s.
  • Stem: Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
  • Leaves: Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout 2x’s.
  • Sentiment: Elderberry.

Embellishments: none

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(Thinking of You Pup Card)

StampsKittens & Pup Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.

Inks: (see Color Recipe)

  • Clouds: Summer Sky
    • blend with a mask of cardstock cut with Puffy Cloud Borders metal die (from Lawn Fawn)

Embellishments: none

A Truck Load for all Seasons

Birch Trees disguised as Summer Aspen Trees

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying the “Last Day of Summer”?

I was so excited by the idea when a sweet attendee at JunkieFest, Jalayne, wanted to stamp the Birch Trees as Aspen trees! My head about exploded from her awesome suggestion! She was thrilled with her stamped “aspen trees” and so was I, so I had to come home and recreate stamping aspen trees for myself.

Summertime-Truck-with-apples-and-Aspen-trees

Stamps to make this card: Birch Trees Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Classic Old Truck Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsRolling Hills Multi-Step Clear Stampsand Harvest Multi-Step Clear Stamps (apples) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

In my Color Recipe Update Post, I mentioned using Gina K’s inks while at Junkie Fest and liking the crisp impression from the inks … so I put them to the test using Classic Old Truck. I was not disappointed! First, all her ink colors responded with full coverage and crisp impression. Second, a wide color range of colors with 49 different colors. I really love the aqua colors she carries and would have a tough time trying to stamp this light turquoise truck using Memento inks.

I have 3 more Classic Old Truck season to come. Please, stay tuned.

Color Recipes to make this card:

Classic Old Truck

(This card use Gina K Inks for the truck that is not represented in the color recipe)

  • Step #3a: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
  • Step #2a: Slate
  • Step #1a: Moonlit Fog
  • Step #3b: Turquoise Sea 2x’s
  • Step #2b: Ocean Mist 2x’s
  • Step #1b: Sea Glass 2x’s
  • Step #4b: Tranquil Teal

Birch Trees

Trees

Rolling Hills

(This card use Gina K Inks for the “grass” that is not represented in the color recipe)

  • Step #3: Grass Green
  • Step #2: Jelly Bean Green 2x’s
  • Step #1: Grass Green stamp off 1, repeat
  • Step #4: Fresh Asparagus

Harvest

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using KSS stamps… and have an inky day!

Lynn  Jeanne

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(CARD – Summer Time Truck)

Stamps to make this card: Birch Trees Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Classic Old Truck Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsRolling Hills Multi-Step Clear Stampsand Harvest Multi-Step Clear Stamps (apples) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Aquamarine & Onyx from Stardream.

Inks(see KSS Color Recipes for each stamp set listed)

EmbellishmentsWink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig and pop dots.

More Color Recipes from Kitchen Sink Stamps

ALL Color Recipes are now available for KSS Multi-Step layered stamps

It is official! I have finally caught up and you can now find a color recipe for every KSS Multi-Step stamp set!  My next color assignment … update the ink brands to KSS’ Ink Color Substitution List.

I have mentioned in the past, I LOVE INK! Some can’t pass by a shoe shop without stopping… others may find bags & purses are their weakness … for myself, INK is my kryptonite! With this said, I have two more ink brands that will be added to my KSS’ Ink Color Substitution List: GinaKCatherine Pooler inks.

Brithday-Flowers

Stamps to make this card: Bitty Tulip Bouquet Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Carnations Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Giant Sunflowers Multi-Step Clear StampsPansy Multi-Step Clear StampsSpring Daffodils Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Make a Big Statement from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

I had the opportunity to work with GinaK’s inks while I was at JunkieFest in July, and I really like the way Gina’s dye inks leave a crisp impression while leaving very little ink behind to clean off the stamp after stamping. I believe GinaK has 40 different ink colors in a vast range of shades (darker) and tints (lighter) in color and neutral tones… perfect for multi-step stamping!

It was a long time KSS reader who suggested that I try Catherine Pooler’s inks (Thanks Billie Dee!), which are very different from the dye inks that most stampers are used to using. I liked stamping with CP’s inks and in my opinion, is more like a hybrid ink with qualities of both dye ink and pigment ink. They are like dye inks in that they are translucent (can see through the ink while it is on a clear stamp) and you can mix colors by layered stamping (stamp yellow on top of blue and it turns green). It resembles a pigment ink by its impressive solid ink coverage after a single stamping (no blotchiness or spots) but can leave an “ink halo” if using too much downward pressure when stamping. A light touch when inking up a stamp works best when stamping with these inks (a little goes a long way).

What is your favorite ink brand to stamp with or new ink brand you recently discovered?

Color Recipes to make this card:

Bitty Tulip Bouquet

Carnations

Giant Sunflowers

Pansy

Spring Daffodils

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using KSS stamps… and have an inky day!

Lynn  Jeanne

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(CARD – Birthday Flowers)

StampsBitty Tulip Bouquet Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Carnations Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Giant Sunflowers Multi-Step Clear StampsPansy Multi-Step Clear StampsSpring Daffodils Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Make a Big Statement from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Amethyst from Stardream.

Inks(see KSS Color Recipes for each stamp set listed) 

EmbellishmentsWink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig

KSS Make and Take Fun at Stamp Junkie Fest

I left my heart in … Minnesota

and at Stamp Junkie Fest 2018!

MN-thinking-of-You-CardThe last week of July, I headed out to attend “Stamp” Junkie Fest 2018, for their annual get together. Stamp Junkies is a Facebook group that started in the spring of 2015 and formed the common LOVE of stamping with the MISTI. In 3 short years, the group has grown to just under 30k members! As more and more members ask (in my case… I pleaded!) Chris Dalton, the organizer of the event, if they too can join the annual “get-together” … the Stamp Junkie gathering could no longer be held at someone’s home or a local craft store… so this year 122 Stamp Junkies (plus teachers, Stamp Junkie admins & business owners) took over the Embassy Suites in Minneapolis, MN for 3 inky fun-filled days!

Stamps used to create card: Cabin by the Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Pine Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsLighthouse Multi-Step Clear Stamps (rocks)Ocean Waters Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps (sneak-peak), and the special limited edition stamps for Stamp Junkie Fest 2018 – Minnesota Loon Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Tiny Norway Pine Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

When I saw a post for Junkie Fest 2018 in its planning stage, I did something that is quite out of character … I asked Chris Dayton if I could invite myself!  Are you asking why? Well, besides sounding like it would be a LOT of fun … I thought this would be a fabulous chance to design a special Make & Take for an awesome crowd of stampers. Plus, as I have written in the past posts, I spent my childhood summers on Lake Vermillion in northern MN, so when I find a chance to go back and see family … I jump at it … and this time dragging my KSS traveling and stamping workshop buddy, Traci, along too! I was so excited when Chris said there was room for me to do 2 M&Ts! So I got busy!Junkie-Fest-M&T-samples These are the 2 finished Make & Takes I created just for JunkieFest 2018. A Minnesota Loon coaster chipboard luggage tag and a Norway Pine Christmas wood disk ornament. Below are the Limited Edition stamp sets that each make & taker received to take home when they finished.

MN-Loon-JunkieFest

There is a little story behind the Christmas ornament M&T that I would like to share. While I was thinking about what sort of M&T I would create for this special event, this spring, my husband cut down a small pine tree that had to come down. It was growing under a huge oak tree in our front yard… the pine never had a chance. It was while I was searching to purchase more 4″x4″ coasters (to cut in half to create the luggage tags) I ran across some images of wood disk drink coasters … (lightbulb moment!).

I didn’t want to buy 125-150 wooden coasters for a Christmas ornament M&T … especially since I had been staring at a stack of small pine logs stacked on the edge of our driveway for the past month! My M&T idea quickly became a family project. My husband cut 150 + 2.5″ to 3″ dia. wood disks at 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick (perfect thickness to stamp on when using the Misti after removing the insert foam pad). Our oldest son sanded both sides (they had to be smooth to stamp on) and drilled all the holes at the top! Our youngest son lucked out this time! LOLNorway-Pine-JunkieFest

I decided to use the Misti and conduct our M&T as an “assembly line”. This strategy would allow me to align each stamp step ahead of time on a separate Misti. Those partaking in our M&T wouldn’t have to worry about aligning any stamps… just ink up, stamp and then move to the next Misti. One problem. How to stamp on a circular object using the Misti??? Answer: attach the disk to a square piece of cardstock. I have to admit (humble toot), it worked like a dream! wood-disc-set-up

JunkieFest 2018 was a huge success, meeting lovely ladies (members, admins, and company owners) and tons of creativity swirling around … I am not even going into the amazing swag bag or door prizes for the those attending (it was beyond words)!

Here are some of the beautiful and thought cards I received while at JunkieFest!

Thank you cards from Junkie Fest 2018

Thank you cards from Junkie Fest 2018

I hope you will consider clearing your calendar for next year and join Stamp Junkies in Minn. next year for JunkieFest 2019… I can hardly wait!

close-up-MN-thinking-of-You-Card

Oh… and if you were wondering about the water in this card … it is the first sneak peek to KSS next stamp release, available early next week! Will have 3 more sneak peeks for you later this week.

Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week.

Lynn – Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper

Jeanne – Nana Loves Stamping

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(MN Cabin at the Lake Card)

StampsCabin by the Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Pine Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsLighthouse Multi-Step Clear Stamps (rocks)Ocean Waters Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps (sneak-peak), and the limited edition stamps for Stamp Junkie Fest 2018 – Minnesota Loon Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Tiny Norway Pine Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, and Blue Bayou from SU!

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Cabin: Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step # 2 – cabin area – Potter’s Clay, roof area – Toffee Crunch, and chimney area – Gray Flannel, Step #1 – (roof & chimney area only) – London Fog.

  • Pine Trees: for variations, see Pine Trees Color Recipe.

  • Tall Norway Pines: Step #2 – Rich Cocoa 2x’s, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

  • Loon: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Spruce (Catherine Pooler), Step #1 – London Fog.

  • Rock: Step # 3 – Espresso Truffle, Step # 2 – Gray Flannel, Step #1 London Fog, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.

  • Water: Step #2 – Paris Dusk, Step #1 – Danube Blue and then sponge Summer Sky in the water foreground.

  • Flying birds: Toffee Crunch

  • Island in distance: (mask off using one side of Tiny Norway Pine) Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

  • Sky: sponged with Summer Sky and a scrap of cardstock cut with Puffy Cloud Borders metal die from Lawn Fawn

  • Sentiment: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: pop dots, Christmas Red Stickles (Loon’s eye), Wink of Stella clear from Zig (water highlights).

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MN-Loon-M&T(MN Loon Luggage Tag) 

StampsStamp-Junkie Fest 2018 – Minnesota Loon Multi-Step Clear Stamps

Paper: 4″x4″ chipboard coaster, cut in half and slot punched at one end (with Ribbon Slot Punch Tool from Making Memories).

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Loon: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Spruce (Catherine Pooler), Step #1 – London Fog.

  • Sentiment: Spruce (Catherine Pooler)

  • Address Lines on back: London Fog 2x’s

Embellishments: 1-1/4″ wide grosgrain ribbon & plastic snaps

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Norway-Pine-Ornament-M&Tsolo(MN Norway Pine Christmas wood disk ornament) 

StampsStamp-Junkie Fest 2018 – Tiny Norway Pine Multi-Step Clear Stamps

Paper: 3.5″x3.5″ cardstock for temporarily adhering to wooden disc when stamping with Misiti.

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Tree: Step #3 – Burnt Sienna (Palette), Step #2 – Grass Green (GinaK), #1 – Landscape (Palette)

  • Sentiment: Lipstick (GinaK)

  • Flying birds: Gray Flannel

EmbellishmentsRemovable Dot from Glue Dots, twine for hanging ornament.