Kitchen Sink Stamps 4th of July Sale is On!

KSS is Gearing up to Celebrate the 4th with some Firecracker Savings


My memories of 4th July growing up were always spent at the lake up and watching the fireworks over the water. Today’s card reminds me of those peaceful summers … no cell phones, no computers, video games … how on earth did we survive? LOL!Awesome-Friend-at-Cabin

Anyway, on about today’s card. I while back I had been stamping “something” with Multi-Step Trees and while I was at the computer I glanced back over to my stamp table and the Tree set that was laying sideways catch my eye! The trees did not look like trees, but bushes! That got me thinking (usually a dangerous thing!), and I wondered if masking the tree down the middle and stamping it horizontal instead of vertical like a tree, would it look like bushes? AND could the other half of the tree look like bushes as a reflection on water? Well here is my experiment and I think it works… what do you think? Best part … I did not mask the lake/tree. I stamped it right on top of the stamped water! I did mask the birch trees and then stamped the side “bush” by the cabin, but stamped directly on top of the cabin too. Don’t you just love when you see something new because you looked “it” from an entirely different direction? … and this time a messy craft table was a help! LOL

Stamps used to create this card: Birch Trees Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Cabin by the Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Trees Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.

Awesome-Friend-at-Cabin-crp-rotatedHere is the same card with the “lake/tree” section on its side (in the correct direction for the tree) Yup, it is a tree! The same tree stamped in the card below.

I suggest once in a while turning things on their side, upside down or partially covered up … you may be surprised by what you see! 😉

To help kick off the Summer,  you will find 20% OFF EVERYTHING in stock! (except Back Order & Out of Stock items). Now until July 5th midnight. Happy 4th!

Use the Code: july4kss20

Red-Poppy-hillsPlus, before the end of July/August, the following stamp titles will be moving to the Kitchen Pantry for Special Order, so here is your chance to get these sets on sale.

  • Champagne Celebration Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Cup of Warm Chocolate Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Mix It Up! Alphabet Clear Stamps
  • Mother’s Cameo Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Nesting Dolls Clear Stamps
  • Ribbons with a Cause Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • School Days Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Thanks with Style Clear Stamps
  • Vintage Words Clear Stamps
  • Wedding Couple Multi-Step Clear Stamps

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

Lynn – Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper

Jeanne – Nana Loves Stamping


(Top Card)

Stamps: Birch Trees ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Cabin by the Lake (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Trees (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft) from Neenah. Always Artichoke from SU! 

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Birch Treestree trunks – Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch, stamp 1x, repeat. tree canopy leaves – Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves.
  • Cabin(mask birch trees) Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step # 2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 (rooftop only) – London Fog.
  • Bushes left of Cabin(with birch trees still masked) Step #4 – Cottage Ivy, Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves + Pistachio, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Water(mask cabin) Step #2 – Paris Dusk, Step #1 – Bahama Blue.
  • Lake Bushes(over stamp water) Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Silouhette Canoer: Tuxedo Black, stamp 2x’s.
  • Clouds: sponged with Summer Sky and a scrap of cardstock cut with Puffy Cloud Borders metal die from Lawn Fawn
  • Sentiment: Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler).

Embellishments: Twine from Michael’s.


(Bottom Card) 

Stamps: Multi Step Rolling Hills Clear StampsMulti Step Trees CLear StampsMulti Step Tree Friends Clear StampsMulti Step Cabin by the Lake Clear Stamps (clouds) and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Soft Sky from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Hills: Step #4 – Olive Grove, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 (bottom half) – VersaMark + EP Dragon Red from Stampendous! 

  • Clouds: Step #1 – Frost White (ColorBox), Step #2 – Frost White 2x’s, Step #3 – Frost White 3x’s. 

  • TreeStep #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. 

  • BirdsLondon Fog. 

  • Sentiment: Love Letter 2x’s.

Embellishments: pop up dots.


4 Different Ways to Stamp Rolling Hills …

One KSS stamp set for Four Seasons.

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) Clear Stamps. 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


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 an 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(Multi-Step) Clear Stamps along with Lighthouse (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Sail Boats (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Icy Pond (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps… 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 Clear Stamps, 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!


Lighthouse Card

Stamps: Lighthouse (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Sail Boats (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Rolling Hills (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Icy Pond (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps 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 unless noted)  

  • 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.

Stamping Polar Opposites


I realize my card for you today and sneak peek #3, are a bit of contradictory, but I hope you enjoy them all the same.
Multi Step Cabin by the Lake - from Kitchen Sink StampsSneak-peek #3


Six new stamps are coming to the Kitchen on January 18th (for order and pre-order)

Check out what’s new with KS Crew too.

 Lisa • Lynn 

Have an inky day!


Stamps: Multi Step Cabin by the LakeMulti Step Pine Trees, Multi Step Brush Stroke and Greetings from the Woods from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest (Kraft) Environment Desert Storm and Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Artichoke and Blue Bayou from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks): Cabin: Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Gray Flannel so1x. Cabin Door: Copic Marker YR09. Pine Trees (variation 1): Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Pine Trees (variation 2): Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. Lake: (on solar white paper) Step #2 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Bahama Blue. Cloud: (on solar white paper) Step #3 – Gray Flannel so1x, Step #2 – London Fog so1x, did not use step #1. Brush Stroke of Grass under cabin: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Squirrel (in birch tree): Espresso Truffle. Birds: Toffee Crunch. Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.

Embellishments: none.

Happy Thanksgiving


Wishes for a wonderful day surrounded by ….

family & friends • fabulous food • football


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Sailing towards a Happy Father’s Day!


Wishing all the Dad’s and their families,

a First Rate day!


Boats on water - brush stroke stamp - Kitchen Sink Stamps

There are still 2 more days left to play …

KSS is sponsoring a Father’s Day Challenge with the Mod Squad,

with a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate.


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

Multi-Step Brush Strokes w/digital Die-Cut available


Stamps: Multi-Step Sail Boats and Multi-Step Brush Strokes from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) Paint Stokes “Lake”: Step #4 – Paris Dusk, Step #3 – Danube Blue, Step #2 –  Bahama Blue, Step #1 – Summer Sky.  Sail Boats: several different color recipes that can found HERESENTIMENT: Bahama Blue and Morocco.
Embellishments: none.