Flowers that withstand Heat Waves

A Record High Temperature in Southern Calif. at 111° +

Can’t stop Multi-Step Flowers from Blooming!

Late last week and into the early part of this week, many parts of the globe were (and still are) experiencing intense heat waves … and I mean crazy hot heat waves! Where I live, it got to a record-breaking 111° on July 7th! That same day, reports said that the surrounding cities of Los Angeles were hotter than Death Valley, CA which had a high of 102°! Needless to say, the few things that I can grow in my yard and garden (Calif. native drought-tolerant plants), are now all crispy fried!

I find these days, the one type of gardening I have any success with is … a stamped one! LOL! I would love to hear from those in other states and countries when your garden is under siege from the heat, what plants stand victorious?


I found after stamping the swirls background, the blue hydrangeas fought a bit with the swirls and felt the sentiment wouldn’t pop enough. Adding an overlay of light pink vellum (translucent) sheet over the swirls was the answer!

Stamps used to create both cards: Hydrangea Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Basket Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear StampsGiant Sunflowers Multi-Step Clear StampsWhole Family Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.

The Sunflower card below was less involved. I started by stamping the three sunflowers close together on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock. Added leaves around the blossoms and then trimmed down the stamped cardstock to fit the layered card base. Sponged the edges and adding the ladybugs last. It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a few drops of Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves to look like dew drops.


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


(Hydrangea Card)

Stamps: Hydrangea ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Basket (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Whole Family Clear Stampsand Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Vista from Stardream, and Pink Vellum from The Paper Company.

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Hydrangeas(with svg files) [light variation] Step #4 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance), Step #3 – Summer Sky, Step #2 – Sea Breeze (VersaMagic), and Step # 1 – Angel Pink stamp off 1x.  Step #4 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance), Step #2 – Paris Dusk stamp off 1x, and Step # 1 – Summer Sky stamp off 1x. [dark variation] Step #4 – Nautical Blue, Step #3 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Stone Blue (Catherine Pooler), and Step # 1 – Summer Sky stamp off 1x + Angel Pink Stamp off 1x.

  • Leaves(with svg files) [light variation] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, and Step # 1 – New Sprout. [dark variation] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, and Step # 1 – Pistachio.

  • Basket(with svg cut file) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand.

  • Background Swirls: Summer Sky and Paris Dusk stamped off 1x.

  • Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine).

Embellishments: pop dots.


(Sunflower Card) 

Stamps: Giant Sunflower ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

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

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Sunflowers: Step #1 – Shea Butter (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Sauna (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, and Step #5 – Espresso Truffle.

  • Leaves: (no masking) Step #1 – Green Tea (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler), and Step #3 – Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

  • Ladybugs: (no masking) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Love Letter, and Step #1 – Lady Bug. 

  • Sponged Card Edge: Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

  • Sentiment: Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

Embellishments: Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves.


Pink Daffodils … why not?

What colors do Daffodils come in?


From what I have seen (and Googled) … Daffodils are usually all yellow or white with a yellow or orange center. Some fancy ones are a creamy white with a peachy, pink center. But beyond that Daffodils seem to be very content with their narrow color palette. Good thing I am not a Daffodil, I think I would eventually get bored of yellow.

Don’t get me wrong, the color Yellow is joyful and happy … definitely a “sunny” color, but today I decided to throw caution to the wind a challenge Mother Nature (in a good way – lol!) and make my daffodils a happy & peppy … pink! I think they look happy being a new color. 

Stamps used to create this card: Multi-Step Spring Daffodils Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Brush Strokes Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps.

If you have ever seen Daffodils in a different color than what I mentioned above… please, share it with me, I would love to know. 🙂

And speaking of “peppy pink”, here is a blast from the past with some happy, pink pansies!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous & inky day!

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: Multi-Step Spring Daffodils Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Brush Strokes Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

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

Inks(all Memento Inks unless note) 

  • Daffodilsflowers – Step #4 – Love Letter, Step #3 – Rose Bud, Step #2 – Lulu Lavender, Step #1 – Angel Pink. leaves – Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #3 – Olive Grove.
  • Dragonfly: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Desert Sand. Tiny Dragonflies: London Fog (one full stamping and the other, stamp off 1x).
  • Brush Stoke: (for grass): Step #4 – Cottage Ivy, Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves + Pistachio, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Sentiment: Stone Blue (Catherine Pooler).

Embellishments: Pop dots and Gelly Roll Clear Star pen (daffodils’ stamens and sentiment).


(Bottom Card)

Stamps: Multi-Step Pansy Clear StampsVintage Words Clear Stamps and Mix it Up! Alphabet Clear Stamps (the tiny heart) from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper:

Paper: White Exact. from Wausau. Stardream – Mars. Metallic Rosebud from The Paper Company. Shimmer White and Bravo Burgundy from SU!

Ink: (all SU!)

  • Large Light Pink – Step #1 – Pink Pirouette, Step #2 Pretty in Pink, Step #3 Regal Rose, Step #4 Rose Red, #5 Bravo Burgundy.
  • Large Med. Pink – Step #1 – Pretty in Pink, Step #2 Regal Rose, Step #3 Rose Red, Step #4 Riding Hood Red, Step #5 – Bravo Burgundy.
  • Small Dark Pink – Step #1 – Regal Rose, Step #2 Rose Red, Step #3 Riding Hood Red, Step #4 Bravo Burgundy, Step #5 – Basic Black.
  • Sentiment – Bravo Burgundy.

Embellishments: Classic and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities. Pink velvet ribbon from Michael’s. Adhesive Pearl rhinestones from Marcella K. Sakura Clear Star pen for some sparkle.

Sentimental Mother’s Day Card

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!

Mothers Day Cameo Card

I hope it was a lovely Spring weekend for everyone!

My card today is with Multi-Step Mother’s Cameo Clear Stamps,

another one of the 4 new sets recently released from Kitchen Sink Stamp. This set was inspired by a cameo pin/pendant my Mom owned and then gave to me. But, that isn’t where the inspiration stops … the inspiration for the card design came via KSCrew Challenge; Lynn and her 10 Minute Card Challenge [#68]. I don’t know how she keeps coming up with these wonderful & clever 10 mins. challenges?! Lynn’s weekly challenge can be found in the KSS Forum in the Crew Challenge Cupboard KSS Crew Card Cupboard, I hope you will find time to join us.

As you can guess, I intend to give this card to my lovely MIL on Mother’s Day. I just can’t decide if I should add a sentiment to the front or keep the front as is? What do you think? Hey, this sounds like a good opportunity to try adding a poll to my post. 😉

Let’s see if I did this “poll thing” correctly. Vote for your answer …   yes, add a sentiment or no, leave it is as is.

The Color Recipe for Multi-Step Mother’s Cameo can now be found HERE, listed in the forum under Color Recipes from the Kitchen.  If you have a color recipe request to a favorite KSS set or a color combo that just isn’t co-operating… leave your request HERE and I will do my best to whip up a color recipe for you.

Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up today for your viewing pleasure. Have a great day!

Connie Julie Lisa Lynn Makiko


Stamps: Multi-Step Mother’s Cameo Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah and Creamy Carmel from SU!

Inks: (all Memento unless noted):

  • Cameo: Step #5 – Tuxedo Black, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa so 1x, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 Cantaloupe so 1x.
  • Embossed frame: sponged with Pink Petunia – VersaMagic).

Embellishments: Lacey Ovals from Nestabilities.

Welcome the Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge#3 with our First Guest Hostess


emilia-for-kssIt is another KS Crew Challenge Monday! But, this Monday, we have a visitor joining us in the Kitchen!

I would like to introduce our 1st Guest Hostess, Emilia!

Emilia does beautiful cards and is one of the winners from Oct.’s “What’s Cook’n…”, contest, and she was be picked from all the winners to be Kitchen Sink’s Guest Hostess for today’s KS Crew Challenge #3.

Emilia’s Challenge is:Make a gift for a friend or relative…..using NO designer paper! 😀

Please hop on over to the Kitchen Sink Stamps Blog were can meet Emilia, see her wonderful and inspiring projects and find out all the details to her challenge…. she does have some rules follow! 😀

Roses Note Box and Cards SetI was very excited and inspired by Emilia’s challenge. Emilia herself has so much joy and passion for stamping, she herself inspired me! 😀

I had a Plain Jane Cigar Box from Cosmo Cricket just waiting for something special to come along … and with my dear Mother-in-Law’s birthday coming up… I thought Emilia’s challenge was the perfect time to start turning that Cigar Box into a gift!

Using Multi-Stamps Heart & Roses Clear Stamps and Mix it Up! Alphabet Clear Stamps,

I made this monogrammed stationary gift set. (My MIL loved it! … I was so glad!)

Inside Roses Note Box and Monogram Note Cards Set

I covered the cigar box inside and out using Barely Banana stamped with single rose leaf – Step #2 only, also in Barely Banana. I created a separate section inside the box for the pen.Roses Monogram Note Pad and Pen Set For more inspiration, please check out what the entire KS Crew has whipped up for this challenge!


For a little help using Multi-Step Heart & Roses, I created: Multi-Step Stamping Tutorial 101 and Multi-Step Heart & Roses Color Recipe.

Kitchen Sink Crew:

Grazie mille, Emilia! It has been wonderful to get to know you better and I really had loads of fun with your challenge! 😀

Please link your challenge projects in the Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Group on Paper Craft Planet. Enter under Discussions – KS Crew Challenge #3.
Please use KSCC#3, kithcnesinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag when uploading to your favorite gallery.

Since Emilia’s Challenge call to use all Kitchen Sink Stamps, you can also enter your challenge here and be entered in Nov./Dec. “What’s Cook’n with Your Kitchen Sink Stamps”. Here for full details.

These small little note cards are 3″x 3″ with envelopes to go with.Small 3" Roses Monogram Notes SetFor the lager 4.25″x5.5″, white note cards, I softly used pastels and the Labels One die, to create a soft stenciled background edge around the monogrammed “S”.Roses Monogram Notes and Pen

Materials – Stamps: Multi-Stamps Heart & Roses Clear Stamps and Mix it Up! Alphabet Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Whisper White, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink from SU! Moss Velvet Paper from SEI.


  • Rose – Step #1 Barely Banana, Step #2 Pretty in Pink, Step #3 Regal Rose, Step #4 Riding Hood Red.
  • Leaves – Step #1 Kiwi Kiss, Step #2 Old Olive, Step #3 Always Artichoke. Monogram “S” – Riding Hood Red.
  • Yellow leaf pattern – Step #2 only Barely Banana.

Embellishments: Clear Microbeads for the pen, Adhesive pearls from Michael’s. Berry Sorbet & Summer Sunrise Twill Ribbon from Papertrey. Labels One from Nestabilities. Sakura Clear Star pen. Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink pastels from SU!

Additional items: Plain Jane Cigar Box from Cosmo Cricket. Pentel pen. 4″x6″ plain notepad. Envelopes for 3″x3″ note cards and for 4.25″x5.5″ note cards.


Relax with a Mother’s Day Spa Basket!

WOW! IT has been a while since I posted! But, honestly… I have been very busy in the Kitchen coming up with many new stamps sets and other “Kitchen Fun” for lots of stamping fun to come! 😀

But, today is May first, which means a brand new “Project of the Month” is in the Kitchen! Stamps used: Multi-Step Hydrangea Clear Stamps.

I want to share with you this wonderful Mother’s Day project from Crew Member, Dee Jackson! Dee, (Stampin cuz I Luv 2) has created this wonderful Spa basket, stamping with  Multi-Step Hydrangea Clear Stamps, that any mother would view as a treat! I know I would! Now, if I can just figure out how to get my DH and 2 boys to stamp one for me! 😀

Here is a bit of a sample of the fabulous project that Dee has put together for May! You can find Dee tutorial HERE. Thanks, Dee! Hope you get to enjoy this Spa Basket yourself! 😀

As for when is the next Kitchen Sink Stamps’ release?

Sorry, you will have to wait a little bit longer … they will be here June 3rd! 😀