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.


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.

Autumn Day in the Park


Happy KSS Monday!

Today’s card was inspired by our current

Autumn Days …

It was created using one of our new stamp sets,

Multi-Step Tree Friends – the companion set for, Multi-Step Trees.


First I stamped a “color changing” autumn tree and built the rest around it. For the grassy hill (mound), place the long grass stamp (from Tree Friends) in a curve on the acrylic stamping block.


Stamping Northern Pine followed by Toffee Crunch. Overlapping each stamping and the colors until blended together. Add in some extra detail around the base of the tree with the small grass stamp and Northern Pine.


When adding the wall on the right, I used a scrap of torn paper for a mask and placed it along the slope, below the grass line (the soil line). This allows the stone wall to show through the blades of grass. The light green hilly grass in the distance was also done with torn paper (covering the sky area) and sponging with Pistachio. The sky was done with the same technique with Summer Sky. The little squirrel is a single stamp and was stamped twice (first: Potter’s Clay, second: Gray Flannel) and slightly off register to give him some dimension. 


Multi-Step Tree Friends – Die Cut digital download 

Multi-Step Tree Friends – Color Recipe

Multi-Step TreesColor Recipe


Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy (and inky) KSS Monday!

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

Connie  Julie (hiatus)  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Trees and Multi Step Tree Friends from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Caramelized Mustard, Toasted Nutmeg and Squid Ink from Flavors Gourmet.
Inks: (all Memento Inks) TREE: Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 – Morroco, Step #1 – Tangelo. TREE TRUNK: Step #2 Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch. STONEWALL: Step #2 – Espresso Truffle, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch. BIRDS: Gray Flannel (birds in the distant – Gray Flannel so1x). BENCH: Rich Cocoa. TIRE SWING: Espresso Truffle. SEE ABOVE for Grass, Sky, and Squirrel.
Embellishments: none.

Dreaming of a Tropical Sunset



I hope the long weekend was good to all!


I realized two things when preparing today’s post.

First – lately, I have been obsessed with land, sea & sky … and trying to master the look with ink & paper.  Second … I soooo long to go on a tropical vacation! 😉

On my quest to find inspiration (and some tutorial help) with water and sand, I found a tutorial from Michelle Zindorf (find it HERE – Note: go to the bottom of her post), where she shows a technique using an ink pad directly to paper. But, instead of dragging the ink pad across the paper, I (for the lack of a better word) “buffed or scuffed” the ink pad across the paper. Starting on the outside of the paper, apply the ink pad to the paper. While moving the ink pad towards the center, begin to lift it up off the paper. The same motion as when buffing your nails for a manicure … I hope that makes sense??? I used the flat part of the ink pad for wider areas of color and the edge of the ink pad for streaky lines of color. For the sand, I inked up an acrylic block and stamped directly onto the paper – (find Beate Johns’ “Stamped Acrylic Block Background” tutorial HERE).

I am very happy with how the water, sand and sunset sky turned out on this card … I sure wish I could have just stamped it! 😉

Here is a quick “how to” (ink colors are listed below). To start, masked off the horizon with some masking tape and stamp the setting sun. Next, cover the sun with clear embossing powder to act as a mask when creating the sky. You can see, I was a bit off with the clear emboss over the sun … but I’ll call it a happy accident because I think it helps define the sun from the sunset. After creating the sunset with the technique mentioned above was the water area. I moved the tape to the other side of the horizon and cover up the sunset area. Added torn paper that had a curve to mask over the beach area (save the other half for the following step). When the water was finished, used the other half of the torn paper to cover the water and created the sand. Next, removed all masking and sponged white pigment ink to create the “foamy” shoreline. I choose to overstamp the palm trees and the distant island (rock) on top of the sunset, for the effect that the sunset was casting its colors onto the palm trees and island.

 … if only I could be there, sipping on a Mai Tai!





Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a wonderful (and inky) week!

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you today!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Palm Trees, Multi Step Lighthouse (rock) and Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Amethyst from The Paper Co. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks) – Palm Trees: please see color recipe HERE Sun: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Tangelo. Sunset: (application ink pad directly to paper) Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum and Paris Dusk. Water: (application ink pad directly to paper) Summer Sky, Teal Zeal and Danube Blue. Shoreline: Moonlight White from Brilliance. Sand: (application ink pad directly to acrylic block & stamp) Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch. Island (Rock): Step #3 –  Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch (did not use Step #4).
Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used for the sun.