Ladybugs and Veggies Leftovers

Dual Purpose Color Recipes

Do you stamp your own multi-step color recipes?

When I produce a color recipe guide for one of my multi-step stamp sets, I like to stamp on the same cardstock that I like to I use when creating cards, Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. I love to experiment with color and will be the first to say, not all of my color experiments make the final color recipe that can be found on the KSS Community Forum. The ones that do, I keep the original stamped samples figuring I would eventually use them… eventually, use them and “waste not – want not”.

It has been very handy having a collection of stamped images already done especially if I needed a fast card but didn’t have time to stamp. I would dig through my stack of “color recipe samples”, and either die cut a stamped image or do some quick fussy cutting and I had a card within minutes.

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Over 11 years, I have used at least two full reams of cardstock (250 sheets per ream) just to create color recipes for 107 multi-step stamp sets! You would guess right that the stack of “approved” original color recipes was starting to take on a life of its own!!  LOL

I finally decided to organize the chaotic stack and pre-cut either with die cuts or fussy cut all of it! Then I store the cut stamped images by categories in clear plastic photo boxes. I am about 3/4 finished with the ones needing fussy cutting! Having these stamped images all ready to go sure makes it easy for quick cards.color-recipe-w-cut-outs

Here are two cards that were created with color recipes “leftovers”.  The ladybugs card were cut into squares with metal dies and the veggies & berries card were fussy cut which made it super easy to layout the design before using adhesive and pop dots. Now, I think I can hear you say, “That is a LOT of FUSSY CUTTING!?!” True, but I just take a stack and cut away while watching a movie at night and it is amazing how fast it goes when you are cutting the same thing… PLUS, tools can make ALL the difference! I do all my fussy cutting with a pair of small, EK Precision Scissors. They cut like butter and won’t fussy cut without them. 🙂

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Stamps to make this card: Ladybug Hugs Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

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Stamps to make this card: Tomato Multi-Step Clear StampsLettuce Multi-Step Clear StampsBerries Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps.

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Ladybug Hugs – Color Recipe

Tomato Hugs – Color Recipe

Lettuce – Color Recipe

Berries – Color Recipe

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

Lynn Jeanne

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(Square Ladybugs Card)

StampsLadybug Hugs Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Mars and Cappuccino from Neenah. Basic Black from my cardstock stash.

Inks: Memento, Catherine Pooler & GinaK – see Ladybug Hugs Color Recipe

EmbellishmentsWink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig, Classic Square Nestabilities from Spellbinders, and Chevron Embossing Folders from Darice.

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(Veggies & Berries Thank You Card)

StampsTomato Multi-Step Clear StampsLettuce Multi-Step Clear StampsBerries Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Always Artichoke and River Rock from SU!

Inks: Memento, Catherine Pooler & GinaK – see Tomato Hugs – Color RecipeLettuce – Color Recipe, and Berries – Color Recipe.

EmbellishmentsWink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig and pop dots.

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3 New Stamp Sets are available at KSS starting today!

Nature’s Small Joys are Here!

Three new stamp sets are available at Kitchen Sink Stamps. This release shines a spotlight on the beauty in nature that comes in small packages.

Forest Toadstool Multi-Step Clear Stamps is a great set for nature scenes for all seasons, including Christmas. California Quail Multi-Step Clear Stamps brings a feel that Autumn is in the air and great for masculine cards and projects. Ladybug Hugs Multi-Step Clear Stamps is perfect for quick and playful stamping projects. Thanks-so-Mush

Stamps to make this card: Forest Toadstool Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

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Stamps to make this card: California Quail Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Big Leaves Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Brush Strokes Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement.

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Stamps to make this card: Ladybug Hugs Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

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All 3 new sets can all be found under “What’s New”,  but here is a quick look…

Forest Toadstool Multi-Step Clear Stamps

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Forest Toadstool – Color Recipe

California Quail Multi-Step Clear Stamps

with Digital Die Cut also available
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California Quail – Color Recipe

Ladybug Hugs Multi-Step Clear Stamps

with Digital Die Cut also available
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Ladybug Hugs – Color Recipe

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

Lynn Jeanne

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(CARD #1 – Thanks so MUSH)

StampsForest Toadstool Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

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

Inks:

Embellishments: Wink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig

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(CARD #2 – Happy Birthday Quail)

StampsCalifornia Quail Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Big Leaves Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Brush Strokes Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement.

PaperClassic Crest Classic Cream Crest from Neenah. Bronze & Onyx from Stardream. Wood grain paper (from my paper stash).

Inks (Memento)

Embellishments: Pop dots & Wink of Stella Clear Pen from Zig (on the quail).

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(CARD #3 – Ladybug Hugs)

StampsLadybug Hugs Multi-Step Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. 

Inks:

EmbellishmentsWink of Stella Clear Pen from 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?

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

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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

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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

Pink Daffodils … why not?

What colors do Daffodils come in?

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

Lynn – Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper

Jeanne – Nana Loves Stamping

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(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).

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(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.

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!

Color Recipe for Multi-Step Rolling Hills

Keep Calm and Shamrock On   Peaceful Greeting from Kitchen Sink Stamps   Red-Poppy-hills

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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!

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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.