Encore Hummingbird

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Hummingbird-with-zinnia2It is the first week in February and 3/4 of the world is dealing with freezing cold weather but in So. Calif, it has felt like Spring!

I am ignoring Mr. Groundhog’s predicted of another 6 weeks of Winter, and sharing a bit of Spring anyway! I hope no one minds seeing a repeat performance from Mr. Hummingbird accompanied by a couple of sunny orange Zinnias.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on last Friday’s Flash Back Giveaway …  for a chance to win a set of Multi-Step Invisible Snowman, and if you already have that set and win… you’ll be able to choose a different small set. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and

please check out the beautiful Valentine card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi-Step Hummingbirds and Multi-Step Zinnia from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Stardream Kunzite & Cappuccino from Neenah. Marmalade Blast from Bazzill Basics. Perfect Plum from SU!
Inks(Memento unless noted)
Hummingbird: [Head] Step #3a – Tuxedo Black, Step #2a – Paris Dusk, Step #1a – Rose Red (add Rich Cocoa to beak). [Body] Step #6a – Paris Dusk,  #5a – Bamboo Leaves, Step #4a – Pear Tart. Step 8a – Love Letter. Sponge Rich Cocoa to feet.
Zinnia: Step #5 – Grape Jelly, Step #4 –  Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Love Letter, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. Leaves: [variation#1] Step#3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. [variation#2] Step#3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: French Lilac (Palette)
Embellishments: Chevron embossing folder – Darcie, Classic  Rectangles Nestibilities, 1/4″ Perfect Plum grosgrain ribbon – SU!, Stamp paper edgers – Fiskers, and pop-up dots.
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Daisy in perfect alignment

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I recently had a request for some suggestions for lining up the set, 3 Step Daisy. I thought some visuals would be helpful.

First, here is a card I did a while ago. As you can see the smaller daisy is certainly not lined up.

Thank-you-Daisy

I was playing around and did this on purpose for a couple of reasons. 1)  I was trying to create a thin petal and fuller looking daisy and 2) to show that this set is one of the few multi-step sets form KSS that is pretty forgiving when it comes to lining up each step. Now, with that said, on to the visuals that will put your daisies in perfect alignment.

To begin, my suggestion is to start by stamping the center of the daisy (no number) in the darkest color you planning on using. This daisy center was stamped using Espresso Truffle (Memento).

Step-4

 Yes, I am asking you to stamp in the opposite order and not follow the standard order of Steps 1, 2, 3 (you will have to trust me). The ink rule still applies. Smallest step number = lightest color ink. Largest step number = darkest color ink. Next, lining up Step #3.

When lining up the next stamp (Step #3), look for “peaks” and valleys” to help identify “target points” for positioning the stamp over of the previous image.

Line-up-for-Stpe-3

This example shows Step #3, image side down, over the previously stamped image. By stamping in reverse order, it is easier to see that step #3 creates an outline of space following the peaks and valleys around the top half of the daisy center. Because the spacing is evenly spaced around the peaks and valleys, this entire spot is used for lining up Step #3. Try and check at least 3 different spots to ensure the proper alignment. SIDE NOTE: This is what I really love about multi-step stamping with the MISTI, at this point, after I have positioned the next stamp (as seen above) exactly where it belongs, I just close the MISTI lid on top of the stamp. When I open the lid again, the stamp is now stuck to the lid in the perfect spot for stamping!

Step-3Step #3 was stamped using Potter’s Clay (Memento).

Line-up-for-Step-2

Next Step #2. This sample shows the following spots as target points for alignment: a set of dimples at the top of the “flat petal” (top of example), a long and narrow peak to the right of the “flat petal”, and a valley on the opposite side of the daisy (at the bottom of example).

Step-2Step #2 was stamped using Morocco (Memento).

Line-up-for-Step-1

The last stamp is Step #1. In addition to positioning the stamp as the arrows indicate the target points, look for a slight “space” outline at the top of the “flat petal” and around the solid petals at the bottom. This space should remain the same thickness at the top and at the bottom of the daisy.

Step-1Step #1 was stamped using Tangelo (Memento).

This is the end result when finished. I think stamping in reverse order really helps to SEE where each stamp fits by surrounding the previous step.

Let me know what you think. Which order do you prefer to multi-step stamp … standard order or reverse order? Please let me know if this tutorial helped you with lining up your 3-Step Daisy stamps.

A PDF of this tutorial can be found HERE.

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Card above – Stamps:  3 Step Daisy from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah. Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry from SU!.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Large Daisy: Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Center: Tuxedo Black. 
Leaves: Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves.
Small Daisy: Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 (again and shifted) – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion, Center: Tuxedo Black.
Ladybug: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Rhubarb Stalk.
Sentiment: Northern Pine.
Embellishments: True Thyme Ribbon from SU!.

The one that almost got away!

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Happy Monday!

Hope your week is off to a great start! I found this card in my files and realized I never got the chance to share it … but late than never.

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Have a Happy Day!

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See what they KSCrew has cooked up for you too.

 Lisa  Lynn 

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Stamps: Multi Step Trees, Multi Step Bluebonnets and Other Important People from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Kiwi Kiss and Always Artichoke from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks): Trees: see Multi Step Trees color recipe.
Bluebonnets: Step #4 – Paris Dusk, Step #3 Paris Dusk – so 1x, Step #2 – Lulu Lavender, Step #1 – Dandelion (flower tips only). Leaves: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Butterfly: Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Peanut Brittle, Step #1 Cantaloupe. Sentiment: Onyx Black – VersaFine. Background Paper: Leaves – Step #1 – Pear Tart.

Embellishments: none.

 

Baby, it’s COLD outside…

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… but we’re cooking in the Kitchen with 6 new stamp sets available to order/pre-order starting today!

After a week of peeks, it is time to unveil what new stamps I have cooked up for you. My first card includes 4 out of the 6 new stamp sets, to create a serene winter scene. 

Snowmen aren’t just for Christmas… right? The snowy pine trees have grown as a cluster, but shrank in their size – LOL … perfect for adding snowy pine trees off on the horizon. The little skier can be found in the stamp set, Multi-Step Snowy Cabin.

Peaceful Greetings from Kitchen Sink Stamps

I always get super excited when I design a stamp set that has multiple purposes … like this set Multi Step Rolling Hills. It can be used to create snowy slopes or a grassy hillside.

But wait…there’s more!

By using step #3 again as an “embellishment” (VersaMark and red glittery embossing powder)… now those rolling green hills have a patch of poppies!  YaHooo!

Rolling Hills with Poppies from Kitchen Sink Stamps

The Color Recipe for Multi-Step Rolling Hills can be found on our forum – HERE.

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Now for what you have been waiting for … the 6 New Stamps Sets can be found in the KSS store under WHAT’s NEW, but here is your first look at them.

Multi-Step Snowmen (pre-order)
with Digital Die Cut available Multi Step Snowmen from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Multi-Step Snowy Cabin
with Digital Die Cut available Multi Step Snowy Cabin from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Multi-Step Icy Pond (pre-order)
with Digital Die Cut available 

Multi Step Icy Pond from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Multi-Step Rolling Hills Multi Step Rolling Hills from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Multi-Step Love 4 Ducky & Teddy
with Digital Die Cut available 
Multi Step Love 4 Ducky & Teddy from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Make a Big Statement
with Digital Die Cut available
Make Big Statement from Kitchen Sink Stamps
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Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you and

have a real happy inky day!

 Lisa • Lynn 

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(CARD #1 – Peaceful Greetings) Stamps: Multi Step Snowmen, Multi Step Icy Pond, Multi Step Snowy Cabin (snow drifts & skier), Multi Step Rolling Hills, Multi Step Cabin by the Lake (clouds) and Greetings from the Woods from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Soft Sky & Blue Bayou from SU! Citrine Flavors from CutCardStock.com

Inks: (all Memento Inks)Snowy Hills: Step #4 – Teal Zeal so1x, Step #3 – Summer Sky, Step #2 – VersaMark + EP Kaleidoscope from Stampendous! Clouds: Step #1 – Frost White (ColorBox), Step #2 – Frost White 2x’s, Step #3 – Frost White 3x’s. Snowmen: Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – London Fog, did not use step #1. Arms: Rich Cocoa & Espresso Truffle. Face: makers – Orange and Black. Pine Trees: (variation 1)  Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, did not use step #1. Pine Trees: (variation 2)  Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, did not use step #1. Snow Drifts (LRG): Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – VersaMark + EP Kaleidoscope from Stampendous! Snow Drifts (SM): Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – VersaMark + EP Kaleidoscope from Stampendous!. Skier: Gray Flannel. Sentiment: Paris Dusk and Silver (ColorBox).

Embellishments: White snowflake brads (from my stash) and pop dots.

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(CARD #2 – Thank you Meadow) Stamps: Multi Step Rolling Hills, Multi Step Trees, Multi Step Tree Friends, Multi Step Cabin by the Lake (clouds) and Make a Big Statement 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. Tree: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Birds: London Fog. Sentiment: Love Letter 2x’s.

Embellishments: pop up dots.