New Stamps at KSS … coming this week


Sneak Peek #2 from

 Kitchen Sink Stamps.


New Stamps at KSS? Is it true?

Yes, it is TRUE!!!

Finally New Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps!

Drum roll, please…

sneak-peak-1for Sneak Peek #1.

Hydranges, Blue Jeans and Pearls

…  and a KSS for the Bride to be!

This past weekend, I attended a Bridal Shower. It starts the count-down to a special wedding that is extra close to my heart … my God-Daughter is getting married! It was definitely one of those, “OMG, wasn’t it just yesterday she was this little peanut that stretched out perfectly in my lap!?” It wasn’t yesterday, but sure feels like! lol 


I love the colors she has chosen for her wedding … “Champagne, Beige Brown, and Blue Jeans”. So of course, like any card maker … I let her color combo inspire a color challenge!

Stamps used to create this card Hydrangea (Multi-Step) Clear StampsWedding Rings (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Whole Family Clear Stamps.

I used a piece of blue, sandable cardstock from Core’dinations. Using the textured side and sanding with layers of cardstock underneath the blue cardstock so the card stock wasn’t flat when I started sanding. This gave the cardstock a “worn in” jeans look in more spots than others. It is hard to tell from the photo, but the center heart is cut from Stardream Quartz cardstock. It has a shimmer, pearl metallic look to it, so it is a bit slick. I used Onyx Black (VersaFine) ink for the sentiment so I could get a crisp stamped image. So far, VersaFine is the only ink I have had success stamping fine detail on Stradream’s metallic cardstock. [If anyone has had success stamping on metallic paper with any other type of ink, I would love to hear about it.] To be safe from any last min. smudges (yes, I have had finished cards, only to smudge them while placing them in the envelopes! URGH!) … I left it to dry all day before adhering it to the card. In the meantime, I added the scalloped heart to the card so I could add the bottom layers of hydrangeas and leaves (all SVG cuts) and work out where the “pop-up” hydrangeas would go. 

I am happy with how it turned out and I think the Bride-to-Be was too! Oh, and for those of you who attended my Texas workshop back in 2010 … it is Kelly who is the Bride-to-Be (yup, the one with the stretched out arms❣)

kss-crewThanks for stopping by and please check out the beautiful Mother’s Day card that

Lynn has created this week.


Stamps: Hydrangea (Multi-Step) Clear StampsWedding Rings (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Whole Family Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream Crest, Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), and Stardream Quartz & Cappuccino from Neenah.  Blue textured/sandable from Core’dinations.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Hydrangea: [Variation 1 – drk. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal, Step #4 – Nautical Blue. [Variation 2 – med. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Paris Dusk. [Variation 3 – lt. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance).
  • Leaves: [Variation 1 – large] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout. [Variation 2 – small] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
  • Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine)

Embellishments: Nestabilities – Hearts and Scalloped Hearts. Adhesive pearls from Michael’s and pop dots.

Hibiscus Eclipse Card

Eye-Popping Hibiscus Colors & Disappearing Letters!

I have been “oohing and aahing” over the Eclipses cards that so many stampers are creating lately, but after seeing the video demo by Karen Hasheck, I knew I had to give it a try!  

Stamps to create this card: Hibiscus (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps and Forever & Always Clear Stamps (for the “Happy”).


After stamping the bright and colorful hibiscus flowers and leaves, I cut out the “BIRTHDAY” letters using my Silhouette Portrait. Century Gothic – Bold was the typeface and which I then stretched to look more condensed.Hibiscus-eclips-card-side-view

I really enjoyed this card technique and LOVE the look of  “now you see it, now you don’t” effect for the sentiment. I will definitely this technique again!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous, inky weekend!


Stamps: Hibiscus (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps and Forever & Always Clear Stamps (Happy) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest from Neenah. Dark Teal cardstock – unknown.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Hibiscus: [Variation 1 – blue] Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Teal Zeal, Step #1 – Summer Sky, Step #4 – Nautical Blue, Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine).[Variation 2 – red/orange] Step #3 – Lilac Posies, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Cantaloupe sponge edges with Tangelo, Step #4 – Love Letter, Step #5 – Imperial Purple (VersaFine). [Variation 3 – purple] Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Angel Pink, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #5 – Onyx Black (VersaFine).
  • Leaves: [Variation 1 – large] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.[Variation 2 – small] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
  • Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine)

Embellishments: pop 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.