A Valentine Heart Melts Again

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Happy Kitchen Sink Flash Back Friday!

While slowly updating ALL the links from the new website over to my blog… it hit me how valuable a blog or gallery can be! There it is, a history of work, events, images, etc., all there waiting to be enjoyed again. So why not? It certainly has been a long time since I have taken a second look at some of my favorite cards from the past ten years and that is what I hope to share with you.

Today is an exceptionally beautiful day in So. Calif. for Feb. 2nd. The sun is shining, the air is crystal clear (still a big deal when you can see downtown LA and beyond to the beach – 30 miles as the crow flies = 1.5hrs via car! – lol). The tempt is a lovely 78°F – PERFECT!

After a quick glance at the global temperature map, it looks like 3/4 of the world is dealing with some chilly temps of 50° F and much colder! So, please don’t take it that I am bragging. Today is just an exceptionally gorgeous day and it is lovely temperature today that inspired me to flash back today’s card (from 2010).

I would love to know … What is the temperature where you live?

For everyone that leaves their hometown temperature in the comments below, will have a chance to win the stamp set, Multi-Step Invisible Snowman. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here next Friday (Feb. 9th).Invisable-Snowman-w-Sample-wtrmk

The winner picked will need to comment back within 48hrs, otherwise, a new winner will be randomly selected.

Have an inky Friday… and stay warm!

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Stamps: Multi Step Invisible Snowman from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Bazzill Basics Striped Glazed Red. Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Chocolate Chip from SU!
Ink: (all Memento, unless noted) HAT: Step #4 Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #3 Rich Cocoa,  Step #2 Rich Cocoa stamp off 1x, [MASK OFF hat band] Step #1 Desert Sand then stamp again Rich Cocoa stamp off 1x. Color Hat Band with Copics – R46, and R59. SCARF: Step #2 – Grape Jelly, Step #1 Rhubarb Stalk. CARROT: Step #3 – Habanero (VersaFine), Step #2 Tangelo, Step #1 Cantaloupe. PIPE: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Rich Cocoa, Step #1 Potter’s Clay. COAL: Step #1 Tuxedo Black stamp off 2x’s, Step #2 Lightning Black (Brilliance). BUTTONS: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 Tuxedo Black stamp off 1x. HEART: Rhubarb Stalk. SENTIMENT: Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa rock and stamp off the bottom half.
Embellishments: Nestabilities – Curved Rectangles. Brownstone glitter from Martha Stewart. Ultra Fine Red Glitter. Glossy Accents from Ranger. Red Atyou Spica pen.
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Multi Step Stamping on Glass

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I just got back from Creativation 2018, which was held this year in Pheonix, AZ. Besides the great Seminars and Workshops … there is the mind-blowing, sensory overload trade show exhibit floor! I look forward to getting my hands on some cool craft products that I saw this past weekend (most of the new products should be out by Spring), but what I love most about walking the massive area filled with make and takes and vendors … scoping out “What can I stamp on?”

I usually find something at this event that I either haven’t tried stamping on or haven’t been successful with stamping on … and this year’s show did not disappoint!

One word… GLASS!KSS-Humming-Bird

I have tried multi-step stamping on glass and mirror and it never turned out. Yes, I used Stazon and other alcohol inks, but I don’t care for what they do to clear stamps and not thrilled with the outcome when layering inks … the stamp slides around and doesn’t leave a great impression after the first layer of ink.

Solution: Etch the glass or mirror first!

I have done some etching before and my experience with it was messy, smelly and highly TOXIC… which could be all the reasons why it never occurred to me that I might have better luck multi step stamping on glass or mirror if I etched an area first!

Then I stumbled across a table that was doing a make and take with glass etching … and they weren’t in gloves (or hazmat suits – lol)! I had to see exactly how much etching they would be doing?

I was totally impressed with the ease the “make and takers” at the table were encountering with the product, but when the demonstrator said, “… Just pour the leftover back into the jar. It is reusable!”  WHAT!!!?? I gave my friend Traci (who joined me in Pheonix) a look and she saw the smoke coming from my brain! She knew I wasn’t leaving until I could try out this product for myself and see if I could stamp on it! LOL!Mirror_with_Etchall

After taking in a ton of etching tips and ideas from the demonstrator, Lyndia, (maybe that was the owner’s name? Barbara is the owner), and her assistants (they were all awesome!!!), it was our turn to sit down and try this awesome etching cream, Etchall. Of course, we had to be difficult! “No thank you”, when offered the prepared hummingbird stencil/mask they had for everyone trying the product … “Nope, we just want to etch a square, thank you.” After seeing the confused looks on all of their faces, we told them why.

“Finally! We have some stampers!”, beamed the lady doing the demonstration (I was so engrossed with all the demos I forgot to look at anyone’s names!). They seemed just as thrilled as we were to give etching and stamping try, especially when I told them it was for multi step stamping and that meant layers of ink.

The photo right above is the mirrored square that I etched at the make and take. This etching cream truly was easy to use! No gloves, no smell and used very little because the rest went back into the bottle. Got to LOVE that!

It is a bit hard to tell in the photo at the top of my post, but that is the same piece of etched mirror that is in the close-up photo below. (photographing mirror isn’t as easy as paper! lol) The top photo shows how the light bounces of the mirror and the colors “light up”. The bottom photo shows the detail of the stamps.

I am REALLY happy with how this multi step stamping experiment turned out!

What do you think: Have you ever stamped on etched glass or mirror? Would you ever want too? I would love to know your experiences (failures and successes)!

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Thanks for stopping by and

please check out the cozy winter scene card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi Step Hummingbirds from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Other Supplies: Mirror, painters tape and Etchall (which I have come to learn can be found at Hobby Lobby and Amazon! – Where have I been?)
Inks: (all Palette (P) & VersaFine (VF) Inks as noted)
Hummingbird: (Head) Step #1a – Chartreuse (P) and add Cognac (P) to the beak only, Step #2a – Beaux Arts Blue (P), Step #3a – Onyx Blak (VF). (Body) Step #4a – Chartreuse (P), Step #5a – Viridian Leaf (P), Step #6a – Prussian Blue, Step 7a – Onyx Black (VF), Step #8a L’Amore Red (P) head near the eye and again with Violete (P) fill in the neck.

Heartfelt Sympathy

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Today I have two sympathy cards to share. The first card I used Multi-Step Lilies and Words of Comfort & Joy on the inside. The second card uses 3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet and the sentiment is from 3 Step Daisy.

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To quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Please check out the beautiful winter scene card from Lynn McAuley.

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Lily Card – Stamps:  Multi Step Lilies, Big & Bold Swashes, (Sentiments): Words of Comfort & Joy, Other Important People, and 3 Step Hearts & Roses from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Solar White, and Stardream Quartz from Neenah. Shimmery White, Certainly Celery, and Soft Sky from SU! Sponge edges with Olive Grove.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Lilies: (Flower) Step #5 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – London Fog, Step #3 – New Sprout, Step #2 – London Fog so 1x, Step #1 – Frost White (Color Box) 2x’s . (Leaves & Stem) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Onyx Black (Versa Fine) followed by Tuxedo Black.
Swash: Pistachio. After stamping sentiment, stamp again with VersaMark and Kaleidoscope embossing powder. 
Embellishments: On flowers only – Rock Candy Stickles. Octagon & Scalloped Octagon Nestabilities from Spellbinders.

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Tulip Card – Stamps:  3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet and  3 Step Daisy (sentiment) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Stardream Quartz and Kunzite from Neenah. Shimmery White from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Tulips: Step #4 – Elderberry, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender. Leaves & Stem: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Elderberry.
Embellishments: Silk lavender ribbon from my stash.

A Kitchen Sink full of Thanksgiving Inspiration!

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This Thanksgiving Day card was inspired by a vintage looking card that I found while roaming the web. It can be found here. This turkey reminds me of the lovely Currier & Ives brown plates that my Grandmother would use for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Somehow my card version kept growing and before I knew it, I had used 7 different KSS stamp sets! Electronically cutting out the turkey, ivy, basket of apples, pumpkins, corn, and banner made it a lot easier to stamp individually and then assemble. If I had tried to mask everything … I would still be stamping into New Years!!!

After having my stamped cut out images, I needed to determine where the background images should go. To help visualize this, I used removable adhesive on the stamped cut-outs and lightly placed them down on my card. This way I could see where the trees and hay bale should go first.

Using the MISTI, I placed the last step for the large tree (step #4) and the hay bale (Step #3) on my card over the cutouts. Closed the lid to pick up the stamps, removed the lightly tacked down cutouts and then inked up and stamped. This was the foundation. Next, cutting a quick mask for hay bale, I did the same process for the brush stroke ground (under the apple basket and hay bale) and pine trees (first the larger and the smaller – no mask just overlapped the trees). Lastly, added the sentiment. Then it was just a matter of adding permanent adhesive to the stamped cut out images that would go on top and then add up dots to the ivy, turkey and the banner with the sentiment.

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KSS Black Friday Sale starts early this year! Sale starts tomorrow, Nov. 22, 2017, and ends midnight Nov. 27, 2017 (PST).

Get 25% OFF on all items IN STOCK, with Promo Code KSSBLACK25 

Quantities are Limited, so if you had a stamp set on your wish list, order sooner rather than later.

Please check out the beautiful Sympathy card from Lynn McAuley.

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Hope you and your families wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Top Card – Stamps:  3 Step Turkey Trot, Multi-Step Ivy, Multi-Step Pumpkins, Multi-Step Trees, Multi-Step Snowy Pine Trees, Multi-Step Icy Pond (smaller pine trees)Multi-Step Brush Strokes (behind turkey & under apple basket), and Multi-Step Harvest from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream, and Stardream Bronze from Neenah.Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke (used in cut out banner) from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Ivy Leaves: (Variation 1) Step #4 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Morocco, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. (Variation 2) Step #4 – Morroco, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion.
Pine Trees: (From Snowy Pine Tress) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. (From Icy Pond) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Tree: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Hay Bale: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 Toffee Crunch, Step #1 –  Toffee Crunch so 1x.
Turkey: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle + Pearlescent Poppy (Brilliance) on waddle only, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa + Lady Bug on waddle only, Step #1 – Desert Sand.
Ground (behind turkey): #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. 
Pumpkins: Step #5 – Potter’s Clay, Step #4 – Potter’s Clay so1x & repeat, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion. Stems: Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand. 
Basket of  Apples: (Basket) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Apples) Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Lady Bug, Step #1 – Lady Bug so1x, Repeat.
Corn: (Variation 1) Step #3 – Toffee Crunch, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. (Variation 2) Step #3 – Rich Coca so 1x, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 – Dandelion. Added small dots of darker corn with Spica Pen – Chocolate & Lipstick.
Sentiment: Espresso Truffle and Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Banner electronic die cut from Silhouette (ink the edges with Rich Cocoa) and pop up dots.

Bountiful Harvest Ahead

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have 2 Thanksgiving cards to share with you today.  One using 3 Step Autumn Squirrel and the other using 3 Step Turkey Trot and Multi Step Harvest for a more traditional “Tom Turkey” card.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Please check out the colorful Thanksgiving card from Lynn McAuley.

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Top Card – Stamps:  3 Step Autumn Squirrel, Multi Step Brush Strokes, and Multi Step Harvest (sentiment) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), Classic Crest Classic Cream, and Stardream Cappuccino from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Squirrel: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Desert Sand.
Ground: #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout. 
Acorns: (Variation 1) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Variation 2) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch. (Variation 3) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Variation 4) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Cantoloupe. (Variation 5) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Cantoloupe.
Sentiment: (from Multi Step Harvest) Toffee Crunch and VresaMark w/ Super Fine Detail Gold embossing powder from Ranger.
Embellishments: Scalloped Scissors – “Clouds” from Fiskars. Cappuccino Baker’s Twine from The Twinery. Highlights on acorns – Clear Star pen by Sakura.
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Bottom Square Card – Stamps:  Multi Step Harvest and 3 Step Turkey Trot from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), Classic Crest Classic Cream, and Stardream Bronze from Neenah. Chocolate Chip from SU! and  Mini Deck pattern paper – Wanted by Cosmo Cricket.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Basket of  Pumpkins: (Basket) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Pumpkins) Step #3 – Morocco, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Tangelo so1x, Repeat.
Basket of  Apples: (Basket) Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Apples) Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Lady Bug, Step #1 – Lady Bug so1x, Repeat.
Turkey: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle + Pearlescent Poppy (Brilliance) on waddle only, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa + Lady Bug on waddle only, Step #1 – Desert Sand.
Sentiment: Espresso Truffle.
Embellishments: Classic Square – Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Highlights on the sentiment – Clear Star pen by Sakura.