Bountiful Harvest Ahead


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.


Thanks for stopping by!

Please check out the colorful Thanksgiving card from Lynn McAuley.

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.
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.

Happy Thanksgiving wishes from the Kitchen!

triangle-treat-boxI came across this fabulous triangle box on SEI lifestyle blog (which includes a template too) and I knew it would make the perfect place card for my family’s Thanksgiving table. SEI calls this box a “Piece of Cake Box”, and it really is a piece of cake to make! 😀 I was able to make 8 in no time! Then I stuff each with 3 Lindt Lindor Truffles (yum!…like there isn’t enough to eat! LOL!!!!). 😀


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Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!

triangle-treat-box-close-upMaterials – Stamps: 3 Step Turkey Trot, 3 Step Autumn Squirrel, Plaid Plus! and Mix it Up! Alphabet all from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Whisper White and Chocolate Chip from SU! Ink (all SU! unless stated): Turkey – Step #1 So Saffron, Step #2 Creamy Carmel, Step #3 Chocolate Chip. Plaid – So Saffron, Creamy Carmel and VersaMark with Fine Detail Gold EP. Fall Leaves (all Memento unless stated) – (Yellow) Step #1 Dandelion, Step #2 Tangelo, Step #3 Potter’s Clay. (Orange) Step #1 Cantaloupe, Step #2 Tangelo, Step #3 Potter’s Clay. (Red) Step #1 Tangelo, Step #2 Lady Bug, Step #3 Rhubarb Stalk. Embellishments: Nestabilities Label One and Double End Tag, Argyle ribbon from American Crafts, Orange micro check ribbon from Offray. Glitter brads from Making Memories …. except that I re-glittered the yellow brads using Ultra Fine Pearl Glitter – Sunflower by Stampendous and an Essential Glue Pad from Tsukineko.

Kitchen Sink’s Project of the Month for October


Where did October go???!!!!

I do feel a bit like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland … I am SOOOO late!!! Hopefully you all won’t hold my tardiness against me? 😀

October’s Project of the Month has been simmering in my head for the whole month … and here it is!

SOAP!!!! Yup! Stamping and Glycerin Soap!

Soap making with glycerin soap is fun and easy … easy enough to even do with kids … provided there is adult supervision. 😀 But, I started to wonder, how could I make soap and bring stamping into the mix?

My answer …. laminate the stamped card stock! 😀

How nice to make your own guest soap or bring some home made soap as a hostess gift during this Holiday Season? 😀

So I pulled out my soap making supplies along with my stamps, 3 Step Turkey Trot and 3 Step Autumn Squirrel and got to work making soaps I can use during the Thanksgiving holiday.


Paper: Shimmery White – SU!

Inks: Step #1 So Saffron, Step #2 Creamy Carmel, Step #3 Chocolate Chip.


Here is a tutorial on how I made these soaps. [DOWNLOAD PDF VERSION HERE]

If you give it a try, please let me know how your soaps turned out. I would love to see what you come up with. Thanks for looking! 😀



And the Winners for “What’s Cook’n” for September are….

Thank you, everyone, for joining me and “Celebrating” Kitchen Sink Stamp’s 1st Year Anniversary! It was so wonderful reading about all your celebrations and how you like to celebrate them too!!! 😀

But the celebrating hasn’t stopped yet in the Kitchen … there are still winners to announce for September’s: “What’s Cook’n with Your Kitchen Sink Stamps?”


I have to say, it really is getting tougher and tougher each month (and the KS Crew agrees), to pick only one winner from these fabulous & creative entries!!! In my book, you are ALL winners and I have been inspired by each and every one of you!!!:D

………….My heartfelt thanks to the fabulous Kitchen Sink Crew! ………………….. >…….. ……………………. …they’ve got a tough job voting! 😀

NOTE: Please read all the way down to the bottom of this post to find out about the Special “Anniversary Release” Drawing!



…the votes are in and the ballots have all been tallied! It is time to announce the winners!

September’s Theme: “Celebrate!”


Best Use of Color: Connie


Best Use of a Sentiment: Angela


Fun & Fresh Design: Wendy


Thinking Outside of the Box: Angela


Anything But a Card: Maureen


Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Many thanks to all who entered! Your work is beautiful and inspiring! I hope to see you all back on October ……where there will a few exciting changes I think you are going to really like! 😀

But, before I can tell you about October
… there is still the Special Drawing to take care of!!!

This is where each winner from June to (including) Sept., have been automatically entered in a Special “Anniversary Release” Drawing! … or also known as… “A SINK FULL O’ FUN” – this prize consists of all 5 New Kitchen Sink Stamp Sets that were released on the 25th of Sept.!!!
(Yup! That’s right! 3 Step Pansy, 3 Step School Days, 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet, 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy, plus the Limited Edition 1st Anniversary Set: A Year of Thanks + 3 Step Humming Bird) YaHoo!!!! 😀

The winner of the special drawing will be announced here on Sat., Oct. 4th!

(time to come)…

... this is also World Card Making Day!

You can be sure, the Kitchen is cooking up something fun for WCMD too! 😀

xoxo – Maria

Autumn just around the corner.

Goodness! I got a bit behind on sharing form the sneak peeks!

Here are a bookmark and a card that I made using 3 Step Autumn Squirrel from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Thanks for looking! 😀

Bookmark materials:

Paper-Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and Close to Cocoa from SU!

Ink (all Memento Inks): (yellow/brown) #1 – Dandelion, #2 Desert Sand, #3 Rich Cocoa. (yellow/orange) #1 – Dandelion, #2 Tangelo, #3 Potter’s Clay. (orange) #1 – Tangelo, #2 Lady Bug, #3 Rhubarb Stalk. (red) #1 – Lady Bug, #2 Rhubarb Stalk, #3 Rich Cocoa. (orange/brown) #1 – Cantaloupe, #2 Tangelo, #3 Potter’s Clay. Sentiment – Tuxedo Black.

Ribbon: Satin Chocolate Brown from Michael’s.

Card materials:

Stamps: 3 Step Autumn Squirrel and “Your Birthday” is from 3 Step Honey Bunny.

Paper – Cool metallics – Bronze Jewel from The Paper Company and Basic White from Papertrey.

Ink: (squirrel) #1 – Desert Sand, #1 Rich Cocoa, #3 Tuxedo Black. Sentiment – Tuxedo Black. All are Memento Inks.

(acorn) #1 – Desert Sand, #2 top cap – Cantaloupe/bottom nut – New Sprout, #3 Rich Cocoa. Sentiment – Tuxedo Black. All are Memento Inks.