Lots to Celebrate!

There has been a lot to celebrate in our house lately with birthdays & graduations! But the celebrating doesn’t stop there …. Kitchen Sink Stamps is also celebrating with the long-awaited release of new stamps!

That’s right!  

Five new stamp sets

… are almost here and will be available  on June 10th!                                                                      (That’s one week from today – YaHoo!)

I must share that I did something a little different when it came to designing the new stamp for this release. I asked the KSCrew, “What stamp set have YOU always wanted from KSS?”. Boy-O-Boy, was I inspired by their input! Since I can hardly wait for you all you to see, I’ll have a new peak to show everyday until Monday, June 10th! Here is your first peak. 🙂


PLUS … to add to the fun, beginning on June 10th, a special give away will be happening over on the KSS Forum for all our registered members. Please, stay tuned to find out more.


Now, if that wasn’t enough cause for excitement … look who is back in the Kitchen to help us celebrate the new stamp release and help us cook up some multi step inspiration ???


Tammy Hershberger, that’s who!  

Welcome back Tammy! Always great to have you back in the Kitchen stamping with us!


That is all my news for today, so I will leave today you with two single layered cards.  Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy (and inky) Monday!


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

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy



Birthday Card / Stamps: Multi Step Bunch O’ Balloons, Playful Numbers, Swirly Hearts & Stars and 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks)Balloons: Step #5 – Danube Blue 2x’s, Step #4 – Danube Blue, Step #3 – Danube Blue so 1x repeat, Step #2 – Danube Blue so 1 x, Step #1 – Summer Sky.  Swirly Stars: Summer Sky. Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.
Graduation Card / Stamps: 3 Step GraduationWhole FamilySwirly Hearts & Stars and Playful Stars from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks)Grad Cap: Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Tuxedo Black (Step #1 not used). Grad Tassel: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1  – Lady Bug. Swirly Stars: Gray Flannel and repeat again for shadow. Playful Stars: Lady Bug. Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.

Color Recipe Friday

Something new for Fridays from the Kitchen.

Many readers may not know this, but Kitchen Sink Stamps didn’t always offer Color Recipe guides to support their stamps. I’m not sure myself when the first color recipe appeared or how it all started … but from the very first one, KSS stampers quickly let me know that “color recipes” were a big help getting their creative color mojo workin’.

Fast forward, 4 1/2 years later (do you believe it??!!!) and I still have stamp sets without a color recipe. (gasp!) 😦  One thing I know about myself, to get things done that are on the “catch-up” list, I must have a deadline. Otherwise it is this interruption or that distraction that “cuts in line” and pushes those “catch-up” tasks further down the list …. (is it just me?)

I love it when I get those emails asking for help with a particular color challenge… I also look at it as a deadline…”someone needs it now”. So, when I received this recent color recipe request, I was inspired to start “Color Recipe Friday”.

Today’s color recipe request comes from Billie Jo, who is facing 4 upcoming graduations. Each with a unique color combination using the set, 3 Step Graduation. My first card was inspired by one of Billie Jo’s color requests: royal blue/red/white. The tassel could be a simple red and white by using only Step #2 in red, but what if the tassel is red/white/blue… how cool would that be? This is when using dew drop inks come in handy! Following the “tassel turns”, first with red, then blue while using my finger to wipe away any area of unwanted ink. Then add more red and ending with blue. 🙂 Yea!

The next card was inspired from another of Billie Jo’s color combination. She needed orange and black, but I did this card in red and black. You can down load the full color recipe to 3 Step Graduation – HERE.

Please keep those color requests coming! Leave them either here on my blog or in the KSS forum under Color Recipes Requests.

… so, which KSS set do you wish had a color recipe?

Sneak peeks to New Stamps start this Monday, 4/16

Have a FABULOUS weekend!!!


Stamps: 3 Step Graduation from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Navy from Core’dinations, Mars and Noir from Stardream.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted): CARD ONE-Cap: Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Paris Dusk, Step #1 – Danube Blue. Tassel: Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk & Danube Blue.  Sentiment: Majestic Blue (VersaFine). CARD TWO-Cap: Step #3 – Sweet Plum, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lad Bug, Step #3 again cord only – Onyx Black (VersaFine). Tassel: Step #1 – Lady Bug, Step #2 -Onyx Black (VersaFine).  Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine).
Embellishments: 5/8″ navy grosgrain ribbon and 5/8″ deep red grosgrain ribbon.

Kitchen Sink and CPS week and sketch #73!

Pardon for my absence … I have been switching everything over to a new computer! 😀 (yeah!)

My old computer was giving all the warning signs that it was time! I am glad that I was able to make the switch before the fatal crash took place!

So… with my mysterious disappearance explained … on to other exciting news!

This week, Kitchen Sink Stamps has been an excited and proud sponsor at CPS (Card Positioning Systems)!

WOW!!! You just have to look at the amazing designs these talented ladies at CPS came up with for Tami’s Sketch #73 using Kitchen Sink Stamps!!!! It is a 3 part’er (1, 2, 3) … and each card is as stunning and unique as the next! I send a big THANK YOU to Tami at CPS and to her talented (and friendly) group of ladies! This week has been a blast!

And CPS wasn’t the only ones who were strutting their stuff in the Kitchen this week! The Kitchen Design Crew played along with CPS’s card sketch … and they too let their creative talents shine! To check their creative take on CPS card sketch #73 … just click on their names.

Nicole Cooke

Tracy Durcan

Tammy Hershberger

Dee Jackson

Julie Masse

Jori Tecler

Jan Tinklenberg

and…well, I had too play too of coarse! But I had a specific celebration in mind.

In honor of the talented Lori Telcer, who has just recently graduated from 3 years of graduate school!!!

Hats off to you Lori!


I wanted to try something different (different for me that is) for Lori’s graduation card. I found my inspiration from the beautiful cards that Lori herself has made using acetate, so I thought I would give it a try. Now I must admit, it is funny WHEN these thoughts of inspiration decide to come to you … for me, it is so often when I am in the car! Now, if I am sitting in traffic, that is a good thing… but, if not… well, I can’t tell you how many exits I’ve missed because the other 1/2 of my brain took the “creative inspiration exit” 1/4 of a mile back! LOL! But that is another story and I am digressing!

Anyway, here is my CPS #73 Sketch in Honor of Lori’s Graduation from Grad School. It is a front acetate cover in cased in paper. I did this because I wanted to add a little glitter in between the acetate for a little extra sparkle. 😀

Thanks for looking! 😀


Stamps: 3 Step Graduation and Never a Loss 4 Words – Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Basic White from Papertrey, Wild Wasabi and Basic Black from Stampin’ Up!and clear acetate.

Ink: Sentiment – VersaFine Black Onyx with highlights with Sakuara Gelly Roll pen – Clear Star.

Hats: All Memento Inks. PINK: #1 Rose Bud – stamp off 1x, #2 Rose Bud, #3 Lilac Posies. BLUE: #1 Summer Sky, #2 Danube Blue, #3 Paris Dusk. GREEN: #1 New Sprout, #2 Pear Tart, #3 Bamboo Leaves. ORANGE: #1 Tangelo – stamp off 1x, #2 Tangelo, #3 Dessert Sand – stamp 2x. PURPLE: #1 Lulu Lavender, #2 Sweet Plum, #3 Grape Jelly.

Embellishments: pink polka dot satin ribbon from Michael’s, Crystal Glitter – Multi – Ultra Fine and small tiny pearls from …. I am not going to say staff anymore – LOL! The pearls are from The Bead Factory.*

* NOTE: My last visit to this crazy little place I LOVE to haunt, is in downtown LA in the garment district…. in the bead and notions area of the garment district…..LOL! Anyway, my sister-in law (who introduced me to this shop) and I have been making treks to this little place for over 10 years! And on my last visit, I discovered that they have a web site! The place is call, The Bead Factory (what else!) Their site has a video showing what the shop is like (which is usually packed with people!). It is wall to wall BEADS! (I have to be VERY focused when I go in … or I don’t come out! LOL).

A Big “Thank You” to the Kitchen’s June Guest Designer!

How quickly June came and went!

But even though this month was fast… I took my time viewing the beautiful cards created by Lynn McAuley, the Kitchen Sink’s Guest Design for June!

I would like to share just a few of Lynn’s beautiful cards that she created this month (which can be seen along with other lovely cards from Lynn in her gallery on SCS and the Kitchen Sink Idea Gallery).

Thank you so much Lynn for sharing your creative talents with us this month! I hope you will thrill us again with another visit to the Kitchen real soon! 😀


3 Step Hibiscus


3 Step Graduation

Two Graduation Cards

I would like to share 2 cards made with the new set:

3 Step Graduation


The first card was from sneak peek #3 and was inspired from Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge #47 (see her card here). Whenever I need inspiration… I look to Beate’s sketches to get me going! 😀 Thank you!!!


Stamps: 3 Step Graduation from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Shimmery White, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Handsome Hunter- from SU! and Papaya – Metallic from The Paper Company.

Ink: (All form SU!, unless noted):  Cap: Step #1 – Garden Green (stamped off 1x), Step #2 – Garden Green, Step #3 – Handsome Hunter. Tassel: Step #1 – Marigold Morning, Step #2 – Handsome Hunter. Sentiment: Black Onyx from  VersaFine.

Embellishments: Harlequin Goosebumpz embossing plates from QuicKutz. Long Rectangles from Nestabilities and small round corner punch (SU!). Olive green organza ribbon from Michael’s, Gold Dew Drops from Robins Nest.

Second Card is a quick one. 😀


Stamps: 3 Step Graduation from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: White (Papertrey Ink), Sahara Sand and Bravo Burgundy – (SU!).

Ink:  (All form SU!, unless noted): Diploma: Step #1 – Sahara Sand (stamped off 1x), Step #2 – Sahara Sand (stamped off 1x – again), Step #3 – Sahara Sand. Ribbon: Step #1 – Ruby Red (stamped off 1x), Step #2 – Ruby Red, Step #3 – Bravo Burgundy. Sentiment: Black Onyx (VersaFine).

Embellishments: none…can you believe it!

Thanks for looking! 😀