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 every day until Monday, June 10th! Here is your first peak. 🙂


PLUS … to add to the fun, beginning on June 10th, a special giveaway 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 added some more red and ended 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 download 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.

KSS Monday – PLUS June’s POM!

bw-connie-flower-with-nameHappy Kitchen Sink Monday!

KSS Crew designer, Connie, has served up a fabulous tutorial for June’s Project of the Month. I have wanted to know how Connie made this awesome Flip Book ever since she first showed it to us here. She has a gorgeous step by step photo tutorial that you will not want to miss! Thanks so much Connie! 😀


I am slowly coming out of my sugar-induced coma due to all the celebrating with several graduations and birthdays that took place this past week! Whew!

Today’s card was inspired… and cased from a by a card by KSS Crew Designer Lisa, you can see HERE, which was a challenge to case another card you had done. So, the ripples of casing just keeping going – LOL! Lisa’s card was a money holder, I changed my card to be a slide out tag.Blue-Grad-ABlue-Grad

For more KSS Monday inspiration, please check in to see what the KSS has served up to inspire you.


Connie – June’s POM








There is still time to play Lynn’s challenge is to Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose and Recycle! Please leave your link in the Mr. Linky box below over on the KSS Blog [HERE]. Deadline to Lynn’s challenge is Friday eve. – June 19th, midnight EDT. For all the challenge info and prizes, go HERE. The prizes have changed this month so you will want to go see. Again, this month’s challenge will be picked by a random number generator… so, everyone has a chance to win! 😀

Happy Monday!

Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Graduation, Playful Alphabet Buddy, Never a Loss 4 Words, Background & Borders (retired), Swirly Hearts & Stars, and Playful Frames & Journaling (retired)-(for the striped “notebook paper”) from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Confetti White and Shimmery White from SU! Malmero Perle -Noir. Ink: Graduation Cap & Tassel – Step #1 Danube Blue (Memento), Step #2 Paris Dusk (Memento), Step #3 Tuxedo Black (Memento). Step #1 Marigold Morning (SU!), Step #2 Paris Dusk (Memento). Sentiment (grad) – “g” & “a” Danube Blue (Memento), “r” & “d” Danube Blue and then stamp again with Paris Dusk (Memento). DiplomaStep #1 London Fog stamp off 1x (Memento), Step #2 London Fog (Memento), Step #3 Basic Gray (SU!). Step #1 Danube Blue (Memento), Step #2 Paris Dusk (Memento), Step #3 Tuxedo Black stamped off 1x (Memento). Embellishments: Inverted Scalloped Circles from Nestabilities. Ribbon: Navy velvet from Michael’s. Navy narrow grosgrain from SU! Summer Sunrise Grosgrain and Twill from Papertrey. Slot punch from SU! 1-3/4″ circle punch from EK Sucess. Clear & Blue – Atyou Spica Markers.

WOW! KS Crew Challenge #13 & POM!

Our hostess for today’s KS Crew Challenge#13, is one of our new KS Crew members, Connie. Connie is asking us to sharpen up on our cutting skills!!

color flower out of sinkConnie’s Challenge is: Running with Scissors!
… “Didn’t your mom ever tell you NOT to run with scissors? Well for this challenge I am saying it is okay!! Okay….maybe not to actually physically run with scissors, instead let’s let our scissors do some running! This week’s challenge is to have at least one cut image on your card…it does not have to be the focal point image, and you can cut one thing or many….that is up to you…but make sure and let your scissors do some running.” 😀 – Connieangela-flower

PLUS, the Kitchen has an extra serving of FUN!!! KS Crew Member, Angela, got so inspired by Connie’s challenge … she took her scissors out for a marathon run … which turned into a surprise Project of the Month – for May! YaHoo!!!!

So, pick up your scissors and join us and play along with Connie’s challenge … again, you will be playing for a chance for one of 3 prizes. 1st prize winner is $50 worth of Kitchen Sink Stamps. You can’t win if you don’t play. 😀

Here is my sample… a tri-fold graduation card.look-out-world-front

For inspiration to get you and your scissors snipping, see what Connie and the rest of the KS Crew have carved out for you:

Angela – May POM Connie – KS Crew Hostess
Julie Lisa Lori Lynn Makiko Tammy

Dee will not be able to play along with us for the few weeks. We all look forward to her return to the Kitchen very soon!

Thank you, Connie, for the totally sharp challenge! I had a ball trimming away!
… Oh, goodness, I am such a cut-up today! LOL!

and … Thank you, Angela, for the fabulous Project!









Please note: There is a small change to the KS Crew Challenge Rules. Starting with today’s challenge, you will now have 3 weeks to play. (Whew! 😀 ) You can now expect to find a NEW KS Crew Challenge starting the 1st Monday of the month, with 3 weeks to play … as many entries as you like.

Plus, for this month’s challenge … all 3 winners will be picked by a random number generator… everyone has a chance to win! 😀

For all the info, go HERE.

Please leave your link in the Mr. Linky box at the bottom of the post HERE on the Kitchen Sink Stamps Blog. Deadline to Connie’s challenge is Friday eve. – May 22nd, midnight EDT. Please leave one link per challenge sample. You can enter as many samples as you like. When uploading to your favorite gallery, please use KSCC#13, kitchensinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag.

Happy KS Challenge Monday!look-out-world-inside-1

Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Graduation and 3 Step Hearts from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Shimmery White from SU! Metallic Golden Luster and Jade from The Paper Company. Malmero Perle -Noir. Ink: (all SU! unless noted) World Heart(stamping out of order) Step #3 Handsome Hunter, Step #2 Glorious Green stamp off 1x, Step #1 So Saffron stamp off 1x. Cap – Step #1 Glorious Green stamp off 1x, Step #2 Glorious Green, Step #3 Handsome Hunter. look-out-world-inside-2Tassel – Step #1 So Saffron, Step #2 Glorious Green. Sentiments Handsome Hunter. Inside edge inking with Galaxy Gold – Brilliance. Embellishments: Ticket punch and Round Corner punch from SU! Labels Three Nestabilities.

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 to play too of course! 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 encased 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: Multi 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 Sakura 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 website! The place is called, 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).