On the 3rd Day of Christmas …

… my True Love gave to me,

Three French Hens.

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday! I hope everyone’s Christmas was Merry and Bright…. and this is just the beginning of the twelve days of Christmas. Which I am thankful for, because I wasn’t completely ready for Christmas this year as I would have like.  This year my Christmas cards to send out have turn into New Years’ cards … but better late than never. And as a dear friend says …. “All in a day”. 😉

You might wonder what am I leading up too? I want to share about a really great challenge going on from The Daily Dare. Deb and Bev had this fabulous idea to get a jump on next year’s Christmas Cards by Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with a new Christmas card Challenge & a New Gift to give each day.

What does this have to do with me? Besides that this challenge is perfect for me to get a jump on my Holiday Cards for next year, as well as a jump on one of my New Year’s resolutions, (to make one Christmas Card a week)…. I am today’s Hostess for the Third Day of Christmas! Yahoo! 🙂

The gift of Three French Hens, represent The Three Theological Virtues:

1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Here is my Challenge: Create a Christmas card that includes the word/s Faith, Hope and/or Love as the sentiment or incorporated in the sentiment.

The majority of the sentiment came together from two sets, Words of Comfort & Joy and 3 Step Poinsettia. Faith, Hope and Love came from the set, Vintage Words . I must add, I don’t know how the word “Faith” has escaped from being in a KSS’ stamp set! You can bet that sentiment has moved to the top of my “To Do” list! But, where there is a will, there is a way and I was able to stamp the word “Faith” by masking out letters from other words in the set. I used: FA from family, the I from live and TH from thoughts.

As for the gift for the winner to today’s challenge, head on over to The Daily Dare to find out more. To play along, upload your card to the Splitcoast Gallery with the keyword: DD12days03.

The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Sunday, January 9th.  Winners will be chosen announced over at The Daily Dare on Monday, January 10.

The full details for The Daily Dare’s –  12 Days of Christmas Challenge, can be found: HERE

Please remember to check what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up for you today.

Angela (Challenge Hostess)ConnieJulie



Materials –
Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses, 3 Step Holly & Mistletoe, Vintage Words, Words of Comfort & Joy, 3 Step Poinsettia and Multi Step Christmas Lights from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Shimmer White from SU! Ruby Metallic from The Paper Co. Olive Ruche from Paper Temptress.
Ink: (all Memento, unless noted) Rose: Step #4 Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 Grape Jelly, Step #2 Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 Rhubarb Stalk and again with Lady Bug. Holly: Step #3 – Olympia Green (VersaFine), Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. Sentiment: Rhubarb Stalk and Bamboo Leaves.
Embellishments: Elegance – aadhesive rhinestones and pearls from K&Company. Corner punch from EK Success. 


A sweet rememberance with pearls, roses & daisies


Today’s card is for a dear  Aunt, who’s smile was as cheerful as her favorite flowers… Roses and Daisies.  She is in a far better place, but will  be sorely missed!

The KS Crew has inspiring samples to share with you today too

AngelaConnie Julie LisaLynnMakiko


Materials – Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses, 3 Step Daisy and Multi Step Big Leaves from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Barely Banana from SU! Rosebud Metallic from The Paper Co. Ink:(all Memento unless noted) Roses: Step #4 Rich Cocoa, Step #3 Rhubarb Stalk, Step#2 Lady Bug, Step#1 Lady Bug stamp off 1x.  Daisy:  Step#2 Cantaloupe, Step #1 Dandelion. Fern: Step #3 Olympia Green – VersaFine, Step#2 Pear Tart, Step #1 New Sprout. Sentiment: Crimson Red – VersaFine and Cantaloupe. Embellishments: 1.25″ 100% Silk Ribbon – Celery Green from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Adhesive pearls from Michaels.

Yellow Roses with Hugs!

Happy Kitchen Sink Stamps Monday!

Thank you all for the lovely comments and emails since announcing KSS’ next workshop in Houston! Your Big Texas welcome was the inspiration for this card! 😉 I can hardly wait!

Please check out what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up for Kitchen Sink Stamps Monday.

AngelaConnie Julie LisaLynnMakiko


SAVE the date to Multi Step Stamp with us in Houston, Texas!

Where: LaQuinta Inn & Suites – Pearland (south Houston area), TX

When: October 8 & 9, 2010 – space it limited.

More info to come soon!

Materials – Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses, Multi Step Lucky Horseshoe, Multi Step Orniment & Stars and Simple Sentiments from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Olive Ruche from the Paper Temptress. Kraft from Papertrey. Color Connect Stripe Ivory from The Paper Co. Barely Banana from SU! Ink: (all Memento unless noted) Roses: (Darker) Step #4 Vintage Sepia stamp off 1x (VersaFine), Step #3 Toffee (VersaFine), Step #2 Dandalion, Step #1 Dandalion. (Lighter) Step #4 Toffee (VersaFine), Step #3 Toffee stamp off 1x (VersaFine), Step #2 Dandalion, Step #1 Dandalion stamp off 1x. Leaves: Step #3 Olympia Green (VersaFine), Step #2 Bamboo Leaves. Step #1 Pear Tart. Horseshoes: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Smokey Gray (versaFine), Step#1 Starlite Silver (Brilliance). Star: Step #3 – Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Step#2 Pearl Rust (Brilliance), Step #1 Cosmic Copper (Brilliance). Sentiment: Olympia Green (VersaFine) Bamboo Leaves. Embellishments: Labels #3 – nestabilities. 1.25″ 100% Silk Ribbon – Moss Green from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Sakura Clear Star pen. Slot punch from SU!.

KS Crew Challenge #11 with Guest Hostess – Makiko!

crew-challenge-logo2Another KS Crew Challenge Monday and today we have another visitor joining us in the Kitchen! I would love to welcome our Guest Hostess for KS Crew Challenge #11 is, Makiko!

makiko-for-kssMakiko’s work is elegant with clean lines and has a graceful way she uses color! Makiko won today’s Guest Hostess spotlight with her winning Purple Rose Sympathy card in the Jan/Feb. “What’s Cooking… contest”. Makiko’s rose reminds me of a tea rose called Sterling Silver. So elegant …So beautiful!

Now before I get to Makiko’s challenge, I would like you all to have the same pleasure as myself, by getting to know a little bit more about her.


Hello, my name is Makiko Jones. I’m originally from Tokyo, Japan and now live in a small town in Texas. I’ve been married to my best friend, Troy since 1995. We have 2 children (age 11 and 7) and 3 spoiled cats. Before I found the love of stamping, I was scrapbooking about 2 years. My friends invited me Stampin’ Up! Workshop in fall 2004, and I haven’t stopped stamping since then. I love the endless possibilities of stamping, and I’m so happy I made so many great friends through this wonderful hobby. I hope I start scrapbooking again but right now, the card making and stamping are my favorite things to do. When I’m not in my stamp room, I love to go to great restaurants, shop antique stores and take pictures. I’m so excited to host the KS Crew challenge for the next two weeks and I hope you have a fun time with the challenge. Happy Stamping!


On to Makiko’s challenge, which seems to be a logical choice seeing how Makiko loves and uses color 😀

Makiko’s challenge is to: Make a card or a project with using just monochromatic colors.
I love the look and drama from monochromatic colors. Also, try adding dimension with pop-ups, foam adhesives or anything that can raise pieces. Let’s give our project a pop!

Again, for my sample, I looked to our guest hostess for not only the challenge, but for my inspiration… SO, it was Makiko’s color combo on her Purple Rose Sympathy card, where I got my inspiration for today’s sample. Here is my card for Makiko’s challenge.

purple-roses-revThank you Makiko for the fabulous challenge! 😀

For more samples & inspiration to Makiko’s challenge: see what she and the rest of the KS Crew cooked up.

Makiko – Guest HostessAngelaDeeJulieLoriLynnNicoleTammy


I hope you will join Makiko , the KS Crew and myself and play along, you will be playing for a chance for one of 3 prizes. 1st prize is $50 worth of Kitchen Sink Stamps.

For all the info, go HERE. You have 2 weeks to leave your link below in the Mr. Linky box on the Kitchen Sink Stamps Blog. Deadline for Makiko’s challenge is Sunday eve., April 19, midnight EST.

Please use KSCC#11, kitchensinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag when uploading to your favorite gallery so we can see everyone’s work together.

Happy KS Challenge Monday!purple-roses-rev-close-up1

Materials – Stamps: 3 Step Hearts & Roses, Never a Loss 4 Words and Ready 4 Any Holiday from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant and Shimmery White from SU! Alabaster White Vellum from The Paper Company.
Ink: Step #1 Pale Plum, Step #2 Lavender Lace, Step #3 Perfect Plum, Step #4 Elegant Eggplant. Step #2 in Pale Plum only was stamped on the vellum.
Embellishments: Ribbon Tag and Labels Trio from Nestabilities. Purple Grosgrain ribbon from Michael’s. Brush silver eyelets from Making Memories.Sakura Gelly Roll pen – Clear Star.

Welcome the Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge#3 with our First Guest Hostess


emilia-for-kssIt is another KS Crew Challenge Monday! But, this Monday, we have a visitor joining us in the Kitchen! I would like to introduce our 1st Guest Hostess, Emilia!

Emilia does beautiful cards and is one of the winners from Oct.’s “What’s Cook’n…”, contest, and she was be picked from all the winners to be Kitchen Sink’s Guest Hostess for today’s KS Crew Challenge #3.

Emilia’s Challenge is:Make a gift for a friend or relative…..using NO designer paper! 😀

Please hop on over to the Kitchen Sink Stamps Blog were can meet Emilia, see her wonderful and inspiring projects and find out all the details to her challenge…. she does have some rules follow! 😀

I was very excited and inspired about Emilia’s challenge. Emilia herself has so much joy and passion for stamping, she herself inspired me! 😀

I had a Plain Jane Cigar Box from Cosmo Cricket just waiting for something special to come along … and with my dear Mother-in-Law’s birthday coming up… I thought Emilia’s challenge was the perfect time to start turning that Cigar Box into a gift!

SO, I made this monogrammed stationary gift set. (My MIL loved it! … I was so glad!)

box-front I covered the cigar box inside and out using Barely Banana stamped with single rose leaf – Step #2 only, also in Barely Banana. I created a separate section inside the box for the pen.open-box-1 note-pad-and-pen For more inspiration, please check out what the entire KS Crew has whipped up for this challenge!

3 Step Hearts & Roses – Color Recipe

Multi Step Stamping Tutorial 101

Kitchen Sink Crew:
Nicole Cooke
Tammy Hershberger
Dee Jackson
Angela Knopf
Julie Masse
Lynn McAuley
Lori Tecler

and Guest Hostess – Emilia

Grazie mille Emilia! It has been wonderful to get to know you better and I really had a loads of fun with your challenge! 😀

Please link your challenge projects in the Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Group on Paper Craft Planet. Enter under Discussions – KS Crew Challenge #3.
Please use KSCC#3, kithcnesinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag when uploading to your favorite gallery.

Since Emilia’s Challenge call to use all Kitchen Sink Stamps, you can also enter your challenge here and be entered in Nov./Dec. “What’s Cook’n with Your Kitchen Sink Stamps”. Here for full details.

These small little note cards are 3″x 3″ with envelopes to go with.small-notesFor the lager 4.25″x5.5″, white note cards, I softly used pastels and the Labels One die, to create a soft stenciled background edge around the monogrammed “S”.large-notes-with-pen

Materials – Stamps: Mix it Up! and 3 Step Hearts & Roses from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Wisper White, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink from SU! Moss Velvet Paper from SEI. Ink: Rose – Step #1 Barely Banana, Step #2 Pretty in Pink, Step #3 Regal Rose, Step #4 Riding Hood Red. Leaves – Step #1 Kiwi Kiss, Step #2 Old Olive, Step #3 Always Artichoke. Monogram “S” – Riding Hood Red. Yellow leaf pattern – Step #2 only Barely Banana. Embellishments: Clear Micro beads for pen, Adhesive pearls from Michael’s. Berry Sorbet & Summer Sunrise Twill Ribbon from Papertrey. Labels One from Nestabilities. Sakura Clear Star pen. Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink pastels from SU! Additional items: Plain Jane Cigar Box from Cosmo Cricket. Pentel pen. 4″x6″ plain note pad. Envelopes for 3″x3″ note cards and for 4.25″x5.5″ note cards.