Flowers that withstand Heat Waves

A Record High Temperature in Southern Calif. at 111° +

Can’t stop Multi-Step Flowers from Blooming!

Late last week and into the early part of this week, many parts of the globe were (and still are) experiencing intense heat waves … and I mean crazy hot heat waves! Where I live, it got to a record-breaking 111° on July 7th! That same day, reports said that the surrounding cities of Los Angeles were hotter than Death Valley, CA which had a high of 102°! Needless to say, the few things that I can grow in my yard and garden (Calif. native drought-tolerant plants), are now all crispy fried!

I find these days, the one type of gardening I have any success with is … a stamped one! LOL! I would love to hear from those in other states and countries when your garden is under siege from the heat, what plants stand victorious?

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I found after stamping the swirls background, the blue hydrangeas fought a bit with the swirls and felt the sentiment wouldn’t pop enough. Adding an overlay of light pink vellum (translucent) sheet over the swirls was the answer!

Stamps used to create both cards: Hydrangea Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Basket Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear StampsGiant Sunflowers Multi-Step Clear StampsWhole Family Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.

The Sunflower card below was less involved. I started by stamping the three sunflowers close together on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock. Added leaves around the blossoms and then trimmed down the stamped cardstock to fit the layered card base. Sponged the edges and adding the ladybugs last. It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a few drops of Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves to look like dew drops.

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week.

Lynn – Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper

Jeanne – Nana Loves Stamping

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(Hydrangea Card)

Stamps: Hydrangea ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Basket (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Whole Family Clear Stampsand Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Vista from Stardream, and Pink Vellum from The Paper Company.

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Hydrangeas(with svg files) [light variation] Step #4 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance), Step #3 – Summer Sky, Step #2 – Sea Breeze (VersaMagic), and Step # 1 – Angel Pink stamp off 1x.  Step #4 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance), Step #2 – Paris Dusk stamp off 1x, and Step # 1 – Summer Sky stamp off 1x. [dark variation] Step #4 – Nautical Blue, Step #3 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Stone Blue (Catherine Pooler), and Step # 1 – Summer Sky stamp off 1x + Angel Pink Stamp off 1x.

  • Leaves(with svg files) [light variation] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, and Step # 1 – New Sprout. [dark variation] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, and Step # 1 – Pistachio.

  • Basket(with svg cut file) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand.

  • Background Swirls: Summer Sky and Paris Dusk stamped off 1x.

  • Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine).

Embellishments: pop dots.

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(Sunflower Card) 

Stamps: Giant Sunflower ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Soft Sky and Always Artichoke from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Sunflowers: Step #1 – Shea Butter (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Sauna (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, and Step #5 – Espresso Truffle.

  • Leaves: (no masking) Step #1 – Green Tea (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler), and Step #3 – Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

  • Ladybugs: (no masking) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Love Letter, and Step #1 – Lady Bug. 

  • Sponged Card Edge: Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

  • Sentiment: Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

Embellishments: Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves.

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All that Glitters is Gold … and GREEN!

Coastin’ with a St. Patty’s Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Flash Back 
St Patricks Day post card

Do you like to stamp on coasters?

With a little leprechaun magic with and…

Invisible Snowman (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps,

to dust off all his cupid love for this fun St. Patrick’s Day postcard – originally posted in March 2011.St Patricks Day drink coaster & post card #2

Here is another “Going Green” postcard with some green roses added and a St. Pat’s coaster. I added a transparent scalloped circle with embossing powder on top of the image portion of the coaster. This is to prevent the ink from bleeding when the coaster absorbs moisture when a drink is placed on top.

So, what is your favorite shape coaster to stamp on?   Have an inky day!

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Stamps: Multi-Step Invisible Snowman Clear StampsMulti-Step Shamrocks & Clover Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Hanukkah Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps, 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Hearts & Roses Clear Stamps, and Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Rectangle chipboard coaster

Ink: (all Memento, unless noted)

  • HAT: Step #4 Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 Cottage Ivy,  Step #2 Pear Tart, Step #1 New Sprout, Step #4 – VersaMark and Irish Spring EP. 
  • SHAMROCK: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.
  • GOLD COINS: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Step #2 Cantaloupe + Desert Sand, Step #1 Cantaloupe.
  • SHAMROCK BORDER: Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • SWASH: VersaMark and Kaleidoscope EP. 
  • SENTIMENT: Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart and New Sprout + VersaMark and Kaleidoscope EP (Irish Spring EP on the “G”).

Embellishments: Kaleidoscope EP from Stampendous!, Irish Spring EP (edge of postcard) from Sparkle & Sprinkle, and green rhinestones from stash.

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.

White-Lily-sympathy   inside-sympathy

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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.

Web Note Book … labor today for ease tomorrow!

Happy Labor Day and Happy KSS Monday!

It is so hard to believe that summer is over when most of the country is having a major heat wave!  Well, I hope wherever you are, you are having a wonderful and restful Labor Day … and staying cool! 

Today is the last day of our Labor Day Sale – 30% off all in stock stamps! 

Promo Code: LABOR30. Sale ends midnight tonight – (PST).

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Today’s project may look a bit “labor” intensive, but it is so worth it!

I was getting so tired with all my scraps of paper and post-it notes with login & password info. Frustrated having to hunt through the pile when I forgot which password or which email address (I have 5 now!) I used to create an account…. not to mention if I had changed the password!

So, I finally got my act together and created a WEB Note Book. It has made my life so much easier! I can now find login/password/email info with a flip of a page. I added clear dividers (from Zutter) so I could separate my web book info into different sections…  one for personal, one for business and the 3rd section for all my father’s login info – since I do all his banking & payments online too.  (Internet tip: To help prevent getting hacked into, use a different email address for different activities – [ie:  one only with financial transactions, one only for purchase, etc.] … and use different passwords and user names for each web & email account).

My WEB Note Book was stamped using  Multi Step Iris & Multi Step HummingBirds.

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Web-Note-Book

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If you are interested in stamping your own WEB Note Book, I have uploaded the templates for 4 different inside pages, which can be found HERE.

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For more info about Multi Step Stamping with Copics, go HERE.

The Color Recipe for Multi Step Iris, go HERE.

The Color Recipe for Multi Step Hummingbirds, go HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Labor Day and an inky week!

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for today!

Connie  • Julie  • Lisa  • Lynn  • Tammy

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Stamps: Multi Step Iris, Multi Step Hummingbirds, 3 Step Letters from the Past and Big & Bold Swashes from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) – Irises: (Burgundy Iris): Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lilac Posies. White Area colored in with Copic Markers: RV10, R11 and R00. Stem: Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Olive Grove. 
(Purple Iris): Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Sweet Plum so 1x. White Area colored in with Copic Markers: Y15, Y19, Y-38. Stem: Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 Cottage Ivy. Flower Bud: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #4 – Lulu Lavender. 
(Pink Iris): Step #4 – Lilac Posies, Step #3 – Rose Bud so 1x, repeat, Step #2 – Lulu Lavender, Step #1 – Angel Pink. Stem: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves. 
(Yellow Iris on back cover): Step #4 – Cantaloupe + Desert Sand, Step #3 – Cantaloupe, Step #2 – Toffee (VersaFine), Step #1 – Dandelion so1x, repeat. Stem: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves.
Leaves: (variation 1): Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves so 1x, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy. (variation 2): Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves so 1x, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Olive Grove. (variation 3): Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Olive Grove.
Hummingbird: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – London Fog, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 – Desert Sand so1x.
Cover: BKGD Script: Desert Sand. Big Swash: Rich Cocoa. Stamps:(Postage Stamp): Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Other Stamps): Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black.
Embellishments: 1-1/4″ Black Owire, 7.5×5 Chipboard Covers, 7.5×5 Clear Acrylic Folder Tabs all from Zutter. Gold Sharpie marker – line inside rectangle insert on the cover.

Tick Tock in the Kitchen

… time for another

multi step stamping color recipe.

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Enjoy-every-moment

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Today’s color recipe is for Multi Step Father’s Pocket Watch, it can be found  HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend … stay cool!

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Stamps: Multi Step Father’s Pocket Watch and Big & Bold Swashes from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah. Copper, Anthracite (Steel Gray) and Bronze Brown from Stardream. Always Artichoke from SU!
Inks: (Memento inks) Please see Multi Step Father’s Pocket Watch Color Recipe for the 3 different color variations used. Sentiment: Olive Grove and Rich Cocoa.
Embellishments: Long Classic Rectangles Nestabilities from Spellbinders.