Not just apples anymore!

It’s back to school to revamp today’s color recipe.

Today’s color recipe is for … 3 Step School Days 

and has been updated to include recipes for all images in the set … books, ruler, and quill.

It can be found  HERE.

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Quick-Note-Set

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Brown-Quill-Quick-NoteRed-Quill-Quick-Note   (variation #1)

Green-Quill-Quick-NoteBlue-Quill-Quick-Note    (variation #2)

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 Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!

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Stamps: 3 Step School Days and 3 Step Letters from the Past  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Solar White from Neenah. Color card stock – variation #1: Mars and Antique Gold; variation #2: Ruby Purple and  Anthracite – all from Stardream. 
Inks: (Memento inks – unless noted) – Quills: Please see 3 Step School Days Color Recipe for the 4 different color variations used. Stamp – variation #1: Step #2 – Olive Grove,  Step #1 Desert Sand; variation #2: Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk,  Step #1 Desert Sand. Sentiment – variation #1: Vintage Sepia (VersaFine); variation #2: Black Onyx (VersaFine). Background Script – variation #1: Desert Sand; variation #2: London Fog. Cancellation Stamp (all 4 cards): Espresso Truffle.
Embellishments: Adhesive Gold & Bronze pearls from Michael’s.
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Color Recipe Friday + Sunflower stamping tip

Today’s color recipe is for …

Multi-Step Giant Sunflower, which can be now be found  HERE.

Plus, I have a stamping tip (or trick) for you today that I hope you will find useful.

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Round centers in flowers found in the stamp sets: Multi Step Giant Sunflowers and 3 Step Honey Bunny (the Gerber Daisy), sometimes can be stubborn to line up correctly.

Since the flower centers are almost perfectly round, that doesn’t give a lot of image information for lining these stamps up with the other steps… not to mention if the stamp is going in the correct direction!  Plus, when using darker inks, it is almost impossible to see where the center stamp should go – literally, it is like a  shot in the dark with its placement.

My card today is an example of this issue. Without today’s stamping tip, I can not line up the flower center correctly when using darker inks. 🙂

Red-sunflower-tag-card

For the lack of a better word, let’s call today’s tip:  “tattooing your stamp”.

Yup, you are reading correctly. I am suggesting that you mark up your stamps with a permanent marker. Don’t worry, most of the ink will eventually clean off with rubbing alcohol. But … I think once you try this technique, you’ll see how the marker “tattoo” will aid with lining up the flower’s center so well, you won’t want to clean it off.  😉

Now, for those of you who just can’t bring yourself to marking up a stamp … really, it is ok. Isn’t it more important that you are happy with the look of the finished stamped image then the look of the stamp? I think so.  🙂

Stamp-on-ID-step-1-(finished-outline-off-ID)

Here is the basic idea:

• First, have the color ID sheet face up (numbers heading in the right direction).

• Place the desired stamp to mark-up (tattoo), image down towards ID sheet & base side up, directly over its match on the ID sheet. 

• Then with a permanent marker such as a Sharpie and the color ID as a guide, carefully trace an outline of the flower’s center directly on the back of the stamp (the base side). The more detail in the outline the better results with lining up exactly where the center of the flower should be when stamping (even when using a dark ink such as red or purple).

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Please let me know if you found this trick/tip to be helpful.

The full tutorial can be found HERE.

 Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!

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Stamps: Multi Step Giant Sunflower  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Solar White from Neenah. Noir & Anthracite from Stardream. Going Gray and Basic Gray from SU!
Inks: (Memento inks) Red Sunflower: Step #5 – Tuxedo Black,  Step #3 – Sweet Plum, Step #2 – Love Letter, Step #1 – Lady Bug, Step #4 – Gray Flannel. Stem: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart + Desert Sand. Leaves: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Lady Bug: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Peanut Brittle 2x’s, Step #1 – Tangelo.
Embellishments: Slot punch and Spiral punch from SU! Adhesive pearls & black polka dot sheer ribbon from Michael’s.

Basket full of Sunflowers

Today’s color recipe is for …

Multi-Step Basket, which can be now be found HERE.

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Basket-of-sunflowers

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The color combo for the card was inspired by Color Throwdown Challenge # 251.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!

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Stamps: Multi Step Basket and Multi Step Giant Sunflower  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. Kiwi Kiss, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point from SU!
Inks: (Memento inks) Yellow Sunflower: Step #5 – Espresso Truffle, Step #4 – Toffee Crunch, Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion. Yellow/Orange Sunflower: Step #5 – Espresso Truffle, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Potter’s Clay, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion. Red/Orange Sunflower: Step #5 – Espresso Truffle, Step #4 – Toffee Crunch, Step #3 – Potter’s Clay, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion + sponge Rhubarb Stalk around edges. Leaves: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Basket: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Peanut Brittle, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. Lady Bug: Step #3 –  Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lady Bug.
Embellishments: Button and twin from my craft stash. Aqua stitched ribbon from Michael’s. Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink.

Sea Shells by the Sea Shore

Today’s color recipe is for …

3 Step Sea Shells, which can be now be found HERE.

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Sea-Shell-Birthday-Wishes

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Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!

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Stamps: 3 Step Sea Shells and Friends of the Moon (specks for sand), Simple Sentiments and Big & Bold Swashes  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah.
Inks: (Memento inks – unless noted) Conch Shell: Step #4 – Angel Pink + add Pearlescent Beige (Brilliance) to the bottom 1/2 (outside shell 1/2), Step #3 – Angel Pink, Step #2 – Platinum Planet (Brilliance), Step #1 – Pearlescent Beige (Brilliance) on outside edge only, so 1x, Step #5 – Pearlescent Orchid (Brilliance) so 1x, repeat, Step #1 – VersaMark w/ Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Auger Shell (long spiral shell): Step #4 – Paris Dusk, Step #3 – Paris Dusk so 1x, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – Platinum Planet (Brilliance), Step #1 – VersaMark w/ Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Sand Dollar: Step #3 – London Fog, Step #2 – Paris Dusk so 1x, Step #1 – Platinum Planet (Brilliance), Step #1 – VersaMark w/ Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Bold Swashes: Summer Sky. Sand: Desert Sand & Toffee Crunch. Sentiment: Danube Blue & Toffee Crunch. 
Embellishments: Adhesive pearls from Michael’s. Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink.

6 Months ‘Til the Holidays Sale!

 

Today only – KSS’ Annual

“6 Months ‘Til the Holidays” Sale!

Get a jump on your holiday crafting or holiday gift giving!

Use the promo code HOLLY20 and get 20% off everything in the KSS store – one day only!

Sale ends midnight (PDT).

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Beary-Christmas

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The colos recipe for Multi Step Grizzly Bear Wishes, can be found HERE.

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Stamps: Multi Step Grizzly Bear Wishes from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Figgy paper pad from Basic Grey and Spring Moss from Papertrey.
Inks: (all Memento Inks): Bear:  Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove,  Step #1 – Pistachio. Santa’s Hat: Step #3 – Gray Flannel so 1x, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 2x’s,  Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 2x’s. Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk,  Step #1 – Lady Bug. Sentiment: Cottage Ivy.
Embellishments: Large eyelet and rhinestone from my craft stash.