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.


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. 🙂


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.  🙂


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).


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!


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.




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

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!


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.




Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!


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.

Color Recipe Friday is back!

YaHoo! It’s Friday!

I have another color recipe for you (finally!)

It is for the new set, Multi Step Lighthouse, which may be pre-ordered. I am expecting them to be ready to ship by June 28th. The color recipe can be found HERE.

The winner to our Giveaway Game can be found HERE  (at the bottom of the thread). Congratulations to the winner … and thanks to all the finalists for playing! 🙂


Stamps: Multi Step Lighthouse from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. DP- Basic Gray paper pad “Periphery”. Not Quite Navy and Buckaroo Blue from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks)Lighthouse: Step #4 – Tuxedo Back, Step #3 – Gray Flannel,  Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x,  Step #1 – Summer Sky. Rock: Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Olive Green,  Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 1x. Sea Gulls: Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x,  Step #1 – Summer Sky so 1x. Sentiment: Gray Flannel. Sponged edge (lighthouse): Espresso Truffle.
Embellishmants: Deckled Rectangles Nestabilities from Spellbinders.

Sometimes … Life is not a beach, the BEACH is!

Who said it was easy to find paradise?

I have wanted to design a Multi Step Palm Tree set for the longest time. But, the timing never seemed right. I am so glad that these palm trees finally made its way off my computer and into the Kitchen! This card also had quite a long road to hoe too!


Does this ever happen to you?

You start a card with an idea in mind  … and somewhere along the way, after twists and turns and a couple of hours or days (with ink everywhere!) …  your finished card ends up somewhere you never intend at all!

This is exactly what happened with this card! Yes, my idea was a sandy beach with palm trees and sail boats off on the distant waves…. but creating the sand & water was not as simple as stamping the palm trees and sail boats. I will try to share how I created this card, but at times the creative process became a blur!

I started by stamping the palm trees, then the foot prints in (Desert Sand), followed by the sail boats … the rest gets foggy… literally!

• First I tried sponging (Summer Sky) with torn paper for waves. Not liking what was happening (I don’t have the knack for this technique like the rest of the KSCrew), I switched to focus on the beach area using glimmer mist (Crushed Shell & Pearl). That just made my “beach” look like a wet, beige mess… and now my foot prints were fading. Getting frustrated, I walked away for a while.

• The next day  … I thought maybe adding a few drops of (Sapphire) glimmer mist and a few drops of (Summer Sky) from a re-inker into a mini mister and diluted it with water might do the job. Starting in the upper corner … nope! Again, just a wet mess but now darker blue.

• At this point I thought this card was heading toward the trash so I thought to myself, “Go for it! What if I try ….”, this is when things really start to blur! All I remember is more misting and a water brush somewhere. My stamped palm trees were fading, my boats were fading and my footprints …. washed away – literally! I had more ink on myself and my desk than on the card… but at least there was now some movement of color .vs a flat yucky mess!

• The sand still did not look like sand.  So… trying to find some inspiration (art first aid) online, I found this tutorial that Beate did for SCS called, Stamped Acrylic Block Background. I thought this technique might help my beach look “sandy”. It was worth a try.

• After my soaked card dried, again. (I have to interject – by this point I am very impressed with how my card stock, Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, is holding up to the water torture I am putting it through … the card stock is still strong and the fibers still tight) –  I attempted smearing (Desert Sand) with a sponge onto the back of an acrylic block. Before it could dry, I stamped it directly onto the lower corner/beach area. Not bad. Starting to look like grainy. I then added some (Toffee Crunch) for depth. It was starting to look like sand (Ya-Hooo!), but too stark… like polk-a-dots.

• After drying for about 15 mins. I sprayed more glimmer mist (Crushed Shell and Pearl) starting where the water meets the sand all the way to the lower corner of the card, followed with another round of block stamping with (Desert Sand & Toffee Crunch). This resulted in a softer speckled look – like sand. I am liking it now. 🙂

• It was time to try the same process for the water area. First glimmer mist with (Pearl) followed with (Danube Blue & Summer Sky) block stamping. I think the end result looks like waves and spraying water.

• Finally, after the card completely dried ~ for the umpteenth time, I re-stamped the palm trees (no masking), the front sail boat and foot prints.

WOW! What a journey – I am glad I didn’t give up and throw it in the trash! 😉

I admit, I am afraid to add a sentiment… I may muck it up! 😉


Color Recipe for Multi Step Palm Trees can be found HERE.



To find out what’s going on with the The Giveaway Game – please go HERE.


Thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings!

Hope you have a Happy (and inky) week!

Please remember to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using today’s new stamps!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Palm Trees and Multi Step Sail Boats from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah and Metallic Bluebell from THe Paper Co.
Inks: (all Memento Inks): Large Palm Tree: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove,  Step #1 – Pistachio. Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch,  Step #1 – Desert Sand. Small Palm Tree: Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio,  Step #1 – Pear Tart. Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch,  Step #1 – Desert Sand. Foot Prints: Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch. Sail Boat: Step #3 – Danube Blue, Step #2 – Danube Blue so 1x, Step #1 – Summer Sky. (The lighter sail boat was done with the same color recipe, only washed out with all the glimmer mist and water spraying).