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

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


 Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!


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.

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.

Aim for the moon!

Hope everyone’s 4th of July was a wonderful one!


Today’s color recipe was requested by a couple of our KSS Forum Members,

Multi-Step Owl & Autumn Moon, which can be now be found HERE.


With the faint images of fireworks still dancing in my head … I pulled out Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon and Friends of the Moon and attempted to recreate a moonlit night of fireworks.

In my post, Quick Masking with Embossing Powder/Resist Technique  (dye inks yield the best results – pigment inks can still leave a stain of color), I showed how you can use clear embossing powder as a mask. So it seemed fitting to use the same technique for my moon (with ripped paper to define the mountain silhouette) and fireworks (using an assortment of colored metallic embossing powders along with ink with clear embossing powder on top). After all my fireworks were in place, applying the ink pad directly to the paper (Memento – Pair Dusk and Danube Blue), the sky was filled with cleaning the excess ink on the moon and fireworks with a Q-Tip. Using the other half of torn paper (for the mountains), again – applying the ink pad directly to the paper (Memento – Olive Grove & Gray Flannel), to create the mountain silhouette.


This card was stamped on white cardstock. It did not have the dramatic punch I was looking for … if only I could stamp my moon onto black cardstock?… which I have not had success with … so far.



This is an example of Step #1 using Moonlight White  from Brilliance (and I have tried others which I will not name)

Over stamped 3x’s – yuck!

What I wanted was  … this! This bright white was created using white embossing powder for Step #1.


But, if clear embossing powder can act as a mask, how was I going to get the following layers of ink to stick to white embossing powder?    

[Off Topic Side Note: A few days ago I was reading about using Sharpie Markers for adding decoration/art to a manicure. To keep the Sharpie from smearing when adding the clear top coat fo polish, hairspray was used to create a clear barrier. It dried fast, clear and did not affect the Sharpie or the top coat polish… the hairspray acted as a fixative. A fixative not just for hair.]


This got me thinking! It seems that hairspray is not just a fixative for hair … why not for ink too!  So, I rolled up my sleeves and started to experiment. Here are the end results.


Step #1 – Stamp with VersaMark and use Detail White Opaque Embossing Powder.

• Allow embossed moon to cool.

• Spray with hairspray. (Don’t worry about wet spots – they will dry relatively quickly. A heat gun will speed up the process.)

OPTIONAL NOTE:  Using an anti-static embossing bag (Embossing Buddy) after the hairspray dried – yield even better results with the ink hold detail.

Step #2 – Niagara Mist by VersaMagic (pigment inks worked much better than dye inks).

Step #3 – Smokey Gray by VersaFine (I thought the ink looked a bit strong in some areas, so I Kimwipe [a lint-free tissue] to blot those areas.)


There you have it… a white moon on black paper. 🙂


For this card (Black Cards Stock), I created the moon as stated above and used a piece of ripped paper for the mountains. The mountains remain the black paper.

Before adding the embossed fireworks as in the first card… using Step #1 again (on top of the finished moon) – VersaMark and transparent Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

After stamping the fireworks in an assortment of embossing powders and with the torn paper mask still in place – directly used a dew drop ink pad – Night Sky from VersaMagic, to create the slanted streaks in the sky and define the mountains left of the moon.


Stamps: Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon and Friends of the Moon from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: For card stamped on white: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. For card stamped on black: Basic Black from SU!
Both cards finished with Metallic Copper from SU! and Metallic Blue Steel from The Paper Co.
Inks: see above in post for inks used. 
Embellishments: Assortment of embossing powders used with VersaMark. From Stampendous: Detail White-Opaque, Detail Clear-Transparent, Star Dust-Transparent, Kaleidoscope-Transparent, Red Dragon-Opaque and Aqua Tinsel-Opaque. From Ranger: Super Fine Detail Silver-Opaque. From Sparkle N Sprinkle: Copper Dreams-Detail Opaque and Irish Spring-Detail Opaque.