Get Well Flowers

Cheerful Flowers for a speedy recovery

I made this card for a dear stamper, Tammy, who recently had knee surgery. I hope it brought her some cheer?! 🙂Get-Well-Daffodils

Stamps to make this card: Spring Daffodils Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Bitty Tulip Bouquet Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Baskets Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Tulips, dragonfly, and sentiment stamped directly on card stock. Daffodils and basket were cut out with coordinating SVG Cut Files and then stamped (see color recipe links below) and added with pop dots.

Color Recipes for these stamp sets:

Spring Daffodils

Bitty Tulip Bouquet

Baskets

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Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Cappuccino from Stardream. Soft Sky from SU!

Sentiment Ink: Pistachio (Memento)

Don’t forget to check in with the KSS Design Team and see what they have cooked up. Have a wonderful Inky day!

Lynn • Jeanne

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Encore Hummingbird

Hope springs eternal or Eternal Hope for Spring?

Hummingbird-with-zinnia2It is the first week in February and 3/4 of the world is dealing with freezing cold weather but in So. Calif, it has felt like Spring!

I am ignoring Mr. Groundhog’s predicted of another 6 weeks of Winter, and sharing a bit of Spring anyway! I hope no one minds seeing a repeat performance from

 Hummingbird (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps accompanied by a couple of sunny orange Zinnias (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on last Friday’s Flash Back Giveaway …  for a chance to win a set of Multi-Step Invisible Snowman Clear Stamps, and if you already have that set and win… you’ll be able to choose a different small set. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and please check out the beautiful Valentine card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi-Step Hummingbirds Clear Stamps and Multi-Step Zinnia Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Stardream Kunzite & Cappuccino from Neenah. Marmalade Blast from Bazzill Basics. Perfect Plum from SU!

Inks: (Memento unless noted)

  • Hummingbird: [Head] Step #3a – Tuxedo Black, Step #2a – Paris Dusk, Step #1a – Rose Red (add Rich Cocoa to beak).
  • [Body] Step #6a – Paris Dusk,  #5a – Bamboo Leaves, Step #4a – Pear Tart. Step #8a – Love Letter. Sponge Rich Cocoa to feet.
  • Zinnia: Step #5 – Grape Jelly, Step #4 –  Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Love Letter, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe.
  • Leaves: [variation#1] Step#3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. [variation#2] Step#3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Sentiment: French Lilac (Palette)

Embellishments: Chevron embossing folder – Darcie, Classic  Rectangles Nestibilities, 1/4″ Perfect Plum grosgrain ribbon – SU!, Stamp paper edgers – Fiskers, and pop-up dots.

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

Purple-Sympathy

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.

Daisy in perfect alignment

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I recently had a request for some suggestions for lining up the set, 3 Step Daisy. I thought some visuals would be helpful.

First, here is a card I did a while ago. As you can see the smaller daisy is certainly not lined up.

Thank-you-Daisy

I was playing around and did this on purpose for a couple of reasons. 1)  I was trying to create a thin petal and fuller looking daisy and 2) to show that this set is one of the few multi-step sets form KSS that is pretty forgiving when it comes to lining up each step. Now, with that said, on to the visuals that will put your daisies in perfect alignment.

To begin, my suggestion is to start by stamping the center of the daisy (no number) in the darkest color you planning on using. This daisy center was stamped using Espresso Truffle (Memento).

Step-4

 Yes, I am asking you to stamp in the opposite order and not follow the standard order of Steps 1, 2, 3 (you will have to trust me). The ink rule still applies. Smallest step number = lightest color ink. Largest step number = darkest color ink. Next, lining up Step #3.

When lining up the next stamp (Step #3), look for “peaks” and valleys” to help identify “target points” for positioning the stamp over of the previous image.

Line-up-for-Stpe-3

This example shows Step #3, image side down, over the previously stamped image. By stamping in reverse order, it is easier to see that step #3 creates an outline of space following the peaks and valleys around the top half of the daisy center. Because the spacing is evenly spaced around the peaks and valleys, this entire spot is used for lining up Step #3. Try and check at least 3 different spots to ensure the proper alignment. SIDE NOTE: This is what I really love about multi-step stamping with the MISTI, at this point, after I have positioned the next stamp (as seen above) exactly where it belongs, I just close the MISTI lid on top of the stamp. When I open the lid again, the stamp is now stuck to the lid in the perfect spot for stamping!

Step-3Step #3 was stamped using Potter’s Clay (Memento).

Line-up-for-Step-2

Next Step #2. This sample shows the following spots as target points for alignment: a set of dimples at the top of the “flat petal” (top of example), a long and narrow peak to the right of the “flat petal”, and a valley on the opposite side of the daisy (at the bottom of example).

Step-2Step #2 was stamped using Morocco (Memento).

Line-up-for-Step-1

The last stamp is Step #1. In addition to positioning the stamp as the arrows indicate the target points, look for a slight “space” outline at the top of the “flat petal” and around the solid petals at the bottom. This space should remain the same thickness at the top and at the bottom of the daisy.

Step-1Step #1 was stamped using Tangelo (Memento).

This is the end result when finished. I think stamping in reverse order really helps to SEE where each stamp fits by surrounding the previous step.

Let me know what you think. Which order do you prefer to multi-step stamp … standard order or reverse order? Please let me know if this tutorial helped you with lining up your 3-Step Daisy stamps.

A PDF of this tutorial can be found HERE.

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Card above – Stamps:  3 Step Daisy from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah. Always Artichoke and Crushed Curry from SU!.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Large Daisy: Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Center: Tuxedo Black. 
Leaves: Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves.
Small Daisy: Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 (again and shifted) – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion, Center: Tuxedo Black.
Ladybug: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Rhubarb Stalk.
Sentiment: Northern Pine.
Embellishments: True Thyme Ribbon from SU!.

A​ bouquet of bookmarks

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So, I went a little bookmark crazy! Today I have three of them and each stamped with a different flower. I used the stamp sets: 3 Step Daisy, 3 Step Hearts & Roses, and Multi-Step Giant Sunflowers. Don’t they make a lovely bouquet when all together?

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I used vellum to create a center rectangle in the center of the rose bookmark so the type would read better over the roses.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!

Please check out the beautiful card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  3 Step Daisy, 3 Step Hearts & Roses, Multi Step Giant Sunflower, and Vintage Words from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Sunflower Bookmark: 
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. 
Rose Bookmark:
Rose: Step #4 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Love Letter, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Angel Pink. 
Leaves: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.
Sentiment on vellum: Onyx Black (VersaFine).
Daisy Bookmark: 
Blue Daisy: Step #3 – Paris Dusk, Step #2 – Bahama Blue, Step #1 – Summer Sky, Flower Center: Tuxedo Black. 
Pink Daisy: Step #2 – Lilac Posies, Step #1 – Rose Bud, Flower Center: Tuxedo Black. 
Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.
Embellishments: Vinyl bookmark sleeves, vellum on Rose Bookmark, and various ribbon from stash.