What’s in your Easter Basket?

Happy Easter from KSS!

Spring Tulips … were you hoping for chocolate?

Bunny-and-Tulip-Basket

 

 

Another pair of Easter cards to share. The first, all but the sentiment, was first cut out with SVG cut files. Then stamped (all inks used are listed below), followed by assembling the pieces together. I accomplished this by adding adhesive to the back of the basket and then arranging the flowers from behind and then trimming the excess.

Stamps used to create both cards: Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear StampsBaskets (Multi-Step) Clear StampsBitty Tulip Bouquet (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Pretty Tear Drops Clear Stamps, and Swirly Hearts & Stars Clear Stamps.Hoppy-Easter-Bunny-and-Gerber-Daisy

Using SVG cuts has completely changed the way I stamp… which I really do love! I can have card “components” cut and stamped ahead before knowing what type/design of a card I want to make… which is a life saver for last-minute cards! 🙂

My second card is stamped without any SVG cuts. The main piece is stamped all together on one layer, then cut out with a metal die. Still no masking. I stamped the grass right over the bunny… so he looks like he is sitting in the grass. Stamping the grass on the purple cardstock was an afterthought so it doesn’t quite line up… but gets the job done. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky day!

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Tulip Card

Stamps: Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear StampsBaskets (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Bitty Tulip Bouquet (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest-Classic Cream from Neenah. So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder from SU! Designer Paper scrap?

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Tulips: [stems] Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 Pear Tart, Step #1 – New Sprout. [blossoms] Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 – Love Letter, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Angel Pink.
  • Basket: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 Desert Sand, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.
  • Bunny: Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 London Fog so 1x.
  • Sentiments: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: Big Scalloped Squares from Spellbinders and pop-up dots.

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Sunny Gerber Daisy Card

Stamps: Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear StampsPretty Tear Drops Clear Stamps, and Swirly Hearts & Stars Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Perfect Plum & Soft Sky from SU! Designer Paper scrap?

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Bunny: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Toffee Crunch, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 Espresso Truffle.
  • Gerber Daisy: Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.
  • Stem & Leaves: (Pretty Tear Drops stamps) – Bamboo Leaves.
  • Grass: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Swirly Hearts Background: Orchid Ice (Opalite)
  • Sentiments: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: Deckled Rectangles from Spellbinders, small purple rhinestones,  and pop-up dots.

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Trucking down the Bunny Trail

For a Hare Load of Kitchen Sink Stamps Fun!

With Easter around the corner, I had two more Easter cards I wanted to share with you before popping them in the mail!

After stamping the backgrounds of both cards. For Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Classic Old Truck (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps: hill, tree, grass, flowers, sky, and sentiment. And for Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Teddy Bear Wishes (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps: sentiments and green brush stroke. I added the stamped, assembled SVG Cut files on top to finish.

Using individual stamped SVG Cut piece made it easier for me to position the bunny in the truck with eggs. I assembled the different pieces, by adding adhesive to the back of the truck bed. Same for Teddy and his Bunny Ears and basket of eggs.

Thanks for Stopping by and Happy Easter!

Easter-Truck-and-Bunny

Supplies for Easter Truck Card:

Stamps: Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Classic Old Truck (Multi-Step) Clear StampsTrees (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Rolling Hills (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Tree Friends (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft) from Neenah. Wisteria Wonder from SU! Misc. paper scraps for the eggs.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Truck: [BASE] Step #3a – Tuxedo Black, Step #2ba – Gray Flannel, Step #1a – Tuxedo Black so 1x. [BODY] Step #3b – Northern Pine, Step #2b – Olive Grove, Step #1b – Pistachio 2x’s, Step #1b – Pistachio, Step #5b – Espresso Truffle.
  • Bunny: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Lady Bud 2x’s, Step #4 Lady Bug. 
  • Rolling Hill: Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – New Sprout 2x’s, Step #1 – New Sprout, Step #4 – Cottage Ivy.
  • Grass: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Flowers: Love Letter
  • Tree: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy,  Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Peart Tart, Step #2 – New Sprout.
  • Swirly Hearts: Summer Sky.  Soft clouds: sponged with Summer Sky.   
  • Sentiment: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: pop-up dots, small egg paper punch, tiny yellow and orange rhinestones (center of flowers), and Clear Star Gelly Roll pen (highlight touches on flowers and eggs).

Bunny-Teddy-Bear

Supplies for Bunny Teddy Bear:

Stamps: Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Teddy Bear Wishes (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Baskets (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps, and Brush Strokes (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest-Classic Cream from Neenah, So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder from SU! Misc. paper scraps for the eggs.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Teddy & Basket: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 Desert Sand, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.
  • Bunny Ears (cut off of large stamped bunny) Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 London Fog so 1x.
  • Grass Brush Stroke: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy, Step #3 – Bamboo Stalk, Step #2 – Pear Tart, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Sentiments: Paris Dusk, Bamboo Leaves & New Sprout (double stamped).

Embellishments: pop-up dots, small egg paper punch, tiny yellow and orange rhinestones (center of flowers), and Clear Star Gelly Roll pen (highlight touches on flowers and eggs).

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. 🙂

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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.

One Card – two different sentiments

Happy Monday!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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A quick reminder, today is the last day for our Mother’s Day Sale.

20% off everything in stock  (ends midnight PST)

with PROMO CODE: LOVE

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I can hardly wait … NEW stamps coming this June!

More info to come.

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Does my Mother’s Day card look a little familiar? The original can be found HERE.

Hello-Spring-Card

I hate to have to admit this … but there are times when I stamp a card and for some reason or another, I don’t end up using it with the original stamped sentiment. Thank goodness for die cut shapes! It’s a great way to change a sentiment! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!

Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you too!

Connie • Julie • Lisa • Lynn

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Stamps: Whole FamilyMulti Step Baskets3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet3 Step Honey Bunny and 3 Step Hydrangea (butterfly) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Rose Quartz from Stardream Chiara and (die cut sentiment) Regal Rose from SU.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted): 
Basket: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Step #1 – Vintage Sepia SO 1x followed with Desert Sand. Tulips Leaves: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #4 – Olympia Green (VersaFine). 
Tulips: (middle bunch): Step #1 – Rose Bud SO 1x, Step #2 – Rose Bud, Step #3 – Lilac Posies, Step #4 – Lilac Posies 2x’s, Step #5 – Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic) SO 1x. Tulips (the bunch on left): Step #1 – Rose Bud, Step #2 – Rose Bud 2x’s, Step #3 – Lilac Posies, Step #4 – Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic), Step #5 – Imperial Purple (VersaFine) SO 1x. Tulips (the bunch on right): Step #1 – Rose Bud 2x’s, Step #2 – Lilac Posies, Step #3 – Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic), Step #4 – Imperial Purple SO 1x, Step #5 – Imperial Purple. 
Bunny: Step #3  – Smokey Gray (VersaFine), Step #4 – Smokey Gray (VersaFine) & add Onyx Black (VersaFine) to the eyes and nose only, Step #2 Nigera Mist (VersaMagic), Step #1 – Pearl. Beige (Brilliance) SO 1x. 
Grass: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 Cottage Ivy. 
Butterfly: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. 
Sentiment: Lilac Posies.
Other: Scalloped Scissors from Fiskars, Fancy Framed Tags Two (Shapeabilities) from Spellbinders and Gems from K&Co.