Flowers that withstand Heat Waves

A Record High Temperature in Southern Calif. at 111° +

Can’t stop Multi-Step Flowers from Blooming!

Late last week and into the early part of this week, many parts of the globe were (and still are) experiencing intense heat waves … and I mean crazy hot heat waves! Where I live, it got to a record-breaking 111° on July 7th! That same day, reports said that the surrounding cities of Los Angeles were hotter than Death Valley, CA which had a high of 102°! Needless to say, the few things that I can grow in my yard and garden (Calif. native drought-tolerant plants), are now all crispy fried!

I find these days, the one type of gardening I have any success with is … a stamped one! LOL! I would love to hear from those in other states and countries when your garden is under siege from the heat, what plants stand victorious?

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I found after stamping the swirls background, the blue hydrangeas fought a bit with the swirls and felt the sentiment wouldn’t pop enough. Adding an overlay of light pink vellum (translucent) sheet over the swirls was the answer!

Stamps used to create both cards: Hydrangea Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Basket Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear StampsGiant Sunflowers Multi-Step Clear StampsWhole Family Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.

The Sunflower card below was less involved. I started by stamping the three sunflowers close together on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock. Added leaves around the blossoms and then trimmed down the stamped cardstock to fit the layered card base. Sponged the edges and adding the ladybugs last. It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a few drops of Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves to look like dew drops.

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Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you this week.

Lynn – Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper

Jeanne – Nana Loves Stamping

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(Hydrangea Card)

Stamps: Hydrangea ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Basket (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Whole Family Clear Stampsand Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Vista from Stardream, and Pink Vellum from The Paper Company.

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Hydrangeas(with svg files) [light variation] Step #4 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance), Step #3 – Summer Sky, Step #2 – Sea Breeze (VersaMagic), and Step # 1 – Angel Pink stamp off 1x.  Step #4 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance), Step #2 – Paris Dusk stamp off 1x, and Step # 1 – Summer Sky stamp off 1x. [dark variation] Step #4 – Nautical Blue, Step #3 – Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Stone Blue (Catherine Pooler), and Step # 1 – Summer Sky stamp off 1x + Angel Pink Stamp off 1x.

  • Leaves(with svg files) [light variation] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, and Step # 1 – New Sprout. [dark variation] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, and Step # 1 – Pistachio.

  • Basket(with svg cut file) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand.

  • Background Swirls: Summer Sky and Paris Dusk stamped off 1x.

  • Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine).

Embellishments: pop dots.

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(Sunflower Card) 

Stamps: Giant Sunflower ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Soft Sky and Always Artichoke from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Sunflowers: Step #1 – Shea Butter (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Sauna (Catherine Pooler), Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, and Step #5 – Espresso Truffle.

  • Leaves: (no masking) Step #1 – Green Tea (Catherine Pooler), Step #2 – Eucalyptus (Catherine Pooler), and Step #3 – Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

  • Ladybugs: (no masking) Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Love Letter, and Step #1 – Lady Bug. 

  • Sponged Card Edge: Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

  • Sentiment: Spruce (Catherine Pooler).

Embellishments: Clear Nuvo Crystal Drops on some of the leaves.

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Hydranges, Blue Jeans and Pearls

…  and a KSS for the Bride to be!

This past weekend, I attended a Bridal Shower. It starts the count-down to a special wedding that is extra close to my heart … my God-Daughter is getting married! It was definitely one of those, “OMG, wasn’t it just yesterday she was this little peanut that stretched out perfectly in my lap!?” It wasn’t yesterday, but sure feels like! lol 

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I love the colors she has chosen for her wedding … “Champagne, Beige Brown, and Blue Jeans”. So of course, like any card maker … I let her color combo inspire a color challenge!

Stamps used to create this card Hydrangea (Multi-Step) Clear StampsWedding Rings (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Whole Family Clear Stamps.

I used a piece of blue, sandable cardstock from Core’dinations. Using the textured side and sanding with layers of cardstock underneath the blue cardstock so the card stock wasn’t flat when I started sanding. This gave the cardstock a “worn in” jeans look in more spots than others. It is hard to tell from the photo, but the center heart is cut from Stardream Quartz cardstock. It has a shimmer, pearl metallic look to it, so it is a bit slick. I used Onyx Black (VersaFine) ink for the sentiment so I could get a crisp stamped image. So far, VersaFine is the only ink I have had success stamping fine detail on Stradream’s metallic cardstock. [If anyone has had success stamping on metallic paper with any other type of ink, I would love to hear about it.] To be safe from any last min. smudges (yes, I have had finished cards, only to smudge them while placing them in the envelopes! URGH!) … I left it to dry all day before adhering it to the card. In the meantime, I added the scalloped heart to the card so I could add the bottom layers of hydrangeas and leaves (all SVG cuts) and work out where the “pop-up” hydrangeas would go. 

I am happy with how it turned out and I think the Bride-to-Be was too! Oh, and for those of you who attended my Texas workshop back in 2010 … it is Kelly who is the Bride-to-Be (yup, the one with the stretched out arms❣)

kss-crewThanks for stopping by and please check out the beautiful Mother’s Day card that

Lynn has created this week.

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Stamps: Hydrangea (Multi-Step) Clear StampsWedding Rings (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Whole Family Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Classic Cream Crest, Environment Desert Storm (Kraft), and Stardream Quartz & Cappuccino from Neenah.  Blue textured/sandable from Core’dinations.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

  • Hydrangea: [Variation 1 – drk. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal, Step #4 – Nautical Blue. [Variation 2 – med. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Paris Dusk. [Variation 3 – lt. blue] Step #1 – didn’t use, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #3 – Teal Zeal so 1x, Step #4 – Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance).
  • Leaves: [Variation 1 – large] Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout. [Variation 2 – small] Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
  • Sentiment: Onyx Black (VersaFine)

Embellishments: Nestabilities – Hearts and Scalloped Hearts. Adhesive pearls from Michael’s and pop dots.

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.

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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.

Pink Hydrangeas

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!

 My card for today was inspired by Lynn’s 10 min. challenge – #76 (10MC76) – quick masking with nestabilities. I think adding a shape, in this case a square, behind the flowers, makes the flowers look like they are “popping” out of a bow or “window” instead of floating. Thanks Lynn for sharing this great challenge (and tip).

I used 3 Step Hydrangea , 3 Step Letters from the Past and Words of Love.  I think I was a bit heavy-handed when sponging the ink in the square masked area …  I think I should have used a lighter pink. It looks too much like the same color as the flowers. Live and learn. 🙂

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The Color Recipe for 3 Step Hydrangea can be found HERE .

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 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful (and inky) week!

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

Connie Julie Lisa Lynn Makiko

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Stamps: 3 Step Hydrangea , 3 Step Letters from the Past and Words of Love from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento unless noted): 
Front Hydrangea: Step #4 – Elderberry, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Lilac PosiesStep #1 – Rose Bud.  Back Hydrangea: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 – Lilac PosiesStep #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Angel Pink. Leaves: Version #1 – Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves. Version #2 – Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Sentiment and Script: Northern Pine. Masked Area: Rose Bud and blending Lilac Posies closest to the edge of the square mask.

Hello … hello … HELLO Spring!

No, this is not a belated April’s Fool jokeYES, I am Back!

It is sooo good to be back and to say

… Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!

I sure have missed stamping with everyone & the KSS Crew over this past (too long to mention) months! I hope this post finds everyone well and looking forward to Spring… I know I am!

When I last posted … I’m not sure if I mentioned that my family & I had moved to a new home. Well, we did! It has taken much longer than I ever had expected to deal with all the boxes [I am  STILL unpacking – URGH!], but we are loving our new home. So, I can’t help but have “clearing out things” on my mind….

First order of business in the Kitchen … we’re having a Big Spring Cleaning Sale!!!!


30 % off   everything in stock

April 2
ending  April 6 (midnight – EST)

Promo Code: springclean30

Free shipping @ $50.
Help me make room for new stamps for Spring! 😉

Please remember to check what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up for you this KSS Monday.

Angela ConnieJulieLisaLynnMakiko

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Stamps: Multi Step Baskets, 3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet, 3 Step Honey Bunny and 3 Step Hydrangea (butterfly) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Rose Quartz from Stardream Chiara.
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 (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 (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:  Olympia Green (VersaFine).