Truck load of news from Kitchen Sink


Happy KSS Monday!

It may have seemed very quiet over here at KSS … which means …

NEW STAMPS are coming!

Yes, 5 new stamp sets will be available Mid-October! I can hardly wait to share more details which will be very soon.


Another thing that has kept me busy, I finally broke down and purchased a Silhouette cutting machine. I have to say – I wish I had done it SOONER!  Cutting masks directly out of masking paper or cardstock cut-outs for stamped images can be done in a flash!  Plus, much more accurate than when I would try cutting out by hand! (got to love that!)

Now, I am not pushing or enabling anyone to go out and purchase this machine – I have no tries with Silhouette.  BUT, if you have one already, I am thrilled to be able to now offer our KSS customers a

FREE BonusKSS die cut files for our Multi Step stamp sets.

[Update: I have had to put a small price on digital die cut files, but if you have purchased the coordinating stamps, the die cut files will still be free. Find out all the info HERE.]

I am still figuring out all the details regarding files (.svg  -vs  .dxf).  I understand that the standard Free software that comes with the Silhouette (Portrait or Cameo), can’t open .studio files or .svg files without having to convert them to .dxf files. So until I figure out an easier way to upload options that both standard and DE software users can download…. for now, email me directly at If you have some other type of computer/software cutting machine that supports .svg files, please let me know. I would love to test out a file with you and see if it will work on your machine too.

Let me know what version of Silhouette software you are using and the stamp set name for die-cut files wanted. I will email you the files directly.


Here is a sliding gift card holder I created using my Silhouette and one of their many, many awesome templates. The really exciting part for me was to die cut the truck and present so they could pop off the front. Also being able to add a die cut layer under the banner (blue) and not having to cut it by hand was totally cool!

Birthday Gift Card from Kitchen Sink Stamps



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

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for today!

Connie  • Julie  • Lisa  • Lynn  • Tammy


Stamps: Multi Classic Old Truck, Multi Step Gift, and Seed Packet from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Classic Cream and Solar White Classic Crest and from Neenah. Designer Paper Mini Deck – “Wanted” from Cosmo Cricket. Chestnut Crème and Rubbed Sage from Flavors Gourmet.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) – Truck: (BASE) Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Gray Flannel, Step #1 – London Fog. (BODY) Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #4 – did not use.
Gift: (BOX) Step #3 – Danube Blue, Step #2 – Bahama Blue, Step #1 – Summer Sky, Step #4 – Nautical Blue. (RIBBON) Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion, Step #4 – Toffee Crunch.
Banner & Sentiment: Rich Cocoa and Espresso Truffle.
Embellishments: Small & Large Labels – Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Sliding gift card holder (ID#39181) – Silhouette.

Ahoy there …

… it’s KSS Monday!

I hope everyone’s summer is sailing along smoothly. 🙂





Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for today!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn • Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Sail Boats and Plaid Plus! from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Mars from Stardream. Loganberry Pie from Bazzill Basics.
Inks: (all Memento Inks) – Sail Boat: Step #4 Nautical Blue, Step #3 – Danube Blue, Step #2 – Danube Blue so 1x, Step #1 – Summer Sky. Red & Blue Stripes (inside card): Rhubarb Stalk and Danube Blue. Sentiment: Rhubarb Stalk and Danube Blue.
Embellishments: A Starry Night edger Punch from EK Success. Denim Twine from The Twinery.

Bucket full of Sunflowers from the Kitchen Sink

Happy KSS Monday, with a Sunflower Bucket List Note Pad

Today’s project was inspired by a friend.  Before celebrating her 50th birthday she made her first jump skydiving (and with her mom too!!!).  I recall her comment after the jump … “that was one for the bucket list!”

This tall narrow notepad is an official KSS “Bucket List” created with Multi-Step Giant Sunflowers Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps and 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps. 😉

Sunflower Bucket Note Pad - front cover

Instead of using daisies (sorry, dark humor), I decided to stamp some cheery and sunny sunflowers. 🙂   The masking for the letters, flowers, and leaves were done using the “clear embossing masking technique” (more info about this technique can be found HERE ).  First I stamped the word “bucket”, then the flowers and leaves followed by the drop shadow for “bucket”.  Next time I think I will apply clear imboss directly to the white cardstock (for white letters), then add the drop shadow … followed by filling in the background behind the letters with leaves making the word “bucket” pop more.

Sunflower Bucket Note Pad - back cover     Sunflower Bucket Note Pad - inside

If you’re interested in stamping a Bucket List notepad (or a narrow list pad in general) the numbered list PDF template for inside page can be downloaded by going HERE.


When posting my Giant Red Sunflower Tag Card, I realized the original had slipped through the “blogging cracks” and I never shared it … so here it is. 🙂

Giant Sunflower Card - Wishing you a

Giant Sunflower Card - Wishing you a Happy Birthday - inside card


Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful (and of course … inky) week!

Don’t forget to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you today!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps[Bucket List Note Pad] Multi-Step Giant Sunflowers Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps and 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps.

[CARD]  Multi-Step Giant Sunflower Clear Stamps, Never a Loss 4 Words Clear Stamps and Ready 4 Any Holiday Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 

Paper: [Bucket List Note Pad] – Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah wraparound chipboard. (Inside Cover): Honey Velvet Solid Velvet Paper for sei. [CARD] – Shimmery White, Kraft and Always Artichoke from SU! Golden Luster and Mango from The Paper Co.

Download: [Bucket List Note Pad] – inside list – go HERE

Inks(all Memento Inks) – [Bucket List Note Pad] – Sunflowers & Lady Bug: Please see Multi Step Giant Sunflower Color Recipe for the 4 different color variations used. Sentiment: “Bucket” – Toffee Crunch w/ Espresso Truffle drop shadow. “List” – Potter’s Clay w/ Potter’s Clay so 1x drop shadow. Swash: Toffee Crunch. [CARD/Inside]Sunflower & Leaf – same CR as on cover. Lady Bug: Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lady Bug. Sentiment: Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart.

Embellishments[Bucket List Note Pad] Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink. 1/2″ Bind-It-All silver wire from Zutter. [CARD] – Slot punch and Spiral punch from SU! Adhesive rhinestone & orange gingham ribbon from Michael’s. [Inside Card] Atyou Spica pen – Black (ladybug trail). Green adhesive rhinestone from Michael’s.

Getting Ready for the Holidays!


June 25th

This Tuesday is KSS’ Annual

“6 Months ‘Til the Holidays” Sale!

Get a jump on your holiday crafting or holiday gift giving!

Use the promo code HOLLY20 and get 20% off everything in the KSS store – one day only!

Sale ends midnight (PDT).




Thanks for stopping by!

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, Multi Step LighthouseMulti Step Ornament & Stars and Never a Loss for Words from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah, Metallic Jade from The Paper Co. and Figgy paper pad from Basic Grey.
Inks: (all Memento Inks): Large Palm Tree:  Step #2 – Olive Grove,  Step #1 – Pistachio, Step #3 – Northern Pine. Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch,  Step #1 – Desert Sand. Sea Gulls: Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x,  Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 2x’s. Ornament: Love Letter. Water: Summer Sky, Bahama Blue and Danube Blue – direct pad stamping. Sand: Desert Sand direct pad stamping. Shoreline: sponge Moonlight White (Brilliance). Sand mound by Palm Trees: sponge more Desert Sand. Sentiment: Natical Blue.
Embellishments: Golden Star Gelly Roll PEn from Sakura.

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).