Building an Army of Teddy Bears

Happy KSS Monday …

It’s Official 5 New Stamp Sets on the way!

Next Monday, Oct. 21st, five new stamp sets will be available in the KSS store. As always, when new stamps are released … I will be sharing Sneak Peeks with all of you through this week.

Here is the first!



My last post, I mentioned that I broke down and got a Silhouette cutting machine. Ever since it arrived, I have been cutting up a storm… and LOVING IT!!! (Note: I am not affiliated with, nor do I sell Silhouette products) I feel like having stamped, die cut images (ready to go), is changing the way I am making cards … is it possible that I really WILL get my Christmas cards done before Thanksgiving this year!!?! 😉

Something else … I admit I have always wanted to stamp 2 teddy bear buddies arm n’ arm, but the making of arms, ears, feet, etc. … seemed like a nightmare  – until now! 🙂  Having to die cut Teddy Bears, anything is possible.



Now, I have been used to stamping, then die-cutting with my BigShot … so cutting first, then stamping??? I thought this wasn’t going to be so easy. Lining up stamps to fit within cut lines? Multi step stamping on the die-cut shape? This sounded like a recipe for frustration… die cut shape shift about right before stamping or having to pick or peel the card stock shape of the stamp after stamping … and for each step?!!  — I knew there must be a better way!

Then it hit me!

Ok, maybe you all are doing this sort of technique already and I’m just way behind and not sharing anything new??? But, just in case you’re not … my “ah-ha” idea is to multi step stamp die cuts using the adhesive tacky cutting mat (for the electric die cutter) along with a contrasting card stock background!

Here is what I did:

First:  Using 2 pieces of 4″x5″ card stock, one white and one kraft. Cut 3 die cut teddy bears in each color of card stock. (The bear is for the stamp set, Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes and the die cut files can be downloaded for FREE in the KSS store.)Step-1


Second: For both white and kraft – pop out the die cut teddy bear shapes. Keep the outer portion of the die cut card stock – they will be used as the “contrasting background”.

I am right-handed, so I used the lower right corner of the “tacky” adhesive cutting mat and placed the kraft outer portion of the die cut card stock on top. The lower right corner allows me to stamp without the sides of my hands or the bottom of my forearms from sticking to the cutting mat (which when stuck to my arm, made a mess and really bugged my sink). Then I placed the 3 white teddy bear die cut shapes, into the empty cut shapes of the kraft card stock.



Third:  I first stamped with Step # 3 in Rich Cocoa. This step/stamp had most of the bear image where I could use a dark color. The contrasting color of the two card stocks gave me a good visual outline (target) for positioning my stamp. The dark ink on the stamp made it easier to see where the image was going to land on “target area” of the card stock. The tacky cutting mat kept the inked bears in place after stamping (yeah!) I found that it was easier for me to rotate the stamp to match the die cut shape instead of turning the cutting mat/card stock. [NOTE: see the teddy in the upper right, I was a little off with positioning the stamp which left some white at the bottom of his feet. This was easily covered with some ink and a dauber .]



 After stamping all 3 bears with Step #3, I continued with:

Step #2 – Toffee Crunch

Step #1 – Desert Sand

Step #4 – Tuxedo Black

After these bear were finished, I did the same process with the kraft die cut bears and the white outer die cut portion of card stock.

Step #3 – Rich Cocoa

Step #2 – Toffee Crunch

Step #1 – did not use

Step #4 – Tuxedo Black



What was REALLY exciting … was how fast this whole process was!

So of course, I had to time how long it really took.


Die Cut Time:  3  teddy bears – 3:56

6 teddy bears – just under 8 mins.   (OMG!!!)

Stamping Time: 6 teddy bears – 5:42

Total Time:  6 die cut, multi step stamped bears in less than 15 mins!!!!

In a matter of no time, I had an ARMY of Teddy Bears! 😉


… AND when you have an ARMY of  Teddy Bears … you can do almost anything!  😉


Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more sneak peeks!

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

Connie  • Julie (hiatus)  • Lisa  • Lynn  • Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and (Kraft) Environment Desert Storm from Neenah. Designer Paper Mini Deck – “Pheobe” from BasicGrey. Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Marigold Morning from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks noted above) Shadows Lighter Teddy Bear: added some shadows behind darker Teddy Bear – Desert Sand.
Banner: Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Petite Ovals & Petite Scalloped Ovals – Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Large Round Corner Punch from Fiskers. Ribbon from Michael’s. Wooden tooth pick. Banner: (Design ID #20957) download file from Silhouette.

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.

Dreaming of a Tropical Sunset



I hope the long weekend was good to all!


I realized two things when preparing today’s post.

First – lately, I have been obsessed with land, sea & sky … and trying to master the look with ink & paper.  Second … I soooo long to go on a tropical vacation! 😉

On my quest to find inspiration (and some tutorial help) with water and sand, I found a tutorial from Michelle Zindorf (find it HERE – Note: go to the bottom of her post), where she shows a technique using an ink pad directly to paper. But, instead of dragging the ink pad across the paper, I (for the lack of a better word) “buffed or scuffed” the ink pad across the paper. Starting on the outside of the paper, apply the ink pad to the paper. While moving the ink pad towards the center, begin to lift it up off the paper. The same motion as when buffing your nails for a manicure … I hope that makes sense??? I used the flat part of the ink pad for wider areas of color and the edge of the ink pad for streaky lines of color. For the sand, I inked up an acrylic block and stamped directly onto the paper – (find Beate Johns’ “Stamped Acrylic Block Background” tutorial HERE).

I am very happy with how the water, sand and sunset sky turned out on this card … I sure wish I could have just stamped it! 😉

Here is a quick “how to” (ink colors are listed below). To start, masked off the horizon with some masking tape and stamp the setting sun. Next, cover the sun with clear embossing powder to act as a mask when creating the sky. You can see, I was a bit off with the clear emboss over the sun … but I’ll call it a happy accident because I think it helps define the sun from the sunset. After creating the sunset with the technique mentioned above was the water area. I moved the tape to the other side of the horizon and cover up the sunset area. Added torn paper that had a curve to mask over the beach area (save the other half for the following step). When the water was finished, used the other half of the torn paper to cover the water and created the sand. Next, removed all masking and sponged white pigment ink to create the “foamy” shoreline. I choose to overstamp the palm trees and the distant island (rock) on top of the sunset, for the effect that the sunset was casting its colors onto the palm trees and island.

 … if only I could be there, sipping on a Mai Tai!





Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a wonderful (and inky) week!

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

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Palm Trees, Multi Step Lighthouse (rock) and Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Amethyst from The Paper Co. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks) – Palm Trees: please see color recipe HERE Sun: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Tangelo. Sunset: (application ink pad directly to paper) Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum and Paris Dusk. Water: (application ink pad directly to paper) Summer Sky, Teal Zeal and Danube Blue. Shoreline: Moonlight White from Brilliance. Sand: (application ink pad directly to acrylic block & stamp) Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch. Island (Rock): Step #3 –  Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch (did not use Step #4).
Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used for the sun.