Luggage Tags that will make your bags stand out!

A little vacation from sneak peeks with a stamping Luggage Tags tutorial!

Minnesota Loon chip board luggage tag make and take for JunkieFest 2018

While I was working out the Minnesota Loon Luggage Tag Make & Take for JunkieFest 2018, I also stamped these fun Hawaiian themed luggage tags! Hawaiian Luggage Tags Pineapple, Hula Girl, Palm Trees

Stamps used to create luggage tags: Aloha! Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Palm Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsLighthouse Multi-Step Clear Stamps (seagulls), and for the address lines on the back of tag – Playful Frames & Journaling (retired) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Hawaiian Luggage Tags Pineapple, & Hula Girl Here is a quick tutorial to make and stamp your own coaster luggage tags.

Materials and Tools:

  • 4″ square chipboard coasters
  • Punch Tool from Making Memories (and hammer)
  • Xacto Knife and metal edge ruler
  • self-healing cutting mat
  • electrical tape or washi tape

Coaster Chipboard Luggage Tag materials and tools

Step 1: With a self-healing mat, metal edge ruler, and Xacto knife cut a 4″ square chipboard coaster in half.

Cut 4" square Coaster Chipboard in half

Step 2: Cut a round corner on each “square corner” on the side of the coaster that was cut down the middle.

  • A: Stack both coaster halves (now 2 tags) together with the rounded corner tag on the top of the “square corner” tag.
  • B: Align the top tag to match up on both sides of the bottom tag (see photo B below). The area that is indicated as orange in photo B, will be the area that is cut off.
  • C: With a xacto knife and using the top tag round corner as a guide, carefully trim away the excess “square corner” from the bottom tag. NOTE: Be careful not to cut into the top tag while cutting the bottom tag.

Cutting round corner of Coaster Chipboard Half

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the other “square corner” of bottom tag, so all 4 corners of the tag are now round.Finished cut coaster chipboard tag

Before punching the slot at one end of the tag …  IF you are using this tool and planning on punching more than 1 or 2 tags (still be careful), it is a good idea to tape the tool’s cutting tip to the striking handle. The tip can easily slide away from the striking handle cause an open space that will then close when hitting down on the striking end of the handle with a hammer and it is possible for the skin on your hand/fingers to get pinched. (While my son was helped me punch 150 tags, this happened to him causing a blood blister on the palm of his hand :(.) We used electrical tape to secure the cutting tip to the handle, but I believe washi tape would work too.tip: tape punch tip to striking handle Placing the tag on a self-healing mat that is on a hard/no flex surface (counter, cement floor, etc.) position slot cutting tool at one end of the tag and hit the striking end with a hammer. This should take about 2 to 3 hits with the hammer. You will see on the other side when the tool has cut through. If you find that you are having to strike with the hammer more than 3 times, the surface under the self-healing matt isn’t hard or sturdy enough.

Finished cut and slot punched coaster chipboard tag

Now all you have left to do is stamp away on the tag front.

Hawaiian Luggage Tags Aloha Palm Trees

After stamping the front of the tag, I stamped “address lines” using the journaling lines stamp from Playful Frames & Journaling (retired).

As for the luggage tag strap, I used approx. 7″ in length of 1.25″ wide grosgrain ribbon and lightly burned the cut ends with a lighter to prevent the ends from unraveling. To fasten the ribbon ends together, I used plastic snaps (found on Amazon). I am sure there are many other options for attaching your luggage tag, but I wanted something lightweight and that wouldn’t have a backside edge that could scratch the handles of my suitcase (and with 150 to make, I wanted fast and easy;)) so I chose to use a plastic snap (the kind they use on infant clothes). Note: if using snaps, the second end of the ribbon needs to go through the tag before adding the last snap.


Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give stamping your own luggage tags a try.

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


(Pineapple, Hula Girl, and Palm Tree Luggage Tags)


Stamps used to create luggage tags: Aloha! Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Palm Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsLighthouse Multi-Step Clear Stamps (seagulls), and for the address lines on the back of tag – Playful Frames & Journaling (retired) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: 4″ square chipboard coasters

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

Embellishments & Tools1-1/4″ wide grosgrain ribbon, plastic snaps, and Punch Tool from Making Memories.


KSS Make and Take Fun at Stamp Junkie Fest

I left my heart in … Minnesota

and at Stamp Junkie Fest 2018!

MN-thinking-of-You-CardThe last week of July, I headed out to attend “Stamp” Junkie Fest 2018, for their annual get together. Stamp Junkies is a Facebook group that started in the spring of 2015 and formed the common LOVE of stamping with the MISTI. In 3 short years, the group has grown to just under 30k members! As more and more members ask (in my case… I pleaded!) Chris Dalton, the organizer of the event, if they too can join the annual “get-together” … the Stamp Junkie gathering could no longer be held at someone’s home or a local craft store… so this year 122 Stamp Junkies (plus teachers, Stamp Junkie admins & business owners) took over the Embassy Suites in Minneapolis, MN for 3 inky fun-filled days!

Stamps used to create card: Cabin by the Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Pine Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsLighthouse Multi-Step Clear Stamps (rocks)Ocean Waters Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps (sneak-peak), and the special limited edition stamps for Stamp Junkie Fest 2018 – Minnesota Loon Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Tiny Norway Pine Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

When I saw a post for Junkie Fest 2018 in its planning stage, I did something that is quite out of character … I asked Chris Dayton if I could invite myself!  Are you asking why? Well, besides sounding like it would be a LOT of fun … I thought this would be a fabulous chance to design a special Make & Take for an awesome crowd of stampers. Plus, as I have written in the past posts, I spent my childhood summers on Lake Vermillion in northern MN, so when I find a chance to go back and see family … I jump at it … and this time dragging my KSS traveling and stamping workshop buddy, Traci, along too! I was so excited when Chris said there was room for me to do 2 M&Ts! So I got busy!Junkie-Fest-M&T-samples These are the 2 finished Make & Takes I created just for JunkieFest 2018. A Minnesota Loon coaster chipboard luggage tag and a Norway Pine Christmas wood disk ornament. Below are the Limited Edition stamp sets that each make & taker received to take home when they finished.


There is a little story behind the Christmas ornament M&T that I would like to share. While I was thinking about what sort of M&T I would create for this special event, this spring, my husband cut down a small pine tree that had to come down. It was growing under a huge oak tree in our front yard… the pine never had a chance. It was while I was searching to purchase more 4″x4″ coasters (to cut in half to create the luggage tags) I ran across some images of wood disk drink coasters … (lightbulb moment!).

I didn’t want to buy 125-150 wooden coasters for a Christmas ornament M&T … especially since I had been staring at a stack of small pine logs stacked on the edge of our driveway for the past month! My M&T idea quickly became a family project. My husband cut 150 + 2.5″ to 3″ dia. wood disks at 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick (perfect thickness to stamp on when using the Misti after removing the insert foam pad). Our oldest son sanded both sides (they had to be smooth to stamp on) and drilled all the holes at the top! Our youngest son lucked out this time! LOLNorway-Pine-JunkieFest

I decided to use the Misti and conduct our M&T as an “assembly line”. This strategy would allow me to align each stamp step ahead of time on a separate Misti. Those partaking in our M&T wouldn’t have to worry about aligning any stamps… just ink up, stamp and then move to the next Misti. One problem. How to stamp on a circular object using the Misti??? Answer: attach the disk to a square piece of cardstock. I have to admit (humble toot), it worked like a dream! wood-disc-set-up

JunkieFest 2018 was a huge success, meeting lovely ladies (members, admins, and company owners) and tons of creativity swirling around … I am not even going into the amazing swag bag or door prizes for the those attending (it was beyond words)!

Here are some of the beautiful and thought cards I received while at JunkieFest!

Thank you cards from Junkie Fest 2018

Thank you cards from Junkie Fest 2018

I hope you will consider clearing your calendar for next year and join Stamp Junkies in Minn. next year for JunkieFest 2019… I can hardly wait!


Oh… and if you were wondering about the water in this card … it is the first sneak peek to KSS next stamp release, available early next week! Will have 3 more sneak peeks for you later this week.

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


(MN Cabin at the Lake Card)

StampsCabin by the Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Pine Trees Multi-Step Clear StampsLighthouse Multi-Step Clear Stamps (rocks)Ocean Waters Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps (sneak-peak), and the limited edition stamps for Stamp Junkie Fest 2018 – Minnesota Loon Multi-Step Clear Stamps and Tiny Norway Pine Multi-Step Clear Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, and Blue Bayou from SU!

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Cabin: Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step # 2 – cabin area – Potter’s Clay, roof area – Toffee Crunch, and chimney area – Gray Flannel, Step #1 – (roof & chimney area only) – London Fog.

  • Pine Trees: for variations, see Pine Trees Color Recipe.

  • Tall Norway Pines: Step #2 – Rich Cocoa 2x’s, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

  • Loon: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Spruce (Catherine Pooler), Step #1 – London Fog.

  • Rock: Step # 3 – Espresso Truffle, Step # 2 – Gray Flannel, Step #1 London Fog, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle.

  • Water: Step #2 – Paris Dusk, Step #1 – Danube Blue and then sponge Summer Sky in the water foreground.

  • Flying birds: Toffee Crunch

  • Island in distance: (mask off using one side of Tiny Norway Pine) Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.

  • Sky: sponged with Summer Sky and a scrap of cardstock cut with Puffy Cloud Borders metal die from Lawn Fawn

  • Sentiment: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: pop dots, Christmas Red Stickles (Loon’s eye), Wink of Stella clear from Zig (water highlights).


MN-Loon-M&T(MN Loon Luggage Tag) 

StampsStamp-Junkie Fest 2018 – Minnesota Loon Multi-Step Clear Stamps

Paper: 4″x4″ chipboard coaster, cut in half and slot punched at one end (with Ribbon Slot Punch Tool from Making Memories).

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Loon: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Spruce (Catherine Pooler), Step #1 – London Fog.

  • Sentiment: Spruce (Catherine Pooler)

  • Address Lines on back: London Fog 2x’s

Embellishments: 1-1/4″ wide grosgrain ribbon & plastic snaps


Norway-Pine-Ornament-M&Tsolo(MN Norway Pine Christmas wood disk ornament) 

StampsStamp-Junkie Fest 2018 – Tiny Norway Pine Multi-Step Clear Stamps

Paper: 3.5″x3.5″ cardstock for temporarily adhering to wooden disc when stamping with Misiti.

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Tree: Step #3 – Burnt Sienna (Palette), Step #2 – Grass Green (GinaK), #1 – Landscape (Palette)

  • Sentiment: Lipstick (GinaK)

  • Flying birds: Gray Flannel

EmbellishmentsRemovable Dot from Glue Dots, twine for hanging ornament.

Kitchen Sink Stamps 4th of July Sale is On!

KSS is Gearing up to Celebrate the 4th with some Firecracker Savings


My memories of 4th July growing up were always spent at the lake up and watching the fireworks over the water. Today’s card reminds me of those peaceful summers … no cell phones, no computers, video games … how on earth did we survive? LOL!Cabin Amongst Burch Trees Friend card

Anyway, on about today’s card. I while back I had been stamping “something” with Multi-Step Trees and while I was at the computer I glanced back over to my stamp table and the Tree set that was laying sideways catch my eye! The trees did not look like trees, but bushes! That got me thinking (usually a dangerous thing!), and I wondered if masking the tree down the middle and stamping it horizontal instead of vertical like a tree, would it look like bushes? AND could the other half of the tree look like bushes as a reflection on water? Well here is my experiment and I think it works… what do you think? Best part … I did not mask the lake/tree. I stamped it right on top of the stamped water! I did mask the birch trees and then stamped the side “bush” by the cabin, but stamped directly on top of the cabin too. Don’t you just love when you see something new because you looked “it” from an entirely different direction? … and this time a messy craft table was a help! LOL

Stamps used to create this card: Birch Trees Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Cabin by the Lake Multi-Step Clear Stamps, Trees Multi-Step Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps.

Close Up of Tree - Cabin Amongst Burch Trees Friend cardHere is the same card with the “lake/tree” section on its side (in the correct direction for the tree) Yup, it is a tree! The same tree stamped in the card below.

I suggest once in a while turning things on their side, upside down or partially covered up … you may be surprised by what you see! 😉

To help kick off the Summer,  you will find 20% OFF EVERYTHING in stock! (except Back Order & Out of Stock items). Now until July 5th midnight. Happy 4th!

Use the Code: july4kss20

Tree in Poppy Field Thank You cardPlus, before the end of July/August, the following stamp titles will be moving to the Kitchen Pantry for Special Order, so here is your chance to get these sets on sale.

  • Champagne Celebration Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Cup of Warm Chocolate Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Mix It Up! Alphabet Clear Stamps
  • Mother’s Cameo Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Nesting Dolls Clear Stamps
  • Ribbons with a Cause Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • School Days Multi-Step Clear Stamps
  • Thanks with Style Clear Stamps
  • Vintage Words Clear Stamps
  • Wedding Couple Multi-Step Clear Stamps

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

Lynn – Confessions of a Left-Brained Stamper

Jeanne – Nana Loves Stamping


(Top Card)

Stamps: Birch Trees ( Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Cabin by the Lake (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Trees (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, and Words 4 Celebrating Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft) from Neenah. Always Artichoke from SU! 

Inks(all Memento Inks unless noted) 

  • Birch Treestree trunks – Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch, stamp 1x, repeat. tree canopy leaves – Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves.
  • Cabin(mask birch trees) Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step # 2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 (rooftop only) – London Fog.
  • Bushes left of Cabin(with birch trees still masked) Step #4 – Cottage Ivy, Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves + Pistachio, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Water(mask cabin) Step #2 – Paris Dusk, Step #1 – Bahama Blue.
  • Lake Bushes(over stamp water) Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • Silouhette Canoer: Tuxedo Black, stamp 2x’s.
  • Clouds: sponged with Summer Sky and a scrap of cardstock cut with Puffy Cloud Borders metal die from Lawn Fawn
  • Sentiment: Juniper Mist (Catherine Pooler).

Embellishments: Twine from Michael’s.


(Bottom Card) 

Stamps: Multi Step Rolling Hills Clear StampsMulti Step Trees CLear StampsMulti Step Tree Friends Clear StampsMulti Step Cabin by the Lake Clear Stamps (clouds) and Make a Big Statement Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

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

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Hills: Step #4 – Olive Grove, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 (bottom half) – VersaMark + EP Dragon Red from Stampendous! 

  • Clouds: Step #1 – Frost White (ColorBox), Step #2 – Frost White 2x’s, Step #3 – Frost White 3x’s. 

  • TreeStep #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. 

  • BirdsLondon Fog. 

  • Sentiment: Love Letter 2x’s.

Embellishments: pop up dots.

Finding a Lucky Rainbow


Patience paid off with this card!

This was one of those “card ideas” that came to a screeching halt shortly after I started, then sat untouched over the past couple of months … ever have one of those projects? 


Green-Hills-Pot-O-Gold by Kitchen Sink Stamps

With St. Patrick’s Day in mind and using the set Multi Step Rolling Hills, I was determined to turn green hills into something a bit more “magical” to surround a pot of gold (from Multi Step St. Patrick’s Day 4 Ducky & Teddy)… but I had no rainbow.  😦

After I stamped my “Irish Spring Hills”, I was stuck… so I pushed it off to the side and there it sat … and sat!

Then a few days ago, a “lucky” thought hit me! I could use Step #1 from Multi Step Lucky Horseshoe and bend it open just a bit (didn’t want to tear it) and maybe it would look like a rainbow!


First-Layer-rainbow It worked! Above shows the following colors: Lady Bug (red), Dandelion (yellow), Bamboo Leaves (green), Danube Blue and Grape Jelly (purple). Great start, but I wanted the full-color spectrum of a rainbow (who doesn’t?)

Stamping again the in-between colors (magenta, orange, yellow-green, green blue, violet blue) while overlapping the previous colors, would do the trick.


Second-Layer-rainbowAbove shows Tangelo overlapping Lady Bug & Dandelion.

After I had my rainbow, the rest of the card came together really quick! I guess it is true … “Good things come to those who wait”!  Just glad the idea finally came before St. Patrick’s Day did! 😉

Here is a close-up that shows the embossing powder on the hills and I added Rock Candy Stickles to the rainbow and gold.

Have a Magical Day!


Check in with the KS Crew and see what inspiration they have cooked up for you.

 Lisa  Lynn 


Stamps: Multi Step Lucky Horseshoe (to create rainbow), Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover, Multi Step St. Patrick’s Day 4 Ducky & Teddy, Multi Step Cabin by the Lake (clouds) and Multi Step Rolling Hills from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Soft Sky, Kiwi Kiss and Certainly Celery from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted and all images are stamped on white cardstock unless noted)Rainbow: Lilac Posies, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk and Grape Jelly. Hills: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pistachio + Pear Tart, Step #3 – VersaMark + EP Irish Spring from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Clouds: (stamped on Soft Sky card stock) Step #1 – Frost White (ColorBox), Step #2 – Frost White 2x’s, Step #3 – Frost White 3x’s. Shamrocks BKGD: (stamped on Certainly Celery card stock) Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Cut out Shamrocks: (Large) Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – New Sprout. (Medium size-but use the smallest shamrock for steps #3 & #2) Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. (Small) Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Pot of Gold: (POT) Step #3 – Tuxedo Black 2x’s, Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Tuxedo Black, so 1x. (GOLD) Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #2 – Cantaloupe 2x’s, Step #1 – Dandelion. Tiny Shamrocks: (around the pot of gold) Cottage IvySentiment: Cottage Ivy.

Embellishments: Rock Candy Stickles, light and dark green adhesive rhinestones from Michael’s and pop dots. Scalloped paper edgers from Fiskars (the end of the rainbow).

Changing Seasons


Turning Summer into Winter.
Cabin amongst the Pines from Kitchen Sink Stamps

Last week, I shared a card using the stamp sets, Multi-Step Cabin by the Lake and Multi-Step Pine Trees paired together to create a cozy, summer scene. Using two of the new sets from yesterday’s release, Multi-Step Snowy Cabin, and Multi-Step Icy Pond, along with Multi-Step Snowy Pine Trees, now that same little cabin can be used to create a frosty winter wonderland.
Multi Step Snowy Cabin stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps

I made a change in the cabin. Besides adding a wreath to the door, I separated the roof from the cabin “walls”. This would make it easier to add snowy “accents” to the roof as shown on my card above. First I stamped the cabin (#b) and then the roof (#a). Stamping Step #2b with London Fog. Then I stamped Step #1b with VersaMark and added embossing powder  – Kaleidoscope for a sparkling, icy looking roof.

Icy Pond from Kitchen Sink Stamps

With my Icy Pond card … no masking was needed. The mini snowy pine trees can overlap each other. Finished most of the tree clusters by using Step #1 to add snow …by stamping with VersaMark and adding embossing powder  – Winter Wonderland.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a happy inky day!


(CARD #1 – Warmest Wishes) Stamps: Multi Step Snowy Cabin, Multi Step Icy Pond, Multi Step Snowy Pine Trees, Multi Step Tree Friends and Greetings from the Woods from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Handsome Hunter from SU! Metallic Ice Blue from Paper Co.

Inks: (all Memento Inks)Cabin: Step #4a – Rich Cocoa, Step #2a – Toffee Crunch, Step #1a – London Fog, Step #3a – Bamboo Leaves 2x’s. Roof: Step #2b – London Fog, Step #1b – VersaMark + EP Kaleidoscope from Stampendous! Pond: Step #3 – Summer Sky 2x’s, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – London Fog so 1x, repeat, Skater: London Fog. Snowy Pine Trees: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy (or Olive Grove), Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves. Snow Drifts: #2 – London Fog, Step #1 – VersaMark + EP Kaleidoscope from Stampendous! Stepping Stones: Step #2 – London Fog, Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 1x. Distant Trees: London Fog and Desert Sand. Sentiment: Desert Sand and Gray Flannel.

Embellishments: Pop dots.


(CARD #2 – Icy Pond Scene) Stamps: Multi Step Icy Pond,  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks)Trees: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, #1 – VersaMark + EP Winter Wonderland from Stampendous! Pond: Step #3 – Summer Sky 2x’s, Step #2 – Summer Sky, Step #1 – London Fog so 1x, repeat. Skaters: London FogSnow Drifts: Step #1 –  London Fog, Step #2 -VersaMark + EP Winter Wonderland.

Embellishments: Silver cord from SU!.