Encore Hummingbird

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Hummingbird-with-zinnia2It is the first week in February and 3/4 of the world is dealing with freezing cold weather but in So. Calif, it has felt like Spring!

I am ignoring Mr. Groundhog’s predicted of another 6 weeks of Winter, and sharing a bit of Spring anyway! I hope no one minds seeing a repeat performance from Mr. Hummingbird accompanied by a couple of sunny orange Zinnias.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on last Friday’s Flash Back Giveaway …  for a chance to win a set of Multi-Step Invisible Snowman, and if you already have that set and win… you’ll be able to choose a different small set. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and

please check out the beautiful Valentine card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi-Step Hummingbirds and Multi-Step Zinnia from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Stardream Kunzite & Cappuccino from Neenah. Marmalade Blast from Bazzill Basics. Perfect Plum from SU!
Inks(Memento unless noted)
Hummingbird: [Head] Step #3a – Tuxedo Black, Step #2a – Paris Dusk, Step #1a – Rose Red (add Rich Cocoa to beak). [Body] Step #6a – Paris Dusk,  #5a – Bamboo Leaves, Step #4a – Pear Tart. Step 8a – Love Letter. Sponge Rich Cocoa to feet.
Zinnia: Step #5 – Grape Jelly, Step #4 –  Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 – Love Letter, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. Leaves: [variation#1] Step#3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. [variation#2] Step#3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: French Lilac (Palette)
Embellishments: Chevron embossing folder – Darcie, Classic  Rectangles Nestibilities, 1/4″ Perfect Plum grosgrain ribbon – SU!, Stamp paper edgers – Fiskers, and pop-up dots.
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Multi Step Stamping on Glass

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I just got back from Creativation 2018, which was held this year in Pheonix, AZ. Besides the great Seminars and Workshops … there is the mind-blowing, sensory overload trade show exhibit floor! I look forward to getting my hands on some cool craft products that I saw this past weekend (most of the new products should be out by Spring), but what I love most about walking the massive area filled with make and takes and vendors … scoping out “What can I stamp on?”

I usually find something at this event that I either haven’t tried stamping on or haven’t been successful with stamping on … and this year’s show did not disappoint!

One word… GLASS!KSS-Humming-Bird

I have tried multi-step stamping on glass and mirror and it never turned out. Yes, I used Stazon and other alcohol inks, but I don’t care for what they do to clear stamps and not thrilled with the outcome when layering inks … the stamp slides around and doesn’t leave a great impression after the first layer of ink.

Solution: Etch the glass or mirror first!

I have done some etching before and my experience with it was messy, smelly and highly TOXIC… which could be all the reasons why it never occurred to me that I might have better luck multi step stamping on glass or mirror if I etched an area first!

Then I stumbled across a table that was doing a make and take with glass etching … and they weren’t in gloves (or hazmat suits – lol)! I had to see exactly how much etching they would be doing?

I was totally impressed with the ease the “make and takers” at the table were encountering with the product, but when the demonstrator said, “… Just pour the leftover back into the jar. It is reusable!”  WHAT!!!?? I gave my friend Traci (who joined me in Pheonix) a look and she saw the smoke coming from my brain! She knew I wasn’t leaving until I could try out this product for myself and see if I could stamp on it! LOL!Mirror_with_Etchall

After taking in a ton of etching tips and ideas from the demonstrator, Lyndia, (maybe that was the owner’s name? Barbara is the owner), and her assistants (they were all awesome!!!), it was our turn to sit down and try this awesome etching cream, Etchall. Of course, we had to be difficult! “No thank you”, when offered the prepared hummingbird stencil/mask they had for everyone trying the product … “Nope, we just want to etch a square, thank you.” After seeing the confused looks on all of their faces, we told them why.

“Finally! We have some stampers!”, beamed the lady doing the demonstration (I was so engrossed with all the demos I forgot to look at anyone’s names!). They seemed just as thrilled as we were to give etching and stamping try, especially when I told them it was for multi step stamping and that meant layers of ink.

The photo right above is the mirrored square that I etched at the make and take. This etching cream truly was easy to use! No gloves, no smell and used very little because the rest went back into the bottle. Got to LOVE that!

It is a bit hard to tell in the photo at the top of my post, but that is the same piece of etched mirror that is in the close-up photo below. (photographing mirror isn’t as easy as paper! lol) The top photo shows how the light bounces of the mirror and the colors “light up”. The bottom photo shows the detail of the stamps.

I am REALLY happy with how this multi step stamping experiment turned out!

What do you think: Have you ever stamped on etched glass or mirror? Would you ever want too? I would love to know your experiences (failures and successes)!

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Thanks for stopping by and

please check out the cozy winter scene card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi Step Hummingbirds from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Other Supplies: Mirror, painters tape and Etchall (which I have come to learn can be found at Hobby Lobby and Amazon! – Where have I been?)
Inks: (all Palette (P) & VersaFine (VF) Inks as noted)
Hummingbird: (Head) Step #1a – Chartreuse (P) and add Cognac (P) to the beak only, Step #2a – Beaux Arts Blue (P), Step #3a – Onyx Blak (VF). (Body) Step #4a – Chartreuse (P), Step #5a – Viridian Leaf (P), Step #6a – Prussian Blue, Step 7a – Onyx Black (VF), Step #8a L’Amore Red (P) head near the eye and again with Violete (P) fill in the neck.

Web Note Book … labor today for ease tomorrow!

Happy Labor Day and Happy KSS Monday!

It is so hard to believe that summer is over when most of the country is having a major heat wave!  Well, I hope wherever you are, you are having a wonderful and restful Labor Day … and staying cool! 

Today is the last day of our Labor Day Sale – 30% off all in stock stamps! 

Promo Code: LABOR30. Sale ends midnight tonight – (PST).

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Today’s project may look a bit “labor” intensive, but it is so worth it!

I was getting so tired with all my scraps of paper and post-it notes with login & password info. Frustrated having to hunt through the pile when I forgot which password or which email address (I have 5 now!) I used to create an account…. not to mention if I had changed the password!

So, I finally got my act together and created a WEB Note Book. It has made my life so much easier! I can now find login/password/email info with a flip of a page. I added clear dividers (from Zutter) so I could separate my web book info into different sections…  one for personal, one for business and the 3rd section for all my father’s login info – since I do all his banking & payments online too.  (Internet tip: To help prevent getting hacked into, use a different email address for different activities – [ie:  one only with financial transactions, one only for purchase, etc.] … and use different passwords and user names for each web & email account).

My WEB Note Book was stamped using  Multi Step Iris & Multi Step HummingBirds.

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If you are interested in stamping your own WEB Note Book, I have uploaded the templates for 4 different inside pages, which can be found HERE.

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For more info about Multi Step Stamping with Copics, go HERE.

The Color Recipe for Multi Step Iris, go HERE.

The Color Recipe for Multi Step Hummingbirds, go HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Labor Day and an inky week!

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

Connie  • Julie  • Lisa  • Lynn  • Tammy

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Stamps: Multi Step Iris, Multi Step Hummingbirds, 3 Step Letters from the Past and Big & Bold Swashes from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) – Irises: (Burgundy Iris): Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lilac Posies. White Area colored in with Copic Markers: RV10, R11 and R00. Stem: Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Olive Grove. 
(Purple Iris): Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Sweet Plum so 1x. White Area colored in with Copic Markers: Y15, Y19, Y-38. Stem: Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 Cottage Ivy. Flower Bud: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #4 – Lulu Lavender. 
(Pink Iris): Step #4 – Lilac Posies, Step #3 – Rose Bud so 1x, repeat, Step #2 – Lulu Lavender, Step #1 – Angel Pink. Stem: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves. 
(Yellow Iris on back cover): Step #4 – Cantaloupe + Desert Sand, Step #3 – Cantaloupe, Step #2 – Toffee (VersaFine), Step #1 – Dandelion so1x, repeat. Stem: Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves.
Leaves: (variation 1): Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves so 1x, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Cottage Ivy. (variation 2): Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves so 1x, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Olive Grove. (variation 3): Step #1 – Pear Tart, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Olive Grove.
Hummingbird: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – London Fog, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 – Desert Sand so1x.
Cover: BKGD Script: Desert Sand. Big Swash: Rich Cocoa. Stamps:(Postage Stamp): Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Desert Sand. (Other Stamps): Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black.
Embellishments: 1-1/4″ Black Owire, 7.5×5 Chipboard Covers, 7.5×5 Clear Acrylic Folder Tabs all from Zutter. Gold Sharpie marker – line inside rectangle insert on the cover.

4 New Stamps are HERE …and the winners are…

4 New Stamps are finally HERE …

Multi Step Iris

Multi Step Mother’s Cameo

Multi Step Pears

Multi Step Hummingbirds

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Via random number generator,  the winners to KSS’ New April Stamps Give-Away are…

1st prize a $25.00 KSS gift certificate goes to: #42

2nd prize a $15.00 KSS gift certificate goes to: #34

3rd prize a $10.00 KSS gift certificate goes to: #22

Congratulations to the winners!

(Note to the winners: Please email me  at kitchensinkstamps@gmail.com, and your gift certificates will email back to you!)

A big Thank You to everyone who entered, it was a joy reading what you love about Spring!

I’ll back shortly with a card made from one of the new stamp sets, plus details of a new KSS  Customer Reward Program. In the meantime, please check out what the KS Crew has created using the new stamps for your viewing pleasure.

ConnieJulieLisaLynnMakiko