A little Last Minute Love

Be-Mine-OrnamentHappy Valentine’s Day from KSS!

My card today was inspired by a card that I saw on Pinterest – HERE.  I thought hearts hanging from a tree branch was a cute idea… and was happy to pull out the stamp sets: Multi-Step Hearts Clear Stamps and Multi-Step Owl and Autumn Moon Clear Stamps to do mine own version!

I then did a couple of Valentine’s Day tags with Multi-Step Teddy Bear Wishes Clear Stamps and Words of Love Clear Stamps. 

It has turned into a tradition with our boys, to give them a container with their favorite candy.  It appears as they get bigger, so does the container! lol

Do you have Valentine’s Day tradition that you have with your loved ones?

Wishing you all a day filled with love … and sweets!

Teddy-M-and-M-jarThanks for stopping by and please check out the beautiful Valentine card from Lynn McAuley.


Stamps:  Multi-Step Hearts Clear StampsMulti-Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps (tree branch), and Words of Love Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Stardream Mars from Neenah.

Inks: (Memento unless noted)

  • Heart: Step #1b – Lady Bug, Step #2b – Rhubarb Stalk + Sweet Plum, Step #3b – Grape Jelly. 1b outline Grape Jelly, dots outline – Love Letter. 
  • Tree Branch: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle,  Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch. 
  • Sentiment: Love Letter

Embellishments: Xmas Red Stickels, Bakers Twine – Maraschino Red.


Stamps:  Multi-Step Hearts Clear StampsMulti Step Teddy Bear Wishes Clear Stamps (tree branch), and Words of Love Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Stardream Mars from Neenah.

Inks: (Memento unless noted)

  • Heart: Solid Heart  – RoseBud (then overstamp again with smaller solid heart). Heart Drop Shadow – Outline heart – Lulu Lavender.
  • Bear: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa,  Step #Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 –  Desert Sand.
  • Sentiment: Grape Jelly

Embellishments: Scalloped Hearts Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Bakers Twine – Maraschino Red. Pitch Black – Spica pen (highlights on bear’s nose and eyes).



Last day for KSS/My Sweet Petunia Blog Hop


First, thank you ALL for the wonderful well wishes!

It truly has been an amazing 10 years and I am looking forward to the next 10! I hope you had as much fun as I did last Monday hopping from blog to blog with My Sweet Petunia’s Design Team?! Everyone’s cards on the hop are amazing! You won’t want to miss seeing them all! And if you haven’t had a chance to leave your comments for a chance to be one of the 2 winners … Today is the last day!


Everyone who comments on every stop of the hop will have a chance to be one of the two winners.

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• One winner will have the choice of an original or mini size MISTI from My Sweet Petunia

The second winner will get a$50 gift certificate from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

The 2 winners will be announced tomorrow (October 3rd) onMy Sweet Petunia’s blog and on the KSS blog (here).

Stamps:  Multi Step PumpkinsMulti Step Sunflowers, Multi Step Brush Strokes, Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon, Ready 4 Any Holiday, and Make a Big Statement from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Environment Desert Storm (Kraft) and Classic Crest Classic Cream from Neenah. So Saffron, Basic Black, and Kiwi Kiss from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks)
Pumpkins: Step #5 – Potter’s Clay, Step #4 – Potter’s Clay so1x & repeat, Step #3 – Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion. Stems: Step #2 – Gray Flannel or Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee or Desert Sand. Leaf w/vine: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. Face: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 – Gray Flannel.
Sunflowers: Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x, repeat, Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 1x, Step #5 – Tuxedo Black 2x’s, Step #4 – Tuxedo Black so 1x, repeatLeaves: Step#3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio.
Moon: Step #3 – Gray Flannel so 1x, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. 
Ground: (Brush Stroke) Step #4 – Olive Grove 2x’s, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio 2x’s, Step #1 – Pistachio. 
Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.
Embellishments: None.

Dreaming of a Tropical Sunset


I hope the long weekend was good for 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 this great 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! 😉

Stamps used: Multi-Step Palm Trees Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Lighthouse Clear Stamps (rock) and Multi-Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.Tropical Island Sunset Card

Multi-Step Palm Trees color recipe can be found HERE.  

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 Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Lighthouse Clear Stamps (rock) and Multi-Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Amethyst from The Paper Co. 

Inks: (all Memento Inks)

  • Palm Trees: 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).

EmbellishmentsFine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used for the sun.

Aim for the moon!

Hope everyone’s 4th of July was a wonderful one!


Today’s color recipe was requested by a couple of our KSS Forum Members,

With the faint images of fireworks still dancing in my head … I pulled out Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps and Friends of the Moon Clear Stamps and attempted to recreate a moonlit night of fireworks.

In my post, Quick Masking with Embossing Powder/Resist Technique  (dye inks yield the best results – pigment inks can still leave a stain of color), I showed how you can use clear embossing powder as a mask. So it seemed fitting to use the same technique for my moon (with ripped paper to define the mountain silhouette) and fireworks (using an assortment of colored metallic embossing powders along with ink with clear embossing powder on top). After all my fireworks were in place, applying the ink pad directly to the paper (Memento – Pair Dusk and Danube Blue), the sky was filled with cleaning the excess ink on the moon and fireworks with a Q-Tip. Using the other half of torn paper (for the mountains), again – applying the ink pad directly to the paper (Memento – Olive Grove & Gray Flannel), to create the mountain silhouette.


This card was stamped on white cardstock. It did not have the dramatic punch I was looking for … if only I could stamp my moon onto black cardstock?… which I have not had success with … so far.


This is an example of Step #1 using Moonlight White  from Brilliance (and I have tried others which I will not name)

Over stamped 3x’s – yuck!

What I wanted was  … this! This bright white was created using white embossing powder for Step #1.


But, if clear embossing powder can act as a mask, how was I going to get the following layers of ink to stick to white embossing powder?    

[Off Topic Side Note: A few days ago I was reading about using Sharpie Markers for adding decoration/art to a manicure. To keep the Sharpie from smearing when adding the clear top coat fo polish, hairspray was used to create a clear barrier. It dried fast, clear and did not affect the Sharpie or the top coat polish… the hairspray acted as a fixative. A fixative not just for hair.]

This got me thinking! It seems that hairspray is not just a fixative for hair … why not for ink too!  So, I rolled up my sleeves and started to experiment. Here are the end results.


Step #1 – Stamp with VersaMark and use Detail White Opaque Embossing Powder.

• Allow embossed moon to cool.

• Spray with hairspray. (Don’t worry about wet spots – they will dry relatively quickly. A heat gun will speed up the process.)

OPTIONAL NOTE:  Using an anti-static embossing bag (Embossing Buddy) after the hairspray dried – yield even better results with the ink hold detail.

Step #2 – Niagara Mist by VersaMagic (pigment inks worked much better than dye inks).

Step #3 – Smokey Gray by VersaFine (I thought the ink looked a bit strong in some areas, so I Kimwipe [a lint-free tissue] to blot those areas.)


There you have it… a white moon on black paper. 🙂


For this card (Black Cards Stock), I created the moon as stated above and used a piece of ripped paper for the mountains. The mountains remain the black paper.

Before adding the embossed fireworks as in the first card… using Step #1 again (on top of the finished moon) – VersaMark and transparent Kaleidoscope embossing powder.

After stamping the fireworks in an assortment of embossing powders and with the torn paper mask still in place – directly used a dew drop ink pad – Night Sky from VersaMagic, to create the slanted streaks in the sky and define the mountains left of the moon.


Stamps: Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon Clear Stamps and Friends of the Moon Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: For card stamped on white: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. For card stamped on black: Basic Black from SU!

Both cards finished with Metallic Copper from SU! and Metallic Blue Steel from The Paper Co.

Inks: see above in post for inks used. 

Embellishments: Assortment of embossing powders used with VersaMark. From Stampendous: Detail White-Opaque, Detail Clear-Transparent, Star Dust-Transparent, Kaleidoscope-Transparent, Red Dragon-Opaque and Aqua Tinsel-Opaque. From Ranger: Super Fine Detail Silver-Opaque. From Sparkle N Sprinkle: Copper Dreams-Detail Opaque and Irish Spring-Detail Opaque.