Poppin in with a simple Pop Up!

A Pop Up Bunny for a KSS Easter Surprise!



For as long as I can remember, I have always loved pop-up books but felt I needed an engineering degree (or tear the book apart) to figure out how it all works! Then I stumbled across these simple Stampendous DCP1008 Pop Up Stages Die-Cut Set. These dies make it so easy to add the right size pop-up to a card!

First I did a “template sample” with all pop-up dies on one sheet of cardstock. This made it easy for me to see which die # would be the right size for the object that would be popping out, which would be the large bunny from Honey Bunny (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps. Both the bunny and the larger lamb from Little Lambs (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps [on the template sample], used the #2 die.pop-up-sample

When doing a pop-up card, you really need to think about make 2 cards … an inside and an outside and then adhere the two cards together. This way the outer card hides the die cut tab that is needed for the pop-up but leaves a whole on the other side.

I created the inside of the card first … which is completely opposite to how I usually stamp a card. lol! After I finished the inside, I realized I had no idea what the front of the card would be! If I used the bunny on the inside, as the “surprise” … what would the front image be or design say that wouldn’t give the bunny surprise away inside? Then it hit me! “Got Eggs?”! What else would a bunny say or ask this time of year? … well besides, “Please don’t bite my head off!” – giggle

Watch KSS “Got Eggs?” Here on YouTube

Got Eggs? for the front of the card was the answer and layered stamping with Playful Alphabet Clear Stamps and Play Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps was the solution! (I have listed all the inks used below). Here is my first attempt at a video with my pop-up card in action. (Don’t worry, nothing is wrong with your volume… this is a silent video.) 😉

Got-Eggs-Bunny-inside-1TIP: Don’t worry if the two cards aren’t lining up perfectly, They won’t if you start with two pieces of cardstock the same size (mine were both 5.5″x 8.5″ – scored down the center). It is much easier to score both pieces of cardstock, add adhesive to the back side of the pop-up portion of the card and no adhesive where the pop-up whole is. Fold that card closed and with adhesive out slide it into the front card portion (slightly folded) … like a taco. Make sure both score lines come together before closing the two cards together and pressing firmly. The inside card should be sticking out a bit at the bottom. This is not a problem. With the finished card still closed, trim all the layers together (paper trimmer or exact and metal edge ruler) along the bottom for a clean-cut edge. If your card is a fraction shorter than your usual cards… no one will ever notice. They will be too busy oohing and aahing over your pop-up inside! 🙂

If you haven’t tried creating a pop-up card or scrapbook page, I hope today’s card encourages you to try adding a little “POP” to your stamping project.

Please check out the lovely Texas Spring card from Lynn McAuleyone day I will get to see the bluebonnet fields that Lynn so fondly describes! 


Stamps:  Playful Alphabet Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Honey Bunny Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Little Lambs Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Trees Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Rolling Hills Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Turkey Trot Clear Stamps (for “Got”), and Swirly Hearts & Stars Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Baja Breeze & Wisteria Wonder from SU! Misc. paper scraps for the eggs.

Inks(Memento unless noted)  

Card Front

  • “e” – New Sprout & Pearl Lavender (Brilliance)
  • “g” – Angel Pink &Pearl Poppy (Brilliance)
  • “g” – Dandelion & Pearl Sky Blue (Brilliance)
  • “s” – Lulu Lavender & Pearl Orchid (Brilliance)
  • “?” – Summer Sky & Sea Breeze (VersMagic)
  • “got” – Onyx Black (VersaFine).

Card Inside:

  • Bunny: Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – London Fog 2x’s, Step #1 – London Fog, Step #4 Black Tuxedo. 
  • Lamb: Step #4 – Toffee Crunch, Step #3 – Toffee Crunch – so1x, repeat, Step #2 – Desert Sand, Step #1 Frost White (Color Box), Step #5 – Espresso Truffle.
  • Grass: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.
  • Tree: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy,  Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Peart Tart, Step #2 – New Sprout.
  •  Swirly Hearts: Summer Sky.  Soft clouds: sponged with Summer Sky.   Sentiment: Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: small egg paper punch and Pop Up Stages Dies from Stampendous.


Keep Calm and Pedal On

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

“May the luck of the Irish
Lead to happiest heights
And the highway you travel
Be lined with green lights.”

Keep Calm and Shamrock On

While I was working on the shamrock shaving cream candy box, it hit me! I could stamp a bunch of shamrocks right over the apples and stamp a few more to fussy cut for adding layers with pop-up dots. I then stamped another bicycle basket in red and added it with a pop-up dot too.

Keep-Calm-and-Shamrock-On-clsupThey say that time heals all things I guess that goes for stamping projects too! 😉

Please check out the adorable Easter Scene card from Lynn McAuleyThanks for stopping by and have an inky and LUCKY day!


Stamps:  Bicycle (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Shamrocks & Clover (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Trees (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps, Rolling Hills (Multi-Step) Clear StampsSt. Patrick’s Day 4 Ducky & Teddy (Multi-Step) Clear Stampsand birds – Tree Friends (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Handsome Hunter from SU!

Inks: (Memento unless noted)  

  • Bicycle: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Gray Flannel, Step #4 – Tuxedo Black.
  • Bike Basket: Step #4 – Espresso Truffle, Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lady Bug.
  • Rolling Hills: Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – Pistachio so 1x, repeat, Step #4 – Bamboo Leaves 2 x’s.
  • Tree & Shamrocks: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy,  Step #3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 – Peart Tart, Step #2 – New Sprout.
  • Soft clouds: sponged with Summer Sky.   
  • Birds: London Fog so 1x.
  • Sentiment: Northern Pine

Embellishments: Lime Green Stickles

Shamrock Shaving Cream Fun!

St. Patrick’s Day Coaster Box


Today’s green project was inspired by the cute little sample candy boxes from See’s Candy, like the box below from Christmas. I thought chipboard coasters would make the perfect top and bottom to make my own candy box! See's-Christmas-Box

This Christmas See’s candy box is a bit bigger than the 4″ square coasters I had, so I had to size down the side panels to fit properly.

I have been having a lot of fun using the shaving cream technique and used it again for this project and did it to both sides the coasters – top and bottom. I really like how this technique can produce quite a bit of pattern paper from one application. I was able to create 3 additional 4″x5″ pieces of marbled paper after coating both sides of the coasters. I guess it all depends how much ink is used when adding it to the shaving cream.shaving-cream-marbled-paper

Please let me know if who would be interested in seeing a video demo of this quick and fun St. Patty’s project?

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out Lynn’s adorable Irish Scene card.


Stamps:  Multi Step Shamrocks & Clover Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: 4″ square chipboard coasters.  Solar White Classic Crest and Stardream Fine Gold from Neenah. Garden Green from SU!

Inks: (Memento)   

  • Shamrock: Step #3 –  Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, and Step #1 – Pear Tart.
  • Re-Inkers for the shaving cream technique: Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, and Pear Tart.

Embellishments: Nestabilities – Classic Squares and Postage Stamps. Green rhinestone from Michael’s

All that Glitters is Gold … and GREEN!

Coastin’ with a St. Patty’s Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Flash Back 
St Patricks Day post card

Do you like to stamp on coasters?

With a little leprechaun magic with and…

Invisible Snowman (Multi-Step) Clear Stamps,

to dust off all his cupid love for this fun St. Patrick’s Day postcard – originally posted in March 2011.St Patricks Day drink coaster & post card #2

Here is another “Going Green” postcard with some green roses added and a St. Pat’s coaster. I added a transparent scalloped circle with embossing powder on top of the image portion of the coaster. This is to prevent the ink from bleeding when the coaster absorbs moisture when a drink is placed on top.

So, what is your favorite shape coaster to stamp on?   Have an inky day!


Stamps: Multi-Step Invisible Snowman Clear StampsMulti-Step Shamrocks & Clover Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Hanukkah Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps, 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps, Multi-Step Hearts & Roses Clear Stamps, and Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Rectangle chipboard coaster

Ink: (all Memento, unless noted)

  • HAT: Step #4 Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 Cottage Ivy,  Step #2 Pear Tart, Step #1 New Sprout, Step #4 – VersaMark and Irish Spring EP. 
  • SHAMROCK: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart.
  • GOLD COINS: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Step #2 Cantaloupe + Desert Sand, Step #1 Cantaloupe.
  • SHAMROCK BORDER: Step #1 – New Sprout.
  • SWASH: VersaMark and Kaleidoscope EP. 
  • SENTIMENT: Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart and New Sprout + VersaMark and Kaleidoscope EP (Irish Spring EP on the “G”).

Embellishments: Kaleidoscope EP from Stampendous!, Irish Spring EP (edge of postcard) from Sparkle & Sprinkle, and green rhinestones from stash.

Have a Beary Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


May your day be a Magical one and your Luck continue for the whole year!

Shamrock-Bear by Kitchen Sink Stamps


Stamps: Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes, Multi Step Lucky Horseshoe (to create rainbow), Multi Step Shamrocks & CloverMulti Step St. Patrick’s Day 4 Ducky & Teddy and Multi Step Brush Stroke from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Garden Green and Certainly Celery from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted): Bear: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee, Step #1 – Desert Sand, Step #4 – Espresso Truffle. Leprechaun Hat: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step#3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart 2x’s. Highlight Buckle: Copic Marker Y17. Rainbow: Lilac Posies, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk and Grape Jelly. Shamrocks BKGD: (stamped on Certainly Celery card stock) Bamboo Leaves. Shamrock: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart 2x’s. Shamrock Stem: Cottage Ivy. 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. Grass: Step #4 – Cottage Ivy, Step#3 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Pear Tart, Step #1 – New Sprout 2x’s. Sentiment: Cottage Ivy.

Embellishments: Rock Candy Stickles (on gold),  pop dots.