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.

Love Multi Step Stamping with Misti


… is just a few of my favorite things!

But before I break into song …  which I could easily start singing because TODAY is a BIG DAY at Kitchen Sink Stamps … but, you will have to keep reading to find out why.

First, it is true, there are few stamping tools I have grown to truly LOVE and would never want to part with … one is my Silhouette electronic cutting machine and the other is the MISTI!

The MISTI makes it so much easier lining up each step when multi-step stamping and a dream when stamping multiples of the same card! I would have to work really hard to get 3 sunflowers precisely in a row without using the MISTI, and no way could I stamp an exact duplicate of the same card as I did here!



And what could I love more than multi-step stamping with the MISTI… but have a super FUN 
BLOG HOP together with My Sweet Petunia (the creator of the MISTI)!

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Everyone who comments on every stop on the hop will be entered to win one of two prizes – winner’s choice of an original or mini MISTI, and a $50 gift certificate from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Winners will be announced on October 3rd on My Sweet Petunia blog and on my blog here.

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That isn’t all … Today, Kitchen Sink Stamps is celebrating their 10th Birthday with a Big Anniversary Sale!

35% off all items in stock

Free Shipping at $65 (US Only)
(Sale Excludes Out of Stock and Special Order/Retired Items)
Sale Dates: Sept. 25th – 29th (midnight PDT)

Coupon Code:  KSSDECADE

Thanks for stopping by and remember to visit each stop on the hop to be entered to win either the prize from My Sweet Petunia or from Kitchen Sink Stamps.


Stamps: Multi Step Sunflowers, and  3 Step Get Well Teddy (sentiment) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Classic Crest (Kraft) Environment Desert Storm from Neenah and Soft Sky from SU!

Inks: (Memento Inks unless noted): Sunflower: (petals) Step #3a – Potter’s Clay, Step #2a – Tangelo, Step #1a – Dandelion, (center) Step #5a – Espresso Truffle, Step #4a – Olive Grove. Stem with Leaf: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – Desert Sand. Single Leaf: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Olive Grove, Step #1 – Pistachio. Lady Bug: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 Lady Bug. Sentiment: Espresso Truffle.

Embellishments: Ribbon from my stash.

Basket full of Sunflowers

Today’s color recipe is for …

Multi-Step Basket, which can be now be found HERE.




The color combo for the card was inspired by Color Throwdown Challenge # 251.

Thanks for stopping by and have an inky weekend!


Stamps: Multi Step Basket and Multi Step Giant Sunflower  from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. Kiwi Kiss, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point from SU!
Inks: (Memento inks) Yellow Sunflower: Step #5 – Espresso Truffle, Step #4 – Toffee Crunch, Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion. Yellow/Orange Sunflower: Step #5 – Espresso Truffle, Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Potter’s Clay, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion. Red/Orange Sunflower: Step #5 – Espresso Truffle, Step #4 – Toffee Crunch, Step #3 – Potter’s Clay, Step #2 – Tangelo, Step #1 – Dandelion + sponge Rhubarb Stalk around edges. Leaves: Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Basket: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Peanut Brittle, Step #1 – Cantaloupe. Lady Bug: Step #3 –  Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lady Bug.
Embellishments: Button and twin from my craft stash. Aqua stitched ribbon from Michael’s. Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink.

Blue Pate Special and Serving up October’s Project of the Month!

Yes, yes, yes ….. it is Wednesday again (so soon?) … So, now until midnight tomorrow (EST), the Kitchen Sink Store will be serving up another helping ofThe Kitchen Sink’s Wednesday Blue Plate Special!blue-plate1

This is where you can find random items on sale for 24 hours only! You never know what might be on sale!

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Lisa-Gift-Card-HolderB&W-Lisa-flower-with-nameGetting ready for gift giving?

If you like giving gift cards or the gift of a brand new year by giving handmade/altered calendars …. you will not want to miss October’s Project of the Month. This month’s project was cooked up by Kitchen Sink Crew Member, Lisa Somerville. Lisa found these fun clear, plastic cases (which can be now be found in the KSS store), and quickly came up with two great gift ideas using these cases. There are two sizes to choose from Business Card size & 4″x6″ Photo size.

The ladies who attended KSS’s workshop in Georgia this past September, got a sneak peek of Lisa’s gift card holder project and got a chance to make their own using the business card size clear case.

Using the 4″x6″ photo size case, Lisa has come with a wonderful calendar that is sure to make the coming year brighten up anyone’s desk! 🙂 Here is one of the calendar samples that Lisa has created. How fun is this!?! … and the case can open up and stand upright.

Lisa-Calendar-HolderYou’ll want to see Lisa’s complete tutorials for both a Gift Card Holder and Clear Calendar Case for all the details. Lisa also has a downloadable 2010 calendar for you too!

Thanks Lisa for two fabulous projects… I can hardly wait to get a jump on getting ready for Holiday gift giving… and making! 🙂

This Friday (Oct. 23rd – midnight EST) is the Deadline to enter KS Crew Challenge, Hosted by Angela. Here for all the details.




Stamps sets shown above: Multi Step Sunflowers and Multi Step Trees from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Georgia on my Mind!


Grab a cup of coffee or a Diet Coke and sit back … this is a LONG post!

Last weekend (Sat., Sept. 19th), Kitchen Sink had its very first workshop. The event was held at the LaQuinta Inn in Warner Robbins, GA. Little did I know, I (and my dear friend Traci who I dragged to Georgia with me to help) we were in for the ride of our lives that weekend! My trip to Georgia will stay forever etched to the forefront of my brain! 🙂 I am just smitten by the southern hospitality and charm that I encountered from the people and places throughout my entire stay in Georgia!

4KSS-crewIt was wonderful to finally meet in person, KS Crew Members: Dee, Lynn & Lisa, whom I have only had the pleasure of knowing by way of email and phone. It was also such a thrill to meet those who attended the workshop, again whom I have only known through email and their “1 avatars on their blogs and through public forums!

I owe Dee, a big “thank you” for doing a knockout job with all the arrangements in Warner Robbins for the workshop … down to the food! Everything was fabulous Dee! I also want to thank Lisa & Lynn who traveled many miles to help & share projects at the workshop. If I may say… ladies you all rocked… like a well-oiled machine!!!! You all know how to get the job done! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Friday-at--deesThe official KSS workshop was Sat. but, as if Dee wasn’t busy enough making all the arrangements for Sat., she hosted a simple meet & greet at her home the evening before!!! Friday evening set out to be an evening of nibbling on yummy food, chit-chatting, etc….. but, you know how it goes… fill a room with stampers and if there are stamps in the area… you know what comes next! I will admit, I am just as bad as a 4-year-old sitting next to a cookie jar! If there are stamps around…. I’ve got to hunt down the ink! LOL!   [The photo above, left to right: Lisa, Gerrie, Sara, and Dee around Dee’s kitchen table stamping.]

with-pinkie-&-gerrieThe ladies that were able to join us Friday night, got to sample and play with a handful of KS stamps that have been available for a while. I was thrilled to be able to stand around the kitchen table and stamp with these ladies just like I do with my friends back home … right, Traci?!! 🙂   [In this photo, I am showing Pinkie (on the left) and Gerrie (on the right), how to find the image side to a flat/solid stamp (usually step #1)… it is a real drag when you stamp with the wrong side!]

Lisa-post-itsNow we get to the big day… is it a wonder that I & Traci couldn’t fall asleep and were chatting until 5am! (sorry if we kept you up, Lisa!) …. Yes, my body clock was all off and I was just too darn excited… just like my boys the night before we go to Disneyland!!!! LOL!

[This photo shows Lisa (covered in post-it notes) and Dee preparing before the workshop and a game we used to give out door prizes throughout the day. Thanks, Dee… it worked great! Lisa, you crack me up!]

samples-1The next two photos are samples of what was created that day. Dee had many beautiful cards to share; Lynn designed a gorgeous bookmark (with the perfect ribbon to match!) and Lisa designed an awesome 3-project using a Clear Business Card Calendar Case (which I believe Lisa will be sharing more on this type of project in the future). The projects these talented ladies had planned, would certainly keep our Multi Step Stamping “Chefs in Training” very busy!

What did I do you might be asking? Hmmm? Good question, it was a blur to me! LOL!  OK, besides handing out door prizes from KSS and from our generous donators (company list is at the bottom), I went through the steps on HOW TO Multi Step Stamp.


Each “Chef in Training” received a Kitchen Sink Tote Bag, filled with everything they would need to make these wonderful projects designed by Dee, Lisa & Lynn, including the newly released stamp set, Multi-Step Sunflowers…. plus 6 inks. Only six inks you ask? How does one get all those different colors of yellows, greens, reds, and browns that are used in the samples, with only 6 inks? This is where I showed our future Master Chefs, how to maximize their inks! Everyone was also supplied with a full-color guide for both the Sunflowers & Watering Can along with worksheets that show how to do that … maximize your inks & Multi Step Stamping, along with …..  stamping out-of-order and a few other stamping techniques I thought the ladies might like. 🙂


I had a blast and want to thank everyone who participated in the day’s event! Whether you were planning, attending or that mystery man behind the scenes … Thank you from the bottom of my heart, … it couldn’t have happened without you!

I can hardly wait to do it again! 🙂

[Here is Lynn demonstrating her beautiful bookmark; and as a 30-year veteran teacher … Lynn is amazing to watch!!!!]

And now, to introduce Kitchen Sink’s First
Certified Multi Step Stamping Chef Grads!

Congratulations Ladies! You are the tops!!!!Work-shop-grads

[Top row, left to right: Dee, Lynn, Andrea, Debbie, Liz, Gerrie, Rainy, Pinky, Henrietta. Second row, left to right: Sara, Penny, Anita, Deb. Bottom row left to right: Lisa, Traci & me. Not in photo, but attended the class: Margaret, Patty & Theresa.]

I would also like to thank all of the generous companies who supplied us with items that were either used in projects during the workshop or given as door prizes!

Technique Junkies Newsletter (Great way to learn new & creative techniques!)
SplitCoast Stampers (Super stamping apparel!)
The Paper Temptress (Really cool & different card stock)
Stamp Simply RIBBON Store (Scrumptious 100% Silk Ribbon)
The Robin’s Nest (Beautiful Designer Papers)
Jacksonbelle Embellishments (Supper fun embellishments + more!)
Storage Units, Ink & More (Awesome papers + more!)

Thanks ya’ all!!!