Bucket full of Sunflowers from the Kitchen Sink

Happy KSS Monday, with a Sunflower Bucket List Note Pad

Today’s project was inspired by a friend.  Before celebrating her 50th birthday she made her first jump skydiving (and with her mom too!!!).  I recall her comment after the jump … “that was one for the bucket list!”

This tall narrow notepad is an official KSS “Bucket List” created with Multi-Step Giant Sunflowers Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps and 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps. 😉

Sunflower Bucket Note Pad - front cover

Instead of using daisies (sorry, dark humor), I decided to stamp some cheery and sunny sunflowers. 🙂   The masking for the letters, flowers, and leaves were done using the “clear embossing masking technique” (more info about this technique can be found HERE ).  First I stamped the word “bucket”, then the flowers and leaves followed by the drop shadow for “bucket”.  Next time I think I will apply clear imboss directly to the white cardstock (for white letters), then add the drop shadow … followed by filling in the background behind the letters with leaves making the word “bucket” pop more.

Sunflower Bucket Note Pad - back cover     Sunflower Bucket Note Pad - inside

If you’re interested in stamping a Bucket List notepad (or a narrow list pad in general) the numbered list PDF template for inside page can be downloaded by going HERE.


When posting my Giant Red Sunflower Tag Card, I realized the original had slipped through the “blogging cracks” and I never shared it … so here it is. 🙂

Giant Sunflower Card - Wishing you a

Giant Sunflower Card - Wishing you a Happy Birthday - inside card


Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful (and of course … inky) week!

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

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps[Bucket List Note Pad] Multi-Step Giant Sunflowers Clear Stamps, Big & Bold Swashes Clear Stamps, Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps and 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy Clear Stamps.

[CARD]  Multi-Step Giant Sunflower Clear Stamps, Never a Loss 4 Words Clear Stamps and Ready 4 Any Holiday Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 

Paper: [Bucket List Note Pad] – Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah wraparound chipboard. (Inside Cover): Honey Velvet Solid Velvet Paper for sei. [CARD] – Shimmery White, Kraft and Always Artichoke from SU! Golden Luster and Mango from The Paper Co.

Download: [Bucket List Note Pad] – inside list – go HERE

Inks(all Memento Inks) – [Bucket List Note Pad] – Sunflowers & Lady Bug: Please see Multi Step Giant Sunflower Color Recipe for the 4 different color variations used. Sentiment: “Bucket” – Toffee Crunch w/ Espresso Truffle drop shadow. “List” – Potter’s Clay w/ Potter’s Clay so 1x drop shadow. Swash: Toffee Crunch. [CARD/Inside]Sunflower & Leaf – same CR as on cover. Lady Bug: Step #3 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Lady Bug. Sentiment: Cottage Ivy and Pear Tart.

Embellishments[Bucket List Note Pad] Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink. 1/2″ Bind-It-All silver wire from Zutter. [CARD] – Slot punch and Spiral punch from SU! Adhesive rhinestone & orange gingham ribbon from Michael’s. [Inside Card] Atyou Spica pen – Black (ladybug trail). Green adhesive rhinestone from Michael’s.


Getting Ready for the Holidays!


June 25th

This Tuesday is KSS’ Annual

“6 Months ‘Til the Holidays” Sale!

Get a jump on your holiday crafting or holiday gift giving!

Use the promo code HOLLY20 and get 20% off everything in the KSS store – one day only!

Sale ends midnight (PDT).




Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a Happy (and inky) week!

Please remember to check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you using today’s new stamps!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Palm Trees, Multi Step LighthouseMulti Step Ornament & Stars and Never a Loss for Words from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest and Environment Desert Storm from Neenah, Metallic Jade from The Paper Co. and Figgy paper pad from Basic Grey.
Inks: (all Memento Inks): Large Palm Tree:  Step #2 – Olive Grove,  Step #1 – Pistachio, Step #3 – Northern Pine. Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch,  Step #1 – Desert Sand. Sea Gulls: Step #3 – Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x,  Step #1 – Gray Flannel so 2x’s. Ornament: Love Letter. Water: Summer Sky, Bahama Blue and Danube Blue – direct pad stamping. Sand: Desert Sand direct pad stamping. Shoreline: sponge Moonlight White (Brilliance). Sand mound by Palm Trees: sponge more Desert Sand. Sentiment: Natical Blue.
Embellishments: Golden Star Gelly Roll PEn from Sakura.

oooooooo went the wind …

… and out went the light.

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday and it’s time for a new KS Crew Challenge!

This month’s KSCC Hostess is Makiko. She is getting us all in the spirit for some trick -o-treating with her Halloween challenge.

You can find all the details HERE.

Stamps used: Multi-Step Pumpkins Clear Stamps, Playful Numbers Clear Stamps and Never a Loss 4 Words Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps

I started off creating an ATC card (which I haven’t done in a long time … just love them!), but when I stumbled across these spider brads in my  “stash” that were screaming to be used, I just had to turn my ATC into a card. 🙂 Thanks Makiko for the fun and timely challenge!

Multi-Step Pumpkin color recipes can be found HERE.

See what spooktacular cards and projects the KS Crew has created to inspire you today!

AngelaConnie Julie LisaLynnMakiko


AND… I am packin’ up my inks and stamps and getting ready to head to the Lone State… TEXAS, Here I come! Yee Haw!

Materials – Stamps: Multi-Step Pumpkins Clear Stamps, Playful Numbers Clear Stamps and Never a Loss 4 Words Clear Stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Mango and Golden Luster from The Paper Company. Malmero Perle -Noir.

Ink: All my pumpkin ink color recipes can be found HERE.

Embellishments: Spider brad from Eyelet Outlet. Dry embossing folder – Spider Web from CuttleBug. Black Atyou Spica pen (in the pumpkins’ eyes and mouths for some sparkle).

Color Thowdown 100th Color Challenge Blog Hop & the BPS!

It is a BIG DAY for the creative ladies over at Color Throwdown who are dishing out their 100th color challenge today! Congratulations Ladies!!!!

To celebrate this big milestone, they have a big blog hop going on with a super long list of fabulous giveaways from awesome sponsors! Kitchen Sink Stamps is one of the sponsors and the Kitchen Sink Crew Design Team is playing along. In addition to all this fun, KS Crew Member Makiko Jones, is also a Guest Designer for Color Throwdown too! WOW!

Here’s the 100th color swatch using: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Real Red and Baja Breeze. Be sure to play along and leave a DIRECT LINK to your creation on the Color Throwdown Blog. You don’t to miss the chance to win one of those awesome prizes!

Here is my card for Color Throwdown Challenge #100, using the Gerber Daisy from 3 Step Honey Bunny and the sentiment from Never a Loss 4 Words.

Please check out what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up Color Throwdown’s 100th challenge too.

AngelaConnie Julie LisaLynnMakiko


Plus, help yourself to another serving of… Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Wednesday Blue Plate Special! blue-plate1

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Materials – Stamps: 3 Step Honey Bunny and Never a Loss 4 Words from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Certainly Celery from SU! Ink: – (pink flower) Step #4 Onyx Black – VersaFine, Step #3 Rocket Red – Brilliance, Step #2 Rose Bud – Memento, Step #1 Angel Pink – Memento. (blue flower) Step #4 Onyx Black – VersaFine, Step #3 Ocean Depth – VersaMagic, Step #2 Ocean Depth stamp off 1x – VersaMagic, Step #1 Ocean Depth stamp off 2x’s – VersaMagic. Sentiment – Rocket Red – Brilliance. Embellishments: Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon from SU!

In this corner… a New KS Challenge!


Crew-Challenge-logo-sqKS Crew Challenge #16 with Guest Hostess, Emilia.

A new month means a new challenge in the Kitchen… and today we have a Guest Hostess!

I am thrilled that Emilia had time during her busy summer travels to stop in the Kitchen for a visit. This is the second time she has been a Guest Hostess for KSS and it is always a pleasure to see what kind of challenge Emilia has cooked up for us!

Emilia’s challenge for us is: DECORATE YOUR CARD CORNERS
You can use any embellishment, below you find a list of some embellishments you can use but feel free to use any product that you think might look good on your card corners:

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– rhinestones
– dew drops
– peel-off stickers
– punched flowers
– stamped images
– ribbon
– glitter
– photo corners
– brads
– eyelets


Here is today’s card, I pleated the twill ribbon behind the stamped Hibiscus flower, the same way I pleated the organza ribbon on my Thankful card.


I have written a quick “How I Did It” tutorial, which can be found HERE.

For more beautiful samples to inspire you, visit Emilia, and the rest of the KS Crew

AngelaConnie • Dee • Julie LisaLoriLynnMakikoEmilia (Hostess)

To get to know Emilia better, you can read more about her HERE and visit her on her blog, Emilia’s Italian Inspirations. Grazie mille Emilia for coming up with this fun challenge to stretch us out to the far corners of our creativity!

Again, this month’s challenge will be picked by a random number generator … so, everyone has a chance to win! To play along and find out more info, go to the KSS Blog, HERE. Deadline for Emilia’s challenge is Friday eve. – Aug. 21st, midnight EDT. When uploading to your favorite gallery, please use KSCC#16, kitchensinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag.Bright-tropical-thanks-close-up

Have a Happy Monday!

Materials – Stamps: 3 Step  Hibiscus, Plaid Plus!, Big & Bold Swashes, and Never a Loss 4 Words from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Shimmery White from SU! Kraft from Papertrey. Ink: (all Memento Inks) Flower: Step #1 Cantaloupe with Tangelo around the edges [see photos below], Step #2 Rose Bud, Step #3 Lilac Posies, Step #4 Sweet Plum, Step #5 Grape Jelly. Leaves: Step #1 Pear Tart, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #3 Cottage Ivy. Sentiment: Grape Jelly. Corners: Lilac Posies. Plaid: Pear Tart & Bamboo Leaves. I also used Bamboo Leaves to sponge the edges. Embellishments: Crystal adhesive rhinestones form Me & My Big Ideas. Berry Sorbet Twill ribbon from Papertrey.


Step-#1Step #1 Cantaloupe with Tangelo around the edges.

Step-#2Step #2 Rose Bud.