Bucket full of Sunflowers from the Kitchen Sink

Happy KSS Monday!

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 “Bucket List”.  😉

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-list-back       Sunflower-bucket-list-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. 🙂




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, Big & Bold Swashes, Playful Alphabet Buddy and 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy. [CARD]  Multi Step Giant Sunflower, Never a Loss 4 Words and Ready 4 Any Holiday 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.

Hey Chick – Feeling Blue? Hope not, ’cause NEW stamps are on the way!

I hope you had a wonderful Red, White and Blue 4th of July!!!

With blues still swirling around in my head and a color recipe request for 3 Step Hey Chick! (color recipe can be found HERE), this card just fell into place. I get tickled pink when that happens! 😉

I also have another Hey Chick! card that I did a while back and never had the chance to share. I don’t remember what inks I used but recreated the colors using Memento inks (with some of the new colors that will be available in the KSS store very soon).

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Oh my Gosh! I almost forgot to give you a Sneak Peek to one of the 3 new stamps that will be available this Monday – July 9th! (silly me!)

Stamps: 3 Step Hey Chick!, Playful Alphabet Buddy & 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy – Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Inks: (all Memento):
CARD ONE: Step #3 – Danube Blue – wipe off beak, legs, and feet. Add Potter’s Clay to beak, legs, and feet only, Step #4 – Tuxedo Black, Step #2 – Danube Blue stamp off 1x – wipe off beak, legs, and feet. Add Desert Sand to beak, legs, and feet only, Step #1 – Summer Sky – wipe off beak, legs, and feet. Sentiments: Summer Sky, Danube Blue, and Nautical Blue. TIny Flowers: Summer Sky and Danube Blue.

CARD TWO: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 – Dandelion, Step #2 – Dandelion stamp off 1x then stamp again Cantaloupe stamp off 1x, repeat, Step #1 – Dandelion stamp off 1x. Teal Eggshell: Step #3 Bahama Blue stamp off 1x, Step #2 Bahama Blue stamp off 2x’s and then stamp again Pear Tart stamp off 1x, Step #1 Bahama Blue stamp off 3x’s and then stamp again New Sprout. Teal Flowers: Bahama Blue and then overstamp Pear Tart. Pink Eggshell: Step #3 Lady Bug stamp off 1x, Step #2 Lady Bug stamp off 2x’s, Step #1 Angel Pink. Burgundy Flowers: Sweet Plum and then overstamp Rose Bud. Sentiment: Rich Cocoa.
Paper: CARD ONE: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. CARD TWO: DP from SEI. Spring Moss from Papertrey Ink.
Embellishments: CARD ONE: none. CARD TWO: Satin ribbon from Michael’s, Sunflower dew drops from Robin’s Nest, Prima flowers, and Classic Square, Square Scalloped dies from Nestabilities.

Stamping for the great outdoors

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!

I hope the weather is wonderful wherever you live. It sure was a beautiful weekend for us and we spent almost the whole weekend outside! 🙂 Which didn’t leave much time to stamp (gasp!) … but I did have a quick project that I wanted to do for this coming week. Some friends will be in town from the East Coast and I am thrilled that we will be able to get both of our families together for a day in the park while our kids are all off for Spring Break. 🙂

So, with spending a day at the park, I thought it would be fun if each child had their own sand pail … (that I also plan on filling as a mini Easter Basket).

I have stamped on plastic pails with StazOn ink before and wasn’t always thrilled with the end results. Sometimes the ink would be blotchy and would scratch off pretty quickly (yes, I have boys… what can I say!) So this time I decided I would try and emboss the names. It worked fabulously (thanks to the embossing buddy!) and I am thrilled with how they turned out! I think the embossed names will be more durable too.

I believe the kids are going to love them! I had a tough time this weekend keeping my boys from taking their pails outside! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

But, before you go, make sure you visit the rest of the KS Crew and see what they have cooked up for you today.

Happy Stamping!


TammyMarch Guest Designer


You can find out the winners of Connie’s KS Crew Challenge (#23) – Masking, HERE.

Materials: An embossing buddy is a must when embossing on plastic … helps to prevent unwanted embossing powder sticking because of static cling.
(Theo’s Sand Pail – Blue) Stamps: Playful Alphabet Buddy and Playful Stars from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Ink: VersaMark. Embossing powders – Marcasite and Red Dragon from Stampendous!

(Lulu’s Sand
Pail – Yellow) Stamps: Playful Alphabet Buddy and Happy Birthday Cupcake (flowers) from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Ink: VersaMark. Embossing powders – Red Dragon from Stampendous! and Midnight Blue from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Quick, Clean & Simple Christmas Card

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
I have a C&S Christmas card ( 3″x5″ ) to share with you today that was fun and quick to make. 🙂
I used a 1/16″ hole punch the punch two holes to thread the gold cord at the top of the ornament.

As always, thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out what the KS Crew has created for you today.


Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Ornament & Stars,  and Playful Alphabet Buddy. Paper: Metallic Mars from The Paper Temptress and Metallic Kiwi from The Paper Company. Match envelopes from Stardream Fuse – Fairway (green). Ink: Ornament – (stamping out of order) Step #4 Cottage Ivy – Memento, Step #3 Cottage Ivy stamp off 1x and then repeat again –  Memento, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves – Memento, Step #1 Bamboo Leaves stamp off 1x – Memento, Step #5 Cottage Ivy 2x’s. Then using Step #1 again – Opalite Cypress Frost for a green glimmer. Letters:  Crimson Red – VersaFine.  Embellishments: Emboss Zig-Zag border punch from Martha Stewart, Long Classic Rectangle from Nestabilities. 1/16″ circle punch from Fiskers. Gold cord from SU! Adhesive rhinestones from Michael’s.


Be sure to join us in fun with KS Crew Challenge #20!

By using your Kitchen Sink Stamps and playing along with this month’s challenge, you will qualify for a chance to win one of 3 prizes! Winners will be picked by a random number generator … so, everyone has a chance to win. The more you enter… the more chances to win.

Post your KSS project using Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post on the KSS BLOG (HERE). Please leave one link per challenge sample. Enter as many samples as you like. When uploading your KSS’s entry to you favorite gallery, please use KSCC#20, kitchensinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag.
All the info and rules for KSCC#20 can be found HERE.
Deadline to my challenge is Thursday (NewYear’s Eve.) – Dec. 31st – midnight EDT.

KSS Monday – PLUS June’s POM!

bw-connie-flower-with-nameHappy Kitchen Sink Monday!

KSS Crew designer, Connie, has served up a fabulous tutorial for June’s Project of the Month. I have wanted to know how Connie made this awesome Flip Book ever since she first showed it to us here. She has a gorgeous step by step photo tutorial that you will not want to miss! Thanks so much Connie! 😀


I am slowly coming out of my sugar-induced coma due to all the celebrating with several graduations and birthdays that took place this past week! Whew!

Today’s card was inspired… and cased from a by a card by KSS Crew Designer Lisa, you can see HERE, which was a challenge to case another card you had done. So, the ripples of casing just keeping going – LOL! Lisa’s card was a money holder, I changed my card to be a slide out tag.Blue-Grad-ABlue-Grad

For more KSS Monday inspiration, please check in to see what the KSS has served up to inspire you.


Connie – June’s POM








There is still time to play Lynn’s challenge is to Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose and Recycle! Please leave your link in the Mr. Linky box below over on the KSS Blog [HERE]. Deadline to Lynn’s challenge is Friday eve. – June 19th, midnight EDT. For all the challenge info and prizes, go HERE. The prizes have changed this month so you will want to go see. Again, this month’s challenge will be picked by a random number generator… so, everyone has a chance to win! 😀

Happy Monday!

Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Graduation, Playful Alphabet Buddy, Never a Loss 4 Words, Background & Borders (retired), Swirly Hearts & Stars, and Playful Frames & Journaling (retired)-(for the striped “notebook paper”) from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Confetti White and Shimmery White from SU! Malmero Perle -Noir. Ink: Graduation Cap & Tassel – Step #1 Danube Blue (Memento), Step #2 Paris Dusk (Memento), Step #3 Tuxedo Black (Memento). Step #1 Marigold Morning (SU!), Step #2 Paris Dusk (Memento). Sentiment (grad) – “g” & “a” Danube Blue (Memento), “r” & “d” Danube Blue and then stamp again with Paris Dusk (Memento). DiplomaStep #1 London Fog stamp off 1x (Memento), Step #2 London Fog (Memento), Step #3 Basic Gray (SU!). Step #1 Danube Blue (Memento), Step #2 Paris Dusk (Memento), Step #3 Tuxedo Black stamped off 1x (Memento). Embellishments: Inverted Scalloped Circles from Nestabilities. Ribbon: Navy velvet from Michael’s. Navy narrow grosgrain from SU! Summer Sunrise Grosgrain and Twill from Papertrey. Slot punch from SU! 1-3/4″ circle punch from EK Sucess. Clear & Blue – Atyou Spica Markers.