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 note pad 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 card stock (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 with stamping a Bucket List note pad (or a narrow list pad in general) the numbered list PDF template for inside page can be downloaded by ging 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] 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 wrap around chip board. (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 variatious 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 (lady bug trail). Green adhesive rhinestone from Michael’s.

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 to 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.

Something old, something new … sending good luck & something blue!

Happy belated St. Patty’s Day! 😀

I have two cards sending wishes of good luck to all! One new and the other, a card I never got a chance to share. Plus, it’s Wednesday, which is the something BLUE …. The Kitchen Sink’s Wednesday Blue Plate Special!, ends midnight EST.blue-plate1
This is where you can find random items on sale for 24 hours only! You never know what might be on sale!

No promotion code is needed. 😀


have-a-lucky-dayMaterials – Stamps: Love & Luck (Playful Hearts & Clover)-retired and Ready 4 Any Holiday from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Old Olive from SU! Spring Moss (crumpled), Vintage Cream from Papertrey. Ink:Kiwi Kiss and Always Artichoke from SU!. Embellishments: Green satin ribbon from Michael’s. Classic Rectangles – Nestabilities. Lucky horse charm from my stash.good-luck-to-you-wtrmk

Materials – Stamps: Love & Luck (Playful Hearts & Clover)-retired, Playful Alphabet Buddy and Never a Loss 4 Words from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Confetti Cream from SU! Metallic Kiwi from The Paper Company. Ink:Pearl. Thyme and Galaxy Gold – Brilliance. Embellishments: Green and Gold variegated organza ribbon and narrow green and cream stitched ribbon (wrapping circle paper clip) from Michael’s. Eyelet from Making Memories. Heart charm, circle paper clip, green rhinestones and tiny pearl – from my stash.

Plaid Plus! Tutorial …. make your own plaid

Plaid Plus! Tutorial

Hold on to your hats with this tutorial, it is long…but I wanted to give you every step of how I made the plaid background for this card. 😀

(For all the materials used for this card, you can find the full list HERE.)

OK… let’s get stared! 😀 (Note: since there are a LOT of photos… they will be in thumb nail form in this post… just click on the image to see it larger 😀 ).

Inks used : Memento – Cantaloupe, Pear Tart, Rhubarb Salk and Grape Jelly

To start this plaid, I am stamping on a 6.5″ x 6.5″ piece of card stock (in this case, it is shimmery white). I find it helps me keep my lines straight and square if I am stamping on a square piece (…maybe it is just me! LOL!). [TIP] I like to adhere some type of removable/non permanent adhesive to the back of my card stock so it does not slip and slide while stamping “sections” of stripes to create the final plaid. 😀

I have a long, narrow block with grid lines (see fig.1), which I LOVE using for stamps that I want to have straight and/or lined up. I start with the stamp that has 2 thin stripes between 3 thick stripes (see fig.2). Line up the edge of the stamp so the squares on the block may be used as guides to line up with the card stock’s edge. This will help keep the first rows straight.

Using the color Cantaloupe to ink up the stamp, the first row of stripes will soon become a plaid. The little black arrows I added to the photo (see fig.2), point out which lines I am using as guides to line up the left and bottom sides of the card stock. 😀

This is section #1 of stripes (see fig.3) . To add more “sections”, I over stamp the top stamped stripe with the bottom stripe of the stamp, which will become section #2 of stripes.

To over stamp the sections (see fig.4) , you want your bottom corners to match up perfectly. I find that if I place the bottom left corner tip of the stamp … to the bottom corner tip of the top inked stripe (see tiny black arrows), then keeping an eye that the block guidelines stay lined up with the left edge of my paper, I then line up the right side of the stamp (in the air with only the left side of stamp and paper touching) with the bottom right tip of the stamp to the bottom right corner of the top inked stripe.
When the bottom corners are all lined up (see arrows in fig.5), press down to stamp. (Oh, how I LOVE clear stamps!)

Now, notice in fig.5, inside the oval (which I have added to spotlight this area), the ink looks lighter…this is air. To remove this air, I run my fingers back and forth over the block until the “light areas” are gone. This will insure you have a solid stamped impression…(Oh, another reason why I LOVE clear stamps!)

TA-DA! Now there are 2 sections of stripes. The arrows in (fig.6) show where the sections overlapped.

For this tutorial, I made my plaid a square, but you can keep on going! 😀 The arrows in fig.7 show that this sample has been over stamped 3x’s to make 4 sections of stripes. This completes the first layer of the plaid.

For the next layer, I like to turn my paper and create the second layer the exact same way as the first. Easy-Pease!

In fig.8, the arrows indicate that I line up the edges of the stripes on the left and bottom sides using the first stamped layer as my guides. This will help keep those lines looking square (see fig.9). 😀

Repeat the same over stamp technique as on the first layer (see fig.10) .

Over stamp 3x’s to make 4 sections of stripes to complete the second layer (see fig.11).

Using Pear Tart for the second color in this plaid (see fig.12) and the stamp with 2 thick stripes (see fig.13).

To line up the next stamp, place the stamp image side down and base side up, right on top of the stamped design (in cantaloupe). Placing it down the center of the thick stripe and between the two thin stripes (see fig.14).

Place the clear block over the stamp (see fig.15), lining the stamp up with the grid lines on the block, gently lower the block to the stamp. Press down. The stamp will now be attached to the block and all lined up to start stamping the next layer.

Ink up the stamp using Pear Tart, position the stamp in between the thin Cantaloupe stamped lines as you did in fig.14, while making sure the stamp lines up on both the left and right side (see fig.16) . Stamping from bottom to top, between the thin lines, skipping a section in between (see fig.17).

Turn your paper to the right so you have a straight Cantaloupe stripe on top and the Pear Tart stripes are now vertical. Repeat the same pattern starting at the top (see fig.18)

Stamping from bottom to top, repeat the same pattern (see fig.19).The fourth layer and second color is now complete. 😀

For the third color, I used Rhubarb Stalk and use the one thin line stamp (see fig.20).

To line up this very thin stamp, I place the block first this time, on top of the stamped design with a thin stripe running down the center of the block (see fig.21).

Holding both corners of the thin stamp, base side down and with a tiny bit of tension between both ends ( careful not to stretch the stamp), position both ends over the stamped stripe onto the block (see fig.22). The middle of the stamp should fall in place and stay straight. [note: this might take some practice… so hang in there! :D). Gently press the stamp down to make sure it completely stuck to the block.

You are now ready to stamp thin lines in a pattern, in both directions (see figs. 23 & 24) to finish your plaid.

I added the ink Grape Jelly to change the pattern up a bit for fun (see fig.25).

For variations: add a row of hearts or stars to your plaid for even more fun! 😀