Happy 5th Anniversary to CTD

…and Happy KSS Monday! 


If you’re a fan of Color Throwdown Challenge like I am … (and you have heard the big news yet) … they are celebrating their 5th year with CTD #250! (WOW! 5 Year!)

They are celebrating their anniversary big by giving loads of “goodies” away to those who enter their challenge … but hurry, the deadline is Tuesday, July 16th (that’s tomorrow!) – midnight Eastern Time.

Here are the colors for CTD250. To find all the details about entering and the prizes go HERE.



I had joined in on the fun and here is my card.

I did not have the SU!’s current colors of Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake or Melon Mambo. I substituted them with their retired colors that come pretty close: Taken with Teal, Kraft and Regale Rose. I am not sure if I am going to use this card for a birthday card or as a thank you card, so I left the sentiment off.



Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a wonderful (and inky) week!

Check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you today and CTD #250!

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: 3 Step Sea Shells and 3 Step Hibiscus from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. So Saffron, Kraft, Taken with Teal and Regale Rose from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) – Conch Shell: Step #4 – Angel Pink + add Pearlescent Beige (Brilliance) to the bottom 1/2 (outside shell 1/2), Step #3 – Angel Pink, Step #2 – Platinum Planet (Brilliance), Step #1 – Pearlescent Beige (Brilliance) on outside edge only, so 1x, Step #5 – Pearlescent Orchid (Brilliance) so 1x, repeat, Step #1 – VersaMark w/ Clear Detail Embossing Powder. Blue Hibiscus: Step #3 – Teal Zeal, Step #2 – Danube Blue so 1x, Step #1 – Summer Sky (wipe center area clean in the Stybus area [Hibiscus center], color in the Stybus with Atyou Spica – Gold, Step #4 – bottom/ Danube Blue – top/Morocco, Step #5 – bottom/Sweet Plum – top/Potter’s Clay.  Yellow Hibiscus: Step #3 – Peanut Brittle, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion 2x’s, Step #4 – Morocco. Leaves: Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pistachio + Pear Tart. 
Embellishments: Atyou Spica – Gold. Pewter Star Fish charm from my craft stash. Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used in the sun. Buttercream Twine from The Twinery. Large scalloped scissors from Fiskars.

Dreaming of a Tropical Sunset



I hope the long weekend was good to all!


I realized two things when preparing today’s post.

First – lately, I have been obsessed with land, sea & sky … and trying to master the look with ink & paper.  Second … I soooo long to go on a tropical vacation! 😉

On my quest to find inspiration (and some tutorial help) with water and sand, I found a tutorial from Michelle Zindorf (find it HERE – Note: go to the bottom of her post), where she shows a technique using an ink pad directly to paper. But, instead of dragging the ink pad across the paper, I (for the lack of a better word) “buffed or scuffed” the ink pad across the paper. Starting on the outside of the paper, apply the ink pad to the paper. While moving the ink pad towards the center, begin to lift it up off the paper. The same motion as when buffing your nails for a manicure … I hope that makes sense??? I used the flat part of the ink pad for wider areas of color and the edge of the ink pad for streaky lines of color. For the sand, I inked up an acrylic block and stamped directly onto the paper – (find Beate Johns’ “Stamped Acrylic Block Background” tutorial HERE).

I am very happy with how the water, sand and sunset sky turned out on this card … I sure wish I could have just stamped it! 😉

Here is a quick “how to” (ink colors are listed below). To start, masked off the horizon with some masking tape and stamp the setting sun. Next, cover the sun with clear embossing powder to act as a mask when creating the sky. You can see, I was a bit off with the clear emboss over the sun … but I’ll call it a happy accident because I think it helps define the sun from the sunset. After creating the sunset with the technique mentioned above was the water area. I moved the tape to the other side of the horizon and cover up the sunset area. Added torn paper that had a curve to mask over the beach area (save the other half for the following step). When the water was finished, used the other half of the torn paper to cover the water and created the sand. Next, removed all masking and sponged white pigment ink to create the “foamy” shoreline. I choose to overstamp the palm trees and the distant island (rock) on top of the sunset, for the effect that the sunset was casting its colors onto the palm trees and island.

 … if only I could be there, sipping on a Mai Tai!





Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a wonderful (and inky) week!

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

Connie  Julie  Lisa  Lynn  Tammy


Stamps: Multi Step Palm Trees, Multi Step Lighthouse (rock) and Multi Step Owl & Autumn Moon (sun) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Metallic Amethyst from The Paper Co. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks) – Palm Trees: please see color recipe HERE Sun: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Tangelo. Sunset: (application ink pad directly to paper) Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Lilac Posies, Sweet Plum and Paris Dusk. Water: (application ink pad directly to paper) Summer Sky, Teal Zeal and Danube Blue. Shoreline: Moonlight White from Brilliance. Sand: (application ink pad directly to acrylic block & stamp) Desert Sand and Toffee Crunch. Island (Rock): Step #3 –  Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch (did not use Step #4).
Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink – used for the sun.

Tip for Quick Masking


I have a quick masking tip/trick for you today.

When you are not up for cutting out lots of masks from masking paper (especially small ones)… try using clear embossing powder instead.

Quick Masking with Embossing Powder/Resist Technique.

added note: (dye inks yield the best results – pigment inks can still leave a stain of color)


Photo (A) – Two flowers stamped & dry. Next, embossed with fine detail clear EP (using step #1 stamp for full coverage and VersaMark). Tip: It is also a good time to do any embellishing with glitter pens before embossing.

Photo (B) – The red arrows show pink ink on top of the previously embossed flowers (the yellow and orange flowers) and the clear emboss acts as a mask for the pink flower.

Photo (C) – Before embossing the pink flower (same as done in photo A), clean unwanted ink off with Q-Tip. Tip: wipe the ink off towards the image you just stamped.




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: 3 Step Aloha! and Multi Step Big Leaves from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah, Metallic Amethyst & Metallic Blackberry from The Paper Co. 
Inks: (all Memento Inks): See 3 Step Aloha! Color Recipe for different plumeria color combos. DK Leaves: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 –  Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Pistachio. LT Leaves: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. Sentiment: Elderberry w/ Lulu Lavender drop shadow.
Embellishments: Fine detail clear embossing powder & VersaMark ink.

Tropical Breezes

YaHoo! It’s Friday!

Boy – Oh boy! It is going to be a HOT ONE if you live in the West & South West!

I hope my card inspires a cool breeze your way. If it doesn’t – open the fridge, turn on the fan and sit in front of it … that should do the trick! 😉

Here’s another color recipe for you. Stay Cool!

 3 Step Aloha! – the color recipe can be found HERE.


Stamps: 3 Step Aloha!, Multi-Step Palm Trees and Multi-Step Lighthouse (seagulls) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest – Classic Cream from Neenah. Spring Moss from Papertrey. Blueberry Pie and Wildberry Pie from Bazzill Basics.
Inks: (all Memento Inks)
Large Palm Tree: Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch, Step #1 Desert Sand. Small Palm Tree: Step #3 – Northern Pine so 1x, Step #2 –  Bamboo Leaves so 1x, Step #1 Pear Tart. Trunk: Step #3 – Rich Cocoa so 1x, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch so 1x, Step #1 Desert Sand. Plumerias – Pink Flower: Step #4 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #3 –  Rose Bud, Step #2 – Angel Pink 2x’s, Step #1 – Angel Pink. Red Flower: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 –  Sweet Plum, Step #2 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #1 – Love Letter. Pink/Orange Flower: Step #4 – Potter’s Clay, Step #3 –  Tangelo, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Angel Pink. Hula Dancer: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa + sponge on top Espresso Truffle (hair & face only), Step #3 –  Desert Sand wipe grass skirt clean and add Bamboo Leaves, Step #2 – Toffee Crunch wipe grass skirt clean and add Bamboo Leaves – then so 1x, Step #1 – Desert Sand so 1x + sponge (face only) Angel Pink. Step #1 again (grass skirt only) – Pear Tart. Sea Gull: Step #3 –  Gray Flannel, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x, repeat, Step #2 – Gray Flannel so 1x. Sand: sponge & torn paper mask –  Desert Sand. Water: sponge & torn paper mask –  Summer Sky.
Embellishments: Fine Detail Clear Embossing powder (for masking Hula Dancer and flowers). Mini Pearls and rhinestone from my craft stash. Spica pens: Lilac –  waves & water horizon line. Pink – Hula Dancer’s flower in hair & flower lei. Peach – Hula Dancer’s checks. Gold – waistband of grass skirt.

BIG News from the Kitchen!

Where do I start? …

I have some BIG exciting news to share today! ….

1st] Kitchen Sink Stamps is the sponsor this week for CPS #176. Join us and play along with CPS using this week’s sketch [#176] and you could win! What could you win? You’ll have to go over to CPS to find out… but I can tell you it is from KSS! 🙂

Please check out what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up for Kitchen Sink Stamps Monday and CPS 176.

AngelaConnie Julie  LisaLynn Makiko

2nd] Time for another Kitchen Sink Stamps Workshop!!!!

Yup! You read right! We are packing up everything in the Sink and hitting the road again!

Please don’t let my CPS card send you too far west, towards the islands …. nope, not yet.

So, where are we going?

We are going BIG… the biggest city in the biggest (continental lower 48) state! Yup! You guessed it!

We’re pulling on our cowboy boots and heading to the Lone Star State! YAHOO!!!! TEXAS here we come!!!!

I am so excited to meet all my Texas stamping friends again & for the first time too!!! Guess who is coming with me?!! Lynn, Makiko, Connie from the KSCrew and Traci who joined me at the GA workshop, just for starters! I told you we were going BIG! 😉

So, please SAVE the date to Multi-Step Stamp with us in Houston, Texas!

Where: LaQuinta Inn & Suites – Pearland (south Houston area), TX

When: October 8 & 9, 2010 – space is limited.

More info to come soon!


Materials – Stamps: 3 Step Aloha! from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Shimmery White from SP! Olive Ruche from the Paper Temptress. Spring Moss and Kraft from Papertrey. Ink: (all Memento unless noted) Leaves: Step #3 Olympia Green (VersaFine), Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 Pear Tart. Flower BKGD: Step #1 only – Lilac Posies stamped full, stamp off 1x and 2x’s. Hula Girl: Step #4 – Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Step #3 Desert Sand and then add Bamboo Leaves to grass skirt only, Step#2 Desert Sand and then add Thatched Straw (VersaMagic) to grass skirt only, Step #1 Wheat (VersaMagic). Sentiment: Rich Cocoa Embellishments: Labels #6 – nestabilities. Atyou Spica pens – Melon, Pink, Lemon and Peach. Natural Kraft twine.