Zinnia Paper Weight project

Lost Zinnias

 Here is a project that has been sitting on my computer in “draft mode”. I can’t believe I forgot to share it with you! Well, better late than never. 🙂

This project starts with a

clear-acrylic, oval stamping block, and Multi Step Zinnias

… and transforms it into a lovely paper weight.

Begin by randomly stamping the zinnias (working from the center out, masking the center zinnias). Embossed the sentiment. Position the block over the stamped area as desired for the end product. Lightly trace around the block with a pencil.  Using a tooth pick [or small disposable brush], apply a thin coat of Diamond Glaze to the “back” side edge of the acrylic block (only the edge so the glue won’t show through the block and distort your stamped image). Reposition the block over the stamped image within the pencil out line and glue side down. Being careful not to nick or cut into the block, trim away the excess paper neatly around the block with sharp scissors (or x-acto knife). Back the underside of the paperweight with velvet paper, die cut in an oval shape (a bit smaller than the block) … a scalloped oval is also pretty.

Makes a great gift!




Multi Step Zinnias – Die Cut digital down load

Multi Step Zinnias – Color Recipe


Thanks for stopping by!

Have a beautiful day!


Stamps: Multi Step Zinnias , Whole Family and Words of Comfort & Joy [or] Words of Love from Kitchen Sink Stamps. 
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Clover Velvet paper from SEI.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted) Red Zinnias: Step #4 – Sweet Plum, Step #5 – Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 –Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 – Lady Bug, Step #1 – Angel Pink 2x’s (large flower only). Orange Zinnias: Step #4 – Sweet Plum, Step #5 – Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 –Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 – Cantaloupe, Step #1 – Dandelion. Leaves: Step #3 – Imperial Purple, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves [or] Bamboo Leaves + Pear Tart. Sentiment: VersaMark and silver embossing powder.
Embellishments: 1/2″ thick Oval Acrylic Block. Super Fine Embossing Powder from Ranger – Silver. Classic Scalloped Oval Nestabilities from Spellbinders. Diamond Glaze to glue (just around the edge).

Pink Hydrangeas

Happy Kitchen Sink Monday!

 My card for today was inspired by Lynn’s 10 min. challenge – #76 (10MC76) – quick masking with nestabilities. I think adding a shape, in this case a square, behind the flowers, makes the flowers look like they are “popping” out of a bow or “window” instead of floating. Thanks Lynn for sharing this great challenge (and tip).

I used 3 Step Hydrangea , 3 Step Letters from the Past and Words of Love.  I think I was a bit heavy-handed when sponging the ink in the square masked area …  I think I should have used a lighter pink. It looks too much like the same color as the flowers. Live and learn. 🙂


The Color Recipe for 3 Step Hydrangea can be found HERE .


 Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful (and inky) week!

Please check out what the KS Crew has cooked up for you today!

Connie Julie Lisa Lynn Makiko

Stamps: 3 Step Hydrangea , 3 Step Letters from the Past and Words of Love from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah.
Inks: (all Memento unless noted): 
Front Hydrangea: Step #4 – Elderberry, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Lilac PosiesStep #1 – Rose Bud.  Back Hydrangea: Step #4 – Grape Jelly, Step #3 – Lilac PosiesStep #2 – Rose Bud, Step #1 – Angel Pink. Leaves: Version #1 – Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Cottage Ivy, Step #1 – Bamboo Leaves. Version #2 – Step #3 – Northern Pine, Step #2 – Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. Sentiment and Script: Northern Pine. Masked Area: Rose Bud and blending Lilac Posies closest to the edge of the square mask.

Clean, fresh ivy

Happy Kitchen Sink Stamps Monday!

Ivy has been on my to do list for stamps for a very, very long time! I am so glad to finally be able to share it with you.

This is just one of the 3 new stamps sets available tomorrow …. but for all the KSS readers… it is available today! To see all 3 new sets, you can find them under What’s New. Plus, for today only – free shipping has been lowered to $45. 🙂

BUT … stamps are not the only thing that is new today … the KSS web site has had some sprucing up! Sure would love to hear what you think.

Multi Step Ivy


Multi Step Ribbons with a Cause


Multi Step Lil’ Elephant


Please check out what the rest of the KS Crew has cooked up with the new KSS stamps.

AngelaConnie Julie  LisaLynnMakiko


Materials – Stamps: Multi Step Ivy and Words of Love from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Kiwi Kiss from SU! Ink: Step #3 Pearl. Thyme (Brilliance), Step #2 Tea Leaves (VersaMagic), Step #1 New Sprout (Memento), Step #4 Olympia Green (VersaFine).Sentiment – Spiced Marmalade – Distress Inks. Embellishments: Flower – Hero Arts. Adhesive rhinestone – Me & My Big Ideas. Ribbon – Michael’s.

A Sink full of Blue in the Kitchen!

It’s Wednesday… so, now until midnight (EST), the Kitchen Sink Store will be serving up another helping of The 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!

No promotion code is needed. 😀


Today is the last day to vote for who will win 1st prize for KS Crew Challenge #10 – Midnight tonight EST. The winners will be announced Friday, April 17th.

Revisiting KS Crew Challenge #11 – Monochromatic … Blue Duo for today.

blue-birthdayMaterials – Stamps: Happy Birthday Cupcake from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou and Shimmer White from SU! Ink: Night of Navy – SU! Embellishments: Dry Embossing folder – Tiny Bubbles from ProvoCraft. Labels One from Nestabilities. Corner Punch from SU! Silver Brads from Making Memories. Copic Markers.

my-worldMaterials – Stamps: 3 Step Hearts and Words of Love from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Soft Sky and Shimmer White from SU! Ink: Step #1 Soft Sky, Step #2 Blue Bayou, Step#3 Night of Navy – SU! Embellishments: Silver chord and Ticket Punch from SU! Dew Drops – Silver Bells from Robin’s Nest. Emboss Zig Zag edge punch from Martha Stewart.

KSCrew Challenge#7 with our Guest Hostess Connie!

crew-challenge-logo2Another KS Crew Challenge Monday and today we have another visitor joining us in the Kitchen! I would love to welcome our Guest Hostess, Connie!connie-for-kss

Connie’s cards will knock your socks off! She has been a winner of several “What’s Cook’n…” contests and was picked from Nov./Dec.’s contest to join us as Kitchen Sink’s Guest Hostess for KS Crew Challenge, #7.

But before I get to Connie’s challenge, I would like you all to have the same pleasure as I did, by getting to know a little more about Connie! 😀


I was born and raised in hot and sunny southern Arizona, where I still currently reside. In June, 1994, I married my high school sweetheart and best friend, and we have two wonderful children together.

Paper crafting has been a passion of mine for many years. I have been stamping on and off since 1994, shortly after I got married. However, in 2004, one of my dear friends got me majorly hooked on stamping again. A few years later, I was introduced to Split Coast Stampers (SCS) where you may know me as cmc2stamp. I have learned so much from the other wonderfully talented stampers on SCS, and have seen my own stamping style grow over the last few years! In addition to stamping, I really enjoy the outdoors – camping and hiking, and spending time with my loving family!


Now on to Connie’s challenge, which is: “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not” Valentine. Make a valentine with one of the KSS FLOWER stamp sets without using the colors red & pink.tlc197-spechled-background-holly-wreath-cmc

Boy, did I have fun with this challenge! Not only did I look to Connie for today’s challenge … but I looked to Connie for my inspiration as well! 😀 Last month Connie did this fabulous holly wreath spinner card! Spinner cards always look like so much fun, so I thought today’s challenge was the perfect time for me to make one too. Here is my card for Connie’s challenge.


Please visit the rest of the KSCrew and our Guest Hostess to see what inspiration they have all cooked up today for Connie’s challenge.

Kitchen Sink Crew:
and Guest Hostess – Connie

Thank you Connie! It has been wonderful to get to know you better and I really had a blast with your challenge!

Please link your challenge projects in the Kitchen Sink Stamps’ Group on Paper Craft Planet. Enter under Discussions – KS Crew Challenge #7.
Please use KSCC#7, kithcnesinkstamps or KSS as the keyword or tag when uploading to your favorite gallery.

Plus, Connie’s Challenge calls to use all Kitchen Sink Stamps, you can also enter your challenge HERE and be entered in Jan./Feb. “What’s Cook’n…” theme: Show the Love. HERE for full details.vilolet-valentine

Materials – Stamps: 3 Step Pansy and Words of Love from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Paper: White Exact. from Wausau. Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, River Rock and Barely Banana from SU! Ink: (all SU!) Flowers – Step #1 – Barely Banana, Step #2 Almost Amethyst, Step #3 Lovely Lilac, Step #4 Elegant Eggplant, #5 Basic Black. Leaves(light) – Step #1 – River Rock, Step #2 Old Olive, Step #3 Always Artichoke. Leaves(dark) – Step #1 – Kiwi Kiss, Step #2 Old Olive, Step #3 Always Artichoke. Sentiment – Elegant Eggplant. Bee (inside card) Step #3 Basic Black,vilolet-valentine-bee Step #2 Summer Sun,Step #1 Barely Banana [NOTE: I worked backwards with the bee because it easier to line up the lighter colors on top of the black 😀]. Embellishments: Classic and Scalloped Heart Nestabilities. Dry Embossing folder – Swiss Dot from Provo Craft. Fishing line. Pearl rhinestones from my stash. Sakura Clear Star pen for some sparkle.