All that Glitters is Gold … and GREEN!

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Coastin’ with a St. Patty’s Flash Back 
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Do you like to stamp on coasters?

With a little leprechaun magic… Mr. Invisible Snowman dusted off all his cupid love for this fun St. Patrick’s Day postcard – originally posted in March 2011.2 green coasters

Here is another “Going Green” postcard with some green roses added and a St. Pat’s coaster. I added a transparent scalloped circle with embossing powder on top of the image portion of the coaster. This is to prevent the ink from bleeding when the coaster absorbs moisture when a drink is placed on top.

So, what is your favorite shape coaster to stamp on?

Have an inky day!

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Stamps: Multi-Step Invisible SnowmanMulti-Step Shamrocks & Clover, Multi-Step Hanukkah, Playful Alphabet Buddy, 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy, 3 Step Hearts & Roses, and Big & Bold Swashes from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Rectangle chipboard coaster
Ink: (all Memento, unless noted) HAT: Step #4 Imperial Purple (VersaFine), Step #3 Cottage Ivy,  Step #2 Pear Tart, Step #1 New Sprout, Step #4 – VersaMark and Irish Spring EP. SHAMROCK: Step #3 – Cottage Ivy, Step #2 Bamboo Leaves, Step #1 – Pear Tart. GOLD COINS: Step #4 – Rich Cocoa, Step #3 Vintage Sepia (VersaFine), Step #2 Cantaloupe + Desert Sand, Step #1 Cantaloupe. SHAMROCK BORDER: Step #1 – New Sprout. SWASH: VersaMark and Kaleidoscope EP. SENTIMENT: Cottage Ivy, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart and New Sprout + VersaMark and Kaleidoscope EP (Irish Spring EP on the “G”).
Embellishments: Kaleidoscope EP from Stampendous!, Irish Spring EP (edge of postcard) from Sparkle & Sprinkle, and green rhinestones from stash.
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Teddy Valentine with Warm and Fuzzy Memories

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A Teddy Flash Back Friday from Kitchen Sink Stamps … and a winner!

Be-My-ValentineToday Flash Back card was originally posted Jan. 2016. Not too far of a Flash Back but a fav of mine just the same. I have a real soft spot for this stamp set, Multi Step Teddy Bear Wishes because the inspiration for “Teddy” came from my oldest son’s teddy bear that was given to him by my mom when he was about 2 or 3 years old.  ❤

 

OK, on to the winner of last week’s giveaway… and the winning number was 2!

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Congratulations Sue D!

Please leave a comment email me your address within 48 hrs to receive your set of Multi-Step Invisible Snowman.

 

NOTE: IF the current winner picked will need to comment back within 48hrs, a new winner will be randomly selected.

Have an inky Friday… and stay warm!

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Stamps: Multi Step Love 4 Ducky & Teddy and MultiStep Teddy Bear Wishes from Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Paper: Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Cabernet from Flavors Gourmet from cutcardstock.com. Jolie Chocolat paper pack from SEI. Soft Sky from SU!

Inks: (all Memento Inks)Teddy: Step #3 – Espresso Truffle, Step #2 – Rich Cocoa, Step #1 – Toffee Crunch, Step #4 – Tuxedo Black. Heart: Step #3 – Rhubarb Stalk, Step #2 – Love Letter, Step #1 – Lady Bug, Step #4 – Sweet Plum.  Sentiment: Tuxedo Black.

Embellishments: Nestabilities – Hearts and Scalloped Hearts. Stickles – Frosted Lace. Variegated wired organza ribbon (my stash) and pop up dots.

A Valentine Heart Melts Again

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Happy Kitchen Sink Flash Back Friday!

While slowly updating ALL the links from the new website over to my blog… it hit me how valuable a blog or gallery can be! There it is, a history of work, events, images, etc., all there waiting to be enjoyed again. So why not? It certainly has been a long time since I have taken a second look at some of my favorite cards from the past ten years and that is what I hope to share with you.

Today is an exceptionally beautiful day in So. Calif. for Feb. 2nd. The sun is shining, the air is crystal clear (still a big deal when you can see downtown LA and beyond to the beach – 30 miles as the crow flies = 1.5hrs via car! – lol). The tempt is a lovely 78°F – PERFECT!

After a quick glance at the global temperature map, it looks like 3/4 of the world is dealing with some chilly temps of 50° F and much colder! So, please don’t take it that I am bragging. Today is just an exceptionally gorgeous day and it is lovely temperature today that inspired me to flash back today’s card (from 2010).

I would love to know … What is the temperature where you live?

For everyone that leaves their hometown temperature in the comments below, will have a chance to win the stamp set, Multi-Step Invisible Snowman. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced here next Friday (Feb. 9th).Invisable-Snowman-w-Sample-wtrmk

The winner picked will need to comment back within 48hrs, otherwise, a new winner will be randomly selected.

Have an inky Friday… and stay warm!

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Stamps: Multi Step Invisible Snowman from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Bazzill Basics Striped Glazed Red. Solar White Classic Crest from Neenah. Chocolate Chip from SU!
Ink: (all Memento, unless noted) HAT: Step #4 Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #3 Rich Cocoa,  Step #2 Rich Cocoa stamp off 1x, [MASK OFF hat band] Step #1 Desert Sand then stamp again Rich Cocoa stamp off 1x. Color Hat Band with Copics – R46, and R59. SCARF: Step #2 – Grape Jelly, Step #1 Rhubarb Stalk. CARROT: Step #3 – Habanero (VersaFine), Step #2 Tangelo, Step #1 Cantaloupe. PIPE: Step #3 – Onyx Black (VersaFine), Step #2 Rich Cocoa, Step #1 Potter’s Clay. COAL: Step #1 Tuxedo Black stamp off 2x’s, Step #2 Lightning Black (Brilliance). BUTTONS: Step #2 – Tuxedo Black, Step #1 Tuxedo Black stamp off 1x. HEART: Rhubarb Stalk. SENTIMENT: Rhubarb Stalk and Rich Cocoa rock and stamp off the bottom half.
Embellishments: Nestabilities – Curved Rectangles. Brownstone glitter from Martha Stewart. Ultra Fine Red Glitter. Glossy Accents from Ranger. Red Atyou Spica pen.

Multi Step Stamping on Glass

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I just got back from Creativation 2018, which was held this year in Pheonix, AZ. Besides the great Seminars and Workshops … there is the mind-blowing, sensory overload trade show exhibit floor! I look forward to getting my hands on some cool craft products that I saw this past weekend (most of the new products should be out by Spring), but what I love most about walking the massive area filled with make and takes and vendors … scoping out “What can I stamp on?”

I usually find something at this event that I either haven’t tried stamping on or haven’t been successful with stamping on … and this year’s show did not disappoint!

One word… GLASS!KSS-Humming-Bird

I have tried multi-step stamping on glass and mirror and it never turned out. Yes, I used Stazon and other alcohol inks, but I don’t care for what they do to clear stamps and not thrilled with the outcome when layering inks … the stamp slides around and doesn’t leave a great impression after the first layer of ink.

Solution: Etch the glass or mirror first!

I have done some etching before and my experience with it was messy, smelly and highly TOXIC… which could be all the reasons why it never occurred to me that I might have better luck multi step stamping on glass or mirror if I etched an area first!

Then I stumbled across a table that was doing a make and take with glass etching … and they weren’t in gloves (or hazmat suits – lol)! I had to see exactly how much etching they would be doing?

I was totally impressed with the ease the “make and takers” at the table were encountering with the product, but when the demonstrator said, “… Just pour the leftover back into the jar. It is reusable!”  WHAT!!!?? I gave my friend Traci (who joined me in Pheonix) a look and she saw the smoke coming from my brain! She knew I wasn’t leaving until I could try out this product for myself and see if I could stamp on it! LOL!Mirror_with_Etchall

After taking in a ton of etching tips and ideas from the demonstrator, Lyndia, (maybe that was the owner’s name? Barbara is the owner), and her assistants (they were all awesome!!!), it was our turn to sit down and try this awesome etching cream, Etchall. Of course, we had to be difficult! “No thank you”, when offered the prepared hummingbird stencil/mask they had for everyone trying the product … “Nope, we just want to etch a square, thank you.” After seeing the confused looks on all of their faces, we told them why.

“Finally! We have some stampers!”, beamed the lady doing the demonstration (I was so engrossed with all the demos I forgot to look at anyone’s names!). They seemed just as thrilled as we were to give etching and stamping try, especially when I told them it was for multi step stamping and that meant layers of ink.

The photo right above is the mirrored square that I etched at the make and take. This etching cream truly was easy to use! No gloves, no smell and used very little because the rest went back into the bottle. Got to LOVE that!

It is a bit hard to tell in the photo at the top of my post, but that is the same piece of etched mirror that is in the close-up photo below. (photographing mirror isn’t as easy as paper! lol) The top photo shows how the light bounces of the mirror and the colors “light up”. The bottom photo shows the detail of the stamps.

I am REALLY happy with how this multi step stamping experiment turned out!

What do you think: Have you ever stamped on etched glass or mirror? Would you ever want too? I would love to know your experiences (failures and successes)!

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Thanks for stopping by and

please check out the cozy winter scene card from Lynn McAuley.

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Stamps:  Multi Step Hummingbirds from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Other Supplies: Mirror, painters tape and Etchall (which I have come to learn can be found at Hobby Lobby and Amazon! – Where have I been?)
Inks: (all Palette (P) & VersaFine (VF) Inks as noted)
Hummingbird: (Head) Step #1a – Chartreuse (P) and add Cognac (P) to the beak only, Step #2a – Beaux Arts Blue (P), Step #3a – Onyx Blak (VF). (Body) Step #4a – Chartreuse (P), Step #5a – Viridian Leaf (P), Step #6a – Prussian Blue, Step 7a – Onyx Black (VF), Step #8a L’Amore Red (P) head near the eye and again with Violete (P) fill in the neck.

Heartfelt Sympathy

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Today I have two sympathy cards to share. The first card I used Multi-Step Lilies and Words of Comfort & Joy on the inside. The second card uses 3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet and the sentiment is from 3 Step Daisy.

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To quote Forrest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

Please check out the beautiful winter scene card from Lynn McAuley.

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Lily Card – Stamps:  Multi Step Lilies, Big & Bold Swashes, (Sentiments): Words of Comfort & Joy, Other Important People, and 3 Step Hearts & Roses from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Solar White, and Stardream Quartz from Neenah. Shimmery White, Certainly Celery, and Soft Sky from SU! Sponge edges with Olive Grove.
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Lilies: (Flower) Step #5 – Rich Cocoa, Step #4 – London Fog, Step #3 – New Sprout, Step #2 – London Fog so 1x, Step #1 – Frost White (Color Box) 2x’s . (Leaves & Stem) Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Onyx Black (Versa Fine) followed by Tuxedo Black.
Swash: Pistachio. After stamping sentiment, stamp again with VersaMark and Kaleidoscope embossing powder. 
Embellishments: On flowers only – Rock Candy Stickles. Octagon & Scalloped Octagon Nestabilities from Spellbinders.

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Tulip Card – Stamps:  3 Step Bitty Tulip Bouquet and  3 Step Daisy (sentiment) from Kitchen Sink Stamps.
Paper: Classic Crest Stardream Quartz and Kunzite from Neenah. Shimmery White from SU!
Inks: (all Memento Inks unless noted)
Tulips: Step #4 – Elderberry, Step #3 – Grape Jelly, Step #2 – Sweet Plum, Lulu Lavender. Leaves & Stem: Step #4 – Northern Pine, Step #3 – Olive Grove, Step #2 – Pistachio, Step #1 – New Sprout.
Sentiment: Elderberry.
Embellishments: Silk lavender ribbon from my stash.