Thursday, April 10, 2008

Everything but the Kitchen Sink...stamps that is :)

A few months ago I was wandering aimlessly around the internet, as per usual, and somehow stumbled across this adorable stamp site called Kitchen Sink Stamps. Now I am not a huge stamper by any means, I am mediocre on even my best of days. However I am a sucker for acrylic stamps and this site caught my eye immediately. The site had some really fun designs and I wanted to learn a little bit more about Kitchen Sink. So I headed on over to my fave site Create My Keepsake and posted a thread asking if anyone had ever heard of Kitchen Sink or used their stamps before.

Fast forward a month or two. I am updating my resume blog and I see that there was a comment left on my blog (I didn't even know I had my blog set up for comments LOL) and it was from Maria at Kitchen Sink Stamps asking if I would like to try out a set of her new stamps!
Well HECK YA I do! So after several friendly emails back and forth, Maria gave me my pick of stamps and I fell in love with this beautiful set Playful Frames and Journaling. I have been on the search for a set of stamps that had strictly journaling lines on it. Just nice straight lines. This stamp set has not one, not two but three. Once again my poor mailman was going to be stalked until they arrived ;)

When the stamps came several days later, I was not disappointed one bit! I took them over to my friend Pam's house where we get together and scrap once a week. Pam has a never ending supply of inks, so I grabbed several different kinds and set off to putting these stamps to the test. They were so easy to use, the images came off beautifully and they cleaned up like a dream. The only ink that didn't want to come off (which you aren't supposed to use on clear stamps anyways but I always do LOL) was Colorbox cat eye inks. I loved the look of Versamagic Brilliance inks the best.

Here are a few cards that I made using the Frames and Journaling stamp set.

To make this card, I started with a base of Fancy Pants True paper. Layered a coordinating piece of True paper over the bottom half of the card. Inked the edges. Then using the half circle floral stamp, I stamped twice to make a cute circle flower wreath for my diecut sentiment. I used a circle cutter to trim out the wreath and inked the edges and repeated the steps using the memories sentiment stamp. Using the smallest sized journaling lines stamp I mimicked postage type lines in the upper left hand corner and then used a cute little trip stamp in a coordinating color. The final stamp I used was a tiny flower stamp which I punched out with a small size circle punch. I used them for my Prima flower centers. Finally I added a little strip of ribbon to give the card a cute homey touch.

For this card, I used these super cute circle stamps, but instead of making a complete circle with them, I only stamped one time to make a fun little back ground for my diecut and flower accents.

I used the large journaling lines stamp on the bottom half of the card and decided to use my handwriting for the sentiment of the card. I inked the edges with black ink to help everything pop out.
And last but not least.
I wanted to make a simple card using only cardstock and a couple of die cuts.
I folded my cardstock to make the base and then tore about an inch off the front fold of the card. I stamped the floral border on the inside of the inner part of the card.
Not only does this stamp set have journaling lines, sentiments and borders but it has cute photo corners as well! I added a few to each corner of my card.
A quick addition of die cuts and buttons and my card was done in only a matter of minutes.
So a huge thanks to Maria at Kitchen Sink Stamps for giving me the opportunity to try out her fun and unique acrylic stamps! I had a great time experimenting and playing!


Daniela said...

Those stamps are adorable and you showed them off beautifully.

Raechelle said...

how fun! You did an amazing job with the beautiful stamps! There are some really cute sets over there!

Davinie said...

Good girl. Nice stampin'!

Leslie Ashe said...

Oh my I LOVE those stamps Miss D!!!
GORGEOUS, I mean OHHH so gorgeous creations too! I love how you used the stamps!! HUGS!!

Dena Simoneaux said...

Great stamps Dena! awesome!!! they look like so much fun!!!

Christine Traversa said...

Lovin' the cards!