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May 18, 2009

Inspiration Stamping

Good Monday morning and Happy Kitchen Sink Stamps Monday! I decided to try something a bit different for me today but before I show you that, I wanted to remind you of my COUPON CODE! Any time you order Kitchen Sink Stamps, simply use the code JULIE10KSS and receive 10% your order. This code does not expire and you can use any and every time you order - cool, huh?! :)

Ok, on to the project . . . I recently picked up the latest issue of Rachel Ray's magazine, Every Day With Rachel Ray which just looked interesting as I stood in the grocery store aisle. As I was flipping through I came across this page. The large, beautiful tulip image and the mixture of fun colors just struck me! And since KSS has a 2 beautiful tulip sets I decided to have a try at creating a card using this page as my inspiration.

I pulled out my Multi-Step Tulip Garden set and got to work recreating the gorgeous tulip in the photo. The I used mostly Memento inks (available in the KSS store) as follows:

Tulip: Step 1- Dandelion, Step 2 - Cantelope, Step 3 - Tangelo, Step 4 - Lady Bug Red

Leaves: Step 1 - Pear Tart, Step 2 - Bamboo Leaves, Step 3 - Certainly Celery (SU!) NOTE: I used a bit of a lighter shade for step 3 rather than the usual darkest shade because I wanted a more subtle shading. Try mixing up your tones for a different effect!

The sentiment was stamped using 1/2 Pint Playful Alphabet Buddy. I stamped both words with Baja Breeze (SU!) ink but for "many" I stamped it off first.

When I finished with the sentiment it was still missing something and a bit off balance - the right side needed something. Back to the inspiration photo . . . see those little symbols on the right side? I looked through all my KSS sets and found this cute little image in the Nesting Dolls set. I stamped it in 3 different colors and added coordinating Swarovskis to the center of each.

So what do you think? Was I able to translate the magazine page in stamps? I really love the fun mix of colors - it's unexpected but it works! I'd love to see you give it a try - send me a link if you do!! Be sure to visit the other KSS Crew members to see what they've been cook'n up this week!!

Maria, Lynn, Tammy, Lori, Angela, Makiko, Connie, Lisa

Cardstock: White (Papertrey Ink), Stamps: Multi-Step Tulip Garden, 1/2 Pint Alphabet Buddy, Nesting Dolls (Kitchen Sink Stamps), Ink: Dandelion, Cantelope, Tangelo, Ladybug red, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves (Memento), Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze (SU!), Accessories: Swarovski crystals Finished size: 4.25 x 4.5


  1. What a striking design, Julie!! Your tulip is perfect, and I love the two tone sentiment!! Your Rachel Ray inspired card, has inspired me!!
    Such a great looking card!!

  2. Your card is so beautiful, and I love how it closely resembles your inspiration piece!! Fabulous, Julie!!

  3. Great way to use the magazine page as your inspiration! It turned out beautifully!

  4. Simple, but beautiful Julie! Love the colors and the tulip image... TFS!

  5. I LOVE your inspired card!! What a fantastic design you created!! Wow!

  6. Oh this is wonderful, Julie! Love how you too this add and ran with it!! Love your take...stunning!

  7. Beautiful card Julie, what a great way to use that mag!! I love the colors! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  8. Fabulous inspiration Julie, you are spot on!!! Love the look and colors! :D

  9. Wow! You did a beautiful job of translating the magazine page to stamps. I LOVE the colors, and how you balanced everything out. YOU GO GIRL!

  10. This is fabulous, Julie! You really captured the look and feel of the inspiration piece.

  11. Oh, how fabulous is this? LOVE those colors and what a great inspiration that ad was! You nailed it!

  12. OH MY HECK~~~~that is amazing. Love it Julie!! I need to go flip thru some of my mags I think!!


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