Happy Fourth

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
{The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776}

Happy Independence’s Day from your friends at Clear and Simple Stamps.


Not only is today a very special holiday here in the states, but we also have another fun announcement to get you ready for tomorrow’s brand new release: Collection 4!

Yesterday we revealed our newest Design Team member: Elena Roussakis. Today, we are also being joined by (3) wonderful guest designers starting July 5th to showcase even more of the amazing release to come.  We wanted to share a bit about each of these ladies and welcome them as our CSS Guest Designers…


Ryann Salamon


Many may recognize our first guest, Ryann Salamon.  A CSS alumni and all around crafting sweet heart!  We just adore Ryann’s clean and simple style. You can find her work on the CSS Daily App, in papercrafting magazines, and on several design teams and right here on her blog: Designs by Ryann.

Ryann lives in sunny San Diego, California (lucky girl) with her husband of 3 years, a spunky betta fish named Geppetto and two feisty kittens, Parker and Posey. She started stamping in October 2007 and loves to make cards. She is a clean and simple stamper and her favorite embellishment is buttons, which you will see her work into her projects this week beautifully…

Here is a signature Ryann card that we love:


Virginia Lu


Also joining us this week is the fabulous, Virginia Lu! We are in awe of Virginia’s brilliant use of bold colors and fun designs when we discovered her blog: Yes, Virginia. There you will find tons of inspiration and super fun challenges. Virginia Lu resides in Ontario, Canada. Born and raised in Taiwan, she has now lived in Canada over half of her lifetime and now considers herself a proud Canadian. (Happy Belated Canada Day Virginia!)

She is blessed with two wonderful children and a loving and supportive husband. Virginia has been blogging since 2009 as a way to express her love of stamping and meeting like-minded card makers all over the world. Her favorite style of card-making is leaning toward Clean and Simple.

She likes to add a “wow” factor to her cards as she expressed, “it gives the receivers a lasting impression and a sense of delight and charm. I enjoy the artful and modern designs from Clear and Simple Stamps, they often amaze me. I first came across CSS stamps from my CAS-ual Fridays design team (shout out to the fab ladies at CAS-ual Fridays, we love that challenge blog) and have been loving CSS ever since. I am so honored to be able to take part in the Collection 4 release as a guest designer.”

We are glad to have Virginia Lu joining us and you will will be able to see her special touches of “wow” starting tomorrow…

Here is a signature Virginia card that we love:


Suzanne Dahlberg


Our final guest designer is none other than the wonderfully talented, Suzanne Dahlberg. She is a 30-something crafty girl born and raised in the Boston area, where she currently lives with her husband and their dog.  By day, she works as a cancer researcher in biostatistics, (specifically for lung and ovarian cancers), and by night she spends most of her time making a mess in her stamping room.

Suzanne shared with us that, “I received my first handmade card when I was in the 2nd grade. I still remember how special I felt when it arrived, and this is probably what motivated me to start papercrafting many years later in 2005”. Since then, she has scrapbooked big events like her wedding and traveling, but she has mostly focused on cards after meeting two other card-makers at her local stamp store.

This hobby is the perfect stress release, claims Suzanne (we can totally relate!), and she cherishes so many of the friends she has made as a result of it. Be sure to visit her blog: The Card Yard, as she shares some of the results of her late-night, stress-releasing crafty goodness during the Collection 4 release…

Here is a signature Suzanne card that we love:

It’s official, release day kicks-off tomorrow July 5th! We have tons of inspiration and lots of new products to share. Join us back on the blog as we celebrate the start of release week for Collection 4! Until then, please enjoy a safe and happy 4th of July holiday…


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