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We have pretty much decided that it is finally safe to embrace the change in seasons.  So long winter blues, hello spring with bright splashes of color! We had a few sheets of fun, old fashioned soda bottle cap designer paper in the office, which sparked a sweet idea to create strawberry soda inspired stationery.

This ode to berries and bubbles uses one of our favorite techniques – Negative Masking. This is where you mask everything outside of the main image to add fun details to the interior of an image. We’re sharing a simple tutorial on just how to create this cute stationery using Negative Masking.

  • We started by die cutting the flat note card using the Loose Ticket style A4 Note Card die, then stamping the soda bottle image from Taglines: By the Glass.
  • The bottle image is stamped again onto masking paper.  We choose to stamp on a larger piece of masking paper, so that we can make sure to have extra mask around the image.
  • To create a Negative Mask, we cut inside of the stamped outline.  This creates an open area on the interior of the stamped image.
  • Next the fun part happens! We stamped the super adorable strawberry image from Perfect Harvest directly onto that open area of the mask.  By having that extra mask around the stamped image we don’t have to worry about getting any unwanted stamping onto our die cut panel.
  • and that’s it…next we colored in the image with our markers. Once colored we stamped a few bubbles and added highlights with a white gel pen.
  • TIP: use the positive mask which will now be the inside of the bottle to stamp your straw. Then remove the mask, and without reinking stamp the bottom portion of the straw to give the illusion of the straw inside the bottle.

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, Paint the Town Pink (tiny bubbles)| STAMPS: Taglines: By the Glass, Perfect Harvest, Let’s Bake: Macarons (sentiment)| DIES: Favor Flags, A4 Note Cards, A4 Envie Liner | ENVELOPE: A4 I’m a Princess Pink | OTHER: Markers, Masking Paper

 


Pop on over to our instagram (@clearandsimplestamps) to see our inspiration for creating this adorable berry sweet stationery…and yes we are even having a “pop” vs. “soda” debate. What’s your preference? Being East Coast girls we gotta go with #teamsoda!


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Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! Since we’ve hit the afternoon hours on the East Coast, it’s about time to up the candy factor. Project #5 is the Love is Sweet Matchbox Favor – trust us, you are going to absolutely love how sweet it really is…

The Party Favor 16 first debuted in the pages of Toile, a holiday gift guide created by Damask Love. We so loved the colors used on the candle and matchbox favor that we wanted to take that inspiration and create a single serve candy bar treat using the same colors.

Valentine’s Day is pretty much carte blanche to completely go over the top in all things pink and red, no questions asked…come February 15th however, it will be a different story – new Spring colorways will more than likely take over. So with just a few hours left on our free pass, we are whipping up pink chocolates, die cutting pink hearts, and stamping pink flourish details.

And since it is Valentine’s Day, we added a “to/from” sentiment to make these favors a bit more personal. If you were having a wedding or anniversary you could stamp the event date here as an alternative.

SUPPLIES: Petite Banners (dies) | Party Favor 16 (dies) | Love Cupid | Shapes: Hearts | Cake Domes | Paint the Town Pink Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | I Steel Got It Ink | Simple Adhesive | Clear Acetate | Foam Tape | Candy Melts

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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Looking for even more inspiration?

Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App 2.0.1 available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS Daily App 2.0.1 from iTunes here}


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Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! Are you ready for Project #4?  Was your sweet tooth itching for a sugary fix? Well, then we’ve got you covered with this yummy Milk + Cookies Valentine Shooter, which is all fancy-schmancy for mini milk shots!

Last week we shared an assortment of Valentine Cookie Grams. We mentioned then that we have an incredible love for sugar cookies. They are a classic, no fail cookie that just about everyone enjoys. We keep a cookie dough section in our freezer, so when ideas like a Milk + Cookies Valentine Shooter comes to mind we can skip past the dough making part, pull from our stash, wait for the dough to return to room temperature and bake away!

With so much snow in our area we thought this project would be the perfect excuse to stay warm and cozy indoors baking up these crafty snacks. It sort of reminds us of that Rice Krispies commercial where the cook tosses flour all over to look like she slaved away over baking treats – these are that simple, and fun!

SUPPLIES: Favor Flags (dies) | Sweet Sentiments | Foodie Fun Sentiments | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | Simple Adhesive | Red/White Striped Straws | Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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Looking for even more inspiration?

Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App 2.0.1 available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS Daily App 2.0.1 from iTunes here}


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It’s cookie baking time! Grab your favorite recipe from grandma’s secret family cookbook, a snazzy apron, and a baking assistant for a fun, holiday cookie bake.

We are kind-of known in our area for hosting an annual Mother-Daughter Cookie Bake. The idea is to invite 10 pairs of ladies over to the house for an afternoon of baking. We supply the utensils, mixers, and main ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. Each pair is responsible for bringing any additional items needed to bake their cookies…enough to make 11 dozen of them!

Each pair goes home with a dozen of each cookie, and we display a dozen to ooh and ahh and nibble on during the event. Small plates and beverages are on hand throughout the day, because we girls get a little hungry when we spend all day in the kitchen!

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Holiday Cookie Bake

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If hosting a cookie bake, this adorable little oven die pairs perfectly with baking themed invitations. Nothing like a sweet treat to get you in the mood to bake cookies!

Inside the oven is a stack of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. (Visit our CSS instagram feed to see how we ended up choosing Chocolate Chip Cookies – #teamchocolatechips for the win) With the Oven Die you can also use them as favors for each guest to package up and share their cookies with family and friends!

We announced a few days ago that December is our Annual Customer Appreciation month (full details here). This year, along with our special gift to each 2013 customer, we will be showcasing a few of our CSS Holiday Faves – and with each fave comes a fun treat.

For our first CSS Holiday Fave, the Oven Die will be on sale for 30% off today only, while supplies last.  Once we sell out, the sale will end. We will not provide back-orders on this item. (Oven dies will be restocked at their original price. Promotion ends at 11:59 PM eastern)

Be sure to visit with us all month long, as we share a few more CSS Holiday Faves!

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Are you creating with Clear and Simple Stamps? We’d love to see!
Tag your photos #clearandsimplestamps so we can find and share your CSS projects…

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HOLIDAY COOKIE BAKE SUPPLIES

  1. Oven Die
  2. A4 Note Card Dies
  3. Let’s Bake
  4. Party Elements: Celebration
  5. Sterling Silver Cord

OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, A Blanc Check Cardstock, My Style Blueprint Cardstock, Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock, Build-a-Wreath: Winter (holly), Rouge Ruffles Ink, Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Ink, Red Ribbon, 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bag, Trio Starter Kit, Masking Paper, Cookies, Clear Acetate, Black Brads, Foam Tape

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The holidays have us in the mood for tasty, sweet treats! The next best thing to having a private stash of yummy goodies is sharing them with others, so we’re having a Macaron Party in a Bag…

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Macarons Party in a Bag

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Macarons are bite sized meringue cookies that are full of flavor. Don’t let their little size fool you.  We are pretty sure they can turn any part-time sweets eater into a full-time macaron fan…you just have to find the right flavor, and we figure the best way to do that is to try them all!

See, around Clear and Simple Stamps we LOVE macarons. We actually have macaron tasting parties.  We find the new local macaron shop and order one of every flavor, a nice cup of tea, and let the tasting begin. Of course we don’t eat the whole macaron. They are cut into fours, otherwise we’d have a sugar meltdown on our hands.

The real fun is when we find a few favorite flavors – we love to get them and share the sweet joy with others. These adorable Macaron Party in a Bag treats are a perfect way to share these bite-sized treats, especially as a hostess gift for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

You will start with a few bare essentials to create your macaron packages.  We die cut the base from Party Favor 4 to hold our macarons while we prepped each one.

We also created macaron flags that can be stamped with the flavor names. The flags are a combination of the new Partial Tag Dies and the Favor Flags Dies to turn our banner into a tag – love that you can turn anything into a tag now!

We used Perfect Harvest Sentiments, since most macarons have some sort of fruit flavoring to them. We started with the Lemon Macaron first.

Once we created our bite sized packages, each are placed inside of a stamped Muslin Bag using the I Steel Got It ink. We love to see the recipient’s reaction when they open the bag and taste their macaron surprise waiting perfectly packaged on the inside!

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Are you creating a hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner?  We’d love to see what you create!
Tag your projects #clearandsimplestamps so we can find and share your CSS projects…

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{MACARONS PARTY IN A BAG SUPPLIES} 1. Muslin Bags | 2. Let’s Bake: Macarons | 3. File It: Kits | 4. Party Favor 4 | 5. 3″ Clear Candy Bags | 6. Gold/White Twine | 7. Partial Tag Dies + Favor Flags Dies + Perfect Harvest Sentiments | OTHER: 1/2″ Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, Cre’me de la Cream Cardstock, Kraft Like a Rockstar Cardstock, I Steel Got It Ink, Macarons

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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 Looking for even more inspiration?

Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App 2.0.1 available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS Daily App 2.0.1 from iTunes here}


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Inspiration is everywhere, and thanks to Pinterest, we creative types can find a ton of it in one organized place! If you are like us, over time we have added a few fab finds to our pin boards for projects we’d like to make one day…

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Square Fruit Treat

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We saw this awesome photo by Geof Kern on pinterest, and fell in love with the idea of square fruit! It’s such a fun and whimsical way to represent simple, everyday items.

The apple image spoke to us the most, especially with the school year underway. Wouldn’t it be fun to gift teachers with square apple treats?!

 

Party Favor 14 was our go to favor for creating this square fruit treat. It had the perfect foundation needed for holding a treat inside and keeping with the square shape from the inspiration.

We used the Fruit Applique 1 dies to recreate the apple stem and leaves. The core seeds were stamped using the Taglines: Little Critters stamp set.

Our favorite part is the cute little Tags 3 tag that reads “Apple Treats”! Such a simple and fun treat.

With a few Clear and Simple Stamps dies, you can easily create your own supply of square fruits for gifting.

We would love to see if you make a project “From Pin to Paper”….

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{SUPPLIES} 1. Party Favor 14 | 2. Natural Cotton Twine | 3. Tags 3 | 4. Fruit Appliques 1 | 5. Perfect Harvest Sentiments | 6. Party Elements: 31 | 7. Taglines: Little Critters (leaf for apple seeds) |  OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Glamazon Green Cardstock, Kraft Like Rockstar Cardstock, Brown Leather Satchel Cardstock, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with CSS designers for more projects that they have taken “From Pin to Paper”:

Jennifer Rzasa

Lori Tecler

Audrey Tokach

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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 Looking for even more inspiration?

Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App 2.0.1 available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS Daily App 2.0.1 from iTunes here}


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Style Watch

For all of you stateside Style Watchers, here’s to a Happy Labor Day weekend as we close out summer and usher in autumn!

This weekend, many of you may be enjoying a barbecue or time with friends and family, so in honor of those activities, I have a paper crafted picnic planned using the new File It: Party stamp set that will hopefully inspire you to create a cute party of your own…

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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A picnic combined with a national holiday, meant a little red, white, and blue was in order…but with a twist. Play up traditional colors by selecting from a range of hues and shades within the color family. I also added a punch color of Golden Tiara for fun!

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Style Watch: A Sweet Paper Crafted Picnic

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For this “party,” I’ve combined the yummy food themed stamps from Collection 7 with the awesome organizational supplies from Collection 8. Together, these items gave me everything I needed to execute a few cute party elements.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then visit me at Damask Love  for photos and tips for how these treats came together.

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{PAPER CRAFTED PICNIC PARTY SUPPLIES}
1. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 2. Gingham | 3. Party Elements: BBQ | 4. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 5. Yellow/White Twine | OTHER: *File It: Party, Simple Adhesive, *Party Elements: Celebration, *Party Favor 10, *Party Favor 13 *(not pictured), *Labels 8 + Labels 8 Fillers (C8 release)

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Visit Style Watch this month for crafty organizational projects.

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 Looking for more inspiration?
Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0.1} available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes – more info here}

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What’s your favorite food? Is it a handful of m&m’s, a bag of kettlecorn from the state fair, or mom’s homemade mac and cheese? Whatever you fancy, use that tasty treat as inspiration! For today’s group project each participating designer is creating a project inspired by their favorite food. Let us warn you now – this post just might make you hungry…

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Collection 7 has a ton of great Party Favors that are perfect for packaging treats, which led us to today’s big question…

Quite frankly, we prefer both! As a fan of having tasty treats at arms length in the craft room, we are sharing a simple project to fuel your mojo with a bit of fun with food…

Party Favor 10 set the stage for our mini poll and taste test. But we want you to take the challenge! Head over to our CSS Facebook page and let us know do you prefer your snacks: Salty, Sweet, or Both.

Want to do a little polling of your own….download the CSS Salty vs Sweet Poll PDF to print off ballots for your snack food challenge!

To keep things fair (*wink) we created our popcorn favors with an identical design. A cute Bow Trio: Mini bow tie and Shapes: Ovals name plate, were added to embellish both favors.

Designing with food in mind can lead to all sorts of creative projects. Join in the fun and create your own tastefully inspired design…

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{SUPPLIES} 1. Party Favor 10 | 2. Bow Trio: Mini | 3. Shapes: Ovals | 4. Let’s Bake: Sentiments | 5. Foodie Fun | Other: Simple Adhesive, Popcorn, From an Anonymous Source Ink, Gold Embossing Powder

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with each CSS designer for more “Tastefully Inspired” projects.

 Audrey Tokach   |    Lori Tecler

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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 Looking for even more inspiration?

Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App 2.0.1 available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS Daily App 2.0.1 from iTunes here}


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Style Watch

Back-to-school season is fast approaching and today’s project may just give you a creative idea for both students and teachers.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it can also be the cutest if you package it up with a few of the stamps and dies included in Collection 7

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Style Watch: Breakfast on the Go Favors

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How fun would it be to deliver an adorably packaged cereal & milk breakfast to your favorite teacher…or maybe even all the teachers as a simple token of appreciation. The images and sentiments from By the Glass Jr. series are a fun and unique addition to craft stash and I’m sure you’ll agree.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then join me at Damask Love for photos and details on how this ensemble came together!

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{BREAKFAST ON THE GO CARD SUPPLIES}
1. Curly Label Frames 1 | 2. By the Glass Jr + By the Glass Jr Sentiments | 3. Apothecary Sweets | 4. Morning Brew: Tea | 5. Let’s Bake Sentiments | 6. Foodie Fun | 7. Paint the Town Pink A2 Envelope  | OTHER: A Blanc Check Cardstock, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, Copic Trio Starter Kit

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Visit Style Watch this month for lots of fun, foodie inspired projects.

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 Looking for more inspiration?
Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0.1} available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes – more info here}

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Designer Jennifer Rzasa is joining us today to share a creative way to expand the use of your Favor Flags banner stamps…

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3-D Banners

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Jennifer is certainly the queen of creating with supplies in an exciting and unexpected way. Her project today adds fun dimension and showcases how to make your creations truly jump right off the page!

We are sharing just a peek here.  Be sure to stop by Jennifer’s blog to see the full step-by-step tutorial.

{SUPPLIES} 1. Favor Flags | 2. Foodie Fun Sentiments | 3. Build-a-Critter: Owl/Kitty (heart) | 4. Foodie Fun | 5. Edgers 4

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Be sure to visit with Jennifer on her blog to see her
create a 3-D Banner from start to finish.

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 Looking for more inspiration?
Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0.1} available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes – more info here}

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