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The 2015 Edition

Clear and Simple Stamps| Tour the Store

Hello friends, Happy New Year! 2015 is sure to be an awesome year filled with crafty inspiration and tons of Clear and Simple Stamps firsts. Starting with how crazy thrilled we are to officially invite you to come see our new website.

We’re so excited to have you here…and by excited we really mean EXCITED!!! You’ll be able to shop the same great products in a pretty new store emblazoned with our fab new logo. We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes preparing a new online experience for you. We’ve simplified the store, and have made many user-friendly updates.

To help you get acquainted with Clear and Simple Stamps we’ve created a few tips and image tutorials to serve as your guide through the store. You can find links to tour the store” on the side bar or contact us with any questions you have along the way.



  Clear and Simple Stamps | Tour the Store: Overview

  1. Navigate through the store with ease: SHOP the store; PARTY in style; CREATE fun ideas from the blog; CONNECT and get social with us; INSPIRE where we share a few things that inspire us with you.
  2. Log into your account or set up an account if you are new to Clear and Simple Stamps. And while you shop, you can view your cart at anytime.
  3. Shop the store by category for easy access to your Clear and Simple Stamps faves.
  4. Access the most used customer account features even easier now with the My Account menu on the home page.
  5. Find more general information on our services and offerings with these helpful links.
  6. Stay connected with Clear and Simple Stamps (@clearandsimplestamps) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…email us, or add us to your RSS feed.
  7. Add your email to our blog feed and don’t miss out on a single post.

Are you ready to shop? Before you begin to fill your cart, take a Tour of the Store to learn how to:

  • Create an Account
  • Login an Existing Account
  • Place an Order
  • Manage Your Account
  • and more…

Now that you’re ready to place an order and new goodies will soon be on there way, here comes the best part…sharing your creativity! Let’s stay connected, we’d love to see your crafty process from the time when your box of loveliness arrives on that big brown truck (aka our friends at UPS) to gathering your supplies for creating, to a glimpse at your mojo while crafting, and of course a peek at the final results!

Join us in sharing our love for all things creative. Welcome to Clear and Simple Stamps – the 2015 edition…


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Berry Sweet Stationery

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!

Miniature Bunny Bites

Have you started creating your holiday crafts? Today we are sharing a simple springtime project. After all, every bunny deserves a cute little Easter treat…

These adorable bunny favors will be a big hit at your Easter gathering. Can you see them as name cards at an Easter Brunch? Or if you are using them for Sunday School, you can easily switch out the tag and replace it with a Bible verse. There are lots of fun ways to incorporate this sweet Easter craft into the upcoming holidays.

You’ll need just a few supplies to get you started:

Candy | I’m a Princess Pink Cardstock | Party Favor 16 | Build-a-Critter Pals: 2 (bunny ears) | Build-a-Critter: Owl/Kitty (nose) | Build-an-Ugly: Herman (circle) | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Partial Tag Dies | Favor Flags Dies | Sweet Sentiments: Holidays | Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | Natural Cotton Twine | Simple Adhesive

Once you’ve gather up all your supplies, it’s time to assemble these little cuties.

Use the ears to create a template for how wide to cut your opening along the score line of the Party Favor 16 fold-over cover.

For the front of the favor we added a simple triangle shaped nose and for the back closure a precious little bunny tail by way of a simple die cut circle adhered with a bit of foam tape.

See the hint of pink peeking out from the inside. Take your 3″ square I’m a Princess Pink cardstock panels and adhere them on the inside to cover the portion of the bunny ears that have passed through the slot cut along the seams.

Here you will also adhere your candy treats.  We chose bite-sized Laffy Taffy in a variety of flavors. A strip of Simple Adhesive holds down each taffy securely.

Dress up your favors with a fun tag or leave them simple, sweet and ready for gifting at Easter.


Tag your projects #clearandsimplestampsWe’d love to see what you are creating with your Clear and Simple Stamps stash for Spring.
Then follow us on instagram @clearandsimplestamps


CSS Daily App on iTunes


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}


April Candy Calendar

Today we are combining food with function…jellybeans count as a food group right?! Crafting with sweets is always fun, and makes for tasty snacks along the way – make sure you have extra on hand to nibble on through the creative process…

You’ll need just a few supplies to get you started:

2014 Calendar Tags PDF | Pretty in Peach Ink | Pretty in Peach Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Sheerly Chic Cardstock | Gold/White Twine | Circles Plus | Alpha Monogram | File It: Calendar | Sweet Sentiments | Party Favor 2 Die | Bottle Tag Die | Jellybeans

We love to use the 2014 Calendar Tags PDF download to create beyond simple tags. By printing the calendars onto Sheerly Chic Cardstock we created a fun insert to turn the Party Favor 2 Die into a sweet little treat box.

Fill the favor box with a seasonal snack – we chose peach flavored jellybeans…kind of a favorite around here this time of year! The calendar inset holds the treats securely in place, while we added a bit of Gold/White Twine and a polka dot stamped lid insert using Circles Plus to embellish the box.

For the outside lid, we created a spring monogram for the month of April using Alpha Monogram.

The monochromatic crest is stamped in Pretty in Peach Ink onto a wide die cut banner, which is cut from the pocket of the Bottle Tag Die. And the File It: Calendar stamp set is the perfect fit to add the month name to the popped up banner.

Getting creative with seasonal snacks is a fun way to enjoy being crafty this Spring. Pair it with a functional gift and you’ve instantly created a two-for-one treat!


CSS Daily App on iTunes


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}

Paper Sac Bunny Bags

It’s Easter time and we are getting ready for a hoppin’ good time! Today, we’re sharing a simple, krafty project that is perfect for holiday themed packaging. Not to mention, fun for all ages to create and share on Easter.

You’ll need just a few supplies to get you started:

Paper Sac Bunny Bag Kit | Partial Tags Dies | Favor Flags Dies| Cart Pals: Occasions

Follow along with these simple steps to create your very own Paper Sac Bunny Bags…

  • With a simple pencil line, create a “v” line that will serve as your bunny ears.


  • Trim out the bag along the pencil line and discard the top portion.
  • Erase any extra pencil lines that may still be on the bag.


  • Create a fold at the bottom of the bag with a score line 1″ from the bottom.


  • Open the bag to create a flat bottom, fold tabs under, and secure to bottom of bag.


  • Fill bag with an Easter treat, then cinch at the base of the ears and tie secure with Natural Cotton twine.
  • Create a banner tag using Partial Tags Dies and a Favor Flags Dies thread on twine and tie into a bow.
  • Finish your Paper Sac Bunny with a sweet little cottontail (aka cottonball)

Show Us Your Paper Sac Bunny Bags! We’d love to see your if you make a paper sac bunny. Tag us #clearandsimplestamps or #CSSbunnysac so that we can find your bunny bags…