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Rag Doll Leprechaun

General, Rag Dolls, St. Patrick's Dayon March 17th, 20141 Comment

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Stretch your holiday stash and turn cute Rag Doll elves into lucky little Leprechauns just in time for the holiday! We love that we can use our Rag Doll: North Pole holiday set to create for more than one occasion.

With a pinch of masking and basic pencil lines you can remove the rag doll’s adorable stocking cap and replace with a lucky top hat.

It’s that simple to transform our rag dolls from a happy elf to a dancing leprechaun, ready to spread a bit of St. Patrick’s Day cheer! Have fun stretching your stamps to create for all sorts of fun occasions.

CARDSTOCK: Kraft Like a Rockstar | A Blanc Check | Glamazon Green | Creamsicle Cardigan | INK: Glamazon Green | Creamsicle Cardigan | Perfect Little Black Dress | STAMPS: Taglines | Rag Doll House: North Pole | File It : Kits | Designer Lines | Circles Plus | DIES: Favor Flags | OTHER: Foam Tape, Markers, Mulitliner Pen, Pencil, Masking Paper

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Build-a-Rag Doll: Elf

Build-a-Rag Doll, Christmas, Generalon November 12th, 20134 Comments

We are having such a ball sharing all the new goodies in the store with you, that we’re popping in with a special treat from contributor Elena Roussakis for more holiday inspiration!

Did you happen to see the new Rag Doll House: North Pole stamp set that just released? With an eye for great design, a wildly creative imagination, and what might be the cutest idea ever….Elena brought this stamp set to life – literally! And she is here to tell us all about it…

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Build-a-Rag Doll: Elf

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I know I am late to join the elf-on-a-shelf festivities, but ever since Clear and Simple Stamps came out with the Build-a-Rag Doll dies, I have had it in my head to sew up a handmade version. Truth be told, the original elf gives me the heebies – I find his face a little scary. My elf is soft and plushy and cuddly and oh-so-cute. I can’t wait for him to get into all kinds of mischief in December!

To create my own version of the popular Elf on the Shelf plush toy, I made a few minor alterations to the Build-a-Rag Doll dies:

  1. To get his arms and legs extra long, I only ran them through the machine up until a point, and then manually cut them to the length that I wanted.
  2. The pointy ears were free-handed – aren’t they adorable?
  3. The hat and scarf were quickly re-purposed from a pair of men’s socks,
  4. And the overalls were sewn up by my good friend, Deb (from Sprouting Jube Jube)

And in true Elf on the Shelf style, my little Build-a-Rag Doll: Elf comes complete with instructions handwritten by Santa himself!

As soon as I received the Rag Doll House: North Pole stamp set, I dove right in and started creating.  I have a few more fun ideas that I can’t wait to share, but for now, I am really enjoying this little guy and hope you do too!

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{BUILD-A-RAG DOLL: ELF SUPPLIES}
Build-a-Rag Doll: Base | Build-a-Rag Doll: BoyRag Doll House: North Pole | Mini Tri-Fold 2

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C9 | Holiday Cheer Series

Christmas, Holiday, Rag Dolls, Releaseon November 10th, 20134 Comments

COLLECTION 9: the Holiday Collection

We are rolling right into Christmas and getting a jump start on New Year, with today’s new additions to the Collection 9 release.

Throughout the week, we will be sharing a variety of new product and lots of crafty inspiration for making your holidays the prettiest ever with our Make it Pretty: Holiday Collection.

This entire collection is filled with stamps and dies that make gift giving a true work of art. We LOVE to give gifts, receive gifts, open gifts, share gifts…you get the picture. This release is dedicated to gift giving. In each series, you will find so many useful options that will carry you well beyond the holiday season.

This series is truly about the holidays, and creating for all sorts of fun occasions that are celebrated between now and the new year.

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Oh Deer

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Oh deer is right!  We are completely smitten with deers, and couldn’t resist a stamp set dedicated to fun deer silhouette images.

 

 We often think of rustic, woodsy textures and patterns with deer, so we opted for a bold gingham pattern in black on kraft with a pop of color. To soften the card we paired it with a Muslin Bag for the envie, and a sweet stamped banner flag style logo.

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Party Elements: Winter Woodlands

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Holiday season is the height of party season, and Party Elements: Winter Woodlands is a great set for creating invitations, favors, dressing up envelopes, making name tags, and so much more with the life-like silhouette images.

 

 

 

While designed for party prepping, you can certainly create a variety of Winter Woodlands holiday cards.

We chose the adorable polar bear image and stamped in Pressed Greige Linen Ink. We then drew a scarf on each bear with a Copic marker, and went back and outlined the scarf in a Multiliner Pen.

(Post Edited to Add) Here’s a quick guide to walk you through how we created the scarves:

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Nutcracker Holiday

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We have lots of holiday traditions in our house, and for many years we went to go see the Nutcracker ballet. It’s such a beautiful story filled with the magic and whimsy of the holiday season.

  • Nutcracker Holiday {$24}
  • Includes (25) stamps
  • Mix and match to create a variety of sentiments.

 

We love this set because it has both traditional images and more modern abstract options – like the build-able nutcracker face on the tag, and the ‘stache card.

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Rag Doll House: North Pole

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Our Rag Dolls are getting ready for Christmas, as they have headed up to the North Pole to give Santa a helping hand.

 

 

When it comes to Rag Dolls, we love to create fun scenes. And with creating scenes, it requires a bit of masking – which is by far our favorite technique.

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Petite Banner Dies

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You can never have too many banners in your stamping stash, and these petite banners are a fun new addition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

These little banners are sized to fit both large and small areas. Here we used it on a Tags 2 tag, hoping Santa will be able to find his cookies when he makes his way down the chimney (and not to worry Santa, we’ll get you new cookies before December 25th!)

Our cookies are neatly packaged in a stamped Party Favor 11, tucked inside a 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bag, and secured with a Red/White Striped Ribbon.

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New Year Cheer

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With all this fuss over the holidays, it’s only fitting that we properly prepare to ring in the new year in style!

 

 

When we think of celebrating the countdown to 2014 black and gold immediately came to mind – it’s a fierce and fabulous color combo to start the new year! The Polaroid Frame Die and Party Favor 13 are dressed in gold, and accented with a Bow Trio: Mini and Perfect Little Black Dress double-faced satin ribbon.

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 We hope you have enjoyed the Holiday Cheer Series.
It is available for purchase [here]

Be sure to join us for more Collection 9 fun tomorrow!

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{PROJECT  SUPPLIES}
Warm Winter Wishes: 1. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 2. Kraft Like a Rockstar Cardstock | 3. Oh Deer | 4. Gingham | 5. Muslin Bag | 6. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 7. Party Elements: Winter Woodlands | 8. Mini Circles | 9. Favor Flags Dies | OTHER: Foam Tape, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Season’s Greetings: 1. 24 Karat Gold Cord | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. Party Elements: Winter Woodlands | OTHER: Multiliner Pen, Copic Trio Starter Kit

‘Staching Through The Snow: 1. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Kraft Like a Rockstar Cardstock | 4. Lattice | 5. Labels 13 | 6. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 7. A Blanc Check Ink | 8. Nutcracker Holiday | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Joyeux Noel Tag: 1. Tags 1 | 2. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 3. Nutcracker Holiday | 4. 24 Karat Gold Cord  | 5. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 6. I’m a Princess Pink Ink | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit

Rag Doll House: 1. Rag Doll House: North Pole | 2. Rag Doll House Die | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. A Blanc Check Cardstock | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, Masking Paper

Happy Holidays Tree: 1. Curly Label Frames 1 | 2. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. New Year Cheer | 5. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 6. Rag Doll House: North Pole | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, Masking Paper

Cookies For Santa: 1. New Year Cheer | 2. Tags 2 | 3. 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bags | 4. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 5. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 6. Party Favor 11 | 7. Red/White Striped Ribbon | 8. Natural Cotton Twine | 9. Background Basics 4 | 10. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, Cookies

Best Year Ever: 1. Polaroid Frame Dies | 2. New Year Cheer | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 5. Oh My Stripes | 6. Bow Trio: Mini | 7. Party Favor 13 | 8. Perfect Little Black Dress Ribbon | OTHER: Foam Tape, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Eat, Drink, & Be Scary

Build-a-Rag Doll, General, Halloween, Party Favorson October 25th, 2013No Comments

Today’s project is one that would make Count Dracula, the entire cast of True Blood, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer a little bit giddy! We tapped into our dark side for some Halloween fun…

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Vampy Cocktails

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Truth be told, we are not big on anything uber spooky. In fact, you can pretty much bank on the fact that we would pick to watch Disney’s Little Mermaid over True Blood any day. But there is something so wonderfully fun about creating spooky chic treats for Halloween, that we couldn’t resist the urge to vamp it up!

With “Cocktails + Costumes” as a growing trendy for Halloween parties, we are sharing a couple of fun ideas to add a surprise element to your signature cocktail and party favor.

1. COUNT MERLOT

Enter the count…many of you may recognize the count as the more lovingly Build-a-Rag Doll: Girl.  We are definitely a fan of how many ways you can use these builder dies to create well beyond adorable life size Rag Doll plushies seen here. (like the super hero favors we created here, a Nightmare Before Christmas party invite here, or the sweet coin purse shared here)

We are using the dies to create a Count Dracula inspired party favor for grown-ups.

To create our Count Dracula cape we need just a few supplies:

Following the instructions on the fusable interfacing to adhere the black and red fabric pieces together. Once adhere trim out a size slightly large than the die, and die cut.

We folded back the top 1/2″ and ironed it own to create a collar for the cape. Wrap the neck of the bottle with the cape and secure with ribbon tied into a knot.

You could choose to leave the manufacturer label on the bottle or create your own.  Customizing the label is a great way to incorporate your theme into your party favors.

A Labels 13 label was die cut and stamped with the Quotes IV background and accented with Haute Red Couture splatters on opposing corners. The date was then added using Alpha Bold and File It: Calendar. And what is a Count Merlot favor without adding a trail of bats from Apothecary: Holidays to the label?!

We love a themed favor that is useful. Guests will be reminded of a frightfully fun Halloween party when they open their Count Merlot.

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2. HEMOGLOBIN MOCKTAILS

These signature mocktails are sure to make a splash at any Halloween party. And if you get weak at the sight of blood, you’ll be happy to know we operate with grenadine. That’s right, these kid-friendly drinks are a modern, spooky twist on an old fashion Shirley Temple.

This interactive drink is a great way to have your food double as entertainment. You can purchase syringes at any medical supply store and most local pharmacies. We dressed them up with decorated “Blood Type” tags to continue our vampy inspired theme.

To help create these custom tags, we designed a Blood Type Mocktail Tags PDF that you can download here.

Once printed onto A Blanc Check cardstock, each tag was die cut using the Tags 1 die. A coordinating frame was stamped  from Trendy Tags in Perfect Little Black Dress ink. A mask for the frame was created an red splatters we stamped on opposite ends of the tag in Haute Red Couture ink.  We mixed up the blood types of each tag using Alpha Monogram Mini and the “+” symbol from Foodie Fun Sentiments.

The tags itself are super fun, but once you tie them onto the syringes and fill them with grenadine, they instantly become a sinfully delicious treat!

If you wanted to make this in a 21 and over version, you could start with vodka on the rocks with splashes of cranberry juice in each syringe. Same concept – but for a mature crowd, who we’d encourage to drink responsibly!

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Halloween is less than a week away! Create spooky fun cocktails (and mocktails) this holiday with these Clear and Simple Stamps supplies:

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We’d love to see what you create!
Tag your projects #clearandsimplestamps so we can find and share your projects…

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{VAMPY COCKTAILS SUPPLIES} 1. Build-a-Rag Doll: Girl | 2. Twill Designer Mix | 3. Labels 13 | 4. Quotes IV | 5. Apothecary: Holidays | 6. File It: Calendar | 7. Alpha Bold | 8. Tags 1 die | 9. Trendy Tags | 10. Alpha Monogram Mini + Foodie Fun Sentiments | OTHER: 1/2″ Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress InkA Blanc Check Cardstock, Masking Paper, I Steel Got It Ink, Black/White Twine, Haute Red Couture Ink, Syringe, Mini Wine Bottle, Fusable Interfacing, Fabric, Grenadine, Sprite

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Pen Pal Post Cards

General, Jake, Rag Dollson October 11th, 2013No Comments

Lettering writing can be so much fun! Designer Audrey Tokach is giving a nod to the lost art of letter writing, by sharing an absolutely adorable Pen Pal card set…

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Pen Pal Post Cards

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If creating a Pen Pal card set wasn’t enough to make you smile, get ready for a mega dose of cute with the equally fun card fronts adorned with the loveable Rag Doll Jake image.

Visit with Audrey on her blog as she shares her letter writing ensemble with you!

And as a special treat, she is also sharing the perfect download to help get you started creating your own Pen Pal Card sets using the CSS Pen Pal Post Card download.

We’d love to see if you create with it! Upload your projects to our facebook page, share on instagram, or in our flickr gallery, and/or any other galleries or forums using #csspenpal so that we can find you!

 

Below is a list of CSS supplies Audrey used on her sweet set of post cards:

{SUPPLIES} 1. Rag Doll Jake: Pen Pal | 2. Red/White/Blue Twine | 3. Rag Doll Chloe: Love | 4. Pen Pal Postcard Download | 5. Airmail | 6. Rag Doll Wesley: GR8 | 7. Rag Doll: Scenes 3 | 8. Multiliner Pen | OTHER: Copics, Glamazon Green Cardstock, A Blanc Check Cardstock, True Blue Fan Cardstock, Postage Stamps

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for more of her fun Pen Pal Post Cards.

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C8 Review | Rag Dolls

General, Rag Dolls, Rainbowon September 24th, 20132 Comments

COLLECTION 8 REVIEW: Rag Dolls Series

In school one of our favorite classes was art – no surprise there right?! So let’s bring on fun with color as we take a closer look at the new Rag Dolls series.

Join us all week long, as we review the Collection 8 release continuing with the Rag Dolls series…

This series includes (9) new sets that celebrate learning. Each Rag Doll is a combo set which includes a coordinating die for each rag doll image.

We are not saying the Rag Doll’s are the teacher’s pet, but they sure do know how to show their appreciation for learning!

The Rag Doll school bus leads them all to an adorable place of learning, with ruler shutters, and pencil awnings!

Rag Doll Carlie is ready to make something great.

 

 

 

Rag Doll Jake loves to keep in touch with friends near and far.

 

You can find Mia getting crafty any day of the week.

 

Rag Doll Willa’s dream job is to work at Pantone, but for now she practices with crayons.

 

Rag Doll Wesley is looking forward sending lots of letters.

 

 

Rag Doll Emma can spend hours coloring.

 

 

Rag Doll Chloe truly does create art from the heart!

 

 

 

 

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Rag Doll Coloring Kit

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As kids we loved to color! We colored everywhere, even places that we knew we shouldn’t – like on the kitchen table or family room sofa…literally. With all the colorful sayings in this series of Rag Dolls we knew a coloring kit would be a fun project.

And what is more fun to color than a rainbow? It’s a great way to teach little ones about color and the end result is bright and cheerful.

Rag Doll Emma: Color was our main image. We stamped her directly next to the sentiment, then masked her to stamp the cute rainbow from the Lucky Charm set.

Emma’s dress was paper pieced and pooped up for added dimension. We liked the yellow polka dots so much that we carried it through the entire ensemble, starting with the A2 Envie Liner for the coordinating envelope.

A sweet set of pages were easily created to make the coloring book with the Mini Tri-Fold 2 die. We can’t tell you how much we use this die – it’s a definite must-have!

To create your pages, simply create a folded piece of cardstock and place it just inside the die’s cut line. This will allow you to cut your shape without losing the folded edge.  Keep in mind it will be slightly smaller than the actual die. This is a great technique to use when you’d like to create different size shape cards – you can turn any die into a folded card base or tags.

Once all the pages have been created, images were stamped, and the booklet was banded together.

A matching set of crayons complete the set. A Party Favor 6 die was used to house the crayons. The favor was die cut, stamped with a fun sentiment from the Flashcards set, and lines added for the rainbow using a Multiliner Pen.

Each crayon has been wrapped in coordinating paper along with the party favor box top.

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Give the gift of color that will bring a smile to someone’s day. A perfect gift for a rainy day, a long car trip, or just for fun. Create your own coloring kit with these Clear and Simple Stamps products…

The Rag Dolls Series is now available for purchase [here]

Be sure to visit with the design team for more Collection 8 inspiration

  Lori Tecler   |    Audrey Tokach

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{RD COLORING KIT SUPPLIES}
1. A2 A Blanc Check Envelope | 2. A2 Envie Liner | 3. Rag Doll Emma: Color | 4. Lucky Charm | 5. Party Favor 6 | 6. Multiliner Pen | 7. Flashcards + Mini Tri-Fold 2 | OTHER: A Blanc Check Cardstock, Copic Trio Stater Kit, Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, Crayons

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