Statement pieces like an eye-catching necklace are a must in any wardrobe. The same goes for crafting with this coral color – it is sure to turn heads.


Clear and Simple Stamps | Merry Monochromatic Christmas

Clear and Simple Stamps | Merry Monochromatic ChristmasThe countdown to Christmas has begun, and we are openly admitting that we are still prepping and mailing out our Christmas cards. Anyone else find that they are coming up against the clock to get your holiday cards out before Santa comes shimmying down the chimney? Well have no fear, we are sharing a simple and fun card to create using our Flurry Days stamp set. Read more


Clear aand Simple Stamps | Witch's Brew - #halloweenWho says Halloween has to be all orange, black, and white? We girly girls love to add a touch of sparkle and shine to every holiday as much as we possibly can, starting with our morning cup of tea! How cute are custom beverage cups embossed in M-01 | 24 Karat Gold? This is the perfect project to get our Halloween crafting mojo going in the CSS studio this week. Read more


Clear and Simple Stamps | Thank You Teacher #stationery #backtoschool

Clear and Simple Stamps | Thank You Teacher #stationery #backtoschoolIt’s back to school time, and we love seeing all the fab school supplies hitting the shelves at our local stores.  It’s a fun time of year, where we think back to how exciting it was to pick out that first day of school outfit. You even woke up extra early in anticipation of the first day back at school.

Awwh those were the days….

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Clear and Simple Stamps | Ombre Vibes - Good Vibes Only - Stamp of the Month

Clear and Simple Stamps | Ombre Vibes - Good Vibes Only - Stamp of the Month

Have you earned your free stamp of the month “Good Vibes Only” yet? You only have a few days left to place an order and receive the July Stamp of the Month freebie set. We used the Good Vibes Only stamp to create a set of Ombré note cards. You’ll love how easy it is to layer ink for a fun way to add color to your sentiments.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Good Vibes Only - Stamp of the Month

Gather up a few of your favorite CSS Hybrid Ink pads in a similar color family, so that you can create a pretty gradient of ombré color. We started by inking the stamp in the lightest of the three ink colors. Next we lightly dabbed the middle shade of ink on the bottom 2/3rds of the stamp, and finally inking the bottom in the darkest ink color. Read more


Clear and Simple Stamps | Gradient Gem Note Card

Clear and Simple Stamps | Gradient Gem Note Card

We love color! Pops of color, a splash of color, pretty tone on tone color…and one of our faves – gradient color (aka ombre). That natural progression of color within one hue is always a winner, and creates a lovely focal point for pretty Gemstone thank you cards.

Once our colors were selected, the note card came together rather quickly.  The fun part was watching the gradient come together with each stamped gem!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Gradient Gem Note Card

For a little of added detail, we colored each gem with a bit of marker for shading.

We reached for our colordex, which was created using the File It system. This way we could easily find  the perfect color to use for shading to match our CSS Hybrid Inks.

 Clear and Simple Stamps | Gradient Gem Note Card

You can create an entire set of gradient cards by playing with different color families or create a gift set in the recipients favorite color.  Either way gifting stationery is always a welcomed treat and a great way to say thank you!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Gradient Gem Note Card


Are you loving ombre gems? Start creating pretty gradient note cards using CSS Hybrid Inks. Give it a try, and shop the project [here]



Clear and Simple Stamps | You're a Gem Mini Notes

Clear and Simple Stamps | You're a Gem Mini Notes

It’s the little things that count! So why not make a big impression with a mini set of note cards. Color coordinated and sprinkled with gems, this set of minis is a great way to say “thank you”.

The A3 Envie Stationery set of dies makes creating mini cards super simple. We especially love the note card insert that is included in the set. With a creative use of the die, we easily turned a flat insert into a folded mini note card.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Learn How to Create a Folded Card from a Flat Die

The note cards alone are pretty with there double rounded-edge corners. We chose to dress them up with a stacked sentiment and cascading gems along the right side.  Nothing says thank you like a fab set of jewels!

Clear and Simple Stamps | You're a Gem Mini Note Cards

To complete the card set, we die cut matching envelopes from coordinating cardstock using the A3 Envie die included in the set. Also included is an envie liner die, which adds the perfect touch to the note cards. We stamped each envie liner with the Plaid background in the same ink color to match the gems, and envie.

These mini notes are so simple and fun to create, you’ll want to make a bunch of these to keep on hand…

Clear and Simple Stamps | You're a Gem Mini Notes


Ready to make mini note cards? Head over to the store and shop this project [here]



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Sweets for your sweetie! There is something special about Valentine’s Day that makes us want to bake our little hearts out! Truth be told, we love any opportunity to whip up a few sweet treats – especially for gifting…

If there is one cookie that reigns supreme in our house, it’s the Sugar Cookie! Why you ask? For the simple fact that we can roll them out into cute shapes like these heart cut-out cookies, and decorate them for any holiday.

We’ll let you in on a little secret….we’re such cookie fanatics that we make huge batches of cookie dough and freeze them. This way we can easily whip up a batch without all the hassle.

Here we created a simple cardstock insert for the 3″ Clear Candy Bags and scored the bottom at 1/2″. This scored flap creates a great area to stamp a sentiment and provide a nice buffer to help slide your decorated cookie into the bag. A small dot of icing will help secure the cookie into place.

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Coral Necklace | INK: Coral Necklace, Paint the Town Pink | STAMPS: Let’s Bake: Sentiments, Love Cupid | OTHER: Silver/White Twine, Icing, Sugar Cookies, 3″ Clear Candy Bags

 

You have Bakerella to thank for this next tasty treat! What do you get when you cross brownie mix with a bit of yummy cookie dough?…one happy brownie-chocolate-chip-cookie-loving husband (at least in our house you do)!

We followed her simple recipe (here) and dressed them up with these super cute heart-shaped baking cups from Wilton.

Once cooled, we packaged the brownie cookies in our 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bags, and added a sweet “baked with love” hang tag using the Let’s Bake: Sentiments set and Mini Label Tags die.

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check | INK: Coral Necklace | DIES: Mini Label Tags | STAMPS: Let’s Bake: Sentiments, Party Elements: Baby | OTHER: Silver/White Twine, Brownie Cookies, 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bags, Heart-Shaped Baking Cup

 

We are huge fans of macarons, and are very excited to announce that we will be carry fun packaging for your delicious French pastry treats! These Clear Macaron Boxes  + Insert trays are the perfect way to package your favorite flavors as gifts or party favors.

With a precious Bow Trio: Large paper bow and a Favor Flags banner tag, we’ve dressed up these french pastry sweets in little to no time at all!

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Coral Necklace | INK: Paint the Town Pink | DIES: Favor Flags, Bow Trio: Large | STAMPS: Let’s Bake: Macarons | OTHER: Macarons, Clear Macaron Box + Insert

 

With Valentine’s Day a little over a week away, we’re sharing a super cute idea to express your love with a Sweetheart Cookie Gram. What says “how sweet it is to be loved by you” than with pretty, packaged, heart-shaped cookies!

We immediately reached for Party Favor 8 to create this sweet Valentine. The front flap hints to a hidden surprise, and in this case that surprise is a tasty treat along with a special note.

We added a see-thru window to the favor with the Shapes: Squares Combo die. Once the square was cut, we lined the edges with Simple Adhesive and adhered clear acetate to create the window.

And because we love to use drops, the die cut square was the perfect size to stamp a sweet message and to/from signature lines.

We used the same icing trick we showed earlier with the Ultimate Sugar Cookie to secure our heart-shaped cookie into place for display in the die cut window. Be sure to allow the icing time to harden before handling the cookie insert.

When you are all set to gift your cookie gram, wrap the outside with Silver/White Twine, and secure the twine in place with a “freshly baked” sticker created with the Let’s Bake: Sentiments set and Full Sheet Simple Adhesive – our absolute favorite way to create stickers and labels!

We hope you enjoyed a few simple ideas for getting crafty and creative in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day!

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Coral Necklace | INK: Coral Necklace, Perfect Little Black Dress, I Steel Got It | DIES: Shapes: Squares, Party Favor 8, Shapes: Circles| STAMPS: Let’s Bake: Sentiments, Trendy Tags, Cake Domes, All Wrapped Up | OTHER: Silver/White Twine, Icing, Sugar Cookies, Simple Adhesive, Clear Acetate

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