Add a bit of soft cream detail when you want that soft subtle touch of sophistication for your next project.


Clear and Simple Stamps | Poptails - Popsicle Gift Tags #popsicles #cocktails

Clear and Simple Stamps | Poptails - Popsicle Gift Tags #popsicles #cocktails

Every now and then you may just need a little something stronger than coffee in your cup. We definitely promote drinking responsibly and in cute hand-crafted style.  With Summer in full swing, fruit flavored martinis are the perfect way to toast the warmer months and treat yo’ self to a tasty beverage.

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Clear and Simple Stamps | #Latte Stationery - coffee note cards

Clear and Simple Stamps | #Latte Stationery - coffee note cardsWe live on 3-5 cups of coffee per day as a standard baseline amount of caffeine to usher us through the day. Some days we up the ante and double up for added creative fuel…after all that’s what coffee is to crafters, right?!

Pair our love of coffee with the Coffee Lover’s Blog – a sweet blog dedicated to nothing but getting creative with coffee and sharing a mega giveaway, has us brewing with excitement.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Coffee Lover's Blog Hop Super SponsorWe started thinking about a few of our favorite lattes and wanted to create a pretty set of stationery using their ingredients in a fun way. And let us tell you, there’s a latte fun packed into today’s project! Oh yes, the coffee puns will certainly be in full effect throughout – consider yourself warned.

Clear and Simple Stamps | #Latte Stationery - coffee note cardsTo get started, we decided to break out a brand new set of dies to create our stationery set. The Thin Alpha Series of dies are a beautiful set of upper- and lowercase alphabets, numbers, and symbols in a sleek, thin, type style. We love the slim look of the letters and they coordinate perfectly with the word dies from the Beverage Wrappers die set. They are so pretty and modern you will quickly add this set of dies to your CSS Faves – they are available in the store starting today!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Thin ALpha Series Dies - $16.00 available at www.clearandsimplestamps.comWe’ll share a helpful tip – cut full bars of your letters and store your extras to use for later projects.  You will love having a collection of pretty letters readily available. We turned our letters into stickers so that we could easily attach our words to our card panels.  With a quick run through our Xyron machine, we had a complete alphabet of stickers ready to go.

Clear and Simple Stamps | #Latte Stationery - coffee note cardsHaving the words left aligned on the card panel created the perfect spot to stamp a to-go coffee cup image from the Morning Brew: Coffee stamp set. A bit of simple coloring with a mix of warm and neutral gray markers and a stamped coffee cozy for each flavor created a fun focal point on each card.  But we weren’t finished until we stamped a signature green stir stick at the top of the cup and hand wrote cute latte hashtags with a fine tip black pen: #caramelmacchiato, #mochalatte, #eggnoglatte. Wouldn’t the #EggnogLatte make a great holiday card?

Clear and Simple Stamps | #Latte Stationery - coffee note cardsWith stationery, comes envelopes and we are serious about making them standout. We keep a few A4 Envie Liners cut so that we can easily stamp and go. For this project the Coffee Pots background stamped in GY-03 | Pressed Greige Linen ink creates a beautiful and subtle pattern against the BR-01 | Dish All the Dirt Brown A4 Envelopes. Now all that’s left is to do is go grab a cup of coffee before we start on our next project!

Clear and Simple Stamps | #Latte Stationery - coffee note cardsWe’d love to know your favorite coffee flavors or lattes. Take a coffee break from crafting and share with us on Instagram. Then be sure to check back in with the Coffee Lover’s Blog for for all the hop details, to play along, and/or enter in your chance to win one of the amazing giveaways. (Hint, hint…there may be a few CSS goodies up for grabs)…

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Shop this project [here] to create your own coffee inspired #Latte Stationery.



Clear and Simple Stamps | Mini Metallics Jotters

Clear and Simple Stamps | Mini Metallics JottersWith the change in seasons also comes the need to change over our desk accessories.  With a few swatches of rose gold foil, our Simple Adhesive sheets, and A Blanc Check cardstock, we are turning plain old notepads into chic office jotters.

Oh yes, when you upgrade your office supplies you can rename them with fancy titles – so goodbye boring notepad….hello, mini metallic jotter!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Mini Metallic Jotters - suppliesWhat we love most about office supply makeovers, are that it takes relatively no time at all to make a big impact.

To create these mini metallic jotters we simply:

  1. Cut A Blanc Check cardstock into 3″ x 10.25″ strips of cardstock, and score each cardstock strip at 5″ and 5.25″.
  2. Remove backing from Simple Adhesive and apply to front of cardstock panel on an angle.
  3. Trim Simple Adhesive flush to the panel on all sides, then remove the backing.
  4. Lay rose gold foil onto the adhesive (shiny side up), smooth to make sure it’s adhered, then peel off.
  5. Add Simple Adhesive strips to the back of the notepad and secure to the inside flap of the cardstock panel.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Mini Metallic Jotters DIYWe chose to make a trio of jotters using a mix of soft, neutral colored cardstocks and a simple geometric angle for our foiling design.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Mini Metallic Jotters - trio of colors in the storeYou can easily dress these up to color coordinate by switching out the cardstock and or the color of foil. Have fun creating pieces to match your workspace – who says functional can’t also be super cute?!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Mini Metallic Jotters


Add a Bit of Style to your desk at home or in the office and shop this project [here] for your CSS supplies…


 


Clear and Simple Stamps: Bananas for You Valentine

Clear and Simple Stamps: Bananas for You Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one of the few respectable days of the year that just about anything punny goes – so prepare to see us go crazy with puns over the next couple of weeks! Consider yourself warned.

Kicking off our punny lovefest is a little fun with fruit…well fruit shaped candy. Even better, right?! We couldn’t help but sing Gwen Stefani’s lyric “B-A-N-A-N-A-S” while creating this super cute Critter Pals valentine. Which wasn’t too bad, because we were able to create a handful of these before the song ended!

Clear and Simple Stamps: Bananas for You Valentine

We opted for creating custom pillow boxes for (3) reasons:

  1. We LOVE pillow boxes and clear ones have so many fun options.
  2. Die cut liners using the Pillow Box Liner Die makes things very simple and are great for mass producing projects.
  3. And the cute value goes up when gifted with an equally adorable Build-a-Critter Pal shape card.

 

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Add in an oval shape die cut turned label plus cute candy fruit to each pillow box, and we have one very a-peel-ing valentine.  Yup, see what we did there? We couldn’t resist.

 

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Click [here] to shop this project and get started creating your own “Bananas for You” Little Critter Pals Valentine.



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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…


 


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Valentine’s day candy is already calling my name and I haven’t even recovered from all those holiday desserts. Today’s project solves this problem with all the deliciousness of sweet treats but none of the calories.

I scoured my Clear and Simple Stamps stash for several sweet-inspired stamps and put them all together into an adorable set of classroom style valentine’s.  Each one features a cute sentiment that will make any valentine smile.

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Join me at Damask Love for more photos of these cute cards, a full supply list, and details on how-to create each one…

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It’s 2014 and we still have a few gifts to deliver.  With so much going on during the holidays, we love to give our gifts to close friends a little bit after the holidays when things seem to quiet down some and you can actually spend quality time without having to rush off to your next holiday event.

And then there are always those moments when you realize (dare we say it) that you forgot someone! You certainly do not want them to feel like an after thought, so today we are sharing a few “winter” gifting ideas that are perfect for those post-holiday encounters…

Gift tags set the stage for any gift. It’s the first impression, and of course it’s functional too. This set of Tags 1 tags was designed by Stephany Zerbe and we simply adore them!  Each tag features a rustic-chic collage design and the mix of neutral colors with pops of red in the twine translate beautifully for woodsy, winter scenes.

These tags will work for seasonal birthdays, weddings, you name it – simply switch out the banner sentiment to suite your needs. Be sure to stop by Stephany’s blog for more details on creating each tag.

CARDSTOCK: Cre’me de la CreamA Blanc Check | INK: On the Catwalk CreamPerfect Little Black Dress | DIES: Tags 1, Petite Banners, Flurries Combo | STAMPS: Airmail, Party Elements: Winter Woodlands, Rag Doll House: North Pole, Background Basics 4, File It: Kits | OTHER: Red/White Twine, Foam Tape

Whoever invented the idea for packaging things in gift bags is a pure genius! Talk about a time saver…and to be honest, a cute gift bag is a gift all in itself. We love the rustic look of burlap paired with the soft texture of Simple Felt.

The Flurry die is a great size for creating large focal points on these burlap bags. With just a few steps, these little bags are handy to store away for any last minute grab-and-go gifts.

HOW- TO: (1) Follow iron-on adhesive instructions to adhere to felt. (2) Trim to the size of the die, and die cut. (3) Follow instructions to iron on the applique to the burlap bag. (4) Sew on a button embellishment. (5) Die cut and tie on a monogram Alpha Tag.

CARDSTOCK: VIP Purple, Kraft Like a Rockstar, A Blanc Check | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress | DIES: Favor Flags, Alpha Tags, Partial Tags, Flurry | STAMPS: Duly Noted | FELT: Light Purple (024) | OTHER: Purple/White Twine, Button/Thread

Hands down gift cards are by far the easiest solution to any gift giving dilemma…but they can be pretty, um, how do we say it – boring. Stores give you a branded envelope and more than likely we throw it inside another envelope and hand it off with little fan fare. But truth be told – WE LOVE GIFT CARDS!  It’s like getting cash, who doesn’t love a little extra spending change in your pocket?! So we challenge you to dress up your gift cards. Turn them into an experience, after all a gift card is a pretty great gift!

Around here we are heavy coffee and tea drinkers. We are talking 3-5 cups by mid morning kind of drinkers (might explain the sleepless nights…), so coffee/tea gift cards are always a welcomed gift and our inspiration for this fun packaging.

We mentioned earlier that tags set the stage for gifting. So have fun with them and create themed tags.

Here we grabbed the Coffee Cup and Partial Tag dies and went to town creating a “To-Go Coffee Cup” tag. The sleeve serves as our to/from label. Festive, fun, and perfect for gifting a coffee gift card.

When opened, our petite box reveals a coffee-lover’s treat…a Starbucks gift card.

For the gift card, we used the Gift Card Inset die. This little die seriously makes gift card gifting that much more fun and is a definite must have in your creative stash!

HOW-TO: (1) Measure the box, and simply cut (2) panels of cardstock to fit. (2) Score both sides so that the panels will sit up at the top of the box. (3). Die cut Gift Card Inset from only one panel. (4) Adhere the top and very bottom of panel  (right below the inset score line). (5) Stamp sentiments, insert gift card, and insert into box.

The lid was measured, and we cut an insert from Kraft Like a Rockstar Gift Wrap. We love that it is a lighter weight than cardstock, and will easily adhere to the lid. It is stamped with a single sentiment and coffee bean image repeatedly to build a pattern.

TIP: For an added treat (for the senses) fill the bottom of the box with loose coffee beans.  Not only will it look pretty, but it will smell amazing too!

CARDSTOCK: Kraft Like a Rockstar, A Blanc Check | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress | DIES: Coffee Cup, Partial Tags, Gift Card Inset | STAMPS: Morning Brew: Coffee, Gifted | GIFT WRAP: Kraft Like a Rockstar | OTHER: Emerald Bling Ribbon, Kraft Box, Gift Card, Copics

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Do you have any post holiday projects in the works?
Tag your projects #clearandsimplestamps so we can find and share your CSS projects…

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Style Watch

I’m in the mood for brown paper packages tied up with string. How about you?

After watching Thursday night’s live performance of the Sound of Music, I was totally inspired to bring you a Clear & Simple Stamps round up for holiday packaging featuring every crafter’s favorite neutral: Kraft – or as we call it… Kraft Like a Rockstar!

Today’s style board inspired me to dress up a few pretty packages for the holidays with a fun mix of signature CSS Colors:

24 Karat Gold  |  Dare to be a Diva Red | Kraft Like a Rockstar Green
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar

Clear & Simple Stamps offers a TON of packaging dies and after today’s post, you’ll be hard pressed to pick a favorite. With a little holiday makeover, these dies are perfect for gifting a few of your “favorite things.”

Join me at Damask Love for a full supply list for each packaging idea as well as instructions!

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas.
There are just (5) more days to place orders that will arrive in time for Christmas!

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Style Watch

Are you recovering from the long holiday filled with food, fun, family & friends? Ready to get into the holiday crafting spirit? How about a Hot Cocoa Kit in a box?

It’s been far too long since I gave you a project “in a box.” I suppose that’s a good thing because until recently I was creating those projects without one of the newest Clear and Simple Stamps stamp sets – File It : Kits. This awesome set gives you a ton of options for creating your own “in a box” style creations.

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Style Watch: Hot Cocoa in a Box

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In the spirit of the season, I combined File it: Kits with a few other new Collection 9 supplies to create a Hot Cocoa in a Box Kit that is truly a fun gift to give!

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition. And as always, come visit me at Damask Love for lots more photos and tips on this pretty project.

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas!

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Want to Create Your Own?

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Purchase your Clear and Simple Stamps supplies to create your own Hot Cocoa Kit in a Box.

{HOT COCOA IN A BOX SUPPLIES} 1. Gold/White Twine  | 2. Clear Pillow Box | 3. Pillow Box Liner Die | 4. Snack Bar | 5. Favor Flags | 6. Beverage Cozy Die + Simple Felt | 7. Flurries Combo | 8. Red/White Twine | 9. File It: KitsWell Preserved Jars: Cocoa | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Dare to be a Diva Red Ink, To-Go Cups with Lids, Wooden Spoons, (Not Pictured: Banner Flags Dies, Banner Flags 3, Partial Tag Dies)

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Here’s a great style board to help keep your creativity flowing.
Dress up your holidays with a festive CSS Color combo inspired by today’s project:

24 Karat Gold  |  Dare to be a Diva Red
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar

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Sending big Thanksgiving wishes out today! We are spending the day with family, and huddled around to cheer on our favorite football teams. With it being one of the biggest football days of the year, it is only right to celebrate with a bit of football + turkey – it’s what’s on the menu…

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Football + Turkey

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If you are at all wondering who all we are routing for…#CowboyNation and come Saturday around noon eastern time #theBuckeyes!

It’s no secret where our loyalties lie when it comes to game day. But since we have a few non-fans coming over to join us for turkey dinner, we thought it would only be fair to prepare team neutral invites for the big day. A classic wheat style laurel wreath, paired with cotton twine and faux leather are a great combo for this fun invitation.

We are thankful that you stopped by to visit with us today. We hope that you are enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends.

Due to the holiday, please note that we will be open to take orders, however shipping will resume on Tuesday, December 2, 2013.  We strongly believe in taking the time for our entire staff to enjoy the holiday.

We appreciate you and thank you for choosing to shop with Clear and Simple Stamps. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

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Are you crafting away today? 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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{FOOTBALL + TURKEY SUPPLIES} 1. A2 Cre’me de la Cream Envelopes | 2. A2 Envie Liner Die | 3. Build-a-Wreath: Fall | 4. Tablescapes: Tailgate | 5. Natural Cotton Twine | 6. Diamond Grid | OTHER: 1/2″ Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, Cre’me de la Cream Cardstock, Cre’me de la Cream Ink, Copic Trio Starter Kit 1, Espresso Your Style Ink, Faux Leather, Foam Tape

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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}