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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 and Simple Stamps | Hello Fall Stationery

Clear and Simple Stamps | Hello Fall Stationery

Bring on the sweater weather, we are so ready for Fall. While we may still be a few weeks early ushering in the change of seasons, we just can’t help ourselves…we love Fall! Anybody else out there look forward to the crunch of leaves, change in colors, smell of pumpkin spice and apple pie wafting through the air? We pretty much transform the studio into an Autumn wonderland. Which certainly helps get you in the mood to create pretty stationery like this Hello Fall card… Read more


Clear and Simple Stamps | Introducing the Envie Liner Plus dies - create custom envelope liners

Clear and Simple Stamps | Introducing the Envie Liner Plus dies - create custom envelope liners

Introducing the new and improved Envie Liner Plus series.

Our Envie Liners have been a longtime CSS Favorite, and we’ve made some awesome upgrades based on customer feedback and how we like to style our own envelopes and stationery. We couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up National Letter and Card Writing Month than with a great new set of dies to dress up your everyday stationery needs.

–> What’s new and improved, you ask? …Everything!

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Clear and Simple Stamps | Joy Mini Holiday Cards

Clear and Simple Stamps | Joy Mini Holiday Cards‘Tis the season for giving with a joyful heart! And not getting caught up in the mad dash of the holidays. We adopt the less is more theory to hold onto our sanity during this time of year…enter the mini holiday card.

Mini holiday cards are the perfect compromise – you get to create something handmade, and it’s small so you can make lots of them in a little amount of time. They tuck neatly under ribbon on a wrapped gift, fit perfectly inside a stocking, or placed between keys on a keyboard at a coworker’s desk.  We are a huge fan of the mini card.

To get started we picked a theme and a holiday-inspired color story. With a little pre-planning, this makes creating variations of your mini card come together quickly. Our set of minis is all about the Joy the holidays bring. We reached for our Flurry Days Sentiments stamp set and created this fun trio of cards.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Joy Mini Holiday CardsWe anchored each mini card with the word “joy” and an adorable tiny red cardinal from the Party Elements: Winter Woodlands Extras stamp set. Don’t overlook the little images in stamp sets – often times they can steal the show, like this cute little bird! For another fun detail, we drew lines with a white gel pen onto each letter – a simple way to alter images for added interest.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Joy Mini Holiday CardsAnd what’s a cute mini note without an equally fabulous envie?! The A3 Stationery Dies make the perfect envelope for 3″ mini cards. (And should absolutely be on your crafty #myCSSwish list!) We love the two-tone color with R-01 | Dare to be a Diva Red on the outside and GR-04 | In the Limelight on the inside – so cute and so festive.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Joy Mini Holiday CardsWe’re using these mini note cards for gifting. Inside each card is stamped with a simple “to/from” sentiment using the Trendy Tags stamp set. We’ve made a stash of these mini notes for quick grab and go during this holiday season. It’s always helpful to have a few extras on hand just in case you need to give out a last minute gift or two, or ten!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Joy Mini Holiday Cards


Shop this project [here], and make a stash of holiday mini cards of your own…


 


Clear and Simple Stamps | What's The Buzz Tea Time

Clear and Simple Stamps | What's The Buzz Tea Time

We are buzzing with excitement to share this adorable project to start the week on a bright and cheery note. A perfect pairing of Y-02 Golden Tiara, a Hexagon Plus background stamp, and a cute solid bee image from the new Sip on This stamp set, sets the stage for a simple DIY to transform tea time into a lovely treat.

We are absolutely loving on the new Beverage Wrapper die – it is a true must have for your crafty stash, along with a few other favorites. For this project, we grabbed just what we needed for updating tea bags with custom tags and a coordinating beverage cup.

Clear and Simple Stamps | What's The Buzz Tea Time - Beverage Cup DIYThe Tea Tag dies make creating custom tea bags super fun and super easy. We stamped the tags with a pretty dashed hexagon background for a delicate honeycomb look. A tiny bee from the Sip on This stamp set was added in N-03 Perfect Little Black Dress ink and the tag was adhered to an individual tea bag.

Clear and Simple Stamps | What's The Buzz Tea Time - Custom Stamped Tea TagsThe best part of crafting is that it is meant to be shared, so we have an equally cute way to share a sweet set of Tea Bags for on the go. You can literally create these bags in under five minutes for a pretty, coordinated favor.

Clear and Simple Stamps | What's The Buzz Tea Time - To Go Sac DIYSimply stamp the Mini Paper Sac with the Tea logo from the Brewed to Go stamp set and color the hexagon image in with yellow markers for a pop of color. Fill the sac with two tea bags and gift with a bright and cheerful Beverage Cup, for a special tea time to go.

This is such a simple DIY project that you can easily change up the colors to coordinate for any special occasion that will really create a buzz and have friends asking for more!

Clear and Simple Stamps | What's The Buzz Tea Time


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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.

 

Clear and Simple Stamps: Bananas for You Valentine

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.

 

Clear and Simple Stamps: Bananas for You Valentine


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



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Welcome back to CREATE WITH LOVE, our Clear and Simple Stamps virtual Valentine’s (Craft) Day! We are sharing our final project for today and it’s the perfect gift for chocolate lovers…Project #7 – Box-o-Kisses Party Favor.

It’s perfectly acceptable to create a party for one, right? Cutely coordinated, chocolate candies filled to the brim makes it kind of hard for anyone to want to share this sweet treat! We just love how simple it is to dress up store bought candy and give it a bit of your own personal style.  We can’t help but think how cute these would be for so many different occasions.

Cutely decorated candy…check. Adorable party favor box for packaging…check.  How about the card? Not to worry, we’re making petite conversation hearts with a pocket for a tiny note card, which nestles perfectly into the Party Favor 11 box among all the kisses.

We hope you have enjoyed your Valentine’s Day! Sending you lots of xxxx and oooo…….

SUPPLIES: Simple Felt | Party Favor 11 (die) | Ticket Border (die) | Alpha Modern | Designer Lines | Taglines: Little Critters | Golden Tiara Ink | Shapes: Hearts (Combo) | All Wrapped Up | Paint the Town Pink Cardstock | A Blanc Check Cardstock | Party Elements: Winter Woodlands | I Steel Got It | Paint the Town Pink Ink | Simple Adhesive | Tissue Paper | Candy Kisses | Needle/Thread

 

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Gift giving is an art. And it’s one that we are constantly adding new ideas to our collection of packaging possibilities. We’ve shared a few bags, tags, and gift cards in our Post Holiday Round-Up…and couldn’t resist sharing crafty gift box ideas for fun favors!

Life is like a box of chocolates…but life is a lot better when that box of chocolates is creatively handmade with a few Clear and Simple Stamps crafty supplies. Amber Kemp-Gerstel is sharing her creatively sweet project that is perfect for Valentine’s Day gifting.

We’ve all seen those heart-shaped chocolate gift boxes but they seem so impersonal. By creating your own box, you can add a personalized touch and fill it with homemade goodies.

With a few creative cuts of the Heart Doily die and a little Simple Adhesive, you can assemble a beautiful gift box that recipients will keep long after the candies have been eaten up. Join me at Damask Love for a tutorial on how-to make this heart-shaped box of chocolates on your own!

Are you loving this Heart Doily turned favor box as much as we do? We are completely smitten with this fun packaging idea!

CARDSTOCK: I’m a Princess Pink, Golden Tiara, A Blanc Check | INK: Golden Tiara | DIES: Heart Doily, Tags 1, Bow Trio: Mini | STAMPS: Trendy Tags | OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Paper Filler, Chocolates

 

We are a fan of color. Especially pretty pops of color, and two-tone gift boxes are a great way to have fun with color. For our two-tone boxes we chose A Blanc Check (white) as our first color and then varied the second color for each box to range in VIP Purple, I’m a Princess Pink, and Trendsetter Blue.

For these packages we used Party Favor 2, which comes with a die for the base and (2) die options for lids. Here we used only the base to create a slightly deeper box. In addition, we stamped diagonal stripes in color for a bit of added detail.

We wanted to make sure our lines matched up on the corners, so we used handy dandy sticky notes to create a guide.

HOW-TO: (1) We essentially masked off the base, with only the area we wanted to stamp showing. (2) We stamped the Designer Lines background on a diagonal in color across the open area. (3) Carefully rotate the sticky note mask to the next side panel. (4) Use the stamped off lines on the sticky notes as a guide for your next set of diagonal line stamping. (5) Repeat on all sides. (6) Remove sticky note mask and assemble using Simple Adhesive

We give a hint on the outside packaging of the popcorn treats waiting inside with an adorable popcorn kernel image raised up on the Mini Label Tag. Inside we filled our 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bags with popcorn and added a stamped Wrappers label with the File It: Kits and File It: Stationery sets. If you love packaging favors and treats like we do the File It Series is truly a must have! You will be amazed at all the different ways you can dress up projects.

CARDSTOCK: I’m a Princess Pink, Trendsetter Blue, VIP Purple, A Blanc Check | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, I’m a Princess Pink, Trendsetter Blue, VIP Purple | DIES: Wrappers, Party Favor 2, Shapes: Hearts Combo, Mini Label Tags | STAMPS: Bucket-o-Popcorn, File It: Kits, File It: Stationery, All Wrapped Up, Taglines: Little Critters (tiny heart) | OTHER: 3″ Flat Bottom Clear Candy Bags, Natural Cotton Twine, Foam Tape, Simple Adhesive, Popcorn, Copics

 

Growing up we looked forward to seasonal candy. Halloween is candy corn, Christmas gives a nod to all things peppermint, and Valentine’s brings those adorably sweet, candy, conversation hearts. As a kid, we didn’t care how these assortment of sweets were delivered – just as long as we got the chance to eat as much of them as possible!

Now that we are “a little” older, we still love them…more so for looks than for the taste, and couldn’t wait to create our own version of packaging for gifting this sweet Valentine’s Day treat.

Party Favor 6 did all the heavy lifting. Once die cut, we simply die cut a heart from the back panel, which now serves as the front of the box. We did this so that the back flap would not show. Instead on the back we stamped a “to/from” image so that these favor boxes can also double as valentines!

We stamped the sentiment “heart candy” and heat embossed it in gold for a clean, modern design. The favor box was was assembled with Simple Adhesive, and a mini tag with a stamped sentiment was added with Gold/White Twine. The set All Wrapped up is

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, From an Anonymous Source | DIES: Party Favor 6, Mini Label Tags, Shapes: Hearts Combo, Doily | STAMPS: Trendy Tags, All Wrapped Up, Snack Bar, Sweet Sentiments: Holidays | OTHER: Gold/White Twine, Gold Embossing Power, Conversation Heart Candy, Clear Acetate, Simple Adhesive

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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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{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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