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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 | Stamping Patterned Envie Liners

Clear and Simple Stamps | Stamping Patterned Envie LinersJust when you thought stationery couldn’t get any cuter, along comes the Cute as a Bug Collection! Typically you think of using your stamps to create a specially crafted card, but this time we are using them to make fun patterns and dress up envelopes.

We paired our Cute as a Bug Collection with our A4 Envie Liners to stamp up fun designs for a playful surprise. Each A4 Envie Liner was die cut from our A Blanc Check gift wrap, to create a light weight liner for inside the envelopes.

Here is a look into how each style came together so you can create a fun set of Cute as a Bug Envie Liners of your own:


WALK THE LINE


We love that these little snails are all headed in the same direction in an orderly fashion. Your eye follows their movement across the envie liner as they deliver your snail mail!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Stamping Patterned Envie LinersFollow these simple steps to create a Walk the Line liner:

  1. Die cut an A4 Envie from A Blanc Check Gift Wrap.
  2. Draw horizontal lines with a pencil and ruler.
    • (TIP: we measured the size of the stamp, then drew the lines to match the size for equal spacing between rows.)
  3. Stamp rows of snails in Perfect Little Black Dress ink.
  4. Erase lines, and color with markers.
  5. Adhere liner to color coordinating A4 Envelope.

POLKA DOT FUN


Polka dots are a classic and timeless pattern that every designer has in their toolbox. For these envies, we created with a fun play on a traditional design element repeating the sentiment circle as a polka dot pattern.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Stamping Polka Dot Patterned Envie LinersFollow these simple steps to create a Polka Dot Fun liner:

  1. Die cut an A4 Envie from A Blanc Check Gift Wrap.
  2. Draw grid with pencil and ruler.
  3. Stamp circle sentiment using CSS Hybrid Ink onto grid to fill liner.
  4. Erase grid lines.
  5. Adhere liner to color coordinating A4 Envelope.

LADYBUG CONFETTI


We went for a bit of free flowing fun with this random pattern of ladybug cuteness. By stamping in a mix of directions, these little darlings are scattered throughout the liner like cute bits of confetti.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Stamping Patterned Envie LinersFollow these simple steps to create a Ladybug Confetti liner:

  1. Die cut an A4 Envie from A Blanc Check Gift Wrap.
  2. Stamp ladybug image onto liner in Perfect Little Black Dress ink in a random pattern.
  3. Fill in any empty spaces with more stamped ladybug images.
  4. Color images with markers.
  5. Adhere liner to color coordinating A4 Envelope.

Check out more projects and be inspired by the Cute as a Bug Collection in our guidebook [here].

Clear and Simple Stamps | Stamping Patterned Envie Liners


Want to create your own custom envelopes? Shop our full collection of envelopes [here] for an assortment of colors, and dies to create your own.


 


Clear and Simple Stamps | Craft in Color - color inspired our Blooming Cupcakes project. Visit the blog to see which ones... #craftincolor

Clear and Simple Stamps | Craft in Color - color inspired our Blooming Cupcakes project. Visit the blog to see which ones...We love color! We are inspired by colors daily and openly admit it is one of the best parts of creating a project. Many times you go into a project with specific colors in mind and other times you need a little bit of inspiration to pull the right mix of colors together.

You may often hear us refer to our coveted Colordex. This is a color index of the entire CSS Color Collection that we created using our Stationery Organizer dies, File It: Color, and File It: CSS Color stamp sets. We use this handy dandy tool every. single. day. It’s a great way to play with colors until you find a combo that works.

Clear and SImple Stamps | Craft in Color using a CSS colordex #craftincolor

While creating the Cute as a Bug Guidebook, we wanted to share our love of color with a series of color combos to help inspire you. Here is a peek at few of our favorite projects and the coordinating color combos that we used in the guidebook.

CSS-CuteAsABug(craftincolor)Follow us on Instagram as we continue to share more ways to #CraftInColor, and be sure to check out all (10) of the color combos in the Cute as a Bug Collection Guidebook.

 


Do you love color like we do? Create your own Colordex as a great way to organize and plan your colors for your next project. Shop by color in the store [here]


 


Clear and Simple Stamps | DIY Garden Gifts

Clear and Simple Stamps | DIY Garden Gifts

It’s Spring…at least that’s what the calendar says! However, we still have a smidgen of snow as ground cover and chilly temps to go right along with it. It doesn’t feel much like Spring, so today we are creating with Spring in mind in hopes of warm weather and sunny days to follow soon after.

Nothing says a change in seasons has arrived like the sprouting of pretty flowers and fresh veggies in the garden. This year, we are celebrating Spring with a fun gift for the planting season using a few of our Clear and Simple Stamps supplies.

Clear and Simple Stamps | DIY Garden Gifts Supplies

Gathering up these supplies made for a super quick transformation from plain ol’ seed packets to handcrafted cuties! We have to admit, we are the kind of gardeners that will purchase seeds based on how cute the packaging is on the shelf. So why not make our own that will also double as a plant marker?!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Garden Gifts DIY Seed Packets with MarkerWith (4) simple steps we created a matching set of seed packets that are great for gifting with starter plants:

  1. Take a wooden spoon and one of your Favor Flags die and trace the banner opening onto the spoon with a pencil. Cut along the lines to create a pointed tip, and use your sanding block to smooth the edges. Then stamp the wooden spoon with the coordinating veggie or fruit name from Perfect Harvest Sentiments using Perfect Little Black Dress Ink.
  2. Die cut Toppers from A Blanc Check cardstock, and stamp the front with the mini polka dots Toppers Fillers image. Lightly draw lines horizontally across the top and bottom using the wooden spoon as a guide. Use your exacto knife to trim down from the left and right edges of the lines vertically  – this will hold your stamped plant marker in place.
  3. Erase your pencil lines and insert the plant marker into the topper using the newly cut opening.
  4. Die cut a veggie using the Mini Produce dies. Stamp the coordinating image from Perfect Harvest Too. Then adhere the stamped veggie to the Topper with foam tape.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Garden Gifts DIY Seed Packets with Marker

Our local nursery has a variety of beautiful starter plants that were perfect to bring our gardening project idea to life. The eco-friendly pots are great for easily planting in a larger pot, a wall garden, or in a lovely raised bed. Of course we wanted to make them a bit prettier, so we wrapped each with some of our Kraft Like a Rockstar gift wrap. If you have been following us for a while, you will note we use our gift wrap almost daily! We LOVE this stuff. It’s so versatile, and great for way more than simply wrapping gorgeous gifts.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Garden Gifts Kraft Wrapped Potted Plants

Prettily packaged gifts from the garden make us happy and even more excited for Spring to make it’s grand entrance. Look for more Spring inspired projects soon, and check out our fun announcement about our upcoming Pop-Up Shop this weekend [here]. We hope you can make it out to Allentown, PA!

Clear and Simple Stamps | DIY Garden Gifts


What’s in your garden? Shop the project [here] for a great way to share gifts from the garden…



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What’s black and white and cuddly all over? Bao Bao, the absolutely adorable baby panda at the Smithsonian Zoo in Washington, DC. As locals to the area, we have been swept up in the excitement of all things panda, including creating this fun Little Critter Pals Panda Paw-ty…

Inspired by little Boa Boa’s mega cute factor, we pulled together a few ideas to create a fun Panda Paw-ty. This theme party is a great way to get little ones excited about an upcoming trip to the zoo, to use as an educational tool to teach about pandas, or just for fun!

Included is this afternoon of “pandamonium”:

  • A panda-filled, black and white striped, cute as can be Invitation and Matching Envie
  • An arts and crafts project to create Origami Friendship Bracelets
  • Snacking on PB + J Sushi bites for a boost of energy
  • A panda inspired Paw-ty Favor to take home
  • And a coordinating Thank You Card to for the paw-ty goers

We have loved creating with the Curly Label Frames 1 since it released late last year. The whimsical design frames out any image in a super fun way. Pair it with a flowy banner and cuddly panda bear critter and we have the makings of perfect panda paw-ty invitation.

To create a full “oval” frame look simply mask the banner, and with the mask in place, stamp the curly frame above and below.

Visit us on Instagram to see how we transformed the Critter Pals Bear into a sweet Panda, all you’ll need is a pencil and dark gray (or black) markers…and of course your Critter Pals stamped image!

Origami friendship bracelets are a great way to keep paw-ty goers busy with a simple activity that is made from selective inking and a few creative paper folds.

Starting with a 6″ square sheet of A Blanc Check (white) gift wrap, masking paper, and CSS Hybrid ink – here’s a few photos to walk you through “how-to” create this fun project:

Any themed Panda Paw-ty deserves an equally cute Paw-ty Favor! You can create these ahead of time or make them during the party as an arts and crafts activity that the kids can take home with them.

We decorated a Party Favor 13 (take out style box) with the Build-a-Critter Pals dies to create a panda box. Inside the box is a chocolate dipped fortune cookie, individually wrapped in a 3″ Clear Candy Bag with a custom stamped wrapper.

 

Our paw-ty goers will need a boost of energy and these PB + J Sushi snack bites are the perfect panda paw-ty treat. We simply flattened a slice of bread, spread on peanut butter and jelly, rolled it like sushi and cut into bite-sized pieces. To top each roll, is a tiny dollop of jelly with orange sprinkles.

Since little hands may have a hard time with regular sized chopsticks, we cut down a pair, sanded, and painted the ends. Shorter chopsticks will give the children more control, and it’s a fun way to eat a snack!

Add a cute food marker, a bottle of milk, and a stripey straw for a full on panda style snack time.

 

Taking a cue from the Panda Paw-ty invitations, we kept the Thank You cards simple and sweet.

You can easily include a photo from the party or from the trip to the zoo to share with the recipient. Everyone loves to reminisce about good times!

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Our love of Pandas made this party fun and easy.
We’d love to see your “Critter-themed” parties.
Share them with us using #csscritters

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CARDSTOCK: Blanc Check | Leek-ed to the Press | INKS: Perfect Little Black Dress | Leek-ed to the Press | STAMPS: Taglines: Little Critter Pals | Rag Doll: Tea Part Extras | Designer Lines | Curly Label Frames 1 | Party Elements: Baby | Little Critter Pals 2 | Party Elements: Winter Woodlands Extras| Wrap-a-Round | Duly Noted | Foodie Fun Sentiments | DIES: A4 Note Cards Dies | A4 Envie + Liner Dies | Party Favor 13 | Wrappers | Shapes: Ovals | Shapes: Hearts | Build-a-Critter Pals: Basics | OTHER: Simple Adhesive | A Blanc Check Gift Wrap | 3″ Clear Candy Bags

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