Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade GoodnessIt’s that coffee and crafting hour of the day. Well let’s face it, any hour of the day would be great for gathering up your supplies and making something creative – especially when it involves coffee and crafty friends.

Welcome your guests into your craft room with an inviting cup of coffee served in a hand-stamped Beverage Cup as they arrive. Provide a stamped stir stick and a marker for each guest to write their names and claim their cup of coffee. Never underestimate the little stamps in a stamp set.  We adore this tiny “this belongs to” sentiment from Craft Edition for so many reasons – stamped stir sticks is just one of them!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness - Custom Beverage CupsWe grabbed a mix of stamps to create a fun scene “straight outta my stamp room” – papers, pens, ribbons oh my! We love combining sets to stretch our stash of stamps and our Hobby line of stamps work beautifully together. With a little bit of masking and some coloring our scene came together for a fun, modern crafty invitation.

Did someone say masking? This technique is still one of our all time top five favorite techniques. For this project we focused on turning the scrapbook paper in the image from Craft Room into a patterned sheet of designer paper using a Craft Edition sentiment, “Create. Post. Share. Repeat.”, which is perfect for makers.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness - Masking TechniqueWith a plan in mind we set out in stages how we would mask off the project:

  1. Stamp the image onto a card panel in N-02 | Perfect Little Black Dress ink.
  2. Stamp image again onto masking paper. (TIP: sticky note paper is a great alternative)
  3. Trim the supply images slightly inside of the stamped outline. This will make sure that the image stamped over the mask will meet the original image without any gaps – it will create a more seamless look.
  4. Adhere masks to the image stamped on the card panel and also mask the entire area outside of the cardstock image with sticky notes to protect the area.
  5. Stamp the sentiment in GY-02 | I Steel Got It ink repeatedly to fill in the space with a text background pattern. Then remove all the masks to reveal an updated look to the stamped image.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness - Masking TechniqueFrom there, the card falls into place relatively quickly. Simply color the images with markers, and stamp your sentiment from Brewed to Go in N-02 | Perfect Little Black Dress ink. Isn’t that saying just the cutest? Let’s drink coffee and create stuff – who could resist?! And of course we had to add a coffee cup image from the Morning Brew: Coffee stamp set to help complete the scene. With the coordinating Coffee Cup die, we stamped, colored, and added a to go style coffee cup to the card panel.

Now let’s be honest, we’ve all done it and it only takes one time to spill a cup of coffee (or any beverage for that matter) all over your work space to know that coffee and crafting can also be a bit dangerous. Our only suggestion is to rest your cup far away from your papers – we’d hate for you to learn the hard way like we did!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Handmade Goodness

Host a day filled with coffee and creativity. Shop this project [here] to get started…

Clear and Simple Stamps | Summersicles - a DIY popsicle summer treat

Clear and Simple Stamps | Summersicles - a DIY popsicle summer treatEnjoy the sweet taste of summer with a pop of color when crafting these adorable summersicle treats!

Growing up we loved popsicles, so when we spotted these hard candy versions we had to have them. And by “had to have” we mean at least one in every flavor, even if it meant driving to multiple stores. The struggle is real, and we are no quitters when it comes to rounding up sweets.

While the original packaging served it’s purpose, we wanted something a bit cuter and more interactive. Our Party Favor 7 box was a perfect fit. Simply cut off the bottom flap and we instantly created a sleeve for housing these fun candy popsicles.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Summersicles - a DIY popsicle summer treat how-to slider packagingWe decorated each sleeve by stamping colorful stripes and adorned them with adorable fruit images to match the hand-stamped flavors on the sticks using the Perfect Harvest Sentiments stamp set. Loving how great our CSS Hybrid Ink stamps on the wood to create a crisp impression for pretty packaging.

Clear and Simple Stamps | Summersicles - a DIY popsicle summer treatNeedless to say the Blue Raspberry was one of the first to get eaten. It was a popular flavor in the office. Cherry and Green Apple were a close second…but let’s be honest, none of these lasted long!

Clear and Simple Stamps | Summersicles - a DIY popsicle summer treat

Create a Taste of Summer…shop the project [here] to make your own summersicles…


Clear and Simple Stamps | Stationery Trends: Gems

Clear and Simple Stamps | Stationery Trends: Gems

Stationery is one of our first loves! We’re bringing a new series to the blog that will share creative ways to incorporate popular styles into DIY stationery. What better trend to kick things off than the new Gemstone Collection?!

Gems are all the rage, and can truly never go out of style.  When is the last time you said “no, thanks” and opted out of receiving diamonds because they weren’t on trend? Um, how about never! Gems are always in style – diamonds, rubies, emeralds…pretty much all bling is welcomed, especially when cutely crafted as stationery.

We were inspired by the new Gemstone Collection for our first take on creating fun Stationery Trends. Since gems generally appear in the form of jewelry, we grabbed a few pieces of costume jewelry and got right to work. Read more