COLLECTION 7: Basics + CSS Faves Series

It’s Day 4 of release week and this is the fun part of the release that showcases a few stamping staples to build up your CSS stash, and also add-on sets for some fun CSS Faves.

Let’s get started with the fourth reveal day for the new Collection 7 release…


Basics + CSS Faves Series


If you are new to Clear and Simple Stamps releases, we pack in a ton of new inspiration each and every day.  Release days carry a theme, and today we are introducing the {Basics + Faves Series} Here we showcase new additions that may compliment previously released sets, great backgrounds, geometric shapes, fun labels and frames – essentially those basic stamps and dies you just can’t imagine not having in your stamp room…

Ovals are a fun shape that make great labels.  Here we created a fun Party Favor box filled with individual candy packets in a whimsical, nautical theme.

In fact we went nautical for all our projects today.  It’s a great way to see how a theme can be carried out by using a variety of sets.

A red banner for a punch of color and our trusty Shapes: Ovals combo set for the label…

Building geometric backgrounds is a breeze with these oval designs. Each background bar is repeatable on all four sides to create seamless patterns.

  • Mini Ovals {$15}
  • Includes (9) stamps
  • Images coordinates with the Shapes: Ovals die

Designer Jennifer Rzasa has a super fab project that you will love using just one single image from this set – be sure to check out her blog to see more!

  • Background Basics 3 {$24}
  • Includes (10) stamps
  • Variety of background styles to include: Ikat, Lace, Star Clovers, Teardrops, etc.


We love this classic mix of vintage, style backgrounds – several of the Ikat bars can be layered for added options.

  • Fanfold {$26}
  • Includes (3) stamps
  • Over-sized background works with an A2 card and is repeatable on all sides


We said there would be more over-sized backgrounds – this Fanfold background won’t disappoint! It reminds us of a delicate tea towel pattern.

  • Bubblicious {$26}
  • Includes (2) stamps
  • Over-sized background works with an A2 card and is repeatable on all sides


Lots of fun with this over-sized background…bubbles can be great for so many designs. Here we used it to cover the entire card base. And stamped a nautical scene on a Labels 13 die cut for our focal image…

  • Brick {$15}
  • Includes (1) stamp
  • This background repeats on all four sides

A great staple background to have in your stash is certainly a brick wall design. This fun image is repeatable and has a subtle distressed look to it that makes it even more fun to create projects.


We have a new series of frames that include a open side. We adore the whimsical doodle details around each frame that can easily be dressed up or down depending on your project.


Designer Elena Rouusakis has an adorable project and a fab sneak peek on her blog using this new set. Be sure to visit with her to see more.

Our card keeps with the nautical theme as we stamped “ahoy” in the opening and paired it with a sweet polka dot anchor and mini striped banner…

Tags 3 can be used as a label and/or a tag by simply adding a hole a the top, and it comes in two sizes.


  • Tags 3 Fillers {$24}
  • Includes (14) stamps with images for both the front and back side of the tag
  • This set coordinates with Tags 3 Combo

With such a cute and unique tag shape, we couldn’t resist creating fun fillers.

  • Labels 13 Combo {$35}
  • Includes (4) stamps and (4) dies
  • This set coordinates with Label Frames 1

The newest in our Labels series is Labels 13. This rounded edge rectangle has definitely made its way onto our list of faves!

  • Labels 13 Fillers {$24}
  • Includes (6) stamps
  • This set coordinates with Labels 13 Combo

We adore this label so, that we create a few fillers that coordinate.

Here we used the filler as a frame on a one layer card.  The sentiment was created by using the tall skinny center monogram letter to spell out “AHOY” – such a fun way to get even more uses with your monograms!

We masked off the label and stamped stripes across the card, and a cute little anchor to give it that nautical vibe. An envie was added with stamped liner…

During the summer we love to go to the beach, so we added seashell dies to the mix.

Also included in our faves are the dies that coordinate with Sea Life.


This set has a great mix of silhouette and polka dot images. And can we just say everything is just a wee bit cuter with polka dots!


Of course we had to have dies that coordinated! A great tool to for cutting out some of the smaller images.


We hope you have enjoyed Day 4 of the Collection 7 release! Below are peeks from our designers, who have a few more fantastic projects for you to see!

 The Basics + Faves Series is now available for purchase [here]


Design Team Inspiration



Visit with the CSS Design Team for more Basics + Faves Inspiration…
Be sure to join us tomorrow for Collection 7 Release Day 5!

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Collection 4: Sweet Celebrations

It’s the second day of releases, and today we are hitting the beach!  Collection 4 has such an amazing inventory of fabulous new products, that we are making the release available to you as soon as you see it. That’s right, each day during our release week we will be adding brand new products to the store. Our new collection consists of (7) different series that we will showcase over the next week.


Collection 4


Yesterday we introduced By the Glass – a great assortment of beverage inspired stamps and a bottle tag die cut. We are rolling right along with Day 2 and are thrilled to be back with the 2nd series to share with you from the new Collection 4. Today, we are releasing the {Seaside Summer} series, which includes (1) imprint plate, a nautical alphabet, and (10) stamp sets. Let’s take a closer look…

Quotes 3 ($15)

  • A text background block that is repeatable on all sides
  • Who doesn’t love a little of Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea  – this excerpt is a fun addition to add to any sea inspired project
  • And you can’t forget the marlins! Included in the set, is a left and right facing pair of marlins.

Nautical Knots ($15)

  • A vintage rope image that repeats left and right.
  • Great for building backgrounds, and adding subtle detail.

Canning Weave ($15)

  • A classic wicker caning weave background that is repeatable on all four sides

Imprints 2 ($16)

  • A double-sided, 100% steel impression plate (made in the USA)
  • Side 1 has a caning weave pattern
  • Side 2 has a vintage seashell and netting collage
  • Creates deep impressions, and works in leading industry standard die cutting machines

Seaside ($24)

  • A vintage seaside set filled with fun silhouette collage images
  • Many images nestle beautifully in our Tags die cut series
  • Use images by themselves or layer to create a full seaside scene

Sea Life ($24)

  • A vintage assortment of sea life images
  • Included are both large and small size options. For example the large octopus is 2.25″ x 2.5″ and the smaller version is 1 3/8″ x 1 3/8″

Seashells ($24)

  • A vintage assortment of seashell images
  • Included are both large and small size options. For this example, the large clamshell is 2″ x 2″ and the smaller version is 1″ x 1″

Seaside Sentiments 1 ($24)

  • A coordinating sentiment set with a variety of seaside, beachy related sayings
  • Included are two sizes of left and right facing whales with water spouts
  • This set is filled with punny sayings, sentimental quotes, and a few all occasion phrases

Seaside Sentiments 2 ($24)

  • An additional coordinating sentiment set that will stretch the possibilities of the seaside summer images even more
  • Included is a sailboat and directional sign image
  • Great for announcements and invitations of all sorts

Nautical Flags ($24)

  • An alphabet set for the the high seas
  • Each flag represents a different letter (not to worry, we include a index sheet for you)
  • Included in the set is also a mini flag background image, a few heart flags, and a fun compass image

Beach Bum ($24)

  • A super cute beachy set – how fun are those waves? And they come in two sizes
  • This set has a mix of punny sayings and adorable beach inspired images
  • Great for coloring, paper piecing, building scenes, and more

Summer Fun ($24)

  • A set filled with graphic, summer fun designs
  • Several options for two-step stamping
  • Also included are fun summer sayings, and darling banner images


Seaside Summer Inspiration


We love how easily you can mix and match these sets. Here are a few {Seaside Summer} projects we created to share with you. And be sure to visit with the designers listed below for even more amazing projects…


Hanging out at the beach is a definite favorite summer activity. We decided to dress up an invite for a day of fun at the beach with a friendly little octopus sending a message in a bottle.  Invitations don’t always have to come in the form of a card.  It may cost you a little more for the postage, but setting the mood for a fun-filled day with sand between your toes is totally worth it.

For the glass bottles, we found these at Pottery Barn.  They are actually cute little place cards.  Same concept, but you would write the guest name on the bottle insert. We decorated the tag by stamping the Quotes 3 background and then stamping the smaller octopus image offset just a bit.

Our card mimics the tag, but on a larger scale.  We have our octopus waving a little banner, hoping to get our recipient’s attention! We poked a small hole near a tentacle, and inserted a stamped banner that was attached to a toothpick. The panel was popped up on dimensionals so that the toothpick would lay flat. A fun sentiment was added on a strip at the bottom of the panel.



STAMPS: Quotes 3, Sea Life, Summer Fun, Seaside Sentiments 2, Beach Bum

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, On the Catwalk Cream

INK: On the Catwalk Cream, Haute Red Couture, Dish All the Dirt Brown

TWINE: Brown/White

COPIC: Warm Gray Trio 1 (W1)

SIMPLE CUTS: Tags 2*, Favor Flags*

OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Dimensionals, Sand, Bottle, Toothpick, Designer Paper



We loaded up our largest clear block with images from the Seashells set and stamped color on color. We love that you can create beautiful backgrounds with these vintage images. The card was stamped with a sentiment in Dish All the Dirt Brown ink, from the All Occasions set released in Collection 3.

We wanted to create a matching envelope, and the collage image from Seaside was the perfect choice. We overlapped the stamp to fill the left side of the envelope.



STAMPS: All Occasions 1, Seashells, Seaside

CARDSTOCK: On the Catwalk Cream, You’re a Natural Darling

INK: Dish All the Dirt Brown, You’re a Natural Darling

OTHER: Dimensionals, Envelope




With so many great sentiment options in both Seaside Sentiments sets,you can create a set of cards in no time.

We started here by stamping the sentiment first. We then built the scene around the words. The coral reefs were stamped next and then the starfish.  The fish was stamped on a small scrap of cardstock, trimmed out and popped up to add a bit of dimension.



STAMPS: Sea Life, Seaside Sentiments 1

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check

INK: Dish All the Dirt Brown, Coral Necklace, Trendsetter Blue, Perfect Little Black Dress

OTHER: Dimensionals



We love to dress up ordinary items and turn them into pretty little packages. This project is great for destination weddings, as a welcome gift, or a beach getaway invitation.

We grabbed up a pair of fun summer sandals, placed them sole to sole, and wrapped them with our double-faced satin ribbon. We then added a little tag letting our guests know to come comfy and ready to relax.

For our card, we wanted to highlight the impressed design created from the Imprints 2 impression plate. A simple sentiment and flag banner strip complete the card.

If you notice on both the tag and card the impressed areas are a bit darker, and that is because we added color…Here is a look at the Imprint 2 plate before we started.

Here is the impressed cardstock panel. We love the nice, deep, crisp impression!

From there we simply added a Copic marker that was a shade darker than our cardstock, so that the impressed areas would carry a nice shadow.



STAMPS: Seaside Sentiments 2

CARDSTOCK: Kraft Like a Rockstar, You’re a Natural Darling, On the Catwalk Cream, Trendsetter Blue

INK: Dish All the Dirt Brown, You’re a Natural Darling

RIBBON: Dish All the Dirt Brown

COPIC: Blue Trio 1 (B00)


IMPRINTS: Imprints 2

OTHER: Dimensionals, Sandals, Baker’s Twine



Ahoy it’s a boy! And this little sailor can be welcomed into the world in nautical style. We love a good baby shower theme that you can run wild with, while party planning.

Isn’t this little paper boat the cutest?  Now, we certainly can’t take credit for this idea, we discovered it by way of Martha Stewart – love that Martha! But we did add a few fun CSS details to coordinate with our Little Sailor cards.

First up is our little sailor onesie. The onesie was die cut from the Tiny Fashions set of dies.  Included in the set is a dress, a jumper, and this adorable onesie. We then stamped the onesie outline from the Tiny Fashions coordinating stamp set and a tiny anchor from the Seaside set. For the card base we stamped the background bar of stripes from the Designer Lines set. Next we added the compass image and stacked sentiment. Finally, we popped our little onesie front and center.

We broke out the Nautical Flags set for this next card. We mentioned earlier that each flag represents a different letter. On our card it spells out “BOY”. The index that comes with the stamp set makes it super easy to spell out any word you would like. We added a sentiment banner and a little anchor image for the finishing touches.



STAMPS: Seaside Sentiments 2, Nautical Flags, Seaside, Tiny Fashions, Designer Lines, Shower Sentiments

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check,Say Yellow to All Your Fans, Mauved By the Paparazzi, Orange You Fabulous

INK: Perfect Little Black Dress

SIMPLE CUTS: Tiny Fashions, Favor Flags*, Build-a-Critter: Bat/Bee (tiny circle for anchor)

OTHER: Dimensionals, Sailboat Template (Martha Stewart)



There are a ton of super cute images in the Seaside Summer series! We reached for Beach Bum and had a fun time whipping up a trio of beach-themed CAS cards.

The sandcastle is a quick and easy image to color.  We added some pixelated sand by simply dotting a trio of marker colors to build up the texture of the sand. Once trimmed out and popped up, we adhered a banner flagged strip of washi tape.

We were inspired by the punny saying on this card. A simple heart stamped in a wave turns a fun beach card into a romantic love note!

And we couldn’t leave without building a scene with that cute pelican perched on a post.

We stamped the image directly onto the card and colored the post. We then masked the pelican image and stamped the waves and sentiment. Next we stamped our little jumping fish and his droplets of water. To make the pelican stand out more we stamped and colored the image two more times. We trimmed and popped each layer to add more dimension.

And there you have it….our little inspiration gallery for the Seaside Summer series. Scroll down for links to the design team members for even more AMAZING projects…Day 2 continues – enjoy the hop!



STAMPS: Beach Bum, Seaside Sentiments 1, Taglines: Critters (little heart in wave)

CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Dare to be a Diva Red

INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, You’re Such a Gray-cious Host, A Blanc Check

COPICS: Earth Trio 5, Red Trio 2, Yellow Trio 4, Toner Gray Trio 1, Blue Trio 1, Earth Trio 3

OTHER: Dimensionals, Washi Tape

* These products are part of a different series releasing in Collection 4


Design Team Blog Hop


The CSS designers have been busy crafting fun release day projects to share with you. Click on each of the links below to see what our design team members have been creating with Collection 4. Be sure to visit with each designer for more details:


All products are available online {here}

Thank you for visiting with us today.

Be sure to join us tomorrow for Day 3!


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