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 | Red Cup Season

Clear and Simple Stamps | Red Cup SeasonFrom Pumpkin Spiced Lattes to the coveted Red Cups, Starbucks has officially become the sign of the times for the change in seasons! We love the decorative doodling that adorns this year’s red cups, and wanted to create our own DIY version. While we certainly love to doodle, we truly love a good punny saying and our red cups are filled with them. Read more

Clear and Simple Stamps | Elfie Selfies #elf

Clear and Simple Stamps | Elfie Selfies #elf‘Tis the season for mischief and fun with Santa’s little helpers. Who can resist the cuteness of holiday elves? Especially when they pose for adorable selfies with the Polaroid Frame dies. We’re sharing a simple project to kickstart Christmas crafting, by making a few Elfie selfies. Now we know which elf has been naughty or nice this year! Read more


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


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


CSS Daily App on iTunes


 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}


Style Watch

When I was young, going to see the Nutcracker was a yearly tradition. I haven’t seen it in years but the images in Nutcracker Holiday definitely bring back fond memories. This set is unique and perfect for packaging up last minute holiday gifts…I mean, what’s a nutcracker image without a delicious and prettily packaged bag of homemade cinnamon sugar pecans?!

For a little inspiration, I decided to incorporate fun pops of color for this iconic Christmas story with each of the Nutcracker Sweets projects I am sharing with you today…

True Blue Fan  |  Dare to be a Diva Red | Glamazon Green
Say Yellow to All Your Fans | Perfect Little Black Dress

The sentiments in Nutcracker Holiday make it very easy to stamp sweet & punny images, so you won’t need much else to make your gifts special.

Visit me over at Damask Love for photos & tips on how I used this set to style three nutty treats.


Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas.
Don’t forget that to add a Clear and Simple Stamps eGift Certificate to your wishlist!



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!


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!



Merry Christmas in any language is part of the sweet sounds of the holidays. We love to turn on our iTunes radio to the Christmas channel and let the music of the season fill the air. If you listen closely you can even hear us singing along as the day goes by – it’s starting to feel a little like Santa’s workshop here as we pack boxes, stock inventory, and create new projects to share.

When creating for the holidays, we are always mindful of designing simple card ideas that are great for mailing and easy to mass produce. The key is to create an interesting focal point and pairing of complimentary colors. Once the design is complete, recruit a few helpers for assembly and your holiday cards are ready to mail.


Joyeux Noel


We started by selecting a color story that was a combination of a warmer version of traditional holiday colors: Rouge Ruffles, Kraft Like a Rockstar Green and a punch color of Say Yellow to All Your Fans.

From there we layered a simple sentiment “Joyeux Noel” from the Nutcracker Holiday set and filled in a scene with a mix of images from different sets.


Are you creating with Clear and Simple Stamps? We’d love to see!
Tag your photos #clearandsimplestamps so we can find and share your CSS projects…



  1. Nutcracker Holiday
  2. Baby Shower
  3. Build-a-Wreath: Winter
  4. Rag Doll Carlie: Wish
  5. Hearts Plus

OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Cardstock, Rouge Ruffles Ink, Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Ink, Say Yellow to All Your Fans Ink, Copic Trio Starter Kit 2



Style Watch

Gift card giving has a new look with Clear & Simple Stamps Gift Card Inset Dies. Of all the products in Collection 9, this is one of my absolute favorites!

The Gift Card Inset Dies allow you to create an area for a gift card opening on anything…leaving tons of possibility for customization…


Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration


Reach for a few holiday favorites with this fun CSS Color combo from today’s project:

Rouge Ruffles | Kraft Like a Rockstar Green
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar


Style Watch: Gift Card Packaging Kit


If you’re like me, you hesitate to hand out gift cards, because they can seem a bit impersonal. But when you package them up using today’s Style Watch project, I think you may feel a little differently. With a few handmade touches, your gift card becomes a beautiful & special handcrafted present.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, and then I’ll see you over at Damask Love for more photos and tips about this simple project.

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

–>PS – there is a fun bonus video where I show you how the Gift Card Inset Dies work {here}



Want to Create Your Own?


Purchase your Clear and Simple Stamps supplies to create your own Gift Card Packaging Kits.

1. Gift Card Inset Dies  | 2. Gifted | 3. Alpha Monogram Mini | 4. Nutcracker Holiday | 5. A4 Note Card Dies | 6. A4 Pocket Fold Die | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Kraft Like a Rockstar Cardstock, Dare to be a Diva Red Ink, Designer Paper, Store Gift Card (not pictured: Bow Trio: Mini, Favor Flags Dies, Red/White Twine)


Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas!


 Looking for more inspiration?
Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0.1} available on iTunes

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes – more info here}


COLLECTION 9: the Holiday Collection

Gift giving just got way more exciting with the new stamps and dies in the Collection 9 release!

Throughout the week, we have been sharing a variety of new product and lots of crafty inspiration for making your holidays the prettiest ever with our Make it Pretty: Holiday Collection.

This entire collection is filled with stamps and dies that make gift giving a true work of art. We LOVE to give gifts, receive gifts, open gifts, share gifts…you get the picture. This release is dedicated to gift giving. In each series, you will find so many useful options that will carry you well beyond the holiday season.

It’s what’s on the inside that really counts…but making it super pretty on the outside sets the stage for an awesome gifting experience. Take gift giving to the next level with fun sentiments, creative dies, and clever packaging.


All Wrapped Up


Have a gift but don’t know what to say? Let gifting sentiments do the talking. Whether birthday, holiday, or just because – these sentiments are perfect for all sorts of gift giving occasions.



We love the versatility in this sentiment set.  You can dress up cards and packages for just about any event. Here we chose to create a fun, birthday themed card and favor.

We stamped the liner for the A4 Envie + Liner with confetti using the small, single dot images in the New Year Cheer stamp set. We repeated them again on the Mini Label Tag on the favor, and the sentiment was a perfect fit!


Gift Card Inset Dies


We are a huge fan of gift cards! They are a great gift when you’re in a hurry or for when you’d rather give the recipient the option to choose their own gift. But we’ve found that we didn’t always love the way you give gift cards, so we created this awesome die to add to our signature collection – the gift card inset.

Included in the die set are 3 different dies.  Two of them may look the same but they have a slight bit of a difference, which does come in handy!

On the left you have an option to create a gift card opening in which the card will be slightly exposed for the recipient to see. On the right you have more of a hidden style gift card opening, which keeps gift cards neatly tucked away.

The 3rd die is for creating an insert…fun for iou’s, DIY coupons, or to write a special message.

One special feature of the Gift Card Inset Dies that you should notice, is that the only portion that actually cuts is the opening for the gift card.  By having this unique feature, you can place a gift card opening almost anywhere!




Gift cards are always a welcomed treat! Why not dress them up with a fun sentiment or a nice insert to state the amount of the gift.



We mentioned that with the Gift Card Inset Dies you can practically place a gift card anywhere.  So we wanted to demonstrate just that! Here we dressed up a Build-a-Critter Owl card with a cozy warm scarf from the Build-a-Critter: Dress-Up and created a fun shape style gift card.

When you open the card it reveals a neatly tucked away gift card and special message.

Are you thinking of all the fun ways you can use this die to create gift card holders?! It truly is a sleek way to dress up a simple gift card.


File It: Kits


In Collection 8 we introduced Crafitization – an awesome series of stamps and dies dedicated to bringing crafting and organizing together and this new set is a perfect addition just in time for the holidays.



File It: Kits was created for dressing up those clever gifts given in bag, in a box, or in a jar! It set comes with a fab assortment of kit sentiments, holidays, and an index frame stamp.

We opted for a cutely stamped Muslin Bag to hold a Tea Lover’s Kit.

The tag was created with a combination of the Partial Tag Die and the Wrappers Die. (And yes, we may need intervention…you just might see the partial tag die quite a bit – consider yourself warned, it’s definitely a CSS Fave!)

With the index stamp fitting nicely onto the wrapper tag, we filled in the space with a sweet tea cup icon from Rag Doll: Tea Party and sentiments from the File It: Kits set.

Inside the bag holds a stamped tea tin using the Dare to be a Diva Red hybrid ink filled with loose leaf tea, a miniature jar of honey with a Tags 3 hang tag, and a wooden honey stirrer.

Put them all together and you have one Tea Lover’s Kit in a bag – another simple and fun gift for the holidays.


Party Favor 15


In our honest opinion, gifts should always come in cute packaging, which is another reason why we adore designing new and fun party favors!

At first glance Party Favor 15 looks like a pillow box…but it’s way better than just a pillow box.

Our signature design creates a front flap that tucks into the pillow box for a self closure to create a front-flap style pillow box. The flap can be a great place to add a sweet, hidden message, or dressed up with beautiful embellishments and more.

In fact, these fun favors are even Rag Doll approved direct from the North Pole! With just 39 more sleeps to go, Santa may find these favors as a go-to for stocking stuffers.

**You can see another beautifully decorated Party Favor 15 by clicking {here}


Alpha Tags


Add an exciting element to gifting this year by including personalized tags. Choose from A-Z, 0 -31, a trendy ampersand, or use the blank tag to create your own tags with any of the 60 tags included in the Alpha Tags set of dies.




The holidays are notorious for countdowns, advent calendars, and the like. For this fun project we created for the nightly celebration of Hanukkah.

We stamped and assembled (8) Party Favor 15 boxes and die cut tags for the numbers 1 thru 8. We also die cut eight blank tags to layer behind the number tags so that the stamped design on the favors would not show through.

The favors were filled with some chocolate gelt (candy coins), and other small treats for the holiday.

The best part about the tags…they can also be used as stencils, you can use the cut outs as alphabet dies, you can make mini banners, and with the blank tag you can add any greetings or embellishments that will fit the space.

You truly get several different ways to use the tags beyond just a tag – another fun way to Make It Pretty this holiday!


 We hope you have enjoyed the Gift Giving Series.
Collection 9 is available for purchase [here]

Thank you for joining us for the release, stay tuned for lots of fun happenings this month!


CSS Daily App on iTunes


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}


Birthday Card + Envie: 1. A4 Note Card Dies | 2. A4 Envie + Liner Dies | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. Party Favor 2 | 5. New Year Cheer | 6. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 7. My Style Blueprint Ink | 8. Rag Doll Carlie: Wish | 9. All Wrapped Up | 10. Mini Label Tags | 11. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 12. Golden Tiara Ink | 13. Leek-ed to the Press Ink | 14/ I’m a Princess Pink Ink | OTHER: Foam Tape, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Owl Gift Card: 1. Build-a-Critter: Owl/Kitty | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. Build-a-Critter: Dress Up | 5. Simple Felt | 6. Gifted | 7. Gift Card Inset Dies | 8. Nutcracker Holiday | 9. Background Basics 4 | OTHER: Gift Card, Foam Tape, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Gift Card Inset Dies: 1. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 2. Gift Card Inset Dies | 3. Gifted |  OTHER: Gift Cards

Tea Lover’s Kit: 1. File It: Kit | 2. Rag Doll: Tea Party | 3. Tags 3 | 4. Partial Tag Dies | 5. Wrappers | 6. Muslin Bag | 7. Red/White Twine | 8. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 9. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 10. A Blanc Check Ink | 11. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | OTHER: Wooden Honey Stirrer, Tea Tin, Loose Leaf Tea, Honey, Mini Honey Jar

Rag Doll Party Favor: 1. Party Favor 15 | 2. In the Limelight Cardstock | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. Gifted | 5. Rag Doll House: North Pole | 6. Red/White Striped Ribbon | 7. Tags 1 |8. Gold/White Twine | Copic Trio Starter Kit | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, White Gel Pen

Hanukkah Favor: 1. Silver/White Twine | 2. Hanukkah | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. My Favorite Blue Jeans Ink | 5. Party Favor 15| 6. Alpha Tags | 7. My Favorite Blue Jeans Cardstock | 8. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 9. Sterling Silver Ribbon |  OTHER: Chocolate Candy Coins, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive