COLLECTION 9: the Holiday Collection

(EDITED: click here for Day 2: Basics + Faves Series)

‘Tis the season for football and turkey, pie baking and cookie decorating, caroling and snowman making, and holiday celebrations!

Are you ready to unwrap the magic of the Clear and Simple Stamps Holiday Collection? We sure hope so! We are super excited to share our take on the holidays, with the reveal of an amazing series of our signature stamp sets and dies in Collection 9

Throughout the week, we will be 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. We are kicking things off with the first series – Taste of the Season!

Ever walk by the kitchen the day before Thanksgiving? Instant joy, right?! The smell of fresh baked pies and cookies around the holidays start to fill the air. There is something wonderful about the holidays that can be tasted! It’s much more than the food and desserts…it’s the family and friends that come from near and far to create memories and traditions.


Party Elements: Tailgate


Get ready for the big game! Set the tone for your next tailgating party with football inspired invitations, favors, and more.



Have a football fan for your Secret Santa this year? Dress up stocking stuffers with a sporty tag in festive gift wrap.

Or create a simple set of game day tags that can be easily added to gift bags and packages.


Tablescapes: Tailgate


In our house we are major Football fans…by major we are talking face painting, high fives, and tailgating! Next to the superbowl, the OSU vs. Michigan game, the biggest football day of the year is Thanksgiving. And this Thanksgiving football + turkey are absolutely on the menu.


We’ve mentioned a time or two (dozen) that we are huge Buckeye fans.

With a by week, followed by the Illinois game there is plenty of time to prep for an OSU themed tailgating party – and it all starts with a fun and festive invite.

Creating the tablescape scene comes together in (5) simple steps:

  1. Stamp the football and create a mask
  2. Stamp the food/beverage image and create a mask
  3. Stamp the table cloth outline, filler image, and create a mask
  4. Stamp the table, remove all masks, and color with markers
  5. Stamp banner onto cloth, again onto cardstock, stamp letters, trim, and paper piece

–>TIP: save your masks and store them in your Stamp Storage Case. This way you can keep your masks with your stamp sets, and you can reuse them.


Pillow Box Liner Die


Love those Clear Pillow Boxes for creating quick and simple packaging? We’re releasing a liner die to make creating custom inserts super simple and fun. It makes creating favors a breeze. You can easily mass produce them and stuffing the boxes with treats can be a family friendly project!







Need a game night treat? Die cut a stash of pillow box liners, and create a mini field of sweets.

–>TIP: Die cut a variety of Pillow Box Liner Dies and keep a stash handy – it’s a great way to use up your designer papers and cardstock scraps. You never know when you will need to create a quick gift. There is always a neighbor that drops by or an extra dinner guest during the holidays, make sure you have the supplies for a gift on-the-go!


Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa


Now these cooler months do bring more than just football…we also welcome warm and tasty beverages. Most notably would be a yummy mason jar filled with rich hot cocoa.

One thing that is a definite during the holidays is a need for “Thank You” cards. We love the idea of cocoa in a jar as a great way send our warmest thanks!


Snack Bar


Gifting sweet treats this holiday?  Create with style by adding stamped labels, and food markers to create trendy snack bars.


Themed gifts are the way to go. This hot cocoa snack in a cup is a perfect holiday treat. Included is a clear tube of cocoa mix and a pillow box filled with miniature marshmallows, neatly tucked inside a ceramic mug with a knitted cozy.

The Clear Pillow Box is stamped with a fun new background (Oh My Stripes – also a new Collection 9 addition). And die cut using the Pillow Box Liner die. A fun tag was created and stamped with the sentiment from Snack Bar.

The cocoa tube has an adorable mug of hot cocoa for its tag. We used masking here to turn our mason jar into a mug filled with hot cocoa brimming with marshmallows and a peppermint stir stick using Well Preserved Jars: Large, Well Preserved Jars: Extras, Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa, and By the Glass.


We hope you have enjoyed the Taste of the Season Series.
It is now available for purchase [here]

Be sure to join us for more Collection 9 fun tomorrow!


CSS Daily App on iTunes


 Looking for even more inspiration?

Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App 2.0.1 available on iTunes

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Football Tree Gift Tag: 1. Tags 2 | 2. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Gift Wrap | 5. Party Elements: Tailgate | 6. Tablescapes: Tailgate | 7. Golden Tiara Ink | 8. Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Ink | 9. Dish All the Dirt Brown Ink | 10. Natural Cotton Twine | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, Red/White Striped Ribbon

Football Tags: 1. Tags 1 | 2. Tablescapes: Tailgate | 3. Party Elements: Tailgate | 4. Dish All the Dirt Brown Ink | 5. Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Ink | 6. Natural Cotton Twine | 7. A Blanc Check Cardstock

Buckeye Tailgate Invite: 1. Kraft Like a Rockstar Cardstock | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 5. I Steel Got It Cardstock | 6. Tablescapes | 7. Tablescapes: Tailgate | 8. Party Elements: Tailgate | 9. Alpha Classic | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, A4 Note Card Dies

Football Pillow Box: 1. Mini Label Tags Dies | 2. Designer Lines | 3. Glamazon Green Cardstock | 4. Clear Pillow Box | 5. Pillow Box Liner Die | 6. Tablescapes: Tailgate | 7. Designer Mix Twill | 8. A Blanc Check Ink | OTHER: Candy

Warmest Thanks Card: 1. Well Preserved Jars: Large | 2. Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa | 3. Well Preserved Jars: Extras | 4. Circles Plus | 5. Favor Flags Dies | 6. Doily Die | 7. Dish All the Dirt Brown Ink | 8. A Blanc Check Ink | 9. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 10. I Steel Got It Ink | 11. Sterling Silver Cardstock | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, A4 Note Card Dies

Hot Cocoa Snack Cup: 1. Well Preserved Jars: Large | 2. Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa | 3. Well Preserved Jars: Extras | 4. Clear Pillow Box | 5. Pillow Box Liner Die | 6. Snack Bar | 7. Favor Flags Dies | 8. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 9. Brown Leather Satchel Ink | 10. By the Glass (straw) | 11. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 12. A Blanc Check Cardstock |  OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Marshmallows/Hot Cocoa, Partial Tag Die, Oh My Stripes


Style Watch {Masculine Valentines}

Creating masculine cards for Valentine’s Day has got to be one of the most difficult tasks out there. I am always compelled to sneak in a little pink or a few cute hearts – which often results in a completely non-masculine card.

Today, I have a clean and simple project that is has plenty of Valentine’s Day flair and is also perfect for a boy…


Batty For You: Style Board Inspiration


To create this set, I combined my Clear and Simple Stamps Baseball set with a few of the background stamps included in our most recent release. Of course, I had to include one of the Party Favor dies too – I just love them!

Perhaps the best part of this gift duo is the way I was able to use the “Batty for You” sentiment from Taglines: Little Critters in a totally new and different way. Take a look – you’re gonna go batty for it…

Until later Loverlies,

Amber D


Batty For You


DIRECTIONS: Come visit me at my blog, Damask Love, for more photos and details about creating this masculine Valentine’s Day card + gift set.


STAMPS: Baseball (retired), Taglines: Critters, Background Basics 1, Trendy Tags

INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, Dare to be a Diva Red, Dish All the Dirt Brown, I’m a Princess Pink

PAPER: A Blanc Check, Kraft Like a Rockstar

SIMPLE CUTS: Tags #1, Party Favor #1

OTHER: Red/White Twine


Visit the Style Watch for more Loveable Favors and Treats.



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