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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

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COLLECTION 9: the Holiday Collection

Baby it’s cold outside, and old man winter is steadily knocking at our craft room door! New to Collection 9 is a fun series dedicated to the universal symbol for winter – snow, or as we like to call them…flurries!

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’ve loved creating flurries since our very first art project in kindergarten….you know the one where you fold up a circle, make a series of cut outs and when unfolded reveals a marvelous snowflake design. Well we have since graduated to a more modern take on DIY fun with flurries.

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Flurry Die

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Create a bold winter statement with a big, beautiful flurry die.

  • Flurry {$20}
  • Includes (1) die
  • Measures approximately 5.5″

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are no strangers to Inlaid Die Cutting – this is a technique when you double cut a die so that you can create a single layer. We have shared inlaid die cutting here, here, and here.

As an alternative option, we went with a Faux Inlaid technique. This is when you use the back of the die to create a depression in your cardstock. Next you die cut your cardstock to inlay, and adhere it in the depressed area to create a single layer.

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Flurries Combo

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We couldn’t create with Flurries without having a combo series in the line up! Combo sets include both the dies and coordinating frame stamps.

 

 

Whether stamping or die cutting with flurries, they make great decorations, ornaments, and fab focal points for your holiday gift wrap! Here we die cut the large boxy flurry from a thin wood sheet for a DIY wood veener.

You can also see a pretty, glittered up version of the Flurries Combo (here).

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Flurry Days

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Create with decorative flurries to add interest and design details.

  • Flurry Days {$24}
  • Includes (9) stamps
  • Coordinates with the Flurries Combo

 

 

Snowflakes and flurries are true winter icons, and so are festive holiday sweaters! Have a little fun with your cards this year – you never know, that ugly sweater you were hiding in the back of the closet may just spark a little inspiration!

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Flurry Days Sentiments

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Celebrate the season with an assortment of holiday inspired sentiments.

 

A simple set of tags are easy to create with a classic, red and white color story and bold holiday sentiments. A background bar from Background Basics 4 was stamped along the top edge, and the open spaces were filled in with the petite snowflake in the sentiments set.

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Partial Tag Dies

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WARNING: this die will have you looking at stamps and dies in a whole new way! Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Partial tags are hands down our new favorite! What can you make with them you ask? Just about anything tag related you can think of…

  • Partial Tag Dies {$7}
  • Includes (4) pieces – two different styles of partial tags in two sizes
  • Creates partially cut tags

 

 

 

 

 

The process is quite simple…

Start by die cutting the partial tag. Next you can either stamp an image and fussy cut it out, or you can partially cut another die to fit the tag. If you choose to partially die cut, you will need to trim near the hanger portion of the tag. It’s that simple!

Here are a few examples of dies and stamps that we combined with the partial tag to create a series of tags:

Are you thinking of all the awesome ways you can use this new die?! It truly is a great addition to your CSS stash and just in time for the holidays.

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 We hope you have enjoyed the Winter Flurries Series.
It is available for purchase [here]

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

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{PROJECT  SUPPLIES}
Faux Inlaid Flurry: 1. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Flurry Die | 4. Natural Cotton Twine | 5. Build-a-Flower: Die | OTHER: Wood, Foam Tape, To-Go Coffee Cup, Red/White Striped Ribbon, Crimper, Kraft Like a Rockstar Gift Wrap

Wood Veneer Flurry: 1. Flurries Combo | 2. Dare to be a Diva Red Gift Wrap | 3. Red/White Striped Ribbon | 4. Natural Cotton Twine | OTHER: Wooden Button,  1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Holiday Sweater Cards: 1. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Flurry Days | 4. Create-a-Plaid: Wide | 5. Shapes: Circle Combo | 6. A4 Dare to be a Diva Red Envelope | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Holiday Tags: 1. Tags 1 | 2. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 3. Flurry Days | 4. Flurry Days Sentiments  | 5. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 6. Natural Cotton Twine | 7. Background Basics 4

Mason Jar Tag: 1. Well Preserved Jars: Large | 2. Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 6. Dish the Dirt Brown Ink | 7. Partial Tag Dies | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, White Gel Pen

Circle Flurry Tag: 1. Shapes: Circle Combo | 2. Mini Circles | 3. Flurry Days | 4. Partial Tag Dies | 5. I’m a Princess Pink Ink | 6. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink

Mini Bow Tag: 1. Bow Trio: Mini | 2. Partial Tag Dies | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Banner Flag Tag: 1. Banner Flags 3 | 2. Banner Flags Dies | 3. Partial Tag Dies | 4. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 5. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 6. Trendy Tags | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit,

Polaroid Tag: 1. Polaroid Frame Dies | 2. Partial Tag Dies | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 5. Writer’s Desk Too

Mason Jar Mug Tag: 1. Well Preserved Jars: Large | 2. Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 5. Partial Tag Dies | 6. By the Glass | 7. Snack Bar | 8. Brown Leather Satchel Ink | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit


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COLLECTION 9: the Holiday Collection

Start with the basics this holiday season. Treat yourself to a few new goodies from Collection 9, which are certain to make your gifts cherished treasures that won’t end up in the re-gifting pile!

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.

With each collection we always bring you back to the basics. These are those absolute “must haves” that find their way into your crafty stash, and have you wondering how you ever managed to craft without them!

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Oh My Stripes

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Create with an over-sized background and small icons in variegated stripes.

 

Oh my do we love stripes! This bold, striped background in a soft and pretty pink set the stage for a Baby’s First Christmas gift.

The over-sized background covers the Party Favor 2 lid in one pass, and the Bow Trio: Mini comes together in a cinch due to our signature one-piece bow design.

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Polaroid Frame Dies

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Create a snapshot with these fun Polaroid Frame Dies. Included are two sizes, which works great in both small and large areas.

  • Polaroid Frame Dies {$22}
  • Includes (2) dies: small + large
  • Small Frame Measures 1.75″ x 2″
  • Large Frame Measures 3.25″ x 3.75″

 

 

 

 

 

Theses frames are very versatile! With a bit of clever die cutting you can quickly turn your frames into precious little tags, which will add such a personal touch to gift giving this year!

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Alpha Wide

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Create with a boxy, wide font for a modern design. Add interest with a few add-on images, and even create full sentiments.

  • Alpha Wide {$24}
  • Includes (36) stamps
  • Decorative stripes on vowels {aeiou}

 

 

Dress up your holiday cards with a decorative alphabet for fun, custom sentiments. Mix and match colors to play up the energetic vibe of the wide letters and add geometric icons for dimension.

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Background Basics 4

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This set offers (8) build-able background bars in graphic design styles that you will reach for time and time again. Images build top to bottom and left to right to create fabulous and seamless patterns.

  • Background Basics 4 {$24}
  • Includes (8) stamps
  • Each bar creates a seamless background that is repeatable on all four sides.

 

We can’t get enough of the Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa set.  When we think of warming up in the winter, not only does hot cocoa come to mind, but so do cozy sweaters and quilted blankets. The beautiful, repeating patterns in Background Basics 4 is the perfect match for a winter treat!

We started with die cutting a Pillow Box Liner and stamping two of the backgrounds in My Favorite Blue Jeans ink. Love that you can easily overlap and alternate to create a variety of designs.

A 2″ Clear Candy Bag packet of marshmallows and packet of hot chocolate are neatly placed inside the pillow box, with an cute cocoa jar tag and banner…”just add hot milk”.

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Puzzle Die

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Turn any crafty project into a puzzle. This die fits nicely into a standard A2 Envelope for easy mailing.

  • Puzzle Die {$16}
  • Includes (1) piece die
  • Assembles measures 4.25″ x 5.5″

 

 

If you love games, then this puzzle die will certainly get a workout in your craft room! In our family, we grew up on game night playing Scrabble, Yahtzee, Life, Monopoly, Uno, Crosswords, Where’s Waldo, Jenga, Trivial Pursuit…you name it, we played it!

But most of all we have lots of fond memories spent around figuring out jigsaw puzzles. This die cuts as one piece, with all the pieces still slightly connected.  This will allow you the ability to stamp, color, sponge, emboss – etc without having to keep up with all the pieces.

Once your puzzle is complete, you can tuck it into an A2 Envelope or you can break apart the pieces by hand or with scissors and place it into pretty packaging.

Since we are such a puzzle friendly family, it was only fitting to create a keepsake from my wedding to share with the hubby. Married in the Dominican Republic on a pier over the ocean, this was one of our favorite photos that was die cut to create a puzzle.

On the card two puzzle pieces were stamped with the heart image from Oh My Stripes in Dare to be a Diva Red ink. Each piece was outlined in a Multiliner Pen and a fun sentiment stamped below from Foodie Fun Sentiments.

A Clear Pillow Box holds all the pieces and a little polaroid tag with our picture. If you are wondering how the Polaroid Frame Die turned into the tag…be sure to check back this week – you will absolutely LOVE what’s to come!

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 We hope you have enjoyed the Basics + Faves Series.
It is available for purchase [here]

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

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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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}

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{PROJECT  SUPPLIES}
Baby’s First Christmas: 1. Bow Trio: Mini | 2. Kraft Like a Rockstar Cardstock | 3. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 4. I’m a Princess Pink Ink | 5. Party Favor 2 Die | 6. Oh My Stripes | 7. Polaroid Frame Dies | 8. Baby Shower | 9. Build-a-Wreath: Winter | 10. Glamazon Green Ink | 11. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 12. Cart Pals: Baby | 13. Month-to-Month Extras | 14. Trendsetter Blue Ink | 15. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, Cover Prints 1

Enjoy the Holidays: 1. Alpha Wide | 2. Build-a-Wreath: Winter | 3. Glamazon Green Ink | 4. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 5. Green with Envy Ink | 6. Haute Red Couture Ink | 7. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 8. A Blanc Check Cardstock | OTHER: Foam Tape

Peace and Happiness: 1. Alpha Wide | 2. Baby Shower | 3. Simple Felt | 4. Simply Blue-tiful Ink | 5. You’re Style Blue Me Away Ink | 6. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 8. A Blanc Check Cardstock | OTHER: Limited Edition: Joy, 1/4″ Simple Adhesive

Love You Always: 1. Alpha Wide | 2. Build-a-Wreath: Winter | 3. Glamazon Green Ink | 4. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 5. I’m a Princess Pink Ink | 6. Shapes: Heart Combo  | 7. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 8. Well Preserved | 9. A Blanc Check Cardstock | OTHER: Foam Tape

Hot Cocoa Pillow Box: 1. Well Preserved Jars: Large | 2. Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa | 3. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 4. A Blanc Check Ink | 5. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 6. Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock | 7. Pillow Box Liner Die | 8. Clear Pillow Box | 9. Natural Cotton Twine | 10. Background Basics 4 | 11. Favor Flags Dies | 12. 2″ Clear Candy Bags | OTHER: Copic Trio Starter Kit, Foam Tape, Partial Tag Dies, Hot Chocolate Mix, Mini Marshmallows

We Go Together Puzzle: 1. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 2. Oh My Stripes | 3. Clear Pillow Box | 4. Pillow Box Liner Die | 5. Polaroid Frame Dies |6. Dare to be a Diva Red Ribbon | 7. Sterling Silver Cord | 8. Dare to be a Diva Red Ink | 9. Puzzle Die | 10. Foodie Fun Sentiments | 11. Multiliner Pen | 12. Perfect Little Black Dress Ink | 12. Writer’s Desk Too| OTHER: Pictures