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Let’s whip up a little fun! For today’s group project we are following a designer recipe. A little bit of this, a dash of that, an extra pinch of this and voila – a papercrafting recipe for fun…

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Shark Bait Treats

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Shark week is a big deal around the DC Metropolitan area…home of the Discovery Channel. Drive past their building in downtown Bethesda (during shark week), and you will see a mega shark statue affixed to the side of the building. Not only was shark week a big hit, we also have the Baltimore Aquarium nearby that has been featuring a wonderful shark exhibit that is great for kids of all ages.

And since we are talking about following a recipe for fun, we are sharing our recipe for creating a shark week inspired treat.

Naturally, we chose Nautical as our trend. We paired it with a Dare to be a Diva Red, A Blanc Check (white), and a True Blue Fan color story. And then added an interactive element with a hidden window of treats in the Party Favor 8 box.

We found some super cute Gummi Blue Shark candy, and thought they would make for a great snack on a field trip to the shark exhibit.

We started with Party Favor 8 die cut from white cardstock. We created a cover that mimicked a scuba diving flag by die cutting just the cover flap from Dare to be a Diva Red cardstock, trimming out a wide diagonal line, and adhering the triangles to each corner with dimensionals.

For the inside, we used a simple Layered Die Technique to speed along the process.

You can create with the Layered Die Technique by adhering a smaller die inside of a larger die. By layering, you quickly cut a hollowed out center with one pass through your die cut machine.

We did exactly that by taping the smaller circle die inside of the large circle die to create a ring to adhere to the inside window on the Party Favor 8 box. A piece of clear acetate was added to cover the opening, and then filled with candy.

And not just any candy, but Shark Bait…because you have to admit, shark bait sounds way cooler than gummi blue shark candy! We designed a Shark Bait Favor Tags PDF Download to create those fun tags for each favor.

Start by printing out the download onto A Blanc Check cardstock, then die cut each with the smaller Tags 3 die.

Once die cut, stamp border from Tags 3 Fillers and anchor icon from Build-a-Wreath: Summer in True Blue Fan ink. Punch a tiny hole, thread with Natural Cotton twine, and tie onto each favor box.

With a little nautical inspiration and a few Clear and Simple Stamps supplies, you’ll have the ingredients you need to create your own Designer Recipe for fun projects…

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{SUPPLIES} 1. Party Favor 8 | 2. Natural Cotton Twine | 3. Tags 3 | 4. Tags 3 Fillers | 5. Build-a-Wreath: Summer | 6. Shapes: Circles | OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock, A Blanc Check Cardstock, True Blue Fan Ink, Gummi Blue Shark Candy, Clear Acetate, 3″ Clear Candy Bags, Shark Bait Favor Tags PDF

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with Jennifer Rzasa for her fabulous “Designer Recipe” project:

Jennifer Rzasa

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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 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}


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What’s your favorite food? Is it a handful of m&m’s, a bag of kettlecorn from the state fair, or mom’s homemade mac and cheese? Whatever you fancy, use that tasty treat as inspiration! For today’s group project each participating designer is creating a project inspired by their favorite food. Let us warn you now – this post just might make you hungry…

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Salty vs. Sweet

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Collection 7 has a ton of great Party Favors that are perfect for packaging treats, which led us to today’s big question…

Quite frankly, we prefer both! As a fan of having tasty treats at arms length in the craft room, we are sharing a simple project to fuel your mojo with a bit of fun with food…

Party Favor 10 set the stage for our mini poll and taste test. But we want you to take the challenge! Head over to our CSS Facebook page and let us know do you prefer your snacks: Salty, Sweet, or Both.

Want to do a little polling of your own….download the CSS Salty vs Sweet Poll PDF to print off ballots for your snack food challenge!

To keep things fair (*wink) we created our popcorn favors with an identical design. A cute Bow Trio: Mini bow tie and Shapes: Ovals name plate, were added to embellish both favors.

Designing with food in mind can lead to all sorts of creative projects. Join in the fun and create your own tastefully inspired design…

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{SUPPLIES} 1. Party Favor 10 | 2. Bow Trio: Mini | 3. Shapes: Ovals | 4. Let’s Bake: Sentiments | 5. Foodie Fun | Other: Simple Adhesive, Popcorn, From an Anonymous Source Ink, Gold Embossing Powder

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with each CSS designer for more “Tastefully Inspired” projects.

 Audrey Tokach   |    Lori Tecler

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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 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}


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We love snail mail…we love to send it, receive it, and most of all create hand-crafted stationery. For today’s group project each participating designer is creating their own unique set of stationery. It’s the perfect gift or a great way to build your go-to stash of cards…

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Holiday Stationery

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We are celebrating a little bit of Christmas in July with a holiday stationery set. It may be 80+ degrees outside, but it is full on winter bliss in our crafty spaces, as we get a jump start on creating holiday cards.

This set of stationery includes: greeting cards, A2 envelopes, A2 envelope liners, to/from tags using the Wrappers dies, and strips of decorative paper tape tucked neatly inside a rustic burlap bag.

Since we are in the holiday spirit, we chose a very traditional color combo of red and green with a hint of gold. The edges of each note card were colored with a gold gel pen as well as the drawn accent line below the sentiment.

By repeating simple elements such as the pine cone image from Build-a-Wreath: Winter and the red/white stripe decorative tape, we were able to create a festive coordinating set of stationery.

Join in the fun and create your own set of holiday stationery…

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{SUPPLIES} 1. Build-a-Wreath: Winter | 2. Sweet Sentiments: Holidays | 3. A2 Kraft Like a Rockstar Green Envie | Other: A2 Envie Liner, Trendy Tags, Wrappers Dies, Burlap Bag, Cre’me de la Cream Cardstock, Decorative Paper Tape, Gold Gel Pen

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with each CSS designer for more “Well Said” inspiration.
These stationery sets are so creative and super fun.

Elena Roussakis

Kim Duran

Lori Tecler

Jennifer Rzasa

Audrey Tokach

Tracy Schultz

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CSS Daily App on iTunes

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 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}


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With Father’s Day just around the corner, we are sharing inspiration for creating cards for the special men in your life. For today’s group project each participating designer is creating with a fun play on words – a project that says “Hey, Mr”, by designing cards for him with a bit of misting.

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Mustache Note Card Set

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We love a good mustache! The handlebar, the horseshoe, the pencil…each style of ‘stache are such classic, masculine icons that are so playful and perfect for crafting cards.

 

To create our mustache card set, we gathered up a few Clear and Simple Stamps supplies:

When creating a set of note cards, creating coordinating envelopes are just as important – and equally as fun! We die cut A4 Envie Liners and misted each with a splash of CSS Hybrid Ink.

For the note cards, we wanted a simple set that is perfect for him – a fun, classical design sporting a variety of trendy mustaches.

To turn this simple card set into a fun Father’s Day gift, package them wrapped in a stamped band tucked inside a Paper Sac Bag with a coordinating stamped tag.

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{MUSTACHE NOTE CARD SET SUPPLIES}:

STAMPS: A Guy Thing | CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check| INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, Perfect LIttle Black Dress Reinker| SIMPLE CUTS: A4 Envie Liner, Labels 3 | ENVELOPES: A4 Kraft Like a Rockstar | OTHER: Black White Twine, Spray Bottle, Eye Dropper, Paper Sac Bag

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with CSS designers Elena Roussakis, Jennifer Rzasa,
Kim Duran, and Audrey Tokach for more “Hey, Mr” inspiration.

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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Creating for him can be a challenge! But what about creating for him and her? It’s super fun to find ways to create with your stamping stash, but even more fun when you can challenge yourself to select a few items to create projects that can work for both his & hers projects.

For today’s group project each participating designer has selected a few CSS goodies to create a masculine and feminine version of a project. The idea is to see how you can use the same idea and or tools to create equally fab cards for him and her.

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Bridal Favors

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June is notoriously known for being the height of the wedding season. We were definitely inspired by the “His & Hers” theme to create a cute pair of bride and groom favors.To create this pair of wedding favors, we die cut the Party Favor 5 (gable style box) from You’re Such a Gray-cious Host and A Blanc Check cardstock.

One box was created to resemble a tuxedo, and the other to resemble an adorable tulled wedding gown. Each box was adorned with a signature Clear and Simple Stamps Bow Trio: Mini bow, in a classic, sparkling silver color.

We adore the Bow Trio dies since they are a simple, single-cut bow in three different styles: a classic bow tie, a petite bow, and a fishtail bow.

These little party favors will make great mementos for your next bridal event. They can easily be personalized to match the happy couples wedding colors.

A super fun way to to celebrate a “His & Hers” theme for the big day!

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{BRIDAL FAVORS SUPPLIES}:

STAMPS: Craftroom | CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, You’re Such a Gray-cious Host | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress | SIMPLE CUTS: Party Favor 5, Bow Trio: Mini | OTHER: Silver Glitter Paper, Tulle

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with CSS designers Lori Tecler and Tracy Schultz
for more “His & Hers” inspiration.

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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Do you have a favorite color? A go-to layout that never fails you? An all time favorite stamp set, die, or impression plate that you just couldn’t live without in your stamping stash? We know the feeling!

Since March we have been sharing a few of our CSS Favorites. This week features ideas using all things favorites from your Clear and Simple Stamps stash. Today the Design Team is sharing projects created with a few of their all-time {CSS Faves}…

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CSS Faves

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Elena’s faves include: Sweet Dreams | Favor Flags Dies | A2 Envelopes + Liner Die

Visit Elena’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Tracy’s faves include: Favor Flags | Favor Flags Dies | Create-a-Plaid: Large

Visit Tracy’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Kim’s faves include: Well Preserved Jars: Large | Natural Cotton Twine
Perfect Little Black Dress Hybrid Ink

Visit Kim’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Laura’s faves include: Uppercase Dies | Lowercase Dies

Visit Laura’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Visit Stephany‘s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Jennifer’s faves include: Party Favor 4 | Lowercase Dies

Visit Jennifer’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Visit Amber’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Visit Lori’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

 

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Audrey’s faves include: Shapes: Hearts | Sterling Silver Cord | Rag Dolls

Visit Audrey’s blog to see what she created with her faves…

 

We hope you’ll be inspired to create with your CSS Faves! We’d love to see what you create…

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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Spring is here! Let’s celebrate by getting into shape – the anatomy of shapes that is…as we explore creating unique patterns with geometric shapes, or fun shape cards. This week features ideas using stamps and/or dies to create shapes. Today we are sharing projects created with the theme {Shapes of Spring}…

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Inlaid Shape Card Set

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We have certainly enjoyed creating cards with inlaid designs. Both using letters here and here. Today we are incorporating fun shapes into the mix.

We started with a Party Favor 8 box to create a 3-D baby shower invitation . The front flap of the box is a fun replica of the card tucked inside.

To create the inlaid design on the front, we simply die cut the large giraffe using the Baby Shower Large die, stamped the inlaid portion with a Gingham pattern first, then adhered it to the flap on the backside. To conceal the tape, we adhered a single Say Yellow to All Your Fans cardstock panel.

A sweet Trendsetter Blue bow tie was die cut from the Bow Trio: Mini die and adhered to the neck of the giraffe.

On the inside opposite of the flap, is a fun geometric background pattern from Stars Plus and a stamped shaped label with a sweet Shower Sentiment.

To keep the party favor box closed with added Natural Cotton Twine on the side panels to create a tie closure.

We carried the inlaid theme a bit further, with matching invitations inside the box. The giraffe was die cut from Say Yellow to All Your Fans cardstock, stamped with a Gingham background, and then traced onto the die cut heart. The giraffe was then die cut from the heart, and pieced back together to fit around the original, stamped die cut giraffe. A small bow from Tiny Fashions was die cut and stamped with the coordinating image and inlaid into the die cut panel.

We’ve had fun embracing shapes for today’s project. We’d love to see if you incorporate them into your next CSS designs…

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{INLAID SHAPE CARD SETS SUPPLIES}:

STAMPS: Gingham, Party Elements: Baby | CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Coral Necklace, Say Yellow to All Your Fans, Kraft Like a Rockstar | INK: Perfect Little Black Dress, Say Yellow to All Your Fans | SIMPLE CUTS: Party Favor 8, Tiny Fashions, Favor Flags, Bow Trio: Mini, Baby Shower, Large Baby Shower, Shapes: Hearts | OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Dimensionals. Natural Cotton Twine

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with our CSS designers as they share an assortment of fabulous projects inspired by the “Shapes of Spring”:

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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We have loved alphabets since we were little singing along with the “Alphabet Song” on Sesame Street! Whether it is creating monograms, custom sentiments, or for learning purposes – creating with alphabets can be so much fun. This week features ideas creating with CSS Alphabet stamps and/or dies. We are sharing projects created with the theme {All About the Alphabets}…

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“B” is for Baby

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In thinking about our ABC’s we naturally wanted to create a pair of baby cards. We reached for the new Large Print Alphas to make a big statement on each card.

“B” is for baby is a fun play on letters, and a great theme for a baby shower. You can bring in all sorts of “B” items to help create a full on shower. Here we choose a gender neutral color to stamp the Gingham background for the large letter “B”.

Next we die cut a banner from linen fabric paper using the Favor Flags dies, and stamped it with the “B” is for baby sentiment from Punny Baby in I Steel Got It ink, which is great for stamping on fabric. The cute little teddy bear from Cart Pals: Baby was stamped, colored, cut out, and adhered behind the banner.

For this next project, we had fun creating interlocking letters. We love the layered looked of large letters but didn’t want it to be too bulky. To solve for this, we double cut the letters for an inlaid appearance.

A little linen fabric bow was die cut using the Bow Trio: Mini, and adhered to the inlaid sentiment. We love how the linen bow is the perfect match for the subtle Gingham background stamped in Pressed Greige Linen ink.

Try using your CSS stamps and dies to create alphabet inspired projects…

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{BABY CARDS SUPPLIES}:

STAMPS: Gingham, Cart Pals: Baby, Punny Baby | CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, I’m a Princess Pink, Trendsetter Blue, Leek-ed to the Press, Say Yellow to All Your Fans | INK: I Steel Got It, Pressed Greige Linen, Say Yellow to All Your Fans | SIMPLE CUTS: Large Print Alphas, Favor FlagsBow Trio: Mini | OTHER: Linen Fabric, Simple Adhesive, Copics (Earth Trio 3)

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with participating CSS designers as they share inspiration that is“All About the Alphabets”:

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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Card making is all about making a good first impression. Not just in the way you design your cards, or the trendy accents, but it is also about the technique. Dry embossing a card can add so much character to a plain sheet of cardstock. Step it up a notch with CSS Imprints for a faux letterpress look and feel when paired with our 118lb, cotton A Blanc Check Deluxe cardstock. This week features ideas using the CSS Imprints line of impression plates. Today we are sharing projects created with the theme {Make an Impression}…

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Imprint Card Sets

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The current line of impression plates includes (6) Imprint plates. Each impression plate is “Made in America”, 100% steel, and is double-sided with unique designs that are signature to Clear and Simple Stamps.

Here is a peek at each plate in action:

We were inspired by the latest edition of Style Watch (the CSS Newsletter, sign-up here) that for today’s project, we are using Imprints to dress up our CSS Envies.

Color coordinating envies are fun all on their own, but with a little added texture you can certainly dress them up even more! Here we created a pair of note cards and matching, imprinted envelopes.

For this first card set we chose Imprints 4. The woodgrain pattern pairs nicely with the Kraft Like a Rockstar A2 Envie. Simply line up your impression plate along the fold line of the envelope and crank it through your die cutting machine.

Add a A2 Envie Liner, a sweet Bow Trio: Mini bow, and a coordinating card for a simple card set with lots of texture. The Alpha Dots letters on the card are embossed in gold.

For this next card set we added in an extra step. You will follow the same process to imprint your envelope flap with the birch pattern using Imprints 6, and then take a soft gray marker to color in the imprinted area to create a subtle shadow. Add another pretty linen fabric liner and coordinating card to complete the envie.

We used the new Build-a-Flower stamp set for the note card. The blooms were masked down in the bottom right corner to add soft touches of color.

Since envelopes truly are your first impression, make sure to dress them up and set the stage for your hand-crafted goodies waiting inside…

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{IMPRINT CARD SETS SUPPLIES}:

STAMPS: Build-a-Flower, Alpha Dots | CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Party Teal Dawn, Pressed Greige Linen, Kraft Like a Rockstar | INK: I Steel Got It, Coral Necklace, VIP Purple, Creamsicle Cardigan, Leek-ed to the Press | SIMPLE CUTS: A2 Envie Liner, Imprints 4, Imprints 6, A4 Envie LinerBow Trio: Mini | ENVIES: Kraft Like a Rockstar, A Blanc Check | OTHER: Linen Fabric, Simple Adhesive, Copics (YG91 + W1)

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with CSS designer Lori Tecler as she shares a fun card that is sure to “Make an Impression” – here’s a peek:

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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Each of your crafting supplies serve a purpose. But isn’t a good feeling to find out that you can use an item in more than one way? We love to discover ways to expand our stash and get the most use out of an item.  This week features ideas using clear blocks to create backgrounds and patterns. Join the design team, as we share projects created with the theme {Around the Block}.  We’ve included a full list of participating CSS designers:

Jennifer | Laura

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Stripe Appeal

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Today we are using our new, larger set of Clear Blocks (set B), to create a fun set of note cards featuring graduated stripes. The 2″ x 8″ block allows you plenty of space to line up more than one stripe image.  For today’s project we chose (4) widths to line up one next to the other to create a striped backgrounds. By arranging the images on the clear block, stamping becomes very simple to create these fun backgrounds.

We chose an asymmetrical diagonal design for our project. You can easily change the look of your striped background, by simply rotating the clear block. You can create vertical, horizontal, diagonal, or fun mixes of stripe styles. Since the Create-a-Plaid: Large extends beyond the size of a standard A2 card base, you truly have a ton of fun options to create custom backgrounds.

For our project, we die cut a large heart using the Shapes: Hearts die, stamped a sweet sentiment from Best Bunnies and completed the embellishment with a soft Pink Felt (010) bow, die cut using the Bow Trio: Mini – a stripey, pastel card just in time for Easter!

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{STRIPE APPEAL SUPPLIES}:

STAMPS: Best BunniesCreate-a-Plaid: Large | CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check | INK: I Steel Got It, I’m a Princess Pink | SIMPLE CUTS: Shapes: HeartsBow Trio: Mini | SIMPLE FELT: Pink (010) | OTHER: Chipboard, Simple Adhesive

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Design Team Inspiration

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Be sure to visit with each CSS designer as they venture “Around the Block” creating fun projects using their clear blocks for more than just adhering stamps:

Jennifer | Laura

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

{You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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