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Ever watch those AT&T commercials with the adorable little kids having a serious conversation with a grown-up? Well he challenges them to come up with a number larger than infinity, which turns out to be infinity times infinity. Well let’s just say we {heart} this banner technique infinity times infinity times infinity!

Designer Jennifer Rzasa shares a fresh take on creating 3D banners, with her awesome Infinity Banner tutorial…

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Infinity Banner

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You can always count on Jennifer to think outside of the box – and in this case she literally stretched the possibilities of creating with the Banner Flags stamps and dies!

We are sharing just a peek here.  Be sure to stop by Jennifer’s blog to see the full step-by-step tutorial.

Are you loving the look of an Infinity Banner created from Banner Flags 1? Below is a list of CSS supplies Jennifer used on her project that you can add to your stash and create your very own infinity banners:

 

{SUPPLIES} 1. Perfect Little Black Dress Cardstock | 2. A Blanc Check Cardstock | 3. Banner Flags Dies | 4. Banner Flags 1 | 5. Limited Edition: Celebrate | OTHER: Designer Paper, Foam Tape, Tracing Paper

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Be sure to visit with Jennifer on her blog for her
step-by-step tutorial on creating an infinity banner.

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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 – more info here}

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Have you heard? Clear and Simple Stamps is Moxie Fab! Paper Crafts Magazine’s Trends Editor, Cath Edvalson, featured a few fab pieces from the Critter Collection and gave them her Moxie Fab Stamp of Approval. Just in case you missed our Moxie Fab debut, we are having a little Moxie Fab showcase with the Design Team to highlight a few of the sets from Cath’s list.

Leave a comment on any of the CSS team’s blogs and one lucky winner will win a Love Cupid stamp set – after all it is almost Valentine’s Day! Comments will be accepted up to midnight, Monday.  A winner will be announced, Tuesday, February 14th…

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Lil’ Critter Notes

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Today we are sharing a playful, covered notepad. A sheet of Kraft Like a Rockstar cardstock was trimmed down to size, stamped with the woodgrain background from the Background Basics 1 stamp set, scored, and adhere to create a cover for a small notepad.

Next we stamped a fun sentiment using the solid letters in the Alpha Duo set, and the “lil’ critter” from Party Elements: Critters set. It’s super easy to create custom sentiments with the variety of sets in the Critter Collection.

The fox was die cut, stamped, colored in with Copic Trio marker sets, and then adhered to the notepad. A bit of twill ribbon was added to keep the notebook cover neatly in place.

For a little added fun we found these adorable set of wooden colored pencils.  We bundled the set with raffia ribbon and created a matching tag using the Tags 1 die cut and Taglines: Critter stamp set.

Pair them together and you have a coordinating notepad and pencil set. Don’t you think these would make great party favors to give out for a Woodlands themed Critter Party?

Lil’ Critter Notes Supply List

  • STAMPS: Background Basics 1, Little Critters Too, Party Elements: Critters, Alpha Duo
  • INK: Dish All the Dirt Brown
  • CARDSTOCK: A Blanc Check, Kraft Like a Rockstar
  • SIMPLE CUTS: Tags 1, Little Critters
  • RIBBON: Designer Mix Twill
  • COPICS: Yellow Red Trio 3, Red Trio 4, Neutral Gray Trio 1
  • OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Dimensionals, Notepad, Raffia, Wooden Colored Pencils (amazon.com)
  • Be sure to stop by the participating Design Team member’s blogs. Leave a comment to enter yourself in a chance to win a Love Cupid stamp set {only one comment per blog}

    Stephany Zerbe

    Laura Bassen

    Lori Tecler

    Kim Duran

    Tracy Schultz

    Laurie Willison

    *original image copyright Moxie Fab

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    Lil’ Critter Notes Gallery

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    Looking for more inspiration?
    Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0} available on iTunes

    {You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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    designed by Stephany Zerbe

    Visit her blog {steph zerbe designs}

    Check out this fun canvas tote bag that illustrator Stephany Zerbe embellished with a felt owl critter from the Build-a-Critter die cut collection. We just loved that she made this sweet little owl in our logo blue too  – simply precious….

    {click here to return to the Jan/Feb 2012 Release Day post}


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    JANUARY/FEBRUARY RELEASE PREVIEW

    Can you feel the love?  Valentine’s Day has come a little early here on the blog, as we preview one of the two holiday sets releasing tomorrow – Love Cupid….

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    Love Cupid

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    The season of romance is upon us and we could not think of a better way to showcase this fun set, than by using a very classic and romantic color palette: red, black and white, with a little modern twist.

    This card was stamped with the solid heart background from Hearts Plus in Perfect Little Black Dress ink to cover the entire A Blanc Check cardstock panel. We then chose to pair the bold graphic pattern with a large Dare to be a Diva Red heart from the Shapes: Hearts die cuts. For the sentiment, we selected a script font sentiment from the Love Cupid set.

    The mix of fonts in this set are one of the reasons that it is so versatile.  We love the ability to chose a script font that is a little more romantic and fancy, or we can choose a bolder, modern style font.  Both work well together or on their own.

    But we couldn’t stop at just a card…..so we added a sweet little party favor to go along with it.

    Can you already tell these party favor boxes and bags are a “must-have”? We simple adore them, and hope you enjoy them as much as we do. For this party favor we die cut it from A Blanc Check cardstock, and then stamped the entire base (except the handles) with the background love poem from the set Quotes II.  It is a beautiful love poem quoted from EE Cummings, “I carry your heart with me, I carry your heart in my heart…” After stamping the poem text in You’re Such a Gray-cious Host ink, we then added the lovely damask along the left edge in Perfect Little Black Dress ink.

    We mentioned earlier that this set has tons of little hidden jewels, one of them is this two part damask image.  There are two of them – one is left facing and the other is right facing.  When you stamp them next to each other they create one fluid damask image, or you can use just one half like we did here to emphasize a corner on a bag or box.

    There is a lot to love about this set. You may have seen this cute scroll in action on designer Laura O’Donnell’s blog when she shared her “I Love You Box” sneak peek {here}. This scroll is one of two kinds of banner type images in the Love Cupid set.  The other scroll was used in the Whoo Loves You card {here}. We stamped the scroll image in Perfect Little Black Dress ink on A Blanc Check cardstock, and cut it out. We curved the sentiment on our clear block and stamped it in Dare to be a Diva Red ink, and adhered it to the front of the Party Favor #1. To finish it off, some flirty, fun tulle ribbon trim was added along the inside top edge.

    It’s almost here – the big reveal will happen tomorrow, right here on the CSS Blog.  Join us for our first release of the new year! If you need a little mojo to hold you over, download the CSS Daily App on iTunes for more projects featuring all new sets from this soon-to-be-released collection…

    WANT TO SEE MORE? Visit with CSS design team members for additional peeks at the new sets releasing for January/February tomorrow:

    Amber Daigre: Hop on over and take a peek at all the fun cards showcasing Alpha Duo and Taglines: Critters.

    Kim Duran: Visit her blog for a sweet Valentine’s Day Treat using Hearts Plus and the Shapes: Hearts combination set.

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    Supply Lists

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    With Love Card Supply List:

    Valentine Party Favor Supply List:

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    Preview: Love Cupid Gallery

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    Looking for more inspiration?
    Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0} available on iTunes

    {You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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    JANUARY/FEBRUARY RELEASE PREVIEW

    It’s Day 3 of our release week previews, and it’s all about the alphabet – Alpha Duo. You may have noticed the playful open outline style font popping up on a few of the release week projects.  Today, we are going to focus on sharing a bit more about this fab font…

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    Alpha Duo

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    What makes this release super fun is the fact that a matching alphabet set will be available in the same font style used in several sets.  This way you can create your own custom words and sentiments to work with any project you may have in mind.  But that’s not all… In fact the name itself says it all!

    We created one stamp set that includes both the outline letters and the solid letters.  Now you can:

    1. Two-step stamp your alphabets,
    2. Stamp letters with the open outlines and color them in or paper piece them, or
    3. Simply stamp them in any color with the solid letters – all from one stamp set.

    We have designed the Alpha Duo set in a way that makes it super easy to line up your letters so that you can quickly create words that will stamp in a straight line.  Each letter is equally sized and spaced.

    For this card we spelled out the word “congrats”, and stamped it in Brown Leather Satchel ink for the outline. We then stamped the solid letters in My Favorite Blue Jeans ink, stamped off once onto scratch paper, and then stamped onto the card base on the corresponding letter. We stamped off some of the ink because we wanted the color to be soft and subtle.

    To add a little fun element, we skipped the letter “o” and replaced it with a popped up mini Kitty image from the Taglines: Critters set. The sentiment underneath “on your new ‘lil critter” comes from the Critters Sentiments set. This set is jammed packed with sentiments that will allow you to create for all sorts of occasions.  We chose to use a combination where we could create for welcoming home a new pet.

    And with new pets, you have to have a few treats and snacks on hand. This first treat is an altered cat food can.  We simply cut a strip of designer paper, and die cut a heart from the Shapes: Hearts die cuts.  A small strip of Haute Red Couture cardstock was adhere behind the strip and the entire band was adhere to the can of food.

    Next we cut a thin strip of Kraft Like a Rockstar cardstock, and stamped the sentiment from taglines: Critters in Brown Leather Satchel ink. The strip was cut down on both ends to have notched ends, and adhere to the open heart portion of the band with dimensionals.

    Our next treat is a little kitty snack pack. We took small glassine bags and filled them with cat treats. The bag is held closed with a clear seal on the back side.  A strip of Haute Red Couture cardstock was cut and notched along one edge.  We scored the other end at .5″ and adhere the strip of the top flap of the bag. A heart was die cut from the Shapes: Hearts and adhered to the strip. A thin strip of Kraft Like a Rockstar cardstock was cut, and stamped with the sentiment in Brown Leather Satchel ink. The end of the strip was cut along the same diagonal and the notch on the larger strip, and adhered with dimensionals.

    These would make great treats you can bring with you on the go and just tear the bottom open to share the treats inside with your new little kitty.

    We featured one of the three Party Favor die cuts yesterday {view here}.  And today we are sharing a peek at Party Favor #3, because you definitely need a little carry tote for your snack packs!  This fun favor bag is a bit larger than Party Favor #1, it too is a one-piece cut, that has slits on the sides of the bag to incorporate a bag handle.

    We love that the handles are on the side of the bag instead of the front – this opens up many more options on how you can decorate and embellish your bag fronts. We kept the design simple and wanted it to mimic the card.

    Since the sentiment used on the favor is a smaller sentiment than the Alpha Duo size, we used a great technique with our Copic markers to achieve similar coloring on the letters in the word “snack” to closely match the stamped letters from the card.

    Palette Blending is a great technique when you want to blend two colors together so that there is a smooth transition between the two colors and not a hard, rough line.  We also like to use it to add shading in small areas.

    When you use this technique with the 0 colorless blender pen, you create softer, pastel like color palettes. To try this technique on your own you would:

    1. Stamp your sentiment, and select your colors.
    2. Puddle some ink from your marker onto a piece of plastic.
    3. Take your blender pen and lift ink off of the plastic.
    4. Apply the color to the image.
    5. Make sure to repeat step 3 and 4 in order to achieve consistent coverage on the image you are coloring.

    You can always go back and add more layers until you achieve your desired color.

    Are you getting excited?  Release day is almost here! We have a few more projects to share with you tomorrow but until then check out the CSS Daily App on iTunes for more bonus peeks and hop around to visit with the CSS design team even more previews…

    WANT TO SEE MORE? Visit with CSS design team members all week long for additional peeks at the new sets releasing for January/February:

    Stephany Zerbe: visit her blog for a little fun with the Little Critters and Critters Sentiments stamp sets.

    Dana Grothaus: visit her blog and take a peek at the Hearts Plus background, Shapes: Hearts die cuts, and the Love Cupid set.

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    Supply Lists

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    Congrats Card Supply List:

    Snacks Party Favor Supply List:

    One Cool Kitty Food Can Supply List:

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    Preview: Alpha Duo Gallery

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    Looking for more inspiration?
    Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0} available on iTunes

    {You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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    JANUARY/FEBRUARY RELEASE PREVIEW

    And the celebration continues with Day 2 of our release week previews. Today features a crafting staple that has elevated our love for papercrafts….die cuts! In a few short days we will be releasing (8) phenomenal new die cuts, that are each unique in their own special way.  We have two of the dies to share with you from our Shape Series and our Party Favor Collection

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    PARTY FAVORS + SHAPES

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    We are excited to introduce two new series of Simple Cuts in the CSS die cut collection. The first being, the Shapes Series of Hearts.  The Shapes: Hearts set will be available for {$35} and comes complete with a coordinating frame stamp for each of the six sizes.  Yes, that is correct – with our new shape series, every die cut comes with a coordinating frame stamp set.

    The six graduated sizes allow for many creative uses, like making aperture card fronts. We simply adore the fun shape of these hearts.

    You can easily add a bit of texture by stamping color on color with the woodgrain background from the Background Basics 1 set we introduced yesterday {view here}.  The damask frame comes from the Love Cupid set that will be showcased later in the week along with our sweet little owl from Taglines: Critters peeking out behind the heart opening.

    Inside is a punny message with a silhouette heart from the Hearts Plus background set. More on this set in a moment…

    The second die cut comes from the Party Favors Collection. This series offers great packaging for party favors, mini note cards, special gifts, and just about anything creative you can fit inside. Our fun project today uses Party Favor #1 . We will have {3} different Party Favors available on January 5th, but what we absolutely love the most about each party favor is that they are one complete piece.

    And there are definitely several advantages to having one fluid cut:

    1. Your bags/boxes will have a stronger base – the integrity of the favor is more reliable.
    2. Your bags/boxes will have a perfectly polished and finished look by having fewer seams.
    3. You can easily cut and assemble your bags/boxes much quicker.
    4. You will use less adhesive when constructing your bags/boxes.
    5. And they are just plain cute!

    Party Favor #1 will be available for {$30}. Here is the little favor in action, carrying a few fun, mini note cards for Valentine’s Day.

    When you get a closer look, you can see lots of little details. The woodgrain background along the yellow strip, the love poem quote stamped in the heart die cut, the outline heart frame stamped directly onto the box, the curved sentiment along the heart shape stamp, and of course the adorable little owl hoovering above the branch. Each of these fun images are part of the upcoming release.

    Inside the party favor is a set of mini note cards.  Each note card is stamped with a background bar from the Hearts Plus set. This stamp set is a great background builder that has {6} heart builders and {8} single heart images.

    We stamped the “handmade just for you” sentiment from the Craft Room set and finished the card back with a single heart image.

    We’ve enjoyed sharing more previews with you today. As the week rolls on we will get to share even more of what’s to come on release day. Be sure to mark your calendars for January 5th. For bonus peeks download the CSS Daily App on iTunes…

    WANT TO SEE MORE? Visit with CSS design team members all week long for additional peeks at the new sets releasing for January/February:

    Stephany Zerbe: Check out her awesome, CAS style with the Taglines: Critters stamp set.

    Laura O’Donnell: Get a fabulous peek at Party Favor #2 and the Love Cupid set

    Laura Bassen: Visit her blog for an adorable shape card using the Build-a-Critter: Owl die set

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    Supply Lists

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    Whoo Loves You Card Supply List:

    From the Heart Party Favor Supply List:

    Be Mine Mini Card Supply List:

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    Preview: Party Favors + Shapes Gallery

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    Looking for more inspiration?
    Download the CSS Daily Papercrafting App {2.0} available on iTunes

    {You can download the CSS App from iTunes here}

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    Style Watch {Trends 2011}

    Well, here we are – the last issue of SW for 2011. I have had a great time being your editor and I can’t wait to continue on into the new year with new product, projects and inspiration. 

Before we close out 2011, I thought it would be fun to showcase an up and coming trend that will surely be a star during 2012.

    What trend am I talking about? Hexagons… Read more


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    Style Watch {All Occasions}

    A tag is just a tag…until today, that is!

    I am always inspired to use my crafting materials in an unconventional way…and today is no exception. Treat bags come in every shape and size, and they are so very fun to hand out to friends, family, coworkers, teacher…the list goes on and on.

    Today’s project is all about using this month’s release {Trendy Tags, Taglines, and Tags #1 die cuts} to create super cute treat bags, and the best part of this project is the versatility… Read more