We are having such a ball sharing all the new goodies in the store with you, that we’re popping in with a special treat from contributor Elena Roussakis for more holiday inspiration!

Did you happen to see the new Rag Doll House: North Pole stamp set that just released? With an eye for great design, a wildly creative imagination, and what might be the cutest idea ever….Elena brought this stamp set to life – literally! And she is here to tell us all about it…


Build-a-Rag Doll: Elf


I know I am late to join the elf-on-a-shelf festivities, but ever since Clear and Simple Stamps came out with the Build-a-Rag Doll dies, I have had it in my head to sew up a handmade version. Truth be told, the original elf gives me the heebies – I find his face a little scary. My elf is soft and plushy and cuddly and oh-so-cute. I can’t wait for him to get into all kinds of mischief in December!

To create my own version of the popular Elf on the Shelf plush toy, I made a few minor alterations to the Build-a-Rag Doll dies:

  1. To get his arms and legs extra long, I only ran them through the machine up until a point, and then manually cut them to the length that I wanted.
  2. The pointy ears were free-handed – aren’t they adorable?
  3. The hat and scarf were quickly re-purposed from a pair of men’s socks,
  4. And the overalls were sewn up by my good friend, Deb (from Sprouting Jube Jube)

And in true Elf on the Shelf style, my little Build-a-Rag Doll: Elf comes complete with instructions handwritten by Santa himself!

As soon as I received the Rag Doll House: North Pole stamp set, I dove right in and started creating.  I have a few more fun ideas that I can’t wait to share, but for now, I am really enjoying this little guy and hope you do too!


Build-a-Rag Doll: Base | Build-a-Rag Doll: BoyRag Doll House: North Pole | Mini Tri-Fold 2


Visit Elena’s blog Just Me for more about her adorable Build-a-Rag Doll: Elf…


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Today’s project is one that would make Count Dracula, the entire cast of True Blood, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer a little bit giddy! We tapped into our dark side for some Halloween fun…


Vampy Cocktails


Truth be told, we are not big on anything uber spooky. In fact, you can pretty much bank on the fact that we would pick to watch Disney’s Little Mermaid over True Blood any day. But there is something so wonderfully fun about creating spooky chic treats for Halloween, that we couldn’t resist the urge to vamp it up!

With “Cocktails + Costumes” as a growing trendy for Halloween parties, we are sharing a couple of fun ideas to add a surprise element to your signature cocktail and party favor.


Enter the count…many of you may recognize the count as the more lovingly Build-a-Rag Doll: Girl.  We are definitely a fan of how many ways you can use these builder dies to create well beyond adorable life size Rag Doll plushies seen here. (like the super hero favors we created here, a Nightmare Before Christmas party invite here, or the sweet coin purse shared here)

We are using the dies to create a Count Dracula inspired party favor for grown-ups.

To create our Count Dracula cape we need just a few supplies:

Following the instructions on the fusable interfacing to adhere the black and red fabric pieces together. Once adhere trim out a size slightly large than the die, and die cut.

We folded back the top 1/2″ and ironed it own to create a collar for the cape. Wrap the neck of the bottle with the cape and secure with ribbon tied into a knot.

You could choose to leave the manufacturer label on the bottle or create your own.  Customizing the label is a great way to incorporate your theme into your party favors.

A Labels 13 label was die cut and stamped with the Quotes IV background and accented with Haute Red Couture splatters on opposing corners. The date was then added using Alpha Bold and File It: Calendar. And what is a Count Merlot favor without adding a trail of bats from Apothecary: Holidays to the label?!

We love a themed favor that is useful. Guests will be reminded of a frightfully fun Halloween party when they open their Count Merlot.



These signature mocktails are sure to make a splash at any Halloween party. And if you get weak at the sight of blood, you’ll be happy to know we operate with grenadine. That’s right, these kid-friendly drinks are a modern, spooky twist on an old fashion Shirley Temple.

This interactive drink is a great way to have your food double as entertainment. You can purchase syringes at any medical supply store and most local pharmacies. We dressed them up with decorated “Blood Type” tags to continue our vampy inspired theme.

To help create these custom tags, we designed a Blood Type Mocktail Tags PDF that you can download here.

Once printed onto A Blanc Check cardstock, each tag was die cut using the Tags 1 die. A coordinating frame was stamped  from Trendy Tags in Perfect Little Black Dress ink. A mask for the frame was created an red splatters we stamped on opposite ends of the tag in Haute Red Couture ink.  We mixed up the blood types of each tag using Alpha Monogram Mini and the “+” symbol from Foodie Fun Sentiments.

The tags itself are super fun, but once you tie them onto the syringes and fill them with grenadine, they instantly become a sinfully delicious treat!

If you wanted to make this in a 21 and over version, you could start with vodka on the rocks with splashes of cranberry juice in each syringe. Same concept – but for a mature crowd, who we’d encourage to drink responsibly!


Halloween is less than a week away! Create spooky fun cocktails (and mocktails) this holiday with these Clear and Simple Stamps supplies:


We’d love to see what you create!
Tag your projects #clearandsimplestamps so we can find and share your projects…


{VAMPY COCKTAILS SUPPLIES} 1. Build-a-Rag Doll: Girl | 2. Twill Designer Mix | 3. Labels 13 | 4. Quotes IV | 5. Apothecary: Holidays | 6. File It: Calendar | 7. Alpha Bold | 8. Tags 1 die | 9. Trendy Tags | 10. Alpha Monogram Mini + Foodie Fun Sentiments | OTHER: 1/2″ Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress InkA Blanc Check Cardstock, Masking Paper, I Steel Got It Ink, Black/White Twine, Haute Red Couture Ink, Syringe, Mini Wine Bottle, Fusable Interfacing, Fabric, Grenadine, Sprite


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