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Valentine’s day candy is already calling my name and I haven’t even recovered from all those holiday desserts. Today’s project solves this problem with all the deliciousness of sweet treats but none of the calories.

I scoured my Clear and Simple Stamps stash for several sweet-inspired stamps and put them all together into an adorable set of classroom style valentine’s.  Each one features a cute sentiment that will make any valentine smile.

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Join me at Damask Love for more photos of these cute cards, a full supply list, and details on how-to create each one…

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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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Style Watch

Join Style Watch editor, Amber Kemp-Gerstel of the blog Damask Love, as she shares an incredible look back over her fave SW projects from 2013. Rediscover a project that you’ll want to give a try to kick off your New Year in paper-crafting style!

It’s seldom that I take a trip through the Style Watch archives, I guess I’m always thinking about what project I’ll tackle next. I’m following the lead of many other bloggers and using this time of year to look back on some of the most popular Clear & Simple Stamps posts of 2013…and there have been quite a few of them!

As you’ll see in this round-up, I have quite a penchant for bright colors and creative packaging ideas. Join me at Damask Love for a walk down memory lane with a few behind-the-scenes anecdotes about these projects…

Are you ready for 2014?
We sure hope so – stay tuned for more to come…

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Style Watch

When I was young, going to see the Nutcracker was a yearly tradition. I haven’t seen it in years but the images in Nutcracker Holiday definitely bring back fond memories. This set is unique and perfect for packaging up last minute holiday gifts…I mean, what’s a nutcracker image without a delicious and prettily packaged bag of homemade cinnamon sugar pecans?!

For a little inspiration, I decided to incorporate fun pops of color for this iconic Christmas story with each of the Nutcracker Sweets projects I am sharing with you today…

True Blue Fan  |  Dare to be a Diva Red | Glamazon Green
Say Yellow to All Your Fans | Perfect Little Black Dress

The sentiments in Nutcracker Holiday make it very easy to stamp sweet & punny images, so you won’t need much else to make your gifts special.

Visit me over at Damask Love for photos & tips on how I used this set to style three nutty treats.

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas.
Don’t forget that to add a Clear and Simple Stamps eGift Certificate to your wishlist!

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Style Watch

I’m in the mood for brown paper packages tied up with string. How about you?

After watching Thursday night’s live performance of the Sound of Music, I was totally inspired to bring you a Clear & Simple Stamps round up for holiday packaging featuring every crafter’s favorite neutral: Kraft – or as we call it… Kraft Like a Rockstar!

Today’s style board inspired me to dress up a few pretty packages for the holidays with a fun mix of signature CSS Colors:

24 Karat Gold  |  Dare to be a Diva Red | Kraft Like a Rockstar Green
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar

Clear & Simple Stamps offers a TON of packaging dies and after today’s post, you’ll be hard pressed to pick a favorite. With a little holiday makeover, these dies are perfect for gifting a few of your “favorite things.”

Join me at Damask Love for a full supply list for each packaging idea as well as instructions!

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas.
There are just (5) more days to place orders that will arrive in time for Christmas!

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Style Watch

Are you recovering from the long holiday filled with food, fun, family & friends? Ready to get into the holiday crafting spirit? How about a Hot Cocoa Kit in a box?

It’s been far too long since I gave you a project “in a box.” I suppose that’s a good thing because until recently I was creating those projects without one of the newest Clear and Simple Stamps stamp sets – File It : Kits. This awesome set gives you a ton of options for creating your own “in a box” style creations.

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Style Watch: Hot Cocoa in a Box

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In the spirit of the season, I combined File it: Kits with a few other new Collection 9 supplies to create a Hot Cocoa in a Box Kit that is truly a fun gift to give!

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition. And as always, come visit me at Damask Love for lots more photos and tips on this pretty project.

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas!

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Want to Create Your Own?

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Purchase your Clear and Simple Stamps supplies to create your own Hot Cocoa Kit in a Box.

{HOT COCOA IN A BOX SUPPLIES} 1. Gold/White Twine  | 2. Clear Pillow Box | 3. Pillow Box Liner Die | 4. Snack Bar | 5. Favor Flags | 6. Beverage Cozy Die + Simple Felt | 7. Flurries Combo | 8. Red/White Twine | 9. File It: KitsWell Preserved Jars: Cocoa | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Dare to be a Diva Red Ink, To-Go Cups with Lids, Wooden Spoons, (Not Pictured: Banner Flags Dies, Banner Flags 3, Partial Tag Dies)

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Here’s a great style board to help keep your creativity flowing.
Dress up your holidays with a festive CSS Color combo inspired by today’s project:

24 Karat Gold  |  Dare to be a Diva Red
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar

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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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Style Watch

I wish I could take credit for today’s project, but all credit goes to the new Partial Tag Dies from Clear & Simple Stamps.  These genius little dies allow you to turn any other die cut into a tag…

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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We are in full on holiday mode with this CSS Color combo from today’s project:

Dare to be a Diva Red | In the Limelight | Pressed Greige Linen
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar

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Style Watch: Pillow Box Tags

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The technique is simple, especially when you use the Partial Tag Dies along with the new Party Favor 15 (front flap pillow box) die. Together, these products make for unique and beautiful customized tag that give a special “wow” factor to your gifts.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then join me at Damask Love where I’ll show you this simple technique and a few tips for making the most of your pillow box tags.

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{PILLOW BOX TAGS SUPPLIES}
1. Partial Cut Tag Dies  | 2. Doily Die | 3. Party Favor 15 | 4. Labels 8 Combo | 5. Baby Shower | 6. Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa + File It: Kits | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, A Blanc Check Cardstock, In the Limelight Cardstock, Dare to be a Diva Red Ink

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas!

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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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Style Watch

The holidays are upon us and Collection 9 has everything you could ever want to make this the most stylishly handmade holiday ever.

Among the many dies and stamps sets in this collection, I am especially in love with the products that let me personalize food gifts…because you know how much I love a yummy treat!

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Find inspiration in the warm CSS Color combo from today’s project:

My Style Blueprint | 24 Karat Gold | Rouge Ruffles
Cre’me de la Cream | Kraft Like a Rockstar

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Style Watch: Hot Cocoa to Go-Go

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For today’s Style Watch, I’ve combined a little bit of the old with some of the new to create adorable hot cocoa mugs that are ready to go with just a bit of milk. You’ll love how these are packaged and you’ll love how easy they are to assemble.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then join me at Damask Love for photos and tips on creating these for yourself with your new Clear and Simple Stamps goodies!

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{HOT COCOA TO GO-GO SUPPLIES}
Beverage Cozy Die | Shapes: Star Combo | Bow Trio: Mini | Tea Tag Dies | Well Preserved Jars: Cocoa | File It: Kits (coming soon) | Apothecary: Sweets | Baby Shower | Flurries Combo | Designer Mix Twine | Rouge Ruffles Ink | Golden Tiara Ink | Brown Leather Satchel Ink

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Visit Style Watch for more stylish holiday gift ideas…

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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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Style Watch

I. Love. Fonts. When it’s all said and done, I think I will have spent at least a year of my life playing around with fonts. I can’t help myself. Current stationery trends (especially on Pinterest) are heavy on the use of engraved fonts and fonts inspired by hand-lettering.

I’m sharing another “from pin to paper” project in today’s issue of Style Watch. I’m inspired by the beautiful engraved fonts and showing you how to use your Uppercase Alphabet dies to create the look yourself…

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Take a color cue for the holidays with this CSS Color combo from today’s project:

Dare to be a Diva Red | In the Limelight
I Steel Got It | A Blanc Check

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Style Watch: Engraved Shadow Sentiments

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The “how-to” is incredibly easy and translates perfectly for this simple set of holiday stationery.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then visit me at Damask Love for photos on how this project came together and to see each style of card in the stationery set!

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{ENGRAVED SHADOW SENTIMENTS SUPPLIES}
1. Create-a-Plaid: Wide  | 2. I Steel Got It Ink | 3. File It: Stationery | 4. Alpha Monogram + Build-a-Wreath: Winter | 5. Uppercase Dies | 6. Red/White Twine | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Dare to be a Diva Red Cardstock, In the Limelight Ink, Dare to be a Diva Red Ink

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Visit Style Watch for more fun ways to bring pins to paper!

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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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Style Watch

As far as I’m concerned, Alpha Monogram should win “Stamp Set of the Year.”  I may be slightly biased, since I love to slap a monogram on just about everything…which is exactly why I’m excited about today’s post.

I’m sharing another “from pin to paper” project. Back when Alpha Monogram launched, the CSS blog featured a monogram soap project (here) which I absolutely loved! Today, I’m bringing you a holiday version of this project…

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Speaking of holidays – try creating with this CSS Color combo from today’s project as inspiration:

Dare to be a Diva Red | Kraft Like a Rockstar Green
Kraft Like a Rockstar | Perfect Little Black Dress | Leek-ed to the Press

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Style Watch: Monogrammed Soap Gifts

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Have you ever tried to make your own soaps? They are incredibly easy to create and cost lots less than the store-bought versions.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then visit me at Damask Love for the tutorial, and tips for this project.

Oh! And how can I forget the pretty packaging…See you there!

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{MONOGRAMMED SOAP GIFTS SUPPLIES}
1. Party Favor 2  | 2. Labels 8 Fillers | 3. Sweet Sentiments | 4. Au Naturel + Au Naturel Extras | 5. Apothecary: Sweets | 6. Labels 8 | 7. Alpha Monogram | 8. Red/White Twine | OTHER: 1/4″ Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, A Blanc Check Cardstock, Decorative Ribbon, Foam Tape

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Visit Style Watch for more fun ways to bring pins to paper!

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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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Style Watch

Buy or DIY? Ever since the release of the Clear & Simple Stamps Craftization Series of stamp sets and dies, I’ve been on a mission to get my craft room in order. I’d be silly to think that this place will ever be in perfect order, but I’ve found that a few projects here and there go along way toward making me a more efficient crafter.

For today’s post and for the next few Style Watch editions, I’ll be sharing a few “from pin to paper” projects – I love that stamp in the File It: DIY set! Clear and Simple Stamps is encouraging crafters to take a Pinterest photo and give it a DIY twist, which is exactly what today’s fun project is all about…

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Style Watch: Style Board Inspiration

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Add a pop of color to your craft room with this vibrant CSS Color combo as inspiration:

Paint the Town Pink  |  Rouge Ruffles  |  Party Teal Dawn
In the Limelight  |  Say Yellow to All Your Fans

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Style Watch: Card Creation Station

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If you are an avid card-maker, I hope that today’s simple project will inspire you.

I’ve found that having a good stash of pre-cut and pre-scored cards is great for saving time when I sit down to my crafting table. With that in mind, I used the Stationery Filer die to create a trio of boldly colored files for organizing my most used paper supplies.

Scroll down for a list of supplies used to create today’s SW edition, then visit me at Damask Love for more photos and tips for assembling a card making station of your own.

Keep it Crafty,
Amber KG

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{CARD CREATION STATION SUPPLIES}
1. A Blanc Check Cardstock  | 2. Stationery Filer Dies | 3. Word Window Dies | 4. A4 A Blanc Check Envies | 5. File It: Stationery | 6. File It: DIY  | OTHER: Simple Adhesive, Perfect Little Black Dress Ink, Party Teal Dawn Cardstock, Say Yellow to All Your Fans Cardstock, Designer Paper, Coral Necklace Cardstock, Perfect Bound Notebook Tutorial

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Visit Style Watch for more fun ways to bring pins to paper!

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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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