Back 2 School - August Release at Clear and Simple Stamps


Hi everyone! Today, I am here to share with you the newest stamp release from Clear and Simple Stamps. And oooh, I just love it! If you're up for creating fun school projects, creating gifts for the teacher, or anything school related, then this new alpha set is for you!

Alpha Varsity

Alpha Varsity is all about those large block letters that you'd find on a school varsity jacket. I love the bold border - it makes these letters so easy to trim and cut out! Also, there is plenty of room to use your markers and really get into customizing your letters. I love that!

For my card, I wanted a chalkboard kind of look. I pulled out some of Crate Paper's School Spirit and Toy Box collections - both, perfect for school related creations. Then, I gathered some black cardstock and white ink. I lightly stamped my alpha stamps onto the cardstock, this way it gave it that "chalky" kind of look.

To create my frame around the chalkboard, I used a woodgrain patterned paper to cut a large square using a Spellbinders die cut. Then I placed the next size smaller die to cut another square from the inside. This leaves a nice little piece that's exactly the size frame I needed.

Then I hung the chalkboard frame with thick twine and tied little knots at each end. Then I placed a button at the top to give the appearance that it's hanging from the card.

This stamp set is up and ready in the Clear and Simple Stamps shop now. And if you're ready to see some other great ideas for using Alpha Varsity, hop on over to the rest of the Design Team and be sure to leave them some comment love!

Cardstock: (Kraft Like a Rockstar Cream) Clear and Simple Stamps; Patterned Papers: (Toy Box, School Spirit) Crate Paper; Stamps: (Alpha Varsity) Clear and Simple Stamps; Trim: May Arts; Stickers: Crate Paper; Button: (You're a Natural) Clear and Simple Stamps

Thanks for the Lift. Papercraft Star Challenge 60

I am going to admit to you that when I first saw the challenge today at Papercraft Star, I panicked just a bit! Today we are using "steampunk" as our source of inspiration. I have never created anything steampunk and for those of your wondering, what is steampunk? Well, it's a combination of sci-fi, meets history, meets speculative fiction.

Ok. I can do this!

So it wasn't really that hard after all! I just stuck with my traditional go-to items - ribbon, buttons, and journal tags, then added a few metallic embellishments and made it all work out. Victory for me! lol!

The French hot air balloon from The House Across the Bay is really the piece that I started with for my card. I found a wonderful journal card piece from a Pink Paislee ephemera pack. And a lovely little clock piece - a gift sent to me by Viola Mahr. She is just the sweetest! Thank you, Viola for my goody bag!

I used a mixture of two stamps to create my sentiment. The large "thanks" is from Waltzingmouse and "thanks for the lift" is from Clear and Simple Stamps. 

Well, how did I do for my first "steampunk" card? It wasn't really so hard after all. I hope you try it out by playing along with us at Papercraft Star. Here are the details...

Challenge 60: Steampunk

Use something metal, or try a full fledged steampunk theme!

You have until Monday, September 5 at 6:00 a.m. (eastern time) to link up your creations. The Design Team will announce the winner on Tuesday to receive a free digi collage from The House Across the Bay!

Cardstock: (Kraft, Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink, (Lavender) Bazzil Basics; Patterned Papers: (For the Record) Echo Park, (brown grid) Basic Grey; Stamps: (Say It Loud) Waltzingmouse, (Across the Miles) Clear and Simple Stamps; Border Sticker: (For the Record) Echo Park; Ribbon: (Mardi Gras) Etsy; Ephemera: (Butterfly Garden) Pink Paislee, (French Balloons 094) The House Across the Bay

Celebrate! Kraft Journal Challenge 34


Hi everyone! Today at The Kraft Journal, we are playing along with our latest theme for Challenge 34: Celebrations (in honor of Labor Day).

Naturally, my color choices for this challenge are good 'ol red, white and blue (and Kraft, of course!). Here's what I came up with...

I love, love, love the combination of red and blue against Kraft paper. It has such a rich, country feeling. Reminds me of an old quilt, a red wagon, or a faded pair of jeans.

I used the Kraft Lunch Bag cardstock to cut a scalloped die cut, then added the Vintage Picnic basket filled with stars and a flag. I added a small piece of burlap peeking out from the basket. I love little details like that!

And last, trim! My favorite part of creating a card is adding the texture - layers of it, in this case!

I hope you find some time to play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal for our Celebrations Theme in honor of Labor Day! 

And now, I am heading to work for the week before enjoying a nice long weekend off for the holiday. I am thinking maybe a trip to the lake with the jet skis, or a camping trip to the ocean is calling my name. How about you, what are your plans for the long weekend? 

Cardstock: (Kraft Lunch Bag) The Kraft Outlet; Patterned Papers: (Alphabet Soup) My Mind's Eye; Stamps: (Vintage Picnic, Banner Builder) Papertrey Ink, (Alphabet) Hampton Art; Trim: (blue tulle) Webster's Pages, (red lace) Little Red Cottage on Etsy

Birthday Treats for Waltzingmouse Sketch 62


It's time for another sketch challenge at Waltzingmouse! This sketch is perfect for creating tags, but you could also incorporate the sketch into a card...easily.

I created a little birthday tag from the sketch using four different Waltzingmouse Stamps: Bitty BannersDainty Doilies 2Frame It, and Teeny Trees. I was in the mood for something bright and fun today, so I attached my tag onto a glassine bag full of candy. Thought this would make an quick and easy little gift!

After cutting out my tag, I used several different inks in primary colors to randomly stamp a patterned background. Then, I added some little banners and a red, felt flower. For fun, I added three different colors of ribbon to the top of the tag.

I filled a simple glassine bag with lots of candy, wrapped it with black and white baker's twine, then attached my tag. Hey, you can never go wrong with candy, right?

Before you go, I would like to introduce to you a new Michief Maker at Waltzingmouse

Karin Ã…kesdotter is the newest member to join the team. Yay! I hope you take a moment to stop by her blog and send her a big warm welcome. She has lots of beautiful creations posted, so you'll be sure to find lots of inspiration while you're there.

Now here is the newest sketch this week. I hope you will all play along!

Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Teeny Trees, Bitty Banners, Dainty Doilies 2, Frame It) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Ribbon: (Mardi Gras, Ocean Mist, Candy Apple) Etsy
Flower: Recollections

Back to School & New Design Team at Papercraft Star!


Say it isn't so! I can't believe that summer is over and it's time to go back to school. I barely blinked my eyes and the wonderful days of summer have passed me by. My kiddos started their first day of school yesterday. It was so nice to hear them talk about their day and tell me about their new teachers. Gosh! How the kiddos grow so fast!

Today at Papercraft Star, we are playing along with our newest challenge theme of, what else, but Back to School! AND we are introducing two of our newest Design Team members to the Papercraft Star team! I am so excited to welcome Anitra Tovel and Jennifer Ferrell to the team!

Both ladies have been wowing us with their creations by playing along in the weekly challenges. But now they will each make their debut as designers starting with the challenge next week. I hope you will take some time to visit their blogs, say hello, and give them a warm welcome!

So with the start of new things to come, here is my card I created for our Back to School theme...

I kept this card simple by allowing the chipboard pieces to do all the work. I just love self adhesive chipboard because you can create a card in minutes! No cutting, no glue. Just stick 'em on! 

And just look at this fun little journal card! It's a vintage report card from The House Across the Bay's Etsy shop - perfect for my back to school themed card!

I completed my card with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I like how the pencil tip just barely touches the sentiment. It gives the illusion that this was handwritten (well, sort of!). 

Now let's see what you can create for this challenge! Here are the details...


Challenge 59: Back to School
Use back to school as your theme and/or this photo as your inspiration.

You have until Monday, August 29 at 6:00 a.m. (eastern time) to link up your projects. The Design Team will choose the winner who will receive their choice of digi collage from The House Across the Bay

Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink; Patterned Paper: (Schoolhouse) October Afternoon; Chipboard: (Schoolhouse Chip 'n Stick) October Afternoon; Border Sticker: (For the Record) Echo Park; Report Card: (Blank Backgrounds No. 045) The House Across the Bay; Stamp: (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink

Sitting Here Thinking of You. Clear and Simple Stamps.


Hello everyone! And welcome to my third creation for the August stamp set release at Clear and Simple Stamps - House Notes II.

I mentioned before that I have enjoyed creating with this new set, but I think today's card is the reason why. I tried a completely different layout that is not normally my style, but you know what? I am lovin' it!

I took the time while creating this card to focus on the details. I wanted to make it fun and dimensional, but something that the recipient would remember.

I hand-cut a flower pot and used dimensional tape to adhere to the card then placed some pretty millinery flowers inside. Notice the hardwood floors? Well, not really, but the wood grain patterned paper gives it that illusion. I did however, create a wood grain base board. I thought it was a great little detail. 

The pictures were created by using the small flowers and leaves from the June release, Tweet Notes. Aren't they cute? 

Ok, so I know this card is not my typical style, but the stamp set just really made me want to try something new. I hope you all enjoyed it!

For more inspiration, be sure to stop by the Clear and Simple Stamps blog

Cardstock: (Kraft Like a Rockstar Cream) Clear and Simple Stamps; Patterned Papers: (Emma's Shoppe, Restoration) Crate Paper; Flowers: Caramelos; Stamps: (House Notes II, Tweet Notes) Clear and Simple Stamps; Markers: Copic

Wish List Notebook for The Kraft Journal


Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. I have something a little different to share with you today for the new challenge at The Kraft Journal. Today we are creating projects based on a movie, song, or book. 

Normally, I'd make a card but thought I would create a little gift for my son instead. A little "wish list" notebook for him to write the things he wishes for - like, for Christmas or to buy with his allowance money.

Way before Christmas is in season, my son gets his Christmas list ready. I guess he wants to be sure that he doesn't miss anything that should go on his final Christmas list to Santa. Of course, there are several revisions and finally, mom has to step in and have him make his final cut.

Fortunately, my son is happy to oblige and picks his top three or five items.

I thought this notebook would be a great way to capture what he loves at this time in his life. So I guess it's really a gift to myself because I look forward to looking back and seeing what he wrote in it years from now. 

So let's take a peak at what I created....

For the inside of my book, I used the Vintage Dictionary Pages from The Kraft Outlet and added a little journal card with my son's name. The pages were hand cut from grid paper and I did some random hand stamping on the bottom right corner of each page.

I divided up the book into four different sections with sturdy chipboard and covered with Brown Kraft, Light Kraft, and Buff Ivory cardstock. Then I used my sewing machine to stitch pockets onto each side. 

For each pocket, I used journal tags from various October Afternoon collections and stapled a piece of Twill Tape onto each one. This makes it so easy to pull each tag out from the pocket and is a good place for my son to keep little pictures of things he may want.

Each section has been categorized and labeled as such - books, games, toys. After showing my son, he said "well, I think I might need more pages for just the games section" - ha! Go figure! A little boy and his passion for video games. 

To finish the whole book, I used my Cinch binding machine to punch the holes and add the spiral binding. This has got to be the best little machine ever! 

And if anyone wants to create something similar, here are the details of my book:

- Book pages: 5 inches by 6 3/4 inches
- Sheets of paper: 40 pieces total and divided into 10 sheets per section
- Dividers: 3 pieces of chipboard used as dividers, plus 2 more for the front and back cover
- Spiral binding: 1 1/4" binding (I punched out 12 holes for the binding)

Well, I hope you are inspired to play along with us at The Kraft Journal. You don't have to create anything this detailed - just be inspired by either a movie, song, or a book and link up your creations! I can't wait to see what you'll all come up with!

Cardstock: (Brown Kraft, Light Kraft, Buff Ivory) The Kraft Outlet; Patterned Papers: (Lil' Man) Cosmo Cricket; Tags: October Afternoon, (Vintage Dictionary Pages) The Kraft Outlet; Twill Tape: (Natural) The Kraft Outlet; Chipboard: (Lil' Man Chip 'N Stick) Cosmo Cricket, (Chipboard) The Kraft Outlet; Stickers: (Tiny Type) Cosmo Cricket, (Black Apothecary Stickers) Jenni Bowlin; Binding Machine: (The Cinch) We R Memory Keepers

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Felicitations! A New Waltzingmouse Challenge!


If you love sketches to create your projects, then you're going to love the new sketches this week at Waltzingmouse! Yes, I said sketches, as in two of them. That's because Mrs. Sarah Martina Parker has created two sketches for us to play along with this week - one for a page and one for a card! Just take your choosing or choose them both!

Whoo hoo!

But because we all know that cards are my fav-or-ite, I am here to share my card based on one of the sketches....

Sending some warm Felicitations with this card today! I just love that word and feel a little bit fancy when saying it. Although it kind of reminds me of the Charlotte's Web book, when Charlotte says "Salutations" to greet Wilbur. So sweet!  ♥  ♥  ♥  

Anyway, back to the card. I am really into the rich tones of the new My Mind's Eye Sunshine collection. The colors are just so pretty.

I used Spellbinders Classic Ovals Small die cut to stamp the pretty vine leaf from the Ovals - Classic Frames set and sentiment from Big Day Additions. I just love both of these collections. Just the right amount of vintage quality, but still so elegant. 

To add a frame around my card, I used the stitching stamp from Off Beat Backgrounds. This was my first time inking it up and I promise it won't be the last. This is my new fave!

I hope you've been inspired to play along in the challenge this week at Waltzingmouse. There is lots more inspiration from the Mischief Makers Design Team. Please stop by and see what they've created for you. 

Here's a peek at the two sketches for you to choose from! Have fun choosing which one to use...

It's the last weekend for us before school starts, so we are heading out on a little hike near the waterfalls. A nice summer picnic sounds like a great way to spend the day together. Enjoy your weekend!

Cardstock: (Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink; Patterned Paper: (Sunshine) My Mind's Eye; Stamps: (Off Beat Backgrounds, Big Day Additions, Ovals Classic Frames) Waltzingmouse Stamps; Other: (flower) Prima; (resin) Recollections; (button) Clear and Simple Stamps; (ribbon) Etsy

Yay! Papercraft Star No. 58


Yay! I say "yay" because it's the middle of the week and I am looking forward to the last weekend before the new school year begins. I don't know exactly what my plans are, but they WILL include either camping, swimming, jet skiing, or anything outdoorsy! Yay, I can't wait!

So my card for the new challenge today at Papercraft Star is just that! A mini celebration for the last days of summer.

I created a little Bingo card using Photoshop and some wonderful botanical roses from The House Across the Bay. I simply layered the roses onto a little graph I drew up, then added the large BINGO across the top. Super simple, right!

I love layering my embellishments! This time I used a new little button from My Mind's Eye Lost and Found collection, then added a small cabochon rose bud that I made using a mold from Mold Muse on Etsy.

And last, those little banners from Waltzingmouse. Ooh, I just adore the little stars! So fun!

(photo credit: the boo & the boy)

Our challenge this week is to create a project inspired by the photo above. I was inspired by the banners, flowers, and the sun coming in from the window. If you noticed, my Bingo card follows the same grid pattern as the window in the photo. 

So if you're feeling inspired by the photo too, just link up your creations at Papercraft Star. You have until Monday, August 22 at 6:00 a.m. (eastern time) to show us your best! The winner will receive some goodies from The House Across the Bay! Yay!

Cardstock: (Lemon Tart) Papertrey Ink; Patterned Papers: Webster's Pages, Pink Paislee; Stamps: (Bitty Banners, Vintage Banners) Waltzingmouse Stamps; Digi Images: (Botanical Roses) The House Across the Bay; Ribbon: Sweet Pea