Make It Sparkle | Clear and Simple Stamps


Today, I am sharing a project I created for the Clear and Simple Stamps group project. Our theme is "Make It Sparkle." During this time of year, I love putting out my vintage, mercury glass Christmas ornaments on our tree. The way the lights reflect off the glass just makes my heart happy. 

I had this idea in mind for creating a row of Christmas trees and having them sparkle and shine - just like our Christmas tree. 

To create the trees, I used the polka dot triangle from Triangle Trinkets. I stamped three sections ombre-style, transitioning from light to dark pink. Next, I added a generous amount of course white glitter and some liquid pearls. 

To keep this card simple and easy to mass produce for the holidays, I chose washi tape versus having to trim any pattern paper. And a happy holiday sentiment from the Limited Edition: Joy stamp set, makes it festive and fun. 

I hope you enjoyed today's project! To see more projects and ideas for cards that "sparkle," be sure to check out the rest of the design team's blogs...

a CASE of Joy | Chalkboard Typography


It's time for a fun new Group Project with Clear and Simple Stamps. Today, the design team is featuring ideas for CASE'ing one of our previous and favorite CSS projects using the Limited Edition: Joy stamp set. 

CASE'ing is such a wonderful way to be inspired by your own creations. It can be something as simple as being inspired by the colors, the layout, to embellishments. Whatever catches your eye about your favorite projects is what should lead you into recreating it with a new twist.  

I did just that with my project for today. Typography is one of my great loves. It's surprising to see how a beautiful font can have such an impact in art and design. Back in August 2011, I created a simple back-to-school card (shown below) that featured a chalkboard as the focal point. I posted about it here

Being inspired by the simple layout and focus on the text, I CASE'd my card by playing with different sentiments to create a unique chalkboard typography art piece. 

After looking at all the wonderful sentiments from the Limited Edition: Joy set, I wrote down several possibilities for ways that each sentiment would form the perfect quote. To make all the sentiments align, I filled the blank areas with ornate flourishes using Au Naturel Extras - perfect!

To create the chalkboard style, simply stamp your sentiments onto black cardstock using a watermark ink. My favorite is From An Anonymous Source from CSS. When the watermark ink is still wet, add white embossing powder. Shake of the excess and apply heat with a heat gun. After the embossing powder has set, add another layer of stamping using white ink. The trick is to offset the stamping slightly to create a third dimensional look. 

To really give it that chalkboard style, lightly swipe a thin coat of white ink directly over the entire area using a sponge or buffing pad. Just make sure your stamping is dry first to prevent any smudging. 

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has CASE'd for the Clear and Simple Stamps Group Project. You can see them all here:
And of course, if you have any questions about my project, just let me know!

Season's Greetings


Today, I am sharing a card for the new Waltzingmouse sketch. It's a quick holiday card that can easily be mass produced for holiday card distribution. Especially since Claire, at Waltzingmouse, has provided a free svg cut for the Festive Foliage set. Isn't that awesome? You can download the Festive Foliage Cut Bundle from the Waltzingmouse shop. 

I used filled the svg cuts onto a sheet of paper and saved the extras to be used later. It was so simple to stamp directly onto the cuts and have that nice finished edge without having to use my scissors. 

By using washi tape and scrap paper, it was simple to add the pine sprig and cones onto the card quickly. All it needed was a bit of trim and twine. Done!

Of course, I had to dress it up a little by adding a single zig-zag stitch across the bottom of my card. I love the touchability it adds.

To play along in the sketch challenge, head on over to the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge and be inspired with the rest of the Mischief Maker projects. Have a wonderful weekend!

Customer Appreciation Month | Joy Limited Edition


December is Customer Appreciation Month at Clear and Simple Stamps. During this month, all CSS online customers will receive a handmade card and a sentiment stamp set. 

Joy: Limited Edition is not for sale, but is a gift to each customer (in varying intervals) as a token of appreciation from CSS. Be sure to stop by the Clear and Simple Stamps blog for information on how to receive this limited stamp set.

Today, the design team is sharing projects created with the Joy: Limited Edition stamp set. I used this set to create a holiday card and a matching Christmas ornament.

For the card, I stamped "Joy to the World" and softened it with a white lace doily, trim, a flower, and a glittery snowflake. I tried to keep a soft and peaceful color palette to give it the feeling of a winter wonderland. Can't you just hear the snow falling? 

Now here is the fun part...a Christmas ornament or tabletop decoration created from a wooden spool. I have lots of these spools in my studio. Thought they would be perfect to use as small gifts or on the table as a place setting. I used the Favor Flags dies to cut the banner shape and stamped, "It's the Season of Joy." 

Now we just need to put up our Christmas tree and the holidays will officially be here!

There's plenty more to see. Be sure to stop by the design team blogs to see more projects using the Joy: Limited Edition stamp set. And check out the details on the CSS blog to find out how to make this set your very own!

The Craft's Meow Release Blog Hop


The Craft's Meow

Welcome to The Craft's Meow new release blog hop! Today we are showcasing the new stamp sets available and today, it's your chance to win all four stamp sets! Yeah!

You should have arrived here from Karen's blog. If not, head on over to The Craft's Meow so you can start your hop at the beginning. 

For my card, I used two of my favorite sets from the new release. Valentine Wishes is a darling set that's perfect for a sweet little girl. It is perfect for Valentine's Day, a birthday, or just to send a little love. 

Stitched Sentiment Two is an all occasion set full of lovely sentiments that can be used year-round. And the stitched font style is lovely too. Win-win!

But the best part of all? 

Stitched Sentiments Two can be yours FREE with a minimum purchase of $50 at The Craft's Meow. What a great deal!

But wouldn't you rather have ALL four stamp sets for free? Continue along the hop and leave a comment on each blog to be entered to win the whole release! The deadline to complete the hop is Sunday, December 2 at 9:00 PST.

So let's get hopping! Your next stop on the blog hop is Lin Brandyberry.

A special thank you to Lisa and Julie at The Craft's Meow for inviting me to be the November guest designer. It's been so much fun and such a privilege. 

The Craft's Meow Release Preview | Zoom Goes My Heart


Well hello there! I hope you've been enjoying the previews so far of the new release at The Craft's Meow. I know I've been enjoying my time creating with all of the new sets. Still feeling honored that I am guest designing along with the rest of the amazing design team this month. 

Today, we are sharing more samples created with a new set at The Craft's Meow called, Zoom Goes My Heart. And it's such a charming set. 

I "ran" with the idea of this card from the fun sentiments of this stamp set (pun intended). I found a perfect flash card in my stash that paired together perfectly with this set to create a vintage-style Valentine's Day card. Don't you just love the pairing?

I especially love the sentiments. Just like those vintage Valentine's Day cards you used to pass around in school, "you make my heart race, Valentine" is just too adorable not to pass up. And look! I even found a small spinner to place on the speedometer. I love it when it all falls into place like that. 

To see more samples from the design team using the new set, Zoom Goes My Heart, head on over to The Craft's Meow blog. 

We will be back tomorrow with more projects and a blog hop party! There will be a big prize, for sure! I know you won't want to miss it. 

Thanks for stopping by!

The Craft's Meow Release Preview | Beautiful Shelf


Have you been enjoying the previews this week from The Craft's Meow? I know I've been! If you are just joining me, I am honored to be guest designing this month for TCM, sharing the new stamp sets being released this month. Be sure to scroll down to see the previous samples and stop by The Craft's Meow blog for all the samples from the design team. 

Today, we are showcasing another wonderful stamp set. This one is called Beautiful Shelf. It's a cozy set full of wonderful images that are perfect for coloring and paper piecing (my favorite!). 

Keeping the focus on the lovely images, I created a vintage-style scene for today's card. I stamped the shelf with brown ink onto damask pattern paper, then highlighted it with a Copic marker for dimension. I added white pearl jewels onto the shelf for doorknobs. It's a small detail that makes a big impact. 

Next, I stamped the hat and perfume bottle directly onto the card. Separately, I paper pieced the hat in a dark pink pattern and the bottle in white. For depth, I used dimensional foam tape to attached the pieces onto the card. 

I just adore this stamp set. The scene reminds me of being a little girl, playing dress up with my mother's accessories and perfume. Now this is something my daughter does in my vanity room. I truly cherish seeing her explore and show me all the treasures she finds. This card will be perfect for her!

There is still so much more to see! Head over to The Craft's Meow blog to see today's previews from the design team using Beautiful Shelf

Thanks again for joining me today!

The Craft's Meow Release Preview | Stitched Sentiments Two


Welcome to the second day of previews for the newest release at The Craft's Meow. Thanks for joining me as I continue to join share projects as the guest designer for the month. I am having so much fun sharing the new stamps with you!

Today, we are showcasing a new set called Stitched Sentiments Two. This set will be available in the shop for purchase, but it's yours for FREE when you spend $50 at The Craft's Meow! Full of year-round sentiments, it's perfect for so many occasions. And free? What a great deal!

I chose to work with a holiday sentiment, "Merry & Bright." With the holidays here, it was calling my name. I used a simple layout by placing a paper doily as the center piece and used pretty floral picks in a vibrant cranberry color. 

I popped a clear jewel in the center of my ribbon. To match the jewel with the floral pick, I colored it with a Copic marker. Keeping a stash of clear jewels is perfect for when you need a custom color - just dab with a coordinating marker and you're good to go!

Now the fun keeps going with more previews from the design team. Head on over to The Craft's Meow blog to see more lovely projects using Stitched Sentiments Two

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Recipe | Clear and Simple Stamps


Hi everyone! Today, I am sharing a group project for Clear and Simple Stamps. We were tasked with creating a card using the following recipe:
  • 1 Button
  • 1 Image
  • 2 Dies
  • 1 Sentiment

What fun! I love a good "recipe" challenge. Here's what I came up with...

These thank you cards are perfect for the season. I love using warm colors this time of year when the weather is changing. 

I used a single button on each card from the CSS Designer Mix bag of buttons. Such a great variety of colors to choose from. They are perfect since buttons are my go-to embellishment. 

For the single image, I chose the large acorn from Rag Dolls Scene 1. This is such a great stamp set even if you don't own any of the Rag Dolls collection. 

For the two dies, I used the Well Preserved Jars: Large die and felt leaves cut from the Leaflets dies - both are my favorite sets from the latest release. I will use these over and over, for sure! Last, I chose a pretty script sentiment from Well Preserved.

And that completes the recipe!

There's still more to see. Be sure to visit the participating designers and check out their card recipes too!

The Craft's Meow Release Preview | Valentine Wishes

I am so excited to be guest designing for The Craft's Meow during the November release previews, which starts today! With so many amazing stamp sets in Lisa's store, it really is a treat for me to be their guest this month. 

Today, the design team and I are showcasing the new and adorable Valentine Wishes stamp set. Full of charming character illustrations and sweet sentiments, I am loving this new set!

I chose to work with this adorable image of the little girl hugging a big, puffy heart. I paper pieced her dress and colored her with Copic markers to coordinate with my papers. There is just something so fun about paper piecing - I suppose it reminds me of playing with paper dolls. It takes me back to those days when my imagination was free to run wild. 

For more detail, I stamped three of the hearts from the Valentine Wishes set in a soft pink color. Then, I added "Hugs & Kisses" to complete the card. I love the over-sized letters and the ampersand. Too fun!

I will share more previews with you tomorrow, but in the meanwhile, be sure to stop by The Craft's Meow blog to see more samples from the design team!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

And a special thank you to The Craft's Meow team!

Winter Wishes | Waltzingmouse 125


Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and a happy Thanksgiving with your family. I am still on the road to recovery after being under the weather for what's felt like an eternity. But the good news is that I can finally get through a full day without needing a 6-hour nap. lol!

Today, I am sharing a seasonal card that I created for the new sketch over at Waltzingmouse. With winter still warm in California, the stamped sentiment, "Warm Winter Wishes," says it all! 

I used Faux Fun Circles and Say It Loud - Winter Holiday, with pretty holiday papers from Simple Stories. This sketch was inspired by Jean Martin and is full of possibilities. Be sure to stop by the Waltzingmouse Challenge blog to see the inspiration from the Mischief Makers and to play along!

Catching Up & Waltzingmouse


It's been a while since I've shared my Waltzingmouse projects with you. And today, I have quite the collection of cards to share with you from the past sketch challenges. Since I've been under the weather for weeks now, I haven't been able to share and catch up with everyone as much I like to. Hopefully, I will recover soon. 

So let's get started on a few of the cards I've made...

This first card was created with Thanksgiving in mind and was created for today's new sketch over at the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge blog. Don't know about you, but I am ready for some pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!

This next card was created for last week's sketch. I used a vintage post card image and seasonal embellishments to create a cozy Christmas card with lots of layers. 

Keeping with the traditional colors of red and green for Christmas, I created this holiday card using the new Opera Tags stamps and dies from Waltzingmouse. 

And not sure how this pink card came up on the color palette, but sometimes a girl just needs to use pink! I actually created this card using my iPad while on Facetime with my sister. She helped me add all the embellishments and I showed her my progress while chatting the night away. 

And now I'm getting ready for a nice, hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. I've been under the weather for some time now and I need all the comfort food I can get. 

I'll be back just as soon as I can!