Sneak Peek iTunes App


Hey everyone! I have a new project being featured on the Clear and Simple Stamps App for your iPhone/iPad. If you have the App on your iPhone or iPad, have a look! Otherwise you can download the App here and get daily inspiration on the go!

Also, Clear and Simple Stamps is getting ready to showcase their newest release. And oh my! Is this Collection amazing. It might be my favorite to date! The Design Team will start previewing on March 1st and everything will be available for purchase on March 5th. I know you're going to love this Collection! But I can't say anything more about it. You'll have to wait until the 1st. See you then! 

I'm Back!


Hi everyone! I'm back. After taking an unexpected break after my computer crashed, it feels good to be back.

I wanted to say thanks to those of you who sent messages to me asking where I disappeared to. I went through a little bit of withdrawal not being able to stop by the blog. But now that I have a brand new shiny computer, I will be all caught up in no time.

I am so thankful that I didn't loose anything important from my old computer. I had a feeling it was going to crash and I had been slowly backing up my files. Finally, when I was saving my music crashed. So, I am down a few bits of music, but nothing that I can't download again.

My tip to you...back up your files. Regularly.

I wasn't able to post these before because of my computer issues, so I wanted to share a couple of projects that I created for the last two Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenges

If you're up for playing along in the newest sketch challenge at Waltzingmouse, have a peek at the sketch and then play along! You could be one of the randomly selected participants to win a  Waltzingmouse stamp set of your choice! 

Oh! And have you seen the sneak peeks of the new stamps being released this month? Head on over the Claire's blog and be sure to visit the Design Team to see their sample projects. 

Sneak Peek App Project


I've got a fun project featured on the Clear and Simple Stamps Daily App. Hope you'll check it out!

Simply Stated


Happy Valentine's Day! Today, the Clear and Simple Stamps team has joined together for a fun challenge. Simply stated, it's all about sentiments! Yes, our challenge was to use only sentiments for our creations today. With so many new stamps released featuring text, script and fun fonts, it was fun to pick out my stamps for this project.

I used Alpha Duo for my focus by stamping "birthday" in a fun rainbow pattern. Remember Roy G. Biv in school? I used that formula to select my colors, then stamped "happy" from Holly Jolly across the top in black. For a soft element, I added some spiral circles on the bottom using Trendy Tags and finished my card with some butterflies. 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for our "Simply Stated" group challenge. There's a few amazing creations you won't want to miss!

A Moxie Fab Giveaway!


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...

For my Moxie Fab creation, I used Love Cupid from Cath's list combined with Shapes: Hearts Die Combo set and Party Favor #2 Die Cut box template. 

This party favor box set is perfect for all you DIYers out there! Easy to assemble and even more fun to mix and match with your favorite papers! I can see this box would be perfect for party favors, wedding favors, special treats, the list goes on and on...

Of course, I used this box to create a little jewelry box to house a necklace I made for my daughter. For the insert of the box, I used the flat piece lid (yes, this die cut set comes with two different style lids!) and placed it inside the box. I cut a slit from the corners for the necklace to stay in place. 

The outside of the box is decorated in layers of felt cut from Shapes: Hearts Die Cut Combo, stitched together with embroidery floss. Yep! I'd say it's Moxie Fab too!

Now are you ready for a giveaway? 

Be sure to leave a comment here or on any of the Design Team blogs for your chance to win Love Cupid from Clear and Simple Stamps! 

Critters Party Elements Review


Hi everyone! I'm back to share with you another fun creation using the latest product release from Clear and Simple Stamps. Today, the design team is focusing on using the stamp set Party Elements: Critters. It's a great little set that's perfect for creating invitations and party favors.

In my household, we are big campers! Just can't get enough of the great outdoors! So this is what I've based my party theme from...

I started with Kraft Like A Rockstar Brindle cardstock and some fun patterned paper. The leaves were a great embellishment for the great outdoors theme.

Inside, I used the branch stamp from Taglines: Critters and added some gradient leaves using Fall Studio.

The little gift bag was created using the newest die template: Party Favors #1. I just love how easy this little favor bag is to assemble. Just one piece of adhesive is all you need to keep it all together!

I think this would be so cute to fill with fishing bait and hooks for the serious campers and maybe some chocolate and marshmallows for the kiddos. 

All of the items are available in the shop at Clear and Simple Stamps. Be sure to stop by the CSS blog to see the rest of the fun party-themed projects created by the design team. 

Happy crafting!

Doilies & Die Cuts - A Waltzingmouse Sketch


There's new sketch today at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. And it's a fun one designed by Jennifer Cuthbertson. It's the perfect little sketch to use your Spellbinder's die cuts and pair them up with pretty doilies from Waltzingmouse.

Plus, the die cuts made this card the perfect little size for Valentine's Day! Isn't it sweet?

To join in on the challenge, gather your favorite Waltzingmouse stamps and create a project using the sketch as your inspiration. Link up your creation at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog! See you there!


Lucky Charm


Hi everyone! I'm back to share another card I created with the January/February release at Clear and Simple Stamps. This time, I'm playing along with Lucky Charm combined with Background Basics 1.

I admit, it took me a few attempts, but I created a little wreath using the clovers from Lucky Charm. I started by tracing a Spellbinders die cut circle with a pencil onto my patterned paper. Then I stamped the large and medium sized leaves around the pencil marking. Once dried, I erased the pencil and colored in the clovers.

Next, I added some fun patterns using Background Basics 1. Yesterday, I mentioned that this set features eight different patterns. So today, I thought I'd share the honeycomb pattern and the music sheet (my favorite).

To complete my card, I added some little trinkets and bright blue baker's twine, which is now available in the CSS shop. There are 15 colors, but my favorites are the Red/White/Pink and the Red/White/Blue. I can't wait to start playing with those colors soon!

You can see more projects featuring the Critter Collection release at the Clear and Simple Stamps blog

Please join the rest of the CSS design team and me on February 5, as we reveal the rest of the January/February collection. I'll be sharing a really fun little project with you (hint) - it's not a card! 

That's all I'm going to say for now (wink).

Clear and Simple Stamps Release Review


Hi there! I am popping in to share with you more new stamps released this past month at Clear and Simple Stamps! The latest collection is full of so many new goodies that there is still so much more to play with!

Today, I wanted to share with you a new favorite of mine in the store. It's a stamper's dream (well, it's mine anyway)! Allow me to introduce Background Basics 1...

This set has eight different patterns to mix and match and create the most prettiest of backgrounds! And CSS has got them all...honeycomb, woodgrain, paisley, chevron stripes, and more. I don't think I've ever seen another background stamp set with as much variety and this set has. 

For my card, I chose the chevron stripes and the paisley pattern. I started with the stripes first, then masked the pattern before stamping the paisleys. The fun sentiment is from Critter Sentiments- a cute and whimsical set that coordinates well with the rest of the Critters Collection

Next, I adhered white cardstock onto gray cardstock, then ran the large heart die cut through my Cuttlebug. Then I had fun adding a collection of buttons to fill the inside of the heart.

And just because I love this pattern - here is a closer view of those sweet little paisleys...

To see more of the Critters Collection review, be sure to stop by the Clear and Simple Stamps blog. The design team has been busy crafty up lots of fun things for you!

Until next time!