Jar Fillers | Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 108


Long time, no see! I've been away longer than expected with some family business, but I am excited to be back in the craft room. It's funny how some time away gives me the urge to create. It always feels new when I can finally get back to creating something. 

Today, I am playing along with the latest Waltzingmouse sketch using the newest Waltzingmouse Stamps. And oh how I just love them!

I used the Chicken Wire to stamp my background in a bright pink color. I am finding I've been loving this color all summer long. My daughter teases me especially when I wearing my neon pink (day glow) t-shirt. I tell her I am bringing the '80s back. 

I can tell by her reaction that she thinks I am a nerd. lol!

But back to my card....I have a new favorite stamp now. Isn't that jar the most adorable ever? It's from Claire's newest Jar Fillers - Jam Packed set. And I just know this one will have me stamping for hours. I love how you can mix and match the lids and fill the jar with pretty goodies or simply use the background stamp that comes in the set. 

I chose to use the background stamp in a pale green. Then I added a bit of shading with a Copic marker. Perfect for my little pickle jar! Last, I stamped the outline of the jar in black ink using the Candy Jar stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to stop by the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge blog to see what the design team has created and all the details on how to play along too! Until next time...

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Christmas in July | Clear and Simple Stamps Group Project


How about a break from the summer heat? How about some Christmas in July? Today's Group Project with Clear and Simple Stamps is to showcase winter-time holiday cards using any of the newest products. 

Naturally, I chose Christmas as my winter holiday featuring the new Damask stamp set to create a card and matching tag.

The Damask set includes eight different background sets with so many possibilities. The pattern is so elegant and just made me think of Christmas wrapping paper tied with a large bow. 

I started by scoring the cardstock in a simple square pattern. Then I stamped the large damask pattern in red and green ink in each square. 

I added layers of green trim, tied with a generous amount of Shamrock ribbon, and a tiny tag from the Tag 1 die and coordinating Trendy Tags stamp set. 

Last is a matching tag using the small damask pattern in a pale green and more stamping from Trendy Tags. 

To get started on your holiday inspiration, be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created. You can never be too early to start planning for the holidays!

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Introducing Rag Dolls | Clear and Simple Stamps Collection 4


Welcome to the final day of the Collection 4 release week party at Clear and Simple Stamps. Yes, the store has been busy all week long filling the inventory with a huge selection of new stamps, dies and party favors.

Today, I am here to share one of my favorites from the new collection. Introducing...Rag Dolls! These little cuties were illustrated by Stephany Zerbe and wow, are they adorable! Once I started stamping and coloring, the ideas just kept going. Literally! I kept running in the other room to tell my kiddos all the fun things I wanted to create with them. Of course, they had that "mom, you are crazy!" expression on their faces. lol!

I decided on creating another summer treat bag filled with chewy sour Lemonhead candy to coordinate with my summer lemonade stand theme. I started with the Party Favor 3 die to create the template for my treat bag.

For the front of the favor bag, I die cut the shape of the house using the Rag Dolls House die. I paper pieced the lemonade stand using my newest favorite paper collection - Summer Fresh. I think I need to hoard this stuff!

I decided to create some paper dolls using the new Rag Dolls. So after you eat all the candy from the favor bag, you can still have some play time fun with the lemonade stand and little dolls. I used Jake and Willa. Aren't they so adorable? And the coolest is that these come with matching dies. Perfect for someone like me who isn't that patient when it comes to cutting.

To create the stands for the paper dolls, I used a circle punch for the base. Then I cut two small strips of heavy cardstock and added a strip of grass on each using the Grass border die. I cut a small slit into each piece and connected them together.

Last, I added grass by adhering the smallest clippings of green embroidery floss. To adhere them to the stand I used a dab of glue and finished it with some adhesive spray.

Be sure to stop by the Clear and Simple Stamps store to see the entire Rag Dolls collection and all the new items released for Collection 4. There are so many new things to see! For more ideas, hop on over to see what the rest of the design team has to share...
Virginia Lu (Guest)
Ryann Salamon (Guest)

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Summer Treats | Clear and Simple Stamps Collection 4


I hope you all are enjoying the summer! We've had a wonderful summer so far and are getting ready for another gorgeous weekend of fun ahead of us. I'm thinking a summer bbq is in order. Complete with treats and yummy desserts too. Feeling in the festive mood, I decided on creating a little basket full of treats for summer using the newest collection at Clear and Simple Stamps.

For my summer treat basket, I used these really fun sized candy bags that are new in the CSS shop. You can buy these bags individually by size or in an assortment so you can have them all! That's just what I did - after all, what good is one size bag of candy when you can have more, right? 

To decorate these bags, I used the new Toppers Dies Combo set (which includes dies and stamps to frame the die cuts) and the Toppers Fillers set that coordinates with fun patterns. It was fun to mix and match the patterns in red and blue - the official colors for a good summer bbq. 

Notice the medallions? They were created with the Fence die from CSS. Just die cut the fence, fold it accordian style, and open to lay flat on a small cardstock circle. I added some ribbon, a star die cut, and finished with a little brad. 

Last, I filled the smallest sized candy bags with Jolly Ranchers and Gobstopers. I can already feel the cavities starting - lol!

To see more projects using the new Toppers and Favors available from Clear and Simple Stamps, hop on over and see what the design team is sharing. Then, head on over to the CSS shop because all the products are now available. 

But that's not all. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see that last reveal from the new collection. Ooh...it's going to be a good one! Until then...

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Blocks for Baby | Clear and Simple Stamps Collection 4


I'm sure you've seen that the Clear and Simple Stamps blog has been busy the past week rolling out all the new items in the shop for its Collection 4 release. Each day new items are being added all week long! 

Today, we are showcasing projects using the Shapes and Backgrounds sets. I chose to work with the new Squares shapes in the shop to create little blocks for a baby's nursery. Although you can change the theme to work for any occasion.

To create the baby blocks, start by die cutting and assembling four blocks using the Cube Die. I used Kraft Like a Rockstar Ivory cardstock and 1/4" Simple Adhesive.

To decorate each block, die cut six squares using the second smallest square from Shapes: Squares Combo dies. Then, die cut six more squares using the smallest square from the set and stamp a frame around each one (stamp is included with the dies). 

I used the Alpha Dots stamp set to spell out "BABY" and layered them onto the cube blocks.

Now I needed a nice little box to place the blocks inside. I trimmed my cardstock 7.25" square, then scored all four sides at 2". Last, I cut along each side (see the dashed lines in the photo below) which I used to secure the box together. 

For the outside of the box, I used A Blanc Check Heavy cardstock. I love this cardstock because it has more weight. Since it can withstand a little more handling, it is perfect to hold the box together securely. 

To create the lid for the box, trim white cardstock 4 1/8" x 10 1/4". Score at 2 1/4" and again at 4". Apply adhesive to the bottom of the lid, place box on top, and fold over to close. 

Now you can place all the blocks inside the gift box. Isn't that pretty? 

My tip.....

To seal the box shut, I carefully placed each embellishment along the burlap trim only (none of the embellishments are actually adhered to the box). Then I added Velcro on the burlap trim so that you can open and close the box without messing up any of the pretty embellishments.

And have a look here at that little tag! I used the small die from Tags 1 and stamped a sentiment from a new set that will be released tomorrow called, Wrap-A-Round. 

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Remember, all the products are available in the shop today (more will be available tomorrow) or you can see what you've missed so far right here.

For more ideas and inspiration, be sure to visit the Clear and Simple Stamps blog and the designers listed below.

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Not linked below: Cube Die; Shapes: Squares Combo; Wrap-A-Round