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!