Waltzingmouse Release Day Blog Waltz


Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Release Day Blog Waltz! Today is the day that two new stamp sets are available in the shop. As a recap, Claire is introducing Country Labels 4 and USA 1776.

To celebrate the new release, the design team is hosting a blog waltz party. For those who want to play along, just hop (or "waltz") to each of the design team blogs and leave a comment. A randomly selected comment will be eligible to win a stamp set of their choice from Waltzingmouse!

If you've been following along the blog waltz, you should have arrived here from Karin's blog. If not, you may start the waltz at the Waltzingmouse blog so you don't miss a thing. 

For my card today, I am featuring the new Country Labels 4 stamp set. This set is a follow up to the Very Vintage Labels 4 stamp set that coordinates with the Spellbinders Labels 4 dies.

I've created a background using the cherries from this stamp set, then piled on the layers with trim, twine, and a die cut label.

To create the quilt-like label, first stamp your label onto a die cut piece of cardstock. Then on a separate piece of cardstock, stamp each of the four sections using different colored ink. Cut each section out and adhere onto the die cut label.

Don't you just love the different patterns in each section?

Of course, I couldn't resist munching on some fresh, seasonal cherries as I was creating this card. I just love summer time fruit. 

Well, you've made it through the blog waltz! Yes, I am the last designer on the list. 

Don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible to win a stamp set of your choice. If for some reason blogger starts to act up when leaving a comment, you can send me an email by clicking here to be eligible. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've enjoyed the previews along the blog waltz today!

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A Star is Born


I'm back with a second project for the day. If you are here to see the Waltzingmouse release previews, please scroll down or click here to be taken there directly.

Today I am blogging over at the Precious Remembrance blog with a "Tuesday Ideas" feature. Using the newest Little One stamp set and combined with the Calendar stamp set, I've created a personal card for baby. 

I know of a little one who will be born in June. Since I don’t know the exact date, I thought it would be nice to stamp the addition of the date on the calendar once she is born. That way it will make a great souvenir to save in baby’s scrapbook. I added the month of June to the top of the calendar and a row of little pink hearts. To fill the space below the calendar, I added rows of dashed lines.

I added the adorable bear image from Little One and a sentiment to announce “a star is born.” Of course, adding white trim and a delicate paper doily make it perfect for such a tiny sweet baby.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! So glad you stopped by.

Waltzingmouse Release Preview | Happy 4th

I am so glad to hear the response from all of you during the Waltzingmouse release previews. In just one more day, the new stamps will be available in the shop and you won't have to wait any longer. ☺

For my card today, I am using the new stamp set USA 1776. Patriotic and pure Americana. I just adore all the images included with this set ♥ (and you know Claire never disappoints).

Typically, patriotic cards are used with dark blue and red colors. I thought I would create something a bit softer and a little bit shabby with this set. After layering all my papers, I heat embossed fireworks onto blue vellum paper. I love the translucent effect the vellum gives to reveal the patterned paper underneath.

I added a shabby bow and a pennant. Remember that pennant from Bitty Banners? Yep! It's still one of my favorite go-to stamp sets. Adding extra curves to the pennant and holding it steady with a double layer of dimensional foam tape. 

Last, I die cut Miss Liberty herself from my Cameo. Yes, Claire is offering cut files for many of the Waltzingmouse stamp sets, including USA 1776! 

To see the rest of the release previews, head over to the Waltzingmouse blog and see the design team creations. And join the entire design team tomorrow for a Blog Waltz Hop. It's a great opportunity to get your hands on a free stamp set from the release.

Thanks for stopping by and for sharing all your excitement for the new release!

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Introducing...Waltzingmouse USA 1776


Today I am sharing the next stamp that will be available on May 29th over at Waltzingmouse. This one is perfect for summer, barbecues, our heroes and troops.

Introducing, USA 1776...

I am loving the new frame that comes with this stamp set. The striped border and diagonal corners make it a great image to use year-round. Inside the frame, I've stamped a patriotic sentiment then added firecrackers as a decorative embellishment. 

And if you look really close, you can see that I stamped a round label on the corners of the frames. The pale blue ink just did not want to show up through my camera lens. I will remember that next time I want to use that ink color. 

I hope you'll stop by the Waltzingmouse blog today and see the rest of the previews from the design team. We will be back tomorrow with more previews just in time before the stamps are available May 29th. 

Oh and thank you for all your comments yesterday. I am so happy you enjoyed the new Country Labels 4 preview!

Introducing...Country Labels 4


I am so excited about today. Do you know how hard it is for me when there are new stamps being released and I can't show you right away? Well, today is the day that the Waltzingmouse Stamps designers can finally reveal the newest stamps that will be arriving on May 29.

Today we introduce Country Labels 4...

This set has so much charm with adorable accent images that coordinate with the labels. If you think these labels look familiar...you'd be correct. These labels are a follow up to the previously released, Very Vintage Labels 4 and match up with the Spellbinders Labels 4 dies. 

My card features little houses in the background, leaves tucked under the button and twine, a striped-pattern label and sweet little sentiment - all from the new stamp set!  

Now I know you just want to see more of this new stamp set, right? Head on over to the Waltzingmouse blog and see what the other designers are sharing!

There will be another sneak peek reveal tomorrow. Can you guess what the theme will be? Leave a comment below with your guesses. 

Thanks for stopping by!

whole lot of happy...


Welcome to the Day 18 of the 25 Days of Inspiration with Clear and Simple Stamps! Today, I wanted to share a card and coordinating envelope that I created for a dear, sweet co-worker of mine. She just loves birds and I knew creating a bird-themed gift would be a nice gesture to show her some appreciation. 

I had so much fun mixing up a few of my favorite Clear and Simple Stamps sets. I created a tree branch by masking the straight line found in the Tweet Notes set, followed by leaves using Fall Studio. For color, I stamped pretty pink blooms from Flowers

See the little bird nest tucked between the branches? How could I resist? Of course, a happy little birdhouse was added with the help of Triangle Trinkets

Did you know that Clear and Simple Stamps has an amazing selection of envelopes in a variety of colors? There is even an envelope liner die that comes in two possible sizes. My envelope is the A2 size, which will fit a 4.25" x 5.5" card. 

I stamped the outside of the envelope flap with a simple flower bloom. I think it is such a sweet little detail. 

Open the envelope and you can see the coordinating liner I stamped using the same bloom from Flowers. So simple, but such a great detail it adds. Don't you think?

And the sentiment couldn't get any better! I just love the font from the Build-A-Flower stamp set. Happy, indeed!

To see the coordinating gift I made, check it out on the Clear and Simple Stamps Daily App for the iPhone. There's a new project featured daily with supplies and instructions. You can also save your favorite projects with just one touch or browse any of the previously featured projects any time.

10 Minute Craft Dash Challenge


Have you heard of the 10 Minute Craft Dash challenge over at Pretty Pink Posh? Well over at Paulina's blog, she has been putting on these really fun challenges where you gather your supplies and only allow 10 minutes to complete your project. 

This is the first time I am playing along. And guess what...I failed! My project took 11.26 minutes to complete. Maybe I should blame it on the dull scissors I was using? 

Well, whatever my excuse for not completed my project in under 10 minutes, 11.26 minutes is still a record time for me. I am a slooooow card maker!

Not only do you have to create something fast, but there is a color palette to follow along with. The challenge  called for lavender, green, and yellow. After gathering up my supplies and the newest stamp set "Little One" from Precious Remembrance Stamps...I took a deep breath and started the timer.

Notice the purple floral fabric tucked between the green papers?

No? Me either!

That's because I was racing the clock and placed the top layer of green paper almost right on top of the fabric! Yes...I failed big time [shakes head in shame].

And just look at the huge mess I made. I took before and after photos to show you how organized I tried to be. On the left are all the supplies I gathered before starting my project. On the right is after I completed my card. The supplies ended up everywhere!

If you haven't played along with the 10 Minute Craft Dash, I suggest you give it a try. This really was super fun and I had a great laugh showing my card to my family after I was done. I can't wait to give this challenge another try. I am determined to beat the clock!

By the way, Precious Remembrance is sponsoring the craft dash challenge. Play along this week and you could win this stamp set...yay!

Seaside Monogram | 25 Days of CSS Inspiration


So I have a little story for you about where my inspiration came from for my project today. Bare with me. 

My mom's initials are S.S. My mom loves the ocean.

When I was little, my mom used to write me handwritten letters and would draw little sailboats in the corner. On the boat she would autograph it "S.S.Mom". I guess this was her own little nickname she created after the Gilligan's Island boat, the "S.S. Minnow."

Growing up, my sister and I would always write notes back to our mom. We would always address them to "S.S.Mom."

With that idea in mind...this set of monogrammed cards are for my mom. 

Living in California, it's no wonder my mom is drawn to the ocean, the beach, and wearing sandals year-round. For this card set, I heat embossed a variety of seaside images from two stamp sets from Clear and Simple Stamps - Sea Life and Seashells.

To create the monogram, I die cut white cardstock using the medium size Toppers die, then die cut the "S" from the Uppercase dies collection.

To package this card set, I included envelopes and fit everything into a large glassine bag and topped it off with a die cut bow.

I can't wait to give this card set to my mom. I only hope she adds her signature little sailboat to these cards when she signs her name. {Hi, mom!}

There is a coordinating gift for my mom up on the CSS Daily App today too. I hope you'll check it out, but shhh...please don't tell her what it is!

A Bundle of Joy...

Good morning! Or is it good afternoon? Evening? Well, where ever you are in the world right now or what ever time it is - it's all good, right?

I am blogging today at the Precious Remembrance blog with a Tuesday Ideas creation featuring the newest stamp to arrive at the PR shop. Little One is such a darling stamp set full of adorable sentiments and images for baby.

To me, a newborn baby girl has the prettiest color palette in her wardrobe. Soft pastels, pretty pinks, buttery yellows. Those colors just make me happy. For my project today, I've created a gift set for baby using the same soft color palette. How could I resist?

For my card, I used Little One to stamp a row of pink stars onto pale pink cardstock. Then I stamped borders in turquoise onto coordinating cardstock. The bear? Yes, she is paper pieced. I started by stamping her in pink patterned paper. Next, I stamped her belly onto a floral pattern paper, cut it out, then adhered it directly over the pink paper. I repeated this process for her bow tie and mouth.

I just love paper piecing! It’s such a great way to really customize your stamping to coordinate your projects (especially if you don’t have a large marker selection in your stash, like me).

To accompany my card is a small glassine bag that’s the perfect size for a tiny gift. Small socks, a onesie, how about some cotton balls, or baby powder. Just dress up the packaging with a paper doily and ribbon, add a sentiment from Little One and complete it with a mini wooden clothespin.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s creation and have fun adding a little paper piecing onto your projects!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Introducing "Little One" | Precious Remembrance Stamps


Hello! I hope you're enjoying the start of a great weekend so far. There's something new today over at the Precious Remembrance Stamps shop. Yes, a new sweet and adorable stamp set is available. 

Introducing..."Little One."

This stamp set is all about the babies...those small bundles of cuteness in our lives that just melt our hearts. I decided to create a neutral card that would work well with either a boy or a girl. I chose a simple color palette in soft golden tones to compliment the cute bear image.

I used a glassine bag, filled with a tag that I wrapped with washi tapes. This would be a perfect spot for adding a gift card or some money for a baby gift. I added some simple pearls accents and a "congratulations" sentiment. I just love the star used to dot the i. Isn't that a sweet detail?

To complete my card, I stamped a row of hearts and dashes across the bottom. I think it helped to keep the bear grounded to the card without making look like he was hovering. Don't you think?

To see more samples and for the full reveal of the new Little One stamp set, have a look at the Precious Remembrance Stamps blog.

Enjoy the weekend!

Mini Card Set | 25 Days of CSS Inspiration


It's been three years since the Clear and Simple Stamps Daily App first made an appearance on the crafting scene. Each day the app features a brand new project complete with instructions and photos. You can save to your favorites for quick reference and search through previous months for even more inspiration.

In celebration of the CSS Daily App, we have 25 days of inspiration. Each day the design team will feature fun projects and for an added bonus, we have coordinating projects on the app! How fun!

Whenever my family (especially my mom and sister) come over to my house, they love going through my collection of cards that I've created to pick through and take for themselves. Often times, I try to create a coordinating card set they can take away to save and use for that rainy day.

That's what today's project is all about...it's a miniature card set that's perfect for that rainy day when you just need to send a quick note.

I've used the Party Favor 8 die cut box to to hold a set of four cards inside. Each card measures just 3" square. And even though they are small in size, their fun and whimsical design makes a big statement.

For the inside of the box, I used the Shapes: Squares dies to create a cut out and lined it with acetate on the inside. Peek-a-boo!

I stamped each critter and colored them with Copic markers, then tucked them onto the card behind the Grass Border die. I also die cut puffy little Clouds using Simple Felt. I just love felt! Oh yeah.

Ready for more inspiration? I have a coordinating project being featured today on the Daily App. Have a look!

P.S. "Ok mom, you may now come raid my craft room, but leave my candy alone!"