CSS Group Project | Treats


There is just something so fun about giving gifts this time of year. I am especially fond of the small treats that come with candy inside. Maybe that's why Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to be crafty, make gifts, and give them away. It's always fun to see the reaction on the recipients face when they receive a little something sweet.

Today, the Clear and Simple Stamps team is sharing sweet treat projects for Halloween. Here I have a few treat bags that I've decorated and filled to the brim with candies!

With the help of the Party Favor dies at Clear and Simple Stamps, I was able to quickly produce these few treat bags. I started by die cutting the Party Favor bag and stamping each one with adorable images from Apothecary Holidays, Ragdolls Haunted House, and Perfect Harvest Too.

I added some papers from October Afternoon and a scallop detail using the Scallop Border dies. Then I tied it up with pretty tulle ribbons and a tagged sentiment. 

I filed each with with orange crinkled papers and lots and lots of candy. (Would anyone notice if I kept one for myself?)

And here is what they look like from the back. Aren't those stamps just the cutest? I especially love the happy ghosts and fat pumpkins. 

Now there is plenty more to see! Be sure to stop by the designer's blogs to see what other creative Halloween treat ideas they are sharing...

Waltzingmouse Christmas | Sketch 120


It's time for a new sketch over at Waltzingmouse! This time we are playing along with a sketch inspired by Clare Buswell

I was in the mood to use some of my Christmas Waltzingmouse stamps. Besides, you can never start to early getting your holiday cards ready, right? I used the Candy Jar Christmas Fillers and Compliments of the Season sets for this card. Of course, with a paper doily and pretty red ribbon. 

Totally simple to create but pretty with the red peppermints. Although now I'm in the mood for those cherry flavored candy sticks from See's Candy. I just love those! Ever had any? You must try them!

Ok, well I am getting ready for a visit from my mom today. She wanted to spend the day with me in the craft room and I thought that was the best idea ever! I hope you will join us over at Waltzingmouse this week to play along with the sketch. I love seeing all of your cards. Such great ideas you all have!

Well, I will be back soon with some more fun things. I think it might be time for a little giveaway (hint*hint). Keep watching! 

Well Preserved | Clear and Simple Stamps


Welcome back to another release day at Clear and Simple Stamps! Today, we are sharing projects created with the new Well Preserved series of stamps and dies. I must say...this series is one of my favorites! Full of a variety of mason jars, canning jars, with lids, handles, and fillers. I am loving it all!

I have a few projects to share with you today. So let's get started...

I am sure you know that I love creating Halloween cards. I enjoy the spooky cute style. I used the adorable stamp and die mason jar from Well Preserved Jars: Medium and filled it with the cute pumpkin from Perfect Harvest Too.

I layered the jar onto the Shapes: Rounded Squares Combo stamps and dies set, which comes with 7 different sized squares with rounded corners. The sentiment on my banner is from Triangle Trinkets - don't you just love that font? 

My next card features the mason jar from Well Preserved Jars: Small and the pretty hydrangea flower from Well Preserved Jars: Extras. This set is perfect for all the extra little details you can add to your jars, like handles, flowers, and labels.

The mason jars each come with there own filler stamp too. That way you can add a splash of color to your jar without having to color it in. To create the look, just add ink to your stamp and ink off once onto scratch paper first before applying to your image. That way, the ink is soft transparent color. 

For my last project, I created a holiday card and gable box. This time, I used the Well Preserved Jars: Large and added little peppermint candies inside from the Sweet Tooth set. 

The gable box is one of my favorite dies from CSS - Party Favor 5. It's the perfect size to fill with sweet treats.

Thanks for joining me in the release day festivities!

Be sure to check out more projects using the new Well Preserved series being released today at Clear and Simple Stamps. The design team has been busy creating some amazing projects you won't want to miss.

Spooky Little Sneak Peek

I have a fun little project featured today on the Clear and Simple Stamps Daily App. I wish I could show you the whole project here on the blog - it's one of my favorites, but you'll have to check it out on the App using your iPhone or iPad. 
Ever wondered how to use the CSS Daily App? There is a great tutorial on the CSS blog for how to use the Daily App. Learn how to see previous projects, save to your favorites, get step-by-step instructions for each project and a list of supplies.


Perfect Harvest Release Day 5 | Clear and Simple Stamps


Welcome to Day #5 of the release week festivities at Clear and Simple Stamps! Today, the team is sharing projects created with the new sets in the Perfect Harvest series. This series packed full of fruits, veggies, all the produce you can think of! 

For my first project, I created a set of cards ready for just about any occasion. I knew I wanted to keep the center of attention on these sweet little fruit images. I gathered up some pretty pink papers and let the fruit take center stage. 

I used the new Perfect Harvest stamps and Mini Fruit dies and paired each card with a simple sentiment from previously released sets, Sweet ToothButterfly Garden 2 and Wrap-A-Round

For my second project, I created a hanging pin cushion and matching card in the theme of my most favorite fruit ever - strawberries! 

I just adore mason jars! I filled this jar with strawberries using Perfect Harvest and Well Preserved Mason Jars. The jar will be available tomorrow and just wait until you see this series of stamps and dies. My favorite, for sure! 

This strawberry pin cushion was created entirely from a new set of dies called Fruit Applique. There will be two sets of dies available and each contains several shaped fruits, such as an apple, pear, watermelon, citrus, and of course - the strawberry! 

To create the pin cushion, I die cut two pieces of fabric, stitched it together and filled the inside with stuffing. I added layers of trims and embellishments to dress it up. Now it's ready to be filled with decorative pins to be used in my craft room!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today created with the Perfect Harvest series. Be sure to hop on over and see what the rest of the CSS Design Team has created...

Thanks for joining in the Clear and Simple Stamps release day festivities with me!

Waltzingmouse Sketch 119 & Announcement

It's time for a new sketch over at Waltzingmouse! This time it's a tall card inspired by design team member, Becca. I don't think I've ever created a tall card before, so I was excited to try it out. 

But before we get to the card, the announcement. 

Today over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge there are some new ways to play along. The restrictions on using just Waltzingmouse stamps has been removed. This means, you can now play along with the weekly sketches using any stamps you wish. Of course, we would love to see your Waltzingmouse stamps whenever possible. 

Pretty cool, huh! So are you ready to play along?

For this week's sketch, I used the lovely Big Blooms Poinsettia, Text It for my background, and hints of pine cones and snowflakes using Seasons of Love and Festive Foliage

For all the details on how to play along and some inspiration from the Waltzingmouse Mischief Makers, head on over to the Waltzingmouse Sketch blog

Collection 5 Release Day #4 | Clear and Simple Stamps


Welcome to Day 4 as the Clear and Simple Stamps team reveals even more products available during its Collection 5 release. 

Today, we are sharing projects created with the new collection of Rag Dolls. This sequel series has even more fun ways to dress up your Rag Dolls for the autumn months, including costumes and warm fall clothing. 

I have two projects to share today. Let's get started with the first...

I created a Halloween card and matching treat box using the new Rag Dolls House: Haunted and a new crayon box die called Party Favor 6.

This cardbase was created with the Rag Doll House Die and paper pieced with scrap papers. 

The inside is decorated with a sentiment and ghost from Rag Dolls House: Haunted. To make it fancy, I added the flourish swirls using the Cloudy Days Sentiments

I was so excited when I learned that this crayon box die would be available! Oh the possibilities! I turned mine into a treat box filled with Halloween candy. 

Next, is another addition to the Rag Dolls series with a pirate theme - introducing, Rag Dolls: Pirate

A small treat bag filled with candy. I just love that little flag! So cute! I paired up the images with Label Frames 1, a new label that coordinates with Labels 9 dies. 

Another treat box with a treasure map. 

And a close up of the card. Don't you just love his bandanna and eye patch? 

Want to see more of the new goodies available today? Check out more projects on the design team blogs and our special guest designer, Audrey...

Haunted House

Pirate Party