For Dad. | Precious Remembrance Stamps

3.26.2013

Today, I'm blogging over at the Precious Remembrance blog today. Talking about masculine cards. Yes, those kind of cards that make you stop to think, well how am I going to create a dude card when I want to add flowers and ribbon. Is it just me? 


After getting over the idea of not using flowers, I created this card for dad using the adorable new stamp set from Precious Remembrance - Mom & Dad. The soothing color palette makes me happy.


The variety of words and fonts in this stamp set has me loving every last detail. Especially the polka-dot heart used in the above "Love U" sentiment. 


But the funnest part? Those adorable "dad" glasses covered up with a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic. It's similar to Glossy Accents that adds just the right amount of reflection to the lenses. 

You can read all about my process for conquering the masculine card over at the Precious Remembrance blog today. 

I'd love to hear your process for creating masculine cards. Let me know in the comments.

Have a great day!

Boxes, Bags, & Bows | CSS Group Project

3.18.2013

It's a Group Project day at Clear and Simple Stamps! Today, the design team is showcasing projects focusing on boxes, bags, and bows as our theme. 

With the spring season officially arriving a just a few days, I was in the mood to use a spring-inspired color palette for this set of boxes using the new die called, Party Favor 8.


Now these little boxes have already been given away here at my house and to my co-workers at work. Of course, the surprise cookie inside was a big hit, but the box was an even bigger hit! You see, this box isn't just an ordinary box. Oh no! It has this really cool flap that opens up to reveal endless possibilities. 

You should read all about Elena's description for this box on her blog...she cracks me up!


Inside the box, I used the Labels 9 die to cut an opening inside the box. I wanted to show that little cookie off! I cut a clear candy bag to fit the inside of the box to act as a little window and added super adhesive to hold it all together. Now don't worry about the cookie getting the box all dirty...I lined the back side of the box with a glassine bag to keep it protected.

Oh! And of course, I had to taste not just one, but three cookies while creating this project. Hey! I needed the nourishment to keep up with the cardio that is required when die cutting. 


Each box was stamped and embossed in pastel colors. I used Distressed Linen, Circles Plus, and Gingham to create each background. Then I decorated each in a variety of florals using the Flower Buds stamp and new dies to match.


I just love how they look all stacked up together. 

Be sure to see even more pretty packaging inspiration from the designers...



Something New at Precious Remembrance

3.12.2013

Today, I am so excited to share the new stamp set available at the Precious Remembrance shop! As I've mentioned before, I am smitten by all of the stamp sets in the PR shop, but I am just as smitten with the newest additon! Yes, it's as adorably sweet as ever can be!

Introducing...Mom & Dad!


I am just loving the images and the variety of sentiments and phrases. Perfect for mom, dad, or both! But even better because you can use this set year-round by mixing up the stamps to create fun sentences that would work so well for many different occasions.

I stamped a collage-style birthday greeting in the center, added floral images around the corners, a little embossing powder, some distress ink, and pretty lavender doilies to give it that spring-season style.


Want to win this stamp set? You know you do! Precious Remembrance is giving a set away! Check out the details at the Precious Remembrance blog, see the new stamp set, and be inspired by the design team's projects. They are seriously gorgeous! What a great team!

Happy shopping!



A Fun New Adventure...

3.09.2013

Hello everyone! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today, I wanted to let you all in on a new adventure that I am starting...


I will be joining the design team over at Precious Remembrance and I am super excited! Since the first day I heard of Dyane's stamps, I have been a huge fan, purchasing every-single-stamp-set. So you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation from Dyane to join her design team. And I think she has some of the best on her team...


...these ladies are amazing!

Also joining the team is the super awesome, Lisa Elton! I just adore her creations and can't wait to get to know her more. Please stop by her blog and give her a big welcome.


Dyane sent over some new stamps my way, including a new stamp set that will be revealed on March 13 at the Precious Remembrance blog. I can't wait for you to see how adorable it is!

For my projects today, all of the images came from the super cute stamp set called, Thanks


Isn't that crossword just adorable? I used a masking technique to shade around the letters and added a small clip as a fun embellishment. To complete the card, I also stamped "thanks" across the bottom. I just love the dashed line with the little heart and x at either end. It's those extra details that I adore with each of Dyane's stamp sets.


My next card also uses images from the Thanks stamp set, but I mixed in the small pink hearts from the Calendar stamp set too. If you haven't checked out the Calendar stamp set yet, you must! I have used this set so many times in my Project Life album and many, many birthday cards. It's the handwritten font that has me completely in love. And yes, the font is Dyane's own handwriting!


Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share my news with you. I hope you'll take a moment to see all the adorable stamps at the Precious Remembrance shop. Also, remember to check back on the Precious Remembrance blog March 13 when the new stamp set is revealed.

Have a great weekend! 

Waltzingmouse Release Day Blog Waltz

3.08.2013

Release day at Waltzingmouse is finally here! And today, the design team is having a blog waltz party just for you to celebrate the newest stamps arriving:
  • A Good Egg
  • Folk Art Labels No. 25
  • Folk Art Medallion
If you are just joining me, be sure to start your way through the blog waltz over at Claire's blog and comment along your way. Those who comment will have their chance at winning their choice of a stamp set from Waltzingmouse. Whoo hoo!



For my blog waltz project, I used the new Folk Art Medallion stamp set. It's one of my favorites from the new release with so many possibilities of layering. 


I stamped layers of medallions to create a floral-style bouquet in the corner of my card. A choice of bold colors really gives it center stage. And Claire has designed this set to be a simple stamping process...everything just lines up so easy. I love it!

Topping if off with felt, twine, and button emebellishments - and of course, a little stitching.


I hope you've been enjoying the previews this week at Waltzingmouse and are excited to finally be able to grab your hands on the new stamps! Thanks for joining me today!

Next stop through the blog waltz is the lovely, Renee Lynch.

Take it away, Renee!


Waltzingmouse Sneak Peek | Folk Art Medallion

3.07.2013

Welcome to the third day of previews for the new stamp sets arriving at Waltzingmouse this Friday, March 8! If you've missed the last two days of previews, be sure to check out Claire's blog for all the details. She is having a fun contest too - "Pin It to Win It." Now I know you don't want to miss that!

Today, the designers have created samples using another amazing stamp set and my favorite from this release (although it was a tough decision). Packed full of endless possibilities using a layered stamping technique, you're sure to love what this new set has to offer.

Introducing...Folk Art Medallion!


For my first project, I kept the focus on the large medallion, stamping a gradient style for the greenery. Adding in the small details is so easy because spaces are left open to layer the next stamp directly over the first. It makes it so friendly to choose a color palette in a variety of colors without having to do any "masking techniques."

I had a little help from my Cameo to cut the circle-shaped card and banner.


For my next sample, I used the stamps from Folk Art Medallion to create a background pattern. Talk about an easy stamp set to work with...just start with the larger square frame and work your way in by stamping the rest of the layers.


I also used the Folk Art Labels No. 25 set that was previewed yesterday. I can already tell I will be using that stamp set again and again. Wouldn't you?


Thanks for stopping by today to see my Folk Art Medallion projects. Be sure to visit Claire's blog to see the full reveal of the new stamp sets available on Friday and for all the latest updates. In the meantime, be sure to see the amazing projects from the design team. 

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker


Waltzingmouse Sneak Peek | Folk Art Labels No. 25

3.06.2013

Welcome to the second day of previews for the new stamp sets arriving at Waltzingmouse! Yes, only a few days away until the new sets will be available in the shop. I hope you've been enjoying the previews so far because there is still lots more to see.

Today, the designers have created samples using a smaller sized stamp set. Don't let the size fool you...it's the perfect addition to many previously released sets and is oh so charming.

Introducing...Folk Art Labels No. 25!


Does the die cut label look familiar? That's because Folk Art Labels No. 25 will fit the Spellbinders Label 25 dies and also coordinates with the older set, Very Vintage Labels No. 25. With a pretty folk art twist, this set has many possibilities with the open-style accents in the frame.


For my first sample, I decided to try out the chalkboard style effect. I used VersaMark's watermark ink and added white embossing powder. After setting it with a heat gun, I created the look of a chalkboard by sponging white ink directly onto the label. Add a few flowers and it's complete!


For my next sample, I added a touch of color using Copic markers to color the label frame. I also added a row of stamping using the finial (egg-shaped) stamp across the bottom half of my card. 

Of course, my card is not complete without adding a few embellishments...a lovely stick pin, a few buttons, ribbon and twine...yes, I can't resist those little details. 


Thanks for stopping by today to see my projects featuring the new Folk Art Labels No. 25. Be sure to see all the lovely projects from the rest of the design team and join us tomorrow as we share the third and final stamp set for the March release festivities. 


Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker

Waltzingmouse Sneak Peek | A Good Egg

3.05.2013

Welcome to the sneak peeks of the new stamps arriving at Waltzingmouse! I always get so excited whenever there are new Waltzingmouse stamps. Claire adds that special touch to each set making them so easy to mix and match between sets. Even holiday sets work well as non-holiday sets and vice versa. Today's sneak peek is just one of those examples when a holiday set can work all year round...

...introducing, A Good Egg


Today's projects include two Easter-themed cards. Although this set would be so sweet to welcome a new baby into the world, for someone who has recently moved into a new home, or just for a bit of encouragement. Yes, Claire includes it all! Now isn't that why we all love a good Waltzingmouse stamp set? 


Starting with soft colors and a classic white doily, I've added pastel embossing over my images. I just love the touchability and texture of embossing. It adds just that extra something special.  


Now don't let this next card put you into shock (lol!). I know the colors are more vibrant than my first card above, but I couldn't help it - I love a wide range of color! 

I especially love that Claire has created cut files for this set that will also be available. Bless her heart since my left-handed-scissor-cutting-skills are seriously lacking. Eeek!


Thanks for stopping by today to see my preview projects showcasing A Good Egg. Don't forget to hop (pun intended) around to see more projects from the design team. And join us tomorrow as we reveal more previews of the newest stamp sets....you're going to love them!

Anya Schrier
Becca Feeken
Belinda Chang Langner
Claire Brennan
Clare Buswell
Edna Morrisedie
Iwona Palamountain
Jean Martin
Jeanne Jachna
Jennifer Cuthbertson
Jennifer Holmes
Julia Aston
Karin Akesdotter
Kelly Schirmer
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynn Mercurio
Renee Lynch
Sandie Dunne
Sarah Martina Parker
Teresa Kline
Tosha Leyendekker