Tuesday, September 25

Indulge Yourself

Today's card "indulges" in combining lots of Clear & Simple Stamps and dies for a beautiful card that would work for any birthday or celebration.

One of my favorite things to "indulge" in when stamping is creating my own background paper.  For today's card I combined the CSS Damask with the music image from Background Basics 1.  I trimmed my patterned paper to 3.75" and then added a decorative touch with Edgers 1.

I wanted an elegant and "wow" cake so I added sparkly Prisma glitter and a fancy jewel from Webster's Pages (that I have been hoarding saving for a something special).  Note: To add the glitter, I stamped the outline image from Cake Decorating for definition and followed with the solid fill image.  Then, I trimmed along the outline and used a light coating a spray adhesive and sprinkled on the sparkle.  I added this to the Cake die-cut where I had already stamped and shaded the cake plate.

I adore the font combinations in the Sweet Sentiments set... all those swirls and flourishes are definitely over-the-top.  I stamped it onto a curvy banner from the Banner 1 die set.

I hope you enjoy all the "Sassy Somethings" that were combined for this fancy card.  What are your favorite techniques to "indulge" in when you are creating?  Fussy cutting anyone? ;)

Stamps: All from CSS - Damask, Background Basics 1, Cake Decorating, Sweet Sentiments
Paper: PTI Melon Berry, Rustic Cream, & Vintage Cream
Ink: PTI Kraft, Melon Berry, & Dark Chocolate
Tools: CSS Edgers 1, Banners 1, Cake die-cut; PTI Limitless Layers 2.5"

Monday, September 17

Cicely at Halloween - WMS Blog Party

Hello friends!  I'm popping in today to join in the WaltzingMouse Stamps Blog Party.  The theme is "fall" so I decided to ink up sweet Cicely at Halloween.  I love her vintage charm and thought it appropriate to give her a mis-matched look. (I call it "Anthropologie Chic". ;)

The backgrounds were created with the Heirloom Patterns set.  I think the argyle and houndstooth are so fun mixed together.  I always associate these textiles and patterns with fall clothing, so that was also an effort for me to play up the party's theme.

I hope to see you on the hop... I look forward to seeing how the fall season inspires your creations!

Stamps: WMS Cicely at Halloween & Heirloom Patterns
Paper: PTI Rustic Cream & Kraft / Ink: PTI Canyon Clay, Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: PTI Parisian Lace Doily die, Seeing Stars dies

Friday, September 14

For Sale - Crafty Goodness!!

Hey friends - I've been sorting through my crafty stash and thought some of you may be interested in giving a good home to some of these items.  All of these items are NEW unless otherwise noted.  Shipping is included in the quoted price for US residents.  I am happy to ship internationally - please contact me for details.  Please send an email to: de35nise@aol.com and I'll respond with PayPal details, etc.  Thanks!

All of these stores have websites with search features and the items should be easy to find.  Feel free to contact me if you would like me to provide a direct link.

Papertrey Ink

Healing Touch Sentiments $20

Peaceful Poinsettia (a few stamps lightly used) $18

Year of Flowers - Sweet Peas - $12

Year of Flowers - Daffodils (light use) - $10

My Favorite Things

Inspired by Butterflies - Stamp set & dies (r: 17.95 + 21.95) $30

Who's That Girl - Let's Get Physical (r: 17.95) $12

Who's That Girl - Cozy With Cocoa (includes limited edition sentiments) $15

Pure Innocence - $ 7 each (buy 3 or more for $6 each) (r: $9 each)
Making A List
Blowing Bubbles
One Sweet Chick
A Box of Love

The Crafts Meow:
As We Gather Together - $10

Market Street Stamps:
Make A Memory - $10
PawPrints on Our Hearts - $8

Technique Tuesday by Ali Edwards:
Ordinary Days - $10 (See it HERE.)

Wednesday, September 12

Pick of the Patch

A hint of Fall is starting to show itself... I love that unexpected breeze that reminds you of the season ahead.  I've already indulged in a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and started to stockpile cans of pumpkin puree for yummy treats.

I love today's card because of the unexpected pinks for Fall.  I did lots of paper-piecing and layering to make the Rag Doll House: Stand from CSS into a shabby little roadside pumpkin shoppe.  The set comes with lots of cute fruits and veggies... and even a lemonade option for warmer days.  The addition of a few Favor Flags for a "welcome" sign and pennant banner were perfect for finishing touches.

I look forward to sharing more Fall creations with you soon - I've missed you friends!!  Until then, grab a pumpkin treat and dream of cooler days! ;)

Clear & Simple Stamps: Rag Doll House: Stand, Favor Flags, Background Basics 1 (woodgrain)
Paper: PTI Kraft, Sweet Blush, and Rustic Cream; My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing, Honey 6x6
Clear & Simple Dies: Rag Doll: House, Favor Flags
Sassy Somethings: Prima trim

Saturday, September 8

CSS {App} Sneak Peek

I got crafty and made a ca-ute critter... he's being showcased on the CSS {App} today.

Be sure to check out Clear & Simple Stamps blog for a fun, behind the scenes look at the App.  

Also, don't miss the featured free download... lots of fun for iPhone users! 

{Click on the graphic above to learn more and to download the CSS Daily App.}