Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New (to me) Style of Card

Another company that I've been buying a lot from lately is Clear and Simple Stamps.  Their excellent quality and style of stamps keeps me going back to them.  They have a series called "Ragdoll" that has dolls, props and scenery.  They rival PTI in everything but customer service and Clear and Simple Stamps kicks their butt in that.  My last order contained a free copy of PaperCrafts Holiday Cards & More, volume 7.  It's 162 pages of ideas for cards, gifts and decorating and retails for $14.99.  In smaller orders I've received large packages of buttons as a thank you.

This little guy, is Rag Doll Jake:  Cool.  He comes with several phrases and a small apple.  The large apple is from the Rag Doll Scenes 1 which leads me to believe there might be a Scenes 2.  I used Spellbinder's Labels 22 to build on and added a white one to the back for a note and a signature.  I stamped the apple on red textured paper, stamped again on a scrap of brown and once more on a scrap of green, just inking up the part of the stamp I wanted to stamp.  Then I fussy cut the three pieces and glued them together.  It's hard to see in the picture, but I really like the texture of the Bazzill paper.  I can't tell you the name of the designer paper because the cover has been lost but I really like it, it has a nice sheen and embosses beautifully.  I touched up the word 'cool' with Studio G clear glitter glue.
The easel is from Joy Crafts and I purchased it on e-bay.  The company is from the UK but I got it very quickly.  I took another crafter's advice and glued two of them together which made it much sturdier.  I folded my easel, placed it behind the card with the envelope and put all three pieces in a clear cellophane jacket.  I also included a note that the package contained an easel for display.

I'm going to make my Christmas cards this year in exactly the same way - using different stamps, of course.  If you haven't tried Clear and Simple Stamps, check them out.  I think you'll be really happy with them.


  1. This is gorgeous Cindy, I like the image the shape and the design.
    Kevin xx

  2. love this card! the glitter on the "cool," the texture on the apple, and how you colored Jake - all fantastic!

  3. Love your review... love your card. ;) The shape of your card is fab and the glitter is such a fun touch.

  4. You colored Jake's hair so perfectly. What a darling card and a wonderful review for CSS! I am so excited you like the Rag dolls. They are so much fun!