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Hey there!

Are you ready for day two of Clear and Simple Stamp’s release?  Today, we’re sharing projects using the Seaside Summer series – how’s that for alliteration!!

Now – in order for you to understand my love for these stamps, you’ve got to understand a few things about my life …or shall I say, my imaginary life.

In my imaginary life, we own a summer home in the Hamptons, or maybe Martha’s Vineyard…yeah, let’s go with Martha’s Vineyard.

In my imaginary life, I am one of those people who uses “Summer” as a verb.  You know – “Where do you and your family summer?” “Oh us, we summer at Martha’s Vineyard!”

In my imaginary life, I host a yearly lobster boil and invite all of my friends who show up dressed & dapper in their seersucker shorts…you’re invited too!  I’ll be hosting the lobster boil in a caftan – because let’s be honest, life is good when you are floating around in a caftan.  (Sidenote: none of my friends are named Biff, Muffy or Chad…that’s just too much…and please don’t wear any shorts with embroidered alligators…I never really liked those.)

In my imaginary life, I create all sorts of nautical paper crafts to share with my Martha’s Vineyard peeps…and this is precisely why I love the CSS Seaside Summer series so very much! These stamps speak to my imaginary life and allow me to indulge in all those silly little seaside details!

So how about you hang out with me and imaginary life for a few more minutes while I share some summery & nautical paper crafts with you!

My first card features fun images from the Summer Fun stamp set. I a huge fan of popsicles – if I could I would survive on popsicles! To make things a little more interesting, I overlapped the images, then used the soon-to-be released Favor Flag dies to frame the sentiment.
Now, when you summer at Martha’s Vineyard, you have to have a set of nautical, monogrammed stationery. I think it’s in the rule book or something. (Are you enjoying my completely made-up theories about life at the Vineyard?) I am a little bit obsessed with this card, because when it come to color combos – red and navy is my favorite! For this card, I embossed the Nautical Knots background stamp with white embossing powder on True Blue Fan cardstock. Again, I pulled out the Favor Flag dies (you are gonna love them!) and created a distressed flag for mounting my monogram.
Still there? Hanging in there with me?
This third design is a card that I’ve wanted to make for about a year but I could not, for the life of me, find a coral image stamp that I liked. Well, it’s a good thing I waited! This image is included in the Sea Life set and the sentiment comes from the All Occasions 1 set.

Last up, I have a simple notecard set that I am so thrilled with! I love the image of an anchor wrapped in rope. I replicated that design with the anchor stamp from the Sea Side set which I paired with CSS Red/White/Blue baker’s twine.

To achieve the look of rope twisting around the anchor, I first pierced my cardstock then used a needle to stitch through each hole. A few dabs of crafting glue helped keep the twine in place just where I wanted it.
No set of cards is complete without some sort of cute packaging, which I created with a strip of cardstock along with a nautical knot that I created using packing twine, which I braided to make it a bit thicker. Then, with a little Google research, I figured out how to tie the twine into a very realistic boating knot. I’m pretty sure I just earned a Boy Scout badge for this card.
I finished it all off with a little tag, which you’ll be seeing much more of later on during this release week!

Okee dokee – now we can all go back to real-life, sans lobster boils and seersucker shorts.  But that doesn’t mean we have to leave all the seaside inspiration behind. Take a look at what the rest of the design team has come up with!


Summer is Here Popsicle Card:
Stamps: Summer Fun
Ink: Dare to be a Diva Red, Paint the Town Pink, Creamsicle Cardigan, Say Yellow To All Your Fans, Green With Envy, Simply Bluetiful, VIP Purple
Cardstock: A Blanc Check
Other: Favor Flags dies

Nautical Monogram:
Stamps: Nautical Knots Background Stamps, Engraved Alpha
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink Big Embossing Pad
Cardstock: True Blue Fan, A Blanc Check, Dare to be a Diva Red
Other: Favor Flag dies, white embossing powder

Coral Thank You:
Stamps: Sea Life, All Occasions 1
Ink: Orange You Fabulous
Cardstock: Simply Blue-tiful, Orange You Fabulous, A Blanc Check

Anchor’s Aweigh Notecards:
Stamps: Sea Side, Sea Side Sentiments 1
Ink: True Blue Fan
Cardstock: Kraft Like a Rock Star, Dare to be a Diva Red
Other: Tags 2, Red/White/Blue baker’s twine

Keep on crafting with these other posts

19 thoughts on “Clear and Simple Stamps Release Week: Seaside Summer

  1. Love these, Amber! Those popsicles are too fun–and perfect for the summer heat we’re experiencing right now–and I’m loving that classic looking monogrammed card.

  2. Amber, I just love how you sent us all to this dream world! I could so live there. Love how you overlapped the popsicles and how you colored just a few. So glad you like the coral. I agree, it’s a good one! No bias there. Ha ha! The anchor wrapped in rope is brilliant and the knot is simply awesome! You really know how to showcase a series! I love your passion for paper crafts. You always inspire!

  3. I will join you in Martha’s Vineyard, too! It would be so dreamy to create this set in the Hampton’s, wouldn’t it? Thanks for these inspiring projects, I can almost feel the sea breeze from the beach….ah…n.i.c.e!

  4. How about you hop on your sailboat and join us in the hamptons. To be honest “the Hamptons” are a bit too snooty for me so I am happy that we summer in Montauk ~ bathing suits and margarita’s. Cocktails on the deck at night listening to the Yankees. So now that you are down here with us in Montauk we can discuss your cards. LOVE the popsicles and how cute would that image be for a kiddie get together during the summer? My husband LOVES his sailboat ~ his dream is to have a not for profit for inner city kids and take them out on a catamaran for day trips. LOVE the images you showcased today. I have not purchased from C&SS before but I think that is going to end this month ~ fantastic stamp preview so far. We are leaving in 10 days for maybe a month or 3.5 weeks so I hope my order gets to me before we leave!!!!

  5. Well, my, my, Amber! I was so into your imaginary world that I was reading it with a very southern drawl to my little maltese, Zoey!! Teehee! Love all the nautical, too, as I just got back from vacation with my husband’s family and we went sailing…so much fun!!
    Hugz2u until our next imaginary visit!! ;D

  6. Great assortment of cards! I love the popsicle card! I’m with you, girl! My favorite food ever is Cherry Popsicles! 🙂 Like your anchor cards and I love that braided knot. 🙂

  7. Wowwww, more beautiful examples of your incredible creativity, Amber. Hard pushed to decide which stands out the most – especially love the knot background card and your twine treatment is brilliant 🙂

  8. Hi I’ve just discovered your blog, thanks to “Streching your stamps class”, you are soo funny and your card are fabulous! TFS
    Loly Borda

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