Paper: CSS Style Watch: March/April Release Day!

March 5, 2012

Hey there everyone! It’s be a little while since my last post and today I’m coming back with a great project that showcases the newest Collection from Clear and Simple Stamps!

So, without further adieu, I’d like to welcome to another amazing Clear and Simple Stamps release! Collection 2 is full of everything you’ll ever need to create adorable baby themed projects – and we’ll be showcasing them over the next few weeks.



When I received my design team package, I was absolutely blown away by the fabulous images, sentiments and die cuts that are included in this release. Once you get a look at what the design team has created, you’re going to want each and every item being offered!



Today, I’ve decided to join in the release party with a Storytime Baby Shower. By using just a few of our newly releasing sets, you too will have everything you need to craft a perfect book-themed shower.



Even if you’re not planning a shower, these projects make perfect gifts for little ones throughout the year. Keep scrolling through today’s post for tons of photos and details about each element of this Storytime Baby Shower!

Until Later Loverlies,

Amber D.



To kick off this shower, of course you’ll need an invitation and that is exactly where I started with this project …
For this invite, I opted for an oblong shape …a little departure from your usual invitation layout.  Each piece of this invitation is stamped using wording from the Baby Sentiments, Party Elements: Baby and Sweet Dreams stamp sets!
To keep the book theme going and add something different to this invitation, I trimmed some cardstock into a bookmark and stamped it with the background stamp included in Sweet Dreams. A sweet little die cut heart added the perfect bit of color and style to the bookmark! 
To the back of the bookmark, I added spaces for writing in each detail of the party! It’s such a fun and functional way to let your guests know all the important information they’ll need!

For the invitation envelope (which I purchased from another supplier), I created a simple seal using the newly released Labels 3 Die…which features two sizes that are perfect for creating a mat layer for your die cuts.

Now onto the next part of this Storytime Baby Shower! 

I fell in love with the whimiscal images included in the Sweet Dreams stamp set, and thought they would be absolutely perfect for some bookplates!

To create these cuties, I used the border image from Party Elements: Baby, then filled in the center with the images from Sweet Dreams.

Here are individual photos of each bookplate…

Since the invitation asks guests to bring a book for baby, these bookplates would be the perfect activity for a Storytime Baby Shower!  You can stamp them ahead of time or let the guest stamp their own. Then, simply provide markers so that each guest can color in the images! 
If you’ve got crafty friends, they will definitely love adding a little creativity and personalization to the book they bring to the shower!

And as I mentioned, you don’t need to save this project for a baby shower! In my case, I added my bookplates to a couple of books that I purchased for my friend’s 4 month old daughter, Grace. 
I took a trip to Barnes & Noble and selected a couple of my own childhood favorites, then added a bookplate to each one with a message to Grace.

To package up this gift, I used the the same bookmark idea – only this time I made it into a tag!

It was so easy to create these projects with the new Clear and Simple stamp products! Everything coordinates perfectly and creates a wonderfully cohesive ensemble!
Be sure to visit the rest of the Clear and Simple Stamp Design Team and see what release projects they have in store for you!

18 thoughts on “CSS Style Watch: March/April Release Day!”

  1. You really make this theme shine! Love the bookplate idea that the guests can color in and write a message. I love all the little parings in each card and bookmark! So fabulous, Amber!!

  2. Awesome post, Amber! What a sweet theme for a baby shower, and I just love the way you placed the label in the book. The little wrap with the bookmark is an adorable gift!

  3. oh my gosh, just stumbled on your blog and found this amazing set of baby shower items! My part time job is at a bookstore and one of my coworkers is pregnant..how perfect is this???!! Heading over to Clear and Simple stamps right now to place my order! Thanks so much for your creativity!!!

  4. Gracie loved this book gift so much! She still asks for her “auntie amber” corduroy book. Such a clever idea and packaged with so much love!!!

  5. I was wondering what did you use to stick the bookmark to the invitation? I was thinking of using a low tack glue dot I just don’t want to rip the paper!

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