Sweet Stamp Shop’s Grand Re-Opening Celebration!

Hi, everybody!  I’m posting today to help Sweet Stamp Shop celebrate its Grand Re-opening! I had the pleasure of being part of Sweet Stamp Shop‘s Design Team last year, and I’m happy to celebrate the new website with Nicole, the Sweet team, and a TON of talented designers!

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The card that I’m sharing with you today features an image and sentiment from “Oolong“, one of three new stamp sets releasing today in the Sweet store!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a SWEET start! Join in the celebration at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and Facebook group!

If you’re looking for even more inspiration with  Sweet Stamp Shop, stop by the Pinterest board, follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram, or check out the Sweet YouTube channel!

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Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hi, everybody! Since I had so much fun participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hops in September and December, I’m joining in the fun again with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that’s kicking off today! So, grab a cup of your favorite coffee, tea, or cocoa, and get ready for some caffeinated inspiration!
I have to tell you that I am so ready for Spring to get here (I’m sure you are, too)! When I thought about what I would make for the hop, I made sure that bright colors were part of my card to remind me that warmer weather should be on the way soon! 
I made some patterned paper with Sweet Stamp Shop’s Coffee Town set and colored it with Copics to match the paper. I combined stamps from the Coffee Town and the Guac Love sets to make a custom sentiment.
Many thanks to the crew at Coffee Loving Cardmakers for graciously organizing and hosting the hop and working so hard to get everything ready! You can find all of the details and the full list of blogs in today’s hop at Coffee Loving Cardmakers, including the prize lists from all of the super sponsors and the flash sponsors, who are donating prizes to give away during and after the hop!

The hop starts today and runs until Friday, March 6th at 11:55 p.m. PacificMake sure you leave a comment before you hop to the next blog, because there are prizes for a few lucky participants who leave comments on ALL of the blogs! For the full details, and the full hop list, stop by Coffee Loving Cardmakers!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Don’t forget to leave a comment here before you hop to the next blog! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

A SWEET farewell at Sweet Stamp Shop!

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! Today marks my final Design Team post at Sweet Stamp Shop. For today’s project, I made these cupcake toppers with a few of Sweet Stamp Shop‘s clear sets:
The past three months on the Sweet Stamp Shop team have been a whirlwind of fun and learning new techniques and getting to share my creations with some super-cute and super-fun stamps with you! 
I’m so happy to have had the chance to be part of such a talented team, and special thanks to Nicole and Chrissie for making my time with the team so sweet! A new team is set to take over in September, and I hope they have as much fun as I did!
I’d love it if you stopped by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to say HI, and to see how these toppers came together! Since I wrote my Sweet Stamp Shop post earlier this week, the cupcakes are long gone, but I can promise you that they were delicious! 
Hope you have some crafty time planned for the weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Hugs,
 

A SWEET notepad tutorial!

Hi, everybody! I’m up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today with a fresh tutorial on making this cute notepad cover! I’d love it if you stopped by to say hi!
AND, have you sent in your application for the Sweet Stamp Shop Design Team? There are only a few days left to apply! My time on the Sweet Stamp Shop DT is over at the end of August, but I’ve had a blast over the past three months, learned a lot, and got to create with some fabulously SWEET stamps!
Make sure to pop over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for all the details!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!
Hugs,

Ahoy! New stamps are sailing in to Sweet Stamp Shop!

Ahoy! It’s time for a new release at Sweet Stamp Shop, and we have four fabulous sets arriving in the store today!

I made three cards for this release, and each has a little secret. My first card features mirror stamping with the “Fishy” set:

The fish on the left is stamped like normal, and the fish on the right was mirror stamped. I used the info I found in this tutorial on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to flip the image. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be!
My second card uses the “Fishy” and “Beach Bum” sets, with a guest appearance from the “Alpha Tabs” set for the crab’s “salty” language. The secret on this card is how I stamped the sun…with the back of the beach ball stamp in the “Beach Bum” set.
I saved the most elaborate surprise for my third card. I wanted to make a treasure chest, but there wasn’t one in the set. I made my own by stamping the clay pot from the “Stuck on This” set twice, using one as the lid and the other as the base. I cut a strip of acetate to open and close the chest. (It’s hidden behind the sequins in the chest and I made an inner layer with the lid to hide the sentiment, and the other half of the acetate.)
Here’s a look at what the card front looks like with the lid closed and with it open:
I used stamps from the “Ahoy” set to create the treasure map corner, for the banner sentiment, and of course, the parrot on the top of the treasure chest. The stamped sand texture is from the “Beach Bum” set. The pirate hat is from the “Too Hip” set, and the fox and birthday stamp are from the “Foxy” set. 
Here’s another look at Sweet Stamp Shop’s August release: “Beach Bum“, “Sail Away Sayings“, “Ahoy” and “Fishy“:
Make sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for more info on these sets, including new release specials, bundles or discounts!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

Some SWEET tips on adding detail without adding bulk!

Hi everybody! I’m up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today with some tips on making fun detailed (and mailable) cards! Here’s a peek at the card I made, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop‘s new “Royal Wish” and “Enjoy Calligraphy” sets!
While this card has a few layers, you’ll see that it’s still thin enough to mail in a regular envelope!

For the full details on how this card came together, check out my post at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs,

My SWEET Pocket Sleeve Stamp Storage!

Hi, everybody! I’m up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today with details on how I store my clear stamp sets. If you’re looking for more detailed information on the products I used, you’ve come to the right place!

I didn’t get any samples, or payment to advertise the products; I’m just sharing what I used. If you find something similar that works for you, great! I hope my info gives you a place to start if you plan to organize your stamps!

  • White card stock (65 lb.), use your favorite brand, cut to 5″ x 7″. You can cut two inserts from one sheet.
  • Kassett file boxes from Ikea. The color in the picture is discontinued, but the boxes are sold two in a pack for $3.99 in black and white. You assemble the boxes yourself, but it’s easy to do.
  • Adhesive. I use my ATG dispenser and run adhesive on the underside of the bottom clear backer sheet. Then, I attach it to the white insert and slip the insert into the plastic sleeve.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! For more info on my storage system, stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog and check out my post!
Hugs,

It’s a magical release at Sweet Stamp Shop!

Well, hello there! Glad you could join me for today’s new release celebration at Sweet Stamp Shop! Our July release is a MAGICAL one, and you’ll soon see why, because I have LOTS of fun stuff to share with you!  I have three cards, starting with this one, which I made with the new “Dragon” clear set:

I also used stamps from the “Cookie Sprinkles” set for the large heart, “Cheeky” for the small heart, and the “Alpha Tabs” set to stamp the custom sentiment.
For my second card, I stamped the stars from the “Enjoy Calligraphy” set with watermark ink on a piece of vellum and heat embossed the design to soften the background paper. I stamped one of the sentiments on black card stock to give it a chalkboard look. 
For my third card, I made a scene with the stars from the “Enjoy Calligraphy” and “Princess” sets, then stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on vellum. 
I drew and colored a hill, then colored and fussy cut the castle to complete the scene. To help line up the castle and flags, I also stamped the castle on the background paper. That way, I didn’t have to worry about cutting the flag poles out, too!
Here’s another look at the new sets in today’s release at Sweet Stamp Shop: “Princess“, “Dragon“, “Enjoy Calligraphy” and “Royal Wish“:
AND, the new “On Cherry Street” kit is being included in today’s release celebration, too!
So, what about the new kits? Here’s some info:
  • No monthly subscription – buy only the kits you like!
  • It’s here to stay (as permanent as any other Sweet Stamp Shop product has been…and if you miss out on July’s kit, there will be more of the same kit in the store in August, along with a new monthly kit)!
  • It’s 100% made in the U.S.A.! From the wood die cuts to the clear stamps to the printed paper, everything in this kit is purchased from small businesses in the United States!
  • Every kit is filled with more than 35 pieces — from an exclusive stamp set found only in the kit, to pocket style cards and wood die cut embellishments, you’ll find so many creative possibilities with each kit!
  • The price of each kit is $15.95 — a great deal in itself!

Tomorrow, the new stamp sets will be available in the Sweet Stamp Shop for $7.95 each, and the kit will sell for $15.95.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my cards for today’s new release celebration! For more fun, join Sweet Stamp Shop on Facebook or Pinterest, and follow the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for tutorials, inspiration and MORE!
Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by today! I hope you’re having a great week so far!
Hugs,

Make your own SWEET designer paper!

Hi, everybody! I’m up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today with an inspiration post on making designer paper with your Sweet Stamp Shop sets! 
Here’s a look at some of the patterns I’ve created with a few of the sets, and you’ll see some fun cards that kick the idea up a notch!
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Here’s a peek at the three cards I made for today’s post:
To see the full photos of the cards and find out how they were made, pop over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog! I’d love it if you stopped by to say HI!
Don’t forget, there’s a new color challenge going on at Sweet Stamp Shop! Here’s my card with that combo, and the colors that we’re playing with!

For all the details, check out this post at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog! When we get more than 25 entries, a lucky winner will receive a SWEET prize!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
Hugs,

Time for a new "Color Me Sweet" challenge at Sweet Stamp Shop!

Hi, everybody! Did you enjoy today’s new release inspiration at Sweet Stamp Shop? The stamps are so much fun to create with that I wanted to join in on Danni’s new “Color Me Sweet” challenge started this week on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!
Here’s my card, which features the “Drops Background” and the “Elegant Sentiments” stamp sets:
I added some sequins to the stamped background to tie in the color combo and to add a bit of sparkle to the card. I am working toward a cleaner and simpler design style, and I’ve found that sequins are a good way to add something extra without adding bulk to the card. I attach them with a mini glue dot under each one, so they’re not going to fall off!
Here’s the color combo for this challenge:
For all of the guidelines, deadlines and info on this challenge, stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!
There’s still time to snag the new release stamp sets with this coupon code. If something you love from today’s release is sold out, you can still get the discount today! Lots of stamps will be restocked later this week, so you won’t miss out on the savings!

Here’s a peek at today’s new release at Sweet Stamp Shop:

You can see more with these stamps on my earlier blog post, or at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!
Thanks again for stopping by today! For even more SWEET inspiration, follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Pinterest!
Hugs,