Contributor Kylee Lane makes her own custom journals with these daily tracker cards! Watch her You Tube video to see how you can easily recreate this.

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Hey, Sweeties! Kylee Lane here with an easy-to-do video, using minimum supplies, to make custom journals using the new Rupert Tracker and Track It, along with an oldie but goodie, Feeling Today.

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If that got you in the mood to try some journaling yourself, I would love to see what you make in the Sweet Stamp Shop Fan Club! (I am always lurking around waiting to drool over your craftiness.)

Have a beautiful day!

Love, Kylee

 

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Today we’re sharing an amazing spinner card from designer Samantha Mann. It was one of our most popular cards from last month’s release and there were so many Sweet fans asking for a tutorial on how to recreate it! She was happy to oblige and has used an fun collection of Sweet Stamps on her card.

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Hello and happy Tuesday!
Samantha here, and I’m sharing an easy (I might even say cute!) tutorial with you!

I made this card for the May release with the Clean it Up stamp set, and I thought it would be fun to share how to make your own spinner/interactive card, too!

So, let’s grab your favorite Sweet stamps, and get to it!
I have to say, one of the most incredible things about Sweet Stamp Shop stamps, is that they all go SO well together! I used lots of different sets for this card because I decided to make this spinner, foodie themed!! :)

I used the Bacon Break, Donut Forget, Fruity, Scouts for Him and Little Cooler stamp sets! :)

I stamped, colored with copics and then fussy cut them out!
TIP: you can stamp directly onto your card base and color them that way to save time! You can also use ANY coloring medium you prefer!

Once they images were finished, I moved onto the card front. All I did was used some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and a striped stencil to add some subtle color to the background! (ACK: I couldn’t resist sprinkling a little water on top, to watch it react with the Distress Ink!)
TIP: you can use patterned paper, or a plain white/kraft/colored cardstock too!!

Next, I heat embossed the sentiment from Mermaid Shelfie onto some black cardstock and cut it into a banner shape! Then I used a tiny hole punch to make a hole in the center of the phrase!
TIP: Make sure to space your phrase so you have room for your brad in the center. Also, if you don’t have a small hole punch, just use the pointy part of the brad or the tip of an exacto knife to make the hole!

You’ll make a hole into your card front, too. Be sure to center it as best you can! I just eyeball mine!

I also like to add a little foam tape under the spinner – this gives banner a bit of lift, and frees up contact space between the banner and the spinner!
Major TIP: Be sure to leave the back of the foam tape ON!! You only want the foam to stick to the banner, NOT the card front! Ha!

Lastly, I adhered the cute little treats, and it was ready to spin!

I hope you found this tutorial easy and FUN!!
If you have any questions, be sure to leave them below! What Sweet Stamp Shop images would you use to create a spinner card? They’re my new obsession! Ha!

Enjoy, and thank you for spending some of your Tuesday with me! Be sure to follow Sweet Stamp Shop on Instagram and Facebook for all of the latest news!
~Samantha

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coffee lovers hopWe are super excited to be sponsoring the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop!

BLOG CANDY ALERT. Make sure you leave a comment below telling us what your favorite coffee is and you’ll be entered for a chance to win all of our coffee themed sets including the not yet released  Snarky set and a sheet of Sticky Sweet!

Some of our contributors have created some fun inspiration for you:

Callie Coffee Lovers Blog Hop SweetCallie thought this card would be perfect to gift a friend that you’d like to make a coffee date with.13410801_10156989218150023_244183040_oKylee makes the most perfect coffee tags to go with her handmade soaps.13458642_10209886786389976_3194803285355134575_oKristine’s bookmark is the perfect addition for all of her summer reading!

You may be interested in seeing Thanh’s mini cards from the Spring Hop or Liz’s (The Hug Life) video that uses our coffee stamps to make a fun notebook cover:

For more coffee inspiration check out the Sweet Instagram account.

Before you go, don’t forget to leave a comment below! Please tell us what your favorite summer drink is. Giveaway is open to ALL, but International friends will have to pay for shipping. Contest ENDS at 11:59pm on June 24th, 2016.

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Today we’re sharing a practical idea from contributor Emilee Adams. If you’re looking for ways to use our latest June release stamps, Emilee has some simple ideas that will get you stamping as soon as you get your Sweet sets.

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Hello sweets!  Emilee here with you today to talk about creating your own daily pages for your planner.  This is such a fun way to get efficient and productive  stamping practice in.  You aren’t stamping directly into your planner so there’s no stress if you make a mistake. All you need are your stamps, ink, a hole punch, paper [I used cardstock], and a paper trimmer.  Simply trim your piece of paper down to fit whatever planner size you have and punch holes.  Then have fun creating a layout with your stamps!

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I chose black ink for mine because I am working on practicing shading with colored pencils.  By using the black ink, I’m basically creating a coloring page for myself!  You can use color ink if you prefer, but I enjoy being able to play with my pages and try different coloring techniques.

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I definitely wanted to use the new tracker stamps from the June release.  The new tracker stamp sets are phenomenal and have a multitude of tracking capabilities.  The separate daily page we’re making can be beneficial for health and wellness tracking.  This way the personal information isn’t on your actual planner pages.

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For my daily pages I created sections for:

  • Top Priority
  • Appointments
  • Workout Completed
  • Reminders
  • Emails/Calls to make
  • Housework
  • Bills
  • Tasks for tomorrow
  • Tasks for the week
  • Lunch and Dinner plansWater tracking
  • Anxiety Level tracking

I’d love to see the daily pages you come up with!  Be sure to tag us in your Instagram pictures @SweetStampShop and also myself @Emilee_Speaks.  Also, the new tracker stamp sets are available in the shop!

Happy Planning!
xo Emilee

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For those of you who are looking for more ideas on making simple, masculine cards or those that are working to complete Father’s Day cards, Callie has some great Sweet tips for you today!

She’s going to bring it back to basics with some simple card making ‘rules.’ If you are a planner that would like to get into cardmaking, this post is for you.

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Hey Sweet Friends!  This is Callie, and I am up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today to share some card making basics with you. I have seen a lot of the planner girls asking about how to move into card making since they already have so many of the supplies, so I thought I would put together a simple blog post just for you!

Since a lot of you are already using stamps in your planners, it is a natural progression to move into making cards.  You most likely have all the tools and supplies on hand to create a simple card. Your friends and family will be thrilled with even the simplest handmade card from you, so what are you waiting for?

Here are the basic supplies that I recommend:

  • Stamps – Sweet Stamps of course!
  • Stamp blocks – you probably have these already, right? If not look here.
  • Glue Runner or Glue Stick.
  • Ink Pads
  • Premade Card Bases like those shown in photo above – or any basic cardstock you have. I like to use White and Kraft card bases for most of my projects, and occasionally Ivory.
  • The A2 card bases work perfectly as you can then cut a piece of 8.5 x 11 cardstock into four pieces to use as a layer on top and it fits perfectly. Those packs also come with envelopes which saves you from having to buy them separately. I picked these packs up at my local craft store for $6.00/pkg after using a 40% coupon. That works out to about $ .13 per card!
  • Cardstock – White is the easiest, and maybe some colored cardstock as well, but not absolutely necessary. Nicole recommends X-Press It for use with Copic coloring. You can find it on Amazon, and many other places online.  
  • Paper Trimmer (not totally necessary, but very nice to have). Scissors and a ruler work fine too!   

That is really all you need to get started making a basic card. Pretty simple huh? Ok, you have all the supplies, but now what? Start with a stamp set that inspires you, or one that has a theme that you have in mind for the recipient. I often just make cute cards to keep on hand as thank you cards and really there are so many Sweet Stamps that work great for that. Today I am going to use the “Dads Tool Box” stamp set to make a cute Father’s Day card. I am going to use a Kraft cardstock base and some white X-Press It cardstock to stamp my images onto using Memento Ink.

Decide on your card base first.  Since I am going to use one of the premade card bases, I want to cut a piece of my white cardstock to layer on top of my card base.  I like to cut it about ¼” smaller all the way around to create a layer that shows the base color around the edges.  So measure and cut your paper.

Here is where you can start to play with your layout a bit.   The human eye likes to look at things that are not totally symmetrical and that is where the rule-of-thirds comes into play.  Check out this Sweet blog post by Thanh to learn more about the Rule of Thirds.  Basically you are going to want the focus of your card to be offset on the card and not totally centered.

I will often practice my layout on a piece of regular printer paper just to get an idea of what I like before I start stamping on my good paper.  Before putting them on my project, I also always test my inked stamp on scratch paper to make sure they are stamping well.

Once you have your layout how you want it, it is time to stamp!  I am planning to color mine with Copic markers, so I’ll be stamping with my Memento Ink.  However, for the written sentiments that won’t be getting any coloring on them, I will use my Versafine Ink because it does a great job of making a really great clear impression.

Color in your stamped images how you like them and then it is time to assemble your card.  I am a huge fan of using a removable adhesive glue runner so that I can adjust my card layer in case I lay it down crooked or change my mind – hey, that totally happens!   If you have a glue stick only, just use that.  Glue sticks tend to be somewhat removable for a short time so you can adjust a bit if something goes wrong.

Once you have it assembled, you are done – now how easy was that?  From here you could stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card as well, or just hand-write your note in there.

If you wanted to you could also embellish with some sequins, but to keep it super simple (and “dude-ish”) I left mine super plain. Either way, I guarantee you the recipient is going to LOVE it.   Now, go create something, create a couple of cards and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

When you post your creations be sure you tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest and tag me on Instagram @CallieCoPaperTrail so we can all see what you create.  Don’t forget to stop by the Shop to get some of your card making supplies.

Thanks for stopping by
Callie xoxo

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