Our contributor, Lindsay, is sharing some sweet cards made with the latest July release. I spot that sweet Lil Moon and a cup of lemonade mixed in with some awesome backgrounds that she created. How will you be using your new stamps?

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Hello Sweet fans! Lindsay here with you, and I am sharing a couple of cards I created using the new stamp sets from this month!

The Lil Moon mini set is adorable! Of course a moon stamp set is perfect for a galaxy background, right? I took a panel of water color card stock, and added different colors of Ranger Distress Inks. I used Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberries, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot. Starting with the lighter colors, I blended them on in different spots, and gradually added the darker colors, until I ended with Black Soot.

I flicked on quite a bit of water, and blotted it up with a cloth, and also added droplets of white paint. To finish the panel, I white heat embossed the sentiment, as well as the stars, and then added the moon. The moon was stamped and white heat embossed onto gray card stock, and punched out with a circle punch.

For my next card, I used the super cute set, Spa Day, to create a refreshing summer card!

I began by trimming my card base down to a 4-bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) note card. Next, I masked off the sides, and sponged on more Distress Inks. I used Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, and Seedless Preserves.

I stamped the cute glasses, colored them in with Copic Markers, and adhered them to my card front, along with sequins. I also stamped the Refresh in Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

I hope you were inspired! To stay on top of all other things Sweet, check out the Sweet Facebook Page. Thank you so much for joining me today!

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Our Contributor Team is on a coffee kick! Emilee Adams continues the coffee gift card holder tutorials, but her version shakes things up! She walks you through how to make a shaker card that adds a special element of fun for your recipient.

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Hello!  Emilee here and today I’m going to show you how I make quick and easy shaker gift card holders.  You will need a fuse tool, confetti [sequins, chip board pieces, beads, etc], Sticky Sweet stickers and/or stamps, page protector, paper trimmer or scissors, and your gift card.

I’m making a shaker card holder for a Starbucks gift card, so I chose the Sticky Sweet sticker sheet “Coffee” and the stamp set “Cuppa Coffee”.  I also grabbed Sticky Sweet “Bubble” to stamp coffee sentiments onto from the stamp set.

Measure out how much of the page protector you will need to create the proper size for the card.  We’re putting EVERYTHING into the shaker card so you’ll want to leave plenty of room in it.  I sealed off 3 sides and left the top open for now.

Next I added my Sticky Sweet stickers where I’d like them to be directly on the front of the page protector.  You can color your stickers prior to placing them if you’d like.  I waited until after I placed them because I wanted to see all the colors of the confetti inserted before I decided on colors for the stickers.

Slip your gift card in and make sure you’re happy with the alignment of it.  I wanted mine to kind of angle inside the shaker card.

Start placing all your “guts” into the shaker card.I chose some purple, silver, and yellow sequin confetti because I liked the colors with the green on the card. Bonus – the stars kind of simulate the reward stars you receive in the Starbucks app!

Once you have everything where you want it, seal off the top with your fuse tool.  I also used my paper trimmer once more to trim the sides closer to the seam.  Now you have a fun shaker card with a gift inside!  You could do this with a lot of different Sticky Sweet stickers and Sweet stamps. You could use the “Yum” sticker sheet with a restaurant gift card of your choice.  You could use the “Stinky” sticker sheet for a Home Depot card for a quick house warming gift.  “Dog & Cat” Sticky Sweet would be super cute with a pet store gift card for new pet owners.  The possibilities are truly endless with what you could create.

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.

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Short on time? Callie Huza has you covered with making gift card holders to store away in and give as a gift when needed.

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Hey Sweet Friends! This is Callie, and I am up on the blog today to share a tutorial on making gift card holders. I find that a gift card is the perfect way to say thank you, or as a random gift to cheer someone up. I don’t like handing over a plain gift card, so I thought I would show you how I pre-make some gift card holders to have on hand.

Since just about everyone loves getting a coffee gift card, I decided to make my holder in a coffee theme using “Coffee Town” and “Hand Out” (linked below). As this is going to be a “just because” gift, I won’t be adding any other sentiment, however; it would be perfect to add a Thank You, Happy Birthday, or Happy Holiday’s stamp to it. Or, how about decorating it with some of the new Sticky Sweet Stickers? Totally cute, right?

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First thing you will need is your cardstock paper for the gift card holder. I personally love kraft cardstock with coffee related crafts, but any color you have will be great. I am using a 110 lb kraft cardstock for my project. You can make 2 gift card holders out of a sheet of 8.5” x 11” paper. Cut your cardstock down to 7.25” tall and then cut in half at 4.25” wide.

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Now you will want to score your cardstock. If you have a paper crafting score board, it will make it easy, but if not just measure and score against your ruler.  I made two scores on my paper. The first one is at 2” and the second one is at 5”.  Once you have it scored, simply fold your paper down to create the gift card holder.

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I decided to round the corners on the top fold over piece. I used my 1″ corner rounder, but you can skip this step, or use whatever corner rounder you have.

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I then took a piece of white cardstock – I totally dug it out of my scrap paper bin – and cut it to 4.25” wide and 1” tall. Next, I stamped the large sentiment that says COFFEE in the center of my scrap. Since I want to color with Copic markers, I used Memento Ink. I love the look of ombre on the outline letters, so I used 3 shades of brown to get that effect.

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I thought it would be cute to use the coffee cup stamp to create a background on the card, so I used a a brown ink and randomly stamped the coffee cup all over the front – at various angles so it looks like a random patterned paper.

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On the inside, I decided to use the sentiment from “Hand Out” that says “looks like you could use one of these”, I also thought about using the one that says “just a little pick-me-up.” Either would be totally perfect for a random act of kindness. I stamped that under the flap so that it will be seen when the recipient open the card.   I left the upper inside flap blank so that I could write in whatever greeting I want to when I am ready to use it.

Now you are ready to assemble.  I used some double sided adhesive tape to secure just the sides of the lower flap, or you can use a tape runner. Then I glued my COFFEE stamped white paper across the top flap, and it is done.

I usually seal my gift card holder with a tiny piece of Velcro inside the flap, but I was looking at my Sticky Sweet Stickers and the donuts that are on the top of every sheet caught my eye.  I pulled out my ¾” circle punch and punched one of them out to use as a seal; now how perfect is that? You could also just cut one out with scissors so that you have a single sticker, or go ahead and use all three of them – that would be super cute too!

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Now that you have the basics of the gift card holder, you can customize it to work for any occasion using your stamps and stickers from Sweet Stamp Shop14. I know that when I gave gift cards for holiday’s last year, I made these holders for them, and the recipients were all so impressed. So, take a little time and make a few, they are a quick, fun project that lets you use up some scraps you have laying around too.

Thank you for stopping in to read my post today, please be sure to share your creations on social media and be sure you tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest and tag me on Instagram @CallieCoPaperTrail so we can all see what you create.

Callie xoxo

Stamp Sets Used:
Coffee Town
Hand Out

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We have a super tutorial from contributor Samantha Mann today! She is combining new Sticky Sweet and our stamps to make some SUPER sweet cuffs – perfect for every superhero in training.

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Hello! Samantha here, and today I’m sharing a super fun project you can make with your kids (or for your own inner-superhero! Ha!)! So let’s get to it and make some superhero cuffs with the incredibly adorable Sticky Sweet stickers! 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • paper towel or toilet paper rolls
  • stickers
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • stamp pad
  • stamps
  • acrylic block
  • and your imagination!

The first thing I did was paint the rolls with the paint and set them aside to dry.
While they are drying, it’s time to get into the zone and start coloring these ‘super’ images! 🙂

I used Distress Markers and did some light watercoloring, but you can use any medium you prefer (colored pencils, Copics, crayons, Sharpies…seriously! It’s not the medium, it’s the practice! So color with what you like, and keep at it!)!

Once my images were all colored, I used some scissors to cut a line down the center of the rolls. I also rounded the edges, but that’s not necessary!

Next, I stamped some phrases from the Super Boy stamp set onto the painted and cut roll! Now it’s time to use the stickers! (It’s the most exciting part! Ha!)

I just LOVE these stickers, and I think they came out SO cute on these superhero cuffs! I added a little washi along the edges, and my little Menn and their friends were ready to save the world!!

What’s you’re favorite way to use your Sticky Sweet Stickers? I want to hear!! Leave a comment below, or post in the Sweet Stamp Shop Fan Club group of Facebook! It’s a great place to share ideas, get inspired, and yeah, ok, enable each other! Ha!

Thanks for stopping by!
~Samantha

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We’ve got a dino-mite project for you today! We know you’re going to love this card made by Rubeena. You’ll be de-lighted to see what she shares!

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Hello! Rubeena here as Creative Contributor for my very first post! I’m excited to share an interactive card with you today. I’ve seen plenty of cards using the Chibitronics products, but I was hesitant to create one myself. Turns out that it’s not that hard. If I can do it, so can you! When I got T-Rex Hugs from Sweet Stamp Shop, I knew this technique would be perfect for it! Aren’t the dinos adorable?!

I started off with my Chibitronics Starter Kit and went through the small book to get an idea of what to do.SSS 07.07 01

I practiced right within the book to see if it works.

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I created a similar sketch on my A2 folded white cardbase. As you can see, it lights up!

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I set that aside so I could work on the card front.

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I knew I’d use the volcano from T-Rex Hugs where I wanted the light to be so I stamped it in the center of my base.

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I used watercolors to create an explosive love scene! 😉 I fussy cut the images and arranged them in front of the volcano. I glued the heart where I’d want you to press down for the light.

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After adding two layers of foam tape, I matted down the card front over the cardbase. Then I pressed the heart to see the fire light up. How cool is that?! It was hard to photograph, but I think you get the idea. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed my work today. Thank you so much for visiting! To stay on top of all other things Sweet, check out the Sweet Facebook Page. I’ll see you again soon!

Hugs,
Rubeena

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