Happy Monday, Sweets! We hope you had a great weekend – the last weekend before Christmas 2017. Are you ready for the holidays?

Another important question we want to ask is: what did you pick up from last week’s December release? HA! If you’re stuck on ideas on how to create with them, Cassie Tezak has an awesome tip for you!

Cassie says:

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Cassie here to share a cute cactus card with you. Say that five times fast!! Today I’m using the two new, sweet sets called Stick Together and Funny Planner Sentiments . What I love about Sweet Stamp Shop’s planner stamps is that they are really easy to use if you’re a card maker. Here’s a look at the card!

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Cassie started by stamping the sketchy heart in VersaMark all over an A2 size piece of Neenah Solar White card stock.  She filled the whole panel, and made sure to stamp some off the edges so it looked like a continuous pattern. Then she used her gold heat embossing powder to emboss them. Cassie wanted the hearts to pop a little more, so she grabbed three shades of pink Prisma Color pencils and colored each of them in.

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Cassie continues:

I stamped two of the cute little cacti from the Stick Together set on a scrap of Neenah Solar White and used my colored pencils to color them in as well. When I was done, some of my lines were a little lost from the waxy pencils, so I went over them with a Copic Multi Liner. I popped those onto the card panel, and stamped the sentiment “stuck with happily ever after” on some black paper and heat embossed it as well. I trimmed that down and put it just under the cacti.

Isn’t Cassie’s card perfectly sweet? If you’d love to see more of her creations, please check out her Insta here.

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December Release

We’re so glad to have Jung AhSang back on the blog today, but before we jump into her beautiful scrapbook layout, we had to make sure you know about our December Release! All of the above images release today in a bundle.

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Jung has been a regular contributor to the team, supplying us with plenty of how-to’s. If you’ve missed her memory keeping layouts, make sure you check out her previous posts:

  1. Scrapbook Layout
  2. Memory Planning

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Jung starts:

Hello friends! My daughter turned 7 this past summer, and she had a tea party themed birthday. I wanted to document her special day, and the Sweet Stamp Shop Tea Time stamp set was perfect for this layout!

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She continues:

First, I stamped out some the images on white cardstock with black ink.  I stamped the images randomly several times, creating my own background paper.  I also stamped out a couple to color with copic markers.  I tried to pick colors that matched my photo.  After coloring, I used the matching metal dies to cut a few pieces out.

Next, I got to work on my layout.  I started by layering a piece of pattern paper behind my photo.  Then I added some mixed media to a piece of white cardstock.

Jung decided she wanted to embellish her layout with circles, so she die cut a whole bunch of circles from my stamped pattern paper and other pattern paper from my stash.  She tried to look for colors that coordinated with her photo.

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She concludes with:

I stamped the happy birthday sentiment to the top and bottom of my layout, and I added some journaling below my photo.  I added a few enamel dots and some gold ink splatters.  To finish, I attached my layout to a piece of pattern paper, and machine stitched around the edge.

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Happy Monday, Sweets! To all those planner peeps, we got you! Tricia Schaden is on the blog today and she’s excited to be back with another post for Sweet Stamp Shop. She wants to share some easy but impactful tips for your planner layouts. Settle in and read through Tricia’s step by step plan with me. See something new? YUP; here’s another sneak peek of what’s coming in this month’s release!

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She starts with:

This December, I created a non-traditional monthly layout that was inspired completely by this month’s releases (releasing December 14 — come join us in the Release event to see all the peeks): Stick Together and To Be List. This layout has the fun whimsical elements of the holiday cacti, but really it is a meaningful reminder for me to focus on being who I am rather than the tasks of my everyday life.

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TIP #1: Combine stamps to create a ‘scene’

She continues:

I wanted to give my cacti a festive holiday flair, so I have one popping out of a chimney, wearing a santa hat, and carting a pile of gifts! I also have a few others stringing up Christmas lights. Combining images like this will give you a lot more mileage from your stamps and there are unlimited possibilities! Remember, when you are masking – stamp the images in FRONT first, then apply the mask, then stamp the image that will fall behind. So in my “santa cactus”, I stamped the chimney, the hat, and the gifts and then applies masks that I cut from post it paper. Once the masks were in place, I stamped my cactus. {santa hat and gifts are from December Icons}. For the string of lights, I didn’t even bother masking, I just stamped on top on my cacti and then colored them to look as though they were holding the string.

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She also combined the new To Be List words with the Banners and More stamps to create keywords for me to focus on this month.

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TIP #2: Select a few colors and repeat them throughout the design

Tricia definitely wanted a holiday palette but she went for tones of bubblegum pink and fuschia instead of true red. She pulled a few of her brush markers and used them for her lights, the presents, and as pops of color in her banners.

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TIP #3: Utilize patterned paper

She suggests:

If you don’t have the perfect color of washi or you just feel like you need to add a pop of color on your page, trim out some patterned paper to complete your layout. I wanted some more pink and green on the left side of my spread, plus I wanted my large “title” phrase to stand out, so I layered some pretty patterned papers from my stash behind my stamped image. I love how it draws your eye right to that awesome phrase!

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TIP #4: Line up stickers on acetate first

This is a terrific technique that lot of crafters use. If you have letters or stickers that you want on your page – temporarily stick them to some packaging or acetate first. This lets you play with the spacing and get everything lined up straight before committing! Tricia wanted to add these cute green and pink alphas to my header and this way she could move them around to get them centered and then stick them down in a row, all lined up!

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TIP #5: Details make all the difference!

Sometimes the tiniest details can pull a whole layout together. One trick Tricia useses all the time is to bring life to the eyes of her little characters. These cacti are already adorable, but when she added the black glaze pen to their eyes, they pop to life!

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She continues:

Some highlights with a white gel pen can go a long way, too! I added little dots of white on the Christmas lights and also on the brim and pompon of the santa hat – just enough to catch the light and give them a hint of glow.

Another great detail is to outline any stickers or images that might need some help popping off the page. In my case, I had a subtle pattern (the washi) behind my word “December”… I ran my pigment liner pen around the letters and it was just what my eye needed to give some definition to that title and make it stand out.

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Tricia concludes with:

I am so excited to spend the last month of 2017 thinking about ways to be my best self. Of course I will still have my daily plans to keep myself organized, but in this high level monthly view I love the idea of focusing on something even more important – character!  Give them a try in your own projects.

Oh my goodness; we can barely handle how cute her layout is! If you’d like to get more tips and tricks on your planner, make sure you follow Tricia here.

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Extra to Be Merry Cactus Card Set Mayra Duran Hernandez 1

Are you ready for the December release yet? Mayra Duran-Hernandez has a fabulous set of cards that are ready to keep you or loved ones motivated all year long! This is the perfect time of year to start setting intentions for 2018 and she’s going to share with you a set of cards she created using the soon to be released Extra To Be Words stamp set. This is a super sneaky peek!

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Mayra starts:

I LOVE the sentiments in the soon to be released new Extra To Be Words stamp set. I began by heat embossing my sentiments onto a small strip of kraft cardstock cut to a bit over 2″ x 5.5 “. I then folded it in half to create my mini cards.

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She colored the small bow image from the Merry Cactus stamp set.

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Then she glued the bows to the flaps of the mini envelopes. Quick and simple yet packs a punch! Who would you send these cards to? Or would you keep them for yourself as reminders? Go ahead and let us know below! If you want to see other projects Mayra has created, go check out her blog here.

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Michelle Yuen’s on the blog today and her card will certainly brighten your Monday blues! If you feel bad for throwing out the scraps after your complete your paper projects, don’t worry – Michelle has got you covered. She loves saving every last bit.

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About her card, Michelle says:

I came up with this super easy and quick card design to put some of those scraps to use. All you have to do is cut up a bunch of scraps into varying widths. I tried to stick to a few colors to keep it cohesive, but you can also go crazy and have a rainbow effect if you want! Once I had a good amount of strips, I just taped them all up against each other at a diagonal on a card front. I did this for just a section of the front, but you can also make a full background if you decide to.

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She continues:

Once you have that done, it is so easy to finish up the card. I wanted a larger focal stamp that would still stand out on the busy striped background, and the new Sweet Shoppe stamp was perfect for that. To tie in the background and to add some words, I stamped a line of sentiments from along the same diagonal as the stripes.

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Isn’t this so easy and cute! Michelle wants to know what are you waiting for, go put those scraps to use!

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