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Hello!
Samantha here, and today I’m sharing a fun little tutorial for making your own party favor! So fun, right?

These little party favors are super easy to make, too! All I did was pick some of my favorite Sweet Stamp Shop stamp sets and get to work with some pre-made Maze Puzzles that I picked up from Party City for less than a dollar a piece! Score!

I chose to work with the Super Boy, Girl Power and T-Rex Hugs stamp sets!

First, I took apart the puzzles and used the insert to create guides on my paper. Then I stamped the images and colored them with copics!

Once the images were colored, I cut out the circles and then used my tiny hole punch to punch holes in the center of the stars! Since the goal of the game is to get the little balls into the holes, the stars from Unicorn worked as the PERFECT catchall! Ha!

All that was left was to re-attach the tops and then play!

My oldest little Mann had to try it out first! Ha – approval!

So that’s it! Some easy, fun and unique party favors, ready to go! And you can create this with literally ANY Sweet Stamp Shop stamp set!

Do you create projects with Sweet Stamp Shop products? We want to see it!! Tag us on Instagram and Facebook!
Thanks again for sharing part of your day with me!
~Samantha

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We’re very excited to have Emilee Speaks joining us on the blog today and sharing how she uses her Sweet Stamps to keep organized in her planners!

Stamping is budget friendly.  I knew that this hobby could quickly consume me and my bank account.  I thought about the best ways to cut corners and save money while fully enjoying planner decorating.  For me stamping just made financial sense.  Sure there’s a little more up front cost, but then that’s it.  You’ve purchased your stamps, you purchase some ink, and now you can limitlessly create hundreds of planner spreads.  If you choose stickers, those are consumable.  You use them once and they’re gone.  This is why I initially chose stamping.  I purchase stamps then they are mine.  For forever.  I have a plethora of color options to change things up each week just by choosing a different ink.  That’s not to say that stamp buy doesn’t get addictive, because it can!  I look at it as more of an investment in the hobby.  It’s a tool much like your favorite precision scissors or laminator.

Stamping looks clean!  If you were to ask me the main reason I choose to stamp instead of using stickers, it’d be the aesthetics.  This is my personal preference.  I see full stickered pages in planners and I think they’re beautiful.  However, when I try to do the same I always hate it.  It’s too much for my brain to process when trying to focus on tasks.  I am jealous of people that can use full stickered pages with no white showing, but I just can’t do it.  I absolutely LOVE the clean minimalistic appearance of a stamped layout in my planner.

I know one of the main draw backs to stamping is the time involved.  With stickers you can just toss them on and you’re good to go.  It’s not quite the same with stamping.  There’s cleaning involved and inking and changing out stamps.  It’s a process that takes a little longer.  This isn’t a con to me, it’s a pro!  I love sitting down with a fresh cup of coffee, lighting my favorite candle, and taking this “me time” for myself.  It’s a fun and relaxing creative outlet which I truly believe is the way most planner girls approach decorating in their planner.  So why rush it?  As a mom, a blogger, Etsy shop owner, and entrepreneur, I understand life gets busy.  I do.  Some weeks I don’t have time to fully decorate my planner and that’s okay!  One of my favorite time saving tips is to purchase Avery repositionable labels and stamp on them ahead of time.  This makes it easy for weeks that I don’t have time to spend on my planner, but I still want it to be pretty.

I currently use 2 planners.  I have my spiral bound Limelife planner, and I have an A5 Filofax with Limelife planner inserts.  I use my spiral bound for family, household, and personal things.  I use my Filofax for business.  I even use my stamps on my monthly pages.  I primarily use my monthly pages in my spiral bound for financial planning.  I also use it to notate when the cats need flea medication, when I need to change the air filters at home, and other monthly and seasonal tasks.  I love the Plan Home stamp set for this.  I use the credit cards to notate when bills are due.  I prefer using one icon for all bills so I can glance and know a bill is due.  I DID use the dollar sign stamp from the set for notating pay days, but I dropped it and lost it.  So I’m currently using the dollar bills stamp from the Plan to Eat stamp set.

I’ve been tracking my water intake in my planner for a few years now.  I use the water tracking stamp from the Plan to Eat set.  2016 is the first year I’ve used 2 different planners simultaneously.  In the past I’ve crammed my personal, family, household, Etsy, blog, and YouTube all into one planner.  Towards the end of 2015 things started to get really crammed.  Now that I’ve made the decision to have two planners and separate business from home, I am able to track more things than I had room for before.  This includes our meals.  I do this because we are REALLY bad about ordering take out.  I want to be able to flip through and see how often we ate at home vs. ordering out.  Since this is a bad habit we’re trying to break, I am tracking this with the plate & utensil stamp from the Plan to Eat set.

This is basically what a full week looks like in my household planner before I start writing in it.  In the sidebar I have my habit tracking: Workouts, vitamins, reading, morning, and night routines.  Usually I reserve the top box for lists of random to-do’s that come up through the week after I’ve already stamped.  For example, I’m currently planning a big Graduation Party for my son so I may find out through the week that I need to touch base with the caterer.  So I’d write that in a top box where I’ve used a stamp from the Check It Twice set.  I track our meals in the middle box section.  Then the bottom is kind of a mix of what workout I’m doing [I had been sick so it was a light week with yoga across the board], my cleaning and laundry that needs done, and any other specific household tasks.

This is how and why I love stamping in my planner.  If you don’t stamp in your planner, I highly recommend you start!  I bet you’ll just love it!  If you already stamp in my planner, I know you were nodding in agreement with everything I said, haha!  So which are you?  A seasoned planner stamper or a novice?  Let us know in the comment section below, I’d love to know!

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Hi, it is Wan back on the blog and today, I am going to chat about how you can get more mileage out of your Sweet stamps.

Now I don’t know about you, but I started off as a planner girl who wanted to try her hand at stamping. And as some of you would know, I fell in love with using stamps in my planner. That led me to want to try stamping outside my planner (i.e. papercrafting, like make cards, etc), but I didn’t want to invest in a ton of other stamps, just in case I discovered that I was bad at it or was not interested enough to continue. For that reason, I decided that I would use my planner stamps to craft, and see where that took me. So today, I am going to share with you just that….some of the crafting I do with my planner stamps. They are all possibilities that you can explore, no matter whether you are like me, who want to try out some crafting outside your planner, but don’t know whether it is for you yet, or whether you are just someone who wants to stretch your planner stamps further.

First up is DIY washi tape. I took some paper tape (stencil tape and masking tape would both work), and chose the stamp I wanted to use. In this case, it was the small heart stamp from Plan to Eat. Next, I chose the colours I wanted to use, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate (pigment ink), Brilliance Pearlescent Beige (pigment ink), Versamagic Pink Petunia (chalk ink) and Versacolour Cardinal (pigment ink). Then, I just stamped away in a random manner to emulate the washi tape you can buy.

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As you can see, you don’t need any special ink to stamp the tape, just those you probably already have for your planner. And once I have stamped as much washi tape as I wanted/needed, I let it dry before wrapping it round an expired card for storage (you can see the other washi I have made using other planner stamps on the card too…for these, I used the star from Plan to Eat and the envelope stamp from Plan to Work).

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As a side note, if you are using an expired card, make sure you use one which doesn’t have raised numbers or it would be difficult to wind the DIY washi tape around it without it not aligning and crinkling.

Next up are gift tags. For this, I used Blocked Alpha and Versafine Vintage Sepia ink to stamp the sentiment I wanted (in this particular example, it is ‘Congrats’) on ready made Kraft tags.

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I then completed the tag by using the balloon from Plan Everyday to stamp a background for the tag (I thought the balloon was a nice complementary illustration to the sentiment). As you can see, I used similar colours/inks to those I used for the hearts DIY washi tape because I was planning to to use them together.

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And then finally, a simple card to go with the DIY washi tape and the gift tag. First, I used the banner flags from Tags to stamp on some sticker paper folded into half (you will see why I did that later). Once again, I used the same colours/inks as those in the DIY washi and the tag.

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I then punched them out using my 1.5 inch banner punch, making sure that the top edge wasn’t punched through. As you can see from the picture, that was done by ensuring that there was a very slight gap between the top edge of the paper and the top edge of the punch.

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Punching the flags out this way meant that I ended up with flags like the ones in the next picture.

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I then ‘hung’ them them on a length of baker’s twine (this was why I stamped on sticker paper that was folded over, so that I could ‘hang’ them).

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After doing that, I laid the string of banner flags aside and moved on to stamp my sentiment on some cardstock, again using Blocked Alpha. I also used a pen to complete the sentiment with exclamation marks.

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Once that was done, I glued down my string of banner flags to complete my card.

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So there you have it, I now have all I need to send out some happy mail/give a little gift ~ DIY washi, a gift tag and a simple card ~ all done with planner stamps.

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And this is it from me for today. I hope that you have enjoyed this post, and that it has given you some ideas on how to stretch your planner stamps. Do remember to tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, if you use Sweet planner stamps to craft outside your planner, because we would LOVE to see them. Have a great day and happy Sweet stamping!

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Hello!
Samantha here again, and today I’m sharing a a card I made for the first man in my life: my Dad! The set I used is one of my favorite ‘Dad’ related sets EVER and I’m so glad that the Sweet Stamp Shop brought it back!!

I started by gathering my supplies…I used a few different stamp sets and some I had pulled with the anticipation of being used! The main stamp set was Dad’s Tool Box. But I also ended up using Lock It Up, Taco Bout It and His and Hers!

Next, I took a piece of printer painter and simply sketched out a loose shape of a heart. Then all I did was cut it out! I wanted to get a guide for the heart shape of my card! Easy!

I used a piece of washi to stick the ‘stencil’ to the card front and then used that as my guide to stamp out my images!!! As you can see, I did a practice heart first, just to be sure! I didn’t stick to that design exactly, but it definitely helped in placement on the final card!

I just LOVE those little tools!!! Mostly because they’re SO perfect for my dad, who is a whiz when it comes to fixing or making anything!! :)

Once the ink was dry, I stamped the sentiments in black and then did the teensiest tiniest bit ombre watercoloring! I just love the pop of color!

Thanks again for spending time with me, and for possibly looking at the stamps in a new and different way! Be sure to share what you create with the whole Sweet Stamp Shop team!! We LOVE to see what you create! Tag us on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest!

Thanks again!
~Samantha

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Thanks so much for all your wonderful comments on our Tombow collaboration!

Congratulations to:

I’m brand new at modern calligraphy and I’m practicing. .practicing… but I need a lot more of practice. I’ve recently discovered stamp embossing and am now obsessed! My money no longer goes to clothes and shoes..it goes towards art supplies! I’m interested in the Tombow blending marker. But really I want to try everything shown!

Thank you!
Linda Sauceda

Linda, we’re so happy to provide you with all the supplies you need to practice more handlettering!

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