Happy Friday, Sweets! We hope you rounded out your week well — if you didn’t know our March release is TODAY! You can check out all the new stamps in our store HERE. We’re continuing our Contributor Spotlight series today with one of our senior team members, Samantha Mann. If you’ve missed out on reading the previous designers, you can read all about them here:

  1. Liz Ho
  2. Kymona Tracey

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Samantha Mann [ Blog | IG | YT ]

If you’ve ever admired any of the Sweet projects that have bright watercolors, you were probably ooh and ahh-ing over Samantha’s gorgeous projects! When Samantha creates with watercolors and Sweet Stamp Shop’s stamps – they truly become magical wonders on paper! She’s one of our senior designers and is the queen of puns! She knows how to create her own sentiments using the plethora of Sweet products. With Samantha, if there’s a will, there’s a way! For example – we may be giving away one of her secrets here (don’t kick us), but she’s been known to use tissue paper – yes, tissue paper – on her cards before!

Samantha currently resides in South Carolina, but has lived all over the USA. She has got two adorable little boys that she refers to as her Little Menn (see – she’s at it with the puns again) even though they keep growing. During the day, she works in advertising, but we all know that she loves getting inky and messy in her down time!

We’re sure many of you can relate to Samantha:

I have always loved school supplies (I can remember standing in line in 2nd grade to buy those cute little shaped erasers for 5c each! Ha!) – I actually call school supplies the ‘gateway craft!’ It’s a slippery slope from collecting little kawaii shaped erasers to full on paper crafting is your life! Ha!

I couldn’t live without watercolors and anything mixed media-y! Of course, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate a rainbow into my projects!

Speaking of rainbows… here’s are some of our favorite projects from Samantha:

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To see more inspiration by Samantha and our other contributors, make sure you check out the Sweet Instagram. Our Contributor Spotlight continues on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend and we’ll see you here next week!

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It’s time for another #washiwednesday blog post. We started this series last week with how to make washi tape bows with Samantha and this week, Angeline is showing us just how much more you can stretch your washi tape and use them to decorate your cards. Let’s get on with the fiesta!

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About this project, Angeline says:

This washi set is so much fun — there’s tacos, guitars, hats — just a whole load of fun in a pack of washi!

Here are the supplies that she used for this card:

WSH – Fiesta
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MD – Balloons
1 x Card Base (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″)
1 x Cardstock piece (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″)

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She’s going to walk you through how she created this card:

1. Take your Cardstock Piece and position the balloons die. Secure it using some micropore/washi tape.

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2. Run it through your die cut machine — I am using my Sizzix Bigshot — and alternate the dies to create a see through (negative) piece.

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3. Take your Card Base and here’s where the fun begins! Stick the washi tape however you like and cover the entire Card Base. You can align it vertically, horizontally or even angle it. Here I am showing the easiest to line up – which is horizontally.

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4. Here’s how your Card Base will look like once it is fully covered with the washi tape.

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6. Next, adhere the see through (negative) Cardstock Piece onto your Card Base.

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7. Then grab a piece of the balloon heart (from Step 2) and stamp it with the Hello sentiment.

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8. Put some foam adhesive behind the heart piece and align it slightly off from the washi heart.

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9. Then draw some stitched lines using a black pen to create a border around the card.

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10. I also added some Nuvo Drops in gold at the bottom of each washi balloon.

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Here’s her  finished card!

Angeline says:

I love how every Sweet product can be mix-and-matched to create a unique project of your own.

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Check out the rest of the Sweet washi tape collection HERE and we’ll see you back on Friday with another Contributor Spotlight.

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We’re continuing on with our Contributor Spotlight series today. Did you see our first introduction last week with Liz Ho? We’re  featuring our fabulous contributors over the next while so keep your eyes peeled on the blog to see all the deets behind our Sweets!

Our next contributor is such a pleasant soul! Her presence in a room will put anyone’s worries at ease and overall, she’s just that type of person who will ask you “how high,” if you asked her to jump!

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Kymona Tracey [ Blog | IG | FB ]

Kymona is the queen of clean and simple and she’s always willing to try new techniques and give you all her tips and tricks. If you have inquiries about a new product or want to see how something is used, send her a message and we bet she’ll be willing to test it for you!

When she describes herself as the ‘Energizer bunny’s sister’ – she isn’t joking! We’ve seen Kymona push herself to get things done – but she loves everything to do with paper: cardmaking, scrapbooking — everything DIY. Her passion for knowledge and educating others can truly be seen over on her Instagram.

Here are some of our favorite projects by Kymona:

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To see more inspiration by Kymona and our other contributors, make sure you check out the Sweet Instagram. Our Contributor Spotlight continues on Friday, but we’ll be sharing another #washiwednesday post before that.

 

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Hello and welcome to Friday! It may be the end of the working week, but we want to kick it off with some inspiration. It’s time to shine the spotlight on our current team members who’ve been sharing their creativity with us for the past while. We’ll be featuring these awesome ladies over the next while so keep your eyes peeled on the blog to see all the deets behind our Sweets!

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Our first spotlight is on Liz Ho. Yep, she’s the funny gal who you want as your friend. She’s there to make you laugh and feel at ease. She’s our infamous You Tube star and we know that if you’ve watched her videos, she’s made you laugh plenty of times — and if you haven’t watched her videos – get on over to the Sweet Tube or Liz’s channel – The Hug Life – to brighten up your day! We guarantee you’ll laugh.

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Liz Ho [ You Tube | IG ]

Liz is born and raised in California and is a crafting addict! She participates in DIY as a form of meditation to – in her words – “calm my brain down after a long day.”

Liz says:

I love creating something fun and beautiful in a short period of time. I enjoy making planner spreads, cards, and trying to catch up on my pocket scrapbooking.

I love anything that sparkles or glitters. Unicorns are my favorite animal in the whole world. If something has a sparkly unicorn on it, I will buy it.

It’s a good thing that Sweet Stamp Shop loves unicorns, too! We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Liz on our team. She’s truly a unicorn herself.

Here is one our favorite projects made by Liz and of course a video!

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Liz and froyo — obviously!

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To see other fun creations by Liz and our other contributors, make sure you check out the Sweet Instagram. We’ll be back on the blog on Monday to spotlight another contributor. Have a fabulous weekend!

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Surprise! The Sweet team’s goal is to get back into sharing educational blog posts with you and there was no better way than to jump right in and share some fun ways to use our latest washi. Sweet Stamp Shop has grown from being just a stamp store; the product line has now grown to dies, stickers and washi, too! For the next month, keep an eye on the blog every Wednesday for – are you ready for it? #washiwednesday – blog posts showing you how to get more out of your washi tape.

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Contributor, Samantha Mann, will walk you through a cute and fun way to make some embellishments with your brand new Sweet Stamp Shop washi tape!

Samantha writes:

Yes, bows!!! Bows are probably my FAVORITE thing to add to my scrapbook layouts, but they’re cute as a little pop of color on planners, cards and paper clips! So, let’s make some washi tape bows!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a scrap piece of white carstock
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • washi tape

And that’s all! I know!

First, decide which two kinds of washi tape, you want to use to male your bows! Then, place strips of washi tape onto the cardstock and cut them out.


Next, you will need to do some folding. With your first strip, fold it in half,

and then fold the flaps in half again, so you have an ‘M’ shape:

Next, using your pencil, draw a sort of ‘bottle neck’ shape, and cut out along the lines.

 

This is the shape you’ll see, once you unfold it!

Samantha advises:

Use your strongest adhesive, and tape the flaps behind the middle of the bow shape.
Then, cut one of the strips of washi thin, and fold it three times to create the little part that goes in the center of the bow, like this:

Adhere it around the center and we’re in the home stretch!

At this time, you can either use another strip of either the pattern of washi to create the ribbon parts that are under the bow. Fold your desired strip in half, and then, using your pencil again, draw a fishtail banner on the edges and another bottle neck pattern at the folded part:

Cut along the lines. And then unfold. Once it’s unfolded, cut the piece in half:

All that’s left to do now is to adhere each piece to the bow!

What are some of your favorite way to use washi tape?

For Samantha, she loves using strips of washi on the sides of her cards, under photos on scrapbook layouts and in her planner, too!

Be sure to head over to the Sweet Stamp Shop store to get your hands on all the washi and definitely check back next Wednesday for the next in our #washiwednesday series.

[ Blog Post Tutorial by: Samantha Mann | Blog | IG ]

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