It’s A New Season For Sweet

Hi Sweeties!

Nicole here, owner and founder of Sweet Stamp Shop and this update is LONG overdue! Actually, I’m not even sure where to start – so maybe I should just briefly recap what’s been going on with the Sweets over the last year:

  • We spent most of 2018 preparing to sell my husbands CPA tax firm, selling our house and preparing to relocate to Washington from CA.
  • In secret, I started back to school full time to finish my BA and earn an MBA
  • In September we found out we were expecting our first kid – a girl – due in May!
  • End of September, Jacob’s Mom passed away suddenly
  • December we relocated to Seattle to my parents basement
  • January we bought a house in Seattle and moved out of the basement
  • Beginning of March we attended PlannerCon and had a blast [thought that was a fun one to add in] lol

And, let’s be real – for most of 2018 and into 2019 I’ve been closed for spiritual maintenance. What does that mean? To me, that’s the idea that you get quiet and you start to ask yourself some hard questions. Like: Am I happy? Am I where I want to be? Where do I want to be? What do I want to be doing?

I started to make small [and big] moves towards the life that was calling me, and finding some strength in redefining where I wanted to be, what I wanted to be doing, and how I could follow my heart more fully.

First step was to jump in the deep end of the whole ‘kid’ thing. I mean, I’m 34 and we’ve been married a decade – and it was *time* – because there would never be the right time. So, we just jumped in. And, it took us almost 2 years to get pregnant, and I think in that time, I’d almost resigned to being ok never having kids. But, BAM – we got pregnant. [3 months before a big move, on the eve of a major death in our family, and balancing school – businesses … and life] Of course, we started out being completely elated and excited – you know, the feeling of counting down to Christmas! But, quickly that faded to overwhelmed and what I lovingly called my ‘doomsday’ countdown.


How was I running a business [Sweet Stamp Shop – AND – Sweet Art Society] – being a Mom – running a house [with chicken coops and 10 raised beds and a greenhouse] – finishing school – and supporting my husband in his business… and and and.

This actually brought up something much deeper…. you know what I’ve learned over the last year of my spiritual maintenance journey? I have a real problem with perfectionism. Here’s what I mean:

I don’t just expect to run a business.

I expect to have the most successful business ever. I expect myself to be hustling at all time, balancing decisions about ROI, product development – and marketing strategies – all while being the sole designer and creative manager.

I don’t just expect to be a Mom.

I expect to be the most present, loving, patient, caring, amazing Mom. While also being an independent woman who doesn’t make her kid the soul purpose of her life.

I don’t just expect to run my house.

I expect to have perfect chickens that produce the best eggs and an award winning backyard producing fair winning produce. I expect to have a clean, well designed home that could welcome a crew from HGTV at any moment.

I don’t just expect to be a loving supportive wife.

I expect to be the rock that helps my husband grow and build a successful business. The person who reminds him about birthdays, anniversaries, and important client responsibilities. Keeping his schedule, feeding him balanced meals, and taking care of the needs that he doesn’t even recognize he has.

I don’t just expect to have a happy marriage.

I expect that every day, every moment, every second – I’m grateful and happy being with my husband. I take every moment that we’re together and make it count. Because how many moments will we have? I don’t want to regret anything! We better be happy…. all. the. time.

I don’t just expect to be a college student.

I expect to get straight A’s and prove that when I dropped out of college a decade ago – I was capable of doing school the ‘right way’ and being the student I should have been. So, I don’t just expect to finish my BA – I expect to finish my MBA with honors and straight A’s.

My obsession and glorification of perfectionism is the ugliest and most brutal monster I’ve faced. Getting pregnant, was the straw that broke the camels back – the thing that pushed me over ‘the edge’ – and the event that whispered to me that maybe staying in bed and not participating in my laundry list of ‘to do’ might be the best answer. Because if I can’t be the *best* – why show up at all?

When I think about it – I struggle to come up with something that I do that I’m not successful at. Not because I’m especially talented, but because at 34 I’ve learned how to decipher what I can excel at – and I don’t try anything else.

I expect myself to be Awesome. Epic. Successful. Balanced. Funny. Pretty. Grateful. God-Centered. Happy.

All. The. Time.

This is the kind of pressure that makes people go to bed at night and think that maybe it would be easier if they just didn’t wake up the next day. I get it. I’ve felt that.

So, I made my way to counseling/therapy and said – HELP. ME.

And, I’m learning to give myself grace. To be nice to myself. To let go of some of the pressure, and work on not carry around the nagging quest for ‘perfect’. It’s a long journey, and something that doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a daily struggle, and now that I’m more aware of my issues, I’m equipping myself with better coping strategies.

As you can imagine, this awakening is effecting all aspects of my life, but more importantly – it’s directly effecting my business.

I want you to be the first to know what’s happening:

First, I’m extremely blessed to have a successful husband that runs a great business – and our family doesn’t ‘need’ my business. Obviously, having a successful business on my end is nice – because more money – is nice. But, it hasn’t made me happy content. I’m on the quest for contentment in my life – not on the quest for ‘more’ stuff.

Also, I love Sweet Stamp Shop – I love what it did for me, who I became when I built it – and all the relationships I’ve built. I’m not ready to bury it/sell it/be done with it. But, I am ready to take it back to a place where I do it for the LOVE of it, not for the success of it. I don’t need it to pay my bills, so – how I run it from here on out will look different. I’ll release less often, I’ll carry less product – I’ll stop the subscription box at a certain number of subscribers and we’ll keep both sides *small* … so I can stretch into being a Mom, exploring what having an MBA might mean for another career, and giving myself space and time to learn how to let go of my need for perfectionism.

In an effort to downsize, I’ll be having a giant sale and getting our product line down to under 50 stamp sets. I’ll be discontinuing starter kits, stickers, dies, and simplifying what we offer. I’ll be limiting how many subscribers we’ll take for our box, and I’ll let you know when we hit that and when we start a waiting list.

The giant sale, the release of new stamps – and us generally scaling back will start in April. [or sooner, if I can get organized]

I’m so excited to be doing this again for the LOVE of it. Part time work – and full time love! I’m so relieved to come to this place, and I appreciate your patience as I grappled with these tough choices – and for your continued support!

With love, gratitude, and the upmost loyalty!

Nicole Rixon

Create & Design Your Own Cards for the Holidays

Hello everyone, it’s Mona Toth here, and I am super excited to share my guest design post featuring the brand-new Sweet Stamp Shop release! Winter is my favorite season, and I absolutely fell in love with the Marshmallow Holiday stamp set from Sweet Stamp Shop – so I made two cards using the stamp set, as well as a fun bonus card! 🙂 The stamp set is super easy to use, and the images and colors were so cute and just perfect for the holiday season.

The first thing I did on the first project was ink blending. I used the Tumbled Glass and Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide inks.

The next step was stamping, coloring, and fussy-cutting. I added some wording to the background and used a bunch of tiny Marshmallows from this set, simply because they are so cute! For these colors, I used my Copic Markers (colors: W1, W3, W5, R20, BG0000). The last step was adhering the images to my card.

I used the Chocolate Mug from the same stamp set for my second card, which featured fun party marshmallows and vibrant pink coloring. I can’t get enough of this set: serious cuteness overload, especially for the holidays!

First, I crafted the background using Washi Tape and Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink. I then cut a 3,5×4,75″ red cardstock, heat-embossed the sentiment using White Embossing powder, and sprayed it with White Ink.

The next step was stamping and coloring using my Copic Markers  (colors: R24, R27, R29, 0, W1, W3, W5, W7 and E55, E57, E44, E42 for the cocoa). For the final touches, I made highlights with Signo Uniball White Pigment Pen and used Glossy Accents for the clear icing. Finally, I adhered everything together, and just like that, the card was finished! These stamp sets make DIY projects a breeze, and it’s fun to customize each one using my own extra flair.

As promised I am going to show you a bonus card that I made with the super cute Flying Squirrel stamp set. I think this is a perfect fall-themed stamp – I love the colors and the fun design, especially the falling leaves!

I used Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Inks for this particular card, and Copic Markers for the coloring: Squirrel – W01, W03, E42, E43, Y23, Y26, Y28, E55, E57 E59 R20; Leaves – Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19, YR17 RV52, RV55, RV66. The Squirrels are super adorable, and they make a fabulous birthday card!

Thank you for reading my post! I hope my creations have inspired you to make your own fun holiday cards at home. I am so thankful for this amazing opportunity to be a guest!  If you like my creations please feel free to follow me on Instagram. 🙂

Hugs, Mona

Stamps Used:

Additional Supplies:

  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Copic Markers
  • Washi Tape
  • Signo Uniball White Pigment Pen

How to Create a DIY Minimalistic Planner Layout

Hi, friends! It’s Katie here to share with you how I use Sweet Stamp shop in my weekly planning routine. I love using planners to map out my daily activities each week, and adding Sweet Stamp Shop’s planner decorations is a great way to keep me organized – and actually have fun while doing it! Easy-to-use planner stamps and stickers are a great place to start if you’ve been thinking about adding a little zest to your weekly planning routine.  

Leave Space on Your Planner for To-Do Lists & Appointments

I love decorative planning, but my style generally tends to be more minimalistic. have a pretty minimalistic style. I want a cute layout is a must, but my plans are the most important part even more important; this means I need plenty of space for writing to-do lists and appointments.

Match Stamps with Your Daily Activities

I always start with the most functional planner stamps to highlight my daily plans. Before I start to begin, I always like to have a general idea of what my week will look like so these that the stamps will match up with my daily activities; usually, this means leaving plenty of space for lists!

Decorate and Customize Each Planner Page

After I complete the functional part – mapping out my daily activities, organizing stamps, etc. – I know about how much space I’ll have left for fun decorations. This is the fun part! I like to customize each page of my planners, and I try to make sure the decorations are visually balanced while still allowing my plans to be the focal point (and easily legible).  and and I let myself have fun with this space. I try to make sure the decorations are visually balanced on each page. I also want to make sure my plans are still the focal point. This week, I went with a few hexagons in the corner stamps and colored them with fun fall colors.

Fill in Your Daily Plans and Activities

The last step of my planning process is always filling it in with my daily plans, activities, and reminders. There’s usually still quite a bit of white space when I wrap up my beginning-of-the-week planning session, but which means I can add as much as I need to throughout the week!

Stamps Used:

Additional Supplies

  • Crayola SuperTips
  • Papermate Black Flair M

Super Quick DIY Planner Layout for Busy Moms

Hello Sweet Friends! Its Cheryl here to show you how to create quick planner layouts that aren’t short on pretty! As a mom of two boys that also works full time, I don’t always have time to create super involved planner layouts but I’ll admit that I do prefer pretty planner pages! So here are a few quick and easy DIY Planner layouts!

Easy Monthly DIY Planner Layout

Easy Monthly DIY Planner Layout

Here is a quick and easy way to create monthly planner overview pages to help you keep track of important dates, monthly goals, and your monthly to-do list.

Keep track of important dates

Use a Pencil to Draw a Border in Your Planner

First I drew a border in my planner pages in pencil, then I stamped some of the flowers from the Bouquet Stamp set onto sticker paper, fussy cut the images and placed them onto a few corners of my planner pages, however, you can stamp directly into your planner pages to save time.

Next, I stamped “November” right on the pencil line on the upper left-hand corner using a stamp from the Monthly Script stamp set.

Draw a border in my planner pages in pencil

Write Planner Days of the Month in Pencil

I went over the pencil border with a black pen, let it dry, and then erased any visible pencil marks. On the first page, I wrote out the numbers 1-30 for the days of the month which will be used to track important dates of the month. Lastly, I stamped out some banners using the Banners and More Stamp set and wrote in “goals”, “to-do”, and “notes” on the second page. Check out the picture below to see these pages in action!

Write in “goals”, “to-do”, and “notes”

Easy Weekly DIY Planner Layout

Easy Weekly DIY Planner Layout

Weekly layouts are so key for a busy mom! With so many tasks that need to be balanced between work, home, and school, we need a place to capture the week’s to-do lists!

Create a Decorative Banner on Top of Planner Layout

First I created a decorative banner using the Bouquet Stamp Set and the Cartoon Filled Alpha Stamp set. For my B6 traveler’s notebook, I cut a piece of sticker paper about 1.75” x 6.25”, placed a piece of scrap paper behind the sticker paper, and randomly stamped flowers onto the strip of sticker paper until it was relatively full. Then I stamped “Nov. 18” and drew a border using a pencil.

Pencil Line Dates onto the Planner Layout

Next, I traced over the border using a black pen, and then I penciled in some lines for the dates of the week. I stamped the dates using the Cartoon Alpha Stamp set and six checklist banner from the Planner starter kit onto sticker paper (you can stamp directly onto your planner if you’d like), fussy cut them. I placed the numbers between the penciled in lines and the banners above and below the dates. I also placed the decorative banner onto the far right of the planner layout.

Lastly, I wrote in the days of the week except for “Saturday and Sunday” and used “weekend” instead. There you have it! Quick and easy DIY planner layouts for busy moms (or busy people in general)!

Stamps Sets Used:

Additional Products Used:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Black Pen
  • Black Stamping Ink
  • Acrylic Block

Create an Adorable Card With This Easy to Use Card Making Starter Kit

Hello again, sweet crafters! This is Ashlea and I’m back today to show you a cute card I created using Sweet Stamp Shop’s Card Making Starter Kit! The card I created was made using the PDF’s included when you purchase the kit. The PDF’s come with explicit instructions on how to use the products included in the kit. The kit also comes with lots of coloring pages and A2 sized card fronts decorated with Sweet Stamp Shop designed images–like these donuts!

Print/Cut Out Images and Color with Pencil

After I printed the page with this design on it, I trimmed the design down to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and colored all of the donut images with colored pencil. I didn’t do any shading as I wanted the colors to be bold and flat, almost as if it were printed in color.

Stamp Birthday Sentiment on to Black Cardstock

I wanted an embossed sentiment, so I used the “Wish Big” sentiment from the Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink on a piece of black cardstock and embossed it with fluorescent pink embossing powder to pull in the colors of the patterned card front. I adhered this piece to the center of the patterned card front with foam tape to add dimension.

Create a Mat for the Card Front

To make the pink even more dominant on the card, I used a piece of 4″x 5 1/4″ colored card stock that was very close in color to the embossing powder and using it as a mat for the card front. I adhered the card front in the center of the colored cardstock and then adhered all of that together to an A2 sized card base. Finally, I added some Rhubarb Crumble Nuvo drops to the corners of the sentiment block for some added interest and dimension.

I hope this has inspired you to create using the PDF’s included in your card making kit. I love that all of these beautiful images and patterns are included and can be used as coloring practice or for cards again and again. Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’ll see you soon!

Stamps Used:

Other DIY Products Used:

  • Printer
  • Versamark Black Ink
  • Colored Pencil
  • Black Cardstock
  • Fluorescent Pink Embossing Powder
  • Foam Tape
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Rhubarb Crumble Nuvo drops