Sweet Shoppe Designs

Sweet Shoppe Saturday 4/19

Hey, hey Sweet Shoppers! I’m here in your inbox again this week at our brand new “it’s Sweet Shoppe Saturday somewhere” time, and I have to tell you that while it is so nice to not HAVE to be glued to my computer on Friday nights, I almost don’t know what to do with myself! It seems like many of you are enjoying the new schedule though as I got lots of notes of gratitude last weekend which was so nice to hear!

Our designers have been hard at work all week, so I have oodles of yummy new stuff including a bunch of new scoops which I know you guys are going to love. So without further babbling from me, here’s your first look at this week’s sweet new stuff along with what you may have missed around the site since we last spoke…

As a reminder, today is the final day to grab our amazing Spring Fling collab when you spend $20 in the shoppe. This kit is scrumptious and we know you are going to love playing with it. Spring Fling will not be included in our Flashback Finale during next year’s Anniversary celebration, so if you want this one, be sure to grab it today before it’s retired for good…

There has been lots going on around the site this week, so be sure you stop by and take a peek at what’s new…




I am seriously so proud of the facelift we’ve given our tutorial section! It is so much easier to navigate now to find what you’re looking for. If you’re ever looking for a tutorial on something we don’t have or just have ideas for something new, feel free to contact me any time to share your ideas!

On that note, I’m off for the week, but I’ll be here in your inbox next weekend with lots more sweet new stuff. In the meantime, keep making memories and scrap MORE!

4 in ’14 – Libby Pritchett

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Another Featured Designer Friday is here Sweet Shoppers, and this week we’re  bringing you part two of Libby Pritchett’s spotlight featuring her super-fantabulous 4 in ’14 post! I have been loving the chance to get to know our designers a little better words and pictures and I hope you have been enjoying it too! Don’t forget between now and next Thursday, April 24th,  you’ll get Libby’s playful featured designer kit, Clap Along, absolutely FREE when you spend $10 in the shoppe!

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I always have the best of intentions when it comes to playing along with our “Project Love Me” selfie project here at Sweet Shoppe, but I’m horrible about actually putting myself in front of the camera. Still, I was surprised that when it came time to look for photos to post here, I was able to find a few that I really liked.

I usually straighten my hair and wear contacts for photos, so I had to include the first one to show you more of the “everyday” Libby with curly hair & glasses.  The upper right was taken on a date night with my sweet husband Jeff back in December.  The lower left is with my oldest daughter, Kendra Grace.  See that she’s towering over me?  That’s not an illusion.  Lower right is my cute Chloe Bean.  She’s 2 and full of energy!

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Up until recently, we didn’t have cable, so the bulk of our tv-watching came from Netflix.  Even now that we have basic cable again, we still love to get comfortable and binge-watch a good show.  Here are a few of our favorites that we just couldn’t get enough of.

1.  Breaking Bad – If you haven’t watched this, do it.  Now.  The subject-matter didn’t seem interesting to me at all, but we watched it based on a friend’s recommendation.  It’s one of the best shows we’ve ever watched, and we found ourselves staying up WAY too late most nights. The writing is absolutely brilliant!

2.  24 – Jack Bauer.  *swoon*  I don’t even have words to tell you how excited I am for the return of this show in May!

3.  The Walking Dead – Another that I never thought I’d watch because I do NOT do zombies or horror movies.  I’ve got to admit though that after a friend made us watch the first episode, I was hooked.  It really isn’t scary as much as it’s about the lives of the characters living in an apocalypse. Now that season 4 is finished, I don’t know how we are going to make it til October when it comes back!

4.  Eureka – This is one you’ve probably never heard of.  Again, I didn’t think I’d be interested in it as it’s labeled as a “sci-fi” show.  I LOVE it though.  There’s comedy, drama, action… it’s just a fun show!  This is one I can actually see us watching again at some point.

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I love to read and think the Kindle is one of the greatest inventions of all time!  I love that I can have hundreds of books at my fingertips at any given time, and I never run out of things to read! Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve read recently.

1.  Timebound by Rysa Walker – This was recently a selection in the Amazon First program for Prime members. This is the first book by this author, but she hit it out of the park.  Admittedly, I love stories about time travel, so this one sounded interesting to me from the beginning.  I actually loved it so much that I had a total “fan girl” moment when I  wrote to the author via Facebook and she wrote back.

2.  Sycamore Row by John Grisham – I have been a fan of John Grisham since I was in high school, so I was anxious to read his latest offering that is somewhat of a sequel to his very first book, A Time To Kill.  It was great to get to revisit those old characters and hear more of their stories.

3.  Bossypants by Tina Fey – I’m not one for comedies or “chick lit,” but I do love Tina Fey.  I didn’t have very high expectations, but there were several laugh-out-loud moments in this book.  I was definitely pleasantly surprised!

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This is being made into a movie to be released later this year, so I wanted to read the book first.  It kept me intrigued from the beginning!  Very well-written and exciting.

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I think, as designers, we typically love most of the kits we create (or else we wouldn’t create them, right?), but some kits just stand out in my heart as a little more special.  These are kits that make me smile when I look at them.

1.  Oh, Happy Day – I’m proud of the fact that I’m a Christian, so it makes me especially happy when I’m able to celebrate my faith in a kit.  I loved the colors in this kit and had so much fun drawing the flowers in Illustrator.

2.  Hey Girl – It isn’t often that I do super over-the-top girly solo kits, but this time I just went nuts.  These bright colors were SO fun to work with!

3.  Who’s On First – It’s no secret that I love to design sports kits which is especially funny because I’m probably THE least-athletic person you’ll ever meet.  I’m an excellent spectator though!

4.  Weird Boy – This kit makes me smile because the idea for the kit came from a light-night silly discussion with Robin while we were in Vegas last year for the staff retreat.  We stayed up til 5:30am our last night there, and Robin told a story about her son that, in hindsight, was probably not nearly as funny as we thought it was then.  In the moment though, we laughed until we cried, and I told her right then that I was making a kit based on the story.  Now when I see this kit, it reminds me of that night!

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These may not seem like big indulgences to some people, but they are special treats for me!

1.  Starbucks –  Mmmmmmm how I love coffee.  Hot, over ice, blended… I love it all.  I rarely pay Starbucks prices for a drink, so when I do allow myself to get one, it’s like a little bit of Heaven.

2.  Amazon – As I mentioned earlier, I love to read, but I don’t often buy books.  Typically, I borrow from the library or borrow from friends.  Every once in a while, when the budget allows, I like to go crazy and buy myself an Amazon gift card to keep on hand so that I can pick up some new books when the mood strikes.

3. Pinterest – I actually have to be careful about going to Pinterest because I can lose hours of my day here.  When I’m working, I avoid it like the plague.  Yes, I can find inspiration there, but it isn’t worth the cost!  LOL  So, when I’m finished with a kit or when I’m working on our weekly menu, I love to allow myself some time to just browse.  I owe some of our favorite meals to Pinterest finds!

4.  Napping – I do love sleep.  In fact, when my oldest daughter was in kindergarten, she had to write a little story at school for mother’s day.  One of the sentences was “My mom’s favorite thing to do is ___________.”  She filled in the blank with “sleep”!  That’s pretty accurate!  As the mom of a very busy 2-year old, my napping days are few and VERY far between.  But when I have time to rest for an hour or two, it completely makes my day!

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Don’t forget to check back in with us next Friday and every friday after that as we put the rest of our incredible designers into the spotlight. Each of them have such quirky personalities that I’m positive each week will bring new surprises and special treats that we can’t wait to share with you!

One Word Wednesday: Denim

Our goal at Sweet Shoppe Designs has always been to bring you the best products in the community and showcase them in a beautiful way. Throughout the coming year, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on our products in a fun new way, one word at a time. It’s a interesting way to break things down and look and themes and concepts tackled by our talented designers in the products they create!

This week’s word is Denim, and we love the products we were able to dig up for you today. If you see anything you like click the image to be taken straight to the shoppe for a closer look!

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We sincerely hope you enjoy looking at these fun idea boards week after week, and should you have any ideas for a word you’d like to see showcased in the future, leave a comment below! If we choose to use your word, we’ll give you a free kit of your choice from the shoppe!

Tuck It In Tuesday – April 15

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Sweet Shoppers, it’s time for another  weekly round up of the best pocket scrapping layouts around! We’ve once again found some incredible pages over the last week to inspire you, so whether you pocket scrap digitally or hybrid style, we hope you enjoy this week’s showcase.

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Check in with us next Tuesday as we bring more sweet pocket page inspiration straight from the Sweet Shoppe Designs gallery!

Memory Lane Monday – Libby Pritchett

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A brand new week is here Sweet Shoppers, and that means it’s time for another trip down memory lane! Each week  in 2014, we’re putting some of our designer’s oldest products into the spotlight and sharing some amazing inspiration to show off just what can be done with these awesome goodies!

With Easter just around the corner, I decided to head back to 2012 to put one of my favorite holiday kits EVER into the spotlight! I distinctly remember instantly fawning over this darling kit from Libby when she first showed it off behind the scenes in our weekly staff new release thread, and I am still just as enamored with it now as I was then! Check out the layouts, new and old, that I was able to dig up to showcase this ridiculously sweet kit, and don’t forget Carrot Top will be 40% off until April 20th in our Bargain Bites section. I hope you enjoy this week’s trip back in time…

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Tune in next week to see who is in the spotlight next and feel free to leave a comment with a link to your layout if you decide to pick up and scrap with Libby’s Carrot Top this week sometime!

Sweet Shoppe Saturday 4/12

Hey, hey Sweet Shoppers! Are you surprised to see me in your inbox so early this week? Our team has been talking about things behind the scenes, and after some requests from our staff and customers to extend our Sweet Shoppe Saturday sale, we’ve decided to kick off our weekly new release celebration a little early each Friday night here in the States! After all, it’s Sweet Shoppe Saturday somewhere, right? This means from now on you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off in the shoppe from 6pm EST on Friday nights through 6am EST on Sunday mornings and we think that’s pretty sweet!

In addition to that exciting news, I have oodles of gorgeous new releases, a brand new featured designer freebie, a VERY special Spend $20 promotion and some other updates to share with you tonight, so let’s get right to it with your first look at this week’s sweet new stuff!

There are nearly 60 products hitting the shoppe this week, and I absolutely adore them! This week’s new releases are packed with gorgeous full size kits and scoops for you to devour (including a new one from yours truly), and I hope you guys love them too! In addition to having more time to sit back, relax and shop the sale before your busy weekend kicks off, it’s a great time to add to your stash because we have a brand new featured designer kit from Libby that’s yours free when you spend $10 in the shoppe and we also have a super sweet Spend $20 collab that’s different from anything else we’ve ever done before too! Take a peek at these two very special, limited time offers…

I am seriously so excited about our Spring Fling collab because we’ve never done anything like this before! I spent days personally choosing items from our designer’s previously released products to build this incredible mega kit that is packed with gorgeous bits and bobs that work perfectly together but which you may not have ever thought to dig up and put together on your own! It’s the ultimate freestyle collection which has been created from more than 50 of our designer’s amazing products and we hope you love it! Our talented SugarBabes created so many pages using this gorgeous collection of goodies that I just have to share what they’ve been up to over the past week…

This is seriously one collection you won’t want to miss because after this promotion expires on the 19th, Spring Fling will be retired into the Sweet Shoppe vault for good!

As always, we had some fun things going on around the site this week including our Memory Lane Monday post featuring Melissa’s Frame It Collection which is 40% off in our Bargain Bites section through Sunday, One Word Wednesday which showcased some of our favorite Monochromatic products and there’s always Tuck It In Tuesday and our inspiring Think Outside The Box challenges too…

On that note, I’m going to send lots of sweet wishes for a memorable week your way! I’ll be here in your inbox next weekend at our brand new, “it’s Sweet Shoppe Saturday somewhere” time of 6pm EST with lots more sweet new stuff. Until then, keep making memories and scrap MORE!

Featured Designer Friday – Libby Pritchett

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Sweet Shoppers, another Featured Designer Friday is here, and that means it’s time to put another of our amazing designers into the spotlight! Don’t forget, each member of our design team will be in the spotlight for two weeks before a brand new designer rotates into the mix every other Friday, so check back often to see what’s new…

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This week, Libby Pritchett is in the spotlight, and she’s created an adorable kit that  was inspired by a happy little tune that many of us probably have stuck in our heads right now! From family portraits to silly selfies and darling babies, the pages our Babes have created with Clap Along are so fun! Best of all, this wonderful kit is yours free when you spend $10 between now and April 24th, so head to the shoppe now so you don’t miss it!

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Check in next Friday to get to know Libby a little better in her 4 in 2014 post! We absolutely love this new image heavy post that will give you some insight into some of her favorite things, so don’t miss it! You’ll also want to play along in our challenges too because for our Think Outside The Box challenges on April 13th & 20th, you’ll have a chance to win a free kit of your choice from Libby’s shoppe too!

One Word Wednesday: Monochromatic

Our goal at Sweet Shoppe Designs has always been to bring you the best products in the community and showcase them in a beautiful way. Throughout the coming year, we’ve decided to put the spotlight on our products in a fun new way, one word at a time. It’s an interesting way to break things down and look at themes and concepts tackled by our talented designers in the products they create!

This week’s word is Monochromatic.   Some of the most stunning layouts in our gallery use this technique of combining varying tones of the same hue with a little accent color thrown in for a beautiful effect.  If you see anything you like, click the image to be taken straight to the shoppe for a closer look!

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Tuck It In Tuesday: April 8

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Sweet Shoppers, your weekly round up of the best pocket scrapping layouts around is here! We’ve managed to dig up some incredible pages over the last week to inspire you, so whether you pocket scrap digitally or hybrid style, we hope you enjoy this week’s showcase.

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Check in with us next Tuesday as we bring more sweet pocket page inspiration straight from the Sweet Shoppe Designs gallery!

Memory Lane Monday – Melissa Bennett

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A brand new week is here Sweet Shoppers, and that means it’s time for another trip down memory lane! Each week  in 2014, we’re putting some of our designer’s oldest products into the spotlight and sharing some amazing inspiration to show off just what can be done with these awesome goodies!

This week, we’re heading all the way back to 2008 to put a fantastic assortment of products from Melissa Bennett into the spotlight! Melissa has been around the Sweet Shoppe forever and while she has a slew of darling kits, as I was looking through the shoppe trying to choose what to showcase, I couldn’t help but be drawn to her awesome line of Frame It products! I think every digital scrapper needs a slew of playful frames in her stash to go back to again and again, so that’s why ALL of Melissa’s Frame It products are in our Bargain Bites section until next Monday, April 14th.  Check out the layouts, new and old, that I was able to dig up to showcase these fun essentials – some of the names on these layouts are a total trip back in time. I hope you enjoy this one…

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Tune in next week to see who is in the spotlight next and feel free to leave a comment with a link to your layout if you decide to pick up and scrap with any of Melissa’s Frame It frames this week sometime!