5 Great Summer Baking Ideas

5 Summer Baking Ideas with Great Packaging from ExpressioneryWhether you’re attending a backyard barbecue or whipping up a sweet treat for family, summer is a great time to explore new delicious desserts. Our friend and designer Laura Kelly has partnered with some amazing bloggers and The Bakers Party Shop to bring you plenty of fun recipes to try in your own kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorites, complete with DIY gift tags and fun packaging to give your baked good the perfect handmade touch.

Great Summer Baking Ideas For Any Party with #ExpressioneryBakes

The next time you need to bring a sweet treat to a gathering, take a look and find some inspiration from one of these four great summer baking ideas.

1. Watermelon Treat bakers-party-expressionery1 Nothing says summer like a tasty watermelon, but these watermelon rice Krispie Treats look just as sweet! Get the full instructions on the Housewife Hellraiser blog here and recreate this treat for yourself. Use the Baked With a Lot of Love Expressionery stamp paired with fun pink cookie bags and baker’s twine from The Bakers Party Shop to seal your cookies before delivery. Yum!

2. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches Ice Creamcookies Who doesn’t love ice cream at the end of a hot summer day? Ice cream + cookies = one amazing summer dessert sandwich! Head to Sparkle Living to learn how to make these delicious chocolate ice cream sandwiches from scratch. Use an ice cream cone cookie cutter from The Bakers Party Shop for added cuteness and a personalized tag using a personalized Expressionery stamp to recreate the fun packaging.

3. White Chocolate Sprinkled Popcorn white-chocolate-popcorn-gift-tagTechnically a snack turned dessert, popcorn is a treat that travels well and loved by all ages. To make this colorful version look to the lovely ladies of LollyJane for the complete how-to. You’ll want to stock up on white chocolate, colorful sprinkles, this domed lid and cup set from The Bakers Party Shop as well as Tasty Treat self-inking stamp for the tag.

4. 4th of July Cereal Treat july_4th_dessert Independence Day is right around the corner and these red-white-and-blue nautical themed cereal treats are a great dessert to bring along to the fireworks show. Head over to Michelle’s Party Plan It for all the details and a full list of supplies, including our popular Baked with Love self-inking stamp to add a personal touch.

5. Spectacular Sea Inspired Sugar Cookies How-to-decorate-seashell-sugar-cookies-772x1024 If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at fancy sugar cookies, visit Make Life Lovely for a master class on these seahorse and sea shell cookies.

Bakers, don’t forget to snap a photo of your finished goodies and be sure to tag #ExpressioneryBakes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest. Save 25% sitewide using code SUNSHINE25 too, so grab a stamp and start baking!

Even More Inspiration

How To Make Simple Social Media Calling Cards


These days, there’s more than one way to keep in touch. It’s not just about exchanging business cards, sharing cell phone numbers or swapping email addresses. Let’s be honest, no one is going to ask your child to a playdate via a work email address or phone number. We’re living in a social world now and that requires new social contacts to remember. Whether it’s Facebook connections, Instagram usernames or Twitter handles, who has time to recall so many details?!

No worries, our new Social Contact Cards might just do the trick. While these may look like traditional business cards, they function as social calling cards. Designed for those situations where personal and professional life mix, these cards are easy to customize and perfect for small business owners, bloggers, multi-tasking moms, and the crafter/maker.

What To Include on a Social Media Contact Card

cardpile You may not always want to share a phone number, but, you will want to add some more informal ways to get in touch.

This could include:

  • Name or Nickname
  • Business name
  • Email
  • Social media handles
  • City
  • Website address
  • Blog URL
  • Tagline or note

If you plan to use social calling cards as a parent, you may also want to include children’s names on the cards. For example: “Jen Nelson: Taylor and Abby’s Mom” Take a look at some of our examples below to find inspiration and see how social contact cards can fit your lifestyle.

Crafty Creative bizcard1 These are great for makers and crafters working in the creative industry!

Savvy Small Business Owner yellownotebook As a small business owner it can be a challenge to find cards that can be both professional and personal.

Bustling Blogger foodbnlog1 For the blogger who attends meetups, conferences and events these cards are a great networking tool.

Mom-on-The-Go kidscards Mom’s love to connect and what better way to help you recall both children and parent’s names than with a stylish little calling card?

Make A Statement with Contact Cards

The best thing about social contact cards is the ability to match them to your individual style. This is where you get to have some fun and add some personality. You may want to consider creating cards to match your brand, using similar colors and fonts. Or, get creative and design a card that stands out from the traditional white business cards sitting in a pile. Add your logo, a colorful photo or monogram and you’re all set!

All Expressionery.com contact cards come in a variety of themes, colors and styles ready for you to customize. Once you’ve settled on a card design don’t forget to keep a few in your wallet for those impromptu moments when scribbling on an old receipt just won’t do.

Bright and Cheery Dessert Party Inspiration from Dena Designs

This is a guest post from our featured artist Dena Designs. Shop her stationery and paper product collection including address labels, notepads and invitations on Expressionery.com dena1

Summer is all about outdoor entertaining and what better way to do it than with color! Even something as simple as lemonade paired with delicious desserts can make for a great fete. Just add flowers, some colorful accessories, and paper decor to really make your party pop!

Table decorations are so important for a stand-out summer party. To make your décor unique, use vintage tins as vases. Tip: Put the flowers in a juice glass filled with water and then hide the juice glass in the tin. This prevents any leakage or rust.
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Place cards are also a simple way to make your guests feel special. Take a look around your home to see what you might be able to repurpose for a party. For example, bamboo skewers (also great for summer barbecues!) can be made into cupcake picks with just a little creativity. Those pictured here are made from office tags and leftover craft ribbons Just place the skewer into the center of a cupcake and voila! This is a fun way to make goodies stand out on a table. Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.27.57 PM

Overhead party decorations bring partygoers’ eyes up and make the space really festive. For this party, bowls were hung and filled with fresh flowers.
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Bring the comfort of the indoors outside and make your guests cozy with some throw pillows. You can mix and match shapes, sizes, and textures to add even more color to your party.

Serving trays are also a nice touch and so useful for an outdoor party. This vintage tray was transformed into something new by adding a piece of custom cut glass. You could even decorate a tray with patterned fabric or paper to customize it to fit your own style. On this tray there is even a little stitched applique for a final sweet touch.
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Now on to food! These hand-painted sugar cookies are so easy to create and delicious. To make your own cookie “paints,” follow this simple recipe:

Put 1 tsp corn syrup and 1/4 tsp water into a small cup. Tint with food coloring and stir well. Paint the unbaked cookies before baking using a small paintbrush. Bake according to the cookie recipe. Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.27.41 PM
Now you’ll want a bright drink to match your colorful cookies and pink lemonade is the perfect beverage for a dessert party. It’s so refreshing on a hot summer day. Mix up some of your favorite lemonade or put your own twist on this recipe:
Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.27.53 PM Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice, plus 4 lemons, thinly sliced crosswise, for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
Directions: Bring granulated sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a pan over high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Add lemon juice, superfine sugar, cranberry juice, and 1 1/2 quarts water to a serving container. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 1 day. To serve, add ice cubes to fill and garnish with lemon slices or edible flowers.

Invite your friends or family over to enjoy, there are so many ways to make a summer soiree bright for everyone!

4 Address Stamps That Make Great Closing Gifts

custom stamps | perfect closing gifts For new home-owners, an address stamp makes the perfect closing gift. It’s something that celebrates the new home and can be used for years to come. Whether you’re a realtor, broker or lender, a custom address stamp is a great way to keep your brand in front of your client with a product they’ll use for as long as they own their home.

An address stamp is a thoughtful closing gift idea for every kind of new homeowner, be that a family, a couple or solo buyer. Here are a few of our best sellers for each group.

1. Families: The Williams, $45 at Expressionery.com
The Williams custom stamp is our very best seller. It’s classic design will delight all your customers.

Williams Custom Address Stamp | Perfect Closing Gift Ideas

2. Couples with Different Last Names: Tie between First Name Basis & Signature Style,$45 at Expressionery.com
When you have two people living in a home with two last names, a stamp featuring two first names is the best choice. We like Signature Style for a classic look and First Name Basis for a more modern twist.

First Name Basis Address Stamp | Closing Gift Ideas

3. Female Buyer: The Autograph, $45 at Expressionery.com
This self-inking personalized Autograph custom stamp is fun, modern and casual, featuring the buyer’s first name in an autograph–style script.

Autograph Custom Address Stamp | Great Closing Gift Ideas

4. Male Buyer: Darwin, $45 now $24.75 at Expressionery.com
Men will appreciate the simple modern design and convenience of a self-inking stamp. It’s a great and practical closing gift idea.

Darwin Address Stamp | Closing Gift Ideas for Men

Now on sale! Get 45% off this custom self-inking address stamp!

Why Expressionery Custom Stamps?
Expressionery produces the highest quality custom stamps. Our self-inking stamps have a crisp, clear imprint and are good for thousands of impressions. Expressionery is the only site that offers instant digital preview on round stamps and custom auto-text sizing technology. This means you can see the personalization before you place the order and even long addresses will fit.

For the busy realtor on-the-go, all our custom stamps come packaged in a muslin cotton bag, which is perfect for gifting. While the package comes with an Expressionery tag, it can be easily swapped out with your business card to keep your name and phone number top of mind (and qualify as a marketing expense).

All of our self-inking address stamps are $45, making these address stamps a unique, special and affordable custom closing gift. Our personalized stamps also ship in less than 5 days, so you can order your gift in plenty of time to present it during closing.

custom stamps | perfect closing gifts