Monthly Archives: January 2013

Oficially Awesome Valentine

Mustache Valentine-001

Supplies: MDS2+ (130646), MDS2 (130644), MDS2 upgrade (130650), or 30-day FREE trial of MDS2 (130910); Officially Awesome Valentines Kit (133009); Love Letter Designer Series Paper – pattern 1 (124012)

This is going to be my husband's valentine. I plan to print out the card front and mount it on Cherry Cobbler card stock. He has a mustache which I won't let him shave off. Yes…I guess I have a thing for mustaches! I used parts of the Oficially Awesome Valentine Kit to make this card. The background is one of the prints in the Love Letter Designer Series Paper. Purchase both the kit and the dsp by clicking on their names or by visiting my online store.


Love Letter dsp index

Love Letter Designer Series Paper



Oficially Awesome Valentine index

Oficially Awesome Valentines


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Until your next visit…blessings,

Day in the Life Scrapbook Page

Armful of Love-001
Supplies: MDS2+ (130646), MDS2 (130644), MDS2 upgrade (130650), or 30-day FREE trial of MDS2 (130910); BackgroundDay in the Life Designer Series Paper -9 from the Day in the Life Kit (128876); EmbellishmentsNeutral Delightful Digital Tape 4 (128874)- very vanilla; StampsFrench Foliage – splatter 9 found in the Autumn Spice Digital Kit (122175); PunchesFlag Punch (125785),  Filled with: colors using the color picker and Day in the Life Designer Series Paper– 7 from the Day in the Life Kit.

Digital kits are such a great bargain! You may not want to use the templates in a digital kit but the designer series papers, embellishments and stamps included in the kits can be used again and again.

I used elements of two digital kits for today's scrapbook page. I used the designer series papers from Day in the Life Kit as the background and to fill a couple of the flag punches.This kit includes a 36-piece stamp brush set, 12 Designer Series Paper patterns, 21 embellishments, and a two-page 8" x 8" designer template.

Day in the Life index

The splatters I used came from the French Foliage stamp brush set which comes in the Autumn Spice Digital Kit. Unfortunately, this is the only way you can get this lovely stamp brush set. However, another stamp brush set the Day of Gratitude is included as well as the 12 designs of the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper. You get all of this for only $9.95. The Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper that was in the 2010 Holiday mini catalog is retired but with this kit, you can use it again and again! Check out all the pieces of this kit.

Autumn Spice index

Have I convinced you yet of the great bargain you get with digital kits? To order the two kits I have featured today, either click on their linked names under the photo or visit my online store to place your order.

Thanks for coming by to visit today. I invite you to grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a moment to browse through the  projects I have shared.

Until your next visit…blessings,
Sue Erickson


Best of 25 Years – Birthdays

Best of 25 years - birthdays

To celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 25 years of bringing us beautiful, high quality stamps, the company is going through their storage vaults, collecting the best stamps from the last 25 years, and grouping them into 12 collections of 3-5 stamps. Each collection will also have a brand new, never-seen-before stamp. A new collection will be released each month this year. These stamp sets are only going to be available in clear mounts and will sell for $14.95. The first one is Best of Birthdays.

You know you will want to collect them all! When you purchase any 6 of these sets, you will be able to choose a $14.95 or less stamp set for free. Collect all 12 sets and you can get 2 free $14,95 sets. Stampin' Up! has even created a collection card for you to keep track. The collections will be available to order through March of 2014.

Collector's card

To start your collection, click here to order the Best of Birthdays (132929).

Thanks for stopping by to visit. I invite you to grab a cup of coffee or tea and spend a little while browsing through my blog. If you like what you see and would like to receive my monthly newsletter filled with tips and exclusive projects, fill out the box on the right to subscribe.

Until your next visit…blessings,

Sue Erickson

Terrific Tuesday – So Sorry Download

So Sorry card-001Supplies: MDS2+ (130646), MDS2 (130644), MDS2 upgrade (130650), or 30-day FREE trial of MDS2 (130910); Background – Card Stock/So Saffron; EmbellishmentsTimeless Taffeta Trimmings (131329); StampsSo Sorry (133013); PunchesDotted Scallop Ribbon Punch (122151), 1.25 Square Punch filled with Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper– 3 (130670), Get It Done – punch 1 from Get It Done Kit (129924)

How often are you at loss for words when something bad happens to a friend or relative? This new download from today will solve your problem! Just look at all the situations that are addressed!

So Sorry index
I created this card using this stamp brush set and Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper. To cover the seam between the Whisper White  Dotted Scallop Ribbon border and the dsp, I added my favorite Timeless Taffeta Trimmings ribbon. I used the Not Quite Navy selections and recolored them with Baja Breeze.

Want to see the rest of today's terrific downloads? Just click here. They are on the right-hand side of my online store front.

I like to give you a list of the supplies I have used in a project and give you the links to those supplies in my online store. I am wondering if the present way of listing them works well for you or would they be better in a vertical list at the end of my blog post. Please leave me a comment as I want to have the list be the most helpful.

Until your next visit…blessings,
Sue Erickson

Yay! Sale-a-bration!

Pg 1 of alternate SAB Pg 2 of alternate SABclick on the pictures for the full size picture.

Isn't the new Spring Catalog full of wonderful ideas and products to add to our stamping and scrapping tool chest? Is your wish list as long as mine? Then we are both in luck!

Today Sale-a-bration begins and runs through March 22! What is Sale-a-bration you ask? It is an annual promotion held by Stampin' Up! where you can choose a FREE item from the above flyers for each $50 you spend in Stampin' Up! product. This offer is good for workshop orders as well as online orders.

But… your wish list is really long, huh? Then you would be happy to know that some of those items could be purchased with Hostess Dollars when you host a workshop at your home or a catalog workshop. Hostesses whose workshops total $400 or more will get $65 Hostess Dollars, 50% off any full-priced item, a FREE product bundle of the Madison Avenue stamp set, the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper AND the Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack. Whoohoo! Oh I forgot to add, you also get a free package of Silver Glimmer Paper! Contact me by email or give me a call to schedule your workshop before my calendar is full.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Sneezy Card Class

Side view of Sneezy

In many states, the flu is holding lots of people hostage to their beds. Do you know anyone who has the flu or a bad cold? This Sneezy pocket tissue holder is sure to cheer them up. Not only will they be cheered because you thought of them but Sneezy's face can't help but bring a smile to their face.

You have only 5 more days to register for the Sneezy class being held Jan 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Dina's craft room in Craig. The class fee is $10. Have fun with friends as you learn how to make this project. Space is limited so email me or give me a call at 907-401-0192 to secure your seat!

Hope to hear from you soon,

Sue Erickson

A Sunshine and Sprinkles Happy Birthday

Sunshine and Sprinkles digital birthday card

Supplies: MDS2+ (130646), MDS2 (130644), MDS2 upgrade (130650), or 30-day FREE trial of MDS2 (130910); Background – Card Stock/Marina Mist; EmbellishmentsSatin Ribbon (121063) – Certainly Celery bow; StampsBring on the Cake Stamp Brush Set (124015) – Happy Birthday Script; PunchesFlag Punch (125785) Filled with: Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper – 11 and 16 (130670)

I discovered this morning that today is a friend's birthday and wanted to send a birthday e-card to her via FaceBook. So I open up my MDS2 program on my computer and create a card, attach the photo of it to a comment on her wall and deed is done!

That is one reason I love MDS so much! It is so convenient! There is no mess and no fuss! Are you ready yet to give digital crafting a whirl? Click on the 30-day FREE trial of MDS2 link and get started. I am here to help you so don't hesitate to ask for the help.

Now on to the card. I love the new Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper you can purchase from the new Spring Catalog and am so delighted that it is also available in digital form. The colors are so cheery! I used it to fill the flag punch. I added a second flag punch and used the color picker feature to fill it with a shade of blue from the dsp.

The yellow layer is the 1.25" square punch filled with another pattern of the Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp. Originally I had filled it with one of the creamy colors in the flag's dsp. I loved the color but wanted more texture on that layer so I filled the punch with dsp instead. (It's so wonderful to be able to change your mind with a few keystrokes and not have a wasted piece of paper!) The greeting is from the Bring on the Cake stamp brush set. I have included the index for this stamp set and an index of the wonderful Sunshine & Sprinkles dsp below.

Bring on the Cake index   Sunshine & Sprinkles index

To order any of the supplies I used in this project, either visit my online store or click on the links under the photo.

Thanks for coming by to visit today. Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and take time to browse my blog. If you like the projects you see and would like to see more, subscribe to my monthly newsletter by filling out the form on the right.

See you tomorrow for Terrific Tuesday,
Sue Erickson

Affection Collection Valentine

Affection  Valentine-001Supplies: MDS2+ (130646), MDS2 (130644), MDS2 upgrade (130650), or 30-day FREE trial of MDS2 (130910);Background – Card Stock/Very Vanilla; EmbellishmentsTimeless Taffeta Trimmings – ruffle bow and large bow (131329) not quite navy (re-colored); StampsInk Splatter 4 (comes with MDS2), Affection Collection (133016); Punches – 1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = BLUSHING BRIDE; Subtles Playful Patterns Designer Series Paper – pink pirouette 1 (126163)

Love is in the air when you use the Affection Collection Stamp Brush Set. It gives such a romantic and vintage flair to any card you create. I added the ink splatters to this card to build on the antique feel. I was challenging myself to create a more artsy card. Did I succeed? Leave a comment letting me know what you think. This style is out of my comfort zone and I'll appreciate any suggestions you care to give. Thanks!

Until next time…blessings,

It Will Be Like Christmas Every Month


Do you like receiving surprises in the mail? Do you love the feeling of opening presents on Christmas morning with the exciting anticipation of what might be in the package? Then you will love this from Stampin' Up!

It's a Magical Paper Escape Every Month!

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .

I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.

I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:

All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!

Get Started

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Don't forget to choose me as your demonstrator when you sign up! Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:

  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you and your customer a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.) Once you sign up, you will automatically get a kit each month.
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.Be sure to choose me as your demonstrator.

Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store and purchasing a trial kit.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Contact me if you want more information or if you have questions.

See you next time…blessings,