Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

Gentle Peace Christmas Card

Handmade Christmas Card using Gentle Peace stamp set

Last Christmas, Jan Tinklenberg created a card using this Gentle Peace stamp set and mounted the image on glitter paper after stamping it and coloring it on a window sheet. I knew then that I needed Gentle Peace and this technique for our Christmas cards this year. I have been saving the stamp set all year and finally put ink to it.

One of the best features of Stampin’ Up! products is that they work together so well. This card is a prime example of this. Since the image is a stained glass window, I stamped it onto a window sheet with Black Stazon ink. (I later experimented and the new Basic Black ink also works well on window sheets.) Then I colored the back side with my retired Blendabilities and mounted it onto Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with Fast Fuze. Finally, I trimmed both layers.

Since this is a church window with light shining through it, I needed a background suggestive of the outside of a church. I considered several options and then remembered the Brick Wall embossing folder I just had to have. A little Tip Top Taupe sponging on the embossed Tip Top Taupe cardstock did the trick. A window box stamped on Soft Suede with Soft Suede ink and the greens stamped  on Mossy Meadow cardstock with Mossy Meadow ink are from the Festive Fireplace stamp set and were cut out using the Festive Fireside and Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. See what I mean about how everything works together? You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the images below.

Virtual Swap Continues

Yesterday I started a virtual swap for Share an Idea Day. The way it works is that I share my swap card here and on my Facebook page. Then you create a card, go to my /the Soggy Stamper facebook page and share your card in a comment. I am running this swap for a few more days. Here is the card I shared yesterday.

Today, I am sharing a Christmas card I have created for a SUDSOL swap using the same Happy Scenes stamp set and Hearth & Home thinlits.

handmade Christmas card using the Hoppy Scenes stamp set and Hearth & Home thinlits dies

This is actually a shaker card. I filled the shaker part with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I love the way it piles up on the window sill just like snow would and the static electricity on the window sheet attracts some of the glitter like frost. The dog is from the Jingle All the Way stamp set and I cut the bow from Red Glimmer paper using the bow from the mini treat bag thinlits dies. To make space for movement of the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, I used picture mounting tape to lift the top layer.

Can you see the possibilities of this stamp set and thinlit bundle? To order the supplies I used in this card, click on the images below.

Now go add a card to my virtual swap. Go here to share it.

Sleigh Ride Edgelits Christmas Card

handmade Christmas card using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits and Softly Falling embossing folder

The Sleigh Ride Edgelits (139670) and Jingle All the Way stamp set (wood-139904, clear-139907) ) is one of my favorite bundles (wood -140861, clear-140862) in the new Holiday Catalog. I also love the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder (139672) so I combined the three items for this card.

You will be able to order from the Holiday Catalog starting next Tuesday. What? You don’t have a catalog yet? I’d love to send you one. Email me your phone number and best time to call you so we can discuss how you can get this wonderful catalog from me for FREE!

Now on to the details of this card. I used Shimmery White, Gold Foil, and Night of Navy cardstock. To get the background, I inked up the depressed side of the Softly Falling embossing folder, carefully placed my cardstock in the folder without moving it once it touched the ink, and ran it through the Big Shot. I love the look of snow falling from the night sky.

Now get out a piece of paper and make a list of what you want to order come next Tuesday. Don’t forget to contact me if you want a catalog.

Watercolor Wishes


handmade card using the Watercolor Wishes KitThe Watercolor Wishes Card Kit (140406) is a perfect stamping supply to take along when you are traveling. We have been in Craig, Alaska, for two weeks so my dh could fish for salmon and I could visit old stamping customers and my new recruit here. It has been a glorious two weeks with great fishing and wonderful times visiting old friends. Now I am having stamping withdrawal symptoms so I got out the Watercolor Wishes Kit which I had brought along. Everything needed except adhesive is included in the kit including two little ink pads and a stamp set only available with the kit. Of course, I didn’t read through the directions and had not brought adhesive with me. Luckily, I did order the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309) on my demo preorder from the Holiday catalog and, luckily, I had it delivered here in Alaska. (BTW, this new adhesive is wonderful!!!! You will have to order some!)

This is the first card I have made with the kit. I followed the suggested layout on the kit directions except I used the Happy Birthday stamp in place of a ‘hello’. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and was not pleased with the fuzzy stamping but decided to use the card anyway. Then I remembered this was the Watercolor Wishes kit and realized that the imprecise stamping was supposed to be that way. :o)

I am planning to use this kit for a Stamp-a-stack in September. The fee is $40 and will include your own kit which makes at least 20 cards and a light lunch. We will start on a Saturday at 10 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. if necessary to make all 20 cards. I will schedule the day in September in consultation with those who have registered and prepaid. I urge you to register as soon as possible as this kit is wildly popular and has been on backorder most of the summer. Contact me is you want to come.

I will be posting a series of posts featuring other cards created with this kit both here on my blog and on my Facebook page so be sure to follow me

From the Herd

The stamp set From the Herd makes me giggle each time I see it! I am so happy I bought it because I get such a kick out of it when I use it. I hope the recipients of my cards enjoy it as much as I do. I created this belated birthday card for our son whose birthday is on Sunday. Being an accomplished procrastinator, this is Friday and I just remembered again that his birthday is March 1. I remembered last week but didn’t take the time to make a card then. But…From the Herd is perfect for this card!

handmade birthday card using the From the Herd stamp set and blendabilities markersThe inside of the card says, “hope it was great!” I made a card for a friend last week with this set that says, “just looking in on you…” I left the inside blank and wrote a note of encouragement to her. I colored the images with Blendabilities, the alcohol markers Stampin’ Up! sells. I love them because the inks are more transparent than our Stampin’ Write markers and the inks blend together much easier. I know that I need to work more on my blending but I wanted to share this card even though my blending isn’t perfect. My motto for this year is ‘Get It Done’ so I have to compromise on doing things perfectly. :o)

Unfortunately, Blendabilities are not available right now as there have been some quality issues with the manufacturer. Stampin’ Up! stands behind everything they sell so they have pulled the Blendabilities until the quality issues are cleared up. However, you can purchase any of the other supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below. I appreciate your business.

Don’t forget that this is Sale-A-Bration time and you get to choose a free item exclusive to the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 of product you purchase through March 31. To make it even more exciting, Stampin’ Up! has added four new free items available March 1 – March 31. Check them out below:
For Being You Sale-A-Bration stamp setThe Thanks in this stamp set is perfect for coloring in with Blendabilities. I like the sweet line of little hearts too!
Screen shot of the In Color Accessory Pack available for free during MarchHave you tried the thick baker’s twine on page 207 in the annual catalog? It comes in the five 2013-2015 In Colors and now it comes in the 2014-2016 Incolors. And…you can get it for FREE. All five colors in one package plus matching buttons!
New Nature's Perfection stamp set for Free during the last month of Sale-A-BrationHere is another new free stamp set that is perfect for coloring with Blendabilities and I think the butterfly can be punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.
Finally here is the last new addition. This is a stack of printed 6″ x 6″ vellum sheets. The print is in Basic Gray so the design will show nicely when layered over all colors of card stock and just imagine how beautiful they would be if you colored in the designs with your Blendabilities!
screenshot of the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Pack
Sale-A-Bration has been around for years but having new product added the last month of Sale-A-Bration is exciting. Place an order with me or through my online store for $50 or more and get one of these great new exclusive products.
Contact me to schedule a workshop during March and get an extra $25 if the workshop sales are $250 or more. That means for a $250 workshop you will receive $65 in hostess dollars to spend on whatever you want. Yay!
Join my team as a demonstrator during March and get your choice of either one of the product kits in the catalogs or your choice of two Sale-A-Bration items like the ones above. Give me a call or email me with your phone number so I can call you. You can also sign up on my demonstrator web site.

Amped Up for Terrific Tuesday

Digital Birthday Card using the Amped Up Ampersands Kit digital downloadTuesdays are terrific because we get new Weekly Deals and this week’s deals are exciting! One of the items on sale is the Amped Up Ampersands Kit digital download (1348440). I used it to create this card. Click on the images below for more details on the supplies I used and to order them.

But there are many more wonderful deals for you this week. Check them out!

Screenshot of Weekly Deals for week of 2-17-15

For Your Valentine

I have been busy making Valentine treat bags using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies for our grandkids and great-grandkids and got the last of them mailed off so they will arrive in time. I was in such a hurry to get them mailed that I didn’t get a picture of them. That’s the story of my life. :o(

However, I did get a scan of this quick Valentine I made to enclose for one of the parents of our greats.

Quick handstamped Valentine using Sweetheart Punch and Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper StackThis card is so quick to create. I wrapped the strip of designer series paper from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack with retired white grosgrain ribbon. The greeting is from the You Plus Me stamp set, stamped on Whisper White with Real Red ink, and punched out with the Sweetheart punch. You can order the stamp set and paper stack as a bundle and save 15%. :o) I added a couple of red glimmer hearts for some bling and the card was done! Click on the image below to order any of the supplies you need to make this card for yourself.

Dear Valentine!


3-D handmade Valentine using You Plus Me stamp set and Stacked with Love paper stackHappy Valentine’s Day to all my readers. I hope your day is filled with love. I’ve had a wonderful time creating a special Valentine for my hubby! The creative spirit really kicked in…yay! Usually I need to make a quick card and don’t spend as much time on it as I have with this one.

I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack (137779), the You Plus Me stamp set (wood – 137133, clear 138594) (wood bundle -138879, clear bundle -138880), and the photopolymer stamp set Snuggles & Smooches (140326) to create this card. The middle greeting is a free digital download from Create with TLC that I printed on Whisper White cardstock and then cut out with a Labels Collection Framelits die (129381). I had to trim part of the top and bottom of the layer off so that the hinge mechanism would work.

I love how so many different Stampin’ Up! products play well with each other. Did you notice that the word LOVE was die cut using one of the banner dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (137547) and the ‘you’ was die cut using the Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363)? The frame base for the card was cut with a Sizzix die. This card does fold flat for mailing.

The card is square when folded up so I created my own 5″ square envelope from a piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper (133700) using the Envelope Punch board. Check it out! It was so quick to make. If you don’t have this tool yet, why not? Tip: Use a light touch with the bone folder when scoring designer series paper! It has a tendancy to split if you score too hard. I used some retired Washi tape to cover the splits. :o) It does add an element of design to the envelope.

Square envelope created with the Envelope Punch Board and Back to Black Designer Series Paper

The supplies I used that come from Stampin’ Up! are listed below. Click on them for more details and to order the ones you need.

Charlie Chaplin punch art


Charlie Chapman punch art using Bow Builder PunchThese little bows made with the Bow Builder Punch (137414) are so darn cute! Our son-in-law has adopted the bow tie as his trademark and recently added a bowler hat to his trademark. This bow reminds me of Joe’s bow ties so I just HAD to come up with this punch art dapper man. He looks like Charlie Chaplin but that wasn’t my original plan. Go ahead….laugh! I know the eyes and nose are funky.

To create this man, I used the third from the smallest Ovals Collection Framelits for the head. I cut out the top of the hat with just one end of the same framelit and straightened the sides slightly. The brim was punched with the Word Window punch. The nose is the wing of the Bird Builder Punch and I used the Fringe Scissors to make his moustache. I sponged a little Blushing Bride ink on his nose, cheeks, and chin to warm up his skin. So there you have it…Charlie Chaplin! I’m sure you can make him a little more artistic and less funky. Click on the items below to order any of the supplies I used.