Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

Wetlands Masculine Birthday Card

Wetlands Masculine Birthday CardI took time today to create a card for a couple of challenges on a demo group I belong to, SUDSOL. I just recently received the Wetlands stamp set (126695-w, 126697-c) and this is the first time I have used it. It is great for masculine cards! The greeting is from a hostess set Express Yourself . I love the font of this set! I used the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127821)for some texture on the card front. To order the supplies you need to create this card yourself, either click on the links or visit my online store to place your order. Contact me if I can be of any help to you with your stamping needs or questions.


Time’s Running Out on Sale-a-bration!

Petal Parade Birthday CardYes, time is running out on the biggest Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year…Sale-A-Bration! You have only 4 more days to get in on this great opportunity! For each $50 in product you order, you can choose one of the exclusive and limited Sale-a-bration products. So call me, email me, or place your order through my online store here now! I really want you to take advantage of this offer!

I created this card with the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (133521) a $10.95 value you get for free and the Petal Parade stamp set (133599-w/$17.95 FREE, 133602-c/$13.95 FREE). Visit here to see the Sale-a-bration brochure and all the wonderful goodies you can get but be sure to place your order through my online store.

Happy Pi Day!

Digital Pi Day card by Sue EricksonHey…it’s Pi Day! Yep…3-14 and we’re celebrating! Have you had your pie yet today? What is your favorite flavor? I think mine is pumpkin or Key Lime but that could quickly change depending on what is on the menu! :o) So…tell me what your flavor is. Leave it in a comment.

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Card Stock/Cherry Cobbler
Baker’s Twine Add-On Pack (127165) – Rich Razzleberry bow
Sweet Shop Designer Kit (129339) – embellishments/Sweet Shop – pie

Mouthwatering Designer Kit – cherries

Convention 2012 Photobook Template (130971) - curvy square frame punch,  Filled with:  My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780) – Mailbox Love Notes Designer Series Paper – 3

By All Means Do Not Do This!

Another Great Year digital Birthday card

Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910), Another Great Year Stamp Brush Set (137359), Be Yourself Designer Series Paper – 8 from Be Yourself May Kit (133426), Labels Collection Punch 1 (129336)

Oh, my goodness! Let me tell you…do not change project size/type of a digital project if you have a paint layer on the project! What a mess! All I did was to change from a landscape to a portrait orientation. The stamped image became much smaller and the paint layer became much bigger! I was able to salvage my painting by resizing both the stamped image and the painting until they matched up again but it took a lot of trial and error to get the correct sizes.

I didn’t get my usual Terrific Tuesday blog post done yesterday. Ron had an eye appointment in Seattle so we took extra time to have lunch with out daughter who lives there. We had a great time visiting and catching up. By the time we got home, those who live on the east coast were already heading to bed. However…there were some terrific downloads for us from Stampin’ Up! I just love it that we can get new things on a weekly basis at a price point that is affordable on a weekly basis. I was excited to see the Another Great Year stamp set being offered in digital form. This stamp set was introduced in the Spring catalog in the traditional hands-on forms and I have grown to love it from seeing all the great examples being created with it.

Now it is available in digital form. Why is that so exciting? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, with MDS files, they don’t retire. They are available to purchase indefinitely. Secondly, this particular stamp brush set is a .svg file which means that it can be enlarged or reduced to fit any sized need. So, you could take the big Happy Birthday to You greeting and make it small enough to fit into a 1″ circle punch or you could enlarge it enough to be a banner for a birthday party. In that case you might have to take the file to a print shop that can print out posters or you could attach your computer to an e-cutter to print it and cut it out. With the traditional stamp you are limited to just the 2 1/2″ x 4″ size of the stamp.

See…MDS fits into traditional paper-crafting as well as digital creating. If you haven’t given MDS and digital crafting a try yet, you are missing out on a lot of fun and convenience. Contact me for more information and to answer any questions you may have.

Here are the new downloads from yesterday 3-4-14. Click on the links for more details and to order the ones you like.

Another Great Year Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download
Another Great Year Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download

Price: $4.95
Dropping You A Line Kit - Digital Download
Dropping You A Line Kit – Digital Download

Price: $9.95
Envelope Liner Punches - Digital Download
Envelope Liner Punches – Digital Download

Price: $2.95
Essentials Wooden Elements - Digital Download
Essentials Wooden Elements – Digital Download

Price: $3.95
Natural Chevron Ribbon - Digital Download
Natural Chevron Ribbon – Digital Download

Price: $2.95
Perfect Couple Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download
Perfect Couple Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download

Price: $4.95
Pomp & Circumstance Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download
Pomp & Circumstance Stamp Brush Set – Digital Download

Price: $4.95




St. Patrick’s Day Pop ‘n Cuts card

We made a St. Patrick’s Day Pop ‘n Cuts card yesterday at the Craig/Klawock Stampers monthly club meeting. Most of the time I see something that gives me an idea which I file in the back of my mind but this time, I was at a loss for a St. Patty’s Day idea so I actually did a Pinterest search for a St. Patrick’s Day card. I found this card by Susy Miller.

St. Patrick's Day card by Suzy MillerHer punch art Irishman puts a smile on my face each time I look at him so I used her idea to create this Pop ‘n Cut card.

Deco Label Pop 'n Cuts St. Patrick's Day cardThe front of the card looks like this:

punch art pot of gold

Place an order of $25 or more through my online store and I will send you the FREE tutorial to make this card. Since it is Sale-a-Bration time, increase your order to $50 before shipping and taxes and also choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure! You can view the brochure here.

Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes (128748-w, 127802-c)
Paper - Gumball Green, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, and Cajun Craze card stock; Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (132994); 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130136)
Ink – Gumball Green, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar ink pads
Other – Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Woodgrain embossing folder (127821), Bird Punch (117191), Deco Label Collection Framelits (130102), Card Base Pop ‘n Cuts (130099), Label Insert Pop ‘n Cuts die (130160), Gumball Green Stitched 3/8″ Satin Ribbon (126848)

Happy Valentine’s Day! – Mailbox Love Notes

Mailbox Love Notes designer series paper

Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910), My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780)

My business coach challenged us to write a post about our favorite Valentine saying or verse. This is my all time favorite. There is a story behind it.

Years ago, we lived in a small town in Western Montana. I picked out a Valentine with this saying on it to give my husband on my way home from work in a neighboring town. On Valentine’s Day he handed me the card he picked out for me. When I opened it, I started laughing. It was the exact same card I had picked but he had bought his in the town we lived in. Obviously we have a similar sense of humor. I guess that is why we will be happily celebrating our 50th anniversary this year.

I am sure I have that card in my ‘Memories’ file at home but did not think in advance of finding it, scanning it and sharing the card with you before we left home to come back to Craig, Alaska, for a visit.

So….I used my trusty MDS program on my computer to create a digital card that is similar to the original card. I searched the available downloads in my online store and in my download library and did not find a stamp brush set or embellishment that was a pair of lips.

I used the ‘Add Line‘ tool under the ‘freeform’ button to add two circles and the creases on the sides of the mouth. I pulled and pushed the handles on the circles to make the lips shape and the puckered opening. Then I colored the lips Real Red with the freeform brush. I created the message with a series of text boxes. The background is design 3 of the Mailbox Love Notes Designer Series Paper found in the My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780). I have included below, images of what is included in this digital download. Click here to place your order for the class. Even if you are a seasoned designer, the content files in the class are worth the price of admission.

My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes digital download

My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes digital download

MDS Monday – Filling a punch with own dsp


Putting your own designer series paper in a punchDid you know you can create your own designer series paper and fill a punch with it? For the MDS Monday Challenge 52, we were to use music somewhere on our card. Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I wanted to create a valentine to meet this challenge. Every time I have been separated from my husband and he comes back, my heart sings for joy at his return, even after 50 years of life together. I wanted to express this to him through this valentine.

In keeping with the challenge, I wanted to fill the heart punch with music. I could not find any designer series paper in MDS that was music so I created a sheet myself by repeatedly copying and pasting the Music Notes stamp brush set (125765) down the second page of my card with a Regal Rose background. I then saved just the second page as a jpeg to my desktop. I went back to the front page of the card where I had added the Full Hearts Punch and filled it with the ‘photo’ I had created when I saved page two as a jpeg. Now I had the music notes in the heart. To get the music to rotate with the heart shape I had to be sure to click the box that allows this to happen. (The box is found when you double click on the punch.)

As you go through the supply list below, you will see I added Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon recolored with Regal Rose. Today I  was mystified why I would do that. So I went back to the project, added another Regal Rose ribbon and found it is darker than what I wanted. For some strange reason, when I recolored it with Regal Rose, the result was a lighter shade of Regal Rose. It created just the color to match the Pinking Hearts border punches (122134) which had been colored using the picker to get one of the colors of the Mailbox Love Notes designer series paper. It pays to experiment!

I am going to print out this card front and make a hybrid card to give my honey. I know he will love it. Send me a picture of a project where you add your own designer series paper to a punch and I will share it on my blog.

Supplies:MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background – Card Stock/Rose Red
Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon (118851) (re-colored) Color = REGAL ROSE
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Mailbox Love Notes – 5 from My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780)
Borders/Pinking Hearts Border Punch (122134), Fill Color = 244,191,204
Hearts/Full Heart Punch (comes with basic program), Filled with photo of pg 2
Music Notes (125765)

It’s Raining Hearts – Tags 4 You

Hearts a Flutter and Gorgeous Grunge Flip cardHearts a Flutter and Gorgeous Grunge Flip Card







It’s raining hearts! I made this card last fall as part of a series of cards using the Tags 4 You stamp set. The stamp set, which was in the Holiday catalog, was thankfully carried over through the spring. Other stamp sets used in this card are Hearts a Flutter and Gorgeous Grunge. I used the wonderful Thinlets Label Card die, the Label Bracket Punch and the Hearts Collection Framelits to do my cutting. The I [heart] you is part of the Thinlits Label Card set. Small Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to finish off the card.

Thinking about Valentine’s Day, do you realize that it is only eleven days away? Oh my gosh! If you are as great a procrastinator as I am, we really have to get busy creating and getting Valentines mailed to our loved ones and friends. Hmmm…..!

Tomorrow the February issue of The Soggy Stamper Newsletter will be delivered to your inboxes. If you like my work and want to receive a monthly newsletter filled with tips and great projects and aren’t already signed up, fill out the form to the right right now! I have a great welcome gift waiting for you! After you fill in the form and click ‘submit’ you will receive an email from me. It is important that you respond to the email to complete your subscription.

StampsTags 4 You (131823-c, 131820-w), Hearts a Flutter (129252-c, 131922-w), Gorgeous Grunge (130517-c, 130514-w)

InksStrawberry Slush (131178), Cherry Cobbler (126966)
AccessoriesRhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Hearts a Flutter Framelits (130159), Bracket Label Punch (132153), Thinlits – Label Card (133479)

Baby Pop-up Box Card

Baby Pop-up Box CardI love making these pop-up box cards! They are easy to make but can take a lot of time depending on the amount of embellishments you add to the card. However much time you spend, the card is sure to surprise and please the recipient.

I used a mixture of current and retired supplies on this baby card. The stamp sets are the retired Bundle of Joy set, the Easy Events set and the balloons came from a long-retired frame set. I used Pink Pirouette cardstock (111351) and a Blushing Bride pattern from the 2013 – 2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (130136) for the base of the card.

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Terrific Tuesday – Language of Love Download

Language of Love Digital Valentine

Wow! There are so  many things going on today to make it a Terrific Tuesday. First, we get new MDS digital downloads. I love this Language of Love stamp brush set which is new today. Check out and order all the exciting new downloads! Just click on the picture to see them up close and to order them.New MDS Downloads 1-28-14
And then, we still have hot Weekly Deals. Check them out!

Weekly Deals for 1-28-14

Today is also the beginning of Sale-a-bration! Order $50 of product and get to choose a free exclusive Sale-a-bration item. Host a workshop totaling $300 or more and get an extra $30 in hostess dollars. Join my team of demonstrators during Sale-a-Bration and get an additional $25 of product in your starter kit and get FREE registration for the Stampin’ Up! convention in Salt Lake City this summer. Three ways to win during Sale-a-Bration! Contact me for more information about hosting a workshop or starting your own paper crafting business.

But there’s more! Yep, I sound like a TV salesman. Stampin’ Up! has decided to bring back the Testure Boutique Embossing machine. It will be in the new 2014-2015 catalog but it is available as supplies last to purchase one now. These sold out fast…like in two weeks…last fall so if you don’t want to wait for your own Texture Boutique Embossing Machine order it now. Again, click on the image to go to it’s place in my online store.

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine

Supplies for the card: Background – Card Stock/Pretty in Pink; Embellishments – Basic Pearls and Rhinestones (124330)- rhinestone large; Stamps – Language of Love (136852) – 3, Valentine Love Ensemble (133327)- happy valentines day; Punches – Wonderland Party Ensemble (134594) – banner 1,  Filled with: My Digital Class Mailbox Love Notes (136780) Designer Series Paper 2 and 4, Delicate Doilies (130975) – 1,