Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

MDS Monday – Herringbone Technique

Digital birthday card with a herringbone background using Be Yourself designer series papers

Welcome to MDS Monday. This week our challenge is to make a herringbone background using narrow rectangles. Here is the challenge sketch:

MDSM86 challenge sketch using a herringbone backgroundI filled rectangles with various patterns of designer series paper from Be Yourself May Digital Download and solid colors chosen by the color picker to match the designer series paper. The grosgrain ribbon started out as Regal Rose and I recolored it with Rich Razzleberry color. The starburst came with the Game Daby Photobook template.

The technique is shared in this video by Juanita Golson


To order the downloads I used, click on the links below.

Halloween Wondrous Wreath

Handmade Halloween card created with the Woundrous Wreath stamp set and diesHere is another great idea I had for the Wondrous Wreath bundle. I am having so much fun with this stamp set and corresponding dies. I love how Stampin’ Up! attached little handles to the wreath stamps and to their corresponding dies so we have a reference point for lining them up correctly. I used the little bats stamp and the greeting from the Holiday Home stamp set. I wish the bats were a little larger though. I guess the wreath is just full of baby bats….LOL!

If you missed the other cards I created with this Wondrous Wreath bundle check this post. Have I convinced you yet that you need this stamp set? Go order it and the supplies needed to make this card now by clicking on the images below.

World Card Making Day – Wondrous Wreath

I told you yesterday to come back later in the day to see what I had created for World Card Making Day but there was no later post for you to see. That’s because I was having such fun creating cards that I ran out of time to post them. Here they are in all their glory.

I really, really am glad I bought this Wondrous Wreath bundle. It was one of the sets I thought I could do without until I saw all the great cards others were creating with the set. None of these ideas are original with me but…hey…in the stamping world CASEing (copy and sharing everything) is a great type of flattery! These cards show off how versatile this set is.

handmade Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreat stamp set Wondrous Wreath Thanksgiving Wondrous Wreath Noelhandmade Christmas card using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set with a garlandWhich of these cards is your favorite? Leave your answer in a comment below.

Did you create a card for World Card Making Day yesterday but didn’t get a chance to email me a photo? You can still do that through today. I will share your card on this blog and my husband will choose his favorite from the cards that are submitted. The winner will receive these cards I made for their prize. Email me your card!

To order any of the supplies I used for these cards, just click on the images below.


Less than one week now!

Monster Maniacs Birthday cardMonstermaniacs gift card inside

That is it is less than one week before I will begin my 12 Weeks of Christmas for my mailing list subscribers.  Every Wednesday during the 12 weeks before Christmas, I will send my mailing list subscribers a Christmas project complete with supply list and directions. There will be Christmas card projects, gifts you can make, and tags/bags/gift wrapping ideas.

However, you must be a subscriber to The Soggy Stamper Newsletter to receive these exclusive projects. Sign up today by filling out the form to the right. You will receive an email asking you to opt in which you must respond to in order to be officially subscribed.

One of the projects is a Christmas Card/gift card holder with the same template as the Birthday card above. So…if you want to know how to make this card…subscribe!

These are the supplies I used for the Birthday card. I used the Monstermaniacs stamp set which is unfortunately no longer available. However there are many other stamp sets in the catalog which would work well. Give me a call if you need suggestions.


Terrific Tuesday – Snowflake Card Thinlit Dies Version 2

A week or so ago, I wrote a post about the new Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies. Here is that post. Today I have another version of that card that my stamping groups made this past weekend.

hand crafted Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit DiesI used Soft Sky (131203) and Lost Lagoon (133679) cardstock and the wonderful, exciting Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315) for this card. We stamped Merry Christmas from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set (wood-128748, clear-127802) stamped in Lost Lagoon ink (133644) on the back side of the snowflake.

I love these Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies! If you haven’t ordered your set yet, I urge you to click this link and get it ordered! These dies will make stunning Christmas cards which will stand out from the rest of the cards that are sent to your family and friends.

Since today is Terrific Tuesday, I want to call your attention to the terrific Weekly Deals for this week. I know I am going to stock up on the gold ribbon while the price is right!

Holiday Seasonal Catalog is here!

handmade Christmas card created with the Snowflake Card Thinlit

It’s not too soon to be starting to make your Christmas cards and the Holiday Seasonal catalog has wonderful stamp sets and supplies with which to make them. The best news is that you can order from the catalog beginning tomorrow, Aug 28! What? You don’t have one? Well I’d be delighted to send you one for FREE. Email me with your phone number and best time to call you so we can have a conversation about how you can get one totally free from me.

Do you love the label card and circle card thinlits? Then you will be excited as I am to see this Snowflake card thinlit in the new catalog! It even has the thinlits to cut out snowflakes. And to make it even sweeter, the thinlits will cut the Glimmer paper! Yay!

This Snowflake card thinlit is part of the All Is Calm Suite which has beautiful designer series paper, coordinating stamp sets, and embellishments. Check out this suite on pgs 20 – 23 in the Holiday Seasonal Catalog.

The supplies needed for this card are below. Click on the links to order them through my online store.

MDS Monday – Using Overlays

Digital birthday card using a  Natural Composition OverlayHere is my version of the MDS Monday 79 challenge to use an overlay on our projects. When I saw this beautiful floral lace overlay in my files, I decided to create a feminine birthday card. Our sketch looks like this

sketch for MDS Monday 79 challengeI didn’t want to cover up the beautiful lace so I kept the elements rather small. I substituted the greeting on a tag for the photo on the right and flowers for the other photos. While the leaves aren’t in the sketch, I just had to add them. The tag is colored Whisper White but it was so strong a color in contrast to the flowers that I decreased the opacity to 60% and got just the right color.

Have you tried My Digital Studio yet? It is a fun way to create cards, scrapbook pages, and 3-D items using MDS. Here are some of the benefits of this program:

  • You have a complete paper-crafting room in the amount of space of your computer and maybe a printer. All you need to add is cardstock, scissors, and adhesive if you want to make hybrid and 3-D projects.
  • Getting set up to create is just a matter of opening the program on your computer. There is no gathering supplies.
  • When you try something and it doesn’t look right, all you have to do it delete it and begin again or change out a greeting or designer series paper. There is no wasted paper.
  • MDS downloads do not retire so the ones you buy are available as long as you have the program. This means that if you are also a traditional stamper, you can print out the digital version of some of the designer series papers when you run out and you can print out just the patterns you like. Again, no waste of having papers you don’t like lying around.
  • If you are into digital photography like so many of us, your photos are stored on your computer. By designing digital scrapbook pages with MDS, you save the steps of printing out your photo and then cropping it before you can scrap it. MDS even allows you to enlarge and shrink your photos to fit you need.
  • Stampin’ Up! has an excellent printer who calibrates their inks so that your scrapbook pages and cards come back from the printer with colors that match the ribbon and embellishments you have on hand. This makes hybrid pages so easy!
  • Finally, when you are finished working on your project or have to quit, there is no clean up. All you have to do is save your project and close out the program.

Have I convinced you to give MDS a try? It is not difficult to learn and I am happy to help you get started. You have three ways to order it, with a digital download, a software disc, or even try it for 30 days for FREE. Click on one of the links below to order through my online store.

Supplies used:
MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Card Stock/Very Vanilla
Festive Blooms (131327) – whisper white 2 and 5
Bright Blooms (130876) – melon mambo 5
Natural Composition Overlays (130855) – 12, Color = STRAWBERRY SLUSH 239,79,117
Elementary Elegance – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Spring to Life Kit (133026) – leaves 2, Color = MOSSY MEADOW 109,108,46
Convention 2012 Photobook Template (130971) – curvy square frame punch, Fill Color = 230,WATERMARK 255,255,255

Work of Art – Christmas card

handmade Christmas card created with Work of Art stamp setI think this Christmas card will be the last card I share using the Work of Art stamp set (wood – 134111, clear – 134114). To see the previous ones I have shared click here, herehere and here. I also used stamps from the new photopolymer sets White Christmas (135767) and Wondrous Wreath (135047) which you will be able to order from the Holiday catalog beginning Aug 28.

Although the photo does not show it well, the layer behind to scene is Gold Foil Sheets (132622). I also punched the star from the gold foil sheet using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787).

Now that you have seen the variety of cards that can be created using the Work of Art stamp set, are you ready to order one for yourself? Just click on the links below to order the supplies I used for this card.

MDS Monday – Birthday Time

Digital Birthday Card using Perfectly Penned Stamp Brush SetGuess what day it is! No it is not ‘hump’ day but my birthday! So for this MDS Monday I created this digital birthday card. I used Be Yourself designer series paper which I love and one of my favorite stamp brush sets, Perfectly Penned. See the satin ribbon and bow? Did you know that you can recolor embellishments to almost any color you desire? This ribbon was originally Very Vanilla and I recolored it with Coastal Cabana. I love the soft color that was the result.

Since it is my birthday, I am going to celebrate by giving YOU a gift of FREE SHIPPING today, August 4th only. I will need to place the order for you so email me or give me a call with your order. You can pay by credit card if you give me your information or by PayPal. My PayPal account is I’d love to give you FREE SHIPPING today so contact me!

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Card Stock/Pool Party
Satin Ribbon (121063)- Very Vanilla (re-colored) Color = COASTAL CABANA 102,214,174
Satin Ribbon (121063)- Very Vanilla bow (re-colored) Color = COASTAL CABANA 102,214,174
  Perfectly Penned (130167) – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Basics/1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Be Yourself May Kit (133426) – designer series paper – paper 1
Delicate Doilies (130975) – 1, Fill Color = Whisper White

Happy Independence Day! – Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit

Digital Independence Day card created with Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit

This Red, White, and Blue Digital Kit (127163) is the perfect way to create a card to share with all your online friends and relatives. I added the Gold Glimmer paper as the background. I used the coloring tool to color the flag. Check out all the elements of this kit by clicking on the link below.

My prayer today first that all my readers have a happy and safe holiday and more importantly that America will be worthy of God’s blessings.

Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
BackgroundGlimmer Designer Series Paper (132917) – gold
Red, White & Blue Designer Kit (127163) – flag and 3 Cheers for the Red, White and Blue
Basics/1.25 Square Punch, Fill Color = Whisper White