Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

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

Terrific Tuesday – Giggle Greetings

Giggle Greetings stamp brush set

Supplies: MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910); BackgroundDelight In The Day II Designer Series Paper – paper 1 (134593); EmbellishmentsAll Time Fave Photobook Template (132915) – banner 2; StampsGiggle Greetings (138005) – you did it, Go Graduate Plus (121069) – congrats; PunchesGet It Done  Kit (129924)- punch 2

Hey, it’s Terrific Tuesday and we have three terrific new MDS downloads for you. I ended up getting all three but chose this one, Giggle Greetings (138005) to create this light-hearted graduation card. I colored the pup like our mini-dachshund, Scout. This was such an easy card to make. All I have to do now is to print it out as a card front and mount it on card stock for a hybrid card. It would take me less than 30 minutes total. See how easy MDS can be and how handy when you realize that you need a card at the last minute. Check out and order the new downloads by clicking on their images below.

Check out these Weekly Deals. They are only available at these prices through next Monday so be sure to stock up with these great savings.

Shaped Card – The Open Sea

The Open Sea shaped hybrid cardThe current MDS Monday challenge is to create a shaped hybrid card. I needed a couple of graduation cards and decided this challenge was the perfect time to get these cards made. I chose to use The Open Sea stamp brush set (124112) for this project. I opened an 8 1/2″ x 11″ portrait blank scrapbook page and added this image to the work space. I then set the dimensions to 5 1/2″ wide and colored the image. I added Very Vanilla cardstock to the background although I really didn’t need to since I was going to print it out on Very Vanilla card stock.

Since I wanted two cards, I copied and pasted the image on the same page. I printed it out on Very Vanilla card stock. This gave me my card front. For the card base, I folded an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ sheet of Very Vanilla card stock in half and oriented it landscape way. I held up this folded piece of card stock and the card front to a window so I could position the fold just at the top of the sails and taped the two together. I then cut the image out through both the card front and the card base. All that was left to do is glue the two together.

I created the greeting on the computer and printed it out on vellum paper. I adhered it to the card with tape designed for adhering vellum. Sorry but all the information on the roll of take is that it is scrapbook tape. I have had it a looong time and forget where I got it.

I really love the way this card turned out. I challenge you to make a hybrid shaped card using MDS for your image. If you do, send me a photo of it and I’ll share it here. You could say that you had been published. :o)

MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Stamp brush set – The Open Sea (124112)
Paper – Very Vanilla card stock and Vellum paper (retired)

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)