Category Archives: Special Occasion cards

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)
Background
Card Stock/Very Vanilla
Embellishments
Festive Blooms (131327) – whisper white 2 and 5
Bright Blooms (130876) – melon mambo 5
Stamps
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
Punches
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 sue@soggystamper.com. I’d love to give you FREE SHIPPING today so contact me!

Supplies
MDS software digital download (130646), MDS software disc (130647), or 30-day Free Trial of MDS (130910)
Background
Card Stock/Pool Party
Embellishments
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
Stamps
  Perfectly Penned (130167) – happy birthday, Color = 0,0,0
Punches
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
Stamps
Red, White & Blue Designer Kit (127163) – flag and 3 Cheers for the Red, White and Blue
Punches
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)

Supplies:
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.

Supplies:

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.

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

Stamps
Mouthwatering Designer Kit – cherries

Punches
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