Christmas Pines for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday…time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts! This week’s sketch is courtesy of the adorable Amy Lazzell.   For today’s sketch, I let the pine boughs represent the vertical band, and the sentiment represent the horizontal layer.  The new Pretty Pine Thinlits, available from the Holiday Catalog on September 1st, are quick and easy to use.  I hope you enjoy my first holiday card for 2016!


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This card measures 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ when folded.

Today’s card is easy-peasy to create.  I ran the three pine bough thinlits from the Pretty Pines collection through the Big Shot several times, using Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron card stock. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of sizes and colors of boughs from which to select when creating my swag.


Two Gold Foil pine cones, decorated with pearls, are topped with a Cherry Cobbler card stock bow.  A Natural Trim ribbon was added for a little more texture.  In hindsight, I wished I would have added a third pine cone.  Before I send this card out this December, I might add that extra pine cone just to see how it looks!


The Cherry Cobbler “Noel” and the banner on which it sits, both from the Christmas Pines stamp set, were fussy cut using paper snips.  The sentiments truly sold me on this set!!!

IMG_3253-002I had a ton of fun creating this card.  I will confess I had placed pearls on every one of those red berries, only to remove them.  Maybe next time (wink)!  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.

I’ll leave you with a picture of Jackie and his dad, Kaden.  Jackie was Winners Dog and Kaden was Best of Breed in Macomb, IL recently.  To mark the occasion, we had a father-son win picture taken.  At 81 pounds, Jackie is 10 pounds heavier than his sire.  He’s a BIG boy! Until next time…

Jackie and Kaden in Macomb

Price: $110.00

Butterfly Basics for Pals Paper Arts

Butterfly Basics

It’s Thursday, and time for another Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge! This week, one of my idols of the stamping world, Linda Callahan, has a versatile sketch for us.  This sketch works for clean and simple cards, as well as more “fussied up” ones like mine…as you can see from the fabulous inspiration cards created by the Design Team.  In another “return to my roots” effort, I turned to one of my favorite stamps sets, Butterfly Basics.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

When I was first faced with this sketch, my immediate thought was to keep the background clean.  I toyed with the idea of creating a textured background or using one of Stampin’ Up!’s gorgeous designer series papers.  Yep…I thought a lot about this background.  And in the end, I opted to create a collage.


I used Blender Pens with Blushing Bride and Always Artichoke inks to color the flowers and leaves.  Of course, the beautiful Gold Wink of Stella accents on the flowers appear a little muddy in the photo, but in person they are shimmery.  I added pearls for the center of the open blossom.  The stamping off technique was used with the Always Artichoke ferns and the Soft Suede netting.  The Speckles, from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, were stamped off several times.

Close up of sentiment for PPA Butterfly Basics card

Two little Papillon Potpourri butterflies call attention to the sentiment, which is from the Floral Phrases set.  The edges of the circle, which had been randomly stamped with the netting image, were distressed with Soft Suede ink.


Tons of texture were added with burlap, lace, satin and natural trim ribbons.  For a different look, I used a simple rolled bow.  The end result is a card which is softly feminine and a touch shabby.

Home Sweet Home

It’s great to be home again! During the month of July, Jackie the Boxer, Kim and I were away more than we were home.  Luckily, Jackie loves to travel and meet people.  We did have time for a quick photo shoot in the area behind one of the hotels…and he shared a bratwurst with one of the guests.  Although I doubt it was the best menu choice for him, being a polite dog he did not refuse the gracious gesture!

Jackie and Mom at Candlewood Suites, Waukesha Weekend

Over the next few weeks, I will have more win photos to share with you.  I LOVE how he looks with this blue background.


Yep…our baby boy is growing up, and so is his sister, Kia.  In a scene reminiscent of another set of Boxer Twins from a few years back, they are watching the neighborhood kids.


As always, thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today.  If you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…


Price: $110.00

Touches of Texture for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts!  This week, sweet Maggie Mata has a fun sketch for us!

Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Ann’s card doesn’t look like Maggie’s sketch at all.”  But look what happens when the sketch is flipped:


There we have it! Now I must admit that I did not come up with the idea of flipping this sketch myself, although I have flipped sketches on occasion.  But with this sketch I was bound and determined to follow the sketch as Maggie designed it.  I was struggling a bit putting all my elements together in the vertical orientation, when my son, Brady, walked in.  Since he is always interested in the cards I make, he strolled over to take a look.

“Watcha stampin’, Mom?”
“It’s my PPA card for Thursday. I have stamped and cut everything, but I just can’t seem to get things positioned so it looks right.”
He looked at my handiwork for a brief moment.  “Here,” he said, flipping the card on its side. “It’s perfect now.”

And right he was.  All it took to make everything come together was to simply flip the sketch.  I added a bow for balance, and adhered everything in place.  Sometimes the best advice comes from unexpected sources. I hope you enjoy today’s card.

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measures 5-1/2″ wide x 4-1/4″ high when folded.

I went back to my roots with today’s card. It’s a mixture of vintage and distressed, starting with the background.



I always loved using the retired Stippled Blossoms set to create interest on plain card stock, so I was thrilled when the Touches of  Texture set provided me with a flower which can be used to create a similar look.  I inked it in Sweet Sugarplum, stamped off, and randomly stamped onto Whisper White card stock.  A few Sahara Sand Speckles were added to tone down the white background.  Notice the edges of the circle and the flower were distressed using a Sponge Dauber and Sahara Sand ink.

I selectively inked the sentiment (from the You’ve Got This stamp set) using Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers.  I stamped the flowers on the circle so they aligned with the flowers on my background. Coloring in the flowers was easy.  I did a “sloppy” technique where I simply used the small Stipple stamp from Touches of Texture, inked in Crushed Curry.


Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and Very Vanilla Lace Trim were used to make the bow.  Although a bow was not called for in the sketch, I felt it was need to balance the card.


It’s a sweetly feminine touch, which looks cute with the Island Indigo “lace” strip stamped at the bottom of the card.

For the circular elements in the sketch, I used the Flower image, which I colored with Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum inks. I used a combination of faux water coloring with Blender Pens, and added a few stipples with the small Stipple stamp.



Pearls make the perfect centers for these flowers.  For a slightly whimsical touch, I added the Bee.  In this close up, you can just barely see I added Clear Wink of Stella to his wings for a slight shimmer.


I am so pleased with the overall result.  It has been a long time since I have distressed a card.  I needed a special card to send to a special person, and I think this one will fill the bill!


Jackie Update

Jackie had a wonderful day in Belvidere, IL at the Kishwaukee Kennel Club show.  I only entered him one day, but  he was Winners Dog, Best of Winners, Best Bred By Exhibitor Boxer, and Working Group 1 in the Bred By Challenge on Sunday.  I don’t have his win picture from Sunday, but here is his win picture from West Bend, WI.  As always, he is shown by “Amy the Handler”.


For those of you who are wondering, he is just an ordinary dog except for when he is in the ring.   Here he is Sunday, just chilling before going into Best in Show Bred By:

Jackie on Mom's lap in Belvidere

Nothin’ says lovin’ like an 81 pound lap dog!

Jackie with Dad in Belvidere

He never misses a photo op when his dad takes him out for a walk before ring time.  What a goofball!  But we wouldn’t want him any other way!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s card and post.  Remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…



Foxy Friends for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts!  I had the pleasure of designing the sketch this week, and thought it was a perfect fit for spotlighting the Foxy Friends stamp set. I am a huge fan of this set and the coordinating A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
Today’s card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

Feeling Foxy? The new Fox Builder Punch makes it easy to punch out this little critter’s body, head and tail, along with the white accents.  Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to perch him atop the Whisper White oval.  Don’t you love the scalloped Pool Party oval? The ovals were created using the new Layering Ovals Framelits.


Accentuate the positive! A single Rhinestone and Pool Party Enamel Heart accent the hearts in the “Thought Bubble”.


A “cheater” bow, crafted from Pool Party 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, is easy to make and adds texture without the bulk of conventional bows.


Feeling sentimental? An adorable sentiment from the Made with Love stamp set is the perfect finishing touch.


The month of July has started off with a bang in more ways than one! Jackie the Boxer was Winners Dog in West Bend, WI on Sunday. Here is a shot of him with his friend and handler, Amy!

Jackie West Bend


He is such a loving character.  July is one of those months where we will be showing every weekend.  In fact, this Friday through Sunday we will be in Monroe, MI.  Although it will be nearly a 9 hour drive for us, I am looking forward to the trip.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card, and I hope you will join us in the challenge this week.  Of course, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!  Until next time…


Price: $110.00

Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days

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For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has prepared a special deal you will want in on:  Bonus Days! For every $50 you spend between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5  Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016. This is a great opportunity to get items from your wish list, whether you buy them now or with your coupons in August!

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Once again, the dates to earn coupons are July 7 through July 31.  The coupons can be redeemed August 2 through August 31, 2016.  Get ready to place those orders!!!

I’m so excited about Bonus Days! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…


Seaside Shore for Pals Paper Arts

IMG_3220-001It’s Thursday…and time to play at PPA! This week our fun sketch is courtesy of Mary Fish.  I thought the three squares would be perfect for showing off the three fish images from the Seaside Shore stamp set.  In fact, this would be a versatile sketch for showcasing trios of any similar images.  I kept the card clean and simple, and used patterns from the By the Shore Designer Series Paper collection.  I hope you enjoy this week’s card!


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This folded card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

Don’t you love it when Designer Paper makes our job easier?  The subtle background paper in shades of blue imitated the depths of the ocean, and seemed a perfect choice to set off the three squares.  What an awesome summer vibe it gives off when paired with the busier Calypso Coral “Starfish” pattern!


I stamped all three fish images in Dapper Denim, and easily snipped them out.  Popped atop Stampin’ Dimensionals, they add depth and dimension to the card.  Of course, I could not resist adding pearl eyes.

PicMonkey Collage

What better sentiment for a nautical card than “Ahoy, there!”  Once again, I put my paper snips to work.  Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to “pop” it up.


Even with the paper snipping, it did not take long to create today’s card. I actually spent more time trying to track down the origin of the word “ahoy”.  Suffice it to say, I really did not find a satisfactory answer, although I did find a plethora of trivia along the way!

As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…

Celebrate The Paper Players 300th Post with Birthday Fiesta


I am thrilled to be back as a Guest Designer for The Paper Players 300th Challenge!  The theme this week is “Clean and Simple Celebration”.  To celebrate this occasion, we have blog candy to give away, and lots of it! The team has assembled not one, not two, but ten grab bags full of stampin’ goodness! To be eligible to win one, all you need to do is play along with our challenge this week.  You can play as many times as you like, but each needs to be a new project (no back linking, please) and needs to follow our other challenge rules.  Winners will be selected from all PP300 challenge participants using and will be posted on Saturday, June 25.   Let’s get this celebration started with a card created with Stampin’ Up!’s Birthday Fiesta stamp set. What says celebrate more than a llama in a sombrero?  I hope you enjoy today’s cute card!


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ when folded.

When I think of celebrating, I think of bright and cheery colors! Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise, along with a touch of Emerald Envy, are definitely festive.  I think this pattern, from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper collection is too cute!


Of course, every celebration is little more jubilant with a bit of bling, don’t you think? That’s why I added a smattering of rhinestones.


Even the llama from the Birthday Fiesta stamp set is celebrating The Paper Player’s 300th Challenge by donning a sombrero…snipped from the designer paper.


The Paper Players has always held a place in my heart.  As a bit of trivia, I won the very first Paper Player’s challenge with this card:


Wow! What a blast from the past!

I hope you will join us in this week’s very special challenge.  And remember…if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…



Birthday Fiesta for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday…and time to play at Pals Paper Arts!  This week, Lisa Ann Bernard has provided us with a classic sketch.  Feeling the urge to play with products from the new catalog, I pulled out the Birthday Fiesta stamp set.  Now you might be thinking, “This does not really look like a set Ann Schach would purchase.”  If you thought this, you are right! But at the urging of my son, Brady, I bit the bullet and ordered it.  And you know what…I discovered I LOVE it and the adorable coordinating Festive Birthday Designer Series paper.  I think it is the llama which captured my heart.  In fact, you’ll see a second card I created with this set coming up in a few weeks when I rejoin the crew at The Paper Players as a one-time guest…but more about that in another post.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card is 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Do the mambo! What do you do when you don’t have a Melon Mambo doily, and you absolutely, positively want to use one? Why, you just create your own!  I used a brayer to color the back of a 2015 – 2017 In Color doily.  These happen to be white on the back.  Ta-DA!!! Instant Melon Mambo doily!


  • Bump it up! To make this Emerald Envy Cactus appear closer, I bumped it up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, while using SNAIL to adhere the cactus in the background.  The Melon Mambo circles are from the new Brights Enamel Shapes. I LOVE them!


  • Party on! Someone said the sentiment “Fiesta like there’s no mañana” isn’t grammatically correct, but I still think it is cute.  This time I inked it in Archival Basic Black, and created a banner. I like that you can selectively ink the word “Fiesta” and just use it, if you would like.


What do you think of this set? One of the pluses is you can purchase it as a bundle with the Fiesta Time Framelits Dies so you do not have to fussy cut the coordinating images. What a time saver! Hopefully I will be able to send this card out after this weekend. We will be in Wheaton, IL for the Tree Town Boxer Specialty, and if Jackie wins, we will definitely be Fiesta-ing like there is no tomorrow!  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!

Paper Pumpkin Special


Have you ever wanted to try Paper Pumpkin…but were not quite sure you wanted to take the plunge?  Stampin’ Up! has a ONE DAY31 Hour deal for you!  It’s just $5 for the June kit!  There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION to continue to receive the kits.  After the first one, the regular price is $19.95.

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The New Catalog is LIVE!

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The waiting is over!  The NEW Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog is now live!  You can start purchasing those fabulous new sets, papers, punches, ribbons, embellishments and more!  If you are one of my  customers, should have already received your print copy of this amazing catalog.  If you have not, just email me, and I will drop one in the mail to you immediately!

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As always, if you have any questions about the new catalog or joining Stampin’ Up!, I am only an email away! Until next time…