Halloween Scenes for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday, and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts! This week’s sketch is courtesy of Susan Itell. Ever since purchasing the Spooky Fun Bundle, I’ve been itching to create a card using the Halloween Scenes Edgelits.  This sketch, with its circle, seemed like the perfect backdrop.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!


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

  • Setting the scene!  Soft Suede was used for the Fence, while Tip Top Taupe was accidentally selected for the Spooky Tree.  I actually thought I was reaching for Crumb Cake, but didn’t realize I had Taupe until after the tree was cut.  But you know what…I like it! As for the moon, So Saffron was my yellow of choice, edged with just a tinge of Pumpkin Pie ink.


  • Yipes, stripes! What I love about Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Papers is how well the patterns coordinate with each other.  These two small prints work perfectly together!


  • It’s all about the details! Halloween Enamel Dots and Black Metallic Thread add interest to the open space at the top of the card.

img_0353-003Exciting News

The past few weeks have been filled with lots of exciting news.  First, I promoted to Gold status with Stampin’ Up!, thanks to the promotion of my wonderful downline member, Beth McCullough.  You may know Beth from her Stamping Mom blog.   I also earned the Thailand incentive trip, and for that I have you, my customers to thank.  AND if that was not enough, the icing on the cake is that we have a new champion at our house.  I would like to introduce you to Champion Anscha-Happy Tail’s You Don’t Know Jack!  Jackie will begin his quest for his Grand Champion title in a few months.

100116-10Of course, there is never a dull moment here as we continue our whole house remodeling project.  Hopefully, the first and second stories will be completed, except for refinishing the floors, by the time the snow flies here in SE Iowa.  We’ll be tackling the basement next, followed by the garage in the spring.  Jackie has been a huge help with the painting, as you can tell from his Sherwin William’s Accessible Beige eyebrow!

img_0343Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today! 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…

Star of Light for Pals Paper Arts

img_0198It’s Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts! This week’s sketch is courtesy of the talented Dawn Tidd.  What a versatile sketch it is! I thought it would be perfect for showcasing the Star of Light stamp set with its coordinating Starlight Thinlits Dies.  It just so happened that one of my clubs had requested that I design a purple and gray Christmas card.  Since one of the members LOVES bling, I pulled out Silver Foil, Sweet Sugarplum ink, and Sweet Sugarplum and Silver Glitter Ribbons and went to work! Needless to say, this card was a big hit in class.  Enjoy!



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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide x 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Oh my stars! Silver Foil, Sweet Sugarplum, and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper stars were created using Starlight thinlits. What a stunning focal point they make!  They were oh so easy to make, especially since I used the Precision Base Plate and the Die Brush.


  • Swirls of Sweet Sugarplum stardust! The Swirl image was inked with Sweet SugarplumRhinestones add a touch of sparkle and magic…


  • Tail of a comet! A folded snippet of Silver Glitter ribbon and three Rhinestones add even more sparkle and shine! Glue dots hold everything in place.


I was fortunate to have a helper with today’s card.  Little Kia parked herself in her favorite chair and supervised my every move.  She is such a delight! And who can resist this sweet face?


Kia and I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  It’s really quick and easy to create.  I can envision it in several different color combinations.  I think traditional holiday colors combined with this sketch and Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous designer series papers would result in a very classic card.  It just so happens that the “Buy 3 – Get 1 Free” Designer Series Paper Promotion will be going on the entire month of October.   Maybe I will give traditional colors a shot when Jackie and I return from showing this upcoming weekend!  We are one win away from his Champion title, so wish us luck!  Of course, 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…

Wrapped in Warmth for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday, and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts! The cooler temperatures these days are definitely turning my thoughts to the impending winter and the holiday season.   Beth Beard’s sketch seemed a perfect fit for the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set and Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.   I can definitely see myself creating a few more of these cards to drop in the mail this December!


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

Selective inking adds a custom look to this sweet sentiment.  Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers were my colors of choice.  A small Gold Metallic Enamel circle adds a touch of sparkle.


Keeping with the touches of gold elegance, two Gold Foil Christmas trees were cut using the Perfect Pines Framelits.  I love the look of gold against the Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black plaid designer paper.


To soften the look of the Basic Black card stock banner, a loop of Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine was added.


The new Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates a very deep embossed impression, which was just perfect for this card.  I truly love all the texture it imparts.  This is a great sketch, and I had so many ideas on how to use it.  I can’t wait to create more cards with it!

Resting Up


Jackie had a very good weekend in Wilmot, Wisconsin recently.  Although he did not earn his champion title, he was “invited to the dance” as we say.  He won his huge class both days, and showed like a rock star.  We are taking the next two weekends off, after which we will head to Freeport, IL.  He is such a goofy boy.  Not a day goes by that he doesn’t bring a smile to my face!


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…


Price: $110.00

Elegant Paisleys & Posies


It’s Thursday, and we all know what that means! It’s time to play at Pals Paper Arts! This week our sketch is courtesy of the oh-so-sweet, Patti MacLeith!  Patti has such a flair for clean and classy, and I really wanted to do her sketch proud.  I inked up the new Paisleys & Posies stamp set and pulled out the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Paper.  Both are from the Holiday Catalog which is live TODAY!!!  Although this card looks complicated, it’s as easy as 1-2-3! Enjoy!


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

Elegance has never been easier! It’s all about the designer paper in this case.  The Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Paper collection features a beautiful floral motif in copper foil embossing against a Night of Navy background.  A few strategically placed pearls completes the look.  How easy is this!


In keeping with the metallic copper color scheme, the sentiment was inked in VersaMark and heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.


Copper foil accents were created using the Paisley Framelits Dies.  Of course, I just had to add a few more pearls!

IMG_3298-002I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  It really is a simple card to make.  Yes, you have to get out the heat tool, but the embossed sentiment is definitely worth it.  I know that when I put in my order today, I am going to have to order more Copper Foil.  It is gorgeous!

After a month away from the ring, Jackie is heading out on the show circuit again.  We have shows scheduled the next two months until Jackie receives his champion title.  We are just one win away! Keep your fingers crossed that he gets that final win sooner than later.  Here he is catching up on his beauty sleep! What a character!


As always, 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…

The Holiday Catalog Is LIVE

Holiday Catalog 2016

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You have seen sneak peeks from all over the “blog universe” during the month of August while you have been waiting for the day you can order from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Well wait no more…today is the day you can begin ordering. Just click on the link above to view the holiday catalog on-line.  Don’t wait to place those orders! Order today while your favorites items are in stock.   The 2016 Holiday Catalog sales period runs through January 3, 2017.  If you need a paper copy, don’t hesitate to email me ([email protected]), and I will drop one in the mail to you!

In addition to the Holiday Catalog going live,  Stampin’ Up! is offering 25% discounts on selected annual catalog products. I know I’ll be stocking up on a few of the discounted products—they’re such a great deal! Here are the items you can save on.

Sept 1 - 7Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions!

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!


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
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!

Here are the details:

  • You will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 you spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.
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  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, except for Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.

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…