Nailed It for Freshly Made Sketches

 

In the midst of preparing for an impending ice storm, which is set to hit here Sunday, I managed to ink up the Nailed It stamp set for the first time. Oh my gosh! This was a bundle I had reservations in purchasing, but now that I have played with it, I LOVE it. The Urban Underground Designer Series Paper and Embellishments are the perfect choices for this set. And I can’t say enough about the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I wish you could see these hexagons in person.  They are amazing! The sketch for today’s card comes from one of my favorite challenges, Freshly Made Sketches.  Enjoy!

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

Watercolor Pencils rule! I colored the Screwdriver image using the Daffodil Delight and Basic Grey pencils.  To add a little more shading, I added Delightful Dijon ink using a Blender Pen.

The adorable Ruler was created with the Build It framelits and Silver Foil.  You can also get an idea in this picture of the deep impressions made with the Hexagons Dynamic Folder.

Of course, with a Screwdriver image, you just have to have Screws!  Enter the Urban Underground Embellishments.  How cute are these!

In keeping with the theme, I selected the “Sorry I screwed up” sentiment.  But I think I will switch it out later for one of our many “Happy Birthday” sentiments, and use this as a masculine birthday card.

I cut the Label die cut from the Build It framelits out twice: once from Very Vanilla card stock and once from a snippet of Urban Underground Designer Paper.  I cut the designer paper one in half, and adhered it to the back of the sentiment label, just for a little extra oomph!

If it is not already there, I would definitely add the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to your Wish List.  It is a versatile classic.  If you purchase it and the Nailed It Bundle, you would automatically qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration goody! You just can’t beat FREE!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…

 
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Click on the image above to learn more about the January Host Code.

Hot Air Balloons Just for Fun

Oh my gosh!  It has been a busy time here at The Stampin’ Schach!  However, I did get time to play with the hot air balloons from Stampin’ Up!’s new Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits Dies.  What fun! I hope you enjoy today’s card!

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

Be selective! The two smaller hot air balloons were selectively inked using Night of Navy and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers.  Of course, I couldn’t resist adding a few Rhinestones for sparkle.  I rarely use the strips, so this seemed like a perfect time to use up some of my stash!

The larger hot air balloon was easy to make.  Using the appropriate Up & Away Thinlits, I crafted it from Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder and Night of Navy card stocks.  My big tip is to use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the layers to the Balloon “frame”.

To add depth, the large balloon was “popped” up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The cloud placement really adds to the perspective.

For those of you who may want to give this card a try, the Soft Sky panel measures 3-1/8″ wide and 4-3/8″ long.  The Night of Navy mat is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  The Lift Me Up Clear Mount bundle, 144712, costs $45.75.  Just add the Fine Tip Glue Pen, and qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration product.  My suggestion would be the Carried Away Designer Series Paper, 143608.  It is made to coordinate with this bundle, and is oh so cute!

Share Update

The first round of the Occasions Catalog shares have been or are currently being delivered to all of the lucky stampers who ordered them.  If you are interested in joining my third, and final round, please email me at [email protected] by January 14th.  CLICK HERE to see the options and prices.

Don’t forget to take advantage of January’s Host CodePLACE A STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (total before shipping and tax) in MY on-line store during January using HOST CODE SURD27C3,  and you’ll earn the NEW Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 

Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure are LIVE

Occasions 2017 Catalog
Click to View the 2017 Occasions Catalog

You have seen sneak peeks from all over the “blog universe” during the month of December while you have been waiting for the day you can order from Stampin’ Up!’s 2017 Occasions Catalog. Well wait no more…today is the day you can begin ordering. Just click on the link above to view the Occasions Catalog on-line. Don’t wait to place those orders! Order today while your favorite items are in stock. The 2017 Occasions Catalog sales period runs through May 31, 2017.

Click to View the 2017 Sale-A-Bration Brochure

And don’t forget, you can earn Sale-A-Bration rewards!  Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Sale-A-Bration also means increased Stampin’ Rewards!

Place a qualifying order of at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward the Starter Kit and become a demonstrator!

Purchase the Ultimate Bundle Stampin’ Up! Bundle…The STARTER KIT!

  • Join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator.
  • For $99 you will get up to $125 of worth of current Stampin’ Up! products (your choice) in your Starter Kit, and it ships for FREE – an additional 10% savings!
  • If you join during Sale-a-bration (January 4th – March 31st), Stampin’ Up! will throw in your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS of your choice – an added value of up to $104.
  • As always, there is no risk to join, and no obligation to sell or buy another thing.
  • Join today and take advantage of this GREAT Value! Click HERE to join my group, “The Schach Pack”.

And don’t forget to take advantage of January’s Host Code.  PLACE A STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (total before shipping and tax) in MY on-line store during January using HOST CODE SURD27C3,  and you’ll earn the NEW Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  For more details,  see this post.

If you need a paper copy of either the Occasions Catalog or the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, don’t hesitate to email me ([email protected]), and I will drop them in the mail to you!  Until next time…
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Are You Ready for Sale-a-bration 2017?

 

Wednesday, January 4th, is going to be an important day! The Occasions Catalog goes live AND Sale-a-bration begins! I’ll be sure  to post the links to the catalog and the SAB brochure on the blog tomorrow morning.  The catalog is filled with lots of goodies, and I am sure your Wish List is as long as mine!  Let’s talk about fives ways to maximize your buying power!

A.  JOIN!  Purchase the Ultimate Bundle Stampin’ Up! Bundle…The STARTER KIT!

 

  • Join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator.
  • For $99 you will get up to $125 of worth of current Stampin’ Up! products (your choice) in your Starter Kit, and it ships for FREE – an additional 10% savings!
  • If you join during Sale-a-bration (January 4th – March 31st), Stampin’ Up! will throw in your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS of your choice – an added value of up to $104.
  • As always, there is no risk to join, and no obligation to sell or buy another thing.
  • Join January 4th and take advantage of this GREAT Value! Click HERE to join my group, “The Schach Pack”.

B.  SHOP!  Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

C.  Take advantage of increased Stampin’ Rewards during Sale-a-bration!  Place a qualifying order of at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward the Starter Kit and become a demonstrator!

D.  Use my Host Code for ONLINE orders!

PLACE A STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (total before shipping and tax) in MY on-line store during January using HOST CODE SURD27C3 and you’ll earn the NEW Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

  •  If your order is $75 – $149.99 (before tax and shipping):  Add HOST CODE SURD27C3.   To claim your bonus gift from me, you MUST include this host code. 
  • If your order is $150 or more: Do NOT add the host code.  I will automatically send you the Falling Petals embossing folder, PLUS you will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards!
  • The deadline for the Falling Petals embossing folder host code offer is January 31st.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your embossing folder will be mailed separately from any order and will be mailed to you in mid-February!

E.  Participate in my Occasion Catalog Product Shares!

  • The Deadline for the First Round is 10:00 PM CST Janaury 3rd.  I will be expediting my order for the first round of shares when the catalog goes live on January 4th.  January 4th through January 10th I will begin taking names for Round Two.  Round Two shares will not be expedited.
  • Just CLICK HERE to read what is included in the shares and what your options are.
  • Email me at:  [email protected] to reserve your share today!

Nothing beats sharing!

Need a paper copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure?  Just email me! I will drop one in the mail to you!  As always, if you have any questions, I am only an email away! Until next time…

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Dragonfly Dreams for Freshly Made Sketches

Dragonfly Dreams is one of the sets which spoke my name when I first opened up the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  A lover of art nouveau, dragonflies have always been one of my favorite images.  And what better sketch to show off this winged beauty than Jen Mitchell’s classic sketch for Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #268.  Enjoy today’s card.

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This card measure 5-1/4″ square when folded.

Every card deserves a good foundation, and Jen’s sketch provides just that.  I used patterns from the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper Collection, matted onto Gold Foil.  The colors of these papers are so soft and subtle.  The Gold Foil adds just the perfect touch of elegance.

 

The Soft Suede Dragonfly was popped on top of a Gold Foil specimen, which had been created with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  Of course, every dragonfly deserves Pearls, so I added a few on the tail.

Metallic Gold Thread and Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim ribbon complete the look.

Occasions 2017 Shares

Are you looking for the 2017 Occasions Catalog Share information?  Look no more! Just CLICK HERE to read all about it!  If you need a catalog, don’t hesitate to email me at:  [email protected]

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  I am so in love with this sketch.  I used it for my previous card, and I am sure that I will use it again.  And how about this dragonfly!  I did have a little help with today’s design.  Or maybe it was a hindrance more than a help.  How could I resist this face?  He could not wait for me to finish up and go play with him.

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…

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Reindeer Greetings for FMS268

Christmas Day has passed.  I trust that all of you who celebrate the holiday had a day filled with peace and love.  Kim, Brady and I celebrated quietly at home…as quietly as is possible when you have Boxers with new squeaky toys!  As I was a bit under the weather, I didn’t get this card posted for you.  It uses a retired set from 1999 named Reindeer Greetings.  I found it at our local Goodwill store this past summer for $2.88.  Since I loved the simplicity of the reindeer, I couldn’t pass it by. I thought it worked perfectly with his fabulous sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I absolutely love this challenge.  Since the FMS team looks for clean lines and edges, it forces me to create outside my comfort zone, and that is a good thing in terms of stretching one’s creativity.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
When folded, this card measures 5-1/4″ square.

I opted for a clean and elegant look for today’s card, and nothing screams holiday elegance to me like black and gold!  The Reindeer was inked in VersaMark and then heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

The Gold Foil panel was matted onto Basic Black card stock.  I matted the Polka Dot Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate sheet first onto Whisper White, with no border, and then onto Basic Black, with a 1/16″ border on all four sides.

Because I felt the card was a little stark, I added a Gold Baker’s Twine Bow. It was very simple, yet added a needed touch of texture.

To truly see the warmth of this card, here it is  pictured without the light tent:

And again, from the other side:

I know, I know.  I used a retired stamp.  But don’t you just love this sketch? I’m sure I will be using it again.  It is a classic.  And on the upside, I have my first holiday card created to send out for Christmas 2017!

Occasions 2017 Shares

Are you looking for the 2017 Occasions Catalog Share information?  Look no more! Just CLICK HERE to read all about it!  If you need a catalog, don’t hesitate to email me at:  [email protected]

I hope you all continue to have a wonderful holiday season!  Of course if you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! I am leaving you today with Peace, Love and Joy.  Until next time…

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Occasions Catalog Shares – Reserve Yours Today

It’s time to reserve your Occasions Catalog Shares!

Why should you participate in The Stampin’ Schach’s Occasions Catalog Shares?  Here are three great reasons:

  • Packaging! Designer Papers are identified for you, so you don’t have to play “Which collection is this?”  Ribbons are neatly coiled, not just thrown in a bag.
  • Amounts! You receive 6″ x 12″ rectangles of paper of the designer papers, except for the 6″ x 6″ paper stacks.  That’s a plus for those of you who are memory keepers!  Plus, the 10 yard rolls of ribbon are divided into fourths, while the 5 yard rolls of ribbon are cut in half.  This way you receive approximately 2-1/2 yards of ribbon.
  • A chance to sample a little bit of everything without breaking the bank!

How Shares Work

Shares are a way to sample the new Designer Series Papers, Ribbons, and Embellishments at a fraction of what it would cost you to purchase all of them yourself. And the nice thing is I do all the ordering, cutting, counting and re-packaging for you!

Simply EMAIL ME ([email protected] or [email protected]) to reserve your spot in a share. When your share fills, I will bill you via PayPal, or you may send a check. I will begin sending out PayPal invoices January 1st.

On January 4th, I will place the orders for all filled shares. Once I receive the products, I will put the troops to work, and cut, count, measure and package up your goodies pronto! Because I want to get your shares mailed out as quickly as possible, I will expedite the order!  Your papers will be lovingly wrapped and identified to protect them; ribbons will be rolled or folded; and embellishments will be placed into small bags. Once this task is completed, your shares will be sent out via the US Postal Service.

Here’s What Others Say About My Shares

“I can’t believe how quickly I received my share.  You are amazing!” – L.S.
“Your shares are so organized and arrive in pristine condition. I love the 12″x6″ paper samples – so useful for many projects without the expense of order entire packages of DSP. ” -N.R.
“I was so pleased with your last product share. It makes a big difference when you offer the DSP at the generous size of 6″ x 12″. You did a great job on the last one.” – L.P.
“Thanks for all your hard work on the paper shares. It was perfect when I received it. Thanks for placing the name of the paper between each one.” – J.M.
“What a delightful surprise to open up your carefully packaged SU! items, Ann. You always pack with such thoughtfulness and attention to detail.” – L.P.
“I received my shares today!! The package arrived perfectly. Love all the paper!!” – J.M.

Here are this year’s options!

Paper Share – $26.50 (Postage included)
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Party Animal
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Succulent Garden
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Tasty Treats
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Urban Underground
6 – 6” x 12” sheets of Falling in Love
12 – 6” x 6” sheets of Cupcakes & Carousels
8 –   6” x 6” sheets of Sending Love
2 – 6” x 12” sheets of Sending Love Glassine Sheets

52 sheets totals

Ribbon Share – $14.00 (Postage included)
2-1/2 yards of each of the following ribbons:
1/8” Emerald Envy
1/8” Sending Love Real Red
1/8” Sending Love Whisper White
Succulent Garden Sweet Sugarplum
Succulent Garden Whisper White
1/4” Very Vanilla

15 yards total

Embellishment Share – $9.00 (Postage included)
4 Party Animal (2 hats, 2 balloons)
9 Mini Clips (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 white)
6 Sending Love (1 of each design)
6 Urban Underground (2 each of all 3 designs)
3 Falling in Love

28 total pieces

I Want It All Share – $45 (Postage included)
* BEST Value*

Includes 52 sheets of paper, 15 yards of ribbon, 28 embellishments.  And as a BONUS, if you purchase the “I Want It All Share”, I will include 6 Paper Lace Doilies and approximately 1/4th a container of Sprinkles Embellishments for FREE!

Email me at: [email protected] or [email protected] to reserve your Occasions Catalog Shares today! PayPal invoices will be emailed to you on January 1st, 2017.  Checks are welcome, too!  Filled first round shares will be ordered on January 4th. The order will be expedited.  As soon as the order arrives, I’ll put the entire family to work to get your shares cut, packaged and mailed out as quickly as possible!  As per Stampin’ Up! rules, I can only sell within the United States.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…
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Jar of Cheer and Momma’s Candy

A few days ago I posted a quick an easy holiday card featuring the Snowman from Jar of Cheer.  I mentioned I had created companion cards using other images from this set. Several of you have emailed me, asking to see them.  As with the Snowman card, which I discussed in this post, I used Blender Pens, inks and Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards,  which are perfect for these small images.  If you are in need of a last minute, quick and easy card, search for a smaller holiday image and stamp away! While Jar of Cheer works perfectly, there are many other sets in your stash which will fill the bill!

And if you are in need of a quick and easy candy to share with family and friends, continue reading!

Momma’s Candy

My mother was an excellent cook, baker and candy maker.  Although I inherited all of her recipes, I did not inherit her baking and candy making genes.  Her pies were legendary.  And although she has been gone nearly 34 years, my sister and I talk about them to this very day.  I have never tasted anything like her cakes either.  German Chocolate and Red Velvet were made from scratch, using recipes from the Jewel T cook book, along with her own special added touches.  Breads and rolls were set atop the cook stove to rise.   My cakes come from boxes.  My pies from Marie Callender.  My homemade bread is made in a bread making machine.  I never tackled her divine divinity or her fabulous fudge. But I do make this wonderful peanut butter confection.  Her original recipe was written on a scrap of paper, a bank deposit slip if I remember correctly.  But before she passed away, she was in the process of recopying many of them.  My recipe files are a mish-mash of index cards, scraps of paper, and clippings.  This particular recipe had no other name except “Candy”, so in her honor, my family calls it “Momma’s Candy”.  I hope you’ll try it, and enjoy it as much as my family does.

1 Package Almond Bark
2 Cups of Super Chunky Peanut Butter
2 Cups of Dry Roasted Peanuts
2 Cups of Miniature Marshmallows
2 Cups of Rice Krispies

Melt the Almond Bark according to package directions. (I use the microwave).  When melted, mix in the Peanut Butter.  Then add the dry ingredients, and thoroughly coat.  Drop by spoonfuls (I use a tablespoon) onto cookie sheets. (I cover mine with wax paper to make clean-up easier.)  Chill in the refrigerator.  (I place mine out on the back porch to set.)  This makes a large batch of candy, and is easy-peasy! I ended up with 72 pieces, not counting the ones I tested for quality control.  While I use the Vanilla Almond Bark, my stampin’ friend Vicki has tried the Chocolate Almond Bark, and says it tastes like crunchy peanut clusters! I can’t wait to try it!

My mother would have been 98 on December 28th. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.  Not a day passes that I do not remember her in some way.  And I know her spirit will be embracing us this Christmas, as we enjoy the traditional Christmas Eve soup she always prepared and nibble on “Momma’s Candy”.

May peace fill your hearts during this holiday season.  Until next time…
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Jar of Cheer and Muffy the Boxer

 

Inspiration comes in many forms. In this case, it was in the form of an adorable card from a fellow dog lover and downline member,  Bonnielee.  I will admit that I was in a panic.  As usual, I had started my holiday cards way too late. How would I ever get them all done in time?  Sure, I had a few that I had created for challenges, and I also had the Stitched with Cheer cards, which I loved,  but I was quite short of the number I needed.  Was this going to be another year where I was sending out Christmas cards in February? And then Bonnielee’s card arrived in the mail.  It was too cute! I knew I could find in my stash of stamp sets a cute image that I could stamp into the corner of a note card. Jar of Cheer was just the ticket! Not only was there a snowman in this set, but I could also use the candle image, the tree, and the ornaments.  A day of despair turned into a day of cheer and a family affair! I stamped the images and did most of the coloring. My husband, Kim, did the embossing, because he loves using the Big Shot.  My son, Brady, helped with the coloring and placed the completed cards into envelopes.  Here is the source of my inspiration:

Thank you, Bonnie, for your inspiration and your friendship!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
For this design, I used Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards and Envelopes.  The completed card measures 5″ x 3-1/2″ when folded.

What could be cuter than a snowman in a Santa hat! This little fellow was inked in Archival Basic Black ink.  I used Blender Pens and inks to add color.  His hat is Cherry Cobbler,  his nose is Pumpkin Pie, and his scarf is Garden Green.  The snow is shaded with Soft Sky, while Clear Wink of Stella adds a beautiful sheen.

After coloring, the card was embossed using the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  A few Rhinestones were added for a touch of bling, while a Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine bow completes the look.  Now to be truly honest, Brady did have trouble stuffing the cards into the envelopes with the twine on them.  To make it easier for him, not everyone received a card with the bow.  But it is still cute even without it!

The Boxers

While Jackie and Kia relish romping in the snow, the older Twins prefer snuggling up in front of the space heater. Black masks have faded to silver, but they still have hearts of gold. It’s hard to believe they will be 7 their next birthday.  It seems like yesterday I was posting about bouncing puppies. In fact, as I was traveling down memory lane, I looked up my first Muffy post.  Many of you were on that journey with me.  Here is the original post:

You are looking at the reason I have no card to post today! “Muffy the Boxer” arrived at her forever home late Tuesday afternoon. It was a bittersweet day of sorts, as this marks the end of the “Missy the Boxer” era. But, Missy will live forever in my heart.

Muffy really has beautiful brown eyes…but I don’t have a “Doggie Blue-Eye” Fixer!

It is amazing how we canonize our pets after they are gone. Monday evening, as we reminisced about Missy, I remembered her as a natural at leash training. My husband reminded me that she used to drag me down the street when we first started out. I remembered Missy as a “snuggle-bunny” in bed, and once again my husband reminded me of how more than once we woke up freezing because a certain “somedog” had managed to weasel all of the covers during our bitterly cold Iowa winter nights! I remember the wonderful car rides, and seemed to forget the trips we made where I ended up with 55-pounds of Boxer butt on my lap. I remember a well-mannered lady, who never tore up a thing…except for Brady’s Homecoming King crown! But I attributed that to sibling rivalry!

As I write this short post, I have another sweet lady on my lap, and am typing this post with one hand. Obviously this will have to change, but for this evening I wouldn’t change a thing. Muffy is everything for which I could have asked. She’s an adorable, “puppy-kisses-in-the-face” type of baby. She’s “swassy”…both sweet and sassy. In the eight hours that we have had her, she has pottied outside five times with NO mistakes! She is training me well! She has learned to sit already, and stands quietly to have her “necklace” put on…we don’t call them collars at the Schach house! And she has done an amazing job at walking on the leash.

I can already tell that she is going to be another Velcro dog, and I am just fine with that! She will be my muse, just as another Boxer was for so many years. I had always promised Missy that we would have so much fun when I retired…now I will have to keep that promise with Muffy!”  End of original post.

Here is my beautiful baby when she was showing for her grand champion title:

Muffy enjoying the “dog chair”…

And my beautiful silver lady tonight:

GCH Cimarron’s Do You Know the Muffin Man ~ Group Winning ~ Multiple Group Placing

She did indeed turn into my constant companion. My friend. My muse. She owns my heart.

Thank you for allowing me my little journey down memory lane!  I’ll be back soon with the delicious “Momma’s Candy recipe, more Boxer fun, and more details about my Occasions Catalog shares.  If you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time…

Note:  I will be posting all of the specific details about the shares after Christmas, but for those who have asked: The Paper Share is $27 (includes postage) for 52 sheets (6″ x 12″ size when possible); the Ribbon Share is $14 (includes postage) for 15 total yards (2-1/2 yds of 6 styles); the Embellishment share is $9 (includes postage for 28 pieces); and the I Want It All Share (all of the preceding plus a bonus) will be $45 (includes postage).  Email me if you already know you are interested.  Invoices will be sent beginning January 1st.  Orders for filled shares will be expedited on January 4th.  US addresses only.  Once again, specific details will be released later.

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Carousel Birthday for Freshly Made Sketches

Yikes! I can’t believe Christmas is upon us! In the hectic rush of the past few days, I managed to make and address all of my holiday cards, as well as shop for loved ones, and take care of five furry monsters in this dangerous cold we have had here in Southeast Iowa.  Before heading into the next round of holiday preparations, I decided to take a break and play along with the talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches.  I felt JenT’s sketch was perfect for showcasing the Carousel Horse from the upcoming Occasions Catalog stamp set, Carousel Birthday.  I hope you enjoy today’s card as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you!

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

I fell in love with the Carousel Horse the moment I laid eyes on this set! I colored sections of it with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up!  I used a Blender Pen to activate the color.  It was so easy!

If you look closely, you can see in the following photo the shimmer added with a Clear Wink of Stella pen. It adorns the mane and tail, as well as the pole.

To add to the bling, I couldn’t resist adding rhinestones to the pennant border, which was snipped from Cupcakes & Carousels  Designer Series Paper.

From this angle, you can see I snipped out the horse, and popped him up on Stampin’ Dimensionals:

Isn’t this paper gorgeous? It is just one of the many patterns which will be offered in my annual Occasions Catalog Product Shares (paper, ribbons, embellies, I Want It All).  I will be sharing details with you right here on the blog later this week.  If you want to secure a spot in the shares, I can tell you that the “I Want It All Share” will be $45, shipping included!  Just email me if interested!

Time is ticking away for me to get my card uploaded to the challenge, but I will be back this week with Product Share Information (or you can email me for a link to the information), a quick and easy last minute Christmas card, Boxer Pictures, my famous “Momma’s Candy” recipe and more.  If you do not have an affiliation with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and need an Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration brochure, just let me know! I can drop one in the mail for you pronto.  If you are already my customer, yours are in the mail! As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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