Weekly Deals and Specials

Check out today’s post for…
I.     Weekly Deals
II.   Paper Pumpkin Special
III.  Why You Need to Join Stampin’ Up! Now
IV.   What’s Happening at The Stampin’ Schach

Weekly Deals
July 28 – August 3, 2015

Wow! Can you believe the ribbons that are on sale this week!  And I LOVE the new Metallic Foil Doilies.  At this price, I may need to stock up! If I didn’t already own the Heart Border Punch, I would nab it for sure at this price.  But remember, there are limited quantities available at these discounted prices.

Paper Pumpkin Specials

Paper Pumpkin HeaderIf you’ve never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time. Join today and get 50% off your first two months. After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included). With a deal like this, how can you say “No!”

Here are the details:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Visit Paper Pumpkin to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.

Hurry…this offer expires September 10, 2015!

Why You Need to Join Stampin’ Up! Now

join_1Most of us are familiar with Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit.  It’s a great value.  For $99 and free shipping, you receive $125 worth of merchandise.  Plus there is the ongoing benefit of a minimum discount of at least 20%.

If you are like me, 20% off allows you to indulge in your stamping passion without breaking the bank.  I have seen the new Holiday Catalog  and I already know I want it all…or at least most of it. (Need a copy when it becomes available? Just email me…ann@thestampinschach.com) I am very happy I receive a discount.

Here is where the urgency comes in.  The Holiday Catalog Preorder will begin August 4. Wouldn’t you like to start filling your Wish List early, and at a discount, too?

join_3I know for some people, signing up to be a demonstrator is a huge step.  Therefore I am available to talk with you if you have any questions.  If you are ready to take the plunge now, simply click HERE. I would love to be your mentor!

What’s Happening at…


It’s a busy week here at The Stampin’ Schach. Lexi and I will be heading to Morris, IL on Friday for a weekend of dog showing.  Of course, this means Lexi will be having a pedicure and a bath before we start on the 5-1/2 hour drive. Luckily, I was excused from jury duty, or I wouldn’t be arriving in Morris until after midnight.  Ugh!

Jack and Lexi know the importance of sharing…and so do I. Once again I will be offering my Holiday Catalog Shares.  Watch for details as we get closer to the end of August.

Jack and Lexi share a hoof

Speaking of Jack, he certainly is going to be a big boy!  Here is his paw compared to my hand, and my husband’s hand.

FullSizeRenderJack was enjoying having his ears massaged last night, and fell asleep.FullSizeRender-2Isn’t his head so sweet?

FullSizeRender-3In the meantime, I will be working on my Paper Players card for Sunday…and I will be working on my August newsletter.  Yep…August will be the month of my rebirth.  The puppies are getting much more independent, and so is my retired husband.

As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me! Until next time…


Timeless Love for The Paper Players and Founder’s Circle

IMG_2703It’s Sunday…and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, the talented Sandy has a fun sketch featuring a tag  for us.  Who doesn’t love making tags? I know I do! I inked up the Timeless Love stamp set and pulled out the Pretty Petals designer paper and got to work creating. I hope you enjoy today’s card.

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

  • You make my heart smile! The sentiment was inked with Memento ink and stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  The floral image was colored using Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, and Mossy Meadow inks and Blender Pens. Rhinestones decorate the centers of the flowers and the small punched heart.


  • Tag…you’re it!  The tag was created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and decorated with strips of Pretty Petals designer paper.


  • Coordination!  One of the fabulous features of Stampin’ Up! products is how well they coordinate. I never hesitate when mixing and matching designer paper from the same collection.  With today’s card, the patterns are united by color! And what about the touches of gold?  Gold foil and gold sequins add a touch of elegance.

IMG_2703-003“You make my heart smile”. What a beautiful sentiment!  If you are reading this, you DO make my heart smile.  I am so grateful to have loyal stamping friends and customers. Because of you, I earned Stampin’ Up!’s Founder’s Circle again this year. Founder’s Circle is an honor given to the Top 100 demonstrators in the United States and the Top 20 demonstrators in Canada.  I can’t believe I will once again be sitting alongside those whom I consider to be stamping royalty…people whom I idolize…this September when we travel to St. George, Utah.

ImageProxy.mvcThis is the last year Founder’s Circle is being held, and I feel blessed to be going.  It was a “day-brightener” at a time when I needed one. With storm damage to pay for, with a return of my back problems, and with two puppies at an age where they need attention, training and socialization, I was unable to attend Convention.  As much as I wanted to go and see my friends, my heart and my head (and my back) knew my place was at home this year.  Sometimes one just has to accept the reality of the situation.  So…you can imagine my surprise when I started receiving texts from my friends who did attend, telling me I had earned a spot in the Top 100.  With my focus centered on puppies the past five months, I am truly, truly surprised and humbled.  I could not have done this without my loyal customers, many of whom are like family to me, and without the members of my team, on whom I can always count.

Earning Founder’s Circle has rejuvenated me.  I am ready to once again return to my stamping roots…posting more often, doing more videos, offering more lessons and tutorials, and most importantly sharing my passion for stamping with others.  By watching the “kids” and helping around the house, my newly retired husband will be freeing up valuable time I can use to pursue my passion….but first I have to get through jury duty next week!  So watch for changes starting in August!

I was very pleased with how today’s card turned out.  I think it has a wee bit of a Deco flair.  Maybe it is the colors or maybe the font. What do you think?  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today? Your comments are important to me.  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…

The Paper Players Design Team


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Awesomely Artistic for Pals Paper Arts

IMG_2579It’s Thursday…and we all know it’s time to play at Pals Paper Arts.  This week is a sketch challenge.  It afforded me the opportunity to play with two new stamp sets, Awesomely Artistic and Watercolor Wash, along with a favorite of mine, Butterfly Basics. Enjoy!

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

  • Faux watercoloring! The flowers from Awesomely Artistic were inked with Jet Black StazOn and faux watercolored using Blender Pens and the following inks: Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, Hello Honey.  Pearls were added to the center of selected blossoms.


  • The Midas touch! The Dragonfly image was heat embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder for a touch of elegance.


  • The power of three! The Friend image is from Awesomely Artistic, while the Soft Sky background is courtesy of the Watercolor Wash stamp. The Always Artichoke fern is from Butterfly Basics.  Although three different stamp sets were used, they coordinate beautifully!

IMG_2579-004My days have been filled with taking care of Jack and Kia.  It’s a critical time for them in terms of their ears and socialization.  But as you can see, it has been time well spent.  Little Kia is turning out to be a beautiful girl…

Kia 7-22-15while Jack is an ornery big boy…

IMG_3563He will grow into those ears.  Here is Lexi with her big ears as a puppy…

IMG_3510And Lexi now…


I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  I had fun combining the three sets, but I will admit it took me four tries to get the background right.  I was adding way too many images, and it was detracting from the focal points.  But once I scaled back and added the Watercolor Wash image, things fell into place.  Won’t you leave me a comment to let me know what you think about today’s card?  Your comments are important to me.  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…

Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals
July 21 – 27, 2015

Sale: $5.25

Price: $7.50

Sale: $15.00

Price: $20.00

Sale: $20.25

Price: $27.00

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What am I ordering this week? The Little Numbers Thinlits Dies and the Updated Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack.  What about you?  What’s on your list?

Need a Copy of the Holiday Catalog?

If you would like a FREE copy of the Holiday Catalog when it becomes available, please email me at:  ann@thestampinschach.com and put Holiday Catalog in the Subject line.  I will make certain that I send one to you as soon as I can!

Until next time…

The Stamp Review Crew: Watercolor Wings Edition


It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. The result is you see the versatility of the set and the amazing things you can create with it. This week we are featuring Watercolor Wings. I am Stop #15 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #14: the talented Bronwyn Eastley.  I have designed a gift card bag and a card for you.  Enjoy today’s hop!

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Project #1: Gift Card Bag

This little gift bag is a snap to create!  It’s size is perfect for holding a gift card.

  • Random stamping! The butterfly image was randomly stamped over the surface of a Sketched Dots Tag a Bag Gift Bag. I used Soft Suede, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand inks. I inserted a piece of Soft Sky card stock so the patterns “popped”!  Don’t you love how the dots show up? Tip:  To prevent the inks from smearing between colors, dry them with the Heat Tool.


  • Sparkle!  A single large butterfly is the perfect accent.  Once again, I used Soft Suede, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand inks.  A smaller butterfly was cut out of vellum using the Bold Butterfly FramelitsRhinestones and Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter add a touch of sparkle!  Tip:  I covered the vellum using the 2 Way Glue Pen and sprinkled the glitter over it.  To keep it flat while it dried, I added a touch of repositionable adhesive to the back, and laid it on a piece of scratch paper.


  • Lace!  A double Sahara Sand Lace bow is the final finishing touch.  Tip:  For those of you who have not viewed my video on creating double bows, here is a link to it which will explain how to achieve perfect results every time: Creating Double Bows

IMG_2689Project #2: Coordinating Card
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long.


  • Bling!  A random spattering of Rhinestones adds a fun touch! Tip: I tansfer rhinestones and pearls with the tip of paper snips.


  • Dots! Soft Sky and Sahara Sand Polka Dots, courtesy of the polka dot stamp from this set, adorn a Whisper White oval for a touch of color.


  • Butterfly and bow! The butterfly and Sahara Sand Lace bow from the gift bag are replicated again on the card.

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Project #3:  From the Archives

And here is another card I created recently using Watercolor Wings, along with accents from Butterfly Basics.  The color scheme is the same as the two projects designed specifically for today’s hop.

IMG_2591I hope you enjoyed today’s bag and card.   Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one.  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #16, the incomparable Jen Timko!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…


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Awesomely Artistic for The Paper Players

IMG_2670It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!  This week the lovely Laurie has a Clean and Simple Theme Challenge for us:  Frames!  Since I did not have an eyeglass frame image, I opted to create an oval frame using oval framelits. I hope you enjoy today’s easy card!

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This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long.

  • Snip it! The flowers were faux watercolored with Blender Pens and Soft Sky, Night of Navy and Always Artichoke inks.  A little trick I like to do is to outline them with the corresponding color of Stampin’ Write Marker.  After fussy cutting, I added colored pearls to the centers.


  • Frame it! Oval Framelits were used to cut a frame to enhance the flowers. Of course, I could not resist the urge to add a few pearls.  These were colored using Soft Sky Blendabilities. Although they have been discontinued, I kept mine for…you guessed it…coloring pearls!


  • You’ve got a “friend”! Once in awhile I get brave enough to stamp directly onto the card, instead of onto a banner. When I do, I always use a Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement.

IMG_2670-003I hope you enjoyed today’s card! It has been a busy week/weekend for sure! Between jury duty, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, potty training puppies and a dog show, there has not a dull moment here. Lexi has started her quest for her Grand Champion title, and won Best of Opposite Saturday.  There were heat advisories and wouldn’t you know it…the air conditioning was not working well at the show site.  However, we were able to get a picture of her not panting. She is with her handler, Terri.

IMG_3625I also have a couple of puppy pictures to show you! Here is Jack doing his imitation of a show dog…

Jack 71115and here is Kia!

IMG_3517Card Winner

As promised, the randomly selected winner of this card, created last week for my Guest Stamper spot on Mary Fish’s blog,  is Just B!

IMG_2660Congrats, Bonnielee! I will be sending your card out Monday!

So what do you think of today’s card? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?  Your comments are important to me. Although laden with pearls, it is pretty clean and simple for me! And 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…

The Paper Players Design Team


Tuesday’s Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals
July 14 – 20, 2015

Be still my heart! I am stocking up on Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine and Metal Rimmed Pearls! I am sure I will be able to use them on this year’s holiday cards.  And speaking of the holidays, think of all the little gift boxes you can create with the Gift Box Punch Board!!!

IMG_2571-001Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’s Twine in use

IMG_2503A beautiful use for Metal Rimmed Pearls

As always, if you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to email me. I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! Until next time…

Butterfly Basics for Mary

IMG_2660I have the honor of being Mary Fish’s Guest Stamper today! As always, when I make a card for Mary to feature, I try to come up with something extra special.  I hope you enjoy this Butterfly Basics card.

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This cards measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Brick wall! I love the new Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, especially when I add I touch of color to make the mortar stand out.  This time I used Crumb Cake ink and applied it using a sponge.  The background stamp from You’ve Got This was inked in Soft Sky, and the Netting image from Butterfly Basics was inked with Sahara Sand.


  • Frame it! An oval frame was created from Whisper White cardstock by using Oval Framelits. It provides a way to highlight the watercolored flowers.


  • Double delight! A double bow was created using Pink Pirouette Seam Binding.  A snippit of Sahara Sand lace adds a feminine touch.

IMG_2660-002Do you need a refresher on how to create double bows? Just watch this video from my archives.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Would you like to receive it in the mail? Just let me know in your comment.  I will randomly select one person from those who leave a comment (between today and Wednesday at Noon) to receive it.  It’s just a little something to thank you for being such loyal readers.  Of course, 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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Get Well Soup for Pals Paper Arts

IMG_2643It’s Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts! This week we have a color challenge for you:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Silver Foil.  Because I never have any get well cards on hand, I decided to whip up a few using the new Get Well Soup stamp set. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy card.

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This folded card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long.

  • Emboss it!  The image was inked with VersaMark and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  It was then heat embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. The bowl section of the image was inked with VersaMark, and stamped onto Pacific Point cardstock. It was also heat embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Finally,  just the “soup” section was heat embossed onto Delightfully Dijon Polka Dot Background Designer Series Paper.


  • Snip it! The Pacific Point bowl was snipped out and adhered in the proper place on the Whisper White image.  The “soup” was snipped out, and adhered to the bowl.


  • Punch it! A Real Red heart was punched out and adhered over the heart on the bowl.  A single Rhinestone adds a touch of bling and looks great with the Silver Foil card base.

IMG_2643-003Growing up on the farm in the 50’s and 60’s, it was common place to take a pot of soup over to a sick neighbor, along with a loaf of homemade bread, and maybe a jar of jam and some home-churned butter.  Those were the days! Life was simple and the food was great!  I will apologize to the Design Team for using the smidge of Dijon paper, but I just couldn’t make myself use Real Red.  After all, it was chicken noodle soup we would always deliver, not tomato soup!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I know it is simple…but I think it will bring a smile to someone’s face.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in today’s comment? Your comments are important to me.  And 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…

Tuesday’s Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals
July 7 – 13, 2015

Sale: $15.40

Price: $22.00

Sale: $30.10

Price: $43.00

Sale: $2.63

Price: $3.50

Sale: $16.10

Price: $23.00

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Can you believe the deals this week? WOW! Two of my favorite choices are the Merry Moments and Timeless Elegance Cardstock Assortment Packs.   Whisper White ribbon will coordinate with the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper, and Crumb Cake ribbon is a nice neutral to have on hand.  And if you do not already have the punches and dies which are on sale this week…now is the time to buy! Can you believe the savings?  But HURRY…these items are limited in quantities!

Do you need a catalog? I have catalogs on hand if you need a paper copy.  Just email me at: ann@thestampinschach.com and I will put one the mail to you pronto! Do you need demonstrator? I would love to be your “Go-to Gal”!  And remember, if you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or the cards I create and the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…