Just Kidding for The Paper Players

IMG_1923It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, Claire has a fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge!  I was excited to ink up the new “Just Kidding” photopolymer set, and create a bright and cheery card for my friend, Gena…just because!  Unexpected cards are always the best ones to receive…and to send!  Enjoy this quick and easy card!

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This finished card measure 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ long when folded.

  • Faux watercoloring! Blender Pens and inks were used to faux watercolor the image from Just Kidding.  Her hair is a mixture of Chocolate Chip and Tangelo Twist; her sweater is Lost Lagoon; and her skirt is Blackberry Bliss.

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  • Embossed border!  I used the Lacy Scalloped Border from the Delicate Designs Textured Impressions Embossing Folders collection to create this delightfully feminine border.  I thought it looked sweet with the Polka Dot Daffodil Delight paper.

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  • Bow! Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White Organza Ribbon makes the most beautiful bows! Once again, it pairs perfectly with this paper.

IMG_1918-001Today’s card was fun to make.  Although I am not a huge fan of cartoon stamps, I thought this set was adorable.  I purchased it with several friends in mind, which is a little unusual for me.  Many times I buy a set with absolutely no idea of how I will use it.  I just like it.  Or I’ll see someone create something cute with it, so I buy the set, then never use it.   Ugh.  How about you?  What causes you to buy a set? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?  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.  Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Week Eight Ends and the Final Week Begins: The Muffy Chronicles

It’s Muffy here, ready to fill you in on my activities during  Week 8 of my journey into motherhood.  I do think it was my roughest week yet.  My tummy has been upset, and I have not wanted to eat.  I just stare at my food.  Mom has added all of my favorite things to it to entice me to eat.  She even put it in the microwave to heat it up.  “Muffy, it smells so yummy,” she’ll say while she pretends to eat it. To make her happy, I’ll take a small bite, and spit out the kibble.  “Muffy, you have to eat the kibble!”  she says, as she hands me a bite. I’ll  politely take it, but then I just as politely spit it out.  Thank goodness Brody is there to happily clean up my mess.

IMG_0631Food just doesn’t appeal to me very much right now.  Mom even bought rabbit.  “Every dog loves rabbit!” she said as she mixed it in with my kibble.  But me…not so much.

I am no longer allowed to sleep in the big bed with the rest of the family.  It’s really tall, and Mom doesn’t want me jumping on and off it.  So Mom and I moved downstairs.  She slept with me in the whelping box the first couple of nights. Dad snapped this picture of us one morning when he was leaving for work.  It’s really dark because most of the lights were off.  I thought it was really cozy, but Mom didn’t feel the same way.

IMG_0548Now she sleeps on the floor beside the box while I sleep in it.  She says it’s more comfortable for her.  But I don’t like to be by myself in it.  In fact, I don’t like to be away from my Mom at all.  However,  did I spend some time in it yesterday, because she made me.

IMG_0632Mom has collected all sorts of things for when the babies are born.

IMG_0637She was raised on a farm, so you would think she would know something about whelping puppies.  But I heard her tell Dad, “I don’t know nothin‘ ‘bout birthinno puppies”.  Although she has helped with cows, horses, and pigs, that doesn’t help me much.  We’ve been watching You Tube videos about whelping.  I know she is scared, but I don’t know why she is worried.  I think I understand my role in this process…I have to do all the work.

It’s said pregnant women glow, and have a beauty about them.  But I don’t know about dogs.  I once was pretty…

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but now I just feel ugly.

IMG_0635I see Dr. Rita Monday to have an X-ray taken to see how many mini-Muffins are baking, how developed they are, and how they are lining up.   I’m so tired.  I just want to meet my babies…

As my Mom says, “Until next time…”

schachmuffysiggyOh…I almost forgot…Mom wants me to tell you that only 5 spots remain in the March Lesson of the Month.  Click HERE for the details.
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Daydream Medallions for Pals Paper Arts

IMG_1873-001It’s Thursday, and time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts.  The talented Pal,  Nicole Watt, created a sketch for us which brought out the clean and simple side of me.  It’s another wedding card, this time created with Daydream Medallions and the Big News stamp set.  Enjoy!

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ when closed.

  • Dimension!  The sentiment, from Big News, was stamped twice…once on the card base, and once on another piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I then snipped out the “happily” and popped it up on dimensionals.

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  • Texture! Five Blushing Bride Rosettes, from the Artisan Embellishment Kit, represent the five circular elements on the sketch.  Plus, they add awesome texture!

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  • Color!  Lost Lagoon, Blushing Bride, and Baked Brown Sugar are a gorgeous trio of colors with a retro vibe.  Of ourse, I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp line up the images from Daydream Medallions perfectly.

IMG_1873-007Don’t you just love these rosettes?  I was at a loss at what to do for the five circles in the sketch, and these seemed to be perfect for a wedding card.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment today?  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.  Until next time…

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March Lesson of the Month featuring Moon Lake

PicMonkey CollageMarch’s Lesson of the Month focuses on the Moon Lake stamp set.  You will need to use your new stamps, inks, and adhesives,  but I will supply you with pre-cut cardstock, as well as punched items, pearls and ribbon.  How fun will it be to stamp and assemble while reading your tutorial and watching the video!  The Lesson of the Month is like stampin’ with me in my kitchen!

Let’s take a look at this month’s cards:

Card #1:  Cleaner and Simpler

IMG_1886This is the completed card you will receive.

Lesson Focus:

  • Using framelits to create a shadow frame.

IMG_1884Card #2: Bird on a Branch

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  • Creating vintage, feminine cards.
  • Using the Simply Scored tool to create embossed backgrounds.

IMG_1505-002Card #3:  Bow-Wonderful

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  • Creating “stacked” elements.
  • Curling ribbon and linen thread.

IMG_1913What this month’s lesson includes….

  • Moon Lake Stamp Set in clear  (138540, $18.95).  If you already have this set, I will gladly substitute another stamp set at the same value, $20.95 or less.  IF you prefer wood or clear, I can adjust the price of the class accordingly.
  • Linen Thread (104199, $4.50)
  • 1 Completed Sample Card.  The sample card this month is Card #1: Cleaner and Simpler.
  • Pre-cut cardstock, pre-cut designer series paper, ribbon, pearls, sequins and linen thread for you to make one of each design.  You will need to use your own new stamps, inks, and adhesives.
  • A step-by-step PDF tutorial for all three cards, which contains a product list with item numbers, cutting dimensions, helpful hints and plenty of pictures to guide you along the way.
  • A private video for each card, for a total of three videos.  On lucky days, you may hear a Boxer or two!
  • And don’t forget, for every third lesson in which you participate, you receive a bonus gift from me valued between $3.95 and $6.95.

The cost for all of this is $34.95.  Are you ready to enroll this month? Just send an email to ann@thestampinschach.com or kimschach@msn.com. I will send you a PayPal invoice within 24 hours.  This month’s deadlines are:

  • Deadline for signing up:  Sunday,  March 29, Noon CST.  Please note:  Class size is limited to 30.
  • PDFs and Private Video Links will be mailed out by April 2
  • Your stamp set will be mailed to you within 1 business day after I receive it from Stampin’ Up!
  • Card Packet will be mailed to you with your stamp set
  • Card Samples will be mailed to you as they are completed

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

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Tuesday’s Deals and Specials…An Information Round-Up

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Stampin’ Up! is offering fabulous deals this week. I love the fact they are offering both the Label Love clear stamp set and the coordinating Artisan Punch.  I also love the Fringe Scissors.  In fact, my club stampers used them to create “grass” on the Easter card we created last week.  I would say they are a definite must-have!  Of course, you can never have too many punches…and the Petite Petals Punch is a cutie.

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flowers in potIf you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours! My customers receive exclusive newsletters and become part of my “Shop with Schach” rewards program.   If you have any questions, I am only an email away! Until next time…

 

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Love Is Kindness

IMG_1862It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, the lovely LeAnne is hosting a sketch challenge.  I used the opportunity to make another spring card to accompany a gift.  I really love the Kindness Is Love stamp set.  Those little tulips just cry out for paper piecing! Enjoy!

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This folded card measures 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.

  • Piece! The Tulip image was stamped three times:  once onto Whisper White cardstock,  once onto  Rose Red Polka Dot Paper (from the Regals Background Designer Series Paper Stack), and once onto Typeset Designer Series Paper.  The stems were watercolored green using a Blender Pen and Wild Wasabi ink.  The Rose Red tulips were snipped out and adhered.  The same was done with the Typeset “newprint”.  Don’t you love the result?

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  • Butterflies! Crushed Curry and Bermuda Bay butterflies, from Papillion Potpourri, accent the sentiment, which is from Mother’s Love.  The cursive font is so fresh and modern, and complemented the clean look I was wanting to achieve.  I think this sentiment is definitely a keeper!

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  • Banners! I love the trio of banners in this sketch.  I selected the same Rose Red pattern from the flowers…and its flip side…as well as the Typeset pattern.

IMG_1862-004This tulip image takes me back to my childhood days.  My mother grew the most beautiful tulips, in addition to many other types of flowers.  There were irises and roses, peonies and poppies…and so many more.  There was always a bouquet on the table.  Unfortunately, I never inherited her green thumb.  Her love of animals…yes.  Her green thumb…no.  Maybe that is why I buy so many floral stamps!  It’s one way I can surround myself with flowers.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one.  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

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Week 7 Ends and Week 8 Begins: The Muffy Chronicles

It’s Muffy, ready to fill you in on what happened last week.  It’s hard work baking mini-Muffins!  During my 7th week of pregnancy, my days consisted of eating.  My Mom added cottage cheese, tripe, and scrambled eggs into my kibble.  I get to eat four times a day now, since Mom added a fourth meal…a snack before bedtime.

IMG_0588My days also consist of drinking….lots! I drink more water now than I ever have.  This makes me have to potty more.  Mom has to take me out in the middle of the night now…just like when I was a baby.  Silly Brody and Lexi think they have to go out, too.  Mom said she doesn’t mind.  She said there is beauty in the stillness of the night, and it gives her time to think.

IMG_0606I sleep a lot.  My favorite chair no longer fits…

IMG_0587so I spend most of my time at Mom’s feet.

IMG_1798Of course, there are fun things, too…like trying out the new whelping box.

IMG_0599-001And I dream of the day when the babies are born…

IMG_2948I’ll be back next week with more pictures as I finish up my 8th week! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday’s Deals and Specials…An Information Round-Up

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New Items Added for Sale-a-Bration

New SAB Products March 17, 2015Stampin’ Up! has added even more Sale-A-Bration choices to the list of items you can select when you place an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping).  But hurry…Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st!

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If you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would LOVE to be yours! My customers receive exclusive newsletters and become part of my “Shop with Schach” rewards program.  If you have any questions, I am only an email away! Until next time…
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Nature’s Perfection for The Paper Players

IMG_1812It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week I am hosting a Clean and Simple Floral Challenge:  Feature flowers on your Clean and Simple card.   How easy is that! And speaking of easy…it doesn’t get any easier than my card today.  I let the FREE Sale-a-Bration product, Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Paper do all the work! I hope you will play along with us this week.  Remember, if it is clean and simple to you, it is clean and simple to us!

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

  • Sequins! Bermuda Bay Sequins add a touch of sparkle to the gorgeous Floral Vellum! I used Glue Dots to attach these, and added a mini-Pearl to the middle of each.

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  • Bermuda Bay Butterfly! The Butterfly image from the FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Nature’s Perfection, was inked with Bermuda Bay ink, and stamped onto Whisper White cardstock.  The Elegant Butterfly Punch was used to punch it out.  How easy is that?

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  • Triple bow! A triple bow was created using Coastal Cabana ribbon from the FREE Sale-a-Bration item, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack.  It was adhered into position over Whisper White Organza ribbon, trimmed with a snippet of Bermuda Bay sequins.

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Usually I spend hours designing the cards I create, so I almost feel a little guilty that I created such a pretty card in a matter of minutes.  Because of the “For You” sentiment, which was from the Mother’s Love set, I think I could use this card for a variety of occasions, from birthdays to graduations to anniversarys to weddings.  What do you think? 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. Until next time…

The Paper Players Design Team

Ann Schach
Anne Marie Hile
Claire Broadwater
Jaydee
Joanne James
Laurie Schmidt
LeAnne Pugliese
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis
Debbie Mageed
Karren Johnson
Shannon Jaramillo

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Easter Delivery…Puppies!

Instead of Easter eggs, we at The Stampin’ Schach are expecting a batch of mini-Muffins in a few weeks.  If all goes well, Muffy will deliver her puppies Easter weekend.

The sire of the litter is Am Ch/Can GCh. Shadigee’s Calculated Risk (Kaden).

Kaden Ad BDThose of you who are new to The Stampin’ Schach may not be familiar with Muffy.  She is GCH. Cimarron’s Do You Know the Muffin Man, my first show dog and the sweetest girl ever.  She, along with her littermate, Brody, and “sister”, Lexi, are my constant companions.

Fullscreen capture 12192014 63016 PMMuffy’s past few weeks have been spent sleeping and eating.  She is starting to look uncomfortable.  I do believe I can see “Mini-Muffins” baking for sure.  How about you?

IMG_0530Today marks the end of week #6.  I’ll be sure to post a picture every Friday until she whelps.  In the meantime, keep her in your thoughts for a safe delivery and healthy babies.  Until next time…
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