Check Out the Stampin’ Schach Changes

Stampin' Schach changesSome are noticeable – some are not – but the new year has brought changes to The Stampin’ Schach! Probably the most noticeable is the free tutorial button.

large romantic cardIt appears in blog posts which feature a card. These tutorials are step-by-step guides for creating the card shown that day.  I hope you will enjoy and use these tutorials.

I have also worked on updating the categories which appear as menu items.  Please click on the links, and read all about me, my group, my new rewards programs, how to join my group as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and more.  And notice, there is also a card tutorial gallery where you can access all of the cards I create throughout the year, along with the free tutorial.

These changes have taken some time to implement.  At times like this, I think I sure could use an assistant other than the four legged kind, who have a tendency to sleep on the job.

Stampin' Schach changes

Stampin' Schach changes

There is more to come in the near future, including:

  • Online Stampers’ Host Club – Update:  Read All About It
  • Stampin’ Schach Featured Stamp (similar to my old Lessons of the Month Club)
  • Customers Facebook Group

Watch for the details about these coming up in the next few days.  I hope you are as excited about these changes as much as I am!

Planning on placing an order soon?  When placing your online order, be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Orders of $50 or more are eligible for Sale-A-Bration rewards.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code, as well as Sale-A-Bration rewards.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will receive your own stampin’ rewards as well as your free gift from me…and Sale-A-Bration rewards!

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As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create, the techniques I use, or any of the changes, I am only an email away!  Until next time…

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A Friendship Card for PP424

It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players! This week, the lovely Anne Marie has a beautiful color challenge for us:  Grapefuit Grove,  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and a color of your choice.  I used Whisper White as my fourth color.  Isn’t this a yummy combination?

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I used a variety of framelits and the Butterfly Gala bundle to create today’s friendship card.  Enjoy!

friendship cardColors of the Day

friendship card

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

These are such gorgeous spring colors together.  I opted to make Grapefruit Grove the primary color, and accent with Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.  The card base is actually Pool Party, but I wasn’t happy with how it looked next to the piece of Nature’s Poem designer series paper I had selected.  I happened to have a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock which had been embossed using the Subtle embossing folder sitting on my table from a previous project. When I held it up next to the designer paper, I knew I had a winner.

friendship cardAfter I started writing up this post, I noticed that the colors of the card, as I photographed it, were “off”, even after color correction.  Grrr!  I hate it when that happens!

friendship cardThe sentiment is from the Forever Lovely stamp set.  It was inked in Calypso Coral, and cut out with this gorgeous framelit from the Wonderful Floral Framelits collection. Daffodil Delight organdy ribbon was woven around the edge of the die cut.  This ribbon can be yours for FREE (along with 4 other lovely colors) with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

friendship cardThe Butterflies, from the Butterfly Gala set,  were inked in Tranquil Tide and stamped onto Pool Party.  They are a snap to punch out using the Butterfly Duet Punch.  The larger one is resting on a lattice (Eclectic Layers Thinlit collections).   A few Daffodil Delight sprigs (Frosted Bouquet Thinlits collection) add a touch of color.

What do you think of today’s friendship card? Thumbs up or thumbs down? If you would like a step-by-step tutorial for today’s card, either to print or to save, just click on the button.

humorous cardWould you like to create your own friendship card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own friendship card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  When placing your online order, be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will receive your own stampin’ rewards as well as your free gift from me!

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Won’t you leave me a comment to let me know what you think of today’s colorful creation…and don’t forget to visit The Paper Players Design Team members for more inspiration. 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…

The Paper Players Design Team

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Price: $110.00

Humorous Card for #FF0025

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What better way to start off a new year of challenges than with a touch of humor!  After all, laughter is the best medicine, so the saying goes.  I have a friend and fellow stamper who is undergoing major surgery, with six months of recovery time facing her.  I thought this humorous card, which also features stitching, would be a day brightener.  What do you think? Enjoy!

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Isn’t this little fella cute? I snipped him from a sheet of Stampin’ Up!’s Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper.   The rectangles were die cut in a snap,  using the new Rectangle Stitched framelits, available in the Occasions Catalog.  (If you need a paper copy,  just let me know.) I hope you enjoy today’s humorous card.

Colors of the Day

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The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Today’s card is all about the layers!  Layering has never been easier because of the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

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Sometimes the neatest images are found in the patterns of the designer papers, and so it is with this adorable sloth.

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The sloth was snipped out and “popped” up on dimensionals.  Inked in Berry Burst,  the sentiment (from Hanging Garden) was accented with snipped out leaves and a cheery little bird.  A single rhinestone adds just the perfect touch of sparkle.

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Hopefully this humorous card will brighten up my friend’s day.  What do you think?

You may have noticed a new feature in my posts – the “tutorial button”! Clicking on the Fresh Fig button below will take you straight to a step-by-step tutorial, which can either be saved or printed off. I hope you like it.

humorous cardWould you like to create your own humorous card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own humorous card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Remember that during Sale-A-Bration, a $50 order earns you a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.   Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will also receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host and Sale-A-Bration Rewards.

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Won’t you leave me a comment to let me know what you think of today’s creation…and don’t forget to visit The Festive Friday Challenge for more inspiration. 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…

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A Valentine Card for The Paper Players #PP423

It’s time to play with The Paper Players! This week I am hosting a theme challenge: Crazy About Critters! All you need to do is feature an animal on your project.  Remember (says the retired science teacher) an animal doesn’t have to be warm and fuzzy!

Valentine CardI hope you enjoy my “mouse adorned” Valentine card. They are a sweet little couple, don’t you think?

Valentine cardColors of the Day

Valentine card

Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Sweet Storybook Bundle (includes Storybook Scene Thinlits), Meant to Be Bundle (Includes Be Mine Stitched Framelits), Forever Lovely
Papers: Soft Sea Foam (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″,  5-1/4″ x 4″), Whisper White (4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, 3″ x 1/2″, scrap)
Inks: Basic Gray, Lovely Lipstick, Smoky Slate
Other: Big Shot, Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies, Storybook Scene Thinlits, Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Clear Rhinestones, Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

These cutie-patootie mice were inked in Basic Gray, but their fur is Smoky Slate.  They are sharing a Lovely Lipstick heart, which is from the Meant to Be stamp set.  Although I used a die to cut out our furry couple, I snipped away the extra grass at their feet.

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They are perched on a Whisper White Stitched heart, die cut using a framelit from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits collection. The lacy white heart was die cut at the same time. I can’t wait to use these framelits again.

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Of course, I think the it’s the Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which steals the show.  I absolutely LOVE this folder!

Valentine Card

If you would like a step-by-step tutorial for today’s Valentine card, either to print or to save, just click on the button.

Valentine card

Would you like to create your own Valentine card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own Valentine card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  When placing your online order, be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will receive your own stampin’ rewards as well as your free gift from me!

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Won’t you leave me a comment to let me know what you think of today’s crittery creation…and don’t forget to visit The Paper Players Design Team members for more inspiration. 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…

The Paper Players Design Team

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Price: $110.00

Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration

Occasions Catalog

Click to View the 2019 Occasions Catalog

It’s LIVE! The Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog is now live, and it’s time for Sale-A-Bration! You can finally order all of those fabulous products you have been waiting for!

Click to View the 2019 Sale-A-Bration Brochure
Celebrate Sale-A-Bration

During Sale-A- Bration, which runs January 3rd through March 31st, you can earn FREE exclusive products (click here to see your choices) for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax).  There is also a $100 reward level, which gives you more flexibility and options for your free items. Just look for the special reward icons in the brochure.

Do you have a BIG WISH LIST?  Place an order of $250 or more and get $25 in additional Stampin’ Rewards.  You’ll also earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you spend before shipping and tax.

Occasions Sale-A-Bration

AND THERE’S MORE!!!

When you join as a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you get TWO Starter Kit options from which to choose!

Occasions Sale-A-Bration

Now is the time to purchase the Starter Kit  and join Stampin’ Up!  Choose Option 1 and build your kit with up to $175 in your choice of products – that’s $50 more product than usual-for just $99 plus tax.  The kit ships FREE for another 10% savings.  OR select Option 2 and get an adorable Craft and Carry Tote (a $50 value)in addition to$175 worth of Stampin’ Up! products, for just $129.  There is NO risk, NO obligation to purchase more (but you’ll have at least a 20% discount if you do), and  NO penalty to drop!   Purchase the kit through me and become part of The Schach Pack! JOIN HERE.

I would LOVE to have you join my group, join in the savings and join in the fun!

Occasions Sale-A-Bration

When placing your online order, be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will receive your own stampin’ rewards as well as your free gift from me!

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If you have any questions, or need a copy of the Occasions Catalog, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time!

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Butterfly Card for On the CASE

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Woo hoo!  Nicole and I are back with another On the CASE.  Last year,  Nicole and I worked our way through Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down samples step-by-step, providing you with free tutorials so you could CASE your own. This year, I am still working on unsolved Stampin’ Up! CASES, while Nicole is using her investigative skills to solve CASES throughout the crafting universe.  Let the fun begin!

I am beginning my investigations by delving into the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  Enjoy this beautiful butterfly card!

Beautiful Butterfly Card
Sale-A-Bration Brochure Page 9

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I selected to CASE this butterfly card from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for two reasons. First, it is a stunning card which is easy to create.  And secondly, this gorgeous Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper can be yours for FREE with a $50 purchase beginning January 3rd when the Occasions Catalog goes live. I hope you enjoy today’s card as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Colors of the Day

Butterfly card

Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps: Well Said Bundle (includes Well Written Framelits)
Paper:  Basic Black cardstock ( 2-1/2″ x  1-1/2″), Highland Heather cardstock (5-1/2″ x 11″,  5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″), Vellum cardstock (4-1/2″ x 3-3/4″), Whisper White cardstock (3/4″ x 1/2″);  Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (Highland Heather pattern: 5-1/2″ x 3″;  Butterfly Pattern: Selected butterflies);
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento
Other: Big Shot,  Well Written framelits,  Butterfly Duet Punch, Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins, Stampin’ Dimensionals,  SNAIL Adhesive, Fine-tip Glue Pen

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Highland Heather cardstock at 4-1/4″.  Crease using a bone folder.

2.  Emboss the front of the card using the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (I actually embossed a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ and adhered it to the card front.)

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3.  Adhere the Highland Heather Designer Paper to the card base.

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4.  Adhere the vellum to the card.  Place adhesive in areas which will be covered by butterflies.

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5.  Using the Butterfly Duet Punch, punch out 4 butterflies from the Butterfly pattern designer paper.

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6.  Adhere the butterflies to the card using dimensionals.

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7.  Ink the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

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8.  Run the “friend” thinlit through the Big Shot with Basic Black cardstock.

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9.  Adhere the sentiment to the card base using dimensionals.  Use the fine-tip glue pen to adhere the die cut.

butterfly card

10.  Accent with five Highland Heather colored Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins.

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

This butterfly card is easy peasy!  The stamping is simple, and the die cutting is easy.  Can you imagine creating this card in different color combinations? I am going to be punching out bunches of butterflies to create birthday, thank you, and thinking of you cards.   Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5

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Now head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!

Did you miss the last On the CASE project?  Check it out HERE.

Occasions Catalog Shares

There is still time to sign up for my annual Occasions Catalog shares.  The first round closes January 2nd at 9:00 PM CST.  Most people are taking advantage of the “I Want It All” share.  It is definitely the best value! Here are the details:

I Want It All – $50 (Postage Included)
*** BEST VALUE***
. 54- Sheets of Paper
. 11-3/4 Yards of Ribbon
. 126 Assorted Embellishments

Plus as a bonus for buying it all, you will receive the following:
. Beautifully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper – Either 2 card fronts OR 1- 6″ x 12″ piece
. 1-1/4 yards of Sale-A-Bration Organza Ribbon (color will be randomly selected)
. One 6″ x 12″ sample of either Sale-A-Bration Foil Paper (either Grapefruit Grove or Lovely Lipstick – color will be randomly selected)
. Two 6″ x 12″ samples of Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper (patterns randomly selected)

If you are interested in viewing the other options, please Click Here.

Would you like to create your own butterfly card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own butterfly card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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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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Masculine Card and Share Information

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Geared Up Garage is one of the sets from the new Occasions Catalog, which goes live on January 3rd. This masculine set, when paired up with the bold colors and fun images of the Classic Garage 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, is perfect for Father’s Day, birthday cards or any other type of masculine card.  The set is available as a bundle with the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies – who doesn’t  love to save 10%! I hope you enjoy today’s masculine card, which is “geared” toward that “classic” man in your life!

Colors of the Day

masculine card share info

Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Geared Up Garage Bundle – includes Garage Gears Thinlits (150610)

Paper:  144246 Tranquil Tide cardstock (4-1/4” x 11”,  3” x 4-1/2”), 101650 Very Vanilla cardstock (4” x 3-1/2”, 3-1/2” x 2”,  3-3/4” x 9/16”), 102482 Real Red cardstock (4” x 5-1/4”,  2-1/8” x 4-5/8”), 148482 Classic Garage 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper (Gears pattern: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”; Crushed Curry pattern 2” x 4-1/2”)

Ink:  132708 Tuxedo Black Memento, 147084 Real Red

Other:  143263 Big Shot, 145372 Stitched Shapes framelits, 146327 Big Shot Embossing Mats, 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

The Stampin’ Schach Tutorial
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the large piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock at 5-1/2” to form the card base.

2.  Mat the Gears designer paper onto Real Red cardstock, and adhere to the card base.

3.  Mat the Crushed Curry paper onto Real Red cardstock, and adhere to the card base in the position shown.

masculine card share info4. Emboss the smaller piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock using the gears thinlit, Big Shot and the special embossing mats.  Trim to 2-1/2” x 4”, and adhere to the card base.  If you have never used your thinlits to emboss, this video from Stampin’ Up! will take you through the process.

5.  Run the largest Stitched Shapes oval framelit through the Big Shot with Very Vanilla cardstock. Adhere to the card base.

6.  Ink the car image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Die cut using the car thinlit. Adhere to the card base using dimensionals.

7.  Ink the sentiment with Real Red ink. Stamp onto Very Vanilla cardstock, and adhere to the card base using dimensionals.

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The Classic Garage designer paper is so cute. In addition to the gear pattern, which I used, the collection also features tools, oil cans, tires and more.  It is included in the product shares I am offering, which are described below.

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:

1.  Packaging! Designer Papers are identified for you, so you don’t have to play “Which collection is this?” Ribbons are wrapped on bobbins, not just thrown in a bag.
2.  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!
3.  It’s 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 (usually 4 people), I will bill you via PayPal, or you may send a check. I will begin sending out PayPal invoices January 1st. Please let me know which share you would like, and the email address you would like me to use for PayPal invoicing.  Please sign up by January 2nd if you want to be included in my first round.

On January 3rd, 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 my order to Stampin’ Up! Your papers will be lovingly wrapped and identified; ribbons will be wrapped on plastic bobbins; and embellishments will be placed into small bags. Once this task is completed, your shares will be sent out via the US Postal Service.  (United States residents only, please!)

Here Are This Year’s Options

I Want It All – $50 (Postage Included)
*** BEST VALUE***
. 54- Sheets of Paper
. 11-3/4 Yards of Ribbon
. 126 Assorted Embellishments

Plus as a bonus for buying it all, you will receive the following:
. Beautifully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper – Either 2 card fronts OR 1- 6″ x 12″ piece
. 1-1/4 yards of Sale-A-Bration Organza Ribbon (color will be randomly selected)
. One 6″ x 12″ sample of either Sale-A-Bration Foil Paper (either Grapefruit Grove or Lovely Lipstick – color will be randomly selected)
. Two 6″ x 12″ samples of Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper (patterns randomly selected)

Designer Series Paper Share – $30 (Postage Included)
32 – 6″ x 12″ sheets, which includes 6 sheets of each of the following papers: All My Love, How Sweet It Is, Happiness Blooms, Needlepoint Nook and 8 – 6″ x 12″ sheets of Floral Romance Specialty
10 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Gingham Gala
12 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Classic Garage
54 Sheets Total

Ribbon Share – $14 (Postage Included)
Approximately 1-1/4 yards of each of the following: 1/8″ Flirty Flamingo, 1/2″ Lovely Lipstick, 5/8″ Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated, 3/8″ Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green Reversible, 3/8″ Calypso Coral, 5/8″ Whisper White Flax, 1/4″ Black/Silver Striped Metallic
Approximately  3 yards of Old Olive Linen Thread
11-3/4 Yards total

Embellishment Share – $18 (Postage Included)
. 12 Heart Epoxy Droplets (4 of each of the 3 sizes)
. 9 Frosted Flower Embellishments (3 of each of the 3 colors)
. 3 Floral Romance Seals
. 12 Sweet Pins and Tags (6- 2 each of the 3 tag styles AND 6 – 3 each of the 2 pin colors)
. 30 Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots (30 – 2 of each of the 3 sizes of 5 colors)
. 50 Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins (5 of each of the 5 colors in 2 shapes)
. 6 Needlepoint Nook Mini Buttons (2 of each of the 3 colors)
. 4 Classic Garage Elements (2 of each of the 2 designs)
126 Pieces Total

If you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I’m only an email away! And don’t forget to get your share reservations in.  Until next time…

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Floral Thank You Card for #FF0024

floral thank you card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0024, we are celebrating Letter Writing and/or Blue.  I created a floral thank you card in shades of blue, using Lovely Lattice, a set which you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration.  We can’t wait to see what you create!

Floral Thank You Card
floral thank you cardColors of the Day
floral thank you card
Stamps and Paper and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Lovely Lattice 149730 (Sale-A-Bration);  Well Said Bundle 150609 (Includes Well Written Thinlits)
Papers: Balmy Blue cardstock (4″ x 5-1/2″,  2-1/2″ x 1″), Old Olive cardstock (2-1/2″ x 1″), Shimmery White cardstock (3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″), Whisper White Thick cardstock (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), Whisper White cardstock ( 2-1/2″ x 1/2″)
Inks:  Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Pineapple Punch, Tuxedo Black Memento, Balmy Blue Dark Stampin’ Blend
Other: Big Shot, Rectangles Stitched Framelits, Blender Pens, Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels,  Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL  Adhesive

Festive Friday Tutorial
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Whisper White Thick cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.  Crease using a bone folder.

2.  Run Balmy Blue cardstock through the Big Shot using the largest Rectangle Stitched Framelit.  Adhere to the card base using SNAIL adhesive.

3.  Ink the image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Using Blender Pens and inks, color the leaves Old Olive, the petals Balmy Blue, and the centers Pineapple Punch. Die cut using the second largest Rectangle Stitched Framelit.  Adhere to the card base at an angle using dimensionals.  Accent the centers with clear rhinestones.

floral thank you card

4.  Use the “thanks” Well Written framelit to die cut a Balmy Blue and Old Olive “thanks”.   Adhere the Old Olive one to the card base as shown.  Next, adhere the Balmy Blue one on top of it, offsetting it slightly to give a shadow effect.

floral thank you card

5.  Ink the sentiment in Balmy Blue and stamp onto Whisper White.  Snip the left end into a “V”.   Adhere to the card base using dimensionals.  Accent the right end with three rhinestones which have been colored blue using a Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend.

floral thank you card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.   We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Letter Writing, Blue or both? Which will it be?  To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own floral thank you card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own floral thank you card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Don’t forget to reserve your Occasions Catalog Share!!! Visit THIS POST to see your choices, then email me!

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…

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Price: $110.00

Occasions Catalog Share – 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:

1.  Packaging! Designer Papers are identified for you, so you don’t have to play “Which collection is this?” Ribbons are wrapped on bobbins, not just thrown in a bag.
2.  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!
3.  It’s 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 (4 people), I will bill you via PayPal, or you may send a check. I will begin sending out PayPal invoices January 1st. Please let me know which share you would like, and the email address you would like me to use for PayPal invoicing.

On January 3rd, 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 my order to Stampin’ Up! Your papers will be lovingly wrapped and identified; ribbons will be wrapped on plastic bobbins; and embellishments will be placed into small bags. Once this task is completed, your shares will be sent out via the US Postal Service.  (United States residents only, please!)

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.
“Everything was in perfect shape and the paper is gorgeous! Thanks! You do an awesome job of packaging all the items.” – C.L.

Occasions Catalog Shares

Here Are This Year’s Options

I Want It All – $50 (Postage Included)
*** BEST VALUE***
. 52 Sheets of Paper
. 11-3/4 Yards of Ribbon
. 126 Assorted Embellishments

Plus as a bonus for buying it all, you will receive the following:
. Beautifully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty Paper – Either 2 card fronts OR 1- 6″ x 12″ piece
. 1-1/4 yards of Sale-A-Bration Organza Ribbon (color will be randomly selected)
. One 6″ x 12″ sample of either Sale-A-Bration Foil Paper (either Grapefruit Grove or Lovely Lipstick – color will be randomly selected)
. Two 6″ x 12″ samples of Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper (patterns randomly selected)

Designer Series Paper Share – $30 (Postage Included)
30 – 6″ x 12″ sheets, which includes 6 sheets of each of the following papers: All My Love, Floral Romance, How Sweet It Is, Happiness Blooms, Needlepoint Nook
10 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Gingham Gala
12 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Classic Garage
52 Sheets Total

Ribbon Share – $14 (Postage Included)
Approximately 1-1/4 yards of each of the following: 1/8″ Flirty Flamingo, 1/2″ Lovely Lipstick, 5/8″ Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated, 3/8″ Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green Reversible, 3/8″ Calypso Coral, 5/8″ Whisper White Flax, 1/4″ Black/Silver Striped Metallic
Approximately  3 yards of Old Olive Linen Thread
11-3/4 Yards total

Embellishment Share – $18 (Postage Included)
. 12 Heart Epoxy Droplets (4 of each of the 3 sizes)
. 9 Frosted Flower Embellishments (3 of each of the 3 colors)
. 3 Floral Romance Seals
. 12 Sweet Pins and Tags (6- 2 each of the 3 tag styles AND 6 – 3 each of the 2 pin colors)
. 30 Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots (30 – 2 of each of the 3 sizes of 5 colors)
. 50 Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins (5 of each of the 5 colors in 2 shapes)
. 6 Needlepoint Nook Mini Buttons (2 of each of the 3 colors)
. 4 Classic Garage Elements (2 of each of the 2 designs)
126 Pieces Total

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

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On the CASE: Cat Note Card

cat note card

Nicole and I are back for the final On the CASE of 2018. As you know, in this series, we work through current Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, in order to provide you with free tutorials so you can CASE your own. This week, I am back in the Annual Catalog with an adorable cat note card made with the Better Together stamp set.

Cat Note Card
Better Together Stamp Set
Annual Catalog Page 16

cat note cardI loved this card the moment I saw it.  However, I was afraid to tackle it.  After making so many holiday cards in shades of red and green, this card was like a breath of spring.  Since I needed a “note” card, I decided to give it a try.  I hope you enjoy this cute cat note card CASE!

cat note card

Colors of the Day

cat note card

Stamps and Papers and Inks…Oh, My!

Stamps:  Better Together
Paper: Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (4-1/4″‘ x 11″, 4″ x 5-1/4″, 2″ x 4-1/4″); Old Olive Cardstock (3-5/8″ x 3-3/4″;  Shimmery White (2-7/8″ x 3-1/4″,  2″ x 2-1/2″), Sahara Sand (2-7/8″ x 1/2″)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark
Other:  Big Shot, Eclectic Layer Thinlits, Embossing Mat, Cat Punch, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Paper Snips, Sponge Dauber, Aqua Painter,  Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle, SNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paint Brush

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Pear Pizzazz cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base. Crease with a bone folder.

2.  Emboss the leaf image in the position shown on the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Pear Pizzazz. It is approximately 1-3/8″ from the top edge, and 7/8″ from the left side.  To emboss using the thinlit, prepare the Big Shot sandwich as follows:  Big Shot platform, acrylic cutting plate, die (cutting edge up), paper, thin blue silicon rubber mat, white impressions pad.  Note: The blue silicon mat and white impressions pad are part of the Big Shot Embossing Mats collection (Item #146327).

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3.  Using an old brush, sweep Versamark ink across the surface of the card as shown. Heat emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

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4.   Use the decorative “Star Lattice” thinlit to create the cutout. Then use paper snips to snip around the edges. Adhere to the card base.

cat note card

5.  Adhere a snippet of Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle ribbon approximately 1-1/8″ from the bottom.  Snip a “V” in the left end.  Wrap the right end behind panel.   Adhere the panel to the card base.

6.  Die cut three leafy stems from Old Olive cardstock and adhere them to the card base.

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7.  Punch out a cat from Shimmery White cardstock.

cat note card

8.  Shade the edges by using Crumb Cake ink and a Sponge Dauber.  Adhere to the card base with dimensionals.

cat note card

9.  Ink the flower in Merry Merlot. Stamp onto Shimmery White cardstock. Use an Aqua Painter to “bleed” the color of the petals.  Stamp a second flower in Pear Pizzazz, and bleed the leaves.  Snip out the blossom, and adhere in place on the Pear Pizzazz flower so that the leaves peek out.  Adhere the flower to the card base, and accent with three Rich Razzleberry Artisan Pearls.

cat note card

10.  Ink the sentiment in Merry Merlot and stamp onto the Sahara Sand cardstock. Snip a “V” in the left end.  Adhere to the card base.

cat note card

11. Sit back and enjoy your work!

cat note card

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s card was time intensive with a ton of techniques.  If you have never used a thinlit to emboss, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for you. The embossing mats are a great investment.  The paper snipping around the “star lattice” is easy, since it is just straight cuts, and the flower is such a small image, so fussy cutting it out is not a problem.  When distressing the cat, be sure to use a light touch, and remove most of the color from the sponge dauber before using it. Difficulty Level:  4 out of 5, but the end result is a lovely card.  And of course, because I have worked out the steps for you, I’m sure it will take you less time to create it than it did me!

cat note cardNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  I am in awe of her skills.

Did you miss the last On the CASE project?  Check it out HERE.

Ready to get on this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s cat note card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $75 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

December: U4S62766

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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