On the CASE: A Summer Thank You Card

Summer thank you card

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. I hope you enjoy today’s CASE of Tropical Chic’s cute summer thank you card.

Tropical Chic
Summer Thank You Card
Annual Catalog Page 121

summer thank you card

The Tropical Chic stamp set is perfect for creating summer cards.  The leafy foliage replicates the lush feel of the the tropics, especially when stamped in shades of Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.   I hope you enjoy today’s CASE.

summer thank you card
Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Tropical Chic (Bundle includes Tropical Thinlits Dies)
Paper:  Blushing Bride Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″), Shaded Spruce Cardstock (4-1/2″ x 3″), Soft Sea Foam (3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″), Whisper White Cardstock (scraps for stamping leaves), Tropical Escapes Designer Series Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″,  3/4″ x 4-1/2″)
Ink: Blushing Bride,  Granny Apple Green,  Shaded Spruce, Tuxedo Black Memento
Other:  Big Shot, Tropical Thinlits dies,  Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Embossing Mat, Tropical Elements, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

1.  Score the Blushing Bride cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2.  Add the Blushing Bride striped designer paper, offsetting it to the left.

summer thank you card

3. Emboss the Soft Sea Foam cardstock using the square foliage thinlit.  Create the Bigshot sandwich as follows:  platform, acrylic cutting pad, thinlit placed cutting side up, cardstock, blue silicon pad, impressions pad.

summer thank you card

The image will be embossed, not cut out.

summer thank you card

4.  Create the stitching around the foliage by using the largest stitched shapes square framelit.  Use the same “sandwich” as in step 3.  Trim to 3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ and adhere to the card with dimensionals.

summer thank you card

Hint:  As you can see in the picture, the framelit slipped a wee bit when running it through the Big Shot.  I would suggest holding the framelit in place with tape.

5.  Ink the fronds in Shaded Spruce, and stamp twice without re-inking.  Cut out with the appropriate framelit.

summer thank you card

6.  Ink the leaves in Granny Apple Green, and stamp three times without re-inking.  Cut out the two lightest with the appropriate framelit.

summer thank you card

7.  Ink the fan shaped leaf in Shaded Spruce.  Stamp twice without re-inking. Die cut out the lightest with the appropriate framelit.

summer thank you card

8.  Ink the flower in Blushing Bride. Use a Blender Pen to remove color from the anthers. Stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Use a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker to  create two yellow anthers.  Cut out with the correct framelit. Repeat to form a second flower.

summer thank you card

9.  Cut out two Shaded Spruce leafy fronds using the framelit pictured.

summer thank you card

10.  Create the outlined leaf cutout from Shaded Spruce cardstock.

summer thank you card

11.  Adhere all of the foliage and flowers to the card base as shown.

12.  Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto designer paper.  Add to the card using dimensionals.

summer thank you card

13.  Pull a fiber from a snippet of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and use it to tie a bow through a Tropical Element button.  Adhere to the sentiment.

summer thank you card

14.  Send to a friend!

summer thank you card

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s card is not for the faint hearted.  There is a lot of stamping and die cutting.  In addition, I found it a little tricky to position the Stitched Square framelit around the foliage.  Difficulty Level:  4 out of 5

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow 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!  What she has CASED is fabulous…and you will be delighted!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s 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 $50 (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.

JUNE: K2QQUSBK

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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Price: $110.00

Stamp Review Crew: Animal Outing Baby Card

Baby Card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Animal Outing Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Animal outing stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from Cindy Elam.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the talented Mike Funke.

Animal Outing Baby Card

Baby CardAnimal Outing is such a cutie patootie set.  I love all the images, but  since I needed a baby girl card to send to a former student of mine, I opted to use the kangaroo with the koala in her pocket.  Of course, I had to use pink! Welcome to the world, Audrey Joyce…AJ for short!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Sweet baby girls need cute pink cards, and Powder Pink is a great choice.  The new Tufted 3D DynamicTextured Impressions Embossing Folder was also a great choice for the background.  Doesn’t it remind you a wee  bit of a baby quilt? And as tempting as it was to put pearls on each  one of the intersections, I resisted!

baby card

And what about the new Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon? It is so soft and feminine, and easy to fashion into double bows.

baby card

Of course, the birth of a baby is an event to celebrate.  I added two celebratory glimmer paper balloons, punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch.  Silver and Petal Pink Baker’s Twine hold them in place.

baby card

Welcome to the world, little one!

baby card

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Animal  Outing baby card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a 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.

JUNE: K2QQUSBK

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 Mike Funke to see what he 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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Price: $110.00

#FF0010: A Cute Summer DOG Card

summerIt’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0010, we are celebrating  Independence Day with a Summer twist. You can create a card to celebrate Independence Day, or you can create a summer card,  or you can create a card or a project that combines both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along, so don’t forget to link up.

This week, I created a cute summer card featuring the Sitting Here stamp set. The porch swing reminds me of summer evenings back in the day, when people would sit on the porch swing with a glass of lemonade, and watch people in the neighborhood stroll by.   I hope you enjoy today’s card!

Cute Summer Card

cute summer card

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

I am so in love with the pillows adorning the swing.  When I was growing up, our porch swing was just plain old wood.  However,  this one sports a Pool Party bench pillow, which I actually stamped onto Pool Party cardstock.  The stripes were colored with a Pool Party marker.  The round pillow was stamped in Granny Apple Green, while the other two pillows were stamped onto Poppy Parade and Lovely Lipstick cardstock, and accented with Stampin’ Write Markers.

cute summer card

I docked the tail on the dog, and watercolored it to resemble Muffy.  The flowers were stamped twice, once onto Grapefruit Grove cardstock, and once onto Whisper White.  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the flowers, and then snipped them out.  They were then adhered onto the Grapefruit Grove image, creating a Grapefruit Grove ceramic flower pot.

cute summer card

Muffy looks so comfy snuggled up against the pillows, don’t you think?

cute summer card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create an Independence Day project, you could create a “summer” card or project.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

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 card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own cute summer 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 $50 (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.

June:  K2QQUSBK

Until next time…
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Price: $110.00

The CASE of the Serene Garden

Serene Garden

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts.  I hope you enjoy today’s CASE of Serene Garden with tutorial.

On the CASE: Serene Garden
Annual Catalog Page 166

Serene Garden

Serene Garden is one of my favorite bundles from the new annual catalog.  I love the large corner embossing die and the correlating framelit which cuts out the leaves.  CASEing today’s card gave me a chance to try it out to see how it works. I think it will definitely be a fun set with which to experiment. I hope you enjoy today’s CASE with tutorial.

Serene Garden

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Serene Garden (Bundle includes Garden Scene Framelit Dies), You’re Inspiring (sentiment – Ann’s CASE), Beautiful Promenade (sentiment – Stampin’ Up! sample)
Paper:  Mint Macaron Cardstock (4-1/4″ x 11″, 4″‘ x 5-1/4″), Shaded Spruce Cardstock (3-1/2″ x 4″), Whisper White Cardstock (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, scraps)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Lovely Lipstick, Shaded Spruce, VersaMark
Other:  Big Shot, Garden Scene Framelits dies, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon,  Pearl Basic Jewels

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

1.  Score the Mint Macaron cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base.

2.  Measure 1-1/4″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the left side, and emboss the corner using the large corner die.

Serene Garden

3.  Cut out the leaves with the correlating framelit.

Serene Garden

4.  Stamp the vine border in Shaded Spruce.

Serene Garden

5.  Emboss the Shaded Spruce cardstock using the large corner framelit.   Adhere it behind the Mint Macaron panel, positioning it so the leaves peek through the spaces.  (Arghh!  Due to having to play with GQ while creating this card, I made a mistake.  I used the framelit to cut out the Shaded Spruce leaves, and I did not need to.  But rather than do it over, I simply added the Shaded Spruce leaves into the Mint Macaron panel like a puzzle.  The look is a little different than Stampin’ Up!’s sample.)

Serene Garden

Serene Garden

6.  Stamp the corner image in Mint Macaron.  (Because my Mint Macaron pad was stamping a little too dark for my liking, I used VersaMark.)

Serene Garden

7.  Adhere the panel to the card base with dimensionals.

8.  Stamp the bird in Lemon Lime Twist, and cut out with the framelit.  Adhere to the card with dimensionals.

Serene Garden

9.  Stamp the butterfly and cut out with the framelit.  Adhere to the card with dimensionals.  The Stampin’ Up! sample uses Grapefruit Grove.  I used Lovely Lipstick.

Serene Garden

10.  Ink the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo.  (I used Lovely Lipstick again.)  Stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock approximately 1/2″ x 2″.  Snip each end to form a “V”.  Add a snippet of ribbon behind the sentiment, and adhere to the card with dimensionals.

Serene Garden

11.  Embellish with three pearls as shown.

Serene Garden

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

There is nothing tricky about today’s card.  It is a photopolymer set, so it is easy to line up the vines for stamping.   The most difficult thing is making sure the embossing framelit is in the correct position and is straight. Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5, only because it takes a little time to do the embossing and die cutting.

 #SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow 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!  What she has CASED is fabulous…and you will be delighted!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s 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 $50 (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.

JUNE: K2QQUSBK

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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Price: $110.00

The Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful Bouquet Edition

Beautiful Bouquet
It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Beautiful Bouquet Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from my good friend, Mike Funke. After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the talented Bronwyn Eastley.

Beautiful Bouquet

Beautiful Bouquet

Beautiful Bouquet is one of my favorite sets.  Most of what I have created with it was designed using brighter colors and the larger flower images. This time, however, I decided to highlight it in more subtle tones.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Colors  of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Because I wanted to keep the look soft and subtle, I created my own paper by using washes of Highland Heather and Pool Party for the flowers.  The leaves are Whisper White, while the stems are Soft Sea Foam.

Beautiful Bouquet

For a bit of bling, I added a single rhinestone and several of the new Share What You Love Artisan Pearls.

Beautiful Bouquet

The Basket Weave 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds a touch of texture, and provides the perfect back drop for the bouquet.  The simple sentiment is accented with more pearls, of course!

Beautiful Bouquet

I love the soft and delicate look of this card.  To show you how Beautiful Bouquet looks in brighter colors with larger flowers, here is the card I CASED for the On the CASE with Ann and Nicole series:

Beautiful Bouquet

The step-by-step tutorial for this card can be found HERE, just in case you would like to CASE it!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Beautiful Bouquet card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a 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.

JUNE: K2QQUSBK

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 Bronwyn Eastley to see 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…Stamp Review Crew: High Tide EditionStamp Review Crew: High Tide Edition

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Price: $110.00

NEW 2018 – 2019 Catalog! Order at Noon MT

Annual Catalog

Click HERE to Open the New Catalog Online

It’s here! The new Annual Catalog goes live no later than Noon MT (1:00 PM CST) today. I know I will be placing my order right away. How about you!

Woo hoo!  If you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like your own paper copy of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, please email me at [email protected] OR [email protected] and I will send you your very own copy!

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Watercolored Masculine Card for Festive Friday

watercolored masculine card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0009, we are celebrating Father’s Day with a Die Cut twist.  You can create a card to celebrate Father’s Day (June 17th), or a card featuring a die cut, or a card or project that combines both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along, so don’t forget to link up.

This week, I created a watercolored masculine card for Father’s Day using the Waterfront and Rooted in Nature stamp sets.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone for this one.  I hope you enjoy it!

Watercolored Masculine Card for Father’s Day

watercolored masculine card

Colors of the Day

And the following new colors:  Balmy Blue, Berry Bushel, Shaded Spruce and Merlot

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Watercoloring takes center stage on today’s card! An aqua painter was used to create a wash of Pool Party for the sky.  Images from the Waterfront set were used to create the Crumb Cake mountain, Balmy Blue and Berry Bushel water, and Shaded Spruce trees.  The cute little bushes that you see in Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green were actually created using the palm fronds image.  The large pine tree is from the new set, Rooted in Nature.

watercolored masculine card

As you can tell from the close-up, I added accents with Whisper White ink, Soft Suede ink, and Lovely Lipstick.

watercolored masculine card

One of my favorite parts on the card is the leaf image from Rooted in Nature, accented with a copper Leaves Trinket and Linen Thread.  And in case you are wondering from what set “Dad” is, it is from Apron of Love.

watercolored masculine card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a Father’s Day project, you could create a project featuring a die cut.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

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 card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own watercolored masculine 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 $50 (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.

June:  K2QQUSBK

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Current Promotions and Boxer News

First, a couple of quick business reminders…and then on to Boxer News!

Current Promotions

There is still time to order those retiring products that you KNOW you just have to have.  But hurry…time is running out!  All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31st.

Retiring Products List – Occasions Catalog:  Click HERE

Retiring Products List – Annual Catalog:  Click HERE

Retiring Products – Discounts: Click HERE

current promotions

There’s still time to reserve your Stampin’ Schach Product Share.  Details about the shares can be found HERE.  Click HERE to see all of the options…and don’t forget to email me. The first round of shares will close on May 31st at 6:00 PM CST.

Need a 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog?  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from whom you currently order, and you would like to have a copy of the new Annual Catalog, please email me at [email protected], and I will drop one in the mail for you!

Boxer News

We have lots of awesome Boxer News to report to you! And who is better to do the telling than one of your old friends, Muffy.  Muffy Lin has been itching to get back at the ‘puter and type away.  Take it away, Muffin!

current promotions

Hi, Muffy here! Yep, that’s me in the picture with my latest godpuppy, GQ.  I know. I know.  Things have changed a lot from my show days …

Boxer news

Although my face may be silver now, I still have a heart of gold.  It’s been almost five years since I finished my Grand Champion title.  My mom said that maybe I can show in the Veteran’s class this fall…if I lose a little weight! Like don’t we all need to???

I do have some BIG news to report about my son, Jackie.  Jackie just finished winning back-to-back Best of Breeds in Ohio.  But more importantly, he earned his Canine Good Citizen title AND he passed his therapy dog test.  He will be visiting nursing homes and hospitals.  Here he is, with a couple of his therapy dog classmates.

Boxer News

And here he is, looking gorgeous! Of course, I am a little biased, since I am his mom.

Boxer NewsLexi has been away since last October.  She’s staying in Texas with her co-owner, Rhonda.  Rhonda used to be my handler until she moved to Texas.  Rhonda wanted some Lexi babies to carry on her kennel’s bloodline.  Hopefully, I will be an aunt sometime in June…but Rhonda isn’t sure. Here’s Lexi struttin’ her stuff at the ranch.  I don’t think she has any puppies in there, do you? That girl needs to eat like I eat, and put a little meat on those bones.

Boxer NewsMom is afraid Lexi is not going to want to come back to Iowa.  Her house yard is 3-1/2 acres.  She gets to ride in a pick up truck to check on cattle AND she gets to go on horse back rides.  Well, she trots beside the horse while Rhonda rides, but it still sounds like fun to me.

My beautiful daughter, Kia, is enjoying life in Seattle with Brady the Boy.

Boxer News

She takes Brady on hikes, and carries all of her own stuff in her back pack.  She is leading quite the life.  I think she is a wee bit spoiled.  Here she is walking on one of the trails in Washington:

Boxer News

And here she is with Brady’s friend, Korin.  (Brody the Boxer calls her “Korn”.  He is still so silly.) Korin plays an instrument called a “viola”.  I only know trumpets, because that is what Brady the Boy plays. Mom said it has strings on it.  Maybe it is like Brady the Boy’s guitar.  It has strings.  He left it here when he moved to Seattle.  It’s on a stand in the guest room.  I play it with my nose sometimes.  I wonder if  Korin plays her viola with her nose…but I digress.

Boxer News

Little GQ had a wonderful time at his first dog show.  Mom didn’t mess around with sending him to a little show for his first time out.  He went straight to our National Boxer show.  Even I have not been to THAT show…although Jackie has.

Little Q won his Futurity class.  I’m not quite sure what that is, but Mom said he showed against all the other little 6 to 9 Month Puppy boys that were there…and he WON!!! I didn’t tell him it was a big deal.  He already thinks he is pretty special.  But he is pretty dang cute, don’t you think? I told him all about dog shows, and how important it is to hold his neck like that, and how to hold his tail up.

Boxer NewsAt the end of the day, though, he is just an ordinary puppy boy who loves to snuggle with this old girl.

Boxer News

And finally there is my dear brother, Brody the Boxer (not to be confused with Brady the Boy).  You might remember that over a year ago he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Well…he just had his latest tests, and the amount of blood in his urine is not increasing. It’s not decreasing…but it is not increasing.  Mom has done a lot of special things for him.  He eats a special diet and gets special herbs and oils and stuff.  There is one more test they could do, but it costs a lot of money.  Mom talked it over with the vet, and they just decided to do what they have been doing.  He does get a special medicine every night.  He gets it in a “Pill Pocket”.  Mom gives me an empty Pill Pocket so I don’t feel left out, and so Brody doesn’t feel badly that he has to take medicine.  In the meantime, we just count every day with him as a blessing.

Boxer News

Boxer News

Boxer News

I hope you have enjoyed this update on my family.  It has been way too long since I have gotten to talk with you.  As Mom says, “Until next time!”  May you go on lots of walks and get lots of treats!


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On the CASE with A Floral Tag

floral tag

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, and break down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Sadly, this is the last CASE from both the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  But on the upside, our next CASE will come from the new Annual Catalog.  SO… let’s get stampin’!

On the CASE: Lots of Love
A Floral Tag
Stamp Set:  Annual Catalog Page 87; Sample Page 181

floral tag

The floral tag created with the Lots of Love stamp set is adorable! I like to surprise my friends with homemade cookies and candies, and gift tags such as this are the perfect touch.  Even though I had to improvise on the sentiment, (the catalog sample uses Brushwork Alphabet, which I do not own), I had fun creating today’s CASE.

floral tag

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Lots of Love (Retiring May 31, 2018), Crafting Forever (sentiment)
Paper:  Whisper White Cardstock (3-3/4″ x 2″,  3-1/2″ x 3″, scrap)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker, Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker, Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Pad and Stampin’ Write Marker
Other: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Paper Snips,  Basics Pack 2 Washi Tape, Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals (Ann’s stepped-up version: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Faceted Gems)

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

1.  Punch the tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. Wrap two pieces of Tranquil Tide Washi Tape around the bottom of the tag.

2.  Using the sentiment from the Crafting Forever set, selectively ink the word “friends” with a Tranquil Tide Stampin’ Write marker.

floral tag

3.  Stamp the flowers as follows:  Large Flower – Pool Party;  Leaves – Tranquil Tide; Leafy Frond – Pear Pizzazz; Small Flower – Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide (selectively ink with Stampin’ Write Markers);  Buds – Tangerine Tango and Tranquil Tide (once again use markers).  Fussy cut with paper snips.  Adhere to the card with dimensionals.

floral tag

4.  Stamp a second large flower, and snip out the middle section. Adhere to the main focal point with dimensionals.

floral yag

5.  Add approximately 8 inches of Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon through the top of the tag. Tie a Whisper White Baker’s Twine bow around the pink ribbon. Enjoy!

floral tag

To “step up” the tag,  I added Rhinestones and a single Clear Faceted Gem.  It looks awesome in person.

floral tag

I can’t wait to bake  up a batch of  goodies and present them to a friend with this tag attached!

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Nothing tricky here! It’s a fun tag to create, and I hope you will give it a try!   Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5, only because it takes time and needs to be fussy cut.  And be sure to add the rhinestones and gem – you won’t regret the sparkle!

 #SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow 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!

Looking for information about The Stampin’ Schach Product shares?  Just click HERE!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s 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 $50 (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.

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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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Easy Elegant Card and Share Information

easy elegant card

Who doesn’t love an easy elegant card? I know I do! And that is exactly what today’s card is – easy and elegant.  It features the new Detailed with Love stamp set, new Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, new 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, and the gorgeous returning color, Blackberry Bliss. So you can make your own card, I am including a step-by-step tutorial!

Colors of the Day

easy elegant card

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips – Easy and Elegant
  • Stamps:  Detailed with Love Bundle (148327 W or 148328 C)
  • Paper: 
    • 100702 Whisper White (2-1/4” x 3-1/4”, 2” x 3”)
    • 140272 Whisper White Thick (4-1/4” x 11” scored at 5-1/2” to form the card base)
    • 133675 Blackberry Bliss (3-3/4” x 5-1/4”)
    • 146907 Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (1 panel, approximately 3-1/2” x 5”)
  • Ink:  147092 Blackberry Bliss
  • Other: 143263 Big Shot, 141706 Layering Ovals Framelits, 146320 Detailed Trio Punch (included in bundle), 110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, 104332 SNAIL Permanent Adhesive, 103683 Mini Glue Dots, 146912 5/8” Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, 147016 Rich Razzleberry 1/4” Velvet Ribbon, 144219 Pearl Basic Jewels

Instructions:

  1. Adhere the laser cut panel to the Rich Razzleberry cardstock and add to the card base.
  2. Punch each corner of the 2-1/4” x 3-1/4” piece of white cardstock using the decorative corner section of the Detailed Trio Punch, then round each corner with the corner rounder section. Ink the decorative corner image in Blackberry Bliss and stamp each corner.
  3. Wrap a piece of tulle ribbon around the center of the stamped panel, adhering the ends on the back. Adhere this panel to the card with dimensionals.
  4. Add two snippets of velvet ribbon as shown.
  5. Ink the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock. Die cut with a layering oval framelit. Adhere to the card with dimensionals.
  6. Add a double tulle bow to the left side of the sentiment. Embellish the sentiment with three pearls.

easy elegant card

Don’t you just love this sentiment? How perfect to send to a friend!

Would you like to create your own card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own,  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 $50 (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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It’s time to reserve your Annual Catalog Shares!

Why should you participate in The Stampin’ Schach’s Annual 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 wrapped onto plastic bobbins, when possible, not just thrown in a bag.  Just place them onto a round ring, hang them, and there they are…ready for easy access!
  • 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 ribbons are cut into ample 1-1/4 yard samples, and Baker’s Twine are cut into 5 yard samples.
  • 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]) 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 May 25th.

On June 1st, 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 placed onto 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.

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.

Click HERE to see all of the options…and don’t forget to email me.
The first round of shares will close on May 31st at 6:00 PM CST.

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create, the techniques I use, or this year’s Annual Catalog shares, don’t hesitate to email me!  Until next time…

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