Gratitude for The Paper Players

It’s Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players!  Our challenge this week is a simple Theme Challenge.  All you need to do is create a project where you “Give Thanks”.   From Thank You cards to Thanksgiving cards and anything in-between…the choice is yours! Since I had not created a distressed card in a long time, I pulled out the sponge daubers and the French Foliage stamp set, and distressed to my heart’s content.  Enjoy “Gratitude for The Paper Players”!

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4″ wide by 5-1/2″ high.

  • Score!  After stamping the background with Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, and More Mustard leaves, the card stock was scored using the Diagonal Plate on my Simply Scored Tool.
  • Pearly sentiment! The Gratitude sentiment from Days of Gratitude was inked in Early Espresso and stamped onto Naturals Ivory card stock.  It was popped out using an Apothecary Accents Framelit.  The ends were snipped off, and Basic Pearls were added for pizzazz!
  • Double bow! An Always Artichoke Seam Binding Bow adds a touch of elegance, in contrast to the distressing.

Today’s card, with its extreme distressing, won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  But after several “clean” cards in a row, it felt good to get those daubers, color spritzer tool and Watermark stamp out.  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.  And remember…if you ever have a question about the cards that I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away!  Until next time…

Stamp Sets:  French Foliage, Days of Gratitude; Inks:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker; Card Stock:  Naturals Ivory, Cajun Craze;  Tools:  Big Shot, Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate, Sponge Daubers, Color Spritzer Tool, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch; Glitz and Glam:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Basic Pearls


  1. Fabulous for fall! I love how you dressed it up ‘Ann Style’ with those pretty pearls. You rock, my friend! 🙂

  2. a true Ann Schach classic! love the pearls (of course) and the way you layered the sentiment over the leaf images!

  3. well this card was certainly my cup of tea-love the extreme distressing-I get such inspiration from you Ann-you are one talented stamper in all styles

  4. Just found you and I am so glad. Your videos are so much fun!

  5. What a great card for Thanksgiving. Well done Ann! I love the leaves. I also think all the red and green give it a perfect little touch of Christmas. I think that’s important for thanksgiving cards.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Ann! I do love me some distressing and you, my dear, are the distressing Queen!! I love the warm autumnal colours you’ve used and of course the seam binding ribbon and pearls are the perfect accents!

  7. Beautiful like the season. I love fall and your card. D

  8. This is beautiful…and there not too much distressing going on here. This is just lovely!
    Cheryl McAskill

  9. Ann, great challenge! I love that you used the woodgrain embossing folder and you scored your base layer. It really does add so much fabulous texture to the card. I also love the green with the autumn colors. Gorgeous card

  10. Beautiful card. Love the distressing, pearls, and warm colors.

  11. Just beautiful, Ann! The colors you’ve used here are perfect for a “thankful” card! Gorgeous!

  12. Oh my Ann, you have outdone yourself! Just when I think I have a favorite Autumn card of yours, you top it off! This is such a stunning card, pretty colors, and wonderful design.

  13. Gorgeous card and done in such pretty colors.
    You always make the prettest bows on your cards.

  14. Yes, you are very good with the distressed look. It is more natural for you, I believe.

  15. I am totally blown away with all your details! Gorgeous, Anne, thanks for the inspiration, as inspiration it is!

  16. Flat out gorgeous, is what this card is!

  17. Beautiful. Love your cards whether clean and simple of simply elegant.

  18. very lovely card!!! love the design and colors…yum!

  19. Another beautiful card. I love that stamp set! Everything about your card is terrific.

  20. Beautiful card Ann. Love your choice of colours and of course the stamp set.

  21. Wow, this is so beautiful, I love it

  22. Treemendous! Get it, leaves from the tree!?!?! Anyway, I love this! The distressing on the sentiment is perfect. That bow is to die for and I love it on the wood grain panel. Must be my monitor but Idon’t see the houndstooth folder – is it the vertical band? The colors are so rich and just perfect. The only thing I would change is to make the pearls less white and more distressed in color. But, that is just my thinking. The white pearls does give a bright punch to the card though. Love how you did the diagonal scoring too – it just added a little bit more of texture. You constantly amaze me with all your ideas. Love it!

    Chris R. from Iowa

  23. Ann, as always you came up with the perfect thanks card. I love this stamp set, and visiting your blog I know I will always find new uses for it. I love everything to your choice of colors to your distressing. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Your card is definitely “my cup of tea.” I love the richness and all the texture. Well done!

  25. Ann, so many FAVs on this beauty. I love the French Foliage set and it never gets old to look at. Just change up the colors and it’s brand new. Your pearls in two sizes are fantastic even on this distressed card. LOVE the touch of woodgrain but that bow is a WOW! hugs.

  26. Another WOW card! It really is beautiful. Love the combination of folders and the colors are perfect! And the ribbon/bow finish it off just right.

  27. This is so beautiful Ann! Fabulous colors and so much wonderful texture! Love how you used the two different embossing folders! I actually think I am going to try to CASE this one, I have everything you used to make this card! So gorgeous!

  28. Yea for distressed vintage cards! This stamp set is one of my favorites and so love your distressed cards. While C&S is nice and great for quick, this card is spectacular! Thank you so much!
    Thanks for the update on Lexi and Muffy Lin (wish I could have seen Lexi’s performance!).

  29. Gorgeous card. Love all the distressing, the colors and your pretty bow.

  30. Thanks for the great challenge Ann.I had some spare time to play today. Liking the layers on your card and of course the pearls! Have a great day!

  31. This is just stunning! I do have a question….did you stamp then score or score and then stamp!

  32. Beautiful card. I, too, made a similar card this weekend with gently falling. I love showing people that “0ne page wonder” technique and creating many cards from it. We cut ours into 1″ squares and made mosaic cards.

  33. Stunning and so beautiful….love every detail….this is what you do best!

  34. Your card is simply stunning and jumped right out at me in the gallery of DT projects.

  35. Very pretty! I love the pearls, seam binding, and the distressed look of your card. TFS!

  36. Really beautiful card Ann. I’m considering becoming a demonstrator, so excited.

  37. Beautiful, Ann! One of my favorite stamp sets, all that lovely texture and a wonderful color combo go together to create a gorgeous card! Thank you!

  38. Well I just love your card Ann…gorgeous colours and layout

  39. This is gorgeous, Ann! You used one of my all time favorite stamp sets (French Foliage) and created your own DSP! Brilliant! The bow is lovely, and the design is divine. I love it!

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