Bloomin’ Heart and Mini-Muffin Pictures


From the moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it.  What was “it” you ask?  “It” was the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits collection.  Today’s card features those thinlits, which are available January 5th from the Occasions Catalog.   Despite its appearance,  is incredibly easy.  There is no stamping at all.  Enjoy!

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

  • Lacy and lovely! The Very Vanilla heart was created in a snap! I simply ran the Bloomin’ Heart thinlit through the Big Shot, and then used the new Big Shot Die Brush (available January 5th) to remove all the tiny pieces.  For best results, be sure your acrylic plates are flat, and not warped!


  • A touch of color! The smaller Bloomin’ Heart thinlits were used to create the blossoms, cut from Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, and So Saffron card stock.  The centers of the flowers are pearls, and a few pearls were scattered in other places on the heart.
  • Diamonds and pearls! The background was created by using the Diagonal Plate and the Simply Scored tool.  I scored at every each, and then rotated to form the “diamonds”.  Pearls were added at the intersections of the lines.


And there you have it! Quick, easy and elegant!

The Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Brochure will be live before you know it! January 5th is the day. By now, if you are one of my regular customers, you should have received both the catalog and the brochure.  If you have not, please email me, and I will mail a second one out to you lickity-split!  And if you are not one of my customers, and are in need of a demonstrator and catalog, I would love to be your “Go-to Gal”.  Just email me at:

It’s Time for Shares


Why participate in shares? 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!

How Shares Work

  • Simply  EMAIL ME ( or 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 January 1st.
  • On January 5th, 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 rolled or folded; 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

  • “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.

Here Are This Year’s Occasion Catalog Shares

1.  Designer Series Paper Share — $30 (Includes postage)
     *24 – 6″ x 12″ sheets of DSP (It’s My Party, Birthday Bouquet, Botanical Gardens, Shine On)
     *12 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Going Places DSP stack
     *12 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Love Blossoms DSP stack
     *12 – 6″ x 6″ sheets of Have a Cuppa DSP stack
     * 1 – 6″ x 12″ sheet of Red Foil
     * 1 – 6″ x 12″ sheet of Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
*5 Polka Dot Cones Cello Bags

Total:  62 sheets + 5 Polka Dot Cones Cello Bags

2.  Ribbon Share — $9.00 (includes postage)
     * 2-1/2 yards of EACH of the following:  Pool Party Glitter Ribbon, Watermelon Wonder 1″ Ribbon, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon
      * 5 yards each of Black/Melon and Black/Mint Bakers Twine

Total:  17-1/2 yards of Ribbon/Twine

3.  Embellishment Share — $10 (includes postage)
* 12 It’s My Party Enamel Dots
*   6 Honeycombs
*   6 Bow Paper Clips
*   3 Botanical Garden Jewels
*   3 Have a Cuppa Embellishments

Total:  30 embellishments

4.  I Want It All—Best Value — $45 (Includes Shipping)
*  62 sheets of paper + 5 cello cones
*  17-1/2 Yards of Ribbon/Twine
*  30 Embellishments

The Fine Print

  • Shares will be ordered as they are filled – so sign up today!
  • I will begin sending invoices on January 1st
  • US Addresses only

Please email the following information to me at OR

  • The number of the share in which you wish to participate
  • Your PayPal email address
  • Your mailing address

Ringing in the New Year

As is tradition in the Schach household, we try to stay awake to welcome the New Year!  I migrated to the basement, along with the Boxers, to watch the festivities on the bigger-screened TV.   Although I was the only one to hang-in until the clock struck twelve, it’s always quite entertaining to watch the antics of the mini-Muffins.  Just a few evenings earlier, I documented their sleeping habits.

Jack LOVES to snuggle with anyone, as long as he can throw a leg over the top of them.  Brody, who loves to sleep in front of the heater, proved to be a warm snuggle buddy in the chilly basement.


But he soon tired of Jack’s leg on top of him.  He headed to the love seat for a little alone time.  Kia, another snuggler, had other plans for him, and jumped up to join him.  She found he made quite a suitable pillow.  I can’t say I blame her…I LOVE to snuggle with Brody, too.


Without his uncle with whom to cuddle, Jackie decided to just hide his head under the ottoman.


Brody and Kia snuggled comfortably for quite some time, until Brody heard a sound outside, and decided to go upstairs to investigate.  After being deserted by her uncle,  Kia joined Jack on the floor,  showing no modesty as she sprawled out in front of the TV.


In the end, they both decided to lay claim to the chairs…


I hope you enjoyed today’s card…and a glimpse into my life with the Mini-Muffins.  Won’t you let me know in your comment today.  And as we begin 2016, may your New Year be filled with peace, love and joy! Until next time…



  1. Hi Ann, just came across your site and your brilliant cards (and I can’t forget the boxers they’re gorgeous) I love your wedding card of Jan 1 2016 Blooming Heart. I never would have thought of doing a background in that way, can you remember the size of the diamonds, or does it depend on the size of the card etc? I have subscribed to your site, it’s just a bit too far for me to come to a class (as much as I’d like to) as I am in the UK. Cheers and thankyou, Marilyn.

  2. Your card is gorgeous! Re: Kia, I’ve read that when cats or dogs have their legs splayed apart like that, it means they feel they trust their environment very much. Loved seeing all your dog pics!

  3. Awesome Ann! Congratulations! This project is one of my most popular pins this week and is being highlighted on my blog today. Thanks for sharing. Kylie xx

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  5. I love this card and your pups are so cute together! I tried the background on the diagonal score plate and I keep getting one section that is a bit bigger diamond shapes when finished. Is there a certain starting point? Love the way it looks.

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  7. Love the photos of the sleeping Boxers! Even when they are asleep, dogs are still fascinating to watch, aren’t they? I remember sitting and just watching the GSD puppies sleep whenever we had a litter. It was hard to drag myself away! You were in good company to bring in the New Year. Best wishes to you and all the gang for 2016.

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  9. Both your beautiful card and the photos of the mini muffins made me smile!

  10. Oh Ann, such a delicate card, so lovely! I love the soft pretty colors and the intricate design of this new die. Hmmm, think that needs to go on my wishlist! Your kids make me smile. My first set of labs always had one leg on each other and I still have a picture on my refrigerator to remind me even though they’ve been gone for years. There’s nothing better than snuggling with warm pups on a chilly night! Wishing you and Kim a very Happy New Year!

  11. Of all the emails I have to open today I went to yours first! I always look for news/pics of the kids to start my day out right! Oh…and your card is truly awesome also! Wishing you and all of yours a very Blessed & Healthy New Year and look forward to your blog always. One day I hope to catch up with you at a show in WI as being in the Upper Peninsula I am not far away. Not owning a dog these days I can still enjoy the shows! If you do show in WI please let us know if possible when/where in advance. thanks and smiles

  12. Yes, I fell in love with this die as well…it is calling my name, and your gorgeous creation tempts me even more! Happy New Year, Dear Ann!

  13. Loved your heart card and look forward to seeing what the muffins are up to. Thank you for the updates and pics.
    Happy New Year to you & your loved ones!

  14. Simple, elegant, beautiful…..Love it!

  15. Ann, it is always a treat to see your beautiful creations–love the card. I also love to see your dog family and their traits, aren’t they wonderful. Happy New Year!!

  16. Hi Ann…loving the antics of the mini muffins. We have a cat and he does most of the same things. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. I’m tossing around whether or not I should order that beautiful heart cut-out. I was wondering if you know of any Canadian demonstrators that offer the “shares” as I would like to be a part of this, but you only ship to US addresses. This is always my biggest issue with Stampin Up. Thanks in advance for your help 🙂
    Joan Leblanc

  17. Happy New Year to you and your families! Beautiful pictures of the mini muffins – just love them and keeping us updated. Your heart card is beautiful as well.

  18. Happy new year, Ann! Beautiful card and dogs!

  19. Gorgeous card, Ann. Heart etc are SO pretty and the diamonds and pearls ads so much to the card. Wonderful! Happy New Year to you and yours, human and furry!
    Love the photos, so special and updates. Hugs,

  20. I have been eyeing that Bloomin’ Heart Thinlet set and after seeing your beautiful card, I have a big hunch one will find a home with me soon. It’s been a joy to see your gorgeous cards again, Ann. Love seeing the mini-muffins taking it easy. May your family have good health and lots of happy times in 2016!

  21. Loved your doggie pictures, thanks for sharing.

  22. Ann,
    Beautiful card! Love the colors and the pearls – so you! Thanks for sharing.
    And of course the pups are so adorable. They all look so content.

  23. This die is just gorgeous Ann and as always, you really turned it into a work of art with your classic diagonal score lines and the teeny tiny pearls.
    Now, those pictures of your Mini Muffins are adorable, thank you for sharing this sweet doggies with us.
    Wishing you a Joyful and Healthy 2016!!!!!

  24. LOVE your cards Ann; LOVE LOVE LOVE the pups!

  25. Oh my, what a pretty card. Love the soft colors and pearls!

    Thanks for sharing the latest photos. The mini muffins aren’t so mini now. They are adorable and Uncle Brody is a sweetie. Happy New Year!

  26. Love the intricate heart die. Most of all loved the adorable photos of the mini muffins. I had to laugh…our 2 mutts do not snuggle with each other…one will snuggle with me though. Happy New Year.

  27. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gorgeous card! I knew it would be on your first order!

    Love the photos of the kids! Love the arm or leg on Brody. We didn’t make it to midnight.

    Wishing you and your family a happy new year!

  28. Love the card and the pictures of the mini muffins! Happy New Year!

  29. Adorable pictures, just love seeing them. Happy New Year!

  30. Those puppies are just as cute as can be with such personalities! Your card is lovely as usual & thanks so much for sharing.

  31. Beautiful card and great to see the Boxers antics. My nephew has a Boxer and they just moved from Florida to Oklahoma and OP is having a hard time adjusting to the cold and snow. He stays cuddled in a quilt most of the time. Maybe he needs a Boxer brother or sister to cuddle with. Thanks for the pics and Happy New Year!

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