Beautiful Bunch for PPA 284 and Jack News


It’s Thursday, and I’m back with another Pals Paper Arts Sketch Team card.  This week’s sketch is courtesy of the lovely Linda Callahan.  I decided to flip it on it’s side, and ink up the Beautiful Bunch stamp set.  Of course, I needed to play with some new products, too, so I inked up the Greatest Greeting and Timeless Textures sets from the Occasions Catalog. I hope you enjoy today’s card…and I hope you enjoy catching up on the latest news about Jack the Boxer.


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips—It’s All About the Details
This folded card measures 5-1/2″ wide x 4-1/4″ tall.

It’s the details that makes today’s card extra special.  Flourishes and screen wire images from the new Timeless Textures stamp set were inked in Lost Lagoon and stamped onto the white center panel for a little extra pizzazz.


So Saffron blossoms were punched out using the Flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  The edges were curled slightly and small Pearls were added to the center.


The tone-on-tone flower from Beautiful Bunch was inked in Watermelon Wonder and stamped onto Watermelon Wonder card stock.  It was punched out using the Fun Flower Punch.  Quick and easy!   It was then popped onto a second flower which had also been punched out using the Fun Flower Punch.


To accent this flower even more, the image was inked again in So Saffron and stamped onto So Saffron card stock.  This time I used Paper Snips to snip around the edges of the center.  It was popped onto the Watermelon Wonder flower using a Stampin’ Dimensional.  A Metal Rimmed Pearl adds a touch of “wow”, while Silver Metallic Thread adds a subtle touch of sparkle.


As one final detail, icy Pool Party Glitter Ribbon was added over the diagonal Watermelon Wonder card stock stripe.  Pool Party Glitter Ribbon is one of my favorite new products! It is such a gorgeous shade of blue.  And in case you are wondering about this adorable paper, it’s from the Wildflower Fields collection, which can be yours FREE with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration.


The most difficult thing about today’s card will be deciding on who gets it! Who wouldn’t love receiving smiles across the miles!

If you have any questions about today’s card or the techniques I used to create it, I am only an email away! And if you would like to hear about Jack the Boxer…continue reading!

Jack the Boxer’s Latest News

In case you have been asking yourself, “Where’s the posts?”,  Jackie and I have been away from home.  He showed in 7 shows in 9 days, earning a well-deserved rest.

The first weekend of our journey found us at the fairground in Des Moines, Iowa.  Each morning our trip took us past the gorgeous capitol building. The dome of the capitol is gilded with tissue-paper thin sheets of pure 23-karat gold.  What a way to start the day!


Jackie scored a big win on Sunday from respected judge Pat Hastings.  Mrs. Hastings is a widely respected authority on puppy evaluation and has taught seminars on movement…so to have her pick Jackie as her Winners Dog and Best of Winners at 9 months of age over adults, was indeed an honor.  Although Jackie had no idea what he had won, he was so excited when he exited the ring.  I don’t have the official win picture yet, but here is a candid of Jackie with his handler and her assistant.

Jackie at Des Moines 2

Midweek found us in Grayslake, IL.   Showing like a little rock star, Jackie was named Reserve Winners Dog on Sunday. He was a pro, waiting patiently for his turn in the ring.

Jackie Waiting Patiently

And when it came time to show off, I could not have asked for a better boy.

Jackie at Grayslake #1

From the rear to the side…he is such a sweet Mini-Muffin!


I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and I hope you will join me again later this week when I will be posting my list of retired stamps.  Until next time…


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  1. 7 shows in 9 days? That is a marathon! And Jack is absolutely gorgeous – no wonder he did so well. For a puppy to go Winners AND Best of Winners under such a knowledgeable judge – truly worth celebrating!!

  2. Great card Ann! I love how you flipped it on it’s side and gave it a 3D effect with your flowers – it’s just stunning! You do beautiful work!

  3. I LOVE your card! I want to reach out and touch it! XO

  4. Stunning card, Ann!! I especially like the touch of pool party glitter ribbon – it adds such an elegant touch in an easy way! No mess! 🙂

    Jack is looking so handsome! He’s going to be a star in the ring just like his mother and his aunt! Best wishes to you and your crew!

  5. So pretty Ann, I like how you created the background for the flower.

  6. Such a lovely card Ann. Wonderful job on nailing the sketch.
    Jack; can’t leave you out. Congratulations! You looked Great

  7. This card is a real stunner Ann! So many luscious details! And Mr. Jack is pretty awesome too!

  8. Wow, that’s really off the wall for you – but gorgeous, as always. Go Jackie!!

  9. Spotted your heart card on the Paper Pals blog immediately and popped over here to see more. Glad I did because Jack’s show pictures are amazing!! His markings are gorgeous and his stance is spot on!! I was really impressed that that little ball of puppy protoplasm has really grown into a very handsome young man!! I’m sure you and Kia welcomed him home with open arms. [By the by: your smiles card is gorgeous too!]

  10. Gorgeous card, Ann! I love the DSP you chose to use with the flowers, looks like raindrops watering the beautiful blooms. Whoever receives this card will be delighted!

  11. Beautiful card! Love how you turned the sketch! And your layers and details are fabulous…..oh that Timeless Textures panel looks great! Pretty flowers – pretty colors!

  12. Congrats to Jack! and also to your gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing about both the card and Jack’s accomplishments!

  13. Jack is definitely a winner, he is one handsome dog. Ann your card is beautiful, love all the detail and the colors are perfect.

  14. Chris R. from Iowa

    Not sure which is better, the fantastic card or the fantastic Mr. Jack?!? Love all the great details on the card and how you turned the sketch – a real winner! Color, texture and pearls – what more could you want?

    Now, I am so amiss that I couldn’t get to see him win on Sunday. I was just too lazy to get up and get ready that early and drive in. My loss. Hope I can see him later this month! He is so beautiful, can a boy be beautiful – how about handsome? His markings and stance really make him a winner. The trainers must be so happy with him!

  15. Way to go Jack! You are such a handsome, regal fellow. Super cute card also Anne. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Wonderful news. Love hearing about our Mini-Muffin. He sure looks beautiful. Great shots. Thank you and also your card is beautiful as well. Take care!

  17. Hello Ann: I did wondered where you and this precious puppies have been but now I know you guys have been busy winning all of this fantastic awards!!
    Congratulations!!! Jack looks amazing, just beautiful and sweet. I love his face on that picture, thank you for sharing your proud moments with us!
    Now, on to this beautiful card…..this is a tricky sketch but you did an amazing job with it, I love the DSP you chose, it’s like your lovely flower is getting some rain.
    Awesome colors and details, thank you for sharing. 🙂

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