Helping Me Grow and Jackie News

IMG_3158-001It’s Thursday…and time to play with the Sketch Team at Pals Paper Arts.  This week the talented and lovely Ginger Toivonen has designed a sketch for us which is just as sweet as she! I thought it was a perfect opportunity to show off the Helping Me Grow stamp set, which just so happens to be one of my favorite new sets.  I hope you enjoy today’s card!


The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 5-1/2″ x  4-1/4″ when folded.

Blender Pens and ink were used to faux watercolor the flowers from this set.  I always like to “shadow” the images with Soft Sky ink for a special look.  Clear Wink of Stella adds a beautiful, subtle sparkle, which is noticeable in person, while a few Rhinestones are the perfect accents.


Clusters of Rhinestones make an eye-catching center for any flower.  Once again, I gave the flowers a little wink!


What better way to show off a sentiment than to frame it?  The word FRIEND was stamped, highlighted with Clear Wink of Stella, and then punched out with the Large Oval PunchStampin’ Dimensionals were used to “pop” it atop the label die, which was cut out using the Rose Garden Thinlits.


I can’t wait to send this card off.  It would work for so many occasions, but I am thinking this one will be used as a “thank you”!

A Special Ad for a Special Boy

In two weeks time, Jackie will be strutting his stuff at the American Boxer Club’s National Show in Indianapolis, IN.  Of course, I will be there to cheer him on during the day, and snuggle with him at night.  I thought you would like to see a sneak peek of his ad, which will be included in the Boxer Daily magazine.

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Win or lose,  we will love him just the same.  It’s hard to believe he will be 13 months old!

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…




  1. Dona Stallworth

    Jack is so handsome!!! Fingers crossed for him!! I’ve used TipTopTaupe for shadows, but now I’ll have to try Soft Sky as well!

  2. Love your card, but I have to admit, I scrolled down FIRST to see your gorgeous boxer. Best of luck!

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  4. What a beautiful card! Vicki B’s comment about it reminding her of seed packets is so perfect. It also reminds me of vintage post cards. So very lovely… Jackie’s looking pretty darn good too!

  5. A typical Ann card—GORgeous!!

  6. Soft and pretty! Love the blue highlight and rhinestones.

    Jack certainly is a handsome young man and he is a ‘champion’ in my book! Best wishes to both of you.

  7. Ann, your card is another beauty. The soft sky idea is great and adds lots. Now for Jack, he is as handsome, as can be. He is uno perfecto! Rooting for you and your boy!

  8. Oh Ann, card is beautiful and love the ad. I can’t believe the babies are that old already, seems like they were just born.

  9. Sweet card, soft and oh, so pretty! The “winks” add just the right amount of shimmer and sparkle too!

  10. Ann – that is a fantastic ad. What a beautiful picture. Love your card too 🙂
    Julie V

  11. Chris R. from Iowa

    Gorgeous card! Love the softness of the watercoloring with the blender pen. The sentiment is fantastic the way you popped up the words and used the piece from the Rose Garden to cut it out. Just so well done! Were you out of pearls and had to use rhinestones? Just kidding, they go well with the Clear Wink of Stella.

    Now my handsome Jackie is just the best! He was my favorite mini-muffin. He needs to autograph his page for everyone! Amy looks so good with him too – not sure who is the proudest, her or you? The page couldn’t be any better. Love the part about you and Kim are the owners and breeders. Truly a beautiful page for a beautiful dog or should we say handsome since he is a guy? Wishing you all a great win in Indy (not that he needs luck).

    Didn’t you just celebrate a birthday?

  12. Simply elegant card! Another gem from Ann. Congrats on your star Jackie!

  13. Wow Ann! Jackie is beautiful!!!

  14. Your card reminds me of the packets of flower seeds that we buy for planting flowers. Love how you outlined the flowers with the Soft Sky – it really makes them stand out! Jack is so “ROYAL” looking and that is such a great poster. How appropriate with the “you don’t know Jack”. 🙂

  15. Beautiful panels of flowers! And beautiful photo of Jackie—-he is mighty handsome!

  16. I love this stamp set and I love it even more since seeing your card.

    I must say Jackie is a beauty and what a great page for the catalog. He looks so proud. How are the Twins doing?

  17. Looking at your lovely card and the new goodies coming out I am anxious to try my hand at coloring. Doggie is a beauty!

  18. I’m with Mary! I’ve got to try your shadowing technique using Soft Sky. Your card is just beautiful Ann! I love the addition of the 25 cent stamp!

    I absolutely love Jackie’s ad that will be in the Boxer Daily magazine! He is such a handsome guy! I know you are a proud Fur Baby mom! 🙂

  19. creatingincolors

    I love the design and coloring on your card. Jackie is looking quite handsome in that ad. Enjoy the show.

  20. Your card is beautiful and so is Jackie!

  21. Love the card – not quite your usual style but just as beautiful. And so is Jackie!

  22. Love the simple and soft watercoloring of these lovely blooms. I’ll have to try your tip to highlight with Soft Sky. It’s beautiful.

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