Touches of Texture for Pals Paper Arts


It’s Thursday, and time to play at Pals Paper Arts!  This week, sweet Maggie Mata has a fun sketch for us!

Now you may be thinking to yourself, “Ann’s card doesn’t look like Maggie’s sketch at all.”  But look what happens when the sketch is flipped:


There we have it! Now I must admit that I did not come up with the idea of flipping this sketch myself, although I have flipped sketches on occasion.  But with this sketch I was bound and determined to follow the sketch as Maggie designed it.  I was struggling a bit putting all my elements together in the vertical orientation, when my son, Brady, walked in.  Since he is always interested in the cards I make, he strolled over to take a look.

“Watcha stampin’, Mom?”
“It’s my PPA card for Thursday. I have stamped and cut everything, but I just can’t seem to get things positioned so it looks right.”
He looked at my handiwork for a brief moment.  “Here,” he said, flipping the card on its side. “It’s perfect now.”

And right he was.  All it took to make everything come together was to simply flip the sketch.  I added a bow for balance, and adhered everything in place.  Sometimes the best advice comes from unexpected sources. I hope you enjoy today’s card.

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

I went back to my roots with today’s card. It’s a mixture of vintage and distressed, starting with the background.



I always loved using the retired Stippled Blossoms set to create interest on plain card stock, so I was thrilled when the Touches of  Texture set provided me with a flower which can be used to create a similar look.  I inked it in Sweet Sugarplum, stamped off, and randomly stamped onto Whisper White card stock.  A few Sahara Sand Speckles were added to tone down the white background.  Notice the edges of the circle and the flower were distressed using a Sponge Dauber and Sahara Sand ink.

I selectively inked the sentiment (from the You’ve Got This stamp set) using Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers.  I stamped the flowers on the circle so they aligned with the flowers on my background. Coloring in the flowers was easy.  I did a “sloppy” technique where I simply used the small Stipple stamp from Touches of Texture, inked in Crushed Curry.


Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and Very Vanilla Lace Trim were used to make the bow.  Although a bow was not called for in the sketch, I felt it was need to balance the card.


It’s a sweetly feminine touch, which looks cute with the Island Indigo “lace” strip stamped at the bottom of the card.

For the circular elements in the sketch, I used the Flower image, which I colored with Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum inks. I used a combination of faux water coloring with Blender Pens, and added a few stipples with the small Stipple stamp.



Pearls make the perfect centers for these flowers.  For a slightly whimsical touch, I added the Bee.  In this close up, you can just barely see I added Clear Wink of Stella to his wings for a slight shimmer.


I am so pleased with the overall result.  It has been a long time since I have distressed a card.  I needed a special card to send to a special person, and I think this one will fill the bill!


Jackie Update

Jackie had a wonderful day in Belvidere, IL at the Kishwaukee Kennel Club show.  I only entered him one day, but  he was Winners Dog, Best of Winners, Best Bred By Exhibitor Boxer, and Working Group 1 in the Bred By Challenge on Sunday.  I don’t have his win picture from Sunday, but here is his win picture from West Bend, WI.  As always, he is shown by “Amy the Handler”.


For those of you who are wondering, he is just an ordinary dog except for when he is in the ring.   Here he is Sunday, just chilling before going into Best in Show Bred By:

Jackie on Mom's lap in Belvidere

Nothin’ says lovin’ like an 81 pound lap dog!

Jackie with Dad in Belvidere

He never misses a photo op when his dad takes him out for a walk before ring time.  What a goofball!  But we wouldn’t want him any other way!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s card and post.  Remember, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…




  1. Gorgeous card, and always love seeing your fur babies!

  2. Simply perfection Ann! Beautiful texture and the color combo is gorgeous. Love all the details.

  3. Ann this is just gorgeous! love the background and of course the pearl flower centers are the bomb. Hugs

  4. The sketch is perfect flipped! Love all of the colors…..and all of the stamping you did here! Beautifully done!

  5. Stunning card Ann! I love all the touches and am always afraid I’ll put too much and ruin the look, but you do it so well, everything compliments. Thanks for the tips too.

  6. Wow! The lace effect and the pearl centers in the flowers are just stunning! As is Jackie, and the new you – don’t get too skinny!

  7. Lovely card, Ann, and lovely inspiration for that stamp set! So nice to see your cards again.

  8. REALLY love your card. It just so elegant but charmingly warm at the same time. Thanks for sharing Jackie’s news – he’s so handsome. Congrats to all of you on the wins!

  9. And now you’re enabling me! I keep looking at this set and I think you’ve convinced me with today’s card! I love that you’ve gone back to your roots on this and done it so perfectly. The bow was the perfect balance and of course, the pearls the classic “Ann” touch! How fun too, that Brady helped you with this one!

  10. Ann, your card is stunning! So pleased Brady was around :). The detail is just Ann Schach, for sure! The coloring is great, ribbon and pearls also. I really enjoy the background and Flowers look like just picked! Gorgeous!
    Jack sure is special and I have been thinking of you all. What a joy, he is sure going places. Congrats to al

  11. Gorgeous!! I was wondering as well what paper or technique and stamp you used for the base, it’s just perfect!

  12. Your card is just gorgeous, Ann! And I laugh how Jackie still wants to be a lap dog. 🙂

  13. Hi Ann! What a beautiful card! Love Brady’s suggestion, I sometimes forget to think about switching the orientation to make it work for the stamp and instead move to another sketch. Silly me and smart Brady! Lesson learned. lol. The adorable bee and flowers are stunning.

    Jackie is just so handsome. So happy he is having success in the ring. The lap dog photo is priceless!

  14. WOW! I love EVERYTHING you have going on in this card and there is a lot! I love all the pearls as it just makes your flowers come alive not to mention that bee, which is a great addition! Your card is just so beautiful Ann!

    Love seeing Jackie and congrats to him on all is WINS! He is one handsome Boxer! <3

  15. Beautiful, lovely, gorgeous! Those flowers look real!

  16. Chris R. from Iowa

    Brady to the rescue and so glad he did because this is perfect! Did someone get a new pack of pearls? When I use pearls on my cards, I am reminded of you! Anyway, love those flowers and the sentiment treatment but I focused in on that bee! This is just a stunning Ann card!

    Oh Jackie is the best from east to west! Tell me about lap dogs, Ted is 70-75 lbs bundle of slobbery drool. With this heat, we aren’t walking as much and the pounds creep up. Stay cool!

  17. Stunning design and use of the stamp images. As always, perfect placement of your signature pearls!

  18. Gorgeous!!! Love your background stamping and signature pearls! The bee is a cute touch. Thanks to Brady’s keen eye and your artistry, someone will be receiving a very special card.

    Congrats to Jackie! Fun ‘lap dog’ photo!

  19. Love this card because it is so beautiful! I know I have to get this set now for sure. I have seen other cards made with it too and I hope I can make something as nice as you have. Maybe my best bet is to case it. Hee
    Jack is one handsome guy! Congratulations!!!!
    So glad he has such a great personality too besides such a winner in the ring! Give all them furkids a hug from me.

  20. Love, Love, Love this card. What paper is the base – is it Island Indigo and stamped with a background stamp or designer paper?

    • Hi, Jenny! I’m glad you like today’s card. I am so sorry I left the information off my supply list. The card base is the Island Indigo knitted pattern from the Blooms and Bliss designer series paper collection.

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