On the CASE with Ann and Nicole

On the Case LogoWelcome to a new feature at The Stampin’ SchachOn the CASE with Ann & Nicole, an endeavor lovingly undertaken with my friend and stamping buddy, Nicole Watt of Pixel Maven’s Retreat  (Nicole has shared the story of the evolution of this new series in her post today.) Twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays, we will be CASE-ing a card from one of Stampin’ Up!’s current catalogs. CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we will be doing.  We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free step-by-step tutorials! Let’s get on to today’s CASE!

Birthday Blooms
Page 70 – Annual Catalog 2017 – 2018

On the CASE with Birthday Blooms You know me…I LOVE to fussy cut, and I LOVE a soft, romantic card. It should come as no surprise that I would select this feminine beauty, pictured below, as my choice for this week.

On the CASE Stampin' Up! Version

I did step-up my version a smidge, by adding a pearl and ribbon. However, if you would like to stay true to the catalog,  you could easily leave these off.  Another change I made was to heat emboss my images using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  It has been my experience it is easier to water color and fussy cut embossed images. Enjoy today’s card!

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps:  Birthday Blossom
Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock (5-1/4″ x 10-1/2″), Whisper White Cardstock (5″ x 4″)
Inks: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, VersaMark
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Aqua Painter, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Paper Snips, Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals

On the CASE Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1. Score the Crumb Cake cardstock at 5-1/4″ to form the card base.
2.  Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, position and stamp the floral image twice in VersaMark ink onto the Crumb Cake card base.  Heat emboss using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.   If you would prefer to not emboss, use Crumb Cake ink.

On the CASE closeup of card base

3.  Stamp the sentiment in the lower left hand corner.  To keep the look soft, I used Crumb Cake ink.  One could also use Soft Suede or Early Espresso. Step it up, with a single Pearl.

On the CASE closeup of sentiment

4.  Ink the floral image again with VersaMark, and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.  Heat emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Once again, if you would rather not heat emboss, use Crumb Cake ink.
5. Use an Aqua Painter to paint the leaves Pear Pizzazz, the petals Pink Pirouette, and the center So Saffron. To shade, simply add more layers. Technique Tip: I squeeze a closed ink pad to transfer ink to the lid of the pad, and use this for coloring.  Another option is to add a few drops of ink refill to a suitable container, like a plastic paint palette with wells.

On the CASE closeup of flower

6.  Snip out.  “Pop” atop the card base as shown using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the CASE close-up of flower

7.  Step it up! If desired add a snip-it of  Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon and a bow.

On the CASE close up of bow

If you would like to see another card made with Birthday Blooms, check out this Post from the Past.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

In hindsight, this is a very simple card to create.  By all means, the fussy cutting will take you the most time.  However, the results are well worth it, don’t you think? And even though it takes a little more time to heat emboss my version of this card, it does indeed make it easier to cut and color.  Difficulty Level:  3 out of  5, simply because of the heat embossing and fussy cutting.


Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest).  If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE Nicole Banner

Now head on over to Nicole, the Pixel Maven, to see the CASE file she has been working on. You will love it! And remember, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Until next time – CASE away!

Ready to get On the CASE?  If you would like to try your hand at creating today’s card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. And remember, during the month of July, every $50 you order scores a $5 Off Bonus Coupon from Stampin’ Up! to be used on August orders…as well as a free gift from me!



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  5. Hi Ann
    Some how I missed this post. I only found it because I was looking for a card you had made.
    Poor Jack. You guys must have been so scared when this happen to him.
    You have a beautiful dog there( when he hasn’t got any hives on him). Congrats! On another champion!!!

  6. Always enjoy your cards and pups ,but this new adventure with Nicole is such fun !! I am a dedicated fan already !!

  7. As ever, Ann, your creation is perfection. I can’t tell you how many of your cards and projects I have pinned. I am always amazed by your attention to detail, and this card is a perfect example. Can’t wait to see the next installment that you and Nicole come up with~Best of luck on this new endeavor. Thanks for your continuing inspiration.

  8. I love the new feature and your card. Good luck on this new endeavour.

  9. I love your clean & simple card choice for today’s CASE – and the extra tips to step it up! Funny, I never considered that it’s easier to fussy cut an embossed image. I wonder why that is? But, it’s true! How do you prefer to cut the small holes? Do you switch to an Xacto blade? That’s what I do… Interested in hearing your technique.
    Cheers to our new venture! xoxo

    • Thanks for the sweetness, Nicole! I do indeed switch to an Xacto when I need to cut out small holes. I’ll be sure to add that to my tips! Clean and simple, but I just had to add a pearl! Cheers!

  10. Chris R. from Iowa

    Oh Ann, I love the new adventure with Nichole! Thank goodness Mike isn’t here as it would put him in the Pink Panther mode and once he gets started he can’t stop as he does a wonderful Inspector accent and dialogue.

    This card is way beyond gorgeous! Much better than the catalog with your fussy cutting and gorgeous coloring. That embossing really adds to it too as well as holding in the color. That bow and signature pearl put it way over the top!

  11. Wow! Such a stunningly beautiful card. You always know how to make your cards extra special! Thank you!

  12. Your cards keep getting better and better as you go along.

  13. Hi Ann. Just thought I’d let you know that Nicole’s link isn’t working. It takes me to her website but says “no results found”.

    I’m excited about your new project. I’ve missed your regular postings.

  14. Beautiful! I love this stamp set!

  15. Ann you have really done a beautiful job with your watercoloring technique. I’m still trying to perfect mine – beautiful card btw.

    • Thanks, Jan! I was outside my comfort zone using an Aqua Painter. I usually use Blender Pens for faux watercoloring. However, the shading on this one definitely called for an Aqua Painter, so Aqua Painter it was!

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