A Trio of Vases

Ever since Mary Fish posted an extraordinary card on her blog, Stampin’ Pretty that featured a vase made from an oval punch, I wanted to try the same technique. Therefore, armed with punches in hand, I created this trio of vases. What fun! Although the vases are different in size and shape, they are unified in color, incorporating patterns from three different Designer Series Papers. In honor of my Aunt Evelyn, a vase collector, I present to you “A Trio of Vases”.

  • Make a standard card base from Whisper White.
  • Mat the Rose Red Small Dot paper from the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper collection onto Basic Black. Mat this onto the Whisper White card base.
  • Use the Wide Oval Punch on the Kiwi Kiss Figural paper from the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper. Cut off the bottom and adhere it to the top of the base as viewed in the picture.
  • Repeat the process using the Large Oval Punch and the Kiwi Kiss Floral Paper from the Urban Garden Designer Paper collection. Tip: For variation, add the cut off section to the bottom of this vase.
  • Finally, punch a Scallop Square out of Gingham Kiwi Kiss from the Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper. Remove the bottom two scallops in order to provide a flat bottom on which to set the vase. I also added a snippet of Rose Red Paisley from the Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper to add contrast.
  • Zip out three Little Leaves from a gray selection of Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II using the Big Shot and the Stampin’ Up Little Leaves Sizzlits Die. Position them onto the Small Dot paper, trimming them to appropriate lengths. Adhere using Mini Glue Dots. Tip: Allow some of the leaves to overlap onto the Whisper White card base for depth.
  • Finally, place your vases. Tip: Adhere the Scallop Vase with a Stampin’ Dimensional

The nice thing about these plants is that they don’t require water!

A Note to All Mothers: May your Mother’s Day be filled with joy and happiness. Happy Mother’s Day!
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Designer Series Paper: Urban Garden (112042), Urban Oasis (113978), Raspberry Tart (113975), Designer Series Paper: Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (Hostess Gift 114325)
Card Stock: Basic Black (102851), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Stampin’ Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits Die (114511), Wide Oval Punch (112082), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Square Punch (112081)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Suitable for Framing

Every year I write a poem which I give to my Senior students. This year I decided to take advantage of Stampin‘ Up!s beautiful Textured Card Stock and create a 6″ x 6″ page that is suitable for framing. Stampin‘ Up!s “Buy three…Get one free” promotion makes it possible for me to stock up on all of my favorite Designer Series Papers and 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stocks! Today’s project also features the “Always in Bloom” standard Stampin‘ Around Wheel. Stampin‘ Around wheels can make your card and scrapbook designing a “snap”! Although I used an original poem as my focal point and school colors in my matting, you can substitute a stamped image or other memorabilia and colors of your choice.

  • Mat the image onto Handsome Hunter textured card stock.
  • Snap a Chocolate Chip Standard Cartridge into the Stampin‘ Around Handle. Next, snap the Always in Bloom wheel into place. Tip: Prime the stamp by rolling it over a piece of scrap paper.
  • Stamp a strip of Very Vanilla and attach this to the right hand side of the Handsome Hunter mat. Trim to length. Tip: Use the Stampin‘ Around Wheel Guide for a straight line every time!
  • Adhere to a background mat of Basic Black. And there you have it…Suitable for Framing!

Can you believe I had never used a Stampin‘ Around Wheel before? What a powerful weapon to have in your Stampin‘ Up! arsenal…Quick, easy and fun to use! With so many versatile designs, I know that I will be adding more to my collection!

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Stamp Sets: Always in Bloom Stampin‘ Around Wheel (113834)

Ink: Chocolate Chip Standard Ink Cartridge (102496)

Card Stock: Handsome Hunter 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock from the Rich Regals collection (108696), Basic Black (102851), Very Vanilla (101650)

Tools: Stampin‘ Around Handle (102971), Stampin‘ Around Wheel Guide (104834)

My Resume


My Customer Commitment:I am committed to providing my customers with the best Stampin’ Up experience possible.  Whether it is teaching techniques or providing information about the latest products or promotions, my customers are my number one priority.  At the Stampin’ Schach, you are more than a customer…you are a friend!
My Stampin’ Family:I am blessed to be part of Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  Mary’s direct upline is Lisa Pretto, of Inkbig Academy.  Both of these women are Stampin’ Up! rock stars, having been named to Stampin’ Up!’s Advisory Board.  I have learned my leadership skills from the best!  My sideline is a talented group of stampers, as is my downline, The Schach Pack.  We are a caring and supportive community, composed of hobby and career stampers.  Plus, we provide a variety of resources designed to enhance your Stampin’ Up! experience.
Personal Background:I am a Midwestern gal through and through, born in Iowa and raised in Illinois.  I am happily married to my supportive husband, Kim.  Together we raised one son, Brady, a graduate student in Trumpet Performance at the University of Missouri.
Teaching is my passion.  I was a high school science teacher for 34 years.  Chemistry and Physics were my favorite subjects to teach.  I served as a mentor to new teachers and presented sessions on authentic assessment across the state of Iowa. 
I was introduced to the world of stamping in December, 2008, when I purchased my first stamp set at a tag sale.  I became a demonstrator in February, 2009.
In addition to stamping, my hobbies include reading, walking, and showing Boxer dogs.  I am currently “Mom” to Cimarron’s Do You Know the Muffin Man (Muffy), Cimarron’s What Were You Thinking (Brody), and Burlwood’s Unlike Any Other (Lexi).
Artistic Recognition:   I have won numerous challenges, including Mojo Monday.  I have served on several design teams, including Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen, Pals Paper Arts, Freshly Made Sketches and The Paper Players.

Kiwis and Tangerines

This week’s Splitcoast Challenge (SC227) once again had me reaching for Stampin’ Up!s Designer Series Papers. Urban Oasis, Urban Garden and A Walk in the Park all contributed Kiwi Kiss patterns which coordinated fantastically in this design. Of course, with Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three…Get One Free” promotion, you can purchase three Designer Series Papers or 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stocks and get one free. Hungry for Kiwis and Tangerines? The guilt-free recipe is as follows:

  • Begin with a 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ Kiwi Kiss card base. This is a size that lends itself to easily balanced designs!
  • Next layer the Kiwi Kiss Fifth Avenue Floral paper from the Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper directly onto the card base.
  • A geometric Kiwi Kiss design from A Walk in the Park Designer Series Paper was selected for the horizontal panel and matted onto Kiwi Kiss card stock.
  • The vertical panel, also matted on Kiwi Kiss, is from the Urban Garden Designer Series Paper collection.
  • Tangerine Tango was punched using the Eyelet Border Punch to add contrast.
    The Stampin’ Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits die and the Big Shot was used to cut two leaflets from Tangerine Tango, which were adhered to the vertical panel.
  • As a final touch, the Leaflet Soho Designer Hardware Brad was attached to a white 1-1/4” circle layered on a Tangerine Tango scalloped circle punched using a Nestabilities die and the Big Shot.

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Designer Series Paper: Urban Oasis (113978), Urban Garden (112042), A Walk in the Park (Occasions Mini 115123)
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss (111353), Tangerine Tango (111349), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Stampin’ Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits Die (114511), Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
Embellishments: Soho Designer Hardware (114350)

Quick and Classy

Sometimes simple is powerful! Although “quick” and “easy” could be two adjectives that would describe this card, I prefer to describe it as “elegant” and “chic”. While the ribbon is reminiscent of a classic grey tuxedo, the eyelet border adds a hint of femininity and compliments the small, texturized dots, making this card one of my favorites! Do you have ten minutes? Let’s make this card!

  • Make a card base from Very Vanilla card stock. Texturize it using the Small Dots plate from Stampin‘ Up! Backgrounds I and your Big Shot.
  • Add a Basic Gray Taffeta bow.
  • Punch a border using the Eyelet Border Punch and adhere to the bottom of your card. I used a selection from Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II, which is a Hostess Level I gift.

Design Tip: The nice thing about this card is that it can be easily modified for any occasion. Change out the ribbon and the border paper, and you can create an entirely different mood, or a sentiment can be quickly stamped onto a scalloped oval and added to the left of the bow. This becomes a perfect design base. And for today…I like it just the way it is!
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Designer Series Paper: Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (114325)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I (114512)
Embellishments: Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon (109064)

Butterfly Tea Party

As I have mentioned many times before, I love Designer Series Paper and the Butterfly stamp from the “Occasions MiniGreat Friend set. Tea Party Designer Series Paper provided wonderful spring colors to compliment the bevy of butterflies on this card. Of course, now is the time to stock up on Designer Series Paper and 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock during Stampin’ Up!s “Buy Three, Get 1 Free” promotion. This card can be made in a flash, and features the Big Shot and Texturz Dies.
  • Make a card base from Barely Banana card stock and run it through the Big Shot using the Large Dot plate from Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I.
  • Using Almost Amethyst card stock, punch an Eyelet Border strip approximately 2″ wide. Tip: Cut the strip about 1/2″ wider, as you will lose some width with this punch.
  • Add a 1-1/2″ strip of Small Yellow Floral paper from the Tea Party Designer Series Paper.
  • Layer Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink Ribbons across the front of the card as seen in the picture.
  • Stamp three butterflies using the Butterfly image from the Great Friend stamp set, using Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and Almost Amethyst ink on Very Vanilla card stock. Cut out using Paper Snips. Tip: Stampin’ Up!s Paper Snips are excellent for cutting out even the most intricate designs!
  • Scatter the butterflies across the surface of the card using Mini Glue Dots. Add a few rhinestones down the center of each butterfly for just the right touch of sparkle!
  • Welcome to my Tea Party!
Design Note: This card is pretty even without the ribbon and butterflies. Just select your favorite Designer Series Paper, and use the coordinating card stock! It only takes seconds to zip the paper through the Big Shot using the Texturz Plate of your choice.
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Stamp Set: Great Friend (Occasions Mini 113792)
Inks: Pretty in Pink (101301), Almost Amethyst (101723), Certainly Celery (105217)
Designer Series Paper: Tea Party (113992)
Card Stock: Barely Banana (101170), Almost Amethyst (101723), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Texturz Impressions Pad (114614), Texturz Silicone Rubber (114615), Stampin’ Up! Backgrounds I (114512)
Embellishments: Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon (109067), Certainly Celery (109050)
Other: Rhinestones (Paper Studio)

The Trick is in the Paper

For this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, Bella Bleu Series Designer Paper was just crying out to be used. I love mixing the patterns from the same series, since the colors unify the design. And, with the latest Stampin’ Up! promotion in celebration of National Scrapbooking Week, you can buy three Designer Series Papers or 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stocks, and get 1 free! Click here to read more about this exciting special. I am such a push-over for Designer Series Papers…I will certainly be stocking up! Although this card looks like it took hours to make, you will be surprised at how easily it comes together. The trick is in the paper!

  • Make a standard size card base out of Kraft card stock. It’s neutral color blends well with Bella Bleu.
  • Select three coordinating papers from the Bella Bleu Designer Series Papers. A vertical strip will run down the left hand side, while two horizontal blocks (large and small), are located on the right hand side. Using the picture as a guide, adhere to your card base.
  • Use the Scallop Edge Punch to form a scalloped strip of Night of Navy Textured Card Stock to add contrast.
  • More textured card stock is used to form a Bordering Blue rectangle.
  • The Rose Image from the Dear Friend Hostess Level I set was inked with Almost Navy, and stamped onto Very Vanilla, which was then matted onto Night of Navy. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to “pop” this image mat off of the card.
  • The “Dear Friend” sentiment from the same set was stamped on Very Vanilla, then punched out using the Word Window Punch. Two silver brads were used to attach it to the card.
  • A snippet of Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon was used to add just a hint of contrast.
  • As a final touch, three Filigree Brads add pizzazz!

It’s amazing how easily cards come together with the right paper. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to stock up on your favorites!

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Stamp Set: Dear Friend (Hostess Level I 113413)
Inks: Not Quite Navy (103008)
Designer Series Paper: Bella Bleu (113974)
Card Stock: Rich Regals 12” x 12” Textured Card Stock (108696), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Scallop Border Punch (112091), Word Window Punch (105090)
Embellishments: Filigree Brads (112577), Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon (109067)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

The Tassel is Worth the Hassle!

This is the second lesson in “Graduation Card Making 101″…quick and easy graduation cards featuring images from the Great Grads stamp set. Once again, this card focuses on matting to make a statement, and can be adjusted to reflect the school colors of the graduate’s school. Oh, by the way, making the little tassel really wasn’t a hassle at all!
  • Using Stampin’ Write Markers, ink the “Grad” stamp from the Great Grad set with Handsome Hunter (or appropriate school color) for the letters, and Basic Black for the mortarboard. Stamp on Whisper White card stock, and mat onto Basic Black, followed by Real Red and Brilliant Blue card stocks.
  • Adhere to Whisper White and attach to a card base. Tip: I used Handsome Hunter, a school color of this graduate.
  • Ink the “Congratulations” sentiment using Handsome Hunter, Real Red, and Brilliant Blue Stampin’ Write Markers and stamp onto a strip of Whisper White card stock which is slightly wider than your card. Tip: “Huff” on the stamp to remoisten the inks if necessary.
  • Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, perfectly place your stamp in order to make a continuous stamped image.
  • Mat onto Real Red and cut to the width of your card. Adhere at the bottom of the card base.
  • Ink the mortarboard section of the Grad stamp and stamp again onto Whisper White card stock. Cut out using your paper snips. Using a scrap of embroidery floss, fashion a tassel and adhere to the underside of the mortarboard with a Mini Glue Dot. Place this mortarboard with tassel in position above the original.

This is a quick and easy card, yet it can be totally customized to the school colors of your choice! Graduates, move your tassels!

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Stamp Set: Great Grads (114976)
Inks: Stampin’ Write Markers in Handsome Hunter(105116), Real Red (100052), Brilliant Blue (100057), Basic Black (100082)
Card Stocks: Whisper White (100730), Basic Black (102851), Real Red (102482), Brilliant Blue (100721), Handsome Hunter (105122)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Congrats, Grad!

As a full time teacher, my stamping time is at a premium. That is why when faced with making graduation cards for my Seniors, I strive to make cards that are quick and easy, yet striking and individual. This card utilized the Great Grads and Congrats stamp sets, plus the Diamond Pattern Texturz Plate from Stampin‘ Up! Backgrounds I, which I quickly passed through my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. Matting makes all the difference with this card, while the Very Vanilla and Basic Black color selections add a touch of formality and elegance! Over the next few days, I will be adding more “Quick and Easy” graduation card options. In the meantime, today’s lesson in “Graduation Card Making 101” will commence!

  • Using the Big Shot and Diamond Texturz plate, texturize a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. The Corner Rounder Punch adds interest to two of the corners. Adhere to a card base of Basic Black. By referring to the picture, you can see how I left justified the Very Vanilla to add visual interest. Tip: Texturizing is a quick way to add depth and dimension to a card, and so easy with the Big Shot.
  • Make a paper ribbon from Basic Black card stock and once again use the corner rounder on the two right hand corners. Adhere to the Very Vanilla texturized mat. Add a small snippet of Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon on the right hand side.
  • Ink the “Congratulations” sentiment from the Congrats set with Basic Black ink. Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly place this on Very Vanilla card stock. Adhere to the Basic Black paper ribbon. Tip: If you have difficulty positioning your stamps, try the Stamp-a-ma-jig. It is one the tools that I cannot live without. Please note the Congrats set was available during Sale-a-bration. But, don’t despair…The Hugs and Wishes stamp set also contains a similar Congratulations sentiment!
  • Ink the “Graduate” circle from the Great Grads stamp set with Basic Black. Stamp onto Very Vanilla card stock, and trim into a square. Use the Ticket Corner Punch on all four corners and mat onto Basic Black. Use StampinDimensionals to position onto the Basic Black paper ribbon.
  • As a final touch, position three black brads on the left hand side of the Very Vanilla texturized mat. Tip: You can perfectly place your brads with the Brad and Paper Piercing Template that is included in the Mat Pack. Once again, it is one of my must have tools.
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Stamp Sets: Congrats (SAB 113770), Great Grads (114976), Hugs and Wishes (114986)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Card Stock: Basic Black (102851), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Texturz Plates—Stampin‘ Up Backgrounds I (114512), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Mat Pack (105826)
Embellishments: Very Vanilla 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon (109055), Shimmer Brads (Making Memories)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), StampinDimensionals (104430)

Charmed…I’m Sure!

Gift bags are a snap with the Sizzix Big Shot and “Bag with Scallops” Bigz XL die! Add “To the Nines” Specialty Designer Series Paper and you’ll have a true “Designer Bag”. This little charmer is sweetly Victorian and draws us back to a gentler era…
  • Using the Bag with Scallop die, run the “Sage Shadow Herringbone Dot” paper through the Big Shot. Tip: Since I wanted a two-color bag, I placed my paper only over the body of the die. “To the Nines” Designer Paper is a slightly heavier card stock which is just perfect for making gift bags and boxes.
  • Next, run the die through the Big Shot again, but this time place “Chocolate Chip Paisley” paper over the section of the die which contains the sides of the bag. Tip: For a “ta-da” factor, I also cut the scalloped top of the bag using a small piece of Chocolate Chip Paisley so that I would have a layered effect.
  • Assemble the bag using Sticky Strip adhesive. Tip: This adhesive is double sided and extra-tacky, and perfect for three-dimensional items.
  • Punch a strip of Chocolate Chip Paisley using the Eyelet Border Punch and adhere to the bag with SNAIL Adhesive.
  • As a final touch, a button from the Button Latte collection was “tied” to the bag using Chocolate Chip Paisley “string”. Tip: Don’t throw those scraps away…small strips of scrap paper can be used as string and ribbon!
Design Tip of the Day: Select your Designer Series Paper to reflect the feeling that you want your bag to convey. This Victorian Charmer was designed as a gift bag for a friend who loves antiques. It held an antique brooch, and was just perfect for the occasion. A switch to “Rockabilly” and you have a bag fit for a “tween”! There are so many choices, and with Stampin‘ Up!s newest promotion, you have the opportunity to stock up on Designer Series Paper. Buy three Designer Series Paper and/or 12″ x 12″ Textured Card Stock and pick one for free!
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Paper: To the Nines Designer Series Paper (114038)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Eyelet Border Punch (113692)
Embellishments: Button Latte Collection (114333)
Other: Sticky Strip (104294)