Always on My Mind

It seems these past few days that Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip are “always on my mind”. Combine these colors with my newly found passion…the Stampin’ Around wheel…and you have the basis for today’s card. The two hearts reflect the sentiment, while the paper piercing mimics the eyelet border. A small Button Latte flower button to compliment the scallops is the finishing touch. Like several of the cards which have preceded this one, the emphasis is on clean and simple, quick and easy!

  • Make a card base from Baja Breeze and score at the top.
  • Snap a Chocolate Chip cartridge and the Always in Bloom wheel into the Stampin’ Around handle. Using the Stampin’ Around Wheel Guide, stamp a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. Tip: I prime my wheel by running it over a piece of scrap paper. This helps to ensure even inking.
  • Use the Eyelet Border Punch to create visual impact. Adhere to your card base as noted in the picture, adding Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon to finish the edge.
  • Ink the “Always on my mind” sentiment from the “Always” stamp set with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch out using the Scallop Oval Punch and layer over a Chocolate Chip oval punched with the Wide Oval Punch. Tip: I popped it up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • Using the Full Heart Punch, punch out Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip hearts. Pierce the edges of each heart. Using StampinDimensionals, adhere the hearts and the sentiment to the card base as shown. Tip: StampinDimensionals allow the base colors to show clearly through the piercings.
  • As a final touch, add a Chocolate Chip flower button from the Button Latte collection to the sentiment!


Hmmm….For some strange reason I have the urge to go listen to Willie Nelson. You were always on my mind, you were always on my mind…

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Stamp Sets: Always in Bloom Standard Wheel (113834), Always (113620)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908), Chocolate Chip Standard Cartridge (102496)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Tools: Eyelet Border Punch (113692), Full Heart Punch (113693), Wide Oval Punch (112082), Scallop Oval Punch (Occasions Mini 114889), Crafters’ Tool Kit (104310)
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon, Button Latte (11433)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), StampinDimensionals (104430)

You Take the Cake

I love Baja Breeze! With glitter added for sparkle, this card features Baja Breeze in all of its glory…card stock, ribbon and corduroy buttons. Clean and simple lines accentuate the cupcake and sentiment from the Party Hearty stamp set. Feel free to indulge. This is one cupcake that is calorie free! Here’s the recipe for “You Take the Cake”:

  • Make a card base from Baja Breeze card stock and score at the top. Layer with Very Vanilla.
  • Add Baja Breeze 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon as illustrated in the picture.
  • Ink the “Cupcake” from Party Hearty using Bordering Blue and Regal Rose Stampin’ Write markers and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch and mat onto Baja Breeze.
  • “Paint” the desired areas of the cupcake and its wrapper with VersaMark Ink and sprinkle with Heat and Stick Powder. (I actually used a paint brush and VersaMark Ink refill.) Remove the excess powder and heat with a Heat Tool. As soon as it liquefies, quickly sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, remove the excess, and heat to set. Pop it onto the card base with StampinDimensionals. Tip: Do not overheat as it will discolor the paper. (Although the glitter in the photo appears yellowed, in person it is not.)
  • Ink the sentiment from Party Hearty with Bordering Blue and Regal Rose Stampin’ Write Markers and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat onto Baja Blue. Adhere to the card base with StampinDimensionals.
  • As a final touch, add three Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons.
  • Enjoy!

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Stamp Set: Party Hearty
Inks: Stampin’ Write Markers—Bordering Blue(100070), Regal Rose (105108), VersaMark Refill(102193)
Card Stock: Very Vanilla (101650), Baja Breeze (111352)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Ticket Corner Punch (107214)
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (102023), Baja Breeze 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon (111375),
Other: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), StampinDimensionals (104430), Heat and Stick Powder (100625)

Kindred Spirits

I love the look of Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze together. With the focus on the double matted sentiment and with the soothing color combination, the result is a perfect sympathy card. The Kindred Spirits image provides an oriental touch.

  • Prepare a card base from Baja Breeze card stock and score at the top.
  • Ink the image from Kindred Spirits with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla and mat onto Chocolate Chip.
  • Wrap Chocolate Chip Ribbon around the matted image and adhere onto the Baja Breeze card base.
  • Ink the sentiment from the Very Versatile stamp set with Chocolate Chip and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Mat with Chocolate Chip followed by Baja Breeze. Position and adhere with a Stampin Dimensional.

Don’t forget that May is National Scrapbooking Month! With Stampin’ Up!s “Buy three…Get One Free” promotion you can stock up on all of Stampin’ Up!s luscious Designer Series Papers and 12″ x 12″ textured card stock.

And, if you would you like to join me as a demonstrator, Stampin’ Up! is offering you the opportunity to sign on as a demonstrator for only $75 with their Scrapbooking Starter Kit. The following items are included as part of this limited-time offer:

113510 Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $42.95

113059 Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $19.95

108697 Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $11.95

105240 Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad $7.50

Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit, including the Getting Started DVD, Getting Started Guide, Guest Invitation Postcard (100), Idea Book & Catalog (8), Occasions Mini Catalog (8), To My Hostess Envelope (10), Recruit Folders (5), Recruit Brochures (20), Hostess Brochure (20), Hostess Benefits Form (10) and Customer Order Form (50).

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Stamp Set: Kindred Spirits (111662), Very Versatile (Occasions Mini 113806)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (100908)
Card Stock: Baja Breeze (111352), Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip (102128)
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon (109051)
Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

My Son

Yesterday I posted a card…A Trio of Vases! I had a very productive weekend, and actually made seven cards. However, in light of Mother’s Day yesterday, I would like to reflect on my son, Brady. This was the first Mother’s Day that I spent without him, as he is attending Western Illinois University majoring in trumpet performance. We will have a belated celebration, since he returns home Thursday. However, he surprised me yesterday with a call.
Brady checks out my blog and is one of my greatest supporters. I just want him to know how proud I am to be “Brady’s Mom”. Brady and I share a special bond. This past summer I required fusion surgery on my back. Those of you who have had this type of surgery know how painful the recovery period is. Since my husband was unavailable to assist me during the day, the burden of nursing me back to health fell upon Brady’s shoulders. When his friends were enjoying their final days before the onset of college, Brady was house-bound with me…getting me out of bed, preparing breakfast and lunch, and making certain that I had my meds on time. He cleaned the house, mowed the lawn, and took care of the dog. My heart broke when he left for college and I could not accompany him to help him unpack and settle in.
Brady has had a great freshman year at WIU. He was a finalist in the School of Music’s Concerto Competition, and played his way into the Semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition. He was named to the Dean’s List, as well. Yes, there are times that I wish that he would cut his hair and shave the scruffy beard that he has grown, but you know what…he has turned out to be a great kid…hair and beard included. He has set goals, and continues to achieve them. Hurry up, Thursday!
The photograph was taken by Buff Hottle, a well known photographer in this area. He certainly captured Brady’s personality! Thanks, Buff, for a photo I will cherish always. And…if you did not get a chance to view A Trio of Vases, please scroll down!
Have a great day….Ann

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)