An Easy WOW Card, Shares, and Boxer News

Who doesn’t like an easy WOW card? I know I do, and this one fills the bill perfectly.  Now keep in mind, easy does not mean it won’t take time.  But I think you’ll agree, the time it takes to create this card using new In Colors, the new Colorful Seasons stamp set, and the new Seasonal Layers thinlits is worth it!

Easy WOW card

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

The Berry Burst Color Theory Designer Paper does all the work on this card.  Just add the sentiment and let the crackled background do all the work!

Close up of sentimentBoth stamped and die cut blossoms adorn this card.  The stamped ones were created by inking the image with Berry Burst ink, then stamping off once.  The Powder Pink cardstock die cuts were inked on the edges with Berry Burst ink using a Sponge Dauber. Of course, how could I resist adding pearls and rhinestones to this WOW card?

Close Up of Flowers

To add texture,  a simple bow crafted from 1/2″  Berry Burst Finely Woven ribbon was added.

Close up of bow

Here is one more look at the finished card! If you would like step-by-step details on how to make this WOW card, including cutting dimensions, just CLICK HERE for your FREE tutorial.

Close up of flowers

This card was created for a friend of mine who is going through some troubling times. In fact, it is heading out in the mail today.  But as I sat down and created it yesterday, I thought how this card applies to me, too.  I finally have some time to “Just Breathe”.

The American Boxer Club National Specialty has come and gone, and Jackie had a fabulous show.  At the Awards Banquet, Jackie won the award for the most Bred By Exhibitor Wins in the United States.  He then went on to defeat several Top Twenty boxers, including his sire, before eventually being eliminated.

Jackie's Select Dog JeffersonI have said my good-by to Kendall the puppy, who is now with her co-owner in Canada.  She leaves a happy, healthy, well socialized little girl. The plan is that she will rejoin me in a year to pursue her American title.  Until then, I will watch her grow up from afar.

Kendall's Good By Photo

And I am enjoying every day I have left with Brody, who was diagnosed this spring with bladder cancer. His eyes are still bright and shiny, he is still playful, and he is tolerating his medication well.  Other than wondering why the tears flow as I hold him close at night, he does not know there is anything wrong.  We continue to create memories…

Brody May 2017And so time goes on.  For now, I am breathing and finding time to create once again.  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…

Note:  Only a few spots remain in my Annual Catalog Shares program.  CLICK HERE for details!
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The Stamp Review Crew: Cool Treats Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew.  If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. This week we are featuring the adorable Cool Treats stamp set. I am Stop #4 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #3, the always amazing Martha Inchley! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #5, the ever-so-talented Kelly Kent, who always blows me away with her talent.  Enjoy today’s hop!

Cool Treats Birthday Card

As you can probably tell from the design, this card is a double flap fold card.  I wanted to do something different, and I rarely do fancy folds.  I’m not certain why, because most fancy fold cards are not difficult to create. One can usually find excellent video tutorials, explaining the “how-to’s”.  In the case of a double flap fold card, it is essentially a card base with two flaps, as you can see in the following photos:

Flap one of double flap fold cool treats card

The larger flap was constructed from a piece of Crumb Cake card stock  3-7/8″ wide x 3-3/8″ tall. It was scored at 1/2″ to form a fold which was adhered to the back of the Ice Cream Cones Frosty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It was covered on both sides with Pool Party Checked Frosty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Flap two of double flap fold cool treats card

The second Crumb Cake flap,  3″ x 2-7/8″, was once again scored at 1/2″ to form a fold and adhered in the same manner as the first flap. It was covered on both sides with the Pear Pizzazz Polka Dot pattern from the Frosty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper collection.

Double Flap Fold card showing flaps closed

A Crumb Cake waffle cone, filled with Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party scoops of sherbet, sits atop a Stitched Oval framelit which had been covered with Crumb Cake Waffle Cone Frosty Treats paper.

Close up of glitter and sprinkles

Sprinkles Embellishments adorn the Chocolate Chip colored topping, while Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter adds a frosty sparkle to each scoop.

Inside sentiment of Cool Treats card

A simple Happiest Birthday sentiment graces the inside, framed with Pear Pizzazz colored Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with this adorable set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #5, Kelly Kent!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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Retiring Products List – Hurry While Supplies Last

Header for Retiring Products ListIt’s that time of the year when Stampin’ Up! releases its Retiring Products List from both the 2016-2017 Annual and 2017 Occasions catalogs CLICK HERE to see to what we are bidding a fond farewell, and to see what items have been discounted!

The Fine Print

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22.  After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Order TODAY to avoid disappointment.
  • For orders between $50 and $149.99 before tax and shipping, use my April Host Code (Q6VYQYX4) and receive a FREE gift from me.  If your order is $150 before tax and shipping, please do not use this code.  You will be receiving your own Host Benefits!

Speaking of catalogs, if you would like to receive a copy of the NEW 2017-2018 Annual Catalog when it becomes available, please email me at [email protected] I will make certain to add you to my list.  My current customers will automatically receive one!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me. Until next time…
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Stamp Review Crew: Weather Together Edition

Weather Together Banner

It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew.  If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. This week we are featuring the adorable Weather Together stamp set. I am Stop #5 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #4, the always amazing Linda Callahan! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #6, the ever-so-talented Heidi Baks. Enjoy today’s hop!

Weather Together encouragement card

Today’s offering is a quick and easy card of encouragement.  I’m sure we all know someone who is going through a rough time in their life … someone who could use a little “day brightener”. This clean and simple card fills the bill!

The Umbrella was stamped onto a delightful Pool Party Polka Dot print, while the Handle was stamped onto Pool Party card stock. Umbrella Weather Framelit Dies make it a snap to cut these pieces out.  Clear Wink of Stella and Rhinestones add sparkle, while an Oval Stitched Framelit provides the backdrop for this focal point.

Close up of Weather Together umbrellaI love the sentiments which come with this set.  Since I had a specific recipient in mind for this card, I selected “sometimes we all need shelter from the storm”.  It was inked in Archival Basic Black, and stamped into the corner before embossing the panel with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Weather Together cardI hope you enjoyed today’s card made with this adorable set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #6, Heidi Baks!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

P.S.  Here is a picture of the newest member of our family, Kendall. Kendall will be sharing time between our home in Iowa and her co-owner’s home in Canada.  Don’t let this picture fool you.  She is a little spitfire for sure!

Kendall
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Clean and Simple Baby Card

The talented Joanne is hosting a Clean and Simple Baby Card challenge at The Paper Players this week.  I am so excited to ink up one of my favorite sets from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog, Little Cuties, and play along.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.

clean and simple baby card

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

Piece, baby!  The Rocking Horse image was stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink twice: once on Tip Top Taupe Gingham Paper (from the Succulent Gardens Designer Series Paper collection), and once onto Blushing Bride card stock. The Blushing Bride saddle and bridle were snipped out and adhered onto the gingham pony.

Close-up of Rocking Horse

The Rocking Horse was snipped out and then popped up on a circle created with the Layering Circles thinlits.  Pearls and Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine are the perfect embellishments. A Blushing Bride Stitched Satin Ribbon bow and the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder background add texture.

Although I used pink hues with taupe, think how easy this would be to create for a baby boy.  Just switch out the pink for a suitable blue. And of course, there is always gender neutral yellow if you wanted to create a few of these cards to have on hand.

If you are a fan of the Tip Top Taupe Gingham pattern paper, you’ll be happy to know the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper is one of the additional FREE Sale-a-Bration items which are available with your order of $50 (before tax and shipping).

Additional SAB Items 2017I love clean and simple cards of any type, but clean and simple baby cards are among my favorites.  I can’t wait to create one for a baby boy.  Of course, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time, when I introduce you to the newest four legged member of the Schach family…
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An Any Occasion Friendship Card with Tutorial

Any Occasion Friendship CardI just love it when I can play along with my two favorite challenges using the same card! Sandy at The Paper Players is challenging us to “Cut It Out!” (dies, punches, fussy cutting, etc.), while Jen Mitchell at Freshly Made Sketches has a stunner of a sketch for us.  In fact, you’ll see me using this sketch again with my next card.  That’s how awesome this sketch is! I hope you enjoy today’s friendship card…with it’s step-by-step tutorial!

The Paper Players #334

Freshly Made Sketches #278

The Stampin’ Schach Step-by-Step Tutorial
(Product numbers are found at the end of this post.)

Stamp Set:  Awesomely Artistic
Ink: Basic Black Archival
Paper: Very Vanilla cardstock (4-1/4″ wide x 11″ long)
Basic Black cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″, 3-1/4″ x 3-3/8″, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″)
Crushed Curry cardstock (2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″)
Always Artichoke cardstock (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″)
Whisper White cardstock (2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″)
Urban Underground Designer Specialty Series Paper (3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, 2-5/8″ x 4-1/8″)
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Tags Thinlits, SNAIL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Metal Rimmed Pearls

  1.  Create the card base by scoring the Very Vanilla cardstock at 5-1/2″.
  2.  Adhere the Small Dot pattern Designer Series Paper to Basic Black cardstock.  Attach to the card   base.
  3.  Stamp the word Friend in Basic Black ink on the Lined pattern Designer Series Paper. Mat onto Crushed Curry cardstock.  Adhere the Basic Black cardstock onto the back of this panel.  Adhere to the card base.
  4. Run the Daisy Timeless Tags Thinlit through the Big Shot with each of these three colors of cardstock: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke. Punch out and save all the pieces.Close Up of Inlaid Daisy Timeless Tag
  5. Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, glue the Basic Black die cut to a piece of Whisper White card stock. Trim around the outside.  Glue the Crushed Curry petals, Basic Black center, and Always Artichoke leaves and stem into position.
  6. “Pop up” the inlaid flower on the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Embellish the center with a Metal Rimmed Pearl.

Friendship Card Created with the Daisy Timeless Tag

How easy is that! And this inlaid flower works perfectly with this sketch.  This card is easy to change up, too, simply by changing out the paper.  As for me, I challenged myself to use this fun paper with a somewhat masculine vibe just to see how it would look with a flower. I can always use friendship cards.  Nothing compares to receiving a surprise friendship card in the mail.

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…
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The Stamp Review Crew: Lift Me Up

It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew. If this is your very first visit, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set. This week it is one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog, Lift Me Up.  I am Stop #11 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #10: Charlet Mallet.  Charlet’s work never disappoints!  After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #12 Linda Callahan.  Enjoy today’s hop!

Shabby chic Lift Me Up card

 

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

For today’s hop,  I opted to create a soft, shabby chic card in shades of Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. I used the mini-sized “Swirly Cloud” image to distress everything, starting with the large balloon cut-out created with the Up & Away Thinlits. 

Swirly Cloud stamp This little stamp is perfect for adding a touch of interest to anything.  Keeping true to my nature, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add pearls.

Close-Up of shabby chic Lift Me Up balloon

To create the sky, I inked up a large Acrylic Block with Soft Sky ink and stamped directly onto a Very Vanilla card stock panel.  I then randomly stamped all over using the Swirly Cloud image, first inked in Soft Sky, and then inked in Crumb Cake.

Close-up of sky

The smaller balloons were both stamped twice, once in Crumb Cake and once in Blushing Bride.  I then paper pieced each one.  Once again, I just had to add a few pearls.

Medium sized paper pieced Lift Me Up balloon

As you can see, the smaller balloons were also distressed using the Swirly Cloud image. I love this little image!

Small balloon

As a finishing touch, I added an asymmetrical bow created with Blushing Bride ribbon.

Blushing Bride Bow

Here is the same card from another angle:

Lift Me Up shabby chic card
If Blushing Bride shabby chic hot air balloons are not your cup of tea, here is the same layout using different colors and rhinestones, which I created earlier:

Hot Air Balloon Lift Me Up card

I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with this adorable set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #12, the Queen of Clean and Cuteness, the incomparable Linda Callahan!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…


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The Scoop … Stampin’ Up! Updates

Enjoy this latest collection of Stampin’ Up! updates and news!

 

February 2017 Host Code

Would you love more free product? PLACE your Sale-A-Bration order through me  in MY on-line store during February using the current HOST CODE SDC3KE6K and you’ll receive an additional gift from the Stampin’ Schach.  This month’s gift is 10yds of Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon.

  •  If your order is $50 – $149.99 (before tax and shipping):  Add HOST CODE SDC3KE6K.   To claim your bonus gift from me, you MUST include this host code. 
  • If your order is $150 or more: Do NOT add the host code.  I will automatically send you the ribbon, PLUS you will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards!
  • The deadline for this host code offer is February 27th.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your ribbon will be mailed separately from any order and will be mailed to you in mid-March!

Ultimate Bundle Starter Kit Special

Would you like more bang for your buck? Would you like to earn a discount of at least 20% on every order you place?  Would you like up to $125 worth of product plus two additional stamp sets (a value of up to $104). Would you like all of this for $99.00 (plus applicable sales tax) and FREE shipping?  Then the Starter Kit is for you.  It IS the Ultimate Bundle!

Signing up with me includes membership to The Schach Pack AND membership in one of the most active, supportive groups on Facebook, Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals.  Click HERE to join today, or feel free to email me, [email protected] if you have questions.

Sale-A-Bration IS Going Strong

Sale-A-Bration Items

Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.

Needing Inspiration? Check out this amazing video featuring the Carried Away Designer Series Paper you can get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration!

If you are new to Stampin’ Up! and would like a free catalog, just let me know.  I will drop one in the mail to you pronto.  I would LOVE to be your Stampin’ Up! “Go-To Gal”! As always, if you ever have any questions about my cards or Stampin’ Up! products, don’t hesitate to email me. Until next time…

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Stamp Review Crew SAB Free for All

Can you believe it has been over a year since I have said, “It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew“?  But I am happy to say, it’s great to be back! What a fun hop we have planned for you!  This week we are featuring items from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure, which you can get for FREE with a $50 USD purchase (before tax and shipping).  If this is your very first visit to a Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. I know you will love seeing a variety of Sale-A-Bration items and the versatile and amazing things you can create with these products. I am Stop #24 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #23: the talented Charlet Mallet. Enjoy today’s hop!

Hey, Chick!

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

  • Photobomber! With the exception of the crazy mop-top photobomber, this family of chickens was paper pieced using patterns from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper Collection, a Sale-A-Bration freebie! While one side features patterns that coordinate with the Lift Me Up Bundle from the Occasions Catalog, the other side has patterns perfect for decking out chickens! Of course, the adorable Hey, Chick stamp set is also one of the available SAB choices.

  • Chicken wire! Settle down with a good movie and get ready to put those Paper Snips to work if you don’t want your chickens to fly the coop.  I brayered Archival Basic Black ink onto the  Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and ran it through the Big Shot to create the illusion of chicken wire.  I then snipped out the middles of the hexagons and brayered the “wire” with Smoky Slate ink.  It’s a lot of snipping for sure, but the effect is oh, so cute!

  • Another view! Rather than using glue, I simply stapled my wire in place, and then cut out the section which was over the chickens.  The Speckles image from Glorious Grunge was used to add some gravel.

Here is another card I created earlier which features the Hey, Chick stamp set.  It was too cute not to showcase it again.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s card made with this adorable Sale-A-Bration set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #25, the incomparable Bruno Bertucci!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what he has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…


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Butterfly Basics for The Paper Players

The Paper Players are having a wonderful theme challenge this week: Clean and Simple Featuring a Flower.  I pulled out one of my favorite sets, Butterfly Basics, to create today’s card.  Enjoy!

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

  • Soft and feminine! Stamps from the Butterfly Basics set, as well as the Speckles image from Gorgeous Grunge, were inked in Tip Top Taupe and stamped off in order to create the background panel.

  • Snip! Snip! Snip! The Flower image was faux water colored using Blender Pens, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz inks.  It was then snipped out with Paper Snips before being popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Although it does not show up in the picture, in real life these blossoms have a lovely shimmer courtesy of Clear Wink of Stella.

  • A bow and a butterfly! A cheater bow was fashioned from Blushing Bride ribbon to add a touch of texture.  And what could be a better finishing touch than a Perfect Plum butterfly?

In my haste to snap a few pictures of this card, I did forget to add pearls.  But rest assured that before I send it out, I will be adding a pearl or two!

Only a few days remain to take advantage of January’s Host Code special!

PLACE A STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (total before shipping and tax) in MY on-line store during January using HOST CODE SURD27C3 and you’ll earn the NEW Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

  •  If your order is $75 – $149.99 (before tax and shipping):  Add HOST CODE SURD27C3.   To claim your bonus gift from me, you MUST include this host code. 
  • If your order is $150 or more: Do NOT add the host code.  I will automatically send you the Falling Petals embossing folder, PLUS you will qualify for Stampin’ Rewards!
  • The deadline for the Falling Petals embossing folder host code offer is January 31st.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your embossing folder will be mailed separately from any order and will be mailed to you in mid-February!

Ready to earn TWO FREE stamp sets?  Purchase the Ultimate Bundle…the Starter Kit!

  • Join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator.
  • For $99 you will get up to $125 of worth of current Stampin’ Up! products (your choice) in your Starter Kit, and it ships for FREE – an additional 10% savings!
  • If you join during Sale-a-bration (through March 31st), Stampin’ Up! will throw in TWO FREE STAMP SETS of your choice – an added value of up to $104.
  • As always, there is no risk to join, and no obligation to sell or buy another thing.
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NEED A CATALOG?  Just send me an email ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you.  I would LOVE to be your Stampin’ Up! “Go-To Gal”!

Good News

As several of you already know through emails we have exchanged, I received the results of Brody’s biopsies.  Neither lump was cancerous! Woo hoo!  His incisions are healing nicely.  Of course, it is so important to get plenty of rest, so he has been taking his fair share of naps!

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create, or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! And
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