Friday, October 24, 2014

The Stampin' Schach Lesson of the Month...It's Like Stampin' with Me in My Kitchen

After taking time off for Founder's Circle and dog shows, I am back with my lesson of the month, just in time for your holiday card planning.  This month features three cards created with the Bright and Beautiful stamp set.  An easel card, a clean and elegant card, and a card with country elegance comprise the trio.  You will see a commonality in colors, textures, and papers. Here they are:

Card #1: Country Elegance

 Lesson Focus:
  • Layering

Card #2: Clean and Elegant

New Skill:
  • Creating a classic bow

Card #3:  Easel Card

 Lesson Focus:
  • How to make a simple easel card

This month's lesson will include the following:
  • The Bright and Beautiful clear stamp set (C 135029, $24.95).  Already own this set? You may substitute one of equal value.
  • Three completed cards.
  • Emailed pdf project sheets which contain step-by-step instructions and photos on how to complete each card, including measurements.
  • Item numbers for each product used.
  • A private link to video lessons for each one of the projects, discussing how it was created and demonstrating how to do the techniques used.
  • Email assistance to answer any questions you may have about the cards.
This is NOT a card kit. Because I create all of the cards myself, class sizes are strictly limited to the first 30 enrollees.
  • You will have until 12:00 Noon (CST) on the 28th of this month to email me that you will be participating and to pay the PayPal invoice, which will be emailed to you. My email addresses are: and  Either one is fine.  Sets will he ordered after 12:00 Noon CST on the 28th. They will be sent to you within 1 business day after I receive them. The tutorials and video links will be emailed to you by October 31st.
  • Please allow up to three weeks for me to complete your cards. I create each card personally, and depending upon the number of subscribers, it does take time to complete the cards.
  • There is no commitment. You can subscribe one month, and opt out the next.  However, you will receive a surprise valued between $3.95 - $5.95 for every three months you enroll (on your 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th month...).
The price for all o this is only $34.95 each month! Ready to enroll? Email me at the address above.

Until next time...

The Muffy Chronicles

Sometimes no matter how much you wish for something, it just does not come true.  You can wish for it with all your heart and all your soul, but it still does not come true. So it is with Muffy. I wished she would finish her grand champion title in Springfield, IL this past weekend.  She needed two wins.  I know time is running out for her in more respects than one. Her handler, Amy, is under contract to begin working with a new girl next month.  She will take Muffy's place in the Best of Breed class.  Muffy will finally get the chance to be the excellent mother she is destined to be.  No more latex fish babies or toy footballs for her.  Living, breathing New Year's puppies will make their debut, and a new chapter of The Muffy Chronicles will begin.

But when I saw the numbers of champions entered at Springfield, and when I saw those champions included Best in Show winners, Best of Breed winners, and the #3, #6, and #7 ranked Boxers in the nation, I knew the chances of winning once, let alone twice, were slim. 

But sometimes small miracles happen.  Muffy did win a select rating one day!  You can see her sharing a celebratory kiss with Amy in the photo above.  We are now one major win away from her Grand title.  And so the wishing begins again.  In fourteen days, Muffy will sparkle in the ring one final weekend in Kalamazoo, MI.  If she wins, she will become Grand Champion Cimarron's Do You Know the Muffin Man.  If she does not...she will forever remain just one win away.  And so, the wishing continues.  

Until next time...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bright and Beautiful for Pals Paper Arts

It's Thursday and time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts! The talented Nicole, our resident sketch artist, has a fun sketch for us this week.  I pulled out the Bright and Beautiful set, and created a holiday card featuring Brushed Gold cardstock.  Enjoy!
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips
This finished card measures 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.
  • Seeing stars! The Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is getting quite a workout at the Schach shack. But who can resist the beautiful texture it imparts to a holiday card? I know I can't!
  • Stack of stars! A Brushed Gold star, cut using the Star Framelits and embossed with the Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, forms the bottom layer of a stack of stars. The next star was stamped using Baked Brown Sugar ink. Next up is Brushed Gold again, followed by a Champagne Glimmer Star. I would have used Gold Glimmer Paper, but can you believe I don't have any? I guess I need to order some.
  • A great greeting! A simple sentiment works perfectly for this card.  I selected "peace and joy" from the Good Greetings hostess set, inked with Baked Brown Sugar.  This is one set which truly is filled with "great greetings"!
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I love the elegance of  Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold together.  What about you? Do YOU have a favorite elegant color combination? Won't you let me know in today's comment? Your comments are important to me. If you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time...

Coming Soon:  Find out what Miss Muffy has been up to in the latest segment of "The Muffy Chronicles".
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday's Weekly Deals and Specials...An Information Round-Up

Weekly Deals for October 21st

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Holiday Catalog Supplement

Here's a peek at what's inside! Email me at if you would like a paper copy.

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My favorite product is the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit.  Just watch this video to see why I am in love with this kit!

Free Tutorial Update

Many of you have stated in your comments that you would like to receive a copy of my free Ornamental Pine Founder's Circle card tutorial.  However, you did not leave your email address in your comment, and you did not send me an email message to me.  Please, if you would like the tutorial, send your email address to either or  Until next time...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quick and Easy Endless Wishes and Stars for The Paper Players

It's Sunday, and time to play with The Paper Players.  This week the talented Sandy is hosting a Clean and Simple challenge with a twist:  Use gold or silver on your project.  Because Muffy and I are on the road and I was pressed for creating time, I was thrilled this card came together so quickly and easily.  It also helped that I had a fabulous sketch to use...last week's Freshly Made Sketches #157.  Enjoy!

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This finished card is 4-1/4" wide by 5-1/2" long.

  • Seeing stars! The star focal point of this card was made by using the Star Framelits, Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Brushed Gold cardstock.  A Gold Basic Metal Button with a Gold Metallic Baker's Twine bow is the perfect accent.  Don't you love how the Tree design peeks through the cutout?
  • Very merry!  The "Merry" sentiment is from one of my favorite holiday sentiment sets, Endless Wishes.  Call me crazy, but I just might buy a second Endless Wishes set to keep forever...just in case something would ever happen to my original set.  That's how much I LOVE this set.
  • Lovely layers!  Yes, I may have gone a wee bit overboard with the layers on this card, but I like how Brushed Gold looks with Cherry Cobbler.  The card base is the new Kraft cardstock, which coordinates perfectly with the Under the Tree collection.
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I think it has a touch of country elegance.  What do you think? Won't you let me know in today's comment? Your comments are important to me.  Of course, 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... 

The Paper Players Design Team
(on leave)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Catalog, Anyone?

If you are in need of any of Stampin' Up!'s current catalogs (Annual Catalog, Holiday Catalog, Holiday Supplement), I would LOVE to send you your very own FREE copy.  Please email me at, and include your name, phone number, and the best time to contact you.  I can't wait to talk with you, and get your catalog on its way! Until next time...