hot java

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

I am not a coffee drinker but I have lots of friends who are.  The Ai Cathy Caffeine Set (4322) that I used on my card today is perfect for all those coffee lovers out there!  Even though I am not a fan of coffee, I still love this cute gal with her huge cuppa!  She’s so cute!  I’ll just pretend mine has tea or hot cocoa. lol.

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I love to paper piece, especially clothing, so I had to give her a cute top.  😉

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Thanks for popping in…fuel up with some java and have a great day!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Cathy Caffeine Set (4322); paper- white, SU! Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-namics Notebook Edge, ribbon, crochet thread, Sizzix On The Go embossing folder, foam tape, oval die.

first pocket letter

Hello crafty friends!  Sooo…today I have something a little different to share.  Pocket letters are something new and fun… think ATC’s crossed with pen pals.  I recently finished my first one and here’s a few pics… plus a quick video.

Lydia pocket letter diane zechman

So basically you have 9 ATCs in a pocket sleeve…folded and mailed in a business envelope, with a letter or notes tucked in to your “pen pal”.

some close ups… Click on photos for larger view.

first row… Dymo Label maker, Chinese fortunes, etc…

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the middle… a cute little bunny (with an extra stamp included behind it), an embossed envelope, paper pieced heart…

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a teeny card inside the center envelope…

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and the last row… shiny boots, butterfly, and Classic Pooh…

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The video is horrible…LOL…with bad lighting to boot…but here you go anyway…

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Have a great day!

Snack Size Hershey’s Pouch

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “In With The New” (use your newest stamp) and I am sharing a project I made with one of the NEW Ai stamps in your local AC Moore store called Bigger Cake (PS0920). This lady’s smile is infectious…and don’t you love that cake??

bigger cake 1a diane zechman

Instead of a card I made a little Snack Size Hershey’s Pouch.  How fun would this be to give to a friend?  It’s super easy to make…let’s get started!

First, start with a 3 1/2 x 7 5/8 inch piece of cardstock.  Score the length @ 1/2, 3 3/4, and 4 inches.  Then cut or punch an opening (on the end with the first 1/2″ score mark) to slip the candy in when finished.  (I kept my opening to the left but you can center it.)  See photo below.

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Add patterned papers or emboss… however you want to decorate it.

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Fold and adhere the 1/2″ scored section at the top with strong tape.  Add your image and sentiment.  I colored her with Copics and fussy cut her out.  To finish, I added a tiny bow.

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Slip in some chocolate, a pack of gum, or whatever fits!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project with your newest stamps and join us in the In With The New Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Bigger Cake (PS0920)- AC Moore exclusive; paper- white, brown, K&Company Sweet Nectar; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, SU! Word Window and Small Oval punch, Cuttlebug Once Upon A Princess embossing folder, ribbon, Bow-Easy, glue dots.


Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Wow…July is flying by!  Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Today I am sharing a card with Art Impression’s Madge (1549).  Raise your hand if you can relate to this gal.  Some days it’s not worth getting out of bed.  ha!  (we’ve all been there, right?)

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I paper pieced her outfit and cut the center of the flower to coordinate.

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The sentiment inside (Stressed?- 1432) is perfect to go with her…

Ai Madge inside diane zechman

Here’s to a stress-free day with friends and laughter…hope you have one!

Happy crafting!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Madge (1549) and Stressed? (1432); paper- white, SU! Strawberry Slush, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, MME-In Bloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Die-namics Blueprints 14; rhinestones, foam tape, white paint pen.

still got it!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Big hair…leg warmers…remember those days?  Well, this sweet couple seems to be stuck in the ’80s. lol.  But who cares…they’re so darn cute!

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They are part of the Art Impressions Valentine collection but this would make a great anniversary card too!  This set is called Still Got it Set (4380)… a must have, don’t you think?

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Gaaah…they crack me up!  I hope I am enjoying life at their age as much as they seem to be.

Thanks for popping in…have a great day!  (Hope you have some time to get crafty!)

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Still Got it Set (4380); paper- white, SU! Peach Parfait, MME- Happy Day; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics- Snow Drifts dies, SU! Oval punches, enamel dots.

paper napkin background

Hello!  It’s Tutorial Monday on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and today I am sharing how I made the background for my card.  Here it is completed…

our refuge napkin bg diane zechman

I used a butterfly from SNSS’s New Creature and the words are from Our Refuge.  I also used one of the coordinating New Creature butterfly dies.

My background was made with a pretty paper napkin that I’ve had left over from some occasion for quite a few years.  I guess they were too pretty to throw away!

First, open the napkin.  You can get quite a bit of use from just one.  For this project, I made 4 backgrounds from 1 napkin.

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As you can see the edges were a bit worn but that’s ok…I discarded the edges and just used the center from this one anyway.

Next, grab a corner and gently peel off the top layer.  Discard the un-printed layer underneath.

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Now cut a piece of scrap cardstock the size of the background you want.  You can cover it with double-sided adhesive but I prefer to just add Elmer’s glue and then spread it with my finger until the entire piece is covered.  Using the liquid glue gives it more of a linen look.

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Make sure your edges are covered with glue and then lay your napkin on top.  Pat it down and let it dry completely.  Then trim the extra napkin from the cardstock layer and adhere to your card base.

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I stamped the sentiment on a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the floral background, adhering each side of the vellum to the back.  Then I stamped, diecut, and sponged ink onto the butterfly.  Clear Wink of Stella made the butterfly sparkly.  Add a few rhinestones and you are done!

our refuge napkin bg diane zechman

Have a great week!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy New Creature and Our Refuge; paper- white, black, SU! Melon Mambo, vellum; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight; accessories- SNSS New Creature dies, rhinestones, Clear Wink Of Stella.

you are an angel

Good morning!  The current Art Impressions challenge is a bit of a tricky one!  This time Kate wants to see how creative you can be using Christmas stamps to make a non-Christmas card.  Check out the Ai Create With Christmas Challenge!

I used a sweet angel called Hope Angel (4179) to use a Christmas image in another way.

Ai hope angel diane zechman

This would make a great thank you card, don’t you think?  I paper pieced her dress and then made my own sentiment with an old Dymo label maker and some navy label tape (the old embossing kind).

Be sure to see all the great DT samples on the Ai blog and join us in the Create With Christmas Challenge.  Check it out and play along…you could win some awesome Ai stamps!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Hope Angel (4179); paper- white, SU! Midnight Muse, Teresa Collins- Everyday Moments; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Circle Nestabilities, Dymo Label Maker, glue pen, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, rhinestones, Spellbinders Mega Curved Rectangles.

picture perfect

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am sharing a card on the Art Impressions blog using the Ai Picture Perfect Set (4130). These gals are having fun and want to capture the moment!

picture perfect 1a diane zechman

I used a cute camera embossing folder and some photo themed papers to create some background layers to coordinate with the image.  I love how fun this image is…here’s a close up.

picture perfect 1b diane zechman

I also found a tiny instant photo die in my stash…this was the perfect opportunity to use it!  I could only fit 2 faces on so I guess the 2 ladies in the back tried unsuccessfully to photo-bomb.  (They need a selfie stick I guess!)  LOL.

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I ran out of room on the front so my sentiment went to the inside…which is a good reason to use up some scraps of paper!

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Thanks for popping in…have a great day!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Ai Picture Perfect Set (4130); paper- white, black, SU! Soft Sky, Simple Stories- Say Cheese; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Darice Cameras embossing folder, QuicKutz Instant Photo 2×2 die, foam tape, rhinestones.

poppy note

This week’s Friday Feature at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is the Keep In Touch stamp set… one of my absolute favorites!  Check out all the info and details on the SNSS blog post and you’ll find a bunch of great samples using it.  (It is also on sale for a short time!)  Here’s a card I just made…

keep in touch coral diane zechman

I also used Precious Poppies, the Keep in Touch coordinating dies, and the Typewriter Text Background.

I hope you are having a fun & safe holiday weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Keep In Touch, Precious Poppies, and Typewriter Text Background; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Sweet ‘n Sassy Keep In Touch dies, SU! Calypso Coral twine, foam dimensionals, rhinestones.



get off the sidewalk

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am sharing another card on the Art Impressions blog with more fun and hilarious stamps…you gotta LOVE this gal on the scooter!  She is from the Mad Rider Set (4101) and the awesome sentiment on the inside is from Get Off Sidewalk (2628). Ha!

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She is one sassy driver!

get off sidewalk close diane zechman

The sidewalk was drawn around her with a Black Micron pen and a clear ruler.  Then I fussy cut around them.  (I was so upset that I forgot to cut out the white from inside the image before I glued it down.  Ugh! I think it may have been too busy with the print behind it anyway.)  The sidewalk was glued down onto the layers but the top portion was popped with dimensionals.  You can see how I attached it in the side view…

get off sidewalk side diane zechman

I decided not to add my sentiment to the front of the card since it was busy enough.  So I added a strip of the trees inside to match the front and then placed my sentiment inside.

get off sidewalk inside diane zechman

Thanks for popping in…have a great day!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Ai Mad Rider Set (4101) and Ai Get Off Sidewalk (2628); paper- white, berown, SU! Gumball Green, Gable Green, Daffodil Delight, DCWV- The Green Stack; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Gumball Green, Black Micron Pen; accessories- Copics, Martha Stewart Grass Punch, foam tape, Clear Wink of Stella, BossKut Sun die, PTI Clouds dies.

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