spring boots ATC

I was in an ATC swap with some friends that followed a spring theme.  We were working on putting together an ATC frame similar to this one that I made… but with spring images.  A few colors were chosen that we all would work with and here’s the ATC I created.

spring boots ATC diane zechman

I added Crystal Lacquer to the boots…

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I would gladly trade snow boots for cute spring boots, wouldn’t you?

stamps- SU! Bootiful Occasions; paper- SU! Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana for light sponging; accessories- Copics, SU! Clouds embossing folder, Crystal Lacquer, adhesive rhinestones, EK Success flower punch, foan dots, SU! Oval punch.

spring bling

I’m a bit late… yesterday was the first Sunday of the month…which means…it’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the first Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Jeanne’s turn and her challenge is Spring Bling… make a spring card with glitter, rhinestones or anything blingy!  I used a few clear rhinestones on my CAS springy hello card.

spring bling diane zechman

The sentiment is from my Sweet Sarah stamp set.  And the clouds are from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Clouds & Raindrops die set.

The background is a cute piece of patterned paper attached to a dark brown base.  Then I simply die cut the large cloud from the card front and stamped my sentiment on additional patterned paper that was adhered to the inside.  A smaller cloud was diecut and popped with foam dimensionals.  Then I added the bling to finish it off.

Please join us and create a spring card with bling… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXMAR15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Sweet Sarah set (sentiment); paper- SU! Early Espresso, MME- fine and dandy boy; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Clouds & Raindrops dies, tracing wheel, foam dots, gemstones.

shake your booty!

I had fun again with another Art Impressions set…this one is the Disco Set.  It’s one of the sets that coordinate with their Action Wobbles (love those!).  They have a front image and a back image to place on the inside of the card.

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For some reason I just can’t get that song out of my head…Disco..Disco Duck… lol.  Here’s a closer pic of this awesome guy.

AI Disco close diane zechman

On the inside of the card, the “booty” is on a wobble spring and it umm… wobbles.  ;)

AI Disco inside diane zechman

You can see a little better in this angle how the back side is raised up.  The “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment is from the Hog Wild Birthday set.

AI Disco wobble diane zechman

This card was made for the Art Impressions Front & Back Challenge

stamps- Art Impressions Disco Set and Hog Wild Birthday (inside sentiment); paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, MME- fine and dandy boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Pool Party; accessories- Art Impressions Action Wobble Springs, SU! Lucky Stars embossing folder, Oval Nestabilities, SU! Wide Oval punch, McGill tiny heart punch.

Silent Night tag

I am a little late (or very early!) in sharing this Christmas tag that I made for a class.  It was supposed to be done in December but with all the holiday activities, our group didn’t meet…and I didn’t prepare it.. until the end of January.

Sizzix Christmas tag diane zechman

The Sizzix Carolers were cut from Grunge board, sponged black, and popped up.  Their feet were attached to the tag, though, without any foam dimensionals underneath.  The Sizzix lamp post and fence were cut from black cardstock.  The background was sponged with Distress Inks and I applied Crystal Lacquer to the top of the lamp post to resemble glass.  I liked how it had a few tiny bubbles in it.  The banner words are from Sweet & Sassy.

Sizzix Christmas tag lamp post diane zechman

The berries also have some Crystal Lacquer on them.

Our friend Lisa, the owner of the shop, had the Sizzix Cobblestones die and it was perfect to create a street for them to stand on.

Sizzix Christmas tag cobblestones diane zechman

How to make the cobblestones:  I knew there wasn’t enough time in a class to piece together all the “stones” in this die so I decided to create a stencil with it.  The acetate we had was too thick to cut through so we just made our “stencil” out of cardstock.  The Cobblestones die was diecut from cardstock and the stones were discarded.  The “grout” was held in place over a strip of black cardstock with removable tape.  Embossing ink was applied over the stencil and then then stencil was removed.  Pumice Stone Distress embossing powder was added and then heated to create the look of cobblestones.

Thanks for looking in and have a great weekend!

buttons and lace

I popped over to the SCS challenges today for some inspiration and the Ways to Use It Challenge for today is Buttons and Lace.  Here’s the card I came up with using some wide lace, a few buttons, and the Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard stamp set.

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Hope you like it!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard; paper- SU! Vanilla, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake; ink- SU! Early Espresso; accessories- SU! Framed Tulips embossing folder, lace, buttons, Scor-Tape, glue dots.

lotus blossom and a sketch

Just sharing another SU! card today…I used the SAB freebie Lotus Blossom set on this one.

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This flower is gorgeous in lots of colors!  (Trust me, I’ve tried it!)

And here’s a sketch in case you like the layout.  I used the same one as I did here…but added the paper doily.

sketch 12 diane zechman

I am longing for flowers…can you tell?

stamps- SU! Lotus Blossom; paper- Painted Blooms dsp, Crumb Cake, white; ink- Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso; accessories- paper doily, button, crochet thread, adhesive pearls, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, corner rounder.

acetate overlay pasture birthday

Brrr…are you staying warm?  We are quickly tiring of the frigid temps and are already waiting for February to be over!  It looks like another cold week ahead.

I played with some new SU! stamps recently.  I really liked the From The Herd stamp set when I saw it in the catalog so it was one of my first choices.  Here’s my card…

CAS acetate overlay from the herd diane zechman

This set will be fun to color… but I knew that I wouldn’t always want to color it.  ;)  Then I remembered a card design and sketch that I made 5 years ago which would be perfect for this set.  I stamped the herd onto a clear acetate panel with Stazon Black ink and used it as an overlay.  The brads hold the acetate in place so no additional adhesive is needed!

Here is my updated sketch with measurements for each panel.

sketch 9b march 2010 diane zechman

The acetate panel is optional.  Use patterned papers, embossed or stamped panels, etc.  The brads can be moved to whichever panels you want…but you need to use at least 2 brads to keep the acetate layer in place.

Have a great week and stay warm!

stamps- SU! From The Herd; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment) and Stazon Black (on acetate); accessories- brads, clear acetate.

floating elephant- Pull Tab Slider Card

It’s my turn to share a tutorial today on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I created a fun Pull Tab Slider Card using the elephant and a sentiment from my Valentine Critters stamp set and the matching set of dies.

valentine critters pull tab slider diane zechman

When you pull the tab, the elephant and balloons “float” through the air and reveal the sentiment!

valentine critters pull tab slider open diane zechman

You can make the pull tab vertical or horizontal, according to how you orient your card and which direction you want your image to move.  Let’s get started!

You will begin with a card base, a cardstock or patterned paper layer, a cardstock piece for the sliding panel, and 3 punched circles. See measurements in the photo below.  Note: I made my cardstock base slightly shorter than a normal A2 card to allow for the pull tab to extend beyond the base a bit, and still fit into an A2 envelope.  So, start with 4 1/4 x 10 and score at 5″.

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Besides the papers shown above, you will need an additional scrap of white cardstock for your image.  Stamp and diecut your image.

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Color your image and set it aside.

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Next, create a slot in the layer by sliding the punch in from the right side as far as it will go and punching twice.  You can also cut a slot with a ruler and craft knife.  My slot is 3/8″ wide.

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Adhere the first circle to the short side of the sliding panel to create a pull tab.  Next I applied a strip of 1/8″ wide Scor-Tape down the center of the second circle and adhered the third circle on top of it.

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Slightly bend the sides of the two circles that were joined.  The adhesive strip holds them together in the center.

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Slip each side of the joined circles into the slot in the punched layer.

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Turn the layer over and slide the circles all the way to the left (this will be the bottom of the card).  Apply adhesive to the circle shown.

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Center the sliding panel with three sides, keeping the side with the tab in line with the fourth side (this will be the top).  Lay the sliding panel in place, adhering it to the cardstock circle underneath.  See photo below for placement.

Add foam tape to the three exposed sides as shown.  Remove backing from the foam tape to expose sticky surface.

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Turn the layers over and adhere to the card base with the pull tab and card fold on the top.  Attach your image to the circle shown.

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Pull the tab up and stamp your sentiment.  Note: Keep the sentiment to the left so it does not show through the slot when the sliding panel is down.

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Then decorate your card as desired.

valentine critters pull tab slider diane zechman

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Thanks for visiting… I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Have a great week!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Valentine Critters; paper- white, SU! Basic Gray, MME- Love Me; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Valentine Critters dies, circle punch, SU! Word Window punch, foam tape, 1/8″ Scor-Tape, Copics, clear Wink of Stella.

Winnie’s warm winter wishes…

…now say THAT 5 times!  ;^)

Today is Sweet ‘n Sassy’s February release and we have a new illustrator joining us this month!  Welcome, Wynne Gettelfinger!  You will love her first 2 stamp sets…Winnie’s Warm Wishes and Winter With Winnie!

I made a card with each set…first is Winnie’s Warm Wishes.

winnie warm wishes diane zechman

And with the same papers, I made a pocket card using Winter With Winnie.

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These girls are cute and I’m excited to see what Wynne comes up with in the future!

Here are the full sets:

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There were also a few new releases in the latest Sweet Perks Club.  One of them is my Get Well Critters and matching dies!


Be sure to check out all the new goodies in the SNSS store!

Release Giveaway!

As part of our release day fun, one random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code for  the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, February 12th at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, February 13th!

Also, we can’t forget our fun Release Day Challenge!

Since the cold winter month of February often brings with it a case of the sniffles, create a warm get well card and join our… Warm Get Well Wishes Challenge”   

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:

- You don’t have to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)

- Please create a NEW card (no back linking)

We ask that you enter your card in no more than 3 challenges  - You’ll have until Thursday, February 12th at midnight EST to enter

- We’ll draw 1 winner from this week’s challenge to receive a $10 credit to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store!

If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we’ll draw 2 winners!

- Please use code SNSFEB2015RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries

To enter simply share a link to your creation on the SNSS blog!

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, February 13th to see if you’ve won!

card 1: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Winnie’s Warm Wishes; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, MME Stella and Rose- Hattie; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles Die-Namics, tracing wheel, corner rounder, ribbon, button, crochet thread, Copics.

card 2: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Winter With Winnie; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, MME Stella and Rose- Hattie; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories-  Sweet ‘n Sassy Speech Bubbles dies and Scallop Border dies, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles Die-Namics, button, crochet thread, Copics, foam dots, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher.

love is in the air

It’s February!  really??  January flew right by.  Once we hit February, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I didn’t want to procrastinate this year!  This card was made for the Art Impressions “Have A Heart” Challenge.  I also made this for our Challenge Chicks Challenge which is just for fun.  This month was my turn and my challenge is “love is in the air- make a valentine!”   Here’s my card with the AI Val Set.

AI Val diane zechman

Is he not a fantastic Cupid?  I love him!  The color is a bit off in this next pic but here he is a wee closer.

AI Val close diane zechman

I used some clear Wink of Stella on his wing and the heart but the shimmer doesn’t show here.  I also popped the heart and hand up with foam dots.

AI Val side diane zechman

You can check out the info for the Art Impressions Challenge HERE.  Or click on the AI Challenge button down in my sidebar —>

Would you like to create with the Challenge Chicks?  We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the first Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you play along!

Please join us and create a Valentine’s card… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXFEB15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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stamps- Art Impressions Val Set; paper- white, black, MME- Lost & Found Record It- Heirloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Heart Nestabilities, Clear Wink of Stella, foam dots, gemstones.



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