hey there, long horn!

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Southern Style”.  We are featuring the NEW Texas collection and I’ve used the Long Horn Set (4686) on my card today!

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I wanted the sentiment included in this set to go on the inside of my card so I made a simple “Hey!” with my Dymo Labelmaker for the front.  Then I chose the wood grain and herringbone papers for a masculine look.  I carried some of the same papers to the inside…

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Southern Style” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Long Horn Set (4686); paper- white, black, MME- Dolled Up; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist; accessories- Copics, stud embellishments, Dymo Labelmaker.

gotta spin!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Spinners…but my card doesn’t spin!  I wanted to show you how fun these images are to also use them in a different way.  I’ve created a card with an acetate card front and added the front and back of the Chair Spinner.

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For some reason, this image always reminds me of a teacher…hence the paper I chose with the ruler markings!  Since it is Back To School time, I thought I’d make a teacher card.  Although…I really think she looks like she is celebrating the END of the year!  LOL!

 I used a black Sharpie to outline the acetate front.  The cardstock base was cut to 5″ x 5 1/2″, then I scored the 5″ side at 4 1/4″.  This gives a narrow strip by the fold to attach the acetate to.  I then covered this cardstock edge and the left of the acetate with the die cut speech bubble border (inside & out).

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The Chair Spinner dies (4616) make it SUPER EASY to perfectly line up the front & back images.

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Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Chair Spinner (4574); paper- white, black, SU! Buckaroo Blue, Making Memories- Chloe’s Closet; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Black Sharpie; accessories- Copics, Ai Chair Spinner Dies (4616), 1″ circle punch, clear acetate, MFT Stitched Speech Bubble Dies, Scor-Tape, Baker’s Twine.

making waves

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

How can August almost be over?  Today I am soaking up some last bits of summer sun and Sally Swimmer (4323) came along to make some waves!

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I think Sally is hilarious with her ducky tube and flippers!  I gave her a polka-dotted suit and she is all ready for the water.

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Enjoy your last bits of summer and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Sally Swimmer Set (4323); paper- white, black, SU! Summer Starfruit, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, and Peach Parfait, MME- Here is Happy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Sweet ‘n Sassy Waves Dies, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, BossKut Sun die, Stickles, pearls, foam tape.

lovely lotus

Good morning!

Last week I sat down to color these floral images from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Lovely Lotus stamp set and realized just how pretty they are in person!  This set is beautiful and has such pretty sentiments!

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Once colored, I was undecided on how I was going to use them, so they were temporarily set aside while I was off to stamp with friends.  One of my friends showed us the Shadow box Card and I remembered making these with an extra layer inside so that became my plan for the lotus images.  I never did end up adding that extra layer…lol…but it turned out pretty none-the-less! (maybe next time!)

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Here’s a view from the top so you can see the dimension of the card.  It folds flat for mailing…perfect!

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Thanks for popping in!  Happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Lovely Lotus; paper- white, SU! Rich Razzleberry and Coastal Cabana; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Coastal Cabana; accessories- Copics, Circle Nestabilities, lace paper doily, pearls, ribbon, Bow-Easy.

love you tons

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Anything Goes”.  This week I am sharing another watercolor card I made with two of Ai’s watercolor sets… EZ Project A (4271) and Blooming Birdhouse (4603). I also used the cute little elephant from Elephant & Pig Set (4505).

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I had an extra diecut tag left over from this watercolor project for the last challenge, so I turned it upright and used it in a different layout.

I thought it would be cute to have the little elephant peeking over the watercolor gate.  :)

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Anything Goes” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- EZ Project A (4271), Blooming Birdhouse (4603), and Elephant & Pig Set (4505); paper- watercolor, SU! Smoky Slate and Wild Wasabi, KaiserCraft- Utopia; ink- SU! Gumball Green, Going Gray, Pool Party; accessories- waterbrush, MFT Die-namics Stitched Tags, 1/2″ and 1/4″ hole punches, corner rounder, rhinestones.


float on

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

I hope you are enjoying the warm, sunny days!  Soon summer will start winding down and it will be back to school time…yikes!  But for now… keep calm and float on!

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Today I used the Art Impressions Stayin Afloat Set (4239). This sweet image takes center stage and covers quite a bit of the card so I kept the layers simple but tried to add some fun, summery papers.

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The bottom tube is glued to the card but the sides and top of the image were popped with foam tape.

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These fun gals are taking life a bit less seriously for the moment…and enjoying time with friends.  I hope you have a stress free day too!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions Stayin Afloat Set (4239); paper- white, SU! Pool Party and Island Indigo, October Afternoon- Fly A Kite; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, rhinestones, foam tape.

welcome sweet baby

Hello friends! Welcome to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps August 2015 Release Blog Hop! We are super excited to be releasing not only three brand new stamp sets this month, but will also be adding a brand new illustrator to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps team. Give a warm welcome to Karla Dornacher!

Karla is an inspirational author, speaker and illustrator and will be designing stamp sets for Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps that will be perfect for the popular trend of Bible journaling.  How great is that?

To create my card, I used the new sets called Little One and Baby Innies, along with the recently released Floral Pattern Background.

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What a sweet carriage!  I added two tiny rhinestones to the center of the wheels and then a few black ones to accent the circles.  And yes…I got my sewing machine out to stitch the border!

I also coordinated the inside with some tiny feet, hearts, and a sentiment from the Baby Innies.

sweet baby boy inside diane zechman

Now I need to make a baby girl card and then I’ll be all prepared for any sweet little ones to come along.  :)

Blog Hop Giveaway!
What would a Blog Hop be without a giveaway, right? One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $20 Gift Code to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. You have until Thursday, August 20th at midnight EST to leave your comments. The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 21st!

To see all the awesome samples made by the Design Divas using the new stamp sets from the August Release, click on the links on the SNSS Blog! Don’t forget to leave a little love on each blog as you hop along to be eligible for the PRIZE!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Little One, Baby Innies, Floral Pattern Background; paper- white, black, SU! Baja Breeze; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Baja Breeze and Pistachio Pudding; accessories- ribbon, Bow-Easy, gemstones, sewing machine.


cupcake name frame

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I have a project other than a card to share.  I made a little 5×7 name frame with the Ai Cupcake BFFs set (4409).  (Click on photo for larger view.)

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A friend introduced the idea of making name frames to me back in 2008 and I’ve made several for gifts since then, usually getting a request for themes and colors.  My daughter wanted one when she went to college…and then wanted some for her roommates too…lol.  So this is for my neice who is heading off to college…I thought she might like one for her dorm room too.  She likes to make cupcakes and does a wonderful job.  So I incorporated that theme with the colors in her décor.

Here’s a closer view of Ai’s Cupcake BFFs gal, without the glare on the glass in the frame.

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I used a brick wall embossing folder to create the floor and embossed the top with a cupcake folder.  The letters are from an old Cuttlebug die set.  I think you will find that these frames come together rather easily and are fun to make (and give!).  I hope you try one!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions Cupcake BFFs; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Cameo Coral, So Saffron, MME fine and dandy girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Darice Brick Wall embossing folder, Cuttlebug Once Upon A Princess embossing folder, Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet, Stickles, Martha Stewart cupcake punch, LaLaLand Heart Banner.

precious little one

Good morning!

Today I have a baby card to share with a sweet little elephant from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Baby’s Circus stamp set.  My daughter wanted a shower card and her friend is expecting a boy so I went with blue!

babys circus diane zechman

I also used the SNSS Banner dies to create my sentiment.  Some foam dots gave the card dimension.

babys circus side diane zechman

A few teeny rhinestones and a tiny button finished it off.

Thanks for popping in!  Happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Baby’s Circus; paper- white, SU! Bashful Blue; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bashful Blue and Marina Mist; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Banner dies, Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares Large, Copics, button, crochet thread, gemstones.

it’s exhausting

Hello friends!

The Challenge Chicks took a bit of a break but we are back and a few more chicks will be joining us either this month or next!  We are also moving to the SECOND Sunday of each month.  We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  Are you ready for another Challenge Chicks Challenge?  This month I am hosting and my challenge is Circles of Friendship (use circles OR friendship OR both!).

What would we do without friends?  I mean really..good..friends.  Some friends are there for us in good times and bad…and these two gals sure are enjoying the good!  For the card I am sharing today I took the phrase “circle of friendship” a bit literally…with circles as the basis for my friendship card.

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I used the Ai Laughing Set (4385). I love these two ladies…they make me smile!  They also bring back funny memories of silly times.  A few of my friends went to a scrapbooking convention this past week and as I type this, I can’t wait to hear the stories they will have to tell when they get back!  (We call our group “The Gigglers”…ha!)

Here’s a close up..

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This stamp set also has two other awesome sentiments…check it out!

Please join us and create a card with circles or friendship (or both)… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXAUG15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Laughing Set (4385); paper- white, SU! Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Strawberry Slush, MME Flair; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, Copics, button, crochet thread.

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