merry & bright

Good morning!  Today the Sweet ‘n Sassy DT is having a special Christmas blog hop…featuring some of our favorite Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas sets.  Here’s a card I made with the beautiful Vintage Ornaments.

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Be sure to hop around and see what the other ladies created!  The links can be found HERE on the SNSS blog. I’m sure you have your own favorite Christmas stamp set, so we’re inviting you to create your own Christmas greeting and add it to the gallery!  Of course there will be a PRIZE for those who decide to join us.  You have until Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at midnight EST to upload your creation.  We will randomly select one lucky participant to receive a $10 gift code to be used at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store!  The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Blog on Friday, October 31st.

I hope you find lots of inspiration for your holiday card making!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Vintage Ornaments; paper- SU! Always Artichoke, Kaiser Craft- December 25th; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Clear Wink of Stella, gemstones, tracing wheel.


an ATC Swing Card

On Tuesday I shared one of my ATC swaps, a tiny Pop Up Box Card.  Today I have the other ATC I made…a mini Swing Card.  I started with some cute dimensional mummy stickers from Michael’s and created my card around them.

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I used the SU! Monster Munchies set on the back of the swinging panel.

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I sketched and cut my template onto some scrap cardstock and scribbled a few measurements so I wouldn’t forget.  ;)  Here’s a quick pic of the template I made and I’ll type the directions below.

ATC Swing Card

First you need to start with a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square of cardstock.

To make the top and bottom cuts:  Place the left edge of one side at the 2 3/4″ mark on your paper trimmer (a guillotine style will not work here).  Cut from the 3/4″ mark on the blade guide to the 1 1/2″ mark.  Lift the blade slightly (do not move the paper) and skip a small section…now lower the cutting blade and cut from the 2″ mark to the 2 3/4″ mark.  Flip the cardstock 180 degrees and repeat.

Now turn the cardstock 90 degrees.

To make the side cuts:  Place the left edge at 2 3/4″.  Lower the blade and cut from the 3/4″ mark to the 2 3/4″ mark. Flip the cardstock 180 degrees and repeat.

Now score the top and bottom with the scoring blade or a Scor-Pal @ 1 1/2″ and 2″ (do not score through the middle).

Decorate as desired!

stamps- SU! Monster Munchies; paper- black, SU! Dusty Durango, K&Company KP Halloween, MME- Boo To You; ink- Versafine Black, Colorbox Stephanie Barnard- Plum; accessories- Martha Stewart Iron Fence punch, Recollections Dimensional Stickers, Scor-Pal, star punch, Cuttlebug Star die, rhinestones.

Pop Up Box Card (ATC size)

A few weeks ago I participated in an ATC swap (artist trading card) and made 2 different ATC’s with fancy cuts and folds.  My Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape, which I couldn’t do without, came in very handy!  (Have you seen the new Scor-Pal Eighths? Check out the pics below!)  Here’s my first ATC from this swap…be sure to check back for the other one.

Witch way to the candy?

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When the box folds flat, it measures 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, ATC size.  Note: This is an adaptation of the Pop Up Box card.

For the ATC box card base you will need 2 pieces of cardstock: one piece measuring 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and one 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ strip.  *To easily cut these without waste, start with a quarter sheet of cardstock- 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  Cut this down to 3 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Then cut the remaining strip to the 3/4 x 2 1/2 size needed.

Using your Scor-Pal, score the long side of the 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece @ 1 1/4, 2 1/2, 3 3/4, and 5″.  Turn it counter-clockwise 1/4 turn and score again @ 1 1/4″.  Crease the folds and cut the top flaps down to the 1 1/4″ scored line as shown below.  Remove the top section of the 1/2″ flap, angling the cut as shown.

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Add Scor-Tape to the remaining 1/2″ flap, fold and adhere box.

Next score each end of the small strip @ 5/8″. (Or score @ 5/8″ and 1 7/8″)

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Crease the folds and adhere each flap inside the top of the box card.  This piece is what you will adhere your images, etc. to.  See the finished box for placement…

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The patterned paper layers to finish the ATC card will be the following sizes… 1″ square, 1 x 2, and 1 x 3 1/4 (for the inside of the back).

Now…witch way to the candy?  :)

stamps- SU! Home Is Where The Haunt Is, candy corn- $1 stamp from ?, words- computer; paper- black, white, K&Company- KP Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Daffodil Delight; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Copics, foam dots, 10 mil clear acetate, Martha Stewart Mice punch.





perfect blend

Even though I’m not a fan of coffee, I just loved this SU! stamp set when it came out.  We all have lots of coffee drinking friends, don’t we?  Here’s another card I made for this past week’s sketch challenge on SCS.

SC510 perfect blend

Have a great day!  (and stay warm…it’s pretty chilly outside!)

stamps- SU! Perfect Blend; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pool Party, MME- Flair; ink- SU! Early Espresso, Versafine Black; accessories- adhesive pearls, tracing wheel.

flowers in bloom

I finally got a chance again to play along with one of the weekly SCS challenges.  Here’s a card I made for Wednesday’s Sketch challenge.

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The flowers are from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Flowers in Bloom stamp set.  I also used the NEW coordinating Flowers in Bloom die.  I should have taken another pic so you could see the sparkle from the Wink of Stella brush.  Also, the butterfly was stamped a second time, cut out, and popped up with foam dots.

I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous fall colors and beautiful weather we’ve been having.  This has been a great year for enjoying the beauty of the changing leaves!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Flowers in Bloom; paper- white, black, SU! Rich Razzleberry, Teresa Collins- Fabrications; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Flowers in Bloom die, Copics, foam dots, clear Wink of Stella, ribbon, adhesive pearls, tracing wheel.

It is well

It is my turn to share a card today on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  This card was actually made for a friend quite some time ago and was forgotten in my files.  I am glad that I just found it, though, because it prompted me to search for the hymn on YouTube and listen to it today.  Here’s the simple card I made…

thankful blooms sympathy diane zechman

The flower is from Thankful Blooms (along with it’s coordinating dies) and the verse and bridge are from Bridge of Hope.  Just a few select areas were colored and some Crystal Effects was applied to the water.

Listening to the hymn on YouTube and reading the story behind it (written in the video) has really touched my heart today.  Here’s the video if  you would like to watch it too.


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a new day

Hello friends!  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 Kelli’s turn and her challenge is Fall Leaves & Trees (No Halloween)!

I used Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Leaf Silhouettes, Leaf Silhouettes dies, Typewriter Text background, and God Is Bigger to create my card.

new day

I masked the edges of my main panel before stamping the text background. Then I lightly sponged the edges before removing the mask.

Please join us and create a card with fall leaves or trees… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXOCT14.  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 Leaf Silhouettes, Leaf Silhouettes dies, Typewriter Text background, and God Is Bigger; paper- brown, white, SU! Lucky Limeade and Tangerine Tango; ink- SU! River Rock, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade and Tangerine Tango; accessories- SNSS Leaf Silhouettes dies, The Paper Studio Leaves embossing folder, Scor-Pal, foam dots, ribbon, adhesive pearls.

a Halloween box card

Wow…is it October already?  The leaves are getting gorgeous here in PA.  I wish we could have fall weather all year ’round!

Today starts a new challenge on the Scor-Pal blog!  This month’s theme is Fall/Halloween.  We’d love for you to play along with us and make a fall or Halloween project!  I used the Pop Up Box Card tutorial on the Splitcoast website to make my card.  (I followed the measurements at the end for a horizontal A2 card).

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These cards are so fun and pretty easy…I can’t believe it took me almost a year to try them.  I think they could be quite addicting!  (Thanks, Jeannette, for the little push you gave us to try them.)

Come join us on the Scor-Pal Blog for our new Challenge!

paper- SU! Tangerine Tango, K&Company dp; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, K&Company Layered Accents, Martha Stewart Mice and Graveyard punches.

The Creative Blog Hop

Happy Monday morning to you!  I am usually not a morning person…or a Monday person…lol…but today is an exception.  :)   I received a lovely e-mail from my friend, Cathy McCauley, a few weeks ago, asking me to participate in the Creative Blog Hop that is circulating around the net.  I am so very honored that Cathy nominated me as someone that she is inspired by!  Here is my dear friend Cathy…


Cathy is such a sweet lady whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few times in real life.  I love the fact that she is very open with her faith and encouraging to others.  We work together on the Sweet ‘n Sassy design team and Cathy is a big help to Korin with her business.  Cathy also designs for Our Daily Bread.  Cathy loves Golden Retrievers, hence her blog name Golden Inkspirations.  She is known as cathymac on Splitcoaststampers where she is a Dirty Dozen Alumni and very active in the gallery and forums.  Cathy’s projects are very inspiring!  She tries new techniques and adds various details and stitching to her cards to create the most perfectly finished look.  You can read more about Cathy here in her blog post for the Creative Blog Hop.

Now it is my turn to answer the following four questions:

Question 1: What am I working on right now?

The past several months I have been working on projects for my daughter’s wedding (loving every minute of it!) and trying to keep up with design team work.  Now that the wedding is over, I will be focusing more time back on my design team work and some stamping “just for fun”.  With Halloween around the corner, I am participating in an ATC swap with some local friends in which I just finished 2 different Halloween ATCs with special cuts and folds.  I’ll share those in the upcoming weeks but here’s a sneak peek.

witch way ATC sneak diane zechman

I am also looking forward to designing some new stamp sets.  You can find my Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps here.

Question 2:  How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?

I really don’t think my work is “different” since I love to create in all types of styles…multi layers, CAS, trying various techniques…whatever I am in the mood for. When life gets busy (like the past year) I tend to go CAS (clean & simple).  I am looking forward to adding the layers back in now.  I am easily bored so I always love to change things up and learn something new.  I signed up for the Watercolor class online but haven’t had time to start yet so I am looking forward to dabbling in that!  I also love to push my brain a bit and create my own tutorials and templates.  I love creating 3-D projects as well as cards.

Question 3:  Why do I create what I do?

One reason why I create is to escape the everyday stress that life throws your way.  But I guess my creative mind goes way back.  I have been a “crafty” person for as long as I can remember.  I enjoyed various crafts as a child and young teen…including painting ceramics and making macramé plant holders.  Remember those?  :)


I’ve always wished that I paid more attention to my grandmother when she tried to teach me to knit and crochet.  As a young mother I started sewing and even made tiny Barbie clothes.  Later on in life, as a wife, mother, and part-time worker outside of the home, stamping became the perfect fit for me and my busier life.  It allows me to create and see a finished product in a short amount of time.  It also allows me to share what I create with others.  I love knowing that my cards or small gifts have brightened someone’s day.  We can all use a little extra sunshine, don’t you think?

Question 4:  How does your creative process work?

Most times I am creating for my design team work so my projects start with those products…using stamps or dies by Sweet ‘n Sassy (love, love, love these) or using the Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape (awesome stuff!) to create 3-D or creatively scored projects.  I find inspiration everywhere and anywhere.  This card I recently shared was inspired by a blouse in a clothing store.  Occasionally I play along with some SCS challenges which are great for jump-starting your creativity.  I doodled this card for a challenge one time and later the drawing was turned into a stamp.  You can find that stamp set here. I also love trying new techniques or card shapes and folds.  I like using different styles of stamps but I tend to lean toward the cute/whimsical images that make me smile.  Lately I’ve had a little fun with the Art Impressions people.  You can see those cards here.  And when I am feeling tired or stressed…I just need to walk away because I know the creative process won’t work at all.  lol.

I have put off typing all that until the last minute…LOL.  I guess I was afraid I wouldn’t have anything to say!  Now for the easy part.  I have SO MANY friends that I have met or worked with in real life or on the internet that are SO very inspiring…I am blessed!  I could be here for days!

First, I want to give a shout out to someone who was nominated before but I want to mention anyway because she is so inspiring to me…Michele Boyer.


If you haven’t read her Creative Blog Hop post, please RUN and read it here.  Michele and I were on the SCS Dirty Dozen together way back in 2005.  We don’t have weekly or even monthly contact but the friendship remains.  I want to be Michele when I grow up.  She is funny, witty, and someone I hope to meet in real life someday.  Her cards are Eye Candy.  period.  I love her perfect choices of paper and fun layouts.  And I am envious of how she takes the extra step to finish off the insides of her card to match the outside.  I love doing this but rarely take the time.  Michele is also awesome with coloring…earning her a spot on the Copic team.  Michele. is. fabulous.

Now I want to nominate Cheryl Rowley.


Cheryl is just the sweetest, kindest person and I’m lucky to call her my friend.  Even though we live a few hours from each other, I have been fortunate to stamp with Cheryl a few times.  I wish/hope that I get to spend more time with her.  Cheryl has designed gorgeous cards for Magnolia-licious, Whipper Snapper, and Mo’s Digital Pencil to name a few.  She is currently designing for the “Just Us Girls” challenge blog.  Cheryl’s coloring is fabulous and her cards are very cheery and eye-catching!  (I am very lucky to have a few!)  Please visit her blog, Cottage Creations, to see her wonderful work!

Thanks so much to Cathy for nominating me as one who inspires her and be sure to check out Cheryl’s blog next Monday as she shares a little about herself!

Have a blessed day!

♥ Diane


beary happy fall

Hello friends!  The card I am sharing today uses Sweet ‘n Sassy’s new stamp set called Beary Bountiful Autumn.  I chose to use the image of the bear picking apples and colored it with Copics.

beary happy fall diane zechman

What a cute stamp set!  He looks like he is stocking up for the winter.  I am actually looking forward to apple picking season too.  We always make and freeze our own applesauce.  Last year I had a good idea and added some peaches to our apples for a peach applesauce.  It was SO good!  It quickly became our family’s favorite.  So this year I plan to open a few jars of our home canned peaches to add to the apples.  Yum!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Beary Bountiful Autumn; paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, Bo Bunny Apple Cider; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, corner rounder, ribbon, foam dots.

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