Author Archives: diane (cookiestamper)

big birthday wishes

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “White Space is Nice Space” and we are featuring the 2 new Michaels Clear Sets!  Here I used SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes to make my card.

big birthday wishes diane zechman

In order to have lots of white space, I layered my white panel onto a white card base and kept my patterned paper to a minimum…just a thin strip on the side!  This is such a cute set…these besties look like they are having so much fun.  I kept my color scheme to pink, yellow, and orange…with a little gray and brown neutrals thrown in (HAVE to have some chocolate!).  :)

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “White Space is Nice Space” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes; paper- white, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp- Scallop Stitches, Nuvo Drops- Dandelion Yellow & Ripened Pumpkin.

latte prayers

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets…Mason Jar Bouquet and Fill Me Up.

latte prayers diane zechman

I needed a card for a friend whose cancer has returned.  I wanted to include a couple gift cards so she and her husband could get a good meal or stop for a quick cup of coffee to keep them going on some long trips for treatments. I think these two stamp sets combined pretty well to suit my needs. I hope when she looks at this, she is reminded that lots of people are praying for her.

Here’s a sketch I made if you would like it…

sketch 18 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mason Jar Bouquet and Fill Me Up; paper- white, black, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Making Memories- Sabrina; ink-  Archival Black, SU! Regal Rose; accessories- Square Nestabilities, MM Sabrina button, crochet thread, Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Drops.

watercolor birds

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I’ve used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

I love the little nest in the bird set!  I’ve masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

WC nest diane zechman

I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party; ink- SU! markers; accessories- Ai watercolor brush, Ai Watercolor Palette, Ai 1″ clear blocks, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, foam tape, baker’s twine, White and Neptune Nuvo Drops.

UR awesome

Good morning!  Today I have a card made with a few Sweet ‘n Sassy sets… Shake it Off Caps, Exclamations, and Pretty Potted Florals.

ur awesome diane zechman

I sponged the background with a stencil after stamping the sentiment. Then the flowers were stamped and colored. I cut off the stems and pots to just use the flowers. The middle one is popped up.  I wrapped a scrap of twine around the card base that was lying to be used, then the layers were popped with foam tape as well.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Shake it Off Caps, Exclamations, and Pretty Potted Florals; paper- white, black; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry; accessories- Tim Holtz Rays stencil, Copics, foam tape, twine, Stickles.

Isaiah 40:8

Good afternoon! Today I journaled these two pages in my bible. A lot of people have been sharing pages done with pretty paper napkins lately…an old technique that has come around again.  It brought back memories of doing the napkins on cards years ago….and I remember even decoupaging napkins onto wicker baskets! Anyone else do that?

Isaiah 40 8 diane zechman

I picked up this pack with a pretty floral design in TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.  Then I decided that Isaiah 40:8 would be a good page to use them on. The verse reads “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Our earthly things may be beautiful and good, but they can be gone in a moment.  But God will guide us and always be with us. We need to keep Him as our foundation and keep our eyes fixed on what will stand forever.

Isaiah 40 8 close diane zechman

I used various Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets for the words… Rebecca Script, Words of Life- Collection 1 and Common Words 1, God Is Good, Message of Hope. They were stamped with Archival Black.

There’s a bit of a learning curve with the napkin technique in figuring out how much gesso to apply. I just “winged it” as I tend to do, but you may want to practice on something else first if you are unsure. I made sure I had a craft sheet under the page I was working on. I brushed clear gesso on the page with a foam brush but you might like using a regular brush or other applicator tool.  Just apply your gesso, adhere your napkin to it, and dry it with a heat tool. Then apply another coat of gesso on top.

Some TIPS:

  1. Be careful not to overwork the second coat of gesso or it will tear the napkin away. If you do have small spots that rip away, you can tear off a small scrap of napkin and fill it in if the pattern on your napkin is forgiving. (I patched two small spots here!)
  2. If you are covering the whole page with a piece of napkin as I did here, I found it helpful to adhere the napkin in two sections. I held it in place where I wanted it, then folded the top half down. While holding it with one hand, I applied gesso to the top with the other hand. Then I laid it back down and smoothed it out and pressed it a bit with an old credit card. Then I folded the bottom up and repeated this on the lower part of the page.
  3. Keep a paper towel handy to wipe your fingers, brush, or credit card if needed.  (The brush may pick up color from the napkin)
  4. Keep scraps of your napkin ready in case you need to patch tears.
  5. To highlight the verse: Before I started, I held the napkin in place  and used a pencil to draw a box on the napkin around the verse. Then I used my scissors to cut it out. Line it back up on the page and apply your gesso in sections as described above.

I hope this was helpful! Have a great weekend!

Panda PopCard

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Dots & Stripes” (use dotted or striped pattern paper on your card) and we are featuring the very FUN new Art Impressions PopCards sets!  I was so excited to see these released and I finally got a chance to create with them!

Today I am sharing how I made a fun, interactive card with the new Panda PopCard (4860) stamp set and the PopCard Template.  My sentiment is from the Hobby Lobby AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set.

Panda PopCard 10 diane zechman

As I was editing the photos of the steps I took in creating this card, I typed some directions directly onto the photos. I hope this helps.  Click on each photo to see a larger view.  (Kate also has a wonderful video HERE showing how to put the PopCards together. Be sure to check it out!).

First I chose some patterned paper I wanted to use and colored my images to match.  The Panda only requires one of each image plus the PopCard Template.

Panda PopCard 1 diane zechman

Next up is assembling the mechanism that makes the card interactive!  Just fold the template on the 2 center perforated lines to form a “U” shape. Then slide the “arms” of the template through the die cut slots in each piece.

Panda PopCard 2 diane zechman

Your panda will look like this from the front, with the PopCard Template hidden behind his layers…

Panda PopCard 3 diane zechman

Now adhere the bear to the inside of the card.  Then cut 2 slits in the fold across from his belly.  I marked with a pencil where I wanted to cut and then turned my card inside out to make it easier to cut the slits.

Panda PopCard 4 diane zechman

Bend the little cut section toward the center of the card.  A 1/2″ strip will adhere to the top of it and also to the back of the bear.

Panda PopCard 5 diane zechman

If desired, you can punch or die cut a window for your bear to peek through!  I added a piece of acetate in the window.

Panda PopCard 6 diane zechman

Assemble layers and finish as desired.  I added a single balloon from the set with some Clear Wink of Stella to make it sparkle.

Panda PopCard 7 diane zechman

When opened, the Panda pops up!

Panda PopCard 8 diane zechman

A side view…

Panda PopCard 9 diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite Ai stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Dots & Stripes” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Panda PopCard (4860), Hobby Lobby AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pool Party, Colorbok- Carnival 6×6; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Art Impressions PopCard Template, Copics, baker’s twine, rhinestones, Scor-Tape, MFT Cross Stitch Squares, acetate, foam tape, Clear Wink of Stella.

MTF bookmark

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a project using one of the new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds4853 – Pamper Your-Shelf MTF.

This set is created to make a trifold card and includes two dies to cut out the openings in the two layers of the tri-fold, allowing for a sneak peek of the images inside. Instead of making a trifold card, this time I wanted to try something a little different. I’ve been wanting to make a cute bookmark with this set…it is just perfect for one!

To avoid extra layers that I would normally have by die cutting the inside of the shelf for the mouse to peek through, the middle image was omitted.  I stamped and reverse masked the shelf, then stamped the mouse inside.

shelf bookmark close 2 diane zechman

After my image was layered how I wanted it, I slipped it into a plastic bookmark sleeve.  Some paper flowers and ribbons finished it off.

shelf bookmark diane zechman

A bonus for using double sided patterned papers is that your back side looks pretty too!

shelf bookmark back diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4853 – Pamper Your-Shelf MTF; paper- white, black, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, bookmark sleeve, Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch,  SU! oval punches, Pale Gold Nuvo drops, ribbons, twine, paper flowers, brad.

Master of the sea

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets… a new set, Master of the Sea, and an older one called Choose Faith.

master of the sea diane zechman

I kept it pretty CAS and one layer…except the two boats are popped with dimensionals.  The words Master and Sea were colored with lighter shades of Copic markers to minimize any bleed-through showing.  For the waves, I stamped them with 6 different shades of blues and blue/greens.

master of the sea inside diane zechman

On the inside I finished my sentiment and added the anchor image to coordinate with the front.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Master of the Sea and Choose Faith; paper- white; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Midnight Muse, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, and Pool Party; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals.

homemade happiness

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using another one of the new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds… this one is 4854 – Homemade Happiness MTF.  This set is perfect for anyone who likes to cook!

The set includes two dies to cut the openings in the two layers of the tri-fold card.  The largest image (the cupboard here) goes on the outside of the card.

CHA 4a diane zechman

Instead of the first die cutting an opening completely away, this one has 2 perforated lines so the doors can be opened and closed!  When open, you get a peek of the images inside.

CHA 4b diane zechman

When the first fold is opened, it reveals the inside of the cupboard.

CHA 4c diane zechman

When the second fold is opened, you see the sweet little mouse sleeping in a measuring cup.

CHA 4d diane zechman

Too cute!

CHA 4e diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4854 – Homemade Happiness MTF; paper- white, SU! Pool Party and Blushing Bride, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, and Blueprints 26, SU! oval punches, rhinestones.

the future

Good morning!  Today I have a CAS card with the Sweet ‘n Sassy set, The Future, that was inspired by my friend, Mary Ann Hicks.  She had a card kit left over from her shoebox project at a recent gathering she & a few other friends attended and was kind enough to share one of her kits with me.

the future diane zechman

I took it home to stamp and assemble.  The layout is mostly the same…I just changed the sentiment to suit my needs for a card I wanted to mail and I added a few Nuvo drops.  I also popped a few of the butterflies (punched from a paint chip) up with foam tape.  It has been several years since I used the paint chips so this was a fun project and reminder of an old technique.

the future side diane zechman

Thanks, Mary Ann, for always being so thoughtful and generous!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy The Future; paper- white, black; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- paint chip, SU! butterfly punch, foam tape, Nuvo drops- Sweet Lilac.