Category Archives: 3D and altered art

a new creation

Just popping in quick to share a page of my Bible art journaling.  I really wanted to do butterflies and so I picked 2 Corinthians 5:17 to journal.  When I was looking through my SNSS stash of butterflies, I was pleasantly surprised to find a stamp with that verse…totally forgot about it!

2 Corinthians 5 17 diane zechman

My page was first prepped with clear Gesso.  The two butterflies over the words were stamped on vellum with Stazon and colored on the reverse side with Copics, then only attached to the page in the center so I can still read the words. The other stamping was with Versafine Black and watercolored.  The clouds were done with my hand drawn/cut cloud stencil.

2 Corinthians 5 17 side diane zechman

The butterfly tab at the top was inspired by Kelly Gettelfinger and was also done with vellum.

2 Corinthians 5 17 top diane zechman

Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps used on this page: Treasured, Majestic Monarchs and matching Dies, New Creature, and Serene Silhouettes.

I will be teaching this page later this month, so if you are local and want to join us, call The Craft Shack for more info!

Thanks for popping in!  Be sure to check out more inspiration on the Creative Worship Blog.  Have a great day!

bible journaling

Good morning, friends!  Today I am sharing my first two pages of Bible art journaling.

I have to say that I struggled at first to get started with creating art in my Bible…even though I purchased one for this specific purpose.  What if I mess up?  After all, it is the Bible.  But.. Bible journaling is not about creating beautiful artwork… it’s about focusing on the scripture and connecting with God.  Now go back and read that last sentence again…and again.  Because that’s what I needed to remind myself.  It’s ok to mess up.  Really.

Then I struggled with whether I wanted to share it online.  Again, the focus is not to be on the artwork, but the scripture.  But I am so grateful for all who DO share their pages and give us plenty of inspiration.  I may not share every page, as some may be personal.  But here goes…

I am actually sharing my second page first.  There were plenty of patriotic pages for inspiration around the 4th and I didn’t want to let July slip by without doing a flag.  Especially with all that is going on in the world right now.  I decided to journal Galatians 5:13.

Galatians 5 13 diane zechman

I only prepped the side column with clear gesso before stamping the letters / words.  The flag was traced and colored with colored pencils (I just grabbed Crayola here).  “Serve” and “love” were also colored in with pencils.

On the flag page, I used the following Sweet ‘n Sassy sets- Cold Coffee Alpha, All Your Heart, Seek Him, and You’re A Star.

For my first page, I journaled Luke 15:6.  Here I prepped the whole page.  The grass, clouds and sky were sponged with a dye-based ink.  I hand drew and cut my own cloud template from cardstock.

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On this page I used these Sweet ‘n Sassy sets- Prim Blessings, Decorative Banners, Just Be, and Common Words 1,

Thanks for popping in!  Be sure to check out more inspiration on the Creative Worship Blog.  Have a great day!



Love Thing gift bag

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Love, Love, Love!” and we are featuring two new Valentine Stamp Sets! 

I wanted to make something other than a card, so I used the NEW Love Thing Set (4752) to create a valentine gift bag!  What would YOU place inside?  Chocolates, maybe?

Love Thing gift bag diane zechman

I kept the panels of patterned paper in softer colors and patterns to focus on the cute couple…aren’t they sweet?

Love Thing gift bag 2 diane zechman

Sharing chocolates is a good thing.  :)

Love Thing gift bag 3 diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your love-filled creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Love Thing Set (4752), paper- White, black, SU! Regal Rose and Primrose Petals, MME- Heirloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, white gift bag, Scor-Tape, SU! oval punch, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Simon Says Stamp Small Heart Doily, corner rounder, gemstones, Sweet ‘n Sassy Scallop Border dies.

snowy note cube

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the second Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Bev’s turn and her challenge is “Snowy, Frosty, or Glitzy!”  Sound fun?

Remember when stamping on the blank note cubes was popular?  How many of you still have some in a closet somewhere?  (raising my hand too!)  I recently got one out and realized once again that it is a fun project to do.  Here I stamped an old SU! snowman set, Flaky Friends, and colored with markers.

note cube 1 diane zechman

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The online store where we used to order the blank note cubes is no longer in business.  We may need to find a new source for these!  😉

Please join us and create a card or project… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJAN16.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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Happy stamping!

one to brag

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a fun project I made for a local stamping event.  We had a “sweet” theme and I thought this little cake box fit the bill!  I used one of the new Ai People from the last CHA release, this one is the One To Brag Set (4668).

one to brag cake box 1 diane zechman

I colored her and paper pieced her clothing, then used some matching papers to make a flower for atop the cake slice.  After adhering ruffled ribbon on the sides, I attached her with foam tape.  A paper bow decorates the back and some die cuts and tiny rhinestones finish the top.

one to brag cake box 2 diane zechman

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3D projects can be so fun to create!  You can fill the box with sweets & goodies and deliver a smile.  :)

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions One To Brag Set (4668); paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey- Porcelain; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Tape, rhinestones, Sizzix Pie Box (656089), SU! Bigz Lattice die, SU! ribbon, Die-Namics Prima Donna Petals dies, SU! Oval punch and Bow Builder Punch, foam dots, glue dots.

granola gifts

I have really been enjoying a home made granola recipe that my friend Michele G. from Canada shared with me.  I’ve made a few batches and shared some granola…I hope the recipients like it as much as I do!  My most recent granola gift was placed in a recycled jar, with a decorated lid and stamped tag.

granola christmas jars 1 diane zechman

The jars were washed and the labels were removed.  Bottle brush trees (from The Craft Shack) and figures from Walmart were glued to the lid with E6000 and left to dry overnight.  Then I added Aleene’s True Snow and let it dry again. I added the felt ribbon with Scor-Tape.  The stamps on the tag are a retired Sweet ‘n Sassy set.

granola christmas jars 3 diane zechman

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I also gave a gift with some granola previously in a small mason jar.  This time I stamped a topper for the lid with the SU! Painted Petals set and added a matching tag to the gift bag.

granola gift diane zechman

granola gift 2 diane zechman

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

sleigh favor box

Every month my friends and I get together for dinner to celebrate those with birthdays in that month… and since we are all stampers, we shower the birthday gals with hand made cards!  Since we don’t have any December birthdays, we still get together for dinner and have a holiday gift exchange.  If we have our Christmas cards done, we bring those too!  This year instead of a card I die cut a Sizzix sleigh favor box for everyone and had a few goodies to fill them.

Sizzix sleigh favor box 2 diane zechman

Sizzix sleigh favor box diane zechman

Unfortunately, I waited till the last minute to make them and only got them 95% done.  lol.  My friends only had to glue the sides to the middle section and add the pre-made flower.  Hopefully the goodies made up for the incomplete gift!  lol.  😉

Maybe next year I’ll have time to die cut the reindeer that goes with it.  hee hee.  Why do we wait till the last minute??

Have a great day!

a helping hand

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the second Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Kelly’s turn and her challenge is “Wrap it Up…Make a tag that coordinates with your gift wrap“.

Here’s my tag… the words were typed on the computer.

helping hand 2 diane zechman

My tag is a super simple one and my “gift wrap” is actually the oven mitt itself!  I work in an elementary school and this was a gift for someone who helped in our classroom.  All the kids wrote their names on the oven mitt with a Sharpie and then the mitt became the “wrapping” as it was filled with some treats.  :)

helping hand diane zechman copy

Please join us and create a tag that coordinates with your wrapping… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXNOV15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!  Here’s who’s playing this month:

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stamps- Art Impressions Blooming Birdhouse (4603), tag- MFT Stitched Traditional Tags dies.

His peace journal

Just popping in with a super quick journal I decorated.  I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy sets called Wildflowers and His Peace.

His peace journal diane zechman

This was reaaallly a quick project…I had about 20 minutes to make it.  LOL.  I started with a pre-purchased journal and picked out the sentiment I wanted to use.  Then I found a pretty flower image to stamp as a background.  Since I was short on time, I turned to my MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 14 for the layout.

I snapped a quick pic and sent it on it’s way.  Later I realized that I forgot to add some pearls or bling!  ugh.

I am sharing this project and 2 others on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog today!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Wildflowers and His Peace; paper- Vanilla, SU! Riding Hood Red, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Peach Parfait; accessories- MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 14, ribbon, Scor-Tape, pre-purchased journal.

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.)

brianna name frame 1 diane zechman

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.

brianna name frame 2 diane zechman

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.