Category Archives: Art Impressions

saving all my love

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the new Art Impressions valentine set, 4885- Nuts About You.  For this card I went with some plaid papers in masculine colors.  Masculine cards are easy to create with these sweet squirrels!

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How cute is this squirrel? He is hard to resist! I added a few more acorns since he loves them so much. 😉  I also fussy cut the ribbon and hearts image and placed it above the sentiment oval.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4885- Nuts About You; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay, Core’dinations Nutmeg, Lawn Fawn- Perfectly Plaid; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, SU! Oval punch, Martha Stewart Scallop dot punch, MFT Cross Stitch Squares dies, enamel dots.

Hi valentine

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using an Art Impressions valentine set which is one of Ai’s new releases for Creativation (CHA), 4885- Nuts About You.  This set has cute squirrels, acorns, and a few punny sentiments to match.  Perfect to get your valentine stamping done!

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I tried an offset panel layout to showcase this fun image and embossed the white panel with clouds.  Then I added a few die cut clouds and included the sentiment on one.  The sentiment cloud, squirrels, and balloon are popped up with dimensionals.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4885- Nuts About You; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Darice Clouds embossing folder, foam dimensionals, baker’s twine, PTI Clouds dies.

valentine mailbox

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Spring Fling (use Spring colors)” and we are showcasing the NEW Art Impressions Valentine and Easter sets!  Both sets are adorable and wait until you see the rest of Ai’s new releases for Creativation (CHA) … I don’t know how Bonnie does it, but these sets keep getting better and better!

For today’s card I used one of the images from 4885- Nuts About You.

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I used some valentine papers in spring colors for my card.  Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the current Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4885- Nuts About You; paper- white, American Crafts- Love You; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, enamel dots.

twins

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Ai 1923- Twins stamp.  My sentiment is from the 4220- Fur-ever Set.  I never knew Art Impressions had this old lady in a fur coat holding her cat until a few months ago and when I saw it, I knew it was a must-have!   What a fun image!  They say owners and their pets look alike and this pair is no exception!

twins diane zechman

I kept this one a simple black & white card with a pop of color and I kept wanting to add some more embellishments but I really liked it just the way it is.  Sometimes less is more!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 1923- Twins and 4220- Fur-ever Set; paper- white, black, The Paper Studio- Harper’s Boutique; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Scallop Edges and Cross Stitch Circles, Bow-Easy, ribbon.

retired

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Michael’s exclusive set called His & Hers Campers, which is now also available on the Ai site!  This card was made for one of my husband’s previous co-workers who recently retired. With all of the freeeeezing temps we’ve had lately, I’m sure he is looking forward to spending time at his camper by the lake this summer!

retired camper diane zechman

Since I needed a masculine card, I pulled out some plaid papers and kept it clean & simple…no frills!  I stamped the little camper and a sentiment on the inside.

retired camper 2 diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions His & Hers Campers; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake and Marina Mist, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Blueprints 15, enamel dots.

turning fabulous

Hello friends!  After a short holiday break, the Art Impressions DT is back on the blog and the current Ai Challenge is “Card Resolution” (practice a new technique for 2017!).

Here I used the Die Cut Gatefold technique with the Ai 4734 – Mini Cake Spinner Set.  I love the sentiment included with these images…so fun! Instead of making a second spinner with the hat, I’ve used it to accent my sentiment.

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I actually forgot to adhere the string between the card base and front layer before I glued it down. But no worries…I just added a die cut frame to the inside to cover the string and I kind-of like it this way!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the “Card Resolution- try a new technique” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4734 – Mini Cake Spinner Set; paper- white, black, doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, and In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Scor-Tape, crochet thread, foam dimensionals, Stickles.

yoga Yolanda

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4209 – Yoga Yolanda Set. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I don’t usually make resolutions…but a close friend of mine has become a yoga instructor and I do want to try to go to her classes.  It might be fun!  (My inner self still has a chocolate in each hand, though! lol)

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This gal is always fun to paper piece her clothing! This time I gave her a polka-dotted suit. :)  I also added some Stickles to her earring and shoes.  Who could resist sparkly pink shoes?!  (I think my resolution should be to buy sparkly pink shoes).

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4209 – Yoga Yolanda Set; paper- white, black, doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals, Stickles, enamel dots.

snowmen collage

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Merriest Christmas Set (4790) . The small flake is from the Michael’s exclusive set called Warm Wishes.  Even though this set was designed for Christmas, these snow people are perfect for your cards all winter long!

snowmen collage diane zechman

I did make a bunch of these for Christmas, though, so I kept them CAS with no coloring and sort of made a collage.

I added some crystal lacquer to the “glass” on the light pole and some Stickles to the tree and snow.  The tree was popped with dimensionals.

snowmen collage 2 diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Merriest Christmas Set (4790), small flake from Michael’s exclusive- Warm Wishes; paper- white, SU! Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake; ink- Distress Vintage Photo, SU! Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede; accessories- Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil, Marianne Creatables tree die, twine, Stickles, Crystal Effects, foam tape.

my Top 10 Ai for 2016

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Starting today on the Ai blog we are sharing our top 10 favorites from 2016.  Again, I have to say that I love ALL the hilarious and heart-warming Ai images I have worked with through the year.  I knew it would be difficult to narrow it down, so I quickly chose 10.  Here’s (just a few of) my faves.

The first two are from the Ai People… I love these hilarious ladies!

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one to brag cake box 1 diane zechman

Next are three Valentine projects.  I really am partial to the Ai Valentine stamps!

boy cupid diane zechman

Love Thing gift bag diane zechman

show the love step card diane zechman

From the Ai Store Exclusives, this gardening card was fun to make!

hello gardening diane zechman pc

This birthday couple from the Golden Oldies is perfect for everyone!

teeth flew out diane zechman pc

The Ai Halloween images this year were SO fun.  One of my faves was this cute set of trick-or-treating friends in the new Mini Shakers collection.

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My last 2 favorites are from my recent Christmas projects.

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jingle notepad 1 diane zechman

I hope you’ve enjoyed all our projects through the year on the Ai blog. We will soon be sharing lots of fun cards in the new year!

Have a blessed Christmas!

Diane Signature Medium size

wheelie special birthday

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Shake A Little (use a wobble)” and we are showcasing the NEW Non-Holiday Mini Shakers!  There are three new sets, each designed to use with the Mini Action Wobbles and boy are they fun!  I am sharing today how I made this Partial Die-Cut Z-Fold Card with the new Wheelie Mini Shaker (4794) stamp set.

2016 s cha 2a diane zechman ai

The upper body and left leg on this guy are die cut and layered on a Mini Action Wobble. I know if I were on that skateboard, I would be super wobbly! Lol. The word “zoom” and the stars are dies which are also included in the set!

Here you can see the part of the image that wobbles…

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With careful placement of the die, he hangs out over the fold.

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To create my Partial Die-Cut Z-Fold Card, I started with a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock and scored it at the 4 1/4″ mark.  Then I used a pencil to mark the top and bottom of the card front (to the left of the fold) at 2 1/8″.

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Next I positioned the die for his body so the left side of it, including his leg, was to the left of my pencil marks. It is held in place with low-tack tape.  Then I placed the top plate so the edge of the plate was in line with my pencil marks. (By doing so, the die will only cut the area underneath the top plate.  Now run it through the machine.

2016 s cha 2f diane zechman

The die cut area will be cut as shown below. I then scored at the 2 1/8″ mark, above and below the cut.

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Mountain and Valley fold your card and the base will look like this.

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Add layers, your image with the Action Wobble, and embellish as desired.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the “Shake A Little” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Wheelie Mini Shaker (4794); paper- white, black, MME- Happy Day; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Art Impressions Mini Action Wobble, Scor-Pal, SU! Designer Label punch.

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