Category Archives: cards, etc.

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).

Halloween box card diane zechman

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.

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.

falling leaves

Oh, how I love this time of year!  Warm, sunny days and the evening air is crisp and cool.  The leaves are slowly turning and we wait in anticipation for the glorious colors ahead.  Can’t wait!

Sweet ‘n Sassy’s stamps and dies released last week are perfect for your fall projects.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new stamp sets and dies released by SNSS this month, head on over to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store to see what’s new!

I’ve used the new Falling Leaves set to create this fall card…

falling leaves diane zechman

For more gorgeous samples of the new release, just click on the links on the SNSS blog.

ALSO…If you have made a card using any of the new stamps and dies from the September Release feel free to add your card to the gallery.  We’d love to see your creations as well!  The Linky List will close on Thursday, September 25, 2014.

Thanks so much for joining us today…we hope you’ve enjoyed your visit!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Falling Leaves; paper- white, black, SU! Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie; accessories- The Paper Studio Leaves embossing folder, gemstones.

SNSS September Release

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps just released (today!) several new stamp sets and a few die sets that coordinate with existing stamps.  This new release is perfect for all of your fall projects.  I have 2 cards today…the first using 2 of the new stamps, Skeleton Leaf Background and Falling Leaves.

skeleton leaf diane zechman

Isn’t that leaf background awesome?  I love it!

My second card uses the Leaf Silhouettes stamp set and NEW coordinating dies.  The sentiment is from a new set called So Grateful.

thankful heart diane zechman

Isn’t that a pretty sentiment?  There are several mix & match words in this set.

Did you see what’s new?

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What a fabulous release!  Check out the DT samples and release info on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Blog!  Thanks for joining us!

card 1:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Skeleton Leaf Background and Falling Leaves; paper- white, SU! Peach Parfait, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler; ink- SU! Cherry Cobbler; accessories- circle punches, foam dots, adhesive pearls.

card 2:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Leaf Silhouettes and So Grateful; paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie; ink- SU! Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry; accessories- SNSS Leaf Silhouettes dies, The Paper Studio Leaves embossing folder, twine, gemstone.

autumn greetings

Hi friends!  We had a busy weekend- our daughter got married!  (I will share pics of that later).  For now, I have a card with some new Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps that will be released tomorrow.  The weather is getting cooler and our thoughts are turning to fall…apple picking, fall leaves, and autumn flowers.  I can’t wait for pumpkins and hot apple cider!

autumn greetings diane zechman

This card was inspired by a blouse I saw in a clothing store recently.  The fabric had flowers in black and white on a yellow background.  We always color our stamped images and this time I thought it would be fun to color the background instead.

There will be more sneak peeks on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Facebook page tonight starting at 8 pm…come join us!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Mum Greetings; paper- white, black, SU Crushed Curry; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, rhinestones, tracing wheel.

birds of a feather

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 Jeanne’s turn and her challenge is Birds of a Feather- use birds or feathers! (I used both!)

Here’s a feathery thank you card using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Nature Silhouettes 2 stamps and the Birds and Feather dies.

feather thanks diane zechman

Please join us and create a card with birds or feathers… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXSEP14.  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 Nature Silhouettes 2 and Thankful Blooms; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding; ink- SU! Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Wisteria Wonder, Versafine Black; accessories- SNSS Birds and Feather dies, MFT Die-Namics Notebook Edge die, corner rounder, SU! Arrows embossing folder, foam dots, gemstones.

birthday fishes

Have you checked out the new Sweet ‘n Sassy die sets yet?  They make creating with their companion stamp sets fun and easy!  Here’s a card using the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set and dies.  I also used the Tall Grass die.

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The fish and bubbles also have some sparkle from a clear Wink of Stella brush.

HOF sparkle diane zechman

You can see how nicely the dies cut these little fishies out.

These images aren’t just for summer…you can “fish” someone a happy birthday all year ’round.  And now that the kids are starting to hit the books again, how about making a card to wish them a great “school” year?  I bet the teachers would appreciate one too.  ;)

Have a fabulous day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Happy Ocean Friends; paper- Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, white, American Crafts- Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Tall Grass die and Happy Ocean Friends dies, Copics, Clear Wink of Stella, foam dots.

Millie’s jumpin’! (with video)

My friend, LouAnn, just retired and of course I needed to make her a card in celebration.  So I turned to another one of my Art Impressions Golden Oldies, the too cute and oh so funny Millie.

Millie retired 1 diane zechman

I took one look at her and decided that she needed to be in motion…so I colored and cut her out, then mounted her onto the card with an Action Wobble spring.  Only the lines around her which show motion were masked and stamped onto the patterned paper underneath.

After my card was completed it still seemed liked something was missing.  Glitz!  So Millie’s blouse was made sparkly with a clear Wink of Stella pen.  Much better.

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On the inside, I typed and printed the message on my computer.

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Wanna see Millie wiggle…err…jumpin’ for joy??

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stamps- Art Impressions- Millie, Sweet ‘n Sassy- You’re a Star (sentiment); paper- SU! Peach Parfait, white, black, MME-Happy Day; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Action Wobble Spring, corner rounder, Copics, ribbon, Clear Wink of Stella, oval punches, foam dots, rhinestones.

birthday by the sea

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  Did you see the new dies that were released yesterday?  They match 3 of the summer sets already available in the SNSS store.  Here I paired a stamp set called The Sea with seashells from Beauty By The Sea and their (just released) matching dies.

birthday by the sea diane zechman

The shells were heat embossed on vellum and colored from behind with various markers.  A circle was punched in the light blue layer and then I lightly traced the opening before gluing the layer down so I knew where to stamp the boat image.

Seashells are great to use on a card because they can convey happiness or a sense of calmness and peace.  I think this design would work well for many occasions, including sympathy.  Just make several the same and switch up the sentiment.

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- The Sea and Beauty By The Sea; paper- vellum, Smoky Slate, Pool Party; ink- Versamark, Versafine Black, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, various markers; accessories- white embossing powder, circle and oval punches, SU! Fancy Fan embossing folder, baker’s twine, foam dots.

the little things

Hello, Sweet ‘n Sassy  friends!  Welcome to the August 2014 Release!

Dies seem to be the trend in card making right now and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps has some fabulous new dies to release this month that coordinate with several of our summer stamp sets already available in the store!  The bonus is that even though these stamps and dies were designed to be summer sets, they can be used all year long!

My card today was made with the Flourish Seashells stamp set and NEW matching dies!

flourish seashells diane zechman

I am really loving the light turquoise color lately and it suits this set so well!  The matching dies are so fun to work with too.

As always Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps has some wonderful prizes and another  Release Day Challenge for you!

~One random commenter from one of the DT blogs will be selected to win a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd!

~ Our Release Challenge this week is: “Add a Die Cut.”  You have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $20 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store.  If we have 25 participants (not including the DT), 2 winners will be selected to each receive a $20 Gift Code, so invite your friends to play along!  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, August 22nd. 

Now, for the Release!

First up…Beauty By the Sea Dies which coordinate with the Beauty By the Sea stamp set:

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Next is Happy Ocean Friends Dies which coordinate with the Happy Ocean Friends stamp set:

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And FinallyFlourish Seashells which coordinate with the Flourish Seashells stamp set:

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Don’t forget about our release day challenge and chance to win a $20 store gift code!

Our challenge is “Add a Die Cut”  Add at least 1 die cut to your card or project.  Use the Linky Tool below to add your card to the challenge gallery.  To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card (no back linking, please) and enter your card in No More than 3 Challenges.  

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:

- You don’t have to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)  - You’ll have until Thursday, August 21st at midnight EST to enter

- We’ll draw 1 winner from this week’s challenge to receive a $20 credit to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Store!

If there are 25 participants, (not including the DT), we’ll draw 2 winners!

- Please use code SNSAUG2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries

To enter simply share a link to your creation on the SNSS Blog.

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to join us again on Friday, August 22nd to see if you’ve won and to check out the next Friday Feature & Challenge!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Flourish Seashells and Friendship Script background; paper- The Paper Cut- Aqua Blue, white; ink- Versamagic- Sea Breeze, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- paper lace doily, SNSS Flourish Seashells dies, ribbon, Copics, circle punches, foam dots, adhesive pearls.

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