Category Archives: cards, etc.

hello sunshine kit

I had a little free time yesterday so I pulled out the February 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit and worked on it a bit with a friend.  I stayed inside on this cold day and finished mine up today.

Three of the cards were done pretty much per the kit instructions and a few cards I came up with on my own.  A few other cards were copied or inspired by ones I saw done by Charlet Mallett, Dawn Olchefske, and Patty Bennett. I included them in my pics in case you missed their wonderful designs.

I used up most of the supplies and got 17 cards done (yay!) plus I have some leftover banners and sequins to use on future cards.  Here’s the ones I got done the past 2 days…

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paper pumpkin feb 2016 b diane zechman

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In the latter part of 2016 I really tried to get some RAKs sent out and I plan to continue that now that the Christmas card time is over.  Thanks to the PP kits, I am off to a good start in getting a few ready to send out.

I am still way behind on my kits and I love when I get a chance to pull one out and create.  Hope you get some crafty time this weekend!


oh deer

Good morning! There’s some NEW stamp sets on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website today…check them out!  I used the As The Deer set for my card.  It was created for the Creative Worship line of stamps but can be used for cards and various other projects as well.

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I found some patterned paper in my stash that looked like it was water-colored so I used that for my background and stamped several images in green ink.  I love this fawn…one of the cutest deer, don’t you think?

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy As The Deer; paper- white, brown, Basic Grey Porcelain; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, adhesive pearls, Wink of Stella clear.


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!

mini cake spinner 1b diane zechman

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.

let’s purrrrty

Good morning and…Happy New Year!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the LOL Cats stamp set and the Number Dies.  Of course, the numbers need to be shiny for a brand new year…so I pulled out a pack of foiled papers to die cut them with.

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I also gave kitty a sparkly hat and horn with some Stickles.

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May you all have a happy, safe, and very blessed 2017!

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy LOL Cats; paper- white, DCWV Touch of Foil Stack; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SNSS Number Dies, 1/16″ circle punch, Copics, Stickles, silver cording.


monogram notecards

Good morning!

Today I am sharing some monogram note cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Shake it Off Lowercase Alpha, Grunge Elements, and Scribble Flowers stamp sets.  These come together pretty quickly once you decide on your design and you can easily make multiples for a set (perfect for last minute Christmas gifts)!  I ended up with 3 layouts that I liked.

SNSS monogram 1a diane zechman

The first card was inspired by this one. Then I made two more versions with the same supplies, yet different layouts.  I got a bit carried away with the flowers here…lol…so the rest of the cards I made with this layout had less.  😉

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Each one was embellished with some bling and bits of paper doilies.  The monogram letter circles are popped with foam dimensionals.

Don’t forget some matching envelopes!

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Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Shake it Off Lowercase Alpha, Grunge Elements, and Scribble Flowers; paper- white; ink-  SU! Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana; accessories- 1 1/2″ circle punch, foam dimensionals, washi tape, paper doilies, rhinestones.


some happy mail

Good morning!

Today Sweet ‘n Sassy is featuring a few of the new stamp sets from this month’s release.  I used the cute Cocoa Sends Love set for my card.

happy mail diane zechman

This set has lots of sentiments in a really sweet font.  I didn’t know which to choose!  Since I added the envelope patterned paper, I used “some happy mail”.

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Cocoa Sends Love; paper- white, black, American Crafts- Love You; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Scalloped Heart Nestabilities.

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.

2016 s cha 8a diane zechman ai

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

a merry snowflake

When I was preparing for a swap last month, I made this Christmas card with some SU! (merry and borders) and Sweet ‘n Sassy (snowflake) dies.  Then I realized how many I had to make and how many passes through the die cut machine it would take and quickly scrapped the idea. lol.  But not before getting a few created.

My card was inspired by THIS one in the SCS gallery.

merry snowflake diane zechman

I glued the bottom of each layer of the snowflake down but added foam tape to the upper edges.

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Have a great Saturday!

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