Category Archives: cards, etc.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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When opened, the Panda pops up!

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A side view…

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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.

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.

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

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Too cute!

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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.

fill me up

Good morning! This month Sweet ‘n Sassy has released one set for pre-order… the Exclamations Clear Stamp Set from the Creative Worship line.

I used the coffee cup (or hot cocoa would be my choice!) image to make a quick CAS card.

fill me up diane zechman

I colored with Copics, then added some Crystal Effects to the drink and spoon.

fill me up shine diane zechman

This layout is great for using up some patterned paper scraps! I figured I would use it again so I drew up a sketch.  These are the measurements I came up with for this card and can be used as a guide, but you can make your banners any size you want.

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Have fun with it and have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Exclamations Clear Stamp Set; paper- white, Basic Grey- Eva; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, 2 1/2″ circle punch, twine, Crystal Effects.

one layer ladies

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “One Layer Ladies” and we are featuring the 2 new Hobby Lobby wood blocks!  Here I used the Ai/Hobby Lobby 4840- Entertained.

one layer ladies diane zechman

Since the challenge is to only have one layer to the card, I didn’t want to color with Copics and have bleed through. Instead, I colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended it with Gamsol.  Then I sponged a bit of background over a stencil rather than add patterned papers.  To finish it off, I added Crystal Effects to the glasses and lips props, and adhered a few rhinestones and Stickles.

one layer ladies 2 diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “One Layer Ladies” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4840- Entertained; paper- white; ink- Stazon Black, Distress- Fossilized Amber; accessories- MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stumps, SU! Crystal Effects, Stickles, rhinestones, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil.

everything wonderful

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using one of the new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds4851 – Everything Wonderful MTF.  This set is so sweet with the kitty and cupcake!

The set includes two dies to cut out the openings in the two layers of the tri-fold card, allowing for a sneak peek of the images inside.  The largest image (the kitty and present here) goes on the outside of the card.  I cut my image panel in the shape of a balloon for some added fun.

CHA 1a diane zechman

When the first fold is opened, it reveals some tissue paper and a card.

CHA 1b diane zechman

When the second fold is opened, you see the sweet cupcake.

CHA 1c diane zechman

Even the sentiment is perfect!

CHA 1d diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4851 – Everything Wonderful MTF; paper- white, black, SU! Pixie Pink and Bermuda Bay, Doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, SU! oval punches, MFT Blueprints 26, baker’s twine, foam dots.

CAS Mother’s Day card

Good morning!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the beautiful Mason Jar Bouquet stamp set from this month’s release.

mother's day diane zechman

Sometimes a clean & simple card is just as pretty as one with many layers and embellishments and I really liked how the colors and design of this one turned out.  I inked just the center of the Floral Pattern Background stamp with a small Memento dew drop pad and left the edges un-inked. The flower was cut out and popped up with foam dimensionals.  Some Stickles in the flower center and a few sequins finished it off.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mason Jar Bouquet, Floral Pattern Background; paper- white; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals, Stickles, sequins, glue dots.