Category Archives: CAS (clean & simple)

a mother’s love

Hello! Sweet ‘n Sassy has just released some great new sets for May…be sure to check them out! Before I share any of the new stamps, though, I have two Mother’s Day cards using a stamp set from the April Release. Here I used A Mother’s Love. This set has wonderful silhouettes and on the first card, I heat embossed the image and sentiment.

a mother's love diane zechman

For my second card, I masked and sponged the oval background. Then I stamped the silhouette and sentiment for a CAS card.

for mother diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy A Mother’s Love; paper- white, black, SU! Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, MME- In Bloom; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Riding Hood Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana, Sweet Sugarplum; accessories- black embossing powder, Gina Marie Wonky Stitched Ovals, Nuvo Drops.

rose banner x3

Hello! Yesterday I shared on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog a couple cards using a new Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp set from the April Release. This is the April Stamp of the Month set, called Rose Banner, and it’s free with your $75 purchase through 4/30/18!

For my first card, I stamped the top of the roses twice onto a strip of white cardstock, cut around the top of the roses, and layered them over an embossed panel. The roses were colored with Copics.

rose banner hello friend diane zechman

For my second card, I first scored a piece of tan cardstock diagonally every inch in both directions. Then I masked and sponged the squares to make a tiled or quilted look. Then I placed the rose stamp in my MISTI tool and inked it with Distress Chipped Sapphire. I had a few missed spots and an idea hit. lol.  Instead of re-inking and stamping with the same color, I inked it with Distress Peacock Feathers. This gave a nice two-toned image!

rose banner tiled diane zechman

My third card is a CAS one…again using my MISTI. Here I stamped it twice with 2 colors. The second time was stamped on a diecut panel and layered over the first one.

rose banner pink gray diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Rose Banner and Texture Tiles 1; paper- white, black, SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Strawberry Slush; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Vintage Photo, Peacock Feathers & Chipped Sapphire, SU! Smoky Slate & Strawberry Slush; accessories- Copics, MISTI, Scor-Pal, The Paper Studio Lattice Circles embossing folder, foam tape, rhinestones, pearl, twine, glue dots, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, Rectangle Nestabilities, enamel dots.

the best birthday ever

Just popping in quick with a second post today. I had a little time yesterday to stamp just for fun again and I was anxious to try some new happy mail! This is my first time using Gina K stamps (I know, I know!) and my first card with her fabulous Wreath Builder Kit.

GinaK wreath builder 1 diane zechman

The kit includes 2 templates to use in your MISTI which help get perfectly aligned wreaths (or any other images you want to stamp in a circle). Instead of a full wreath, I stamped my images in just 2 corners.

I’ve also been a bit unhappy with my red inkpads over the years and so I am trying two of Gina’s red ink cubes. Love them so far!

stamps- Gina K Wreath Builder Kit; paper- white, black, SU! Pool Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Cherry Red, SU! Certainly Celery, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; accessories- MISTI, pearls.


be unique

Hello! I am sharing two cards today using a new Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp set from the April Release. Here I used Be Unique. This set will definitely be a favorite!

unicorn Rarity diane zechman

I really wanted to color my unicorn pink but when i stamped the sparkles on her, she reminded me of the My Little Pony Unicorns. lol. So I looked her up and colored her as she is supposed to be… her name is Rarity. :)


For my second card, I went CAS. I had some die cut tags leftover from a previous project and it just sort-of fell together! Don’t ask me why I have purple clouds…I have no idea! lol. There’s a few dots of Stickles on the faint gems in the background.

shine on diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Be Unique; paper- white, SU! Pool Party, Making Memories- Meg; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Stickles, EK Success 1/2″ and 3/4″ circle punches, Recollections 5/8″ circle punch, button, Impression Obsession 140-D flower die, foam dots, MFT Blueprints 14 and Stitched Traditional Tags.

watts & waterfront

Hello! Today I’m just popping in with two cards that I recently made. I am usually stamping for design teams, which is very enjoyable, but it is nice to have a chance to stamp just for fun! I was able to pull out some SU! sets this time.

I needed these rather quickly, though, so it was nice to look for inspiration for a starting point. I saw a couple cards that inspired me with these. Laura Allen posted some cards with the Watts of Occasions stamp set and this fun Darice Lightbulbs embossing folder that matches perfectly! Here’s my version with a different layout…I just had to get the embossing folder!

brilliant diane zechman

My second card was inspired by one done by Joyce Whitman using the Waterfront set. I loved her placement and colors of the images on a tall panel. I changed it up a bit with a banner die cut, different patterned paper (Etcetera pack), etc. I used some old Confetti Cream cardstock for a change from the usual white and finished with some Nuvo drops.

waterfront 1 diane zechman

Have a great Tuesday! ♥

stamps- SU! Watts of Occasions; paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, MME-Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Letraset Y367 Flexmarker, MISTI tool, Darice Lightbulbs embossing folder, MFT Stitched Traditional Tags and Blueprint 15 & 20.

stamps- SU! Waterfront; paper- SU! Confetti Cream, Night of Navy, Etcetera dsp; ink- SU! Pool Party, Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight; accessories- SU! Banners Framelits, Scor-Tape, ribbon, foam tape, Midnight Blue Nuvo Drops.

hello beau-tea-ful!

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Valentine sets… but not for a valentine! Here I used 5005- Valentine Bears Set to make a sweet “hello” card.

beau tea ful diane zechman

This bear in a teacup image is so heart-warming! I found some teacup paper to match, then paired a die cut “hello” with the “beau-tea-ful” stamp on a hand-cut banner for my sentiment. I kept it clean & simple and let the bright pink circle draw the focus to the image.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 5005- Valentine Bears Set; paper- white, black, SU! Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette, echo park- Petticoats & Pinstripes; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross-Stitch Circles and Blueprints 14, Echo Park Hello Winter die set, foam tape, crochet thread.

birds & blooms trio

Hello! I am sharing a few more cards today using Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps from the March release. Here I used Birds & Blooms, Skinny Minnie Alpha, and Texture Tiles 1.

I stamped the bird and branch on my first card, then the top portion plus the branch were masked. I lightly sponged with blue and stamped one of the Texture Tiles over top. The bird & branch were colored with Copics. A few images were stamped second generation on the top, along with some faint yellow dots with another Texture Tile. Half of a paper doily and some pearls finished it off.

5 birds blooms yellow diane zechman

My second card is very CAS with a deep purple ink and more pearls.

4 birds blooms purple diane zechman

And my last card is another CAS one but this time in pink. The other half of the paper doily was added to the top and another pearl.

6 skinnie minnie thanks diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Birds & Blooms, Texture Tiles 1, and Skinny Minnie Alpha; paper- white, black, SU! Concord Crush, Pink Pirouette, and Regal Rose; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Midnight Muse, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, and Regal Rose; accessories- Copics, staple, pearls, paper doily, ribbon, MISTI, SU! Banner punch.

got cake?

Hello! I am sharing another card today using Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps from the March release. This time I used the awesome new SNSS alphabet, Skinny Minnie Alpha, with an oldie but goodie… So Sweet Cocoa!

3 skinnie minnie got cake diane zechman

I stamped Cocoa Mouse and the alpha letters by lining them up in the MISTI. Then I simply used a ruler to quickly draw some lines to “box him in”.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Skinny Minnie Alpha and So Sweet Cocoa; paper- white, black, SU! Gable Green; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MISTI, ruler, black pen.

love and joy on your birthday

Hello! I am sharing a set of cards today using Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps from the January release. Here I used Thoughtful Words and Whimsy Bouquet.

whimsy bouquet 2 diane zechman

After stamping, I didn’t know what color I wanted to make the flowers so I decided to make all three different! When I had my panels colored, they seemed like they needed a little something extra…and then I remembered how much just a few simple scored lines can make an effect. I added a few enamel dots and finished them off with a bit of Stickles and Wink of Stella for some sparkle.

whimsy bouquet 2 shimmer diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Thoughtful Words and Whimsy Bouquet; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, accessories- Copics, Scor-Pal, enamel dots, Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles.

there’s no topping you

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the fun Ai Mouthfuls. Here I used 4948- Hamster Mouthful. This card was made for display at the last trade show. The next show is coming up soon and just wait till you see all the new Ai images! I am loving what I’ve seen so far!

CHA 3 diane zechman

This is about the cutest hamster I’ve seen! His mouth and hands were die cut to slip the slice of pizza in.  There are other images to have him hold as well…flower, cheese, candles! He’s quite a versatile critter! I just used the cheese as an accent piece and added a matching sentiment.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4948- Hamster Mouthful; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette, MME- In Bloom, Bazzill Basics Kraft Foil; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, SU! Banners and Word Bubbles Framelits, enamel dots, foam tape.