Category Archives: CAS (clean & simple)

on your special day

Hello! I almost have my holiday cards ready for the mail! We still need to get our tree up, though. Just taking a moment to pop in quick with a masculine card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  These are from the NEW December release which is pretty awesome…just sayin’! Here I used a special set called Scene Silhouettes: Woodland which happens to be the December 2017 Stamp of the Month. You can get this set Free with your $60 order through 12/31/17 .  I also used a new set called Thoughtful Words.

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This card is pretty self-explanatory…I just tore the white die cut rounded square for the snow.

Have a great Tuesday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Scene Silhouettes: Woodland and Thoughtful Words; paper- white, brown, SU! Crumb Cake; ink- SU! Soft Suede; accessories- corner rounder, MFT Die-Namics In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Blueprints 20, adhesive pearls.

happy thoughts

Good morning! I needed a few thank you cards recently using specific company products and I realized I forgot to photograph one or two before sending them off. Ugh. Here’s a few I came up with though. The first uses the MISTI with Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. Love that flower and the MISTI makes it easy! I added a few Nuvo drops under the sentiment.

Altenew and MISTI diane zechman

The second one uses a sweet pup from Paper Smooches’ Woofers and Tweeters. Her muzzle was stamped a second time and popped with foam tape. The sentiment is from Slang Gang. Gotta love it!  Both cards have an embossed background with the Darice Plaid embossing folder.

paper smooches woofers diane zechman

Have a great day!


no peeking!

Recently some friends and I got together for a day of stamping fun. Most of us are from NY and PA. We all plan a card for everyone to make and I love our November get together because I end up with a great addition to my Christmas card pile!

For my project, I used the SU! Santa’s Suit stamp set and an old sentiment from my stash.

santa pants no peeking diane zechman

I saw a card somewhere where someone cut Santa’s pants and it was too cute not to CASE. I borrowed a layout from another card and I was happy with it. Here’s the front “opened”.

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Have a great day!

stamps- SU! Santa’s Suit, AmyR Winter Sentiments; paper- red, white, kraft, SU! Blush Blossom; ink- Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SU! Lucky Stars embossing folder, Cuttlebug Candy Cane Stripes embossing folder, MISTI tool, Promarker- Soft Peach, twine, craft knife and cutting mat, gold sequins, SU! small oval punch and Banners Framelits.

Christmas pine

Good morning!

Just popping in with a CAS Christmas card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Christmas Pine.

Christmas pine diane zechman

This really was pretty quick & easy to create…in fact, I made 4 in a short time for my holiday cards. I stamped the pinecone first and masked it before stamping the branches. The background was lightly sponged over a stencil and the brown “splatters” were from an old stamp. Instead of coloring the pinecone, I simply sponged on a bit of brown and added a little Stickles for some sparkle.

Christmas pine 2 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Pine; paper- white, brown, SU! Old Olive; ink- SU! Old Olive, Soft Suede and Early Espresso; accessories- The Crafter’s Workshop- Mini Quatrefoil Reversed stencil, ribbon, glue dots, Stickles.

ugly sweaters

Hello friends and Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all are able to spend this day with family and friends, giving thanks for all God has blessed us with!

It may be Thanksgiving, but today the Art Impressions team is featuring the new Ai Michael’s exclusive Christmas Clear & PopCards Sets! Here I used the SC0799- Ugly Sweater set.

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I’ve been wanting to make some CAS cards with a little selective, “spotlight”, coloring and I thought this gal would be perfect for it! I tried 2 different styles with masking and sponging on each. Both used a combination of masking with a post-it note and some masking fluid for the tiny areas. On the first one, I simply sponged green ink on the right side.

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For the second one, I covered the masked image with a dotted stencil and sponged on some red ink. For both, I kept my image close to the bottom so I could add a strip of patterned paper to the top. After selectively coloring a few areas, I finished them with some Stickles and tied on some linen thread.

ugly sweater 3 diane zechman

Happy Thanksgiving!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0799- Ugly Sweater Set; paper- white, patterned paper scraps; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Riding Hood Red and Gumball Green; accessories- Copics, SU! Seasonal Decorative Masks, linen thread, Post-it note, Fineline Masking Fluid pen, Misti, Stickles.

under His wings

Good morning!

Just popping in with a card or two using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used His Wings to create a CAS card.

find refuge diane zechman

I started by sponging some green & blue ink over a stencil for the background. The feathers were colored with Copics and popped with dimensionals.

I actually made this second card first but realized the set was out of stock/retired. I wasn’t going to share it but since I already took a photo, I thought many of you might have it and would like to see a way to use it other than bible journaling. So here is a similar card with the retired set, Songs of Praise.

sing thy grace diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy His Wings; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Coastal Cabana and Lemon Lime Twist; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals, linen thread.

so happy

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using a special stamp set designed for SNSS’s birthday celebration.

Sweet ‘N Sassy Stamps is turning 10 this month and we are CELEBRATING all month long!  First, this FREE stamp set called So Happy is being added to all qualifying orders. SNSS is also considering adding printables to the Creative Worship line so Korin is giving one away for FREE! Plus, one of the illustrators, Rebecca Rios, is giving away her own FREE printable with ANY Creative Worship* purchase through the month of November!  BUT THAT’S NOT ALL… you could win  FREE Stamps for a year!

There will be more surprises so…check out all the info HERE so you don’t miss anything!  Now, how about that free set?  I first used it to make a sweet pink & gray card…

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…and then another CAS card in turquoise & green. I chose a brown sentiment so the words would stand out.

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Here’s the full set!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy So Happy; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Lemon Lime Twist, Pink Pirouette and Going Gray, Memento Teal Zeal, Archival Potting Soil; accessories- foam dimensionals, gemstone.

Christmas topiary

Good morning!

It may be Halloween, but I am popping in with a CAS Christmas card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Christmas Topiaries.

christmas topiaries diane zechman

I started by sponging a light turquoise ink over the Tim Holtz Nordic stencil. Then I realized that if I turn the stencil 90° and sponge again, it looks kinda like a flower! After I edited my pic, though, I see white Xs…lol.  Focus on the blue! 😉

The topiary was cut out and popped with dimensionals.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Topiaries; paper- white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil, foam dimensionals.

autumn thanks

Good morning!

Today I am sharing these cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the So Grateful, Autumn Leaves, and Skeleton Leaf Background stamp sets.  They are 4 1/4″ square, perfect for a little note of thanks.

autumn thanks diane zechman

I inked the leaf background image with 2 colors before stamping, a yellow and a peach.  Then I swiped the same inkpads over a scrap of white cardstock to stamp the Autumn Leaves on.  Although they look black, the leaves and sentiment are a dark brown.  The cards were simply finished with a few orange sequins.

autumn thanks 2 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy So Grateful, Autumn Leaves, and Skeleton Leaf Background; paper- white, SU! Early Espresso; ink- SU! Crushed Curry, Peach Parfait, Early Espresso; accessories- sequins.

watercolor hello

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Ai 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 and 4052- WC Flower Set.  Is it October already? Fall is in the air but last week we still had 90° temps in NE PA!  I pulled out some summery inks, but wouldn’t this also be pretty in fall colors?

WC wreath diane zechman

I borrowed this layout from a card I saw quite some time ago but there was no info to give credit to.  I loved the simplicity of it!  Instead of using the watercolor images on watercolor paper, I stamped them onto white cardstock and skipped the water!  😉  I saw that Bonnie posted a video last week, also making a wreath!  How funny!  If you missed it, you can check out how Bonnie created hers here!

To get a nice shaped wreath, I traced two circles (using circle dies) onto scrap cardstock in the place I wanted the wreath to go. With the MISTI tool I aligned the stamps with the circles which made this super easy!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 and 4052- WC Flower Set; paper- white, SU! Early Espresso; ink- Memento New Sprout, SU! Pool Party; accessories- ribbon, MISTI, Scor-Tape, SU! Hello You Thinlits dies, Circle Nestabilities, rhinestones.