Category Archives: CAS (clean & simple)

May Paper Pumpkin

The other day I opened my May Paper Pumpkin kit and made a few cards.  I am way, way behind on these kits but I loved that the May kit had a donut theme so I was looking forward to that one!  I made one of each of the 3 cards per the directions in the kit but I also wanted to create some of my own.  Here are the first 3 alternate designs I came up with!

paper pumpkin May 2017 a diane zechman

I typed my own sentiments for the cards on my computer to create some fun greetings.  For the smaller donut in the first card, I used 2″ and 3/4″ hole punches.  Then I used the center punch-outs to make a donut hole.  :)

I also used the Lawn Fawn Donut Worry stamp and die set on this one.

paper pumpkin May 2017 2 diane zechman

For the second card I traced the outside of the donut card in the kit onto Early Espresso cardstock. The center was diecut. I love the sentiment on this one…

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And I think the last one might just be my favorite!

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Have a great day!


the world

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Send Me stamp set from this month’s release, along with Living Water and My Friend.

the world diane zechman

All three sets are designed for the Creative Worship line which is geared toward bible journaling. Although I really love using them that way, I also like to pull words and images to create a card….so you can get more bang for your buck!  This one is clean & simple…a very quick card after I figured out how I wanted to make it. lol.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Send Me, Living Water and My Friend; paper- white, black, SU! Soft Sky; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Stickles.

simply enjoy it all (and a sketch)

Hey friends, sorry for a third post today!  The auto feed on my blog isn’t working quite right (this seems to happen about once a year…arrrgh) and so here’s a test post to see if I fixed it.

Simple card….I used the Misti to line up the flowers and stamp a bunch so I could put several cards together.

painted flowers 2 diane zechman

I got the Altenew Painted Flowers set here!  The sentiment is an old Michael’s dollar stamp.  And those are tiny Nuvo Drops to accent!

If you like sketches, here you go!

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Have a great day!

using text

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “I’ll TEXT You!” (use sentiments only).  Time to get creative!  lol.  Here I used the Art Impressions 4903- WC Sentiments Set to come up with a set of 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch cards.

Ai text 1 diane zechman

I started by choosing the text “You brighten my day” and stamped it repeatedly. The Misti stamping tool is a BIG help here…not only so you can align the text vertically, but so both versions below are stamped in exactly the same positions.

Ai text 2 diane zechman

I die cut a few butterflies (on the two cards below, I die cut both panels together so the butterflies were in the exact same position) and mixed the pieces between the 2 cards.  The butterflies were popped up a bit with foam dimensionals.

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On the next card I didn’t replace the butterfly cut outs and left the black layer underneath show through.

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Here is the same panel…but this time I offset a few light blue butterflies.

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Lastly, I used a different sentiment and made a completely different card with some of the same colors.  This layout was inspired by a card from Teri Anderson.

Ai text 3 diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite sentiment stamps, make a card, and join us in the “I’ll TEXT You!” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- white, black, SU! Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, and Flirty Flamingo; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum, and Flirty Flamingo; accessories- foam dimensionals, Misti, rhinestones, Sweet ‘n Sassy Butterfly dies, Clear Wink of Stella, Black Nuvo Drops, MFT Cross Stitched Circles.

too long

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the AiCS38 – Doggy Kisses Set from the NEW Funny Farm line.  How cute is this daschund?  He’s sure to cheer anyone up!

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I kept my card CAS to showcase this cute doggy.  Love that sentiment….it’s perfect, isn’t it?  Be sure to check out all 4 sets in the Funny Farm line!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AiCS38 – Doggy Kisses Set; paper- white, black, SU! Bermuda Bay, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Stitched Scalloped Edges, and Mix & Match Banners, Long Rectangle Nestabilities, button, crochet thread, glue dots.

Romans 8 and a thank you card

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two projects, a card and a bible journaling page, on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Fantastic Flowers stamp set.  The card I made also uses Kindness Matters.

FF thank you diane zechman

This card is simple but very striking with the flower layered onto the white panel. I simply sponged 3 colors of ink onto white cardstock and stamped the flower on top in black. After I cut the flower out, I hated to throw away the leftover sponged piece, so I stamped the leaves, cut it down to the size I needed, and used it for my background.  I stamped the sentiment and added a few Nuvo drops to finish it off.

After my card was done, I loved the color combo and decided to re-create it in my bible. I chose Romans 8:37-39 to journal. The colors are a little more muted on the bible page but it still turned out fine. I masked the verse and purposely sponged the color lighter on the top left corner.

Romans 8 37-39 diane zechman

The same leaves and flower were stamped in black and highlighted a bit with a white pen. “Made for More” was stamped with the Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha. “Nothing can separate us…” was typed on my computer and cut out.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Fantastic Flowers, Kindness Matters and Love Ya Like A Sister Alpha; paper- white, black; ink- Archival Black, SU! Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Strawberry Slush; accessories- Raspberry Pink and Ebony Black Nuvo Drops, white pen.


So, I am 2 days late in sharing a Father’s Day card. But…it could really be used any time of the year for a birthday or any occasion.  I was inspired by a card done by Nina Brackett and came up with a water-colored card of my own.

father's day master of the sea diane zechman

Here I used Master Of The Sea and For My Father. The compass was stamped lightly on the panel underneath and I finished it off with two Black Nuvo Drops.

Have a great evening!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Master Of The Sea and For My Father; paper- birch, black, watercolor, SU! Pool Party; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Bashful Blue, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Bravo Burgundy; accessories- Black Nuvo Drops, tracing wheel.


Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4671- AHH Set from the Ai People.  This gal is hilarious… some days you just need to let it all out. ha!

AHH diane zechman

I kept the card CAS to focus on the lady. Sponging a bit of pink in the center of the oval helped make her stand out. I stamped her a second time, cut her out, and layered her over the first image.  Her shirt was paper pieced to match the skinny border of patterned paper.

Do you know someone having a bad day? She’s perfect!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4671- AHH; paper- white, black, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Distress- Spun Sugar; accessories- Copics, MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals, Baker’s Twine, paper flower, button..

hedgie hello

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets… Outline Alpha and As The Deer (two of my faves!)

hello hedgie diane zechman

This is a 4 1/4″ square card.  The letters and hedgehog were colored with Copics. It’s easy, sweet, CAS, and I love it!  (I hope you like it too).  :)

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Outline Alpha and As The Deer ; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics.

kindness matters

Good morning!  There’s some new stamps for June on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website today.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go check them out.  I used two new sets on these cards… Fantastic Flowers and Kindness Matters.

fantastic flowers kindness matters diane zechman

It’s been a busy week so I went CAS with these cards…sometimes I like those the best!  I diecut a rounded rectangle and used it (plus the negative cut) to mask and sponge my frames.

Have a great Friday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Fantastic Flowers and Kindness Matters; paper- white; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo; accessories- MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Raspberry Pink Nuvo Drops.