Category Archives: CAS (clean & simple)

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.

ugly sweater 1 diane zechman

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.

ugly sweater 2 diane zechman

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…

happiness is diane zechman

…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!

WC wreath 2 diane zechman

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.

floral anniversary

Good morning!

Just popping in with an anniversary card using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps.  Here I used Floral Greetings.

floral greetings anniv diane zechman

The edge of the watercolor paper panel was wet with water and torn away.  Then I colored with Inktense pencils and blended with water and a brush. Some wink of Stella was added to the flower centers and butterflies. The sentiment strip is popped on foam tape.

floral greetings anniv 2 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Floral Greetings; paper- watercolor, SU! Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo; ink- Archival Black; accessories- Inktense pencils, clear Wink of Stella, Nuvo drops- Wedgewood Blue.

Christmas Blocks

Good morning!

Today I am sharing two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the new Christmas Blocks stamp set released this week on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website.  When it comes to making Christmas cards, I am usually making multiples so I need to make them quick & easy!  One great way to make CAS cards is to start with an assorted box of pre-printed card bases.  Just add your stamps and embellishments!

For the first card, I stamped and colored the Santa face, popped him up with foam tape, and stamped the sentiment.  Some Stickles and Wink of Stella add a bit of sparkle to complete the cards.

Christmas Blocks 1 diane zechman

The second card had a snowman pre-printed on the front.  I simply die cut a speech bubble window and stamped the sentiment on the inside to peek through.

Christmas Blocks 2 diane zechman

When opened, you see a second sentiment stamped beneath the first one. I also added the little present image in the corner and kept the coloring minimal.  Some Stickles added to the card front finished this one as well.

Christmas Blocks 2b diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Blocks; paper- white, Recollections Jingle Jolly Assorted Box of Cards; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Clear Wink of Stella, Stickles, foam tape, retired SNSS Speech Bubbles dies.

you’re too kind

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Long Stem Silhouettes and Kindness Matters stamp sets.

too kind diane zechman

I added a 4 x 5 1/4″ piece of white craft foam underneath the white panel (a Jennifer McGuire trick) to pop it up from the base.  I love how it gives a nice thickness and quality feel to the card.  The flowers were stamped 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation to give it some depth, and I used my trusty Bow-Easy tool to make a nice bow.  How pretty is that hand-written “kind”?

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Long Stem Silhouettes and Kindness Matters; paper- white, SU! Not Quite Navy and More Mustard dp; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Midnight Muse and Always Artichoke; accessories- MFT Cross Stitch Circles, foam sheet, ribbon, Bow-Easy, rhinestones.