Category Archives: CAS (clean & simple)

floral anniversary

Good morning!

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


beautiful you

Hello! Just popping in with a bunch of quick cards made with the SU! Beautiful You stamp set.  I made these a few months ago…okay, up to 6 months ago. lol.  I just never got around to sharing them.

On the first one I used the MFT Stitched Scallop Square Frames and Stitched Scallop Edges.  The paper is SU! Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party and a Love Nicole paper pad a friend gifted me called Bouquet of Color.  Love the floral prints!

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The next two were cards that I designed for my friends to make at a stamping party I had back in February (I told you it’s been a while. lol).  The paper is also SU! from the succulents collection that came out at the time.  I had two papers they could choose from because I couldn’t decide which I liked better!

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I made several of this next card and used them for various occasions…most recently for a wedding shower (I just switched up the sentiments).  The embossing is a lovely retired SU! embossing folder and the main image was cut with Spellbinders Labels 18.  I think this was semi-cased if I remember correctly.

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The last two are quick cards that I cased…loved the plain and simple designs!

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I do believe my stash may be depleted…I need to create some more!

Have a great day!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.