Category Archives: CAS (clean & simple)

friendship blooms

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using two new watercolor sets… 4868 – WC Flower Set 2 and 4903 – WC Sentiments Set.

This is a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 card which will fit into either an A2 envelope or a #6 3/4 standard business envelope.  It’s fun to change up the size once in a while!  The bottom corners were rounded to sort of match my scalloped edge on the patterned paper.

friendship blooms diane zechman

The Ai watercolor sets are a lot of fun! For this card, though, I didn’t use watercolor paper and brushes… I just inked the stamps with markers and stamped onto regular cardstock.

To begin, I sponged green ink onto the bottom of each card using the negative piece of scrap cardstock from a grass die as my mask. You don’t see much of the edge of the grass when you are finished, but I think it looks better than just sponging a straight edge.  Then I repeatedly inked and stamped each flower to fill it in.  Don’t forget to stamp some flowers “second and third generation” so you have lighter and darker images. To do this, simply stamp your flower a second and third time without re-inking the stamp.

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Then finish your card as desired.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4868 – WC Flower Set 2 and 4903 – WC Sentiments Set; paper- white, Doodlebug kraft in color; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Always Artichoke; accessories- corner rounder, CC Designs Grass Border die, MFT Stitched Scallop Edges, twine, Nuvo Drops.

big birthday wishes

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “White Space is Nice Space” and we are featuring the 2 new Michaels Clear Sets!  Here I used SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes to make my card.

big birthday wishes diane zechman

In order to have lots of white space, I layered my white panel onto a white card base and kept my patterned paper to a minimum…just a thin strip on the side!  This is such a cute set…these besties look like they are having so much fun.  I kept my color scheme to pink, yellow, and orange…with a little gray and brown neutrals thrown in (HAVE to have some chocolate!).  :)

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “White Space is Nice Space” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes; paper- white, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp- Scallop Stitches, Nuvo Drops- Dandelion Yellow & Ripened Pumpkin.

watercolor birds

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I’ve used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

I love the little nest in the bird set!  I’ve masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

WC nest diane zechman

I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party; ink- SU! markers; accessories- Ai watercolor brush, Ai Watercolor Palette, Ai 1″ clear blocks, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, foam tape, baker’s twine, White and Neptune Nuvo Drops.

Master of the sea

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets… a new set, Master of the Sea, and an older one called Choose Faith.

master of the sea diane zechman

I kept it pretty CAS and one layer…except the two boats are popped with dimensionals.  The words Master and Sea were colored with lighter shades of Copic markers to minimize any bleed-through showing.  For the waves, I stamped them with 6 different shades of blues and blue/greens.

master of the sea inside diane zechman

On the inside I finished my sentiment and added the anchor image to coordinate with the front.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Master of the Sea and Choose Faith; paper- white; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Midnight Muse, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, and Pool Party; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals.

the future

Good morning!  Today I have a CAS card with the Sweet ‘n Sassy set, The Future, that was inspired by my friend, Mary Ann Hicks.  She had a card kit left over from her shoebox project at a recent gathering she & a few other friends attended and was kind enough to share one of her kits with me.

the future diane zechman

I took it home to stamp and assemble.  The layout is mostly the same…I just changed the sentiment to suit my needs for a card I wanted to mail and I added a few Nuvo drops.  I also popped a few of the butterflies (punched from a paint chip) up with foam tape.  It has been several years since I used the paint chips so this was a fun project and reminder of an old technique.

the future side diane zechman

Thanks, Mary Ann, for always being so thoughtful and generous!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy The Future; paper- white, black; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- paint chip, SU! butterfly punch, foam tape, Nuvo drops- Sweet Lilac.

fill me up

Good morning! This month Sweet ‘n Sassy has released one set for pre-order… the Exclamations Clear Stamp Set from the Creative Worship line.

I used the coffee cup (or hot cocoa would be my choice!) image to make a quick CAS card.

fill me up diane zechman

I colored with Copics, then added some Crystal Effects to the drink and spoon.

fill me up shine diane zechman

This layout is great for using up some patterned paper scraps! I figured I would use it again so I drew up a sketch.  These are the measurements I came up with for this card and can be used as a guide, but you can make your banners any size you want.

sketch 19 diane zechman

Have fun with it and have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Exclamations Clear Stamp Set; paper- white, Basic Grey- Eva; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, 2 1/2″ circle punch, twine, Crystal Effects.

one layer ladies

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “One Layer Ladies” and we are featuring the 2 new Hobby Lobby wood blocks!  Here I used the Ai/Hobby Lobby 4840- Entertained.

one layer ladies diane zechman

Since the challenge is to only have one layer to the card, I didn’t want to color with Copics and have bleed through. Instead, I colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended it with Gamsol.  Then I sponged a bit of background over a stencil rather than add patterned papers.  To finish it off, I added Crystal Effects to the glasses and lips props, and adhered a few rhinestones and Stickles.

one layer ladies 2 diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “One Layer Ladies” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4840- Entertained; paper- white; ink- Stazon Black, Distress- Fossilized Amber; accessories- MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, stumps, SU! Crystal Effects, Stickles, rhinestones, Tim Holtz Nordic stencil.

CAS Mother’s Day card

Good morning!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the beautiful Mason Jar Bouquet stamp set from this month’s release.

mother's day diane zechman

Sometimes a clean & simple card is just as pretty as one with many layers and embellishments and I really liked how the colors and design of this one turned out.  I inked just the center of the Floral Pattern Background stamp with a small Memento dew drop pad and left the edges un-inked. The flower was cut out and popped up with foam dimensionals.  Some Stickles in the flower center and a few sequins finished it off.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mason Jar Bouquet, Floral Pattern Background; paper- white; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals, Stickles, sequins, glue dots.

celebrate big

Good morning!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Fly High stamp set from this month’s release.

celebrate big diane zechman

I decided to make a tall card with the balloons flying up and then I thought I’d add the elephant hanging off the bottom. The balloons were paper pieced and I added Crystal Effects to make them shiny.

This card measures 3 1/2 x 6 1/4 (start with 7 x 6 1/4) and fits into a regular No. 8 envelope.  Most of us have those lying around to pay an occasional bill so why not use them to make a different size card?

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Fly High; paper- white, DCWV- the Spring Matstack; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Crystal Effects.

painted flowers

Good morning!  Today I have a card that was “just for fun” using Altenew’s Painted Flowers set that I picked up at The Craft Shack.  I’ve loved this set since it was first released. It is so pretty with it’s painted look!  The sentiment is an older wood block from Penny Black.

painted flowers 1 diane zechman

Each flower was stamped in 2 colors plus the black outline (3 layers) so making a set of 4 cards took a bit of time but was well worth it. The Misti tool makes it so easy!

Have a great Wednesday!

stamps- Altenew- Painted Flowers set; paper- white, The Paper Studio- Harper’s Boutique; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz; accessories- baker’s twine, white Nuvo drops, Misti tool.