Category Archives: Christmas

born in a stable

Good morning! I thought I was done sharing Christmas projects for the season but today I have one more. The holidays were so busy that I didn’t have time to get a Christmas bible journaling page done yet…so I got one done a few days late.

I first applied some Recollections watercolor crayons to the page and blended them with a baby wipe. Then I stamped with Versafine Black ink and heat set it. Here I used some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps: Season of Love (retired), Just Be, Note This, Common Words 1 (retired), Love Ya Like a Sister Alpha, Outline Alpha, My Creator (retired).

The watercolor crayons shimmer although you can’t see that in the photos. I also added a bit of gold washi to the bottom.

Have a great day!

 

merry and bright

Just popping in with one last Christmas card (I think lol). I don’t know if this style has a name but I made another card which has an open middle in the card front with the image panel bridging the top and bottom sections. I prepared this card for an event we had in the beginning of November. Each lady that attended was able to make this card as they got to my place at the tables.

I used the SU! Watts of Occasions stamp set and the Darice Light Bulb embossing folder (which matches perfectly!).

I colored the yellow bulb with a marker but stamped the green one onto a separate piece of green cardstock, cut out the tree, and layered it on top.

Happy New Year’s Eve…Have a safe night!

stamps- SU! Watts of Occasions; paper- white, green, red; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- yellow marker, Darice Light Bulb embossing folder.

Christmas Circlet MTF

Good morning! Today I have another card that I made for the summer trade show. This one uses one of Art Impressions’ Circlets, 5025- Christmas Circlet MTF. When closed, you can peek through each fold to the images inside. What a sweet winter scene!

I started with a 4 1/4 x 11 card base and scored in 3 5/8″ from each end.

Here’s the front of the card opened. It was die cut around the candy cane signpost.

The right side is die cut around the house and tree…

When fully opened, Santa appears!

Have a great day!

stamps- Art Impressions 5025- Christmas Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross-Stitch Circles, Stickles.

from our home to yours

Hello! Just popping in to wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope your day is blessed and wishes for a great year ahead! Here’s a few more cards to finish out the holiday season. Next year I hope to get back into my old routine of making a few Christmas cards each month. It is such a big help!

Here I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Cookies, Christmas Pine, and Texture Tiles 3 to make a few CAS cards. For the first one, I turned the cookies into ornaments and hung them from the branches.

Love these cookie images!

The texture images in each texture tiles set are fun and easy to create backgrounds.

Have a Merry Christmas!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Cookies, Christmas Pine, and Texture Tiles 3; paper- white, red, light green,  SU! Pear Pizzazz, scrap of designer paper; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa, SU! Old Olive, Real Red, and Soft Suede; accessories- Copics, rhinestones.

joy wood slice

Hello! I have a card to share today using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Wood Backgrounds, Lynzee Script Alpha and Winter Birds stamp sets.

Do you like the wood slice ornaments that are painted? Here I mimicked those by stamping the wood slice image and painting the center black with acrylic paint. I then heat embossed the joy with an alpha set and added a few berries and leaves. This gives the look of the wood ornaments without the bulky slice (and makes it mailable!).

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Wood Backgrounds, Lynzee Script Alpha and Winter Birds ; paper- white, black, SU! Crumb Cake, doodlebug- Home for the Holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa, Versamark, SU! Crumb Cake; accessories- WOW white pearl embossing powder, rhinestones, black acrylic paint, foam brush, Copics, baker’s twine.

doves of peace

Good morning! I have 2 cards to share today using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Doves of Peace stamp set. I also used Texture Tiles 3 and Thrill of Hope.

I thought the texture stamp on the first card would be a perfect background to mimic the water used in baptism.

The second card is a CAS Christmas card because we all need a little “quick & easy” during the holidays! Here I simply heat embossed the images in white and added a silver strip to the left.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Doves of Peace, Texture Tiles 3 and Thrill of Hope; paper- white, black, navy, silver, SU! Baja Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, SU! Baja Breeze and Sweet Sugarplum; accessories- white embossing powder, rhinestones, pearls, Clear Wink of Stella.

Truckin’ Through the Seasons notepad tin

Quite a few years ago these tins were popular to decorate and place a Staples note pad inside. They are approx. 5×7 and I still have a stack of them in my basement…anyone else? lol. I recently needed to make a small gift and I couldn’t find what I needed for the project I had planned…so I looked around for another idea and found these tins.

I decided to create it as a Christmas notepad tin and I immediately knew I wanted to use the cute truck die! It’s the Spellbinders October 2018 Large Die of the Month- Truckin’ Through the Seasons die set. And it’s awesome! I also wanted to pair it with the buffalo plaid that is so popular right now. This one is Concord & 9th Plaid Background. The sentiment is from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Home for the Holidays set. I added some Crystal Effects to the window and embossed the trees with a Buffalo Plaid embossing folder!

Spellbinders truck tin diane zechman

Inside the tin I added a pocket on the left (which I inserted a little die to add with the gift) and above it I attached the December calendar with removable tape (so it can be switched out).

Spellbinders truck tin inside diane zechman

The little truck is so cute, it will be fun to use in other seasons too!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Home For The Holidays, Concord & 9th Plaid Background; paper- white, black, red, silver, SU! Real Red, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, and Coastal Cabana; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- tin, Spellbinders October 2018 Large Die of the Month- Truckin’ Through the Seasons die set and Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three, Crystal Effects, Staples notepad and pen, Scor-Tape, corner rounder, Marianne Creatables tree (LR0136), Park Lane Buffalo Plaid embossing folder.

Oh snap!

Good morning! How are we already a week into December? Yikes! I have 2 cards to share today using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Cookies and Sunshine Girl Alpha sets and the December Stamp of the Month: Wood Backgrounds set.

This wood slice background is a lot of fun! I already made 2 cards and have a few other ideas to try. Here I simply paired it with 2 images from Christmas Cookies. I used a white pen to “decorate” them.

wood slice cookies diane zechman

For my second card with the cookies, I stamped and colored the gingerbread man, then cut him out. I cut pieces off his arm and leg and glued some bits beside him. The sentiment uses Sunshine Girl Alpha.

oh snap diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Cookies, Sunshine Girl Alpha and Wood Backgrounds; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa, SU! Cumb Cake and Soft Suede; accessories- Copics, washi tape, MISTI, foam dots, twine, enamel dots.

winter wonderland

Good morning! Today is the last day of the Sweet ‘n Sassy sales for their 11th anniversary celebration. Be sure to check out the final special…

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I have 2 cards to share today using the SNSS Winter Wonderland set. This set is so versatile with a ton of possibilities! I first used a snowflake patterned paper for the background, then stamped the tiny tree in the hand of the snowman.

winter w 1 diane zechman

Next, I used the snow globe and placed the church inside. This one has bright, fun colors. Both cards have some Stickles added to sparkle.

winter w 2 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Winter Wonderland; paper- white, black, Recollections- Be Merry, MME- Colorful Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Blueprints 14 and 20, MFT Stitched Arch Stax, foam dimensionals, Stickles, Martha Stewart Polar punch, gemstone.

In The Meadow ATC Coin

Good morning! Today I have a little different project using some Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps. But before I get to it, remember to check out the current SNSS special for the November birthday release!

You may be familiar with the ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) which are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ but a fun new trend is to make ATC Coins which are 2 1/2″ circles. Here’s my first one that I created for a swap.

in the meadow ATC coin b diane zechman

I started by designing some word art in Photoshop and I incorporated my Snowman With Skates digital image. After printing them out, I punched them with a 2 1/2″ circle punch. Then I applied some masking fluid to the snowman to resist the Jane Davenport watercolors I added after the masking fluid was dry. The masking fluid was then carefully rubbed off. I used stamps from Thrill of Hope and Texture Tiles 1 with 2 shades of blue ink. The snowman was colored with Copics and some Wink of Stella made him sparkle.

in the meadow ATC coin diane zechman

If you haven’t tried the ATC Coins yet, they are a lot of fun!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman With Skates digital image, Thrill of Hope and Texture Tiles 1; paper- white; ink- SU! Bashful Blue and Baja Breeze; accessories- Copics, Stickles, Jane Davenport watercolors, masking fluid, Wink of Stella.