Category Archives: name frames, framed art

be joyful frame

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Let’s Distress” (use Distress ink or distress your edges) and we are featuring the new Windows to the World stamps PLUS a fun new 4887- 3D Frame Die!  Here I used M4877 Be Joyful to make a mini framed image that stands up!

be joyful frame diane zechman

The frame is very simple to assemble…just fold each side and slip the tabs through the slots, then add cardstock and a stand (included in the die) to the back.

I lightly “distressed” the edges of my frame with some sponged ink. Then added some Darice string pearls and paper flowers around the edges to finish it off.

Here’s the back-side…

be joyful frame back diane zechman

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions M4877 Be Joyful; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Cosmo Cricket- Material Girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress- Tea Dye; accessories- Ai 4887 3D Frame Die, Copics, glue dots, Darice pearl string, paper flowers.

cupcake name frame

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I have a project other than a card to share.  I made a little 5×7 name frame with the Ai Cupcake BFFs set (4409).  (Click on photo for larger view.)

brianna name frame 1 diane zechman

A friend introduced the idea of making name frames to me back in 2008 and I’ve made several for gifts since then, usually getting a request for themes and colors.  My daughter wanted one when she went to college…and then wanted some for her roommates too…lol.  So this is for my neice who is heading off to college…I thought she might like one for her dorm room too.  She likes to make cupcakes and does a wonderful job.  So I incorporated that theme with the colors in her décor.

Here’s a closer view of Ai’s Cupcake BFFs gal, without the glare on the glass in the frame.

brianna name frame 2 diane zechman

I used a brick wall embossing folder to create the floor and embossed the top with a cupcake folder.  The letters are from an old Cuttlebug die set.  I think you will find that these frames come together rather easily and are fun to make (and give!).  I hope you try one!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions Cupcake BFFs; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana, Cameo Coral, So Saffron, MME fine and dandy girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Darice Brick Wall embossing folder, Cuttlebug Once Upon A Princess embossing folder, Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet, Stickles, Martha Stewart cupcake punch, LaLaLand Heart Banner.

winter ATC frame

Hello friends!  I have a special project to share today that I made for a Christmas gift.  I wanted the recipient to be able to enjoy it all winter long, though, so I went with a snowy/winter theme.  Each little card in my frame is ATC size (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches) and I used lots of my favorite Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps and dies.

I also made this for our Challenge Chicks Challenge…this month Anna wants us to create winter scenes!

SNSS ATC frame diane zechman

I wanted to be able to switch out the ATC’s for each season/holiday or whatever theme I want…so they were attached in the frame with Removable Glue Dots.  I found these to work perfectly for the right amount of adhesion needed, yet still be able to be easily removed.

Here’s some close-ups of each ATC.  For the first one I made a rosette with my Scor-Pal and centered it onto a Sweet ‘n Sassy Large Snowflake diecut.  The “brrr” is from my Snowman Soup stamp set and the background was embossed with the Cuttlebug Kars Snowflake embossing folder.

The second one has some stamped skating friends from the SNSS Winter Silhouettes stamp set, with one popped up for dimension.  There’s a few tiny snowflakes from my Snowy Hello stamp set lightly added to the top.  The edges of this one were stitched on my sewing machine.

SNSS ATC frame 2 diane zechman

The mittens were made with a SU! punch and the white tiny clothespins came from Michael’s.  They were attached with 1/8″ Scor-TapeCrochet thread was perfect for the string.

The Let it Snow words are a Sizzix die and I faintly stamped snowflakes in the background from the Spectacular Snowflakes.

SNSS ATC frame 3 diane zechman

On the left, below, I used one of the Bookmarks & More dies to create a tag. The heart was cut from the Heart dies and the tiny snowflakes and words are from my Snowy Hello set.  The snowflake charm is SU!

On the right the background was embossed with the Sizzix Snowflakes #3 folder.  3 circles were punched and popped for dimension.  The snowman’s face, hat and scarf are from the Warm Hello stamps.

SNSS ATC frame 4 diane zechman

The tree, deer, and bird, below are from Forest Silhouettes dies. On the right, I lightly stamped the Music Background.  More Snowy Hello flakes were stamped (this time in green) and the bird from Peace of God was popped up.

SNSS ATC frame 5 diane zechman

The Hillside Edges dies made a cute snowy scene and the words from Winter Silhouettes went with it perfectly.  Then I stamped the sleigh ride image from one of my fave Christmas sets, Old Fashioned Christmas.  The top border was punched with the Martha Stewart Icicles punch.

SNSS ATC frame 6 diane zechman

The words and snowy fella below, drinking hot cocoa, is from my Snowman Soup set.  The mug, scarf, and mittens were paper pieced.  Then I applied a Puffy Velvet Fabric marker (like Liquid Applique) to the marshmallows and heat them with a heat tool to puff them up.

The skates are a Sizzix Movers & Shapers die.  The blades were heat embossed with silver e.p. and the Martha Stewart branch punch, along with a tiny jingle bell, finished them off.  You can’t see in the pic but the skates were painted with Picket Fence Crackle Paint.

SNSS ATC frame 7 diane zechman

Lots of glitter and bling were added to each one to make this frame sparkle!  My ATC memory tray was purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Please join us and create a card with a winter scene… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJAN15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

challenge chicks logo small

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup, Winter Silhouettes, Old Fashioned Christmas, Warm Hello, Peace of God, Music Background, Snowy Hello, and Spectacular Snowflakes;

paper- white, SU! Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, and Always Artichoke, SU! Wintergreen dsp;

ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Versamark, SU! Soft Sky and Always Artichoke;

accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy dies (Large Snowflakes, Forest Silhouettes, Hillside Edges, Bookmarks & More, and Hearts), Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Cuttlebug Kars Snowflakes emb. folder, circle punches, hot glue gun, tracing wheel, sewing machine, Stickles, rhinestones, foam dots, Wink of Stella clear, Cuttlebug Snowflakes #2 die, Martha Stewart Icicles punch, SU! Square Lattice emb. folder, SU! mitten punch, SU! snowflake charm, Copic markers, Sizzix Snowflakes #3 emb. folder, ribbon, crochet thread, mini clothespins, Sizzix Let it Snow #2, Sizzix Movers & Shapers ice skate die, Puffy Velvet Fabric marker, Ranger Picket Fence Crackle Paint, silver embossing powder, tiny jingle bell, Martha Stewart branch punch.

Here are the Sweet ‘n Sassy products that I used…


Elaina name frame

Good morning! Today it’s my turn to post on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  We are gearing up for another new release so be sure to check the store on Friday.  I think you’ll like it!  Today, though, I have a project to share that I recently made for a baby shower gift.  I used lots of Sweet ‘n Sassy products to create a fun name frame to match the baby’s nursery décor. 

This is one of those projects that looks much cuter in person!  It’s so hard to photograph without getting a glare from the glass and it’s difficult to see the dimension with embossing and foam dots.  I have a few close ups to see it better.

The nursery is decorated with owls, so I used the Owl Be Here stamp set.  I didn’t have a die large enough for the size of branch I needed so I cut my own.  Then I embossed it with a woodgrain embossing folder and sponged it with ink.

The flowers were diecut with the SNSS Kindness dies and accented with the Small Leaves.  I also diecut the Clouds and Sun with SNSS dies and the sun was accented with one of the Stars Dies.  The butterfly is from the Majestic Monarchs dies and the banner flags are from the Pennants & More dies.  Lastly, I added a single heart from the Heart Dies.

One of my favorite parts is the embossed clouds!

Besides owls, the nursery has some paisley so I made sure to add a paisley cloud.  I couldn’t help but to sneak in some tiny embossed hearts too!

I hope this inspires you to create some framed art of your own.  I sure had fun creating this one!  I almost changed my name so I could keep it.  😉

Have a blessed week, friends!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Owl Be Here; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Early Espresso; Bazzill- Sea Salt, Basic Grey- Bittersweet, MME- Happy Day; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Pixie Pink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Chalk marker; accessories- SU! Woodgrain embossing folder, Copics, Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl, Perfectly Paisley, and Love Language embossing folders, Cuttlebug Olivia dies, baker’s twine, Scor-Tape, dimensionals, buttons, adhesive rhinestones. Sweet ‘n Sassy dies: Clouds & Raindrops, Stars, Wish You Were Here, Hearts, Pennants & More, Small Leaves, Kindness, Majestic Monarchs.

Let it Snow frame

Tonight the “Gigglers” (my crafty friends) are getting together for our monthly dinner out.  Usually we celebrate the birthdays for each month but since we don’t have any Dec. birthday gals, we decided to have a Christmas gift exchange.  The gift has to be low cost and hand-made or crafty stuff.  I thought I’d make another framed piece and here’s what I came up with last night (yes, I waited till the last minute! lol).  You can click on the pic for a larger view.

I used a Sizzix snowmen die and the words are a bonus Sizzlet die that came with it.  The little tree and snowflakes are old Cuttlebug dies.  On the left snowman, I made my own pattern to give him a scarf and I added Stickles to his hat.

The snowman on the right has a few buttons and some Liquid Pearls on his hat.

We will play one of those games where you pass the gifts back and forth.  I included some chocolate and bling so I hope whoever gets mine enjoys it!

paper- Bazzill red, white, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine, Echo Park Wintertime; ink- Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Sizzix Snowmen #2 and Let it Snow #2, Cuttlebug Winter dies, Creative Memories Deco Trimmer, sewing machine, liquid pearls, Stickles, buttons, glue dots.

baby frame

This past weekend I attended a relative’s baby shower.  Along with the purchased gifts, I also made a framed 12 x 12 page that coordinated with her baby bedding.

When I found out that she was using the Trend Lab Baby Barnyard bedding, I searched online and found these pics for inspiration…Then I found a pic with fabric squares that are used in the bedding…score!  I used it to make my own patterned paper.  :)

The papers were carefully laid out and diecut with my Big Shot Pro and the Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die.  Then I used various Paper Smooches stamp sets for all of the animals…I just think they are so cute and match pretty well to the bedding.  The barn is from an old SU! set.  I added some Judikins “straw” to the barn and popped up the cow’s nose.  The words were inspired by a scrap page title I saw…I thought they would go perfectly with the puzzle die.

I also popped up the puppy’s feet and added the animal sound words to coordinate with the sheet in the bedding.

This was a lot of fun to create and I hope it matches the room well since I haven’t actually seen the bedding in person.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope this inspires you to create some wall art of your own!

stamps- Paper Smooches- Chubby Chums, Alphadot, Green Acres, and Party Posse, SU! On The Farm; paper- Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Bashful Blue, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Gable Green, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Brown Marvy LePen; accessories- Sizzix Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die, Copics, ribbon, Magnolia Romantic Tag and Lovely Fence dies, dimensionals, buttons, Judikins Straw Speckles, SU! flower brad, C.C. Designs grass border die, MFT Wonky Scallop Border die, PTI Cloud dies, SU! Oval punch, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale dies, heart punch, computer font- PeggyFont.

mackenzie frame

My daughter asked if I could help her make a name frame for a gift for a little girl.  We used the colors of her room and used an SU! princess to go with the theme.  My daughter colored the images with my Copics…didn’t she do good?  (Click on the photos for a larger pic).

Here’s a close up…

Hope you are having a great first week of the new year!

stamps- SU! Pretty Princess; paper- white, Pumpkin, SU! Ice Cream Parlor; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sizzix Sizzlits Girls Are Weird alphabet dies, Stickles, Copics.

name frames

Ok, don’t panic…..but do you realize there’s only 13 more days till Christmas?  I don’t know about you, but I think I could use another week or two to prepare.  LOL.  I’m not making a lot of gifts this year but I have been working on a few.

I was asked to make some name frames and was given colors and themes.  Here’s what I came up with…

Marissa: stamps- Penny Black Marching Mouse, Mushroom Corner, and …for a spin, SU! Noteworthy; paper- white, black, Making Memories Love Story; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copics, ribbon, Scor-Tape, Sizzix Sizzlits Mac ‘n’ Cheese alphabet.

Ashley: stamps- Rollagraph Jumbo Wheel- Wild Horses, SU! Wanted and Bronc Buster; paper- SU! Chocolate Chip, Saffron, and Delicate Dots papers; ink- Memento Rich Cocoa, Brown Marvy LePen marker; accessories- linen thread, ribbon, Scor-Tape, Twill, Sizzix Sizzlits Curlie Girlie alphabet, SU! Sizzix Lots of Tags Label 2, Prima flowers, brads, staples.

Kayla: stamps- SU! Zoo Review; paper- white, black, DCWV The Whimsy Stack; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pear Pizzazz; accessories- Copics, Martha Stewart Grass punch, ribbon, Scor-Tape, Sizzix Sizzlits Endless Love alphabet.

cute as a bug

I had a fun day today…shopping with a friend!  :0)  But before we were shopping, we met up with another friend who is expecting a baby very soon.  I missed her shower and wanted to deliver a gift.  Along with the purchased items, I wanted to make a little something handmade.

Here is what I came up with.  I wasn’t sure if it would be a boy or girl so I was hoping this would be ok either way. 


I was really pleased that the Copics worked well on the frame.  Just like on fabric, they did not blend well…but there was very minimal bleeding of the color. 

The tiny black background dots were made with a stamp that has a row of dots.  I just kept inking only the first dot. 

And here’s a matching card to go with it…the words here and on the frame are from AmyR’s new Baby Sentiments.


And I snapped a quick pic of the inside so you can see the verse (also from Amy’s set).  I love this sentiment!


stamps- Gingersnaps Oh Baby! and Fairy Junebug (dots) by C.C. Designs, AmyR Baby Sentiments; paper- Real Red, white, black, dp- Making Memories; ink- Memento Black; accessories- frame, Copics, Stickles, circle punches, ribbon, Martha Stewart Scalloped Dot punch.

Leisel and her Wheelbarrow

Hello all!  I hope you have been enjoying your week! 

I’ve been absent here the past few days as we were on vacation to Cedar Point in Ohio.  We had a great time but it’s always alot of work getting ready and then unpacking too, isn’t it?  LOL.  I am told that the roller coasters were great!  (I’ll keep my feet firmly on the ground, thank you very much!) ha ha.

So while I was gone, the previews for the GREAT new sets for August started over at All That Scraps!  I’ll start playing catch-up with this new Swiss cutie named Leisel and her Wheelbarrow.  I love her and the new Heidi stamp is awesome too!

Last week I was asked to make a baby shower gift.  The baby shower was in 3 hours!  Eeeek!  But I couldn’t say no, so my mind was thinking about what I had on hand to create.  Thankfully I had this frame tucked away to be used for a name frame, and she knew the mom was having a girl and naming her Jillian. 


I immediately thought that Leisel with her wheelbarrow would look cute with the Martha Stewart Picket Fence punch to create a scene.  I was wishing I had more time though.  I would have stamped a soft background on the blue and maybe add a few tiny words.  I also would have finished the little Primas with some Stickles or Liquid Pearls.  But there was no way it would have had time for that to dry….the frame was finished 5 minutes before it went out the door!  LOL.

Here’s a close-up of Leisel:


You can check out the other sweet samples and new set previews on the ATS blog and in the gallery.  And don’t forget to leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win the sets!

stamps- Leisel and her Wheelbarrow by C.C. Designs, Headline Alpha and Petite Patterns by SU!; paper- white, blue, yellow, pink by Making Memories; ink- So Saffron, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Memento Black; accessories- Martha Stewart Picket Fence punch, frame (Walmart), Copic markers, snaps, brad, ribbon, square clip, button, Primas.