Category Archives: name frames, framed art

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.

Friends 24-7

Yesterday I lost my best friend to cancer. 

I will miss her terribly.  She was also my “stamping buddy”.  And whenever I needed someone to talk to, she was the one I called.  I’ll miss that. 

Please pray for her family.  I am thankful that she is no longer in pain and she is now resting comfortably “at home” with our Lord.

I typed this up last night…just before I heard the news.  I considered delaying the post, but it just seemed fitting to how I am feeling so instead I revised my text a bit.

One thing that has been on my mind a lot the past few months (since Linda found out she has cancer) is the importance of my friends.


Here’s a project I recently made while thinking of my friends.

This frame was made for Tracy, a friend who I don’t get to see often (only once a year).  When I went to the WNY SCS Spring Fest near Buffalo, NY, I helped her with a few little things and she invited me to stay with her.  So I made this for her and I hope she knows how much I appreciate her friendship!

Below are some close-ups.  You can click on each photo to see a larger view.  The frame was sanded to give a bit of a distressed look.

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Sorry I don’t have much to say today.

I wish you a blessed day….please go call a friend and say “hi”.

stamps- Friends 24-7 and wheel, Define Your Life, Three For You, Embrace Life; paper- Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy; ink- Basic Brown, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Guava, Banana, Choc. Chip; accessories- Large & Small Oval punches, felt flower, brad.


dry erase message frame

cupcake-messages-diane-zechman.jpgIt’s another Review Preview Friday!  Today All That Scraps is review previewing my Cupcake Occasions set.  So I thought I’d share a project I recently made.

This message center started out as a 4 x 6 photo frame from Walmart.  The glass and insert slides out from the top and can easily be changed for each season or holiday.  I stamped the turkey cupcake on a piece of cardstock and doodled a border across the bottom.  Then I stamped the word “message” along the top and added a diecut flourish.  The felt flower with a brad was attached to the outside of the glass with glue dots.  A dry erase marker is used to write a message and the ink easily wipes off of the glass when you want to remove it.  This is a very quick and easy project! 

Would you like to win a gift certificate to the ATS store?  Check out the ATS blog to find out how!

stamps- Cupcake Occasions by Cookie Crumbs, alphabet by Hampton Arts

paper- Birch, Choc. Chip

ink- Palette Black

accessories- Copic markers, QuiKutz flourish, felt flower, brad, 4 x 6 photo frame, dry erase marker, glue dots

Eliza name frame

Please excuse the photo- this frame looks much better in person!  I usually have a hard time photographing a project under glass.  This name frame is for an oh-so-sweet little girl turning one.  The colors were used to match her room. 


When I saw this Imaginisce giraffe, I thought it would be perfect to use.  The embossed yellow frame was cut from a piece of a 12×12 sheet of pre-embossed cardstock from Michael’s.  Then I used various SU! stamps for the letters and backgrounds.

I hope you are having a great weekend!  Did you remember to turn your clocks? 

stamps- Imaginisce Giraffe, Big Deal alphabet, Petite Patterns, Fresh Fillers, Print Pattern, Dots & Daisies

paper- yellow embossed- Making Memories, Brocade, Red, Regal

ink- Black

accessories- gel pen, Creating Keepsake silk flowers, Copic markers, brads, photo turn, Prima flower, gemstone, button, ribbon

Love & Happiness frame

rub-ons-frame-diane-zechman.jpgIs there anyone else who barely touched their Love & Happiness rub ons from SU’s Sale-A-Bration?  Or am I the only one?  😉 

This is a stitched denim frame that I received as a prize at a shower a few years ago.  I still hadn’t placed a photo in it so I decided to alter it a bit with some rub ons.  Now I need to find the perfect picture to put in there! 

Not much else to say about it…no stamping involved.  Super simple project!

Check back on Thursday as I will have some sneak peeks for the August C.C. Designs images.  They are super cute!  🙂

Edit to add:  Christine has been super busy with moving her inventory so the new sets will not be released until Aug. 11.  Check in on the 7th for a preview!

name frame gift

Before I get to the project I’m sharing today I want to let you know that July 11 will be my first blogiversary!  Wow- it hardly seems that a year has gone by already!  So keep any eye out in the coming days for some blog candy to celebrate.  😉

pase-name-frame-diane-zechman.jpgI made this name frame a little over a week ago for some friends who are moving away.  They and another family came for dinner one night to say goodbye.  We had such fun!  Anyway, I was inspired by the frames that Jenn (sarsam) did and created this one for them.  I purchased the frame at Walmart.  Our friend found a nest of baby birds that fell during a recent storm and he has been watching over them but only one baby survived.  So I decided to include the bird and branch along with a bible verse.  These name frames are fun to create- thanks Jenn for the little nudge I needed to make them!   

stamps- Rough Texture wheel, Headline alpha, Fresh Fillers, Spring Solitude, Refuge & Strength

paper- non SU!

ink- Brocade, Navy

accessories- eyelets, ribbon, heart brad, square spiral clip

fun time stampin!


Before I start yakking about the pics here, don’t forget to check out the new C.C. Designs releases today over at All That Scraps!  

Here are a few of the projects we did when some of my friends came to stamp.  I will let them upload their own shoebox projects but I will share what Jenn brought for us to make since her sample was different than the ones we created.  Jenn brought frames and supplies for us to each make a name frame!  How cool was that?  🙂   Karen went first to make Jenn’s project and since we all decided to do the word “welcome”, we pretty much cased hers.  LOL.  Hey, she did a great job!  We just changed a few things to make them our own.  We used various background stamps and the Headline Alpha to make these.   

 albtm-peek-a-boo-dmz.jpgI bet you couldn’t guess that this was my shoebox.  LOL.  You’re probably getting tired of seeing these Peek-A-Boo cards.  I guess I need to move on…hehe.  They are just so much fun!  I used the A Little Birdie Told Me set and Bali Breeze paper.  In case you missed my earlier posts, here’s one with a link to directions.  And below is a pic of the card when opened.  This set is perfect for this type of card since it has words that can be used on both the front & inside of the card.


Below is a progressive card we designed together, in a round robin way.  Jenn went first, making the background of words.  Then Karen made the flower with the oval punch and Primas.  They were passed around the table and each person added something.  Karen had these great words from Stampers Anonymous.  I also liked the way Judy added black speckles to the flower center and punched the corners on the sentiment!


We also used my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and Rose Frame die, along with Pomegranate ribbon to make these cards.  They were all just a slight bit different.  Mine has the eyelets at the bottom but I still didn’t like the placement of the ribbon, so I have since slid it down a bit on the card.  Thanks again ladies for a fun day!


clipboard frame

Just a quick post to share my 3-D swap project.  I still have a lot to put away and catch up on here so this will be short.  clipboard-3d-swap-diane-zechman.jpg  I found these 4 x 6 1/4 wood clipboard frames at ACMoore.  I painted the backs and sides of them and covered the fronts with Ginger Blossom paper which was applied with Mod Podge.  They were pretty easy to paint & cover since all the hardware is removable with screws.  After they were completely dry, the words were stamped with Stazon and ribbon was attached with Red line tape.  The butterfly was stamped onto the scalloped circle and again onto white cardstock.  The wings were watercolored and cut from the white, then attached onto the green piece.  I applied a light coat of Mod Podge over the circle to help protect it.  You have to be careful to avoid smearing the ink.  When the circle was dry, it was stuck onto the ribbon with Red line tape so that a photo can be tucked underneath.  Some Stickles was applied to make it sparkly.

stamps- Time Well Spent

paper- Ginger Blossom dp, River Rock, White

ink- Stazon Black, Guava, Ruby, Cameo

accessories- scallop punch, Guava ribbon, red line tape, Mod Podge, Stickles