Category Archives: shaped cards

a little carrot house

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Feel the Love!” and we are featuring the NEW Holiday Mansion Valentine & Easter Sets, Valentine Bear Clear Set, & the Critter Cups Release!

Here I used the 4976- Holiday Mansion Easter Set to create a carrot shaped card for a cute bunny house.

HM Easter set diane zechman

I drew a carrot shape and traced it onto a scrap of cardstock for a pattern. Then I traced it onto Crumb Cake cardstock twice. The second one is folded at the top for my card base…I just kept the top of the carrot above the fold.

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I made a slightly smaller pattern to cut the patterned paper layers. After everything was adhered, I die cut a few circle windows for the bunnies to peek through. I drew a few “faux stitches” around the windows with a black pen.

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4976- Holiday Mansion Easter Set; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, doodlebug kraft in color; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Small Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Tape.


throwback to 2015…

Happy *cold* Sunday! Brrr…it was -7 again this morning! I am staying warm and while I was typing on the computer, I found a bunch of photos that were never shared so I guess I will be catching up with some forgotten projects! Here’s a few and I’ll pop in with more later.

We’re going back 3 years to 2015 here…lol.  First, a card made with the SU! Lotus Blossom set. The sentiment was from a little SU! incentive stamp.

lotus blossom 2 2015 diane zechman

A thank you card which was a shoebox project for a stamping event that year. I love shaped cards! This one uses flowers from SU! Too Kind and a sentiment with the SU! Greetings Thinlits dies.

too kind thanks diane zechman

An ATC which was for a swap (probably at the same event). This is Art Impressions’ Sitting Lovelle and Heavenly Bodies.

heavenly bodies ATC 2015 diane zechman

A card I made with supplies at my friends’ craft store for their display. I can’t recall who makes the flower. Hero Arts??

craft shack 1 diane zechman

A little paper purse, dress, and shoe gift set…I don’t remember what I put in the purse but I’m guessing there was chocolate in the dress!

Ilion gift swap diane zechman

And the last one for today is a card with the SU! Animal Talk set. It was inspired by a card I received for my birthday one year.

animal talk dog diane zechman

and the inside…

animal talk dog inside diane zechman

Oh, but that’s not all I found. 😉  Stay tuned…

sweet wishes mini trifold

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Lots of Love” and we are featuring some of the fabulous new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds (yes, there will be more later! yay!) These new sets are amazing! Love them.

Here I used the Sweet Wishes MTF- 4848 to make my valentine trifold card.  This time I gave it a curved top edge by die cutting while the card was closed.  Then I made sure my die was lined up correctly to cut my patterned paper layers to match.

sweet wishes MTF 1a diane zechman

When I make my Mini TryFold cards, I usually start with 4 1/4 x 11 cardstock and score 3 5/8″ in from each end.  The TryFold sets come with 3 images and matching sentiments, plus 2 dies to coordinate so you can peek through the layers to the last image on the inside. So cool!  The largest image (floral wreath here) goes on the card front and I die cut the inside of the wreath.  Instead of stamping the wreath on a panel, I decided to fussy cut the outer edges as well.

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When you open the first fold, there’s a mailbox on the second panel.  The inside of this was also die cut.  The door to the mailbox does not completely cut with the die, though…the bottom edge has perforations in the die so it stays attached and opens!  CUTE!  Can you see the bird peeking through?

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When completely open, the smallest image is on the inside.  This set has a tiny bird with some love letters!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the “Lots of Love” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Sweet Wishes MTF- 4848; paper- white, black, MME- Lost & Found- Heirloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, gemstones.

panda slider

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Slide on By” …and we are featuring three new super cute Slider Sets (to use with the Slider Die) plus two new Stackers Sets (which also coordinate with the Slider Die)! 

Here I used the Panda Slider Set (4801) to create a cloud shaped card.

panda slider 1 diane zechman

I love making shaped cards and thought he’d be cute on a big cloud so I kept my card base and slider pieces all white.  I did add a smaller patterned paper cloud, though, for a whimsical accent.  Part of the plane was paper pieced with some matching paper.  The little “hi” is a cute die included in this set (there’s also a balloon)!

When the slider piece is pulled, the plane slides across the card and reveals the sentiment.

panda slider 2 diane zechman

I just quickly sketched my cloud card and cut it by hand.  Here’s the pattern if you would like to make one too.  Click on the photo and then right click to save.

cloud shaped card diane zechman copy

Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the current Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Panda Slider Set (4801); paper- white, MME fine and dandy boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Art Impressions Slider Die (4764), Copics, foam dimensionals, ribbon, staples, Scor-Tape.

hello gardener

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of my all-time favorite Ai sets…His & Hers Gardeners (SC0650) .  In fact, this was the first set I used when I joined the Ai design team…you can see my first card here.  What a fun memory!

This set, along with several others, was exclusive to the Michael’s stores but if you don’t have a local Michael’s, you are in luck!  These sets can now be ordered through the Ai website!  yay! Click here!

hello gardening diane zechman pc

My images were colored with Copics and cut out by hand, then added to a diecut card base.  I knew I wanted to use that cute bee so I went with black & yellow!

I love this gal!  Here’s a close up…

hello gardening 2 diane zechman pc

And the cute bee and flowers… (I dotted over the “trail” with a white pen).

hello gardening 3 diane zechman pc

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps-His & Hers Gardeners (SC0650) ; paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight, Studio G paper scrap; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Sizzix Scallop Card w/ Banners & Greetings Drop-Ins, Sharpie white extra fine water based paint pen, rhinestones.

it’s ok…

Hello friends!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a tutorial for our NEW Challenge… Laughing WITH you!  We are also featuring the new stamps exclusive to Hobby Lobby with a Blog Hop. 

You should be hopping here from Dana’s blog.  Thanks for joining us!  Ai is giving away 1 grand prize of all the new Hobby Lobby stamps!

There are 5 new wood mount stamps and 5 new clear sets which is quite a variety!  I am using the Jealous Too (4713) wood mount stamp on my cards.  I like to make shaped cards and I’ll show you two ways to easily create them.

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If the shaped card you want to make has a flat edge like my hexagon card, then you can simply die cut your card base by keeping the fold slightly below the straight edge of your die. This leaves the fold of your card intact.

Jealous Too 2 diane zechman

If your desired shape does NOT have a flat edge, as my flower die, it is still very easy.  Die cut 2 shapes and set one aside (for the front). The second one will be the back…simply score a line close to one edge.  (This scored line will be your card fold.)  Note: I kept 2 “petals” along the left edge for my card bottom so it will easily stand up.

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Apply strong adhesive to the smaller scored part and adhere the 2 flowers together.

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It will look like this when opened…

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I also love to use up small scraps of patterned paper by paper piecing the Ai character’s clothing.  I decided to make 4 cards so I’ve stamped and cut out the elephant’s dress 4 times.  I matched the hexagon patterned dresses with the hexagon shaped card, and the same with the florals!

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Smaller shapes were cut from white cardstock, stamped, colored and the dresses were adhered.  I omitted the sentiments and stamped them separately.

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The finished cards…

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The inside sentiment is another wood mount block from Hobby Lobby, Happy 29th (4597) .

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  And don’t forget to hop along with us for a chance to win the grand prize of all the new Hobby Lobby stamps!!

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Just click below for your chance to win.  Happy stamping!
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Here are the blog links & hop order:

Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry

Dana Warren

Diane Zechman

Karen Day

Kerry Kung

Reneé Matarese

Sharon Caudle


Your next stop is Karen’s blog!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Hobby Lobby exclusives- Jealous Too (4713) and Happy 29th (4597), paper- white, SU! Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Spellbinders Blossom and Circle Nestabilities, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Hexagon dies, Scor-Tape, 1/2″ circle punch, Sweet ‘n Sassy Speech Bubbles Dies, foam tape, rhinestones.

deepest sympathy

Good morning!  Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog. I am using one of my favorite sets, Parisian Postcard, along with the Sympathy Innies.

I think if you ask any card maker what their least favorite card to make was, sympathy cards would come to mind.  But unfortunately we all need them so sometimes I like to go monochromatic for a quick and easy way to create a beautiful, yet heartfelt card.

Parisian sympathy diane zechman

I die cut my card base and layers, then stamped the images first and second generation (stamping off once).

Here’s the coordinating inside…

Parisian sympathy inside diane zechman

I hope you don’t need to make a sympathy card soon, but if you do then I hope I’ve given some inspiration.  If possible, I like to make them when I don’t need them and keep one or two on hand.

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard, Sympathy Innies; paper- white, SU! Wisteria Wonder; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Wisteria Wonder; accessories- Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven, pearls, SU! Wisteria Wonder ribbon.

warmest wishes easel card

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Use Water-Based Inks” and we are showcasing the NEW Watercolor images and the NEW Easel Card Dies!  How exciting!  I am sharing how I made my card today with the Ai Wooden Door (4702) stamp set and the Ai Scallop Easel Card Die (4700).  I also used a sentiment from the Christmas Scene TryFold (4687) stamp set.

Ai wooden door diane zechman

I started by die-cutting two of the Scallop Easel Card die with vanilla cardstock for my card base, and set those aside.

I wanted to make a scalloped mat for my card, so here is how you can easily do that.  Using the widest (open) scalloped section of the die, I cut a patterned paper layer for the front.  Start with a piece of patterned paper that is 3 1/2″ x 5″.  Center the 3 1/2″ width in the die (leaving equal space on both sides).  Use low-tack tape to hold in place and diecut.

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Now trim the height of the patterned paper to 4 3/4″ tall.  Adhere this layer to one of the vanilla diecut card bases.

Next diecut an oval window with the smallest oval die.

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Set aside and use both oval dies to cut a frame with red cardstock. Also cut a sentiment label from a scrap of vanilla cardstock.

Ai wooden door 4 diane zechman

I stamped the door, tree, and logs with Versafine Black ink and water-colored the images with Twinkling H2Os and a water-brush.  Then I inked the wreath with a green marker and stamped it last.  I lightly touched the wreath with the water-brush.

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When dry, adhere the water-colored image behind the oval diecut window.  Then adhere the second vanilla card base behind the image, lining up both card bases and the scallop edges.

NOTE:  Kate has a wonderful video HERE showing how to put the Easel Cards together.  Please check it out!

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Following Kate’s instructions in the video, fold both sides back.  Then cut the small tab on both sides half-way to the scored line, starting from each end.  Fold the easel sides on the scored lines and fold down the tabs.  I glued the sides down but it isn’t necessary.  It will look like this from the back:

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Adhere the diecut oval frame around the window.  Stamp the sentiment, and finish your card as desired.  I placed some punched branches under the sentiment and popped it with foam dimensionals.

Ai wooden door diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the “Use Water-Based Inks” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions Ai Wooden Door (4702) and Christmas Scene TryFold (4687); paper- vanilla, SU! Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Provo Craft- Snowflakes on Red; ink- Versafine Black, Always Artichoke marker; accessories- Art Impressions Scallop Easel Card die (4700), Twinkling H2Os, water brush, Martha Stewart branch punch, adhesive pearls, foam dots.

peek a Boooo to you!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the NEW Ai Spinners setsPumpkin Spinner! (4676)  This set is perfect for creating a fun, interactive Halloween card!

CHA 5a diane zechman

I decided to make the shape of the card look like a pumpkin too with a few dies and hand-cut stem.  The string is attached between the patterned paper layer and the card front.  Matching dies make lining up the spinner a breeze!  Just wind up your spinner and close the card.  When you open the card, it spins!

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Some close ups of the spinner…

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…and the back…

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The Spinners are very popular and some of my favorite Ai images!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions Pumpkin Spinner; paper- white, SU! Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight, Bo Bunny Autumn Plaid, KI Memories- 1918 Haunted Candy Corn Plaid (dots); ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Tape, Spellbinders Labels 12 and Wavy Rectangles, crochet thread, Sweet ‘n Sassy Leaf Silhouettes and Stars dies, Stickles, McGill tiny Star punch, Cuttlebug Halloween die.

in the doghouse

Hello friends!  Today we are having an Ai DT Reunion Blog Hop and we are also featuring the NEW Ai Spinners Release!  FUN!!

You should be arriving here from Deloris Thiede‘s blog.  If not, you can go to the Ai Blog to get started!

The Ai Spinners are lots of fun to create with!  They are intended to be used on a piece of string in a 3.5″ opening, so you can wind it up, mail it, and your recipient can see it spin when they open it!  BUT…you will see that there are many ways to get creative with these images!

For my project, I used the Ai Dog Spinner (4675). At the time, I didn’t have the matching Dog Spinner Dies (4694) but I am happy to have them now!  I decided to make a doghouse shaped card.  (I love shaped cards!)

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Isn’t that sentiment perfect for the dog chasing his tail?  Here’s a look at the inside (and back side of the dog)…

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And a closer view…

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Be sure to check out all 7 of the NEW Art Impressions Spinners!

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Kate has a quick video here introducing them all.  (The Santa, Angel, and lady wearing the Robe cards are mine!)
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Here’s the list of blogs to follow in our DT Reunion Hop!

Ai Reunion

Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry
Crystal Lopez
Dana Warren
Deloris Thiede
Diane Zechman
Isha Gupta
Jessica Griffin
Karen Day
Kerry Kung
Kirsi Kamppikoski
Maria McGuire
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Mary Witter
Piali Biswas
Reneé Matarese
Sharon Caudle
Soili-Maria Seppala
Tammie Koehnen
Tracy Gray
Tracy MacDonald
Trena Brannon
Zora Bergstrom



Aaaaand….what is a HOP without PRIZES??  :)  Ai is giving away 7 prizes, 1 of each of the new stamp & die sets!  Just click on the Rafflecopter below to enter!!
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Now…head on over to see what Isha Gupta has created!!

stamps- Art Impressions Dog Spinner (4675); paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Gumball Green, DCWV The Pets Stack; accessories- Copics, Crafts-Too Bone & Paw Print embossing folder, Scor-Tape, Sweet ‘n Sassy Grass and Banner dies, The Paper Studio (Spare Parts) Dog Bone Brads, CC Designs Skull and Bones dies.