Category Archives: shaped cards

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!

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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.



eerie cheery window

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Cut Your Cards”.  We are featuring the NEW Tryfolds and Windows to the World collections and I’ve used the Eerie Cheery Window Set (4690) on my card today!

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I used a pumpkin shape diecut for the base of my card, leaving the top (fold) of the base card uncut by keeping the fold below the top of the die when cutting.  Then I cut another full pumpkin to layer over top.

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One of the Window Dies (4619) was used to cut through the front so you can see the cute image peeking through.  Here’s the card opened…

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And a close up…

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Cut Your Card” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

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stamps- Art Impressions- Eerie Cheery Window Set (4690); paper- white, black, SU! Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Ai Window Dies (4619), Spellbinders Pumpkins Nestabilities, Marianne Creatables Ribbon Flowers dies, Sweet ‘n Sassy Leaf Silhouettes dies, Clear Wink of Stella, Cuttlebug Creepy die.


precious little one

Good morning!

Today I have a baby card to share with a sweet little elephant from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Baby’s Circus stamp set.  My daughter wanted a shower card and her friend is expecting a boy so I went with blue!

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I also used the SNSS Banner dies to create my sentiment.  Some foam dots gave the card dimension.

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A few teeny rhinestones and a tiny button finished it off.

Thanks for popping in!  Happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Baby’s Circus; paper- white, SU! Bashful Blue; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bashful Blue and Marina Mist; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Banner dies, Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares Large, Copics, button, crochet thread, gemstones.

gift box pocket card

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I have a pocket card in the shape of a gift box.  I used part of the Art Impressions Birthday Gal Front & Back (3199) and my sentiment is from the Michael’s exclusive set called His & Hers Camper.

I made a picture tutorial to show you how to create this pocket card (below).  They are great for tucking in a gift card or cash.  😉

Here is the front of my pocket card…

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…and the inside…

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And…you can also create this without a pocket if you just want it to open like a regular card…

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It’s easy and fun so let’s get started!

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Note: I like to use the CLEAR sticky-back Velcro dots.  They are thinner and less noticeable!

That’s it!  Now just decorate your pocket card with your favorite Ai characters!

Have a great day!

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stamps- Art Impressions Birthday Gal Front & Back (3199) and Michael’s exclusive set- His & Hers Camper (sentiment); paper- white, SU! Crisp Cantaloupe and Pool Party, SU! Sweet Sorbet designer series paper; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- SU! Oval Punches, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Velcro, Scor-Tape, Copic markers, My Mind’s Eye- The Sweetest Thing Enamel Dots.

bone appetit!

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!  We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the first Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Anna’s turn and her challenge is “Halloween”…Make a card/project with a Halloween theme! 

I LOVE shaped cards and I love to make my own patterns but I haven’t had much time for that lately… so it was super fun to sketch a bit and create this Cauldron Card!

The card fold is at the top, underneath the brew.  I added a few bubbles, some bones, and an eyeball….uh…yum? 

Here’s a template if you want to make one too.  🙂  Click on the image and then right-click to save it to your computer.

Please join us and create a Halloween card… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJUL14.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler  

    stamps- SU! Piece of Poison, Wicked Cool, and Monster Munchies; paper- white, Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Cool Caribbean; ink- SU! Lucky Limeade, Distress Black Soot, Versafine Black; accessories- Cuttlebug Kars Snowflakes folder, foam dots, circle punches.

    a little birdie told me..

    Hello and happy Monday!  Here’s a different shaped card for today.  I used the new Sweet ‘n Sassy sets Thankful Blooms and Love Birds to create this File Folder Card with my Envelope Punch Board.

    And here’s the inside..

    There are quite a few tutorials and videos on creating this style of card but I followed this one.  If you don’t have a punch board, you can also make a file folder card following the directions found here.  That’s how I made some several years ago.

    I stamped the birds onto patterned paper and only cut one out for the front.  An additional wing was stamped and popped up for dimension.  The flower was also popped up over the ribbon.  Two of the sentiments were placed on a clear block in a wavy manner to give the card a whimsical feel. 

    I am really enjoying this month’s Sweet ‘n Sassy release…I hope you love it too!

    stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Thankful Blooms and Love Birds; paper- SU! Regal Rose, American Crafts- Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Thankful Blooms dies, SU! Envelope Punch Board, trimmer, paper doily, foam dots, ribbon, Scor-Tape, Stickles, adhesive Pearls, paperclip.

    life is short…

    Welcome to day 4 (our final day) of the Sweet ‘n Sassy March release Blog Hops!

    Today we’re featuring the new Pick Me Up stamp set.  I love this cute little mug and the matching set of dies makes it so fun!  I like to make shaped cards and I thought this sweet mug would look great on a smaller, banner shaped card.

    I also used the Grunge Elements to create a fun background. My mug was popped on dimensionals.

    Check out more samples made by our DT in the links on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.

    Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along your journey because YOU could be a lucky winner!  Sweet ‘n Sassy is giving away (2) $20 gift codes to the store! 

    Don’t miss these other opportunities to win:

    (1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on Friday’s release blog post
    (1) $20 gift code drawn from all comments on full reveals in our SCS forum
    (1) $20 gift code drawn from all participants in our release challenge hosted on the blog

    The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, March 14th.  The list of winners will be announced on our blog Monday, March 17th.

    Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

    stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Pick Me Up and Grunge Elements; paper- white, SU! Blushing Bride, Basic Grey Hopscotch; ink- SU! Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Early Espresso; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Pick Me Up dies, tracing wheel, SU! Banners Framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones.

    love you beary much

    Welcome to day 3 of the Sweet ‘n Sassy January feature Blog Hops!

    Today we’re featuring my new set called Valentine Critters.  There are several animals and sentiments to choose from to create a card for someone you love.  Here I used the teddy bear and stamped him directly onto patterned paper.

    I also used the same sentiment with my Country Bear Card Template to create a fun bear shaped card.  Wouldn’t this also be a cute template for a baby card?

    And if you missed my post last Wednesday, you can see a fun gift card box I made with another stamp from this set HERE.

    Check out more samples made by our DT on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.

    Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along your journey because YOU could be a lucky winner!  We’re giving away (5) $15 store credits (1 winner will be chosen from each of the 5 blog hops).

    The deadline to comment for a chance to win is midnight EST Friday, January 17th.  The list of winners will be announced on our website homepage by Monday, January 20th.

    Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

    Card 1: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Valentine Critters; paper- white, MME Lost & Found- record it!; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Heart Nestabilities, tracing wheel, Copics, ribbon, button, thread, adhesive pearls.

    Shaped Card: stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Valentine Critters; paper- brown, SU! Blushing Bride, K&Company- Lovely, Making Memories- Love Story; ink- SU! Regal Rose, Brown LePen, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Country Bear Card Template, ribbon.

    merry little Christmas

    We (the Sweet ‘n Sassy DT) are in a holiday mood this month…it’s never too early to get your Christmas cards done!  Today I’m sharing these two cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  I started with some My Mind’s Eye papers from the Merry Little Christmas line and two stamp sets from this month’s release.  For my first card I also used Korin’s Mug Card Template.

    I added one of the images from my Snowman Soup set and some Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

    Next I used the Mod Ornaments and Ornaments dies to create this card.

    I added several gemstones and some Stickles to the ornaments so this card shimmers as well.

    Thanks for popping in and have a great Monday!

    Mug card:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup; paper- Baja Breeze, white, Pear Pizzazz, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- Baja Breeze, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories- SNSS Mug Card Template, circle punch, Copics, Stickles, SU! Decorative Label punch, ribbon, foam tape, Cuttlebug Snow Dots embossing folder.

    Ornaments card:  stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mod Ornaments; paper- Baja Breeze, black, white, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- ink- Versafine Spanish Moss, Crimson Red, and Black; accessories- SNSS Ornaments dies, rhinestones, pop dots, Stickles.