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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!

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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…

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

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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.

you’re my type!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with my last valentine card this year!  Today I used the Show The Love Set (4230) and made a side step card.

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I adore this funny gal!  She cracks me up!  I was planning to create a card with some wild and wacky colors to go with her personality but I ended up making a much softer one.  :)  Next time!

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Oh, I just love her so much!  I think I need to use her for a non-valentine card too!  😉

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Show The Love Set (4230); paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, Primrose Petals, Blushing Bride, MME-Love Me; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp Large Heart Doily and XOXO Border, gemstones, Sizzix Bigz L Side Step Card, Spellbinders Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents, SU! Word Bubbles Framelits, foam dimensionals.

one to brag

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a fun project I made for a local stamping event.  We had a “sweet” theme and I thought this little cake box fit the bill!  I used one of the new Ai People from the last CHA release, this one is the One To Brag Set (4668).

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I colored her and paper pieced her clothing, then used some matching papers to make a flower for atop the cake slice.  After adhering ruffled ribbon on the sides, I attached her with foam tape.  A paper bow decorates the back and some die cuts and tiny rhinestones finish the top.

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3D projects can be so fun to create!  You can fill the box with sweets & goodies and deliver a smile.  :)

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions One To Brag Set (4668); paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey- Porcelain; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Tape, rhinestones, Sizzix Pie Box (656089), SU! Bigz Lattice die, SU! ribbon, Die-Namics Prima Donna Petals dies, SU! Oval punch and Bow Builder Punch, foam dots, glue dots.

sleigh favor box

Every month my friends and I get together for dinner to celebrate those with birthdays in that month… and since we are all stampers, we shower the birthday gals with hand made cards!  Since we don’t have any December birthdays, we still get together for dinner and have a holiday gift exchange.  If we have our Christmas cards done, we bring those too!  This year instead of a card I die cut a Sizzix sleigh favor box for everyone and had a few goodies to fill them.

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Sizzix sleigh favor box diane zechman

Unfortunately, I waited till the last minute to make them and only got them 95% done.  lol.  My friends only had to glue the sides to the middle section and add the pre-made flower.  Hopefully the goodies made up for the incomplete gift!  lol.  😉

Maybe next year I’ll have time to die cut the reindeer that goes with it.  hee hee.  Why do we wait till the last minute??

Have a great day!

remember when…

Last weekend I attended a shoebox swap in Ilion, NY with about 25 stamping friends.  We designed and prepared the supplies for a card that everyone in attendance could make.  I grabbed a Sizzix card die that I hadn’t used yet and my Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sassy Cindy stamp set to create my card.

When the card is opened, the front stands up when placed behind the die cut notch.

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On the inside, above the notch, is one of the Sassy Cindy sentiments.

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The cupcake is a Martha Stewart punch popped up with foam tape.

Hope you have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sassy Cindy; paper- Aqua, Cream, SU! Pixie Pink and Perfect Plum, The Paper Studio- Party Polka and Party Candles; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sizzix Royal Stand Ups Card, Promarkers, Martha Stewart cupcake punch, ribbon, SU! oval punches, foam tape, rhinestones.

 

Silent Night tag

I am a little late (or very early!) in sharing this Christmas tag that I made for a class.  It was supposed to be done in December but with all the holiday activities, our group didn’t meet…and I didn’t prepare it.. until the end of January.

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The Sizzix Carolers were cut from Grunge board, sponged black, and popped up.  Their feet were attached to the tag, though, without any foam dimensionals underneath.  The Sizzix lamp post and fence were cut from black cardstock.  The background was sponged with Distress Inks and I applied Crystal Lacquer to the top of the lamp post to resemble glass.  I liked how it had a few tiny bubbles in it.  The banner words are from Sweet & Sassy.

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The berries also have some Crystal Lacquer on them.

Our friend Lisa, the owner of the shop, had the Sizzix Cobblestones die and it was perfect to create a street for them to stand on.

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How to make the cobblestones:  I knew there wasn’t enough time in a class to piece together all the “stones” in this die so I decided to create a stencil with it.  The acetate we had was too thick to cut through so we just made our “stencil” out of cardstock.  The Cobblestones die was diecut from cardstock and the stones were discarded.  The “grout” was held in place over a strip of black cardstock with removable tape.  Embossing ink was applied over the stencil and then then stencil was removed.  Pumice Stone Distress embossing powder was added and then heated to create the look of cobblestones.

Thanks for looking in and have a great weekend!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

 

Snowman Soup pocket card (with Envelope Notcher and video!)

Brrr!  We were spoiled with a few extra days of nice temps but now it has gotten cooler.  I am not especially fond of the cold but today I have a card to help warm someone up.

I recently purchased the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notcher which compliments their Envelope Punch Board.  And I wanted to use it for a Make & Take for some dear friends who came to visit at my friends Lisa & Lou Ann’s store.  But I thought it would be fun to notch something else besides an envelope… because we can all read & follow the directions on the package, right?  lol.  But when I did a quick search, I soon realized that there aren’t any tutorials using this tool for projects other than making a notched envelope…or maybe I’m not looking in the right place??

Anyway, I first decided to create a tri-fold card so I figured out the measurements for cutting and scoring.  Then I changed it up a bit and turned my tri-fold into a pocket card… so you can tuck in whatever you wish.  Mine has a hot cocoa packet.  And I used my Snowman Soup stamp set by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.  :)

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And here it is open…with hot cocoa inside…

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My snowman was paper pieced (still one of my fave techniques!).  A marker was used on his scarf though.

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To create the Tri-fold card base, I started with a 5 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ piece of cardstock.  Using my Scor-Pal, I scored the length at 3″ and 7 1/4″.  (Or you can just score each end at 3″)  Crease scored lines.

Next, centering the Envelope Notcher in the middle section both horizontally and vertically, fold and punch each end (the top and the bottom).

Then staple, tape or glue each side of the pocket and decorate your card as desired.  The snowflake border was diecut from white cardstock using the Sizzix Decorative Strip Die – Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland.  I dotted this with a little Stickles.

Here’s a quick video with a few hints on using the envelope notcher and making this project…

 

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Hope this helps you have a little more fun with this cool tool!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Snowman Soup; paper- white, red, ?dsp; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Copics, Sizzix Decorative Strip Die – Holly, Beaded & Snowflake Garland, We R Memory Keepers Envelope Notcher.
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paper dresses, purses, and shoes

On Saturday we had a bridal shower for my daughter, Kayla.  I still can’t believe my girls are all grown up!  For her shower we went with a girly theme.  I made some paper purses and shoes for the table centerpieces and die cut lots of dress boxes for favors.  They were a lot of fun and turned out quite cute, I think!  My Scor-Pal was a life-saver and I used lots and lots of Scor-Tape!

A friend helped me to trace and cut the purses and shoes that were done by hand with patterns or templates.  I went to Michael’s and bought 2- 12×12 paper packs (Recollections- Dreaming In Color) so the projects all coordinated.  The first three purses are a template by Becky Roberts.  The next three were done by making up my own measurements and were inspired by one my friend Tracy made a few years ago.  The last two purses were cut with my Sizzix Bigz Pro Pillow Purse die.  I used two patterns for the shoes… the Slip On Mule is by Stacy Cohen and the other shoe template is by Ellen Hutson.

Here they are… what fun to create and embellish!  Do you have a favorite?

After the purses and shoes were decorated, I started making dress boxes for favors.  These were die cut with the Sizzix Bigz Pro Dress Box die.  I made over 40 and they all turned out a bit different.  Here’s just a few…

Thanks for popping in.  I will share more shower pics soon.  The games were fun too!  😉

the greatest gift

I’m sharing another Christmas in July card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog today.  This card uses three new Christmas sets called Christmas Morn, Jesus is Born, and Christmas Innies.  They are wonderful sets for jump-starting your holiday card making.

A circle punch was used to create an opening in the card front in which the popped up sentiment shows through.  An additional sentiment was also stamped on the inside.

I hope this inspires you to get some Christmas cards ready.  Have a great Monday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Morn, Jesus is Born, and Christmas Innies; paper- SU! Gumball Green, black, vanilla, Bo Bunny ST. Nick Mistle Toe; ink- Gumball Green, Versafine Black; accessories- Sizzix Merry Christmas #2 embossing folder, circle punches, Martha Stewart Traditional Scallop Edge punch, SU! Tag Topper punch.

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