Category Archives: Sweet ‘n Sassy

UR awesome

Good morning!  Today I have a card made with a few Sweet ‘n Sassy sets… Shake it Off Caps, Exclamations, and Pretty Potted Florals.

ur awesome diane zechman

I sponged the background with a stencil after stamping the sentiment. Then the flowers were stamped and colored. I cut off the stems and pots to just use the flowers. The middle one is popped up.  I wrapped a scrap of twine around the card base that was lying to be used, then the layers were popped with foam tape as well.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Shake it Off Caps, Exclamations, and Pretty Potted Florals; paper- white, black; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry; accessories- Tim Holtz Rays stencil, Copics, foam tape, twine, Stickles.

Isaiah 40:8

Good afternoon! Today I journaled these two pages in my bible. A lot of people have been sharing pages done with pretty paper napkins lately…an old technique that has come around again.  It brought back memories of doing the napkins on cards years ago….and I remember even decoupaging napkins onto wicker baskets! Anyone else do that?

Isaiah 40 8 diane zechman

I picked up this pack with a pretty floral design in TJ Maxx a few weeks ago.  Then I decided that Isaiah 40:8 would be a good page to use them on. The verse reads “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Our earthly things may be beautiful and good, but they can be gone in a moment.  But God will guide us and always be with us. We need to keep Him as our foundation and keep our eyes fixed on what will stand forever.

Isaiah 40 8 close diane zechman

I used various Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets for the words… Rebecca Script, Words of Life- Collection 1 and Common Words 1, God Is Good, Message of Hope. They were stamped with Archival Black.

There’s a bit of a learning curve with the napkin technique in figuring out how much gesso to apply. I just “winged it” as I tend to do, but you may want to practice on something else first if you are unsure. I made sure I had a craft sheet under the page I was working on. I brushed clear gesso on the page with a foam brush but you might like using a regular brush or other applicator tool.  Just apply your gesso, adhere your napkin to it, and dry it with a heat tool. Then apply another coat of gesso on top.

Some TIPS:

  1. Be careful not to overwork the second coat of gesso or it will tear the napkin away. If you do have small spots that rip away, you can tear off a small scrap of napkin and fill it in if the pattern on your napkin is forgiving. (I patched two small spots here!)
  2. If you are covering the whole page with a piece of napkin as I did here, I found it helpful to adhere the napkin in two sections. I held it in place where I wanted it, then folded the top half down. While holding it with one hand, I applied gesso to the top with the other hand. Then I laid it back down and smoothed it out and pressed it a bit with an old credit card. Then I folded the bottom up and repeated this on the lower part of the page.
  3. Keep a paper towel handy to wipe your fingers, brush, or credit card if needed.  (The brush may pick up color from the napkin)
  4. Keep scraps of your napkin ready in case you need to patch tears.
  5. To highlight the verse: Before I started, I held the napkin in place  and used a pencil to draw a box on the napkin around the verse. Then I used my scissors to cut it out. Line it back up on the page and apply your gesso in sections as described above.

I hope this was helpful! Have a great weekend!

Master of the sea

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets… a new set, Master of the Sea, and an older one called Choose Faith.

master of the sea diane zechman

I kept it pretty CAS and one layer…except the two boats are popped with dimensionals.  The words Master and Sea were colored with lighter shades of Copic markers to minimize any bleed-through showing.  For the waves, I stamped them with 6 different shades of blues and blue/greens.

master of the sea inside diane zechman

On the inside I finished my sentiment and added the anchor image to coordinate with the front.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Master of the Sea and Choose Faith; paper- white; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Midnight Muse, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, and Pool Party; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals.

the future

Good morning!  Today I have a CAS card with the Sweet ‘n Sassy set, The Future, that was inspired by my friend, Mary Ann Hicks.  She had a card kit left over from her shoebox project at a recent gathering she & a few other friends attended and was kind enough to share one of her kits with me.

the future diane zechman

I took it home to stamp and assemble.  The layout is mostly the same…I just changed the sentiment to suit my needs for a card I wanted to mail and I added a few Nuvo drops.  I also popped a few of the butterflies (punched from a paint chip) up with foam tape.  It has been several years since I used the paint chips so this was a fun project and reminder of an old technique.

the future side diane zechman

Thanks, Mary Ann, for always being so thoughtful and generous!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy The Future; paper- white, black; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- paint chip, SU! butterfly punch, foam tape, Nuvo drops- Sweet Lilac.

fill me up

Good morning! This month Sweet ‘n Sassy has released one set for pre-order… the Exclamations Clear Stamp Set from the Creative Worship line.

I used the coffee cup (or hot cocoa would be my choice!) image to make a quick CAS card.

fill me up diane zechman

I colored with Copics, then added some Crystal Effects to the drink and spoon.

fill me up shine diane zechman

This layout is great for using up some patterned paper scraps! I figured I would use it again so I drew up a sketch.  These are the measurements I came up with for this card and can be used as a guide, but you can make your banners any size you want.

sketch 19 diane zechman

Have fun with it and have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Exclamations Clear Stamp Set; paper- white, Basic Grey- Eva; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, 2 1/2″ circle punch, twine, Crystal Effects.

CAS Mother’s Day card

Good morning!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the beautiful Mason Jar Bouquet stamp set from this month’s release.

mother's day diane zechman

Sometimes a clean & simple card is just as pretty as one with many layers and embellishments and I really liked how the colors and design of this one turned out.  I inked just the center of the Floral Pattern Background stamp with a small Memento dew drop pad and left the edges un-inked. The flower was cut out and popped up with foam dimensionals.  Some Stickles in the flower center and a few sequins finished it off.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mason Jar Bouquet, Floral Pattern Background; paper- white; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals, Stickles, sequins, glue dots.

case-ing hedgies

Sometimes a card or project that is shared just needs to be cased (copied)… just like this journaled page I did yesterday!  I loved the layout when I saw it a few months ago.  I changed a few small details but the main layout was cased from a page done by Andrea Wood of the Sweet ‘n Sassy Creative Worship team.

Job 1 diane zechman

The cute little hedgies and trees are from the As The Deer stamp set and the red lettering is the Chunky Alpha, stamped with Distress ink- Barn Door. The hedgies were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto white cardstock, colored with Copics, cut out and adhered to the page.  The trees were stamped onto scraps of patterned papers.

I love when I get a chance to spend time creating in God’s word…I hope you can do the same.  Have a great week!

Proverbs 31

Happy Saturday! Last night I did a bit of bible journaling. I have been wanting to journal 2 verses from Proverbs 31…verses 25 and 30.  Since they fall on the same page, I combined the two.  I am prepping for my May class and with Mother’s Day approaching, I decided on these verses. They also come to mind when I think of a dear friend who passed away 8 years ago in May…I still have her picture at my desk with verse 30 beside it.

Proverbs 31 diane zechman

The “Poppy Girl” image is by Unity and the rest is from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. The SNSS poppies from Precious Poppies match pretty well. I also used Shake it Off Lowercase, Skinny Lowercase, and Worthy King.

Images were stamped with Archival Black and water colored with Inktense pencils and watercolor pencils.  “She” was stamped with Distress ink- Barn Door.

Have a great weekend!

celebrate big

Good morning!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Fly High stamp set from this month’s release.

celebrate big diane zechman

I decided to make a tall card with the balloons flying up and then I thought I’d add the elephant hanging off the bottom. The balloons were paper pieced and I added Crystal Effects to make them shiny.

This card measures 3 1/2 x 6 1/4 (start with 7 x 6 1/4) and fits into a regular No. 8 envelope.  Most of us have those lying around to pay an occasional bill so why not use them to make a different size card?

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Fly High; paper- white, DCWV- the Spring Matstack; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Crystal Effects.

Matthew 28:6

I did a little bible journaling last night and with Easter soon upon us, I used my Sweet ‘n Sassy set called Jesus Paid It All.  I really wanted to try acrylic paints so I chose some “sunrise” colors to create my background. Many thanks to my friend Lisa at The Craft Shack for helping me out with some colors I didn’t have!  She also has a quatrefoil stencil that I used a bit on the page.

Matthew 28 6 diane zechman

Oh, and Lisa also helped me out with a few scraps of patterned paper when I decided to do a few mixed media layers on the “grass” at the bottom. I think I owe her a card! lol.

I scraped the paints on thin so the words can still be read.  Before I began this page, I had mostly planned it in my head…and I was concerned that I would mess up while stamping the solid crosses in a dark color. So my solution was to stamp them on acetate with Stazon ink and washi tape it in place as a sort of “tip in”.  It can be flipped to read the words underneath (bonus!).

Matthew 28 6 open diane zechman

Hope it inspires you to get creative!  Have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Jesus Paid It All; paper- Basic Grey- Sweet Threads, SU! Coastal Cabana; ink- Stazon Black, Archival Black; accessories- acetate, acrylic paints- Americana- Bahama Blue, Adirondack- Lettuce, Butterscotch, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, The Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 Mini Quatrefoil Reversed stencil, washi tape, We R Memory Keepers tab punch, Scor-Tape.

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