Category Archives: tutorials and templates

the older you get…

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Aging With Attitude” and we are featuring the NEW Ai People and Girlfriends stamps!  I decided to create a Side Step Card and here I used the Ai Flaunt It Set (4756) . 

flaunt it 1 diane zechman

Everywhere you go now, there seems to be a photo booth at every event. A fun sign of the times, for sure!  These gals are kicking it up and having a great time!

flaunt it 2 diane zechman

I wanted to put some of the photo props on the side steps so I pulled out some dies that matched the image. The stick on the glasses is actually a princess wand from the set with the crown.  Stickles was added for some sparkle.

flaunt it 3 diane zechman

Another sentiment from the set was stamped on the inside and another pair of sparkly glasses was added to fill the corner.

flaunt it 4 diane zechman

Edit: I had some questions about measurements so here you go… I started with 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. On the long side, I measured in 2 1/4″ and then cut from 7/8″ to 6 3/8″.  Then I scored that 2 1/4″ section @ 7/8, 1 3/4, 3, 4 1/4 (this one all the way across), and 6 3/8″.

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards about Aging With Attitude!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Flaunt It Set (4756); paper- white, black, SU! Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey, Basic Grey- Urban Prairie; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Pal, Paper Smooches Glasses die, Echo Park Princess Set #1 dies, Stickles, gemstone.

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.

Jealous Too 1 diane zechman

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.

Jealous Too 3 diane zechman

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

Jealous Too 4 diane zechman

It will look like this when opened…

Jealous Too 5 diane zechman

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!

Jealous Too 6 diane zechman

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

Jealous Too 7 diane zechman

The finished cards…

Jealous Too 10 diane zechman

Jealous Too 8 diane zechman

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

Jealous Too 9 diane zechman

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!!

HL ad May2016

Just click below for your chance to win.  Happy stamping!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.

a clear bookmark

Good morning!  Today Sweet ‘n Sassy is releasing two new sets for their bible journaling line, Creative Worship!  This month, SNSS is offering a Bible journaling KIT which includes the two stamp sets PLUS some extra goodies that will only be sold for 2 weeks or until they are gone.

Since I haven’t ventured into the bible journaling yet, I decided to create a clear bookmark which would give a somewhat similar look.

clear bookmark 1 diane zechman

I used the new sets called His Book and Decorative Banners.  I also used the Majestic Monarchs stamp set.

I began by cutting a piece of clear acetate to 2 1/2″ x 6″.  Then I used a black Sharpie marker on the edges using a piece of cardstock as a mask.  Each image was stamped on the FRONT of the acetate with Stazon ink.  Then they were colored on the BACK of the bookmark with various colors of Sharpie markers.

clear bookmark 2 diane zechman

A hole was punched at the top for some twine and that’s it.  Very easy!

Now pop back to the blog to keep hopping and be sure to check out the KIT…only available for a short time!  Krista Hamrick illustrated both stamp sets and Rebecca Rios illustrated the bookmark!  Cute!


Thanks for popping in…happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- His Book, Decorative Banners, Majestic Monarchs; ink- Stazon Black; accessories- clear acetate, Sharpie markers, hole punch, twine.

I paws-itively love you

Hello!  January is flying by and my thoughts are turning to Valentine’s Day.  It will be upon us quick!

Today I am sharing a card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using my Valentine Critters stamp set which also has coordinating dies.

box pleats diane zechman

This is a 4 1/4″ square card with some Box Pleats on the strip of floral patterned paper.  I started with a strip that is 1 1/2″ x 12″.

Using a Scor-Pal scoring board, I scored the strip at the following marks- 1, 1 1/2, 2 1/2, 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5 1/2, 6, 7, 7 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, 10, 10 1/2, and 11 1/2 inches.  You will fold with a mountain/valley/valley/mountain pattern to look like this:

box pleats side diane zechman

I made this card before the matching dies were available but now I love being able to cut the images so quickly and cleanly!

Thanks for popping in…happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Valentine Critters; paper- white, Fancy Pants- Hopscotch (Grove & Jump Rope); ink- Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, American Crafts Orange Lace Crochet Ribbon, Copics, foam dimensionals.

Santa Spinner

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another spinner card from the CHA release, this one using the Santa Spinner stamp set (4678) and matching Santa Spinner dies (4697).   I also have a little tutorial on how I put together the spinners and attach the thread so it sort of gets “locked” in place.

Here’s the jolly fella on a string…

CHA 4a diane zechman

…and here’s the back of Santa as he spins!

CHA 4b diane zechman

First I held my red cardstock layer to the black base with removable tape and die cut an opening through both layers.  (The red layer is not attached yet.)

CHA 4c diane zechman

Next I measure to find the center of my opening and draw a vertical line with a pencil to use as a guide for placing my string.

CHA 4d diane zechman

This line can later be erased but mine will be covered with an inside layer.  Now the red layer can be removed.

CHA 4e diane zechman

I like to use crochet thread but you can use other thread or fishing line if you like.  On the card front, place a piece of strong double sided tape above and below the die cut opening.  Remove the paper backing on the tape, add the string to the top, and cover with another piece of tape.

CHA 4f diane zechman

Remove the backing from the second piece of tape and adhere the string down over it.

CHA 4g diane zechman

Gently pull the string taught, adhere and repeat the layers of tape on the bottom.  Trim the excess string.

CHA 4h diane zechman

Now lay the back side of your spinner underneath the string so it fits nicely in the opening and will spin freely.  Tape into place.

CHA 4i diane zechman

Adhere the front of your spinner image, aligning it with the back spinner image.  Now the spinner is completed and you may adhere the red layer to the card front.

CHA 4j diane zechman

Finish your card as desired and enjoy!  These spinners are SO fun!

CHA 4a diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Santa Spinner stamp set (4678); paper- white, black, SU! Real Red, metallic silver; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Art Impressions Santa Spinner dies (4697), Spellbinders Small Circle Nestabilities, C.C. Designs Santas Belt die, crochet thread, Scor-Tape, rhinestones.

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.

Ai wooden door 2 diane zechman

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.

Ai wooden door 3 diane zechman

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.

Ai wooden door 5 diane zechman

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!

Ai wooden door 6 diane zechman

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:

Ai wooden door 7 diane zechman

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.

Snack Size Hershey’s Pouch

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “In With The New” (use your newest stamp) and I am sharing a project I made with one of the NEW Ai stamps in your local AC Moore store called Bigger Cake (PS0920). This lady’s smile is infectious…and don’t you love that cake??

bigger cake 1a diane zechman

Instead of a card I made a little Snack Size Hershey’s Pouch.  How fun would this be to give to a friend?  It’s super easy to make…let’s get started!

First, start with a 3 1/2 x 7 5/8 inch piece of cardstock.  Score the length @ 1/2, 3 3/4, and 4 inches.  Then cut or punch an opening (on the end with the first 1/2″ score mark) to slip the candy in when finished.  (I kept my opening to the left but you can center it.)  See photo below.

bigger cake 1b diane zechman

Add patterned papers or emboss… however you want to decorate it.

bigger cake 1c diane zechman

Fold and adhere the 1/2″ scored section at the top with strong tape.  Add your image and sentiment.  I colored her with Copics and fussy cut her out.  To finish, I added a tiny bow.

bigger cake 1d diane zechman

Slip in some chocolate, a pack of gum, or whatever fits!

bigger cake 1e diane zechman

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project with your newest stamps and join us in the In With The New Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Bigger Cake (PS0920)- AC Moore exclusive; paper- white, brown, K&Company Sweet Nectar; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, SU! Word Window and Small Oval punch, Cuttlebug Once Upon A Princess embossing folder, ribbon, Bow-Easy, glue dots.

paper napkin background

Hello!  It’s Tutorial Monday on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and today I am sharing how I made the background for my card.  Here it is completed…

our refuge napkin bg diane zechman

I used a butterfly from SNSS’s New Creature and the words are from Our Refuge.  I also used one of the coordinating New Creature butterfly dies.

My background was made with a pretty paper napkin that I’ve had left over from some occasion for quite a few years.  I guess they were too pretty to throw away!

First, open the napkin.  You can get quite a bit of use from just one.  For this project, I made 4 backgrounds from 1 napkin.

our refuge napkin bg 2 diane zechman

As you can see the edges were a bit worn but that’s ok…I discarded the edges and just used the center from this one anyway.

Next, grab a corner and gently peel off the top layer.  Discard the un-printed layer underneath.

our refuge napkin bg 3 diane zechman

Now cut a piece of scrap cardstock the size of the background you want.  You can cover it with double-sided adhesive but I prefer to just add Elmer’s glue and then spread it with my finger until the entire piece is covered.  Using the liquid glue gives it more of a linen look.

our refuge napkin bg 4 diane zechman

Make sure your edges are covered with glue and then lay your napkin on top.  Pat it down and let it dry completely.  Then trim the extra napkin from the cardstock layer and adhere to your card base.

our refuge napkin bg 5b diane zechman

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the floral background, adhering each side of the vellum to the back.  Then I stamped, diecut, and sponged ink onto the butterfly.  Clear Wink of Stella made the butterfly sparkly.  Add a few rhinestones and you are done!

our refuge napkin bg diane zechman

Have a great week!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy New Creature and Our Refuge; paper- white, black, SU! Melon Mambo, vellum; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight; accessories- SNSS New Creature dies, rhinestones, Clear Wink Of Stella.

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…

Ai gift box pocket card diane zechman

…and the inside…

Ai gift box pocket card inside 1 diane zechman

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

Ai gift box pocket card inside 2 diane zechman

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

Ai gift box pocket card 1 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 2 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 3 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 4 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 5 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 6 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 7 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 8 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 9 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 10 diane zechman

Ai gift box pocket card 11 diane zechman

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!

Diane Signature Medium size

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.

sewn with prayer

It’s Tutorial Monday on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog and today I am sharing a Faux Quilt Card.  Our favorite little mouse, Cocoa, in the Sew Happy Cocoa set was perfect to add to the card.  The sentiment is from Prayerful Thoughts.

cocoa faux quilt diane zechman

To make my faux quilt background, I cut several pieces of patterned paper into 1″ squares.  Then I applied adhesive (I used a tape runner but a Xyron would be great too) until I completely covered a scrap piece of white cardstock cut to the size I wanted for my background.  Mine was 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Next I adhered the patterned squares in random order, on the diagonal.  Then trim off the extra paper that hangs over the edges.  When completely covered it looks like this…

cocoa faux quilt 3 diane zechman

Now select an embossing folder that might look like a stitch pattern on a quilt.  I chose to use this Lattice Circles folder.

cocoa faux quilt 4 diane zechman

Emboss your patterned paper background and your Faux Quilt is done.

cocoa faux quilt 5 diane zechman

Add this to your card base and finish as desired.  Here’s a close up of Cocoa Mouse.

cocoa faux quilt 2 diane zechman

And the finished card…

cocoa faux quilt diane zechman

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Sew Happy Cocoa and Prayerful Thoughts; paper- white, SU! Pear Pizzazz, Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- The Paper Studio Lattice Circles embossing folder, Tombow double sided tape runner, Copics, foam dots, adhesive pearls.