it’s the mileage

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the fabulous Ai Golden Oldies. Here I used 1925- Power Walkers and my sentiment is 1945- It’s The Mileage. The Golden Oldies are always a fun collection to create with!

mileage diane zechman

I was planning to keep the colors in this card to pink & black but decided to pull a little blue & orange from the paper. Then I added the green, so it turned out quite the opposite of what I imagined, LOL, but it did bring the old gals to life!

I didn’t want the large main panel to cover up so much of the background papers so I trimmed the top with my trimmer…up to the first gal’s arm on either side. Then I fussy cut around her hand and left it hang over the panel’s edge.

mileage 2 diane zechman

Don’t you just wonder what their conversation is about? When I look at the above photo in black & white, it reminds me of the comic strips! LOL. That might just be an idea for a future card…hmmm.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 1925- Power Walkers and 1945- It’s The Mileage; paper- white, black, MME- fine and dandy girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, rhinestones.

love birds

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Store Exclusives Sets. Here I used AiCS27- Love Birds. I tend to grab the fabulous main images in these sets and overlook the equally adorable smaller ones so this time I wanted to focus on the littles!

IMG_7474

With Valentine’s Day this month, I thought I would go with the “love” theme while it’s still on our minds…February is almost over! This card would be great for an anniversary, though, any time of the year.

I embossed the black & white panels together with the “Love is patient, love is kind” verse from 1 Corinthians 13. Then I punched the heart out and adhered the panels to my card base. The birds were colored with Copics and popped up on the diecut leaves. How many of you still have bottles of paper flowers in your stash? Once in a while I still enjoy using them and they were perfect to use for an accent. I filled in the hearts and made a few small dots with a white pen.

IMG_7477

Here’s the inside of my card.

IMG_7479

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AiCS27- Love Birds; paper- white, black, SU! Coastal Cabana and Certainly Celery; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Darice Script Background, SU! Full Heart punch, Sharpie white extra fine paint marker, Sizzix/SU! Little Leaves die, foam dimensionals, Prima flowers, mini glue dots, rhinestones.

springtime blessings

Hello! I am sharing another card today using the Spring Blossoms set from the Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps February release. This time I used the tulip.

springtime blessings diane zechman

Again, I used a paper doily for this springtime floral card. I love the look of these and need to use them more often! The flower has some yellow undertones that didn’t pick up well in the photo.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Spring Blossoms; paper- white, black, MME In Bloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, accessories- Copics, enamel dots, paper doily, 2 1/2″ circle punch.

birthday daffodil

Hello! I am sharing a birthday card today using Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps from the February release. Here I used the daffodil from Spring Blossoms.

birthday daffodil diane zechman

I love to pair yellow with gray so I pulled out an old paper pad with those colors. I added half of a paper doily and it came together pretty easily. (I have another card with this set to share tomorrow!)

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Spring Blossoms; paper- white, black, MME Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, accessories- Copics, enamel dots, paper doily.

life would be ir-elephant

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Anything Goes!” There are SO many wonderful Ai images, so I just grabbed the first one I thought of that I hadn’t used yet! lol. Here I used 4533- Dream Big Set and the flower and sentiment are from 4856- Elephant PopCard.

dream big irelephant diane zechman

I wanted to try paper-piecing this cute elephant and I decided to use yellow & gray papers to coordinate with the yellow paper doily. This is still one of my favorite techniques!

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4533- Dream Big Set and 4856- Elephant PopCard; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, MME- Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics (for light shadow), The Paper Studio yellow doily, foam dimensionals, SU! oval punches, enamel dot.

when I rise

Hello! Today I am sharing a card using the Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp In The Morning from the February release.

in the morning diane zechman

I was thinking about what kind of background I wanted for the sentiment stamp when I remembered that I have some sample pieces I never used of various techniques that were made at least 10 years ago! lol. I know this because I made them sometime before a dear friend took ill. We both enjoyed trying new ideas. This is a simple, oldie but goodie…Smackin’ Acetate. I don’t remember if I used inkpads or markers but it worked well with this stamp. I just layered it, then added some washi and a flower with a button.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy In The Morning; paper- white, Teresa Collins- fabrications; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- corner rounder, washi tape, paper flower, button.

sweet Easter chick

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Ai Easter sets. Here I used 5004- Sweet Easter Set. This card screams “spring” and I’m sooo ready for it!

sweet easter chick 1 diane zechman

Have you ever pulled out some patterned paper that was just so pretty that you hated to cover it up? Well, that was the case here! I wanted to add more layers, etc. but decided to keep it clean & simple with this beautiful paper.

It’s always difficult to show the glittery shimmer on cards so I hope this conveys a bit how gorgeous this paper is! It’s such a complement to the sweet flower and chick images in this set and really lets them shine. That chick is so cute!

sweet easter chick 2 diane zechman

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 5004- Sweet Easter Set; paper- white, K&Company Sweet Nectar; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, enamel dots.

in the morning…

Hello! Today I am sharing a project using Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps. In The Morning is from the February release. I also used Fill Me Up and the Tea & Bible Journaling Digital Set. (There’s also a coffee set if you prefer that!)

in the morning frame diane zechman

My friend, Mary Ann, made this frame a few years ago which hangs above my desk on a cork board. It has held round coasters that are decorated and changed out monthly (they are magnetic). It will also hold the square coasters in my stash (yay!) and I am planning to make a few extra to swap out occasionally. It is such a great idea! I’ve enjoyed mine.

in the morning frame 2 diane zechman

I sponged the background with some dye-based inks and then stamped images with Versafine Black. “& Tea” was printed from a digital file, cut out, and sponged. The teacup was paper pieced. Some rhinestones and Wink of Stella were added for sparkle.

in the morning frame 3 diane zechman

I can never show the sparkle well! It’s on the sun too.

in the morning frame 4 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy In The Morning, Fill Me Up and Tea & Bible Journaling Digital Set; paper- white, MME- In Bloom; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose; accessories- Chipboard coaster, tracing wheel, rhinestones, magnet, Clear Wink of Stella.

oh glorious day

Hello! I am sharing a few cards today using Sweet ‘n Sassy stamps from the February release. Here I used the What A Savior stamp set.

For the first card, I smooshed some Memento Teal Zeal and New Sprout inks onto a craft sheet and spritzed with water. Then I laid my white cardstock down to pull the color. When dry, I stamped the words with Tuxedo Black and the flowers with Teal Zeal. I stamped an additional flower with Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics, then popped it up with foam tape. Two gemstones were added above & below the words.

oh glorious day diane zechman

On my second card, I repeatedly stamped the flowers in black for a background, then colored just one in a very light turquoise. The word Jesus was outlined with a marker and the other three words were stamped onto colored cardstock, cut out, and adhered. If you look closely, there’s a hint of fine gold thread under the word panel.

my hope diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy What A Savior; paper- white, black, SU! Taken With Teal, Bermuda Bay, and Pool Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, accessories- Copics, enamel dots, Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch, tracing wheel, rhinestones, foam tape, gold thread.

Ghirardelli valentine treats

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a project using one of the Ai Valentine sets. Here I used the 4753- In The Air Set to make some sweet little matchbook valentine treats. Do you still have to make some last minute valentines? Just a few scored lines are needed to whip these up!

in the air Ghirardelli 1 diane zechman

I stamped the cute skunk, colored him with Copics, and die cut with Sizzix Dotted Squares. Then I stamped another image on the inside to coordinate. The pocket inside was made with some old valentine paper in my stash from My Mind’s Eye. I’ve used brads to attach the pocket before but I think I like the look of staples better. A thin strip of silver washi tape was added to the edge of the flap. A few heart enamel stickers by Recollections were added to finish it off. Just slip a Ghirardelli square inside and make someone smile. :)  Measurements for cutting and scoring can be found here.

in the air Ghirardelli 2 diane zechman

I’ve never tried the Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ghirardelli before but I’d highly recommend them. 😉

in the air Ghirardelli 3 diane zechman

in the air Ghirardelli 4 diane zechman

IMG_2670

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4753- In The Air Set; paper- white, SU! Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate, MME Quite Smitten-So In Love; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Recollections Heart Enamel Stickers, Sizzix Dotted Squares, Scor-Pal, 1/8″ Scor-Tape, stapler, SU! metallic washi tape, SU! Scallop Oval and Banner punches, Ghirardelli chocolates.