be joyful frame

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Let’s Distress” (use Distress ink or distress your edges) and we are featuring the new Windows to the World stamps PLUS a fun new 4887- 3D Frame Die!  Here I used M4877 Be Joyful to make a mini framed image that stands up!

be joyful frame diane zechman

The frame is very simple to assemble…just fold each side and slip the tabs through the slots, then add cardstock and a stand (included in the die) to the back.

I lightly “distressed” the edges of my frame with some sponged ink. Then added some Darice string pearls and paper flowers around the edges to finish it off.

Here’s the back-side…

be joyful frame back diane zechman

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions M4877 Be Joyful; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Cosmo Cricket- Material Girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress- Tea Dye; accessories- Ai 4887 3D Frame Die, Copics, glue dots, Darice pearl string, paper flowers.

AHH!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4671- AHH Set from the Ai People.  This gal is hilarious… some days you just need to let it all out. ha!

AHH diane zechman

I kept the card CAS to focus on the lady. Sponging a bit of pink in the center of the oval helped make her stand out. I stamped her a second time, cut her out, and layered her over the first image.  Her shirt was paper pieced to match the skinny border of patterned paper.

Do you know someone having a bad day? She’s perfect!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4671- AHH; paper- white, black, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Distress- Spun Sugar; accessories- Copics, MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals, Baker’s Twine, paper flower, button..

Psalm 5:11

Hello! Just sharing a bible journaling page that I finished today. I’ve done a few pages recently but two were pretty much cased so I may not share those here and another one I will post later this month.

I’ve seen a few pages done recently with artist Diane Duda’s girls and I loved them so much that I was anxious to do one myself!  I chose this girl and paired her with Psalm 5:11.

Psalm 5 11 diane zechman

I did a search for Diane Duda images and resized one, then traced it in my bible with an Illustrated Faith journaling pen. I doodled around the selected verse and also sketched the branches in the top corner.  The word “rejoice” was hand written and somewhat copied from a font I had. Her dress (the flowered part) was paper pieced with a scrap of DCWV patterned paper. I colored the rest of the page with Prismacolor pencils and blended it with Gamsol. The background was colored light blue which doesn’t show up well here, then I sponged over it with the Tim Holtz Tiles stencil and some SU! Marina Mist ink.

I think that about covers it! It was a fun page to do and I can see some more pages coming in the future which are inspired by this artist!  Have a great evening!

hedgie hello

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets… Outline Alpha and As The Deer (two of my faves!)

hello hedgie diane zechman

This is a 4 1/4″ square card.  The letters and hedgehog were colored with Copics. It’s easy, sweet, CAS, and I love it!  (I hope you like it too).  :)

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Outline Alpha and As The Deer ; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics.

two great reasons

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4901- Teachers Rule set.  This clear set is perfect for this time of year to thank all of our teachers for their dedication throughout the year and wish them a great summer!

two reasons diane zechman

I used a piece of 5 1/2 x 12 double-sided patterned paper to make a Double Diagonal Gate Fold Card and added a belly band to keep it closed.  The teacher and flower are attached to the band which slips off to open and reveal the rest of the sentiment inside…

two reasons open diane zechman

The paper was scored at 2, 4, 8, and 10. Then I marked both 5 1/2″ sides @ 2 3/4 and cut diagonally from the 4 and 8 inch scored lines.  The triangles cut off were flipped and adhered to the opposite lower corners.

My inside layers are 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 and 3 1/2 x 5. The belly band was cut to 1 1/4 x 8 1/2.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4901- Teachers Rule set; paper- white, black, SU! So Saffron, Bo Bunny- a Gift of Love; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crushed Curry; accessories- Scor-Tape, Copics, EK Success Retro Flower punch, button, glue dot.

kindness matters

Good morning!  There’s some new stamps for June on the Sweet ‘n Sassy website today.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go check them out.  I used two new sets on these cards… Fantastic Flowers and Kindness Matters.

fantastic flowers kindness matters diane zechman

It’s been a busy week so I went CAS with these cards…sometimes I like those the best!  I diecut a rounded rectangle and used it (plus the negative cut) to mask and sponge my frames.

Have a great Friday!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Fantastic Flowers and Kindness Matters; paper- white; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo; accessories- MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Raspberry Pink Nuvo Drops.

friendship blooms

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using two new watercolor sets… 4868 – WC Flower Set 2 and 4903 – WC Sentiments Set.

This is a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 card which will fit into either an A2 envelope or a #6 3/4 standard business envelope.  It’s fun to change up the size once in a while!  The bottom corners were rounded to sort of match my scalloped edge on the patterned paper.

friendship blooms diane zechman

The Ai watercolor sets are a lot of fun! For this card, though, I didn’t use watercolor paper and brushes… I just inked the stamps with markers and stamped onto regular cardstock.

To begin, I sponged green ink onto the bottom of each card using the negative piece of scrap cardstock from a grass die as my mask. You don’t see much of the edge of the grass when you are finished, but I think it looks better than just sponging a straight edge.  Then I repeatedly inked and stamped each flower to fill it in.  Don’t forget to stamp some flowers “second and third generation” so you have lighter and darker images. To do this, simply stamp your flower a second and third time without re-inking the stamp.

friendship blooms 2 diane zechman

Then finish your card as desired.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4868 – WC Flower Set 2 and 4903 – WC Sentiments Set; paper- white, Doodlebug kraft in color; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Always Artichoke; accessories- corner rounder, CC Designs Grass Border die, MFT Stitched Scallop Edges, twine, Nuvo Drops.

big birthday wishes

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “White Space is Nice Space” and we are featuring the 2 new Michaels Clear Sets!  Here I used SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes to make my card.

big birthday wishes diane zechman

In order to have lots of white space, I layered my white panel onto a white card base and kept my patterned paper to a minimum…just a thin strip on the side!  This is such a cute set…these besties look like they are having so much fun.  I kept my color scheme to pink, yellow, and orange…with a little gray and brown neutrals thrown in (HAVE to have some chocolate!).  :)

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “White Space is Nice Space” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes; paper- white, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp- Scallop Stitches, Nuvo Drops- Dandelion Yellow & Ripened Pumpkin.

latte prayers

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using two stamp sets…Mason Jar Bouquet and Fill Me Up.

latte prayers diane zechman

I needed a card for a friend whose cancer has returned.  I wanted to include a couple gift cards so she and her husband could get a good meal or stop for a quick cup of coffee to keep them going on some long trips for treatments. I think these two stamp sets combined pretty well to suit my needs. I hope when she looks at this, she is reminded that lots of people are praying for her.

Here’s a sketch I made if you would like it…

sketch 18 diane zechman

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Mason Jar Bouquet and Fill Me Up; paper- white, black, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Making Memories- Sabrina; ink-  Archival Black, SU! Regal Rose; accessories- Square Nestabilities, MM Sabrina button, crochet thread, Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Drops.

watercolor birds

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I’ve used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

I love the little nest in the bird set!  I’ve masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

WC nest diane zechman

I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party; ink- SU! markers; accessories- Ai watercolor brush, Ai Watercolor Palette, Ai 1″ clear blocks, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, foam tape, baker’s twine, White and Neptune Nuvo Drops.