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Just popping in with a variety of recent projects… a banner, treats, and cards.

Our granddaughter turned one and I was long overdue in making her a name banner! I picked up the string of pompoms somewhere (Target dollar spot??) a long time ago and saved it for this purpose. All I had to do was make the letter banners and slide the pompoms to place.

I used the Altenew Bitty Bloom 3D and Bold Alphabet dies along with Momenta Banner and Intricate Nested Shapes dies. Papers used: white, gray, SU! Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz, and MME- Heirloom papers.

I scored and folded the tops of the banners to allow for the thickness of the string. Some Scor-Tape secured them after they were placed over the string.

I also made a pile of Halloween treats, pretty much following the directions in the SU! Paper Pumpkin kit. Lots of pieces were leftover for future projects.

The layout of this card was copied from our demonstrator friend, who CASED this card by Cindy Elam. The rose gold leaves here were cut with Lawn Fawn dies and are quite pretty in person.

The last two cards were made with Stamptember sets from Simon Says Stamp. The first set is by Altenew, called Framed Friendship, and I used the same sketch that I used on a previous card.

The second Stamptember set I used is Tim Holtz’ Snarky Christmas Cats. The red plaid paper is a scrap that matches the white plaid. I simply matched it up and layered it on.

Thanks for looking! ūüôā


Faith-dex Psalm 17:8

Hello! I am jumping on the Memorydex bandwagon today. A few years ago I was interested in these cards but never got around to creating one. Back in 2015, Heidi Swapp came out with the punch, some dies, and cards, etc. to fit into her Memorydex box (sort of like a library card system). She also has a spinner type rack (shown here). These are based on the old Rolodex system but with fun, creative cards rather than addresses/phone numbers.

Fast forward to today… some Bible journalers are now creating these cards with faith based inspiration and bible verses on them as a fun, creative reminder to keep on display. The SNSS Creative Worship group is focusing on these a bit this month and have dubbed them “Faith-dex” cards.¬† So what better time for me to jump in?

Before I get to my card, there have been lots of questions about where to purchase the supplies. Here are some of the supplies I am starting with… Heidi Swapp Memorydex holder and Oval dies, Tabs dies, Everyday Kit, Monthly cards and punch. Some people make their own tray to hold them and others sell them. Just do a search for Memorydex tray.

I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Singing Praises stamp set and stamped one of the birds onto patterned paper. This was added to a brown die cut card and I added the fringe trim with Scor-tape.

Here’s the¬†Heidi Swapp Memorydex holder. As far as the size of these cards, there seems to be some variance on the height but as long as they are no more than 4″ wide and 3 3/4″ high (for those who use the spinning Memery-dex), then you should be good! You can cut your own cards and punch the holes on the bottom. If you don’t have the Memorydex punch yet, there are tutorials on how to measure and punch with a regular hole punch.

I made a few extras for a swap!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy Singing Praises; paper- vanilla, brown, SU! Pear Pizzazz and Etcetera dsp; ink- Memento Rich Cocoa; accessories- MISTI, Heidi Swapp Memorydex holder and Tabs dies, foam dimensionals, fringe trim, Scor-tape, 1 3/8″ circle punch, CC Designs Vine die, Prima flowers, pearls, EK Success heart punch.

flamingo pocket letter

Hello! It’s the first day of Summer so I thought I’d share a summery project today. Last week I revisited the Pocket Letters. It’s been 3 1/2 years since I last created¬†one¬†so I agreed to do a swap.

I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Be a Flamingo and Life & Lemons stamp sets. If you aren’t familiar with pocket letters, it is basically a baseball card sleeve which is filled with 9 ATC size (2 1/2 x 3 1/2)¬†creations. When done, it easily folds into thirds and slips into a business size envelope. Kind of like a pen pal letter made up of baseball sized cards.

Here’s a few closer pics…

On the back I thought it would be fun to include a few summer recipes along with my notes to her. I also made a simple mini book that was tucked in the bottom left pocket. The arrows are from the Note This stamp set.

To make the little mini book, I just sort of winged it and quickly came up with my own measurements. I started with a 2 1/4 x 4 piece of cardstock for the cover and scored it @ 2. Then I cut 5 pieces of copy paper 2 1/8 x 3 7/8 and folded them in half. I layered them and trimmed the edge a bit, then inserted it in the cover and stapled it all together with a Tiny Attacher (mini stapler).

It’s fun to create something other than a card. These look so much cuter in person. I hope you try one!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy Be a Flamingo, Life & Lemons¬†and¬†Note This; paper-¬†white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight and Pink Pirouette,¬†Echo Park- Summer Fun; ink-¬†Memento Tuxedo¬†Black, SU! Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals, The Paper Studio yellow doily, EK Success Pineapple punch, Dymo label maker, SU! Decorative Label and oval punch, Die-Namics Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Window & Banner Strip dies, Couture Creations Pretty in Pink embossing folder (flamingoes), Stickles, gemstones.

Mer-mazing card and gift bag

Good morning! If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a FUN new release at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps! Today I’m sharing two projects with¬†the adorable¬†Mer-mazing stamp set by SNSS’s newest illustrator, Jenn Nilsson.

First, I made an acetate tent card with the sweet mermaid and sea gull. I started with a 4 1/4 x 10 1/4 piece of cardstock and scored it @ 1 3/4, 7 1/4, 8 1/4, and 9 1/4. Mountain fold all scored lines except the 8 1/4 score which is Valley folded. I die cut some waves on the top & bottom sections of the front and then a piece of clear acetate was attached to them.

I added some blingy stickers to the acetate for bubbles, the center of the flower in her hair, and even placed one for a belly button. lol.

I love to decorate gift bags but don’t do it often enough! So I thought the little mermaid would¬†be a cute way to dress up this plain chevron bag.

I gave her some fun hair color this time and popped her up on some banner die cuts. (I even made a small dent in the eyelets still in my stash!)

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy Mer-mazing; paper-¬†white, SU! Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana, Echo Park- Party Time; ink-¬†Memento Tuxedo¬†Black; accessories- Copics, foam dimensionals, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, clear acetate, Lawn Fawn Stitched Wave Borders, glitter stickers (Stampendous Dot Sparklers Gold and Starform Turquoise/Silver, gift bag, Art Impressions 5134- Banner Double Stitched Dies, Darice Mermaid Scales embossing Folder, eyelets, baker’s twine.

Paper Pumpkin calendar kit

Hello! This month’s SU! Paper Pumpkin kit is a hanging calendar. I rarely get these kits done right away but I wanted to get¬†this one¬†put together to start the year off. Here’s what it looks like…

I wanted to alter my calendar though. Some people are turning it into cards but I decided to keep it a calendar and just switch out the stamps used. I had fun looking for images that would fit/work for each month. Some are brand new sets and many are old…some are SU! and others are from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. One is a Classic Pooh! Here’s what I came up with…

Have a great day!

stamps used-

SU!- Million-Dollar Moments (raindrops), Incentive stamp (duck), Sweet Summer, Kindness Matters, Watercolor Minis, Sweeter Treaters

Sweet ‘n Sassy- Crazy About Snowmen, Heart Candy, Happy Home, You’re A Star, Leaf Silhouettes, Falling Leaves, Peace on Earth

Classic Pooh- All Night Media- Promise Me

a lamp to stamp

Hello! Just popping in quick to share a fun project I made for a gift exchange last night with friends. I’ve been wanting to make this lamp for a long time but just recently got to¬†it. I bought the fixture a year ago! lol. The hardest part was¬†searching for¬†a shade the right size and one that would clip onto the light bulb.¬†Apparently they don’t make them much any more?

Here’s my stamp lamp…

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I started with a mason jar and filled it with some older wood mount stamps.

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Then I added a 1″ strip of fabric and a little wooden stamp slice embellishment that I’ve had in my stash for years. I don’t remember where they came from…it was so long ago! I used some Archival Black ink to stamp a tiny sentiment on it.

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I didn’t take the plastic off the shade yet¬†to protect it.

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I hope this inspires you to create one of your own. I know I will be making another one for myself! ūüôā

Have a great day!

Truckin’ Through the Seasons notepad tin

Quite a few years ago these tins were popular to decorate and place a Staples note pad inside. They are approx. 5×7 and I still have a stack of them in my basement…anyone else? lol. I recently needed to make a small gift and I couldn’t find what I needed for¬†the project I had planned…so I looked around for another idea¬†and found these tins.

I decided to create it as a Christmas notepad tin and I immediately knew I wanted to use the cute truck die! It’s the Spellbinders October 2018 Large Die of the Month- Truckin‚Äô Through the Seasons die set. And it’s awesome! I also wanted to pair it with the buffalo plaid that is so popular right now. This one is Concord & 9th Plaid Background. The sentiment is from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Home for the Holidays set. I added some Crystal Effects to the window and embossed the trees with a Buffalo Plaid embossing folder!

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Inside the tin I added a pocket on the left (which I inserted a little die to add with the gift) and above it I attached the December calendar with removable tape (so it can be switched out).

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The little truck is so cute, it will be fun to use in other seasons too!

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy Home For The Holidays, Concord & 9th Plaid Background; paper-¬†white, black, red, silver,¬†SU! Real Red, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, and Coastal Cabana; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- tin, Spellbinders October 2018 Large Die of the Month- Truckin‚Äô Through the Seasons die set and Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three, Crystal Effects, Staples notepad and pen, Scor-Tape, corner rounder, Marianne Creatables tree (LR0136), Park Lane Buffalo Plaid embossing folder.

go with faith canvas

Earlier this year I made a 4″ coaster for¬†the magnetic frame that hangs by my desk¬†and I planned to make a few more to switch out once in a while. All the tiles I have for my frame are square or round coasters and this time I wanted to try a 4×4 canvas panel.

For my canvas, I used Go God‚Äôs Way¬†and Life in Jesus from the new Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy stamps July Release. I also used Go With, Texture Tiles 1, and the Girl Power Printable.

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The background was done with a spritz of water added to acrylic paints. Then the words and bike were stamped with Archival Black and some texture was stamped on the grass with Archival Chartreuse. I colored with Inktense pencils and water with a brush. Normally the Inktense pencils would be permanent after wetting them but they were still workable since they were applied over acrylics so¬†I sprayed the canvas with Krylon Workable Fixatif. Next I adhered the printed girl and covered the whole piece with decoupage glue. Some paper flowers were added last. It was fun creating on the canvas surface…I’ll be doing more of these for sure.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‚Äėn Sassy¬†Go God‚Äôs Way, Life in Jesus, Go With, Texture Tiles 1, and Girl Power Printable; paper-¬†white; ink-¬†Archival¬†Black and Chartreuse; accessories- 4×4 canvas, magnet, acrylic paints, decoupage glue, Krylon Workable Fixatif, Inktense pencils, brush, glue dots, paper flowers.

in the morning…

Hello!¬†Today I am sharing a¬†project using¬†Sweet ‚Äėn 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.

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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.

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

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‚Äėn 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.

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!

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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. ūüôā¬†¬†Measurements for cutting and scoring can be found here.

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

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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.