Category Archives: masculine/boy

mish mash

Hello! Today I am catching up again with a “mish mash” of various cards I haven’t shared. The first two are from 2018 using the Lawn Fawn Critter Concert stamps and dies. The black edge on the first card was made with an old Martha Stewart Cornice Edge punch. The background was masked and sponged.

I used Spellbinders Heart Circles dies on the second card. My sentiment was done on the computer.

The next card is one of my favorite masculine cards and it gets a prize for hanging around without being photographed for so long. lol. I made this in at least 2015! Stamps are SU! By the Tide and Hardwood. The sentiment is an old Sweet ‘n Sassy set, Rhubarb’s Birthday Wish. The tag is watercolor paper. The inks used are Pool Party, Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, and Soft Suede. I really need to use that burlap ribbon again!

Here’s another masculine card I recently made with another SU! set…Moon Lake. The sentiment is from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Keep in Touch, Too. Papers are black, Smoky Slate, and Lost Lagoon. Ink is SU! Basic Gray. I also used the SU! Seaside embossing folder, MISTI, 2″ circle punch, and Die-Namics Cross-Stitch Circles.

I started with 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 2 1/2 and 6 1/2 so it overlaps. The inside…

My next card was for a challenge a few of my friends and I did to use the SU! stamp set Papillon Potpourri. I also used SU! Timeless Textures and SNSS Birthday Greetings. Colors are SU! Mellow Moss, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum and Pale Plum. Others…SU! Lace 3D embossing folder, paper doily, SU! Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, circle punches.

I also decorated the envelope! The “deliver to” is a wood mount stamp by Printworks (I think it’s from Hobby Lobby).

The poppy thanks card is inspired by one that Bette Manning created. I just changed a few things. The poppies are from the current SU! mini catalog. I loved how she used them with the wreath embossing folder! I also decorated the envelope again.

And my last one today is a 6×6 recipe card. If you never made Buckeye Brownies, you seriously need to!

Have a great day and stay well!



celebrate 50

Happy New Year, friends! Wow…2019 already!!

I don’t usually make New Year themed cards but I do have a different kind of celebration card to share. This one was for a 50th birthday. You can easily switch out the 50, though, with an image or words for any occasion.

I started with a pre-printed card base from a pack of cards at Michael’s. It already has the hexagon pattern in gold! I just added a few die cuts… the black hexagon, gold numbers, and the black celebrate (layered onto a white strip). So easy!

Happy New Year!

free indeed

Hello! There’s only 2 more days left in June and we are creeping up on the 4th of July holiday so today I am sharing two cards I made earlier this month with a patriotic theme. I used the Free Indeed stamp set from the  Sweet ‘n Sassy June Release. I also used Brotherly Love and Scripty Thoughts on the second card.

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After I previously made a card with a camo hat on one of the guys, I decided to make another with a serviceman.

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Have a safe 4th!


great guys

Good morning! I am sharing some cards today using a Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp set, Brotherly Love, from the June Release. I also used Girl Power and Bitty Minnie Alpha. I paired the guys and girls on my first card to make a wedding card.

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There are a few different hats for the guys in the Brotherly Love set. I turned one into a camo hat on my second card since we have lots of hunters in our family.

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These sets are very versatile and although they were designed for bible journaling, you can see they are great for cards too.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Brotherly LoveGirl Power, and Bitty Minnie Alpha; paper- white, SU! Coastal Cabana and Crumb Cake; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Simon Says Stamp Love die, QuicKutz Retro Diamonds embossing folder, pearls, Gina Marie Wonky Stitched Squares and Scalloped Stitched Rectangles.


Hello friends!  Today I am sharing my last “official” card for Art Impressions. As of the end of May I took a break and stepped down from the Ai team. You’ll see me posting some cards from time to time, though…I still love Ai!

The current Ai Challenge is “Odd Animals” and we are featuring the NEW Funny Farm Release! This is such a fun line. Here I used 5002- Sloth-some Set.

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When I saw this pack of paper at Hobby Lobby months ago, I knew it would be perfect for the sloths!

Now go break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Odd Animals” Challenge! Happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 5002- Sloth-some Set; paper- white, black; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Blueprints 14, SU! Designer Label punch, foam tape.

no tomorrow!

Hey friends! I am just popping in quick with some kids’ birthday cards I made the other day. This time I was stamping just for fun and wow… how cute are these dinos?! I’m not sure what took me so long to use them!

These fun images are from Reverse Confetti’s No Tomorrow set. I also used the matching dies, No Tomorrow Confetti Cuts. I have to say that I was surprised how nicely the stamps inked up right out of the package. I will definitely purchase their stamps again!

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When I went to their site to link up the set, I noticed a challenge on their blog and the theme is…birthday! lol. I guess I will go play along. 🙂 Here’s some single pics… I love how they turned out. I decided not to color the images this time but they will be super fun to color another time I use them!

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I LOVE the “party like there’s no tomorrow” sentiment!

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Have a great night!

stamps- Reverse Confetti’s No Tomorrow; paper- white, SU! Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist and Lucky Limeade, Colorbok- Carnival; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- corner rounder, 2 1/2″ circle punch, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, SNSS Stars dies (retired).

a 300 yard drive

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card I made using one of the Ai Work and Play sets. Here I used 4902- Par-Tee Golfers Set.

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about golf and I’m terrible at estimating distance, but I’m pretty sure a 300-yard drive would be pretty impressive! lol. This guy is sure having fun with his 300-yard drive!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4902- Par-Tee Golfers Set; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze, The Paper Studio- Be Jeweled; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Grassy Hills, Gina Marie Golf Cart die, craft knife, cutting mat, foam tape, MISTI.

one fish…two fish…

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the Ai Mouthfuls. I love this collection! Here I just used a few of the accessory images in the 4951 – Cat Mouthful Set to make a fun child’s birthday card.

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I typed the words and printed them onto cardstock. Then I stamped the images and colored them with Copics.

I don’t always stamp on the inside of my card but I felt this needed a printed sentiment to match. The party hat image was stamped above.

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I also added some Crystal Effects to the water in the fish bowls. Now they are nice and shiny!

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I saved the words so I could make some cards again in the future. If you would like to try one, here’s some printables for you!

One fish two fish pdf printable

One fish two fish inside pdf printable

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4951 – Cat Mouthful Set; paper- white, SU! Real Red; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MISTI, Crystal Effects, Stickles.

rustic cabin birthday

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Anything Goes” and I created a masculine card with some of the Ai Watercolor sets. I wanted to make a night-time scene with a sponged background so I didn’t use them this time with watercolor techniques.

Here I used 4962- WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4960- WC Fir Trees Set, 4051- Foliage Set, and a sentiment from the Ai Hobby Lobby- AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set.

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I first stamped the cabin onto a 3×3 square of white cardstock and also a post-it note to create a mask.

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The cabin was then colored with Copic markers in shades of gray.

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The cabin was masked off and I also punched a 3/4″ circle to sponge a moon.

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Then the “moon” was masked to sponge the sky & ground.

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After all masks were removed, I stamped the trees and grass with black ink. Then mount it on your card!

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4962- WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4960- WC Fir Trees Set, 4051- Foliage Set, and a sentiment from the Ai Hobby Lobby- AiCS36- Birthday Wishes Set; paper- white, black, SU! Marina Mist, DCWV Dots, Stripes, & Plaids; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Marina Mist, and Midnight Muse; accessories- Copics, Post-it Notes, 3/4″ circle punch, enamel dots.

birthday fox

Hello! Can you believe 2017 has almost come to a close? I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and many blessings come your way in 2018!

I am sharing a quick card today using a few of the December Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets called Scene Silhouettes: Woodland , Scene Silhouettes: Trees, and Thoughtful Words.

fox birthday diane zechman

I used a stamp positioning tool (the MISTI) to make this a super easy card to create. The trees were stamped onto both white cardstock and blue patterned paper. Then the top of the white piece was cut away to create a snowy hill. The fox and bird were then stamped to finish the scene.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Scene Silhouettes: Woodland , Scene Silhouettes: Trees, and Thoughtful Words; paper- white, black, SU! Crumb Cake and retired Prints Pack; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- MISTI tool, MFT Blueprints 21.