Category Archives: sketches

virtual stamping 9

Hello! Here’s a few more cards that I’ve made while stamping “virtually” with my friends. These were all stamped with Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps.

First, I have two more gnome cards using the new Winter Gnomes stamp set. These gnomes are so cute and fun to create with! I paired them with papers from American Crafts- Noel.

If you like sketches, I drew this one up…

My second gnome card was for another sketch challenge. I used the same paper pack, along with the Cuttlebug Ice Crystal die & embossing folder combo and the Martha Stewart Polar punch.

The next two cards use the new Encouraging Peonies stamp set. These beautiful flowers can be colored many ways or stamped simply like I’ve done here. This card was also for a sketch. The sentiment was cut with Sizzix Stacked Baroque dies and accented with gold thread (hard to see!). Also difficult to see in the photo are a few adhesive pearls.

Sympathy cards can be difficult to create…I kept this one CAS. The large flower was stamped onto a speckled cream base and the smaller one onto white cardstock, which was fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.

Refresh…something we all could use a little of right now, right? A gift card to a local coffee shop would go perfectly with this “Jesus & Java” card. I used the SNSS Fill Me Up set and matching dies. The coffee cup was paper pieced, popped up, and accented with a small epoxy heart sticker. This was for a challenge to use any beverage.

My last card today uses the Thrill of Hope stamp set. It was for a challenge to create this special cut & fold. My largest trimmer is 12″ so I had to cut the diagonal on the 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock by hand with a craft knife and ruler! But I was happy with the end result. I love the trees in the Gina K Red Velvet ink! I used Gina Marie Stitched Circles and Rectangles and the SU! Northern Flurry embossing folder.

EDIT: To answer some questions… I didn’t follow a tutorial,  I’m sure there’s one out there but I’m not sure what it is called. I just scored an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock at 4 1/4 on the short side and 5 1/2 on the long side. Then I used a ruler and craft knife to cut it diagonally to get the two card bases. For the music paper, just cut a layer… 4 x 5 1/4  or 4 1/8 x 5 3/8  diagonally.

The inside…

Thanks for popping in and have a great day!

simply the zest

Good morning! I have one more SNSS card to share this month. Here I used the July Stamp of the Month, Summer Fruits… a fun, fruity new set perfect for your summer-time cards!

The dots on the lemons aren’t near as bold as in the picture! My camera really picked up on those. lol. I kinda liked how this card came together. I may use this layout again. EDIT: I’ve added a sketch below if you’d like to try it!

Have a great start to the week and stay cool! It’s supposed to be another hot one!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Summer Fruits; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, MME-Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MISTI, Copics, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Circles, foam dimensionals, enamel dots.

simply enjoy it all (and a sketch)

Hey friends, sorry for a third post today!  The auto feed on my blog isn’t working quite right (this seems to happen about once a year…arrrgh) and so here’s a test post to see if I fixed it.

Simple card….I used the Misti to line up the flowers and stamp a bunch so I could put several cards together.

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I got the Altenew Painted Flowers set here!  The sentiment is an old Michael’s dollar stamp.  And those are tiny Nuvo Drops to accent!

If you like sketches, here you go!

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Have a great day!

fill me up

Good morning! This month Sweet ‘n Sassy has released one set for pre-order… the Exclamations Clear Stamp Set from the Creative Worship line.

I used the coffee cup (or hot cocoa would be my choice!) image to make a quick CAS card.

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I colored with Copics, then added some Crystal Effects to the drink and spoon.

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This layout is great for using up some patterned paper scraps! I figured I would use it again so I drew up a sketch.  These are the measurements I came up with for this card and can be used as a guide, but you can make your banners any size you want.

sketch 19 diane zechman

Have fun with it and have a great weekend!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Exclamations Clear Stamp Set; paper- white, Basic Grey- Eva; ink-  Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, 2 1/2″ circle punch, twine, Crystal Effects.

hoppy Easter

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4754 – Hoppy Easter Set.  It has a few bunnies with eggs but it also has this cute little chick.

hoppy easter diane zechman

You may have noticed that my challenge card today has the same patterned paper. I found this piece of 12×12 paper that was cut into squares for a project a few years ago. I guess I thought the leftover pieces were too pretty to toss and left them in a box of unfinished cards.  The colors and fun floral pattern were perfect for my spring cards today.

I brushed some clear Wink of Stella onto the eggs for some sparkle and the chick’s arms & eggs were popped up!


I also have a sketch if you’d like to try this one.  🙂

sketch 16 diane zechman

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4754 – Hoppy Easter Set; paper- white, SU! Blushing Bride and Dusty Durango, K&Co. Amy Butler- Lucky Flowers; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics. Circle Nestabilities, washi tape, foam dimensionals, Clear Wink of Stella, rhinestones.

hedgie hi

Good morning!

Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog using the Furry Friends and Chunky Alpha stamp sets.

hedgie hi diane zechman

I don’t remember where I saw a card with a similar sketch, but I love it!  I think it will quickly become one of my “go-to” sketches.  This hedgie is quite cute…I masked him and stamped the stump below so he had a resting place.  Then I chose a patterned paper with a sort-of “woodsy” feel to go with him.

If you like the sketch too, here you go…

sketch 14 diane zechman

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Furry Friends and Chunky Alpha; paper- vanilla, SU! Crumb Cake, Basic Grey- Sultry; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Kiwi Kiss; accessories- Copics, linen thread, mini staples.


leave it

Good morning!

Today Sweet ‘n Sassy is starting a new weekly special for their birthday month.  Be sure to keep checking for occasional daily deals, weekly specials, and a grand prize!

Here I used one of the freebies SNSS is giving away this week.  I also used some dies from Leaf Silhouettes Dies and Bookmarks & More Dies.

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From November 18th to the 24th, you will receive a FREE Exclusive Stamp with your purchase!  You will receive 1 of 4 designs for every $25 you spend.  🙂

It’s been a while since I drew up some sketches and I really liked this layout, so here you go.  I made the width of the image and banner panels a bit wider on the sketch.  If you want them the same as this card, they are each 2″ wide.

sketch 15 diane zechman

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy freebie; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, MME- Boo to You; accessories- Copics, SNSS Leaf Silhouettes Dies and Bookmarks & More Dies, Stickles, twine.


lotus blossom and a sketch

Just sharing another SU! card today…I used the SAB freebie Lotus Blossom set on this one.

lotus blossom 1 diane zechman

This flower is gorgeous in lots of colors!  (Trust me, I’ve tried it!)

And here’s a sketch in case you like the layout.  I used the same one as I did here…but added the paper doily.

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I am longing for flowers…can you tell?

stamps- SU! Lotus Blossom; paper- Painted Blooms dsp, Crumb Cake, white; ink- Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso; accessories- paper doily, button, crochet thread, adhesive pearls, Labels Collection Framelits dies, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, corner rounder.

acetate overlay pasture birthday

Brrr…are you staying warm?  We are quickly tiring of the frigid temps and are already waiting for February to be over!  It looks like another cold week ahead.

I played with some new SU! stamps recently.  I really liked the From The Herd stamp set when I saw it in the catalog so it was one of my first choices.  Here’s my card…

CAS acetate overlay from the herd diane zechman

This set will be fun to color… but I knew that I wouldn’t always want to color it.  😉  Then I remembered a card design and sketch that I made 5 years ago which would be perfect for this set.  I stamped the herd onto a clear acetate panel with Stazon Black ink and used it as an overlay.  The brads hold the acetate in place so no additional adhesive is needed!

Here is my updated sketch with measurements for each panel.

sketch 9b march 2010 diane zechman

The acetate panel is optional.  Use patterned papers, embossed or stamped panels, etc.  The brads can be moved to whichever panels you want…but you need to use at least 2 brads to keep the acetate layer in place.

Have a great week and stay warm!

stamps- SU! From The Herd; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, white; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment) and Stazon Black (on acetate); accessories- brads, clear acetate.

Ruffles and a sketch

It’s time again for another Stampavie challenge and this time I made a sketch for you all to try!  You can find out all the info you need to play along here on the Stampavie blog.

Here’s the card I made with the sketch…it was just what I needed to use up some scraps!


A close-up of Ruffles puppy…


And here’s the sketch.  I hope you can play along and I can’t wait to see what you create!


Have a great week!

stamps- Helz Cuppleditch’s Ruffles Puppy Spring Basket, SU! Whimsical Words; paper- Banana, Black, White, DCWV Spring Matstack; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Blossom Nestabilities, Copics, EK Success flower punch, flower brads.