Category Archives: sketches

flower power and a sketch

The February sneak peeks continue at All That Scraps and today we are previewing Christine’s new Flower Power set.  Monkey is back and is as cute as ever!


The word “Friend” is also from one of the February sets…AmyR’s All Women.  Be sure to stop by the ATS blog for a chance to win these sets.

When I was finished with this card, I kinda liked how the layout turned out.  So for any of you sketch lovers, I drew this up quick…have fun with it and link back so I can see what you made.  :0)


Have a great weekend!

stamps- Flower Power by C.C. Designs, AmyR All Women; paper- Regal Rose, black, white, dp- KI Memories; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Prima, button, linen thread, Stickles, Copics.

a Stampavie challenge and a sketch

Hi all!  It’s time once again for…


Today Jay Jay issued a color challenge.  We were to use the colors yellow, orange and red.

With the approaching fall season, I immediately thought of the beautiful fall leaves that we will soon see on the trees here in PA.  So I found this cute Tina Wenke image called Opossum Pals and decided to turn it into an autumn tree. 


I cut and embossed the accent leaves with some Spellbinders dies and then sponged them with ink while they were still in the die.  Your fingers tend to get a bit messy this way but it is so worth it, I think!  I was wishing later that I had spritzed some color on as well…maybe next time!

As I was creating this card, I thought that it might make a nice sketch to share.  So I made one up quick….I’d love to have you play along!  If you use my sketch, post a link back here and I’ll pick a winner on Sunday to send a little somethin’!  :0)

Here you go…don’t feel limited by the leaves!  They are only meant to be an accent….you can use flowers, buttons, etc. …whatever you imagine!


Don’t forget to check out the Stampavie challenge here and enter to win a great prize! 

I’m off to enjoy the day…today is our anniversary!  But we will be spending it with a bunch of teenagers having a pool party here.  LOL.  Good times!

stamps- Tina Wenke Opossum Pals by Stampavie, AmyR Thank You Sentiments; paper- Saffron, Red, Pumpkin, Summer Sun, My Minds Eye Magnolia; ink- Memento Black, Pumpkin, Saffron; accessories- Creative Memories Deco Trimmer, Rectangle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Assorted Leaves, Copics, ribbon, sponge, pop dots, SU! Oval punches, red Stickles.

I’m late, I’m late…

Today the ATS DT challenge is a sketch challenge.  I made a sketch for Lesa this time and here it is.  Sorry I’m a bit late getting it posted today!


And here is the card I created using this sketch and some of Amy’s images:


We’d love to have you play along with this sketch!  If you do, be sure to upload to the ATS gallery.  Don’t forget that the monthly guest designers are often chosen from the challenge submissions!

stamps- AmyR Fresh Flowers; paper- Lav. Lace, Saffron, white, glossy white, green; ink- Lav. Lace, Lilac, Moss, Olive, Saffron, Memento Black; accessories- SU! Manhattan Flower embossing folder, Oval and Labels 4 Nestabilities, Primas, gel pen, cell phone bling.

Springtime Lily

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend! 

There’s a lot going on today…hopefully later I will have another sample for the ATS release tonight!  But first I want to share the card and sketch I made for the new Stampavie challenges.


The Stampavie DT will be issuing a challenge twice a month and we hope you can play along!  Hop on over to the DT blog to check out all the details and find out how you can win a prize!  Jay Jay will be our challenge coordinator and she has all of our samples there to share with you. 

For our challenge today, I made up this sketch for you to try:


 And here is my sample:

ram-lily-sketch-2-diane-zechman.jpgWith a few days of nice spring weather lately, I couldn’t help but to use Rachelle Anne Miller’s image called Lily- Springtime!  She makes you feel happy just looking at her!

Here’s a teensy little bonus prize…

I have an extra of this card that I made, so if you play along with the challenge, be sure to upload it with the keyword on the sketch to the Splitcoast gallery.  By Stampavie rules, you must use a Stampavie image to participate for the prizes associated with this challenge.  Next Monday, the 13th, I will pick a random winner (from the cards uploaded to SCS) to receive this card.  I hope you get a chance to participate and I can’t wait to see your entries!

stamps- Rachelle Anne Miller’s Lily- Springtime, Hero Arts Friendly Greetings; paper- Wasabi, White, Saffron, dp- DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies; ink- Memento Black; accessories- Copic markers, Rectangle Nestabilities, Stickles, Primas, ribbon.


caterpillar cottage & a sketch

caterpillar-cottage-diane-zechman.jpgI have always thought that this Inky Antics image was cute!  The little critters on the mushroom rooftop just make me smile!  :0)  A few months ago I purchased the Sizzix Caterpillar die and it seemed to go well with the image so I knew I wanted to work it into the card somehow.  I tried to use a marker and dot him some eyes but it just didn’t look right.  Sometimes those little mess-ups make the card better in the end though.  I remembered that I had some teeny tiny wiggly eyes….and they fixed it up perfectly!  Then I used a black marker to color the antennae and the tips of his feet.  The sentiment is from the C.C. Designs Sentiment Set.  You can’t tell in the pic, but there’s Stickles on the ladybug’s wings!  I also added Stickles to the dots on the roof and the center of the flower.

stamps- Caterpillar Cottage- Inky Antics, Sentiment Set- C.C. Designs

paper- PTI white, dp- KI Memories, Turquoise, Lavander Lace, Green Galore, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange

ink- Palette Black, Lavander Lace

accessories- Copic markers, Circle Nestabilities, gel pen, Sizzix Caterpillar, wiggly eyes, Prima, Stickles

pcsc4-diane-zechman.jpgAs I was creating this card I thought it might be a good design for a sketch.  Would you like to try it?  I would love to have you play along!

If you create a card (or scrapbook page, 3-D item, etc.) using this sketch, please use the keyword PCSC4 when uploading to SCS (for Paper Cookies Sketch Challenge 4).  And don’t forget to link back here and let me know!  🙂  I would love to see your creations!

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

Rose’s Garden

roses-garden-1-diane-zechman.jpgYea!  It’s Friday!  And today I am sharing a sketch for you to try.  This is my second card with the Sarah Kay images from Stampavie and I am loving them!  I started out with this sketch in mind.  I was in the car one day, waiting for someone, and doodled a few sketches.  So I decided to use this one for my challenge today.  The dotted paper was chosen first because I was looking for something with a small pattern, knowing it would get mostly covered.  I have a hard time covering up those pretty papers!  Then I chose a nice contrasting color for the card base.  Next I was digging through my ribbons and found this one which I love and completely forgot I had!  It all came together from there.     

sketch-3-diane-zechman-7-08.jpgCutting the main image wasn’t too difficult…I don’t have any tricks to tell you.  Just cut a slant and use the first cut as a guide for cutting the second side.  Then adjust it to fit the card.

I hope you play along with the sketch!  If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword PCSC3 (for Paper Cookies Sketch Challenge 3).  And don’t forget to link back here…I would love to see them!  🙂

stamps- Sarah Kay- Roses’s Garden, Vases in Vogue

paper- Turquoise, White, Saffron, Choc. Chip, BoBunny Shabby Princess

ink- Black

accessories- Copic markers, ribbon, Key Tag punch, paper flower from Walmart, Quikutz flourish die, button

my ABC’s wheel again! (and a sketch)

The My ABC’s wheel was the first thing I bought from the new catalog. I still haven’t used it for it’s intended purpose, though…LOL! Here’s my first card where I used it to make a road. Now I decided to make a masculine card and use it for a plaid background. 🙂 The wheel was repeated both vertically and horizontally to make the plaid design.
I also loved Jami’s paper-pieced boat and was anxious to try one myself. Paper-piecing is such fun and it’s been a while since I’ve done this technique. Just stamp the image onto cardstock, and then again onto patterned paper. Cut the patterned pieces out and layer onto the cardstock. Easy-peasy! I also cut the large smoke cloud out and layered it on. The smaller 2 clouds were made with a white gel pen and when they were dry I outlined them with a black marker to match the large cloud…..I love how they turned out! I also used the white gel pen on the life preservers. A red & green marker were used to highlight areas that were not paper-pieced. And I just had to add some doodled lines. 😉 “sharon in ne” noticed the little heart on my doodle in my last card with Anna’s kitty. I liked how that little heart accidentally popped into a card recently so now I have a hard time not putting one on….it’s like a little signature design I guess. LOL.


stamps- My ABC’s wheel, Linen
cardstock- white, Thyme, Buckaroo, Vanilla, patterned paper-unknown
ink- black, Thyme, Caramel, markers- Brocade, Rose Red, Artichoke
access- circle punch, Word Window punch, gel pen, brads


I threw this card together with some scrap pieces I had laying around and I liked how it all came together. So for all of you sketch junkies (like myself) I made up this sketch design. If you use this sketch to make a card, please post a link back here in the comments.

Edit a year later… if you make a card and upload on SCS, please use the keyword PCSC2.  I would love to see what you create!

Saturday challenge cards

Wow…it’s been a busy summer Saturday! I haven’t had a chance to upload my cards for today’s challenges until now and it’s getting late! Where did the day go?

This first card I actually made a few months ago and never got around to uploading on SCS. So I knew when I decided to do a sketch challenge what my design would be! 🙂 If you are a fan-clubber, then you can view my sketch challenge as well as the other challenges for today here.

On this card, I reversed one of the girls by stamping her on clear acetate, flipping it over and stamping her again (overlapping the flowers). Stazon ink works great on acetate. I colored them with Sharpie markers and paper pieced the dress on one girl. You need to color with the Sharpies carefully, trying to avoid the Stazon ink because the Sharpie markers will draw the black into the color. To paper piece the dress, just stamp the image again on the patterned paper, cut the dress out & attach it to the girl. Then I layered the acetate over a piece of white cs. The flower brads hold it together so there’s no need for adhesive on the acetate.  Here’s the card:


Edit a year later….here’s my sketch for this card.   If you upload a card using this sketch on SCS, please use the keyword  DTGDcookiestamper and link back here. 


stamps- Amuse, Inkadinkado
cs- White, Regal Rose, Teal, Pumpkin, Me & My Big Ideas dp
ink- Stazon, Sharpies, Rose Red, Pumpkin, Teal
access- clear acetate, Round tab punch, flower punch, brads, Stickles

shhhh………don’t tell Sherry, but I cheated on her challenge! LOL. I had the main image laying around unfinished from a stamping session with a friend. I used a slightly different method but I got the same results as Sherry’s challenge instructions, so I thought I’d share it anyway.
I stamped the motif in Orange and applied Crackle Accents dimensional glue. It made the color bleed out and also changed it to a Pumpkin color. I got the dimensional glue from an LSS, but I’m sure if you google it you should be able to find it.
The swirls were embossed with a pretty EP that came from Sparkle & Sprinkle. I love Margaret’s embossing powders!
The punched frame idea came from Cami’s blog- here.


stamps- Baroque Motifs
cs- Apricot, Choc. Chip, Pumpkin, white
ink- Versamark, Orange, Choc. Chip
access- Square Steps Punch, ribbon, Paprika Rain ep, Crackle Accents dimensional glue

Jen’s challenge was perfect timing….I was given some samples of bright colored cardstock to design a card for some ladies at our church to make. I doubt they ever stamped before, so I needed to keep it fairly simple. I think we will use colored pencils on the image and I will give them the option to add the extra pen-stitching and doodling. Using the bold, bright colors is a bit out of my comfort zone but it sure makes a cheery card! I need to try them more often!


stamps- Send A Celebration
cs- non-SU, Sassy dp
ink- black
access- colored pencils, ribbon, Stickles