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Another month has gone by and I have a few more challenge cards to share. Not as many cards this time but here’s what I made. This first card was cased and I added the little kitty and bird. We all don’t like having to make a sympathy card but this one is easy and pretty quick to make when needed. I used SU! Grace’s Garden and Darice With Sympathy embossing folder.

For a sketch and masculine challenge, I used SU! Waterfront.

Next I made masculine and feminine versions of this card using the Paper Smooches Happy Hellos set. This was for keeping lots of white space and using your oldest papers. The papers on the card on the right were actually sticky-back! I wish papers were made like that now. lol.

Here’s a coffee card for a sketch challenge using SNSS Coffee TalkMarker Alpha, and Texture Tiles 5.

The last two cards were made for a sketch and fancy fold. I used the SNSS O Holy Night for both cards. I also used paper from MME-Joyful, a pre-printed card base (diagonal stripe), Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Circles and Mosaic Triangle Edge Circles, SU! Modern Mosaic e.f., and the Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch.

Have a great weekend!


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Hello! I’m back with more cards that I’ve recently made while “virtual stamping” with friends and playing along with challenges. My first card was for a challenge to make a split card. I used Altenew’s Flower Arrangement stamp set & matching dies. Altenew makes such pretty flowers!

Here’s a pic of how I placed the flowers on a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock. I didn’t draw a line down the center with a pencil per directions…I just lightly scored a line. After they’re glued down, you cut the piece in half and trim the edges to create two cards.

Colors used: SU! Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, and Garden Green.

My next card was for a challenge to make a Tall Z-Fold card. I used the retired SU! Simply Soft set, along with Touches of Texture (bee) and Peaceful Moments. The border was punched with a Martha Stewart Edge punch.

Colors: Distress Picked Raspberry and SU! Daffodil Delight.

Here’s one for a Four Fold card challenge. Again I used Touches of Texture and Peaceful Moments.

Colors used: SU! Vintage Violet, Cool Caribbean, Smoky Slate, and Sweet Sugarplum.

This next one was for Offset Triple Stamping. I used SU! Positive Thoughts and the Scripty embossing folder.

For a challenge to use a new purchase, I used my May Paper Pumpkin kit (mine arrived late as the first box was lost in the mail!). I made an acetate tent card. They are a lot of fun!

The next few cards were created with a new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps set called Peace Be Still. This is a great masculine set! I paired it with papers by The Paper Studio- The Pink Navy. This one was for a sketch challenge.

I got out the old craft knife to cut inside the rope.

Another one for a sketch challenge and also uses Peace Be Still.

Two more cards I made with Peace Be Still were made with layered ovals. I have no idea where this design originated but here’s a video with circles to show you how. I’ve seen it done with various shapes and they all look cool!

Cardstock colors: SU! Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay.

I combined two challenges, to make a collar card and a patriotic one, and used the Paper Smooches Circle of Honor stamp set. There’s an epoxy star sticker inside the large star. It’s so sad to hear that Kim is retiring Paper Smooches! But I wish her the best in her new endeavors!

Here’s another masculine card for a sketch challenge. I used Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Time Well SpentGear Up and Texture Tiles 2. Cardstock is Bordering Blue and Mossy Meadow.

My last card for today is for a Double Pleated Card challenge. I used Begin Again  and Encouraging Thoughts.

I’ve found a few more cards that I didn’t photograph yet so I’ll save those for next time! Have a great day and stay safe!



inspired by…

Hi! I’m playing catch-up again today and sharing some cards I made that were inspired by others. Occasionally I will semi-case a card and I like to give credit where it’s due!

My first one is a bridal shower card using SU! Wonderful Moments and inspired by this card by Sissy Hooper. I loved the design but switched out the background for the SU! Country Floral embossing folder. I used a shimmery white cardstock and the side was die cut with the Detailed Floral Thinlits. The cardstock circle behind the sentiment is Blush Blossom.

Next is a card using SU! Home to Roost. I liked the simple coloring on the chicken in my friend Heidi’s second card in this post. I also used some Recollections flowers and wood grain paper.

I happened across two pretty cards by Chris Smith using the SU! Wishing You Well stamp set and they also inspired me. The first one by this card on her blog. I used a quilted embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers and the MFT Stitched Scallop Edges dies.

For my second one I used two different papers & color schemes. They were inspired by her card here. I used The Paper Studio- Ice Cream Parlor and love Nicole- Bouquet of Color papers. The tiny flowers are Impression Obsession 140-D die.

And my last “inspired by” card today is one that I remember from quite some time ago but have no idea where it originated. An awning is created with a punch or die to create a window. Here I used a die from Sizzix Ornate Labels. The cupcake is a Paper Smooches die. (SO cute!)

Have a great day!

a few thank you’s

Good morning! I mentioned before that we (our local stampers) had a shoebox event in the beginning of November. We all get together to swap and make each other’s projects….such a fun day! We had several companies that were generous and sent products for door prizes so I wanted to make special thank you cards for each of them. I already shared the card I made for Art Impressions. Here’s the rest of them…

The first one was for Unity Stamp Company, using Lil’ Smartie Pants. Love that bird! I put Crystal Effects on his glasses. I also used the Stitched Arch Stax dies by MFT. The paper is Pebbles- Garden Party.

The next one was for Gina K. , using her fabulous Wreath Builder set. So fun to create with! Her stencil works great the MISTI!

Here’s one for MFT with a retired image that I still love…Because You’re Special from the Pure Innocence line. I also used their Stitched Rectangle Frames and Blueprints 20 dies.

This card was for Paper Smooches. I love the snowy guy from Warm Hearts! It’s fun and easy to create CAS cards with Paper Smooches!

This cutie is called Bunny Balloon (which also may be retired) and was for Whimsy Stamps. I also used MFT’s Stitched Scallop Basic Edges and Taylored Expressions’ grateful die.

Many thanks again to these great sponsors! It truly helped make our event a success!

happy thoughts

Good morning! I needed a few thank you cards recently using specific company products and I realized I forgot to photograph one or two before sending them off. Ugh. Here’s a few I came up with though. The first uses the MISTI with Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. Love that flower and the MISTI makes it easy! I added a few Nuvo drops under the sentiment.

Altenew and MISTI diane zechman

The second one uses a sweet pup from Paper Smooches’ Woofers and Tweeters. Her muzzle was stamped a second time and popped with foam tape. The sentiment is from Slang Gang. Gotta love it!  Both cards have an embossed background with the Darice Plaid embossing folder.

paper smooches woofers diane zechman

Have a great day!



Today I am playing along with this week’s Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Drafts challenge.  Click on the logo to take you to the sketch and play along!

I made a clean & simple, one layer card with the Chubby Chums owl and a sentiment from Slang Gang

I didn’t use my Copics for coloring here…instead, I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils & Gamsol for a different change of pace.

Hope your week is going great!  I get the stitches out of my finger today so I’m hoping for lots of crafting this week!  😉

stamps- Paper Smooches Slang Gang and Chubby Chums; paper- white, ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Prismacolor pencils & Gamsol.

Scor-Pal and Paper Smooches!

Woohoo!  The Scor-Pal DT has teamed up with the gals at Paper Smooches this week!  Fun fun fun!  I have 2 cards to share today using a Scor-Pal and the new PS set called Slang Gang.

For my first one I made Diana’s Accordian Fold Card.  Along with the Slang Gang sentiments, I also used the super cute Woofers and Tweeters and Friendly Flowers.

Start with a 4 1/4 x 11 piece of cardstock.  I changed the directions slightly and kept the paper aligned with the left side as I normally place it.  With a Scor-Pal, score the long side @ 1 1/2, 3, 5 1/2, and 8.  Then mountain/valley fold (accordion fold) starting with a mountain.

Your dsp layers are 1 1/4 x 4, 2 1/4 x 4, and 2 3/4 x 4.  Then decorate as desired.  After stamping and coloring my images, I fussy cut them and attached so they hung over the edges a bit.  (The Woofers dies are on my must-have list!!)

My second card is a CAS one.  I used several of the Slang Gang sentiments together as the focal point of the card.

After masking off the left side with post-it notes, I sponged a rainbow of colors on the right.  Then I over-stamped the words with the same colors (minus the yellow).  “really?” was stamped with black and then I scored both diagonal and vertical lines to give it some definition.  (The vertical scores are hard to see).

This card also fits this week’s PS Sparks Picture Perfect challenge.  :0)  Check out the details and play along!

Now go to the Scor-Pal blog for lots more inspiration!

Accordian card: stamps- Paper Smooches Slang Gang, Woofers and Tweeters, and Friendly Flowers; paper- Pool Party, Tangerine, white, Sycamore Street dsp; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal, Copics, SU! Oval and Designer Label punches.

CAS card: stamps- Paper Smooches Slang Gang; paper- white; ink- Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin, Daffodil Delight, Celery, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Scor-Pal.

a color challenge

It’s time for our Challenge Chicks May challenge! Yay! 

This month I chose a color challenge and Lydia made this cool graphic for us…

If you are using SU! colors.. it’s Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine.  If you don’t have those colors, we still want you to play along!  Match as closely as you can with any company’s cardstock/colors you have. 

I used the Paper Smooches Teen Routine set to make 2 CAS cards…one masculine and one feminine.  The second card also uses the P.S. Duo Die 1.  (Such a cute shape!)

Come play along and show us your projects with our color combo on our Facebook page! And use the keyword CHXMAY13 if you upload to the SCS gallery. Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • stamps- Paper Smooches Teen Routine and Alphadot; paper- Tangerine, Soft Sky, white, brown, MME fine and dandy boy; ink- Soft Sky, Curry, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine; accessories- Paper Smooches Duo Die 1, ribbon, Stickles, gemstones.

    mini magnetic calendars

    It’s been a few years since I’ve made these little magnetic coaster calendars…I almost forgot how FUN they are!

    I’ve had the chipboard coasters in my stash but the webstore where I used to get the calendars seems to be out of business.  phooey.  Luckily, while searching, I found them at Taylored Expressions…and I know how fabulous Taylor is so I had no qualms about ordering them there!  🙂

    I covered the 4″ coasters with various scraps of patterned paper, attached the calendars, and decorated them with some fun Paper Smooches stamps.  Then I added some bling and pearls to finish them off.  All they need yet is a magnet on the back.  They’ll be perfect for a little random RAK, don’tcha think?

    Some closer views…

    Hope you are keeping warm!!  It’s 5 degrees here….BRRRRRR!

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Woofers and Tweeters, Green Acres, Hang Ups, Warm Hearts, and Friendly Flowers; paper- white, Making Memories- Love Story, K&Company- Lovely, Momenta- Kaleidoscope, Autumn Leaves adhesive mats; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- 4″ chipboard coasters, magnets, Copics, mini calendars (Taylored Expressions), adhesive pearls and gemstones.

    Mini Blind card tutorial with video

    Today on the Splitcoaststampers website, I was asked to do a tutorial for my Mini Blind card.  You can check it out in the tutorial section of the SCS site here.  You can also see my original tutorial and card here.

    Here’s my card with the blind closed and also open.  * Video tutorial is at the end of this post.


    card base- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of cardstock (SU! Cherry Cobbler)

    layer- 4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock or patterned paper (Echo Park)

    inside layer (optional)- 3 1/2 x 5 piece of neutral cardstock (white)

    blind- 2 3/8 x 4 7/8 piece of patterned paper (Echo Park)

    valance- 3/4 x 3 1/8 piece of cardstock or patterned paper (E.P.)

    window frame- 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 scrap of cardstock (Choc. Chip)

    Stamps- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes

    Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black

    Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, glue, 18” ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, Large Rectangle Nestabilities, die cutting machine, SU! Scallop Edge punch, EK Success snowflake punch, Stickles, large-eyed needle (optional).

    Step 1:  Adhere the layer to the cardfront. Using the next to the largest size of the Large Rectangle Nestabilities, die cut an opening in the card front only.

    Hint: If you don’t have Rectangle Nestabilities, simply cut a 2 3/8 x 3 opening in the card front with a paper trimmer or craft knife.

    Step 2:  Using the same die, along with the largest die, diecut a piece of brown cardstock to create a window frame. Use a little tape to hold them in place if necessary. Attach this frame to the card front.

    Step 3:  Score the 4 7/8″ side of the blind every 3/8″.

    Hint: To do this on the Scor-Pal- first align the paper against the left fence and score @ 3/8″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″, 3″, 3 3/4″, and 4 1/2″.

    Step 4:  Next, move the paper over so the left edge is aligned at the 1/8″ groove. Score @ 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, and 4 1/4″.

    Step 5:  Starting with a valley fold at the top, accordian fold the blind. Then, holding it folded up, punch each end with the smallest hole of the Crop-A-Dile.

    Step 6:  Unfold.  It should now look like this…

    Step 7:  Lightly trace the window opening onto the inside of the card with a pencil.  Hint: If using a colored cardstock base, first adhere a neutral layer of cardstock to the inside.

    Step 8:  Open the card and stamp images as desired using the pencil lines as a guide.

    Step 9:  Color your stamped images, if needed, and erase the pencil lines.

    Step 10:  Attach the top section of the blind to the inside of the card front, aligning the first (top) scored line with the top of the window opening.

    Step 11:  Apply Scor-Tape or glue to the inside of the card front as shown. Adhere the front to the back. (The finished card will not open like a normal card.)

    Step 12:  Thread ribbon through the holes in the blind, starting and ending at the top. A large-eyed needle may be used to thread the ribbon through if needed. Knot ends of ribbon.

    Step 13:  To create a valance, score the 3/4” side at 1/4″.  Then punch the other side with a scallop edge punch.  Attach valance to the top of the window and finish card as desired.

    Step 14:  Pull both ribbon tails at the same time, in opposite directions, to make the blind go up.

    The finished card open…

    And closed…

    Variation:  Try using a window die instead of the rectangle dies to create the opening.  Adjust the width of the blind as necessary.

    Also…sometimes we like to add a little “instructions” with our interactive cards, so I made a sheet with multiple copies.  This can be printed out and cut up so one can be included with the Mini Blind card when mailed. Click on it for a larger pic and “right click” to save to your computer.

    VIDEO:  SORRY my camera cut off the end…as I was saying…the blind unfolds flat and the card will fit into a standard A2 envelope.