Category Archives: Stampin’ Up!

a Skele-bration

Happy Halloween! Today’s card is one that I made for a friend who has an October birthday and loves all things Halloween! I put the treat boxes from the SU! September 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit together for my friends and decided to use the same stamp set to make this card. All sentiments were typed and printed from my computer.

The hardest part was masking that one little bone to stamp by the word humerus. lol.

Have a fun & safe Halloween!

Spring & Summer catch up

Good morning! The first day of Autumn was earlier this week but I still have some cards I made through Spring & Summer that I haven’t shared. So today is another catch up day!

My first two cards are made with the Spellbinders You’re My Type Card Kit. Love that typewriter die! The background paper here is Melissa Frances- Pink Lady.

The papers on my second one are from My Mind’s Eye- Hello Gorgeous and The Paper Studio- Be Jeweled and Bloom Boutique.

The Mother’s Day card was created with supplies from the SU! April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit. (I added a few extras)

Below I used some Melissa Frances Mixed Media Doodles paper and the Simon Says Stamp Circle of Leaves die. I also used the SU! Pansy Punch, Well Written Framelits, and Butterfly Duet punch, along with Martha Stewart frond & hydrangea punches.

Here’s a notecard with the SU! Butterfly Gala stamp set and Butterfly Duet punch. I used Highland Heather and Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, and Botanical Butterfly dsp. (The other color in the butterflies is Grapefruit Grove).

The teapot card used SU! Tea Together stamps and matching dies. The pretty die cut background is a Gina Marie Flourish Open Center BKGD die.

And my last card today also uses Gina Marie dies- Wedding Couple BKGD die and MR & MRS Word die.

And…I’m not finished catching up! Be back soon!

swap cards

Hello! A few weeks ago I attended a swap with friends. Here are the two cards I took…one was for a masculine swap and the other was my “shoebox” project that I prepared for everyone to make.

The first card was for the masculine swap I participated in. This was semi-cased from a card by Tina Wardell. The background was masked and sponged. After stamping the boat from the SU! Sailing Home set, I colored it in with a black Sharpie. I also used the High Tide set and the sentiment is from Wonderful Moments. The embossing folder is Darice- Nautical Theme.

For my shoebox project, I used a freebie stamp set from MFT- Jumping Giraffe. I knew I wanted to mount him on an Ai Mini Action Wobble to make him “jump”! I also used the Die-Namics Blueprints 20 and 31 die sets. Since the giraffe was a bit smaller than the action wobble, I first placed him on a orange circle cut with a Spellbinders Pinking Circles die.

Have a great day!

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!

bright & cheery

Good morning! Today I am playing catch up. I have several cards I didn’t get around to sharing from 2018. Some I will post later but here’s a quick share of a few with a bit of info on each.

My first card uses the beautiful Altenew Layered Rose die that was a free sample in a Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine a while back. The thanks die is by Echo Park and the Wonky Stitched Ovals die is by Gina Marie. The colors of cardstock I used are black, SU! Coastal Cabana, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Raspberry Ripple, Pear Pizzazz, and Mossy Meadow.

My next card uses the SU! Bird Banter stamp set and the sentiment is from Altenew’s Label Love. The Paper Studio’s Poteeka Birds embossing folder goes great with this set and I love it in the Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. A little black branch was added from the SU! Petals & More Thinlits.

This fun flamingo one is a CASE of a card by Amy Koenders using the SU! Fabulous Flamingo set…love it! It uses Flirty Flamingo ink and cardstock of course!

Here’s another card with the Flirty Flamingo ink and cardstock, along with some gold paper and a gold strip of washi tape. This could be for any occasion but it was a congratulations on an engagement card. Stamps are from the SU! July 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit- What a Gem.

The butterfly card was inspired by the talented Kittie Caracciolo. I used SU!’s Watercolor Wings stamp set and Bold Butterfly Framelits. The dies are Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles and Spellbinders Picot Edge Circles. I also used the Martha Stewart Frond and Hydrangea punches. The butterfly was stamped with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Real Red inks.

My daughter was attending a wedding of some motorcycle enthusiasts and asked me to make her a card. This was a clip art image I found online and I just added a simple stamped sentiment.

And my last card is a CAS sympathy card…not a bright card this time but rather done in softer colors. I used a Park Lane Tree embossing folder and Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly punch. The sentiment is from SU! Love & Sympathy.

Thanks for popping in….have a great day!

needle & thread

Hello! Once again I am behind on sharing some of the “just for fun” cards I’ve made. Here’s one that I made this week using the SU! Needle & Thread stamp set and the Needlepoint Elements coordinating dies. I used a piece of patterned paper from the Needlepoint Nook pack of dsp and started my card off with that Flirty Flamingo color.

I also added some flowers in Berry Burst and some leaves in Pear Pizzazz. A little Old Olive twine was added to the die cut sentiment.

I love decorating the envelopes to match but most of the time I forget to! I think I might keep a few handy in my tool caddy to help me remember. Anyway, this time I did pull an envelope out and stamped it to match.

Have a great night!

hello cupcake!

Last week I received the new Stampin’ Up! Hello Cupcake set (free during SAB) and I was happy last night to find time to make a few cards. I liked this set at first sight but after using it, I LOVE this set! Love the whimsical style so much that I made three cards.

Here’s the first. I added half of a lace doily and some Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.

I added the same ribbon to my second card. I was inspired by Bonnie O’Neill to cut half of the front off and use it for the layered panel. I cut the front at 2 3/4″.

The frosting is popped up.

For my third card, I wanted to mask the middle cupcake and add two more. The middle frosting and sentiment are popped up.

stamps- SU! Hello Cupcake; paper- white, SU! Lavendar Lace and Lemon Lime Twist, The Paper Studio- Harper’s Boutique and Ice Cream Parlor; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Chocolate Chip, Pixie Pink, Lavander Lace, Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, foam dimensionals, Stickles, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Frames, SU! Scalloped Oval punch.

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

merry and bright

Just popping in with one last Christmas card (I think lol). I don’t know if this style has a name but I made another card which has an open middle in the card front with the image panel bridging the top and bottom sections. I prepared this card for an event we had in the beginning of November. Each lady that attended was able to make this card as they got to my place at the tables.

I used the SU! Watts of Occasions stamp set and the Darice Light Bulb embossing folder (which matches perfectly!).

I colored the yellow bulb with a marker but stamped the green one onto a separate piece of green cardstock, cut out the tree, and layered it on top.

Happy New Year’s Eve…Have a safe night!

stamps- SU! Watts of Occasions; paper- white, green, red; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- yellow marker, Darice Light Bulb embossing folder.

Butterfly Basics Impossible Card

Good morning! My usual Monday post will be on Tuesday this week, so I am popping in with a card I made just for fun. I love different card styles with various cuts and folds and wanted to try this new one. It’s called the Impossible Card but it’s really super easy! I don’t know who came up with this but it was inspired by a magic card trick. The whole card base is done with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece of cardstock (including the pop up)! Fun! I also made a few in a 6×6 size which I will share next week. If you search for Impossible Card, you will find a few video tutorials.

butterfly basics impossible card diane zechman

I tried to put a small dent in some of my old 12×12 papers and I’ve been wanting to use this SU! set called Butterfly Basics. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. This is a fun card. Here’s a view from above…

butterfly basics impossible card 2 diane zechman

Have a great Monday!

stamps- SU! Butterfly Basics; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Artichoke, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Paisley Petals dsp; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Artichoke, So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry; accessories- SU! Butterflies Thinlits, gemstones, 1/2″ circle punch, dimensionals, EK Success flower punches.