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Silent Night tag

I am a little late (or very early!) in sharing this Christmas tag that I made for a class.  It was supposed to be done in December but with all the holiday activities, our group didn’t meet…and I didn’t prepare it.. until the end of January.

Sizzix Christmas tag diane zechman

The Sizzix Carolers were cut from Grunge board, sponged black, and popped up.  Their feet were attached to the tag, though, without any foam dimensionals underneath.  The Sizzix lamp post and fence were cut from black cardstock.  The background was sponged with Distress Inks and I applied Crystal Lacquer to the top of the lamp post to resemble glass.  I liked how it had a few tiny bubbles in it.  The banner words are from Sweet & Sassy.

Sizzix Christmas tag lamp post diane zechman

The berries also have some Crystal Lacquer on them.

Our friend Lisa, the owner of the shop, had the Sizzix Cobblestones die and it was perfect to create a street for them to stand on.

Sizzix Christmas tag cobblestones diane zechman

How to make the cobblestones:  I knew there wasn’t enough time in a class to piece together all the “stones” in this die so I decided to create a stencil with it.  The acetate we had was too thick to cut through so we just made our “stencil” out of cardstock.  The Cobblestones die was diecut from cardstock and the stones were discarded.  The “grout” was held in place over a strip of black cardstock with removable tape.  Embossing ink was applied over the stencil and then then stencil was removed.  Pumice Stone Distress embossing powder was added and then heated to create the look of cobblestones.

Thanks for looking in and have a great weekend!

snowy scene tag

Christmas will soon be here…are you ready?  I hope you are enjoying the holiday preparations.  May you have peace and joy as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

Today I have a snowy tag using the Sweet ‘n Sassy Hillside Edges dies, Spectacular Snowflakes dies, Small Snowflakes dies, and Christmas Silhouettes stamp set (sentiment).  The snowy scene was created with an old technique using packing tape and ultra fine glitter.

hillside edges tag diane zechman

hillside edges tag close diane zechman

To create this tag, I started with a 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4″.  The fold will be at the top of your tag.

To make the tag shape, I cut a 1 inch square in half diagonally and traced one of the pieces on each top corner and cut on the traced lines.

Next I diecut the second largest snowflake die (Spectacular Snowflakes dies) from the front of the tag.

At this point you can decorate the “inside” of the tag however you want.  I used the Hillside Edges dies and colored them with markers.

Now the fun part…adhere clear packing tape to the inside of the front layer, making sure you completely cover the diecut opening.  Then apply ultra-fine glitter to the front of the tag (it will stick inside your diecut window where the packing tape was placed).

Adhere the front to the back with double-sided tape (Scor-Tape works great!) and finish as desired.  I used a Small Snowflake diecut and a sentiment from Christmas Silhouettes.

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes; paper- SU! Crumb Cake, white; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Versamark Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Hillside Edges dies, Spectacular Snowflakes dies, and Small Snowflakes dies, Copics, clear packing tape, glitter, circle punches, Scor-Tape, ribbon, twine, Stickles, foam dots.





November Paper Pumpkin projects

It has been a while since I got to create with the SU! Paper Pumpkin kits.  Most of my time this year was spent enjoying the preparations of my daughter’s wedding.  (I still need to share those pics too!)  Now that things have settled down, I want to catch up on those little boxes of fun.  And I was thrilled that this month had a kit to help me get moving on my Christmas cards and tags!

I usually like to put my own spin on the projects but this time I mostly followed the instructions… with just a few slight changes.  Then I created some extras with the leftover pieces.  This kit creates 8 Christmas cards plus 12 tags.  I made an extra 9 cards and 9 tags for a total of 17 cards and 21 tags!  🙂

Here’s the card that is in the kit.  The instructions say to add that blue punch-out snowflake to the envelope but I want these to be mailable so I added them to the front of the card instead.

paper pumpkin nov 2014 a

On the inside, I tilted the sentiment panel and added a stamped snowflake.

paper pumpkin nov 2014 b

Since I didn’t add the blue flake to the envelopes, I stamped them.  Much more postal friendly!

paper pumpkin nov 2014 c

These layered tags in the kit are so cute!  I stuck with the plan but added a stamped snowflake to the inside.

paper pumpkin nov 2014 d

When I was finished with the directions there were still PLENTY of leftover pieces so I kept going.  I only had to add some extra cardstock, a few extra rhinestones, etc.

I didn’t throw away the cardstock negatives from the silver and blue punch-out snowflakes.  I cut the blue piece into strips and got 5 cards in this design…

paper pumpkin nov 2014 e

I only made one of this one but I think this might be my favorite.  I can’t believe I STILL have extra Washi tape left…

paper pumpkin nov 2014 f

Here I added some green and brown and got 3 cards of this design.

paper pumpkin nov 2014 g

The leftover piece of silver from the silver snowflakes was cut into squares and I got 7 of these cute tags!

paper pumpkin nov 2014 h

And lastly, I threw together these 2 tiny tags.  The blue flake fit perfectly into the silver negative piece.

paper pumpkin nov 2014 i

I hope these have inspired you to use your leftover pieces to create more fun Paper Pumpkin projects!

stamps- SU! Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin; paper- white, brown, SU! Pool Party, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin kit; ink- SU! Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake; accessories- SU! Simply Snowflake Paper Pumpkin kit, Decorative Dots embossing folder, gemstones, Stickles, tracing wheel, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Tag Corner punch, hole punch, foam dots.


love birds

Welcome to another Friday Feature hop of the Sweet ‘n Sassy April release!  Each Friday we will share samples of the new stamps and dies… come hop along with us and you could win a prize!

Today we are featuring Korin’s Love Birds stamp set and it’s matching dies.  I made a card with a congratulatory sentiment using these sweet images!

Here’s the full set…

Check out more samples made by our DT in the links on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.

Also check out our challenge to you… this week it is to use a bird on your card or project!

The first few cards in the hop on the SNSS blog were created for your inspiration by the design team.  As you hop along, leave a little love behind, then create your own bird themed card and use the linky tool on the SNSS blog to add it to the gallery!

Just a few guidelines to remember as you play:

 – You don’t have to use a Sweet ‘n Sassy image to enter (although we sure love when you do!)
 – You’ll have until Thursday, May 8th at midnight EST to enter
– We’ll draw 1 winner from this week’s challenge to receive a $10 credit to Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps!
– Please use code SNSFFC10 when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries 

Thanks for joining us today!  Be sure to check back again on Friday, May 9th to see if you won and to check out the next Friday Feature & Challenge!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Love Birds; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Soft Suede; accessories-  SNSS Love Birds dies, Copics, SU! Scalloped Tag Topper punch, corner rounder, color spritzer, baker’s twine, rhinestones, sponge.

box in a bag

It’s the first of the month, which brings a new challenge on the Scor-Pal blog.  This month we are using a stamped image on our cards and projects.  Here’s my sample with a stamped and embossed flower and sentiment by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. 

I used my Scor-Pal and Scor-Tape to follow the Box in a Bag tutorial on the Splitcoast site.  It was fun re-visiting this technique!  The tag was cut with a bookmark die and I attached the flower to the tag with foam dots.  Yesterday I shared a coordinating card… you can scroll down to see it.

Come join us on the Scor-Pal Blog for the May Challenge!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Thankful Blooms and Delightful Doilies (sentiment); paper- white, SU! Rich Razzleberry, Me & My Big Ideas d.p.; ink- Versamark; accessories- Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Sweet ‘n Sassy Thankful Blooms dies and Bookmarks & More dies, Berry Bliss embossing powder, SU! Wild Wasabi embossing powder, Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch, SU! Round Tab punch, hole punch, May Arts ribbon, foam dots, tracing wheel, adhesive pearls.

spring flowers

Hello friends!  It’s time once again for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!  We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the first Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun!  This month it is Jeanne’s turn and her challenge theme is “Spring Flowers”.  What a welcomed theme!  I am sooo ready for flowers!

I just got the SU! hostess set called Morning Meadow (along with the tag punch and embossing folder I used) so I was anxious to use them.  Here’s my card.

I cut a little cardstock “ribbon” for the top of the tag and stapled it in place.  What a pretty set!  I’m sure I’ll use it again soon.

Please join us and create something with spring flowers… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…please use the keyword CHXMAR14.  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 

    stamps- SU! Morning Meadow; paper- SU! Island Indigo and Pool Party, brown, white; ink- SU! Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party: accessories- SU! Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Banner punch, and Scallops embossing folder, ribbon, tracing wheel, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, rhinestones.

    baking penguins

    I’m back with another Sunday post as September guest designer for Inky Antics.  Today my project is a small gift jar with cookie mix inside using the Whisk Penguin image from the Baking Penguins clear set.

    I created a tag and added a layer with the penguin.  He was colored with Copics  and I sponged a bit inside the diecut shape.  Here’s a close up.

    His hat and shirt were popped up with dimensionals.

    A strip of patterned paper was attached around the side of the lid.  Inside the jar I layered the ingredients from the recipe for the cookie mix that I found here.  I used M&M’s that I had on hand for this project.  The colors of the candy didn’t quite match my patterned papers so I added an additional strip of paper around the top of the jar to conceal the colored candy inside.  If you have candy to match your project, though, it is pretty to see that layer of candy at the top of the jar!

    “Whisking” you a very happy Sunday.  Go say hello to Jackie on the Inky Antics blog and have a great week, friends!

    stamps- Inky Antics Baking Penguins; paper- white, black, SU! Wintergreen; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pool Party; accessories- Spellbinders Large & Small Deckled Rectangles, Copics, dimensionals, SU! Tag Corner punch, baker’s twine, rhinestones, 12 oz. jar and lid, cookie mix ingredients.

    God Is

    Welcome to day 4 of our August feature Blog Hops! Today we’re featuring a fabulous new stamp set by Dina Kowal called God Is.  Do you like silhouettes?  You’ll love this!

    I also used one of the new bookmark dies here… I just cut it shorter to fit my card front and made it a tag.  ;0)   (The two white borders are also dies with the bookmarks!)  Here’s the full set.

    Check out more samples made by our DT on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.

    Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs along your journey because YOU could be a lucky winner!

    Thanks so much for joining us!  Enjoy the hop!

    stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- God Is; paper- MME Unforgettable, SU! Basic Gray; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Bookmarks & More dies, glue dots, tracing wheel, button, crochet thread, Primas, brads.

    February Christmas cards

    I’ve been so busy lately but I haven’t forgotten to get my Christmas cards done for the monthly DD challenge.  Today’s the last day of the month and I made it…whew!  I actually got this done a few days ago…just finally getting to upload. 

    This month Stacey challenged us to CASE someone and I chose this clean & simple card by my friend, Valerie Stangle.  I loved her layout!  Here’s my version.

    I struggled with the tree.  I was trying to stamp and die cut some trees but each color of ink I tried just didn’t match the paper.  So I just cut some trees from the paper itself.  Perfect match!  🙂

    stamps- Paper Smooches- Alphadot; paper- Riding Hood Red, My Mind’s Eye- Be Merry; ink- Cherry Cobbler; accessories- SU! Tag Corner punch, hole punch, baker’s twine, dimensionals.

    The Challenge Chicks

    Last month my friends Jeanne, Anna, and I had a little Critter Challenge…and it was so much fun that we decided to make it a monthly event!  Now we are The Challenge Chicks and a few other gals have joined us.  Fun!

    We’d love for you to play along with us!  All you need to do is follow the theme each month and post your project to our Facebook page or use the specific keyword when uploading to SCS.  Easy!  And if you play along, we have a cool badge for you to add to your blog (thanks to our talented Anna)!  Just save this one…or copy the code in my sidebar for your widget.———>

    This month I challenged The Chicks to create a Christmas tag (Use keyword CHXDEC12 on SCS).  I ended up making two tags using Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection papers, Spellbinders dies, and some Paper Smooches stamps.  First I used the Nested Mittens…

    Next I made a Frosty’s Hat tag with the Reverse Wonky Rectangles die.  Don’t know where I saw this idea but it was perfect!

    Now go check out all the other Chicks’ tags!  (and come play along!)

  • anna wight
  • diane zechman (me)
  • jeanne streiff
  • kelli hull
  • kelly schirmer
  • lydia fiedler
  • vicki garrett
  • mitten tag: stamp- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Tea Dye; accessories- Spellbinders Nested Mittens, Martha Stewart Mini Hearts punch, linen thread, ribbon, button, Copics, 1/16″ hole punch, EK Success snowflake punch, gemstones.

    hat tag: stamp- Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes; paper- Tina Wenke’s Winter Collection, black, white (on back); ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles, linen thread, Copics, 1/16″ hole punch, Martha Stewart Holly Leaf punch, Stickles.