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week two anything goes

Hello! It’s week two of Anything Goes with a big giveaway at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and I took a break from the winter and Christmas images for a bit. How do you share to enter? 
Simply upload your NEW creations to the Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps VIP Facebook Group in our
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Here I used the Wildflowers 2 Die and Encouraging Thoughts. to make a mini slimline card. I die cut 3 of the flowers with watercolor paper and used a water brush with my inkpads to color them. The sentiment was heat embossed.

I also used the Wildflowers 2 Die on my second card, along with the Stamp of the Month, Script Sentiments, and Delightfully Delicate Background. I die cut a large circle from an A2 size piece of cardstock to create a mask and stamped the background over it.

Be sure to play along with us and upload your projects for a chance to win!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Encouraging Thoughts, Script Sentiments, and Delightfully Delicate Background; paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky, watercolor paper; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, Lemon Lime Twist, Gumball Green, Versamark; accessories- MISTIScor-PalGemini Jr., SNSS Wildflowers 2 Die, circle die to create mask, rhinestones, SU! Timeworn Type embossing folder, white embossing powder, SU! Butterfly punch, foam tape.

going postal

Hello! I am just popping in with a card using the new Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps sets called Happy Mail and Going Postal. I knew when I first saw the postal set that I wanted to do a collage. There’s no rhyme or reason, no right or wrong way…it’s just fun to stamp images randomly and see how it comes out. I started with a light watercolor background and stamped over it when dry.

Have a good night!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Happy MailGoing Postal; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crushed Curry; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Pool Party, Lovely Lipstick, Certainly Celery, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight; accessories- MISTI, Copics, Jane Davenport Bright Watercolors, sequins, Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles and Loopy Rectangles.

recent journaling

Hello! Today I have a few recent bible journaling pages to share. I don’t always share them but with all that’s going on in the world today, I really needed to dig back in and hopefully these pages will brighten your day a bit too.

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
    gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
    and glory in your praise.”
36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”

I started this Thanksgiving page at the holiday but never got around to water-coloring it until recently. I think I was a bit intimidated! lol. It wasn’t difficult after all and was really a lot of fun. I do love some cherry pie!  I followed this tutorial by Scribbling Grace with her free printable to create the page and added a red tassel to a paperclip for a tab. I used Kuretake watercolors and the SNSS With Love Alpha.

Ezekiel 11:19

19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

My Christmas page wasn’t done on a Christmas verse in the bible but rather was based on the Grinch having a change of heart and the true meaning of Christmas. Our hearts are truly transformed by the Good News of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. And no matter who we are or what we have done, there is hope for our future.

I used the Grinch stamp set by Gina Marie Designs and hand drew his head, body, and arms. The ornament was stamped again onto white cardstock. I wrote the words on it and colored, cut & layered it on. The popcorn garland is from SNSS Deck the Halls and the sleigh/present is from Warmth of Christmas. I colored with Inktense pencils.

But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”

Yesterday my friend, Lou Ann, shared a memory on Facebook of me “trying to steal” her dessert at one of our giggler dinners. LOL. Our large group of friends all miss getting together for fun crafty days and our monthly dinners so much! It reminded me of this page that I’ve been wanting to do so I finally got it done. I was also inspired by Stephanie Gammon’s page and the following story that you’ve most likely heard:

I found a fork image online, turned and cropped it, and printed it onto a clear sticker sheet. All images were stamped with SU! Going Gray ink and the words with Versafine Black. The cake is from SNSS Make A Wish and the flowers are from Mason Jar Bouquet. I also sponged the gray ink with the Tim Holtz Doily Stencil. The words were done with SNSS Sunshine Girl Alpha, With Love Alpha, Teeny Alpha, and Inspirational Word Art 2. The tiny fork on the tab is from Sizzix Festive Treats dies.

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry,
    for anger lodges in the heart of fools.

My last page was created because of all the negative political posts lately that are getting many of us down. I used the Art Impressions Sloth-some Set and the SNSS Marker Alpha and Art Deco Alpha. The hat and balloon on the hanging sloth were masked off. The stencil is TCW Gabrielle Pollacco Mini Moving Vines. The grass is from SNSS Happy Camper. Images were colored with Inktense pencils.

Thanks for reading this far and have a great weekend!

virtual stamping 2

Hello! Since we can’t get together, I’ve been stamping some more “virtually” with my friends and playing along with challenges. It has been a great way to think about something other than the news and bonus…I’ve mailed quite a few cards!

First I used the Altenew Birds of a Feather and matching dies to create a few cards for a washi tape challenge.

I applied strips of washi tape to white cardstock and then die cut the birds. I found it helpful to first loosely trace the die so I knew exactly where I needed the washi. Now I’m thinking of other shapes to die cut!

The white panels were cut with Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles. Card bases are SU! Sweet Sugarplum and Melon Mambo.

This card was for a food & drink challenge. I spied this bowl of cherries in the long retired SU! Giggle Greetings. The Pawsitively Prints dsp is also long retired. I used Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Edges and C.C. Designs Cherry dies.

For a watercolor challenge I did a wash on the watercolor paper panel, then painted the watercolor over a Gina Marie Slanted Bricks stencil. Flowers from Concord & 9th (Beautiful Branches) were stamped over top and then I went over them with a waterbrush. Cardstock is Island Indigo, Lemon Lime Twist, and a brown.

Next I made this card for a challenge to use doilies. I also used a piece of floral fabric I received from a friend. It was applied to sticky-back paper first for ease in cutting it out. The sentiment is from the Sweet ‘n Sassy Encouraging Thoughts free printable.

I used the SU! Grace’s Garden bundle here along with colors from a challenge to make this garden gate card. The embossing folder is Darice Brick Wall.

The inside…

And matching envelope…

Next I made this for a challenge to use umbrellas/rainbows. The SU! Under My Umbrella and matching punch is so cute! I didn’t get the matching paper so I used Echo Park’s Sunny Days Ahead.

The inside…

Yesterday I got sidetracked when I was looking for something and found my Pigpen stamp! I thought he’d go great with a sentiment I had printed out for another “Coronavirus Card”.

I used my old (2001!) Pigpen stamp by Stampabilities, a sentiment from a Taylored Expressions free printable, Gina Marie Wonky Stitched Squares, and Die-Namics Blueprints 20.

I also made a CAS princess card yesterday for a crown/royalty challenge. I used Echo Park Princess Set #1 dies and the acrylic block background technique. The scalloped panel was cut with Die-Namics Blueprints 20.

I’m sure there will be more virtual stamping in the near future while we are all staying put! Have a good day!


Autumn Splendor

Good morning! Today I have a sneak peek of the fun new release coming soon at Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps! This month’s release will be on October 7.

This stamp set is called Autumn Splendor and is perfect for your fall cards! I stamped the leaves on this watercolor paper and then spritzed with water.

Have a great day and on Monday check out all the new stamps in this month’s release!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Autumn Splendor; paper- Northwoods watercolor paper, SU! Cajun Craze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze; accessories- MISTI, Stickles, foam dimensionals.

watercolor peonies

Hello! I recently tried the No-Line Watercoloring technique and took a few pics along the way. I used the pretty Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamp of the Month set, Peony Cluster.

Let me first say… I quickly realized that I need a LOT of practice. And patience. LOL. BUT…it was fun! I still think it turned out to be a pretty card. Thankfully I wasn’t going for realistic colors or perfection. 😉

I started with a piece of this >> watercolor paper. I have to say that I really liked the thinner watercolor paper to layer onto a card. I was going lighter with the water but I also liked that I had no issues with pilling. I definitely want to try it some more! I first used two colors of ink smooshed on an acrylic block and a waterbrush to apply a light wash of color to the background. (Tape it down first to avoid warping).

Next I stamped the image with Distress Antique Linen. It was a bit darker than I think it should have been so next time I’ll try stamping it off once first.

The piece was taped back down and I decided to start with the leaves. Oh my…I quickly lost patience and kind-of just did my own thing on them. LOL.

When I started with the flowers, I went back and forth between two so that they would have drying time. As I moved on to the other two, though, I was able to color each flower separate. Remember to work on sections that are not touching and then come back to the adjacent sections when it’s dry.

After I finished the flowers, I added some green around them and blended it to fade out. Then I used all 4 flower colors to flick some speckles with the brush.

I die cut the panel and added a sentiment.

Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Peony Cluster; paper- Northwoods watercolor paper, SU! Peach Parfait; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Antique Linen; accessories- Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, waterbrush, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, rhinestones.

watercolor birds

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a simple card using some of the Ai Watercolor Sets.  I’ve used 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

I love the little nest in the bird set!  I’ve masked the bucket and pot to add the nest and flowers.

WC nest diane zechman

I diecut an edge on my kraft layer to make a simple banner. Then the image circle was popped up with foam tape and some twine plus a few Nuvo drops finished the card.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4872- WC Birds Set, 4052- WC Flower Set 1, 4051- Foliage Set 1, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, SU! Crumb Cake and Pool Party; ink- SU! markers; accessories- Ai watercolor brush, Ai Watercolor Palette, Ai 1″ clear blocks, 2 1/2″ circle punch, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges, foam tape, baker’s twine, White and Neptune Nuvo Drops.

spreads like sunshine

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Spring-y Cards” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Watercolor Containers and Critters Sets!  I love these new additions to the WC line…take a look at this wagon and the sweet bunnies!

I used 7 sets on my card today… 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4874- WC Bunnies Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

garden wagon watercolor diane zechman

I used the following SU! markers direct to rubber, then applied a damp brush to the stamped image…just as Bonnie shows in her videos.


Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Spring-y Cards” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4874- WC Bunnies Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, vanilla, black, Making Memories- Chloe’s Closet; ink- SU! markers; accessories- watercolor brush, rhinestones.

happiness grows

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Let’s Watercolor” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Watercolor Minis, Flowers, Foliage, and sentiments!  I’m so glad Bonnie added the sentiments to the line and the new Mini WC sets are so cute!

Today I used the Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

happiness grows diane zechman

I don’t have the markers that Bonnie uses, but any water-based markers should work fine. I’ve been using my SU! markers since that is what I have in my supply. Here’s the colors that were used on my card.

happiness grows

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite watercolor stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Let’s Watercolor” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, black, SU! Blushing Bride, K&Co. Amy Butler- Lucky Flowers; ink- SU! markers, Versafine Black; accessories- watercolor brush, adhesive pearls.

old barn

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Watercolor Stamping” (use all water-based inks)…and we are featuring 2 NEW Watercolor Mini sets!  Here I used the Old Barn Set (4807) plus a few images from the Flowers Set (4052) and Foliage Set (4051) .

Old Barn diane zechman pc

I am still working on my watercoloring, as you can see! lol.  But these are fun to work with and a nice change of pace from the alcohol based markers that I usually use.

Old Barn close diane zechman pc

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project with water-based inks and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your creations!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Old Barn Set (4807), Flowers Set (4052) and Foliage Set (4051); paper- white, brown, watercolor, Mohawk Via Marigold 80# Felt Cover; ink- SU! Soft Suede, Really Rust, Midnight Muse, Rich Razzleberry, Close To Cocoa, Gumball Green, Always Artichoke; accessories- SU! Hello You Thinlits dies.