Category Archives: Whipper Snapper designs

case-ing Cheryl

Just popping in quick today with a card I made to honor my good friend Cheryl Rowley!  (I miss her lots!)  Cheryl is this week’s Featured Stamper on SCS…congrats, Cheryl!  Click here to see her card that inspired mine.

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I stamped this image at a friend’s house one time and I still think I need to purchase it!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

stamps- Whipper Snapper Fall Jar Bouquet, sentiment- Studio G $1 stamp; paper- SU! Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, The Paper Studio Gingham; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Crushed Curry; Copics, Rectangle Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace punch.




an ornament and a recipe

soft-summer-ornament-diane-zechman.jpgDon’t ask me what these two things have in common.  Nothing really.  They are just two projects left from the gatherings I recently attended that I haven’t shared yet.

This first one was a tutorial on Splitcoast a few weeks ago.  It is rare that I try a tutorial right away, but I thought this was cool and tried it the day the newsletter went out!  You can find the directions here

I didn’t use markers on my project, though.  I never seemed to have good luck with regular markers on shrink plastic.  Instead, I stamped the outline with Stazon ink and colored the image with colored pencils.  This way it doesn’t smear when you roll it up to insert it into the glass ball.  This was a fun project to try and it is kinda cool to see it shrink inside the ball.  

The shrink plastic was cut with my Nestabilities and then I outlined the edges with faux stitches using a fine point permanent marker.

stamps- Warm Words, Soft Summer; ink- Stazon Black; accessories- colored pencils, thread, glue dots, hole punch, shrink plastic, Labels 3 Nestabilities, clear glass ornament. 

6x6-pie-crust-diane-zechman.jpgThe second project is another 6×6 recipe card.  This time I decided to scrap the pie crust recipe my MIL used to make.  It makes the best pie crust, IMO!

This is a very simple page but I was short on time (and mojo!) LOL.  I love the decorative paper, though, with the rolling pins on it!

The Whipper Snapper pie was stamped twice…once on the recipe layer and again on a piece of silver cardstock.  Then the pie pan was cut out of the silver paper and paper pieced on the first one. 

stamps- Whipper Snapper Homemade Pie, SU! It’s All Good, Karen Foster Snap Stamps; paper- Red, White, Black, Silver, dp- Creative Imaginations; ink- Memento Black, Real Red; accessories- Copic markers, Photo Corner punch, Scallop Circle punch, Flower punch, button. 

Have a great day!

splash it up!

another-grey-hare-diane-zechman.jpgHere’s the last 2 cards I made when I was having a fun day stamping with my Whipper Snapper Stamps.  Isn’t the Bunny in Bathtub image too cute?  And I love the font on the matching words.  It’s just perfect!  I found the black background paper with the sparkly silver circles in my stash…and thought it would resemble the bubbles.  I also tried to incoorporate the bubbles into the doodling around the main image.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pink tub?  🙂

stamps- Bunny in Bathtub, Another Grey Hare- Whipper Snapper

paper- Pixie, Gable, Bashful, watercolor paper, dp-DCWV

ink- Black, Gable, Bashful, Pixie

accessories- ribbon, Stickles, pop dots

penny-splash-diane-zechman.jpgPenny is one of my all-time favorite Anna Wight images!  She just cracks me up!  This time I put her in a pink bikini.  The fake dew drops were a gift from a friend….I hope I never run out!  LOL.  I like the sentiment on this one too.  “Splash it up!” could be for any occasion in which you want to say “celebrate!”  I watercolored the water with Cool Caribbean ink…I really miss having that color available!  I almost forgot how much I love it. 

stamps- Penny, Splash it Up- Whipper Snapper

paper- Saffron, Pixie, Celery, Shimmery White, dp- DCWV

ink- Black

accessories- button, faux dew drops, pop dots

sending sunshine

sweet-sniffs-diane-zechman.jpgFirst of all, let me say that I hope you all enjoyed Father’s Day with the men in your life!  It was a beautiful day here and I hope you had sunny weather wherever you are too!

Here are some more Whipper Snapper cards I made the other day.  I’ll share the last two tomorrow.  I just love how the first one turned out!  I was afraid that using the Bashful paper with this particular print from the SU Summer Picnic pack would seem too drab.  But when I added the red it really brightened up the card.  I love this Whipper Snapper image called Sweet Sniffs of Spring!  It’s just too cute!  The words on this one were printed from the computer and the curvy edge was once again inspired by Jennifer Ofiana.  Only this time I turned the card so the curvy edge would be on the bottom. 

stamps- Sweet Sniffs of Spring- Whipper Snapper

paper- Bashful, White, Red, Summer Picnic dp

ink- Black

accessories- circle Nestabilities, Copics, Word Window punch, gel pen, pop dots, ribbon

chicken-with-flower-diane-zechman.jpgThis second card is just a simple little notecard.  I left a sentiment off so I could use it whenever I need to send a quick little note.  I carefully placed the folded edge of my card just inside the edge of my largest rectangle Nestability.  It still has most of the scalloped border on the top yet the front remains attached to the back.  I stamped Anna Wight’s image called Chicken with Flower on Watercolor paper and added a single flower for embellishment.  This is a very simple card but I think it looks cute IRL. 

stamp- Chicken with Flower- Whipper Snapper

paper- Apricot, Watercolor paper

ink- Black, Apricot, Pumpkin, Ruby, Rust

accessories- Rectangle Nestabilities

floral turtle

floral-turtle-1-diane-zechman.jpgYesterday I pulled out some of my Whipper Snapper Stamps and made a bunch of cards.  It was a productive day!  🙂  Here are 2 that I made with the Floral Turtle.  I’ll take pics and share more cards later.  The first turtle was cut out with my new circle Nestabilities.  The words “friends make life blossom” were printed from the computer.  I have no idea where I saw that phrase (or if I made it up).  I’ve had a sheet of words printed out for some time now and I just got around to using that one.  The curved edge on this card, and another one I’ll share later, was inspired by Jennifer Ofiana.  I loved how she was cutting the edges with the Creative Memories cutter!  Unfortunately I do not own the cutter.  BUT I have a neighbor friend that does.  😉  The white gel pen “stitches” along the curvy edge are actually on the inside of the card.  It looks kinda cool when you open it.

stamps- Floral Turtle- Whipper Snapper

paper- Red, White, Olive, Celery, Summer Picnic dp

ink- Black

accessories- Circle Nestabilities, gel pen, felt flower, brad, Stickles, pop dots 

floral-turtle-2-diane-zechman.jpgThis next card is a 4 1/4″ square and since there will be extra room in the envelope, I thought it would be fun to run the ribbon off the side a bit.  I cut the turtle out and popped him up to look like he’s taking a little walk on the ribbon.  The funky, sparkly striped paper reminded me of heat waves so I went with the phrase “wishing you sunny days” (also computer generated).

stamps- Floral Turtle- Whipper Snapper

paper- Lilac, Gable, Orange, White, dp- Die Cuts With a View

ink- Black

accessories- Watercolor crayons, ribbon, brad, oval punch, gel pen, Stickles, pop dots


yahoo-cake-diane-zechman.jpgDoesn’t this cake look scrumptious?  I can taste it already!  Mmmm……..I think it would taste like Kris’s (a CNY friend) Special Angel Food Cake.  😉  Hers has a chocolate frosting but when I was little, my grandmother always made a pink frosting.  Both are yummy!  This is one of Anna Wight’s images from her Happy Birthday set.  I used my rectangle Nestabilities for the main image….love those!  The red layer was embossed with the Cuttlebug Number Collage folder and the Saffron layer was stamped with the dot from Anna’s Birthday set.

I think we should all pretend it’s our birthday and go have a piece of cake.  🙂

stamps- Happy Birthday by Whipper Snapper

paper- Pumpkin, Real Red, Saffron, Turquoise, Olive, White

ink- Pumpkin, Real Red, Saffron, Turquoise, Olive, Black

accessories- Cuttlebug Number Collage, Rectangle Nestabilities, ribbon, pop dots, circle punches

another Peek-A-Boo card

hb-peek-a-boo-diane-zechman.jpgI just love this card design, can you tell?  (Thanks, Linda for sharing it with me!)  Check out this post for a link to the instructions.  It is definitely a fun card to open!  This time I used Anna Wight’s Happy Birthday set.  Her images just make me smile!  Love ’em!  As you can see in the first photo, the cupcake image shows through the windows when closed.  The words Happy Birthday were punched with the Word Window punch, then layered onto a circle punch and the Designer Label punch.  I also stamped the tiny cupcake on the envelope.  I like this Wasabi, Guava, Blush and Saffron combination!  I noticed it here on Kristina Werner’s blog post.  This was a fun color combo.

hb-peek-a-boo-2-diane-zechman.jpgWhen the card is opened, the words “wish BIG!” with her single candle slide into the window, covering up the cupcake image.  The tiny cupcake was also stamped and layered on the inside.  Of course, Stickles was added everywhere….gotta love Stickles!  😉 

stamps- Happy Birthday by Whipper Snapper

paper- Vanilla, Wasabi, Guava dp, Saffron

ink- Guava, Blush, Saffron, Wasabi

accessories- square punch, Mega scalloped square punch, Word Window punch, circle punches, Designer Label punch, gel pen, Stickles

Dirty demos

At the WNY gathering on Saturday Tracy & Holly planned some demos in the afternoon.  Tracy did watercoloring techniques, Holly showed Alcohol inks, Michelle used the Copic markers and I did the Scor-Pal.   Before the gathering I made up these very quick card samples.  I wanted to show how easy the Scor-Pal is to use and how you don’t need to put a lot of time into making a cute card.  I had a few samples of boxes there as well, but I’ve shared those here previously.  Thanks to Diane617 for sharing her card samples that day as well!  They are gorgeous!  Diane is a sweet gal that I’ve met through our gatherings.    

The first card is a Z-fold.  The tutorial was done by Rose Ann Reynolds and can be found here on the Scor-Pal website.  scor-pal-demo-1-diane-zechman.jpg

The second card was inspired by Debbie Olsen who did a tutorial on the Scor-Pal site called Scored Lattice.  I love this Thomas Kincade stamp but didn’t have the time to properly color it in.  I can’t believe how detailed the images are!  I ended up stamping it on glossy white cardstock and coloring it with my SU markers.  (just don’t look too closely!)


In the third pic, the card on the left just has some scored lines on the left side.  And the card on the right has the top & bottom embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and then lines scored in the middle.  This was also my first time using the Copic markers!  Tracy was kind enough to let me try hers out.  (More about those later in another post)  😉  

Edit to answer some questions:  I placed the Cuttlebug embossing folder over the cardfront and started rolling it through so it embossed from the folded edge first.  I only rolled the folder through part way and then backed it back out.  I had to smooth out a few partially embossed dots with the Scor-Tool.  Then I placed just the bottom of the cardfront into the embossing folder and ran it through again.  I hope this makes sense! 


In the fourth pic you can see I was having fun with some of Anna Wight’s stamps and scoring the bottom.  The card on the right also has the right side scored which is a little difficult to see. 


The last pic shows a card that I made just playing around with the Scor-Pal.  I wasn’t sure what image I wanted to stamp in the diagonal space I created but I think the flowers I masked & stamped repeatedly worked out great.  This was a fun card to create so I decided to demo this one.  It really is quick & easy!


 I hope the ladies got some useful info and I didn’t bore them!  LOL.  I do really love the Scor-Pal and use it on every card I make.  It’s a great tool!

stamps- Cause For Celebration, One of a Kind, Thomas Kincade- CHF, A Little Bit of Happiness, Time Well Spent, and Topiary Perch & Three Chocolate Truffles- Whipper Snapper

paper- White, Bashful, Elegant Eggplant, Lav. Lace, Celery, Glossy White

ink- Black, Bashful, Not Quite Navy, Copic markers

accessories- Scor-Pal, ribbon, Stickles, brads, Watercolor crayons

6×6 Pesto Ravioli with Chicken

I have been busy getting ready for another gathering.  This one is hosted by two of my Dirty Dozen Alumni friends,  Tracy Harp (Lodichick) and Holly McMillen (Toy).  I can’t wait!  It will be great to see some of my stamping friends again and meet some new ones!  I will have some projects to share with you over the next week that I will be taking with me.  6x6-pesto-ravioli-diane-zechman.jpg

This first project is for the 6×6 recipe swap.  I look forward to this swap and seeing all the wonderful recipes we exchange.  The recipe I scrapped here is a new family favorite that was shared by my friend, Linda G.  I changed it up a bit, adding the diced tomatoes.  Everyone reaches for seconds with this one….yum!  I can smell the pesto now.  😉 

The chicken is Anna Wight’s image called Greta.  I watercolored her and paper pieced her apron with some retired SU! paper.  The ravioli were made by punching some squares of vanilla cardstock and rounding the corners on the large square.  I hope they look like ravioli! 

stamps- Greta by Whipper Snapper

paper- non SU! and Olive

ink- Black, various colors for watercoloring

accessories- square punches, Round Tab punch, button, corner rounder, Three for You flower punch, paper paint

eat more cake!

Now doesn’t this bear look totally happy?  What more can you ask for than a tummy full of cake?  (or cookies)  🙂  This Birthday Bear and the words (which are just perfect for him!) are by Whipper Snapper Designs.


I stamped the bear twice….once on the yellow patterned paper and again on white cardstock.  After watercoloring the bear I cut him out, keeping the plate attached.  Then I cut out the balloon separate and glued the pieces overtop of the image on the yellow layer.  The bottom of the cardfront was trimmed so that the words could be stamped on the inside of the back and still show when the card is closed.  The back was punched twice with the SU! slit punch and holds the front closed when it is tucked in the slit.  Two buttons were attached over the punched areas and I doodled on the photo corner punch.  A little Stickles finished it off.

stamps- Birthday Bear and Eat More Cake- Whipper Snapper

paper- Red, White, Bliss, dp- Frances Meyer

ink- Black

accessories- watercolor crayons, slit punch, photo corners punch, buttons, Stickles