One Horse Open Sleigh Ride Ornament

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It was recently asked at our dinner table, “What the difference between a sled and a sleigh is?” I knew the answer, but in case you’re wondering or asked the same question, here’s the answer.


open_sleigh_ridesleigh –  a carriage  using runners, instead of wheels, to user on snow/ice. Sleighs are much larger than sleds. They usually have open tops, seats for multiple passengers and must be pulled by animals, such as horses or reindeer!




sled – a small single person conveyance to slide down hills, usually has runners, but may just have a flat bottom.



This Sleigh Ride Ornament is perfect to make to add to your Christmas Tree or send out to your family and friends. These would also make festive place-cards for everyone sharing your Christmas/Holiday dinner. Just one more way to use the Sleigh Ride Edgelits.

Sleigh Ride Ornament


Traditional Christmas colors were used for this Sleigh Ride Ornament, Real Red, Whisper White and Garden Green. For a wintry or holiday feel, use whites and blues which would work as well. Silver Foil Paper was used for the ornament topper.


The Real Red Card Stock was run through the Big Shot using the festive Delicate Ornaments Thinlits. So, easy and you can cut these out quickly. The framelits come with two different basic ornament shapes and either one will work.


The Garden Green Card Stock wan first cut with the Sleigh Ride Tree Edgelit Die then the Delicate Ornaments. Make sure the you place the cut piece about halfway up the ornament die and the trees are to the left. This way they’ll show through when you place the sleigh ride layer down.


The process was repeated with the Whisper White Card Stock using the sleigh edgelit die and only placing this cut layer a third of the way up the ornament die.


All the layers were adhered together as shown and highlighted with a White Gel Pen. You could use a VersMark Pen and add Dazzling Diamonds as well. I used a White Gel Pen to draw the very simple snowflakes.


Then a ornament topper from Silver Foil Paper was cut and  a hanger and a bow using the Silver Cording Trim was tied and strung through the topper.


And, in case you’ve forgotten the words here’s Dashing Through the Snow or better known  Jingle Bells!




Craft On…


Embrace the day and those you love,



Sleigh Ride Edgelit Card

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Today’s share is another project using the Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies. I have to tell you these little guys are so versatile and while they look complicated when you layer them together, they are very simple to cut and once layered achieve amazing results. Another nice project would be to make a set of place-cards to use on your own table or to give as a hostess gift.

Sleigh Ride Card

For this card I started with an 11″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock scored at 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″   FYI: *In the card-making world one score at 5-1/2″ on an 11″ x 4-1/4″ piece is normally called a “hot dog bun fold”.


On one half of the Whisper White Card Stock I placed the village die from the Sleigh Ride Edgelits and ran it through the BIG Shot.


On the other half I placed the sleigh edgelit and once again ran it through the BIG Shot.


Next I cut the tree edgelit out of a piece of Garden Green that measured 2-3/4″ x 3″. This Garden Green tree die xut was adhered to the middle panel of Whisper White, so it showed from the front.

Sleigh Ride Tri-Fold Card


Then I folded the card at the 8-1/4″ line back and adhere it to the front panel, so the sleigh was on the front.


The Whisper White was adhered to a 5-1/2″ x 4-14″ piece of Night Of Navy Card Stock. With a White Gel Pen tiny dots were added to the background as snowflakes on.


The “Christmas Wishes” message is from the Cozy Christmas Stamp SetNight of Navy Ink was used and stamped on a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, It was cut out with the Lots of Labels Framelits and the BIG Shot. One lager label in Night of Navy was cut and the two labels were adhered together.


Multi-Purpose Glue was placed on half of the label and affixed to the left hand flap of the card. Then it was embellished with Dazzling Diamonds and Iced Rhinestones.


You still have time to make any of the projects I’m featuring this week. You might want to look for 2016 Tiny Calendar Pads to make my 2016 Clipboard Calendar, which we really made last year, but I never got to post it. I up-dated it using 2016 calendars and will post the calendars for twelve consecutive days beginning Christmas Eve through January 6, 2016.


Thanks for stopping by.

Here’s hoping you make what you love, and love what you make!


Embrace the day,









Cozy Christmas in a Jar

**This is a jar stamp that I’ve had for a while. Since most of my Stampin’ Up! supplies are packed up, I decided to use this non-Stampin’ Up! jar stamp. The inside of the jar was stamped using the Cozy Christmas Stamp Set.  This technique can be done with any stamp that has an open area or any die shape such as a Christmas Tree, Star or an Ornament.


I had this vision of making a scene inside the jar, so here it is. I’m also working on some very small Christmas ornaments with different scenes. I was hoping to have them finished by now, but with my 3 year old Grandson running around here and wanting to stamp, my completion of these projects is taking a bit longer than expected.

Cozy Christmas Card




Night of Navy- 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ and 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″

Whisper White-3-3/4″ x 5″,  3-1/4″ x 1/2″  and 2-1/2″ x 4″ for stamping




First stamp the open image you want to use.

Cozy Christmas Detail

1.  On a post it, punch out a 1″ Circle.  On the back of the punched out circle add some Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue and set it aside until it dries. Once dried the circle will than be a removable adhesive circle.  Use the negative part of the punch out as a mask. lay it where you want the moon and with a Sponge Dauber gently add Daffodil Delight Ink. Now remove the mask and use the circle you punched out and stick it over the Daffodil Delight moon. This will protect the moon from picking up any Night of Navy Ink when the background is sponged.


2. From the Cozy Christmas Stamp Set, stamp the snow covered house and pine trees in Garden Green Ink and stamp it about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.


3. Now place the 1″ Circle over the moon and with a Sponge Dauber apply Night of Navy Ink to the background for a night sky.


3. Lift off the moon mask and stamp Santa and his sleigh in VersaMark. Sprinkle the stamped image with White Embossing Powder and melt it with a Heat Tool.


4. Stamp Have A Cozy Christmas in Night of Navy Ink on to the 1/2″ strip of Whisper White Card Stock.




1.  Tie a bow around the neck of the jar. If using another stamped and cut out image tie a bow where it fits. I used the Stampin’ Up! Silver Cording Trim; LOVE IT…


2.  Next adhere and layer the card stocks and jar image as shown.


3. Once everything is layered, add some 2-Way Glue to the snow areas and sprinkle it with Dazzling Diamonds.


And, there you have A Cozy Christmas in a jar, or star, or tree, or an ornament. Play around with this idea and see what you can come up with and remember to leave me a comment.


Embrace the day and craft on!






TOOL TIP: Festive Flower Builder

139682O1Many of you have asked me how to easily punch out all of the pieces from the  new Festive Flower Builder Punch (139682). It really is quite simple if you do a bit of cutting initially with the dimensions I’ve given below.

3D Style Button "Tips"

These poinsettias will go together pretty quickly if you simply cut 8-1/2″ x 2-1/2 strips and then stick the strip in Festive Builder Punch exactly where you want to punch. Three of the strips will make one complete flower.


Then you simply need one 6″x 2-1/2″” green strip to punch out three leaves.  For the center of the poinsettia use a scrap of 2″ x 2″ piece of Crushed Curry or such. These are gorgeous when made. You are now ready to start assembling these quite beautiful poinsettias. Here’s how to do that

I’m not sure when I’ll post again, because of our move… Hoping the week after next.  However, I have pre-scheduled my 12 Weeks of Christmas, so you won’t miss a beat on that. And. if you haven’t signed up to receive my newsletter you can remedy that by signing up in my “Welcome Basket” on my sidebar. When you do that, you’ll receive my 12 Weeks of Christmas automatically. This week will feature the third project.


See you all soon.


And, remember to make what you love and love what you make.


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Gentle Peace: Ornament Christmas Card

I LOVE this stamp set; Gentle Peace. I probably should have played with it more, but was caught up in making our Christmas cards with this set and had no time to play around with it as much as I would have liked to. If you haven;t ordered or ever worked with the Stampin’ Up!  Coaster Board, you should give it a try, The surface is smoother then regular chipboard, it’s white and very sturdy! What more could a stamper/crafter ask for?

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To make many of the same card:


1. First stamp all that you need.


2. I stamped 4 images per sheet of Coaster Board. in Momento Ink, because I knew I would be coloring them in using Blendabilities.


3. Then using one Blendabilities color at a time , I colored in all four stamped images on the Coaster Board.  Here’s how I did it:

Christmas Card 2014 in the making


4. When I was tired of coloring I then hand-cut some out.

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5.  On the back I stamped in Real Red Ink one of the greetings from the Newborn King Stamp Set.

Christmas Card Back

6. Using the 1/8″ Circle Hand Punch I punched a hole to thread my ribbon through for a hanger.


This is my last post for 2014! I can not believe how fast the year has passed. I have so much to be thankful for and you are included in my gratitude. You’re the reason I have been able to hold on since the fire. Your many, many emails have meant so very much to me. I’ve said it before, CREATIVITY  is a great healer.  And, I get to share what I love doing with you.  I hope you take the time out and make something in the new year. I wish you good health,  peaceful hearts and that you’re surrounded by those you love.


Thank you, Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years.


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Curvy Keepsake Box: Votive

Here’s a very nice and easy votive to make just in the “Nick” of time for Christmas. With the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die,  Vellium Card Stock and a battery Votive Candle you’ll have that perfect hostess gift or Christmas favor to adorn your festive Christmas dinner table.

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This votive is so easy to make, it doesn’t really need directions, but here goes anyway.


1. Take a piece of Vellium Card Stock and cut it in half from corner to corner, so you have two triangular pieces.


2. Place the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die in the corner and run it through the BIG Shot, Repeat this for the other piece of Vellium.


3. Once you have your two pieces of the curvy box cut, stamp it up in VersaMark and sprinkle it with White Embossing Powder and heat it with a Heat Tool until the Embossing Powder is melted. I used a snowflake/star from the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set.

Curvy Box Votive


4. Put the box together by adhering the bottoms.


5. Place a battery operated votive candle inside, curve the four sides up and you’re done!


These can be stamped with any image and embossed in any color.





You still have time to make all the projects I’ll be posting this week, so get to it!!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Holiday Screen Card

Divider Card HeaderHello & Hello!


These divider/screen cards are popping up all over.  The technique isn’t mine, but this design is. This screen card can be made larger with four panels as well and can be used for any holiday or occasion! It can be folded up and mailed. Wouldn’t this ard look good on a mantel or table top?  The possibilities are endless…

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This is how the screen card is made:

1. Cut a 8-1/4″ x 6″ piece of Cherry Cobbler and score it at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″ (If you want a bigger four panel screen cut a 12″ x 6″ piece of card stock and score it at 3″, 6″ and 9″)


2.  Line up the Stampin’ Up! Decorative Label Punch in the middle of each score panel and punch a little more then halfway up the punch to form the screen’s legs. If you want shorter legs simply place the punch up about 1/4 of the way.Divider Card 1


3. Cut three 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ pieces of Designer Series Paper. If you want a layer of Whisper White for stamping cut three more panels at 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ to layer on top.


Divider Card side panel


4.  On this screen card the Nordic-Noel Designer Paper was used.  Cut out the Nordic houses from the appropriate sheet.





Divider card 25. For the center panel the Wondrous Wreath stamp was used, stamped in Garden Green, and Mossy Meadow. The berries and bow  were then stamped in Real Red.





6. Once the wreath and bow are stamped run them through the BIG Shot using the Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies.


7. With Silver Glimmer Paper, cut out the, “NOEL” from the Wondrous Wreath Dies again. When cutting out delicate lettering such as the, “NOEL” place a piece of wax paper between the die and the card stock. This will ensure the letters will not get stuck in the die. To adhere the “NOEL” to the card use teeny-tiny dots of Multi-Purpose Glue.

Divider Card noel


8. Cut out two 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strips of Silver Glimmer Paper.


9.  Put it all together as shown adding any embellishments you want. Rhinestones were added to this project. A girl just needs a little bling!

Divider Card flat

Do visit again! And, I love hearing from you.




Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Christmas Bauble: Peace and Joy Card

I love the Christmas Bauble Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!  The ornament image is fun to stamp as well as color! It’s so versatile and can be stamped, colored with pencil. blendabilities. markers or even watercolor! The image can be embossed in gold, silver or any color of your choosing.

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Let’s get started!


1. Cut a  piece of Mossy Meadow Card Stock at 4-1/4″ x 11″ and score it at 5-1/2″. The fold will be at the top of the card.


2. Open the card up and place an Oval die from the Ovasl Collection, on the front of the card more towards the top, so you have room along the bottom for the strip of Cherry Cobbler with the greeting. Run it through the BIG Shot.


3. Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper. Adhere the piece of DSP over the oval opening on the card front.

Peace and Joy Card


4. Open the card up and open it up to the inside. Using the inside oval as a guide, line up the oval die along the edges of the previously cut oval. Run the card through the BIG Shot again.

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Note: The picture shows the inside of the card and because the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper is double sided the other side of the green pattern is seen.


5. On a piece of Whisper White card stock stamp the Christmas Bauble image in VersaMark, sprinkle it with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with a Heat Tool.


6. With Blendabilities or colored pencils color in the Christmas Bauble.


7. Fussy cut the bauble out.


8. On the right  inside of the card, adhere a 5″ x 3-3/4” piece of Whisper White Card Stock.


9. Close the card and through the oval opening adhere the Christmas Bauble.

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10.  Cut an 1/2″ x 3-3/4″ strip of Cherry Cobbler. On this strip stamp the Peace & Joy greeting from the Good Greeting Stamp Set, in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat emboss it with a Heat Tool.


11. Adhere the strip along the bottom edge. Done!


If you haven’t ordered this stamp yet, don’t wait any longer if you want it for Christmas!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think…


Tis’ the Season!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Bright & Beautiful: Star Ornaments

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Don’t you just love stars? I know I do and what is more fitting then a star as a symbol for Christmas? These can even be used for Chanukah as decorations or gift tags. The Stampin’ Up! Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set has WONDERFULLY detailed star images. These images can be used on cards, gift tags or as in this case layered into ornaments. And, using the Star Framelits Dies Collection makes these Star Ornaments easy and fun to make.

Star Ornaments


Gold Star


1. Cut out the largest and next to smallest stars from the Star Framelits out of Brushed Gold Card Stock. Cut out 2 of the largest. One is needed for the back of the star. Place aside.


2. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the largest and smallest stars in VersaMark, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat emboss with a Heat Tool. Once cool match up the star die with each embossed image and run them through the BIG Shot.


3. On a piece of Vellium Card Stock stamp the middle sized star in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat emboss using a Heat Tool.




Blue Star


1.  Cut out the largest and next to smallest stars from the Star Framelits out of Brushed Silver Card Stock. In this case I used a blue and silver card stock which is non-Stampin’ Up! Sorry, but I couldn’t resist picking it up at a local craft store. Cut out 2 of the largest. One is needed for the back of the star. Place aside.


2.  On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the largest and smallest stars in VersaMark, sprinkle with Silver Embossing Powder and heat emboss with a Heat Tool. Once cool match up the star die with each embossed image and run them through the BIG Shot.


3. On a piece of Vellium Card Stock stamp the middle sized star in VersaMark, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder and heat emboss using a Heat Tool.




To finish off these star ornaments, adhere the layers together using Dimensionals and making sure the stars stack up in the middle. I skewed each star so that the point of the top star was over the valley of the bottom star. Sandwich a piece of ribbon hanger and the extra large star cut-out and adhere them both to the back of the ornament. If you want more dazzle, place some rhinestones on the star ornaments!


Thanks for stopping by and remember to, “Make what you love, and love what you make!”



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Votive Ornament: Gingerbread House


Who wouldn’t love to receive this great Gingerbread House Votive Ornament to hang on their Christmas tree? These are fun and very inexpensive to make. You could omit the ribbon hanger and make the house or a village of houses to show off on a mantle. Not only is this adorable, but it’s safe to use as well.

DCC Gingerbread House Votive Ornament 2

Card Stock: Baked Brown Sugar (131296), Whisper White (100730)
Ink/Markers: White Stampin’ Chalk Marker (132133)
Punches & Dies: Big Shot (113439), Hearts A Flutter Framelits (130159), Petite Curly Label (129405), Finishing Touches (127010), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Circles Collection Framelits (130911)
Miscellaneous: Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137), Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150), Multi-Purpose Glue (110755), Dazzling Details (124117)
Other: Battery Powered Votive Candle (available at local craft or dollar stores)




1. Print out the GINGERBREAD HOUSE TEMPLATE on home computer. If your printer prints on to card stock, print template right on Baked Brown Sugar Card Stock. If not, print template on to printer paper and glue it to card board. Cut it out and use it to trace around.


2. Once traced on to the Baked Brown Sugar, cut out the house and score along the score lines,


3. Punch out strips of the Finishing Touches Edgelits and adhere them to the top edge of the house with Multi-Purpose Glue.

DCC Ginerbread House Votive Ornament 1

4. On the sides of the house, punch out windows with the Petite Curly Punch.


5. To make the door opening use the die that matches photo from the Hearts A Flutter Framelits.


6. On the bottom square flap use the 1-/1/2″ circle from the Circles Collection. This is for the battery powered votive to fit through.


7. Using the White Chalk Marker decorate the gingerbread house to resemble frosting. Outline the windows and doorway.


8. Add glue to all the bottom tabs with Multi-Purpose Glue and assemble house. Do not add glue to the roof tabs yet.



1. Cut out a 3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock and sore at 1-3/4″ to form the roof ridge.


2. Using the Scallop Border Punch, punch out eight 2-1/2″ strips.


3. Add glue along the scallops and sprinkle with Dazzling Details to resemble snow.


4. Once the Dazzling Details dries, adhere the scallop strips on to the roof Whisper White base. Glue four on each side of roof.


5. With a Paper Piercing Tool make a hole on the roof ridge. Push a 6″ piece of Silver Ribbon through the hole and knot it on the bottom.


6. Now add glue to the roof tabs and attach roof.


Add a Frosted Finishing Snowflake on the front of the gingerbread house over the door opening and pop battery powered votive in the hole opening.


And for reading this post to the bottom here’s a FREE GINGERBREAD COOKIE RECIPE from the Lakeside Kitchen!


Gingerbread Hugs,


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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