Hearts A Flutter: Shamrock Wands

Hearts A FLutter SHamrock Wand

Top O' The Morning to You!


Today's blog post is a fun project to make with all the children you know.  In fact, I'm categorized it, "Just for Kids" but, anyone will enjoy making these Shamrock Wands from the Stampin' Up! Hearts A Flutter Die.

Hearts A Flutter Shamrock Wands

Now, making shamrock's out of hearts is nothing new, but his project has a little twist to it, in that the shamrocks are made up of two different designer series paper and two different sized hearts.


Here's how it's done:

Hearts A Flutter Shamrock Wand

First, you need to cut six large hearts and six small hearts using the Stampin' Up! Hearts A Flutter and the BIG Shot. You need to cut three of each size in one designer series paper and three in the other. Then you need to cut three large hearts and three small in half, reversing sides cut for the large and small hearts. The photo shows  enough parts for two wands. Once, everything is cut adhere each half to the whole heart. Then adhere each small heart to the center of each large heart.


Hearts A Flutter SHamrock WandsHearts A Flutter Shamrock Wand

For the wand handle, I simply wrapped some Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon around a paper straw. To finish the wand off I adhered the three hearts to the straw with Glue Dots, tied a bow using four strands of the Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine and added Basic Rhinestones.  These can be decorated with glitter and buttons as well. If you find the wand a bit flimsy, cut three more large hearts from some Gumball Green Card Stock and with Multi Purpose Glue adhere them to the back of the shamrock.


Hearts A Flutter Shamrock Wand


Little Irish Tid Bit:

What does the Leprechaun say as a sales pitch for Lucky Charms Cereal???


Hearts, stars, horseshoes, clovers, and blue moons. Pots of gold and rainbows, and a red balloon.


"They're magically delicious!"


Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you tomorrow for Tool Tip Tuesday!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up!: Two by Two Baby Card

Today’s share is a baby card I made for my dear friend Elaine who, like me became a grandmother! Her daughter Liz welcomed a baby boy to our world on February 1.

Stampin' Up! Two by Two

For this card I cut a:

10″ x 7″ piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock and scored it at 5″, so, you have a 5″ x 7″ card base.

4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla and

4″ x 6″ piece of Pool Party


On a 4″ x 4″ piece of Very Vanilla I stamped the Two by Two stamp in Basic Black Ink and colored it with WatercolorStampin' Up! Two by Two stamp Set, Two by Two baby card Pencils. I then ran this Very Vanilla piece through the BIG Shot with the Floral Framelits Die.  On the portholes of the ark I placed three White Brads. I then adhered the Very Vanilla to the Pool Party Card Stock. I ran the piece of Pool Party Card Stock through the BIG Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder about three quarters of the way up, making sure I included the bottom part of the ark image. I did this to resemble waves.


To finish off the card I wrapped a Chocolate Chip bow around the bottom and place two buttons from the Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack. This pack is FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying order.

Welcome to our world Alexander James (A.J.)


Thanks for stopping by.


BIG Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up!: Summer Smoochies Romper & Sundress

These two cards we made at my last class. Simple templates were made for both the romper and sundress.

Stampin' Up! Designer Sereis Paper Romper Card


The boys romper was made out of the Stampin' Up! Summer Smoochies (125409) Designer Series Paper. The color combination, of Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango work because blue and orange are opposite each other on the color wheel. They are complementary colors which make a strange pair, because, while they are opposite each other, they require each other to seem more intense. For that reason I chose them.









For the sundress card the Summer SmoochiesStampin' Up! Summer Smoochies Designer Series Paper Designer Series Paper was used as well. I mixed up the patterned paper I thought worked well. I knew I wanted to use the floral print for the main dress which is mostly blue. For the under-neath blouse I used yellow and for the background, Real Red Card Stock was used,  When I got done I realized I used what are called primary colors on the color wheel. Primary colors are colors which cannot be made by mixing any other colors. The purest of colors.


I didn't mean to go into color theory for this post, but it just lent itself to it.


Use my card to make your own cardboard template for the romper and sundress,  I'll try to make a PDF template for you in the near future and will post about it when it's available.


Thanks for visiting today!


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Stampin' Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Desinger Series Paper: Wooden Witch Mask

With Halloween quickly approaching here's a kid friendly project the whole family will enjoy.  These wooden masks can be found for a dollar or less at your local craft store. They come in a great variety of choices and it's a great way not only to spend time with the family but to use up all that Designer Series Paper you have stashed away. You know you have it!

Designer Series Paper Witch Mask

Witch Mask

When you by these masks they are outlined for coloring. I made a card board template by first tracing all the outlined areas separately on to tracing paper.  I then adhered the tracing paper outlines onto scrap card board and cut the pieces out. I used the card board pieces to trace around on my Designer Series Paper.  I traced the pieces on the back of the paper I was using then cut out the shapes. Witch Mask


All the pieces were then glued down with the Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue. Her cheeks, stars and witch hat were done with the Star, 1" and 1/4" circle punches. The witches' face was cut from green glitter paper (Non-Stampin'Up!) Her mouth was drawn with a Sharpie marker and Basic Rhinestone embellishments were added to the hat.


We made these in a class and everyone LOVED them!


Thanks for looking and don't forget to try a few of these on your own!


Stampin' & Halloween Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Fox & Friends: Turtle Birthday Card

Hi there Stampers!


Stampin' Up! Fox and Friends Birthday Card

This card was stamped using Stampin' Up!'s Fox & Friends Stamp Set. The set is featured on page 88 in the Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog and contains a fox image, as well as turtle, whale, giraffe, owl, monkey and lion. For this card any of the animals can be used. I chose the turtle! 


1.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Wisteria Wonder Card Stock and score it at 5-1/2". This card opens from the top. 


2.  Run the Wisteria Wonder piece through the BIG Shot with the Movers and Shapers Curly Label.

Stampin' Up! Movers & Shapers Die

Make the placement of the Curly Label opening on the front of the card, towards the bottom. I love the Movers and Shapers Dies. The die base allows you to place different  movable magnetic dies where ever you want them. This enables you to cut anywhere on your card. This die also cuts and scores your card.


3.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock stamp the turtle form the Fox and Friends Stamp Set in Lucky Limeade and punch out the image with the Postage Stamp Punch.


4.  Cut a 2-1/8" x 2-1/8" piece of Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper and adhere the turtle on it. Center this in the opening and adhere it on the inside of the card, so the turtle pokes through the Curly Label opening.


5.  Cut a 3-1/4" x 3/4" piece of Whisper White and in Basic Black Ink, stamp, "Happy Birthday to You" and make a flag tail. You can always cut the flag tail, but here's another little secret:

How to make a flag tailHow to make a flag tail

Use your Square Punch at a diagonal. Line up the corners of the strip of card stock and punch.


6.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 1-1/4" Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper. On this strip, adhere the "Happy Birthday to you"  flag tail strip.


7.  Take an Old Olive Button and tie a bow through it with a piece of Calypso Coral Bakers Twine. Place it on the left hand side of the flag strip with a Glue Dot.  Love it!


See you tomorrow!


Stampin' Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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Stampin' Up!  Fox and Friends Stamp Set


Button Flower Pin…

Stampin' Up! Buttons, Button Pin, Button Jewelry

I know you think I'm going crazy with these button projects, but they're so much fun to make. Here's a nice project to make someone to celebrate Spring or Easter. I don't know about you, but when I have dinners here, which is always, I like to give a little dinner favor. These would be wonderful to make and hand them out for birthdays,  teacher's and Mother's Day gifts. Again, this is a child friendly project.

Stampin' Up! Buttons, Button Pin, Button Jewelry


Gather some buttons in various sizes. The size needs to be appropriate for the size flower and petals you want you pin to be.


I use five Old Olive buttons for the outside petals, and a larger one for the middle. I accented each Old Olive petal with a small Blushing Bride button form the Twitterpated Designer Button Collection. In the middle I added another Stampin' Up! button, which fit in the center of the button perfectly.


First place your five petals together, so they touch and resemble a flower. Place a dab of Crystal Effects on each button petal and gently place the larger Old Olive button in the center.


For the back of the button  pin, I used these self adhesive pin clasps found at you local craft store. I spread a little of the Crystal Effects along the adhesive, just to reinforce it. You gotta love Crystal Effects, it holds everything!

To order the Twitterpated tiny buttons CLICK HERE. Get them before it's too late, because these are featured in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog which  is good to order from only until April 30.


Send me your fabulous creations. I love it when you share them with me.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Button, Button. Who’s Got the Button?

Stampin Up Buttons, Button Bracelet


Button Bracelets are nothing new. If you're anything like me you probably have lots of Stampin' Up! buttons and while we all use them on our card and in our projects, we'll never use them all. This is a great project to use up some of those buttons sitting in jars just waiting to be used. When you're making your button bracelets, don't forget to include your kids in the making. Kids LOVE to do this project as well. And, on top of it all it's easy peasy to make. Lets get started.


Stampin Up Buttons, Button Elastic Bracelet


I used a piece of beading stretch elastic. You can use wire, but then you'll have to use a crimp bead with a loop and bracelet clasp. If you make jewelry these items should be familiar to you. If not, just use the elastic as I have done





First layout your buttons the way you want them in your bracelet.


              Stampin Up Buttons, Button Bracelet


Cut a piece of elastic, twice as big as your wrist. Tie a knot about 3 inches from one end .


String your first button onto the elastic and bring it all the way to the knot in the elastic. I used two hole buttons and if you're using buttons with two holes, bring the elastic up through one of the two holes and down through the other. If you're using buttons with four holes, bring the elastic up through one hole and down through the diagonal hole.


As you string on your buttons, bring the bracelet up to your wrist to see how close you are to finishing. Your bracelet is finished when you can wrap it around your wrist and there are enough buttons strung on to cover your wrist.


When your bracelet is long enough, tie a square knot. That's a regular knot. As you're knotting, pull on the two ends of the elastic, to stretch it out. You do this, because elastic tends to stretch out after worn. This way your bracelet will stay with the buttons nicely touching with no elastic showing. Trim off any excess elastic at each side of the knot.

Stampin Up Buttons, Button Bracelet


For my bracelet I used Stampin' Up! retired Sherbet Buttons and I layered one small button on top of a larger button.


Thanks for visiting!


Button Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




Under the BIG Top:Circus Collection Tutorial…

Are you planning a circus themed birthday party? Need a favor idea? This animal crackers box would be fun to make and hand out filled with treats.  Need a gift for your family, friend or child’s friend? Planning an adult or children’s class and need ideas?  This Under the BIG TopCircus Collection is perfect. To get all the directions, measurements and templates for all of the Circus Collection projects, click on the side bar button, pay and  download immediately.

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Under the BIG Top Circus Collection…


Under the Big Top Circus Collection


Under the BIG Top Circus Collection…

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completing all of the projects shown.

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