Mosaic Madness Best Wishes Card

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I made this card a while ago and forgot to post it!  When our daughter Meg was born we used this color combination of white, grey and pink in her room. Had she been a son the color combination would have been white, grey and blue! The Whisper White and Smokey Slate work well with almost all colors, because they are neutrals.


Mosaic Madness Card


Here’s what to do to make this girly card:


1. Cut a Smokey Slate card base  at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″


2. Cut a 5″ x 3-1/4″  and a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White


3. Cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Pink Pirouette


4. Run the 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock through the BIG Shot with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder.

Mosaic Madness Detail


5. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, stamp four of the Mosaic Madness motifs in Smokey Slate and two in Pink Pirouette. Leave enough room to punch them out with the Mosaic Punch.


6. Punch the stamped images out with the Mosaic Punch.


7. Stamp the “Best Wishes” greeting from the Petite Pairs stamp set in Smokey Slate. Line up the greeting with the Mosaic Punch and punch it out.


8. Take a piece of Pink Pirouette and punch out two mosaics with the Mosaic Punch.


9. Wrap a piece of Scalloped Pretty in Pink Ribbon )retired), around the embossed piece of Whisper White Card Stock.


10. Adhere the card stock layers as shown.


11. Place a Dimensional behind the punched out Smokey Slate and Pink Pirouette  mosaics and adhere them as shown.


12. Take the two punched Pink Pirouette piece and adhere them to the back of the, “Best Wishes” mosaic. Then place a Dimensional on the back of this to adhere it where shown.


13. On the piece of ribbon place three of the largest Basic Pearls.


The Mosaic Madness Stamp Set six different designed mosaics, three smaller ones and two borders. With the  Mosaic Punch and Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder anything is possible. All you have to do is use your imagination!


As ever hugs to you,
Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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I Love You: Anniversary Card

I love you headerNeed an Anniversary card?

I love you card


Here’s one I made for my husband John. I know it’s a little flowery, but he loved it! This card can be made and used for any occasion. Change up the colors, Designer Series Paper and greeting to whatever kind of card you may need.


This card is great for strips of paper you might be saving. Well never mind might be saving, change that to the strips of paper you are saving and stashing!


Card base: Cut a piece of Pistachio Pudding Card Stock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″.


Card Base Layer: Cut a  3-3/4″ x 5” piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock.


For Strips: Cut one 2-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ and one 4-1/4″ x 1-1/2″ strip of Mossy Meadow Card Stock.


For Strip Layer: Cut one 2-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ and one 4-1/4″ x 1-1/4″  strips of the All Abloom DSP or use what strips you have on hand as long as the length is good. Just add a 1/4″ to width to the card stock in which the DSP will be layered on. Layer the strips as shown and adhere them to the card.


Greeting: Determine where your greeting will go. I stamped, “I love you” from the Good Greetings Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow. I stamped it in the upper left corner of the card after much debate with myself over whether or not it should go on the top or on the bottom of the card. I ultimately decided on the top, because I like the way the blank area of Very Vanilla looked. I fussy cut a leaf from the All Abloom DSP and placed it so it looks like part of the greeting.

I love you detail

Scallop Circle Embellishment: Punch a 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle out of Mossy Meadow, a 1-3/4Circle from Pistachio Pudding and a 1″ Circle from the DSP. Layer and adhere them together. Attach to the card with a Dimensional.

Breast Cancer Ribbon Button


Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, make it a great day!


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Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator










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Designer Cuts: Stained Glass Anniversary Card

Good Day Stampers!


Here's a fun technique called the "Stain Glass Technique."  I did not invent this technique, Patty Bennett, a fellow stamper did a tutorial on it. I couldn't pass it up and had to share this with everyone at my last class This is an easy  technique and the results really are magnificent. See if you agree?

Stampin' Up! Designer Cuts Stained Glass Technique


The wonderful part of this card is it comes pre-cut with that beautifully intricate design. The Designer Cuts (125414) comes with Eight Cards in two different designs and Eight Blushing Bride Envelopes. This is featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog.


To make this card you'll need:


A 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Vellum Paper (101839)

Markers (119806)

Basic Pearls (119249)

And whatever stamp set you want to relay your sentiment.  I used the Stampin' Up! Something to Celebrate Stamp Set (121897) and Baja Breeze Ink (119668).


Stampin' Up! Designer Cuts Stained Glass Technique

Adhere your piece of vellum to the inside of the front over the heart cut Stampin' Up! Designer Cuts Stained Glass Techniqueout and begin coloring. For the coloring you don't even have to stay inside the lines!


This is the inside.




Stampin' Up! Designer Cuts Stained Glass Technique

When you look at the card from the front the cut outs makes it seem like you colored it perfectly!


On the inside, over the Vellum, adhere a 5-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock


Add some Basic Pearls or Rhinestones and any sentiment you want; or not.


Have fun with this technique and remember to get your Sale-A-Bration order in, because there's only 5 days left, until it's over! 


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As ever Stampin' Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Up in the Air: Pretty-in-Pink Card

Hi, Stampers!


Here's the other card I promised you made with the Stampin' Up Hostess Set, Up in the Air. Today's card, is similar to yesterday's card's fussy style, but uses a totally different color scheme.

Stampin' Up! Up in the Air


1.  To make this card, cut:

Pretty-in-Pink Card Stock at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and score it at 4-1/4"

Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper at 5" x 3-3/4"


2.  Run a piece of Whisper White Card Stock through the BIG Shot and the Ovals Die. Cut the largest oval.


3.  On the Whisper White oval, stamp the branch image with the birdhouse, with Chocolate Chip Ink.  With your Watercolor Pencils, color the image in.


4.  Stamp the bird and butterfly from the Elementary Elegance Stamp Set and distress the oval edge with a Sponge Dauber with Pool Party Ink.


5.  Once the image is colored, wrap the oval with Blushing Bride Pleated Ribbon. I found it easy to get an even gather by using the stitched part of the ribbon as a guide. Working from the back, this is what I lined up with the edge of the oval. You can use Glue Dots, Tombow Glue or Sticky Strip Tape to adhere the ribbon.


6.  Layer the Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper on the card front.


7.  Cut another piece of the Blushing Bride Pleated Ribbon and adhere it along the right hand side of the card.


8.  With Dimensionals place the oval as shown.


9.  Make a pretty bow out of Pretty-in-Pink Taffeta Ribbon and adhere it to the upper left hand corner with a Glue Dot.


10.  Take the flower from the Itty-Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and punch out three flowers.  Adhere them randomly along the branch..


11.  Place Basic Pearls on the birdhouse and in the center of each flower.


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Stampin' Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Leaves of a Tree: Anniversary Card…

Saturday was my niece Laura & Chris' First Wedding Anniversary. Last year I made their Wedding Invitation which you can SEE HERE. Since they were married in the Autumn and their wedding card had Autumn leaves on it I decided to use the Stampin' Up! Leaves of a Tree. Perfect for a first Autumn Wedding Anniversary!

Leaves of a Tree Anniversary Card

I started this card with a base of Bravo Burgundy (8-1/2" x 5-1/2" scored at 4-1/2") card stock and layered it with Very Vanilla (5" x 3-3/4"), Tangerine Tango (4-1/2" x 3-1/4"), Bravo Burgundy (3-1/4" x 3-1/4") and Very Vanilla (3" x 3")

Leaves of a Tree Detail


On the 3" x 3" piece of Very Vanilla I stamped  the Leaves of a Tree image by using the Huffing Technique for inking up my stamp. 


The Huffing Technique is used when you want to ink your stamp up with several colors using Markers. Once the stamp is inked you then Huff on it. What it means is you breathe on a stamp to re-wet the ink with your breath. It's the same theory when you fog up a window or mirror, so you can write your name on it with your finger. This works well when using non-permanent markers, such as Stampin' Up!'s water based markers.


I embossed the Tangerine Tango with the Houndstooth Embossing Folder and the Big Shot. 


I made a four loop bow. You make a regular bow only don't stop at two loops, you stop at four. For the middle of the bow I wrapped and knotted another piece of ribbon, made the tails smaller and let them peek out as well.


Laura & Chris 11-12-10

HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY LAURA & CHRIS! May this be the start of something good!


Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time.


Stampin' Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Ain’t Love Grand: Anniversary Card…

Today is Janet and Paul's Anniversary! Janet, Paul, John and I have been friends for over 26 years. A lifetime of shared memories. This is the card I made for them to celebrate their marital bliss. 

Ain't Love Grand Anniversary Card This card was outfitted in 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" Basic Black and 5" x 3-3/4" Very Vanilla Card Stock.  


On the Very Vanilla I used the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder to dress up the Very Vanilla. On some of the flower centers, I placed a Basic Pearl.






Ain't Love Grnd Detail

I cut two concentric ovals out with my Coluzzle; one in Very Vanilla and the other in Basic Black. On the Very Vanilla Oval I stamped the bride and groom old fashioned car from the fun hostess stamp set, Ain't Love Grand, in Basic Black Ink. On a piece of Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper I stamped the car again and cut out the car body. I glued the  Designer Series Paper cut out on to the car with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue. 

With Markers I colored in the bride, the groom and sky. I layered the ovals as shown, keeping the Very Vanilla Oval high to leave room for the Basic Pearl arch I created on the bottom. I adhered the oval on the card base and wrapped the oval in Basic Pearls. I used the smallest attached pearls to en-circle the oval. It was a breeze using the edge of the oval to line up the pearls.

There you have it! Happy Anniversary Janet & Paul. Ain't love grand???

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Welcome Back Stampers and Paper-Artists!

The card I'm sharing with you today I love because of the tone on tone look. Very Vanilla Card Stock was used for the entire card, but because different textures were introduced, all the layers and embellishments show off really nicely. These paper flowers are all over the internet. I didn't invent the technique of making roses with punches, but this is my original card design using it.

Very Vanilla Elegance

This card was the Stamp A Stack Class's favorite; once it was made! Oh, sure my ladies loved the embossing part of the card, but let me tell you the whining while they cut, glued and put this gorgeous rose together was very, very amusing. Now, I have the best and most talented ladies in the world coming to my classes and I truly love them, but you would have thought I asked them to put the Eiffel Tower together with toothpicks! (to scale) We did share a lot of laughs and, in the end,their cards came out beautiful!

Here's what to do and remember, "NO WHINING ALLOWED!"____

Cut a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4"

Cut another piece of Very Vanilla at 5" x 3-3/4" and emboss it with the Stampin' Up! Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.

For the Rose______________________________Very Vanilla Rose

Punch 8 owls using the Two-Step Owl Punch. You only need to stamp the owl's body. These will be used for the outside petals. The first thing to do after punching out the owls is to cut their poor little feet off. Crumple each owl/petal and run your fingernail or Bone Folder over each owl. This helps to break down the card stock's fibers and will allow the petals to look more realistic. Then cut from the middle of the owl's head about 1/2" down. Dab a little Tombow Glue on one ear and layer it on the other cut ear to form one petal. Proceed in this manner to the other seven. Put them aside to dry.

Punch a 2-3/8" Scallop Circle and beginning on the edge cut the scallop circle in a spiral, rol lit and, glue the end. This will be the flower center.

Punch a 1-3/8" Circle out. Place some Tombow Glue over the 1-3/8" Circle and start layering five of your owl petals. For the second layer glue the last three petals, and in the middle glue your scallop spiral flower center.

For the Bow_________________________________________

  Very Vanilla Elegance Detail To finish the card, wrap a piece of Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon. With another piece of Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, make two loops and wrap the two loops with one of the brads from the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Kit

Put all the card pieces together as shown in the first photo.

 The simplicity of this card would work with any one color you choose to use. Have fun experimenting with the color of choice and changing the embossing folder.

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Stampin' Hugs,


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