Best Thoughts: Pretty in Pink

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I have to tell you I’m loving this Best Thoughts stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Today’s share is a simple card to put together, but oh so, “Pretty in Pink!” The color pink can be switched out for any other color and would work equally as well. The black ink and cardstock  feature the Pink or in this case Blushing Bride perfectly.

Best thoughts Pretty in Pink Card

There’s one little easy trick to making this card and here’s, “What to Do.”




1. Blushing Bride Cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″


2. Whisper White Cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″


3. Basic Black Cardstock 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″



Best Thoughts Detail

1. On the 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, drag the Blushing Bride Ink Pad across the cardstock in short strokes. Do this randomly making sure it isn’t symetrical and that enough white is showing.


2. Once you’re happy with the Blushing Bride background, go ahead and stamp the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Best Thoughts stamp set in Memento Ink.


3. Stamp the butterfly from the same stamp set in Memento Ink.


3. Stamp a greeting in Memento Ink as well. I used the greeting from the Stampin’ Up! You’ve Got This stamp set.




1. Adhere all the layers as shown with SNAIL Adhesive.


2. Add three large Basic Pearls in the upper right hand corner of the card.


Try this technique using other color combinations. Send me a photo of what you’ve done and I’ll feature it on my blog.


Until next time, embrace the day!



Painted Blooms Finale: Happy Birthday Plus One Other

So, here you have it the grand two card finale using one sheet from the terrific Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  One of these cards is a birthday and the other can be used for any occasion. It’s hard to believe that all the cards featured this week were from one 12″ x 12″ sheet and they all look like they were hand-painted, just like the name of the designer series paper, “Painted Blooms!”painted bloom one sheet finalTo make the cards, you first have to cut the sheet of the Painted Blooms designer paper into 4″ x 6″ pieces. Some of these will need to be trimmed down, depending on the card you’re making. But this is where it all begins.

Painted Bloom One Sheet Wonder

Painted Bloom Happy Birthday

This “Happy Birthday” card uses the bottom left corner piece of the Painted Blooms DSP.


Cut an A-2 card base from Mossy Meadow card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″


Cut down the piece of Painted Blooms to 5″ x 3-3/4″.


Cut a  1” x 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White and adhere it to the Painted Blooms DSP along the bottom edge.


Ink up the “Happy Birthday” from the And Many More stamp set in Mossy Meadow and stamp the sentiment on to the Whisper White strip..


Wrap a piece of Mossy Meadow Ribbon around the seam of the Whisper White card stock and the DSP.


Affix the DSP layer on to the Mossy Meadow card stock.


Finish the card off with a beautiful Mossy Meadows bow.


Now for the second and last card made from, yes, one 12″ x 12″ sheet! This sheet is sort like the ever-ready bunny if you ask me.


Painted Bloom Pool PartyThis card is sweet and simple and is from the bottom right hand corner of the Painted Blooms sheet.


Cut an A-2 card base from Pool Party card stock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″


Cut down the piece of Painted Blooms to 5″ x 3-3/4″.


Wrap a piece of Pool Party Ribbon aroind the DSP layer and adhere it to the Pool Party card base.


Make a five loop bow and affix it to the card with a Glue Dot


And, there you have it~six cards from one 12′”x 12″ sheet of the Painted Blooms DSP. I hope you enjoyed stopping by this week!



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Painted Blooms: Thank You Card

This Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper card is number three. Who doesn’t need a thank you card from time to time? I know it seemed like I’m always sending thank you cards to family and friends for all their kindnesses! And it’s hard to believe that this card and three more are still from the same sheet of the Painted Blooms DSP!painted bloom one sheet finalTo make the cards, you first have to cut the sheet of the Painted Blooms designer paper into 4″ x 6″ pieces. Some of these will need to be trimmed down, depending on the card you’re making. But this is where it all begins.

Painted Bloom One Sheet Wonder

This thank you card was made from the top left corner piece of the Painted Blooms DSP.


Painted Bloom Thank YouFor the card base, cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Strawberry Slush card stock and score it at 4-1/4″.


Trim down the Painted Blooms DSP to 5″ x 3-3/4″.


On the DSP stamp “Thanks” from the Fabulous Four stamp set in Blackberry Bliss Ink. This stamp set was named appropriately, because the four sentiments are incredibly BIG and useful. They’re almost like a graphic image in themselves.


Now with the Corner Punch round out the upper right corner and bottom left corner of the Strawberry Slush and the Painted Blooms DSP.


Layer and adhere the Strawberry Slush and DSP together.


And, there you have another easy card to add to you stash of ready made cards! On any of these cards you can switch up the colors and add your own embellishments~or not. If you haven’t ordered this Painted Blooms DSP yet, go ahead and order it, You’ll be happy you did!



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Painted Blooms: Window Card

Today’s share is the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper card number two. I’m calling this a Window Card, because the Painted Blooms DSP was cut into four rectangles and when affixed together they resemble window panes. This card has no sentiment on the front, but any sentiment or note can be added on the inside of the card. Again, if you cut up both the sheets, make two of these. Switch up the colors if you’d like.painted bloom one sheet finalTo make the cards, you first have to cut the sheet of the Painted Blooms designer paper into 4″ x 6″ pieces. Some of these will need to be trimmed down, depending on the card you’re making. But this is where it all begins.

Painted Bloom One Sheet WonderThis is an all occasion card for whatever celebration or reason you might need a card. This card was made from the bottom middle section.

Painted Bloom Window PaneStart with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock scored at 4-1/4″.


Cut a 5-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock.


Trim down the 4″ x 6″ piece of the Painted Blooms DSP to 3-1/2″ (along the width) and 4-3/4″ (along the height). Cut this piece in half both ways at 1-3/4″ (W) x 2-3/4″(H)


Adhere the four panes on to the piece of Blackberry Bliss leaving 1/4″ around the outer edge and 1/8″ in between the panes.


With Dimensionals, layer the Blackberry Bliss on to the Whisper White card base.


Voila, you’re done! Make sure to check back tomorrow for another Painted Blooms one sheet wonder card.


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Initially Yours: Monogrammed Note Cards

Monogram Card Detail

Welcome Back!


These “Initially Yours” monogrammed note~cards were made at my last workshop. I love serifed typefaces, so when Stampin’ Up! came out with their Sophisticated Serifs I knew I had to buy it.  These monogrammed cards make great wedding gifts for the new bride and groom or as a thank you for a hostess. It’s an addictive projects, so make sure you have plenty of Note~Cards and Envelopes on hand!

Monogram Final

These Monogrammed Note Cards were made from Stampin’ Up!’s pre~cut blank Note Cards & Envelopes. which are a great deal at $5.95 for twenty 5″ x 3-1/2″ cards. They come in Whisper White and Crumb Cake. With everything cut, you can really concentrate on the designing and stamping part of the project.


For the card layers cut a 4-1/2″ X 3″ piece of Elegant Eggplant and a  4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White. This Whisper White piece is the one you’ll be stamping on.


The first step was to stamp the wreath in Wild Wasabi Ink.

Stamp it as close to the center as you can.

1. Stamp Wreath in

Next choose your monogram letter and stamp the initial in Elegant Eggplant.

With the Sophisticated Serifs stamp set you get two different sized letters

plus elegant accents. Sixty five stamps in all as a matter of fact and

because it’s a photopolymer set, images such as the initials are easy to line up.

Of the two sizes I chose to use the smaller initial.

Some workshop attendees chose the larger letter. Both looked great.

2. Stamp Initial in

Because the wreath is a bit skimpy, the stem and leaves from Your Perfect Day stamp set were inked up in Wild Wasabi and they were added to the wreath. Stamp the stems at an angle so they look a part of the wreath. The little flower from the Your Perfect Day stamp set were stamped first in Wisteria Wonder then in Crushed Curry.

3. Stamp leaves in

Next I stamped the stem and flowers going up both sides of the note~card. Some of the stampers, and I wish I had photographed their cards, grouped the stems and flowers in the corners. I also added the stem and leaves along the left hand side of the envelopes. If you stamp the stem and slightly twist your wrist as you stamp it will resemble a vine.

Monogram Card Detail

And, there you have it! This is only one design and one way to make gorgeous monogrammed note cards for yourself or to give away as a gift.



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Crazy About You Rainbow Flower Card

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Welcome back Friends!


Today’s share is a card from my Sunday’s Workshop. We had so much fun making all the projects, plus we all celebrated St. Paddy’s Day with a great Irish feast. It was nice seeing so many attend this workshop. It truly was, “Magically Delicious!”


This card has a rainbow theme to it. I tried to incorporate a different flare to the Crazy About You stamp set by stamping the flowers and stems in rainbow colors.

Crazy About You Final

Let’s get started on how to make this card!


First you need to cut a 7″ x 10″ card base from Blackberry Bliss and score it at 5″. Blackberry Bliss is a dark, rich color that can work well as a neutral; believe it or not!


Next, cut a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock.


On the Whisper White stamp the stem and leaves in Real Red (left), then Daffodil Delight (center) and Marina Mist (right).

Crazy About You red yellow


On a separate piece of Whisper White, stamp the flower in Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist. Punch out the flowers with the Medallion Flower Punch and set them aside.


On another piece of Whisper White stamp the flower in Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. Punch out the flowers and cut them in half. Crazy About You Purple Flower


Take the cut half flowers and adhere them as follows; the Tangelo Twist half onto the Real Red flower, the Wild Wasabi half onto the Daffodil Delight and the Wisteria Wonder half onto the Marina Mist flower.


Stamp the stem and leaves in Tangelo Twist, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. Cut out 2-3 leaves from the stamped stems and lay aside.


Crazy About You Detail


Next take the leaves you cut from the stems and glue them onto the stems you stamped on the Whisper White base as follows; the Tangelo Twist cut leaves onto Real Red, the Wild Wasabi cut leaves onto the Daffodil Delight stem and the Wisteria Wonder cut leaves onto the Marina Mist.


On a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock stamp the sentiment, “Celebrating You” in Blackberry Bliss and punch it out with the Decorative Label Punch. Along the edges with a Sponge Dauber, sponge on some Blackberry Bliss.


With SNAIL affix the Whisper White card base onto the Blackberry Bliss card.


Then affix the flowers with Dimensionals and adhere the sentiment and two cut half flowers on the bottom edge of the Whisper White layer. Done. Done. Done!


Wishing you a life filled with rainbow flowers and don’t forget to leave comments, please.


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Painted Petals: You’re Amazingly Amazing Card

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Well, well, well! It seems as though I can’t get enough of this Stampin’ Up! Painted Petals Stamp Set! This card we made at my January Workshop. Again, I chose to use Smokey Slate, Whisper White and Pink Pirouette combination. Call me sentimental!

Painted Petals Amazing Card

Here’s what to do:


1. Cut an A-2 horizontal card base at 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ from Smokey Slate Card Stock


2. Cut two  5″ x 3-3/4″ and one 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece from Whisper White Card Stock. One of the 5″ x 3-3/4” pieces is for the inside of the card.


3. On the smaller piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the stem and leaves image first in Mossy Meadow. I found it easier to line up the flowers to the stem, then the other way around. Placement of the stem should be somewhat on the top and to the left.


4. Then go ahead and Ink up the flowers image in Strawberry Slush Ink. Line up the flowers on the stem before stamping. Don’t worry about getting a solid inked image with the flowers. The variegation is nice and shows off the canvas or cross hatched texture. You’ll see it if you look closely at my card,


Painted Petals Detail Amazing


5. Next, stamp the “Amazing” greeting in Smokey Slate Ink. Tuck the greeting on the card where it fits best. Make sure to leave enough room to wrap the ribbon along the bottom of the card.





6. Wrap a piece of Basic Grey Stitched Ribbon across the bottom. Tack it down with a few Glue Dots. Wait on the bow until you have all the card layers adhered.


7. Now adhere all the card stock layers together.


8. Make a separate bow and adhere it with another Glue Dot.


9. Place Basic Rhinestones in the flower centers.


You’re done!


FYI ButtonThe Painted Petals Stamp Set is a Photopolymer set, which by the way is my favorite kind of stamp. Unlike the “clear” stamps the photopolymer stamps are not only transparent, so you can see where you’re stamping, hence perfect placement, but they’re also etched wonderfully deep! The top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and is well-suited for Stampin’ Up!’s firm-foam pads.


To view all of Stampin’ Up!’s Photopolymer Stamps CLICK HERE


Don’t take my word for it check out this video:



Remember, “Make what you love and love what you make,” and thanks for stopping by.


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Flower Patch Birthday Card

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This card is a little different in that it opens from the middle and the stamped cutout flowers overlap the opening. Not sure what or if there’s a proper name for this card. Perhaps Middle Opening Card? Or Two Side Paneled Card?  If there is a name for it, and you know it leave me a comment. The flowers from this Flower Patch stamp set are solid and when used with the 2014-2016 In-Colors they really stand out.

Flower Patch Birthday Card

I like this card because it’s a little different and was fun to make because of the difference.


I started with a regular size card base of a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  This time I scored it at 2-1/8″ from one end, flipped the card and scored at 2-1/8″ from the other. Line up the middle as close as possible and crease with a Bone Folder.

Flower Patch Middle Open Card

For the side panels I cut two, 1-5/8″ x 5″ pieces and one 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece for the inside of the card  out of All Abloom DSP Stack.


On a sheet of Whisper White I stamped flowers from the Flower Patch Stamp Set in Blueberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Tangerine Twist.


The leaves were stamped in Mossy Meadow on Pistachio Pudding Card Stock. I love the Mossy Meadow on the Pistachio because of the light green edge rather then white.

Flower Patch Detail


Once all the flowers and leaves were stamped I ran them through the BIG Shot with the Flower Fair Framelits. There’s a framelit for all the leaves and flowers except for the small flowers and those I just fussy cut with Paper Snips.


I layered the flowers and attached the leaves with Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive. The two largest flowers were overlapped the card opening. This way I wasn’t limited to just the side panels widths of 2-1/8″, which the largest flowers would not have fit on without the overlap.




Breast Cancer Ribbon Button

Try one of these “Side Paneled Cards or “Middle Opening Cards” or whatever they might be called. And, please leave me a comment or two.


Remember to Stamp what you love and love what you stamp.



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FYI ButtonThis is a card we made at one of my workshops and I have to tell you it was a disaster!!! Yes, even I have problems and mishaps in stamping and crafting. But, I find through disasters I learn something, like “what not to do” and “what to do.” When I made this sample for the workshop, I had a few stamping issues  stamping solid flower images. At the workshop it didn’t matter what we tried, a solid image, especially with the large flower, was not to be. I tried everything you should do with the photopolymer (Clear) stamps. We were told to stamp on a soft pad of some kind. I use the Stampin’ Up! Paper Piercing mat.  (I have one strictly for stampin) The mat didn’t help. We all tried and while we got a few good images to get us through the workshop, none of us should have to work this hard at stamping!


Now to get a good solid stamped image from a photopolymer stamp one should do the following:


1. Stamp on a soft pad. That is don’t stamp on the pad itself, but place your card stock on a soft pad then stamp on the card stock.


2. Press evenly on the clear block. If you look closely you can actually see the air releasing from th inked stamp.


3. If you have a stubborn stamp that still won’t stamp a solid image, try VersaMark first then the ink. The VersaMark will be sticky and hold the ink better.


4. You can rub the stamp on you Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Scrub, sans the mist. Sometimes this helps with any residue.


Now if you’re still having a problem, like me, call Stampin’ Up! I did and they said once in awhile the stamp is cut uneven and the lower areas do not pick up the ink. Well low and behold I believe that was the problem with my stamp. I sent back my used set and Stampin’ Up! replaced mine. They even paid for postage. Thank you Stampin’ Up1


So there you have it a lesson in how to stamp a solid image using Photopolymer Stamps.


Celebrate Summer Watermelon Card

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I know what you’re thinking, “Celebrate Summer?” Yes, summer may be over by calendar standards, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own and here in New York it’s still pretty HOT! I have to admit I began writing this blog post when I was on vacation with, “Beach Brain,” and apparently my keyboard for my IPad had the same disease.  It just didn’t want to work where we were. I can’t say I blame it!


I have to tell you-I had so much fun creating this card using the Stampin’ Up! Work Of Art stamp set  I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Because this stamp set is so versatile I find myself with lots and lots of  ideas for using it.

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How I made this card:

I started with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base of Strawberry Slush scored at 4-1/4″


The next layer was cut at 5-1/4″ x 4″ of Whisper White


Then a 5″ x 3-3/4″ layer of In-Colors Designer Series Paper was cut. I chose the Mossy Meadow pattern


And, for the top layer I cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ layer of Whisper White.


On this layer I stamped the brush stroke from the Work of Art Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow on the bottom as the watermelon rind. Above that I stamped two more brush strokes in Strawberry Slush for the yummy watermelon. For an added background I stamped the heart image from the same stamp set in Strawberry Slush as well. I didn’t plan it this way. I smudged ink on the background from my hand and this worked as a cover-up for the smudge. This is one accident I think works well.


With the Bird Builder Punch I punched the leaf and cut each leaf to use for the watermelon seeds. For these I used Basic Black card stock.


For the “Celebrate Summer” greeting I used two different stamp sets with Basic Black Ink. The celebrate is from the Stampin’ Up! Good Greetings and Summer from the Day to Day set. I really like to combine stamp sets for card greetings to add a little visual interest.


I layered the card as shown wrapping a piece of Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon up the left hand side of the card.


I look forward to sharing more card and project ideas using this Work of Art Stamp Set.


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Remember to eat, sleep and create. Creating is a great escape. Almost as good as the beach…


Summer’s end Hugs to you all,
Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator







Candy Crush Saga: Tiffi Card

Tifi's HeaderCandy Crush you say? Diane’s gone crazy! Well, to be perfectly honest with you, I have completed all 522 levels and quite frankly I’m in withdrawal mode! Now, I didn’t complete this game in record time. In fact I only played five games each day, I don’t have much that much free time. But it was relaxing to me to strategize. This is the only game I ever played and in fact if you know of another good game to feed my addiction I would appreciate any recommendations.


For a long time Candy Crush’s main character has been my companion. Her name is Tiffi (short for Toffette)  She is a blonde girl with pigtails and is introduced in the first episode: Candy Town. She walks the player through the tutorial and introduces the Jelly Levels. She also travels around the game map and helps others with their problems. So this one’s for you Tiffi and all you closet playing Candy Crush Fanatics~ You know who you are…

Tifi's Card Watermarked

As with many of my paper-crafting projects, I sketched Tiffi and then made a pattern for all of her parts. She was quite easy to draw and didn’t have to be perfect. Once I had all the cardboard parts I traced them on scraps of Designer Series Paper I had.

Then I glued her all up and placed her on a piece of Coastal Cabana Card Stock.

Tifi's Parts

I added embellishments and then she was ready for her next episode of Candy Crush!

You could say she’s all dolled up!

Tifi Detail Watermarked

Why don’t you or your children try a card or two with a favorite character of your own? These are great fun to make and you can get the whole family involved. The sky’s the limit!


Thanks for stopping by and remember to be the difference!



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