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Baby Shower Turtle Invitation

Turtle Header

This is the turtle baby shower invitation I designed for my niece Laura way back last summer, but forgot to post it! (Silly me) Laura’s mother Lisa and I hand cut each and every one of these turtle invitations. I believe there were 50 in all. We hand cut every hexagon shape as well from Designer Series Paper! After all of that, I’m happy to report Laura had a beautiful baby boy named Remy back in November.

Turtle Card WatermarkedI designed this turtle invitation with Laura in mind because she LOVES turtles! The card pattern is made up of six pieces consisting of a head, body, two feet a turtle shell and the turtle shell trim. The turtle shell trim isn’t in photo.

TURTLE TEMPLATEThe card base was made from the ‘TURTLE BODY” part. It was scored so the card opened up from the bottom. All the turtle parts were traced onto different shades of green card stock and then they were cut out. Using Multi-Purpose Tombow Glue, this is how the head and feet were adhered.

Turtle-Legs and HeadOriginally, I wanted a movable head and feet. That was in a perfect world! It just didn’t work out, because of the different layers. Oh, well I’ll have to save that idea for another time. Once the head and feet were attached, they were covered on the inside with the baby shower information., which was cut in the same shape as the card base. All were trimmed neat and tidy!

Turtle-Cut Detail



To decorate the turtle shell I ran Designer Series Paper through The BIG Shot with the Hexagon Embossing Folder. Then each and every hexagon shape was hand cut by me and Lisa. We used the embossed lines as a guide where to cut. This was truly a labor (ha, no pun intended) of love.



Here is the turtle almost complete. The shell is decorated with the hand-cut hexagons.

Turtle-Almost Finished

Turtle-Paper Piercing Edge of Shell


The next thing we did was to add the shell trim and paper pierced it for a little extra detail. Pearls were added to every other hole.





Tyrtle Head Detail



The neck of the turtle was embellished with Baker’s Twine  to look like a bow tie, another of Laura’s favorites! A smile was inked in with a black marker, pink pastel was rubbed on for cheeks and googly eyes were applied for a little added character.


Now if you would like this pattern, I don’t have a PDF of it, but will gladly mail it to you. Just E-Mail me your mailing address and I promise to mail one to you.




And, here is Remy at 5-1/2 months old!


Thanks for stopping by today. If you like this post make sure to leave me a comment!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up! DSP: Jack’s Barnyard Paper-Cutting

Here in the Northeast, like most of the United States, we’re battling sizzling temperatures, unbearable heat and humidity-perfect for staying in the AC and crafting!


Here’s another project I made for my grandson Jackson’s room.  I love paper-cutting and this is a little something I saw at home goods and said, “I can make that!” And, I did…

Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Cutting

Of course I made my own simple animal outline templates by drawing the animals shapes on scrap cardboard and cutting them out. These I used to trace around on to my Designer Series Paper.Deigner Series Paper Barnyard Paper-cutting

Designer Series Paper Barnyard Paper-Cuttng











Once you have your animal templates, trace them on the back side of the designer series paper you want to use.  Make sure you trace them backwards from the way you want them to face in your original.


Here’s a group of photographs of the animals:

Desinger Sereis Paper Barnyard Paper-Cutting

Desiner Series paper Barnyard Paper-Cuttin

Designer Sereis Paper Barnyard Papr-Cutting

Designer Sereis Paper Barnyard Paper-Cutting

The background is an 8″ x 10″ piece of stripped designer series paper. For the dirt I tore a piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock and for the clouds I tore pieces of Whisper White Card Stock. Then adhere all the components together and embellish as you see fit. When you’re happy with the composition place it in a frame.

Designer Sereis Paper Barnyard Paper-Cutting


For Jack’s paper-cutting I primarily used International Bazaar Designer Series Paper (retired), because this matches most of the colors in his room.  You can easily change out the designer series paper of choice. in fact the new Quartrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper would work beautifully!


Happy Paper-Crafting!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Another Use for Stampin’ Up! Card Stock: Profile Silhouette

Hi, Stampers!

Desiner Series Paper Card Stock Silhouette


I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine was.  What could be better then spending the day with your mother, daughter and grandson?  NOTHING!!! It was heartwarming to receive a Happy Mother’s Day card to Grandma!  Well, today’s share is a profile silhouette I made of Jackson for my daughter Meg as she celebrated her first Mother’s Day.


1.  Take a photo of the child or grown up you want to make the profile silhouette of. Make sure it’s a side view with all of the features showing. The first few photos I took of Jackson missed his bottom lip.


2.  Next you need to up load the photo from your camera or phone to your computer.


3.  Then print out the photo on your home printer.  The copy can be in color or black and white.


4.  Now, simply place the photo over the Card Stock of your choice and carefully cut out the profile. Hold it in place with Dotto Adhesive or similar.  For this one I used Basic Black Card Stock.


5.  Purchase a frame, or adjust the size of your photo to match an existing frame. I had this 8″ x 10″ black frame and cut a piece of International Bazaar Designer Series Paper to fit the frame and use as the background.


This is such an easy and endearing gift to give anyone. My daughter loves hers! .


Thanks for stopping by!



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


Baby Bundle: Baby Shower Invitation

My daughter and son-in-laws Baby Shower was last week. Here’s the baby invitation I made plus a few pictures of the day.

Baby Bundle Baby Invitation


I wanted the invitation to resemble a baby quilt. With all of the images in the Baby Bundle stamp set it was easy to achieve that look. I used Pool Party Card Stock and along one edge with the BIG Shot and the Finishing Touches Edgelets (pg190), I added an eyelet edge. On the  4″ x 5″ top layer of Whisper White Card Stock I punched out 1″ squares using the 1″ Square Punch on (pg183). I used the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper (pg164) and Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (pg163). I adhered all the squares as shown and in between the paper squares I stamp the many images from the Baby Bundle Stamp Set with Pool Party Ink.

Elephant Die Baby Bundle Baby Shower Invitation

Meg’s baby shower theme was elephants. On the inside of the invitation, along with the shower information, was this adorable elephant cut-out. Before you go bonkers-the die is not Stampin’ Up!, however, I did use my BIG Shot, Watercolor Pencils and Stampin’ Up! Card Stock to cut and color him. When I saw this die, I just had to have and use him on the invitation…

Below are a few pictures of the day.

Baby Bundle Baby SHower

Baby Bundle Baby Shower

Baby Bundle Baby Shower

Elephant Shower Favors which included and elephant cookie, an elephant cookie cutter and

recipe for elephant sugar cookies!

Baby Bundle Baby ShowerBaby Bundle Baby Shower












Thanks for stopping by!

Creative Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Mixed Media: Fabric Owl Canvas

Hi, Friends!

Today I’d like to share with you a Fabric Owl Canvas Project I created. I purchased four of these small 6″ x 6″ canvas’ on sale at my local craft store. I decided to use the canvas’ for a series of owl mix media pieces. Look to the future for three more in the series. 

Stampin' Up! Fabric Project, Canvas Owl

Stampin' Up! Ink Pads: Canvas

I started this Owl Canvas by applying different ink colors to the canvas. I used my ink refills and Stampin Up! Ink Pads along with  Sponge Daubers. I love to just dab freely and from the look of my work space, I love making a mess!


I made a smaller pattern from my owl pillow to trace for this canvas owl. I placed Double sided Adhesive Sheets on the back of Stampin’ Up! Fabric, traced the pattern on to it, cut it out, peeled back the adhesive paper backing and burnished the Fabric Owl down on to the canvas with my Bone Folder.  Once the owl was adhered to the canvas I added his eyes with some Stampin’ Up! retired Felt Flowers and two layers of buttons. Adorable!

Stampin' Up! Fabric Project, Fabric Owl

To achieve a mixed media look, you simply build up different layers of Ink, Rub-On’s, Fabric, Buttons and even Stamped Images! there’s no wrong with this project. You just have to keep in mind that images don’t compete and there is a nice balance between all of your elements, including color and line weight. Here are some close- up’s of the canvas.

Stampin' Up! Fabric, Mixed Media Canvas Owl

Stampin' Up! Fabric, Mixed Media Canvas Owl










When you’re happy with your design, give the canvas a quick spray with a sealer or brush on some decoupage medium.  Make sure to check out Stampin’ Up! Fabrics Here


I hope you’ve been inspired!


Many of my Stampin’ Up! supplies got more ruined then I first expected from the fire. I’m going to try, in the next week or so to get back to creating more projects to post on my blog. It’s very difficult since I have no real workspace or focus, but I’m going to try. I owe all of you at least that. I miss blogging, holding workshops and seeing all of you. Again, THANK YOU for all your emails. 



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


If you want a shiny, glossy finish to your canvas, simply use some Crystal Effects. To achieve this, spread an even coat of, Crystal Effects over the canvas. With a brush or sponge brush spread the Crystal Effects all over your masterpiece. Take care to brush out any air bubbles. You can use more then one layer of Crystal Effects, just make sure each layer dries before applying another coat,


Baby Bundle of Love Card…

Baby Bundle Header

Have you ever needed that special baby card and just couldn’t find one? Here’s one you can make that is perfect for the new, “Bundle of Love.

Baby Bundle Card

This card is made from:

Certainly Celery Card Stock    4″  x 8″ scored at 4″

Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper    3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

Whisper White Card Stock scrap for stamping

Certainly Celery Ink

Scallop Square Punch, 1-3/8″ Oval Punch, Water-Color Pencils


Here’s what to do:


Layer the Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper over the Certainly Celery card base.


On the scrap of Whisper White Card Stock stamp out three images and the message, “Bundle of Love,” from the Baby Bundle Stamp Set in Certainly Celery Ink.


Punch out the stamped images with the Scallop Square Punch and the message with the Oval Punch.


Adhere the punched images as shown.


We made this card at my World Card Making Day Event and the class made the cards with Bashful Breast Cancer Ribbon Button Blue and Pretty-in-Pink Card Stock and Baja Breeze and Melon Mambo Ink.


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Baby Shoe…

I’ve wanted to make this baby shoe for a while now, and when I saw a version in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog, it reminded me to try and make one. The template I used for this was originally found on the Interent.

Completed So Saffron Baby Shoe

I first played around a bit with the pattern Whenever, I design or try to use a pattern, I usually make a fast mock-up of the project with regular printer paper.

Practice Baby Shoes

I started with a piece of mylar I have, from when I make my quilting templates, and traced out the pattern with a Sharpie and cut it out.

Baby Shoe Pattern

I used the pattern and traced it out in pencil, on So Saffron Card Stock.

Traced Out Baby Shoe Pattern

I then cut out the shoe and stamped it with the flower image from Hello Again stamp set in So Saffron Ink. This gives the card stock a bit of dimension and resembles Designer Series Paper.

Cut Out & Stamped Baby Shoe

The shoe was assembled by taping the tabs to the sole of the shoe. With the  Flower Fusion Sizzlit Die and the Big Shot I cut, Pretty-In-Pink, Bashful Blue and Whisper White  flowers. I cut leaves out of Old Olive with the Little Leaves Sizzlit Die.

Flower Fusion Cut-Outs
I used Subtles Brads in the center of each flower

Baby Shoe Flower Fusion Detail

For the finishing touch, I added the new Stampin’ Up! Old Olive  Scallop Dots Ribbon across the strap and a Pretty-In-Pink Designer Button on the side.

Completed Baby Shoe Side View

These baby shoes would be the perfect baby shower favor. I’m also working on a boys version and with the new Stampin’ Up! Glitter Paper I’m trying to replicate Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. I’ll share these with you when I’m done playing.

If you decide to make this project, attach your creation in an EMAIL and If you use all Stampin’ Up! product I’ll feature it on my blog!

Until tomorrow, make it a great day!

Siggy 2


Designer Series Paper Umbrella Girl…

Welcome back Lakeside Stamper readers!

Today’s feature project is one we made awhile back at one of my classes. This is an old quilt pattern from the 1930’s or 40’s that I have. I did change it and added some extra pieces.

Diane's Victorian Umbrella Lady

The directions are simple for this project.


Click on each image and print out this template on your home printer.

Umbrella Girl Pattern

Glue the sheet, with the “Umbrella Girl Pattern Template“,  onto a manila file folder, cut out the pieces and use them to trace on Designer Series Paper of your choice. Remember if you’re not tracing on the side of paper you want to show, flip the Umbrella Girl parts, trace and then use the front. If you don’t flip the pieces when tracing on the back she will be reversed, which is fine, but just thought you should know.


This sheet labeled, “Umbrella Girl Guide” is exactly that. It’s to guide you where to adhere all the pieces.

Umbrella Girl Guide

To adhere all the pieces you can use Tombow All-Purpose Glue or your SNAIL Adhesive. Use which ever one you find is easier and cleaner. I still have schmutz on mine that needs cleaning with my pick up eraser.

Top Detail Victorian Umbrella Lady

Skirt Detail Victorian Umbrella Lady

Here’s what the Lakeside Stampers Class  created:

Alice's Victorian Umbrella Lady

Janet's Victorian Umbrella Lady

Lynette's Victorian Umbrella Lady
Nancy's Victorian umbrella Lady

I really think these came out great and shows off everyone’s personality. I love classes when I can offer the class a chance to make the project their own as they did here. I love my Lakeside Stampin’ Ladies!  EMAIL ME with any questions.

Stampin’ & Umbrella Hugs,

Siggy 2


Big Shot: A, B, C Sampler

To all you wonderful ladies who attended my “Open House.” thank you. The day really helped me to focus on how truly wonderful family and friends are. The day kept my mind off of Monday and more dreaded oral surgery! So again thank you!


Besides fun and food, we did manage to do a nice project and catalog tour. I was so surprised and thrilled that not a one of you did any whining about having to cut. For those of you unable to attend the Open House here’s the project everyone did.

Alphabet Sampler


This A, B, C Sampler was inspired my a counted cross stitch I did. I must say this paper version went a lot faster then the original cross stitch one.

Mini Quiche Pan Filled With Cut Letters 1


I began this sampler by cutting the alphabet out, using the Big Shot and the Timeless Type Alphabet Die Set. This is a great project to use up all that scrap card stock you have. The picture to the right shows the cut letters in a compartmented tray that mini quiches came in. Next time you buy those frozen mini quiches save the tray they come in.


Then I stamped the following images in the colors indicated on a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. Once they were all stamped and colored I cut  each image out.


%22A%22 is for Acorn


A   Acorns from Autumn Splendor in Cajun Craze


B    Bee from Nature’s Walk in More Mustard


C    Cherries from the new stamp set Cherish Friendship in Soft Suede %22C%22 is for Cherry


E    Egg from Easter Blessings in the new In-Color Wisteria Wonder


G    Goose from the new Cherish Friendship in Early Espresso Ink (I know this stamp is probably a duck, but I colored it in like a goose)


H    Heart using the Big Shot and Scalloped Heart Embosslit and Blushing Bride Card Stock


K    Key from Artistic Etchings in Versa Mark and Gold Embossing Powder


L    Leaf from Fabulous Florets in Old Olive Ink %22N%22 is for Nest


N    Nest from Nature’s Walk in Chocolate Chip Ink


O    Owl from Forest Friends in Creamy Caramel Ink (retired)

Other Owl from Inch by Inch in Soft Suede Ink


P     Pigeon from a demonstrator incentive set, Cute & Classic  in Basic Grey Ink %22O%22 is for Owl


R    Rooster from Rustic Rooster in Cajun Craze Ink


S    Shell from Nature’s Nest in Creamy Caramel Ink


T    Tree from Forest Friends in Old Olive and Chocolate Chip Markers


U    Umbrella from Bloomin’ with Happiness (retired) in Old Olive Ink


W    Wheel Barrel from Countryside in Basic Grey Ink 

%22R%22 is for Rooster

%22T%22 is for Tree








Once you have your alphabet and images cut, play around with the arrangement. Here are some samples of what the class did.













Diane's A, B, C Sampler









Lynette Lynette's A, B, C Sampler









Here’s the counted cross stitch sampler that I stitched up and I used for my inspiration.

A, B, C Counted Cross Stitch Sampler

Thanks for looking and if you’d like to order the Timeless Alphabet Die Set CLICK HERE.


Stampin’ and Cross Stitchin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


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