Clipboard Calendar: February 2016

2016 Calendar Feb HeaderAnd, here’s February 2016. I used blendabilities to coler this Partridge in a Pear Tree, which are no longer available, but you can use colored pencils or markers as well. This is a retired stamp set, but any set with trees will work. Just add a few punched out hearts.

2016 Calendar Feb


FEBRUARY Calendar 2016

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Whisper White (5″ x 7-1/2″) & (4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″)
Real Red (3-1/2″ x 3″) & (4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″) & scraps
Strawberry Slush scraps


Multi-Purpose Glue, Blendabilities, or other coloring markers or pencils
Heart Collection Framelits,
Itty Bitty Heart Punch,
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Feb Detail

1. Ink up using Memento Ink, the Partridge in a Pear Tree and stamp it onto   the 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock.
2. Color it in using the Melon Mambo and Old Olive Blendabilities or markers
3. Once colored cut out the pear tree
4. Using the 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Real Red and the Heart Collection Framelits run the card stock through the BIG Shot with the largest heart die.
5. With the Itty Bitty Punch, punch out 7 or so hearts from the Real Red & Strawberry Slush scrapes.
6. Adhere the pear tree on the large Real Red heart and place three of the small hearts over the pears.
7. Adhere the February calendar onto the 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Real Red.
8. Adhere the heart above the calendar lining them up in the middle of the 5″ x 7-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
9. Adhere a few of the small hearts below the pear tree.


Hoping you enjoyed your Christmas.


Embrace today!



Clipboard Calendar: January 2016

2016 Calendar Jan HeaderFor the next twelve weekdays, I’m going to share with you all my 2016 Clipboard Calendar. We made this  calendar last year at my Calendar  workshop last year. I up-dated it by adding the 2016 calendar.  You can got to my archives to see calendars made in the past for more ideas.  You can also trim down the base card stock to 5″ x 7″ and place it in a 5″ x 7″ acrylic frame where it can sit on a desk or tabletop.  To order these small 2016 Calendar Pads CLICK HERE

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JANUARY Calendar 2016

White Christmas

Whisper White (5″ x 7-1/2″)
Pool Party (3-1/2″ x 3″) & (3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″)


Chalk Marker, Multi-Purpose Glue
6″ x 9″ Clipboard from dollar store

2016 Calendar Jan Detail

1. Stamp the trees from the White Christmas stamp set in Memento Ink onto the 3-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Pool Party

2. Fussy cut the bottom of the hill part off

3. On a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock stamp the polar bear with Memento Ink, cut him out & adhere him to the stamped tree image

4. Color in the trees with a Chalk Marker to resemble birch trees

5. Adhere the January calendar to the 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Pool Party

6. Place and adhere the two pieces of Pool Party as shown making sure the 3-1/2″   sides line up and what was cut off the tree image looks like a hill of snow.


Check back tomorrow for February’s calendar,

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Best Year Ever: Easel Calendar Card

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HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR again!! What better way to start off the new year and first workshop of the new year then with a 2015 easel calendar? It’s perfect to display on any counter or desk! This was a fun project we made at my workshop on Saturday. We had so much fun and as I watched everyone lost in making their projects it filled my heart to see them all working and not thinking about their problems. Crafting has a way of clearing our heads and allows us to really live in the moment.  THANK YOU for the continued support and friendships.  You can purchase these small calendars at various sites or print out a calendar on your home printer. I purchased mine at Christine has a lot of fun, little embellishment and such.

Easel Calendar 2015

To make this easel calendar card cut the following:



1.  Cut an 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of card stock. I used Coastal Cabana.

2.  Score the Coastal Cabana at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″



3.  Cut two 1-7/8″ x 4″ pieces of Hello Honey

4.  Cut two 1-5/8″ x 3-3/4″ pieces of Designer Series Paper I used the new Sale-A-Bration FREE Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper.

5.  Adhere the DSP layers on to the Hello Honey layers

6.  Attach these layers one on the front and the other on the back of the card base.


Easel Calendar Side View


7.   Cut a 2″ x 4” piece of Hello Honey card stock

8.   Cut a 3-1/4″ x 2-5/8″ piece of  Designer Series Paper

9.   Adhere these two layer together

10. Wrap a piece of Coastal Cabana around these layers

11.  Attach this to the front bottom



12.  Cut a 3-1/2″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Coastal Cabana

13.  Cut a 3-1/4″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Hello Honey

14.  Adhere these two layers together

15.  On top of these layers adhere the calendar and attach the calendar layer on to the from panel as shwon in the photo


16.  Place a button on the front button as a support for the easel.


This easel calendar can be flattened and sent in the mail and believe me people love getting these! You can make them in any color combinations with scrap pieces of DSP. Don’t forget to make one for yourself too.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


2012 CD Calendar…

Hi, Stampers!


On Sunday, I held a Holiday Extravaganza Workshop and this 2012 CD Calendar is one of the projects we made. For this project you can use any stamp set appropriate to the featured month. Here’s what mine looks like month by month..


Snow Much Fun January 

Snow Much Fun Jan 2012 CD Calendar

Be My Valentine February

Be My Valentine Feb 2012 CD Calendar

Lucky Shamrock March      Lucky Shamrock March                                                    

Peace Within April

Peace Within April 2012 CD Calendar

Upsy Daisy May

Upsy Daisy May 2012 CD Calendar

Plane & Simple June

Plane & Simple June 2012 CD Calendar

Land of the Free July

Land of the Free July 2012 CD Calendar

Peace Within August

Peace Within Aug 2012 CD Calendar

Autumn Splendor September

Autumn Splendor Sept 2012 CD Camendar

Spooky Bingo Bits October

Spooky Bingo Bits Oct 2012 CD Calendar

Gobble Gobble November

Gobble Gobble Nov 2012 CD Calendar

Bells & Boughs December

Bells & Boughs December 2012 CD Calenda


These would make great gifts for anyone on your  Christmas & Hanukkah gift list.

I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and I got to share this with you..

Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Countdown to Christmas-Advent Calendar…

This is an Advent Calendar I designed and have wanted to do for about a year now. While it’s a time consuming project it’s not diificult to do. I used as many stamp sets I had for the images behind each window. Some images were embossed, hand colored and even partial images were used. I just had fun with it. This would be a great project to do this weekend and even have the kids help out with the stamping. The small windows range from numbers 1 to 23. I need to add number 24 to the oval window. The door is number 25 with the Holy Family behind it.


For the windows I stamped the tag image from the Stampin’ Up! Punch Pals Stamp Set in Versa Mark. I stamped 23 of them, one for each window. I then embossed them with White Embossing Powder. I scored along the left side of the tag, folded it and lined up the image with the Tag Punch so that the left edge was just to the inside of the punch. Doing it in this manner allowed the flap so that the windows could open up. For the inside images I simply stamped them, punched them out with the Tag Punch and adhered them to the flap. For the window and door numbers I used My Big Shot and a die similar to the Timeless Type.


Here is the oval window detail. I stamped the saying from the Christmas Punch Stamp Set in Versa Mark and with White Embossing Powder I embossed it. I used the same technique as for the smaller windows. Along the left side of the oval I scored, folded and lined it up just to the inside of the Wide Oval Punch.


Below shows some of the images I used behind the windows. 



This is a detail of the Holy Family from the Stampin’ Up Holy Triptych Stamp Set, behind the door. I stamped it in Versa Mark Ink and Gold embossed it.I then hand colored the image in with a combination of Stampin’ Up Markers and Watercolor Pencils. On the Handsome Hunter door front I stamped and embossed the tree image from the Stampin’ Up! Snow Swirled Stamp Set.


Here are the dimensions for the house parts of the Advent Calendar:

      Pretty in Pink Card Stock  11-1/2″ x 7″ 

     Sage Green Card Stock 11-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

     Rose Red Card Stock 12″ x 12″

     Handsome Hunter Green Card Stock 1-3/4″ x 3-1/4″

For the coins going up the sides:

     Soft Suede Card Stock 1/2″ x 3/4″

     Creamy Caramel Card Stock 1/2″ x 1/2″

For the piediment I hand cut a triangular shape and trimmed it out with the Scallop Edge and Eylet Border Punches.  I layered the Pretty in Pink Card Stock and Sage Green onto the Rose Red 12′ x 12′ sheet of card stock. I placed the coins up both sides of the house, adhered the scallop and eyelet edges to the piedement and plced that on the top. Then I adhered all of the windows and door to the house. I added a piece of Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon to use as the hanger.

I really love the way this turned out and like very much the Rose Red, Sage Green and Pretty in Pink color combination. I tried to be as clear as possible on this project but if you have any questions you can email me at

Many thanks for stopping by and remember to take time out to hand make items to give as gifts this holiday season.  Gifts which are personalized and a part of you. Let’s try to remember the true meaning and not get caught up in the commercial end but, truly put ourselves into this most joyous of seasons. Isn’t that what it’s all about? 

HUGS & stamps,






November Calendar:


For the November Calendar of course Giving Thanks and turkey came to mind. I tried to combine the two for this month. The  Season of Friendship and Voila Stamp Sets are so very versatile. See if you agree? Sorry about the "Hot Spot" under the chef but I think the Shimmer Ink caused it.



Paper:          2-1/4" x 7" Whisper White Card Stock

8" x 8" Crushed Curry Card Stock

8-1/2" x 8-1/2"  Whisper White Card Stock

Stamp Sets:        Voila

              Voila Accessories

Season of Friendship

                                The More, the Merrier (hostess set)

Ink:                       Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Real Red, Dusty Durango, Chocolate Chip & Garden Green

Accessories:      Platinum Shimmer Ink, Aqua Painter, Scallop Oval & Wide Oval Punchs, Stampin' Dimensionals, Markers & Water-Color Pencils

Here's an enlargement:

And here's what I did:

I took the piece of Whisper White Card Stock and stamped the top half of the chef from the Voila Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink.  I then stamped leaves from the Season of Friendship Stamp Set in Real Red, Crushed Curry, Garden Green and Dusty Durango Inks around the chef and the edge of the card stock. Of course I cleaned the stamp in between colors with my Stampin' Scrub.  On another small piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the turkey  from the Voils Accessories Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink, colored it in with my Water-Color Pencils, cut it out and adhered it with 2 Stampin'  Dimensionals. The tray was colored with Platinum Shimmer Ink and an Aqua Painter. On yet another small piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the greeting, "Give Thanks" from the Holiday Best Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink and punched it out with the Scallop Oval Punch. I then punched out a Wide Oval out of Chocolate Chip Card Stock. I have to tell you I love the Holiday Best Stamp Set and have used it in so many projects. I layered the scallop oval onto the Chocolate Chip oval. I had these shiny leaf brads so I placed one through both ovals. Just a note here, the greeting is a tight squeeze for the scallop punch but it works as you can see. I layered everything as above and on Thanksgiving Day on the calendar I stamped the acorn from The More the Merrier Hostess Stamp Set and colored it in with my Stampin' Up Markers.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

HUGS & Stamps,






October’s Calendar: Happy Haunting…


As promised here is October's calendar. Of course it has a Halloween Theme.



Paper:          2-1/4" x 7" Basic Black Card Stock

8" x 8"  Lavender Lace Card Stock

8-1/2" x 8-1/2"  Whisper White Card Stock

Stamp Sets:        Home is Where the Haunt Is

              Holiday Best

Halloween Hoot

Ink:                       Basic Black, Green Galore,  Only Orange, Lavender Lace & Versa Mark

Accessories:      Champagne  Shimmer Ink, Aqua Painter, White & Orange Embossing Powders, Large Oval Punch & 2 Lavender Lace Brads 

Here's an enlargement:


And here's what I did:
I took the piece of Basic Black Card Stock and I stamped the fence from the Home is Where the Haunt Is Stamp Set in Versa Mark, and embossed it using White Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool.  I did the same to the owl, broom and moon from the Halloween Hoot Stamp Set only I used Orange and Gold Embossing Powder On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the haunted house form Home is Where the Haunt Is in Lavender Lace Ink, The witch from Halloween Hoot in Green Galore and the "Trick or Treat" greeting in Only Orange Ink. I cut out the haunted house and witch and punched out the greeting with my Large Oval Punch. Using the Champagne Shimmer Powder and an Aqua Painter I hand-colored in the moon and added dots for stars in the black Halloween sky.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY HAUNTING!

HUGS & Stamps,







September Calendar: Autumn’s Blessings

I know I'm a little behind in the calendar corner but I didn't get a chance until now to design September and as you will soon see October's calendar. Here is what we did at Friday's class. Even though September is over this calendar can be used next year as well. I will have an up-date calendar class in which the calendar part will be replaced with 2010 calendars.


Paper:         2-1/4" x 7" Baja Breeze Card Stock

8" x 8"  Only Orange Card Stock

8-1/2" x 8-1/2"  Whisper White Card Stock

  1"x 7" Dusty Durango Card Stock

1" x 7" Old Olive Card Stock

Scraps of Crushed Curry, Real Red, Only Orange & Old Olive Card Stocks

Stamp Sets:              Loads of Love

              Loads of Love Accessories

Happy Blessings

Ink:                              Basic Black & Dusty Durango

Accessories:            Platinum Shimmer Ink, Aqua Painter, Scallop Oval Punch & Markers

Here's an enlargement:


And here's what I did:
I took the piece of Baja Breeze Card Stock and layered it with torn pieces of the Old Olive and Dusty Durango Card Stocks. Using Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories Stamp Sets I stamped the car on Crushed Curry Card Stock  and female driver on Whisper White Card Stock  in Basic Black Ink. I used the new Platinum Shimmer Ink and an Aqua Painter and colored in the bumpers and hub-caps on the car. Using my Markers I colored in the female driver and cut both pieces out. I then  stamped the pumpkin and wheat vignette from the Happy Blessings Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink onto Whisper White Card Stock, colored them in with my Markers and cut both images out. Again using the Loads of Love Accessories Stamp Set I stamped the "happy harvest" greeting in Dusty Durango Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and punched it out with the Scallop Oval Punch. For the falling leaves I simply tore tiny pieces of Only Orange, Old Olive, Real Red and Crushed Curry Card Stocks. I layered everything as shown above.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY HARVEST!

HUGS & Stamps,






August Calendar: Just Beachy…


I absolutely love the way the calendar for August came out. The class had fun encorporating all the elements to create this beach scene, The beach is close to my heart because for the last twenty-five years we have been going to Sunset Beach, NC. Many memories have been made down there and this year we are going in September. I can’t wait!


Stamp Set:          Just Beachy

                                 Pocket Silhouettes

                                 Life’s a Breeze

Ink:                        Chocolate Chip

                                 Basic Black

                                 Green Galore

                                 Only Orange

                                 Versa Mark

Paper:                  Pacific Point  Card Stock (7′ x 1′)

                                 Creamy Caramel Card STock  (7″ x 1″) x2 strips

                                 Bashful Blue Card Stock (7″ x 2-1/4″)

                                 Summer Sun Card Stock  (8″ x 8″)

                                 Whisper White Card Stock (8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″)

                                 Only Orange Card Stock ( 7″ x 1/4″)

Accessories:     White Embossing Powder, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Stampin’ Pastels, Markers

Here is a Close Up for you to refer to:


I started by tearing the two strips of Creamy Caramel Card Stock strips to resemble sand. Then I dragged to torn edges through a Chocolate Chip Ink Pad and adhered the strips to the  (7″ x 2-1/4″) piece of Bashful Blue Card Stock. i also tore the strip of Pacific Point Card Stock to look like ocean waves and adhered the ocean strip to the bottom of the bottom of the Bashful Blue over the Creamy Caramel “Sand Like” strips.  Using Versa Mark I stamped the fish from the Just Beachy stamp set onto the Pacific Point, covered the stamped images with White Embossing Powder and heated them with a Heat Tool. I stamped images from the Pocket Silhouettes, Just Beachy and Life’s a Breeze stampe sets, colored them in with the Write Markers and cut them out. Before placing the images on the Bashful Blue Strip I colored in the sky to resemble a sunset with Stampin’ Pastels. To the woody car I added two silver brads to the wheels and used Dimensionals to adhere and pop the car.


Thanks for stopping by and may you have beautiful sunsets…







July Calendar: Celebrate Independence Day


This is the July calendar we made in class. Of course it had to celebrate the 4th!!! And of course I had to use GLITTER!  See my Technique Tid-Bit on how to use glitter.


Stamp Sets:         All Year Cheer II

                                   Independence Day

Ink:                          Versa Mark

                                   Riding Hood Red

                                   Not Quite Navy

                                   Basic Black

Paper:                    Whisper White CS ( 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) and ( 7″ x 2-1/4″ )

                                   Riding Hood Red CS( 8″ x 8″ )

                                   Not Quite Navy ( 7″ x 1/4″ )

Accessories:       4 Blue Brads, 3 Red Brads, Red Cosmo Glitter, Heat and Stick, Heat Tool, White Gel Pen



1.     On the ( 7″ x 2-1/4″ 0 piece of Whisper White card stock I stamped the swirls and heart  in Riding Hood Red.


2.     Then using Not Quite Navy I stamped the circle/ star and stars.


3.      In Basic Black I stamped the firecracker.


4.      Using versa Mark I stamped “Celebrate”, covered it with Heat and Stick, heated it, covered it in Red Cosmo Glitter  and heated it again.


5.      I added three red brad,s one to each star.


6.      I put the calendar and Whisper White piece together and adhered the ( 7″ x 1/4″ ) of Not Quite Navy across the seam.


7.      Using a White Gel Pen I made stitches on top of the Not Quite Navy strip.


8.      I adhered the calendar to the Riding Hood Red card stock as shown and added four blue brads to the corners.


9.      I finished by adhering the Riding Hood Red card stock to the ( 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ ) piece of Whisper White card stock.


10.    In Riding Hood Red I stamped “happy 4th” on July 4th, Independence Day!  







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