A Hand-Crafted Holiday…


A Hand Crafted Holiday


Now is the time to be planning for the Holidays and with all that Stampin’ Up! has to offer, DSC_0132 cards, gifts, and wrappings couldn’t be easier. With your rubber stamps in hand, you can easily embrace all that the upcoming holidays with ease and creativity. And best of all, you’ll touch all your loved ones in your life by giving a little piece of you.


Just look through your Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog and Holiday Mini to see all the available options when it comes to your holiday cards. You can create cards using rubber stamps and color coordinated inks and paper. And let’s not forget Stampin’ Up!’s embellishments. Nothing could be easier, if you start now. 


If you prefer using your computer, you can also create your cards using My Digital Studio. With My Digital Studio, you can create your card design and then either have them professionally printed using Stampin’ Up!’s printing service or you can print them out on your own printer. 


Have you considered hand-crafting a gift for all those special people in your life? Again 124078T your options are endless. With Stampin’ Up! you can find something for everyone. Create a decorative frame using their Decor Elements, monogrammed stationery with one of the beautiful letter stamp sets, a hand stamped clock just like the one on the cover of the the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog, recipe books, and altered journals for all of your family and friends.  You can create special gifts that are sure to warm everyone’s hearts, that are fun to create, and they can even be easy on the wallet. You can even buy Stampin’ Up! products for that special crafter in your life.


So you’ve got your cards sent and your gifts all made … what now? Well, how about wrapping it all up? You’ll never run out of gift tags with Stampin’ Up!’s special tag stamp sets which coordinate with their punches. Tagging those presents has never been easier. You can embellish a plain gift or shopping bag, stamp tissue paper for inside, make 124085T adorable treat containers and bags with the Big Shot and all the die offerings.


So, remember of all the gifts you give at the holidays, the best are the ones you make yourself.  If you aren’t local and can’t make it to one of my classes simply contact me at and I’ll guide you through making even the humblest offering into a treasure.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2






From Our House to Yours…



From all of The Caro’s and Lakeside Stamper we wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH AND HAPPY KWANZAA!  May the New Year bring you peace, good health and contentment. Thank you for being loyal visitors. Here’s hoping for more fabulous posts in 2010 (Yikes).


Stampin’ Hugs,





Simple Stampin’ Festive Favorites…

These are terrific Treat Boxes (#115690 page 159) that can be used for yummy chocolate, hand-made cookies or for Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Party Favors or as in this case Holiday Gift Boxes. 


I call this another “So Simple Stampin’ Project.”   On Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink the reindeer from the Festive Favorites Stamp Set.  I hand colored in the reindeer and layered Very Vanilla Card Stock, Real Red Card Stock and another piece of  Very Vanilla Card Stock.

The ribbon I used for the bow is the Ribbon Originals-Mistletoe. For the tag ribbon I simply cut a thin strip of Real Red Card Stock.


Below are gift card holder we also made using the Festive Favorites Stamp Set.  The set originally came with one big block stamp with images of the reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees together. I had my husband cut the wood block so I could use the images as follows with the gift card holder project. The gift card holders I purchased last year from Stampin’ Up! They are now retired but since I had so many I decided to use them for my class. Here are the examples of the three we made and how nicely the images from the Festive Favorites worked out. 


Here is the inside:





Thanks for stopping by and look for new Punch Happy Projects” this week just in time for the holidays.

HUGS & stamps, 






Catch Me if you Can, I’m the Gingerbread Man…

I think one cookie that screams the holidays is the gingerbread cookie. I have been having so much fun with chipboard cutouts. If you haven’t tried them as of yet you should give them a try. You can easily buy pre-made shapes or cut your own with the Big Shot or scissors. Stampin’ Up! sells pre-cut shapes and On Board Book Basics on pages 184-185 in the Idea Book and Catalog.


For this gingerbread man I traced a pre-cut gingerbread man chipboard shape onto  Soft Suede Card Stock, cut it out and adhered it to the chipboard. Using the rick-rack stamp from the Trimastic Stamp Set (retired) I stamped it in Versa Mark and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.  Around the edges I sponged Chocolate Chip Ink.

For the:

Candy Buttons: Punch 2 Real Red and 2 Whisper White  3/4″ Circles 

After I punched the Whisper White circles I cut little wedges out of them and then I layered them over the Real Red to resemble peppermint candies.

Eyes: Punch 2 Whisper White 1/4″ Circles

Mouth: Punch 1-1/4″ Circle on Whisper White  and  punch a  1/38″ Circle around the opening.

Cheeks: Out of Real Red Card Stock punch two 1/2″ Circles. For the swirls either punch them out with a swirl punch or hand cut swirls and layer them on each Real Red 1/2″ circles.

Collar:  On Whisper White Card Stock punch a 1-3/8″ Circle and around the opening punch a Scallop Circle.  Cut off  two three scallops lengths and adhere them around the gingerbread man’s neck. In the middle glue a brown flower button from  Stampin’ Up  Button Latte collection.

On his forehead I punched a hole and attached the Real Red Grosgrain Double Stitched Ribbon for a hanger.

I put everything together as follows:DSC_0240 

On one of the hands I glued using Crystal Effects, a Stampin’ Up Library Clip. In the clip I printed the following gingerbread cookie recipe out, trimmed it down and layered it on a piece of Real Red Card Stock.


6 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup shortening, melted & cooled

1 cup molasses

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup water

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide the dough into 3 pieces, pat down to 1-1/2″ thickness, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate  for three hours.

3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. On a slightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4″ thickness. cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies onto an un-greased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. When the cookies are done they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the cookie sheet and cool on wire racks. When cool the cookies can be frosted with icing of your choice.

I sincerely hope you enjoyed this “Yummy” post. As ever thanks for stopping by.

HUGS & stamps,


Wine Gift Tag…

This gift tag couldn’t be easier to make and because of that I call it one of  my “Simple Stampin’ Projects.”


Here is the recipe:

STAMP SETS: Good Cheer

                                                Snowflake Spot

PAPER: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock 

                                                7-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ scored at 5-1/4″

                                                Sage Shadow Card Stock  5″ x 3-1/2″

                                                Very Vanilla Card Stock 4-7/8″ x 3-3/8″

Ink:                                       Rich Razzleberry

Accessories:                     Word Punch

                                                 1-3/8″ Circle Punch


                                                Dazzling Diamonds,

                      Crystal Effects

                                                Gold BradDSC_0229 

For the wine tag I stamped the swag and Santa images from the Good Cheers Stamp Set in Rich Razzleberry Ink on the 4-7/8″ x 3-3/8″ Very Vanilla Card Stock. I colored the images in with my Pastels, then added Dazzling Diamonds and Crystal Effects on the berries which I colored in with a Real Red Marker. I adhered the Very Vanilla Card Stock on the 5″ x 3-1/2″ Sage Shadow Card Stock and around the two I wrapped a Rich Razzleberry Word Punch out and attached it with a Gold Brad.  On the 2″ scored area of the card stock I punched a 1-3/8″ circle out to place over the wine bottle’s neck. Because you now have the measurements for the tag any image can be used in place of the Santa.

Thanks for stopping by!

HUGS & stamps,


Wine Glass Charms…

I know these wine charms have been around forever but, it was really nice to see that I could incorporate stamping into making my own. For this project you do need some non Stampin’ Up! supplies but chances are you have them around anyway.  I simply stamped with Craft Ink onto shrink plastic, punched out the image with our regular Stampin’ Up! punches, pierced a small hole for the jump ring and followed directions for the shrink plastic. Viola the charms were formed. I then took earring wires I had and added eight beads on one side then in the center after applying a jump ring to the charms, I strung on the charm and then an additional eight beads. I tried to color coordinate each charm and beads. Have fun with this one and be careful not to get burned with the hot plastic. DSC_0222

The below (backward) charm image is from the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set which was stamped in Real Red Ink and punched using Stampin’ Up! Ornament Punch. I stamped the image on shrink plastic and baked it in the oven according to the manufacturer’s directions. Both stamp set and punch are on pages 24-25 in the Holiday Mini Catalog.


The wine charm below was stamped in Encore Gold Ink. The image is from the Winter Post Stamp Set page 35 in the Idea Book and Catalog. I then punched it out with the Scallop Circle Punch and baked it.


The below image is from the Sweet Season Stamp Set stamped in Tempting Turquoise Ink. The stamp set is on page 29 in the Idea Book and Catalog. After stamping the image I used the Scallop Circle Punch to punch it out and baked it.


Below I stamped the santa from the Christmas Punch Stamp Set in Garden Green Ink. I then used the Scallop Square Punch to punch it out and baked it.


Once, again, Thanks for stopping by and I sincerely hope you take out time to make some of these projects for you or the special people on your gift list.






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,






Delightful Decorations…

I adore this stamp set-Delightful Decorations! I love the fact that you can create quick ornaments and Christmas gift tags with the matching Ornament Punch. Here is the card we made at Friday’s Ornament Card Making Workshop.DSC_0196


STAMP SET: Delightful Decorations

INK: Rose Red, Sage Green & Pretty-in-Pink

PAPER: Rose Red Card Stock  (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″)

                                        Pretty-in-Pink Card Stock (4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″)

                                        Very Vanilla Card Stock  (4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″)

                                        Sage Green Card Stock  (5″ x 3-3/4″)

On a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ of  Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped the snowflake in Pretty-in-Pink Ink. On another scrap piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped two ornaments, one in Sage Green Ink and the other in Rose Red Ink and punched both out using the Ornament Punch . I layered the Sage Green, Pretty-in-Pink and the stamped Very Vanilla Card Stocks together.  I wrapped pieces of Sage Green and Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbons as ribbon hangers for the ornaments.  I stuck a rhinestone on each ornament as shown here.


Thanks for stopping by and here’s to “Delightful Decorations.”





Victorian Mitten…

As promised here is one of the projects we did last night at a great “Ornament Card-Making Workshop.” This one is So Simple, you’ll want to make one for everyone on you gift list. Check back for four other projects we made. 



STAMP SET:     Four the Holidays

INK:         Old Olive

PAPER: Christmas Cocoa the flocked Real Red Sheet

                    Whisper White Card Stock

                      Chipboard cut in the shape of a mitten

Trace out mitten shape onto the Real Red Flocked Designer Series Paper. Cut out and adhere to chipboard with Snail Adhesive or use the wide end of the Tombo Liquid Glue. Trace the mitten cuff onto Whisper White Card Stock, stamp the greeting “Merry Christmas” from the Four the Holidays Stamp Set in Old Olive Ink, cut it out and adhere it to the chipboard cuff part of the mitten Using the Green Ribbon from the Mistletoe Originals and White Organza make a bow and a loop. Adhere  the bow with a Glue Dot. Around the cuff I glued a red pipe cleaner and added a green button from the Playground Designer Series Button Set. For the thread I simply cut a very thin strip of Real Red Card Stock and carefully knotted it. As you can see from the photo it looks like the real thread.

Thanks for stopping by!

HUGS & stamps,






How Sweet it is Snow Globe…

I wanted to try my hand at doing a snow globe made out of the Sweet Treat Cups for a few months. Here’s the first design I came up with I know I could have used my Big Shot and the Shapers and Movers Die but I was experimenting with this first so I used my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. Please check back in the near future for more designs.



Here’s what I did:

On a piece of 3″ x 3″ Bashful Blue Card Stock I took a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, about a 1″x 2″ strip, tore it to resemble snow and adhered it to the Bashful Blue. I then stamped in Versa Mark the deer from the Stampin’ UpWinter Post Stamp Set and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. Using my Eyelet Border Punch I punched out one strip and saved the excess dots that fell off. With Tombo Liquid Glue and a toothpick I carefully glued the dots onto the sky area to look like snowflakes. Then with my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch I punched the whole scene out.  Out of Very Vanilla Card Stock I cut a piece measuring 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ and centered the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch and punched out a circle. On a 3-1/2 x 4-3/4″ piece of Real Red Card Stock I adhered the deer scene to line up with the circle I punched out on the Very Vanilla piece of Card Stock. On the back of the Very Vanilla I placed the Sweet Treat Cup and filled it with Dazzling Diamonds only to find out it was almost impossible to line the filled cup with the deer scene without the Dazzling Diamonds going literally all over the place! I decided to pour the Dazzling Diamonds over the scene and then adhere the Sweet Treat Cup and the Very Vanilla Card Stock over it.  See the photos below:

The deer scene was adhered onto the Real Red Card Stock to line up with the circle punched out of the Very Vanilla Card Stock then I poured the Dazzling Diamonds over the deer scene as follows:


Here I placed the Sweet Treat Cup over the deer scene:


On the Very Vanilla Card Stock, in Versa Mark, I stamped the ornament topper from the Sweet Centers Stamp Set and embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder. I punched a circle in the middle of the hook part of the image and threaded a piece of Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon  through  it. I then adhered the Very Vanilla Card Stock over the Sweet Treat Cup.


To finish I adhered the Real Red, Sweet Cup and Very Vanilla layer onto a 5-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Handsome Hunter Card Stock which was scored at 4-1/4″. On a strip 0f 3-3/4″ x 3/4″ of Handsome Hunter Card Stock in Versa Mark I stamped “Peace on Earth” from the Four the Holiday Stamp Set.

Thanks once again for stopping by!

HUGS and stamps,





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