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Dyeing Stampin’ Up! Baker’s Twine

Since we’re on the subject of Baker’s Twine, which is something I always saved from the bakery shop, did you know you could dye Baker’s Twine??? Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video on dyeing the Bakers Twine and how to make a fabric flower:



To dye your Baker’s Twine, simply  mix rubbing alcohol and any color of Stampin’ Up! Ink refills. Mix a ratio of one tablespoon of alcohol to one drop of ink. For a darker and more intense color add additional drops, one at a time. Place the Baker’s Twine in the mixture allowing enough time for the dye to fully soak the twine. Lay the, wet, dyed twine on a clean paper towel to dry.  I use empty brad containers to mix the alcohol and ink. These seem to be the perfect size.


And…here’s an old post of mine on how to store Baker’s Twine


Have a Great and safe weekend!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up! Baker’s Twine: Crocheted Flower

Oh, my goodness my dear friends; it really seems like forever since I’ve posted!  I’ll be back for a while this week and hopefully next. I held my first workshop since the house fire and I have to tell you it was wonderful. I owe so much to my ladies who attend my workshops. Thank you girls from the bottom of my heart. I also want to thank all of you as well, who continue to email and follow my Lakeside Stamper blog; even though they’re hasn’t been much activity here lately. I’ll see what I can do about that as I slowly get back into stamping.  It’s still very hard to focus, because we are not in our home yet, but stamping and blogging makes life feel a bit normal for me. Well, let’s get down to business.


This is a project I came up with using Stampin’ Up!’s Baker’s Twine.  I love using Baker’s Twine wrapped around cards and boxes, but I decided to see if I could do a little more with it. I decided to try and use the Baker’s Twine as crochet thread. Well it worked perfectly. I used the crocheted flower and leaf on a GIANT paper-clip! These can be used as party favors, attached on cards or a bookmark. The choices are endless… I would suggest you try this project if you have a little knowledge of how to crochet. I’m including directions, but I’m no authority on writing, “How to Crochet” directions, but I’ll gladly share with you what I did. The illustrations are various copy-right free ones I found. I hope they help.  You can always EMAIL ME with any questions.


Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flower

For the flower I used Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine and a #0 crochet hook.

I began by chaining 7 stitches.  To chain make a knotted loop with the twine, slip the hook through, wrap the twine around the hook and pull the twine through.  Do this 7 times.

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet FlowerStampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flower Chain Stitch


When the chains are completed connect them with a slip stitch to form a loop.

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Flower

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flower

To make a single crochet, insert hook into the center of the ring, wrap the twine over the hook and pull through the ring center. Wrap the twine again over the hook and pull it through the loops on the hook. Do this 14 times.

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Flower

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Flower

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine FlowerNow for the actual petals of the flower. When you finish  the 14 single crochets in the ring, make a slip stitch to end that round of stitches.


Chain 4 and make 2 treble crochet stitches in the next single crochet and 2 more treble stitches in the next single crochet (4 treble crochets in all) Chain 3 and single crochet in next single crochet stitch.  One petal is completed Now chain 3 again. Repeat this 4 more times until 5 petals are formed. End the round of petals with a slip stitch.  These directions sound complicated, but they really aren’t. Reading the directions won’t make as much sense as reading them and crocheting! Trust me on this


Here’s how to make a treble stitch: Wrap the twine around theStampin' Up! Baker's Twine Flower hook twice, insert the hook in the next  single crochet on the ring, wrap the twine over the hook and carry the twine wrapped through the single crochet. (There are four loops on the hook) Wrap the twine over the hook again and draw it through the first two loops on the hook. (now there are three loops on the hook)  Wrap the twine over the hook again and draw this one through the next two loops on the hook. Wrap the twine over the hook for a third time and draw this one through the last two loops on the hook. One treble stitch is made.


For the leaf I used Stampin’ Up! Lucky Limeade Baker’s Twine and a #0 crochet hook:

Chain 12 stitches and crochet up one side of the chain stitches as follows: slip stitch in 2nd and 3rd chain, half-double in 4th and 5th chain, 1 double crochet in 7th and 8th chain, 1 half double crochet in 9th and 10th chain and slip stitch in 11th and 12th chain. Repeat this up the other side to form the other half of the leaf.


This photo shows only one side done.

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flower

To make a double crochet stitch do the following: Wrap the twine around the hook once, insert the Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flowerhook in the next  single crochet on the ring, wrap the twine over the hook and carry the twine wrapped through the single crochet. (There are 3 loops on the hook) Wrap the twine over the hook again and draw it through the first two loops on the hook. (now there are 2 loops on the hook)  Wrap the twine over the hook again and draw this one through the last two loops on the hook.  One double crochet  stitch is made.

To make a half double crochet stitch Wrap the twine around the hook once, insert the hook in the next  single crochet on the ring, wrap the twine over the hook and carry the twine wrapped through the single crochet. (There are 3 loops on the hook) Wrap the twine over the hook again and draw it through all three loops loops on the hook. One half double crochet stitch is made.

Below is the completed flower and leaf after crocheting:

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flower

Here is a detail of the flower and leaf with a Calypso Coral Printed Brad in the middle:

Stampin' Up! Baker's Twine Crochet Flower

To adhere the Baker’s Twine Crochet Flower and leaf to the paper-clip, simply punch out a piece of card stock (I used the x-tra large oval punch), place some glue dots on the back of the flower and leaf and stick to the card stock. To secure the card stock to the paper-clip I used a bit of sticky tape.


I know this is a complicated blog post, but the flower really isn’t very complicated at all. As I mentioned earlier it’s helpful if you know how to crochet. For those of you who don’t I hope you give it a try!!


Thanks for stopping by!



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,


Stampin’ Up!: Spice Cake Fabric Owl…

Hello, there! Welcome to the, “Other Side!” (finally)


It seems like forever since I’ve blogged. I have missed it and I’m thrilled my blog transfer is finally done. I still need to tweak things here and there, but at least I’m able to share with all of you projects I’ve been designing and working on.  This enormous blog transfer and re-design could not have been possible without the help of my invaluable friends Heather of and Amy of 


Now, let’s get down to business, if you can call this business! Besides being a Lakeside Stamper, I’m a quilter as well. For the longest time I wanted to play around with the Stampin’ Up! Fabric, but never got around to it. Owls are BIG right now. Back in the day I also loved owls and had a collection of them. My daughter Megan is now the owl fanatic and she has them tucked away all over her house. I guess the apple really doesn’t fall from the tree! At any rate, this owl project I’m going to share with you was inspired by my love of owls and the owls that hang out around the lake.

Stampin' Up! Spice Cake Fabric Owl

To begin making this little fabric owl, I drew a simple outline of an owl’s body and wings. I cut the pattern out of mylar. You can use a manilla file folder to draw your pattern on. Once drawn simply cut the pieces out and use them to trace around on your fabric. The fabric I used is the Stampin’ Up! Spice Cake.

I then traced out the owl’s body and  wings on to a the backside of the fabric. You need to cut out two bodies and two wings.  I used two corresponding fabrics, one for the body and another for the wings.


Stampin' Up! Spice Cake Fabric OwlI placed the cut fabric wings on the right side of the owl’s body as shown and hand appliqued them.


Once I had the two wings appliqued, I place the two body halves right sides of fabric together and sewed them together. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE AN OPENING TO TURN YOUR LITTLE FELLOW RIGHT SIDE OUT!


I then stuffed the owl, sewed up the opening and added beads! How much fun is this? I’m sure if you look you have beads in your stash somewhere. If not, this gives you the perfect opportunity to buy some. Make sure your needle is thin enough to fit through the beads you’re using.

Stampin' Up! Spice Cake Fabric OwlStampin' Up! Spice Cake Fabric Owl

When I was happy with the beading, I then moved  on to the owl’s eyes. I used Stampin’ Up!’s Large Spice Cake Designer Buttons. These were available in the 2011-12 Holiday Mini. I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! includes them in the New Idea Book and Catalog next year, because these buttons are fabulous and make great owl eyes. Don’t you agree??? I layered on, a few more buttons for effect.

Stampin’ Up!’s Fabric comes in, “Fat Quarters.” A fat quarter is still a quarter of a yard of fabric, but it’s cut differently. I created a diagram that showa how a, “Fat Quarter” of fabric is cut compared to a regular quarter of fabric. Fat quarters ar used by quilters, because the way fat quarters are cut they enable you to use larger patterns.






Thanks for stopping by. Here’s looking to a long  creative friendship.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stamped Silk Pillows…

Once again I had the honor of being a guest speaker and teacher for the November monthly meeting of the Handweavers Guild of Westchester County, NY.


My stamping and artistic abilities pale compared to this wonderful and talented group of ladies. The meetings take place at the beautiful Marymount College. Within the college, is a weavers room where the meetings are held.


In our age of the quick purchase, the impulse to weave seems almost inconceivable. I mean we can go into any store or on-line and buy any serviceable wall hanging, throw or table runner. Who has the time to become tangled in yarn, adjusting tension and counting threads? Apparently, an increasing number of people do as indicated by the weary refugees from the high stress work place, straggle in to learn and do the ancient craft of weaving.


Here are some pictures of the Guild Ladies with their Hand Stamped Silk Pillows:


Textile Guild

Textile Guild 2


Daphne Silk Pillow Stamping

Jean Silk Pillow

Liz Silk Pillow Staping




Peggy Silk Pillow Stamping Raye Silk Pillow Stamping





Wendy-Silk Pillow Stamping Wendy's Silk Pillow














Stamped Silk Pillow









How to Hand Stamp a Silk Pillow:


1. Wherever you get your pillow cover from, chances are it will have wrinkles. Iron the wrinkles away by, damping the pillow cover, place a folded piece of muslin or another fabric on top of the silk cover and press on the iron’s lowest warm setting.


2. Once ironed, on the inside of the pillow cover, place a piece of wax or freezer paper, cut to size, to prevent ink from going through to the back.


3. Using Stampin’ Craft Ink Spots, stamp up the images as you would on card stock, randomly and in a pleasing manner.


4. After all the images are stamped, take a Sponge Dauber and your choice of Craft Ink and in horizontal strokes fill in the white background. Heat set with an iron.

Thank you Erika and ladies for inviting me as a guest speaker.

You have convinced me to take up weaving!!

Thanks for stopping by…

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Textile Guild Tuesday…


Hello, Stampers, Paper Artists and today, Textile Guild Members as well!


Anyone who knows me, knows how much I LOVE being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I’m always looking to take my craft to new heights and try to share what I love with as many people as possible. When I was invited by the Westchester Weavers & Textile Guild, to do a class, I was thrilled.


This project was a bit challenging for me, because I wanted to give the guild members lots of media to play around with. These are very, very talented artists who have be doing their craft for many years, so while I was excited, it was a little intimidating as well. This is the project I came up with using all of Stampin’ Up! products, except for the beads and frame.  It resembles a card I previously made with the ribbon ruching, only this one is mounted on a fabric covered wooden frame and has many more elements and embellishments. Believe it or not the class DID NOT know how to ruch ribbon, so I was happy to teach the technique to them

Nature Walk-Textile Class 4:12:11


To make this project you need to buy a wooden frame and you all know where those can be bought for about $1.00. The size of the frame will dictate the size of your card base. I got a 5-3/4″ x 7-3/4″ frame and cut:


Early Espresso to  6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″,


Baja Breeze to  6″ x 4″,


Very Vanilla to 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and


Crumb Cake to 5-1/3″ x 3-1/4″ Run this through the Paper Crimper

Bird Detail-Textile Class 4:12:11


On another piece of Very Vanilla create a collage by stamping the images from the Nature Walk Stamp Set in Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake Ink. When you finish stamping, carefully tear the edge, color in the bird image with Watercolor Pencils and distress the edges using tea stain from the Distressing Kit.

Detail Ribbon Ruching




On another piece of Very Vanilla stamp a meaningful word in Baja Breeze Ink and punch each letter out with the Jewelry Tag Punch. Distress the edges of the tags with the tea stain.

Take a piece of Baja Breeze Seam Binding and ruch it. Directions on how to ruch ribbon are HERE. 


I sewed brown seed beads on the ribbon. On the bottom of the ruched ribbon, I placed an antique safety pin from the Vintage Trinkets Collection from Stampin’ Up! I placed the Jewelry Tags on the pin after piercing them each with a hole. I used an Antique Brad to secure the ribbon to the card.


I layered all the pieces as shown and added embellishments such as Vintage Brads. more brown seed beads and a Punched Photo Corner.


I cut a 9″ x 7″ piece of  Deck the Halls Designer Fabric and glued it on the wooden frame with Tombow Glue. When the fabric dried I mounted the layered card on the frame again using my Tombow Glue. Even though I used Deck the Halls Fabric it doesn’t resemble the holidays season at all. That’s how versatile it is.


Try creating a few of these. They would make great gifts.


I look forward to sharing my passion with all of the guild members in the fall, when once again, I will design a project and program especially for the guild ladies.


Here are a few pictures from the class. I would have  taken more, but sadly my battery went dead!

Textile Class 4:12:11

Textile Class 3 4:12:11 Textile Class 2 4:12:11


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