Stampin’ Up!: Simply Pressed Clay Rings

I have to tell you, Stapmin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay is just plain FUN!!! The clay is pliable and easy to work with and the buttons and blossoms molds are just as much fun as playing with the clay. These are rings we made at my last class. I forgot to place a rhinestone in the middle of mine, but even plain, these are so nice as costume jewelry!

To make your ring, you need to first push the clay into the silicone mold. I found under-filling the mold was better then trying to push in too much clay. Try to push in the clay so it’s even with the flat part of the mold.  To pop out the clay, I gently push the clay out by pushing around the flower or button shape.  You can also place the filled molds in the freeze to help with getting the clay out. Also, this clay doesn’t dry brittle. When dried it’s a bit pliable.

Simply Pressed Clay

As for coloring the clay, I tried to add a few drops from an ink refill and using rubber gloves I kneaded the clay until the color was evenly dispersed.


However, with this technique, I found my glove sticking to the clay. I added a bit of cornstarch to the clay and glove which seemed to help without really changing the clay.  I also used a Stampin’ Marker and colored directly on to the clay.  But, my absolute favorite way to color this clay is to fill a Stampin’ Spritzer with plain old rubbing alcohol about 3/4 of the way up and then give three good squirts of any refill color. Then simply spritz your molded shape. The rings were spritzed with Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. Unlike regular ink, alcohol ink stays on any surface, including any smooth surface, such as  glass. And it’s so easy to make!!


Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay

Stampin' Up! Simply Pressed Clay

Once the molded clay roses dried, I adhered each to a blank ring purchased at a local craft store. I used Crystal Effects which by the way worked great!


This was a fun project and these clay embellishments can be used for may projects including all of your hand stamped cards and scrap-book pages. Children will have fun creating with this clay as well.


So, let your imagination and creativity soar. And, remember what Maya Angelou said,You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”


As usual, Hugs to you,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Serene Silhouettes: Easter Egg Diorama

Serene Silhouettes Easter Diorama Egg

WORKSHOP PROJECT: Easter Egg Diorama


This is such a fun project to make.  You can purchase these paper mache or small wooden oval boxes at your local craft store.  The inside diorama, can be filled with anything you want, providing the choice items fit!   What’s a diorama you ask? Well, a diorama is a model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures, either in miniature or as a large scale museum exhibit.  Clearly this diorama is a miniature one.

Serene Silhouettes Diorama Easter Egg

How to make this diorama:

Purchase a paper mache or wooden oval or circle box. The ones used in the workshop were approximately 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″  Acrylic paint of choice.


1.   Paint the paper mache box in a pretty spring color with an acrylic paint of choice. Set aside to dry.

Serene Silhouettes Easter Egg Diorama



2.   Take some Whisper White Card Stock and with the Oval Collection Dies, trace the outside of the oval size that will fit inside your box. The class and I had to trace the outside of a die, because no oval, when run through the BIG Shot would fit exactly.   However, when we traced and hand-cut one as shown, it fit perfectly. We just needed the metal border of the die to be included.





Srene Silhouettes Easter Egg Diorama


3.   Once this oval was cut, stamp the floral image from the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set with Certainly Celery  and Wisteria Wonder Markers. Sponge the edge of the oval with a Sponge Dauber and Baja Breeze Ink.


4.   With Primrose Petals Ink stamp the butterfly and cut it out.


5.  Place a few dabs of Multi-Purpose Glue on the back of the oval and place in inside the box adhering it to the back of the box.

Serene Silhouettes Easter Egg Diorama

6.   Now on the bottom rim of the oval box play around with miniature eggs, grass, a flower pot, or anything else you want to use.  You can even stamp images and cut them out to use.  Just have fun.  Once you’re happy with your little diorama adhere everything in place with Glue, Sticky Tape or Dimensionals. Have patience while your diorama dries.  Stand it upright with support. Oh, and don’t forget to place that butterfly somewhere!



Serene Silhouettes Easter Diorama Egg


7.   To decorate the box lid, cut an oval using the Ovals Collection and the BIG Shot! Choose an oval size that works for your lid.  Once cut place the oval in the Lacey Brocade Embossing Folder and emboss it.


8.   Adhere the oval to the box lid with Multi-Purpose Glue.



9.   Wrap a pieces of Scallop Pretty-In-Pink Ribbon around the lid tucking it in along the inside edge and bottom of the box.


10.  Embellish with a pretty little bow and Basic Rhinestones.


Won’t people be surprised when they open this beautiful little Easter Box to find a diorama inside?


Easter Blessings!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


BoHo Blossoms: Easter Egg

Punch Flower Easter Egg


Hi there Stampers!


This is a project I made and featured last year, but never held the class because of our house fire.  On Sunday I programmed these Easter Eggs for the lady’s who attended and they LOVED this project.   .


This is a project that you can do with few supplies. This Easter Egg was made from scraps of card stock and before I go any further some of the colors are retired, but as I told you they were in my scrap box


Punch Flower Easter Egg


The first thing you need to do is go to your local craft or fabric store and pick up styrofoam Eggs and Sequin Straight Pins. You can use regular straight pins, but Sequin Straight Pins are shorter and therefore they don’t interfere with each other when pushed into the styrofoam egg. The size of the eggs I purchased are 1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″. They come six in a package.


Begin this project by punching the smallest flower from the BoHo Blossoms Punch. You’ll need about 100 flowers in total.


Here’s what I did:


I punched about 20 flowers out of the following five card stocks, Orchid Opulence (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), Green Galore (retired), Daffodil Delight and Bashful Blue Card Stock with the BoHo Blossoms Punch. As mentioned earlier I punched only the smallest flower.


BoHo Blossoms Easter Egg

With my Paper Piercer I pierced a small hole in the middle of each flower. You may be able to omit this part if the pins you’re using are strong enough to go through the card stock alone. I stuck a sequin pin through the hole, dabbed it in a little Tombow Glue, to hold it in the styrofoam, and pushed it into the egg. You can place a Basic Rhinestone or Pearl in each flower. I left mine without them, because I like the way the pin heads look.



BoHo Blossoms Easter Egg

When the whole egg was covered I cut about an 8″ piece of  of Pretty-In-Pink 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, folded it in half,  dabbed some glue on the ends and with my Paper Piercer I poked it into the top of the egg. Then I made tow bows and attached them on the ribbon hanger with a few Glue Dots.


I’ll take a picture of this year’s egg, as soon as I finish mine.  I changed the ribbon this year to the Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon. I also up-dated the colors to Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pretty-in-Pink and Certainly Celery Card Stock.  I’ll share the other projects we made at the class over the next two weeks, so check back soon.


More snow here in the Northeast-I firmly believe the groundhog was a bit off this year!!


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Hugs to all of you,


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


3-D Holiday Ornament

3-D Holiday Ornament

Although Autumn is upon us, it’s never too early to start making those handmade
holiday projects. This ornament may look complicated, but it’s not. Start now, by
making all the components, then assemble them. You’ll be glad you did when you
see them hanging on your tree or the look on someone’s face that you give it to.
Stampin' Up! 3-D Ornament

Stamp Set & Die: Ornament Keepsake Bundle (129949) W (129950) C
Paper: Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
Ink: Certainly Celery (126958), Real Red (126949)
Everything Else: 1/16″ Circle Handheld Punch (101227), 1″ Circle Punch (119868), 1-1/4″
Circle Punch (119861), Big Shot (113439), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Basic
Rhinestones (119246),Whisper White Bakers Twine (124262), Multi Purpose Glue (110755),
Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets (120805)

Here’s What to do:
1. Cut ten 4″ x 3-1/2″ Pieces of Very Vanilla Card Stock
2. On each piece stamp the 3″ x 3-1/2″ widest shaped ornament from the Ornament
Keepsake Stamp Set
in Certainly Celery
3. Using the BIG Shot and the same shaped die from the Holiday Ornament Framelits,
cut out all ten stamped images.
4. Score five of the cut ornament shapes from top to bottom using the Simply Scored
Scoring Tool

5. Once scored, fold the ornament shapes into a “V” and on the back score line place a line of
Multi Purpose Glue
6. Line up and adhere these pieces on top of the un-scored ornament shape. Hold for a minute
then place aside. Repeat for all other four pieces.
7. Repeat steps 1-6, only this time stamp the 3/4″ x 1-3/4″ ornament on 2-1/2″ x 1-12″ pieces
Very Vanilla in Real Red
Stampin' Up! Keepsake Bundle
To assemble 3-D Ornament:
8. Cut a 3′ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock and cover it with the same size piece of a
Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet
9. From the adhesive sheet and card stock piece punch one 1-1/4″ Circle and one 1″ Circle
10. Peel back the Adhesive Sheet on the 1″ circle and carefully place the larger shapes
equally around. Press down to secure them to the circle. Place aside
11. Repeat step 10 with the smaller shapes and the 1″ circle.
12. Stack two Dimensionals in the middle of the 1-1/4″ circle and adhere the 1″ circle on top
13. On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla stamp the circle from the Ornament Keepsake Stamp
Set in Certainly Celery, punch it out with the 1″ circle punch and stick it on top of the 1″ circle
already in place.
14. For the finishing touch place a Basic Rhinestone in the center and punch a 1/16″ hole on
the top and string a 10″ piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine for hanging.

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Big Shot: Flower Daisies Die

Back before Easter, I ran across these Daisies made using Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Flower Daisies Die, now retired 🙁  I had all the card stock cut for a workshop that never took place, because of the house fire. On Sunday I pulled out the flowers and we made these fun daisies.


Big Shot Flower Daisies


For the daisy flowers you can use any color combinations. I used So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Island Indigo.


Big Shot Flower Paper DaisiesFor each daisy you need to cut two of all three sizes on the Big Shot Flower Daisies Die. For the smallest daisy I mixed two different colors. Adhere the same size flower to the other. Line them up, so the flower petals are in between the other. Punch out a 1″ Circle and adhere it to the back of the largest flower pair. I used Garden Green Card Stock for this. On the top of the smallest daisy adhere a 1/2″ Circle. Put all three flower sizes together with Dimensionals.


Big Shot Paper Flower Daisy

Take a wooden skewer and a Garden Green Marker. With the brush end of the marker color the skewer.  Rip some thin long leaves out of Garden Green Card Stock. Adhere them with a Glue Dot. Trim down the skewer, so all the daisies are different heights for visual appeal.


To assemble the flower, poke the wooden skewer from the back through the Dimensionals. Add a bit of Tombow Multi Purpose Glue to secure.


For the flower center punch out a 3/4″ Circle and adhere it with another Dimensional. Arrange all the petals either up or down for a natural look.

Big Shot Paper Flower Daisies


Try making these for center-pieces or leave the stems off and use the daisies to embellish your cards, boxes, scrap book pages or frames. These would make a great summer party favor. Just sayin’…


As ever, Stampin’ Hugs and thanks for stopping by!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Cookie Swap: Recipe Card…

During the holidays many of us have cookie swaps; where each of us make a dozen cookies for everyone attending the swap. Part of the swap is giving the recipe for the cookies you baked. A nice added touch is to type out the recipe on your computer and adhere the recipe on a pretty, hand-stamped flat card. Here’s a sample of one. Of course you can use any stamp set and any color combination. Punch a hole in one corner, insert an eyelet and loop a pretty piece of ribbon through it. These are a gift in itself…

Cookie Swap Recipe Card



Punch Santa: Pillow Box

This Punch Santa Pillow Box was offered and made at my Extravaganza Holiday Workshop.  The Santa decoration was made from punches and can easily become an ornament by simply adding a Baker’s Twine or 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon hanger. I saw this Santa on the web and changed him up a bit by using Stampin’ Up!’s Glitter Papers, adding hair curls, cheeks and Embossing his beard. You’ll want to make lots of these to use as holiday table favors, for gift cards or that perfect little piece of jewelry, such as a pair of earrings, necklace or bracelet.

Punch Santa Pillow Box

For the Punch Santa you’ll need to punch the following: (Note, my photo shows two circles in Real Red. Initially I wanted Santa to have a red nose, but changed my mind. After all it is a woman’s prerogative!)

Punch Santa Parts



1 Ornament Punch in Red Glimmer Paper

1 Extra-Large Oval Punch in Silver Glimmer Paper

1 Red Pom-Pom




1 Large Oval Punch in Blushing Bride

1 Middle Circle from the Owl Builder Punch in Blushing Bride (Nose)

2 Middle Circle from the Owl Builder Punch in Basic Black (Eyes)

2 1/2″ Circles in Rose Red Card Stock (Cheeks)




2 Wings from the Bird Builder Punch in Whisper White (Mustache)

1 Ornament Punch out in Whisper White

Small strips of Whisper White (Curly Hair Strands)

Run the mustache parts and beard through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder for texture.


Glue all the parts together with Tombow All-Purpose Glue. Use the photo above as a guide.


For Santa’s Pom-Pom use a Glue Dot to adhere it to the hat.



Cut a Garden Green Pillow Box, or similar sized box, with the Big Shot.

Once cut, run the Garden Green Pillow Box through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder or one of your choice.

Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon to wrap around your box. Cut enough so ribbon overlaps a bit. Wait to wrap the box with the ribbon, until your box is filled.


Attach Santa to the ribbon with Dimensionals.


Stampin’ & Holiday Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Two Tags: Sweet Season Basket…

Hi, Stampers!


Here’s a great little Sweet Season Basket to make just in time for the holidays. This basket can be used for a table favor, small gift, gift-card holder or even filled with cookies made from  Stampin’ Up!’s Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps  Wait until you see how easy this basket is to make.

Sweet Season Basket


1.    With the Big Shot and the Two Tags Die, cut out two of the wide tags. I cut mine out of Real Red, but depending on what holiday or party you’re intending to use them for, will dictate your color choice.

Sweet Season Basket Sides


2.    Cut two 2″ x 2-7/8″ pieces of matching card stock.  Along the edges shown, score on both sides, of both card stock pieces.


3.    Place Sticky Tape on each 1/2″ scored flap and attach  to each side of the tags.


4.    With Sticky Tape, adhere bottom together where the tags are scored.


5.    For the handle cut a 1″ x 6-1/2″ strip of card stock and a 3/4″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Designer Series Paper. Adhere the Designer Series Paper to the strip of card stock and stick each handle end thrgou the slots on the tags. Place a Glue Dot on each inside end to hold in place.


6.    On a piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp two motifs from the Sweet Season stamp set in a matching ink color to the card stock. I used Real Red Ink. Punch out both motifs with the 1-3/4″ Scallp Circle Punch.


7.    Punch two 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle out of a contrasting color card stock. I used Garden Green.


8.    Layer the two scallop circles together and attach to the basket with a Dimensional.


9.    In the centers add a Basic Pearl or a Basic Rhinestone.


These are perfect for the holidays or to use as party favors.


Stampin’ Hugs.

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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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


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