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With All My Heart Week: Stacked with Love Card

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Hi, Stampers and welcome to the second project of With All My Heart Week.


Calypso Coral Valentine DSP


This card isn’t your typical red and pink Valentine’s Day Card. This card was made from the Stampin’ Up!’s, “Stacked with Love” Designer Series Paper Stack. I used the Calypso Coral as the featured color and somehow it works even with the Basic Black poked in here and there.


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I started this card with a 5-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ Whisper White card base scored at 4-1/4″


Calypso Coral Collage

I then cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Whisper White. On this piece I made a collage out of the various Designer Series Papers from the, “Stacked With Love” pad. I random;y cut and adhered the papers until the Whisper White piece was all covered.


I adhered this collage piece on to the card base.


For the Calypso Coral piece of card stock, I cut it to 5″ x 3-3/4″ and randomly with the Hearts Collection Framelits and the BIG Shot I cut out hearts. I didn’t use the cut out hearts on this card, instead I used the negative space, so I could layer it over the collage and the collage colors and patterns would peek through the heart openings.


Before I attached the Calypso Coral over the collage I stamped “Happy Valentine’s Day,” from the Good Greetings Stamp Set, in Basic Black Ink where it fit nicely. Then I place LOTS of Dimensionals on the back of the Calypso Coral layer and adhered it over the collage.


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You can use any Designer Series Paper, stamps and even Washi Tape to make your collage. Play around with the colors and patterns and even switch up the framelit dies. This peek-a-boo technique is sure fun and limitless.



See you tomorrow for another, “With All My Heart” fantastic project. I could tell you what it is, but that would ruin the surprise I have for you. And, if you’re a Paper Pumpkins subscriber you’re going to love this project, because I truly thought outside of the box for this one!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator





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Q & A: Deep Etching Definition

Q: What does the term “Deep Etching” mean when referring to rubber stamps?


A: While the technical term for rubber stamps is “etching”, it isn’t etching as we know it.
Rubber stamps are really molded. First a plate is made from the art work. This plate is a negative image of the art work. Rubber is then forced into the negative plate by using high temperatures and pressure to make the rubber stamp.


A deeply etched rubber stamp has a deeper profile of the raised area that actually produces the image. These stamps give you good clearance between the parts that will stamp the image design and the base of the stamp. You are much less likely to have problems with ink getting onto the base or low areas of a deeply etched stamp and onto your project where you don’t want ink.


Thanks for the question and I hope this helps you.


Warm Winter Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Blendabilities Color Chart

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Hi, Stampers!


Here’s a FREE PDF Blendabilities Chart for you to color in for easy reference.  When I’m working on a project I always find my self testing and scribbling the Blendabilities markers on a scrap piece of card stock. I made up a Blendabilities Chart to eliminate the guessing and the scribbling.

Blendabilities Chart

Simply click out the Blendabilities PDF Blank Chart links below and print it out on your home computer. (There are two sheets in all)






Just trying to keep you organized!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up!: Work of Art

Hello, stampers!


I don’t know about you, but I had a terrible time trying to get all 11 stamps in the Work of Art stamp set back in the storage case! My husband, who by the way is an architect, finally got this stamp puzzle right! I’m including a photo of how they get stored, so if you’re having a problem like I did you can refer to the photo as a reference. Just thought it would be helpful.


Thank you Stampin’ Up! for including so many stamps in this set, but next time can you pease include a plan-o-ramtic??



Just trying to keep you organized,
Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up!: Newest Photopolymer Stamp Sets

Photopolymer Stamps


Stampin’ Up! searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And they’ve found it. The photopolymer will be an addition to Stampin’ Up!’s stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. The top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the the Firm-Foam Pads, let’s just say they’re meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options.What makes them so great?


  • They’re entirely transparent for perfect placement every time!
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last.
  • Can you say sticky? (Don’t worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They’re age tested. They won’t yellow or cloud up over time.
  • I could go on, but we’ll let you try them for yourself.


Click on images to view enlarged versions of each stamp set. The last two images are Dear Heart which is perfect for anyone with a little boy in their life and  Christmas Bliss are the newest poly sets available. They are clearly a great choice.


Thanks for looking!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Mouthwatering Melon Mambo Birthday Card


Hi, Stampers!


I’m hoping you’re weather is as great as it’s been here in New York! Temperatures have been in the 70’s and I can hear my gardens yelling, “Get us raked up!” They don’t have too much to complain about this winter and they really need little cleaning.


This card was inspired by the new Scented Embossing Powders that Stamppin’ Up! came out with. There are three scents to choose from, Cherry, Vanilla and Melon. I chose the Melon, because it reminded me of years ago when I grew watermelons going down the hill to the lake.  I also grew pumpkins, but that’s another card and post.


Stampin' Up! Mouthwatering, Lakeside Stamper Mouthwatering Birthday Card

To make this simple and clean looking card start withe the following layers:

Whisper White Card Stock 11″ x 4-1/4″ scored at 5-1/2″ plus a  4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″

Basic Black Card Stock 5″ x 3-3/4″

Melon Mambo Card Stock 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper 4-1/2″ x 1″


On a scrap piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the watermelon slice from the Stampin’ Up! Mouthwatering Stamp Set. I inked up the melon using an Always Artichoke Marker for the rind and, what else, but a Melon Mambo Marker for the melon.


Then I cut out the melon. Here’s a goo tip for you. The 2-1/2″ Circle Punch works beautifully with the bottom of the melon image! And, there’s more…For the melon pits I used the Blossom Bouquet Triple Punch. The teardrop shapes that we normally throw out is what I used. Make sure the punch button is all the way over to the right.


Once the melon slice was cut out, I inked it up on the front side by pushing the slice into my VersaMark pad. Now comes the fun part. I then sprinkled on the Melon Scented Embossing Powder.  Heaven I tell you. Once the melon slice cooled down, I added the pits with a tiny drop of Tombow Multipurpose Glue.


I stamped the bird from the Sweetheart Stamp Set in Basic Black and cut him out. Using the Basic Black Ink again, I stamped the, “Happy Birthday” message, from the Sweet Cake Stamp Set, just above where the wrapped ribbon was going.


The card was layered as shown using Dimensionals behind the melon. On the strip of Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper I evenly spaced and added three Black Brads. After wrapping a piece of Scallop Dots Black Ribbon, I made a tailored bow for the finishing touch. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A TAILORED BOW


Make it a great and creative day and remember to sign up for my April Newsletter filled with lots of projects, tips and inspirations written just for you.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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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.

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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


11-11-11, Veterans Day…


Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It is also celebrated as Aristice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War 1. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.


11-11-11 only happens every 100 years!

Fun Fact of 111…

Here is a fun fact that is somewhat of an oddity!  If you add the last two digits of your birth year to the age that you will be this year you will come up with 111.  111 is very much a number significant in the year 2011 because it will have four dates that consist of multiples of the number 1, such as 11/11/11.

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates…. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11

So try this out…. take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL …. 111.


For example:  

If you were born in 1984, you would be 27 years old this year.
84 + 27 = 111

If you were born in 1954, you would be 58 years old this year.
54 + 58 = 111


Crazy isn’t it!


FYI: Card Cutting Dimensions…

Images Recently I got asked about card cutting dimensions. Here are some guidelines for you to follow. Keep these three dimensions handy for easy cutting. And, remember the more you cut, the more comfortable you’ll get. These dimensions will be embedded in your head in no time. Just click on image to enlarge.

Card cutting dimensions


Happy Mardi Gras…

Mardi Gras Mask

The term Mardi Gras and Carnival, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany (Jan 6) and ending on the day before Ash wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, Shrove Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday.


What Is The Meaning Of Mardi Gras Beads?

What is the meaning of Mardi Gras beads? Certainly, they are a universal sign that a great party is about to start, and they are one of the most enduring symbols of Mardi Gras. The beads themselves have a meaning that shifts depending on what you are looking for from Mardi Gras. They can represent good luck, they can represent the spirit and color of Mardi Gras or-depending on your age and inclination-they can be used as a bartering tool for a glimpse of bare flesh. Mardi Gras Beads


The Evolution Of Mardi Gras Beads
The beads were only one of several different types of “throws,” or cheap items tossed by members of krewes from Mardi Gras parade floats. Krewes, pronounced “crew,” is an organization that puts on the parade or a ball for the “Carnival Season.” All of these throws signified good luck. However, the beads did not become popular until the early 20th century.


Beads were never made of expensive materials, the beads of the past were of higher quality than the cheap plastic used today. The original beads were made of glass, but the glass was considered dangerous, so began the practice of tossing out plastic beads instead.


While the beads themselves do not have a specific significance, their colors do. The colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple refers to justice, green indicates faith and gold means power.


Happy Mardi Gras! 

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