Stampin’ Up!: Blossom Petals Punch Spoon Owl

Hi there stampers!!

Blossom Petals Builder Punch Spoon Owl


This project was designed with Earth Day in mind.  This adorable owl was made from some soup spoons I had and never used.  I’m addicted to making these owls and I’m even working on a smaller version. These owls can be made with any Designer Series Paper to match your room decor.  These owls make great shower favors and housewarming gifts as well. I’m giving one to my daughter and son-in-law, who just bought their first home!


These are quite simple to make and are done with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch!  Here’s what to do to make your very own Spoon Owl:


The first thing you need is a soup spoon. I used an oval and not a round. Just a tid-bit on soup spoons, the round soup spoon are used for cream soups or bisques and the oval for consume and broths. On the bottom of the spoon you need to drill three 1/8″ holes and on the top of the spoon, one.

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Spoon Owl


Place one split ring in each of the bottom three holes. These can be found at your local craft store in the beading section.


Spoon Owl Print Poetry Designer Series Paper


As I mentioned, you can use any Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper of choice. The photo shows the parts you’ll need using the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.  I punched three complete punches using two different Designer Series sheets.  Make sure you have two matching wings. You won’t use all the parts, so save them for future owls.  The Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack (129312) only available until May 31, is perfect for this project because the sheets are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. No need to use a 12″ x 12″ sheet this way..

Spoon Owl


Adhere the owl parts with Glue Dots as shown in the photo, For the owl’s eyes I used two Soda Pop Tops, a 1″ Circle punched from Stampin’ Up! Glitter Paper and a 3/4″ Circle punched from Basic Black Card Stock. To adhere the Soda Pop Tops to the spoon Crystal Effects was used. Dimensionals were used to pop the black circles.

Spoon Owl


Remember those three jump rings? Well, on each jump ring thread some seed beads on to wire or head pins and when finished beading, loop them through the split rings.


And, there you have a Blossom Petals Punch Spoon Owl.


Send me photos of your owl projects and remember, to “Make what you love and love what you make!”



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


Daydream Medallions: Valentine’s Day Ornament

I just love the Stampin’ Up!’s Daydream Medallions Stamp Set!  When paired up with the Floral Frames, anything isStampin Up Daydream Medallions, Lakeside Stamper Daydream Medallions Valentine's Day Ornament possible.


This is a Valentine’s Day Ornament made using the Daydream Medallions, Mixed Medley stamp sets and the Floral Frames.


Here’s what to do to make your very own Valentine’s Day Ornament:


On a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Real Red Card Stock stamp the largest medallion in VersaMark Ink.  Sprinkle the VersaMark with White Embossing Powder and heat it with a Heat Tool. When dry, run the stamped image through the BIG Shot with the largest die from the Floral Frames.  Run another piece of Real Red through the BIG Shot using the same die. This piece doesn’t need to be stamped or embossed, because this will be the back piece that hold the ribbon hanger.


STampin Up Daydream Medallions, Lakeside Stamper Dayream Medallions Valentines Day OrnamentOn a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock, stamp the next to the largest medallion in either Primrose Petals or Real Red.  Either color works. I used Primrose Petals and it looks a little softer then the Real Red. Run this piece through the BIG Shot with the appropriate die.


On a scrap of Real Red Card Stock, stamp the heart circle and greeting from the Mixed Medley stamp Set in VersaMark and emboss with White Embossing Powder.  Use the 3/4″ and 1-1/4″ Circle Punches to punch out the images.

stampin Up Daydream Medallions, Lakeside Stamper Daydream Medallion Valentine's Day Ornament

Cut a 12″ piece of 5/8″ Satin Ribbon for hanger.  Go to your local craft store and pick up some 1/2″ plastic rings. They’re usually in the yarn section and come in various sizes in a bag. Thread the ribbon through the plastic ring and stop at the ribbon’s halfway point. Fish tail the opposite ends of the ribbon.


Start putting the ornament together by adhering the two large Real Red pieces, placing the ribbon in between the layers.   I used Sticky Tape. Then keep layering using Dimensionals.  On the tips of the large medallion place a Basic Pearl.


This Valentine Ornament can be made for all the holidays by simply changing the colors and greeting.


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Thanks for dropping by.



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


Take It to Heart: Valentine’s Day Banner

At my last workshop this was one of the projects we made, using the new Stampin’ Up! Heart to Heart Stamp Set and the fabulous Big Shot Heart Framelits. These are wonderful new products and can be used in many ways to make all your projects look completely different.


Stampin' Up! Heart Framelets, Valentine's Day BannerThis banner was made using, Real Red, Whisper White, Regal Rose. Melon Mambo and Pretty-In-Pink Card Stock.


The stamp set used was the Take It to Heart set.


The Inks I used were Black Stazon for the large heart, Real Red for the Medium Large Heart, Regal Rose for the medium Heart and Melon Mambo for the smallest heart.


I cut out all the different size hearts using the new Heart Collection Framelits Die from Stampin’ Up!.


Whisper White Satin Ribbon was used to hold all the hearts together and the bow was made from Whisper White Taffeta ribbon.


After all the hearts were layered I added Basic Rhinestone for some extra bling. I have mine hanging on one of my kitchen pantry doors and it looks great. I need to make another one for the other door. The large heart was colored in Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils.





For the large heart I used Water Color Pencils and colored in the bird to look like a Robin Red Breast, which is what I believe the bird is. It was fun blending in all the colors to try and get a realistic looking bird. I added the large scallop heart in Real Red for the background heart.

Stampin' Up! Heart Collection Framelits, Take It to Heart, Valentine's Day Banner





The Medium large heart was stamped in Real Red Ink and two rhinestones were added to the middle of each bicycle wheel and one to the middle of the heart

Stampin' Up! Heart Collection Framelits, Take it to Heart, Valentine's Day Banner














For the medium and small heart the additional Basic Rhinestone were added as shown.




I hope this banner inspires you to make one or two of your own. If you don’t own the Stampin’ Up! Heart Collection Framelits, make sure to order them. Using them is addictive. Remember I warned you!!!  


This post was to appear before Valentine’s Day, but the launching of my blog took longer as you all know, so I decided to share this with you anyway. You can incorporate this banner in different colors to use as a house warming gift, wedding gift, Mother’s Day gift or as bridal shower favors.


Stampin’ Hugs to all of you,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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




Raye 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


Sunflower Botanical…

Sunflower Detail Sunflowers were my father’s favorite flower. I suspect he loved them not only because they were Oscar Wilde’s favorite, but because of the shear joy they bring. They truly have the perfect name. When I saw the Sunflower Stamp in the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog, I knew I had to have it. This sunflower stamp is elegant and extravagantly detailed. The sunflower is carefully rendered and is reminiscent of a 19th century botanical illustration.


Now this is a BIG sunflower and if used on a card I wouldn’t suggest anything smaller then a 5″ x 5″ or 5″x 7″ cards base. I’m fascinated with botanicals and have water-colored many, so I decided to try something a lottle different with this stamp. This project was designed for my class, which I will be offering in September along with the Halloween Banner and Delicate Doilies Card previously posted.


These would be a nice present to make and give someone, but make sure you make one for yourself as well.

Sunflower Botanical


Wishing You sunflower filled days!
Siggy 2



Designer Series Paper Umbrella Girl…

Welcome back Lakeside Stamper readers!

Today’s feature project is one we made awhile back at one of my classes. This is an old quilt pattern from the 1930’s or 40’s that I have. I did change it and added some extra pieces.

Diane's Victorian Umbrella Lady

The directions are simple for this project.


Click on each image and print out this template on your home printer.

Umbrella Girl Pattern

Glue the sheet, with the “Umbrella Girl Pattern Template“,  onto a manila file folder, cut out the pieces and use them to trace on Designer Series Paper of your choice. Remember if you’re not tracing on the side of paper you want to show, flip the Umbrella Girl parts, trace and then use the front. If you don’t flip the pieces when tracing on the back she will be reversed, which is fine, but just thought you should know.


This sheet labeled, “Umbrella Girl Guide” is exactly that. It’s to guide you where to adhere all the pieces.

Umbrella Girl Guide

To adhere all the pieces you can use Tombow All-Purpose Glue or your SNAIL Adhesive. Use which ever one you find is easier and cleaner. I still have schmutz on mine that needs cleaning with my pick up eraser.

Top Detail Victorian Umbrella Lady

Skirt Detail Victorian Umbrella Lady

Here’s what the Lakeside Stampers Class  created:

Alice's Victorian Umbrella Lady

Janet's Victorian Umbrella Lady

Lynette's Victorian Umbrella Lady
Nancy's Victorian umbrella Lady

I really think these came out great and shows off everyone’s personality. I love classes when I can offer the class a chance to make the project their own as they did here. I love my Lakeside Stampin’ Ladies!  EMAIL ME with any questions.

Stampin’ & Umbrella Hugs,

Siggy 2


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