Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime…


Here is the Summertime Quilt, as if the title wasn’t clear enough. There was so much I wanted to include for summer I found it hard to omit some images. I tried to capture what was dear to me; flip flops, morning glories (A story I will tell you about soon), flowers, summer fruits, BBQ’s,  flowers, honey bees and the 4th of July. I used Yo-Yo Yellow Card Stock for the background because it screams summer. 


Below are some close ups of WHAT I DID:


For the title I used a piece Tempting Turquoise Card Stock and with Versa Mark I stamped the flip flops from the Just Beach Stamp Set. I covered the flip flops with White Embossing Powder and with a Heat Tool embossed the image. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock I cut the word Summer using the Naturally Serif Decorative Strip and the Big Shot.  I then mounted the letters on the  Only Orange Card Stock strip. In the corner I placed an ice pop brad I had.


I stamped the Summer Soft, Morning Glory in Close to Cocoa Ink onto a piece of (3-3/4″ x 4″) Whisper White Card Stock, colored in the Morning Glory with Stampin’ Pastels and carefully tore around the image.  I adhered the image onto the (3-3/4″ x 4″) Bashful Blue Card Stock and added four eyelets, one in each corner.


For the next close up I stamped the flowers from the stamp set Upsy Daisy in Regal Rose Ink on the  (3-1/2″ x 2-1/2″) Blush Blossom Card Stock. I adhered the Blush Blossom stamped Card Stock onto the  (4′ x 3″) piece of Green Galore Card Stock, added a Certainly Celery Ribbon knot, two Photo Corners, a Green Galore Brad and a rhinestone .


I love the set, Just Buzzin’ By so of course I had to incorporate it into the quilt. For this I used the new In-Color Melon Mambo Card Stock and Ink. On the (3-1/2″ x 3″) Melon Mambo Card Stock I stamped the flower from the Just Buzzin’ By Stamp Set in Melon Mambo Ink and highlighted each flower with a Signo Gel Pen.  On a (3-1/2″ x 3″) piece of Whisper White  Card Stock I stamped the bee hive and bees from the Just Buzzin’ By stamp set, colored in the images with Stampin’ Pastels and Stampin’ Up Write Markers and cut the images out.  I used the Corner Rounder Punch on each corner, added a Whisper White Brads and put all the images together as shown below. I embellished the final piece with flowers and rhinestones. After all there would be no honey without flowers!


I tucked in other stamped images from the Tart & Tangy, A Flower for All Seasons and Only Ovals Stamp Sets. On the sunflowers from A Flower For All Seasons Stamp Set I added two small yellow pom-poms.  The rest of the quilt I embellished with brads and an American flag, (not Stampin’ Up).


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Springtime Quilt…


This is one quilt in a series of four I am offering. This is the Springtime Quilt that we made back in April. I am working on the Summertime Quilt and will post it sometime next week. In August I will post the Autumn Quilt and in October the Winter Quilt. This is a 8″ x 10″ frame I found but, any size frame can be used for this project with the appropriate size images. You can really do anything you want.  To layout the design I worked with tracing paper over a SU grid sheet. I then divided up the area with images I thought  I wanted to use. I traced them and then I saw what images fit in the smaller areas which is in keeping with the season I am working on. I chose spring color, layered each image and added embellishments.




Stamp Sets:    Bella Blossom

                              Dear Friend

                              Happiness Always

                              Define Your Life

                              A Flower for all Seasons

                              Best Wishes & More

Ink:                    Basic Black-Tulips & Daffodils

                              Kiwi Kiss-Lily of the Valley

                              Certainly Celery & Cameo Coral-Bella Blossom

                              Almost Amethyst & Elegant Eggplant-Butterfly

                              Versa Mark-Bird

Paper:               Whisper White (7-1/2″ x 11), 

( 3″ x 3-3/4″ )-Bella Blossom Flower,

                              ( 1-3/4″ x 1-1/2″)-Tulips,

                              ( 1-1/2″ x 2″ )-Butterfly

                              ( 1-3/4″ x 2″ )-Daffodils

                              ( 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ )-Lily of the Valley

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

                              Green Galore (2-1/4″ x 2″)

                              Almost Amethyst (2-1/2″ x 2″)

                              Kiwi Kiss (2″ x 4″)

                              Cameo Coral ( 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ )

                              Pacific Point ( 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ )


Accessories:   1-3/8″ square punch, brads, regal rose ribbon, eyelet border punch, ticket corner punch, pretty in pink ribbon, rhinestone and pearl embellishments


For the bird I stamped it in Versa Mark , covered it with White Embossing Powder and heated it.


Here is an enlargement of the butterfly from Happiness Always two-step stamp set.  I stamped it in Almost Amethyst and Elegant Eggplant on Whisper White Card Stock  and mounted in on ALmost Amethyst ( I know it looks blue but it isn’t) :


                                 DSC_0397 On the 7-1/2″ x 11″) piece of Whisper White CS  I scalloped two edges with the Eyelet Border Punch and wrapped the side with the Regal Rose Ribbon.


Have fun using my design or designing your own. Don’t forget to check back for the Summertime Quilt.











Echoes of Kindness Water-Colored Flower Pot…

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I  bought these flower pots about a year ago from The Christmas Tree shop not knowing what I would do with them.. I just got around to using them in a water coloring class. I first made a paper template from copy paper by tracing one side of the flower pot. I then glued the traced image to cardboard, cut it out and used it as a template.

Stamp Set:
 Echoes of Kindness
 Basic Black Craft 
Colors of choice for water coloring
 DSP of choice
Big Shot, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Sticky Stripe Tape, Flower Pot, Copy Paper and Card Board 

Here’s what to do:
  1. Trace flower pot onto copy paper.
  2. Glue copy paper onto cardboard. I used the cardboard which comes in the DSP package.
  3. Cut out the image.
  4. Trace image on DSP of choice. You’ll need 4, one for each side of the flower pot.
  5. Adhere DSP cut out to the pot. I used Stampin’ Up’s STICKY STRIPE TAPE.
  6. Using WHISPER WHITE card stock and “THE BIG SHOT” cut a SCALLOP OVAL.
  7. Stamp flower image from ECHOES OF KINDNESS using BASIC BLACK CRAFT INK PAD.
  8. Water color the image by pressing the closed lid of a CLASSIC INK PAD against the pad. This will create a small pool of color in the lid. Open the lid.
  9. Use an AQUA PAINTER, WATER COLOR BRUSH or BLENDER PEN and lift the ink from the lid.
  10. Apply the ink to the stamped image. I applied the ink directly to the flower centers and bottoms, wiped my AQUA PAINTER on a paper towel, then pulled the color from the center/bottom  of each flower petal to the petal’s edge.
  11. Adhere rick rack ribbon (bought at the dollar store), or ribbon of choice onto top and bottom.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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