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Holiday Screen Card

Divider Card HeaderHello & Hello!


These divider/screen cards are popping up all over.  The technique isn’t mine, but this design is. This screen card can be made larger with four panels as well and can be used for any holiday or occasion! It can be folded up and mailed. Wouldn’t this ard look good on a mantel or table top?  The possibilities are endless…

Divider Card Stand Up

This is how the screen card is made:

1. Cut a 8-1/4″ x 6″ piece of Cherry Cobbler and score it at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″ (If you want a bigger four panel screen cut a 12″ x 6″ piece of card stock and score it at 3″, 6″ and 9″)


2.  Line up the Stampin’ Up! Decorative Label Punch in the middle of each score panel and punch a little more then halfway up the punch to form the screen’s legs. If you want shorter legs simply place the punch up about 1/4 of the way.Divider Card 1


3. Cut three 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ pieces of Designer Series Paper. If you want a layer of Whisper White for stamping cut three more panels at 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ to layer on top.


Divider Card side panel


4.  On this screen card the Nordic-Noel Designer Paper was used.  Cut out the Nordic houses from the appropriate sheet.





Divider card 25. For the center panel the Wondrous Wreath stamp was used, stamped in Garden Green, and Mossy Meadow. The berries and bow  were then stamped in Real Red.





6. Once the wreath and bow are stamped run them through the BIG Shot using the Wondrous Wreath Framelits Dies.


7. With Silver Glimmer Paper, cut out the, “NOEL” from the Wondrous Wreath Dies again. When cutting out delicate lettering such as the, “NOEL” place a piece of wax paper between the die and the card stock. This will ensure the letters will not get stuck in the die. To adhere the “NOEL” to the card use teeny-tiny dots of Multi-Purpose Glue.

Divider Card noel


8. Cut out two 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ strips of Silver Glimmer Paper.


9.  Put it all together as shown adding any embellishments you want. Rhinestones were added to this project. A girl just needs a little bling!

Divider Card flat

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Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Card in a Box

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Breast Cancer Ribbon ButtonHappy World Card-Making Day Stampers! I can finally share my Card in a Box with you. This Card in a Box may look complicated, but it’s easy to make. We made this at my, “Beyond Card-Making Workshop” and everyone loved it. I’m making a few others to share with you with holiday themes. I hope you try a few of these. and, the great part is they fold flat, so you’ll be able to stick them in an envelope and mail them! That’s if you can part with it…

Card in a Box Detail

Supplies you need are the following:


Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Bloom with Hope, Flower Shop

Card in a Box


Ink Pads: Momento Black, Lost Lagoon


Papers and Dimensions:

Whisper White

(5″ x 9″) one piece

(3-1/8″ x 1/2″) two pieces


Lost Lagoon

(2″ x 4-3/4″) one piece


Moonlight Designer Series Paper

(1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″) one piece

(1-7/8″ x 2-1/2″) three pieces

(1-7/8″ x 2″) four pieces


Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Butterfly Punch, Pansy Punch, Blendabilities in Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive amd Melon Mambo, Bone Folder


Please note that you can use ANY stamp set for this projects as long as the stamped image sizes work. And, I know this post is a bit lenghty, but I really would like you all to be able to make this card in a box on your own. It’s not that difficult once you make one. I also repeated the dimensions twice, once in the supply list and once in the post text. Oh and some dimensions are on the diagrams I made. I hope these sre clear. And, if you follow these step by step directions you should have your card in a box done in no time at all.


So let’s begin:


1. Cut a 5″ x 9″ piece of Whisper White card stock


2. Score along the 9″ edge of the Whisper White card stock at 2-1/8″, 4-1/4″, 6-3/8″ and 8-1/2″


3. Turn the card stock and score along the 5″ edge at 2-3/4″


4. Cut top flaps with Paper Snips or Trimmer, up to the 2-3/4″ score line as shown on diagram.


5. Cut off the 1/2” tab at the end to the 2-3/4” score line.CARD IN A BOX 3

Card in a Box back


6. Don’t bend the panel marked back at the score line. This panel will get two layers and will remain rigid. The first layer is a 2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of any color card stock . For this card I used Lost Lagoon. The second layer was  1-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Moonlight Designer Series Stack Paper. Layer and adhere.







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7. For the bottom panels cut three 1-7/8″” x 2-1/2″ pieces of DSP. Adhere them on the appropriate panels.


Card in a Box Flaps

8. Cut four 1-7/8″ x 2″ pieces of Designer Series Paper for the top panels/flaps. Flip down the top 3 panels or flip the box over and and adhere the four pieces.


9.  Cut two Whisper White 3-1/8 x 1″ strips. Score each end at 1/2″  These are the inside strips that will hold your stamped images.


10.  Take the strips and fold one scored end back and the other scored end forward as to make a “Z”


11. Place some Sticky Tape on the outside of each  tab.They’re are four in all


12. Peel off the red lining from tape and adhere the strips inside the box as shown about 3/4″ apart. These are what your stamped images will go on.


Now that the box part is completed let’s decorate it. “Here’s How” to do that:


Card in a Box Stamped Flowers

13. Stamp images you want to pop out of your Card in a Box with Momento Black Ink on to Whisper White Card Stock.  The flower on this projects are from the Flower Shop and Bloom with Hope Stamp Sets. The butterfly is from The Papillon Potpourri set.


14. Once you’re happy with your stamped images color and cut them out either with Paper Snips or the Big Shot. To color-in these flowers I used Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities. Love these alcohol markers!


15. Once the images are stamped, cut and colored stick them in a pleasing manner on the two “Z” strips.


Any questions just email me .


Eat, Sleep and Craft!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Sweetbriar Rose Birthday Card

Sweetbriar HeaderAhh, you have to love the single stamps that Stampin’ Up! are now offering. One of these stamps is the Sweetbriar Rose which I used for this card. Many of the stamps offered are what I  call, “Outline Stamps.” Outline stamps allow you to color in the images, sort of like a coloring book drawing. I’m not saying these Stampin’ Up1 outline stamps are coloring book quality, I’m only saying that they can be colored in like you would in a coloring book. They’re perfect for the Blendabilities, as you can see with this card!

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1.   I cut a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Crumb Cake scored at 5-1/2″. I turned the card so the score creates a top fold and the Crumb Cake provides a neutral base. You can also use these dimensions and turn the card so that the score line is to the left creating a side fold card as well. On each bottom corner I punch rounded corners using the Project Life Corner Punch.


2.   For the Whisper White layer I cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece and rounded the two bottom corners as well. On this layer, more towards the left hand side, I stamped the Sweetbriar Rose with Momento Ink, which is a water-based Ink.  I wanted to use the Blendabilities to color it in so the StazOn would not work.  Because StazOn is alcohol based, if you use an alcohol based marker, the marker would pick up or make the StazOn bleed. Since the Momento Ink is water-based the alcohol based Blendabilities will not pick up the Momento.  I’m repeating this, because I keep getting questions about which ink to use and when.  The best way to understand this is you don’t want like ink pads and coloring materials. Here’s the chart I made as a quick reference for you.

3.   Okay, now back to how I made the card. Once the Sweetbriar Rose image was dry I used my Blendabilities to color it in. I started with the lightest color of Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. first. Many videos and tutorials start with the darkest color. I find for anything organic, like flowers and leaves I like to color them in with the lightest color first. Then I like to do the darkest color in the flowers centers and medium towards the middle of the flower petals. For larger images I start with the darkest color, because the light, medium and dark colors blend more easily by going over each edge in circular motions with each color in larger areas.  Have I totally confused you? I hope not.


4.   For up the side of the card I cut a 1″ x 5″ strip from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. The black and white strip works as a neutral as well and almost any color can be used with it. I liked the look of this patterned paper, because it resembles a trellis.


5.   I chose to make a bow from Hello Honey Stitched Ribbon. I wrapped the bow tails around the Whisper White layer.


6.   Tucked in the flowers I stamped the, “Happy Birthday” greeting, from the Express Yourself Stamp Set,  in Momento Ink.( I could have used the Basic Black Ink, but this stamp pad was out already)


7.   I stamped the butterfly from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set in  Blackberry Bliss Ink. I stamped it off on a scrap sheet first, then I stamped in on the a scrap of Whisper White. I stamped it off, because  I wanted a lighter shade of the Blackberry Bliss. This technique is called, “Stamping Off.”  I cut it out and with a bit of Multi-Purpose Glue up the middle I adhered the butterfly.


8.   Once the Whisper White layer was adhered, I used a combination of Basic Pearls and Rhinestones to decorate each flower center and the butterfly.


And that’s how it’s done in 8 easy steps!




Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator









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 Stampin’ Up! Products Used to make the Sweetbriar Rose Birthday Card:



Five Stampin’ Up! Videos: Featuring New Products

Below are five Stampin’ Up! Videos featuring new ideas and products. Very exciting!







FLOWER PATCH STAMP SET (133207) and Flower Fair FRAMELITS (133731)




I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s share. If you need supplies for any of the video projects you can order them through my online store 24/7 or contact me directly.


I would LVE to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Blooming with Kindness: Birthday Card

Blooming with Kindness HeaderHi, Stampers & Crafters!


This Blooming With Kindness Birthday Card we made at one of my workshops. You can take the basic layout and make up the card in other colors. But, I have to tell you I love how the Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade look together. This stamp set is one of those “go to” stamp sets. I love the flower and greetings. The flowers can be colored, stamped in different colors or simply high-lighted like the ones on this card.Blooming with Kindness

Here’s how to make this Blooming With Kindness card:


1.   For the card base cut a 7″ x 10″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Score it at 5″ For the two other Whisper White layers cut a 4″ x 6″ piece and a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece


2.   Cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″


3.   Cut a 3-1/4″ x 5-3/4″ piece of Wisteria Wonder (now all your layers are cut)


4.  On the 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White, stamp the flower image from the Blooming With Kindness stamp set in Wisteria Wonder Ink.

Blooming With Kindness Detail

5.   Stamp the Warmest Wishes greeting in Lucky Limeade Ink,  With the Lucky Limeade Ink and a Dauber, dab on the Lucky Limeade on the flower centers.


6.   Somewhere on the card make an EASY BOW out of Gumball Green Ribbon.


7.  Adhere the layers as shown in photo.

Blooming with Kindness exit

Don’t forget Sale-A-Bration is going on, so take advantage of it indeed!


See you later this week. Remember to eat, sleep, stamp and create!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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


Another Use for Stampin’ Up! Card Stock: Profile Silhouette

Hi, Stampers!

Desiner Series Paper Card Stock Silhouette


I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine was.  What could be better then spending the day with your mother, daughter and grandson?  NOTHING!!! It was heartwarming to receive a Happy Mother’s Day card to Grandma!  Well, today’s share is a profile silhouette I made of Jackson for my daughter Meg as she celebrated her first Mother’s Day.


1.  Take a photo of the child or grown up you want to make the profile silhouette of. Make sure it’s a side view with all of the features showing. The first few photos I took of Jackson missed his bottom lip.


2.  Next you need to up load the photo from your camera or phone to your computer.


3.  Then print out the photo on your home printer.  The copy can be in color or black and white.


4.  Now, simply place the photo over the Card Stock of your choice and carefully cut out the profile. Hold it in place with Dotto Adhesive or similar.  For this one I used Basic Black Card Stock.


5.  Purchase a frame, or adjust the size of your photo to match an existing frame. I had this 8″ x 10″ black frame and cut a piece of International Bazaar Designer Series Paper to fit the frame and use as the background.


This is such an easy and endearing gift to give anyone. My daughter loves hers! .


Thanks for stopping by!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up!: Cloisonne Swallowtail

Stampin' Up! Swallowtail Cloisonne Frame

I don’t know about you, but when I first saw this Swallowtail Stamp, I said, hmm,”That stamp is BIG!”  I first thought it was too BIG to use on a card unless you used a portion of it.  After awhile I found myself going back to it in the catalog with different ideas for using it and finally bought it. This is one of the many ideas I came up with.  I wanted the Swallowtail to resemble cloisonne.


Cloisonne Bowl

Cloisonne is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using enamel, and in older periods they used inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonne enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.


I think this Swallowtail accomplished that with the compartments formed by Gold Embossing Powder!  Place it in a pretty frame, as this one is, and you have another great Mother’s Day gift!

Stampin' Up! Swallowtail

Here’s what to do to achieve a Cloisonne Swallowtail:


Stampin' Up! Cloisonne Swallowtail


1.   On a  5″ x 7” piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the Swallowtail in VersaMark, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and melt with a Heat Tool.


2.   Now take Stampin’ Markers and color in the Swallowtail’s compartments with your choice of color(s). For my Swallowtail I chose a different color palette for each quadrant of the Swallowtail; Pinks, Blue/Purples, Greens and Orange/Yellow.


3.   Once you finish your coloring, make sure you wipe the gold embossed areas with a tissue.  Remember the Embossing Resist Technique?  Well the same holds true here and the gold areas will resist the color, which also means the color will stay wet on the gold.


4.   Once the Swallowtail is all cleaned up, cut it our carefully.


5.   Choose a background card stock, I chose Certainly Celery, and place it in a frame.


Hope you enjoyed this project share,  Now go and make an inspiration!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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.

Spoon OwlSpoon Owl

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


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


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