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Mixed Bunch Blossom Birthday Card: For Diane

Today is my sister-in-law Diane’s birthday.  This is the card I made for her using the Stampin’ Up! Mixed Bunch Stamp Set and Blossom Punch.

Stampin Up Mixed Bunch Birthday Card

For the base of the card I started with Elegant Eggplant Card Stock and layered it with Very Vanilla and the new fabulous Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper,called  “Sycamore Street” (FREE with any $50.00 purchase during sale-a-bration).


I chose the Summer Starfruit designer Sycamore Street paper because, yellow is opposite purple on the color wheel. Hence the two colors compliment each other.


Stampin Up Mixed Bunch On a piece of Whisper White I stamped the flower motif in Summer Starfruit and punched it out with the Stampin’ Up! Blossom Punch. I then punched another blossom out of Elegant Eggplant to achieve the shadow behind the stamped image.  The shadow was made from cutting apart the Elegant Eggplant blossom into sections.

Stampin Up Mixed Bunch







I attached the blossom sections with a bit of SNAIL Adhesive. In the center, I place a Dahlia with a Glue Dot.


For the birthday greeting I used the “You’re Amazing Happy Birthday” new single stamp. I stamped it in Elegant Eggplant, but did not fully ink the stamp. I wanted a distressed look on the type as well as the card stock layer. Around the Very Vanilla, with a Sponge Dauber, I inked up the edge.

Stampin Up Mixed Bunch


Double ribbon knot/bow

For the finishing touch, I wrapped Very Vanilla Seam Binding and Wisteria Wonder ribbon around card layers and tied a pretty knot using the two ribbons.


Happy, Happy Birthday Diane!


Thanks for stopping by.


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


Perfection Made Easy: Bows…

I can’t tell you how many times I have taught how to make that perfect little bow. Many of us get frustrated trying and tying,  to tie that perfect little embellishment, the bow. Here are a few tips and tricks for you to try.



On many of our cards we like to use a simple square knot and not a bow. This is true on most masculine cards.


Begin with your ribbon wrapped around your card or project with ends pointing away from you.

Cross the left end over the right end. Wrap the left end around through the center and pull through.

Make sure to pull gently to avoid twisting or wrinkling your ribbon.

Place you finger on the middle to hold the ribbon tight.

Cross right end over the left end, wrap it around and pull it through the center.

Pull knot gently.



This is a great way to make a bow if you don;t want to wrap it around anything. Once made, secure the bow with a Glue Dot.


Fold the ribbon to form two bunny ear shapes.

Tie the two bunny ears together, left over right.

Pull gently and don’t forget to trim those edges as desired.


Once you’ve mastered the Classic Bow you might want to experiment tying these two other bows. You may even come up with a few of your own. For these bows I used Regal Rose 5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon and Pretty-In-Pink 1/4″ Grosgrain.



Choose two different widths and colors of ribbon.

Cut the widest ribbon the longest and the narrowest ribbon shorter.

Trim ends as desired.

Layer the ribbons with the longest ribbon on the bottom and the shortest on top.

Tie the stacked ribbons, with another piece of ribbon, in the center.

If you want you can trim the tails or, if it’s long enough, use it to tie around your card or project.



Cut a piece of ribbon twice the desired length of the finished bow you want.

Form into a loop and secure ends together with a GLUE Dot. Place another Glue Dot in between top and bottom, and flatten together in the center.

Wrap another piece of ribbon around the center and adhere ends to the back of the bow.


Hoping this helps you with your bow making.for my monthly newsletter,  simply sign up in my “Welcome Basket”.


Thanks for dropping by.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Stampin’ Up!: Apothecary Box & Cards

Okay ladies, I will admit we had a lot of laughs making this project. I’m just glad none of you are making boxes for a living, because I’m afraid you’d starve to death!!! Here’s what we made at a January class and after all the fuss they really came out beautiful.

Stampin' Up! Apothecary Stamp Set, Apothecary Gift Box,

Instructions for the box:

Stampin' Up! Apethcary Stamp Set

Cut a piece of Perfect Plum Card Stock at 6″ x 11-1/4″.

Score it at 3/4″  & ^-1/4″along the 6″ side

Along the 11-1/4″ side score it at 3/4″, 5-1/4″, 6″ and 10-1/2″.

You need to cut the tabs where shown on the diagram in red. Cut only to the scored lines.

The bottom scored line,  add Sticky Strip and fold it up. This edge will help to reinforce the box once constructed.

Stampin' Up! Apothecary Box Diagram

Box Diagram:


For the box, I made the lid separate.  I wanted to feature the Stampin’ Up! new Labels Collection Framelits.  The innovative, thin, wafer-like design of these dies lets you see where you’re placing the design before you cut! Layer dies inside each other to cut frames for stamp images. And, as you can see the Labels Collection coordinates with this Stampin’ Up! Apothecary Stamp Set.


For the lid I used the largest Label die with my Big Shot and cut one label out of Perfect Plum Card Stock.  With the next die, which nested nicely on the Perfect Plum, I cut out of Very Vanilla Card Stock. On the Very Vanilla label, I stamped the large wreath image from the Apothecary Stamp Set in Always Artichoke Ink.  I layered the two labels together and scored the lid with two score lines in the middle, so the lid would fit nicely from the back of the box to the front. On the back and top I placed Sticky Strip to really secure the lid.

Apothecary Box

Apothecary Box












Apothecary Box


The front  and back of the box, were each decorated with a 4″ x 4″ piece of  Always Artichoke Designer Series Paper. Foran added embellishment I cut one 2-3/4″ label out of Perfect Plum and one 2-78″ one out of Very Vanilla. On the Very Vanilla label I stamped part of the floral image from the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set in Always Artichoke Ink. I layered the two as shown and added two Basic Pearls to either side and one pearl to the lid flap.

Stampin' Up! Apothecary Stamp Set Card


To tuck inside the box we made two 4″ x 4″ Very Vanilla Cards. I used the same design on the front of the box, adding a piece of Always Artichoke Seam Binding.


Oh, to keep the lid closed a self adhesive magnetic closure was used. I alway reinforce these with Crystal Effects. I find the closure tend to not hold and the Crystal Effects seems to do the job. These boxed sets are perfect for tucking in someone’s Easter basket or make them for Mother’s Day.


Have a great weekend and don’t forget to check back on Sunday for a birthday card I made for someone very special. See you then…



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Order the Apothecary Stamp Set and the Labels Collection Framelits and I’ll send you a card especially made by me.


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


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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Q & A: Is there a way of getting Embossing Powder in any color???

Question Mark Button

Q: I love the new Colored Embossing Powders from Stampin’ Up!, but sometimes I want a different color to match the color scheme of my project. Is there a way of getting Embossing Powder to match additional colors?

A: Yes, it is possible to emboss using either Classic or Craft Ink colors.

To match and emboss using Craft Ink, simply ink the stamp using your favorite craft ink and stamp the image on to card stock. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, and use your Heat Tool to melt the Embossing Powder.

To emboss using Classic Ink, ink up the stamp using Versamark, then ink up the stamp in the color of your choice and stamp on to card stock. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and use your Heat Tool to melt.

There will be a slight color variation, but it will still be quite close to the color that you intend to match.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this helps!

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


Vintage Birthday Card: for Nancy…

Vintage Birthday Card Flower Detail

Today is my girlfriend Nancy’s birthday. I decided to make a vintage Birthday Card for Nancy. I didn’t want any stamped image as the feature. The features on this card are the flowers and folds. See if you don’t agree?

Vintage Birthday Card

I saw this Center Step Card Technique and I knew I had to use it.

Center Step Card

I started with a 5-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and lined the 11″ edge up at the 1″ mark on my paper trimmer. Position your cutting blade at 1″ from the edge and cut down to 6-1/2″. Flip the card and repeat. Make sure you start from the same end of the card stock for both cuts. I messed this up, not once, but twice!!!!

I then scored the card stock, beginning with at the 1″ cut line,  I scored the card stock at 1″ across, 2″ to the cut line and 6-1/2″ all across. Flip and score only at 2″ to the cut line. At 5-1/2″ score between the cut lines.

I punched the flowers out of Daffodil Delight, Orchid Opulence (retired) and Rich Razzleberry card stock with the Scalllop Circle Punch and the Trio Flower Punch. All the small flowers were wrinkled and this flower technique was done for the large flower. The large flower was edged with Rich Razzleberry Ink.

For the side panels I cut two 3/4″ x 4-1/2″ of Very Vanilla and randomly stamped the leaf image for the Nature Walk stamp set in

Vintage Birthday Card Detail

For the bottom panel I cut a 5-1/2″ x 1″ piece of Very Vanilla and with the leaf stamp and Always Artichoke I stamped this piece. I wrapped a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding and added a pretty bow to the Very Vanilla card sotck.

For the center panel I cut a Scallop Oval out of the Newsprint Designer Series Paper and distressed the edges with Rose Red Ink. For the Happy Birthday greeting I first stamped the rose frame from the Four Frames stamp set and in the center I stamped the birthday greeting in Rich Razzleberry Ink I punched the frame out with the Decorative Label Punch, For the mat I punched two more  Vintage Birthday Card FrontDecorative Labels out of Always Artichoke card stock. I cut one of these labels in half vertically and the other in half horizontally. I adhered the parts with a border showing all around.

The scallop oval was placed down on to the center panel and on the oval I arranged the flowers as shown. In the center of each flower I placed a Basic Pearl  varying the sizes. The Happy Birthday greeting, was adhered at an angle.

Happy, Happy Birthday Nancy!

If you have any questions on this Center Step Card Technique send your questions to

As ever, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Siggy 2


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