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Poppy Parade Cherry Dress Card…

Meet Poppy Parade! 

Poppy Parade  is a 2010-11 Stampin’ Up! In-Color and will be for two years. I was inspired to make this pinafore dress card by the color.  Along with Poppy Parade,  I also used a New Color- “Marina Mist.”  The two colors together reminds me of the fifties when this shade of blue and red seemed to be popular. Here is the card I made and how I did it. It wasn’t planned but, “How fitting is it that it’s Red, White and Blue?”


To begin I made a simple dress and pinafore outline to use as a template. Here is the simple outline drawing I did, just click on the image and print.  I know it’s a bit dark but it works.

Pinafore dress template 

1.     I began with a piece of 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ Marina Mist Card Stock scored at 4-1/2″.

2.     On the Marina Mist I stamped the cherry image from the Tart & Tangy Stamp Set, using Marina Mist Ink 

3.     On a piece of Poppy Parade Card Stock I traced the dress template, cut it out and ran it through my Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  For the neckline I used a 1″ Circle Punch and punched out half a circle.  I sponged  Riding Hood Red Ink with a Dauber along the edge of the dress. 

4.     I traced the pinafore template onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock, cut it out and ran it through The Big Shot  using the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder.  For the neckline I used a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch and punched out half of circle.

5. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the cherry image using Old Olive Ink for the leaves and stem and Poppy Parade for the cherries. On each cherry I used Crystal Effects to give them dimension and a shinny look. I  used the 1-3/8″ Circle Punch to cut the cherry image out. On a piece of Poppy Parade I cut out a scallop circle with the Scallop Circle Punch and layered the two as shown.

6.     I adhered the pinafore onto the dress and used two Red Brads on each strap of the pinafore.

7.     Then I wrapped a piece of the new 1/8″ Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon around, brought it up through the scallop circle and finished it off with a bow. To bring the ribbon through the scallop circle I punched two small ribbon slits with a retired Stampin’ Up! Punch. You could use a 1/8″ circle punch also.

Here is a close up of the cherry image:


8.     I layered the card together as shown using Dimensionals on the back of the dress. I left a greeting off because I felt it worked better without one on the front of the card. You could stamp a message on the inside.

I like the look and feel of this card and have another idea for this dress card which I am working on and will post as soon as I finish designing it.

 Happy 4th of July and thanks for stopping by.

Stampin’ Hugs,






Elements of Style Step-Card…

This is the fifth and final card from my Garden Class. These step cards are intriguing. They are quite simple to make and so much fun to decorate. The trick is to have something on each layer or step that doesn’t compete with any other image on another step. Rather you should try to have images that compliment or work well together. For this card I choose the Elements of Style Stamp Set because I really wanted to use it in a different way than just on a card front. I also knew I wanted to place it in the Scallop Oval Frame.   



Okay this is what I did. I started with a 10-1/2″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. Then I scored it at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 4-1/4, 6″, and 8-1/4″. 



I folded it with my Bone Folder in mountain and valley folds like you would fold a fan. The first fold is a mountain fold. You should have two valleys and three mountains when done.


On the front step I cut a 5″ x 1-1/2″ strip of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and scalloped the top. I adhered it and tied a piece of Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon around it. On a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock I stamped the “Birthday Wishes” from the Watercolor Trio Stamp Set in Always Artichoke, punched it out with the Oval Punch and layered it on a piece of Always Artichoke punched out with the Scallop Oval Punch. I cut a small butterfly with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit out of So Saffron.

For the second or middle step I stamped part of the flower bouquet from the
Elements of Style Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip Ink and  stamped the hummingbird from the same stamp set in Perfect Plum Ink.  I stamped a few flowers from the bouquet on a piece scrap piece of Very Vanilla, colored it and cut it out. I glued it onto the middle step as shown and had one leaf extend upwards for some depth. I cut out the hummingbird and place it  so it looks as though it’s  getting nectar from a flower. On each top corner, with a Dauber. I sponged  Always Artichoke; again for depth.

The last step was decorated with the Big Shot and the Scallop Oval Frame out of Very Vanilla. I then stamped the bouquet of flowers in Chocolate Chip Ink on the middle part of the frame.  For the coloring I used a combination of Markers and Watercolor Pencils. I cut another frame out of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and adhered the outer part of the frame over the Very Vanilla frame. I placed the stamped middle back by using a little tape on the back and secured the oval frame to the last step with two brads.

And that’s how you make a step card. It’s not as complicated as it looks but you will certainly “Wow” any one you send it to-if you can to part with it.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin’ Hugs,






STAMP SET: Elements of Style (118611), Watercolor Trio (117050) DSC_0524

INK:  Chocolate Chip (100908), Perfect Plum (101437), Always Artichoke (105219)

PAPER: So Saffron-butterfly (105213), Old Olive DSP (112160), Always Artichoke (105119)

FINISHING FRILLS: Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon (109035)

TOOLS: Markers (105541), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (118138), Big Shot (113439), Oval Scallop Frame Die (114521), Large Oval Punch (107305), Scallop Oval Punch (114889)


Pinwheel Flower Card…

This is the third card from my “Garden Workshop.” This “so-Simple” to make you will be amazed. 


For the card I cut a 7″ x 10″ piece of Pretty-in-Pink  and scored it at 5″, a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White and a 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Gable Green Card Stock (soon to be retired). I layered the Whisper White onto the Pretty-in-Pink and the Green Gable onto the Whisper White. On the Green Gable layer I stamped the swirled image from the Priceless Stamp Set in Garden Green Ink. I then stamped, again on Whisper White, the “Happy Birthday” greeting from the Well Scripted Stamp Set also in Garden Green Ink. I punched it out with the Scallop Oval Punch and placed it onto a piece of Garden Green Designer Series Paper from a Hostess Paper Pack which was punched using the Wide Oval Punch.

Now to the card feature, the “Pinwheel Flower.”  You can use any Designer Series Paper. I used a 6″ x 6″ piece from a Hostess Paper Pack. You have to love those packs!  First I  punched eight tags using the Small Tag Punch and folded each one as follows:

DSC_0535I took the right bottom corner and brought it up so the tag was folded diagonally. I then took the tip and folded it down towards the center of the diagonal fold. When I had all eight folded I adhered them into what I call a, “Pinwheel Flower.”


I lined up all the folded tags in the middle and adhered them so they all touched. You need to play around with the placement of the folded tags so the flower doesn’t land off you card. For the center of the flower I used the BoHo Blossoms Punch and punched three flowers out; one in Whisper White, one in Garden Green and the smallest in Pretty-in-Pink. I held them together with a brad and with a dimensional I placed it in the center of the flower.

I adhered the greeting on the lower right side and added four Photo Punches in each corner. Now it’s your turn. Make some of these cards. If you use all Stampin’ Up! products and email me your photo I’ll feature it on my blog on your own gallery page. 

I’m glad you stopped by. 

Stampin’ Hugs,









STAMP SET: Well Scripted (117072) from Occasions mini, Priceless (115052)


INK: Garden Green (102272)

PAPER: Whisper White (100730), Pretty-in-Pink (100459), Gable Green retiring (102795)

TOOLS: Trio Flower Punch (109183), Photo Corner Punch (109047), Small Tag Punch (108264), Bone Folder (102300) 


Potted Flowers…


Good Day, Lakeside Stampers!  As promised here is another card from my Garden Workshop. This  “Flower Pot Card” has been floating around the internet for about a year and I have wanted to try one for about that long. I did not use anyone’s template. This template I created because I wanted a smaller flower pot in height. You can really make them as big or small as your paper will allow.  Here’s what I did:

I used one of the 2009-10 In Colors Dusty Durango to create the flower pot because, it’s very close to terra cotta in color. 




I cut a 3-3/4″ x 8″ piece of the Dusty Durango and scored it at 1″, 4″ & 7″




I then placed the piece in the Petals-A-Plenty Textured Folder and folded it in a valley, mountain, valley fold as shown to the right.





Once that was done I cut 1/2″ in from each bottom side to the bottom of the score line to create the flower pots slanted sides.


I added a Scallop Punch Edge to the flower pot and held it closed with a piece of White Grosgrain Ribbon.




For the insert card I cut a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Old Olive Card Stock. Using the Old Olive again, I cut a 4″ circle with my Circle Scissor, which I love for cutting circles. I cut the 4″ circle in half and adhered it to the Old Olive as shown. I used the half circle as a base for my flowers. I took a 2-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock an layered it over the Old Olive for the greeting.


I stamped flowers and leaves from the Bodacious Bouquet Stamp Set in Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Lovely Lilac and Baja Breeze Ink (available in July). I know the Bodacious Bouquet Stamp Set is retired but, I didn’t have any other set with big enough flowers. After stamping I cut each flower and leaf out and arranged (ha) them into a bouquet. On the card I stamped two leaves and the circle flower.


Here is the end result. A card well worth all the cutting and steps.


Thanks for stopping by and remember, When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a flower with the other.”  ~Chinese Proverb

Stampin’ Hugs,






DSC_0524 STAMP SET: Bodacious Bouquet (retired)

INK: Old Olive (100702(, Pretty in Pink (100459), So Saffron (105118), Lovely Lilac (100427), Baja Breeze (available July 1)

PAPER: Dusty Durango (115321), Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702)

FINISHING FRILLS: Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (109025)

TOOLS: Big Shot (113939), Petals-A-Plenty Textured Folder (116824), Circle Scissor (112530), Scallop Punch (109043)


Felt Flowers Love a Sunny Blue Sky…


 My cousin Linda said this was her favorite card and I can understand why. It’s so perky and up beat with these great stitched felt flowers standing tall reaching for the bright blue sky.  This card is very much like Linda, a bright blue sky in my life!

For this card the class learned how to make these wonderful puffy clouds. I did not invent this technique but I did make my own templates and showed the class how to do the same. Bashful Blue Ink was the perfect color choice to shade them.


I love the color combination on this card. I used a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock and scored it at 4-1/4″. I layered a 5″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Pretty in Pink and on top of this I layered a  4-3/4″ x 3″  piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. I always, well almost always, use this  formula where there’s a 1/4″ border (the Chocolate Chip in this case)  then a 1/8″ border (Pretty in Pink)  showing. I think the balance works. 

On the Very Vanilla I first shaded the clouds with Bashful Blue Ink and a Sponge Dauber to form the clouds. I made cloud templates out of a piece of card stock by cutting small circles resembling cloud puffs as shown below. Yes, you have to hand cut these as a circle punch will not work because it will leave a concave form. These templates work as a mask except along the edges where I used a circular motion with my Dauber. The area underneath the template will remain the Very Vanilla. I randomly moved the template down and from side to side  and repeated the circular motion technique along the edge. When I painted years ago sometimes I used stencils in a similar manner. I hope this is clear. I’m hoping to do videos as soon as I get up enough nerve.


Once the clouds were done I took a 4-3/4″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and tore it to use as the grass. On a piece of Pretty in Pink Card Stock I stamped the birthday greeting from the Hugs and Wishes Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip. Using the Wide Oval Punch I punched it out. With my Crop-A-Dile I punched a hole and secured a Brass Eyelet as shown. 

DSC_0507  I love these Felt Stitched Flowers. They not only are easy and whimsical but, they add dimension to any thing you put them on. For the stems I simply cut them out of another patterned Old Olive Designer Paper. That’s the great part about DSP-all the different choices and even though it’s the same color, because of the patterns, the color appears just a little different. Try mixing up the patterns for a little excitement on your work.

I wrapped a piece of Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon and layered the card as shown above.

I truly hope you like this card and try one. It wa great fun to make. Leave me a comment or two and if you have any questions feel free to email me at:

Stampin’ Hugs,






How to Mask a Stamped Image…

Masking is a technique that allows multiple images to be stamped without overlapping each other. This allows you to stamp layers of images, so, some are in the front and others are in the back.

To mask an image, an identical image is stamped on scrap paper, cut and placed over your original stamped image. When other images are stamped on top of your original image, it is protected by the mask.

Here’s how to make a mask:

Stamp your original image onto your project:


Stamp another image on a scrap piece of paper. Thin paper works best.


Cut out scrap image as close as possible to the outline. I cut on the outline or just to the inside. Then with removable adhesive like dotto, layer the scrap image directly over your original image. Below the scrap image is a little off just to show you what I mean.


Stamp an image over your original image so it overlaps the mask on on all sides.


Remove the mask to view the protected original image.


I hope this helps and that you have fun trying this technique. As, ever thanks for stopping by.


HUGS & stamps,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


How I Shaded the Rose…

So many of you have e-mailed and asked how did I shade the rose on the card below so, here’s how I did it.

I first stamped the rose from the Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Set in Versa Mark onto Glossy White Card Stock and with Clear Embossing Powder I embossed it. You can barely see the outline but you can see it. Using my Real Red Ink I pushed down on the lide of the ink pad so when I opened it there was a puddle of the Real Red Ink on the inside of the lid. With my Aqua Painter I picked up a small amount of the ink and statrting on the inside of each petal I pulled the ink towards the petal edge. I repeated this on each petal. I have seen on a blog (Which I can’t remember at the moment) where you can flood each petal area with water and add a drop of ink from a refill bottle but, I didn’t have much luck with this technique, because I got one solid color instead of the shades I wanted. I had much better luck dragging a bit of color with a semi-wet Aqua Painter and even this rose could use to be a little little on the outside edges. The clear embossed areas holds the color within each petal.  After I applied one layer of the Real Red Ink and it dried, I then, only along the inside of each petal, with a very dry Aqua Painter brushed in the Real Red Ink again. I used it full strength, so, it would be very dark. After the ink dried I then took my black Watercolor Pencil, and added more dark shading to the inside of each petal.  Here is a detail of the rose and thanks for asking. I hope the technique explanation is clear.









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