Guitar Birthday Card

This card is one made by a Lakeside Stamper reader and follower. Debra made this card for her son-in-law. She emailed me for the template and followed the directions HERE. Nice job Debra!


If you make a card, using my guitar template and following my directions email me your finished card. I’d love to see and feature it on my blog.



Bear Hugs Birthday: Slider Card

Bear Hugs Birthday

Welcome back!  Today’s share is a slider card we made at my last workshop. One attendee asked if we could make a slider card and so we did. The last slider card was with the Sale-A-Bration Honeycomb Happiness Stamp Set and can be found HERE.  I love this Bear Hugs Stamp Set! When I first saw it in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog the possibilities kept flowing in my head. This stamp set can be used for a masculine, feminine and children’s card for any occasion. This slider card was made with my son-in-law in mind for his birthday which we celebrated on Friday.

Bear Hugs Card

Instructions for the Bear Hugs Birthday Slider Card:


  1. Cut a 10″ x 7″ card base from Whisper White Card Stock and score it at 5″
  2. Cut one 4″ x 6″ piece and one 6″ x 2″ piece of Pool Party Card Stock.
  3. Cut a 6″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Wild Wasabi Card Stock.
  4.  A 3″ x 3″ piece of Chocolate Chip (for bears), a 5″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Tangelo Twist (for fish) , a 1″ x 1″ piece of Hello Honey (for honey-pot) and a 6” x 2″ piece of Whisper White (for flowers & greeting)


All stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! Bear Hugs Stamp Set

Bear Hugs Detail

  1. Stamp the large and small bear in VersaMark on Chocolate Chip Card Stock and sprinkle on White Embossing Powder and melt it with a Heat Tool.
  2. Stamp 5 fish in Memento Black Ink on the Tangelo Twist Card Stock.
  3. Stamp the honey pot in Memento Black Ink on the Hello Honey Card Stock.
  4.  Stamp three group of flowers and the greeting in Memento Black Ink on the Whisper White.



  1. With the BIG Shot and the Bear Hugs Framelits cut out the Papa and Baby Bear, the honey-pot, the fish and the flowers.
  2. On the Wild Wasabi piece punch the slider opening with the Window Punch.
  3. Tear the 6″ x 2″ piece of Pool Party along one edge. Sponge the torn edge with a Sponge Dauber and Pool Party Ink.
  4. Hand-cut a cloud shape around the greeting.



Bear Hugs Lil' Bear Detail

  • Adhere the torn pirce of the Pool Party about halfway down the Pool Party base making sure you placed a fish jumping out of this “wave.”
  • For the Wild Wasabi Layer follow:



  • Place three fish on a piece of Baker’s Twine. Use Glue Dots to   adhere them.
  • Attach the Baker’s Twine to the bear hands using two Chocolate  Chip Candy Dot Brads.
  • Place and attach all the pieces as shown above.

Bear Hugs Sentiment

PLEASE NOTE: I’m in the process of redesigning my blog. I thought it was time for a new look.  I’ll post when I can this month, but it may not be as frequent as I would like…


Embrace the day!

Siggy 2


Stampin’ Up!: Dapper Dad Birthday Card

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the look-out for great masculine stamp sets. Stampin’ Up!’s Dapper Dad Stamp Set is not only masculine, but has fun images with fun patterns such as argyle and hounds-tooth!  Love to use this set with the new Stampin’ Up! color Smokey Slate.  See if you don’t agree??


Card base is a piece of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2” scored at 4-1/4″  The Smokey Slate layer measures 5″ x 3-3/4″ and is DRY EMBOSSED* with the Stampin’ Up! Chevron Embossing Folder. The Basic Black label was cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelits and HEAT EMBOSSED* with the Happy Birthday greeting with White Embossing Powder. The great patterned shoe was stamped in Smokey Slate Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and hand-cut. I love the Smokey Slate, because it’s a neutral, and coordinates with a wide range of colors from Pink Pirouette to Basic Black.



Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon to see my, “With All My Heart Week”.  Cross my heart it’s a week of heart projects for you to make, give or keep just in time for Valentine’s Day!



Remember to eat, sleep, stamp and create!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




DRY EMBOSSING: Dry embossing is simply placing a texture or embossing folder through a die cutting machine such as The BIG Shot or similar.  Dry embossing creates a raised surface on the card stock or paper.


HEAT EMBOSSING: Heat embossing is when an image is stamped using VersaMark or pigment ink, then before the ink is dry, embossing powder is poured over the image and it’s heated until the embossing powder is melted into a raised glossy finish.




Sweet Cake: Masculine Card

Oh, the joys of making a masculine card! I find making cards for males a real challenge, so when I do come up with a design I like to share it.  No bows on this card, but I did manage to sneak in a little, “Bling!” Shh…


Stampin' Up Sweet Cake Birthday Card,Sweet Cake Masculine


Supplies & Sizes for this card:

Sweet Cake Stamp Set

4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Pacific Point Card Stock and scored at 5-1/2″

5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock

2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper

Scrap piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock for stamping

4-1/2″  piece of Pacific Point Grosgrain Ribbon

Stripped and Square Lattice Embossing Folders

Ticket Corner Punch

Dazzling Details

Real Red, Pacific Point, River Rock and Early Espresso Markers

Three Chocolate Chip Brads


Start by sending the top half of Crumb Cake through the Big Shot, with the Stripped Embossing Folder.


Then on the bottom half, send the piece of Crumb Cake through the Big Shot again, but this time use the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.


Ink up the stamp from the Sweet Cake Stamp Set with the River Rock, Pacific Point, Real Red and Early Espresso Markers as shown. Stamp, “Happy Birthday” in Pacific Point.  Cut out the stamped image and add Dazzling Details on the frosting and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the cherry and heart. Place it aside to dry.


Take the Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake and the card base and with the Ticket Punch, punch all corners.


Wrap the piece of Pacific Point Ribbon around the Crumb Cake.


Piece three holes for brad placement and add the Brads.


Adhere all layers as shown. Make sure your Dazzling Details is dry!


And there you have it!  Remember, when it comes to making masculine cards make it simple and textured. These are the key ingredients


If you want the SWEET CAKE STAMP SET order it before it goes away on April 30.


Thanks for looking!


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Open Sea: Masculine Birthday Card…

Friday, November 25, was my cousin’s husband Ron’s birthday. This is the card I made for him. It’s pretty straight forward and I’m still in love with this Open Sea stamp set.

Open Sea Masculine Birthday Card

Card base is a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ piece of Early Espresso.

A 5″ x 3-3/4″  piece of Very Vanilla was cut for the layer. I ran this throught the Big Shot with the Stripes Embossing Folder.


On a separate peices of Very Vanilla I stamped the map (love it!) in VersaMark and sprinkled it with Gold Embossing Powder and melted it with a Heat Tool.


I cut the map out with my Circle Scissor Plus and mounted it on a 2-3/8″ Circle Punch out.


I stamped, “Happy Birthday” in Chocolate Chip Ink. I trimmed around it and layered it on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.


I layered the card together, but not before wrapping a piece of Chocolate Chip Scallop Dot Ribbon and bow around it.


Thanks for visiting and GET THOSE HOLIDAY CARDS MADE!!!!!! There’s still time if you place an on-line order by clicking on my shop Stampin’ Up! Button on my sidebar.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Plane & Simple Happy Birthday Uncle Hector & CarolMarie…

Plane & Simple Header
Today is my Uncle’s birthday as well as my Goddaughter, CarolMarie. Here’s the card I made for my uncle and later this week I’ll share the card I made for my Goddaughter. Masculine birthday cards can be a challenge and that’s why I love this Stampin’ Up!’s Plane and Simple stamp set.

Plane & Simple Happy Birthday Card


Plane & Simple BIrthday Card Map Detail


The map part of this card was done by copying the map sheet from the Newsprint Designer Series Paper on to copy paper and hand-colored it in. For the water I used a “Pointillist” technique I used when I worked as a staff artist at the Wall Street Journal. Over the dots I used water-color pencils. I colored in the land with brown and olive green pencils. I then tore the top edge of the paper and mounted it on a piece of Old Olive Card Stock which was torn as well.



For the clouds, I used this technique with Whisper White Craft Ink over the Pool Party sky.


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 Pool Party. 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.

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The plane was stamped in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla Card Stock and cut out.


The Happy Birthday was stamped in Not Quite Navy Ink and I trimmed it close in a banner shape and swallow tailed the end.

Uncle Hector










A very Happy Birthday to two of my favorite people.


Stampin’ & Birthday Hugs,

Siggy 2


Happiness Is A Journey: John’s Birthday Card…

Happiness is a journey, for sure! Today our family is filled with happiness as we celebrate my husband John, my brother John and my nephew Cody’s birthdays. In our house we actually have a 9/27 club! This is the card I made for my husband John. When he was young, he had a train set and really and truly loved it. So, this one’s for you John!

Happiness is a Journey Masculine Birthday Card

Here’s what I did for John’s Birthday Card.



Basic Black card stock         10″ x 7″ scored at 5″ (card base)

3-3/4″ x1-3/4″  (layer for greeting)

Basic Gray card stock           4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ (card layer)

Whisper White card stock  3-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ (greeting)

Glossy White card stock     4″ x 3″


I love this stamp sett, because it works so well with the “Soot Technique,” which is exactly what I used for the image.


To do the Soot Technique, here’s what you need:

Glossy Card Stock

Candle (A tapered candles works faster then a pillar candle)


Rubber Stamp

Matte Spray Sealer


Please do this technique using caution. Over a sink is a good place in case paper catches on fire, although I have never had it happen.


Here’s What to Do:


1.  Light the candle.


2.  Using tweezers hold the 4″ x 3″ piece of Glossy card stock’s edge and touch the flame with the card stock, Happiness is a Journet Detail glossy side to the flame, and keep moving card stock through the flame until soot accumulates on card stock. Experiment how dark you want the card stock to become.


3.   Hold the soot covered card stock  by the edge and place with the glossy soot side up on the counter taking care not to touch the soot.


4.  Use an un-inked rubber stamp and stamp image onto the soot covered card stock. The stamp will pull off the soot and the image will appear. If you’re not happy with the image repeat the process.


5.  Spray lightly with a matte sealer.


When the sealer is dry, tear the edges of the Glossy card stock. If you want the white edge tear the edge toward you. I think it frames out the soot divinely!


For John’s Happy Birthday Greeting I used the Perfectly Penned stamp set, VersaMark Ink and the new Pewter Embossing Powder. I’m hooked on this pewter powder.


The card was layered a shown.


Birthday Hippo A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the 9/27 club, especially my better half. xox




Origami Shirt Birthday Card…

Hi, Stampers!


So many of you have asked for another Origami Shirt Card, so here goes. For this card I decided to make it a birthday card, but you can make it just in time for Father’s Day. I chose a plaid shirt, because plaid reminds me of my husband’s choice of shirts for the summer.

Origami Shirt Birthday Card


Card Directions:


Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pice of Poppy Parade Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″


Cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock


Cut a 3-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ of Designer Series Paper for the top portion and a 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ of another pattern of Designer Series Paper for the bottom portion. Both of these pieces are layered over the Whisper White

Origami Shirt Birthday Card Detail

I cut a simple tie shape as shown and made an origami shirt.Directions for the origami shirt are HERE  For my shirt I used the plaid sheet from the Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper. I love this pack of paper and seem to use it a lot lately. Doesn’t red and blue look fabulous together?


On a 3″ x 1-1/4″ piece of Poppy Red Card Stock I stamped Happy Birthday from the Bring On the Cake Stamp Set in Versa Mark Ink and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.


I hope you enjoy making this origami shirt as much as I do. Play around with different patterns and colors. Instead of a tie, try a bow tie or buttons going up the front of the  shirt like I did in my first origami shirt. If you’d like to order the Pawsitively Prints II Paper click HERE


Thanks for stopping by,

Siggy 2



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The Open Sea: Father’s Day Card…

Hi, Stampers and Paper-Artists!


I certainly hope your Memorial Day Weekend was wonderful!  Ours was spent celebrating my mom’s birthday with a BBQ and birthday cake. It was pretty perfect here. With Memorial Day behind us, it’s now time to start thinking about Father’s Day on June 19. Today’s post features one of two Father’s Day cards I made using the new Stampin’ Up!’s The Open Sea Stamp Set, which by the way is near and dear to my heart, because I double majored in college and graduated with a degree in art and cartography.  You could say maps were my first love.

The Open Sea Father's Day 1

How I made this Card:


I started with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake and scored it at 4-1/4″.


Like so many of Stampin’ Up! products this stamp set has coordinating Designer Series Paper called Nautical Expedition.  I knew I wanted to use the sheet from the designer pack with the Cherry Cobbler map and red and white border, so I cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock and layered 4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of designer series paper. I cut the map paper 1″ shorter, because I also knew I wanted to try and incorporate a ship’s knot of sorts using the new Baker’s Twine. I distressed the edges of the designer series paper for a more antiqued look with the Distressing Kit’s tea and blue stains.

The Open Sea Fathers Day Detail 1


I used my Early Espresso Marker for the ship and sails, Not Quite Navy Marker for the water, cut it out and added white highlights to the sails with a Signo Gel Pen.

Ship & Banner Detail

For the Happy Father’s Day banner, I cut a fish tail strip of Not Quite Navy Card Stock, stamped, Happy Father’s Day in Versa Mark Ink, sprinkled with White Embossing Powder and heated it. I stamped the compass image also in Versa Mark Ink, embossed it the same way and Punched it out with a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch. I adhered the two together as shown.


I cut four strips of the new White Baker’s Twine and knotted it to resemble a ship’s knot and pulled it through two Jumbo Eyelets as the detail shows.


If you would like to order this versatile The Open Sea stamp set, just in time for Father’s Day, place an on-line order and have it delivered right to your door-step, by clicking the order button in my side bar or HERE.  I would love to be your demonstrator.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Plane & Simple Masculine Birthday Card…

Hi, Stampers and Paper-Artists!


I don’t know about you, but I always have trouble coming up with masculine cards. I’m happy to say, in Stampin’ Up!’s new Summer Mini Catalog, there are great masculine stamp sets and designer series papers which you can start ordering May 1. Until then, Stampin’ Up! has the Plane & SImple Stamp Set, which is one of my favorites for Father’s Day or Masculine Birthday Cards.  I do love the look of this card, because of the old fashioned images. See if you agree?

Plane & Simple

Here’s a “Plain and Simple” recipe for this card:


Stamp Set: Plane and Simple


Ink: Not Quite Navy (plane and “Happy Birthday”)

Crumb Cake (border image)

Chocolate Chip (goggles)


Card-Stock: Not Quite Navy (card base) 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″

Very Vanilla 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ (first layer), 2-3/4″ x 2″ (plane)

2-1/8″ x 1-3/8″ (goggles)

Crumb Cake 3″ x 2-1/4″ (plane), 2-3/8″ x 1-5/8″ (goggles)


You have until April 30, to order the Plane & Simple Stamp Set or anything else you want from the Occasions Mini Catalog.. Don’t miss out.


Thanks for stopping by.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


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