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Celebrate: Beautiful You

Oh, my! Although I fall in love with many of the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, once in a while one stamp set comes along that I absolutely love even more than average. This Beautiful You stamp set is one of those sets! Celebrating women, friendships, relationships, Mother’s  and Daughters. Just pure joy and freedom. So alive. This stamp set I’ll never tire of nor will I ever get rid of it!


  • Wisteria Wonder 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″
  • Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
  • Wild Wasbi 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

On the top layer of Whisper White stamp the dancing lady  from the Beautiful You stamp set in Basic Black Ink. Stamp “Celebrate” in Basic Black below and parallel to her out stretched leg. On a piece od Designer Series Paper. stamp the dancing lady again, then cut out her dress and hat . With Multi-Pupose Glue, adhere the floral dress and hat to the stamped image on the Whisper White layer. You can stamp her on any DSP and have her in all sorts of patterned dresses or you can simply water-color her dress and hat.

Use this color inspiration adn see what you can come up with. And, do yourself a favor and purchase this exciting stamp set celebrating women! You can buy it HERE

Thanks for stopping by.

Embrace the day,


Paper Pumpkin for Mother’s Day

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Post-it Note Pad Holder

This project can be whipped up on no time at all. No, I’m not talking about cupcakes here, I’m talking about our favorite little Post-It Notes! If you’re like me you have them stuck all over your computer, kitchen and where ever else the little notes will stick! Since we all use Post-It’s, here’s a perfect little gift to make as a party favor, for your favorite co-workers or teachers. These are wonderful to use all those designer series paper scraps!!

Post-It Note Holder final

Let’s get started on how to make this little cutie:


Cut a 3″ x 9″ piece of card stock. I used Pear Pizzazz. Score it at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 2-3/4″, 5-3/4″ and 6″.

Post-It Note Score lines

Use a Bone Folder along scored lines to get a crisp clean folds. Note the photo has the 6″ scored line furthest to the left and shows Garden Green card stock.


Now cut two 2-3/4″ squares and one 1″ x 2-3/4″ pieces of any Designer Series Paper. Try to match it to the color of your Post-It Note Pad and card stock. Below is how you adhere them to the outside..

Post-It Note Holder Outside

Look at the second photo for inside tape placement. Once your tape is down affix your Post-It Note Pad and fold the flap up and push it along the other piece of tape. Here’s a side view with everything in place.

Post-It Note Holder

Post-It Note Holder Side View

Add a Velcro dot on the flap, to hold the Post-It Note Holder closed. I purchased inexpensive Velcro dots from the dollar store, which turned out to be too thick. Do yourself a favor spend a little more money on the real ones. That’s what I wound up doing in the end.


These would make great Mother’s Day gifts and end of the year teacher’s gifts.


Post-It hugs,

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


Happy 1st Mother’s Day to Meg

This is the card I made for my Daughter Meg, who is celebrating her first Mother’s Day.  This card was made with a new stamp set called, Wildflower Meadow, not yet released and in the new 2013-14 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  The stamp set has a coordinating embossing folder. Oh, Stampin’ Up!, you just keep getting better…

Wildflower Meadow





Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Happy Mother’s Day…

If you’re a Mother, Mother-in-Law, Grandmother, Godmother, Aunt, Cousin, Sister, Sister-In-Law, Step- Mother and Friend I’d like to wish you,

A Happy Mother’s Day…  

Happy Mother's Day 2


Diane xox


Decorative Sewing Kit in an Altoid Tin

Altoids Tin Sewing BoxThis is an idea I saw somewhere on the internet awhile ago and scheduled it for my Mother’s Day Class.


I had the tins and decided to use the retired Ginger Blossom DSP because I have soooo much of it. I also knew if any of the attendees wanted some I had plenty to sell them. I measured the tin and cut my card stock and DSP to fit. I used the corner rounder punch so the corners would match up with the tin. From there I just had fun designing and using whatever colors and stamps would make it unique. Try one of these as they’re really fun to make.  



The class LOVED them!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Fifth Avenue Mother’s Day Card

Fifth Avenue Mother's Day Card 5-17-09

While many of these of these colored roses from the FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL STAMPIN’ UP! stamp set are floating on the internet, this is my own version.

For this card I cut the VERY VANILLA CARD STOCK  7″ x 10″ and scored it at 5″ to create a 5″ x 7″ card. I wanted the size to be more impressive to give to my mother and mother-in-law. I, did however, switch up the colors for each of them. They loved them!

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue, Bloomin’ With Love

Ink: Chocolate Chip,  Old Olive, Regal Rose

Paper: Very Vanilla 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″, Regal Rose 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, Blush Blossom 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″

Accessories: Hodgepodge Vanilla Hardware, Big Shot Sizzlet “Little Leaves” Die, Stampin’ Pastels,  Designer Label Punch, Diminsionals, Old Olive  5/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon


  1. First cut a piece of VERY VANILLA CARD STOCK  7′ x 10″ and score at 5″.
  2. Cut a piece of REGAL ROSE CARD STOCK at 4 1/2″ x 6-1/2″.
  3. Cut a piece of BLUSH BLOSSOM CARD STOCK at 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.
  4. Stamp the BLUSH BLOSSOM with the smallest flower image from FIFTH AVENUE FLORAL with REGAL ROSE CLASSIC INK randomly.
  5. Stamp the large rose from the set onto  a scrap piece of VERY VANILLA CARD STOCK, cut out  and color using  Stampin’ Up! PASTELS.  
  6. I used the pastels dark on the bottom of each petal and pulled  the color. toward the petal edges so that the  edges are the lightest.
  7. Using “THE BIG SHOT” and the SIZZLET “LITTLE LEAVES” DIE, cut out four leaves. I cut two out  of CERTAINLY CELERY and two out of OLD OLIVE.
  8. For the greeting I used the, “For you on Mother’s Day” from the BLOOMIN’ with LOVE stamp set.  You can use any saying that will fit in the DESIGNER LABEL PUNCH.
  9. Using the DESIGNER LABEL PUNCH, punch out your greeting and with a 4″piece of OLD OLIVE  5/8″ GROSGRAIN RIBBON layer the card as shown above.


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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