Wedding Cake Topper

Hi, everyone!


Todays post has little to do with stamping.  In fact it has nothing to do with stamping at all!  I hope you don’t mind me sharing the wedding cake topper I made for my daughter Meg and son-in-laws wedding.


Wedding Cake Topper

This is the wedding cake topper I made for the wedding. Meg looked around for a vintage cake topper, but none appealed to her or John.  She asked me to make her something with a vintage feel.


Believe it or not I started with a scalloped plastic candy cup. I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch two holes on each side and I simply threaded a pipe cleaner through each hole for the handle. I wrapped the handle with string pearls I had and began decorating the basket with small blue and white flower. I placed two doves in the basket and embellished it with Basic Pearls and a Whisper White Satin bow.


For Meg and John it’s exactly what they wanted!


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Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Baby Shoe…

I’ve wanted to make this baby shoe for a while now, and when I saw a version in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog, it reminded me to try and make one. The template I used for this was originally found on the Interent.

Completed So Saffron Baby Shoe

I first played around a bit with the pattern Whenever, I design or try to use a pattern, I usually make a fast mock-up of the project with regular printer paper.

Practice Baby Shoes

I started with a piece of mylar I have, from when I make my quilting templates, and traced out the pattern with a Sharpie and cut it out.

Baby Shoe Pattern

I used the pattern and traced it out in pencil, on So Saffron Card Stock.

Traced Out Baby Shoe Pattern

I then cut out the shoe and stamped it with the flower image from Hello Again stamp set in So Saffron Ink. This gives the card stock a bit of dimension and resembles Designer Series Paper.

Cut Out & Stamped Baby Shoe

The shoe was assembled by taping the tabs to the sole of the shoe. With the  Flower Fusion Sizzlit Die and the Big Shot I cut, Pretty-In-Pink, Bashful Blue and Whisper White  flowers. I cut leaves out of Old Olive with the Little Leaves Sizzlit Die.

Flower Fusion Cut-Outs
I used Subtles Brads in the center of each flower

Baby Shoe Flower Fusion Detail

For the finishing touch, I added the new Stampin’ Up! Old Olive  Scallop Dots Ribbon across the strap and a Pretty-In-Pink Designer Button on the side.

Completed Baby Shoe Side View

These baby shoes would be the perfect baby shower favor. I’m also working on a boys version and with the new Stampin’ Up! Glitter Paper I’m trying to replicate Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. I’ll share these with you when I’m done playing.

If you decide to make this project, attach your creation in an EMAIL and If you use all Stampin’ Up! product I’ll feature it on my blog!

Until tomorrow, make it a great day!

Siggy 2


Under the BIG Top:Circus Collection Tutorial…

Are you planning a circus themed birthday party? Need a favor idea? This animal crackers box would be fun to make and hand out filled with treats.  Need a gift for your family, friend or child’s friend? Planning an adult or children’s class and need ideas?  This Under the BIG TopCircus Collection is perfect. To get all the directions, measurements and templates for all of the Circus Collection projects, click on the side bar button, pay and  download immediately.

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Under the BIG Top Circus Collection…


Under the Big Top Circus Collection


Under the BIG Top Circus Collection…

I had so much fun designing this “Under the BIG Top Circus

Collection”.  This tutorial is filled with circus themed projects

galore. Each project capture’s a different aspect of the

circus excitement.

The tutorial is 27 pages with over 60 photographs patterns

and complete directions, including measurements for

completing all of the projects shown.

All you have to do is purchase the tutorial and you can download it immediately


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Pillow Box: Picnic Fork Holder

Welcome Back Stampers!


Just a quick post to share this adorable fork holder made from the Big Shot Pillow Box Die. I’ll be posting more designs in the future using this same idea. Maybe you can make a few of these for your Memorial Day  and summer BBQ’s.

Pillow Box Fork Holder

To make this holder, simply run your Pillow Box Die through your Big Shot using the Card Stock of choice. I used Poppy Parade.


Cut off one end of the Pillow Box on the score lines. Pillow Box Holder Detail


Place Sticky Strip on the side flap and adhere.


Fold bottom score lines to enclose.


Cut a 1′ x 4-1/4″ strip of Designer Series Paper to wrap around holder. You can also use a 1-1/2″ or 2″ strip. I used the Pawsitively Prints II Designer Series Paper.


For the center image I stamped two flowers from the new Hello Blossoms from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini. I used my Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz Markers.


Using the Wide Oval Punch, I punched the flowers out.


In the center of each flower I punched out a Tempting Turquoise circle and glued it with Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue. The blue really pops off the red and matches the napkins I’ve had forever in a kitchen drawer.


Have fun making these for all your family gatherings!



Siggy 2


Halloween Handouts…

This pencil box template is not mine but the design is. the template and measurement handout will be available at my next workshop on Friday, October 23. These can also be filled with Pixie Stixs.



Below are crayon boxes I design by  reconfiguring the measurements of the pencil box to fit crayons. These would make really great favors, Halloween hand outs, birthday, Valentine’s Day or Easter gifts. 

For those little four crayon boxes the measurements are as follows:

Cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece of Card Stock. You get ten of these per 12″ x 12″ sheet of car d stock. 

Score at  3/8″ up the long sides.

Score up the 2-1/4″ side at 1-1/2″, 1-7/8″ and 3-3/4″.

I didn’t make a sample of this box.

Here is a picture and directions for an six crayon box:

DSC_0055 I cut a 3″ x 6″ piece  of Melon Mambo Card Stock. If you use a 12″ x 12″ piece you will get 8 per sheet.

I then scored up the long sides at 3/8″ and along the 3″ side at 1-/1/2″, 1-7/8″ and 3-3/4″.

I stamped in Melon Mambo Ink the little quail/bird from  the Happy Together Stamp Set on Whisper white Card Stock

Using my 1″ Circle Punch I punched out the bird image. I punched other circles using the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch  on Melon Mambo Card Stock and 1-3/8″ Circle Punch on Whisper White Card Stock. On Bermuda Bay Card Stock I punched a  Scallop Circle.

I layered all the punched circles onto the scallop circle. I finished by wrapping a piece of  Bermuda Bay Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and adhering the layered scallop circle on top of the ribbon. 

Here is a picture and directions to the eight crayon box:

For this eight crayon box I cut a 3-1/2″ x 6″ piece of Pretty in Pink Card Stock

Again I scored up the 6″ sides at 3/8″ and along the 3-1/2″ side at 1-1/2″, 1-7/8″ and 3-3/4″.

I stamped birthday bliss in Basic Black Ink from the Birthday Bliss Stamp Set and punched it out with the Designer Label Punch. Behind it I punched out a Scallop Circle in Melon Mambo Card Stock. I wrapped a piece of Green Galore Card Stock around the bottom of the box and on top of that I wrapped a piece of Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. I adhered the birthday bliss greeting on the scalloped circle and placed a Green Galore Brad on the top.


Here are the crayon box templates. I’m sorry this is a little light but if you click on the image it will enlarge the template. I will hand out dark copies at my workshop. For those of you who do not live local and would like a copy just e-mailme.DSC_0071 

Again thanks for stopping by and keep visiting as I have much to post.


HUGS & Stamps,








Pony Party for Samantha….

This is my niece Samantha who turned 9 on July 27th. 


Below is the card I made for Sami using the Pony Party Stamp Set.

I cut Stampin’ Up’s new In-Color Bermuda Bay  Card Stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. I then scored the 8 1/2″ side in half.  I cut the Melon Mambo Card Stock, another In-Color, to 4 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. On a 4″ x 2 3/4″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the pony from the Pony Part Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink. I masked the pony by stamping another pony image on a plain white sheet of paper, cut it out and overlayed it over the pony on the Whisper White Card Stock. I then stamped the wings in Basic Black Ink and lifted the mask. Using my  Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils I colored in the pony and mane. I cut a 4″ x 2 3/4″  strip of Bermuda Bay Card Stock and scalloped along one the 4″ edge using the Scallop Edge Punch. I stamped “Celebrate” from the All Year Cheer I Stamp Set (retired) in Versa Mark, sprinkled White Embossing Powder over it and heated it using a Heat Gun. I put the card together by layering the Bermuda Bay scalloped strip to the top of the Whisper White Card Stock  and then the Whisper White onto the Melon Mambo piece of card stock. I wrapped a piece of Polka Melon Mambo Ribbon around the bottom then attached all to the Bermuda Bay. What girl, woman doesn’t like glitz? So, using my Two-Way Glue Stick and Dazzling Diamonds that’s exactly what I did-added glitz!

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