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Gifts From the Garden: Wall~Hanging

  • This was a project we made at my last workshop. . Again, Spring was on everyone’s mind and  new sprouting gardens. This wall-hanging would be a nice decor to any wall. What a thoughtful and pleasing gift this would make too. Once the component pieces were stamped they were then matted and adhered to this canvas panel. These panels can be found in any local craft store. They come in bundles of six for a very small price. 

Stamp all the components on Whisper White Cardstock in the following inks:

WATERING CAN~ 2″ x 2″ Stamp in VersaMark then heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder    Basic Gray Mat is 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

WELLIES~ 2″ x 2″  Sweet Sugarplum Ink         Sweet Sugarplum Mat 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″

GARDEN GLOVES~1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ Marina Mist Ink   Marina Mist Mat 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″

GARDEN SAYING~2-1/2″ x 1″ Pear Pizzazz Ink       Pear Pizzazz Mat 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″

FLOWER POTS~ 3″ x 2″ Pear Pizzazz Ink and another in Calypso Coral Ink Cut out the Calypso Coral pots and glue them on to the Pear Pizzazz ones.  Calypso Coral Mat 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″

GARDEN SPADE~1″ x 2-1/4″ VersaMark, then Silver Embossing Powder.  Basic Gray Mat 1-1/4″ x 2-1/2″

Adhere all the stamped garden components with Tear and Tape which works like a charm! Add a pretty ribbon hanger by stapling it on the back.

Embrace the day and it was great of you to stop by!




Work of Art: Watermelon Card

Watermelon Card Header 2I LOVE this Work of Art stamp set. I’ve seen it used in so many ways and each time it’s brillant and exciting to see. For this card I used it for a fun watermelon card and the anticipation of Summer! Who doesn’t like watermelon or Summer?

Watermelon Card wm



  1.  Cut an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Watermelon Wonder and score it at 4-1/4″
  2.  Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White and 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″
  3.  Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Designer Series Paper




    1. On the smaller Whisper White piece, stamp the curve from the Work of Art stamp set in Strawberry Wonder Ink.
    2. Clean the stamp and stamp it along the bottom of the watermelon using Always Artichoke Ink.
    3. Stamp the heart stamp in Watermelon Wonder randomly all over the layer background.



  1. Punch out the smallest flower using the Blossom Bunch Flower Punch out of Basic Black card stock. Cut the flower petals up and use them for the watermelon seeds.
  2. Before adhering the card stock layers together tie a piece of Always Artichoke ribbon around the top layer. Tie a pretty bow as well.

These would be great to use for invitations to a Summer birthday party or Summer BBQ.

Lake what you love and love what you make!

Embrace the day,





Celebrate Summer Watermelon Card

Watermelon Card Header 2

I know what you’re thinking, “Celebrate Summer?” Yes, summer may be over by calendar standards, but Mother Nature has a mind of her own and here in New York it’s still pretty HOT! I have to admit I began writing this blog post when I was on vacation with, “Beach Brain,” and apparently my keyboard for my IPad had the same disease.  It just didn’t want to work where we were. I can’t say I blame it!


I have to tell you-I had so much fun creating this card using the Stampin’ Up! Work Of Art stamp set  I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Because this stamp set is so versatile I find myself with lots and lots of  ideas for using it.

Watermelon Card wm

How I made this card:

I started with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base of Strawberry Slush scored at 4-1/4″


The next layer was cut at 5-1/4″ x 4″ of Whisper White


Then a 5″ x 3-3/4″ layer of In-Colors Designer Series Paper was cut. I chose the Mossy Meadow pattern


And, for the top layer I cut a 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ layer of Whisper White.


On this layer I stamped the brush stroke from the Work of Art Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow on the bottom as the watermelon rind. Above that I stamped two more brush strokes in Strawberry Slush for the yummy watermelon. For an added background I stamped the heart image from the same stamp set in Strawberry Slush as well. I didn’t plan it this way. I smudged ink on the background from my hand and this worked as a cover-up for the smudge. This is one accident I think works well.


With the Bird Builder Punch I punched the leaf and cut each leaf to use for the watermelon seeds. For these I used Basic Black card stock.


For the “Celebrate Summer” greeting I used two different stamp sets with Basic Black Ink. The celebrate is from the Stampin’ Up! Good Greetings and Summer from the Day to Day set. I really like to combine stamp sets for card greetings to add a little visual interest.


I layered the card as shown wrapping a piece of Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon up the left hand side of the card.


I look forward to sharing more card and project ideas using this Work of Art Stamp Set.


Make sure to stop by frequently. I have a lot made to share with you. And, if you don’t receive my newsletter and would like to, simply go to my sidebar and sign up.  It’s FREE and you’ll sign-up just in time for my September Newsletter, which by the way is almost done.


Remember to eat, sleep and create. Creating is a great escape. Almost as good as the beach…


Summer’s end Hugs to you all,
Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator







Mixed Media: Fabric Owl Canvas

Hi, Friends!

Today I’d like to share with you a Fabric Owl Canvas Project I created. I purchased four of these small 6″ x 6″ canvas’ on sale at my local craft store. I decided to use the canvas’ for a series of owl mix media pieces. Look to the future for three more in the series. 

Stampin' Up! Fabric Project, Canvas Owl

Stampin' Up! Ink Pads: Canvas

I started this Owl Canvas by applying different ink colors to the canvas. I used my ink refills and Stampin Up! Ink Pads along with  Sponge Daubers. I love to just dab freely and from the look of my work space, I love making a mess!


I made a smaller pattern from my owl pillow to trace for this canvas owl. I placed Double sided Adhesive Sheets on the back of Stampin’ Up! Fabric, traced the pattern on to it, cut it out, peeled back the adhesive paper backing and burnished the Fabric Owl down on to the canvas with my Bone Folder.  Once the owl was adhered to the canvas I added his eyes with some Stampin’ Up! retired Felt Flowers and two layers of buttons. Adorable!

Stampin' Up! Fabric Project, Fabric Owl

To achieve a mixed media look, you simply build up different layers of Ink, Rub-On’s, Fabric, Buttons and even Stamped Images! there’s no wrong with this project. You just have to keep in mind that images don’t compete and there is a nice balance between all of your elements, including color and line weight. Here are some close- up’s of the canvas.

Stampin' Up! Fabric, Mixed Media Canvas Owl

Stampin' Up! Fabric, Mixed Media Canvas Owl










When you’re happy with your design, give the canvas a quick spray with a sealer or brush on some decoupage medium.  Make sure to check out Stampin’ Up! Fabrics Here


I hope you’ve been inspired!


Many of my Stampin’ Up! supplies got more ruined then I first expected from the fire. I’m going to try, in the next week or so to get back to creating more projects to post on my blog. It’s very difficult since I have no real workspace or focus, but I’m going to try. I owe all of you at least that. I miss blogging, holding workshops and seeing all of you. Again, THANK YOU for all your emails. 



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


If you want a shiny, glossy finish to your canvas, simply use some Crystal Effects. To achieve this, spread an even coat of, Crystal Effects over the canvas. With a brush or sponge brush spread the Crystal Effects all over your masterpiece. Take care to brush out any air bubbles. You can use more then one layer of Crystal Effects, just make sure each layer dries before applying another coat,


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.

Under the Big Top 2011 1
Under the BIG Top Circus Collection…


4th of July: Kraft Paper Heart Flag…

I can’t begin to tell you that ever since I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I wanted to find a way to re-use the kraft packing paper that my Stampin’ Up! orders are packed in. I must have enough of this kraft  paper to circle the globe at least twice! And, while I didn’t obsess over finding a re-use, I did think of a project I made years ago in my shop. These heart flags flew off the shelves. You can make a batch for your July 4th celebration and the cost is barely nothing. So, next time you receive an order from Stampin’ Up!, with that beautiful kraft packing paper, save it and re-use it!

Finished Kraft Heart

Kraft Packing Paper

Here’s what I started with; a bundle of the Kraft Paper. Does it look familiar?

Heart Template

The first thing I did was to flatten out the kraft paper. I don’t mind the wrinkles, because it adds to the charm. Then I took a handy-dandy file folder, my favorite for making templates and patterns, and on the folder I drew a heart and cut it out. When you draw your heart try to make it wide and short, because it’s better for stuffing.

Front & Bacl of Heart

I traced the heart pattern on folded kraft paper. I did this, because you need a heart front and a heart back, the kraft paper is also easier to cut out two layers at a time and the front and back will match up this way as well.

Sponging Heart

Before you begin this next step,  take a Post-It Note and block out the corner of the heart flag where the stars are. Then sponge Real Red Ink, or any red ink you choose to use, all over the heart. I always cut all my Stampin’ Up! Sponges into fourth’s as shown.  When the red ink dries, sponge Not Quite Navy Ink in the corner where you had the Post-It.

Dotted Scallop Border Stripe

I then punched out strips of Whisper White with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch to use as the stripes. Strips=Stripes-get it?. I also punched out Whisper White stars with Stampin’ Up! retired Small Star Punch. I carefully glued the stars and stripes on with Tombow Multi Purpose Glue. Don’t worry if the some of the stars and stripes hang over the edge, you can trim those when everything dries.

Gluing Front & Back of Kraft Heart

I glued up the edges as shown, being careful to leave an opening as this heart flag will be stuffed.

Stuffing the Kraft Heart

Once the glue along the edges was dried and the front and back of the heart flag attached, I tore up more of the kraft packing paper into strips and used them to stuff the heart flag. Just stuff it enough to take a nice shape.

Kraft Heart Detail

After stuffing, I glued the opening. Before closing up the heart flag, I attached a piece of Not Quite Navy Grosgrain Ribbon for a hanger

I hope you have fun with this project, even the kids can do! If you have any questions or need the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch you can ORDER IT HERE. We’re also in the countdown for the Last Chance List items. Be sure to place an on-line order soon, because once they’re gone they’re gone!

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


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


Sweet Summer Gift Card Boxed Set…

Happy Spring Stampers and  Paper Artists!


Spring? Here in the Northeast we have snow on the ground, yet again. Luckily I was able to hold my Stamp-A-Stack Saturday and that’s what’s keeping me smiling today. We had a fun day on Saturday and make so many cards. Everyone who attended came with their husbands, brothers and  boyfriends. The guys hung out with my husband John at my daughter Megan’s house and then they joined us for dinner after the class. It was very nice and I’m grateful to everyone who attended. Over the next week I’ll share with you the many cards we made.


The first share is this set of Sweet Summer Boxed Gift Cards. When I first got this FREE Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set I thought it was nice, but now I adore it! It’s very versatile with all it’s small images which allows you to mix and match them in a variety of ways. After you stamp the images you then get to color them in any way you want. Here’s what I came up with for this set.

Sweet Summer Boxed Set 1

I had these boxes from a shop I owned years ago. Since I had them I thought how cute would it be to use and fill them with 3″ x 3″ gift cards? And, that’s exactly what I did. We made two of each of three designs.

Sweet Summer & Baja Breeze


For the first design, cut a 3″ x 6″ piece of Baja Breeze Card Stock and score it at 3″.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White  stamp the swirly branch motif and bird in Basic Black Ink, color it in and punch it out with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Adhere the scallop circle onto the Baja Breeze Card. With the Trio Flower Punch (retired) punch out Daffodil Delight flowers. With Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue glue down the flower and in the flower center add a Basic Pearl.

Sweet Summer & Peach Parfait


For the next card repeat the directions above, using Peach Parfait Card Stock. On a piece of Daffodil Delight stamp the flower shown in Basic Black Ink, cut it out, and with a Dimensional adhere it. On the flower tip add a Basic Pearl.



Sweet Summer & Daffodil Yellow



Again, repeat the general directions using Daffodil Delight Card Stock. Stamp the stem and leaf, the hydrangea shaped flower and butterfly on Whisper White. Punch out a flower with the Trio Punch, glue it down and in the flower center add a Basic Pearl.


Along with the box Stampin’ Up!  Mini Square Envelopes were included in the class fee and fit perfectly inside the clear box. These make wonderful gifts themselves or  just to have on hand to use as gift cards on all your wrapped presents.


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







As an added bonus just for laughs, here are pictures of John and Paul after a hard day of card-making!

John Paul


A Glorious Gardener’s Garden Apron…


Good Morning Lakeside Stampers! 

If you know any one who gardens this would be the ideal card to make for them. This like so many of the other cards at my “Garden Workshop” was great fun.


I cut a piece of  5-1/2″x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ (apron), a piece of 4″ x 3-3/4″ (pocket) out of Garden Green Card Stock and a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Pretty-in-Pink Card Stock. I traced the apron template on both Garden Green and Pretty-in-Pink and cut out the arm part. I stamped the flower images from the Little Flowers Stamp Set (retired) in Pretty-in-Pink Ink. For the pocket I scored it at 1/2″ for the top flap. I cut three pieces of 1-1/8″ x 1″ from  Old Olive Designer Series Paper. Using my Corner Rounder Punch I rounded one bottom corner on two of the decorative pocket squares as well as two corners on the pocket. The next thing I did was with my Crop-A-Dile I punched four small holes, secured four green eyelets and threaded Pretty-in-Pink Grosgrain Ribbon as shown.

DSC_0516 Initially all the tools were cut using another die cutting machine other then the Big Shot but, I traced these die images off, made a template for the class and printed it on card stock so all they have to do it cut it out and use it to trace around in the future. The glove I made myself and the seed packet was computer generated. Here is the template for you to print out. I don’t know what scale it will print out in so I’ve included dimensions.




For the center Flower I used my Trio Flower Punch and punched out the largest flower in Garden Green. the smaller Pumpkin Pie Flower is From the Flower Fusion Set which I secured with a green brad. I adhered it with a Dimensional.


 I then put it all together as the top photograph shows. Voila-Done!

Thanks for looking.

Stampin’ Hugs, 









STAMP SET: Little Flowers (retired)


INK: Pretty-in-Pink (101301),

PAPER: Pretty-in-Pink (100459). Garden Green (102272), Old Olive Designer Series Paper (112160)

FINISHING FRILLS: Pretty-in-Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (107032), Felt Flower Fusion (110720)

TOOLS: Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Crop-A-Dile (108362), Flower Trio Punch (108183)



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