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Santa’s Sleigh: Framed Art


This is an exquisite gift to make for some people on your Christmas list or to use as a hostess gift or party favor.  You stil have time to put these together, provided you have the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits and a frame from your local craft or dollar store.



Sweet Sugarplum 5″ x 7″

Whisper White 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

Pool Party 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″

Using the BIG Shot and the Santa’s Sleigh Thinkits:

Cut the Tree from Pink Glitter Paper 5″ x 3″

Cut the Sleigh from White Glitter Paper 5″ x 4″ and Silver Metallic 5″ x 3″

Cut the Deer from Playful Palette 4″ x 4″

Cut the Deer Bow from White Glitter Paper 1″ x 1″



When all the parts are cut, run the piece of Pool Party through the BIG Shot with the  Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

Adhere all the layers together and glue the sleigh, tree and deer as shown. Cut a 1-1/2″ piece of thick Bakers Twine to use as the deer reins.

Use a Basic Rhinestone for the deer’s eye.

The colors used for this project scream Winter and aren’t the typical red and green that are usually used. I love the Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White and Pool Party are really beautiful together, Don’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by.  I have a lot to share with you in the new year. Lots of ideas swirling around in my head, so keep your fingers crossed that I can get them out of my head and turn them into projects. See you soon.






Easel Card Votive

I know this is my 3rd votive project, but these are so simple to make and battery operated candles can still be found in your local craft stores. This is an Easel Card Votive.  Again very easy to make, because we are truly down to the wire now.

Easel Votive Card Not Lite


Here’s the “How To”:


1. Cut a 10-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Lost Lagoon Card Stock


2. Along the 10-1/2″ side score it at 3-1/2″  and 7″


3. Cut two different All is Calm Designer Series Paper sheets at 3-1/4″ x 4″.


Easel Votive Card Spread 1


4. Adhere one of the Designer Series Papers to the front panel.


5. Line up the tallest house from the Homemade Holiday Framelit dies and

run it through the BIG Shot


6. Stamp right on the Designer Series Paper with the White Christmas tree stamp and Basic Black Ink. Place the stamp so the two trees fall to the left hand side.


7. Cut a 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ strip of Whisper White Card Stock. On this piece stamp the tree image again making sure that once you cut along the hill the bottom of the tree trunks line up.


8. Cut the Whisper White along the snow covered hill and adhere it to the front of the card.


9. Stamp the snowman on a scrap piece of Whisper White, cut him out and adhere him on the hill.


10. On a 3″ x 2″ piece of Vellium Card Stock, stamp the tall house from the Holiday Home Stamp Set in VersaMark.


Inside Votive Card Spread 2


11, Sprinkle White Embossing Powder and heat with a Heat Tool until melted.


12. Adhere the piece of Vellium on the inside of the front panel so that the image lines up with the cut out shape.


13. Withe the card still opened as shown, adhere the other piece of All is Calm DSP to the right hand panel.

 Easel Votive Card Side View

14. Place a button on the bottom panel to use as a stop for the Easel Card when opened.


15. Place a battery operated candle inside and there you have it!

Easel Votive Card Lite


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Curvy Keepsake Box: Votive

Here’s a very nice and easy votive to make just in the “Nick” of time for Christmas. With the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die,  Vellium Card Stock and a battery Votive Candle you’ll have that perfect hostess gift or Christmas favor to adorn your festive Christmas dinner table.

Curvy Box Votive 2

This votive is so easy to make, it doesn’t really need directions, but here goes anyway.


1. Take a piece of Vellium Card Stock and cut it in half from corner to corner, so you have two triangular pieces.


2. Place the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlit Die in the corner and run it through the BIG Shot, Repeat this for the other piece of Vellium.


3. Once you have your two pieces of the curvy box cut, stamp it up in VersaMark and sprinkle it with White Embossing Powder and heat it with a Heat Tool until the Embossing Powder is melted. I used a snowflake/star from the Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set.

Curvy Box Votive


4. Put the box together by adhering the bottoms.


5. Place a battery operated votive candle inside, curve the four sides up and you’re done!


These can be stamped with any image and embossed in any color.





You still have time to make all the projects I’ll be posting this week, so get to it!!


Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Snow Much Fun Homespun…

Snow Much Fun Header

I have to truly say I’m loving this Stampin’ Up! Snow Much Fun stamp set. Last week I featured the tall snowman on a card and today I’m using the “Portly” snowman to create a country homespun feel. Just by changing colors you can create a totally different feeling to your projects. Keep that in mind and with the economy the way it is, it’s nice to know that one stamp set will go a long way.

Snow Much Fun Homespun Card
Card Stock Sizes:

Cherry Cobbler    5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Scored at 4-1/4″

Crumb Cake         5″ x 3-3/4″

Very Vanilla        4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″

Snow Much Fun Homespun Detail


On the Very Vanilla stamp the “Portly” snowman in Early Espresso Ink. Stamp him a bit to the left side of the card.


Color the snowman in with Watercolor Markers.


Stamp the snowman’s boots on a piece of Designer Series Paper, cut them out and with Tombow Glue adhere them.


On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla stamp the snowball and bird, color this image and cut it out.


On the background of the Very Vanilla, take a Crumb Cake Marker and make snowflakes by making a cross the

m an “x”. On the bottom of the Very Vanilla add a few snow hills.

Snow Much Fun Detail


Add Dazzling Details to the snowman’s hat brim and to the snow hills. Place it aside to dry.





On a scrap piece of  Cherry Cobbler stamp, “Merry Christmas” from the Petite Pairs stamp set in VersaMark. Sprinkle the “Merry Christmas” with White Embossing Powder and heat with a Heat Tool. Cut out with the Large Oval Punch.


Adhere the Very Vanilla stamped card stock to the Crumb Cake. On the left hand side wrap a piece of Cherry Cobbler Ribbon and use Glue Dots to hold it down. Around the ribbon tie a simple square knot and trim the ends.


Adhere  all your layers together.


With a Dimensional, place the cut out snowball in the snowman’s hand. Breast Cancer Ribbon Button


Isn’t this card adorable and, “Snow Much Fun?”


To order,  “SNOW MUCH FUN” stamp set

Siggy 2


Snow Much Fun Happy Winter Card…

I adore this “Snow Much Fun”  stamp set! On World Card Making Day we made two cards from this stamp set. One was made with this long snowman with a cool winter feel and the other was made using the shorter portly snowman with a homespun feel.

Snow Much Fun Card


Stamps:            Snow Much Fun, Happy Winter (retired)


Card Stock:    Real Red 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Lucky Limeade 3-3/4″ x 5″

Bashful Blue 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″

Whisper White 3-1/2″ x 2″


Ink:                     Black Stazon


Other:               1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 3/16″ Circle Punch. Water Color Pencils & Markers, 1’4″ Real Red Grosgrain




1.    Cut card stock as indicated.


2.    Tear the 3-1/2″ x 2″ piece of Whisper White to make the snow and adhere it to the Bashful Blue piece.


3.    Adhere the Bashful Blue layer on to the Lucky Limeade piece.


4.    Knot and wrap the piece of Real Red Ribbon around both layers with Glue Dots.


5.    Adhere the Lucky Limeade to the Real Red card base.


6.    On a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, stamp the snowman and snowball images from the Snow Much Fun stamp set in Black Stazon Ink. Color the images with Water Color Pencils and cut the images out


7.    On another scrap of Whisper White card stock, stamp the, “Happy Winter” message in Black Stazon Ink, color in the text and punch out the text with a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.


8.    Punch out some 3/16″ Circles for snowflakes.


9.    Put the card together as shown and then add some Dazzling Details Glitter to the snowflakes and snow slope.

Tip Button


I had the class stamp with Black Stazon, because sometime when you color in your stamped image you might want to use a combination of Water-Color Pencils and Markers. If you decide to use the Water-Color Pencils with an Aqua Painter or Markers the ink won’t smear if you’ve used Stazon Ink.


See you next time!

Breast Cancer Ribbon Button

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Etched Snowflake Jar…

Hello, Lakeside Stampers and Crafters!


In my Friday Night Gift Making Class we had a great time, if I do say so myself, making gifts to give for Christmas. One gift we made was an etched glass plate which can be used for cookies and such. The class had the option of what kind of a design they wanted to etch on their plates. I’ll post dome photos of these in another post. Today’s post I choose to show you how to etch a glass jar which can be used for candy or hot chocolate mix. These jars can be hand-washed and should stay very nice for many years to come, because, the glass is actually etched.



First, you need to hand punch an image from a Stampin’ Up! Adhesive Sheets (120805) found in the Holiday Mini Catalog. I chose the Snowflake Punch (119852) for this particular jar. Save the positive piece for future use and the negative piece DSC_0167 with the opening, peel and stick it onto the glass. It’s quite sticky so try to place it where it’s going to stay. Along the edges pat down making sure it’s stuck well.


Now, while I’m an all exclusive Stampin’ Up! blog, I do have to send you to your local craft store to purchase etching cream. All the crafts stores carry it. Once you have it you’ll want to work by an opened window and sink.


Sponge or brush on the cream on the inside opening of the cutout image. Take care not to pull up any of the Adhesive Sheet or cream will get underneath the design and your image will not look like your image at all. I know becasue when I first did this, while my snowflake looked like a snowflake, some of the detail was lost. I use a wooden chop-stick to apply the cream and I pat it on rather then sponge or brush it.


DSC_0263 When the cream has been on for about 5 minutes, put on a pair of gloves, rinse off the cream and peel off the Adhesive Sheet. The image won’t show up as much when the glass is wet so don’t fret. Once dried your image will be beautifully etched in the glass. I do have to warn you this is addicting and you’ll want to etch more and more. I know I do.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2






Winter Quilt Part Two…

I hope your weather was a beautiful as ours here on the East Coast. It really was the perfect Autumnal weekend! As promised here is part two of the Winter Quilt.




BLOCK 4:                                                                                              

Stamp Set: Sweet Snow Globe DSC_0187

Card Stock: Whisper White-2-1/4″ x 3″, Bashful Blue-2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

Ink:  Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red Marker, Old Olive Marker, Baja Breeze

Frillies:  Fine Blue Glitter, 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch

On the piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the snow globe from the Snow Globe Stamp Set in Brilliant Blue Ink.

Clean the stamp and on another piece of Whisper White stamp the snow globe again only this time use the Real Red Marker for the house, the Old Olive Marker for the trees and the Baja Breeze Marker for the snowflakes. Then with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch, punch out the scene of the snowglobe and adhere it over the first stamped one.

Layer everything as shown adding Fine Blue Glitter to the globe and four Photo Corners in each corner.


BLOCK 5:                                                                                                 

DSC_0256 Stamp Set: Take A Seat, Season Of Friendship

Card Stock; Whisper White-2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″, Pink Pirouette-2/3/4″ x 2-3/4″

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red

Frillies: Dazzling Diamonds, 2-Way Glue

On the piece of Whisper White stamp the bench image in Basic Black. On a scrap piece of Whisper White stamp two bird images from the Season of Friendship Stamp Set in Real Red Ink, cut them out and adhere them to the bench. Add berries with a Real Red Marker. Layer as shown and add Dazzling Diamonds with the 2-Way Glue.


BLOCK 6:                                                                                     



Stamp Set: Lovely As A Tree

Card Stock: Whisper White-4-1/2″ x 2-1/4″, Basic Grey-5″ x 2-3/4″

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Frillies: Fine Galaxy Glitter, 2-Way Glue, Watercolor Pencils

On the Whisper White stamp the tree images from the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip and layer it onto the Basic Grey Card Stock. Color in the Winter sky with Watercolor Pencils and with the 2Way Glue add the Silver Galaxy Glitter.


If I can answer any questions you might have on making this project or would like to place an order for Stampin’ Up! product used email me at 


Thanks for stopping by!


Stampin’ Hugs,






Red Cardinal in the Snow…

This actually was our Christmas Card last year. Talk about a late post!  But this is the first day of the “Twelve Days of Holiday Cards & Projects” hence the first Holiday card. When ever I make Christmas/Holiday cards I try to make them into ornaments. If I’m spending this much time hand making a card I really don’t want people tossing them out after the holiday season has passed.



Season of Friendship


Versa Mark


Garden Green Card Stock

Whisper White Card Stock


White, Red  & Gold Embossing Powder

Big Shot “Top Note” Die

Dazzling Diamonds

Gold Elastic Cording

Rhinestone & Star embellishments

Here’s what I did:

Using The Big Shot and the Top Note Die I cut one die out of Whisper White  and one out of Garden Green Card Stock. I then tore the bottom of the Whisper White Top Note for the snow and adhered it to the Garden Green. I stamped the tree from the Season of Friendship Stamp Set in Versa Mark  and embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder and a Heat Gun. I then stamped again, in Versa Mark, the snowflake from the same stamp set  randomly on the tree branches. I embossed the snowflakes using White Embossing Powder. The bird was stamped in Real Red Ink to resemble a cardinal in the snow. With the Two-Way Glue Stick I added Dazzling Diamonds to the tree branches and Whisper White Card Stock to resemble snow. In the middle of some of the snowflakes I placed rhinestones. On top of the tree I added a red star I had and added a Gold Elastic Loop for hanging.

See you tomorrow!

HUGS & Stamps,





January Calendar: Dreamy Skaters…

 This is a class I offered in January and I’m just getting around to posting it. Back in January when all calendars were on sale, I purchased some with this stamping project in mind. I had the hangers and decided to use them on this continuing calendar class. Every month we make the nexy two month’s calendars. Each calendar shares one sheet of card stock; one month appears on the front and another month appears on the back.  Here’s January’s calendar.

January 2009


Stamp Sets:           To You and Yours

                                 Party Hearty (New Year’s Day Hat)

                                 Season of Friendship (Snowflake)

                                 Winter Post

Ink:                         Baja Breeze

                                 Chocolate Chip

                                 Versa Mark

Paper                      Whisper White (8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″) and  (7″ x 2-1/4″)

                                 Baja Breeze (7″ x 2-1/4″)

                                 Chocolate Chip (8″ x 8″)

Accessories:          White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dazzling Diamonds, Photo Corner Punch



Depending on the size of the calendar you are using you need to cut all your papers accordingly . I my case I trimmed my calendar  to 5″ x 7″ and planned all my layers around that measurement. Since I was hanging my calendar pages on a hanger, I wasn’t constricted to a frame size.


I stamped the house and snowflakes in VersaMark, covered them with white embossing powder and heated them.


Then I tore the strip of Whisper White to resemble a snow covered hill.


I adhered the Whisper White to the Baja Breeze.


Using the Two Way Glue I dabbed streaks on the hill and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.


After stamping the skaters on a scrap piece of Whisper White I cut them out and I placed them on the hill using Dimensionals.

I then stamped the deer  directly onto the hill.


I Photo cut two corners out of Baja Breeze and assembled the calendar as shown.



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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