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Tool Tip Tuesday: Un-Sticking the Simply Scored Stylus

Hi, Stampers!


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This week’s tool tip is a problem I’ve had from time to time with the Stampin’Up! Scoring Stylus. Have you ever had trouble with your Stylus not sliding smoothly across the card stock? Well, I have! To fix this little dilemma, I keep a piece of wax paper nearby.


Wax Paper StylusAll you need to do, is rub the tip of the Stylus with the wax paper before you use it with your Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate and the Simply Scored Borders. You don’t need to do this every time you’re scoring, just when the Stylus isn’t cooperating.  Now that Stampin’Up! has added these new scoring products this tip will truly come in handy.


Just trying to help you make your crafting the best it can be!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Tool Tip Tuesday: Rounded Corners

Tool Tip Rounded Corners



Do you want to round a corner on your project but don’t have a corner rounder punch? Here’s an easy solution!



Rounded Corners with a Circle Punch

For rounded corners I use the 1/2″ or the 3/4″ circle punches.


To do this, Turn your punch up side down and just insert the corner of your paper or card stock you want rounded into the opening as shown in photo and punch. It’s that easy!


Hope this helps you!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 ½” Circle Punch (119869) and the ¾” Circle Punch (119873)


Tool Tip Tuesday: Cleaning Gunky Scissors

Hi, there!


Today’s tool tip is an easy remedy for cleaning gunky scissors. And, in case you’re wondering if “Gunky” is a word, it indeed is. Gunky is an adjective of the word, “Gunk” and is filthy, sticky, or greasy matter. Other related words are crud, dirt, grime, filth, muck, smut, soil. Just thought you’d want to know!


Tool Tip Cleanning gunky scissorsWell, what do you do if your scissors have gunk on them? 


One easy solution I have found that works great is a simple alcohol swab.  Buy a box and keep them with your crafting supplies for easy clean up, of not only scissors, but work surfaces and fingers as well. Use the swab along the blade of the scissors, being careful not to cut yourself. Simply rub the swab back and forth of each blade.


Works every time! Just trying to help you with little tips to make your crafting life better…


Happy Mardi Gras Hugs,

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Tool Tip Tuesday: Taming Unruly Ribbon

Here’s a simple tip for taming all that unruly ribbon.  This tip won’t cost you a cent and works very well.


All you need to do is make a slit on the cardboard disc the ribbon is wound in.

Tool Tip RibbonTool Tip Ribbon

I make a slit  with my Paper Snips and slip the ribbon end through the slit. (Say that three times fast)   This works every time! It doesn’t matter where the end of your ribbon is, because the cardboard disc rotates around. Just move the slit where needed. Nothing could be easier!


Just helping you get organized!

Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Technique Tid-Bit Tuesday: Hand Stamped Candles…

Hello Stampers!


Today’s Technique Tid-Bit is how to hand stamp candles. For this project inexpensive candle work well. Decorating a candle, using tissue paper, is a very popular method. Not only do the candles look beautiful, this method is easy to do

Autumn Splendor Wrapped & Stamped Candle

You will need a candle, white tissue paper, stamps and ink pads, waxed paper, glitter brads and heat tool.


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Use a hard, brittle candle, meaning an inexpensive candle, from a dollar store or such. If the candle is made from soft wax  it will melt too fast and too much.


Here’s what to do:


1.    Stamp your desired images on to the tissue paper. For this example I chose the Autumn Splendor Stamp Set. I have stamped several leaf images in Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango and More Mustard. The acorn image I stamped in Chocolate Chip.


2.    Cut out each image out, close, but not exact. You won’t see the edge of the tissue paper once you melt it to the candle.


3.    With Dotto, roll a small amount on the back of each image and place the images where you want them on the candle. The dotto isn’t meant to adhere the images permanently, it’s used to give you the opportunity to place your images where you want them.


4.    Cut a piece of Waxed Paper long enough to wrap around the candle and to give you a rolled handle to hold on to. Wrap the waxed paper tightly around the candle, so it secures the stamped images in place.


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When you wrap the waxed paper, make sure the waxed paper’s waxed side is to the image. Think of it as a waxed sandwich; candle, image waxed paper. If you’re not sure whether you can manage to hold the full length of tissue paper around the candle and to heat all at once, then heat your stamped images individually. 


5.    Heat gently with Heat Tool – keep moving the heat around, do not concentrate too long on the one area.  You will see the image change colour, this is when it is ready.


6.    Carefully remove waxed paper. The image will be melted on to your candle with no tissue paper edges showing.

Autumn Splendor Stamped Candle & Tile



Now you can decorate the candle further if you wish.  Here I  used some  of Stampin’ Up!’s Glitter Brads. I just pushed the prongs of the brads into the candle.



I also stamped a tile for the candle to sit on,




To finish off the candle I packaged it in a cellophane bag which was topped off with a Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon Bow and a Gold Embossed cut out leaf.


By the way, my candles sold out in five minutes and I wish I had made more. If you’re doing a craft fair these are a great product to make to

sell or give as a gift.

Autumn Splendor Stamped Candle 1

Click to order Autumn Splendor

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2



Technique Week, Thursday: Resist Stamping…

Technique Week, Day 4


Resist Stamping is a simple technique, which allows any stamped image to show through when color is applied over the stamped image.

Resist Technique


To achieve this look:


Stamp an image on Glossy card stock in VersaMark.


Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the image and heat the image with a Heat Tool until the powder completely melts.


Use Sponge Daubers and various ink pad colors to apply color over the stamped image. A Brayer can be used as well. When using several colors I prefer the Sponge Daubers. Experiment.


Wipe off excess ink from the image with a tissue.


Colors used in this tutorial: Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and VersMark 

Stamp set used: Fabulous Florets

Paper used: Glossy White Card Stock

Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Daubers


Tip Button Instead of using stamped images, draw your own design with a VersaMark Marker. Then use a Brayer or Sponge Daubers to add color.

Brayer or dab on color before you heat emboss and these colors will show through the subsequent layer of color.


Siggy 2


Tool Tip Tuesday: Spiral Bound Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog…


Hi, Lakeside Stamper Readers!


Today’s tool tip is one I’ve used on my quilting books to enable easier tracing of the quilt patterns. I always Spiral Bound Idea Book & Catalog had my quilt books spiral bound, so I could open them   Tip Button completely flat. Well, today I took a ride with John to our local office supply store with two of my 2011-12  Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalogs in hand. I had them both spiral bound, as well the covers laminated.


I’m so happy I had it done, because I can now write my blog posts and not fight trying to hold the catalog down while typing. Now, the catalog can open completely flat as shown here:
Idea Book & Catalog Two Page opened Flat


Idea Book & Catalog Folded Back Flat






I can also use the catalog easier when designing cards and projects.


Thanks for reading and stopping by. I highly recommend you doing the same to your new Stampin’ Up! 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalog. The cost is about $5.00. You’ll love to sit with your cup of coffee or tea at the kitchen table/counter with both hands free.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Elements of Style Brag Book…

Welcome Back Stampers and Paper-Crafters!


As you know I’m sewing cushions for my daughter and I’m happy to announce I only have one more to go. Woo-Hoo!  I promise to photograph them for you to see.


I’m posting a project we made in my Friday night’s class. This is a “So Simple” project and is perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, end of the year teacher’s gift, and it would even make a great wedding or baby shower favor. 

Elements of Style Brag Book


Here are the directions for this project:


Cut Blushing Bride Card Stock to 6-1/4″ x 4-3/4″

Scoring the Cover

Cut Basic Grey Card Stock to 9-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and score it along the 9-1/4″ at 1″ and 2″





Stamping the Cover On the Blushing Bride Card Stock I  stamped the harlequin pattern with the Print Pattern Block Stamp in Blushing Bride Ink. I love using the same color Ink on the same color card stock when I want to add a little dimension to my card stock. You could use Designer Series Paper as well, but sometimes the DSP pops too much.

Adhering the Cover


Line up your stamped Blushing Bride Card Stock on the first score line and adhere it.


Cut two Top Note shapes with your Big Shot. Cut one in Basic Black and the other in Very Vanilla. Trim down the Very Vanilla Top Note along the perforated edge.

Top Note Detail


On the Very Vanilla stamp the large floral bouquet and the “Life is a matter of Moments” saying, in Basic Black Ink. I left mine black and white, but you can certainly color in the bouquet.

Envelope Detail


Along the spine of the Brag Book, wrap a piece of the Blushing Bride Stitched-Poly Ribbon. Take five Clear Envelopes and stick them to each other. The bottom one adhere to the bottom inside cover pushing it right up to the fold. Holding the Brag Book closed and using the Crop-A-Dile, punch two hole right through the ribbon and all of the Brag Book’s layers, including the envelopes. Place two  Very Vanilla Brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware Kit through the punched hole to hold everything in place.


On the two right corners of the cover punch two Photo Corners out of Basic Black Card Stock and adhere.


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When stamping with a big block stamp, ink it and place the inked image side up. Place your card stock over the image and with your finger or bone folder rub across the inked stamp. Gently pull up the card stock. Stamping this way gives you an even coverage and it’s easy to center the image.


Thanks once again for stopping by.

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Using Stampin’ Pastels…


Technique A: Chalking

1)   Apply pastel color to your card stock or paper with a sponge-tip applicator, cotton swab, Sponge Dauber, or stiff paintbrush.
2)   Blend the colors as desired with the Applicators or Blender Pen. When using blender pens, just touch the pen directly to the corner of the chalk to pick up the color.

Technique B: Poppin’ Pastels

1)   Stamp the image with a white Craft Stampin’ Pad or VersaMark® ink pad. ST-10-A
2)   Use sponge Daubers to apply the pastel color directly to the ink.
3)   Blow off any excess powder. (Repeat this process if you are using this technique with a Two-Step Stampin‘ set.)


Fotolia_19787887_XS To avoid smearing, gently dab the chalk rather than rubbing it across the image.


To order Stampin’ Pastels Click Here


Stampon New Color Pastels





Glitter Glam…

There are so many ways to incorporate glitter on your projects. Here are a few ways to add, “Glitter Glam” to them.

SHAKER CARDS: use glitter in a Sweet Treat Cup or inside a transparent pocket. Images-3

CARD BORDERS: when your happy with your card design, apply double sided tape to the borders and sprinkle with glitter.

CUSTOM CHIP-BOARD: cover chip-board shapes and letters with adhesive and sprinkle with chunky glitter.

CREATE PATTERNED PAPER: punch out different shapes from Adhesive Sheets. Place them where wanted and expose the double sided adhesive shapes, one at a time, and apply glitter.

ENHANCE STAMPED IMAGES: stamp an image with a glue pad or VersaMark and Heat & Stick and apply glitter.

CUSTOM BUTTOnS & BRADS: adhere glitter to the backs of clear buttons or on the head of a brad. Top coat with Crystal Effects.

CREATE DIMENSIONAL DETAIL: adhere coarse glitter to card stock or cut out edges.

Fotolia_19787887_XS Before glittering a project wipe paper or card stock with an Embossing Buddy or a dryer sheet before stamping to prevent stray glitter from sticking to your project.

Top coat brads and buttons  with Crystal Effects to ensure glitter stays in place.


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