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Valentine’s Day Heart Filled with Seeds

Seed Heart Header

Welcome Back!


Here’s a last minute Valentine’s Day gift you can make when you want to give something a little different then the obvious flowers and chocolates. This is a small paper mache heart bought from Michaels, decorated and filled with flower seeds.

Seed Heart

This project is so simple and inexpensive to make and this is how the Flower Seed Heart is made:


1.   Purchase a small paper mache heart and a packet of flower seeds.


2.   Paint the heart in an appropriate color, matching the seed packet or occasion. This step is optional, since the heart will be covered with paper. I painted mine white using acrylic paint. I just hink it makes for a more complete end result.


3.   Empty the packet of seeds and place them in a small plastic bag; one that fits into the heart. Carefully open the seed packet, so it’s flat. Trace the heart lid on the front,making sure it encompasses the flower image and name. Cut this heart out and with Multi-Purpose White Glue or Sticky Tape adhere it to the lid.

Side Detail Seed Heart

4.  For the side of the lid wrap Washi Tape around it. On the top of the Washi Tape wrap a pretty ribbon.


5.  Measure the bottom side of the heart and cut out pretty Designer Series Paper and adhere that strip to the sides of the heart.


6.  Add a little bow to the top of the heart.


sweet william directions




7.  Fill the heart with the seeds and how to grow directions.


This heart is now ready to give as a gift for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day or for a birthday. These are great to make for wedding favors as well.




So, there you have it. Now if you live in an area, like me, where more snow is expected, you need to run to the store and get all your materials to make these during the snow storm.


And, remember to eat, sleep, stamp and create!




Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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


Stampin’ Up!: Papaya Collage Birthday Card

Stampin' Up! Papaya Collage

Hello, Stampers!


Today’s share is a birthday card made from the new Stampin’ Up! Papaya Collage stamp set.  This timeless vintage look is so “HOT” right now. The frame and images in this set can be used in numerous ways on many different projects. Below is a birthday card created with the set.

Stampin' Up! Papaya Collage


Here’s a quick summary of what was done.


The card base was made from a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, piece of Raspberry Ripple Card Stock. The frame from the Papaya Collage stamp set was stamped in Soft Suede and cut out. The center of the frame was stamped randomly with the leaves from the Papaya Collage set in the new Stampin’ Up! color Gumball Green.


Stampin' Up! Papaya Collage Birthday Card

Stampin' Up! Papaya Collage Birthday Card









The rose was inked with Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green Markers and cut out.


The butterfly was also stamped in Soft Suede Ink, cut out and a string of Basic Pearls was adhered as the body.


Two 1/8″ strips of Whisper White Card Stock were placed along the right and bottom edges of the card. The frame and butterfly were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The frame was embellished with Basic Rhinestones and the Birthday Message is from the Petite Pairs stamp set which was stamped in Raspberry Ripple ink


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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your Monday!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Vintage Birthday Card: for Nancy…

Vintage Birthday Card Flower Detail

Today is my girlfriend Nancy’s birthday. I decided to make a vintage Birthday Card for Nancy. I didn’t want any stamped image as the feature. The features on this card are the flowers and folds. See if you don’t agree?

Vintage Birthday Card

I saw this Center Step Card Technique and I knew I had to use it.

Center Step Card

I started with a 5-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Rich Razzleberry card stock and lined the 11″ edge up at the 1″ mark on my paper trimmer. Position your cutting blade at 1″ from the edge and cut down to 6-1/2″. Flip the card and repeat. Make sure you start from the same end of the card stock for both cuts. I messed this up, not once, but twice!!!!

I then scored the card stock, beginning with at the 1″ cut line,  I scored the card stock at 1″ across, 2″ to the cut line and 6-1/2″ all across. Flip and score only at 2″ to the cut line. At 5-1/2″ score between the cut lines.

I punched the flowers out of Daffodil Delight, Orchid Opulence (retired) and Rich Razzleberry card stock with the Scalllop Circle Punch and the Trio Flower Punch. All the small flowers were wrinkled and this flower technique was done for the large flower. The large flower was edged with Rich Razzleberry Ink.

For the side panels I cut two 3/4″ x 4-1/2″ of Very Vanilla and randomly stamped the leaf image for the Nature Walk stamp set in

Vintage Birthday Card Detail

For the bottom panel I cut a 5-1/2″ x 1″ piece of Very Vanilla and with the leaf stamp and Always Artichoke I stamped this piece. I wrapped a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding and added a pretty bow to the Very Vanilla card sotck.

For the center panel I cut a Scallop Oval out of the Newsprint Designer Series Paper and distressed the edges with Rose Red Ink. For the Happy Birthday greeting I first stamped the rose frame from the Four Frames stamp set and in the center I stamped the birthday greeting in Rich Razzleberry Ink I punched the frame out with the Decorative Label Punch, For the mat I punched two more  Vintage Birthday Card FrontDecorative Labels out of Always Artichoke card stock. I cut one of these labels in half vertically and the other in half horizontally. I adhered the parts with a border showing all around.

The scallop oval was placed down on to the center panel and on the oval I arranged the flowers as shown. In the center of each flower I placed a Basic Pearl  varying the sizes. The Happy Birthday greeting, was adhered at an angle.

Happy, Happy Birthday Nancy!

If you have any questions on this Center Step Card Technique send your questions to

As ever, thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Siggy 2


Bring on the Cake Card…


Hello, Stampers and Paper-Artists,


In my neck of the woods more snow is predicted and while I know it won’t last, just the thought of snow makes me cringe. Thank goodness, I’m busy working on my April Class, “Everything Springtime” which is lifting my spirits.


Today’s card was another that we made at my Stamp-A-Stack Saturday. I love pink and brown, and, pink and black together. I tried a little different card type and I’m pleased with the marker results. I’m so very proud of the ladies who come to my classes and their coloring results as well. Nice job ladies!

Bring on the Cake


To create this card:


Cut a 4-1/4″ x 9-3/4″ piece of Pink Pirouette Card Stock and score it at 5-1/2″”. This leaves you with a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ square flap.


Place a 5″ X 5″  piece of Basic Black Card Stock in a Big Shot and with the Scallop Square Die cut out  a square.  In each scallop with a Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack pierce each scallop.


Place a 4″ x 4″ piece of First Edition Designer Series paper in the Big Shot and cut out a square using the Scallop Square Duo. On this square stamp, “Happy Birthday” from the Bring on the Cake Stamp Set in Basic Black Ink. Stamp it the bottom right hand corner so your flower will really be featured.

Bring on the Cake Flower Detail
On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock stamp the large blossom from the Bloomin’ Beautiful Stamp Set in Stazon Black Ink, hand color the flower with Water-Color Pencils or Markers and carefully cut it out. Adhere it to the First Edition Scallop Square.

Bring on the Cake Detail
Layer the First Edition on the Basic Black Scallop Square. Adhere the scallop square on the flap of Pink Pirouette.  Once it’s adhered place a Basic Pearl in each corner.

Bring on the Cake Ribbon Detail
Along the bottom edge of the card, with a Slotted Ribbon Punch (retired), punch slots along the edge. Weave Black Gingham Ribbon (retired) through the slots and tie a bow in the middle.


Round off each bottom corner with a Corner Round Punch.


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Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in my April Newsletter.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Sneak Peek-Friday’s Class…

Here is a sneak peek of one of the projects we'll be making at my "Gift Making Class." Who wouldn't love to receive this ornament for Christmas?




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Victorian Lady Plaque..

Hello, Lakeside Stampers!


I hope your Labor Day Weekend was spent with family and friends. On the east coast here our weather was perfect! While I hear Hurricane Earl affected the surf at the local beaches, here in Mohegan Lake it was sunny and breezy. Sitting on our back deck at night has been my favorite time with temperatures cool and summer sounds of kady-dids, crickets and frogs still heard. I feel very lucky.


Those of you who signed up for my newsletter, you should have received the first. If time permits I'll try to do a mid-month one also as a bonus every month.


This is another project we made at my "FAN-tastic" Class. It was another technique to show the class how to use any stamp in a silhouette way. In the future I will be offering a silhouette class.



I think this plaque idea would make a great gift for anyone depending on the stamp set used. Here's how to make her:



 On a piece of Blushing Bride Card Stock using Soft Suede Ink I stamped the. lady image from  the Stampin' Up! Dream Gardens Stamp Set. I then cut her out, paying particular  attention to her face  profile. You don't need to cut her whole kneeling body, but you need to cut her out in way that gives her a waist. 



On a piece of Baja Breeze Designer Series Paper I inked on the backside of the pattern I wanted to use for her blouse. I carefully cut ot a blouse shape with her sleeve.  This is a sample of how I sketched over the stamped image the area I wanted to cut for her blouse. Click on the image to enlarge it if you need to.


I repeated stamping her in Regal Rose Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and cut out her fan, since this is a "Fan-tastic" Class. For the fan I didn't stamp on the back I used the front stamped image since it was the color I wanted.


For her skirt I simply made a bell shaped skirt making sure to line up her waist. You'll need to trim away as you line things up.  For the bottom of her skirt I used the Pinking Hearts Border Punch and punched out a strip from Whisper White Card Stock. To curve the stripe I simply cut in between the pinking points taking care not to cut to the top but close to the top. This allows you to form a curve with your border.


I followed the silhouette procedure  for her hair. I stamped on Soft Suede Card Stock using Basic Black Ink, cut it out and adhered it with my Tombow Glue.


At a local craft store I purchased wooden oval plaques and pre-painted them for the class. I computer generated an oval, cut it out and glued it to a cardboard scrap. On So Saffron Card Stock I traced my oval template and carefully cut it out. Along the edge of the oval I sponged So Saffron Ink with a Dauber.


For the scalloped oval I used my Big Shot with the Oval Frame DIe with Not Quite Navy Card Stock. I layered everything as follows adding some of Stampin' Up! Basic Pearls to the scallop edge and the tiniest pearl as an earring. Before I added pearls with my Piercing Tool and Mat Pack I pierced each scallop to resemble lace. To her waist I made a waistband and bow from Daffodil Delight 1/8"  Taffeta Ribbon. On the top of the plaque I made a bow from  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon. On the back I put a small metal hanger found at a local hardware store.




Send me what you make using Stampin' Up! products and I'll post it on my blog. And, as evr if you ned any of the products to make this project you can email me at or order 24/7 on-line.


Thanks for stopping by & Happy Silhouette Making!


Stampin' Hugs,





Handy Product Numbers For Your Order____________________________

DSC_0002STAMP SET: Dream Gardens (114395)

INK: Regal Rose (105211), Basic Black (101179), Soft Suede (115657)

PAPER: Baja Breeze/Subtles Designer Series Paper (117152), Not Quite Navy Card Stock (101722), So Saffron Card Stock (105118), Whisper White Card Stock (119952), Blushing Bride Card Stock (119796)

FRILLIES: Basic Pearls (119247), Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119254), Daffodil Delight 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (120928)

TOOLS: Big Shot (113439), Oval Scallop DIe (117163), Pinking Harts Punch (117649), Papr Piercer (116631), Mat Pack105826)


Artistic Etchings & Concord Crush Vintage Card..


Meet Concord Crush…


For this card I wanted to feature the new Stampin' Up! Artistic Etchings Stamp Set with the In-Color Concord Crush. It might look complicated but when broken down step-by-step to accomplish this vintage look is easier then it looks.


Here's what I did:

1.     First I cut a 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of the 2010-11 In-Color Concord Crush Card Stock and scored it at 4-1/4".


 2.     I cut a piece of  Very Vanilla Card Stock at 5" x 3-3/4". On this piece I stamped  it with the Filigree Stamp Block. I inked up the stamp with Soft Suede Ink and placed the Very Vanilla Card Stock over the stamp as shown and rubbed across the top . I find you get a clearer image doing it in this manner when stamping with the block stamps. 

For an extra layered feel over the Soft Suede image I stamped random images from the Artistic Etchings Set using the Concord Crush Marker. Along the edge I sponged some Soft Suede Ink with a Dauber.


3.     With my Big Shot and a Nesties Die I cut a scalloped rectangle out of Concord Crush. With a piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock I cut a smaller  scallop rectangle to layer over the larger rectangle. I stamped some images from the Artistic Etchings Set after inking them with my Concord Crush Marker onto the Crumb Cake Card Stock. Along the edges I sponged Soft Suede Ink with a Dauber


4.     I layered the Concord Crush rectangle and the Crumb Cake layers as shown and added four Brown Brads to each corner.


5.     Along the Concord Crush Scalloped Rectangle I pierced each scallop with my Paper Piercer andMat Pack. I then took Stampin' Up! Natural Hemp Twine and stitched through every hole and added a bow.



6.     I stamped the key and crown from the Artistic Etchings Set and embellished them with the Basic Pearls and a red rhinestone on each image.

7.     I ended by layering everything as shown in the finished card above.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Hugs,





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