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Stamp-A-Stack Saturday…

Hello, Stampers and Paper Artists!

On Saturday, March 19, I'm having a Stamp-A-Stack Saturday. For those of you who live locally and are attending here's a sneak peek at some of the cards we'll be making. If you don't live in the Westchester/Putnam County, NY area I'll post all of the card projects on this blog beginning on Monday, March 21, the first day of Spring! I didn't think Spring would ever get here! So, things are looking up as my tulip, daffodils and hyacinths are emerging miraculously in my gardens. 

Stamp-A-Stack Card-Making 2

Enjoy the warmer & longer days and thanks for stopping by!

Stampin' Hugs,


Ruching Ribbon, the Real Way…

Hi and welcome once again.


I have to tell you I saved the best for last from my Friday Night class. Any one who knows me, knows I LOVE BIRDS!  The moment I see anything with a bird on it, I have to  have it. I think that’s why I feel in love with the Nature Walk Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! The bird image is magnificent! Stampin’ Up! has the best stamps ever. The lines on their images are so clear and crisp and shows every detail right down to the tinest speck.


Now, while I love birds, I didn’t want the bird to be the main focus here, However, I did want a balance between it and the Ruched Ribbon. Here’s what I came up with: Finished Nature Walk Ruching CardWe started by ruching our ribbon. There is a faster technique to ruching, but, I think the sewing method can’t be beat. The end result is gorgeous!


You begin by measuring the amount of ribbon needed and multiple it by about three.  For instance, if you need a 3″ piece of ribbon, you’ll need to cut a 9″ strip. Along the top edge of the ribbon mark off every inch. Don’t worry about seeing the marks, because once the ribbon is gathered you won’t see them. On the bottom edge of the ribbon mark every half-inch. You need to start your measuring at the beginning edge of the ribbon for both measurements, because, you want the half -inch marks staggered between the one-inch marks. You’re really stitching every inch, but, this is an accurate way to get your marks exactly staggered and in the middle. Understand???? For  this card I used the 5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 1Thread your needle with a single thread and a good knot on the end. Then, you simply stitch with a running stitch as shown. the trick is to begin you stitching from the bottom and end the last stich on the top so you can loop around the ribbon’s edge to begin your new row of stitching from the bottom. You stitch your rows from one top edge mark to the other one inch bottom mark. Get it?


Your stitches don’t have to be perfect, nor does the color of thread have to match the ribbon. I used a quilting thread, because it’s a bit stronger and doesn’t break when you gather the ribbon.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 2When you’re done stitching, you simply pull the thread and pull the ribbon away from the thread until the gathering looks appealing to you. The more you pull, the tighter the gather. If the gathering twists, just flatten it out with your hands. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pulled Ribbon Ruching Detail

Once the ruching was done, we moved on to making the card. For this:

Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ of Early Espresso Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″.

Cut two Very Vanilla Card Stock pieces, one at 4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ and the other at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Crumb Cake Card Stock.

Cut a 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock.

Ribbon Ruching Detail 3

On the smaller 4-1/4″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock,  stamp the egg image in Baja Breeze, leaf image in Certainly Celery and the bird image in Early Espresso Ink in a random collage pattern. Keep the images more to the left of the Very Vanilla Card Stock.


With Watercolor Pencils color in the bird image and distress the edges of card stock with  the Tea Stain from the Distressing Kit and a Sponge Dauber.


On the right hand side of the card stock, lay a piece of Sticky Strip vertically and carefully layer your Ruched Ribbon on the Sticky Strip. Pull both ends of the ruching to make sure it extends from top to bottom, making sure you have enough of the ribbon to wrap around the card stock.

Finished Nature Walk Ruching Card 2


Layer the pieces of card stock as shown. For the stamped piece of Very Vanilla layer it using Stampon’ Up! Dimensionals. Sit back and admire your creation. This one you won’t want to give away, so you’ll have to make two!





Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon.


Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2







Stampin Up! Product Used in this Project: (Just click on product name to order)

STAMP SET:    Nature Walk

INK:    Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery

CARD-STOCK:     Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake

FRILLS:    5/8″ Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Distressing Kit, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Watercolor Pencils, Sticky Strip

NON-STAMPIN’ UP!:     Sewing Needle, Quilting or Button Thread



Victorian Valentine’s Day Cone…

Good Morning Lakeside Stamper Friends!

Here is a simple Victorian Valentine’s Day Cone I designed for my class.

Victorian Valentine's Day Cone front

Since it’s close to Valentine’s Day I made this cone out of Elegant Embossing Folder paper-crafting companion, The Big Shot and the Petal Cone Die featured in Stampin’ Up!’s new Occasions Mini Catalog.  I took each cone, placed it in the Elegant Embossing Folder and ran it through my Big Shot.I have many other designs for this die and will share them with you soon.

Victorian Valentine's Day Cone Side At any rate, instead of folding the flaps of the Petal Cone down I kept them up. To decorate them, I punched two 2-3/8″ Scallop Circles, paper pierced around the edge with my Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack and cut the circles in half. I then stamped the largest circle image from the Circle Circus Stamp Set in Regal Rose Ink on three of the half circles, one for each side and one for the back.


Detail Valentine's Day Cone Front I left the front scallop circle plain, because I wanted to feature the new Stampin’ Up! Vintage Flowers on it. On a piece of Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the Be My Valentine  heart in Regal Rose Ink  

Bow & Ribbon Detail Petal Cone



Using Whisper White Organza Ribbon,

I made a handle and anchored it behind each side scallop.

On top I made a pretty bow and adhered everything as shown.

If you would like any of the product used in this project simply place your cursor over the item in the post, click and order. What could be easier???

Until next time, dream bigger and create more! Corner View Victorian Petal Cone

Thanks for stopping by.

Stampin’ Hugs,

Siggy 2


Circle of Love Valentine’s Day Card…

Circle of Love Valentine's Day Card Banner
Hello Lakeside Stamper Friends!

I probably should apologize in the lack of posts these days, but, I want you to know I’m very, very busy behind the scene designing new projects, re-arranging my blog, writing a monthly newsletter, classes, workshops, filling card orders and planning my “Inkling Paper-Crafting Camp” for kids. I’m also working on templates for you to simply download and print right from your printer. Some of the more elaborate ones, I’ll be selling. So, between the flu and snow storms there’s much going on in my tiny stamping room.

Today, I want to share with you  a round Valentine’s Day Card I made. I wanted to do something other then a rectangular card.  You could say I’m trying to work, “outside the box!”

Circle of Love Valentine's Day Card

Here’s what to do:

Start with an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock. Score and fold it in half at 5-1/2″.

With your Stampin’ Up!  Circle Scissors Plus cut a 5″ circle taking care not to cut off the folded edge.

Emboss the top of the card with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder and Big Shot.

Along the edges with a Sponge Dauber, sponge Pretty-In-Pink Ink. I sponged after I embossed, so, some of the polka dots would appear pink. If you want only the edge pink, sponge the edge before you emboss.

With a piece of Real Red Card Stock cut a Scallop Circle with the Big Shot. In each scallop punch a small hole.

Then emboss the Real Red scallop circle with embossing folder of choice.

Choose a Designer Series Paper you like and punch two butterflies with the Butterfly Punch and one from the Butterfly Detail Beautiful Butterflies Die. Lay the butterflies on each other and glue along the centers and put together. On the center of the top butterfly glue beads or Basic Rhinestones or Pearls.

Take a Real Red Marker and on the Be My Valentine Stamp ink up the “Be My Valentine” text and banner part of the stamp. Huff and stamp it on a scrap piece of Whisper White. Cut  the banner out.

Adhere the layers together as shown and along the folded edge, knot a piece of 1/4″ Pretty-in-Pink Grosgrain ribbon and with Glue Dots run it along the edge.

Place either Basic Pearls or Rhinestones around the circle.

Now you’re “Circle of Love” Valentine’s Day Card is finished. If you would like any of the materials used in this project order them before it’s too late for Valentine’s Day. After all, who wouldn’t love to receive a hand-made card from you????

Stampin’ & Paper-Craftin’ Hugs,


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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