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Victorian “Be My Valentine” Hand…

Rouching on Wrist

Hello there Lakeside Stamper Friends!

As I write this we are, yet again, getting slammed with another snow-storm. Will the snow ever stop? As a result of the snow, I had to cancel my Valentine’s Day Class and since I have all my other classes planned already, I’ve decided to do my posts on the projects for the cancelled class on my blog. This way, all of you hoping to attend the class can stay at home and make them while the snow falls.

Although, I love the way this victorian hand came out,  I would not have embossed the hand with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder on the Blushing Bride Card Stock. I used the Blushing Bride to resemble skin tone and now it looks weird to me. When I make the next one I’ll use only the Blushing Bride Card Stock without embossing the hand part or I’ll use another card stock color to look like a glove. Get it??

Victorian %22Be My Valentine%22 Hand

I began by  drawing a simple hand shape.  An easy way to do this is trace off a  hand onto a piece of cardboard, cut it out, making sure you cut in between the fingers. Make sure you also extend the wrist a bit to accmoidate the red ruffle.

Once I had my hand template I traced it onto Blushing Bride Card Stock, cut it out and ran it through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.

I then punched a large Scallop Circle out of eal Red Card Stock, ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder and cut it in half. I then adhered it to the hand at the wrist and trimmed the sides with Paper Snipes.

On a piece od Whisper White Card Stock I stamped the Be My Valentine Heart in Real Red Ink and cut it out leaving a bit of white edge around the heart. On one of the flowers on the heart, I added a Basic Rhinestone.

Detail Of Rouching Along the wrist, I did some rouching or pleating with White Organza Ribbon. There are several ways to “Rouch Ribbon.” For this project I simply laid a strip of Sticky Tape and folded the ribbon back in loops along the tape. I placed a glue dot on each fold to hold them down. I ran one end of ribbon around the back of the wrist and knotted it. On the top of the knot I glued a  Marina Mist Designer Button with a Glue Dot.

Detail Of I placed and adhered the heart between the thumb and index finger, On the ring finger I poked a Flower Brad through and on top of the flower Brad I placed a Basic Rhinestone.

I think this “Victorian Hand” could be made in many different colors such as Pretty-In-Pink, Concord Grape, Very Vanilla and Real Red for the hand. Switch up the colors for the scallop circle, heart, and ring as well. Just have fun with this. Send Me what you make and I’ll post it on my blog. Of corse it has to be made with Stampin’ Up! Products.

For my class information click on the “Upcoming Events” button on my sidebar. Don’t forget it’s Sale-A-Bration and to earn FREE product place a $50.00 order between now and March 31, 2011. For detail click on the Sale-A-Bration button on my sidebar.

Thank you for reading and visiting my blog. I appreciate your visits.

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,


Today is Janet’s Birthday…

Today is my life long friend & cousin Janet’s birthday.


This is the birthday card I designed for her, I love using my Big Shot. Most of all I love using my Big Shot with Embossig Folders. The embossing is easy to achieve and really can’t be beat for detail. For Janet’s card I used the Elegant Lines Embossing Folder on Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock. I stamped the images from the Stamp Set Punch Potpourri  in Soft Suede Ink. I used the matching punches to punch out all the images. Each image has a matching punch. How nice is that?. For the embellishments I added lots of Pearls!


Take a look and click on any picture for an enlargement:



Here are detail views of the card:






If I can answer any questions, leave me a comment below or send me an email. To place an order simply click on my “Order Stampin’ Up! On-line” button.


Thanks for stopping by during this busy time,






Card-Making Challenge for a Cause…

Operation+Write Home Logo

Hi, Lakeside Readers!


I'm letting you know in advance about another "Operation Write Home" Challenge I'm doing. I would like, as many of you who can, to participate. This is a cause that is dear to my heart especially, being a card-maker. I just feel that together we can show our troops in our own way we support them


Operation Write Home is an organization that helps our heroes keep in touch with home. The mission is to show support for our nation's armed force by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on. In addition to blank cards for the troops to send home a note of gratitude from you to them is always welcomed. As of December 6, 2010, 734,026 cards have been sent to deployed heroes!


Your other option is to make and send cards on your own. Before you do please go the their website operationwritehome.org and get the addresses where you can mail your cards. Please read the tips section, card deadlines and requirements such as NO GLITTER and the best size to make is a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card to fit into an A-2 envelope before you make or send any cards.




Now for the challenge. According to my stat counter, not the one on my blog, I have over 26,000 visits from all of you. So, I would like everyone of you to participate in the following challenge.


Make and send a card(s) for the soldiers to send to their loved ones & you can win $50.00 Stampin' Up! gift certificate.  One entry per card (so, if you mail 20 cards you'll be entered 20 times) and at the end of the challenge a random name will be chosen and the winner will be posted on my blog. All the cards I receive will also be posted along with your name. 

Start Date  December 10, 2010
End Date    January 31, 2011
http Location : lakesidestamper.com
Contact Name: Diane Callahan-Caro
Contact Phone: 914 621-7522
Mail Cards to:  1646 Wenonah Trail
                     Mohegan Lake, New York 10547

This Operation Write Home card challenge is a way for our fine soldiers to keep in touch with their families and loved ones. It is simple. You make a card, leave the inside blank for them to do their writing. 


The rules are…


1. Make a card, using all Stampin' Up! Products, A2 size, (5.5" X 4.25"), that is any theme. You can make more than one, make and send as many as you want. 

2. NO GLITTER!!! That is the only decoration rule. You can use anything but glitter. It is hazardous to the soldiers as it can flake off and if they have glitter on their uniforms it can put them at risk – it can make them visible to night vision goggles, and that is just not a risk not worth taking!

3. No Handwritten Sentiments. If you don't have a sentiment stamp to so with your card, feel free to let it be a card with no sentiment. Do not hand write sentiments outside or inside the cards.

4. Please leave the inside of the card blank for the soldiers to write their own message to their loved ones.

5. The back of the card needs to be stamped with the Operation Write Home stamp. I have the stamp and will stamp them when I receive them. You can sign the back and add your blog or any info you want be fore sending them to me. 

6. Remember all cards need to be received by me by January 31, 2011. 


I hope in your own way you can get involved and help out with this small deed to bring smiles to so many hearts. If you think your not up for the challenge,  and I can't believe that, or have the time, you can always send Operation Write Home a donation to help with the postage. What could be nicer then doing what you love and sending it to a hero?


Here's hoping for a record breaking number of cards we send to Operation Write Home!


 Stampin' Hugs to you,








The First Christmas Card…

Long before I decided to become a "Card-Maker," I collected old postcards in various themes. One theme is Christmas and throughout this post you will see some of my collection. I thought since we are all card-makers and paper-crafters this bit of history would be interesting. I know it was for me doing the research.



Christmas Cards are greeting cards sent as part of the traditional celebration of Christmas. The traditional greeting card reads, "Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." There are innumerable variations on this greeting, many cards expressing more religious sentiments or with an all inclusive, "Seasons Greetings."


The world's first commercially produced Christmas Card was designed by the artist  John Cailcott Norsley for Henry Cole who commissioned the first commercial Christmas Cards on December 9, 1843.


The card, which shows the poor being fed  and clothed on either side of a classic triptych arrangement. The center of the card depicts a group of people celebrating Christmas and holding up a toast in celebration, including children, which set up a hue and cry with the Temperance Society. The card is about the size of a regular postcard. Prior to 1843 the upper classes would send each other signed calling cards at Christmas, but Coles’s decorative paper Christmas greeting became rapidly popular, and by 1860 Christmas Cards had become widespread. 


First Christmas Card, 1843

The idea behind Cole's Christmas Card was shrewd: Cole had helped introduce the Penny Post three years earlier. Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each. In those days a shilling was a weeks wages for some.


Early English cards rarely showed winter or religious themes, instead favoring flowers,
DSC_0313 fairies and other fanciful designs which reminded the recipient of the approach of spring. Humorous and sentimental images of children and animals were popular. 


DSC_0316 The production of Christmas Cards was, throughout the 20th century, a profitable business for many stationery manufacturers, with the design of cards continually evolving with changing tastes and printing techniques. The World Wars brought cards with patriotic themes. Idiosyncratic "studio cards" with cartoon illustrations and sometimes risque humor caught on in the 1950s. Nostalgic, sentimental, and religious images have continued in popularity


In recent decades changes in technology may be responsible for the decline of the Christmas card. Email and telephones allow for more frequent contact and are easier for generations raised without handwritten letters – especially given the availability of websites offering free email Christmas cards. 


 Like myself and you, our families make the creation of Christmas Cards a family endeavour and part of Mixture of cards the seasonal festivity, along with baking cookies  and decorating the tree. Over the years such cards have been produced in every type of paint and crayon, in collage and in simple printing techniques such as potato-cuts. A revival of interest in paper crafts, particularly scrapbooking, has raised the status of the homemade card and made available an array of tools for stamping, punching and cutting.


Advances in digital photography and printing have provided the technology for many people to design and print their own cards, using their original graphic designs or photos, or those available with many computer programs or online as clip art, as well as a great range of typefaces. Such homemade cards include personal touches such as family photos and the so-called "Christmas Letter" reporting on the family's doings.


I hope you enjoyed this little bit of card history and have decided to make your own Christmas Cards. It's not too late to order all the supplies you'll need. To entice you even more, if you place a $50.00 online order before shipping and taxes, I'll send you a Stampin' Up! stamp set for FREE from my personal collection, my choice. You can't beat his offer. So if you're thinking about making your cards, think no further because this is the last day of the offer.


Thanks for looking!


Stampin' Hugs,






A Very Special Birthday…

A quickie post to wish my dad, "Happy Birthday." I know he watches over many of my family and friends everyday. And… A very "Happy 1st Birthday to NATHAN!" A ray of light who came into my friend's Marisa, Todd, Kayla and Trevor's life.




To celebrate Nathan's Birthday and the memory of my father's, I'm offering a FREE Stamp Set from my personal collection if you place an online order of $50.00 before shipping and taxes from now until December 9th at midnight. Images-7


I will choose the stamp set and pay for shipping. What a deal!! All you have to do is click the order Stampin' Up! Online button and place an order for all your holiday stamp sets, designer series papers, cardstock, ribbon, rhinestones and what ever else you'll need to create the best Christmas cards ever!!! 


Remember to "Make-It" a Christmas to remember. 






It’s Spectacular…

Hi Lakeside followers!


This is another reminder for you to take advantage of the FREE Shipping until November 30 for qualified orders. Place a $150.00 order tomorrow, Cyber Monday and receive FREE shipping, a hostess stamp set of choice and $15.00 in FREE product.  Tuesday, November 30 is also the last day to become a demonstrator for $87.50. For information contact me at diane@lakesidestamper.com


SHOP NOW Stampin’ Up! On-line Spectacular…





Shadow Stamping…


1) Stamp image in lighter color; this will be the shadow.

2) Stamp image in darker coordinating color slightly off the first image to create main image.


1) Stamp image in VersaMark Ink on dark card stock.

2) Stamp image a second time in Whisper White Craft Ink slightly off the first image.


1) Stamp image in VersaMark Ink on dark card stock, and let dry.

2) Rub the Embossing Buddy over your card stock, and then stamp image a second time in VersaMark Ink slightly off the first image. Cover with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat emboss.

Fotolia_19787887_XS This technique can be also be used with Stampin’ Around Wheels.







Become a Demonstrator for Under $100.00…

Istockphoto_9266613-reminder-ribbon-around-finger-to-remember This is another reminder the this amazing deal to join the Stampin' Up! family will be over on Tuesday, November 30. If you're looking for some extra money and would like flexible hours and to work from home, I suggest you look this over. 


Stampin Up Starter Kit


What other business could you get started for $87.50???

What do you call it when you get over $310 in crafting and business supplies for only $87.50???

You can call it an amazing deal, but Stampin’ Up is calling it an amazing opportunity!

From November 15-30, you can purchase either our Standard or Digital+ Starter Kits at 50 percent off the regular retail price of $175 (plus free shipping!), and enjoy these great benefits as a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator.

  • opportunity to create your own work schedule
  • work as much or as little as you would like
  • love your job!
What is in the Demonstrator Starter Kit??
SHIPPING IS INCLUDED!!! (Sales tax is additional)
  • 4 Stamp Sets :  Fun & Fast Notes  $33.95,  I {Heart} Hearts (clear mount)  $18.95, For All You Do  $28.95, So Many Thanks $7.95  OR 4 sets of your choice at the same or lower price)
  • Clear Block C (OR clear block at the same or lower price)
  • Fast Flowers Stampin’ Around® wheel (OR standard wheel of your choice
  • Stampin’ Around Self Inking Handle (standard)
  • Uninked Cartridge (standard) 
  • Assorted Color Card Stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Getting Started OR assortment of your choice)
  • Card stock 8-1/2" x 11" (Whisper White OR color of your choice)
  • Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (OR color of your choice
  • Classic Stampin’ Pads® (Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red, OR 4 colors of your choice)
  • VersaMark® Pad (OR ink pad at the same or lower price)
  • Stampin’ Write® Markers  (Daffodil Delight and Marina Mist, OR 2 colors of your choice)
  • Marina Mist Classic Ink Refill (OR color of your choice) 
  • Whisper White 5/8" satin ribbon (OR ribbon at the same or lower price)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals®
  • SNAIL Adhesive® (OR adhesive at the same or lower price)
  • Blender Pen (single)
  • Stamping Sponge (single)
  • Small Chocolate Songbird Tile Décor Elements® (OR Décor Elements item at the same or lower price) Décor Elements Applicator Tool
  • Stampin’ Scrub®
  • Stampin’ Mist® (OR StazOn® Cleaner)
  • Business Supplies – Catalogs, business forms, and other printed materials to get your business off to a great start! 
If you're thinking of joining Stampin' Up!, act fast because this promotion Begins Monday, November 15 and ends November 30. Contact Me at diane@lakesidestamper.com to learn about more benefits



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