Victoria and Olivia’s 11th Birthday!


Where has the time gone? It seems just like yesterday that the twins were babies. In the blink of an eye they are young adults! They have become so much more independent and it’s hard to admit that they don’t need Rich and I as much anymore ☹️

We are so blessed to have two beautiful and smart girls that are honest and respectful and have huge hearts 💕. They are best friends and they always look out for each other. I hope they never change!  I am so lucky to be their Mom and I know Rich couldn’t be a prouder Dad.

This year, I tried to make cards that were more mature. The girls are at an age where they are starting to care about their hair and clothes and all things girly (pray for Rich now).  Victoria still loves purple and pink and Olivia loves blue.

The girls and I love watching HSN on craft day, and we try to stay up starting at midnight (not on school nights of course). I record the whole 24 hours of craft shows so we don’t miss a thing while we are at work and school. We ❤️ watching Sara Davies and Anna Griffin and Jennifer Tryon and so many other talented crafters. I know I get a lot of my inspiration from them. Victoria’s card uses a lot of new does from Sara’s  glamour collection. Olivia’s card uses one of Anna’s newest dies from HSN too.

Victoria’s card is all about glamour. She is more quiet and aware of what is happening around her at school and with friends – she’s a great observer. Her card is all about putting her in the spotlight for her birthday!




Victoria’s card base is from Sizzix and the Stamps of Life and it’s the gift card flip it. This is truly one of my favorite go-to dies. I love cards with movement and this one is so versatile.  The girly dies are all from the glamour collection from Crafter’s Companion.  I also used CCs glitter cardstock. It’s anazing. Check out my other blog posts for examples of glitter cards. I used L’il Inker Design Stamps and Cas-ual Fridays stamps for the sentiments. On the inside right flap, I created that paper using  one of CC’s 3d embossing folders and distress inks and oxides from Tim Holtz.



For Olivia, I actually had an entirely different card made but it didn’t feel like it fit her. So, I started over and decided to pick something more casual and simple which suits Olivia’s style. She likes girly things, but more cozy and comfy. It has a little bling, but not too much. The card base is from Anna Griffin and the sentiment is from Cas-ual Fridays stamps.  I added some Velcro under the purse flap at the top to give it more of an “open me” feel. I used white ribbon for the strap and some adhesive backed bling and her card was done.

So as I sit here and think back on all of their birthdays past,  I can’t help but cherish the memories of those two cute little babies with chubby legs and big bright eyes and giggles that could make anyone laugh. I am so thankful to have these memories and I am looking forward to so many new ones. Happy Birthday girls! We ❤️❤️ you!!!!

Puppy Love & Birthday Wishes


Hi Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the cooler temps this week. I am on the east coast in NY and it is so hard to adjust to the time change because it gets dark so early.

I wanted to play along with the MFTSketch Challenge #358 this week. I have so many stamps and dies that I have never used (sound familiar??) so  I decided I would only use items that were brand new (to me) for this challenge.  It’s sort of my own challenge within the challenge.

So to start with, I have been LOVING  the   Glitter cardstock from Crafter’s Companion. I am definitely addicted. It is very thick, and has end to end glitter that does not come off. I highly recommend it.  The circle background is from MFTStamps and is called starry circle. I don’t recall where I got the pup from (sorry) but the fence is from impression obsession.  Lastly, all of the bones and the balls are from Sizzix from the Stamps of Life pudgies collection created by Stephanie Barnard  You should check out all of the pudgies, they are just too cute.  Any shading that was done along the way, I used my copic markers. I am still getting used to them, but they really are easy to use and work great.

I hope you enjoyed this card and I’ll have a new post coming out shortly. Next week is my girls’ 11th Birthday!  I cannot believe the twins are growing up so fast 😭. I miss the days when they were little. Bye for now!!


Good Fortune Birthday Card


Trying to come up with unique ideas for Birthday cards is always a challenge for me because I make so many each year. I really do try to make cards that I know will be appreciated by the receiver.  For this card, I took a stab in the dark!!  I find it most difficult to design cards for men and teens/young adults. My nephew fits both of those categories because he is turning 21 ( I have 6 nephews and 3 nieces).  So now you can see my dilemma!

I have had this stamp and die set from mftstamps for a while and I really wanted to use it!  So I went for it. I started with a card base from sizzix called the regal stand-up die set. I love cards that are three dimensional or have some type of movement.  Stephanie Barnard from the Stamps of Life makes it so easy. Her dies do all the measuring for you.  Once I had the base together I stamped and die cut the food container, the chop sticks and cookies. I used several of the phrase stamps for the fortunes. I decided not to glue down the edges so they would look more realistic. I used distress ink by Tim Holtz on several of the edges of the cut outs for added dimension.  I used the Misti tool to ensure my stamped images were consistent. The Misti is one of the greatest craft inventions of the century!

The card is simple, but it works!  I met my nephew up at college last week and gave him his card early. He loved it! Success!  Happy 21st Birthday Jack!


Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!! I can hardly believe we are at the end of October already.  It seems this year has flown by even faster than the last!  So since we are at Halloween, I thought I should post a card I worked on a few weeks ago.

I had so much fun making this card.  Karen Burniston has made it so simple to create a twist panel pop up card – no measuring needed! So I would recommend watching Karen’s video on how to make the pop up panel/card at least the first time or two you try this.  Once you get the feel for what is happening, it is so much easier.  Choose the colors you are using and it is that simple.

As for the adorable little characters and the haunted house used on the front of the card, they are all from Cheery Lynn Designs.  The monsters come in 2 sets: set 1 includes the Were Wolf and Dracula and set 2 includes Frankenstein and the Zombie.  Cheery Lynn has a lot of fun items at really good prices too.  The pumpkins are from an old Halloween set from  Elizabeth Craft Designs  and the “BOO” letters are from Altenew and they are bold and so versatile. To finish off the edges on the inside and the outside of the card, I used an old favorite punch of mine from Martha Stewart – Edge Punch Scallop Dot.  I find I reach for my punches pretty often to add some finishing touches to my cards.  I colored in my monsters with my Zig clean color brush markers.  I have a few favorites that I swear by, and my Zigs are definitely one of them.  Lastly, I popped on a bunch of googly eyes and this Halloween card is done!

I hope everyone has fun trick or treating!! Enjoy!


50 Never Looked So Good


I guess I have a lot of milestone birthdays around me these days (myself included). For this card I kept the design simple since I wanted to use holographic paper for the balloons. I actually got this paper at the dollar store and it came in a whole bunch of different colors. If the light hits it the right way, you see the whole rainbow. But… it also  makes it difficult to photograph 😄

So the dies are from My Favorite Things (love them!!) and the set is called Die-namics Blueprint 26. has some really adorable products and very clever pouches to be used for shaker cards (a lesson for another day).

I used numbers (50) from the Stamps of Life which are designed  for Sizzix by the Stephanie Barnard. And finally for the glitter card stock, I purchased the gold paper on HSNs Craft Day from Crafter’s Companion. This paper is worth every penny. It is very thick and extra glittery .

I will be entering this card on an upcoming challenge for MFT and also for Simon Says Stamps. Thanks for watching and Happy Crafting!

Casino Card for a 75th Birthday


One of our good friends asked if I could make a card for her Mom’s 75th Birthday with a casino theme since they were going to Atlantic City for the weekend. So in my craft room I searched for anything I could use. I found I didn’t have anything and I would have to improvise (yikes) .

So I started with Anna Griffin’s window box dies which I purchased on HSN (craft days!).  I also decided to use very thick paper as the base and I wanted stick with the black and gold theme. I used Crafter’s Companion cardstock and glitter paper too because it really is fantastic.

I decided to make dice, cards, and poker chips, and since I didn’t have any dies or stamps, here is where I had to improvise. I used the basic shapes dies for the diamond press and they worked perfectly. I also used the diamond press marquee letters to spell out “lucky”.

The other numbers and “happy Birthday” are from sizzix – The Stamps of Life. By far, one of my favorite designers is Stephanie Barnard. My girls and I met her at a show a few years back and she is wonderful. I brushed on the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter pens over all of the pop up pieces because you can never have too much sparkle!!

The card ended up to be thicker than normal because I added all of the red dot embellishments, so I made a custom envelope using the same paper and the We R Memory Keepers 123 board. This is such a useful board to have. I have used it on so many occasions.

So that’s it – I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to see your versions of this casino card too! Happy crafting!

Welcome to the first official blog post for Cards by DeCaro!



I am so excited to finally start my own card blog. I have been crafting for so many years – everything from floral arrangements and wreaths to crocheting, scrapbooking and cardmaking.  I think my favorite has been working with paper.  I am addicted to colorful, pattererned paper.  I don’t know if I can ever have too much paper, but I am sure my husband would beg to differ. I also love stamping and die cutting so I have been spending most of my time making cards. I get to use all sorts of paper and stamps and dies. It is so gratifying to see the look on the receivers face when they open one of my hand made cards.

The other reason I love crafting so much is because my girls craft with me. They are soon to be 11 (yes twin girls) and they are both so talented. They are so creative and because they love  to make cards for everyone, they have had a lot of practice.

I am going to try my best to show you some fun techniques and some great cards. I will try to link to as many resources and sites as I can so you can try this on your own.  Thanks for reading and happy crafting!!!