September Blog Hop


Thank you for joining us for the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing projects made with the Stampin' Up! tools we love. 

You should have just left stop number 19 on the Pals Hop - Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards. If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.                 


The challenge was to showcase Stampin’ Up! tools for this month’s blog hop. The REAL challenge was which tools? Stampin’ Up! has so many cool tools to build, enhance and embellish a card. There were a few tools that I had a feeling other demonstrators would share with you today. That helped me to narrow down my choices to some tried and true fixtures from the catalog. I also stuck to my  tried and true favorites, which is anything bird related and all Thank You greeting cards. This was my first time using the Polka –Dot Pieces stamp set and the Bird Builder punch!.

a tweet thank you... 

a tweet thank you... 

I initially used the piercing tool around the slate gray card stock but I felt it made the card feel "too busy" and detracted from the overall appearance. I am a HUGE fan of the look of piercing and really wanted to highlight this function, but this time the saying “More is Less” came to mind.  I also tried to emboss around the oval but could not get an even layer so I decided to emboss the Thank You greeting instead. I had originally stamped the Thank You greeting using two markers. Early Espresso, like the tree branch, for the greeting and Rich Razzleberry for the hearts below it. Plan B turned into embossing the greeting with Slate Gray embossing powder and using the Rich Razzleberry marker to highlight the embossed dots surrounding the greeting. My point is, even though I may start a card with something specific in mind, I sometimes have to reconsider, because it did not translate onto the paper quite as good (or as easily) as what I had envisioned.

I used the Trimmer (131375) to cut my Rich Razzleberry 8 ½” x 11” card stock in half for the card base. I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool (126192 ) to place a fold crease, then used the bone folder (102300) to flatten the fold for a professional looking card base. I cut the Smoky slate for the next layer at 5 ¼” x 4” and then cut the final layer of Whisper White at 5” x 3 ¾”. I used the Big Shot die-cutting machine (113349) to emboss the Whisper White with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751). I also used the Ovals Collection framelits (129381) to cut an oval BEFORE I embossed the oval with the Designer Frames Embossing Folder (123130). I learned the hard way that if you run paper through the Big Shot after you have embossed it, any raised surface will get flattened. So cut first with framelits THEN use the embossing folder! I used my new favorite tool to hold the Oval framelit while cutting, the magnetic platform (130658). I used the Heat Tool (129052) to bring the Smoky Slate embossing powder to a nice glossy finish after rubbing the card with the Embossing Buddy (103083). The final step was using markers to color the bird and branch stamp and then punching the pieces out with the Bird Builder punch (117191). I then cleaned the stamp using the Stampin' Scrub (126200) with the Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394).

THANK YOU for stopping by today and may you enjoy and be inspired by all the cards made by those participating in today’s blog! Please take a moment and let me know what you thought of my design today.      

Information & Order Numbers:

Stamp Set: Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set (133454)

Ink: Rich Razzleberry marker (120970) Smokey Slate marker (131898) Garden Green marker (n/a) Early Espresso marker (119680) Versmark (102283)

Paper: Rich Razzleberry (115316) Smokey Slate (131202) Whisper White (100730)

Cool Tools: Trimmer (131375) Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751) Simply Scored Scoring Tool (126192) Bone Folder (102300) Big Shot die-cutting machine (113349) Fancy Fan Embossing Folder (127751) Ovals Collection framelits (129381) Designer Frames Embossing Folder (123130) Magnetic Platform (130658) Heat Tool (129052) Embossing Buddy (103083) Bird Builder Punch (117191) Stampin' Scrub (126200) Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394)

Finishing Touch: Smokey Slate Embossing Powder  (129396)  Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

The next stop is Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat, stop number 21 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!


Final Blog Hop Line Up List: 

  1.  Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  2. Shirley Sumption at Look at My Cute Stuff
  3. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  6. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  8. Maria Flores at Maria's Sandbox
  9. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  10. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  11. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy
  12. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  14. Peggy Noe at
  15. Beth Beard at My Litte Craft Blog
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  18. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  20. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Mavn's Retreat
  22. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  23. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin'
  24. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
Posted on September 10, 2013 .