Making an Impression for the Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

It’s no secret that I love to emboss! Embossing is a quick and easy way to add texture. Did you know you can use your dies to emboss? This is a great way to stretch your supplies and use dies you already have. I used the Star Framelits to do the Embossed Impressions Technique on my cards today.


Just like embossing folders you can highlight either side to get two different looks.


To make the embossed impression, you use the Big Shot like you would use any Embossing Folder. Make a “sandwich” with the cutting plate, add an embossing mat (I used 2 pieces of craft foam), then cardstock, dies (taped together) with cutting side down, and cutting plate on top.


I love this technique as it makes a big impression on a background. I die cut the congrats from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and adhered it with Glue Dots.  The sentiment I used is from B.Y.O.P.  This stamp set is on the retiring list and is a MUST HAVE! It is so versatile and has great sentiments for giving money or gift cards for birthdays, thank you, wedding, baby, and/or graduation.

BYOP stamp set

I masked and heat embossed the sentiment. I used white embossing powder on the Pacific Point cardstock and clear embossing powder on white cardstock. You can heat emboss any color sentiment using the Clear Embossing Powder.  Simply ink your stamp in VersaMark first, then in the ink color of your choice before stamping it on your cardstock.  (I only wanted part of the sentiment on my stamp so I “masked” what I didn’t want by covering it with tape so the ink would not transfer to my paper.) Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder, remove the excess,  then watch the magic happen as you use the Heat Tool.

I cut a piece of craft foam 3 3/4 x 5 and adhered that behind my embossed layer to pop it up. Which look do you like best?

Stamp Set: B.Y.O.P. (retiring)  Ink: VersaMark, Pacific Point  Papers: Thick Whisper White, Pacific Point  Tools & Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Stars Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Enamel Shapes, Craft Foam (non Stampin’ Up!)

This technique works with single dies, greetings, or layering shapes.  Jennifer McGuire has several you tube videos using this technique. Give it a try and stretch your supplies!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Karen Gooch at Inker’s Workshop
  4. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  5. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  6. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  7. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  8. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  16. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  17. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  18. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  19. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  20. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  21. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  22. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  23. Shawn de Oliveira at

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Mother Goose Punch Art

My husband asked me to buy a baby shower gift and make a card for a coworker. Hmmm…shopping and stamping time for me…that’s a Win! Win!  The teacher in me likes to give books for baby gifts but when I found an adorable Mother Goose that sings nursery rhymes I bought it.  I love to make my gifts and cards coordinate so I pulled out my punches and started playing to make a goose.  This is the card I made.

Mother Goose baby card made with Stampin’ Up! punches

I used the Bird Builder and Fox Builder Punches to make my goose.  The bonnet was made with the 1″ circle punch and then I freehand cut the brim.  I used Glue Dots to attach the pieces together and then used the Project Life pen to make the eye.   I heat embossed the sentiment from B.Y.O.P. with white embossing powder and added some white organza ribbon around the card and tied a bow. Simple and sweet!

Heat embossed sentiment from B.Y.O.P. Stamp Set   

Here’s the inspiration for my card.

Mother Goose

The mom-to-be knows she’s having a baby girl so I used Pink Pirouette card stock and coordinating Designer Series Paper from the Subtles Paper Stack for the layered panel and matching envelope.

Mother Goose baby card and matching envelope made with Stampin’ Up! product and punches

Stamp Set: B.Y.O.P.  Ink: VersaMark, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black (Stampin’ Write Markers)  Papers: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack  Tools & Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Bird Builder Punch, Fox Builder Punch, 1″Circle Punch, Organza Ribbon, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

If you like this project and want to order the supplies needed to make it yourself, please visit my online store.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Baby Shower Card and Gift

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’




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Something Old, Something New

Stampin’ Up! So in Love Bundle (available Jan. 4th)

I made this card and gift card holder for my niece who is getting married in February.  Her bridal shower was earlier this month and even though I was unable to attend, I wanted to make her something special. I used something “old” (Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits) and something “new”(products from the Falling in Love Suite: So in Love Stamp Set, So Detailed Thinlits Dies, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Falling in Love Embellishments).

I made the card at the Stampin’ Up On Stage Convention earlier this month. We did several Make ‘n Takes using some of the new product that will be in the 2017 Occasions catalog.  The Falling in Love Designer Series Paper features bokeh patterns-a blurred look created by out-of-focus, clustered shapes. I love the different patterns!



This suite is really gorgeous! You will be able to purchase the stamp set and dies as a bundle and save 10%.

I used the die to make a matching belly band for my gift card holder. I cut my die, wrapped it around my envelope, and adhered it to a 1 3/8 x 4 inch strip of Very Vanilla cardstock. I left it a little loose so it will be able to slide on and off.  I stamped the flowers (to match the DSP) in Sweet Sugarplum ink on a piece of Very Vanilla that measures 2 5/8 x 3 3/4. I stamped the sentiment from the B.Y.O.P. Stamp Set in Sahara Sand ink and used the Sahara Sand marker to personalize the front of the gift card holder.

I love the way it all coordinates and makes a nice gift presentation.

Stampin’ Up! Falling in Love Suite with matching Gift Card Envelope

Stamp Sets: So in Love, B.Y.O.P.  Inks: Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand (including marker)  Papers: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Falling in Love DSP  Tools & Accessories: Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits, So Detailed Thinlits Dies, Falling in Love Embellishments, Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Die Brush

Here’s some Stampin’ Up! news with Something Old, Something New…

Something OldTODAY is the LAST DAY that you can take advantage of the Stitched from the Heart 25% off opportunity that has been going on all month. There are some great stamps on sale! (Click on the image to view the stamp sets on sale.)


Something New…Starting tomorrow (Dec. 1), Stampin’ Up! will be offering up to 60% off on Year-End Closeouts.  I’ll post more information tomorrow (once it becomes available) including a list of retiring holiday products (available while supplies last).


Here’s the details:

  • Retiring List.  Stampin’ Up! will release its “retiring list” of items in the Holiday Catalog on December 1st…the items that will no longer be available after they are sold out.
    • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.  All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.
  • Closeout Sale.  Many of the retiring items and high-inventory items will be offered at a discount between December 1 and January 3.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’