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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More Birthday Fun!

I absolutely LOVED reading the comments the other day with stories of your birthday memories. Thank you so much for sharing!!!  It just reaffirms my feelings on “gifts”…it’s not what you get, it’s who you spend your time with! My husband and I like to give our children a “birthday experience” each year.  Fads come and go but memories last a lifetime! And when you give an experience, everyone enjoys the gift! Many family vacations have been someone’s “gift”.

Speaking of gifts…Sharing handmade kindness is a gift from the heart! When someone takes the time to write a note inside a card and/or make a card, it is a “gift” in and of itself! I treasure the handwritten notes and cards from my kids over the years as well as those I’ve received from friends and family. I bet you do too!

The other day I shared some of the beautiful birthday cards I received.  You can see that post HERE.  Yesterday my blog was “hacked” by my daughter.  If you missed her post and the card she made for me, click HERE. Today I have a few more cards to share with you from some of my very talented stamping friends…


Nancy heat embossed this card and even punched the envelope flap. I love the extra protective piece she added to protect the card.  How clever!


Chris R.’s card is striking in black and pink with washi tape!


Chris did something I have never done before and I love it!  She stamped the inside on DSP.  I love her envelope too!

Ramsey added sparkle inside and out!


Ramsey knows I love adventures! It just so happens I am going on one today with my friend and upline, Susan Itell. We are taking a road trip and will be joining our friend, Roseanne, for an afternoon crafting adventure somewhere in Delaware.

It’s time to announce the winner of the birthday blog candy…Linda Schilling!

random birthday winner

How funny that she was # 13…here’s her comment:


  • Sounds like you did have a happy birthday I “held my breath” all day when I turned 13 on Friday the thirteenth – but nothing bad happened. Best birthdays are shared with family doing nothing really special except being together. Having grandkids makes it even sweeter


Linda, it looks like #13 is pretty lucky! Please email me ( your address and I will send my birthday party favors to you.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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A Crafting Weekend

I had such a wonderful weekend! I was able to do 2 of my favorite things 2 days in a row…hang out with friends and craft.  I didn’t even have to cook! I went out to dinner on Saturday and my wonderful husband cooked dinner on Sunday while I was getting together with C3 (Creative Card Club).  Each month I meet with these talented ladies and we share ideas, techniques, and projects we’ve created and then we make each others projects.  I shared a variation of a card I posted previously with the triple bow.  I brought lots of ribbon so they could choose what they wanted to make a bow to match their card. We used 2 of the Sale-A-Bration items, Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and the new Glimmer Paper, to make these cards. img_0261

You can click HERE to see the original post with directions how to make the card and bow. This is one of those “formula” cards you could use again and again with different sentiments and colors.  I like black & white with a pop of color!  Here’s a photo of the ladies with their finished cards.


I love how they used their leftover scraps of glimmer paper to add a strip to their envelope. Don’t these look so bright and springlike?

Colleen shared a card using a quilt design. Here’a a picture of her with her card.


I wish I had taken another group picture of everyone’s cards as they all looked different because we used different designer series paper.  When you start with a neutral base you can do so many color combinations!

Marissa had us heat embossing and water coloring with blender pens, ink, colored pencils and aqua painters.  Here’s her card. Perfect for any occasion!


I totally messed up as I don’t have a photo of Margie with her card! I’ll make sure to catch her next time!

Susan and I took a road trip on Saturday to beautiful Virginia!  We enjoyed some crafting and catching up with a fellow demonstrator, Sharon Cline, and learned to make a “bendy card”.  This 3D card is not a quick & easy style card to make.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another one but it was definitely a fun day!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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I hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a great day ahead!

Just Stampin’


S is for Stylish Stems

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I am showcasing the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies and Special Reason Stamp Set featured on page 42 in the Occasions catalog.


I love fun fold cards!  This pocket card is very simple to make. I started with a piece of 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand as my card base.  I scored it at 1 1/4 and 5 1/2.  The fold is on the bottom and the 1 1/4 piece folds down on the front of the card. I didn’t adhere the sides as the ribbon holds it together.  I just wrapped it around the card and tied a simple knot. I cut a 2 x 4 1/4 piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and adhered it to a layer of Sweet Sugarplum that measures 2 1/4 x 4 1/4.  The insert piece measures 3 1/2 x 5 (Very Vanilla) and 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 (Sweet Sugarplum). I stamped the sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum ink.


Next, I stamped and cut my floral pieces and layered them on my card.


The Stylish Stems Framelits are unique and very versatile.  Let me forewarn you… these were not on my original wish list as I felt I already had enough florals but, once I saw this video and all the different possibilities, I knew I had to add them to my collection.  I always say, it has to be versatile for me to invest and this one definitely fits that bill! It may just be my new favorite floral!  Check out this video (if you dare)! LOL

I love the projects Holly created in the video and I especially like how you can use the negative image from the die to create different projects.

I had so much fun playing and creating with the Stylish Stem Framelits. Here’s another card I made.  The card measurements are the same but this one is made with the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, Silver Metallic Ribbon (from Sale-A-Bration), Silver Foil, and Silver Embossing Powder.


Here’s how I layered the floral using the Stylish Stem Framelits and the Layering Circles Framelits.


Which one do you prefer?


I made coordinating envelopes but forgot to photograph the second one. Oops!


Here’s another look at the projects Holly created in the video.So pretty!!!




The Stylish Stems Dies coordinate beautifully with the Special Reason Stamp set which has great sentiments.  You can never go wrong with a set of sentiment stamps!



You can purchase this set as a bundle and save 10%!.  If you purchase the bundle for $45.75 and add an item for $4.25 or more (ex. Snail refill for $4.50) you qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Use the Hostess code EPGDT3KF  when you check out and I will send you one of the cards I made using this bundle as well as a card kit for you to make!  I appreciate everyone who shops with me!  Click HERE to go to my online store!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


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L is for Love

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Stampin’ Up! has lots of new products for sending cards to loved ones for Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and wedding. The Occasions catalog is filled with so many ideas to inspire us! Today I am showcasing two cards I made using products from the Falling in Love Suite.


I love everything in this suite…the soft muted colors in the designer series paper, the lace doilies, jewel embellishments, and especially the Falling Petals Embossing Folder.  It can look like hearts or falling petals. The Lace Doilies are printed Very Vanilla on one side, white on the other. I love that versatility!  I was inspired by the anniversary card showcased on page 50 (and above) and couldn’t wait to make it in different colors.




My niece is getting married next month and her wedding colors are navy, silver, and white. I used the Falling Petals Embossing Folder for the background on this card. I embossed the hearts on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy cardstock and added the lace doily, vellum, and ribbon before adhering it to the card base. I embossed the sentiment from the So in Love Stamp Set with silver embossing powder and cut it out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  I used silver foil to cut the love from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits. I cut a piece of 2 1/4 x 6 Night of Navy cardstock to emboss with the hearts to make a matching envelope.


My next card uses the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper for the background.




The card base is Sahara Sand. Next is a layer of Very Vanilla which  measures 5 3/8 x 4 1/8.  The designer series paper from Falling in Love measures 4 x 5 1/4. I cut a circle from the layering circles framelits to place behind the very vanilla doily.  It gives it a different look. I like the tone on tone to highlight the sentiment banner and heart.


I used the same sentiment from So in Love only this time I masked part of it so I would just have the word celebrate. I used the Bunch of Banner Framelits to cut out the sentiment and attached it with dimensionals.  I cut the heart from Sunshine Wishes Thinlits using silver foil and added the embellishment to tie in the silver and vanilla. I used the DSP to line the back of the envelope. I love the elegant look of this card.


Preciously I shared a card and gift card holder I made using the So in Love Stamp Set and So Detailed Thinlits Dies. If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

Check out this short video from Stampin’ Up! showing some different ideas using this stamp set and dies from the Falling in Love Suite.

Either of today’s cards could be used for a wedding, anniversary or Valentine’s Day…they are all days to celebrate love! Which one is your favorite?



Stamp Set: So in Love  Ink: VersaMark  Papers: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Sahara San, Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, Silver Foil, Vellum  Tools & Accessories: Bunch of Banners Framelits, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits, Lace Doilies, Falling in Love Embellishments, Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Silver Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots

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Have a lovely day!

Just Stampin’




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E is for Edgelits

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I’m showcasing the Star Blast Edgelits Dies. This fun new set is great for cards and gift packaging! I made this gift bag which could be used for a birthday, graduation, Golden Globe winner (LOL), or any special occasion.


I went all glitz and glam making this gift bag after seeing all the gorgeous gowns on the red carpet. Did anyone else stay up to watch the Golden Globe awards last night?

The gift bag is quite easy to make using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  Start with a piece of 6 x 12 cardstock or DSP.  With the long side along the top, score at 4 1/4, 5 3/4, 10, and 11 1/2.  Turn the paper so the short side is along the top and score at 1 1/2.  Cut off the 1 1/2 x 1/2 inch strip along the bottom.  Use your paper snips to cut along the score lines from the bottom of the bag up to the 1 1/2 inch score line. Apply Tear & Tape along the 1/2″ strip and adhere the sides of the bag together. Fold the flaps in and secure the bottom with Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape.

Score a piece of 3 x 12 gold foil at 4 1/4, 5 3/4, 10, and 11 1/2.  Center the Star Blast Edgelit Die along the top inside the 4 1/4 inch rectangle piece and run it through the Big Shot. Move the die so it’s centered inside the other 4 1/4 inch rectangle and repeat.

Fold along the score lines and attach to the top of the bag with Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Tear & Tape. The sentiment is heat embossed with gold embossing powder on a piece of 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 whisper white. I layered the sentiment on gold foil and gold glimmer paper that measures the same and attached it to the bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added some Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Ribbon with Mini Glue Dots. The finished size is 4 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/2.  It can hold the small wide stamp cases as well as ribbon, adhesives, and Stampin’ accessories. It goes without saying that a nice piece of jewelry and some chocolate would fit perfectly.

Do you wonder what’s the difference between framelits, thinlits, and edgelits? Are you confused about what to use to cut each?  Here’s a great video from Stampin’ Up! explaining how to use the Big Shot and what you need to make your “sandwich”.

I love that you can use any size paper with the edgelits and it only cuts the designs and doesn’t cut the rest of the paper.  I can’t wait to play with these dies some more.  My mind is racing with different ideas!

I make a lot of birthday cards and I really like that this set is versatile and can be used for masculine cards and kids! The large sentiments really stand out!


You can purchase the Star Blast Edgelits Dies in a bundle with the coordinating Birthday Blast Stamp set and save 10%. Here’s some more ideas using this set. The first one is a card I shared previously.  If you missed it, you can click on the image to see the original post.

Check out the inside of this card for a special way to make a card for everyone to sign!



Here’s another look at today’s gift bag.


Stamp Set: Birthday Blast Ink: VersaMark  Papers: Whisper White, Gold Foil. Gold Glimmer, Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Star Blast Edgelits Dies, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate, Die Brush, Gold Embossing Powder, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape, Mini Glue Dots

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’



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Happy New Year!

Start a new family tradition!

A friend of mine posted this idea on Facebook and I knew this was something I could do and enjoy with my family. It’s quick & easy!  I decided to spruce up my jar to make it part of my decor so I could set it out and be reminded to do it throughout the year.


I had a Longaberger mason jar in my pantry and decided to use that.  I love and use Longaberger baskets throughout my home and craft space to keep things organized. My husband buys the tree trimming basket for me every year and I put those on a tree in our kitchen for the holidays. You can see in the photos that I chose the colors for my jar and paper holder to match the table runner and curtains in my kitchen.


My Longaberger basket tree.  I fill the baskets with candy for the holidays.

I made a belly band for the mason jar using a 2 inch strip of soft suede cardstock. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper to punch each end and threaded mint macaron mini striped ribbon through the ends and tied a bow. I heat embossed the sentiment from Paisleys and Posies with clear embossing powder.  To emboss any color all you have to do is ink your stamp in VersaMark first, then ink it in whatever color you want and stamp it on your cardstock. Add clear embossing powder and heat it.  I used mint macaron ink for the sentiment.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock for the lid.  I stamped the flower from Flower Shop Stamp Set with soft suede ink and punched it out with the pansy punch.  I also punched a mint macaron flower and attached both to the top of my jar with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I can’t wait to start adding wonderful memories to the jar!


I found a pad of paper in my desk drawer that was the perfect size to fit in a business card holder.  You can click HERE for directions how to make the business card holder.  You can easily cut copy paper to size (2 x 3 1/2) to fit in the holder or just use any little paper pack.


I used soft suede cardstock and ink for my paper holder along with the same mint macaron ribbon I used on my jar.  I love how the flower from Flower Shop Stamp Set matches the flower in my material.  I punched the flower out with the pansy punch and attached it with a dimensional.  I used the date stamp on the rotary punch from the December Paper Pumpkin kit to stamp my paper.

Rotary stamp from the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit

I am going to send my daughter back to college with some of these papers in a stamped envelope for her to write on and then send home when she has them completed.  I am hoping I can get my son and husband to add their good blessings to the jar too! What fun this will be to share a year from now.


Stamps Sets: Flower Shop, Paisleys & Posies, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Rotary Stamp  Inks: Mint Macaron, Soft Suede, VersaMark  Papers: Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla  Tools & Accessories: Pansy Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Layering Circles Framelits, Mint Macaron Mini Striped Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I am not one to make new year resolutions.  Mainly because I never seem to be able to keep them. This is something I know I can do and I love that it is a wonderful way to reflect upon and remember the many blessings. I hope this has inspired you to use what colors you have to create one for yourself or as a gift. If you would like to purchase any of the products I used you can Click HERE to shop my online store.

Last night we rang in the new year doing something we’d never done before. We usually travel over the holidays and visit family in Massachusetts.  This year our plans changed and we stayed home. We decided to check out the local celebration that has become a New Year’s Eve tradition in our small town. New York City may have the ball dropping at midnight but, here in Hagerstown, Maryland we have a Donut Drop.  A local family owned business, Krumpe’s, makes the most delicious donuts and they gave away 6,000 free donuts last night to everyone who assembled downtown to watch the annual Donut Drop countdown. I am all about trying new things and we had a fun time with my daughter and her friend.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wish you and your family a happy, healthy New Year filled with many blessings!

Just Stampin’