Too Cool for Tools Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Just Fun Stamping, 32 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

CondolenceMy favorite Stampin’ Up! tool (for now) is the Texture Boutique Machine.  However, I used the Big Shot to cut out the Deco Labels framelit. But I love this little powerful machine! It’s little, it takes our regular embossing folder, and it is a whole cheaper to emboss if you are just starting out and don’t have the funds to make the Big Shot purchase (for now). But if you already have the Big Shot, it makes a GREAT gift (Christmas is right around the corner) for the crafter in your life.


The next stop is See Jane Stamp, 34 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

  1. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  2. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  5. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  7. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  10. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  11. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  12. Amy Williams at Stamp and Spice
  13. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  14. Michelle Gleeson at Stampin’ Mojo
  15. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  17. September Gray at
  18. Shannon Jaramillo at EZPeasy Cards
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  22. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  23. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  26. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  27. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creatons
  28. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  29. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  30. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  31. Donna Kopenski at
  32. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  33. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards <—you are here
  34. Jane Knudsen at
  35. Candy Ford at Candy’s Blog
  36. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  37. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  38. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  39. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty

A Birthday Wish (RemberingYour Birthday)

A Birthday Wish (Remembering Your Birthday)

I know how easy it is to forget somebody's birthday and that is why I believe we should celebrate birthdays for a whole month… agree?  Anyone can send a birthday e-card, but what means the most is sending a handmade birthday card!

Often the card itself is a part of the gift.  Especially when the flowers you put on them make the card jump in 3D.  Now you know, this card is a keeper for years to come and the special day will never be forgotten.

I always try to use the favorite colors of the person I make my cards for.  This way, it will be even more extra special to them.  You tell me, would it be easy to throw away this colorful cheerful card?

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A Birthday Wish (Remembering Your Birthday)

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A Birthday Wish (Remembering Your Birthday)
Paper:  Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
Inks/Color:  Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
Other:  Basic Pearls
Remembering Your Birthday