Too Cool for School Tools for the 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 stop number 21 – Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’ 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.

Today’s card is all about tools.  Well, I think it’s really pretty too, but boy did I use a lot of my favorite tools to make it.6-IMG_1543

  • Framelits – Deco Label
  • Big Shot
  • Embossing folder
  • Embossing powder
  • Punches
  • Sponge Daubers and Ink
  • Envelope Punch Board
  • Fast Fuse tape

That’s a lot of tools for one card but they sure did make it easy to create.

Image – I used Versamark and the Lovely as a Tree stamp then embossed it with early espresso embossing powder.  This is an awesome way to maintain the image while coloring on top of it, which is exactly what I did using my sponge daubers and the colors I had selected (using my color coach cards) of Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana. I then cropped it with my Deco Label framelits.  


Flags – I used the Endless Birthday Wishes (personally love that set as it truly is endless) and stamped various pieces of DSP in my colors with early espresso.  I used my square 1″ punch to create the flagged ends.7-IMG_1544

Background – I used my sponge daubers with coastal cabana ink on the inside (recessed side) of my retired embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  (Did you know there is a Big Shot special this month.  Buy a Big Shot for $99 and receive a free select stamp and framelit bundle. That’s huge. A Big Shot is my all time favorite paper crafting tool). This provides that cool lightly colored background color under the embossing. So pretty if I do say so myself.

Envelope – a blog post on cool tools isn’t complete without making a custom envelop using my Envelope Punch Board.  I’ve used this so much the end of my bone folder is wearing down.  Sheesh!.  I used the new Fast Fuse tape to hold it together.  Great stuff for holding boxes and envelopes where a little extra hold is needed.

Honorable Mention – there were a few tools that make the Honorable Mention list also used in today’s card.  Stampin Trimmer – what paper crafter doesn’t have one of these. Stampin dimensionals to lift up the image for some dimension. I almost don’t consider them tools but everyday necessities.

The next stop on the Pals blog hop is #23 – Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space

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
  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
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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Lovely card using my absolute favorite stamp set of all time.

  2. Love the beautiful details on your card! I need to remember to ink up my embossing folders – so easy and a great way to add more color and interest! TFS

  3. I loved how the image is framed, so creative.

  4. Beautiful card. Showcases so many wonderful tools. You are such an artist!

  5. So Beautiful! Love the colors and the details! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Gorgeous card! Love all the detailed work you added!!

  7. The sponging adds such a soft, beautiful detail. Pretty card.

  8. Magnificent blend of the old and new, tried and true. Beautiful card Wendy.

  9. Ooops… I meant Lynn! Sorry about that. My head is spinning from all of the fantastic tips and projects in this hop!

  10. Beautiful card – the colors in the skyline are awesome! So pretty!

  11. Beautiful card, Lynn. I love that stamp set…looks great with embossing.

  12. Lynn, This card is gorgeous!

  13. Soft and lovely. The shading of the trees is perfect. And I love how you featured so many wonderful Stampin Up tools.

  14. Lynn, don’t think I can agree with your comment that your card is “really pretty”. It is gorgeous!! Love all of it – the colors – all the layers – the way you did the flags – our old friend “Lovely as a Tree”! Wonderful card!

  15. Your card is extraordinary! All the details are just wonderful. I especially love how you’ve cropped the image and framed it so nicely with that framelit.

  16. what a pretty card – you can see the love put into it…thanks for the inspiration – i love this stamp but haven’t figured out how to showcase it.

  17. This card is stunning, Lynn! So many beautiful details and a beautiful color palette.

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