Too Cool for School – all about 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 Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, number 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 the projects.

My favorite stamping tool of all time are the fabulous dies from Stampin Up.  Of course, a Big Shot goes right along with all those tools, and let’s not forget the bundles Stampin Up offers (at 15% discount) with a stamp set to go with those fabulous dies.  To show off a new die available in the 2015 Holiday catalog (available for purchase Sept 1) called the Square Pillow Box die. Look at all the extras that come with the box itself.

To honor the square pillow box fully I created three different projects with the same die, but all very different, one for each of the major holidays this year – Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween.  Stampin Up Square Pillow Box Not only is the pillow box just cute as can be by itself, there is a square framelit die included that you can use for cutting a window into the box.  I cut a second box out of Designer Series Paper and used it as a lining inside so when the treats are gone it’s still cute as can be.  Did you notice the sentiment on the window sheet?  That is from a coordinating stamp set called A Little Something that you can purchase, yes, as a bundle, with the box die. The 1/8″ striped ribbon is also new and comes in a role of Garden Green and Real Red.Stampin Up Square Pillow Box For Thanksgiving I cut the die as normal, then cut off the top to make it open and wrapped with ribbon.   They showed us this idea at convention.  What a great napkin and tableware holder for your holiday feast.  The sentiment is from A Little Something and the Acorn was made with the new Acorn Builder Punch.  I used the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on both halves of the box after using the leaf die three times on the front panel. Stampin Up Square Pillow Box AverysOwlery.comFor Halloween I made a double pillow box following the same method as for the Thanksgiving box, then slipped one inside the other and covered it with a belly band made of Old Olive Background Designer Series Paper from the Brights collection, Basic Black and Tangelo Twist retired ribbon.  Again the sentiment is from A Little Something stamped on the Note Tag punch layered over a piece of Old Olive from Pretty Petals DSP Stack punched with the Scallop Tag Topper.  The little pumpkins were cut from the die included with the box.  I had drew on their faces. Thanks for stopping by my site today.  The next stop is Lisa Pretto at InkBIg Academy Stamps! , number 4 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop! Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  4. Lisa Pretto at InkBIg Academy Stamps!
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Amy at Amy’s Inklings
  9. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Pamela Sadler at
  15. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  17. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  18. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  19. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  20. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  21. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  22. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty

Stampin Up Square Pillow Box Stampin Up Square Pillow Box AverysOwlery.comStampin Up Square Pillow Box

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About Lynn

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. Great designs! I just got this die in the mail yesterday and immediately made my first square “pillow box”…they are fun!

  2. These projects are fabulous, Lynn! I love the DSP on the inside of the Christmas box–nice touch!

  3. Super-fun way to showcase the versatility of this adorable die!

  4. Love all the detail in your boxes! Very cute!

  5. These are amazing ..great way to show this box…I will have to get it later but want to play so much..thnaks for inspiration!

  6. Great projects. I just love the acorn on your box!

  7. Ooooo … I love those!!!!! The colors, textures and patterns you have going on are wonderful!

  8. Great ideas for the pillow box. Love them all! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I love how the window sheet shows off the christmas plaid.

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