August 13, 2014

Pals Blog Hop By the Seashore

Welcome to the 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 Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty, #39 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.
My favorite tool... it truly is like choosing the favorite child, they are all dear in their very own way, but let me share some of my most used tools!

Today's project is a set of 3 x 3 cards and a coordinating box in which to put them. I know the holiday catalog is much anticipated and many folks are providing sneak peaks, but I'm hanging on to the last days of summer, so I broke out my By the Seashore stamp set for my project.

Every card I make starts with the Stampin' Trimmer. SU! has the best cutting tool in town, one that can handle a 12 x 12 piece of CS or DSP with no problem. This wonderful tool can also score your project! A good cutting tool is a must have for every papercrafter. 

My box was created using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. The projects you can make with this handy dandy tool are ENDLESS! The companion Simply Scored Diagonal Plate and Simply Scored Borders Plate triple the usefulness of this amazing tool.

To create my beach scene, I used a post-it note to mask my paper and sponged Crumb Cake on the bottom of the card to create the sand. Next step was to reposition the paper and sponge in the white space with Pool Party. I filled in the horizon line with Coastal Cabana to provide the sea in the landscape.

In this photo, you can see the shine on the seashell. I used a technique that is a take off on emboss resist. I stamped my image using Stazon black ink and colored it in using a blender pen, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede ink. I then covered the image with Versamark ink, covered that with clear embossing powder and used my heat tool - another favorite! The end product is this shiny effect. For more depth to your project, you can actually layer color on the embossed layer and emboss the image again.

For the box, I used another must have tool, the paper snips, to cut out my images and then popped one of the shells up using dimensionals - are they a tool?? Not sure, but I do know they're wonderful!!

So, my must have tools? The Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, the Heat Tool and the Paper Snips. These are basics that should be in the tool kit for every papercrafter! To purchase any of these items, click on the product name and you'll go straight to my 24/7 online store.

If you enjoyed learning this technique, please leave a comment. Stop back tomorrow for another sample using this fun technique.
The next stop is Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog, #2 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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Final Line-Up
  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


  1. Adorable cards & box, Sue!

  2. Great post! Beautiful projects! Woo hoo!

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  4. Love the card set and cute!

  5. What a great start to the blog hop... the card and box set is a great gift!! Pinned it for future CASE.... :)

  6. I am a sucker for anything nautical or the techniques you used especially to create the sunlight on the shell with embossing!

  7. Wow, I love this card set! You did the nautical stamp set beautifully. I love it!

  8. Very nice project Sue! Wow you are #1 in this blog hop- how cool is that!

  9. I love all these tools! Beautiful work!

  10. These cards are beautiful..I will have to do some casing! Thanks for sharing!

  11. great post. I need to use my scoring plate more - it's an awesome tool!

  12. Beautiful Sue! Fantastic example of some great tools!

  13. Beautiful Set - a great way to hang on to summer a little bit longer!

  14. Love your by the sea card set, very pretty!

    Lisa Davis

  15. Beautiful collection. Perfect sea side colors.

  16. Great job, Sue! I agree that the tools you picked are must haves for any crafter. Love the shine from the embossing, too!