Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals June hop!  This month, we’re bidding a “Fond Farewell” to some of our old friends, the 30 retiring colors of Stampin’ Up!’s Color Renovation! I have a great project to share for you and one card. This is a large post so make sure you scroll all the way through and check out the blog candy! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


I’m stop number 15 on the PALS HOP and I’m glad you hopped in!  I’ll help you “hop along” from blog to blog where you’ll find inspirational ideas for papercrafted creations from Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals!  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you’ll be back on track!
In honor of the retiring colors, we’re offering BLOG CANDY at each stop on the hop!  Visit each of the 17 Stampin’ Pretty Pals and leave a comment to their specific posted question and you’ll have a not one, but 17 chances to WIN some great Stampin’ Up! goodies!


Inspired by Stampin’ Tips:

  • These were so much fun to make! They are sitting on my dining room table and I have gotten wonderful comments on them from friends and family. They are truly very easy to make.
  • I found a pattern online to individually cut and score each circle but after doing the research, I found that Stampin’ Up offers a die cut like this…..THE CIRCLE 3D ORNAMENT BIGZ DIE! I was so excited when I found this delightful die cut for the amazing Big Shot! It made making these so easy! All you need is lots of glue, paper clips and paper!
  • I used retired paper and some of the retired Welcome Neighbor Designer Paper from the past Sale-A-Bration Sale.
  • I had a great helper, my daughter, who ran the Big Shot for the bigz die cuts. All you need is 16 circles to make one ball or a run through the big shot with the ornament die 4 times.

What you need is…

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Circle 3D Ornament Bigz Die (113472), Stampin’ Up Card Stock , Craft Glue.

Inspired by Stampin’ Tips:

  • A little touch of new and a touch of old in this card for you!
  • Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip Patterns Designer Series Paper were my three colors choices for this card.
  • Do you remember this stamp set in April? You will find it in the new 2010 catalog, Awash With Flowers. Yeah!!
  • Scallop Edge Punch was used along the border of my DSP. I love these punches and are so excited that they are in the new catalog! You will love the new catalog! It is fantastic!
  • After stamping with my Awash with Flowers, I used Stampin’ Up Markers to color in the flowers.
  •  I then placed  a Rhinestone Brad on the center of each flower.
  • Watercolor Trio Stamp was used for my “Birthday Wishes” Sentiment. Don’t forget to use your SAMJ for precise straight alignment.
  • Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon was used for my touch of Glam.

Stamp Sets: Awash with Flowers (120054 but not till July :)) Watercolor Trio (117054WM, 120084CM)

Ink: Chocolate Chip(100908), Basic Black (101179)

Card Stock: Whisper White (100730), Pretty in Pink (100459), Chocolate Chip Patterns DSP (112164)

Awesome Tools: Scallop Edge Punch (112091)

A Touch of Glam: Pretty in Pink 5/8″ Satin Ribbon (117289), Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads (109110), Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads (109111)

For your chance to win all the above goodies, please leave me a comment at the end of this post by 3:00 PM CST, Friday, June 11th, at which time I’ll choose a random winner.  Shipping to US only. What is your favorite Stampin’ Up! tool or accessory and why? I’ll go first: The Big Shot!!!! Why? Because it is SO versatile and you can make some of the most beautiful creations from this amazing tool!   

Here’s what the winner will receive:
Color Coach (older version), NEW! Well Scripted Stamp Set, NEW! Welcome Neighbor DSP, NEW! Metal Edge Tags, Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon, NEW! Twill Tape, A bag full of Brads, Clear Buttons and Chocolate Chip Corduroy Buttons!!!!
I’ll announce the winner of my blog candy package here on my blog on Sunday, June 13th, 2010.  The winner will have 48 hours to contact me after their name is announced.

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239 thoughts on “June Blog Hop & Blog Candy!!!

  1. Sara says:

    My favorite tool is the big shot also!! So versatile. I am always looking for new things to do with it!!!

  2. Becky H. says:

    Yes the big shot is a must have it extends ideas and adds that dimension. I also am a big punch fan. You can’t be without a bone folder or aqua painters and sponges too. I like all the tools!

  3. Terri C. says:

    My favorite Stampin’ UP! product is the Big Shot also. I love all the things you can do and create with it. It can be used for more than card making.
    I really like your creations and following your blog.

  4. Dana says:

    Love the 3D ornaments!!!
    Well, I absolutely love the grid paper. Such a simple thing really helps projects come together quickly. My little paper snips are also always by my side………

  5. Lauren Cole says:

    This may sound weird, but I couldn’t live without my SU craft scissors! Nothing cuts ribbon like they do!

  6. Pat Austin says:

    My favorite WOW–the table top cutter and punches. I love the punches and the cutter is very valuable. Thank you. Beautiful cards.

  7. Sharon Loyd says:

    Hi Joanna! Great project; card & Blog Candy! Whoo-hoo!! My favorite tool & accessory would be the Big Shot and the various embossing folders! LOVE it!!
    Sharon L

  8. Sue Gilroy says:

    I love the butterfly die cut and the buttergly embosslet. they seem to end up on a lot of m cards.

  9. Joni Kelly says:

    Without a doubt my #1 favorite SU tool has been the reverse tweezers in the retired tool kit, but for current tools it’s a tie between the punches and the Big Shot. Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

  10. Jenny Schlagel says:

    Oh, I definitely agree about the Big Shot! I have more fun creating cards, as well as non-paper crafts, with that one tool. My Crop-a-dile is a close second!

  11. Carol H says:

    The Big Shot is fabulous, but I’d have to say my “go to” tool is the piercer and mat…I guess I’m a pierceaholic. It is so easy to jazz up a card with such a simple tool. Love your creations…they are inspiring.

  12. kathy brown says:

    I don’t have a big shot–just a cuttlebug. But, I love the dies I can use in there–but I especially love the newer border punches!

  13. Tracey Clay says:

    I will have to agree the Big Shot is by far the most amazing tool Stampin Up offers right now and everyone needs one!!! TFS

  14. Debbie D says:

    My absolute favorite tool are the embossing folders. They add such elegance and seem to complete the card.

  15. Deborah Halstead says:

    How cute your geometric balls are. Would be fun to use like red, white and blue papers for 4th of july, red and green for Christmas, etc. Thanks for the great idea. I love each and every one of my SU punches. After you use a SU punch, you’ll never use another brand.

  16. SherylC says:

    I agree. I love the big shot. Your samples are great. Just think of all the Christmas ornaments you can make with this idea. ThankU.

  17. Julie says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win such great SU blog candy. I’m loving this blog -hop idea! So cool, and so many creative blogs!
    Ok, my your favorite Stampin’ Up! tool or accessory is definitely the Stamp-a-ma-jig! I do not know how I lived without this and I am grateful for it every time I use it! It saves me lots of supplies and prevents me from being dissapointed in my cards all because I had a stamp turned the wrong way, or the image on the back of the stamp didn’t line up well with the actual stamp. This tool is a lifesaver, and worth every penny. So simple, I don’t know why no one marketed this years ago!

  18. Mike Funke says:

    I’m right there with you on the Big Shot – and all the Embossing Folders! Beautiful projects, Joanna! Love the decorator balls. Who knew retiring colors could look so great!

  19. Kari Rieck says:

    I would have to agree with the others who said punches–I LOVE my punches. I don’t have a big shot yet–should be here by the end of the week, so I may change my mind.
    I love the way you converted the ornament punch into a vase.

  20. Marcia says:

    Thanks for a chance to win! Choosing a favorite tool is a tough one, but I’d have to say the Big Shot. Ideas are endless using this great tool!

  21. CarylP says:

    I love my Big Shot a lot but I think my punches are more of a go to tool, especially circle punches. They’re so versatile and can leave the craft area with ease so I can use them anywhere!

  22. Mary Davidson says:

    Those 3D balls are so cute and I love your little blingy flowers!
    I have to say that the Big Shot is my favorite tool. I use it at every class. I also love the Edge punches.

  23. Lisa O. says:

    Great blog! I will be visiting here often!
    My favorite tool..I love the embossing folders and also the paper snips.

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