Vintage Leaves and the Big Shot – August 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  Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity, number 15 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.

One of my favorite tools is the Big Shot.  In fact, I incorporated that into the name of my team which is “Deb’s Big Shots”.  So I decided to highlight the Big Shot on my project this month.

August Blog Hop


Stamp Set – Vintage Leaves, Tin of Cards Stamp Set
Ink – Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Tip Top Taupe
Cardstock – Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Accessories – Washi Label Punch, Leaflets Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Gold Metallic Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

How I used my favorite tool – the Big Shot:

1)  Did you notice the two color tones on the embossed piece?  The Woodgrain Embossing Folder was inked with Tip Top Taupe ink.  I dragged the ink pad across the folder – you can also apply ink to the folder with a brayer.  The piece of Soft Suede Cardstock was inserted into the embossing folder which was run through the Big Shot.

2)  The Big Shot was also used to cut out the stamped leaves with the Leaflet Framelits; I did use the magnetic platform when cutting out the leaves.  It helps to keep the framelit in place around the stamped image giving a more perfect cut.  Before the Magnetic Platform, I used post it notes or painter’s tape to hold the framelits in place.

The next stop is Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp, number 17  on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Happy Stamping!


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


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Sheltering Tree has a Classic Bike!

PPA 261


Stamp Set – Sheltering Tree, Endless Birthday Wishes
Ink – Smoky Slate, Garden Green, Momento Black
Cardstock – Basic Black, Garden Green, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Accessories – 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″, and 2″ Circle Punches, Brick Embossing Folder, White Signo Uni-ball Gel Pen, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Glue Dots, Snail Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Stamping Tips:

1)  Filling in the ‘mortar’ with the gel pen gives the brick wall great definition
2)  Adhere the sequins with a glue dot

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stamping!


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How do you personalize your stamping area?



Not long ago I showed you how I utilize some storage items in my craft room.  See the original post.  At that time I promised you some photos of how I personalized my stamping area.  These are the things that make my stamping area meaningful to me and show off my personality.   I think I am more apt to spend time in my stamping area and be creative when that area makes me smile.

Decor Grandma Workshop sign

Here you can see the sign which my sister-in-law painted for me.  It hangs above one of the windows.  My stamping area was named “Grandma’s Workshop” by my grandson, Jack.  Grandpa has a workshop for woodworking so it followed that my stamping area must be a “workshop” for Grandma!  Too Cute!

Decor Pottery Desk Organzier


I love pottery and use this organizer, which I received as a gift from Toni, on the table in my stamping area.  There are 4 little pots  that I have full to the brim with tools I like to have right at hand when I stamp.

Decor Wooden Velveeta BoxThis wooden box holds odd and ends that accumulate on my work area until I take time to find them a more permanent home.  Extra banner pieces and stamped images that I don’t end up using right away sit in this box until I use them on a project.  I found this old Kraft Velveeta box in the basement when we were cleaning out my mother’s house.  It was full of screws, nails, etc on my dad’s workbench and I cleaned up the box and repurposed it for my stamping area.

Decor Framed Scrapbook PageThis is a 12 X 12 page that I decorated; kind of like a scrapbook page except that I framed the sheet and now have it sitting on top of a shelf.  My grandson is in the photo which was taken about the time he coined the term “Grandma’s Workshop”.

Decor paintingThis oil painting was painted by my grandmother about 50 years ago.  I loved it as a child and she made sure I received it when she died.  Never get tired of looking at this painting!  My husband made an easel out of special wood for the painting to sit on.  So not only do I think of my grandmother when I look at the painting, I also think of my husband when I see the easel.

Decor Lady Stamping by ToniMy sister-in-law, Toni is a dear to me.  She coined the term “sister-in-friend” for the 2 of us.  As you can see, she is a talented artist.  I don’t know if you tell, but the cup on the table in this painting says “born to stamp”.  Look at the detail in the window and the prints on the wall. Toni is amazing!!

Decor Cheese Box by ToniOne time when Toni was visiting, we spent the better part of a day going to rummage sales.  She found this old cheese box for me to buy.  I think it was $2.00.  We cleaned it up and I sent it home with Toni to paint for me.  I loved what she did with it!

If you have been a stamper for some years, you may recognize this as a Stampin’ Up! stamp.  She enlarged it to use as a pattern to trace on the box and then painted it.  I keep extra adhesives in this box in my stamping area.

As you can see, my stamping area is full of items that bring to mind people who are extra special to me!

How have you personalized your stamping area?  I’d love to hear about it if you leave a comment below or  share a photo with me by email to [email protected]

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Stamping!