Pals August Blog Hop! Tools Too Cool for School



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 Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin, Stop #38 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.

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Do these chic holiday gift boxes make your heart go pitter pat?  I have oodles of Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog sneak peeks (six, if you’re counting) to share with you, including new tools (the theme of today’s hop).  Sneak peek items will be available on August 28 when the Holiday Catalog begins.


  • SNEAK PEEK!  No doubt about it.  The Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board (135863) will be the “darling” of the holiday catalog.

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  • It’s a snap!  The punch allows you to create different sizes and shapes of gift boxes. The box above began as a piece of 12 x 12 card stock and evolves in about 3 minutes into a 4 x 4 x 4 box.
  • SNEAK PEEK!  These happening little boxes were created with Under the Tree Designer Series Specialty Paper (135825).  The added heft makes it very “box-worthy!”

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  • The second box measures 3.25 x 3.25 x 1.75.  Did I mention that there’s no need for adhesive with the boxes created using the  Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board?  Cool.
  • 3 MORE SNEAK PEEKS!  Add the perfect touch to your gifts with Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon (135839), Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies (135851, “Joy” and “Noel”) and Frosted Sequins (135835, approx 450 snowflakes and silver sequins–YUM)!
  • ONE MORE PEEK!   The Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green tags were cropped with the Stampin’ Up! Note Tag Punch (135860).  I love the way the sentiments float off into space!

The next stop is Sue Becker at RnR Stamping, Stop #1 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.


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  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. Beautiful boxes, Mary! You are spot on about the Gift Box Punch Board…it is going to be the tool of the holiday season!

  2. These are fantastic Mary! Just when I think that the Stampin’ Up! DSP can’t get any better it does!

  3. What a sweetie, Judi! Hope you had a chance to get your Christmas cards rolling!

  4. Mary, LOVE your post! The boxes are adorbs and …..the tag – what a CLEVER idea. Even thought it is in the 90’s here, you make me want to jump up and start on my Christmas cards:))) Thank you for ALL of the inspiration you so freely give to others. xoxo judi

  5. last but not least – just like the saying. very pretty – really dresses up the gift giving

  6. I can’t wait to give this a try. You make it all look so easy and beautiful.

  7. Lovely boxes. Will you make mine for Christmas too? 🙂

  8. Donna Kopenski

    These are so cute. Mary, I’m sure you have convinced everyone they MUST have this punch board! 🙂

  9. Beautiful Mary! The Thinlet words at just the right touch.

  10. The boxes are beautiful…love the paper and NO adhesive….Amazing!

  11. Katie Ferguson

    Love the box board! Can’t wait to get mine!!

  12. Oh my, I just love these little boxes, Mary!

  13. LOVE! I remember when you made your first box with that punch board, Mary. It was like it was yesterday. You’re such a pro at it now.

  14. The perfect end to our blog hop, Mary! I LOVE our new punch board and your boxes showcase the new holiday items to perfection!! I wonder how many times this will be pinned today, LOL!

  15. I love your boxes! They are the bomb! I just received this paper last night and now know that I am going to be busy making gift boxes for Christmas 🙂 I love the way you used the words on the tag. Perfect! (as usual) 🙂

  16. Awesome job with the boxes and they are beautifully decorated! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Thank you Mary for showcasing so many new items. Can’t wait to shop and make these boxes.

  18. Yay! I am so glad I ordered the tool!

  19. Mary, you higlight the fantastic new tool beautifully! I am always hunting for a box and end up with something too big or too little. What a great way to get one that is just right!

  20. The boxes are to die for, Mary! And now that you have mentioned that the Under the Tree DSP has a bit more weight to it, I am adding it to my Wish List. Thanks for the peeks!

  21. Maria: The 1″ Linen Ribbon only comes in Cherry Cobbler (starting Aug. 28 when the Holiday Catalog begins) Thanks ALL for your kind words.

  22. Maria Rodriguez

    Love this little box and tag, I’m enjoying so much this Holiday sneak peeks in the middle of August. And the linen ribbon…..oh! it’s luscious indeed, does it come in other colors?
    Thank you for this very tempting post Mary.

  23. Those boxes are beautiful, Mary! And now I’m so glad I picked up that linen ribbon at Convention–it looks so bright and luscious and touchable in those bows!

  24. These are gorgeous. I adore the way the die cut words are larger than the tags, it really gives the look some “punch”.

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