Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pals August 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 Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper,  #6 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.

Although I cannot be without The Big Shot, Embossing Folders, The Stampin' Trimmer, and many other tools, a very important tool that is always on my desk is the Paper Piercing Tool.

This tool is used for piercing paper. Stampin' Up! also provides many piercing templates to create beautiful designs to enhance your cards and paper crafts. See page 218 in the Annual Catalog for all he available designs.


I used the piercing tool to pierce a star using the Gold Foil Sheets. I secured the foil sheet to the star template and piercing mat with some Washi Tape. I then pierced every star image (except the biggest one) with the tool.

I cut the star out using the Stars Framelits Dies.

 I used the Gold Foil Star and some Kraft Card Stock to create a Country style Christmas Card with a little gold shine.  I added some linen thread and the corner stars stamp is from Be the Star.    The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Here is a very short video on additional uses for the Paper Piercing Tool:

The next stop is Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie, #8 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.
  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. Thanks for the very informative video! I love this tool also.

  2. Your card is wonderful! Thanks for the tips on using the piercing tool. I always have a problem getting the sticky strip backing off. I will try that next time.

  3. I love the gold foil with the linen thread--great combination!

  4. Great post, Diane. Love the video - and can't wait to hang out with you in October! Woo hoo!

  5. Thanks for the great ideas your's and Brian's I put them to use right after I watched your terrific video and before I finished the blog.

  6. Great tool and thanks for the helpful and humorous video! The star looks fabulous! Must try!

  7. Diane, I will be CASEing your card for New Year!! Absolutely divine!! Question... how do you keep the template from shifting during your piercing? Your star piercing layers are perfect!!

  8. Such a shiny card - i love the effect using the piercing tool and templates. A simple way to pop the card.

  9. Your star card is awesome! Thanks for reminding my I have not bought that template!

  10. One of my favorite tools as well! Beautiful card!!

  11. Gorgeous card! I am going to get out my piercing templates!

  12. Beautiful way of showcasing the templates.

  13. I have honestly never used this. How wonderful and beautiful this tool makes things. LOVE it!

  14. Awesome star card, Diane! I loved the video as well. I need to get a piercing tool. I have another brand and it's kind of bulky.

  15. Diane... I love my piercing tool too! One of my favorites. Thank you SOOO much for the extra tips in your video. Fantastic! Cute, cute card too.

  16. I agree - great tool! I love the little video, too. Great addition.

  17. The paper piercing really adds to your star. I usually forget I have the piercing tools...thanks for reminding me!

  18. I'm so happy to see someone else pick the Paper Piercer too. The video is perfect. Thanks for sharing that. Loved the idea of using the templates and piercer for perfect spacing of brads. Thank you!

  19. Love that big gold star and those cute corner stars.

  20. The video ideas are keepers! I will keep my piercing tool on my desk and at arms length. Thank you for such fabulous ideas.

  21. Beautiful Card and great video! TFS

  22. I always forget about the piercing packs. What a great reminder!

  23. Fabulous paper piercing, Diane! Love that star!

  24. Wowsa! Gorgeous, I especially love the messy thread - great detail!