Stampin’ Up

3×3 Note Holder

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May where we are preparing for the retirement of some Stampin’ Up! products.  Though it may be goodbye to some very loved supplies, it will make room for the much anticipated new catalog products.  We hope you enjoy the Pals’ creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat, number 7 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.

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One of the reasons I started stamping back in 2003, was to make thoughtful  gifts for family, friends, kid’s teachers, etc. I was at a Kindermusik class and saw an altered notebook made by a Stampin’ Up demo.  It was so cute and I was hooked. I love the fact that I can be almost ready to walk out the door for an event, and go to my stamping office and whip up a cool hostess gift.  For today’s post I made three 3×3 cards and envelopes with a matching note holder. My favorite retiring colors are Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.  My favorite retiring punch is the Blossom punch.  I will also miss the stamp set, Mixed Bunch.  My “go to” paper is the Backgrounds DSP stacks which are also retiring.

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I made three very simple 3×3 cards using punches and white embossing powder.

Here’s a set of cards I made using Coastal Cabana.

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The note holder is held together with a cute flower on a belly band.

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I originally made a similiar 3×3 note holder years ago with directions from Julie Davison.  Please let me know if you would like the instructions for the Note Holder.

The next stop is Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations, number 9 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!


  1. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  2. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  3. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps!
  6. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  7. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  12. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  13. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  14. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  15. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  16. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  19. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  22. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  23. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  26. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  27. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  29. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  30. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  31. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  32. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery’s Owlery


Pals Paper Art Challenge

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Here’s my submission to Pals Paper Art challenge PPA247.  I struggled with using the three purples together.  The basket is made out of  Elegant Eggplant.  The big butterfly is Perfect Plum and the small butterfly is Blackberry Bliss.  I made this basket with the intent of putting one of my purple african violets in to give as a gift, however I didn’t like the blue rim of the pot messing with the purple color scheme.

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I also tried the butterfly on top of the handle.  My husband, Steve, liked the first picture the best, so that’s what I went with for the challenge.  Have you tried the Pals Paper Art Challenge?  If you haven’t you should.

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Double Berry Basket Directions

I’ve been making lots of baskets with the new Stampin’ Up! Berry Basket Bigz L Die.  This weekend I decided to make one for my dear friend and her family who was hosting us for Easter.  They are a family of seven and I couldn’t fit all the Reese’s eggs and other candy I wanted to give for seven people, in one Berry Basket.  I decided to “double” the basket and tried different variations of making a larger basket.  Here’s the final variation of the Double Berry Basket.

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To make this Double Berry Basket cut out three of the main basket pieces and three of the scallop trim pieces and one handle piece.  To add extra support for the basket cut two extra pieces 5 3/4 x 2 3/4.  I used DSP for the trim and smaller butterfly, but cardstock for the basket and handle to make it sturdy enough to hold that much candy!  I used Tombo Mono Liquid Glue for this project.  Glue the three trim pieces together in a line.  Don’t worry about folding any of the score lines.  Cut one of the main basket pieces in two so you have an end piece at each end of the basket.  Glue one end piece to the bottom of each of the two main basket pieces.Set the other two main pieces beside each other and glue one of the extra 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 pieces on the top of the two pieces and one to the bottom of the two main pieces.  To add the trim, start at one end and leave one scallop off the edge of the end piece.  Hold a minute while the glue dries.  Leaving the one scallop apply the trim to the side piece and again leave one scallop off the next edge.  Continue around the basket and cut off the extra after leaving a small overlap.  I attached the handle using brads.  I glued the butterlies bodies to the handle.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  This is actually very easy to make.