Pals Blog Hop is All about Families First


It’s the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017.  We appreciate you stopping by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations – or whatever you celebrate. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

By Debbie Mageed, Special Reason, Succulent Garden, Clothespin, Wreath, Home Decor, Mother's Day, Stampin Up

Succulent Garden Clothespin Wreath

Home decor doesn’t have to be complicated and this clothespin wreath was a fun, easy project that I made in a weekend. I have always wanted to make one and actually have had the clothespins in my craft room stash for years. The Succulent Garden DSP convinced me that it was time to make it!

It’s All in the Details

  • I started with a total of 72 clothespins, cutting four of the DSP patterns into strips of 3/8″ x 3 1/4″. I did 18 clothespins of each DSP but only used 17 of each so if you use less than 4 designs of DSP, you might be able to use all 72. Wanting to keep the pattern evenly, I couldn’t get four more on, so left the last four off.
  • Now, using Glossy Mod Podge (MP), while binge-watching episodes of Top Chef with my daughter, I coated each clothespin with a light coat of MP, laid the DSP strip down and applied another coat of MP. After they dried, I applied one more coat. Once that was dry, I clipped them to a metal floral wreath form.
  • The grapevine wreath was secured over the metal wreath form as tightly as I could get it, using beading wire and hot glue.
  • I attached store-bought flowers  (no apologies here because they are so pretty!), used an oval punch to cut out leaves from DSP, sponged the edges, folded them in half before hot gluing them to the bottom of each flower.
  • Succulent Garden 3/8″ Ribbon was made into a big bow, then Silver Sequin Trim was glued to the back before all were hot glued to the grapevine wreath. Then, the flowers were hot glued in place.
  • Four flowers from Special Reason were stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, then letters from Brushwork Alphabet were heat embossed with Old Olive, VersaMark and Clear Emboss Powder.
  • Two banners from Fiesta Time Framelits were cut from the DSP, layered to connect them together with adhesive. The four flowers were adhered in place, then all were hot glued to the wreath. Two tassels from Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit were tied with a small piece of ribbon, then hot glued in place to the ends of the banner.
  • I tied a small piece of ribbon to the back of the metal wreath frame to hang in place and this pretty wreath was done!

Quick List of Stampin’ Up! Products (Links to products are at the end of this post)By Debbie Mageed, Special Reason, Succulent Garden, Clothespin, Wreath, Home Decor, Mother's Day, Stampin Up

  • Stamp Sets: Special Reason, Brushwork Alphabet
  • Paper: Succulent Garden DSP
  • Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive, VersaMark
  • SU Tools: Fiesta Time Framelits, Succulent Framelits
  • Finishing Touch: Succulent Garden 3/8″ Ribbon Combo Pack, Silver Sequin Trim, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Clear Emboss Powder


Mother’s Love Card

By Debbie Mageed, Mother's Love, Grateful Bunch, , Swirly Scribbles, Flourish, Mother's Day, Stampin Up

Some stampers just make cards so I also made a card that can be used for any occasion when celebrating mothers. I tried keeping this card generic but with Mother’s Day right around the corner, I think it would be perfect for that celebration! The supplies used are listed below and if you have any questions regarding how I made it, please feel free to leave me a comment. I did use a couple of retired stamp sets (I have so many!) but you can substitute from what you have with this design.

Quick List of Stampin’ Up! Products  (Links to products are at the end of this post)

By Debbie Mageed, Mother's Love, Grateful Bunch, , Swirly Scribbles, Flourish, Mother's Day, Stampin Up

  • Stamp Sets: Mother’s Love, Grateful Bunch, Brushwork Alphabet, Designer Typeset
  • Paper: Blooms & Bliss DSP, Neutrals DSP Stack, Crumb Cake, Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand
  • Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Crumb Cake
  • SU Tools: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Birds & Blooms Thinlits, Blossom Bunch Punch, Layering Ovals Framelits
  • Finishing Touch: Succulent Garden 3/8″ Ribbon Combo Pack, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Sending Love Embellishments, Gold Wink of Stella, Delicate White Doilies, In Color Enamel Shapes, Basic Pearls


Thanks for coming to my blog today and hope you will leave me a comment! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time. Want to know what’s new with SU?  Check out my What’s New on the menu. Until next time, have fun in your craft room!


To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-Up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  12. Susan Itell at
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  17. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  18. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  19. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  21. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  22. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  23. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  24. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  25. Shawn de Oliveira at
  26. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  28. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  29. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  30. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards

 DIY List of Stampin Up! Products

Custom Tee and Party Pants for Stampin’ Up! Cheerful Critters

By Debbie Mageed, Cheerful Critters, Custom Tee, Scenic Sayings, Birthday, Kids, Stampin Up


We had so much fun with the great sketch challenge and the gallery had wonderful inspiration to show for it! Our next challenge is “baby, baby! – use baby critters on your card,” which is my favorite type of challenge, because you can really be creative.  Combining my old stamps with new supplies and stamps brings out the best in all of them. Cheerful Critters was released in the 2015 Occasions Catalog but Custom Tee was just released in 2017 Occasions and is still available till May 31st. Party Pants was a 2016 Sale-A-Bration stamp set but Scenic Sayings was in the 2016 Annual Catalog and is also still available.

You may not be able to buy a bigger house to save every single craft supply you buy, but try saving the stamps and supplies that you truly love and play along with us because we get why you do! The only thing we ask is that you put in your description how long you have had the stamp(s) (guess if you can’t remember exactly) and keep your challenge submissions to a total of 10.

It’s All in the Details

  • This card started with Pool Party cardstock cut to A2 dimensions.
  • I stamped the critters with Stazon black ink then colored them with SU watercolor pens followed by a light swipe of the blender pen, adding different colors together, like the blue and teal as well as a yellow and orange to get the look I wanted.
  • Once satisfied, I took the Copic Marker B0000 and colored the background area behind the critters to look like sky. It took me a couple of layers but I didn’t want a color that was too dark so I used the lightest blue I had.
  • Deciding on the sentiments for the signs was a challenge but Party Pants had the best sentiments for little critters and I had never used these!
  • The little critters have to be standing behind something so I used the Serene Scenery DSP, cut little notches and adhered to the cardstock with the images. They were then layered onto Crumb Cake cardstock and adhered to the card base.
  • The fence made me think about how people like to carve into them, so I found the heart stamp from Scenic Sayings and stamped it with Crumb Cake. In the end, it wasn’t dark enough for me, so I went over it with the Crumb Cake marker.
  • The finishing touch for my card was stamping the “One in a Million” sentiment from Custom Tee stamp set in Crumb Cake, cutting it out with the Layering Square framelit then layering it onto Crumb Cake cardstock cut with the stitched square framelit. They were adhered together then placed onto a short piece of 5/8″ Burlap ribbon.

Quick List of Stampin’ Up! Products

  • Stamp Sets: Custom Tee, Scenic Sayings, Party Pants, Cheerful Critters
  • Paper: Serene Scenery DSP Stack, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Crumb Cake
  • SU Tools: Layering Square Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Crumb Cake Marker, Copic Marker B0000
  • Finishing Touch: 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon


I am submitting this card to A Gem of a Challenge with a “Furry Friends” challenge and  also want to participate in Crafty Friends Challenge Blog who are also having a challenge using “Animals or Birds.” Both have some really wonderful inspiration so I hope you will check them out and play along with me!

Please stop by and check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog then get your much loved older stamps out and play along! Read the Challenge Guidelines below to be eligible to win. The challenge closes on Friday, April 21st.

Challenge Guidelines

  • We require stamps older than one year. New papers/dies are great – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.  No back-linking prior to the beginning date of the challenge.
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with others but in order to be eligibleas one of our Top Five winners, you may not have submitted your project to more than 10 total.


Thanks for coming to my blog today! Please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me any time. Want to know what’s new with SU?  Check out my What’s New on the menu. Until next time, have fun in your craft room!


DIY List of Stampin Up! Products