Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: Cool Tools Blog Hop

If you are coming to my blog via Paper Crafts magazine… I’m so happy to have you! I was so excited when Courtney invited me to join in today’s blog hop celebrating the release of Cool Tools for Card Makers.

I think Cool Tools is one of the best special issues yet from the Paper Crafts family and I’m honored to have some projects in this issue! Dozens of techniques and hundreds of projects will inspire you to use tools you already own (punches, adhesives) as well as get tools you’ll want to own (seriously… who knew all the designs I could make if I had fringe scissors and the Sew Easy?!)

I have to admit: using tools as a starting point was somewhat of a challenge! Typically before I start a project I’m inspired by a theme, color or product – not the tool I’ll use. But it was fun to switch up the process and stretch my creativity to find new ways to use paper crafting tools.

For today’s card (specially designed for today and not published in the issue) I pushed myself to use handheld punches in a new way. I decided to build a snowman. The snowman’s body and hat are created totally using circle and square punches, completed with some rhinestone and button accents and linen thread arms. I stamped an older Papertrey Ink sentiment to finish this wintry card.

You can hop on over to these talented designers’ blogs for more Cool Tool inspiration:

Anddd… in case you haven’t seen it yet, visit the Paper Crafts Connection blog today for a chance to win an AWESOME prize package of (you guessed it) paper crafting tools!

Finally, just for stopping by my blog you could win a free copy of the new Cool Tools issue. Just leave a comment on this post by midnight (MDT) on Sunday, January 15 and I’ll randomly pick a winner next week!

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371 Responses to Paper Crafts Magazine Presents: Cool Tools Blog Hop

  1. ~amy~ says:

    Such a sweet snowman…love the crisp design! The button is the perfect touch!

  2. Manasa says:

    Brilliant ! so simple but striking !

  3. Irene says:

    Adorable!!! So simple, yet so striking….Love your choice for the arms! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. laura says:

    how precious is THAT!? i adore that snowman! the jewel eyes are my favorite part!

  5. Karen from Ontario says:

    What a cute snowman…who doesn’t love a cute snowman~!!??

  6. Hussena says:

    the snow man looks adorable love the way you have used the punches to create this fun card…TFS.

  7. Helene says:

    This snowman is just so cute!

  8. Deirdre says:

    Fun card – amazing what you can do with a circle punch. Love the inspiration on today’s hop – thank you.

  9. natka says:

    What a nice guy! Pretty card!

  10. Patti Jo says:

    Can’t go wrong with a cute snowman!!!

  11. Archana says:

    Very nice card.your snowman is looking really cute.

  12. Jeanette M. says:

    Cute snowman! I love the colour of your card base. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Van says:

    So cute!! And I love how it is just the snowman with that pretty blue background. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Luanne says:

    very adorable card! great use of the punches to make Mr. Snowman

  15. Alice Lukasik says:

    Cute, cute, cute! A great simple holiday card.

  16. Wendy F. says:

    Love your snowman, so easy. Really like you you made his arms too.

  17. Jen W. says:

    Fabulous! Such a cute snowman!

  18. Julie says:

    What a sweet snowman and a simple design to make a beautiful card.

  19. lee says:

    Adorable sweet card! thanks!

  20. Sweet! Love your snowman :)

  21. Bethany S. says:

    Aww…such a adorable snowman! I love your card!

  22. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Cute snowman… I can see how this design could be mass producted. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

  23. Adorable snowman love how you used linen thread for his arms, great idea and such a sweet face and a touch of bling never hurts, does it.

  24. Helen F. says:

    Such a sweet little guy! Love the added button too :o)

  25. This came out ADORABLE!!! LOVE your cute snowman!!!

  26. maria f. says:

    Cute and fresh card. Also liked your post about craft rooms…..

  27. Sandi H says:

    clean and cute

  28. Brenda C. says:

    I just LOVE snowmen and this one is too cute! Thanks for sharing the idea!

  29. Margaret K says:

    What a nice wintery card! Margaret K

  30. Annette A. says:

    what a fun snowman…love it..
    thanks for sharing..

  31. Jen Seth says:

    So cute! Love the sentiment too, I think I have that PTI set.

  32. Jen Seth says:

    So cute, this little guy!!!!

  33. Amrita says:

    Very cute snowman! Thanks for the inspiration!

  34. Donna Polley says:

    I think we all need to pull out some of our tool stash and start playing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Miriam Prantner says:

    He is awfully cute. Great card!

  36. betty lou says:

    Love the adorable snowman and sweet card!

  37. Marlena M says:

    Adorable little guy! ;)

  38. Jo says:

    Love snowmen, so this card is a winner in my book!

  39. Beth says:

    Such a happy looking snowman!

  40. Angela A says:

    So cute! I love how his hat is tilted off to the side too! Love your great ideas!

  41. Lynn says:

    This is so cool! I love the look of it!

  42. Donna S. says:

    I love snowmen! Cute card!

  43. Danielle says:

    This is so adorable, Stephanie! Thank you for your nice note on my blog. I will definitely have to check out the rest of your blog projects! :) It’s nice to “meet” you!

    (Don’t pick me to win the issue either – ha!)
    Danielle

  44. MichelleH says:

    Great CAS card. I like his arms and the button on his hat.

  45. Kathy Scott says:

    As always Steph, a great card. I always love your designs. I bought the issue last Friday but haven’t had time to look through it yet. Guess I better make some time this weekend.

  46. lehtipollo says:

    This card packs a punch!

  47. veronica b. says:

    great idea! love the colors too!

  48. Regina says:

    How cute is this??!??

  49. Great card !!! Who knew a simple snowman could be so Hip ? TFS.

  50. Cassidy Madariaga says:

    Very adorable! I look forward to challenging myself with some of these tools as well!

  51. Helen Brown says:

    So simple and so cute!!!

  52. Great card, he is just so cute! Thank you!

  53. Kimberley says:

    I love that cute snowman! Cute and simply adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  54. Carol Metully says:

    Who knew a circle punch could create such an adorable card!! I love it…and will use my punches a lot more now!! Thanks for another great idea!!!

  55. Ellen Day says:

    Aw how cute is he?? Such clean lines & happy feel to the card.

  56. Tina says:

    Super cute snowman…i love anything with bling!

  57. Michele B says:

    what an adorable snowman!! so cute!!!

  58. barbara lassiter says:

    So cute and yet simply created! just perfect, actually!

  59. Michelle says:

    What a perfect card! It just snowed four inches where I’m live.

  60. Jessica S says:

    Oh, very cute! Looks like a fabulous last minute card (ie, it looks great but I imagine it’s fast to mass produce if you’re pressed for time – and who isn’t pressed for time?).

  61. Marla H. says:

    Love the snowman you created using punches and this magazine is going to have to be a MUST HAVE!!!

  62. Connie M says:

    Sweet card! Thanks for sharing!

  63. marie sierra says:

    eeeks! i love snowmen! so that makes your cute card extra special to me! love it stephanie and thank you for sharing!
    marie

  64. This is a very appropriate card. It is snowing, more on top of what we got yesterday.
    It is cold and windy. Hope snowman can stay safe.

  65. Amanda says:

    I love it! I did something just like that for the kindergarten Christmas party this year! :)

  66. diana says:

    Sweet card! Thanks for the ideas & inspiration! ;-)

  67. crystal bell says:

    Love the snowman and i love how simple the card it self is so the snowman really sticks out.
    keaunalynn@msn.com

  68. Your jaunty little snowman with this button on his top hat is so happy and cheerful looking! I love the CAS style you used for this card since it really lets him pop so nicely. Great fun!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  69. What a cuper cute snowy guy! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this fab issue :)

  70. SusanH says:

    Very cute!

  71. Robin Gibson says:

    Love your snowman! Seriously I was just out walking my dogs, and the wintry air made me think…I could make a snowman with a circle punch! LoL. Really…I can’t make that up! And I come back to finish the hop, to see your card! How cool is that? Great style!

  72. Ashlee Townsend says:

    Cute Card!! I love the snowman’s arms!! And punch art!!

    Ashlee
    ashlee@musemyworld.com

  73. Jennyfer L. says:

    Super duper cute Snowman who’s ready to dance…Love it!

  74. Linda Harris says:

    Love It!!! He is so cute!!! Thanks for sharing with us today!!!

  75. Rachel B says:

    This snowman is really cute! Nice card!

  76. I love this punch snowman, would proably be fun to make with kids as well! TFS =)

  77. Cheryl E says:

    Adorable. Thanks so much for sharing him. After 60 degree weather earlier this week, we had snowy flurries in GA this month. I’m a winter girl, so I’m so in the mood for snow. Also, thanks for a chance to win.

  78. Lorraine W. says:

    I adore snowmen and this card is just my style…..

  79. isabel z says:

    This is absolutely adorable!

  80. Dorothy C. says:

    What a cute snowman! I’m going to make a note on using twine for arms. Thanks for sharing.

  81. Jessica K says:

    Super cute snowman, thanks for the ideas!

  82. Susan says:

    That is just precious…and love how you built it out of “ordinary” punches! Very cute!

    Thanks for the chance to win, too!

  83. debb says:

    Love the snowman!

  84. Emily Todd says:

    Love the snowman! Thank you for the inspiration!

  85. Dreama BordeaUX says:

    Darling little snowman, and that looks like a great issue.

  86. Candy says:

    This card would be a blast to make! Thanks for the idea. You have a really fun blog!

  87. Awww, this is way cute! Thank you so much for the inspiration, my punches are so neglected. :)

  88. coco329 says:

    I love when snowmen get a little tipsy and dance…

  89. Colleen says:

    I think I use to teach second grade student to cut out circles and stack them to make a snowman! With punches how easy does that make it? Your little snowman is so very cute…and I love the clean and simple style of the card.

  90. Great idea to use punches to create something you want! I hope I have more punches to play with!

  91. How cute is he?! Love his eyes!

  92. Summer Braxton says:

    so simple, but so adorable. thank you

  93. I adore punch art !! Such a sweet snowman!

  94. Toni K says:

    How cute! And I LOVE the rhinestone eyes :)

  95. Ulrika Nylén says:

    Love geting new ideas how to use my tools! Thanks for the chanse to win!

  96. Peggy Allen says:

    Adorable snowman. You can do so much with punches.
    Blessings,
    Peggy

  97. katie norling says:

    Very very cute snowman! Thanks for sharing.

  98. katie norling says:

    Love the cute little snowman!

  99. Peggy B says:

    What a cool way – and with warm wishes! – to end this fun blog hop. Thanks for your inspiration!

  100. Gotta love a clean and simple card, the snowman is a winner!

  101. Melissa says:

    The snow man is very cute!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  102. Sue D says:

    Very cute snowman card!

  103. Toni Storie says:

    What a cool punched snowman!

  104. Sheri E says:

    I never get tired of snowmen. Very cute!

  105. Katie B. says:

    Great idea! I love his little arms! Great use of punches. Also love the button. Wonderful winter card! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  106. Kathleen H says:

    Such a fun card to receive – love it!|!!

  107. Cindy Curry says:

    Great winter card. Thanks for the idea!

  108. Jessie G says:

    Very cute…love the snowman!

  109. Christine Dring says:

    Oooh! I love this snowman card! Love it!

  110. Noreen says:

    Very cute snowman!

  111. Emily Keaton says:

    Totally sweet! I love your punched-up snowman. :)

  112. Shelly says:

    He looks like he’s styling :-) Cute!

  113. mariana says:

    Fabulous, fabulous card! I love that super cute snowman!

  114. melt003 says:

    very cute snowman! love the googly eyes and his arms!

  115. Cryss Q says:

    Cute idea!

  116. Sav O'G says:

    SUPER cute little snowman! LOVE him! Thanks for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  117. Tracy says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  118. Maxine D says:

    What a sweet snowman :-)!! Super easy and very effective!
    Blessings
    Maxine

  119. How adorable! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  120. Awwwww…what a cute little punch art snowman!! GREAT job!

  121. I love your adorable snowman!

  122. How cute is that snowman! I love your idea! This blog hop has been so inspiring. Thanks for the chance(very slim but you`ve got to be in it to win it, right?) to win this special book.

  123. Kristen says:

    He’s adorable! I like that he looks like he is celebrating that it’s a Friday. Great use of punches…totally enjoyed this card.

  124. Janet Sisk says:

    What a great idea! Love your adorable snowman. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

  125. Angie says:

    Love how the snowman looks kinda dancy!!

  126. Lisa says:

    This is too cute! And I love the little button on his hat! Thanks so very much!
    Lisa

  127. Lani says:

    What an adorable snowman!! Wonderful card!!

  128. Marla J says:

    Who needs snowman stickers when you can create your own so easily! Love this idea!

  129. Lindsey says:

    So cute! Your snowman has lots of personality.

  130. reddbudd says:

    I love the rhinestones.

  131. stephinka says:

    What an adorable snowman, he looks like he’s doing a little jig ;) x

  132. Pai says:

    cute snowman!

  133. NancyW says:

    I love the ideas for using tools you have in a different way.

  134. Kathy R says:

    What a darling, happy snowman

  135. Adorable card. Thanks for the opportunity to win the tool magazine!

  136. Kathy Browns says:

    I’ve always had a place in my heart for snowmen. He’s sooooo cute!

  137. Laura Barrio says:

    Cute and simple card.

  138. Pam says:

    Love your snowman! He’s a super cute guy!

  139. Ahhh, ain’t he sweet?! I love him!

  140. Betty M. says:

    Mr. Snowman is adorable and aptly appropriate for today’s viewing, since we are experiencing a snowy, blustery day here in Southwestern Ontario. Thank you for sharing your card with — he is so cute!

  141. JulianneN says:

    I liked the snowman idea! Your christmas ornament card (btw) is so simple but striking! Just visited your blog, through this cool blog hop, and I LOVE the craft room ideas you’ve included! Really, makes you re-examine your crafting spaces. So many ideas, so little time… Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  142. Manda says:

    What a cute card – such a simple idea with lovely results.

  143. Syd Egan says:

    He is soooo cute and great quick idea that is so cute

  144. Judy says:

    Such a sweet snowman!

  145. carriep says:

    very darling snowman!

  146. Sharon P says:

    How cute is this little snowman, a perfect winter card!

  147. Bernice J says:

    Fantastic idea of a great way to use a punch!

  148. Emma J. says:

    So, so cute! I love the snowman…you’re so creative! Thanks a lot for the chance to win.

  149. Tricia says:

    Stephanie – such a cute card – clever use of punches!

  150. FrancineB says:

    Cute card! So simple, yet very effective!

  151. Luke says:

    The Snowman card is great!

  152. carol perry says:

    That is one happy Snowman if I say so myself. Very cute idea. And I just love the hat and little arms to go with. Thanks.

  153. Emily says:

    Wonderfully simple and oh so adorable!

  154. Ange says:

    Love your snowman. He is so cute!

  155. Connie Smith says:

    I love snowmen so this card hit home with me. Just adorable. With all of the special machines and pre-made items, sometimes you forget that you have all the supplies you need right in your craft room. I’ve gotten so many ideas from the blog hop. On another note, I got lost (in a good way) in your blog. I was all over the place. I love the rustic wrapped Christmas present (adore the little mittens) and one of the new year resolutions is to finalize my craft room make-over. My hubby helped me re-do my son’s room into my craft room so I have 80% done and the last 20% is taking forever so seeing those pictures you posted, really got me jazzed up to get things finished. I’ll definitely have to follow for more great ideas. Thanks!

    • Connie, Thanks so much for your nice comment! Glad you found my blog to be inspiring, especially as you begin to renovate your craft room. That sounds like so much fun. I’m so glad you found my blog and “got lost” in it! Feel free to come back anytime! Happy crafting :) ~Stephanie

  156. kisha says:

    Thanks for sharing!
    Kisha

  157. THANKS for sharing!! I LOVE the snowman!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  158. Your snowman is adorable! Love that he made totally from punches.

  159. Karen Conner says:

    Who wouldn’t love to get a cute snowman in the mail?? Simple yet stated nicely. Amazing was a simple circle punch can do! Wish I’d have thought of that when I was making all my Christmas cards! I’ll know next year. :o)

  160. Grá O'Neill says:

    Great card, love the gem eyes & button on his hat.
    To use even more punches you could use one scallop from a punched scalloped circle for the nose :)

  161. Barbara Greenberg says:

    Love your snowman, he is so cute.

  162. rush says:

    nice project. thank you for sharing.

  163. Karla says:

    So nice and clean design! Love it! thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win!

  164. NatQuebec says:

    cute snoman card :-)

  165. Super super cute! Simple…sweet…I love your card!

  166. Sadie says:

    Wow what a lot of comments. Your card is so cute. Love your snowman and the color you chose to use with him.

  167. Jeni says:

    Nice card! What a great way to use those circle punches.

  168. Ann Ortega says:

    Great snowman card. Thanks for a chance to win. Ann O.

  169. Jessica says:

    What a cute snowman!! I love it and already plan on doing something similar:) Thank you so much for sharing!!

  170. I like his jaunty little hat. So cute.

  171. Natasha G.P. says:

    How adorable. I love that it’s so simple, so it really focuses on your guy.

  172. His crystal eyes and button on his hat add so much oomph. What a cute card.

  173. Wow! There are so many great adeas. I especially liked the little gift boxes and bags.

  174. Linda Duensing says:

    So cute. Love his different embellishments you used.. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  175. Pam Selinski says:

    Such a cute snowman. Love the colors you selected as well

  176. Jessi Knuckles says:

    Vert cute snowman! Thanks for sharing.

  177. Nancy says:

    Adorable snowman! I love your creative idea!

  178. Betty Brett says:

    Well, he sure is a cutie! Love his jaunty hat, sparkly rhinestone, and sweet face. Thanks for the inspiration.

  179. Those of us that have been paper crafting for several years forget the “old” standbys sometimes when we have to have the latest & greatest tools. Of course I’m the gadget guru of my group! LOL Thanks for showing us a cool snowman (pun intended) that is made with tools most all paper crafters have on hand.

  180. Lynne in NI says:

    Awww I love your CAS snowman …. this would be a perfect design for making batches of cards. TFS!

  181. Linda says:

    really adorable little guy-thanks for sharing.

  182. Carolyn Gargus says:

    Very pretty! The snowman looks so clean and crisp against the blue! Perfect for this time of year, that’s for sure! Thanks for the inspiration, and the chance to win!

  183. Isha says:

    This is so much fun. TFS your cute creation.

  184. veronica says:

    very cute arms on your snowman!

  185. Bree Salyer says:

    Adorable snowman!

  186. janetzeppa says:

    Your card is adorable! thanks for the inspiration!

  187. Lana says:

    Very cute card!

  188. Lynda says:

    I agree with your comment about how hard it is to base a layout on the choice of a tool. I totally agree!

  189. very cute! TFS! thanks for a chance to win! And, have a GREAT day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  190. Denise Bryant says:

    Darling snowman card! Very sweet!
    DeniseB

  191. Angie B says:

    So cute!!! I love that snowman!!! Wonderful idea!!!

  192. indy says:

    What a fun snowman card!

  193. Charlene M. says:

    What a cute snowman. Love his jaunty hat. :)

  194. Tanja S. says:

    Very cute card!

  195. Nicki S says:

    Such a cute snowman card! Love that soft blue cardstock base :)

  196. Michelle A.T. says:

    Adorable…love it!

  197. Vicki Wilson says:

    Your snowman is super cute. TFS.

  198. Sherry says:

    I love snowmen and you just made it look so easy with simple punches. Thank you for a great idea

  199. Danielle says:

    How cute is that?

  200. Sharon j says:

    The snowman is cute, tks for sharing!

  201. cute and simply, my favorite kind of card

  202. Sandy "redstampinsam" Meyers says:

    Who doesn’t love Snowmen — and your’s is a cutie. I could make a few and get a good start on my cards for next Christmas in no time. Thanks!

  203. Maya says:

    Cute, cute, cute little snowman! Thanks for the inspiration!

  204. Tammy Nyenhuis says:

    What a super cute card! Love the arms too!

  205. Ulina says:

    So adorable! I love snowmen!!

  206. Diane says:

    Such a cute card. Thanks for the chance to win

  207. conniemelancon says:

    I love your snowman! I wonder why I can never think of these idea’s until AFTER I see someone else do it. Thanks for sharing!

  208. Jan Garber says:

    What an adorable CAS card! Thanks for sharing your idea with us!

  209. DJW says:

    He is a very cute snowman! Love the jaunty angle of his hat! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

  210. Mariska says:

    Such a clean and beautiful card.

  211. Cindy C. says:

    Adorable snowman card!

  212. Anna Petitt says:

    SOooo cute!! Love your card!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  213. Tanya C. says:

    What an adorable snowman! Thanks for the inspiration!

  214. LOVE the CAS snowman! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Ashley
    proudusmcwife@gmail.com

  215. What a fun card….That snowman is so adorable.

  216. he is so cute! i want it to be xmas again so i can make him!!!

  217. Hattie says:

    “Cool” fun winter card.

  218. Char says:

    Love your snowman. Good old circles & squares!!

  219. Victoria S. says:

    so glad you showed a snowman
    so cute! love them! and will have to try it!

  220. LorieR says:

    So cute! Love the simplicity.

  221. mandi says:

    This is a soo simple card that sure is cute.

  222. Janice says:

    OK so who wouldn’t love a snowman like that!? Fun card.

  223. Amy Williams says:

    Wow! Such a cute card! What a fun way to use punches! Love it!

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