55th Wedding Anniversary



Thank you for joining us for the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showcasing projects made with the Stampin’ Up! tools we love. 

You should have just left stop number 4 on the Pals Hop – Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper. If so, you are in the right spot.  If you get off track, the full blog lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

This month my parents will be married 55 years.  An amazing accomplishment.  They have their health, something I’m very grateful for.  They have their shared interests.  They enjoy football and have season tickets to the Indianapolis Colts and Purdue (where they both went to school).  What that really means is they are very busy in the fall with football games to attend nearly every weekend, sometimes on Saturday and Sunday.  They also have tickets to many Indianapolis Pacer Games.  They are active in their church.  They travel internationally every year, they just returned from Iceland.  And, if that wasn’t enough, my dad, who’s birthday is also this month and will be 77,  still works 3 days a week.  I can only hope I’m as active as they are when I am their age.


About the card
1.  Now I know that 50th is the Golden Anniversary and no matter what 55 is supposed to be, I’m pretty sure nothing is going to look better than two golden 5s using the Gold Foil sheets (132622) from Stampin Up.  I used my Big Shot Tool (113439) and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz (127553) to crop them out.  I also used the Magnetic Platform (130658) to keep the Apothecary Accents Framelits ( 127003) in place to crop out the Silver Glimmer paper (124005) behind the 55. I also used the Square Collections Framelits (130921) to cut the black frame in the center.

2.  The Modern Medley paper mixing is so easy to do.  To highlight it even more, I used some non-Stampin Up shimmer paper left over from a wedding job I did this summer.  Click here to see that post.  This paper is exactly the color of Very Vanilla with a touch of shimmer. To make it stand out even more I used my Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586) to score it then added pearls for the final touch


3.  I usually build a card from the base up, choosing the size for the finished product from the beginning.  This one, I did just the opposite.  I started with the 55 and layered underneath again and again until I had the final card front I wanted.  But when I went to add the black card base, it just wasn’t doing it for me in the final size.  I cut the Basic Black at 5 1/4 x 11 and scored it at 5 inches. That left a 1 inch overlap on the back that I chose to leave in place.  I could incorporate my inside piece of very vanilla with the front by adding a beautiful ribbon.  I used my paper piercing template (126187) to perfectly place the hole punch.  (ok, say that tongue twister 5 times fast, hehe).  The finished size is 6 x 5 1/4.

4.  You know what that means.  I need a custom made envelope and how better to do that than with the Envelope Punch Board (133774)   I’ve been a big fan of making envelopes for all my cards because I think it finishes out the little mini gift I’m sending.  If I don’t make an envelope, I love using the new Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (132172)  to finish off the envelopes from Stampin Up.

punch board

133774Envelope Punch Board$19.95

I hope you enjoyed my card and the Pals blog hop.  Leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts.


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The next stop is Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds stop number 6 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting – and I hope to see you next month!

Final Blog Hop Line Up List: 

  1. Kim Czenszak at Live Love Stamp
  2. Shirley Sumption at Look at My Cute Stuff
  3. Barbara Chatzkel at Take Out Paper Arts
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  6. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  7. Kerry Willard Bray at Stampgoodness
  8. Maria Flores at Maria’s Sandbox
  9. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  10. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  11. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  12. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  14. Peggy Noe at Prettypaprecards.com
  15. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  17. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  18. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  20. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  22. Barb Furlong at The Love of Stamping
  23. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’



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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. What a true and elegant “beauty” This is such a special card for such a special milestone! The Modern Melody paper is always a show stopper! Great card!

  2. Gorgeous! I know they will love this, Lynn.

  3. Your Parents are going to love the card! Amazing that at 77 he still works 3 days a week! And Wow Iceland! I hope I can do all that when I am their age! Happy Anniversary to them!
    Shirley Pumpkin

  4. OH!!! Lol I forgot to tell you I love the name of your Blog! I am so Obsessed with Owls myself. I am making new curtains for my Kitchen right now that is the cutest Owl fabric ever! I also make owls and sell them on my blog, I love each one and its hard to give them up sometimes.
    Hugs Again
    Shirley Pumpkin

    • My daughter has really done a lot with Owls for Avery and now I see them and use them everywhere. Best day though was when I heard a Hoot owl in the woods behind our house. Awesome.

  5. Beautiful card!! I know your parents will be so thrilled to receive that card! I havent played with the foil paper yet but will have to now. You and they are truly blessed that they are active and enjoying life! I agree that they are inspirational!

  6. You nailed it! They will love this beautiful, thoughtful card.

  7. VERY beautiful card! It couldn’t be more elegant. A wonderful card for a wonderful occasion!

  8. lovely use of the gold sheets. this will be a card to treasure for sure.
    hugs, m

  9. Very elegant and jubilant card! Love it!

  10. I love this card…and the new foil papers…beautiful!

  11. Beautiful and elegant! I love the gold 55.Well done.

  12. Lynn, I went thru the blog hop so quickly on Tues and am now savoring all the projects. Had to tell you how much I loved this card! It is exquisite! Beautifully constructed with lovely details. Well done, Pal!

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