Today We Celebrate Family for Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First”! Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I just learned about the Press and Seal Technique this weekend and thought it would make a great mother’s day card for my mom.  How cool it looks with all the small pieces floating on the card front.  It can be tedious but so totally worth it.  There are several you tube videos available  and I watched a couple to get the idea. I had never seen it before but this weekend a bunch of the popped up in my you tube feed.  I love learning new techniques. Just do a You Tube search for Press and Seal Technique.

Printable PDF Tutorial

  • Very Vanilla  card base 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 scored at 4-1/4
  • Very Vanilla 5-1/4 x 4
  • Garden Impression DSP 5-1/4 x 4
  • very vanilla scrap
  • blueberry bushel scrap
Step by step
  1. Cut cardstock base and Garden Impression DSP
  2. Use Big shot to cut Florentine from very vanilla cardstock.  Do not remove the die from the paper.  Flip the paper over so you are looking at the cut side of the die.  With a piece of press and seal plastic wrap press to the back side of the die.  Be sure to press on all the small pieces of the die and to keep them in the shape.
  3. Flip over the paper so the press and seal is on the bottom.  Carefully remove the die, leaving all the small pieces on the press and seal.
  4. Lay another piece of press and seal on the cardstock and press so all the pieces, with their right side up, are sticking to the press and seal. Flip it over and remove the press and seal from the wrong side of the die cut.  What remains should be all the small pieces wrong side up on the press and seal.
  5. Use mini and regular size dimensionals on each piece.  For the really tiny pieces on the edges cut pieces of dimensionals to fit.
  6. Remove all the backing from the dimensionals.  flip over the paper and center on the DSP.  Carefully remove the press and seal.
  7. Stamp the sentiment and two flower images on piece of scrap very vanilla.  Watercolor the flowers with aqua painter and blueberry bushel and soft sea foam ink
  8. Cut out the sentiment with smallest circle from stitched shapes.  Hand snip the flowers or use the Tea Time framelits (available in the 2019-2020 annual catalog)
  9. Punch blueberry bushel with story label punch.  Adhere flowers and sentiment to label with tape runner.
  10. Die cut blueberry bushel with leaf image from Well written.  Adhere to card front with liquid glue
  11. Adhere sentiment to card front with tape runner

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

Pals Blog Hop Lineup
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  3. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  6. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  10. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  17. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  18. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  20. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio

Thanks for visiting today.  Be sure to follow along the rest of the hop.  Until next time,

Happy Stamping,



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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. Wow! You knocked that technique right out of the park!

  2. Great card and technique! I love the softness with all the layers!

  3. Cool looking Press and Seal technique! I must give it a try!

  4. Oh, how pretty! Love this layout!! This is great!! Lynn, I am so glad you are back in the hop.

  5. Lynn, I LOVE this card!! The colors and textures are wonderful!! And, congrats on your new work focus! I know that there will be lots of wonderful ideas coming from ??Ohio?? (or so I think, LOL). I was just telling Debbie my favorite memory from World Card Making Day that involved your sense of humor! Keep in touch, Pal!

    • Awe Katy, thanks so much. I love those gatherings. I’m sad to not be going to Charlotte this weekend but with my retirement and then my husband having knee replacement surgery today it just wasn’t I think the cards. Hope to see you at a future event.


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