Special Occasion for Pals Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals’ August Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because we made some great projects for “Special Occasions”  – cards or projects that adds beauty to the special occasions we all love to make cards for! 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 took a slightly different take on Special Occasion. I decided to share two projects I’m making for the Christmas season.  I’ll be giving these to each of the members of my Church Bell Choir.  I love playing in the choir and I always make something for them for the Christmas Eve Service.  One year it was a box with candy, another an Ornament.  This year it will be these little gold foil boxes that I will fill with homemade caramels. I haven’t made them yet.  They would all be gone because I would have eaten them all before Christmas and I don’t need to eat a whole batch of caramels, that’s for sure.

Box of Caramels

This box came together so easily thanks to the Toile Christmas stamp and die set.  I stamped the branch and bird with  Tuxedo Black memento ink and colored with Stampin Blends.  The shading is so easy to do with these distinktive stamps.  Real Read, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow and black.  I also used the color lifter on the breast of the cardinal to lighten the shading just a bit.

Box of Cards

On Monday I shared the card I made also using this suite. You can see that post at  Merry and Bright with Toile Tidings .  As a companion project for my box above I made another box of these cards and wrapped it in the Gift Wrap paper included in this suite.

I’m in love with the 1″ real red ruched ribbon…and combined with the gift wrap paper.  My heart goes pitter patter.  I cut a 12 x 12 piece of gift wrap paper to wrap my box, and used what I call the Hamburger wrap method.  I worked at McDonalds many decades ago and we wrapped hamburgers on the diagonal so I used that method for my box.

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, September 11, 2019 when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “It’s the Sentiment that Counts” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

Until Next Time…

Happy Stamping

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  3. Terri George at Stamp Me Crafty
  4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  5. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  7. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
  8. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  11. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  12. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  14. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  17. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  19. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio
  20. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  21. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  22. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  23. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

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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. Awesome suite of items! Visit my blog – Killeen House Studio

  2. So much beautiful detail in that cardinal! I love that you wrapped on the diagonal (based on your experience at McDonald’s). That work paid off, my friend. 🙂 Great projects!

    • Wrapping on the diagonal is totally the ‘IN’ thing, lol But seriously, it uses way less tape. I think even my husband could wrap that way, instead of using his typical grocery bag for wrapping.

  3. These are wonderful gifts, Lynn. I’m sure coupled with your caramels, everyone will be thrilled with them!

  4. WOW! Your card and box are beautiful and I love the way it all coordinates with the wrapping too! Good idea to get a head start on the holiday! Your coloring is just gorgeous!

  5. Pretty coloring, Lynn! And, perfect topper for the gold box!

  6. Pretty, pretty, pretty! Everyone will love the presentation almost as much as your caramels.

  7. Beautiful gift ideas, Lynn! Just wonderful in every way! Your coloring is perfectly done.

  8. Jennifer Michalski

    Lynn, these are going to be so lovely for your choir friends! They will definitely treasure your thoughtfulness. I have to admit, caramels would not last long in my house either 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lynn, these are gifts that everyone will enjoy receiving. I love everything about them!

  10. Lynn, the cardinal is wonderful… beautifully colored! Your choir will love these boxes and especially the caramels! Thanks so much for the enabling, Pal!

  11. Lynn, the cardinal in the first project is fantastic. You nailed it! Perfect little gifts.

  12. Lynn, what a beautiful taste of new things to come! I love the way you used the cardinal. He’s going to be a favorite!

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