From the Heart for Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because this month’s theme is “Art from the Heart” and we think you’re going to love it! 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 “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I’m sure when most folks read ‘From The Heart’ they think Valentine, especially this time of year, right.  But I would offer that any card, hand made and handcrafted, and sent or given to someone is ‘From the Heart’.  How can it not be when you have toiled over what colors to use, what stamps, and dies and ribbon, all to make that perfect card for someone you care about.  So, with that said, my From the Heart card today is a Sympathy card.  No one needs more love and support than someone suffering a loss.

I like mixing current annual catalog items with new release items.  I found the Woven Heirloom stamp set and coordinating frame dies and embossing folders went perfectly with the new Natures’ Thoughts dies.  The little detail piece on the frame was exactly the length of the embossed frame.

Some tips on making the embossed Woven Heirlooms Frame
  1. Die-cut first otherwise the embossing gets smashed and loses its detail.
  2. When embossing, spritz paper with water or alcohol for a deeper embossed look.  I did not do that for my card but it does look fabulous when you do.
  3. Line up the top of the frame in the embossing folder the slowly close so the paper doesn’t move.  You can also use the inside cut piece of the frame lightly adhered to the embossing folder as a guide, making sure you have the frame straight.

My Stamp Club made this card this past weekend.  I had to be a bit more creative for theirs.  When I went to cut out paper for their kits I realized I didn’t have enough of the 2019-2020 In Color 6×6 paper with the scripted pattern in Seaside Spray for each person.  I looked through my other papers and nothing felt right so I decided to recreate the paper on my own.

First cropped out a piece of Seaside Spray with the Rectangle Stitched die.  Then I  embossed it using the scripted embossing folder.  Finally, I lightly sponged white craft ink over the words with a sponge dauber.  This is the final result.  A great alternative and the club members loved making them.

Pals Blog Hop Line-up

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! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 11th, for our “Critter Card” blog hop when our Design Team showcase projects with animals, birds, butterflies or insects. Don’t miss the fun!

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  6. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  7. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  8. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  12. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  13. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  14. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  15. Leah O’Brien at Ink, Paper, Stamps, Oh My!
  16. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  17. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  18. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  19. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  20. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art


Thank you for visiting today.  I always appreciate your comments and answer all questions as soon as possible.  Until then…

Happy Stamping

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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. please tell me where to find this scripted embossing folder used in this card. i love this card. please answer…tell me item number…please?
    Very Beautiful.

    • Hi Pat. The embossing folder from Stampin Up. # 149634 in the annual catalog. Be sure you have the special Blue 3D cutting plate if you are using with a big shot.

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! It reminds me of an old keepsake with the colors. I LOVE it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Amazing card! Love the Seaside & Crumbcake together. Lovely, but subdues for a perfect sympathy card.

  4. What a gorgeous card! Your background turned out great, thanks for the instructions on how to re-create it.

  5. oh this is lovely – I love the color combo and the whole design!

  6. Lynn, you are so right about sympathy cards being from the heart! One of the reasons I don’t have these cards ahead of time is because it helps to think of the family when I do make it. This is heartfelt and has been pinned for a future CASE!

  7. This is so soft and pretty, Lynn! Beautifully done!

  8. I agree Lynn, every homemade card is from the heart! Yours is a beauty!

  9. Such a wonderful card for any occasion, Lynn, but this card would be very comforting for any loved one needing this card. Great color choice!

  10. These cards are always so difficult to create, but yours is stunning. The colors. The layout. Just everything. It is sure to bring comfort to those who are grieving.

  11. Lynn, this is SO beautiful! I love this sentiment and you’ve created such a lovely soft card! Love the colors too!

  12. Oh my. This is one of the most beautiful cards I’ve seen in a long time. Thank you for the share.

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