Special Occasion for the Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! While the COVID 19 pandemic is adding stress to our lives, we Pals hope this blog hop will help to lift your spirits. Let us inspire you to take a creative break and relax for a little while. This month our theme is “Special Occasions” where we have made a project for just about any occasion you can think of! You’ll find the full line-up below to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I’m pretty sure any occasion can be a special one so my card today is celebrating the purchase of a new home.  My neighbors for the last 22 years are moving about 30 miles away to be closer to their grandson’s.  It is bittersweet for them and for the rest of us on our little 4 house court.  We will miss them so much but we know a great new family will be moving in soon, filling the house and the court with the sounds of their 4 children.  I made two of these cards so I could send one to my new neighbors and one to my previous neighbors celebrating their new home.  I hope you like my projects.

I have seen the painted poppies in white several times before and felt I had to try it for myself.  What a stunning way to use these dies. I used a Clarity Stencil Brush to create a soft granny apple green background.  Stencil brushes provide a very smooth layering of ink and I seem to be more adept at using them than creating a watercolor wash.

I also used the splatter stamp from Label Me Bold stamp set as a shadow behind my poppies.  I love how this stamp adds just a bit more to the background of my images.

My sentiment is created from two stamp sets, Peaceful Moments from the Poppie Parade suite and the Delightful Day stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  I was using Delightful Day for another project recently and was thrilled to notice the On Your new Home sentiment.

While the dies are not available right now, I feel they will be available soon.  If you don’t already have them, you should definitely put them on your list.  If you do have them, I hope you will give this card a try and let me know how it turns out.

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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, May 13th, when we will say “Goodbye to January Mini and 2019 Annual Catalog and/or Hello to 2020 Annual Catalog.” The Design Team will showcase their favorites from the retiring catalogs or new products from the new catalog. Don’t miss the fun! And, until then, please stay safe.

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

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

Happy Stamping

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Paper Pumpkin – April – My Wonderful Family

Paper Pumpkin believes in making a difference—especially when it comes to helping their subscribers build relationships through paper crafting. For April, they created a fun, family appreciation themed card kit that would make it easy for you to share your hearts with those you love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving you the perfect way to show your appreciation for beloved parents on their special days with a beautiful, handmade card.

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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. Such a pretty card, Lynn. The poppies in white are beautiful!

  2. The poppies in white are beautiful…lovely card, Lynn!

  3. I really like the white poppies. I have not seen that before and will have to give a try.

  4. This is a stunning card. Love the all white with just a touch of green and yellow.

  5. Such a pretty ad thoughtful card for your neighbors, old and new!

  6. Beautiful card Lynn! I love your coloring and background.

  7. Beautiful! I love the white on white on white with just pops of color. A stencil brush! Why didn’t I ever think about that? Amazon, here I come!

  8. Gorgeous card Lynn! I love your video too! I’ve never used Stipple brushes and I didn’t know about the Label Me Bold sprinkles stamp- great tips!

  9. Beautiful and soft — I love the white poppies with the touch of color!

  10. Beautiful card, Lynn! Love your white on white palette with a pop of color. The background really adds to the effect. Great card!!

  11. Very elegant to do the white on white with the pop of color. Bravo!

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