Pals Blog Hop – Family First

Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

This project today was hard for me.  Not because I couldn’t come up with a card to celebrate family, and you might be wondering why I’m featuring this particular card.  Well, my dad passed away last week and the last 7 days have been a tough for my whole family.  My dad loved the family he and my mother created; 4 children, 4 sons-and daughters-in-law,  8 grandchildren, 1 grandson-in-law, and 2 great-grandchildren.  We made quite a crowd when we went anywhere.  My card today reflects what I’ve been doing so much of lately, just sitting and thinking about my dad. It certainly isn’t the card I thought I would make when I signed up to be a part of this Pal Blog Hop but I hope you like it.

Stampin Up Sitting Here


  • I stamped the swing twice, once with Early Espresso on Whisper White and again with Night of Navy on Whisper White.
  • I snipped out the swing and colored it in with a crumb cake marker. I snipped just the cushion from the Night of Navy and colored in the cushion with the Night of Navy Marker and a blender pen and attached it to the swing.
  • I popped it all up on dimensionals.
  • I used pieces of the retired Kraft Rope Trim to hold up the swing.

My dad loved sitting outside on the deck, or porch enjoying his family.  This stamp set was the perfect set for me to use today to celebrate my family. Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  5. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  12. Susan Itell at
  13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  16. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  17. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  18. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  19. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
  20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery YOU ARE HERE
  21. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  22. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  23. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  24. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  25. Shawn de Oliveira at
  26. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  28. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  29. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  30. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
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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. Your card is beautiful, and unfortunately perfect for you. I’m so sorry about your Dad! Hugs!!

  2. So sorry about your loss,but you have such wonderful memories to reflect on during your sadness. Your card reminds me of my grandparents porch swing where I loved to sit when I was visiting in the summertime . Lovely card ,Lynn !

  3. Lynn…. this is a beautiful, thoughtful card. So sorry to hear about your loss. Love to you.

  4. Oh my gosh Lynn! You are so creative. I’m going to have to CASE your gorgeous card! I love it!

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