Pals Blog Hop: A Special Occasion!


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.

As a teacher, I always think of Spring as the time of GRADUATION, which is my featured special occasion today! With all the distance learning in place, our school is scrambling to come up with an alternate commencement event for our seniors.  I do feel bad that all of their dreams about attending graduation have been put on hold.  Regardless, I will have several graduation cards to create for some special students.

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I wanted to create a pretty, feminine card that could be used for a high school or even a college graduation.  This card uses a base of Pretty Peacock with a couple of strips of Petal Pink cardstock added to the border for some visual variety.  Over the base, I added a panel of the lovely Lily Pad Designer Series Paper, now gone with Sale-A-Bration.  I really wanted to use up the little I had left, and these rich colors are perfect for the young lady for whom I made this card.

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Slanted - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I used the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in Petal Pink to cut out a swirl from the die in the Peaceful Moments Bundle.  This bundle has become my go-to for so many occasions, and is one of the most popular in our January-June Catalog:

Painted Poppies Bundle

The graduation cap is made from two punches, the Tailored Tag Punch and the Balloon Bouquet punch.  I got the design of the Pretty Peacock Kirsteen Gill of Creatin’ with Kirsteen. This is her illustration of how to make one…so clever, and I never would have thought of it!

Two punches

I popped the cap onto the vellum with Dimensionals, but not before I tucked a Dressed Up Tassel behind the cap with a couple of glue dots so the ring would not show very much.  I think it worked, do you?  And I loved that it coordinated with the other Petal Pink accents!

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Close up - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I stamped the “Congratulations” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Bundle using Pretty Peacock ink onto a scrap of Petal Pink paper.  I cut it out one of the sentiment dies, and used Dimensionals on it as well.  I added some Enamel Dots, and I was done!

Peaceful Moments Bundle - Black Background - Perennial Essence Vellum - Dressed Up Tassels - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

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. Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
    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

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25 thoughts on “Pals Blog Hop: A Special Occasion!

  1. First, Your graduation card is wonderful! That designer paper makes it so special. I didn’t know that you were a teacher! God bless you for that!! Hope you are back in the classroom by fall. I can only imagine how difficult it is for everyone during this time.


  2. Enjoyed seeing how you put your own stamp on this Special Occasions Hop Mary! Graduation is tough for this year’s classes. Thanks for this fun idea to help celebrate!


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