Pals April Blog Hop – Families First


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 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.

I have four graduations this May. The first graduation will be our oldest son graduating from the University of Florida. That time flew by. The other three are nieces and a nephew graduating from high school. I made each of them a card using their high school colors.

StampinMojo, Pals Blog Hop, Graduation cards

The background was created using a congratulations stamp from the SU Bravo stamp set. You must have this stamp set for your craft room. The stamp set is photopolymer making this a cinch to create.

Graduation card, StampinMojo, Pals Blog Hop

The graduation cap was created using the smallest Square Collection Framelit (1 1/2″ square) and then making each successive square 1/8″ smaller. I punched a hole in the center and used a brad with a black candy dot as the button for the tassel to go around. The tassel is Real Red card stock cut 1/16″ thick and then folded over with Silver Cording wrapped around it.

StampinMojo, graduation card

The inside sentiment for the card is from B.Y.O.B stamp set. The cap is from a retired stamp set called Pomp & Circumstance.

StampinMojo, graduation card, Pals Blog Hop

This design is slightly different using all the same elements. I used Night of Navy and Bashful Blue (retired) to mimic the school colors. This is where hoarding old DSP paid off!

StampinMojo, graduation card, Pals blog hop

This color combination is Tangelo Twist and Black, again school colors. This is for my niece and seemed too masculine with the color combination, so I added a rhinestone to the exclamation point. I still might find a way to “dress it up” before I send it.

StampinMojo, graduation card, Pals Blog Hop
I hope I got your Stampin’ Mojo going to create today, 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!


April Pals Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  3. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  4. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  5. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  6. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin
  10. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  15. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  16. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  19. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  21. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  22. Natalie Bradley at
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Karen Zaring Browning at Karen Zaring Browning
  25. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  26. Debbie Crowley at Expressivley Deb


  1. I like this clean simple graduation card. Good job!

  2. perfect for this upcoming graduation season… this works for all graduations: preschool, high school & college!

  3. Once again fabulous… Many thanks for your detailed instructions about the graduation cap! Way to go to your son and I’m so happy for your family celebrating so many graduations. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  4. The middle (blue) one is my favorite! I love your creative tassel!!

  5. Your cards are so striking. Thanks for sharing

  6. Great cards, Michelle! I love the backgrounds you’ve created with these words. Brilliant!

  7. Congrats on your son’s graduation! I love your grad cards! How did you stamp the Congratulations in the background so perfectly? I love the caps and tassels too!

  8. I love these graduation cards! The background wording and the tassels are perfect!

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