Happy New Year!
Hope you enjoyed your holidays and are looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2017. I had a super busy holiday. This was the first time in years that I’ve been working full time during the holidays. Plus, we had both kids home from college. What a difference that makes!!! Just the laundry … I got so use to doing just a couple loads once or twice a week, and all of a sudden, it was every other day again! But, I LOVED having them home. Don’t get me wrong. It’s wonderful to see them thriving and turning into young adults.
Needless to say, I’m behind. I got my Paper Pumpkin kit mid-month, and I created one alternative project for the Gurus and then it just sat there!
Today, my son left for CSU East Bay. My daughter has one more week at home, so we hung out and did a little shopping this morning. Then, I finally finished one more alternative Paper Pumpkin project!!!
The December kit is called Another Great Year. It includes loads of supplies to make a darling flip book, including 18 sheets of double sided patterned paper, a rotary stamp with 11 different sayings, a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, 8 printed window sheets, 3 sticker sheets, a roll of washi tape and 2 silver jump rings.
I have to admit that the rotary stamp is a little challenging. But, I have some tips!!! First, try inking it with the brush side of a marker instead of using a stamp pad. By doing this, you can easily ink only the parts you want and get a nice, clean image. Second, rock the stamp. OK, normally I advise NEVER to rock your stamps, but for a rotary stamp, it actually helps the whole image to stamp better. Try it and I’ll bet you’ll be much happier with the results.
For my alternative project, I took one of the printed window sheets and trimmed it down to 4″ x 4″ to create a shaker card. I filled the shaker with lots of hearts punched with the Confetti Hearts Border Punch. I punched out hearts from Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo cardstock, as well as Silver Foil. On the bottom portion of my card, I used a new textured impression embossing folder from the Occasions Catalog called Falling Petals. This item will be available to purchase on January 4th.
I created the little tag by using the rotary stamp and a Watermelon Wonder marker. I stamped it on one of the patterned papers and then trimmed it down to form a tag. The silver hearts are part of the kit.
In addition to the December Paper Pumpkin kit, I used the following supplies to make my card:
If you’d like to see more alternative ideas, sign up for Paper Pumpkin using me as your demonstrator. As a thank you, I’ll send you an exclusive PDF including at least 8 tutorials for alternative projects each month. I’m part of a group of demonstrators that offers these PDFs to their Paper Pumpkin customers. The projects are totally exclusive and are not published on our blogs or any social media sites. They are highly creative and I know you’ll love them. Here’s a sneak peak of the projects using the December Kit.
Each month, we post one teaser tutorial so you get an idea of what the tutorials look like. This is the teaser project for December. It was designed by my upline and good friend (and Artisan Designer) Kimberly Van Diepen:
To download the tutorial on how to make this card, including the supplies needed, click HERE.