December Paper Pumpkin

By | December 26, 2015

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  I got my box in the mail this week, and oh boy is this a fun kit — full of LOADS of pretty supplies.  It’s got everything you need to make 12 desktop calendar pages for 2016.  The kit even includes a little wire holder for the calendars.

You can see all the supplies of my box below, including 12 background papers in beautiful floral designs, 12 calendar labels, gold foil banners (large and small), numerous floral and banner die cuts to decorate the pages, a photopolymer stamp set with 18 different stamps, white and gold baker’s twine, gold metallic thread (sorry, it was underneath the twine and I didn’t notice until after I took the photo), a Soft Suede Stampin’ Spot ink pad, dimensionals and glue dots.  Whew!!!  Talk about getting your money’s worth … all this for only $19.95 plus tax.  There’s also an instruction sheet on how to make the four different styles of calendar pages.


Here’s a closer look at the photopolymer stamp set.


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I just got finished making about 10 desktop calendars for 2016 of my own design to give out as Christmas gifts and one to keep for myself, so I decided to use the contents of the kit to make greeting cards.  I really needed thank you and get well cards, so I have three to share with you today and another next Tuesday.  In addition, I designed another secret card that I’m saving for this month’s tutorials.  If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator, each month I send you a PDF of at least 8 tutorials for alternative projects you can make with the kit and a few extra supplies.  I only send these tutorials out to my subscribers, and you will never see any of these great projects on social media.  This is a fun perk that I provide my subscribers for free, just for signing up under me.

For my first alternative project, I made a card by slightly cutting down one of the calendar background sheets to measure 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Then, I stamped the edges with the new Timeless Textures stamp set (available to order January 5, 2016 from the new Occasions Catalog) and sponged the edges.  I also used the small dots stamp from the kit on the background.

I rotated the calendar label die cut and added a layer of Soft Sky cardstock to cover the calendar portion.  Then, I used the “Just for You” stamp from Watercolor Words to stamp the greeting with Tip Top Taupe ink.  I also added a big bow tied with some 1″ Dotted Lace Trim.

All the flower die cuts are from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  They are so, so pretty!

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It took me a little bit of work to figure out what colors are featured on the background papers in this month’s kit.  Since a Soft Suede Stampin’ Spot ink pad was provided, that’s a big clue that that’s one of the colors, but the more I worked with the papers, the more I realized that some of them also include Tip Top Taupe.  Other colors featured on these paper include: Always Artichoke, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Blackberry Bliss, and Hello Honey.  I think there might also be some Delightful Dijon, but I’m not 100% sure.

For my next card, I used a Soft Sky card base and rounded the corners and then sponged the edges.

I used the “thanks” stamp from the Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin kit from last February.  This kit is available to current subscribers to purchase at my online store.

I stamped the thanks with Soft Suede ink on one banner, and then I cut out the top portion and layered it on top of another banner with dimensionals to make it look 3-D.

The rest of this card is fairly easy to figure out.  I cut down one of the pieces of designer paper from the kit, then I cut a small strip of Tip Top Taupe cardstock 1/2″ wide and stamped the dot stamp from the kit with Soft Suede ink.  I layered a half of a Tea Lace Paper Doily underneath, and then added random floral die cuts.

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This last one is my least favorite.  I think I put too many layers on it!  Anyway, I like the way the background came out so I still wanted to share it with you.  To create the background, I rounded the corners and then sponged the edges with Tip Top Taupe ink.  Then, I randomly stamped the small dot stamp from the kit, but each time I stamped off on scratch paper once to make the stamps very faint.

The rest of the card is very similar to the one above.  The only difference is that this time, I changed the strips of paper into banners by adding “Vs” to the bottom of each one.  I created the Soft Sky banner with some Soft Sky cardstock and a couple of the different Paper Pumpkin stamps.

When I was done, I tried to break up the busy designs by adding a leftover label I had cut from Soft Suede cardstock using a Lots of Labels Framelits Die.  I think it helped a little.  Maybe a circle would look better?  Hmmm, I’m still deciding.

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Additional supplies used on my cards:

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Tami Hewlett

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