It’s Paper Pumpkin time! Yippee!!! I got my little red box in the mail last week, and oh boy do I love this kit! OK, I know I’m using a lot of exclamation points, but it’s really cute.
Paper Pumpkin is always a surprise. That’s half the fun. Each month, Stampin’ Up! puts together a fun box of crafts and sends it in the mail. It could be cards, gifts, calendars, you never know. What I DO know is that it’s ALWAYS fun. To join in on the fun and subscribe to receive your monthly Paper Pumpkin box, click HERE. To learn more about this program, click on the Paper Pumpkin tab on my blog.
Remember too that during Sale-A-Bration (going on through March 31, 2016), you can purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin for the reduced price of $55. Buy one for yourself and / or give one away as a gift. Either way, you also qualify to earn a free Sale-A-Bration product of your choice.
Here’s what I got in my February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit … enough supplies to make 9 greeting cards in 3 different designs. Supplies included a photopolymer stamp set, Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Spot ink pad, 9 printed card bases, 9 printed envelopes (so freakin’ cute – see picture a little farther down), die cut stickers, gold foil stickers, 2 sheets of white banners, 1 sheet of blue banners, 50 sequins, and 200 adhesive dots, as well as instructions on how to assemble the three cards. You get all of this for only $19.95 plus tax a month!!!
Here’s a closer look at the photopolymer stamps for this month. I love the saying and fonts, and well as all the whimsical flowers.
Here’s a picture of one of the nine ADORABLE envelopes.
The standard projects straight out of the box are super cute. Stampin’ Up! always does a great job coming up with creative, fun projects. They are simple enough to make in about a half an hour, yet they look like you spent more! Each month, Stampin’ Up! creates a new YouTube video on assembling the projects. Here’s the video for this month:
Stepped Up Versions:
Each month, I like to give you some additional ideas for projects you can create with the Paper Pumpkin Kit and a few more supplies. For these first three, I did “stepped up” versions of the originals. I took the exact design from the kit, then I added a few more layers, a ribbon, or popped up flower or two to give the card a little more WOW factor.
For this first card, I added some Bohemian Designer Washi Tape and Pool Party Glitter Ribbon behind the banners. I thought both helped anchor the banners and draw the eye from side to side, instead of having the greeting just floating in the center. I also stamped some of the flowers on some of the scrap white paper, cut them out and adhered them with dimensionals. For the Tangerine Tango flower, I stamped off once before stamping the larger flower underneath.
For my next stepped up card, I added a sunburst stamp from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Tangerine Tango behind the banner. (I thought it went well with the sentiment.) Again, I thought this additional color helped to draw the eye towards the center of the card. In addition, I added a stamped flower like the card above. These are subtle changes that a little depth and complexity to the overall composition of the card.
For my third stepped up version, I used a 2-1/2″ Circle Punch to cut out a circle from Shimmery White Paper. Then, I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor it with Tangerine Tango ink and layer it behind the orange die cut sticker. (I used Shimmery White Paper because it reacts well to watercoloring.) I also added a little strip of Bohemian Designer Washi Tape underneath the sentiment.
Next, I have two alternative projects where I really tried to go outside the box. For this first one, I decided to sacrifice one of the floral card bases by cutting it up to use on multiple cards. I added a strip of that paper on the left side and then created my own card base with the some of the awesome floral stamps and Tangerine Tango ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock.
I used a similar technique to the card above to create a watercolored background for the orange flower die cut. But this time, I added a layer of Gold Metallic Thread and created a fancy bow with some White Baker’s Twine. Finally, I added some Tangerine Tango Candy Dots from the Brights Collection on top of the orange die cut flower for some added dimension.
For my second alternative project, I again attempted to draw the eye to the central sentiment, as well as add a horizontal anchor to the overall card. This time I used a strip of Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum (a Sale-A-Bration item that you can qualify to earn for free with a purchase of $50), tied with some Linen Thread, and topped with a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut out with a Chalk Talk Framelits Die.
Additionally, I stamped and cut out several flowers using the Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Spot, and Tangerine Tango and Pool Party ink. I’m not sure if you noticed, but Paper Pumpkin banners and card bases are a different texture and color of white than Stampin’ Up!’s typical Whisper White cardstock. I know this is picky, but I like to match the whites when I’m layering, so when I stamped and cut out my flowers, I used scrap sections from the labels or the back piece of the one card base that I sacrificed. That way, the whites matched perfectly.
In addition to the February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, I used the following supplies on my cards (in order by project starting from the top):
Do you like these alternative ideas? Well, I’ve got great news for you! If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator, I’ll email you a PDF including at least eight exclusive tutorials for alternative projects each month! I’m part of a group of creative demonstrators that work hard to put this document together each month for our subscribers. (I always save my favorite alternative project for this document.) We send it out on about the 1st of the month following the month you get your kit. So, for this month you should get the PDF around March 1st for the February kit. All the projects are exclusive. You will not see them on any of our websites or any social media sites. They are designed just for you. This is a huge advantage to signing up under me. So, what have you got the lose? Give it a try.
I’ll have another alternative project to share tomorrow!