It’s Paper Pumpkin time!
I got my red box in the mail earlier this week. It’s always a surprise and so much fun to open!!! This month, the kit is called Many Happy Birthdays and it includes a photopolymer stamp set, TWO Stampin’ Spots (Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo), and supplies to make nine die-cut cards or party invitations.
The supplies are shown below including 9 printed die-cut card bases (3 each of 3 designs), 9 white envelopes, 9 card inserts, 9 printed invites, glitter embellishments, and 20 adhesive dots.
Here’s a closer look at the stamp set.
The standard projects are super cute “pull” cards shaped like candles. As you can see, it’s also fun to decorate the envelopes. I added a few additional colors of coordinating ink including Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Crushed Curry.
Tip: To assemble the cards, the instructions tell you to add the insert and then stamp the see-through message through the window. If you are at all concerned about getting stray ink on your card base (which I was), use four Post-It notes to cover the card base … works like a charm!!!
Here’s the inside of my cards. There are little slots for a gift card, or the printed invitations (sorry, I didn’t take a picture of those), or you can just have fun with all the stamps and stamp away! I had the mind set that I would use them for gift cards, so I didn’t even think to flip that insert over and take a photo of the printed invitations.
Next, I created some alternative projects that you can create with the Paper Pumpkin supplies and a few additional supplies. The combination of the line and dot stamps looked like candles to me, so I had the idea to create a cake. I used the Classic Label punch to create my layers. I simply trimmed off the ends to make them straight and different widths.
For the base of my “cake”, I trimmed off a piece of the leftover glitter embellishment and then I added some Lace Doilies. Those doilies are so cool, because they are white on one side and vanilla on the other!
I created the borders with Paper Pumpkin stamps. I used Flirty Flamingo ink on the top and bottom, and Watermelon Wonder ink to stamp the “candles”, triangles, and Happy Birthday. Finally, I used Delightful Dijon ink for the dots. To narrow down the stamps so they would fit my cake, I used Post-It notes to mask the areas I did not want to stamp.
For my next card, I added a Sale-A-Bration stamp set to make the card softer and more feminine. Just think, if you purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin now during Sale-A-Bration, you get it at the reduced price of only $55 AND you could earn this stamp set for FREE!!!
I trimmed down some of the Paper Pumpkin printed die-cut card bases to form the strips. Then, I cut a piece of Shimmery White Paper 2″ x 5-1/2″ and watercolored the background with Pool Party and Island Indigo ink.
Afterwards, I stamped the sentiment, dots and leaves. For the flowers, I stumbled across a fun technique. After cleaning my flower stamp, it was slightly wet. I left it wet and inked up the stamp, and it turned out with this slightly watercolored look. I used Island Indigo and Pool Party ink for the flowers. For one of the flowers, I used a sponge to add a little darker ink to the center.
For the glitter centers. I punched out flowers with the Blossom Punch from the leftover glitter paper in the kit. Then, I trimmed them down to form the centers.
Additional supplies used on my cards: