January Paper Pumpkin

By | January 23, 2016

It’s here, my January Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!  Paper Pumpkin is so fun, because it’s always a surprise.  It’s a monthly subscription to get “fun in a box” delivered straight to your mail box.  Each kit includes everything you need to make the basic projects, except adhesive.  Sometimes the kit includes supplies to make cards and sometimes, it’s something else…

I had a feeling that this month’s kit would be full of Valentine’s Day treat supplies, and I was right!  This month’s kit is called Cute Conversations, and it includes all the supplies you need to make 18 treat pockets and a decorative banner including 12 hearts!  The instructions are included in the kit, and Stampin’ Up! also produces a helpful video each month showing how to put the kit together.  (You can see the video below.)

As you can see, this month’s kit was full of supplies to stamp and decorate the treat pockets and banner, including 48 heart die cuts in 12 designs, 30 clothespins, 48 flag banners, Watermelon Wonder Sequin Trim, Mint Macaroon and White Baker’s Twine, glue dots, long adhesive strips to glue the treat pockets together, and best of all 10 photopolymer stamps and a Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Spot ink pad.  I got all this for the monthly subscription price of $19.95 a month (plus tax.)  But, you can get it even cheaper right now!  During Sale-A-Bration, you can purchase a 3 month prepaid subscription for only $55 (reduced from $59.85), and you can earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product to boot!!!

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Here’s a closer look at the stamps.  They are the perfect size and font to make the heart die cuts look exactly like Conversation Heart candies.

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I always keep my excess paper.  There’s lots of room here to punch out additional shapes and add accents to my projects.

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Every month, Stampin’ Up! produces a great video on putting the basic kit together.  Here’s this months video:

I love the idea of making heart treat pockets!  While I don’t have school age kids anymore, I do have older kids (and a husband) who love candy treats on Valentine’s Day.  I made up a bunch of the heart treat pockets with a few little extra touches.

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I sponged all the edges of my hearts with coordinating ink to make them look 3-D.  I also added some strips of Hearts Border punches on some.

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To dress up the clothespins, I glued some excess sequins on some and heart punches on others.  I even used some narrow strips of the excess paper to glue on top of one!

Another thing I did was unravel some of my twine so I could use one color or other.  Also, I just can’t help myself when it comes to baker’s twine.  I love fraying it and making it look messy.

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My son is away at college, so I decided to use some of my Paper Pumpkin supplies to dress up some treats to send away to school.  He LOVES Hershey’s chocolate, so I bought him a big bar and a big kiss.

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I used one of the big Watermelon Wonder hearts on the bar, and I punched out a smaller one from the paper scraps for the kiss.  I also used my Sweetheart and Hearts Border punches to punch out more hearts.

To make the gifts more masculine, and go with the chocolate theme, I used some Early Espresso and Soft Suede papers to decorate.  The striped paper is from the Neutrals Color Collection 12 x 12 paper stack.  I simply cut strips and wrapped it around the chocolate bar and box, and then adhered it with Fast Fuse.  Fast Fuse is perfect for projects like this because it provides a super strong hold.

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I used the Gift Bow BigZ L die cut to create the large Soft Suede bow on top of the kiss.  For the bow, I used hot glue to adhere it together.  Nothing else is strong enough, trust me.

I created a fun border for my box with some Paper Pumpkin stamps and an Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Sticker.

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For the chocolate bar, I used some more Paper Pumpkin stamps.

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Additional supplies used on my projects:

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 Would you like to join the fun and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?  Click HERE to learn more or HERE to sign up with me as your demonstrator.  When you do so, you get some extra perks.  Each month, I send my subscribers a free PDF including at least 8 exclusive tutorials for alternative projects!!!  I always save my favorite alternative project for this PDF.
Check back early next week for more alternative Paper Pumpkin projects.  I still need to make my son a card, and per his request another for his “friend” 🙂

Tami Hewlett

 

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