I get so excited when my Paper Pumpkin box arrives in the mail each month. The contents are always a surprise. It’s so fun to open it up and see what’s inside; and this month, I wasn’t disappointed. Love is in the air!!!
This month’s kit is called Adoring Arrows, and it includes supplies to make 24 adorable treat bags!!! The contents of the box includes 24 gold foil food-safe treat bags (with adhesive strips already attached), 2 sheets of white die-cut hearts, 3 sheets of white-die cut banners with gold foil borders, 3 sheets of striped vellum die-cut banners, 4 sheets of gold foil stickers, 24 wooden dowels, 12 yards of gold thread, dimensionals, glue dots, a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Spot ink pad, and photopolymer stamps!!! I got all of this for only $19.95 (including shipping but not tax.)
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OK, enough selling … back to making the projects. I love making Valentine treat bags. I may not have school age kids anymore, but I still like to make little treats to send to them at college. Plus, my husband loves giving treats away to clients, and I love giving them away to co-workers and friends.
I particularly love the soft vellum banners and the adorable arrows!!! For once, I didn’t embellish or change the projects at all. I thought they were just perfect the way they were designed.
While I used up all my Paper Pumpkin supplies for this month, I still have the stamps to use forever. The stamps in this kit are really cute. I especially love the heart that says “Love.”
For my first alternative project, I made an easel card.
I particularly love the way the watercolor layer of this card turned out. I used Shimmery White Paper and embossed the Paper Pumpkin stamps in gold first. Then, I adhered the paper to my work surface with old washi tape so it would stay flat, and I used an Aqua Painter to cover the entire paper with clear water. While the paper was still very wet, I used an Aqua Painter to add Real Red, Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral ink. I just added a little in the center of the paper so it would bleed out into the clear water. I painted a similar strip to add to the inside of the card.
After the paper was dry, I loaded up my Aqua Painter with Real Red ink, held the Aqua Painter over my paper, and used a Bone Folder to tap the brush and add splatters across the paper.
I used scissors to cut out a gold embossed “Love” heart from a scrap piece of Shimmery White Paper, and then added a few Love Notes die cut embellishments.
My next alternative card also uses the Love Notes Framelits, as well as some pretty Sending Love Designer Series Paper.
I used Versamark ink and the Paper Pumpkin stamps to create the subtle background. Then, I stamped the “Love” heart with Real Red ink on Whisper White cardstock and quickly embossed it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Since it’s the centerpiece of this card, I thought the embossing would make it stand out a little more.
To re-create this card, cut the designer paper to measure 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and the strip of Red Glimmer Paper to measure 1/4″ x 5-1/2″. It’s a simple card to make that packs a big punch.
Supplies used on my cards: