It’s Paper Pumpkin time! I love getting my surprise Paper Pumpkin box in the mail each month. I never know what’s inside, and somehow, Stampin’ Up! always seems to make the surprise a great one! This month’s kit is called Happy Thoughts, and there are supplies to make eight cards, four each of two types! You can see the contents of my box below. The kit includes the instructions, two different types of envelopes along with colorful liners, two types of card bases, layers to stamp on, stickers, die cuts, CUTE wooden triangles and stars to decorate with, five photopolymer stamps, a Tip Top Taupe Stampin’ Spot ink pad, four Vintage Faceted Buttons, dimensionals and glue dots. All you need to make the projects is adhesive. You get all this for only $19.95.
If you’re interested in signing up for a subscription to Paper Pumpkin so you can get the July kit, you need to sign up before July 10th. You can click on the link on the sidebar of my blog, or you can click HERE.
Each month, I show the kit on my blog. I also show a few alternative projects that you can make with the kit. As an added bonus for signing up for Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator, I’ll also email you an exclusive document filled with at least eight tutorials for additional alternative projects to make with each kit by the 5th of the following month. I’m part of a group of demonstrators that get together to create this document each month. You won’t see these projects anywhere else. Not on our blogs or any social media. So, this is a huge bonus for my customers.
First, I wanted to show you the two cards that you can make straight out of the kit. These two cards are so cute! I love the twine bunched up behind the flower on this first one!!!
Here’s the other project for this month. The instructions included in the kit show you how to make both of these projects step by step. I do have a tip for the second one. I struggled a little placing the triangle stickers on the banner. First off, I am severely challenged when it comes to placing items straight on a page! Ha! My eyes just don’t see straight. I tried using a ruler, but the best advice I can give is to start at the bottom of the banner, versus the top, and don’t press the stickers down too hard so you can re-position them if necessary. (You can always trim off the top of the little banner piece used to mount all the triangle stickers if you’re a little off.) Another tip is to handle the wooden elements with care. I broke a couple while trying to re-position them. I love the added dimension of these cute wooden elements!
Next is one of my alternative projects. I thought the triangles would make great banner pieces, so I decided to make a triple banner flowing across my card. I cut a card base measuring 8″ x 7″ and scored lengthwise at 4″. This just barely fits into the large envelope from the kit. To make the banner across the top of my card, I trimmed a 1/2″ piece off of the bottom of the envelope liner. (No one will ever know that the liner is a little short on the bottom!)
I used dimensionals under each triangle to really make my banner pop.
For my next card, I used a new technique called “faux alcohol marker” to color my flower. I just read about this and had to try it out!!! I loved Blendabilities so much, and miss coloring with them. With this technique, you can turn any ink pad into an alcohol marker!!! All you need to do is place 91% Alcohol in your Aqua Painter versus water. By doing this, you can watercolor and blend on regular Whisper White paper without it pilling!!!! As you can see here, I used Tip Top Taupe to stamp my flower. Now, it probably would have turned out a little better with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, but I thought that would be too harsh for this card. So, I went with the Tip Top Taupe. You can see that the Tip Top Taupe bled at little in the center, but I’m still happy with the overall effect. This new technique just opens a whole new world for me with coloring. I’m so happy!!! Thank you to Connie Collins for discovering this idea and showing it on her blog!
To make this card, I traced the shape of the large white banner onto one of the envelope liners to create an added layer. I also used a 1-1/4″ Circle Punch to make leaves for the large flower. I simply punched the circle, then placed the circle back into the punch a second time to punch out a leaf shape.
I used the faux alcohol marker technique on all the flowers. I used Bermuda Bay ink on the larger flower and Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi ink on the smaller flowers.
Additional supplies used on my projects:
Hope you enjoyed these ideas. Have fun with your Paper Pumpkin kit this month!!!