The March Paper Pumpkin kit is here, and it’s such a cute one!!! This is definitely one of my favorites, because it features sewing on the greeting. I’ve loved sewing since I was a little girl, so this brings back fond memories of special times with my mom. I think she first taught me to sew when I was about 5 years old, and her love of sewing definitely rubbed off on me.
Here’s a photo of the contents of this month’s kit. For only $19.95, you get all these supplies! It includes enough materials to make eight cards, as well as some really awesome photopolymer stamps. I love the variety of saying with this stamp set. I tried to use a lot of the different stamps on the cards below, but there are lots more possibilities. I just didn’t have enough time! A couple of things I really love about this kit include the Pool Party Epoxy Stickers and the word bubbles that say YOU, which are pre-punched to make it easy to sew the greeting. The kit also comes with a Basic Black Stampin’ Spot, a needle for sewing the greetings, Daffodil Delight embroidery thread, Pool Party envelopes, and a sheet of dimensionals.
I made five different cards with this set. The first shows you the basic card that you can make with the kit. The only little extra I added was the Pool Party banner to pop up the word “Birthday.” The instructions that come with the kit show you how to complete a straight stitch as shown. Isn’t this cute? Honestly, I would have been satisfied making eight of these, but I know you want some other ideas, so read on…
For my next card, I used an Aqua Painter to watercolor the word bubble prior to adding the stitching. Since the paper is not watercolor paper, I painted quickly with one stroke for each color. I used Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Coastal Cabana ink. Afterwards, I loaded the Aqua Painter up with ink and tapped it to add some splatters. I used some black baker’s twine from a past Paper Pumpkin kit to do the stitching. It was the perfect size! I added some coordinating card stock cut with the Word Bubbles Framelits, as well as some Candy Dots, Stacked With Love Designer Washi Tape, and Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine. The Pool Party Epoxy arrow is from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.
For my next card, I created a standard Pool Party card base to layer the slightly smaller Paper Pumpkin card stock. (I cut my Paper Pumpkin card base in two, so now I can make even more cards!) To complete the stitching, I divided up some of the Lost Lagoon Thick Baker’s Twine from the Sale-A-Bration In Color Accessory Pack. A third of that twine was the perfect size to do the stitching. The clip is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. Then, I added some Pistachio Pudding, Lost Lagoon, and Basic Black card stock, as well as some Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine and Black Baker’s Twine. The washi tape comes from two different sets: Stacked With Love and Beach House.
On to the next card… For this one, I decided to do some fancy sewing. I made French Knots over each of the holes of the “O” and in the flower centers. This was a little more time consuming than simply using a straight stitch, but I love the effect! To create the flowers, I used the Pansy and Petite Petals punches with Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Daffodil Delight card stock. I used a bone folder to curl all the petals before adhering the layers with dimensionals to really make all the flowers pop.
To create a French Knot, bring the needle through the hole from the back, then wrap the thread around the needle three times before bringing the needle back down through the same hole. It helps to pull the thread to make the loops a little snug before bringing the needle back down.
For my last card, I did a chain stitch over the entire YOU. (See below for instructions.) I also added some zig zag and straight stitching with my sewing machine. I love all the cute stamps with this month’s set! The triangles make a great border, and the gem stamps make a perfect accent for this card.
I used a Black Stampin’ Write Marker to only stamp portions of the “You’re A Gem” stamp, so I could break it up and punch out the “a gem” with a Window Word punch. As a final touch, I couldn’t resist adding a bunch of rhinestone jewels.
To create a chain stitch, bring the thread up from the bottom and then go back down through the same hole to create a loop.
Next, before pulling the loop through, bring the needle up through the next hole in-between the loop and pull the thread taunt to create a chain.
When you get to the last loop in the chain, finish the chain off by going around the last loop and back down the same hole.
Extra supplies used on my projects:
Hope you enjoyed these alternative ideas for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit! Would you like to receive these kits each month? They’re so much fun, and they’re a great way to build up an inventory of photopolymer stamps. Plus, if you sign up before the end of Sale-A-Bration on March 31, you can purchase a three month prepaid subscription at a discounted price AND earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration product!!! Talk about a great deal. Don’t let this opportunity pass by!