It’s Paper Pumpkin time! Yeah, I love getting my Paper Pumpkin kit each month. It’s always something new and fun, and I have a great time thinking up alternative projects.
May’s kit is called the Birthday Bundle. It includes all these supplies for only $19.95 (including shipping!) There are supplies to make four bags and six cards, including exclusive photopolymer stamps, an Island Indigo Stampin’ Spot ink pad, card bases, six envelopes, die cuts, tissue paper and dimensionals. Of course, there’s also color instructions.
Each month, Stampin’ Up! creates a video on how to put the Paper Pumpkin projects together. Here’s this month’s video:
You can make the projects exactly like the kit, or you can use some additional supplies to create alternative projects. I always like to give you some ideas for some different things you can do with the kit. I usually make up a bunch of projects. Then, I pick my favorite and keep it a secret, so I can send it to the Paper Pumpkin Gurus. Each month, this group gets together to design 8 to 10 alternative projects, including written tutorials for each one. On the 5th of the following month, we send out all the tutorials to our customers! Now, you won’t see any of these projects on our blogs or social media, so this is a huge benefit to our customers. And, there are some seriously talented demonstrators in this group! To get these great tutorials each month, all you have to do is sign up for Paper Pumpkin with me as your demonstrator. It’s that easy.
While I’m keeping my favorite a secret, I have a few other alternative projects to share with you today.
First, I have a graduation card and bag that I made for my nephew. He’s graduating from High School, and I’m so incredibly proud of him!!! Not only did he get accepted to U. C. Berkeley, but I just found out that he’s valedictorian! Wow, what an honor. It couldn’t happen to a nicer kid.
I wanted to make his card festive, yet still masculine. I have to admit that I’m not super crazy about all the bright colors on the original Paper Pumpkin card, so I decided to tone it down a little and eliminate the yellow in place of some gold foil. I also flipped the card base around and so I could make it on the Island Indigo side. I added a little touch of Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper, along with coordinating colors of Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.
For the greeting, I used the B. Y. O. P. stamp set. I stamped it in Island Indigo and then used a Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker to color it. Finally, I un-wound some of the Coral/White Baker’s Twine provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit so I could use the colors separately, and just a few strands at a time to tie my buttons.
For the inside of the card, I used the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits to make an envelope for some money. Then, I decorated it with more stamps from the B. Y. O. P. stamp set. This great banner shape is part of the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits, as are the circles and shapes in the following photo.
Here’s the rest of the inside. I used the “Celebrate” stamp from the Paper Pumpkin kit along with some more stamps from Endless Birthday Wishes.
Then, I had to stamp the envelope, so I added a few balloons.
Next, I made a gift bag for my nephew. I think the balloon cut outs on these bags are really fun. They’re meant to just show the yellow tissue paper provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit. But, I wanted to step it up, so I made little shaker envelopes to tape behind each balloon. I sandwiched various colors of punched circles between a piece of Whisper White card stock and a matching Window Sheet, then I adhered the sides with some old washi tape.
I used the banner die cut from the Paper Pumpkin kit to trace and cut a matching piece of Gold Foil, and I used the Note Tag Punch to add a little Gold Foil to the tag.
For the ties on the balloons, I again unraveled some of the Coral/White Baker’s Twine from the Paper Pumpkin kit.
My next project is a birthday card. While I have tons of graduation cards to make (lots of my daughter’s friends are graduating this year), I wanted to make at least one card using this cute Happy Birthday stamp provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit.
I again used the back of the card base, since I changed up the colors. This time, I added one of the new In Colors – Cucumber Crush. This color looks great with Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, and Daffodil Delight. This time, the circle accent is cut from the new Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack available in the new Annual Catalog on June 2.
I did a few tricky things on this card. I used some of the tissue paper provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit to fold, layer and cut with Fringe Scissors for a festive trim. Then, I curled the tissue with a bone folder. Also, when I stamped my balloons, I inked them up with one color, then I used a sponge to add a different color ink before stamping. This gives them a fun variegated look. Finally, before I stamped my greeting, I used an Aqua Painter to quickly paint the circle die cut with some brush strokes.
I added some rhinestones for a little dazzle, and I stamped a matching envelope.
For the bag, I decided to make a 3-D balloon. I used the coral balloon die cut provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit to trace five balloons on Daffodil Delight card stock. Then, I cut them all out by hand. I used one as a base, and folded the rest in half and adhered them together with SNAIL.
For the smaller balloons, I used some Cherry On Top Designer Washi Tape (available in the new Annual Catalog on June 2) on top of some Whisper White card stock to create a background that I taped inside the bag.
For the Celebrate banner, I stamped it in Bermuda Bay, then I used some 2015-2017 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers to add a few more squiggles.
Finally, I embellished with some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine and Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim.
In addition to the May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit, I used the following supplies on my projects:
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