I’m Back! I had a whirlwind, fun, exciting trip to New York and Niagara Falls with my mom and two sisters. We walked and walked and walked! I came home with blisters on my feet, and a big smile on my face! I’ll fill you in more about the details later, but suffice to say that we had a wonderful time. We saw Broadway shows, cruised the island of Manhattan by day and night, visited major landmarks, and even rode bikes around Central Park! But, the best part was spending time with each other, something just the four of us haven’t done in ages. I took over 700 pictures!!! So, I’ve got LOTS of material for future Project Life pages:) Stay tuned…
In the meantime, life goes on. I got my Paper Pumpkin kit the day before I left on my trip, so I really didn’t get a chance to work with it until I got back. Here’s a picture of the September kit. As predicted, it’s Halloween/Fall themed with supplies to make eight “hay bale” treat bags. I think this project is so different and clever!!!
Here’s a closer look at the cute photopolymer stamps that came with the kit, along with a Cajun Craze Stampin’ Spot ink pad.
I don’t know about you, but it takes me a little time to get back into the swing of things. I can’t exactly just sit down and “create” when I’m under pressure. You know how it goes when you come back from vacation. There’s laundry, chores, and commitments piled up. I took a hard look at this kit, and I decided that I really loved the project just the way it was designed. I really didn’t want to change very much. So, I simply put it together as is. The only thing I added was a few more ink colors on the tags.
I don’t have school age kids anymore, but my husband likes handing out treats to his clients. So, I thought these treat bags would be a perfect festive gift. I filled them all with Halloween candy.
The bags were easy to assemble! The instructions come with the Paper Pumpkin kit. In addition, Stampin’ Up! has a video on this kit that you can see HERE.
One great thing about Paper Pumpkin is that you can put as much or as little effort into completing the projects as you want. If you have the time, you can add extra supplies and a some creativity to make elaborate projects. If you don’t, you can relax and keep it simple, and still bang out some great looking projects.
For the tag above, I inked the pumpkin stamp with Hello Honey ink, then I sponged a little Cajun Craze ink around the edges before stamping for a variegated look.
I really love the line, dotted line, and swirly stamps that came with this kit. I had fun using different combinations and colors.
For the witch’s hats below, I stamped with one color, then used a Blender Pen to color the bands and buckle.
While I didn’t have much time this month to design alternative projects, the awesome demonstrators from the Paper Pumpkin Gurus sure did. They designed a bunch of tutorials that I sent to all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers yesterday. It’s so nice to be a part of this group. We all support each other, even when one of us needs to take a break for a month. Here’s a sneak peek of the types of projects they included in the tutorials:
If you’d like to receive these awesome tutorials next month, you can get them for FREE by becoming one of my subscribers.
Another great place to find alternative ideas is on Pinterest.