Hello my friends.  It’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the monthly kit. This month our kit is called A Little Smile and its packed full of little cards to help you spread smiles and kindness.

The idea behind this kit is to spread smiles, a little love, and kindness.  You can make the kit as instructed to complete the 16 mini cards and then store them in the little box to take with you as you go about your day.  Then spread a little kindness around.

As soon as I heard about this kit and about spreading kindness it made me think of the Kindness Rocks project.  People in our area paint rocks and then leave them in public places like parks or in our town area where people walk around.  There are several area Facebook groups where people will post where they left the rocks and as people find them they post where they found them.  I’ve taken rocks to different states as I travel and left them to brighten someone’s day.  Last year I left several in Alaska when we were there for the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip.  So for this kit I decided to create my own stamped Kindness Rocks! 

Kindness Rocks

I chose rocks that were fairly flat since I wanted to stamp on them. Clean them with some water and let them dry to begin with.  You’ll need a few basic painting supplies – some white acrylic paint, tiny paint brushes, a palette for mixing colors, tooth picks, a cup of water.  And then some stamping supplies. Stamps, ink, sponges, and scraps of window sheet.

Here is a little more info on what I did.  To color the white paint I used the ink refills – I mixed about 15 drops of ink in with the white paint and stirred really well with a toothpick.  I mixed up several colors – Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, and Soft Suede. 

I used the sponges to pick up paint and dab it on the rocks.  The Coastal Cabana was the water and the Crumb Cake was the sand. Using the sponge left some bubbles, but I used a heat tool to help dry and the bubbles disappeared right away.

Because I wanted to be able to bend my stamps around the rock but not get my fingers in it I decided to use a piece of window sheet to mount my stamps on.  I could then stamp directly on to the rock and press the stamp where I needed.

I used this method for all of the stamping.  For the images I did go back over them with a fine tip brush and used the colored paint to fill them in a little bit more. 

Supply List

You’ll need the A Little Smile Paper Pumpkin kit and these additional Stampin’ Up! supplies that I added to complete this project:

  • Ink Refills: Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
  • Stamp sets: Sea of Textures, Waterfront
  • Ink Pads: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
  • Window Sheets
  • Stampin’ Sponge
  • Heat tool

Here are a few more photos of the rocks:

Now where shall I hide them?  I’m going to let them dry another day or so before I put a sealer on them.  Then once I hide them outside they designs won’t wash away.  I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. Everything worked correctly last month – so I’m crossing my fingers that it will work again this time. 

Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. Next month’s kit is going to coordinate with three of our product suites in the annual catalog.  It’s going to be 9 cards with a nautical theme.

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