On My Mind – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

Hello my friends – I am back from the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to the Greek Isles.  I’m not quite caught up to my blog posts but I did manage to squeak in with this Paper Pumpkin project for the 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 – On My Mind. This kit coordinates with three suites from the Annual catalog!  So if you love the look of these cards (and I know I do) you can use the coordinating products to keep on creating once your kit supplies are gone.

I love that some of the Paper Pumpkin kits are now coordinating with the Annual Catalog.  This month’s kit had three card designs and they match with three suites – Woven Thread Suite, Garden Lane suite, and Come Sail Away suite.  Personally I loved the cards as is and the one with the sail boat will make a perfect birthday card for my brother in early August! 

I struggled with what alternate idea I wanted to do.  There aren’t really left overs from the kit this month and I loved the cards the way they were and the envelopes.  I think I’m in love with the printed envelopes but I don’t want to tear them up either.  So its a struggle.  I finally decided that I needed some tags.  Every month I create tags to go on my customer orders that get picked up at my house.  I may have told you that before.  So I decided to take the focal element of each card and create a tag idea with it.  I added in pieces of designer series paper from the coordinating suites and a couple of other things to complete my tags.

On My Mind Tags

Here are four tags for each of the card ideas.  I mostly added card stock, the coordinating Designer Series Paper from the suite, and some punches.  The tags are similar to the main focal image on each card.

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • Card stock – Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Pool Party
  • Designer Series Paper – Woven Threads, Garden Lane, Come Sail Away
  • Punches – Everyday Label, Classic Label, Banner Triple Punch
  • Dies – Layering Circles, Stitched Shapes, Smooth Sailing
  • Linen Thread
  • Classic Ink – Crumb Cake

I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks in a Facebook Live on Monday, July 29 on my facebook page.  I’ll come back and update this post afterwards.

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. 

The August kit will feature bags & tags and you’ll be able to order an extra bundle of coordinating supplies to turn your kit into a set of cards.  The extra items can be ordered starting August 1st in my online store.  To get the kit be sure you have an active Paper Pumpkin subscription by August 10th.    Sign up by the 10th – go here

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A Little Smile – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

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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Hugs from Shelli – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

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 is our special Hugs from Shelli kit.  Are you wondering who Shelli is?  She is the co-founder and board chair of Stampin’ Up!  She and her sister started Stampin’ Up! more than 30 years ago.  This months kit has elements and a theme that were influenced by her.  And look we have a new blog header logo!

This month’s kit creates a whole stack of beautiful Note Cards.  Yes here in the US the note cards are a mailable size – I use this size all the time.  I don’t know about other countries.  Which normally wouldn’t matter but for this month the Hugs from Shelli Kit was available in our other markets around the world.  That was pretty exciting! 

For my alternate ideas I made a couple of full size cards and I used a couple of the note cards to make some fun little triangle boxes.  The boxes are very easy to make out of a card.  In fact I’m sure I’ve probably showed this idea before.

Full Size Cards

For these full sized cards I basically added Very Vanilla card stock and some ink and sponges.  I used some of the left over elements in the kit. I love the fonts on these words in the stamp set.  To sponge the color on to the card stock – dip in the ink pad and then dab on scratch paper first before going to the card stock, then I swirl it around to add the soft color. 

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • Card stock – Very Vanilla regular and thick
  • Pretty Peacock Classic ink
  • Stampin’ Sponges

 

Triangle Boxes

For these boxes I used the note cards in the kit and added some score lines to turn them into boxes.  I cut one of the tags in half and used just a half piece on each box.   The pink box has the opening in the back and the blue box I have the opening on the side.  I punched holes in them to tie the box shut.

To create the box, mark the center point on each side of your card.  Score a diagonal line from the original center score line to the center point on each side of the card – repeat on each side.  You are adding four diagonal score lines.  Fold in on the angles and let them overlap.  Punch a hole through both flaps on each side and pull your twine through.  You could even use a small piece of tissue from the paper pumpkin box to put inside the box for packaging material.  Fill these with candies or a fun little gift.

Here is what it looks like once it’s scored – I marked the lines with a black sharpie so you could see them on this piece of card stock. 

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • Stampin’ Trimmer for scoring
  • 1/8″ hole punch

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

Here are a few more photos for you:

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. We have a bunch of new people hopping with us this month including some international folks.  I know everyone will have amazing and creative ideas to share with you.  Enjoy. 

Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit.  The June kit is all about sharing little acts of kindness.  Watch a fun little video here.

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Sentimental Rose – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

Hello my friends.  Sorry I missed you last month – March was such a busy month for me.  I have yet to even get that kit out and work on it.  But I have moved on to the April kit and 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 the April 2019 Sentimental Rose.  And it is beautiful!  One of my favorites so far. 

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This kit is perfect just the way it is in my opinion.  But part of this hop is coming up with some Alternative Designs and change things up a little bit.  The kit is full of flowers so it has a very feminine look and feel to it. 

I put together one set of cards just as is – because they are pretty exactly as they were designed.  But if you look in my photo the box is different.  The box is cut in half!  One half is for these feminine cards – for that one I used the flower to decorate the box.  But I also decided to take one set and leave off the flowers and focus on the leaves so that I’d have a more masculine set of cards.

UPDATE:  I filmed a Facebook live on April 29, 2019 showing these cards and alternate ideas:  WATCH HERE

Masculine Card set in a half box

Instead of tying bows I tied knots.  I eliminated the panel of flowers on the card on the left and stamped leaves directly on the corrugated cardboard.  You can always turn the label over to use the plain white side without the pink outline.  Stamping only leaves on the other two cards made an easy switch to something a little more manly.  This half of the box I added just the leave and the kit came with two tags so that worked out perfect.

I didn’t actually add any additional supplies for these cards.  But I did use a cutter to cut the acetate box and the corrugated sleeve in half.  Here is a closer look at both sets in their boxes.

Stamped Full Size Cards

Now I love these cards so much what was I going to do when I ran out of the kit supplies.  So I decided I wanted to create versions of these cards with other supplies and mimic the designs.  It’s actually some simple stamping – basically paper, stamps and ink. In order to mimic the soft colors in the background I used sponge daubers.  And for the splatters I used my Stampin’ Write Markers.   I used Whisper White Baker’s twine just like the kit and then colored some of the Basic Pearls with my Stampin’ Blends to add them to the card.  And all the envelopes are decorated too.  These cards would fit in our regular Acetate boxes in our catalog. 

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • Card stock – Gray Granite, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
  • Classic ink – So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron (Gray Granite came in the kit)
  • Stampin’ Write Marker – Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Gray Granite
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Basic Pearls
  • Medium Whisper White Envelopes
  • Stampin’ Blends – Mint Macaron Dark, Flirty Flamingo Dark

Here are some photos showing each different card with all three variations – the original from the kit, the masculine version using the kit, and then my full size cards.

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. 

The May kit is going to be a special kit designed by Shelli the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!  We saw a sneak peek already and I think it will be another winner!  Don’t miss it!   Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Grown with Kindness – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

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 – Grown with Kindness.  Some fun photographic cards featuring succulents and earthy tones.

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This months kit was a little different from our others with the fun photographic prints included.  For the most part I like this one just the way it is.  I do plan on using the cards for a class so I’ve ordered refills which became available this week.  If you are a current Paper Pumpkin Subscriber you can order the past refill kits in the online store.

I created one alternate idea using the stamp set and ink along with a few added supplies.  And then the other day I actually put together one of each card as intended – well almost.  More on that in a minute.  I ended up with two alternate ideas and then I made a fun little 3D project.  That means I have 3 ideas to show you today!

Succulent Cup Card

This first card is the one I created using the stamp set and the ink.  It was an alternate idea that my Paper Pumpkin subscribers were able to make as a bonus card when they attended my Quick & Cute monthly card class. I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends to color the little succulent cup. Did you know you can use the Stampin’ Blends with our Classic Ink pads – that’s what I did here – I used the Fresh Fig ink from the kit and then colored with the Blends.

Supply List

The additional supplies not in the Paper Pumpkin kit that I added to complete this project were:

  • Card stock – Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Vellum
  • Stampin’ Blends – Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
  • Classic Ink – Mint Macaron

Thank You Note card

For my second alternate card idea I have another Note card – you know those are my favorite!  The Black & White card was the one I didn’t make exactly like the kit.  I didn’t want to cover up all the stripes with the printed panel so I cut the panel in half and only used half on my kit card.  So the other half I used on this note card – I love it!

Supply List

The additional supplies not in the Paper Pumpkin kit that I added to complete this project were:

  • Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes
  • Card stock – Basic Black

Little Thank You Box

And here is a third idea.  I turned the Black & White striped card base into a little box.  Did you know you can turn a card into a box?  Cut the card in half at the score line.  The front becomes the top of the box.  I scored all four sides at 1″ and then snipped each end up to the score line.  Look at my photo to see what I mean.  The bottom of the box is the back piece of the card – trim it down just a little – you want it to be slightly smaller than the lid – about 1/8 of an inch.  Then score all four sides at 1″ and snip the ends.  

Next use the glue dots from the kit or a strong adhesive like tear & tape or multipurpose liquid glue to glue the ends to form the box.  Your lid should slide right over the bottom.  I put a little mint tea bag inside the box.  Tied it shut with Fresh Fig Ribbon and added the little cup of succulents – again colored with the Stampin’ Blends as a tag.  A perfect little gift to thank someone for helping you.

Supply List

The additional supplies not in the Paper Pumpkin kit that I added to complete this project were:

  • Card stock – Whisper White
  • Stampin’ Blends – Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
  • Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon
  • Multipurpose Liquid glue

I hope you liked these alternate ideas for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. 

Be sure to sign up by March 10th and help us celebrate Paper Pumpkin’s 6th Birthday!  The March kit will have TWO stamp sets included!  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Fun Background Technique

Sometimes when you start playing with the parts and pieces of the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit you just can’t stop.  I ended up with a lot of alternate ideas for the January 2019 kit – Be Mine Valentine.  As you know I like to pair up the kits with the Note Cards & Envelopes because it makes a quick card.  Here is another one that I created for this month.

What you might notice on this card is the background.  Now where did that come from?  It’s easy and you have the supplies that you need right in your monthly Paper Pumpkin box.  It is the blue tissue paper!  I just crumpled it up and dipped it in my ink pad and then tapped it on my note card.  Keep repeating until you get the amount of color that you want.  I used Pool Party ink on this card. 

The other things that I added for this card is the Memento Black ink and then a couple of my Stampin’ Blends markers to color the bird.  The scalloped circle, the heart, the kangaroo, and the stamps are all from the kit.  Let me know if you try this background technique – I’d love to see what you do with it. You can see how I did it by watching my Facebook Live video of alternate ideas from the January Be Mine Valentine kit click ==> HERE.  You can see this project along with my other alternate idea projects.

Supply List

  • Paper Pumpkin Kit January 2019 – Be Mine Valentine
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Memento Black ink
  • Pool Party ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Pool Party, Calypso Coral

Did you see the sneak peeks of February’s Paper Pumpkin Kit?  It looks like it is going to be a good one.

Be sure to sign up by February 10th if you want to receive it.  Here are a few clues on what to expect:

  • An all card kit
  • Makes 9 full-sized cards in 3 unique designs (3 of each design)
  • Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Mint Macaron, Fresh Fig
  • Fun, earthy elements – potting soil, succulents, bold, vintage tea cups, letter planters, photographic design

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