Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Winter Gifts

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 – Winter Gifts – a set with tags to add to your holiday gifts.

One of the nice things about Paper Pumpkin is that its portable.  As I was headed out of town for Thanksgiving I packed up my Paper Pumpkin kit and grabbed a pack of notecards and envelopes.  During some downtime on Wednesday I pulled everything out and did a little bit of crafting.  I made a few quick notecards using the stamps, ink and extra components from both the October and November paper pumpkin kits. 

Note Card Trio

With limited supplies on hand I used the ink spots and stamp sets from the last two Paper Pumpkin kits.  I plan to make all my tags so I just set aside some of the extra bits and used them on these notecards. 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock –Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes
  • Winter Woods October Paper Pumpkin Kit – ink & stamps

These were made with very limited supplies with me on our family trip for Thanksgiving. 

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. 

Note: for December Kit the sign up period still ends on Dec. 10th but the shipping will be delayed by a few days.  It’s going to be a great kit for all occasions with a stamp set full of sentiments.

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Winter Woods

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 – October 2019 – Winter Woods.  It’s the first box out of a two box coordinated set.  The second box is the November kit that you can subscribe to now.

This kit contains supplies for 10 cards and 10 envelopes.  It has winter trees, snowflakes and cardinals.  Put the kit together as is or use some of the pieces for some alternate ideas like the ones you will see in this blog hop.

For my idea I wanted to use the shimmery white trees.  But where I live we don’t really have white trees, nor do we get that much snow.  So I altered them with some ink and I really wanted to cut them apart.  Once I had two pair of water colored trees I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go.  My first thought was to make tags, but then I decided since the November Paper Pumpkin kit was going to be coordinating tags maybe I should go a different direction.  Then I thought box – how do I turn this into a box and what would I put into the box.  See below for the result.

Winter Woods Treat Box

I decided to use the clear tiny treat boxes.  And add what could basically be a tag to the front.  Now I’m thinking that those tall skinny foil wrapped chocolate Santa’s would fit in my box.  But those aren’t in the stores yet since it’s Halloween so we will just have to pretend they are in there.

Start by cutting the side flaps off the tiny treat box.  Only fold in the bottom, leave the lid alone – don’t fold it so there is some extra support for the tall panel.  Since the trees were 5-1/2″ tall I cut a piece of Pool Party card stock to be that tall and 2″ wide – same width as the box.  I stamped in Pool Party ink the little dots/falling snow image all over. 

To alter the trees I water colored with Soft Suede ink and an Aqua Painter.  Then cut into 2″ wide pieces giving me two out of each tree panel.  That means you could make 20 of these boxes if you used all the panels in the kit.  On the base I stamped just the words Wishing you a Merry Christmas.  I used an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker to only color the words I wanted. 

The little cardinal was added with 1/2 of a mini dimensional.  I used glue dots to attach the panel to the outside of the box, but I didn’t like how it looked on the inside so I cut another piece of Pool Party card stock to stick on the inside and basically sandwich the lid side of the box.  It’s finished off with some Linen Thread.

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Pool Party
  • Ink – Pool Party, Soft Suede
  • Marker – Early Espresso
  • Clear Tiny Treat Boxes
  • Linen Thread
  • Aqua Painter

Here are a couple more photos:

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. You’ll get to see lots of amazing ideas from demonstrators around the country.

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

The November kit will be a coordinating kit with tags.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Gift of Fall – Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop

So apparently I haven’t posted to my blog in a month!  I need to get back on a schedule.  It has been a busy summer and I’ve done quite a bit of traveling and spending time with family.  Today in fact is my middle son’s birthday and we are packing up his apartment today too.  He is getting ready for a big move in less than two weeks.  But for now 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 – A Gift of Fall.

This month’s kit included 6 sweet gift bags with tons of supplies for tags.  Way more than what you need for the bags.  Plus you could buy a coordinating add-on of note cards and envelopes – the perfect companion to use up the rest of those pieces in the box.

I did some really quick alternate ideas.  I’m not sure you could even call them that.  Yesterday afternoon I sat down with my box and separated out all the pieces.  I set aside what I needed for my bags because I want to make those up so I have them ready to use this fall when I need them. Then I was left with a pile of left over bits and that is what I used for three really quick – I mean really quick and simple ideas. 

Fall Treats

I found some fall treats at the store – these little packaged cakes.  They would be fun to decorate and hand out for a fall party or just because.  The tag is from the printed circle and I used one of the long banner pieces to add the enjoy.  Add some leaves and sequins, punch a hole, tie on with twine, done. 

Supply List

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

  • a hole punch
  • packaged fall cakes

 

Super Quick Cards

Next I wanted to do something with the add-on note cards.  I love the printed envelopes that we get with Paper Pumpkin and this add-on kit was no exception.  These two cards came together very quickly.  One is literally just stamp the greeting on the tag and add to the front.  I’m sure someone else did the same thing.  You could literally have a stack of Thanksgiving cards done in no time at all. 

The second one I wanted a thank you so I stamped that greeting on the larger tag.  And then created a little bunch of branches to tuck behind, tied them with twine, add sequins and done.

Supply List

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

  • Gift of Fall Add-on

I told you they were quick and simple.  I need that quite often.  I’m going to finish up my stack of note cards as thank you notes.  And I’ll probably make some tags too – I need those for some orders I need to get to customers.  I hope you liked these quick alternate ideas for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

And can you guess which project Aspen liked the best?

The Blog Hop Continues

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For September it is going to be a Halloween themed box.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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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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