Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop Blissful Blooms

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 – Blissful Blooms.

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This month’s kit is a beautiful floral kit with silver edged envelopes.  The full kit makes 10 cards – in two different designs.  All you need to do is stamp the sentiments and assemble the cards.

These cards are so beautiful it was hard to do something different with them.  I just didn’t want to cut them up!  But I did do some cutting and came up with two alternate ideas to share. 

Blissful Blooms Notepad & Pen

This first idea came about because I wanted to look at the beautiful flowers on these cards all the time.  If I just made cards and mailed them off then I wouldn’t be able to do that.  So instead the thought of converting one of the cards to be a notepad cover came to mind. 

To cover the notepad I used a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock and cut it the width of the notepad.  I scored it to fit across the front, and scored again for the depth of the pad and then the rest was folded to the back.  Use some Tear & Tape to secure the back of the note pad to the back flap.  Cut the front of the card off and adher it to the front of the card stock.  Save the back piece we will be using it too.  The label was stamped with the phrases from the Tabs for Everything stamp set.  And I used the Stampin’ Write Marker to add the little dots in between.  The vellum leaves and the twine are both from the kit.

I used the leftover piece from the back of the card to create the insert for the pen.  Cut it to fit in the barrel – for this pen it was about 3-1/2″ long and 3/4″ wide.  Stamp on the paper using the stamp set in the kit.  The colors I used were – Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist.  Use a bone folder to curl the paper until you can roll it up tight enough to slide into the barrel of the pen.  Reassemble the pen and add a piece of twine to the cap.

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

  • Card stock – Blackberry Bliss
  • Ink – Blackberry Bliss (in kit), Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Tear & Tape
  • Tabs for Everything stamp set
  • Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Bone Folder
  • Stampin’ Trimmer

 

Blissful Blooms Note card

My second idea is a little note card and for this one I cut another card!!  For this one I used the other design.  After trimming it off the card base into a 4″ wide piece – I cut a 1-1/2″ strip off.  I added that to the front of the note card.  That leaves a 4″ square piece which could be used for 2 more note cards.  The rest of the pieces come from the kit. I did remove the silver from the twine for this one.  And don’t forget to add some stamping to the front of the little envelope.

 

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

  • Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes
  • Ink – Blackberry Bliss (in kit), Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist
  • Stampin’ Trimmer

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. The September kit is a Halloween theme!    If you love Halloween be sure to sign up by September 10th and if you don’t then you can edit your account to skip this month.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Broadway Star

Hello my stamping 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 – Broadway Star (June 2018) and an added bonus it coordinates with the Broadway Bound Suite in the Annual Catalog.

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This months kit is bright and bold and full of star power!  The kit includes supplies to make 8 cards to celebrate a birthday, graduation or other event. 

For my first alternate idea I made a very simple change to the card base and turned it into a triangle box.  You aren’t going to believe how simple this was to make and I only used supplies in the kit.  Well I did use black ink instead of the Lovely Lipstick from the kit but that was it.

Triangle Treat Box

I used the black and white striped card base and added two additional score lines half way between the center score line and the edge of the card on either side – that’s 2-1/8″ from each side.  Then fold on all three score lines and overlap the two end sections and you have a triangle box.  The ends are open so just slide in a treat.  I’ll confess that I actually made my box and then took it to the store to find a treat to go inside.  I came up with four different treats that fit but I’m sure there are more. 

  1. two Hershey’s almonds bars
  2. Zebra roll cake
  3. Hershey Snack Mix packet
  4.  Take 5 bar

Here is a closer look from the side so you can see the shape. 

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

  • Memento Black ink

 

For my second alternate idea I decided to make a card to go with my triangle box. 

Congrats Card

Since I stuck with the black, white and gold I wanted to basically do the same thing on my card. To make the banner piece I used some of the paper from the coordinating Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I took some left over pieces of the gold sticker sheet from my kit and cut enough of a scrap to add to the stamped piece of cake.  Gold cake anyone?  I stamped multiple times with the CONGRATS stamp to create the background piece. 

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

  • Memento Black ink
  • Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Thick Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Gray Granite card stock
  • Gray Granite ink
  • Candle Embellishments
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits dies
  • Big Shot Die-cutting machine

I hope you liked these alternate ideas for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. Now go see what the rest of the gang made.

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. 

If you want to get your own monthly kit sign up by the 10th – go here.  On the Paper Pumpkin Facebook page they have been giving hints – so far a picnic basket, gingham, and maybe wood – what will it be? 

Thanks for visiting today.

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Manly Moments

Hello my friends.  It’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop – for the May Kit – Manly Moments.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the kit. 

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This months kit was a nature themed masculine kit.  And a big stamp set with lots of words.  It was perfect timing for Father’s Day coming up in June.  Did you notice this kit uses some brand new colors and some returning colors?  Gray Granite and Soft Sea Foam are two brand new colors in the Stampin’ Up! Collections.  While Mossy Meadow and Mint Macaron are former In-Colors that are making a return as core colors this year. 

My idea is super quick and simple – I tend to go to my trusty Notecards and Envelopes when I need a quick idea.  And yesterday was no different.  I just have one idea for you today. 

Thank You Note Card

Just like last month I pulled out my note cards.  Since the stamp set was mostly words I focused on that and chose to do a thank you card.  But you could use any of the combinations of words for this idea.  The inspiration for this card came from a sketch I saw last week.  I needed two strips for the side and decided to cut apart the tri-fold card and use the two different patterns for my strips.  The Mossy Meadow ink spot was what I used for the ink on the words and the leaf – all the stamps are from the kit.  Paper Pumpkin kits don’t include punches since the pieces come precut for you but to finish this idea I grabbed some punches.  On the leaves I carefully used the starburst image to add lines – first adding the center line by stamping with the top of the starburst facing the bottom of the leaf.  And then adding the side lines by stamping with the bottom of the starburst against that center line.

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

  • Card stock – Gray Granite, Mossy Meadow, and Whisper White
  • Circle punches – 1-3/4″, 2″ and the Leaf punch.  
  • Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes

 I hope you liked this quick idea. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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Don’t forget you have until June 10th to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and the June kit that coordinates with one of the brand new bundles in the Annual Catalog.  Sign up by June 10 – go here

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – You Are My Anchor

Hello my friends.  It’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop – we are a little later than normal but I hope you will take time to visit everyone and enjoy all the projects.  This time it’s the April 2018 kit called You Are My Anchor.

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This April kit was really fun and perfect for the upcoming summer months.  I have just a couple of simple ideas to share with you.  But first here is a look at the kit. This is what you end up with if you make the kit as instructed but you do end up with left over bits and pieces that you can use for alternate ideas.

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I grew up on the lake and sailed when I was younger.  My dad and brother are avid sailors and my parents actually live in a sailing club.  So this kit is perfect.  I made up a set of the little cards to give to my mom so she can use them for their friends at the club.

But I also wanted to do some other ideas with my kit so let’s take a look and see what I came up with.

You Are My Anchor Note Card

For this first project I made a little note card.  It was the bonus card that my Paper Pumpkin subscribers get to make when they come to my monthly card class.  I use the stamp set and the ink, maybe some of the left over elements and then add from my regular supplies.  The Note Cards & Envelopes are quick and easy for making cards so I use them frequently.  There were two items from the regular catalog that were added because they go well with this Paper Pumpkin kit – the Seaside Embossing Folder and the Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon. 

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

  • Card stock – Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, and Whisper White
  • Circle punches – 2-1/4″, 2″ and the 1/8″ handheld punch.  I used the 1/8″ punch out the little hole in the anchor and then tied some of the twine through there. 
  • Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes
  • Seaside Textured Embossing Folder (plus the Big Shot)
  • Island Indigo Ombre Ribbon

You’re a Lifesaver Box

My second project was one that I thought of because I wanted to stretch my boxes.  The kit comes with 4 boxes but I thought what could I do if I wanted more than 4.  Plus the little phrase You’re a Lifesaver made me think of the Lifesavers candies and I decided those would be fun to put in a little box. So I took one of the boxes and cut it in half – both the base and the belly band. 

Pay attention to which way you cut them – the belly band needs to still be a band to go around the box.  And the box needs one side with the adhesive to create the bottom.  Slide the belly band around the box and you end up with one open end. 

I finished with supplies left over from the kit – the tags, the anchor and the twine.  The Pool Party ink is from an earlier Paper Pumpkin kit.  For my twine I actually thought it was a little bit thick.  So I took the piece and untwisted it so it became three pieces.  Then use one piece to tie around the box.  The only additional item I added was a 2″ x 8″ cello bag.  It holds the lifesavers candies.  Put 5 in and push them down to the bottom half of the bag, fold the bag in half and then slide inside the box.  A perfect little thank you treat for someone that did something extra special for you. 

I hope you liked my projects today. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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Don’t forget you have about a week left to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and take advantage of the 50% off your first two months special.  This is for new subscribers on a monthly subscription.  Sign up by May 10 – go here

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Wild Flower Wishes Blog Hop

The February Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop is here – on March 1st!  The month of February was so short we had to push things out just a bit to make sure everyone received their kits and had time to create.  We will be sharing alternate ideas for the February 2018 kit – Wild Flower Wishes.  This kit contains supplies for 9 cards and envelopes, plus the stamp set and ink.

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I actually have two sets of cards to show you today that I made mostly out of extra bits from the kit.  One set uses Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  I always find those easy to pair with my Paper Pumpkin kits for making additional cards and alternate ideas.

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I used the left over letter stickers and some of the flower stickers.  If you have the linen thread left you could use that or pull some from your stash.  I actually found some that I had left from an older Paper Pumpkin kit.  So really the only thing I added for these was the note cards & envelopes.  Here is a closer look at each one. You can click on each image to see it close up.

 

I also wanted to make a full size set of cards – well I really made these first and then I made the note cards.

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For these I added card stock in the colors to match the flowers – Crushed Curry, Berry Burst and Tempting Turquoise.  I also used the bold word stamps out of the stamp set – those weren’t used in the actual cards from the kit.  I’m so glad the stamp sets include extra images to make the set useful once the kit is finished.

For each card I stamped the bold words repeatedly in the background on the card base – I used Sahara Sand ink.  And stamped multiple times before re-inking my image.  The Whisper White layer is 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ – so one piece of card stock would give you 8 cards.  I used the corresponding script text and stamped that repeatedly on the white piece.  I added some of the flower stickers and greenery on each one.  The bold words were stamped on a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White.  And underneath is a strip of one of the card layers from the kit.  Some more Linen Thread is wrapped around the layer.  I also stamped the script text on each card in the Sahara Sand ink full strength to finish up the greeting.  The envelopes this time were stamped with the flower images.   Here is a close up of the three cards – the yellow is my favorite.

 

I hope you liked these alternate ideas.  I was quite happy with them and still had supplies to make the regular cards in the kit since I mostly used the stickers and stamps for these.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect crafty gift any time of year – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself Here.  Sign up by March 10th to receive the special March 5th anniversary kit.  Yes Paper Pumpkin is 5 years old and the March kit is going to include a gift for everyone!

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is Rachel Tessman – she has the most creative ideas for these Paper Pumpkin kits each month.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.

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Heartfelt Love Notes Blog Hop

It’s time for the January Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the January 2018 kit – Heartfelt Love Notes.  This kit has a fun Valentine/Love Themed stamp set and is packed with supplies for 16 cards that you can add a little treat to.

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I went really simple this time for my alternate idea.  I haven’t yet had a chance to put my kit together or even play with it.  I was running out of time to create something yesterday and by the time I was done it was dark.  So my photos are not the best – they are always better when I take them in the day light.

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For my project I decided to make some little notes using the stamp set and ink plus a couple of left over bits from the kit and a few other products that I had in my craft room.  I had the new Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes on my table so I grabbed some of those to create my alternate idea.  They are small – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

If you save the vellum from your kit after you punch out the die cut pieces you can use that as a mask and sponge a heart on the little note card and on the envelope.  Be careful along the edges or grab another scrap or two to cover up anything you don’t want sponged on the outside of the heart.  I used a Stampin’ Sponge and Flirty Flamingo ink.  On the instruction sheet for the Paper Pumpkin kit it gives you a list of coordinating colors.  You could use a different color of pink ink too.

I stamped the words in the Rich Razzleberry ink that came with the kit.  Then I grabbed my Cookie Cutter Builder Punch to punch a little heart from the left over Flirty Flamingo sticker sheet scraps.  You could also use a little tiny heart die cut or another punch with a tiny heart.  Stampin’ Up! has had various ones over the years.  I added the little heart to the notecard – you don’t even need adhesive since its from the sticker scraps.

I sponged and stamped the envelopes too.  That’s it – super simple!

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect crafty gift any time of year – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself or someone else Here.  Sign up by Feb. 10th to receive the February kit.

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is Carolynn Sander.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.  I always love her scrapbook ideas using the Paper Pumpkin kits.  I can’t wait to see what she has created with this one.

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