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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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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A Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop Nov 2017

It’s time for the November Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the November 2017 kit – Back in Plaid.  It’s the companion to the October kit.  And it’s the most popular Paper Pumpkin kit we have ever had!

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This November kit is so cute as is!  The stockings are adorable and perfect for so many things.  I want to fill them with little goodies and I’m thinking of leaving them at my neighbors houses. But I wanted to create an alternate idea for you too.  And I had a silly idea.  I tried coming up with other ideas but kept coming back to this one.  It’s a bit “out of the box”.  Yes literally we will be using the Paper Pumpkin boxes for this one!

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Bean Bags!  Yes – Stocking Bean Bags for a Toss Your Stocking Game!  It’s the perfect solution if you needed a fun idea for your kids class – a simple game that even the little ones can play.  Turn the stockings into Bean Bags.  It’s super easy – I actually came up with three different ways to create the bean bags.  First for all of them – turn the stockings so the seams are on the inside – you can use a bone folder to help get all the edges pushed out really well.  Then fill each one with beans – I just bought dried beans at the grocery store – the cheapest bag I could find.  Now you can do any one of these things for closing up your bag.

  1.  Use a sewing machine and run a stitch across the stocking near the bottom of the plaid design.  Then turn the cuff over the edge.
  2. Use some safety pins and pin the stocking shut along the bottom of the plaid design. Then turn the cuff over the edge.  This way you can easily undo it later and use the stockings for something else.
  3. Turn the cuff first and then use thread – I used clear thread. And hand stitch the top shut.

Here is a look at how I set up the game:

I used the October and November Paper Pumpkin boxes to create the boxes for throwing the bean bags into.  I used a craft knife to cut right around the Paper Pumpkin logo in the top of each box.  I used some Washi Tape on the edges to make them smooth.  The Pick a Pattern tape is black and white and coordinates perfectly.

Arrange the boxes however you wish.  I placed them end to end.  Giving more points if you got the bag in the hole from the box that was further away.  I assigned 3 points.  Then 2 points for the close box.  And 1 point if its just touching the box but not in the hole.  You could do the points however you want.  I was trying to take my photos and kept throwing the stockings in trying to get more points – I think I played for a good 30 minutes all by myself!

I hope you like this fun out of the box idea!

But I also made an alternate card.  I actually used the stamp sets from both kits and added card stock and a couple of other things to create my card.

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I went with the Dapper Denim ink in the November kit and focused on the snowflakes in the kits.  I drew a grid in pencil on a Whisper White square and stamped the large snowflake on each intersection.  I made sure my ink was dry and then erased the pencil lines.  I went back and stamped the small snowflake in between.  It’s layered on a Dapper Denim card base.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Everyday Label punch and trimmed to make a narrow label.  I added Silver Thread to the back and Rhinestones to the front .  Oh and the card base is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder – that may be a little hard to see in the photo.  A quick card that I just finished last night.

If you want to see what I did with the coordinating October kit check it out HERE.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect gift this Holiday Season – 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 Dec. 10th to receive the December kit.

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is the funny and creative Dena Rekow.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.  She always has me smiling!

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A Paper Pumpkin Thing October 2017

It’s time for the October Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the October 2017 kit – Pining for Plaid.

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This time I have a quick idea for you.  My favorite thing to do is to use Note Cards with the pieces from my Paper Pumpkin kits to make it go a little further.

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For this kit we have the pretty card bases in the Old Olive plaid pattern.  I took one of those and cut it into 4 pieces giving me enough for 4 note cards.  Then I used the left over bits to decorate it.  I still have plenty of bits left to do more.  I’m in the middle of prepping for some other classes so my play time was minimal.

I added the Whisper White Note Cards and some Gold Thread plus Old Olive ink.  I stamped one of the left over circle bits – this one looks like an ornament with the gold top.  And used up an extra set of the banners.  Super quick an easy.

If you didn’t notice this kit also coordinates with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper in our Holiday Catalog.  So you could pull in some of that paper if you don’t want to cut up your card bases like I did for this card design.

Don’t forget the this October kit coordinates with next month’s Paper Pumpkin kit too!  Be sure to be an active subscriber by Nov. 10 to get the November kit.

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And now on it’s time to move on to the talented Andrea and see what creative ideas she has in store for us with this month’s kit.  Just click the next button to visit her blog.

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A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop September 2017

It’s time for another Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the September 2017 kit – Layered Leaves.

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Lately I really love the Paper Pumpkin Kits just the way they are.  I want to make the projects that are in them and don’t want to use up the supplies to make something different.  It’s a real struggle.  And this kit was no different.  So what I decided to do was set aside all the pieces that I needed to make the projects as intended and then see what was left over.  And work only with those left overs to create my alternate ideas.

For this Layered Leaves kit there is quite a bit left over – not the boxes or the card bases and envelopes but a bunch of the leaves and tags. So I decided to focus on those.  First I created this card.

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All I added was Soft Suede card stock and an embossing folder.  I wanted to mimic the kit – and the cards and boxes are embossed.  I used the new Dynamic folder called Layered Leaves – ha – it has the same name as this kit!  Surely it was meant to be.  Plus it’s probably my favorite embossing folder right now.  All the rest came from my kit.  The gold foil strip is from the sheet of Gold Foil Leaf stickers – I just cut an edge off that sheet and it’s adhesive so it sticks right to the front of my card.  I used a left over piece of the metallic Baker’s Twine and pulled out the metallic piece leaving me just the twine which I tied on the tag.  I cut the metallic bit in half and the folded it up and stuck it to the back of the tag – like little sticks or tendrils hanging out with those leaves.  And that’s it.

Then I decided to make a set of tags – they are sized to fit inside one of those pillow boxes from the kit.  So you could use that as a little gift for someone.

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For these I added the Soft Suede card stock, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and Linen Thread. And some Old Olive ink to stamp the small leaf on each tag.  I cut the card stock 2″ wide, punch the top end and embossed.  On each one I added a leaf from the kit and a tag.

And believe it or not I still have more pieces left.  How far can you stretch your left over kit supplies?

Don’t forget the next two month’s of Paper Pumpkin are coordinated kits for the holidays!  Be sure to be an active subscriber by Oct. 10 to get the October kit.

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And now on it’s time to move on to the talented Cathy Caines and see what she has in store for us with this month’s kit.  Just click the next button to visit her blog.

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  1. Sara Levin
  2. Rachel Tessman
  3. Kimberley Morris
  4. Monika Davis <==== YOU ARE HERE
  5. Cathy Caines
  6. Carolynn Sander
  7. Maria Willis
  8. Megan Thompson
  9. Lori Mueller
  10. Audra Monk
  11. Kelly Acheson
  12. Rick D. Adkins
  13. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  14. Jennifer Hill
  15. Dena Rekow
  16. Pam Staples

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