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.


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

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below.

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

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Black & White with a Pop of Color

A long time favorite is when Stampin’ Up! has a pack of patterned paper that is black & white.  It’s easy to add just one color to it and have it work for so many things.  There’s a new pack of paper that has all black and white prints on one side but the other side is colored.  That’s even better because it gives you the option to work with the color palette that Stampin’ Up! created for the paper OR to use the black and white side with any color that you want. It’s the new Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  And what makes it even better is that you can get this paper for free with a qualifying order!

The Black & White patterns allow you to highlight what you want by adding color to just that portion.  For this note card I used the Stampin’ Blends to color in just the butterflies so they pop of the page – almost like they are flying.  This is a quick card using the Whisper White Note cards and envelopes.  I cut a piece of the Designer paper 3″ wide and 5″ long and attached to the front of the card aligned with the right hand edge.  Then tied some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around it.  There isn’t even any stamping on this card.  Just coloring with the Stampin’ Blends.

Supply List

  • Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)
  • Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes
  • Basic Black Bakers Twine
  • Stampin’ Blends: Lovely Lipstick combo or other color of your choice
  • Stampin’ Trimmer
  • Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Here is a look at the full pack of paper.  One side is colored and the other is the black & white. There are 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs. Place a $50 product order to receive this paper for free.  The list of products above is $52.50.  And each pack of note cards includes 20 cards & envelopes. Colors in the paper include: Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, and Basic Black.


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Bat Brownie Treats

Someone a while back told me about Bat Brownies that they found at the store – so I wanted to find them an use them to make a treat with the Trick or Tweet stamp set and the little elephant dressed like a bat.  It took me a while to find them but I did locate them at the big W store.  And now recently I’ve seen them in several stores.  I think I was just too far ahead of Halloween to begin with. 

I basically just created a box that wrapped around the brownie.  Our Grid paper is perfect to help create a box for a treat.  Lay what you want to cover on the paper and trace around it for the height and width.  Flip it on its side to determine the depth.  Be sure you include a flap that overlaps for the adhesive to hold it together.  I normally start with scraps to do my first measurements and then adjust before cutting for my final piece.   After getting the card stock sleeve set just right, add a piece of Designer Series paper around it and then add ribbon and a tag to finish. 

Supply List

  • Trick of Tweet stamp set
  • Granny Apple Green card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Nature’s Poem Designer Series paper (I used the Blackberry Bliss pattern)
  • Memento Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Smoky Slate, Blackberry Bliss, Granny Apple Green
  • Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon
  • 2-1/4″ Circle punch
  • Grid Paper
  • Paper Trimmer

Now go find bat brownies and make your own little treats.  Enjoy!

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More Trick or Tweet

Hello Stamping Friends.  I’m trying to get back on schedule now. 

My little dog Aspen was very very sick and admitted to critical care in the specialist Animal Hospital. After two visits to my regular vet I had to take him there to the ER and they admitted him to the hospital.  He was there for 4 days and I brought him home for one night and then he had new issues and I took him back to the ER and he stayed for 11 more days.  He was one sick doggie. 

But he finally turned the corner and I was able to get him last Friday – which happened to by my Fall retreat weekend.  I brought him back to the cabin and took care of him there along with all the ladies that attended the retreat.  They were a great help to me and loved on him.  Now we have been home for a few days and he continues to improve.  

So now I’m trying to finish sharing all these cute projects with the Trick or Tweet stamp set.  I will try to pick up where I left off.

Today’s project is one of our Mini Pizza Boxes.  Inside I found snacks cakes that are little pumpkin shaped cakes – I’m pretty sure they are pumpkin pie flavored.  I’m not a pumpkin fan so I didn’t eat one.  But any round fairly flat treat will fit in these food safe boxes.   

To color the box I used my Sponge Brayer – I used two colors – Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody.  I wanted kind of an ombre effect so I used the Pumpkin Pie in the center section where the box folds and used the Mango Melody on either end.  Just roll over with the sponge brayer until you achieve the darkness you desire.  I did spray the box with plain hairspray – that’s what we used as a sealer in the old days and I still had a can in my craft closet.  Then decorate the box!

Supply List

  • Trick or Tweet stamp set
  • Mememto Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody
  • 2″ Circle punch
  • Starburst punch
  • 1/2″ circle punch
  • Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Mini Pizza Box
  • Sponge Brayer
  • Pumpkin Pie ink
  • Mango Melody ink

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Emboss in any color with the Stamparatus!

It won’t be too much longer before the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog starts and the amazing new STAMPARATUS will be available for everyone!  The Stamparatus is a must have tool for all stampers!  One of the awesome features is that it allows you to perfectly align your stamp images and stamp multiples precisely.  And because it can do that it means you can get the look of embossing from all 50 colors of Stampin’ Up! ink without having embossing powder in all those colors!  Isn’t that amazing?  Let’s take a look at this card I made with my Stamparatus.

To achieve the embossed look on this card I stamped my images in Early Espresso classic ink.  I also used the step feature and stepped my plate over to stamp the image of the pens a second time – perfectly lined up across my card stock.  Next I cleaned my stamp – leave it on the Stamparatus plate – the new Simply Shammy is perfect for clean up when using the Stamparatus.  Now ink your stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp right over the original image.  Cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set and now you have an Early Espresso Embossed image!  Choose any color of ink from our 50 colors and paired with the VersaMark ink and Clear Embossing Powder you can get any color that you want!  Here is a closer look.

I finished the pens by coloring them in with my Stampin’ Blends – also available in the new catalog.  Previously released colors will be available June 1st and new colors will be available mid June.  The Thank You greeting is also embossed the same way with the Early Espresso ink and then VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder over the top.  This would be nearly impossible to line up without the Stamparatus tool. 

Supply List

  • Stamparatus (available June 1, 2018)
  • Crafting Forever stamp set
  • Vertical Greetings stamp set
  • Early Espresso classic ink
  • VersaMark ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Stampin’ Blends – Smoky Slate, Bronze, Ivory, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Color Lifter (available June 1, 2018)
  • Soft Suede card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • 1/4″ Copper Trim

These pens are a perfect masculine card.  They look like inlaid wood pens that you’d find on someone’s desk in their fancy office. 

The Stamparatus will be available from Stampin’ Up! in my online store beginning in June.  I’ll be holding a Stamparatus Class on June 22nd in my studio at my house. Click to go to my events calendar here.

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Try it Tuesday: Color your Black & White Paper


It’s Try it Tuesday on Wednesday.  It seems as soon as I get some things figured out and working other things stop working.  Sigh. When I was trying to edit my photos my editor wasn’t working correctly.  I have no idea what was wrong.  Our power went out Monday evening for about 30 minutes and then once it came back our internet and wifi were messed up.  It took a while to get all that going again.  I think we basically had to shut everything off and then get everything to reboot.  We keep getting more and more things that rely on internet/wifi.  Then when I went to reboot the computer it decided it was time to run a bunch of updates.  Anyway things weren’t working and I had to walk away.  Sometimes its best to walk away and come back later. 

So on to today’s project.  Have you tried using the new Stampin’ Blends to color on Designer Series Paper?  I love it!  I love to use the black and white prints and add pops of color – it totally changes the look of the paper.  For today’s card I used the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper – the black with white spots. 

I used the Stampin’ Blends in Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay.  Both the dark and light marker for each of the colors and just randomly coloring in the white spots.  I was able to maximize my paper by using 4×4″ pieces on my cards.  The images I stamped are from the Pick a Pattern stamp set.  This stamp set turned out to be one of my favorites from this catalog.  I used the different images and the coordinating paper a lot more often than I thought.  It’s just really fun!  The flowers are also colored with the Stampin’ Blends and the one extra flower was fussy cut and added to the front. 

Supply List:

  • Pick a Pattern stamp set (retiring)
  • Pick a Pattern Designer Series paper (retiring)
  • Whisper White Thick card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Stampin’ Blends: Daffodil Delight Combo, Bermuda Bay Combo, Calypso Coral Combo
  • Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched Ribbon
  • 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
  • Paper Snips
  • Dimensionals

You could do any color combination that you wanted with the Blends and Black and White Paper.  Have you tried coloring on your paper yet? 

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I hope you are having a great week.  Ryan just got home from school on Tuesday night and he will be here for a few days before heading off to his next adventure.  He has a summer internship at Facebook in San Francisco.  I’m so excited for him!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  I hope you are enjoying the new look. 

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