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.


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.


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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Thanks for visiting today.

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