January 2023 Paper Pumpkin: Key to My Heart

If the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin is an indicator of what we’ll receive in our subscription kits over the course of 2023, we’re in for a year of creative and enjoyable paper-crafting. As with years past, the January kit is all about Valentine’s Day. The Key to My Heart kit contains the supplies to make the three cards pictured above, a Fresh Fresia mini–ink pad, and a clear photopolymer stamp set consisting of the images pictured below.

I love Paper Pumpkin kits, but I also like to go “Beyond the Box” and create alternate versions and original creations with the kit contents. This month I was a little bit (a lot) obsessed with the piece of keyhole-shaped paper leftover from the first card on the right pictured above. Consequentially, most of my alternative designs are centered around this shape.

If you’d rather get right to the pictures and not read about the cards (a completely valid choice), here’s a quick slideshow:

My first card is a shaker card. Stampin’ Up released treat box add-on product to the Key to My Heart Kit, which contained that key with the heart-shaped head. The key is a sticker, which was perfect for adhering to the window of the shaker card. I stamped the lock in Calypso Coral ink and fussy-cut it out. The card is mounted on a piece of Petal Pink cardstock.

For my next card, I reimagined the keyhole shape as a gumball machine! The hearts in the gumball machine come from the January 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Sending Hearts. The colors featured on this card are Calypso Coral, Real Red, and Gorgeous Grape. I created the To My Valentine tag using the fabulous Happy Labels Pick-a-Punch from the January-June 2023 Mini Catalog.

The card with the world globe on it, features an image from another Stampin’ Up card kit called, Timeless Greetings, a product I highly recommend.

I also used the Timeless Greetings kit to create a clock. I used the key stamp from the Paper Pumpkin kit to make a pendulum for the clock.

For the last card in my series of “keyhole reimagined” cards, I flipped it over and made it into a vase. This is notecard and has no greeting.

My final card is my “stamps only” card, a card to make once you’ve used all up the supplies from your Paper Pumpkin kit. This card is a masculine Valentine card and features heat-embossed silver locks and keys, a vellum heart, and a shiny silver panel made with the Metal Plate 3D embossing folder.

Visit my blog next month to see what I do with next month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, Sunshine & Smiles.

Happy Stamping, Everyone!