Boy did I love the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, The Adventure Begins! I loved the color palette and the style of the backgrounds. The kit contains all the supplies to make the cards pictured above. Along with the coordinating envelopes, the kit arrived with a Garden Green mini ink pad and the eleven piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below:
Since the cards are tri-folds, I challenged myself to use one card base and an envelope to make three different cards. I did have to add in three card bases, some paper scraps and a Flirty Flaming ink pad, but other than that, I didn’t use any additional elements.
Here are my cards:
For some reason, I just really wanted a pink tree.
I’ve always wanted a camper trailer.
My camera made a crazy halo effect when I photographed this shaker card! The Subtle Shimmer Sequins must be extra reflective.
Finally, I made a set of stamps only cards, where I don’t use any supplies from the box aside from the stamp set and the Stampin’ Spot. These cards use the stamping off technique (aka generational stamping) to achieve different gradients of colors on the trees. I scraped the edges of the white paper with scissors and sponged with them with Crumb Cake ink.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the sentiments on this stamp set was that if my daughter’s handwriting were made into a font, this would be the font! The youthful feel of this kit provided a perfect avenue for crafting with kids, tweens, and teens.
Since the cards themselves are shaped, I decided that I wanted to put them on backers. I used patterned paper from both the Ice Cream Corner suite featured in the January-June Occasions Catalog, and the Oh So Hombre that was available free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. (Although the Sale-a-Bration promotion from earlier in the year is over, there’s another one starting up at the beginning of August.)
For this card, I added a black card base and reworked the supplies already in the kit.
I made two “stamps only” cards. This first one is a fresh and simple one-layer card. My card is colored with alcohol ink markers by Stampin’ Up called Blends, but a person without a plethora of craft supplies, can use any other kind of marker of colored pencil.
My second card features the popsicle stamp.
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I love creating alternative designs with my Paper Pumpkin supplies and I offer a monthly workshop featuring that month’s kit. The class favorite alternative design for the month of June was the one in the following picture. I made this card with minimal additional supplies, a white card base and a Blackberry Bliss sponged onto the back of the vellum with the word Thanks on it. The center tag is cut using Stampin’ Up’s Stitched So Sweetly die set, but the card would also look great with a rectangle cut from the designer paper as well.
Here’s a slideshow of a few other cards I made, some of them inspired by other cardmakers’ creations.
The last project at my Paper Pumpkin workshops always features a card that doesn’t use any of the other design elements in the kit. It’s something to make after you’ve used up everything in the kit and are just left with stamps and ink. I like this card because it has a whimsical feel to it.
My April Paper Pumpkin kit is arriving to day and I’m so behind on blog posting that I’m just now writing about the March 2020 kit, Here’s to You. This kit celebrates life’s journeys, milestones, and accomplishments with stamps and paper that evoke the freedom and openness of the being outdoors. The kit contains all the supplies to make the cards pictured above, a Calypso Coral mini ink pad, and the photopolymer stamp set pictured below:
After assembling the cards per instructions, I decided that the images are great for a masculine card. However, the tones of Calypso Coral were not. The landscape pictures got me thinking thinking about the Polaroids my grandparents would take when they were on trips (I really wanted a Polaroid Camera for myself). I was inspired to extract the mountain scene from the pale peach card base and mount it to a piece of paper to look like a Polaroid picture. I wanted to make the card base more masculine. Any time I make a card with wood grain, be it from a stamp, designer series paper, or from an embossing folder, my husband takes notice. He says it looks like wood paneling and not in a bad ’70s way. So, I pulled out my In Good Taste designer Series paper and cut a background from one of the wood grain pieces and mounted it on a Crumb Cake card base. Here’s my card:
I also made a similar version of the card that didn’t require any additional supplies beyond what the Paper Pumpkin kit included. I cut 3″ off the bottom of the flowery envelope liner and mounted it to the Pretty Peacock card base. You can still use adhere the top of the envelope liner to the inside of your envelope. For the white card base for the picture, I just flipped over one of the scraps from the card from which I cut the mountain and sun scene.
Tune in soon for my post on the April 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, So Cool.
Also, sign up for the next kit, Batter Up by May 10th.
Deep confession: I don’t really like this kit. Not at all. It’s not the stamp set that bothers me, it’s the cards. They remind me too much of Mrs. Walowitz’s house on the Big Bang Theory with too many floral patterns clashing with one another. The fact that this kit doesn’t float my boat doesn’t make me angry and is only mildly disappointing. Stampin’ Up can’t please everyone all of the time.
The February Paper Pumpkin, Bouquet of Hope, includes all the supplies to create the cards pictured above, a Mossy Meadow mini inkpad, and the stamp set pictured below:
When I receive a kit that I’m not keen on, and after processing my the initial dislike, I bolster myself with two positive ideas. Sometimes a kit may not suit my tastes, but it there’s probably someone in my life who will find it perfectly perfect and enjoy the card as is. Secondly, I’ve been given an opportunity to practice creativity and transform the elements into something completely different than the original projects.
To begin this creative process I mentally deconstruct the cards and sort the supplies into two categories.
Things I liked:
Tags with black accent
Thinking of You sticker
Things I didn’t like:
Vellum (its tricky to attach without the glue showing through)
Too many flowers
The first thing I did was try and figure out what to do with that crazy gold doily. I put washi tape on the gold side of the doily and taped it to the center of a 5.25″ x 4″ sheet of white paper, thereby creating a mask. I sponged on Mossy Meadow ink, entirely covering both the doily and the white paper. I carefully removed the doily and set it aside for a different card.
Next, I added some 7/8″ black ribbon and used the sequins on the tag. By adding the thick ribbon and orienting the card in landscape vs. portrait direction, the tag doesn’t seem out of proportion from the doily.
Remember that Mossy Meadow doily I made earlier? I mounted it on the floral Merry Merlot card base. Instead of attaching the oval tag, I placed the large flower bouquet in the center, which reduced the busyness of the doily and was more appropriately portioned. I attached the I’ll always be here for you sentiment on the long horizontal tag to the bouquet, added some sequins, and voila, an improved card!
Vellum. I have a love/hate relationship with vellum. I love how it looks and I hate that it’s difficult to attach without adhesive showing through. In order to conceal the adhesive, you can only apply it behind parts of the card that are in front of the vellum. I felt that the card design in the kit didn’t have enough of these hidden areas to secure the vellum adequately. Instead, I adhered the Thinking of You sticker to a piece of patterned paper (reaped from one of the envelopes and one of the card bases), and mounted it in front of the vellum. On the Rococo Rose card, I flipped the vellum over so you saw white vines instead of gold. On the Just Jade card, I left the gold, because as much as I dislike gold color, I think it looks really cool paired with jade.
In my efforts to change the look of this kit, I ended up making nine different cards. Here’s a slideshow of the ones I didn’t feature in this post.