August 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Hope Box

I have mentioned before that I’m a sucker for snowflakes. I even wrote a blog post about it. Well, not only am I a sucker for snowflakes, I’m also an easy mark when it comes to butterfly stamps. So, when I saw the sneak peek for the August 2021 Paper Pumpkin with the giant butterfly on it, I was very excited.

Not only does the Hope Box contain the supplies to make all the cards pictured above, the box itself is designed to decorate and keep as a box of mementos. It reminds me of a green glass box I had when I was a tween (that was before they started calling tweens tweens). I stored things that meant something to me at the time–a handkerchief from my grandma with my name on it from my grandma, for example. Here’s a piece of advice though: write down what the items you put in you box and why they’re important to you. There are a few things in my green glass box that I am clueless about!

Back to the Paper Pumpkin…in addition to containing all of the paper and embellishments needed for the cards and supplies to decorate the box, it also includes a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Spot (tiny ink pad) and the stamp set pictured below.

I’m a member of a few Facebook groups full of Paper Pumpkin fans, which are great inspiration when I design the cards for my class projects. Well, this month, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator named Vy Tran over at Crafting Daily Dose made an amazing fold out card that we copied step by step at my workshop. The only product to supplement the kit contents was one sheet of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Vy created an excellent instructional video on how to make this card, so instead of trying to tell you how to do it, I’m sending you to the source.

Vy’s card is awesome and as far as I’m concerned you don’t mess with success, which is why we followed her design exactly for my class.

To create the “stamps only” card for my workshop, I utilized the Joseph’s coat embossed masking technique.

The abridged version of instructions for the Joseph’s coat technique goes as follows:

  1. Use sponge daubers and various colors of light or bright inks to color an entire panel of white or vanilla cardstock.
  2. Rub paper with an Embossing buddy or a used dryer sheet to release any static on the paper.
  3. Choose a stamp with thick lines or solid images. Detailed images do not perform well with this technique.
  4. Stamp the image in Versamark multiple times around the paper.
  5. Cover the paper with clear embossing powder.
  6. Tap off powder (and put it back in the container!) and use a heating tool to melt the embossing powder.
  7. Choose a very dark color of ink, usually black, and begin sponging over entire image. The ink will not stick to the embossed areas of the paper. Periodically, wipe with a paper towel.
  8. Continue until you’ve reached your desired level of coverage. Wipe off remaining ink.

If my written instructions don’t do the job, here’s a quick video from another Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Niki Ridge, where you can see the technique demonstrated.

To attend my next Paper Pumpkin workshop on September 25th, sign up at Meetup.com in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group. Also, check out my meetup group Momster Ink’s Eastside Stampers for information about my other stamping workshops, Stamping 101 and Paper Playground.

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Better Late Than Never: July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Recap

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 card is simple and easy to make.

The second card is simply embellished with twine and Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots.

The final card has been “Christmas-ified” with some red gems and Evening Evergreen ribbon.

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April 2021 Paper Pumpkin: So Cool

It’s July and I’m catching up on my Paper Pumpkin Workshop recaps. This kit is from April but the hot summer months are a perfect time to post about Stampin’ Up’s monthly subscription paper-crafting kit, So Cool. The kit includes all the supplies to make three each of the four card designs pictured above. It also came with additional stickers, coordinating envelopes, a Bermuda Bay mini ink pad, and the seven-piece photopolymer stamp set featuring the images pictured below.

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.

If you think you might love receiving the monthly subscription-base paper-crafting kit, the Paper Pumpkin, subscribe here. If you’re interested in attending in one of my Paper Pumpkin Workshops, you can find them listed on MeetUp.com under the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group.

June 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Expressions of Color

The June 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Expressions of Color, featured cards with a quietly joyful and serene feel to them. The flowers are not too frilly and the color palette is soft without being sickly. The kit included all the supplies to create the cards pictured above (three each of three designs). The kit includes the 11-piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below and two mini ink pads, one in Bumblebee and the other in Evening Evergreen. Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin kits usually only come with one mini ink pad, so the additional one was a special treat.

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.

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Check out my blog post on what simple supplies you can keep on hand to easily make the most out of your Paper Pumpkin kit.

Subscribe with me so you can enjoy your own Paper Pumpkin, a monthly subscription paper-crafting kit by Stampin’ Up.

Attend one of my workshops, which found on MeetUp.com in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group.

March 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Here’s To You

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.