Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - July - With A Twist


Today is all about putting a TWIST on our Paper Pumpkin Kit! If you missed what was in this month's kit,please refer to Monday's Post.

Aside from the items in the kit, I used:

Wonderous Wreath (Stamp and Die)
(Stamp Set, Page 32 - Item #135047/ Die set, Page 192 - Item #135851)
Real Red Ink
Red Glitter Paper (page 175 - Item #121790)
Glue dot

I fell in love with what folks were doing with this stamp/ die set last year but have not used it until this project. I used the main base image (bottom left) and the berry image (top left). I also cut the bow from Red Glitter Paper 

I used one of the larger boxes from the July kit, the Emerald Envy yarn and ink. I stamped the wreath image in Emerald Envy and cut with the framelits die. Then I over-stamped the berries in Real Red. 
I used the To:/ From: from the Wonderous Wreath stamp set on the tag and tied everything together at the top of the cone. I added the glittery bow at the base of the wreath with a glue dot.

You could use the Circle of Spring stamp set (Page 94, Item # 138964) and make these favor boxes for Mother's Day tea, Easter brunch, or spring Bridal shower. 

A simple box with so many possibilities!

Leave a link in your comments below so I can take a look at what you're creating!
Creative Stamping!

Monday, July 25, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - July Original

Welcome to the July Paper Pumpkin Kit? What do you think? Not the card you were expecting, right? But that's okay, these cute little boxes have so many possibilities. I think a die in either of these shapes would be great for bridal/ baby shower favors or... something I'll show you in tomorrow's post.

Since this is the 'original' post today, I worked with just what came in the kit. the only thing I added was the acrylic stamp block. If you've been working with stamps, you have one of these. If this was your first Paper Pumpkin, Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch! You should have an acrylic block in your first box.

My box arrived a couple of days behind some of the other folks so after hearing back and forth comments about the design, I was eager to see what all the chatter was about. 

Here's what we are working with this month:

Two different styles of pre-punched, pre-scored, pre-adhesived boxes, a celebration type stamp set, tags and yarn... even part of the yarn is pre-cut!

I used the box on the left first. 

I have two tips for you this week. When positioning your stamp on an acrylic block, square up the block on your graph paper (Item #130148 - pg 185)  This will give you lines to insure your sentiment is straight on the block before stamping. 

Tip #2 - Apply ink to stamp... not stamp to ink pad. You tend to use less pressure when applying ink to stamp, eliminating a lot of the smudge you get around the edges of your stamp.

After stamping my sentiment in the Emerald Envy (one of the new in-colors!), I pulled one skein of the yarn and two of the single pieces.

Using the skein first, I wrapped around my four fingers about six times:

Clip loose from the skein. Using one of the loose pieces, secure the loop together:

Then about 3/8" from the top of the loop, wrap the other piece around like a belt and secure:

Fold your box on the score lines and secure with the adhesive tabs, leaving one end open. Even if you choose not to add treats on the inside, leaving the one end open makes threading the tails through much easier when attaching your tag.

When you're done, this is your finished box:

I followed the same steps for the other box shape and used the peach yarn:

While I can see where some might be disappointed this is not a card kit, I love these little boxes. 
See you Wednesday for July Twist!

Creative Stamping!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - June - With A Twist!

Today I'm combining items from both the May and June Paper Pumpkin. I'm using the stamp set from both.

Other supplies used:
Base and envelope from June Kit
Mint Macaron and Pumpkin Pie ink
Washi tape from June Kit
3x4 piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock (not shown)
White craft foam (to create ring for shaker window)
Sequin Confetti from the June Kit

I used a sketch from Studio Calico

And here's the card I came up with:

After folding the card base, I trimmed a scant 1/8" off the right side where the nick is at. Then I cut a one of the bags down to use the front - cut 1/4" smaller all the way around. 

I used stamps from the June kit and stamped in Mint Macaron on the envelope base and Pumpkin Pie on the cardstock. 

I do not have the circle die set (yet) so that's why my opening is a bit off center. I inked the edge of all the circles. The circle with the diamond is raised on on a double thickness of dimensionals to bring the spot up above the shaker window.

Play with your kits. Feel free to link to your creations from your blog in the comments section. 
Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - June - Original

My June Paper Pumpkin arrived on time but I've been buried in attempting to get my studio put together so I can have a regular working schedule and a place to work. We are days away from the July Paper Pumpkin shipping.

The concept behind Paper Pumpkin is to have everything you need except adhesive (though sometimes that may be included in some form as well) in the box to make several cards or other crafty items without needing a bunch of other stuff. Work with what you have.

And that is great! If you are not a full-blown crafter but want to send a pretty card now and then, this is perfect for you. On the other hand, if you're a 'Got A Lotta Girl' like me, you have tons of other stuff you can incorporate with the Paper Pumpkin to put your own spin on the kit.

For each Paper Pumpkin, I will do at least two blog posts. One showing what to do with the kit 'as is'. and the other showcasing the 'twist'. The twist may include combining items from past kits.. because as you acquire kits, you're going to have supplies that will work together to form completely different projects.

So here we go with the ORIGINAL!

The kit looks like this:

The stamps, 2 spots... Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron and a project flyer.
All first-time Paper Pumpkin kits include a stamp block

When you flip the project flyer package over, you see additional items.
Striped card bases, Mint Macaron pocket envelopes, white embroidery thread, Washi Tape and a bag of confetti.

I opened everything up then transferred the confetti to a condiment cup with a lid for easier access.

Here is one of the cards I created taken from the project flyer with a bit of an addition.

I managed to split the side of the cellophane banner pocket so rather than just having the Washi across the top, I added the washi all the way around to insure the confetti didn't wind up everywhere.

A great tip from SuNN Stampin on YouTube is to use the Stamping Buddy to destatic from a plastic spoon before using the spoon to add confetti to the pocket. This prevents the confetti from sticking to the spoon. 

There's my card 'as is' from the June kit. Come on back tomorrow and we'll 'do the twist'. 

Creative Blessings!