Monday, August 3, 2015

SERIOUSLY AMAZING AUGUST 2014 PAPER PUMPKIN:

Hello there! Back again with a few alternate ideas for the Seriously Amazing Paper Pumpkin kit from last August. I thought this was a really fun kit and I had trouble coming up with alternate ideas at first, but I did come up with a few:)

Here's the stamp set included with the kit and it comes with a Hello Honey Spot.

These are the projects made according to the instructions~like I said, cute huh?

This was the first idea I came up with...it looked better in my head, lol. I started with an Always Artichoke base and layered it with a piece of Hello Honey Cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. On top of that I layered a piece of Crumb Cake Striped Ribbon and finished it with components from the kit.

I saw the idea for this card on Pinterest. I used one of the cutout pieces as a stencil and used Sponge Daubers to create a rainbow effect. I used Hello Honey, Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon & Always Artichoke pads. I added some Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon and cut some of the die-cut circles in half to make the scalloped border. I cut one of the striped card bases in half to have some extra to make the pennant, along with Always Artichoke Cardstock.

This might be my favorite of the bunch. I started with a Basic Black base and added a piece of DSP from the Neutrals Color Collection. I added one of the fun Expressions Natural Elements and an In Color Blossom Accent. I finished it off with a piece of Silver 1/8" Ribbon. Notice the fun envelopes that came with this kit~love them!

For this card I punched out the circles on the die-cut sheet and used used it for the background. I attached it with Dimensionals onto a Whisper White base. I added some Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon and a Brights Button.

I started with a Melon Mambo base for this card and attached the bulk of the stripe DSP that I had cut. I wrapped the Whisper White Baker's Twine around the die cut piece before I attached it with Dimensionals. That's pretty much it~easy peasy!

I've still got more to share, so make sure you swing by again tomorrow:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

WISH BIG PAPER PUMPKIN JULY 2014 KIT:

Hello there! As mentioned in my previous post, I held a Paper Pumpkin Party a few days ago, and I dug out the past kits that are still available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers. This kit is called Wish Big and was the kit for July of last year. To be honest, I wasn't overly impressed with it at the time. I made a couple projects pretty close to the instructions, and then buried the box in the closet.

Here's the stamp set included with the kit, along with a Blackberry Bliss Spot and a whole roll of Whisper White Satin Ribbon:)

These are the projects made according to the instructions. Pretty blah to me.

When I dug out the box and began working with it, I was pleasantly surprised with the alternate projects I came up with:) For this card, I added a piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock which I ran through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder. I cut off a strip of the Soft Sky sticker sheet and added it to the bottom.

On this card, I used the tiny star to stamp the background using Smoky Slate ink. I added a piece of Soft Sky Cardstock and rounded the corners using the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. I cut off one of the panels of one of the boxes and layered it on top. I simply cut the striped sticker into smaller pieces for the candles.

I used another panel of the box I cut up for this card and made a pennant out of it. I cut a thin strip of Whisper White Cardstock~the width of one of the rolls of Bohemian Washi Tape and covered the cardstock. It was a little lighter than the stripe on the box, so I added a second layer of washi tape and it was perfect:) I used the Neutrals Color Collection for the DSP and sprinkled a few sequins around from the Metallics  Sequin Assortment.

For this card, I started with a Soft Sky base and added a piece of Bohemian DSP to it. I've had this paper since May and this is the first time I've used it. We were very limited with the DSP we could order during the Preorder for the catalog. I broke down and ordered it even though I didn't really like it, and every time I've pulled it out to use it for a project, I say 'gross' and put it back...but I finally found the perfect use for it:) I added a tiny button from the Brights Buttons.

And speaking of gross...this is why I don't make flowers. Look at that thing! It's not even worth commenting on, lol.

This was one of my favorite projects made with the kit. I used the sets Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge for the background using Blushing Bride ink. I layered a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the striped stickers I cut down to fit it, and used the Essentials Paper-piercing Pack, Mat & Tool for the border. I used a Smoky Slate Marker for the faux stitching. I used Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and ink for the sentiment. I used some of the Gold Metallic Thread under the heart~fun! And added a few Metallic Sequins.

Here was my alternate project I made at the time I got the kit...not too exciting.

And last but not least...I think this may be my favorite:) I used what was left of the box I cut up and came up with this fun little guy. Perfect for Halloween...which will be here before we know it!

I took the box apart, and cut it to look like this. I scored a 1" from each of the score lines.

It should look something like this after everything is scored and folded.

I used Fast Fuse to adhere the box in the back.

I folded the bottom sides in and tucked the bottom flap inside...no need for adhesive.

I used the Word Window Punch with Pumpkin Pie Cardstock for his eyes and added some googlie eyes on top. I cut apart one of the stars for his horns and adhered to the back using Liquid Tombow. His mouth was made with the Balloon Framelits using Crushed Curry Cardstock. I added a piece of Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon and strung the tag through it using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.

Here's what it looks like from the back~don't mind my scribbles...I put the measurements there for ribbon, etc.

I stuck a 4" x 6" Cello Bag in the box and filled it with Hugs & Kisses and tied it with a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine, also included with the kit.

It's amazing what you can come up with once you get started...even with something you didn't like initially:) There's still lots more to come, so make sure to stop back tomorrow. Thanks so much for looking!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

PAPER PUMPKIN PARTY:

Hello there! I held my Paper Pumpkin Party on Thursday night and wanted to share some of the fun with you:) I was planning on posting this yesterday, but my little buddy had the flu and wanted to keep grandma close by. No way was I gonna pass up the snuggling:) With the help of my sweet daughter & hubby, we made a pumpkin cake roll, oatmeal sandwich cookies with pumpkin filling and pumpkin cupcakes with salted caramel filling.

They were quite yummy, but I gotta get the leftovers out of here!

I had a few surprises waiting for them. First, they each received a Stamp Case that they can use to store their stamps and Spots. I made them each a fun little pumpkin favor, filled with chocolate of course:)

I recycled the tissue and stickers from previous kits of mine.

Inside the case, each got a SNAIL and an upgraded clear block...and more chocolate. One can never have enough chocolate!

Next, I had a Christmas in July project for them to make. They each received the past Paper Pumpkin kit Noel to stamp and take home with them.

Finally, I let them each pick out a door prize, as my stash has grown quite large!

There was lots to choose from...kits, stamp sets, DSP, embossing folders, cardstock...

stamp pads, fabric, ribbon, buttons.markers, twine and more:)

I also had alot of the available past kits on display with lots of alternate project ideas.

One of the perks of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber is that you can order past kits, as quantities last.

I had a few other kits that featured treat holders, but I had made them all up and gave them away for Valentine's Day, Halloween & Thanksgiving. It was awesome to have everything thought up, prepped for me and delivered right to my door:)

It was a fun kick-off and it was great seeing friends I hadn't seen in awhile, and we all had a really good time together. I'd love to have you join us for our next Pumpkin Party which will be held on August 27th. And there's no better time to sign up! If you subscribe by August 10th, you'll get 50% off your first 2 months if you're a brand new subscriber. Go to www.paperpumpkin to get all the details and sign up under me, or feel free to email me with any questions: lmel09@q.com.  Make sure to check back tomorrow, as I have lots more to share with you:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

THANKS A LATTE JULY PAPER PUMPKIN:

Hello there! It's that time of the month again! I just finished up my projects made with the July Paper Pumpkin kit called Thanks A Latte. SU! has really outdone themselves again this month. Succulents, coffee & tea, oh my!

This is one of the cards made up according to the instructions. There were 3 sentiments and 2 Stampin' Spots included with this month's kit:) It also featured the fun technique Two-Step stamping.

There are so many things you can do with this kit, I was a little overwhelmed at first. But if you know me, you know I love coffee, so I started with that:) I used the Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks to decorate the cups using a Sponge Dauber and Tangelo Twist ink. I then used the marker to define the dots & stripes a bit.

I used the set Gorgeous Grunge for the background splatters in Crumb Cake which I stamped off. I layered a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock underneath and used the same ink as well for the background.

Those cute tiny succulent plants are big right now, so I was thrilled to see them in this month's kit. And they're the perfect kind for me...the kind I can't kill:( I thought it would be fun to make some tags or bookmarks with them and they came together quickly. The windowbox folder...not quite so quickly.

I used one of the included card bases for the tags. I basically cut it into fourths, trimming a little off the sides so it measured 2 1/2" wide. I then took the DSP from the kit and cut it to a 2" strip and punched it with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I added a piece of Cherry on Top Washi Tape, and Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim to the bottom and used a Cucumber Crush Marker. I added a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I made 4 tags and used another cardstock base to make the folder to hold them. I used the leftover pieces from the tags to make the pockets.

This was my 'over the top' project made with the kit...nothing hard, just time consuming. I used one of the negative pieces from the notebook paper sheet to make the window frame, keeping the little nubs at the bottom to attach the succulents to. I used the scraps to make the window pane trim and glued a Window Sheet to the back.

I used Basic Grey Cardstock to make the siding. I cut 3/4" strips, measuring the width of the card~4 1/4" I think. For the long strips, I put 2 Dimensionals at the bottom and applied Liquid Tombow to the top, on the back of each strip. I started at the bottom and worked up, overlapping just a hair. For the small side pieces, I cut the strips down to 1/2" wide x 3/4", and only used 1 Dimensional at the bottom~actually the skinnier strip along the edge work best for these. Once all the siding is adhered, I attached the window frame using Dimensional pieces.

I stamped the succulents on scrap pieces of cardstock and cut them out. I used Pear Pizzazz, Tangelo Twist, Daffodil Delight & Blushing Bride Markers to color them in. I adhered them to the nubs on the window frame using Liquid Tombow. I then added the shorter plants on top using Glue Dots and a Dimensional for the top one. I then cut out the window box from scraps and attached it by stacking 3 Dimensionals.

Like I said, a little time consuming, but well worth it:)

I used Cherry On Top DSP for this card and I added a little interest to the notebook page. I used a ruler and a Smoky Slate Marker along with my Grid Paper to draw the lines. A subtle touch, but it added so much to this card.

I stamped the cup and sentiment with a Basic Grey stamp pad, which I should have reinked, but it worked. I made a few extra cups by tracing around the die cuts onto scrap cardstock and cut them out. I did that with this card so I could put the plants where I wanted them.

I made a sweet little succulent using Mint Macaron Cardstock and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I stamped the leafy plant onto both sides of the Mint and punched out 3 flowers. I curled and scrunched them up and layered them using Liquid Tombow~so adorable:)

For this one, I lightly sponged the cup using a Sponge Dauber and Tangelo Twist pad. I stamped and cut the tea bag out and adhered with a Glue Dot. I used a Crumb Cake Marker to color it. I used  Tangelo Twist and Pear Pizzazz Markers to color the flowers and tucked a piece of a Tea Lace Doily behind the sticker.

I used Sweet Li'l Things DSP for the background, and added a piece of Burlap Ribbon. I also added a Neutrals Button that I 'stamped' in a Basic Grey stamp pad and wiped off.

Here's another card made with Sweet Li'l Things DSP and Early Espresso Baker's Twine. I assembled 2 notebook pieces as directed and butt them up together. For the cappuccino froth, I used the leafy plant image in Crumb Cake ink, cut it out and adhered with Liquid Tombow. I used the Tree Builder Punch for the drops.

With all these coffee cards,  I knew it was just a matter of time til I'd be needing a Starbucks fix:) It inspired me to make the cute little gift card holder. I used the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits in Crumb Cake Cardstock.

I used the set Gorgeous Grunge again and Cherry On Top Washi Tape. I added a piece of Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim and a Linen Thread bow.

I used the 1/16" Circle Handheld Punch and Mini Brads with the heart die included with the Thinlits.

My Paper Pumpkin Party is a week from today and I'm getting everything ready for this fun event! My SU! bag is busting at the seams with Door Prizes and I can't wait to give a bunch away:)

I haven't held any events for awhile, so the goodies have really piled up! I'm planning lots of surprises for those attending the event and I'm getting excited for the big day. I'll have stations set up for the alternate projects, so for those attending, please let me know which projects you like and I'll have all the supplies needed to make them. Make sure to look at last month's projects as well and I'll have stations for them in addition to this month's projects. Make sure to bring your Paper Pumpkin kits with you as well. I'll have Grid Paper, Scissors, Bone Folders and Adhesives. You'll have your own stamps and ink, so you won't have to share:)

I'm excited to see my Party Girls in a week, and for the rest of you, thanks so much for stopping by!