Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Hello there! I've been so excited to share this month's Paper Pumpkin and had planned on posting all these fun projects sooner, but something burned up in our computer and we've been without one for almost a week! Talk about withdrawls:( But I think we're up and running again finally! The name of June's kit is Happy Thoughts, and 'happy' describes how I felt when I opened the box! Actually, I came up with so many ideas, you might want to go grab a bag of chips or make a pot of coffee...you're gonna be here awhile:)

This month's kit came with all the components to make 8 cards. This is one design, complete with envelope liners. Super cute!

And here's the other card...a more masculine version...which I love, as I struggle with these. It's really challenging to come up with alternate projects when the original ones are so cute, but I thought these could work for a baby as well.

And since our daughter Olivia is due to have her baby in a couple of months, that was the perfect inspiration I needed to come up with this card. She wants to be surprised on the gender, so I needed to come up with something that would work for a boy or a girl...and I think I delivered thanks to this month's kit:)

I cut 2" off of the bottom of the Calypso Coral envelope liner and used the retired pennant punch to cut out a pair of girlie pennants. I then wrapped some Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine around the pennant piece and then added a piece of the retired Calypso Coral Pompom Trim. I used the stamp set Something To Say for the sentiment and layered it all onto a piece of Soft Sky DSP from the Subtles Color Collection.

Our demonstrator magazine had a cute mini scrapbook idea using an Altoid's tin, so I stole the idea:)

I trimmed off some the Wild Wasabi envelope liner as well to have some extra coordinating DSP for this project. The sentiment is from Celebrate Today and stamped with Tip Tip Taupe ink, which is included in the kit. I used another Soft Sky DSP pattern from the Subtles Color Collection. I added a pair of retired mini clothespins.

I added a leftover piece of DSP to the lid. I used the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch for the mini scrapbook and the lid, but had to do a little more trimming on the lid piece. I used the 1/2" Circle Punch to cut a couple of notches out of the DSP for the bottom so the lid would shut properly. I put some of my wallpapering skills to use for the back around the hinges. Simply make a small diagonal cut in the DSP going towards the hinges, and then you can cut around them a little easier. I used an Xacto knife to cut around the hinges.

Our widest washi tape works great for decorating the inside of the tin. I used some retired Project Life tape.

Here's the little accordian scrapbook that goes in the tin. I used a piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock, cut at 12" x 3 1/2". I scored each panel to measure 2 1/8". The end panel will be a little short of the 2 1/8", so I covered it with DSP to make it the same size.

I 'm planning on giving this to Olivia at her shower. I obviously don't have any pictures of the new baby, so I used some of Quinten, and will trade out when we have some of the new baby or I'll make another one. I used various DSP, washi tape and ribbons to coordinate with the Calypso Coral, Tip Tip Taupe, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi  color scheme. I used the Alphabet Rotary Stamp to add personalized sentiments.

I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch for the pocket. The stripe paper is from the In Color Envelope Paper and the Calypso Coral paper is from the Subltes Color Collection Stack.

The kit came with the fun little wood die cuts and they gave us a whole extra sheet~enough to do the scrapbook, a banner and a card:)

I had way too many cute pictures of Q, so I did the other side as well.

For the top, I stapled a piece of Wild Wasabi Seam Binding under the pennants and tied it around the scrapbook in a knot on the bottom.

The background pennants are from Celebrate Today stamped with VersaMark.

I also added some other pennants using the Banner Punch.

If that wasn't enough cuteness for you, there's more...

I made a banner for Olivia's shower by tracing the pennant shaped card onto Subtles DSP and using the extra wood cut pennants for a mini banner.

I added some Tea Lace Doilies and Tip Top Taupe lettering made with the Big Shot and an alphabet die. I used Clothespins to attach the pompom trim.

Here's some alternate cards...

I hope you're still with me, because the next part is really exciting! These are some of the surprises I've been working on for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers who will be attending my Pumpkin Party on July 30th! Inside are some essentials and I'm just saying  that there might or there might not be some chocolate:)

It's not too late to get in on the fun. I'm feeling generous today and want to give you one of these gifts as well. The first 4 subscribers  to sign up for Paper Pumpkin by July 10th, will each get one of these boxes of goodies! If you missed out on the June Happy Thoughts kit, not to worry...the refill is available for $8 to current Paper Pumpkin subscribers. So sign up and I'll have the stamp set and ink along with the above samples for you to make on July 30th when we meet. If you'd like to get in on this fun event or have questions, email me at lmel09@q.com or go to www.paperpumpkin.com to sign up. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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