Paper Pumpkin Alternate Project – December 2018 Kit

I do admit that I wasn’t particularly happy with the suggested project in the December 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit.  But, I was able to create a very useful perpetual calendar that will help me track birthdays and anniversaries for family and friends.  One of my resolutions for this year is to be much better at sending cards in a timely fashion, and this calendar will definitely help me toward that goal!

There are several pictures below that walk through the steps I used to create the calendar.  I hope the pictures inspire you!

A few more crafty resolutions that I have are being more frugal with my crafty purchases and “shopping my stash” to use the items that I already have.  My frugal nature shows in this calendar project since I used the chip board from the Paper Pumpkin kit to create the back of the calendar!  The picture below shows the measurements that I used to make the chip board.  I then placed on of the calendar pieces on each side of the marked up chip board and drew circles where the holes needed to be to hang the calendar pieces.

My Crop-a-Dile came in super handy to punch the holes in the chip board.  What a great tool!

Then, I “shopped my stash” to find some retired DSP and washi tape that I thought went well with the colors in the calendar.  It was fun to look at the possibilities that I had, and I bet you’ll find several options when you “shop your stash”.

There are a few tricks that I used when I attached the DSP to the chip board.  First, I put the chip board in the middle on the top of the DSP (on the side that would be glued to the chip board) and marked where the holes would be.  To strengthen the area where the holes would be, I put a few pieces of scotch tape. Then, I used Tombo glue (on the marked side of the chip board) and adhered the chip board to the DSP, making sure I lined up the marks for the holes.  “Whimpy women’s weights” (as my husband likes to call them) were used to help set the glue.

After the glue was dry (doesn’t take long), I cut off the excess DSP with the chip board facing me.  My Crop-a-Dile came in handy again to punch the holes in the DSP.

The kit includes gorgeous Pool Party colored ribbon.  I cut two pieces of 18″ ribbon to use to tie on the calendar pieces.  Since I new I would untie and tie the ribbons each month, I turned the ribbon ends into ones that mirror shoelace ends.  I folded each end in half and wrapped each end with scotch tape.  To finish the calendar back, I added washi tape.  Before adding the tape, I put the calendar pieces onto the ribbon and tied the ribbon.  This allowed me to know where to place the washi tape.

The final touches were selecting the stamp set that I wanted to use to make the calendar into my birthday and anniversary reminder.  A few months ago, the Paper Pumpkin kit focused on male cards.  The stamp set that came with the kit is incredibly versatile and works perfectly for my calendar.  I used “anniversary” and “birthday” to mark the backs of each calendar page.  The ink colors I chose are Soft Suede and Grapefruit Grove.

As you can see, the calendar for each month is shown on the left side of my project.  The back of the previous month is stamped and shown on the right side of my project.  I used the circle stamp from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit to identify anniversaries and birthdays for each month.  The colors correspond to the colors of “anniversary” and “birthday”.  By the way, I used the back of the June 2020 calendar as the right side of my project for January 2019.

I hope you have found this project and pictures inspiring.  Why not take a few minutes to make yourself a lovely calendar that will take you through June 2020!!

My next post will feature cards from the new Occasions Catalog!

Happy stamping!


Wishing You Well – Wreath Thank You Card

I certainly hope that you and your family have escaped the truly nasty colds and viruses that have been going around.  My absence on my blog has been due to a nasty “plague” capturing both my husband and me.  We are finally on the mend (yeah!), and I’m happy to be back to share another gorgeous card using the Wishing You Well stamp set.

This is the third card that our group made in a recent Stamp Club.  By the way – If you live near the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area in North Carolina, you are always welcome to join our Stamp Club.  We meet every second Sunday of the month, beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Just leave me a note if you’d like more information.

Pictured below is the card that I would like to share with you in this post.  I wanted to try to put a few layers of different inks onto the wreath and to make the colors look very fall-ish.  Below the picture, you’ll find the steps that were used to make the card.

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  If you don’t yet have the Wishing You Well stamp set in your collection, you should really think about getting it.  I think you’ll find the beautiful designs and sentiments incredibly versatile.

Here are the basic steps to follow to make the holiday wreath card:

  • The card base is made from Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The focal point is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create the main image.  You will use four colors to layer stamp the wreath.
  • First, use Crushed Curry ink (and stamp off before stamping onto the focal piece) to stamp one image of the wreath.  This will be your guide as you continue to stamp.
  • Next, ink the wreath stamp with Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp off before stamping on to the focal piece.  And, when you stamp try to stamp a little off center from the original Crushed Curry stamped image.  Before you change colors, stamp another image with the remaining Cajun Craze ink to get a lighter shade of this gorgeous color.  And, again, move the stamp to slightly offset the first layer of Cajun Craze ink.
  • Follow the same steps using Old Olive ink for the third layer of color.
  • Also, follow the same steps using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I recommend stamping off at least twice before stamping the wreath with Cherry Cobbler.  This is a very strong red ink, and you don’t want to over power the other colors.
  • Finish the focal piece with the bow stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  Use Cajun Craze to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere the focal piece to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  • Stamp “thank you” from the Love What You Do stamp set at the bottom of the card front, as pictured.
  • Adhere a piece of your favorite complementing pieces of DSP, cut to 4″ x 4″ to the top of the card front, as pictured.  I used a piece from the Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  I chose a piece with Cajun Craze to complement the overall design.
  • Adhere the Mossy Meadow card stock to the DSP with dimensionals.
  • To finish the card, you can add some “bling” to the wreath.  I used a few star shaped sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  [I have quite a few extra Paper Pumpkin pieces that I keep on hand to use with many projects!]

This design can easily be changed to have Christmas colors and a Christmas sentiment.  There truly are endless possibilities…

Shown below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Blooming Summer Savings – Paper Pumpkin

Through August 10, if you sign-up for Paper Pumpkin as a new subscriber, you’ll receive 50% off your August kit.  You have nothing to lose giving Paper Pumpkin a try!  If you don’t like the monthly subscription program, you can skip a month or cancel your subscription at any time.

Take a look at the video below to get a look at July’s kit.

Click on the picture below to go to sign-up for Paper Pumpkin.  Be sure to use the Promocode BLOOM0818 when you enroll to get 50% off your August Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy (Paper Pumpkin) Stamping!


Paper Pumpkin – Broadway Star Special Event

Be sure to mark your calendars for a very special Paper Pumpkin LIVE Facebook event that will feature the Broadway Star Kit.  The event will be held next Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 5:30 (US Mountain Time).  I will definitely be attending to get some great tips and tricks for this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  Click here to get more information.

To entice you a little more to make sure you plan to attend the event, below are pictures of the cards that I have made so far using the kit.  You’ll notice that I followed the directions for my cards.  My next cards from the kit will be alternate ideas.  I am willing to bet that some of those ideas will come from next Tuesday’s live Facebook event!!

Yep – to entice you even further, here is a video that shows the kit and how to pair it with the amazing Broadway Bound product suite in the new Annual Catalog.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, what is stopping you from giving it a try?  You can sign-up by clicking the Paper Pumpkin logo below.  If you decide that you don’t want to continue your subscription, you can cancel at any time.  You can also skip a month anytime you would like.  Just remember – You need to cancel or skip by the 10th of the month to change that month’s subscription.  As a subscriber, you’ll get a great set of unique photopolymer stamp sets and ink spots.  Give it a try!

Happy stamping!


Skyping with Paper Pumpkin!!!

Our youngest granddaughter, Angie, is now a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!  She and I had a great time Skyping and making our April Paper Pumpkin kits this past weekend.  Angie and I have stamped together before; however, this was the first time that we’ve stamped together “virtually”.  It was a blast!  In fact, we are now planning on Skyping every month to put our Paper Pumpkin kits together and spend time catching-up.  [The banner picture for this post is one that our daughter, Steph (Angie’s mom), took of Angie’s view of Skyping with me!]

Since we could truly see each other and share ideas, it was so easy to make sure we were both stamping the same images and using the same embellishments for each card.  We shared ideas and some tips and tricks as we made the kit.  Check out the pictures below.

Angie did an awesome job making her cards and gift box!  You don’t have to know her to understand how much fun she had.  Just look at the gorgeous smiles in the pictures below.

Skyping and making a Paper Pumpkin kit with family and friends feels as if you are truly sitting in the same room, gathered around a table, and just spending quality time together.  Everyone has the same stamp set, ink, card stock, envelopes, embellishments, and adhesive to make the monthly project.  Everyone gets to spend time catching-up while putting a fun Paper Pumpkin kit together.

If you haven’t seen the video for the April Paper Pumpkin kit, take a look below.  You’ll get a great overview of the project.  And, as usual, there are many alternative ideas that are being shared on-line.

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and would like to give it a try, now is the perfect time.  If you sign-up by May 10, you’ll get your first two kits for 50% off the regular price.  Now – How can you refuse that deal?  Don’t wait, click on the banner below to subscribe.

Happy Paper Pumpkin Stamping!