KITS: August Paper Pumpkin

Sometimes I like to be creative. Okay, maybe all the time I like to be creative. But sometimes I like to be extra-creative, you know? I see this trait in my oldest son. He takes things that absolutely aren’t meant for a certain purpose, and makes them work for whatever he desires. Sometimes that desire creates frustration, like when he wants his toy airplane to stand on end so that it’s more like a rocket ship. But, the airplane is bottom heavy so it keeps falling over.

Airplane Problem Solved

What’s a creative mom to do? Tape pennies to the top, of course! “Problem solved, the problem is solved, we solved the problem, problem solved!” (Peg + Cat song, for those of you who don’t watch PBS Kids. It’s catchy!)

When I got my Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit in August, I had fun making some of the cards as-is. Who wouldn’t? They’re adorable! Plus I needed a couple thank-you cards to send in some online party prize packages, so that worked out perfectly. Here is a video showing what came in the kit:

Then, I felt the itch. I saw those star frames and I was compelled to make them even more frame-like by cutting them out with paper snips. “Cute,” I thought to myself. Here’s project sneak peek #1 with one of my star frames.

Stampin' Up! August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit alternative project details by Becky Gifford

Then I thought, “Why not flip over the sentiment banner to the plain side and use my little dot stamp (included in the kit) to make a faux-scalloped border?” So I did that, too. Here’s project sneak peek #2.

Stampin' Up! August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit alternative project details by Becky Gifford

So what on earth did I set out to create? A tri-fold card that opens up to surprise the recipient with a mini memory book. Ta-da!

Stampin' Up! August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit alternative project by Becky Gifford

The tri-fold card actually ends up as a standard card size at 4-1/4″x 5-1/2″ so it will fit in a standard Medium Envelope or one of the included kit envelopes! Start with a 12″x12″ piece of Designer Series Paper (I used a Soft Sky colored paper from the Subtles Backgrounds DSP Stack) and cut at 4-1/4″. Now you have a 4=1/4″x12″ piece of paper. Then, score at 3-1/4″ from each edge. When folded, the edges of the tri-fold card will overlap some. That’s perfect if you want to use the circle+brad closure included with the kit! I could also see making an embellished belly-band style closure that slips on and off. What an excellent way to personalize the outside of the card to match the personalized interior! My husband says this is one of his favorite projects ever, probably because it has pictures of his sweet boys and it’s a gift for his mom to say thank you for hosting our lively family for ten days recently. I have the best in-laws on the planet, and they sure do love their grandkids! The least I can do is fuel their obsession, right?

As an extra touch, I decided to use the included Hello Honey stamp pad and sponge ink around the edges of the outside panels. It gives just a little bit of extra definition and echos the color of the stamped confetti dots on the center panel. TIP! Fold the outside panels backward while sponging ink along the scored edge to give crisp definition from the center panel.

Well, that’s my extra-creative moment for this week, what’s yours? Leave a comment, I’d love to learn more about my fabulous readers! Let’s be friends, okay?

If you’d like to get your own surprise Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail each month, you can sign up at my Paper Pumpkin site. Right now if you use the promo code HALFOFF2, your first 2 months are 50% off. That makes the first two months of fabulous stamping boxes around $10 each!! I call that too good to pass up. The deal ends on September 10th, so take a moment to sign up today!

Happy Stamping,

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2 Responses to KITS: August Paper Pumpkin

  1. Great project!!! Did you adhere the DSP to cardstock? Do you have a picture of the front, closed up?
    Thanks for sharing your awesome projects!

    • Hi Sherry! I’m glad you like my project :o) No, I didn’t adhere the DSP to cardstock, just used it as-is. I will update the post with a picture of the front as soon as I’m able! Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you’ll come back soon!

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