As you may have noticed if you pay attention both here and on Facebook, I've been a bit scarce with my work of late. We're getting ready for another long (for us) trip next month, and there is SOOO much I have to get done before we go that my Craft Room has been getting short shrift – as has this blog and other stuff. But, when my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit arrived in the mail yesterday, I just had to take a minute to open it up to see what I could do with it.
As I keep up with the social media sites that chat about Paper Pumpkin, I knew what was in this month's kit, and I knew that half of it was going to be fine, but the other half not so much. The "not so much" part consisted of supplies to make a bunch of 3" x 3" cards. I have absolutely no use for cards of such size. They're too small to mail, and that's how all but a very few of my cards are transmitted to their recipients. On the other hand, I didn't want to waste that part of the kit, so off I went to try to find some alternatives. This was my first try, and I think it's a good start. I'll make some changes on the second try and share them with you once I have them all made up.
As those of you who have seen this kit surely noticed, the papers are the same design as in the Stampin' Up! Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. So that's where I went for a larger piece of paper for a background for a full-sized 4-1/4" by 5-1/2" greeting card. Then I started playing with the papers in the Paper Pumpkin kit.
The first thing that I did was to cut in half all of the 3" x 6" rectangles that made up the card that was to be folded to make the 3" square. The top square in this card is the front of the Peekaboo Peach Design and the bottom square is the back of the Multi-colored Swirl Design. The middle square is the "address" side of one of the envelopes. I simply trimmed around a whole envelop to make it 3" square and the back just fell right off.
I embossed the Very Vanilla square using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which I thought was a good match for the flower petals that I made out of the bunny ears that were in the kit as self-adhesive die-cut shapes. I've already seen some cards made with full flowers from the bunny ears. But there aren't enough to make all the cards that I want to make with this kit. So I have made a tulip-y flower bud instead. The one part of this card that I don't think works so well is the flower stem. I'll do something different next time around. But I do like the bow, and I will be using the ribbon that matches the other colors in this kit in future cards, too.
So – my first try with the card part of the kit. Believe it or not, I'm going to be able to make really good use of the other part, which is a set of treat bags on which I can stamp bunny faces (yes, the stamp set is included in the kit) and fill with Easter candies. For a change, we are going to be able to share an Easter Dinner with our daughter's family – another two adults and three wonderful grandchildren.
It was really nice to have a chance to take a break from travel prep (oh, that includes getting our taxes done before we leave as we'll be gone over April 15th – U. S. Income Tax Day!). So it's going to be a challenge. But seeing the grandkids and other family on this trip makes it all worth it.
Here are the products I feature in this card, not including the March Paper Pumpkin Kit. At this point, I don't know if it will be available for purchase individually. But I'll be sure to let you know if it becomes available. It's a cutie!