While I was off doing other things for heaven knows how long (too long!), I suspended my Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin subscription. So easy to do – but easy to forget to reinstate it when I was back and had the time finally to play with it!
But now I'm back in the groove and yesterday my May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit arrived. I was between projects, so I opened it up right away. Ooooh, what fun I had with the card makings that came in it!
This is the card somewhat as it was designed to be made as part of the kit. I say, "somewhat," because I just HAD to add a bit more color and texture to the design. The good news was that I had a birthday card that needed to be sent out, so I used the fun Happy Birthday stamp that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, as well as the ink that came with it and the strip that I used as a horizontal accent for the card.
The mat for the greeting circle was not in the kit. For this, I picked what I thought was one of the colors in the kit – Tangerine Tango – and cut a mat just slightly larger that the circle using the Starburst Framelit Set. I think now that the color in the stripe on the card front may be Calypso Coral. But whatever it is, I love the look!
Then I did what I frequently do with my Paper Pumpkin kits, and find another stamp set or paper or embellishment to do something a bit different. This time it was the fun new stamp set, Just Kidding. And once I got started with that, I almost couldn't stop.
For the two cards in this grouping, I used the first part of a two-part sentiment, "To Stamp or Not to Stamp" on the front. Then inside I stamped the second part, "That is not even a question." As a stamper, I LOVE it! I colored in the ladies of leisure a bit differently, and had a blast doing it!
For this card, not pictured above, I used my second favorite two-part sentiment, with "Happy 29th Birthday" on the front. Inside is part two, "From your 110 pound friend." I think you have to be a woman of a certain age to really get a good laugh out of this!
A quick note on how I made this all fit on the circle. The stamps in this set are Photopolymer stamps. So, when I put long, thin images on the blocks to ink them up and stamp them, I can manipulate them a bit. For these cards, I turned them a bit so they'd fit on the circles that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit. They don't necessarily stay put on the acrylic blocks for long – but I pressed them down as firmly as I could and didn't wait long to ink them up and stamp them. Worked beautifully!
No, these are not artistic renderings. But they were fun to make and I know my friends who will get them will really enjoy them! Paper Pumpkin says that it is made for the new and inexperienced card maker. But I have to tell you that, as experienced as I am, it is still a blast to get these projects and have so much fun making them – every month!
Stampin' Up! has a current special, through the end of June 2015, where you get the first two months of your Paper Pumpkin subscription at 50% off. Now that is a deal. Unfortunately, I cannot take advantage of it because I'm already a subscriber – it's only for NEW subscribers. All you have to do is to go to PaperPumpkin.com, order a subscription, and use the code, SAVE50, to claim your savings. Be sure to tell them I'm your demonstrator so I get credit for this!
Retired Product Alert
Oh that fun Framelits set, Starburst, is going to retire come June 2nd. The good news is that, as of today, that set is still available for sale! I have to tell you that it's perfect for mats such as those I showed in these fun projects. If you have any questions about this set or anything about the Stampin' Up! retired products, just let me know. I'd love to help you get whatever it is that you want from this list!