What a busy weekend I had, and the week's turning into one that will be just as busy. Party of the busy-ness is getting my craft room straightened out after a class last week to get ready for yet another class THIS week. A couple of my friends are just as enthusiastic about a lot of the new products in the latest Stampin' Up! catalog as I am. So we're off to work on projects using another stamp set.
But for today, as I was gathering a mountain of "stuff" from my work table to put away, I finally had to open my June Paper Pumpkin kit. I knew if I put it aside anywhere, it would get buried and I'd forget about it until it was too late in the summer to make good use of the very summery themed papers and stamps!
For those of you who get the Paper Pumpkin kits – or even for those of you who've seen the kits online – you'll certainly recognize the fruit-salad themed pattern that was the cover of the card base for this month's 6 greeting cards. Then the mat for this piece of card you'll recognize as the paper that made up the 4 gift bags that were also in the same kit. Yes, the pattern is like watermelon rind – love it! But there were several "issues" with all of this that made me decide to start cutting stuff up to make my own designs.
First, the cards in this kit are notecard-sized cards, and I much prefer the A2 sized cards that are 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". Second, the way that the cards were printed, it just felt to me as if whoever had decided which way the fruit design was to go had gotten it wrong, and everything just seemed too upside down for me. I wanted this design to have more of those large pineapples to be right side up than wrong side up. So I flipped the design when I cut the front off the note card.
Finally, I really have little use for gift bags with a summer watermelon theme. Thirty or forty years ago, that might have worked for me. But today, with no kids or grandkids around, I'm really not involved in any gatherings that require any more than one gift bag at a time, and then rarely a watermelon-themed bag.
So that's why I cut stuff up and put it back together in my own way!
I really do like the watermelon stamps. I like that I can stamp the "rind" using the Emerald Envy Stampin' Spot that came with the kit, filled in with the watermelon fruit stamp using the Melon Mambo Stampin' Spot that also came with the kit. Yes, there were TWO stampin' spots in this kit! Hooray for that as I now have those to add to my collection. There is a stamp in the Paper Pumpkin stamp set that alludes to "sweet." But it's meant to go on the outside of a gift bag, saying something like "something sweet for you." (Yup, I've already put the stamp set away and I'm not going to go drag it back out again just to get the quote right). So I went looking for another sentiment, finding the "You're So Sweet" stamp in the Mixed Drinks Stamp Set that's in the current Stampin' Up! catalog.
The final non-Paper Pumpkin touches that I put on this card were the Daffodil Delight Cardstock layer behind the printed layers, and the Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon from which I made the bows on the front of the card. Oh, and then there was the plain old Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. I love white on the inside of cards, and this was a nice complement to the Whisper White circle on the front of the card.
So now my June Paper Pumpkin kit is as done as I'm going to make it (yes, there is one bag left and I have some fun watermelon paper to put it in if I have a gift-giving occasion this summer). And now I can start getting ready for my Thursday class this week. The stamp set is not a new one, but everything else will be new. Do you have a stamp set that you'd like me to use to make a tutorial? If so, the next two weeks are the time to ask me to get that done as I'm off to Minnesota in mid-July, and then – oh, no! It will be time for the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog!!!!! Christmas will be here before you know it and it's only June!
So, back in June – here are the products that I used to complement the Paper Pumpkin kit for June 2017. Please do click on any of the pictures to go straight to my very own Stampin' Up! store! Learn more about any of these products, and just order them while you're there!