Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop!

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Hello!
Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of creative fun! This is my first time hopping with this group, however, I am sure it won’t be the last since I am a huge Paper Pumpkin fan!
The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your own creativity run wild.
On this hop, we will be sharing many alternate ideas with you on how to use the September kit called ‘Frights and Delights.’
I like to start out making at least 1 of each of the planned projects in a kit first. I just haven’t bought any candy yet, so I thought I would use one of Paper Pumpkin’s images. They look better with candy in them than empty. Aren’t they cute little packages?? I’ll be using them for secretaries and teachers at the schools I sub at and where my son goes.
Then, I see where my own creative juices flow…here is what happened this month…
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I have made up my mind to do more scrapbooking and have therefore challenged myself to make at least 1 scrapbook page with the kit contents each month. For this, I need to add a 12 x 12 piece of card stock, which is in Rich Razzleberry today. Normally, I would use the included cards to back the photos, yet since this kit did not have cards, I did have to grab some other card stock as well. In this case, some Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Cajun Craze. Ideally, I would like to use as much from the kit as I can to show you that you can do it too. Also, this month, to have a change of pace for non Halloween folks, I added in a fall stamp set called Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers thinlits.
I used 2 of the cellophane bags and cut them on one side. Then I did a fan fold and adhered the sides together after tying them in the middle with the bakers twine from the kit. I made the bakers twine long enough so that I could tie it in a bow around the stems of the leaves.
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The leaves are stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry. The leaf overlay is cut from Mango Melody. I used glue dots on the back of the leaves to stick them to the cellophane fan circle.
For the title, I embossed one of the flower thinlits onto the silver paper that was in the box. I just used a scrap of it. I thought they came out pretty cool. I was attempting to cut the flower and instead it did this. I liked it, so I didn’t run it through the Big Shot again. I also used the Stitched Framelits to make the ovals around the title. I use these A LOT! I absolutely love them! You can also see that I used Rich Razzelberry ink to stamp a bunch of leaves all over the back ground to give it some extra pizzazz and add to the falling leaves…
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After making the scrapbook page, I thought I should make a card using as much from the kit as I could. I needed to add cardstock for the base of the cards, yet, the rest is from the kit itself. These 2 cards came together pretty quick!
This first one, I used Gorgeous Grape cardstock and cut 1 inch off the bottom of the top part of the card. Then I used the spider web cellophane bag and cut it open to make a cover for the top of the card. I used the small and large spider on the same stamp block to stamp the bottom border. Then used the silver pumpkin to adhere behind the jack-o-lantern. I stamped the sentiment and tied some of the bakers twine around the fold to disguise it.
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The only thing I don’t like about this card is that you can see the glue dots that I used to stick the bag to the front. Not sure what else I could have done.
The next card I like better…
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I used a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and Whisper White cardstock. I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the stamping after putting almost all the stamps onto 1 block to make a word and picture collage. I saw somebody on a facebook site do something similar for a scrapbook page background and was reminded that I had once done that for Christmas cards from Paper Pumpkin a few years ago. I love using that idea when you have lots of little stamps!
I used the same block of stamps to stamp the background with Versa Mark ink. Then I added the silver circle behind the ghosts eyes to give it that eerie look. I cut off part of the tag and edged it with the Gorgeous Grape like I did the whole card and the worded rectangle. Gotta love distressing! I tied some of the black and silver bakers twine around the fold and tied a bow. I used dimensionals for the back of the tag and the ghost. Simple and quick card.
There you have it. 3 fairly quick and easy alternates to a very fun paper Pumpkin kit. Did you have to go Halloween? No, you did not. Could you if you wanted to? Naturally! Paper Pumpkin is for anyone and any level of crafting that wants to get products you can’t buy anywhere else.
Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun!
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Coming next week…Paper Pumpkin FLASH SALE! Don’t miss out. Check with your demonstrator to start getting your box in the mail. If you don’t have one, I am happy to get you started with your subscription to Paper Pumpkin!

HOW the FLASH SALE WORKS:
Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at a special introductory rate. The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5. The flash promotion starts October 8, 2018. The sale will continue until supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on October 10, whichever comes first.
If the supply runs out before October 10, they will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features a one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).

CLICK HERE or on the picture above and make sure you use promo Code FLASH1018 to lock in your $5 box of October fun!

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin! Now hop over to Deb’s blog to see her fun creation.
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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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SU! 2018 Holiday Card Swap #2

Hello! Happy Saturday!

I trust you are all doing well today! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Time to move on and show you the rest of the cards from the Holiday Card Swap I just did! I realized I should have named the other post with Holiday since there are more than just one swap. but, oh well…a learning lesson!

What do you imagine when you think Halloween and owls? Yes, THIS! Right?!

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Halloween was the easiest to create a card for using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! No surprise there, I am sure! This one came together so perfectly! I did struggle with a sentiment, though. I needed to use only current SU! stuff and I don’t have a current Halloween sentiment. I only have Paper Pumpkin Halloween sentiments. The ones that come with the Still Night, just didn’t sound Halloweenish to me. And, I am not really a creepy sort of Halloween gal, so I wanted to stay on the cuter side of things. That’s when I grabbed the Make a Difference Alphabet and made up my own…’Hoo!’ I thought about doing ‘Who?’ but figured that was too predictable. Something original was what I was going for and that is what an owl says. Right? I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the sentiment and distressed it with the grape as well.

Hmmm, got sidetracked with the sentiment and I haven’t even told you about the card! That’s ok, all in good time!

I apparently did not remember to take pictures of this next step, so words alone will have to do. If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I will answer them!

I cut out a 3” circle from the white cardboard that lines the DSP. I needed something firm. I used that as my stencil for my moon. Then I grabbed a page of Very Vanilla and laid the stencil on it. Grabbed the daubers and ink for my Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie and began to use circular motions to bring the color into the circle. I started with the Crushed Curry and then blended in the Pumpkin Pie. This was fun to do and each full moon came out uniquely different, yet stunning. I really like the moons! I then cut them out so that I could put them on the Night of Navy. One of the best colors ever! I typically use it for anything I want to look like nighttime! It’s better than black for that! Besides, I knew I was using the black for the silhouette of the branch and owl. The base is Pumpkin Pie card stock distress with Gorgeous Grape ink.

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As you can see, I changed up the owl from my prototype to the actual card that was made and sent for the swap. It came down to a time factor! I was subbing so much and running dangerously close to my deadline. The prototype had been stamped with Versamark, clear embossing powder poured on it, then shook off, then heat set. Plus, running it through the Big Shot with the thinlit. That is a lot of steps! I needed to cut out some steps! So, I went with the black owl that looks like he wants to take off. It’s not as striking, yet it is easier to see. I think the black owl with the clear embossing powder is harder to see.

I may have taken out 3 steps, but there was still the cutting of the owl. You have a different sandwich of Big Shot plates that you have to use for detailed thinlits. It helps to make them come out better and yet, you still have to run it through a few times! Plus, the bristle brush and mat really help get all those pieces out.

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When you don’t, this happens…which has it’s place, just not on this card…

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When you do, this happens…

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Sometimes a few hang on for dear life and then you just have to take your paper piercer and push it out! Or a fingernail can work at times too, depending on the size. those toes needed the piercer!

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Oh, I almost forgot! On the sentiment…do you see those 3 black pearls?? We don’t sell them, by the way. Do you want to know how I did that? A Sharpie! Yep, I colored them on their mat and then transferred them to the sentiment oval. I have done it with rhinestones to give them color, so why not pearls? It worked and I like how it turned out. At first I left it all plain and then I thought it needed a bit more so I also did the silver thread in loops under the sentiment. I am still working on perfecting that technique! Not sure why I struggle with it. I know it’s all the rage right now, but mine never seems to come out just right…or maybe that is my problem…it isn’t supposed to be just right, it is supposed to be messy. I need to set aside that OCD tendency for this technique, I guess! LOL

I left the inside blank so that the giver of the card can write what they want. Sometimes, I just really like it that way! I did use the stamp with the 3 little dots on it to decorate the corner of the inside with some Tuxedo Black and some Gorgeous Grape. Kept it simple.

That was it for this card. Prototype changed, as is typical for me. Let me know what you think! Which do you like better??

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share your creations with me!

Blessings, June

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