Playing with Past Paper Pumpkins

The Paper Pumpkin celebrated its sixth birthday in March. That’s seventy-two boxes of creative inspiration if you subscribed from the start. I’ve only been a member for a few years, but I was gifted with several retired boxes. Woo Hoo. It was like winning the craft stash lottery. I know there are many people who have past boxes. Every so often, I’ll pull one out and see what I can do with it. This time I’m playing with the July 2014 kit, Wish Big.

The first surprise was that the kit used Blackberry Bliss. This color was brought back last year. Perfect timing! The kit came with cards and gift boxes. I had scavenged the boxes months ago. But here are the cards I came up with using the stamps and the card materials from the kit.

Wish Cards

This card is closest to the original design in the kit. The wish letters and big star were stickers in the kit along with the gray and white strip. The box came with a ton of silver stars. I added a few more with a stamp in the kit using Blackberry Bliss ink. The Make A sentiment was also in the kit.

This card is similar, just more. I added a layer of Frosted Floral DSP and more silver stars. The tag is a leftover from a more recent kit.

Thanks Cards

Going with the star theme, I used a piece of Bubbles and Fizz DSP. I was using all my retired product for these cards. But that is the cool thing about Stampin’ Up! products, they are timeless and work together beautifully even five years later. The Thanks sentiment was a stamp in the kit.

I liked the Thanks sentiment so much, I got out my Stamparatus and let it rip. The hearts were stickers in the kit. I added the white and silver twine bow. The Stamparatus makes repetitive stamping so easy. A simple one layer card that has a huge visual impact. Those fun folk art style hearts inspired my next card.


The last two projects use the round tags that came in the kit. I like cards that use tags on the front. I don’t make enough of these for as much as I like the look. I used a piece of Wood Texture DSP to play up the rustic style of the hearts. The sentiment is from Labels to Love. The twine is from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit. This would be a cute card for a summer beach wedding.

The final project I have is a simple tag. For You was in the kit along with more of those awesome silver stars.

So if you have a stash of unopened or incomplete Paper Pumpkins, pull one out – the fun doesn’t expire. Happy crafting.

Poppin’ Birthday Alternates

The March Paper Pumpkin kit is so much fun. It is eight three dimensional cards that can be dressed up or down. The kit came with lots of punched numbers. I don’t know about you, but I’m at the age when we don’t discuss actual numbers. Which is pretty much anyone over the age of 29. So the first thing I did was figure out how to make the basic cards with some small changes – no numbers!

Basic Alternates

The first card uses the gray striped base with the Daffodil Delight banner. A balloon stamp came with the bonus set and I punched it out using the smaller side of the Balloon Bouquet punch. I used Poppy Parade from the kit and Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight, two of the coordinating colors. A few Glitter Enamel Dots from the Annual catalog finished the card.

The second basic card also substitutes balloons in the same colors instead of numbers. On the white banner, I stamped the confetti stamp from the kit in Bermuda Bay after stamping off so the color was lighter. I finished this card with a few Basic Rhinestones.

The last card I did that was almost entirely from the kit used the numbers in the sprinkles pattern to add interest to the background. I glued a set of them on in random patterns and directions. Then I turned the white banner sideways and stamped the candle image in Daffodil Delight. I added one of the punched hats from the kit and a few yellow embellishments.

Alternates Using My Stash

The next few cards, I took advantage of the stuff in my stash. It is so rewarding to dig out a little bit of saved paper or a stamp set I like and truly play with my Paper Pumpkin. Feel free to copy these cards or be inspired to use what you have to get creative.

For this first card, I cut up the strings of candles in the kit and glued them on to the card base, much like I did with the numbers up above. On the banner, I used the confetti stamp and heat embossed the images in white. The balloons are punched from some long retired scrap that happened to be in the Bermuda Bay family and so was perfect for my purposes. The 3″ white twine pieces are attached to the balloons with glue dots.

The next card uses leftovers from January’s kit. The kangaroo and chameleons are wearing party hats that came in the March kit. The banner is turned over and stamped in Daffodil Delight. I really like the contrast of the gray stripes with the yellow confetti. Even the embellishments are from an old Paper Pumpkin kit. Save those scraps where you can find them.

The next card I used my new Sale-A-Bration stamp set, So Hoppy Together. I hope you got your orders in because the sale ends tonight. The frog is stamped in Memento Ink so that I could color in the image with my Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. The tire and pedals are in Dark Smoky Slate and the seat and wheel hub in Light Bermuda Bay. I gave him a party hat too. The confetti is stamped all around in Flirty Flamingo. I used a masking technique to get just the “Hoppy” and that is in Bermuda Bay along with Birthday from the kit.

Since I was having so much fun doing animals, I thought I should do one more. I remembered that I had a small stash of scraps from the Birthday Delivery DSP. Yes this is old, but still super cute. I fussy cut some presents and one of the animals. Then I punched the larger balloon using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I still have a little bit more of this paper left, so, I’m sure you will see it again at some point. I also considered using the cat punch or the puppy punch – both would have been super cute.

Holiday Alternate

Last, because it is never too early to start creating your holiday supplies, I have two tags for you. One is very much a Christmas tag, the other could be used for any occasion even a wedding gift. I used the Oh What Fun stamp set. But remember, we have the Labeler stamp set that will let you add any wording you want to your projects.

That’s it. Lots of fun as always. If you don’t have your Paper Pumpkin kit coming every month, you’re missing out. Subscribe now.

Notes of Kindness – Whip it up Wednesday

The Notes of Kindness kit in the Annual Catalog includes everything to make twenty gorgeous thank you notecards. The stamps, with bold sentiments, a stamping block, adhesives, and even an ink spot. The cards are beautiful and come together in minutes. They’re perfect for recognizing gift from a bridal or baby shower.

I used most of my kit for a card buffet that I held recently to make cards for our armed service members. I had some of the cards remaining, and I decided to see what I could do with them using leftover pieces from past Paper Pumpkin kits.

Friends of a Feather

The Friends of a Feather Paper Pumpkin had lots of leafy punch-outs. The Fresh Figs pieces complimented the succulent preprinted accent. I also used self-adhesive sequins from the kit and finally added some vellum pieces which may have come from the August 2018 box or possibly an earlier one. You know I save everything. I also stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig too.

More Vellum

I liked the vellum as an accent so much, I dug further into my stash and found some Lemon Lime Twist dyed elements and some more delicately cut elements. This card used pearls from the kit instead of the sequins. I like how the two projects are so different. The first is bold, almost masculine and this one is more airy and feminine.

Fussy Cut Flowers

I still had a card base left, but no flower cut outs. Also, I didn’t have the Soft Sea Foam sticker for the layers under the sentiment. I liked the succulent image from the other cards, and I found some retired DSP that included the perfect elements. I think this idea would work well with any good sized flower image, either cut from designer paper or stamped and then either fussy cut or die cut. I also used a strip of paper from the Tranquil Textures DSP pack. I stamped the little background image in the kit using Sahara Sand. And, even though I didn’t get my sentiment on the card perfectly straight, I’m quite happy with the results.

Kits, whether Paper Pumpkin, or from the catalog make crafting so simple. In a few minutes you can have stunning projects to make someone’s day a little brighter. Happy Crafting.

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