Rekindling the Muse

I’ve been out of my craft room for a while. I went on a long holiday, a bucket list trip to Iceland, and then I think I suffered from vacation hangover. When I was traveling, I missed my crafting. I had tons of ideas. But when I got back, meh. I felt uninspired despite all the great new products I have to play with. So, I gave myself permission to create anything. I’ve been running low on masculine birthday cards. I started by coloring some scraps I had and then combined them with unfinished Paper Pumpkin kits. Coloring is a great way to destress and increase creativity. Here’s what I came up with.

Nautical Birthday

I used the On My Mind kit from July, combined with a scrap of printed vellum DSP that I colored in with Stampin’ Blends in Night of Navy. The nice thing about a masculine-style card is that minimal works best. There are limited colors. A bit of twine is the only embellishment beyond the punched pieces. A touch of gold in the sentiment banner adds just a touch of bling.

The hardest part of a card like this for me is stopping. So of course, I had to make a girly card with colors and layers and bling. Because that’s how the muse works. Once it fires, you have to follow it.

Hug for a Friend

For this card, I started by coloring in the last scrap I had of my self-made Hugs from Shelly DSP. I used Memon Mambo, Powder Pink, and Lemon Lime Twist. I miss Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist, and I’m sure any other color combo would have worked, but that was the combo that spoke to me. Then I started looking at other scraps I had and what might work. The DSP I picked is actually in Rose Red, not Melon Mambo, but I think it’s close enough. The tiny floral print complements the larger image of the stamp. There is also a strip of vellum in there just for contrast.

Next, I stamped a banner from the On My Mind kit, again it added a nice touch of gold and the stamp is from that kit as well. I used Melon Mambo ink. The banner was pretty long so I decided it needed some flowers. The stamps are from Tea Together which has matching dies. These are available in the current Annual Catalog. A Glitter Enamel Dot and some Rose Metallic Thread provided my mandatory sparkly accents.

I hope you’re able to spend some time relaxing and crafting. If I can ever help you with a question or project, don’t hesitate to contact me.

The Gift of Fall

The August Paper Pumpkin kit has all you need to create autumn-themed gift bags. These cute little bags could be used to give back to school gifts, for fall birthdays or for out of town guests who might be visiting for the Balloon Fiesta or even Thanksgiving. The kit came packed with pre-punched pieces, ribbon, twine and lots of sentiment banners too. I don’t have a huge need for fall bags, so I have some alternates for you. My next post will feature how to use the add-on kit that coordinated perfectly with this kit.

The Bags as Designed, More or Less

Here are the bags as they were designed to be created. There are plain white banners that can be stamped with the included stamps and Merry Merlot ink. There are preprinted banners in a gorgeous rainbow of colors. Two different medallions, a ton of leaves in three different designs and printed vellum pieces. The seam binding ribbon is super easy to tie. I didn’t bother to add water to make it crinkly, I just used it straight off the roll. The bright yellow-orange really pops against the brown paper bags.

The bags are about 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ so you can fill them with a couple of nice items without breaking your budget. The kit is designed to make three of each style.

A Birthday Bag Alternative

You may not have realized it but these little bags can be dressed up for any occasion. I dug out a past Paper Pumpkin kit and made a bag for a birthday gift. The previous kit had the checkered vellum like papers. I added a scrap of retired DSP across the middle. On top of that, I used a pre-punched circle from a Valentine-themed Paper Pumpkin kit, just flipped over to the white side. The ink colors are Blueberry Bushel and Granny Apple Green. If you don’ have this kit, pick your favorite DSP, cut it 3-1/4″ by about 5-1/2″ (you may have to trim the bottom with scissors to make it a perfect fit). Then add punched balloons or flowers or whatever you like. I finished this bag with a few enamel gems for sparkle.

Christmas Alternatives

The last two alternatives I made were for Christmas gifts. The first one uses leftover DSP, Cherry Cobbler ink, a stamp and ribbon from a previous kit, silver foil, and silver metallic pearls. The banner down the center is stamped with the kit berry spray stamp in Cherry Cobbler. I colored in the berries with a Cherry Cobbler marker. The leaves and the sentiment banner are from The Gift of Fall Paper Pumpkin. I just flipped the banner over and stamped the white side.

The second bag has an Old Olive and Black theme. Not typical for Christmas, but it works really well with the kraft bags and is perfect for a masculine gift. This time instead of stamping a banner, I stamped the berry spray directly on the bag using Old Olive ink. The DSPs are retired, use what you have in your stash for these alternates. The round leaf sprays are pre-punched from the previous month On My Mind kit. I finished it with a black satin bow and a few colored rhinestones. Remember, you can “dye” your basic rhinestones using the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.

Have fun decorating your bags and I’ll be back soon with some ideas for using the add-on kit cards.

A Little Bit On My Mind

Sorry, this post has been so late in coming. I’ve had a little bit on my mind lately. But I have a couple of great alternatives I meant to share with you sooner for the July Paper Pumpkin, On My Mind. First, let me show you the cards this kit makes without any alternatives.

This card coordinates with the Woven Heirlooms suite. The visual textures used with the pre-punched pieces make this card suitable for a masculine card. A quick change of sentiment and you’d have a great birthday card. I adore the tiny paper clip that is holding the twine bow in place.

The second card is also perfect for a masculine birthday card. The stripes and nautical theme are hanging on to the last pieces of summer. This card coordinates with the Sailing Home bundle in the Annual catalog.

The last card made as instructed coordinates with the Garden Lane suite. I like the “chicken skin” texture of the card base. The pre-punched leaf pieces in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow add the perfect garden touch to the trellis patterned paper. You can see that making the kit as is would give you beautiful results. But as always, I have some alternates for you.

On My Mind Alternates

The first alternate uses the Garden Lane suite stamp set, Verdant Garden. The vine stamp enhanced the background of the card. I used Mossy Meadow ink to make sure the image stood out against the Sahara Sand background. The Old Olive trellis paper is from the kit. The sentiment is from a previous Paper Pumpkin. Simple. Easy. Gorgeous.

Lastly, I have a Christmas card for you. I love getting prepared for Christmas early. That way I can enjoy the holiday. By making a card or gift bag ahead of time each month I find I can relax and enjoy any crafting I “need” to do in December. This card uses some Pretty Peacock velvet ribbon that came in a previous Paper Pumpkin kit as well as some gold foil tape from a retired catalog kit. Scrap strips of gold foil paper would be an excellent alternative. The medallion is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The Season’s Greetings stamp was also from a previous Paper Pumpkin, but any holiday greeting would work. I did add a banner of DSP from the Garden Lane suite DSP. The final touch is a Gold Faceted Gem in the center of the medallion.

I hope you’re enjoying your Paper Pumpkin kits. If you don’t subscribe, now is a perfect time. All your holiday crafting will be coming in the next three boxes.