Bone Apetit Alternates

The special Halloween themed Paper Pumpkin came in a super cute Gorgeous Grape box. I ripped, okay carefully opened, it as soon as I got it. The kit makes twenty treat boxes in two styles. Most of my kit was used up creating them exactly as designed. But I know not everyone celebrates this spooky holiday and some people don’t get trick-or-treaters. Don’t despair, I have two simple alternatives for this month’s kit.

A Birthday Card

Starting with a base of Basic Black, I layered a 2-1/2″ strip of Black Foil paper. On top of that, I added a 2″ strip of Kraft paper, but Crumb Cake or Soft Suede would work if you don’t have any Kraft.

Next, I opened up one of the striped treat boxes and cut three of the sides, trimming them to 1-1/2″ squares. I layered them on with the black Dimensionals from the kit. The sentiment banner is also from the kit, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. The stamp is retired. Any small stamp would work or swap out a larger banner.

A Christmas Treat

It’s pretty easy to take the treat boxes apart by separating the single flap and then resealing it with strong adhesive, either tear and tape or liquid glue. The edge doesn’t look as nice, however. To overcome this little challenge, I cut an 8″ strip of leftover Christmas DSP 2″ wide and scored it every two inches.

Then, I glued it around the box. I stamped a sentiment on one of the little tombstone shaped tags from the kit. Added some pearls and a ribbon and now I have a super easy table favor or stocking stuffer ready to fill and use for the holidays. This would also be a great idea for your Thanksgiving table settings, just use a different themed paper and a thankful sentiment.

Even if a particular Paper Pumpkin doesn’t resonate with you, there are always great ways to use the quality materials inside. Let me know what you did with yours.

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.