Saturday, August 3, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin - Hello to You

When the June kit showed up in my mailbox, I was so excited for my first surprise kit.  I LOVED the kit that came out in April and May to existing subscribers and couldn't wait to see how SU! topped themselves.

I opened the box, I realized it was a hexagon kit and this is a craze that I hadn't yet dived into.  Blame my OCD if you'd like, but I have a hard time with getting the perfect amount of space between each and every element.  So I set this one aside and figured I'd come back to it. 

June got a little hectic and I didn't look at it again until it was time to get my July kit.  Then I realized that I needed to make that 30 minutes for myself and see what I could come up with.  My initial reaction was replaced with a sense of whimsy and pride in myself for coming up with some cute ideas!  It took longer than 30 minutes but it was rewarding!

This kit came with a Soft Suede Stampin' Spot, 3 stamps (a good sized Chevron background, a heart, and Hello to You), and supplies for 4 cards.

This first card is pretty much the sample on the front of the instructions.  I punched out the hexagon holes and tried to stamp the hearts right in the middle.  Some are more centered than others..... :)  Instead of just stamping the white hexagons, I also ran the Stampin' Spot over the edges to make them stand out and put them up on dimensionals.

For this card, I decided that I wanted to cover up the pink in the card and keep it yellow tones.  I used the yellow polka dot dies and the white hexagons to cover the pink spots and fill in the hexagons.  then I stamped the chevron on white hexagons and pressed them through the hexagon holes so that they were perfectly aligned (reference early OCD...)  The little clothespin is from the July kit and is only in the picture to keep the card closed!  I put a post it over part of the Hello to You stamp so that only the Hello was stamped and I kissed it against the Chevron background.

In this case, I brought in an extra supply, my Primrose Petals ink pad.  I used a post it again on the Hello to you stamp and inked just the You and the period.  Then I kissed the heart against the chevron background and cut them out and put them on dimensionals in the hexagon holes.  I thought this card would make a cute card for my husband or someone that just needed a little love in the mail.

For the last card, I cut the hexagon front off of one of the cards because I hoped to use it as a template with the background stamp.  It didn't work.  It would have been cute it had be sponged but I didn't realize that at the time.  So I took the other half of the card, scored it down the middle, and made a little note.  I used one of the die cut hexagons and a little heart up on a dimensional.  This card would work for a gift card and I would just mail it in the envelope provided in the kit.

Craftastic Notes:
  • Background stamps like the Chevron are perfect for the kissing technique.  To do it, you ink up the background stamp and then stamp your 2nd stamp on it.  It picks up the image and carries it onto the paper.  Remember to clean your 2nd stamp each time or you will end up with a crazy mix of images kissed on it!
  • To "crop" your stamps, use a post-it note and cover up what you don't want to be inked up.  Then you can peel off that post it and stamp.  Typically you can do this using markers as well but since the kits come with ink pads, I wanted to walk you through it!
Remember that you can join us with these kits for just $10 for the first two months as long as you sign up by August 31st.  Look at the Join My Paper Pumpkin link at the top of the page for more details and for perks in joining up under me!

Check back tomorrow when I show you the samples I made using the July HOORAY kit!

Have a craftastic day,

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