Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin - Hooray for Banners

When I received the July kit in my mailbox, I was just getting ready to leave for Convention and was trying to figure out the decorations for my friend's bridal shower.  So when I opened it, I thought right away that I would cover it with DSP in her colors and use it.

Then I went to Convention and got some great ideas from fellow demonstrators and didn't come back to this one either.  But since this wasn't everyone's forte, I wanted to put some time into several ideas to use with it.  But it's really a 3D decoration kit and that made it hard to find ways to use it for cards, at least for me.  I have pinned several samples on Pinterest from other demonstrators who had more success than me on that.  You can click my Pinterest button to follow my SU board and see those samples!

This kit came with 3 background stamps (small honeycomb/hexagon, diagonal stripes, and polka dots), Summer Starfruit and Pool Party Stampin' Spots, and supplies to make two banners.

This first project is straight from the kit.  I thought maybe you could use it as a template and trace it to use for a 8 x 8 or 12 x 12 scrapbook page or you could use the sheet it punches out from to sponge and create your own. That idea was better in theory than execution for me so you won't see those samples here... but I encourage you to see if you can find success doing that!  I could use this for a BSU game or cover it with paper to use at Callie's birthday!


This second project was made using the chipboard backing that comes with the kit.  I covered it with Pool Party cardstock and used the splot from the starter kit to provide some depth to the background.  I punched a small hole in each side of the project and threaded the Baker's twine so that it would loop in the back and create two hangers.  I changed up the letters on the banner to capture this funny moment from Atlanta.  I used My Digital Studio to add Moment (using the crop tool) and added some journaling about the photo, which I printed on Whisper White cardstock and cut out.
Because we were all dressed up for the BSU/Georgia game, the colors of our team matched the colors in this kit, making it more versatile (as long as you like BSU and not the Vandals....)  :)

The final project is a little mini book. I had to add a few pieces of Summer Starfruit and Pool Party cardstock to this as well, along with Whisper White.  The Friend is from the stamp in the starter kit using a post-it again to cover up the rest of the wording. I stamped the tiny clothespin with the diagonal background stamp and used it to close the book.

The inside has the background stamps and the little banners.  I thought it would fit wallet or smaller sized photos.
The back has to be decorated too.  The little banner on the 2nd page is the Hip Hip banner piece that I didn't think I'd ever use. I stamped it with the background stamp and hid most of it under the piece of Summer Starfruit.  The circle is the star circle punch out turned over, sponged using the spot and stamped with a stamped off honeycomb.

Craftastic Notes:
  • Stamp the little clothespins with background stamps to give extra depth and draw them into your color scheme.
  • Remember that you can ink up your stamps and then stamp them off to get a second color of ink on your projects.  It's an easy way to create a monochromatic project using our Stampin' Up colors and to get the most out of your Stampin' Spots in these kits.
  • If you aren't inspired by the product in the kit, see if you can find something that coordinates with it or find a black and white or sepia picture that you can scrapbook using the product.
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!

Stay tuned tomorrow for samples from the May kit that we received at Convention for FREE!   It's the kit that made me fall in love with Paper Pumpkin!

Have a craftastic day,

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