My yesterday was a Paper Pumpkin commercial in the making. The scene opens with my 16 month old son sleeping peacefully during his afternoon nap. The mommy has to wake him up to drop him and his sister off at separate grandparents to make all her appointments. This goes poorly. Running behind schedule, the mommy gets one child dropped off and speeds off to the other grandma. While speeding, a police officer joins the story and writes a ticket for $90. The mommy hangs her head and sighs, now more behind than she was before. She gets the child to the grandma and heads to her appointment where she misses the turn and is 10 minutes late. Which makes her 10 minutes late for the pedicure that was supposed to be relaxing but is next to a Chatty Cathy that would make my sister and I seem quiet on our most talkative days. The afternoon ends with a lovely glass of wine and a great opportunity, but not until after the mommy has an allergy attack in the bathroom of the restaurant that uses orange oil in their spritzer.
The mommy comes home tired and late to make dinner and while she has pretty toes and is happy about that final meeting of the day, she's exhausted. And then she sees that her Paper Pumpkin box has come and her husband is all ready done mowing the lawn so he can watch the children while the mommy relaxes.
And then this creativity happens all within 60 minutes - with just me, my kit, my paper cutter, and my adhesive.
I adore Paper Pumpkin. It's a box of creativity that comes when you need it most (or around the 15th of the month if you want to be less dramatic about it!) The box comes with ink, exclusive photopolymer stamps, and a kit of cards or 3D items with instructions. The July 2015 kit is called Thanks a Latte. It came with an adorable 2-step stamping set, 2 ink spots in Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush, and supplies to make 8 cards. You always get a video to show you how to do them to - here is the link for this month's kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9iE63jwuSg
This first card is what is outlined in the instructions. You could just use the supplies in the box plus your favorite adhesive and knock out 8 of these beauties in under an hour.
For this card, I cut 1" of the Basic Gray background paper off and added it to the card. I stamped the steam and Get Well on the card directly.
For the third card, I tried to recover from a creative decision that went awry. I wanted to use my markers on the card and discovered after stamping that the orange is NOT Pumpkin Pie, but rather Tangelo Twist. I also tried to fill in the lines on the Basic Gray with the Cucumber Crush marker and that didn't look good to me. Finally, I had cute the bottom off the Basic Gray piece thinking I wanted to us a square and that didn't work either. So I undid the ribbon from the clip and attached it over the line to cover the cut. Then I used my markers to color the stamp and image and the notebook piece and turned one of the sticky strips into a banner. Not my favorite card at all, but like my ticket, it was a learning experience!
Finally, this fourth card is my favorite and I'm making a bunch like it when the refill packs come out. This card has the sticky die cut strips layered on the center of the card and I took the ribbon off the clip and attached it with a glue dot. When I stamped the cup die cut, I was a little low. If that happens, you have an extra to work with or you can just use your Paper Snips and cut around the cup to remove the extra. See, it looks perfectly stamped and only you will ever know!
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Have a craftastic day,