happy heart day!
As soon as I opened the January 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, I knew I was going to have fun with it. The kit comes with these beautiful “pocket cards” – eight with gold hearts (see above, lower left corner) and eight with white stripes, both with black backgrounds, and fun Flirty Flamingo pink on the inside. Following the instructions produces a full sixteen really cute pocket cards with inserts and envelopes. However, I wanted to try and mix things up a bit, and I’m most comfortable working with the standard A2-size cards (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).
I started with a card base of Flirty Flamingo, and then added a piece of Rich Razzleberry cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″. I took that lovely pocket card with gold hearts, and just chopped off the top. Yes, it was a little daunting to make that cut, but it just opened up a world of new possibilities. (Not only did it give me a nice little corner pocket, but I can use the leftover bits for another project.) I decided to create a pocketful of flowers with the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set and matching dies. Using a variety of coordinating pink inks, I created a bunch of flowers, and then arranged them on my card front, sticking out of that beautiful sleeve. Some of them are popped up with dimensionals… to give the card some dimension (obviously, LOL). For a bit more bling, and to coordinate with the gold hearts, I heat-embossed some gold elements here and there. It’s hard to see above, so here’s a close-up:
The gold-trimmed ribbon that comes with this kit is gorgeous! I used a bit to add a nice bow. (Helpful tip: you see those nice, crisp ribbon ends? When I want the edges of my ribbon to stay clean and not fray, I use a bit of something called Fray Check.. I have a couple bottles left over from my cross-stitch days. It’s usually used on the edges of the canvas, but it works beautifully on ribbon!) This kit also comes with these 80 enamel dots, in Flirty Flamingo and Rich Razzleberry. They add just the right touch to the upper left-hand corner.
I stamped the sentiment from the included stamp kit, onto a coordinating tag, also from the kit. The message is actually “arranged” differently on the stamp, but I performed a bit of stamp surgery. I cut apart the three words so that I could arrange them differently. This is actually really easy to do with photopolymer stamps… and I promise – your stamps will forgive you. 🙂
paper pumpkin & sale-a-bration
Just a quick reminder that Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration is in full effect, and running until the end of March. And, if you’d like to try out their awesome monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, you can buy a pre-paid 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, AND that purchase can be used to earn Sale-a-Bration credit! In other words, you get free stuff! (If you’d like any help with this, just give me a shout. I’d love to be your demonstrator, and I’m always available to answer questions.)
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