February 22, 2014


Do you remember from my last post what the projects from the January Paper Pumpkin kit were supposed to look like? Here's a reminder:

In that post, I showed you my take on the Coastal Cabana cards. Now, I will move on to the Calypso Coral projects.

Included in the kit supplies were four of the paper doilies Stampin' Up! carries. Never having worked with these cute little doilies before, I decided that I would give them a try in these two cards.

Once again, I turned my card base "inside out" so the stripes rather than the Crumb Cake side were the card front. Neither of these cards show the Crumb Cake at all. That color is just on the inside of the card. (Oops. My mistake. When the second card is completely closed, the Crumb Cake shows through the punched-out arrows.)

But back to the first card. Besides the Calypso Coral, I added just a few touches of Coastal Cabana for a  nice contrast. I crinkled the top of the two doilies I used to make it appear more lifelike and to give it added dimension. The bottom doily is adhered flat to the card.

I thought the cut-out arrows on the bottom seemed a little lonely, so I added a few of the kit's stickers -- the xoxo and the three arrows -- to give the punches some company.

In the center of the doily is the "heart" of the card. Smile. I used the Hearts A Flutter stamp set as well as their coordinating Framelits atop two circles created with the Circles Collection Framelits. The smallest heart is one of the stickers that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit. I finished off that heart with a Basic Pearl.

And . . . finally, for the last card, I just changed up the sample a bit to make it my own.

As you can see, I made only a few changes, three to be exact. Of course, I had the color rather than the Crumb Cake facing out. I also made it a horizontal card. And I added a strip of the arrow sticker to the bottom. That's it! Otherwise, it is the same card as in the sample.

I hope you enjoyed my little foray into the joys of Paper Pumpkin land! 

I absolutely love receiving these surprise kits in the mail each month! It is fun to make up the kits exactly as Stampin' Up! planned. Or, like me -- and I've always been a little disobedient when following directions -- you can switch it up as much as you want to make it uniquely your own.

Either way, the presentation of the kit, the supplies included (everything except the adhesive. And, often, there are even Glue Dots or Stampin' Dimensionals included), the monthly surprise and the chance to just get away from it all for a time, are some of the delights of these kits. 

A N D . . . you ALWAYS have supplies left over for future projects! A stamp set and an Ink Spot come with each and every kit. Often, you will have some of the other supplies left over as well. So, each of these monthly kits has supplies for many, many more creations than the one in the bright red box.

Until March 31, any new subscribers to Paper Pumpkin will also receive a pack of the In Color Stampin' Write Markers ($14.95 value!) along with your welcome kit. 

To sign up for this monthly delight, go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com. And don't forget to name me, Linda Kilsdonk, as your demonstrator!



  1. I love how you made the cards your own. They are so pretty!!

  2. Hi Linda,

    How fun. Love the colors.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Bear Hugs,

  3. These look great! I like the stickers with the punches. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next time.

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