May 26, 2015


The May Paper Pumpkin kit, Birthday Bundle, is extra fun! It comes with all the makings to create four darling gift bags, complete with the happy Daffodil Delight tissue paper, PLUS six birthday cards! And these items, even as frivolous as they are, would be suitable for any age, male or female. 

The photo below is of the instruction sheet for the kit and shows what the creations look like if you follow the included directions. Cute, huh?

Notice the yellow balloons. They are cut out of the bag and the yellow is the tissue paper inside the bag showing through the balloon cut-outs. I think that is so so so clever!

So far, I've put together one of the gift bags, exactly as the directions told me. Same for one of the cards.

This is the card I made from the kit, exactly as instructed, using the materials that were included. It's a cute card, isn't it?

However, looking at the components, mainly the base of the card, I saw another potential. Do you see how the "back" of the card is a beautiful solid Island Indigo?

Well, I cut the card in half. I trimmed the blue piece to 4" x 5 1/4", the size that I would normally make a standard-sized mat for a card. I then cut the striped piece down to 3 3/4" x 5" to layer on top of the blue. My new card base was a half sheet of Daffodil Delight from my own stash. I opted to not use the turquoise strip nor the white circle on my new creation.

The following photo shows a portion of the front of the bag that I had created according to the Paper Pumpkin directions. Do you see the big orange balloon? It was a diecut that came with the kit. When I punched it out and used it on the bag, I was left with an orange outline of a balloon. Something would normally be disposed of. But, since it was cute as the dickens, I did not want to toss it.

So . . . 

I carefully cut out the thin orange balloon shape, adhered it to a scrap of Daffodil Delight, then cut out the whole balloon, leaving a tiny margin of the yellow all around it. I then used the same cute sentiment on the balloon as on the original card. I attached a piece of the thick white baker's twine to the bottom of the balloon and finished it off with a bow in the same.

The balloon was popped up onto the front of the card with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals, and this is the result:

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  1. I love to see your ideas every week...thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. Thank you for sharing your creative project on the Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase. We look forward to you sharing a new projects next week.

  3. I love these colors together! So pretty!

    Thanks for joining the Cooking & Crafting with J & J Link Up! :)

  4. I love these they look awesome! Glad you shared at #HomeMattersParty

  5. This is sooo cute!!! The colours are so fresh and they pop up. Thank you for sharing :D

  6. So cute - you've really made that big balloon "pop," lol! Thanks so much for joining us at My Pumpkin Challenge!

  7. Pretty!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you tomorrow! Pinned!

  8. This is very very cute! Love you used the outline to create a different size ballon. Ingenious! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at My Pumpkin Challenge! :)