October 23, 2016


This month's Paper Pumpkin kit is sort of two-kits-in-one. This is the card I made from my second kit:

You see, this is what the eight cards in the kit are SUPPOSED to look like. Adorable shaker cards.

OK. Now, the second kit might not be readily noticeable to others. They might just take those 24 (TWENTY-FOUR!!) leaves that you punch out of their spots and throw them on their leaf pile. I dunno! Use those leafy darlings in your SECOND KIT!

One of the stamps that comes in this versatile kit is sort of a crackle, veiny stamp. You are supposed to stamp the spaces underneath the leaf cut-outs for the sequins and other shakers to move around on.

BUT, you can take that stamp and those 24 leaves that you tossed on your leaf pile and make something brand new! I stamped right on top of the leaves with this stamp and VersaMark ink. I then covered the stamped leaves with clear embossing powder, and heated 'em up.

Back at my work table, I used Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry to sponge over the veins, obviously using the veins as a resist.

And this is the cool effect you get for your second kit!

I dug through my stash of Designer Series Papers and ultimately came up with this card. 

And don't you love the sentiment banner? It's a "thanks" from a retired kit, stamped in black and punched out with the Duet Banner Punch (page 186 of the catalog). I then used a ruler to carefully draw the lines to make the banner look more 3-D. A little bit of black and white baker's twine was a perfect finishing touch.

So, that's how you get a BONUS KIT! And, now I have TWENTY-ONE (21!!) more leaves to play with! There are so many things you can do with these leaves. Put your thinking caps on and have a ball with your second Paper Pumpkin kit!



  1. What a neat idea! I love the texture that adds to the leaves. Pinned.

  2. What pretty fall leaves!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

  3. Very nice textures. Fall decor is all about textures. Very nice.

  4. Hi Linda! Love all the creative cards you make! Such a special touch!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up at DI & DI :) Love your creativity!

  5. Aren't these just the cutest little pumpkins ever! I love your cards and admire your creativity. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

  6. This is such a wonderfully creative idea. I like how it turned out. This would be perfect to use with my PenPals.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #FridayFriolity party. We hope to see you next Thursday at 9pm EST.

  7. Yes I do love that sentimental banner :) - Pinned! Thank you for sharing with at the To Grandma's House we go Wednesday link party! Hope to see you there again tomorrow!

  8. Love the look Linda, and the texture you created on top of the leaves with the stamp and VersaMark ink make such a lovely statement. The orange, olive green and black also work really well together