The December Paper Pumpkin kit was wonderful to unpack, as those red boxes are each and every month. My husband always knows that he will make me smile when he walks into the house bearing a Paper Pumpkin box that the postman had delivered.
Having had the flu for more than a week after Christmas, I didn't feel up to crafting until just a few days ago. So, to start out slowly, I grabbed my Paper Pumpkin box to create something that wouldn't take too much creative juice to produce.
I'd checked out the contents of the box the moment it entered the house (shortly before Christmas), but with the Holidays fast approaching, that's all that I had time to do. Just a quick peek. Since I was now in creation mode, I dug in.
The components that came with the kit were so cute, and offered so many possibilities. One of the cards, if made according to the kit's instructions, would look like this:
I opted to change things up a bit from the directions. From the kit, I used two of the stamps, one of the banner tags, and the wonderful diecut Crumb Cake card base.
Thinking that the leafy fronds surrounding the window of the card could be shown to better advantage, I searched through my Designer Series Papers, and found the PERFECT DSP to complement the card:
In addition to the components I've already mentioned from the Paper Pumpkin kit, I added the beautiful jungle-y DSP, a few of our new self-adhesive sequins (page 29 in the new Occasions Catalog that just went live January 3!) and some seam binding ribbon from my stash.
The way the DSP is surrounded by the diecut fronds, which are echoed again within the paper, make for a truly wonderful look.
The banner tag that came with the kit had the tails on both ends, but, as per the kit instructions, I snipped off the tail on the right, and butted it against the card's edge. I also added a few of the leaves, stamped off first, in Crumb Cake with the leafy stamp that came with the kit.
I was not sure at all what to do with the seam binding ribbon. After lots of playing around, I accidentally hit upon this look, which I think works because it continues with the flow of the diecut leaves and the DSP leaves.
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