March 24, 2018


This month's Paper Pumpkin kit, May Good Things Grow, contained something that I thought was much too pretty to use as it was meant to be used.

The photo below shows what the projects in the kit are supposed to look like if the directions are followed as printed. Do you see the pieces in the center featuring a beautiful vintage rose? That's the piece to which I am referring.

The item in question is actually meant to be an envelope for one of the types of cards in the kit. Cute idea, but c'mon. Kind of a waste of a gorgeous rose illustration. In my opinion.

I proceeded to take the envelope apart as carefully as I could in order to preserve as much of it as possible for another project. All I really wanted was the vintage rose. That's it.

Once I had the envelope dismantled, I fussy cut the rose and its buds. Not fussy fussy cut -- I left a narrow white edge around it.

After the rose was cut out, I was anxious to use it on a card. I decided to pair it up with Smoky Slate, Always Artichoke and Flirty Flamingo cardstocks. I used the Petal Burst embossing folder (page 210) to add some leafy texture to the Smoky Slate layer.

I also used the lightest Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend to color a trio of Basic Pearls. Unfortunately, they show up as a lighter orange in the photo. I apologize for that.

I popped up the cut-out rose with Stampin' Dimensionals to give it a bit of dimensional realism. A perky bow tied from Always Artichoke ribbon added to the vintage look of the card.

This photo was supposed to give you a close-up view of the Wink of Stella sparkle I added to the shaded parts of the rose and the rosebuds. Unfortunately, no matter which way I positioned the card, I could not capture this additional shimmer. It truly is there.

It seems that many people have been giving this particular kit their very own spin. And here is the first of mine:



  1. Roses were my mom favorite flower so I love anything with a rose. Found you on Over The Moon Link Party.

  2. So pretty. I love how creatively you used this, it's nice to use pretty things in a different way sometimes isn't it?

    1. What a nice thing to say! Thank you. Switching things up from what they are meant to be is one of my favorite things to do.

  3. WOW that was an envelope?? Crazy! I like what you did with it--it's so much prettier!

    1. Thanks, Laura. I just thought it was way too much for an envelope and more suited to a card. Why waste all that beauty on something the recipient would probably just toss -- the envelope?

  4. wow, a lot of detail went into this card. I love the embossed leaf background! Thanks for sharing with 'SYC.