Oh no! I can't believe I'm going to say this.
I was not crazy about this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. Just not my style at all.
However, a lot of the components that came in the kit were simply adorable, and they were begging me to play with them.
Below is the picture of what the Paper Pumpkin cards are supposed to look like
if the included instructions were followed:
To answer the call of the kit components, I proceeded as follows.
Basically, I grabbed two of the card bases, the lime green/white and the black/white stripe, and sliced them in half. Using only one half of each of the bases, I proceeded to cut these into 3/8" strips.
I'm sure it's obvious what I did with these strips. Yup! I wove them together to make a completely new-looking background.
This piece measured 4" square. I mounted it onto a 4 1/4" square of black cardstock, then onto a Whisper White card base that measures 4 1/2" square finished. (My card base actually measured 4 1/2" x 9".)
I wanted to show off the looks of my woven background, so taking that into consideration, I was careful about finishing the card.
In black ink, I stamped the "celebrate" from the cool Calligraphy Essentials stamp set on page 11 of the new Annual Catalog. After fussy cutting a whimsical border around the word, I mounted it onto a piece of black cardstock, then mimicked the fussy cutting to give a good border so it showed up well enough against my busy woven background. I added bright pink polka dots to the wider portions of the letters.
Hmmm. What are we celebrating?? Oh yeah! A birthday!
So I grabbed one of the diecut birthday cakes that came in the Paper Pumpkin kit, added a sticky-backed candle from the kit and colored the flame of the candle in the same pink. The cake was mounted onto black cardstock, and, once again, the black was trimmed to leave a border around the cake.
I popped up both the sentiment, as well as the cake with Dimensionals.
I also added three of the adhesive-backed sequins from the retired Occasions Catalog. However, they seemed a bit lonely. So I grabbed my paper punch, and from the excess surrounding the "hooray" stickers that came in the kit, I punched two shiny gold "sequins", which I added to the cake and the upper left hand corner of the card. Unfortunately, no matter which way I positioned the card for its photo shoot, I could not get them to look anything other than black. Really. They are shiny gold.
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