July 24, 2018


The July 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, Picnic Paradise, is cute-ness overload. Every time I look at the components in the kit, my thought is, "FRUIT SALAD"! 

One of the projects in the kit is a set of darling 3" square fruity cards to make. While that size card is adorable, I don't find myself in need of them too often. So, I elected to make at least one of my cards into a traditional A2 sized card. 

Below is what I came up with eventually.

What the cards in the kit are meant to look like if the instructions are followed. 
Please take note of the white envelopes sticking out behind the stacks of cards:

Since I was planning on creating at least one A2 sized card, I wouldn't need one of the envelopes, right? 

I opened up one of the apple envelopes and cut it up. Yup! Courageous, huh? I used just the decorated front of the envelope, adding  the greeting, which came in the kit, in Granny Apple Green ink.

I then trimmed down the envelope front just a bit so I could mount it onto the Crumb Cake card base in the kit. I cut that card base in half, then mounted my envelope piece to it. That was adhered to a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (from my stash) with Stampin' Dimensionals for a bit of pop. Then onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock, and finally atop a Granny Apple Green card base (both also from my stash).

At this point, I was stumped. Whoa. It was so naked and unfinished looking.

I added the row of vertical lines (stamp in the kit) in Crumb Cake. Well, it balanced it somewhat. But .  . . Not good enough. 

The kit came with diecut apples, strawberries and blueberries. I added one of the apples over the vertical lines. Huh. 

I called it finished at this point. Still not crazy about it. But, what else could I do?

I was sleeping that night, when what to my dreaming eyes should appear -- an APPARITION! This apple desperately needed a WORM! And I had the perfect stamp!

So, the next day I took the poor card back down to my Creation Station, stamped the cute worm on Whisper White, fussy cut him, 

and added him to the bottom of the apple:

Say hello!

After the worm was added, I also stamped in the row of dashes below the sentiment. There! Now I was happy(-er)!

I'm curious: What are your thoughts about 3" x 3" cards? Although the envelopes are simply adorable, they cannot be mailed without putting them into a larger envelope. I see them as being the most useful as enclosure cards for hand-delivered gifts. Please share your thoughts!



  1. The 3x3 cards are cute but I sure wish Paper Pumpkin would do full size cards. Would be fine with making less cards if they could be A2 size.

    1. I am so with you, Marty! So, you're a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? Yay!

  2. very cute! Thanks for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link party! Pinned! Hope to see you next time!