October 9, 2018


I have quite a nice supply of Paper Pumpkin kits, either the full kit (rarely), a kit partially completed, or kits where I've stolen some of the components to make completely different projects. For various reasons, I have a few stacks of Paper Pumpkin boxes in my Creation Station area. 

Yesterday, I glanced at the piles and decided then and there to grab one of the boxes randomly and FINISH the kit. I happened to reach for the July 2018 kit, Picnic Paradise. 

I have featured cards I'd made from this kit's components in THIS POST and THIS POST. So, you see, I've already had lots of fun with this kit. But, glancing inside, there were still some very usable pieces left in the box.

In my post, NOT A GOOD PLACE, I related to you all what I've been going through with my mom since September 28. After a week's hospital stay, she was finally released to a Rehab Center this past Friday. She seems to be doing better -- Hallelujah! 

She has been having so much company that she fears she won't have enough time to recover. But, people love her, and are visiting her and bringing her gifts.

Knowing that she'll be needing Thank You cards, I decided to put the July kit to work in that vein. The cards that came in the kit measured only 3" x 3". Darling, but not terribly practical. The envelopes for these teeny cards were even cuter! They were lined with a coordinating check, and the name label area on the front of the envelope was a fruity design.

What I ended up doing was cutting nine of the envelopes apart to be able to re-utilize the cute envelope front in a separate card. The kit had also come with sheets of tissue in the checked print design, used to line the baskets made with the kit. I had a lot of that tissue left. I cut white cardstock to 3 1/2" x 10" to fold into 3 1/2" x 5" cards, the minimum size that can be mailed through the USPS. I then carefully trimmed the tissue paper to 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" with my Stampin' Up! guillotine paper cutter. 

Because tissue is tricky to work with, similar to working with vellum, adhesive will show through. So, using a glue stick, I made a square of glue in the center of the tissue, and stuck it to the card front. When I added the cut-down envelope front, that covered the glued area of the tissue paper. It left the corners and edges of the tissue free, but that's OK. It looks and works fine.

Shown below are the three designs of thank you cards that I made for Mom:

The only thing I added to the envelope front was the stamping of "thank you" 
in either Poppy Parade or Blueberry Bushel ink. 
Quick, easy and very useful.

How are you with your Paper Pumpkin kits? Do you tear right into the kit as soon as the mailperson delivers it, do you do it in dribs and drabs, do you steal components for alternate projects, or do you let it sit for another day? Share your Paper Pumpkin experiences with us. We're curious!



  1. Lovely cards, as always.....
    really like gingham with the fruit, so cute.

  2. Really cute! The strawberry ones are my favorite. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thanks, Jann! Yeah, for me it was a tie between the blueberries and the strawberries.

  3. I'm so glad your Mom is on the mend, Linda! Your sweet thank you cards are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing them with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Hope you are having a good week!

    1. Thank you, April! I do hope she's on the mend, although the past few days have been questionable. I hope I will be able to handle whatever ends up happening.