It’s the last day of the year and what a year it’s been! Hopefully 2021 will be less stressful. So what better way to end 2020 than with something very comforting. Or should I say “Beary Comforting” as the A Paper Pumpkin Thing team bring you alternate project ideas for the December Paper Pumpkin kit.
BEARY COMFORTING CARE PACKAGE
The December kit was simple but such fun to work with. For my alternate ideas I decided to create a care package and coordinating note card.
The thing I like about Paper Pumpkin is that it allows anyone to be creative and I really wanted to keep these projects simple. So for my Beary Comforting “Get Well Soon” box I began with a Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.
After assembling the box I cut two pieces of Daffodil Delight Card to divide the inside of the box. The first piece was cut to 3-11/16″ x 1-1/2″ and with the short side at the top I scored it at 3/4″. Then I cut the second piece 4-15/16″ x 5-7/16″ and with the short side at the top scored it at 1-1/4″, 2″ and 2-3/4″. With that done I folded the card along the scored lines and sharpened all the creases with a Bone Folder.
Next on the larger piece I measured 7/8″ from one of the short edges and used my Paper Snips to cut a narrow slit across the two centre sections. Then I inserted the smaller folded piece into the slit and placed the assembled liner into the box. Finally I filled the box with a packet of tissues, some throat sweets, a small Blistex lip-balm and a single Hershey’s Kiss and closed it up.
To decorate the front of the box I took one of the Rich Razzleberry card bases from the Beary Comforting kit. From the back of the card base I cut a piece 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″. Then from the front I cut a piece 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I layered the two pieces together and then fixed them to the top of my box.
Going back into my Beary Comforting kit I took out one of the long sentiment strips, a printed bear and one of the printed gift images.
First using the Rich Razzleberry ink spot from the kit I stamped “Get well soon” from the stamp set onto the right-hand end of the sentiment strip. Then I fixed it to the box top using liquid glue.
Next, using Paper Snips I cut across the bow on the gift then used the Detailed Trio Punch to punch an oval hole in its place. Then I cut a 2″ x 2″ piece from a paper tissue, folded it into a four-layer square then folded it into a sort of cone shape. Now I could poke the tip of the cone into the hole in the gift and secure it on the back with liquid glue. With that done I slipped the edge of the ’tissue box’ into the slit already cut around the bear’s hand and secured it into place with a Stampin’ Dimensional behind the box.
Finally I fixed the bear to the front of the box with more Stampin’ Dimensionals and project number one was complete.
ON MY MIND
While the Beary Comforting Kit is a card kit, I needed a note card sized one to fit inside the box. So I turned to a retiring Whisper White Note Card and Envelope instead.
From the kit I took one of the Rich Razzleberry printed panels and a round sentiment piece. Using the Rich Razzleberry ink spot I stamped “You are on my mind” onto the gold-edged circle. Then I fixed it onto the printed panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals before attaching the panel to the front of the note card.
For my coordinating feature I really wanted to use the cute bear image from the kit stamp set. This time I used Basic Gray ink to stamp the bear on the right-hand side of a scrap of retiring Whisper White Card. Using Paper Snips I cut out the bear and fixed him to the Rich Razzleberry layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It was at this point I decided my bear should be thinking. So I added some of the new Matte Black Dots that will be available to customers from January 5th.
Next I stamped the bear on the inside of the note card looking in from the bottom right corner . Finally, to complete my project, I stamped him peeking in on the front of the note card envelope.
All I have to do now is write in the card, pop it into the envelope and tuck it inside the box.
Of all the images and sentiments in the Beary Comforting Stamp Set I think the bear is my favourite. I have a feeling he’ll have lots to say well after the rest of the kit contents have been used up.
SENDING HEARTS AND MORE
While I continue to play with the December kit I’m already looking forward to the January 2021 kit called Sending Hearts. This will contain everything needed to create 8 A2 cards (four each of two designs). Unlike some craft kits, the materials in the Paper Pumpkin kit are all cut, scored and ready to use. As always the kit will also include a mini ink spot, exclusive photopolymer stamp set and instructions. All that might be needed is a pair of scissors.
If you’re not already a subscriber you still have time to sign up to get the Sending Hearts kit. The deadline for this is January 10th (although there’s a small chance it could sell out before then). So to be sure why not simply subscribe to Paper Pumpkin today.
To make the kit even more versatile, Stampin’ Up! have brought out an Add-On Kit. This contains 20 mini boxes (assembled size: 3″ x 2″ x 1/2″), with 24 snail die-cut pieces and labels. The Add-On kit will be available for subscribers to purchase starting January 1st, but will be available only while stocks last. Please remember the Add-On kit is not part of the usual subscription and must be ordered separately via a Demonstrator or the online store.
MORE BEARY COMFORTING IDEAS
So that’s it from me for today but I’ll be back tomorrow with more Mini Catalogue sneak peeks. In the meantime, for more alternate Beary Comforting project ideas hop on over to the next blog. You are currently at number 2, Tracy Elsom
Sadly the Beary Comforting kit is no longer available, but here’s a list of the other products I used today. I’ll add a link to the new Matte Black Dots on January 5th once they are available to customers.
If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can also order a Beary Comforting Refill Kit while stocks last. Refill kits contain everything from the original kit except the ink spot, stamp set and instructions.