Welcome to another A Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop. Our hop is a little later than normal due to the delay some of the team experienced in getting their kits. Despite the frustration, we all agree that the Beyond the Horizon Paper Pumpkin kit was definitely worth the wait.
My first project is a really simple “Thinking of you” card. I have to be honest and say that the design was a bit of an accident. You see I’d just finished another alternate project for my blog post Beyond the box. When I began to tidy up I turned to a pile of unused pieces from the kit. As I looked down I thought that two of them two looked like a sunset sky over the mountains. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The only problem I saw was that the ‘snow’ on the mountains was actually holes that revealed the ‘sunset layer’ beneath. So to combat that I first cut a 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then using a Blending Brush I added a very light layer of Balmy Blue ink. Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow), I glued the mountain piece to the inked layer. Finally I cut off the excess inked card with Paper Snips, using the outline of the mountains as a guide. That was much better.
Now I was ready for the sunset part and from the Beyond the Horizon stamp set included in the kit I chose “Thinking of you”. Using retiring Misty Moonlight ink I stamped the sentiment at the top of the Pale Papaya die-cut piece from the kit. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the assembled mountains along the bottom edge.
With the most complicated part done I was ready to create the card base. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored some retiring Misty Moonlight Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then using liquid glue again I attached another mountain piece to the bottom edge. This layer became the liner for the card, and I fixed it into place with more liquid glue.
I really wanted to keep the card pretty simple so from the Beyond the Horizon kit I chose one of the embossed white card pieces. Still using liquid glue I added it to the card front before layering the assembled mountain scene over the top.
Finally I added a column of three of the large iridescent rhinestones from the kit in the top right corner of the card base and my first project was done.
If you follow the official Paper Pumpkin blog you’ll probably recognise my next project. This “dreamcatcher” card was one of the Demonstrator alternates featured on their blog this month.
This card uses a very similar colour palette to my first, starting with the Misty Moonlight Card base. This time I turned to the On The Horizon Stamp Set for the “Wishing you so much happiness” sentiment. Using VersaMark ink I stamped it in the bottom right corner of the card base. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. After removing a few stray specks I melted the rest of the powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
Also from the On The Horizon Stamp Set I chose the image of the flying birds. Then using Misty Moonlight ink I stamped them at the top of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Using liquid glue I fixed the layer inside the card base and set it aside. Finally, I stamped the birds on the flap of a Pale Papaya envelope taken from the kit.
That just left the dream-catcher panel to do
GRASSES BECOME FEATHERS
My dreamcatcher was another of those accidental realisations. This time I noticed that when the grassy die-cut from the kit was upside-down, the grass tops looked like feathers. So I snipped off the four stalks and glued them to the edge of the circle die-cut piece from the kit. Instant dream-catcher!
For the background I used a Blending Brush to add a layer of Balmy Blue ink to a 2-3/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White Card. Next I attached the dream-catcher with liquid glue. Then mounted the assembled piece onto a 2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Pale Papaya Card.
Before going any further I needed to add six of the iridescent rhinestones from the kit to the circle die-cut. Doing it now allowed me to make sure that they were firmly attached. Finally I mounted the completed panel onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals and my second card was complete.
I have to say that I loved the Beyond the Horizon Paper Pumpkin kit. Of course that’s not really a surprise as you know I’m addicted to the New Horizons suite. Still, this kit gave me even more options and ideas to keep on creating. So I’ll definitely be ordering the Beyond The Horizon Refill Kit to get more of the consumable supplies. What about you?
CHANGE IS BEAUTIFUL
If you’ve not done it yet, you only have until Sunday to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get the April kit called Change is Beautiful. This kit will contain everything you need to create nine cards (3 each of 3 different A2 designs). As well as the pre-scored card bases and coordinating envelopes, there’s die-cut paper pieces, iridescent ‘sea glass’ embellishments and more. Plus of course an exclusive Change is Beautiful Stamp Set and Stampin’ Ink Spot. The colours used in this kit will be Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Evening Evergreen, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo.
To get the Change is Beautiful kit make sure you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by April 10th, but be aware that stocks may be limited towards the end of the subscription period.
FURTHER BEYOND THE HORIZON
Now back to this month. For even more Beyond the Horizon ideas make sure you hop on over and visit the other blogs from the A Paper Pumpkin Thing team. You’re currently at #2 – Tracy Elsom.
RETIRING PRODUCTS – only available while stocks last
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the On The Horizon Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Horizon Dies (not used today). Ordering the two items using the single ‘bundle’ item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.