It’s the last Thursday of the month and time for another A Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop. To be honest I thought I’d have to miss this one as my Celebrating In Color kit arrived quite late. Even so, I managed to create two alternate projects in the short time I had available.
While I loved the bright ‘as designed’ projects I thought it would be fun to try something focusing on the foiled sentiments. So with the kit and few extras from my craft studio I set to work…
I love the card base with the giant foiled “you” as it provides so many possibilities. Today I decided to turn it into a special card with the help of the Elephant Parade Stamp Set (from the Stampin’ Up! 2022/2023 Annual Catalogue).
First I chose the sitting elephant image and stamped him on the card front using Basic Gray ink. Next from the Elephant Parade Stamp Set I chose the “I’ll never forget your kindness” sentiment. After inking up the stamp I covered the “your kindness” part with some sellotape before stamping the rest above the foiled “you”.
TIP – I get so much more from my stamp sets by ‘altering’ them using this simple sellotape method. For an example, see the photo in my earlier blog post Classic man card.
By this point I’d decided how I wanted to coordinate the rest of the project. From the kit I took a plain white card base and cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer from it. Then I grabbed a Basic White Medium Envelope from my stash (I have other plans for the envelopes included in the kit). Finally, using Basic Gray ink once more I stamped the little elephant on the flap of the envelope, and in the bottom right corner of the white layer.
I really wanted to keep this project simple and so I coloured each elephant using just the light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker.
With the colouring done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the white layer inside the card base. And just like that my first project was complete.
IN COLOR TAG
For my second alternate project I wanted to provide an idea for using the gift card inserts from the kit. Not everyone gives gift cards but tags are always useful…
I began with a Parakeet Party gift card holder and trimmed off the three tabs. I didn’t need the two striped (side) pieces but I had a plan for the bottom one. From the stamp set included in the Celebrating In Color kit I chose “just for”. Then with Basic Gray ink I stamped it in the centre of the plain tab piece.
To turn the larger section of the gift card holder into a tag I punched a hole at the top using the Label Me Fancy Punch. Then I cut a 6″ piece of white twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. After threading the twine through the hole I tied it in a simple knot.
To assemble the tag I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to first add the circular piece from the kit with the foiled “you”. Then with a couple more Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the stamped tab piece on top. Project number two was done in next to no time, and I couldn’t be happier with how they both turned out.
I thought I’d love this kit even before I’d received it and I’ve certainly not been disappointed. Having made two alternate projects today I have lots more ideas for this kit. In fact I have a feeling I’ll need more cards and bits so I’d better order a Celebrating In Color Refill Kit before they sell out.
Looking ahead… you still have time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get the Pick of the Crop card kit.
This kit will have everything you need to make NINE full-size cards with envelopes (3 each of 3 designs). Everything comes cut and prepared, and as well as the card bases and envelopes you’ll get specialty vellum pieces, a mini ink spot AND an exclusive Pick of the Crop Stamp Set. Also included will be a mini shopping bag that you can stamp on, and you’ll be able to buy more of these mini bags as a separate add-on item. If you’re new to Paper Pumpkin there’ll even be an acrylic block so you can start creating right away. Every kit comes with a satisfaction guarantee so why not take Paper Pumpkin for a test drive?
The colours in this kit will be Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Soft Succulent & white.
To get the Pick of the Crop kit make sure you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by June 10th, but be aware that stocks may be limited towards the end of the subscription period.
IN COLOR BLOG HOP
But now back to this month and the Celebrating in Color kit. Make sure you check out all the other alternate project ideas from the rest of the team. You’re currently at number 2 – Tracy Elsom.
Also don’t forget to check out this month’s official Paper Pumpkin blog for Celebrating In Color. In it you’ll find additional ideas, a stamp case insert and more!
If you’d like more of the consumable supplies make sure you order the Celebrating In Color Refill Kit . The refill kit does not include the stamp set or ink spot (hence the cheaper price) and is only available while stocks last.
In the list below you’ll find the extra products I used to create today’s alternate projects. The kit included Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Basic Gray ink spot but I’ve added links to the full-size versions of these below too.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Elephant Parade Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating (but not used today) Elephant Dies (what an unfortunate name!). Buying them using the single “bundle” item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.