Once again my Paper Pumpkin kit has provided hours of fun, this time with the November kit called “Gifts Galore”. It’s designed to make 9 large treat packages but today I have something different in mind. So here’s two more alternate projects for you as I join this month’s A Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop. Enjoy.
Both my alternate projects involve cutting up the large printed pieces designed as the front and back of the packages. For my first project I have an idea for quick and easy folded gift tag.
For the tag base I began by cutting a 3-1/4″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Basic Black Card and scored it at 3-1/4″. After folding it along the scored line I then needed to add a hole to turn the mini card into a tag.
For this I took the Detailed Trio Punch and slid the open card under oval hole section. I adjusted the card so the crease was just to the right of the centre line marked on the punch. Then when I punched I had a neat oval hole at the back of the tag. Finally I cut some Poppy Parade & white baker’s twine from the Gifts Galore kit and threaded it through the hole. Once I’d tied it in a simple knot I was ready to work on the decoration for the tag.
From the kit I took one of the pile of gifts pieces and using Paper Snips cut out all of the gifts. For this tag though I’d need just two. So using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the green striped gift onto the tag base. However, before continuing I needed to do a little stamping using the exclusive stamp set from the Gifts Galore kit.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I first stamped “to: from: ” onto a 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Basic White Card. Then using liquid glue I fixed this piece inside the tag.
Next from the kit I took a die-cut circle piece and stamped “Oh what fun”. I added this to the tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the second gift, and my first project was done.
BIG BIRTHDAY SNOWMAN
The Gifts Galore kit was designed for Christmas but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for other occasions. My second alternate project proves that point quite nicely I think.
OK I know the card is somewhat similar to the one from yesterday’s blog post, but I promise you it’s worth the effort.
I began by preparing my card base from Basic Black Card. Then I cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the snowflake pattern from the retiring Peaceful Place 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Using liquid glue I fixed the DSP to the front of the card base as a background.
Next I cut a 1″ x 4″ piece of the same DSP and glued it along the top of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then along the bottom edge of the DSP I added a 1/8″ x 4″ strip of Basic Black Card. Finally I glued the assembled layer inside the card base.
Now I needed just one final piece of DSP cut at 2-1/4″ x 6″. I glued this piece to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess with Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Finally I was ready to get to work on my snowman.
I must admit that I may be a little obsessed with the large snowman in the Gifts Galore kit, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t be improved upon. So I started by cutting a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Snowy White Velvet Sheet. Then I placed the snowman face down on the back of the sheet so I could draw around him with a pencil. I cut out the snowman shape from the Velvet Sheet and set it aside while I prepared the rest of the pieces.
My next task was to add definition to the printed areas using the writing tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker. This was the technique I illustrated in yesterday’s blog post Gifts Galore with an added twist. Once the pen lines were added I then cut out all of the printed sections of the snowman. While I was cutting I took care to keep the white sections all attached to each other. This would help me with the reassembly process.
Where I’d cut into the snowman to remove the printed details I fixed him back together with pieces of sellotape. Then I laid him on top of the Velvet Sheet. Now using liquid glue I could fix the details onto the Velvet Sheet using the ‘scrap’ snowman to help me with their placement.
With all the pieces in place it was time to trim down the snowman so that he’d fit onto the card base. So I held him against the front of the card base and tilted him slightly until I was happy with how he looked. Holding him tight I flipped everything over so I could use a pencil to mark the bottom and folded edge of the card onto the back of the snowman. Then I trimmed off the excess before finally fixing him to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I needed now was a sentiment and for that I reached for the One Happy Family Stamp Set. I chose “Happy Birthday” which fitted onto one of the white banner pieces from the Gifts Galore kit. After stamping it with Tuxedo Black ink I trimmed off the straight end of the banner. Then with a few more Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the sentiment to the card and my second alternate project of the day was done.
I love how both the projects turned out, but especially the card. It’s just a shame you can’t actually feel the soft texture of the Velvet Sheet.
OH WHAT PUN
If you haven’t already done it, you still have time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get the cute and corny Lots Of Pun card kit. What’s not to “loaf” about a punny joke? It never hurts to have a little laughter, light-heartedness, and humour sprinkled into your schedule. If you’re a fan of fun, get a kick out of clever crafts, and can’t keep it together when you hear a classic knee-slapper, you’ll go bananas over this month’s quirky kit!
The Lots of Pun Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough egg-citing elements to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes (3 each of 3 designs). From giddy gingham to splatters and stripes, this playful Paper Pumpkin kit features a fun and fresh look with one-of-a-kind patterns and designs! Egg-cellent for any occasion, reason, or season throughout the year, the kit’s pun-packed stamp set provides completely customisable characters for a very versatile crafting experience. Pair each stamp with its matching die-cut snack, then mix up the faces and accessories for an absolutely adorable accent!
The colours used in the December Paper Pumpkin kit will be Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Poppy Parade and white. To get the Lots Of Pun kit make sure you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by December 10th, but be aware that stocks may be limited towards the end of the subscription period.
EVEN MORE GIFTS GALORE
Now back to this month. For more alternate projects using the Gifts Galore kit make sure you hop over to see what the other members of the team created. You’re currently at number 3 – Tracy Elsom.
Here’s the list of products not included in the Gifts Galore kit used to create my alternate projects today. Please be aware that the Peaceful Place 12″ x 12″ DSP will be retiring soon and stocks may be limited.