It may not be the end of September but it is the last Thursday, so that means it’s time for another A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop. This month we were treated to the Hello Pumpkin kit. This kit was designed so we could make Halloween or autumn themed crackers, with enough supplies for 20. I’m not a huge Halloween fan but that really didn’t matter with this kit.
HELLO PUMPKIN POST-IT NOTE® PAD
For my first project I decided to use pieces from the Hello Pumpkin kit to decorate a regular yellow 3″ x 3″ Post-It Note pad.
I began with a Sponge Brayer, the Post-It Note pad and Cajun Craze ink pad. Using the Sponge Brayer I covered the sides of the Post-It Note pad with Cajun Craze ink so it would coordinate with the rest of the project. Then I set it aside while I prepared the other pieces I’d need.
First I cut a 3-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ piece, and a 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Cajun Craze Card. Next I cut a 3-1/8″ x 4/1/2″ piece of Bumblebee Card, and with the long side at the top scored it at 3-1/8″ and 3-1/2″. Finally I cut the centre section of one of the crackers to 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ (just under 3 sections wide).
Now with the pieces cut I was ready to start putting everything together.
I began by folding the Bumblebee Card along the scored lines and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then with the card wrapped around the Post-It Notes I secured it at the back with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Once that was done I glued the pad to the large Cajun Craze piece.
On top of the cover I used liquid glue to mount the second Cajun Craze square followed by the cracker piece (gingham side up).
After that I went back to the Hello Pumpkin kit and found the large double pumpkin die-cut piece. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the pumpkins to the Post-It Note cover.
That just left the “Give thanks” sentiment from the stamp set included in the kit. Once I’d stamped the sentiment onto one of the larger white banner pieces I trimmed off the right-hand edge. Then I added it to the cover with Stampin’ Dimensionals to complete my first project.
For my second alternate project I wanted to use the black cat die-cut piece from the kit. I also decided to try something a little different with the black and white baker’s twines.
I began by using my Paper Trimmer to both cut and score a piece of Basic Black Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Next I cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Smoky Slate Card. To add some interest I placed the card into the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and embossed it. Then using liquid glue I mounted it onto a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ layer of Whisper White Card.
Now I was ready to begin my baker’s twine experiment. I cut two long pieces of twine from the kit, one black and one white. Then I carefully separated the twines into four individual strands each. With that done I collected up the strands and wrapped them a couple of times around the mounted Smoky Slate piece. Then I secured the ends on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
For my sentiment I once again used the “Give Thanks” from the kit. This time though I inked up just the “thanks” part using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I stamped it onto the smallest white label and trimmed off the end.
To complete the front of the card I used liquid glue to attach the black cat, with the sentiment tucked under his tail.
That just left the card and envelope to decorate and for that I chose some black loopy die-cut pieces from the kit. Using liquid glue I attached one of the pieces onto the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Next I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Card and glued another loopy piece in the centre towards the top. Finally I glued the layer into the card base and my second project was complete.
CRACKER ASSEMBLY TIP
While neither of my alternate projects involved making up a cracker, I did want to share a tip with you. I know that some people struggle with the long adhesive strips that are in this kit. There’s also the issue of lining up the edges of the crackers. So I created this very short video to help you out.
OCTOBER PAPER PUMPKIN KIT
If you’re looking for some Christmas crafting projects, don’t miss the October Paper Pumpkin kit called Joy To The World. This kit will contain everything you need to make 8 full-size Christmas cards ( 4 each of 2 different designs). As well as the prepared card pieces, the kit will contain an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, adhesives and full instructions.
To get your hands on this kit simply subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by October 10th at the latest. Just be aware that the Christmas kits are always incredibly popular and they may sell out before the end of the official subscription period.
HELLO PUMPKIN ONCE AGAIN
Well that’s all from me for today. I hope you enjoyed my alternate projects using the Hello Pumpkin kit. For lots more project ideas make sure you visit the blogs from the rest of the team. You are currently at number 3 – Tracy Elsom.
Here’s a list of all the products I used on my projects in addition to pieces taken from the Hello Pumpkin kit.
NB – there was also a small Cajun Craze ink spot and a sheet of Stampin’ Dimensionals included in the kit.