After the tragic events here in Nova Scotia on April 18th and 19th we are all focusing on those we love, and holding them closer in our hearts. So the April Paper Pumpkin kit “My Wonderful Family” was very timely. I’ve really enjoyed playing with this kit and creating alternate projects for this month’s A Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop.
My first alternate project idea is a simple card that needs no special tools or techniques to put together.
I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Soft Sea Foam Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Next, from the kit, I took the card base with the dark green panel. I trimmed off the green section and cut the flower section to 3″ x 4″. Then I cut the remaining white (back) section of the card base to 4″ x 5-1/4″
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the dark green strip to the front of my card base about 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Then I took the flower panel and using the writing tip of a Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker I drew ‘stems’ between the flowers and leaves. With that done I mounted the panel onto a 3-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ layer of Crushed Curry Card, before adding it to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To complete the front of the card I used the Pear Pizzazz ink spot to stamp the sentiment onto a Soft Sea Foam banner from the kit. Then using more Stampin’ Dimensionals I layered the sentiment over the floral panel.
For the inside of the card I used the white piece cut from the card base. First I stamped “I’m glad you are my family” using Pear Pizzazz ink. Then I added the small butterflies in Crushed Curry ink. With that done I glued the layer inside the card.
That just left the envelope with the Shaded Spruce flap to decorate. For that I once again used the butterflies image and Crushed Curry ink. First I stamped them across the bottom right corner. Then I flipped the envelope over and stamped on the back too.
IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY
My second alternate project is also a #simplestamping one, but this time it’s a memory keeping idea.
When I first opened the April kit I was immediately taken by the large scripted background piece. In fact I decided it would make a great focal point too, so that’s where my project started.
I took a mini pocket photo album that I’d purchased a while ago in Dollarama and removed the uninspiring covers from the back and front pockets. Then I cut two pieces of Mint Macaron Card exactly the same size (4-5/8″ x 6-1/8″). I slid one of the pieces into the back pocket of the album and then set to work creating a nicer front cover using the other piece.
First I used liquid glue to attach a 2-1/2″ x 6-1/8″ strip of Seaside Spray Card along the top edge of the Mint Macaron piece. Then I mounted the script panel onto a 3-5/8″ x 4-11/16″ layer of Shade Spruce Card before adding it to the cover piece.
From the kit I then took three die-cut pieces; the tree, the leaves and a bird facing right. Then with liquid glue I attached the tree to the cover piece, making sure that the branches fitted around the lines of script. With that done I added the bird to one of the branches.
Next I glued the die-cut leaves in the top right corner, again checking that they didn’t hide the words. Then I trimmed off the excess parts of the tree and leaves using Paper Snips. Finally I inserted the completed piece into the front cover pocket of the album. In no time at all my second alternate project idea was complete.
POPULAR PAPER PUMPKIN
The May Paper Pumpkin kit featuring four of the new 2020-2022 In Colors has proved incredibly popular. As a result it has now sold out. If you are a current active subscriber your kit will ship between May 11th and 15th.
If you have not yet subscribed, or have cancelled or suspended your subscription, you will not be able to get the May kit. Reactivate or subscribe now to make sure you get the June kit. I’ll be able to share some sneak peek information about the June kit on May 11th.
MY WONDERFUL FAMILY
For more alternate project ideas using the My Wonderful Family kit make sure to visit the rest of the A Paper Pumpkin Thing blog hop contributors.
Listed below you’ll find all the Stampin’ Up! products I used to create my alternate projects. All other items were taken from the My Wonderful Family kit. The pocket photo album was purchased some time ago at Dollarama.