With Christmas only a few days away thoughts now turn to the kitchen. Or more specifically the freezer and the certain knowledge that I’m bound to forget to take something out. While making my last few craft projects I am simultaneously thinking about the food I need/want to prepare. So this is how I ended up with today’s bookmark project using some bits from the December Paper Pumpkin kit called Lots of Pun. As well as marking my place in a recipe book my bookmark is going to help me stay organised. This is because I’m going to write the dishes and recipe book page numbers on the back of it. Then even when it’s not actually in a book I’ll have my essential menu information to hand.
LOTS OF PUN
My regular readers will know I love a good pun (and bad ones come to that) so the Lots of Pun Paper Pumpkin kit was made for me. After making up lots of cards and other projects I still had pieces left that I didn’t want to waste. So that’s when this design came to mind using the spotlight technique where only a part of the project is coloured.
I began by cutting a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Basic White Card. Then from the Lots of Pun kit I took the “You are cherry sweet” sentiment. Unfortunately it’s quite a long stamp and wouldn’t fit across the card. So as I placed it on the acrylic block I curved the photopolymer stamp to make it fit. Then using Early Espresso ink I stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the card strip.
Next I used Early Espresso ink with the cherry image from the Lots of Pun Stamp Set to fill in the rest of the piece.
There was no colouring needed as I simply took one of the remaining printed cherry pieces from the kit. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the piece over one of the stamped images for instant colour.
Finally I shaped the top of the card strip and added a round hole using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. Then I cut three 6″ pieces of Linen Thread from the kit and folded them in half. After passing the loops through the hole I threaded the ends through the loops and pulled to secure them in place. With that my kitchen bookmark was done.
Now I just have to finalise my menu and write the recipe pages on the back of the bookmark. Do you have any tips for staying organised with all your Christmas tasks? If you do, please share them in the comments below.
For more about the Lots of Pun kit and some additional alternate project ideas make sure you check out the official Paper Pumpkin blog.
KISSES & HUGS
Now’s the time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin if you are looking for a card kit with a love theme. The January kit will be called Kisses & Hugs and contains everything you need to make 10 heart-shaped, tri-fold cards (5 each of 2 designs). But don’t be fooled, the Kisses & Hugs kit is not just for Valentine’s Day, it will work for all love occasions like anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, or those “just because” days.
As well as all the pieces to make the cards, the Kisses & Hugs kit will also include a Gray Granite Stampin’ Spot and an exclusive two-step photopolymer stamp set. The colours used to create the kit are Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla plus foil accents.
If you’re looking for a treat giving option then they’ve got that covered too. From January 25th (while stocks last) you’ll be able to buy coordinating boxes and tags. Each box is 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ and there are 20 boxes, 20 heart shaped tags and 10-1/2 yards of gold cord in the add-on kit. To purchase the Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes you must be an active Paper Pumpkin subscriber. As soon as the add-on is available to purchase I’ll let you know here on my blog and on my Facebook Page.
LOTS OF PUN REFILL KIT – While stocks last, active Paper Pumpkin subscribers can purchase the Lots of Pun Refill Kit. This will contain all the consumable supplies to make the 9 more cards with envelopes (3 each of 3 designs) from the original kit. However the refill kit does not include the Stampin’ Ink Spot or the exclusive Lots of Pun Stamp Set. Hence the lower price.