It’s going to be a busy day today. Fortunately I’m a list maker which helps me keep track of the most important things I want to achieve. However it looks like I will run out of day before I run out of important things to do, so I’ll just have to prioritise and do what I can. If something has to be carried over to tomorrow, then that’s just the way it is. First on the list though is my blog post and it’s a bit late as I needed to synchronise with the official Paper Pumpkin blog. This month it’s all about the Haunts & Harvest kit and includes my first alternate project idea, this cute harvest basket.
EMBARRASSINGLY SIMPLE BASKET
I began by choosing one of the treat packaging pieces from the Haunts & Harvest kit. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed the three ‘hook’ pieces off the top of the sections. After that I gently curved the top of each section by pulling them between my thumb and a Bone Folder.
Next, following the instructions I assembled the treat package using the adhesive strips included in the kit. Then instead of bringing the top of each section up and in, I bent them outwards to create an open ‘bowl’. As I did I fixed each section on the outside with a small adhesive strip from the kit.
Going back to the Haunts & Harvest kit I then took one of the small white labels and one of each leaf shape. Then using the Soft Succulent ink spot and stamp set included in the box I stamped the leaf veins on the two leaves. For my sentiment I chose “thank you” and stamped that onto the white tag.
Now it was time to turn my bowl into a basket using the paper covered wire from the kit. First I bent the wire into a long loop before threading the sentiment onto it. Then using glue dots from the kit I attached the two leaves to the sentiment.
Finally using the long adhesive strips from the kit I fixed the ends of the wire to the sides of the ‘bowl’, turning it into a cute basket.
This basket is deceptively spacious. It can fit 7 or 8 Hershey Nuggets which is more than enough for a treat. As someone who doesn’t really ‘do’ Halloween I was delighted to be able to make thank you baskets instead. What’s more I only used the materials included in the kit to do it.
HAUNTS & HARVEST AND MORE
As I mentioned earlier, the official Paper Pumpkin blog for the Haunts & Harvest kit is now live. In it you’ll find a link to the official unboxing video and other resources. There’s also some more alternate project ideas from the Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists and selected Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators like me that I’m sure you’re going to love. For a bonus project check out this cute rustic wheelbarrow project using the box the kit came in…
If you got the kit and would like to be able to make more treat boxes (or some of the alternate projects) the Haunts & Harvest Refill Kit is now available. Remember the refill kit is cheaper because it does not include the stamp set or ink spot from the original kit.
Finally I wanted to give you a quick heads up if you fancy a Christmas-themed kit. The Christmas Whimsy kit from the kits collection has now sold out and it’s very unlikely that more stocks will arrive before Christmas. Your alternative is to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin to get the October kit called Christmas Peace. This kit will contain everything you need to make 10 cards (5 each of 2 designs) and includes an exclusive stamp set. Although officially you have until October 10th to subscribe, I have a feeling this may sell out before then. So if you don’t want to miss out please subscribe to Paper Pumpkin today to secure your kit.
OK, I’m off to refill my coffee cup and tackle some more of my to do list. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for more very simple papercraft ideas.