Hello and happy Thursday!  Do you know what tomorrow is???  DECEMBER!  I swear, this year has flown by!  Am I the only one that feels that way?

If December is tomorrow then that means there is only one more hop in 2017, after this one, for this fun A Paper Pumpkin Thing group.  If it’s your first time here, welcome.  This hop is a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who take our monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, and we make an alternate project.  We use the kit supplies and maybe add a couple things from our stash then join here each month to share it with YOU!  If you would like more info about the Paper Pumpkin subscription, check it out HERE.

Maybe you made it here by way of Rick Adkins or maybe you just started here.  Either way, welcome!  We hope that you enjoy the projects and even make some on your own! So sit back, enjoy, and make sure you visit all of the blogs to check out what the other artists made for you!

This month’s kit, Back in Plaid, is totally adorable.  If you didn’t see last month’s kit, Pining for Plaid, it coordinates with the November kit!  See that kit and my alternate project post HERE.  Here is the kit, as it was designed:

They are adorable little linen stockings ready to be gifted or hung.  My alternate project doesn’t stray too far from the original project, but when I was holding the sweet little stocking in my hand, I wanted to use it, just differently than I had seen anyone else use it yet.  So if you have seen something like this – don’t tell me, because I haven’t!

I decided to make a Hanging Christmas Sachet, scented with my favorite holiday smells: Cinnamon, Allspice and Cloves.  First, one of the things I have seen other subscribers do, I embossed the stocking using the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder. Some have suggested spritzing it with water or hair spray before embossing, to help the design hold, but I chose not to do this.  The result was a soft texture.

I looked for cut cinnamon sticks, as I had read that they were enhanced with cinnamon oil for an extra fragrant effect.  They are rumored to be much cheaper than buying Cinnamon in the grocery store also.  I was walking out of the store, defeated, when my nose smelled something, CINNAMON!  I walked one isle over and found the culprit, a bag of cinnamon scented pine cones!  YES!

I used by heavy duty kitchen shears and clipped of each the scales.  Yes, this is what they are called!  I had to google it because my husband thought they were called petals…makes sense, but nope, they are called scales.

I filled my stocking with this approximate combination:

  • 1/3 C. Cinnamon Scented Pine Cone Scales
  • 1 T. Allspice
  • 1 T. Whole Cloves

I sealed the bag with with a couple strips of Tear & Tape.  I took a couple of the die cut green leaves and attached them to one of our Green Sprigs using glue dots.  Finished the sprig off with some Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, that came in the kit and then attached to the stocking using glue dots.  To make it extra secure I would use a dab of Hot Glue.

I used a craft knife to cut a tiny slit in the corner of the top of the stocking and threaded it with Gold Ribbon.  Now it’s ready to hang in my truck, or my kitchen window…anywhere I want to enjoy the smell of Christmas!

So, let’s see what else the other’s have in store for us today!  Hop on over to Kelly Acheson, I know she going to wow us!  Click the button below to go straight to her blog:

Did you miss anyone along the way?  Here’s the full hop list:

Sara Levin
Rachel Tessman
Kimberley Morris
Tina Rackley Riddle
Audra Monk
Rick Adkins
Jennifer HillYou are here!
Kelly Acheson
Megan Thompson
Lori Mueller
Monika Davis
Dena Rekow

Andrea Tracy-Tucker

Products used in addition to the November 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

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