Hello!  Welcome to A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  Each stop along the hop is hosted by a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who has designed alternate projects made with the components of the Stampin’ Up! monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin.

This month’s kit is special for a couple of reasons.  First, it came in a fun box with a custom design because it’s the FIFTH birthday for Paper Pumpkin!  Second, because it’s the celebration of their FIFTH birthday, they sent US a present inside our kit…how awesome is that?  When was the last time that someone gave you a present for their birthday???  Third, this month’s kit had an amazingly vintage design – not the typical style for Paper Pumpkin.  So you want to see this adorable kit named, May Good Things Grow?

This kit is so pretty!  In my earlier days of card making I definitely leaned towards the detailed and shabby chic style.  It’s a style that I love but I don’t always gravitate towards as much as I used to.   When I saw the colors and the vintage feel of this kit, I was tickled pink.  The projects, made as the kit is intended, are so adorable, as is, without any reworking.  But that’s not what this hop is all about so I had to get to work.

I am a big fan of making home decor with our fabulous products.  One of my favorites is to make framed pieces filled with stamped images, punched and die cut shapes and plenty of ribbons and other embellishments.  This kit came with all of that!

I pulled out a frame from my craft room and decided to take some of the floral pieces and put something together that might be a perfect fit for my desk or my entryway.  The frame I used had a mat inside it and the opening was the perfect size to use one of the card bases from the kit as the foundation for the flowers.  All of the flowers came from the kit’s laser cut sheets of project embellishments.

I added the large floral die cut piece and then layered on the die cut flowers and leaves.  To give them dimension, I used by piercing mat (Item #126199) and my stylus from the Simply Scored (Item #122334).  I just rolled the large end of the stylus in circles on the back side of the flowers and the leaves.

I used some of the BAZILLION Stampin’ Dimensionals that came included with the kit to pop us the flowers and leaves.  The tallest flower has two layers of dimensionals so that it was popped up a tad more.  The inside of the flowers are finished off with some Clear Faceted Gems (Item #144142),  The gems weren’t included in the kit but I chose to add them because they are bulky and I find that they are best used on projects other than cards . They were perfect!

I essentially created an easel card out of the supply kits.  I started out with one of the Crumb Cake note card bases.  I cut down part of the Fresh Fig notecard base as a mat and attached the adorable envelope on top of that.  It’s a perfect fit and you can still put a gift card or something special on the inside!

I tied the ribbon from the kit around the envelope before joining the two.   I stamped one of the kit sentiments on the front and added some layered elements, all from the kit, to create the floral accent label.  The card was finished off with pearls from the kit.  Are you wondering where that fabulous wooden flower came from?  It was part of the gift from Paper Pumpkin for their birthday!  We received two wooden sheets of about 15 wooden embellishments!

To see the entire kit unveiling and assembly check out this month’s video:

I hope that you enjoyed this month’s alternate projects.  Don’t stop here!  Visit all the stops along the hop by clicking below:

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