It’s March! Where did February go??? Seriously though, February was so short that there wasn’t enough days for us to have our Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop! So we hope you will take us, even though it’s now March…and you will want to hop through all sixteen blogs that are hopping today because the February Paper Pumpkin kit is definitely going to produce TONS of beautiful alternates!
A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop. A place where a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators bring their alternate creations using the Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kit supplies. Haven’t heard of Paper Pumpkin yet? Check it out here. March is the 5th Birthday for Paper Pumpkin and not only will you receive a specially designed box in the mail but you will also get a free gift!
But let’s chat about this month’s Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kit. It screams spring! It’s called Wildflower Wishes and it is PRETTY! It’s chock full of pretty spring colors and flowers and I really love it.
Each month our task it to come up with alternate projects using mostly the kit supplies and maybe a few things out of our craft stash. Some month’s are so much harder than others, especially when you just adore the kit, as it was masterfully designed! That is how I felt about this months kit. It’s precious! I reluctantly started cutting and parsing the pieces out for something different.
I started out wanting to make something with the Lots of Labels shape that is used in the kit. I had once seen the most adorable itty bitty basket made by using the largest of our Lots of Labels Framelits dies! This would be the perfect time to use this idea!
This little basket is really easy! Seriously! To create the base, cut out your cardstock, I used one of the card layers from the kit, using the largest die from the Lots of Labels Framelits. Then I layered on one of the smaller sized labels which happened to be one of the pretty floral layers from the kit. It closely matches the size of the 2nd largest die in the set. Follow these steps to create the basket:
- Score long edge of label at 1 5/8″ and 3 1/8″
- Score short edge of label at 3/4″ and 2 1/8″
- Burnish all the score lines with a bone folder
- Cut the short score lines on the sides to create tabs
- Use a strong adhesive like Fast Fuse to seal up the sides
- Cut a 1/2″ x 6″ strip for your handle and attach with a strong adhesive
You can embellish it in so many ways. I stuck to the springy feel that it has, adding flowers and twine from the kit. The Crushed Curry striped ribbon came from my scrap bin! Oh, and that bunny rabbit? A caramel filled Ghirardelli bunny rabbit…yum!
For the card, I used all supplies from the kit, adding another scrap of the Crushed Curry Ribbon. I cut down one of the card layers from the kit, layered it with one of the floral labels and some of the same or similar elements that I had added to that itty bitty basket.
On the card base itself, it’s hard to see, but I used my Stamparatus to place the “thank you” sentiment in a tone on tone background, using VersaMark ink. It provides just enough color that you can see the words, but it doesn’t distract from the other images on the card. I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card in Garden Green.
The coolest part of this card is that it is a really easy fun fold! I found this fun fold idea on the blog of one of our hoppers today, Maria Willis! I have used this fold for a couple of cards and it’s so easy and so cute! My stampers at class last month were really impressed by how fancy it made their card without it being difficult!
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