Happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well, especially if you are on the West Coast. Were you able to watch our weekly Facebook Live this morning? If not, you can watch the replay over on my YouTube Channel here. While you’re there, I would love it if you gave my video a thumbs up and subscribe if you haven’t already. With the holidays being so busy, this was the first chance I had to play with the December 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit.

This kit was all about gift card boxes with an add-on of card bases (which sold out), which I used in all of my cards. I only created two during the video, but showed two others that I had previously created. Let’s look at card one first.

This card actually uses two of the card bases. The only extra piece added was a piece of Basic White. Here are the measurements:

  • Card base from add-on in Basic Gray – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Balmy Blue card base from add-on cut at 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, 4″ x 5 1/4″ and die cut scalloped rectangle
  • Belly Band from kit cut at 2″ x 5 1/2″ and 1/2″ x 4″
  • Basic White cardstock cut at 3 3/4″ x 5″ for the inside

I trimmed the Balmy Blue card base to the measurements and die cut the rectangle and the scalloped edge with the Scalloped Contour Dies. I added the scalloped edge to the back of the trimmed belly band and wrapped some of the Basic Gray Baker’s Twine from the kit around the layers twice. I added that to the card front with the rectangle added over the twine with dimensionals. I stamped the tag from the kit in Balmy Blue ink and added it to the rectangle with dimensionals. I added the cute graduation cap with another dimensional and a couple of rhinestones. I then tied a double bow in the twine and added it with a Mini Glue Dot.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment in Balmy Blue ink, assembled the layers with Stampin’ Seal and added it to the inside of the card base.

And since the kit came with decorated envelopes, I was done with project one. Here’s a look at card two.

Here are the measurements:

  • Green card base from add-on – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″, 1″ trimmed off front
  • Belly Band from kit cut at 1″ x 5 1/2″

This is one of my favorite simple fun folds. I think of it as the 1, 1 and 1 fun fold; trim off 1″ from the card front, cut 1″ off that strip and then score at one more inch. This becomes the swing arm of the card. I attached the 1″ strip from the card base at the score line to the belly band, and then both to the inside of the card right at the edge. I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink, the color of the ink spot, on the label from the kit and added that to the front of the swing arm. I stamped the little bread tag, also in Garden Green, added it to the label with a couple of Mini Glue Dots and then the bow in twine with another Mini Glue Dot. For my bling I added some of the In Color Opals in Evening Evergreen. I think those opals are one of my favorites as they go with EVERYTHING!!

And for the inside, I just stamped the sentiment from the kit in Garden Green.

Doesn’t that make for a quick and easy card? Now let’s look at my layout, which this month is a 2-page spread.

I have been waiting to scrap these photos for awhile and this kit had the perfect stamp set to use! Here are the measurements of the cardstock I used:

  • Base – two 12″ x 12″ Basic White cardstock
  • Polished Pink cardstock cut at 7 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Garden Green cardstock 6 cut at 1″ X 8 1/2″
  • Basic Gray cardstock 6 cut at 1″ x 8 1/2″
  • Basic Black cardstock for photo mats cut at 4 1/8″ x 6 1/8″ and 4 cut at 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • Basic White cardstock cut at 1/2″ strips for journaling

I know you’ve all seen photos of my Pomeranian, Chloe before, and I think this just captures her perfectly! Especially her love for Charlie, my grandson. That’s my oldest daughter, Charlie’s mom, holding her. I cut one of the belly band in 1/2″ strips for the photos. I used the new Country Bouquet punch for the hearts and the labels from the kit worked like they were created for this spread! I used the In Color Opals again for my bling.

I know there were some that said this wasn’t their favorite kit, and at first I agreed. I find that sometimes these kits really push me out of my comfort zone to create something cute, and this one was even easier to do that with the add-on card bases. And in case you haven’t heard, the February Kit coordinates with the new Playing in the Rain Bundle with an add-on of 2 adorable dies!

See the little frog? That is one of the dies. How cute is that? And, if you purchase a 3-month pre-pad subscription, you will also earn a Sale-a-bration item for FREE! I can’t wait to see and play with next month’s kit!! Now to head over and order my bundle and coordinating DSP! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!

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