Happy Tuesday…again! lol I know if you’ve been by my blog earlier this morning, you would have seen my CASE-ing Tuesday project already. Starting today I will now be holding my Facebook Lives on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm as well. Most of the time we will be creating extra projects using the product and/or sketches from that week’s cased card; but this week we are playing with the December Paper Pumpkin kit. Were you able to catch my Facebook Live? If not, you can watch the replay on my YouTube Channel here.
I just loved the December kit! It is so bright and cheery for the cold, dark months of winter. And it makes the best gift for someone since it came with an acrylic box to hold all of the cards you create. I have to say that Stampin’ Up! is really improving the quality of the Paper Pumpkin kits. Between the artwork and all the coordinating product, they’ve really come a long way! So let’s look at the scrapbook layout first.
Here are the measurements for my layout:
- Base in 12″ x 12″ Balmy Blue cardstock
- Pebbled Path cardstock – 4″ x 11″ and photo mats 4 1/4″ x 5″ and 4″ x 4 1/4″
- Kit card base – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
- Basic White cardstock – 8 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and 1 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ for journaling tag
- Balmy Blue cardstock – 2″ x 5″ for journaliing tag
I went with Balmy Blue and Pebbled Path for my colors since those are the coordinating colors from the kit. I started by adding the dandelion images on one block and stamping the images randomly in Pebbled Path ink (the ink spot color for the month) on the Pebbled Path layer. Once I was finished, I cut it in half at 5 1/2″ and attached them in the middle of the 12″ x 12″ with a 1″ space between the two. I added my card base to the white mat and attached it to the base with Stampin’ Seal Adhesive only on the left and right edges of the mat so that when I created my journaling tag, I could tuck it behind that layer. Next I trimmed my photos and added them to the Pebbled Path mats. I attached them on the base leaviing the top right corner open for my title. I stamped the sentiment on the backside of the gold foiled label from the kit since I didn’t think the gold coordinated very well. Once it was stamped, I added it to the base with dimensionals. I then added one of the die cut dandelions from the kit to the label and colored it with Wink of Stella. I wanted a twine bow on it, so I pulled out the new Three Color Twine Pack and combined a piece of the Balmy Blue and Lemon Lolly, tied them in a bow and added it to the die cut with a Mini Glue Dot. Next I created my journaling tag. I took a scrap of Balmy Blue and trimmed it to 2 wide and punched one end with the Elegant Edge Tag Topper. I trimmed my white scrap to fit inside the tag, wrote my journaling and atteched it to the tag and tucked it behind the card layer. I think I need to add some of that twine on the tag so you know to pull it up. lol I then sprinkled on some of the Balmy Blue gems from the kit for my bling. I thought my rainbow pictures went well with the good luck wishes sentiment. Sometimes we forget to scrap those scenery photos, so I am glad this worked out.
Now let’s look at card 1.
Here are the measurements:
- Card base in Balmy Blue cardstock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
- Basic White cardstock – 5 1/4″ x 4″
- Card base from Kit – 5″ x 3 3/4″
I really liked the layouts of the cards in the printed instructions, so I didn’t deviate far from them. Besides, the kit includes those beautiful envelopes, so why not keep the cards as close to the original as possible, right? I felt the patern in this card didn’t really matter which way it went, so it worked perfectly for a landscape style card. I used the Scalloped Contour Dies for my label and the inside layer, both in Basic White cardstock. I simply trimmed the card base to fit my white mat and attached them with Stampin’ Seal Adhesive and then to the card front, also with Seal. I stamped my sentiment in Pebbled Path ink and added it to the card base with dimensionals. I love the die cuts from this kit so much! I added one with Mini Glue Dots, added some Wink of Stella, a bow in that Balmy Blue twine, and of course added more of those gems.
I stamped my sentiment in Pebbled Path ink and then the dandelion in Balmy Blue, stamping off first. The layer is attached with more Seal. All of my alternate cards will use the envelopes included in the kit.
Let’s look at card 2.
Here are the measurements:
- Card base in Thick Basic White cardstoc – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
- Kit card base – 5″ x 3 3/4″ for both front and back of card
- Basic White cardstock – 4 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ for inside
This card base from the kit has a blank circle in the middle of the print, so to make sure it stays centered, I first cut the card base in half at 4 1/4″ and then trimmed off 1/8″ all the way around. I then attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Seal. Next I stamped the sentiment in Pebbled Path on the circle die cut and added it to the card front with Seal. I attached the die cuts with dimensionals and added Wink of Stella and more gems from the kit. Can you tell I love those gems?!?
For the inside, I stamped the sentiment and the dandelions in Pebbled Path, stamping off the dandelions first, and attached the white layer to the kit base with Seal and then to the inside of the card.
Now let’s look at card 3.
Here are the measurements:
- Card base in Crushed Curry cardstock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
- Kit card base – 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 1/2″ x 5″ for inside
- Basic White cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″ for the inside
The kit card base used in this alternate is actually used for the sample card and the card I created on camera, so there was zero waste! Don’t you love it when that happens? I don’t use a lot of Crushed Curry as I think of it mostly as a fall color, so I was glad to see it used in the kit for something other than a fall project. I especially liked pairing the Crushed Curry with Balmy Blue! My sentiment label is die cut with one of the Nested Essentials Dies which I thought went really well for my card. After I trimmed the kit card base, I attached one of the layers to the card front with Seal. I stamped my sentiment in Balmy Blue all the way to the left of the label so I could add another die cut flower. I added the label to the card front with dimensionals and then attached the large printed flower with Mini Glue Dots. Since this card base layer had some of the gold foiling in it, I added one of the gold foiled die cuts to my large flower, also with Mini Glue Dots and then added a bow in the gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim pack. Then I added some of the gems.
For the inside layer I used that piece of leftover section that has the score line from the kit card base. I used the back of my paper piercer and ran it on the back side of the score line to try and flatten it out. I thought it worked pretty good too. I added that piece to my white layer and then stamped my sentiment, again in Balmy Blue ink.
I think this was the perfect year end kit! Don’t you just love the bright and cheery cards? And that acrylic box was definitely a bonus.
Now, if you haven’t heard, Stampin’ Up! is bringing a new element to their monthly kits. Starting with this month’s kit, they are offering an add-on die set that will coordinate with kits from each quarter, meaning Jan-March kits, April-June kits etc. Here’s a look at the dies for this quarter:
The January Kit is also going to coordinate with the Perennial Lavendar Suite, that I show cased in this morning’s CASE-ing Tuesday project. In case you missed it, you can check out my take using that suite here.
The February Kit is going to be an Easter/spring time kit.
And the March Kit will not only coordinate with the Online Exclusive Suite of product, the Meandering Meadow, but will also include an extra stamp set for FREE to celebrate Paper Pumpkin’s anniversary.
I love that we are now getting a sneak peek of upcoming kits! So if you aren’t a subscriber yet, now is the perfect time to do so. Not ready to commit to a full subscription? No problem! You can purchase prepaid subscriptions in 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and 12-month increments. Plus, you can skip a month anytime you want. When you purchase the 3, 6 or 12-month prepaids, you will also qualify for Sale-a-bration Rewards! If you would like to purchase prepaids to get SAB Rewards, you’ll need to make those purchases starting on Thursday, which is when the new Mini and Sale-a-bration start.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my alternate projects for the December Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you have any questions about subscriptions or any other Stampin’ Up! product, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Have a great rest of your week!