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Hey everyone, happy Thursday! I hope your week is going well. I was finally able to showcase February’s Paper Pumpkin Sunshine & Smiles Kit. Such a sweet kit! And with the add on dies, it just makes the cutest cards and layouts! Were you able to watch my Facebook Live? If not, you can catch the replay here on my YouTube Channel. While you’re there, I would love it if you gave my video a thumbs up and if you haven’t already, please feel free to subscribe to my channel. So here’s a look at the projects:

I have to say, I really had fun creating these projects!! I know that’s what they were aiming for, but it really is the cutest spring-themed kit ever! Let’s look at the layout first:

Here are the measurements:

  • Base in Balmy Blue 12″ x 12″ cardstock
  • Rain or Shine DSP cut at 3″ x 12″, 3/4″ x 12″, 3″ x 4″, 4″ x 5 1/4″, 3 1/2″ x 5″
  • Basic Black cardstock cut at 3″ x 4 1/2″
  • Basic White cardstock cut at 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ and 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ and 2″ x 4″ topped with retired tag topper punch
  • Basic Gray cardstock punched with 1 3/4″ and 2″ circle punches

I love the way this layout turned out. It was so much fun to create! And the best part it was created with all scraps!! I used several of the die cuts for the layout as you can see. I did stamp, color and die cut the frog and two sets of the flowers. I used Old Olive, retired Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends for the frog and flowers. I can’t wait to find the perfect pictures!! Now let’s look at the first card.

Here are the measurements:

  • Card base in Balmy Blue cardstock cut at 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and the swing arm is 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 1 1/2″
  • Rain or Shine DSP cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and 1 1/4″ x 3 3/4″
  • Kit card base cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Balmy Blue and Basic White cardstocks punched with the 1 3/4″ and 2″ circle punches

This fun fold was one we used at our team meeting last month as a Mystery Stamping project and everyone just loved it! I started by stamping the frog in Memento ink and coloring him with the Old Olive and retired Mango Melody Blends and then die cut him and set him aside. I then added the front layer of DSP. Next I created the inside layer by stamping the sun in Mango Melody ink and the sentiment in Balmy Blue inks. I added adhesive to the back of the short part of the swing arm and added to the inside of the card base. Make sure the score line if just past the edge of the card base so that when you close the arm over the front of the card, it doesn’t bind up. I then added my inside layer.

Next I added the strip of DSP to the front of the swing arm and then added a piece of the Balmy Blue and White Variegated Ribbon and tied it in a faux bow. I punched a 2″ circle of Balmy Blue and two 1 3/4″ circles of Basic White. I stamped the hello in Balmy Blue and added it to the blue circle and then attached it to the swing arm. I attached the frog with dimensionals and added 3 of the rain drop embellishments. Next I stamped the sentiment on the second circle. Because the sentiment is one straight line, I had to mask it to create the layered look. I added the circle to the front so that it would hide behind the swing arm circles. I fussy cut one of the umbrellas from the DSP and added it with seal.

Isn’t that a cute fun fold? And I love how the embellishments show up when you open the swing arm! Now let’s look at the shaker card.

Here are the measurements:

  • Card base in Flirty Flamingo cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Kit card base cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White card stock cut at 3 3/4″ x 5″ for the inside

If you have ever struggled making shaker cards, this technique will change your mind! I started by trimming the entire card base to the measurements. To keep the oval opening centered, trim 1/4″ off each side of the card. Next, take the rainbow printed layer and put it inside one of our Clear Medium Envelopes. You want to make sure it is snug into one corner and then carefully add your sequins. Once you have your sequins in there, seal the back of the envelope tight around the layer. Then carefully flip it over and using Tear & Tape, seal the excess down, tight around the layer. Once it’s all sealed, attach it to the card front with more Tear & Tape. Next I added the front of the card with Stampin’ Seal. I then stamped the sun on a scrap of Basic White and fussy cut it. I added it to the card front with dimensionals, then two of the cloud die cuts and the little duck from the kit. I then stamped the sentiment on the label from the kit and added it with more dimensionals. I didn’t add any extra bling as the sequins are plenty of bling.

For the inside, I added one of the little bunnies I die cut from the DSP and stamped the sentiment at the bottom.

Aren’t those adorable? I love cute and fun alternates and these qualified. I have to say that getting a Paper Pumpkin just for the embellishments is a plus. You always get exclusive embellishments not available in any catalogs. And next month is the 10 year anniversary for Paper Pumpkin! You’ll get 2 stamp sets in the kit. Here’s a look at that extra stamp set:

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I hope I was able to inspire you today. If you would like to shop to purchase any of today’s supplies, just head over to my online store here. The Host Code for March is EZX37DBP and when you place your order with that code, I’ll send you a pack of handmade cards. If you purchase $50.00 or more, I’ll include a free embellishment. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!

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