Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Layered Leaves

This month marks our SIXTH #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our kit this month is called Layered Leaves, and it came with supplies to make 8 pillow boxes and 8 (3"x3") cards with envelopes. Once again, I tried to stick closely to the Paper Pumpkin kit supplies, but I couldn't resist bringing in a couple more things to bring some Halloween projects to life! Here's what came in the kit:

Below you'll see both my projects together. I used 3 of the 8 pillow boxes for my pumpkin basket, and one side of another pillow box to put on the front of my card. I didn't use any of the 3"x3" foldover cards or envelopes for my projects, but I think I touched on everything else.

I added the Spooky Cat stamp set to both of these projects (which you can get in a BUNDLE with the Cat Punch at 10% OFF). For the basket I added Basic Black card stock for the handle, as well as sponging some Pumpkin Pie ink over the embossed designs on the pillow boxes.

In order to make the basket, I opened up 3 of the pillow boxes and adhered them together in a circle. Then, I cut 3 strips from the cardboard backing that comes in the Paper Pumpkin kit, at 1" x 5-1/2". I glued them with Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive across the bottom flaps of the circle of attached pillow boxes. Check out the pictures below for an inside and outside shot of those strips. If you look closely at the inside picture you'll notice I wasn't very even with the spacing of those strips across the span. Maybe don't butt them all the way up against the inside edges when you try this at home :-) You'll also notice some tape inside my you'll also want to be a little more careful than I was in cutting the pillow boxes open--you need to leave the flap intact for adhering them together.

You might want to trim the top flaps and sponge your basket BEFORE you put in those strips I showed you above. It would be a lot easier, but I was making this up as I went along so I did it the hard way...after I'd glued the bottom strips in place.

Here are a few closeups of some of the details. On this first one, you can see I left the tiny die cut circle in the tag, where one of the pupils of one of the eyes landed. Also, after I attached the gold foil leaf, I dabbed the Embossing Buddy on the back side to powder down the stickiness.

In the side view of the basket below, you'll see how I attached the handle with two staples crossing over each other in an 'X'. The handle was made from a strip of Basic Black card stock cut to 2" x 11", then scored in 1/2" on each side. That gives you a sturdy 1" x 11" handle. I didn't have to use any adhesive on it after I used my Bone Folder to press down the score marks, and then curled the handle with the bone folder.

The jack-o-lantern face was done totally freehand. I drew on the back of a piece of Basic Black card stock with a pencil and cut it out. Once you get the sizes you want, you may want to trace them to use as a master in case you want to make a second basket. Yes, there are enough kit supplies to make TWO of these baskets! And you'd still have two pillow boxes left over. more shot of the little ghost peeking out over the edge of the basket :-D

And now, on to the card. For my card, I added Pumpkin Pie card stock, and again sponged Pumpkin Pie ink on the embossed panel of one of the pillow boxes.

I actually used some of the stamps from the Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin Kit on the card! I used the big leaf and the little one, and I used the "Keep Calm" part of the saying that in full reads: "Keep Calm and Be Thankful". I thought "Keep Calm" was fitting for Halloween ;-)

Here's a little close up of the top of the card, where I wound some of the twine, and attached the leaves with one of the tiny clothespins from the kit. The gold foil leaf "skeletons" are very striking.

And finally, here is the little Halloween tag I put on the card. I stamped one of the pupils from the eyes (from the Spooky Cat stamp set) over the hole in the tag, and then popped out the hole. Then I took my 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch and punched out the other pupil, so the black shows through and the eyes look a little spookier.

Stampin' Supplies: September 2017 Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin Kit, Spooky Cat stamp set, Pumpkin Pie card stock & ink pad, Basic Black card stock, 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch, Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Trimmer (for trimming and scoring), Paper Snips.

You can grab the Layered Leaves Refill Kit on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store (as long as supplies last). This includes the consumables only, which is everything but the stamp set & ink pad. By the way, you're gonna have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to buy whatever's available, so go ahead and sign up HERE to get your email address in the system first!

Anytime is a great time to sign up for Paper Pumpkin, but the next two kits will offer coordinating holiday projects in a theme called A Season of Style. You'll want to sign up no later than 11:59pm MT on October 10th to take delivery of the first kit. Then, you'll want to ensure you are still set up by November 10th at 11:59pm MT to take delivery of the second coordinating kit!

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  1. Absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!

  2. Wow Kim! Your trick or treat bucket is beyond fabulous! I am in awe that you made that sweet pumpkin with this month's kit! I am pinning this one as I type!💖

  3. Oh my gosh the basket! such a cute idea!

  4. How neat is that basket?!?! Super cool idea!

  5. That basket!! Oh my gosh what a brilliant idea! I love that you sponged the embossed bits too. It makes them stand out so much better. Amazing, amazing!


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