Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Pining for Plaid


This month is our SEVENTH #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our kit this month is called Pining for Plaid, and it came with supplies to make 10 shaker cards with envelopes! It's meant to coordinate with next month's kit, and also with the Merry Little Christmas Mega Suite. Once again, I tried to stick closely to the Paper Pumpkin kit supplies, but I had to add a few other fun products ;-)


Inside the box there is a simple paper medallion ornament, and the "card" is actually made from an envelope folded in half...it holds a gift card inside. I've got all my pictures loaded, and I'll be back later to provide more description and detail. Sorry, I have a sinus/throat thing that's going into my ears and I can hardly think right now!

Whew! That took a few days, hopefully these yukkies are just about out of my system. You can see the box closed, below, and it's about 4" square by about 1" tall. The ornament shaker layer from the Paper Pumpkin kit was about 3-3/4" wide, so I cut the top off to make it 3-3/4" tall. That was the perfect size to layer on top of the box. Everything but the actual card stock box itself, the Soft Sky 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon, and the Pool Party ink (for the snowflakes and Glad Tidings saying), is from the October 2017 Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin Kit (which SOLD OUT--sorry!).


The little medallion ornament fits neatly inside the box, which stays closed with friction, so there's no need to rip open any glued parts, or undo any pretty ribbons to get inside. The medallion features the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, and the Foil Snowflakes.


I wanted to do a quick video for you, showing how easy these medallion ornaments are to make...but I think I'll let you Google it for now. I call them medallions, but you can also find tutorials under the keyword "rosette" or "lolly". I used the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, two strips that each measured 1-3/4" x 12". I scored each strip at 1/2" intervals--and don't listen to any tutorials that tell you to cut any ends off. All you need to do is accordion fold each strip (after scoring) starting in the opposite direction (forward or back) from the first fold you made on the other one. Then the mountain/valley ends of each strip match perfectly to adhere together. I used the Simply Scored Board, and I always use the large end of the stylus when I score Designer Series Paper.


On the back of the ornament, you can see the 1-1/2" Circle Punch of Old Olive card stock, which is where I hot glued down the center of the medallion. On the front, I dropped a little hot glue down to adhere the Foil Snowflake, then stamped and layered a 1-1/2" Circle Punch of Old Olive card stock on top with Stampin' Dimensionals (I used extra bits from the Paper Pumpkin kit). I used Pool Party ink for the little "rays" on the Old Olive card stock, and Cherry Cobbler ink (which came in the kit) for the Season's Greetings saying. There's a little loop of Old Olive Striped Baker's Twine hot glued on back for hanging. Easy peasy :-D


Below you'll find the dimensions and directions for the box. Start with a 6" x 11" piece of Old Olive card stock. The Merry Little Christmas Cardstock Pack is perfect for this project as it contains 12 sheets of 12x12 Old Olive card stock, plus you'll get 12 sheets of 12x12 Kraft card stock, to make different colored boxes and embellishments! Just score, cut, and adhere as shown in the photo below. TIP: If you want a little thumb notch to easily open the box, partially punch a Circle Punch at the center of box's top front panel before adhering.


Next up is my little gift card holder, made from some of the card parts of the October 2017 Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin Kit, as well as one of the envelopes from the kit. Again, I added a Foil Snowflake, some Pool Party ink for stamping snowflakes (from the kit stamp set), and some Pool Party 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon. The pretty, sparkly sequins came in the kit.


The envelope was just folded in half, with the flap cut down the middle. I sealed the flap down on the left side, and covered that side with a small piece of Whisper White card stock. I used Soft Sky ink to stamp the "rays" at the top and bottom of that piece, and to stamp some snowflakes on the right bottom corner of the inside of the envelope. The greeting is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, and I actually took the time to trim the snipped side of the envelope flap in the same curve as the original flap. It's better if you don't adhere that flap, and then the person receiving it doesn't have to tear up your pretty artwork to get the card out!


This last shot is showing the gift card peeking out a bit. You can see that it will stay tucked in there quite securely when the flap is down, and the gift card holder is tied closed.


Stampin' Supplies: October 2017 Pining for Plaid Paper Pumpkin Kit, Old Olive Card Stock (from the 12x12 Merry Little Christmas Card Stock Pack), Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper, Pool Party ink pad, Embossing Buddy, Old Olive Striped Baker's Twine, Metallic Foil Snowflakes (gold), 1-1/2" Circle Punch, Pool Party Classic Weave Ribbon, Stampin' Trimmer (for trimming and scoring), Paper Snips, Fast Fuse Adhesive, Silicone Craft Sheet, Hot Glue Gun.

Unfortunately, the Pining for Plaid Kit is completely sold out, but you can still grab other goodies the on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store. There are some full Kits, but many are Refills which include the consumables only, meaning 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 as I said at the top of the post, the next kit will offer coordinating holiday projects in this same theme called A Season of Style. You'll want to sign up no later than 11:59pm MT on November 10th to take delivery of that kit

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6 comments :

  1. Such a pretty ornament and the package is too

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  2. Such fun ideas! What a great gift card holder - easy to do with our envelopes.

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  3. Kimberly ~ so many great projects with this month's kit. My favorite has to be your little box with shaker top ---'cause I love little boxes!

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  4. Very cool! I like the envelope thing, neat idea.

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  5. LOVE your projects, especially your box and medallion. What are the dimensions for your box? You gave us the scoring, cutting, and glueing but not dimensions. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for pointing that out! I was super brain dead. The dimensions of the card stock you start with for the box are 6" x 11". (I've updated my picture.) The Merry Little Christmas card stock pack is perfect for making a bunch of these boxes!

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