Thursday, July 26, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - Picnic Paradise

Welcome to our July 2018 #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our kit this month is called Picnic Paradise. It came with supplies to make 12 cards (3" x 3"), 4 each of 3 designs, with coordinating envelopes included for each card, plus 4 cute little baskets! Here are my alternates for this month...a card and a gift card holder:

If you've seen very many of my Paper Pumpkin alternates, you know I try to stick pretty closely to the kit contents. This month all I added was some Crumb Cake Cardstock for the full-size card. Here's what the projects were meant to look like if you assembled them according to the kit instructions:

I used the apples to go with a Back to School theme. What I did to make the card seems pretty obvious, but I'll point out a couple of details. I cut the white printed vellum piece that's under the apple, in half. I used the other half on the gift card holder. I cut some of the green/white tissue paper from the kit, and tore the sides so they'd be a little ragged, and match the vellum's zigzag edges. And, I stamped off the basket weave image one time on my Grid Paper before stamping the image down, to make it a touch lighter.

The gift card holder is made from one of the basket bases from the kit, with some edges trimmed slightly. You can see the other half of the white vellum piece from the card, that I used on this project. You can also see some of the green/white tissue paper sticking out from underneath the apple and the vellum.

You could tie your twine around the entire holder to keep it closed if you want, but I just wrapped my twine around the front flap, and used one of the mini glue dots that came in the kit as a "resealable" closure. To do this, I attached the glue dot under the front flap, then dabbed the exposed side of the glue with my finger a few times, to sort of dull the stickiness a bit. Since the printed side of the basket base is just a little bit coated and slick, the glue dot can be pressed firmly to keep the front flap closed, and the coated part will release the glue dot without ripping when it's pulled up.

On both the bottom of the front flap, and on the top of the inside flap, I placed a Short Brim Sticker from the kit, to cover the words that were printed on the Basket Base. I stamped the basket weave image on the sticker for the front flap before adhering it (see pic above). Placing one sticker on a Silicone Craft Sheet makes it super easy to stamp it without getting ink on the other stickers, and the sticker releases from the mat with no damage, and with the adhesive fully intact. Then you can just wipe the mat clean with your Simply Shammy. You'll notice that I chose to leave the inside sticker unstamped (see pic below).

I trimmed the shorter flaps of the basket just a little bit...taking off the edges that stuck out first, and then trimming the flat parts on the ends of the flaps that didn't have any texture on them.

And finally, when you open all the flaps, you'll see that a gift card fits perfectly inside! The baskets are super cute, but if you don't want a large 3-D project, making gift card holders out of them offers a more compact solution. Speaking of offers, make sure you scroll down past the Blog Roll for product purchasing links, and to find out how you can get 50% OFF your first Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Stampin' Supplies: July 2018 Picnic Paradise Paper Pumpkin Kit, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Whisper White Medium Envelopes (not shown - but you may want this for mailing your card), Silicone Craft Sheet, Simply Shammy, Grid Paper, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (for trimming and scoring).

NEXT UP: Click the Next button below to see Andrea's basketful of goodies! If you have any problems navigating the hop, there is also a Blog Roll listed below for your convenience.


The Picnic Paradise Kit REFILL is available right now the on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store. All PAST KIT products are available while supplies last, so be sure to grab yours before they are gone! There are sometimes full Kits available on that page, but many are just Refill Kits 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 on that PAST KITS page, so go ahead and sign up HERE to get your email address in the system first!

Did you go ahead and SIGN UP for Paper Pumpkin now?? You'll definitely want to do that before August 10th--which is the deadline to sign up and get 50% OFF your first kit if you are a New Subscriber*! Just click on the image below and enter BLOOM0818 as the Promo Code.

*a New Subscriber is identified by a new account created with an email address that has 
never taken delivery of a Paper Pumpkin kit.

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