Following on from my somewhat late blog yesterday, I’m on target for getting one day ahead of myself. The real telling will be over the weekend. I don’t work on Sundays any more but I schedule my video to go live on Sunday morning. By not working on a Sunday means I don’t have anything to share with you on Monday mornings. If I can stay one day ahead of myself over the weekend, this will be avoided!
For those of you in North America (NA) you will probably recognise today’s cards as being from the December 2020 Paper Pumpkin (PP) Kit called Beary Comforting. Unfortunately, PP is only available in NA although Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in Europe and South Pacific have appealed to SU to let us have it as a regular offering for our customers as well. PP is an all inclusive kit to make cards or other paper-crafting items and each month there is a new PP kit.
It’s available in NA as a subscription and (I believe) crafters can buy a particular month as a one-off if they so choose! I am very blessed to have a crafty friend who lives in NA who has sent me a PP kit on two different occasions, the second occasion was a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday I enjoyed myself making the twelve cards in the kit and only made two changes!
The first was that I made all my cards as birthday cards and used a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set. The second change I made was to add a layer under the background supplied for each animal. This kit is one of the cutest PP kits I’ve ever seen. There are twelve cards, four each for three different animals and four different items for each animal to hold.
The three animals are a pair of koalas, a bear and a red “panda”. I’m not sure if this is a typo but the animal looks like a possum or something similar. The four items they are holding are a heart, a cake, a bunch of flowers and a parcel. The koalas and the bear have incisions in their hands to hold each item and the panda is holding his items with a Dimensional.
This kit has been really well thought out as it would have been much easier for the designer to give each animal it’s own item but each of them having one of everything really added to the pleasure of putting this kit together! I put the koala cards together first and I used the largest layering straight cut circle die to cut the striped circle base provided in the kit.
Then I took some Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS) from my stash and used the largest scallop die in the same set to provide a background layer for the striped circle. Next I put the bear cards together and started by die-cutting the Rich Razzleberry background layer using the largest Stitched So Sweetly Die. I measured the size of the scallop die-cut and added an eighth of an inch on the width and the height and cut a Very Vanilla CS layer for the scalloped layer to be adhered on to.
Finally I worked on the panda cards. I used the Layering Square Dies and cut the striped square background layer using the largest straight cut die. Then I used the largest square scallop die to create a scallop Very Vanilla CS layer for the striped layer. I’m really pleased how my cards look and I think adding the Very Vanilla CS layers has made the cards have that extra pop!
Many thanks for my gift Kimy – it’s adorable! Going back to me being a day ahead of myself, yesterday (Tuesday) I also made some cards I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow (Thursday) so today (Wednesday) I can make a card to share with you on Friday! So far so good. Occasionally SU release a global PP so keep an eye out for that! I’ll keep you posted with the details when I know there’s a new one in the pipeline! That’s it from me today. Please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting!
You’re so welcome! I love your cards and you’ve been an inspiration to me for a long time! Many virtual hugs from across the pond. xxxx
Bless you, Kimy. This PP kit is probably the cutest one I’ve ever seen! Many, many thanks. xxx
M-A Lynch says
Morning Jan. I am not usually a fan of kits per se, but this one looks great and a very good learning tool for new beginners to our craft. Please do take time out for yourself. FYI the Blue Mountains (and surrounding area) are finally out of red stage of covid to an orange area so residents can now move around and are out of lockdown. The area had a huge number of infections. XXX Mal
Many thanks for the update re: Blue Mountains. I hear where you’re coming from regarding kits and agree they’re a fantastic starter for new crafters. xx
Heather V says
Love this set. The 3rd animal looks like a raccoon which is usually grey and black. Thanks for all you share.
Many thanks, Heather. That’s what I thought until one of my customers told me it really is a red panda! xx