The Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit is now available globally! This kit was inspired by co-founder Shelli Gardner and includes supplies to create nine cards with co-ordinating envelopes. The kit comes in a beautiful Hope Box and is designed to be a keepsake box – to keep your mementoes, treats and trinkets that represent what hope means to you. What will you put in your Hope Box? Letters, song lyrics, inspiring quotes, and photographs are powerful reminders of hope and connection that would be great additions to a Hope Box. For more inspiration on how to build your Hope Box, please watch Shelli herself put one together in this video. The product numbers for these kits are as follow, together with the prices in the UK and Europe: English 158541 £20/26€ – French 158542 £20/26€ – German 158543 £20/26€. This is the link to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop for my customers and for any crafters in the UK and Europe who don’t already have a demonstrator they shop with: JanBCards Online Stampin’ Up! Shop.
At some time or another, I’m sure we have all looked at a sheet of Designer Series Paper and wondered how on earth am I ever going to use this design? This is exactly what I thought when I saw the design on today’s card which is from Peaceful Place Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack! I thought it was so dark it looked stormy, overcast and miserable and not something I could make Christmas cards with. Yesterday I watched a video by US demonstrator Rachel Tessman. Every month since Paper Pumpkin was launched in North America, Rachel has made a video of alternative ideas for using Paper Pumpkin Kits. The kit she was using in the video included card bases with the same design – back and front.
Today’s card was inspired by one of the cards Rachel demonstrated in her video but with my own spin on it. I selected a part of the design so the tallest tree didn’t lose it’s top and cut it to measure an eighth of an inch more narrow than a regular top layer. Next I cut it into three panels that measured ⅝”, 1⅛” and 1⅞” wide. Note: as this is just ⅛” more narrow than a regular top layer, it’s important to check that all three panels fit on your middle layer evenly – mine didn’t and I had to cut about 1/16″ off the end panel. The first three panels I adhered to my Basic White Cardstock (CS) layer weren’t correct so I cut three more panels. After I had checked the sizing of my panels was correct, I turned my Basic White layer over and adhered the first panel in place. Next, I adhered the last panel in place and then adhered the middle panel in last! It worked out beautifully!
I found a short piece of some retired Solid Red Ribbon which I tied in a double bow and then adhered the ends around the back. After I had adhered this onto my Basic Black CS card base, I adhered a middle layer of Basic White CS inside the card. I chose the ‘TIS THE SEASON sentiment from the Christmas to remember Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. After I had die-cut it using a die from the Seasonal Label dies, I adhered it over the red ribbon using Dimensionals. Although the ribbon added a good pop of colour, I decided it needed more. I was going to use some of the red Wonderful Gems but with the added gold glitter on them, I felt they weren’t bright enough for what I was trying to achieve. I changed to the Red Rhinestones and added 3 x 3 arrangement in the top left-hand corner and 4 x 4 in the top right-hand corner. Hopefully, this looks artistic rather than looking like I’ve lost two rhinestones! I added two rhinestones – one either end – of the sentiment.
The final touch was painting the two trees using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, which rather surprisingly, can be seen in a couple of the photographs! It wasn’t until I was photographing my card that I realised – once again! – I’d forgotten to decorate the inside! I used the Evergreen Border Punch to create a line of Basic Black CS Christmas trees. As I was photographing the inside of the card, I thought I should have also created a line of Basic Grey CS Christmas trees. Then I could have adhered the grey trees first, slightly raised and then the black trees off set to give the look of a forest – very much in the way we create by stamping first generation then moving up slightly and to the side, stamping again without re-inking! I’m not sure my idea would work but I will definitely give it a try one day!
Please check Rachel out on YouTube by typing “rachel tessman paper pumpkin alternatives” in the search box. You’ll probably find the October kit which I’m referring to will be the top video for a while! If you would like to check out Rachel’s video for the Hope Box which is now available globally, here is the link: Rachel Tessman – Hope Box PP Kit Alternative Ideas! BTW The Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit 158422 is currently available on the Clearance Rack in the UK for £10! This is the link for Rachel’s Alternative Ideas Video for this kit! If you live in Europe or the South Pacific markets, check your Clearance Rack – you may be lucky!
I’m happy with how today’s card has turned out albeit still a bit on the dark side! That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being with you again soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting!
PS Also still available in the UK – check your market! – is the Expression in Colour Paper Pumpkin Kit 158447 £20 and Rachel’s video!
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
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