Giftable Greetings: August Paper Pumpkin
Confession time: It took me a couple of days to like this month's Paper Pumpkin. Don't get me wrong; I love all of the elements, but something felt off to me. I love the stamp set, but the idea of sending someone a sherbet colored sympathy card wasn't sitting well.
Perhaps it was the teases from the folks at Paper Pumpkin showing pictures of sunset beaches and tropical touches which threw me off. It was two days after receiving my kit that I stumbled across my inspiration.
I found it browsing through the annual catalog while writing another post. I noticed the flower die which came with the Support Ribbon Framelits and my wheels started turning.
Inside The Box
This kit comes with supplies to make 8 cards with envelopes, 8 gift tags, and has a gift box as well. This kit certainly lives up to the "Giftable" part of it's name! The stamp set included this month coordinates well with the printed greetings (Thanks and Congrats). I am a bit disappointed we weren't given those sentiments as stamps as well, but gaining a Sympathy stamp is worth the trade off.
For me, I found it difficult to use such vibrant colors on a sympathy card, so my alternate projects are a but more subdued. I did choose to use the Night of Navy on both of the sympathy cards I made. Without further ado, let's get into it!
Thinking Outside The Box
I chose to pair this kit with the Ribbon of Courage Bundle. As you'll see with the sample on Very Vanilla, the flowers from the dies match very well with the kit and class up this sympathy card. For the sample on the right, I cut the top off one of the tags and added some Silver Foil Washi Tape (you'll find that in the upcoming Holiday Catalog!) I stamped the Sympathy part of the greeting on a separate piece of Whisper White, back it with Night of Navy and cut both using the Banner Triple Punch.
Along the bottom of my Basic Gray card base, I added a strip of Washi from the Basics Pack 3 and topped it with another strip of Silver Foil Washi. I backed the tag with Silver Metallic Thread before attaching to the card with Dimensionals. The finishing touch is the small Night of Navy support ribbon, which I added with Harlequin Type Ichthyosis in mind. I was recently made aware of this disease with has a devastatingly high mortality rate.
Thanks for Everything
For the next card, I began with a Pool Party base and a sheet of DSP from the Whole Lot of Lovely collection. Next, I added Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron Ribbon to hide the seam. Using Dimensionals, I attached the Thanks oval, adding two of the large sticker leaves underneath. The final touch on the card front is a small support ribbon in Bermuda Bay.
Among other meanings, this support ribbon is for PTSD, which I suffer from. Inside the card is a larger ribbon, along with the sentiment "It Means So Much". I know there are many people who have helped me on my journey, and I had them in mind as I designed this project.
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Head on down to the comments and let me know, do you do the kit projects or do you like to think outside the box?