July Paper Pumpkin
Raise your hand if you sometimes seek out spoilers! It could be a sneak peek at a TV show (100% totally and utterly guilty), flipping to the end of a book (I shudder at the thought), shaking the presents under the tree at Christmas (I hate spoiling the surprise of presents). Or in this case, catching a glimpse of the new Paper Pumpkin before it arrive at your door. I am definitely guilty of the last one!
While I may not exist in a spoiler free zone, I was so excited to get my hands on the Purely Picturesque kit this month. It's easily my favorite since the April kit, A Sara Thing. The hardest part for me was waiting until the 23rd for my Paper Pumpkin group to meet!
Inside the Box
First of all, I'm loving the double ink spots in the last two kits. This month's colors are Soft Sky and the new In Color Tranquil Tide. You also get not one, but TWO rolls of washi tape! If you weren't squee-ing over your kit at this point, I'm seriously shocked.
If you like making cards (I do! I do!) this kit is brimming with possibility. From the amazing wood words and embellishments to the too cute for words stamp set, Paper Pumpkin has given you a really versatile kit to create with!
Thinking Outside The Box
One of my favorite things each month is seeing the alternate projects people come up with for their kits. Many months, I'm not in a rush to assemble my kit because I'm not into the projects and not feeling inspired by the contents. This is where alternate projects can jump start your creativity!
For my alternate project this month, I was inspired by a broken embellishment. One of my "hooray" words came missing the "y" and instead spelled "hoora." While I knew the spelling was off, it immediately made me want to make a Marine card (perhaps due to my proximity to Camp Pendleton). I simply sliced off the "h" and glued it to the "a" resulting in the "oorah" favored by Devil Dogs.
Purple Mountains Majesty
Give a girl a mountain and American heroes and what comes to mind but the lyrics to America, The Beautiful. Once the thought was planted in my mind, I ran through the lyrics in my head. I used Perfect Plum to color my wood mountains, adding Versamark and white embossing powder to the tips. For my amber waves of grain, I grabbed my Jar of Love stamps and Everyday Jars thinlits and a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock.
Since Paper Pumpkin already included the plains, I was in business! I mimiced the window idea from the kit, opting for a square in place of the circle. I heat embossed my sun (stamped in Versamark, then Crushed Curry and clear embossing powder) and the clouds (white embossing powder). Next I added my Soft Sky using an Aqua Painter (I'm sure you realized by now that I am addicted to the Aqua Painters).
The card is finished off with some Burlap Ribbon and the "oorah" which I colored with Soft Suede before attaching. I added some faux stitching around the window with a Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker.
Hopefully you're feeling inspired to play with your kit. If you're not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber yet, you can click here to sign up OR you can sign up for a 3 month subscription on my Stampin' Up! site and receive a $5.00 Bonus Days Coupon Code (if you sign up by July 31st) to redeem in August! 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?