March Paper Pumpkin
There has been a lot of buildup to this month's kit; five years worth you could say! This was the first time they had to stop taking new orders for the kit BEFORE the closing date! So after all the hype, did the kit live up to expectations? May Good Things Grow is comprised of vintage floral vibes, accented heavily with Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight on Soft Suede. This month was accompanied by a free gift: two sheets of wooden embellishments.
Inside the Box
Since I already talked about the colors, let me get into the kit contents. The Stampin' Spot this month is Early Espresso, my go-to brown for just about everything. There are 8 card bases, 4 each of Fresh Fig and Soft Suede. There are four gorgeous rose printed background pieces, and four patterned Flirty Flamingo backgrounds.
You'll get a spool of Very Vanilla twine and a whole heap of 1/2" thick Fresh Fig ribbon. You've also got a slew of punch-out pieces, from florals to labels. And the envelopes... these are non-mailable envelopes meant to be close with BRADS. Yup, there's brads in this kit. Here's hoping that means SU! is bringing them back in the Annual Catty!
Thinking Outside the Box
I'm going to be candid here: there are certain elements of this kit I love (like that rose background!!!) and others I kinda hate (envelopes, I'm looking at you). Because I wanted SO MUCH to love this kit, I've gone a bit crazy with alternates this month. And let me just say, May Good Things Grow really delivers on alternate projects. This stamp set is definitely a keeper!
The colors of the leaves and flowers weren't really my cup of tea, so I decided to change them! Enter the Stampin' Blends. I altered the color on the florals with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive and fussy cut them before coloring the label with light Crumb Cake. To finish off my card, I colored some pearls with my Blends to tie it all together!
My next project puts the focus on the stamp set. These flowers are gorgeous and I love me some foliage! I used Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Very Vanilla for everything on this card.
That awesome striped background is actually the inside of one of the envelopes! I love that even in a subdued, Victorian style kit, there are these hidden gems which allow you to create such a bright and fun Mother's Day card!
Now that I attacked the envelopes, I had these scalloped semi-circles to do something fun with. I decided to tape two together and create a shabby chic country card with my flowers. I grabbed a piece of white washed wood from the Wood Textures DSP (which, by the way, is carrying over to the next catalog) and added some stamped off Soft Suede flowers.
Next, I adhered a Delicate White Doily to my scalloped circle before wrapping the twine around. This not only looks super cute, but it hides my seam brilliantly! I layered my leaves and flowers with some wood embellishments to finish it off.
Bringing in Some DSP
For my next project, I decided to get away from the flowers for a bit. After all, they aren't the only things that grow! The Tutti Frutti DSP Stack is full of fun patterns and bright colors, and just so happened to have both Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight in this particular pattern.
Using the Banner Triple Punch I created banners from DSP, the envelopes, and the border tape. I added some Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist below my sentiment, stamped in Real Red and punched with the Tailored Tag Punch.
My next two cards both use paper from the Sweet Soiree DSP pack. The star of these cards are the wood embellishments from the kit. I've been seeing some rumblings of people not having a use for them, so I wanted to show some fun ways to incorporate these into cards.
For this card, I heat embossed them with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder. This is a pretty easy way to have faux metal effects which match the silver foil on the paper.
For this card, I colored my flowers with Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends before heat embossing them with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder. Now I have shiny, faux enamel flowers! I decided to use some silver leaves from the Petal Passion Embellishments to dress up my label. The label is from the kit, simply turned over to show the white underside. I stamped my sentiment in Marina Mist to match the fun background DSP.
My favorite discovery here? The Stampin' Blends can color brads too! There seems to be no end to these amazing markers!
Saving The Best For Last
Thank for hanging in there this long. I saved my favorite project for last! I brought in the roses from the Petal Palette Stamp Set here, along with the painting with stamps technique. I used Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, and Old Olive to make my focal point, and layered it atop a bed of leaves stamped with the May Good Things Grow stamp set.
All of this sits on the gorgeous rose background and multiple mats. I wrapped linen thread around the top three layers to tie it all in.
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 ! 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?