My Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin Be Mine Valetine's Day Cards

Be Mine Valentine Feb 2019

These fun little cards were created using parts of the Be Mine Paper Pumpkin kit for January.

The kit included pouches to put treats in which would be great for kids to bring Valentine's Day cards to their classmates.

But, I wanted cards I could put in the mail.

So I cut down the pouches (the Melon Mambo and white hearts pattern) and used them as card fronts.

The chameleons, kangeroo, Pool Party hearts and circles, plus the Melon Mambo hearts were all pop-outs included in the kit.

The greetings and heart embellishments were also found in the kit.

All I had to do was add the pieces to Lemon Lime Twist or Petal Pink card bases.

So versatile, and this were truly a 5 minute or less project!

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Supplies Used:

Be Mine January Paper Pumpkin kit, Lemon Lime and Petal Pink card stock



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You Are My Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

Diorama Card
You Are my Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

When I saw the swirl-patterned vellum found in the Graceful Glass 6"x6" stack, I immediately thought of the ocean and waves.

I thought I could easily pair this vellum with the April Paper Pumpkin kit, You Are My Anchor, to make a quick diorama card.

I was especially excited to receive this kit because I don't have any sea-themed stamp sets in my collection.

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and the ocean is very far away. 

Sea-themed projects are usually not even in my stamping realm. 

But now, I have a simple set that I can use if a sea-themed card is appropriate!

Now to create the diorama card.

  Here's how:

Diorama card step 1

  1. Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock, and cut it  in half at 5 1/2".  Then, cut it in half at 4 1/4" so you have two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panels.
  2. Score each piece at 1/2" and 1" on the long sides. 
  3.  Create an opening in one of the panels using a punch or a Big Shot and a die.  This will be the front of your diorama.  For this card, I used one of my circle framelits
  4. Fold along the score lines so the 2 pieces will meet when put together.  For the top piece, the 1” score lines are “mountain” folds, and the ½” score lines are “valley” folds. For the bottom piece, the 1” score lines are “valley” folds, and the ½” score lines are “mountain” folds.

Diorama card step 2

5. Cut a 3"x3" piece of Graceful Glass vellum.  Color using Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends, ink pads with a blender pen or an aqua painter.  For this card, I used Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers.


Diorama card step 3

6. Attach vellum to a 3"x3" piece of Whisper White card stock, so there is a light background behind the vellum. 

7. Attach to the center of the bottom panel.



Diorama card step 5

8. Cut a ringed frame out of coordinating designer series paper or card stock for the window using two circle dies and the Big Shot.

9. Attach the ring using Fine Tip Glue or Tombow Multi-Purpose glue.

Diorama card step 4

10. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on the "up" sides of the bottom panel.

Diorama card step 6

11. Peel the backing off the adhesive and carefully attach the top piece to the bottom piece, lining up the top and bottom edges. 

12.  Optional: To finish off the two front sides, cut 1/2" x 4 1/4" strips of vellum and color using the methods above.  Attach to the sides.

13. Attach lighthouse sticker from You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit to front of card. 

14. Stamp greeting onto pre-cut banner from the kit using Pacific Point ink.  Attach to the front of the lighthouse using a Mini Dimensional.

15. Attach faceted dots to card front to complete.

Which design is your favorite?

Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum

Graceful Glass Vellum


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Are My Anchor

Ink: Pacific Point ink pad, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Vellum, Pool Party designer series paper (retired)

Accessories: You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin Kit, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue, Mini Dimensional, Faceted Dots


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Another Great Year December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Idea

Paper Pumpkin alternate idea

Another Great Year, the December 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

I must admit that I was not very excited about it when it arrived in the mail.  I am not into scrapbooking and just couldn't see that I would use any of the pieces in the kit. 

But, after thinking about it for a little while, I soon saw the possibilities!

The plastic overlay with the printed X's and O's placed over the graphic background paper along with a banner cut "love" note created using the rotary stamp is a perfect idea for a Valentine's Day card.  I added some Real Red Baker's Twine along the sides to complete, and done! 

Easy, Easy!

The monthly Paper Pumpkin kits are a quick and easy way to craft.  The designing and the cutting paper part of it will already be done for you, and all the supplies you'll need will be included in the kit.

But, even if a Paper Pumpkin kit isn't quite your style, don't give up on it.  Take a second look, and I know you'll come up with alternative ideas!

Supplies Used:

Another Great Year, December 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red

Accessories: Real Red Baker's Twine

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Iris Folded Snow Globe

Iris Fold Snow Globe Iris Folded Snow Globe!

It's been awhile since I've done any iris folding. Not sure why since it is one of my all-time paper crafting techniques!

I did a quick search on Pinterest, and found a really fun snow globe pattern from

The pattern can be found here.

It is basically a circle pattern so it is super simple.

(For more Iris Folding ideas and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page.)

I first embossed my Mint Macaron card front using my Big Shot and Gently Falling Embossing Folder.  I then punched out the circle using my 2 1/2" circle punch. 

I laid the card front over the pattern I printed out from (remember,  place the front side down-you'll be working from the back), and started laying out my designer paper (Blooms and Bliss cut into 1/2" strips).

The "iris" is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Island Indigo ink sponged on to make a custom color to match the colors in the designer paper and the snow globe. 

(Creating your custom color glimmer paper is easy-see instruction here).

The trees are pieces found in the November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit.  In the kit, they are white so I simply stamped the coordinating image from the stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  They are popped up using Dimensionals.

The ring around the snow globe was cut out of Island Indigo card stock using my Big Shot and 2 layers of circle framelits.

I didn't care for the base of the snow globe in the pattern, so I cut a triangle free hand out of Island Indigo card stock.

Since I'm pretty much done with Christmas cards, I wanted this to be a winter wishes, Happy New Year or even a thank you card.

I searched through my stamps and found this small "hello" and scribble that I knew would work with my 7/8" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches.  Layering the 2 punches would fit perfectly on the front of the snow globe.  

To complete the card, I added a few rhinestones for bling and mounted it to a Whisper White card base.

This Iris Folded Snow Globe was a great way to revisit one of my favorite paper crafting techniques!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade and Kindness Matters (both retired), Wonderful Winterland

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Circles Framelits, 2 1/2" circle, 7/8" scallop circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit, sponge, Dimensionals, rhinestones


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Paper Pumpkin Welcome Spring Wreath

Ya, right.  No Spring here in the mountains of southern Colorado!  This was the view out of my dining room window on Saturday! 

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12" of snow with more in the forecast for the rest of the weekend.  Power was out, but with the help of our generator, we had lights, heat and water. 

It was definitely a day to stay in and craft, so I made up the Lovely Little Wreath found in the April Paper Pumpkin kit.

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So cute, quick and easy.  It was finished and hung up on our front door within 30 minutes! 

And it makes me smile!

Refills of this kit can be purchased for only $8.00 (plus shipping and tax).

I purchased 5 refills as I think I'm going to make the wreaths up to give as Mother's Day gifts.

Happy Spring Everyone!

Grumble, grumble.....


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April Showers Brings May Flowers-My Paper Pumpkin Filled With Love

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The Ladies of Wetmore get together once a month for lunch at local restaurants.  My friend Vivienne and I are the hostesses for the upcoming lunch in April. We recently got together to make these fun Ghirardelli chocolate bags using the left over pieces from the January My Paper Pumpkin kit "Filled With Love."

(click here to see the chocolate Easter rabbit bags I put together as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.)

We decided that our theme would be "April Showers Brings May Flowers!"  Since the left over tags in the kit had hearts on them, we decided we needed to come up with another patterned paper.  I searched my stash and found a packet of the retired Designer Series Paper, Sunshine and Sprinkles.  One of the patterns was pretty colored umbrellas.  Perfect!  I cut 1 7/8" x 6" strips of the paper, and then punched one end using my Scallop Tag Topper punch.  Then, they were folded in half and placed over the top of each of the bags after a Ghirardelli chocolate square was added to the inside.  These squares fit perfectly into the bags!  We punched coordinating flowers and banners and added them to the front of the tags.  The scallop punch creates a small hole in the paper, so we tied bows made with coordinating Baker's Twine through the holes.  The  bag is held closed with the clips that came in the kit.  We made 15 of these in a matter of a few minutes!  Easy, easy.

Supplies Used:

Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist

Paper: Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Rose Red, Whisper White, Sunshine and Sprinkles DSP

Accessories: Filled With Love Paper Pumpkin kit, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Pansy, Petite Petals and Scallop Tag Topper punches, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine, Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, rhinestones, Dimensionals, sponge


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My Paper Pumpkin Layers of Gratitude

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I recently held a class for the Ladies of Wetmore and wanted to give them each a fun thank you card.  I opened up my February My Paper Pumpkin kit which featured this fun accordion folded "thanks" card.  Perfect! With this kit, I created 6 cards quickly! 

My guests "ooh'd and awe'd" over them.  They were a BIG hit!

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My Paper Pumpkin Filled With Love Easter Bunny Treat Bags


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I recently held a stamping class for 12 and needed a quick and easy thank you gift to give to my class attendees.  I got out the My Paper Pumpkin kit from January called Filled with Love.  Originally the kit was to be used to create Valentine's Day treat bags and included heart shaped embellishments and stamps.  Since I didn't use the kit for Valentine's Day gifts, I knew I could use it for Easter themed bags.  Instead of hearts, I punched flowers using my Pansy punch out of the colors in the tags and banners in the kit (Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White).  I inserted small chocolate bunnies in each of the bags. Their wrappers also matched the colors in the kit! The kit comes with 24 cellophane bags, and I only used 12.  So, there are plenty left over for using for another theme as needed!

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My Paper Pumpkin Christmas Tree Boxes

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I needed to create thank you gifts for the Ladies of Wetmore who attended a recent techniques class. 

While doing a general search on Pinterest, I saw the perfect idea for my thank you gifts.  Thank you to  Connie Collins for inspiring me to use the pie shaped cardboard boxes that came in the October My Paper Pumpkin kit.  Connie's idea was to make these boxes into Christmas trees.  Brilliant!  I quickly assembled and decorated the boxes.  I used the Flower Patch stamp set and coordinating Flower Fair thinlits to create leaves. Buttons, snowflake sequins, candy dots, baker's twine and a banner cut Merry and Bright greeting were added.  Then, I needed something to fill them.  I wanted to give my guests a baked treat, so I got out my favorite molasses cookie recipe.  Instead of making cookies in the usual roundish shape, I rolled out the dough and with a pizza cutter, cut out pie shaped cookies that would fit in the pie shaped boxes. Once the cookies were inside the box, I wrapped pretty ribbon around the edges and added a coordinating bow at the top. Easy, peasy!

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