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Creativity and Paper Pumpkin

I think sometimes we feel pigeon-holed by kits. Stampin' Up!® kits have specific projects intended for the items in the kit, and it's easy to feel like we have to use them the way they were intended. I'm here to give you permission to go crazy with both our Kits Collection and our Paper Pumpkin kits. Use items in the kits for something not intended!

I may be hard to wrap your head around that concept, but I know you can do it! Make some simple changes to the kit or move things around all together. Any change you make with the kit makes it creatively you.

Another way to change the Paper Pumpkin kits up a bit is by flipping the instruction sheet over to see the alternate projects suggested by Stampin' Up!®'s Paper Pumpkin team. They usually list three, and these are great options if you don't want to make the kit exactly how it's intended. Even if you just use those alternates as a starting point to spark more ways to change up the kit, why not?

As you may or may not know, I take the opportunity with almost every Paper Pumpkin kit to create an alternate project that more often than not ends up to be a fun fold card. April's All the Little Things kit was quite inspirational to me. With all the pretty pieces, it was easy to create something a little different that would really catch people attention, and this was it.

To create the card, I started with a piece of Petal Pink cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2," like many simple card bases. I cut a second piece of Petal Pink cardstock 4 3/4" x 5 1/2". After scoring the 4 3/4" side at 4", I marked both top and bottom 1 1/2" from the scored line, then marked the side opposite the score line halfway up (at 2 3/4"). Cut from score line on top to the tick mark on the side, then again from the tick mark on the bottom to the mark on the side. Need a visual? You can see those cuts below.

I cut a circle inside the triangle using my 2 3/8" Circle Punch then embossed the triangle section using the crosshatch folder of the Basics 3D Embossing folders. I folded on the scored line then adhered the open side of the Petal Pink card base onto that short folded section, folding the triangle flap over the opening of the card base. See again how this card is put together then decorated.

I cut apart one of the Paper Pumpkin card bases to layer on the card front (3 3/4" x 5"), the inside (the plain white side of the card base, 4" x 5 1/4").

To provide a "lock" for the triangle flap, I adhered one of the small flowers from the kit using a Stampin' Dimensional. The bottom edge of the flap close to the point tucks right under that flower. Pretty cool, eh?

When I design a fun fold card each month using the Paper Pumpkin kit, I invite my subscribers to join me in putting it together on a Zoom meeting. I even provide the extra supplies we use to create the card. To join in the fun, you can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me by using this link.

Happy creating!


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