Hello stampers, crafters, and friends and welcome to the first A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  We hope that you enjoy seeing what alternative projects that were created by the hoppers for this event.   This hop all came about because Andrea Tracy-Tucker and Pam Staples wanted to do something special with the release of this months very special edition Paper Pumpkin kit.  Why is this kit a special edition, you may ask?  Well, it was designed by Stampin’ Up!’s CEO Sara Douglass, and it is a great one.   Here’s a look at my alternative projects for this month’s kit (A Sara thing Paper Pumpkin kit).

What’s Inside the Box:

Sara Douglass Stampin’ Up! CEO standing by a pallet of A Sara Thing Kit image by Stampin’ Up!
For my projects this month I used most of the supplies from the kit.  I did have to use a little extra cardstock, but for the most part it all came from the kit.   Which makes me happy.  I could have gotten it all from the kit.  But, I needed to use some black cardstock for the box because of the score line the card bases have, it made it impossible to correctly cut the box.  So a little extra cardstock was all that was needed.  For the card all I used that was not in this month’s kit was a little lemon-lime twist cardstock and a little Basic Black.   But before we dive to much into my projects I wanted to take a few minutes to show you the original kit, and how Sara designed it to look.

Alternative Card:

This picture likes you see the cards as well as the stamp set (which features Sara’s handwriting), and the free gift that was in the box as well as the ink spot.   What a free gift a small set of watercolor pencils and a paintbrush to boot.   This kit features the watercolor resist technique for most of the cards, along with a graduated wash technique.  This is a great kit to learn a little bit more about these two watercolor techniques.

Here’s a closer look at my alternative card for this month.

Alternative 3D Project:

For, my card i used the black card base from the kit.  I layered a piece of Lemon-Lime Twist cut to 4 x 5 1/4 to the card base.  I took the black striped panel and placed it at an angle.  I then took and cut one of the envelopes down to 4 3/4 x 3 1/4.  I actually flipped it over so that the inside was facing out.  I layered another piece of Lemon-Lime Twist on top of the envelope layer, this layer was cut to 4 x 3.  I took the one of the watercolor resists pages and cut it down to 3 7/8 x 2 3/4.  I used the watercolor pencils and colored this panel and set it aside to dry.  Once it was dried I stamped the Happy Birthday to you sentiment on the front.  Attached it to a Basic Black layer (3 3/4 x 2 3/4) this was popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed over the Lemon-Lime twist layer.   To finish off the card I added the leave stickers where I knew the acrylic flowers were going to go.  Once they were placed I added the acrylic flowers with mini glue dots and placed a Stampin’ rhinestone on each as well as three (one of each size) right above the sentiment.

For my 3d project I used the Window Box thinlit dies and cut two pieces from some basic black cardstock.  I used the layering squares framelits and cut six squares to fit the box from the striped pattern paper from the kit (which already had adhesive to the back).  I took another piece of the watercolor resist sheet and cut it using the window box thinlits and cut it down just a little to fit in the center of the top of the box.  I attached it to the top of the box after I did the watercoloring and stamping and letting it dry.  I attached the leaf stickers where the flowers are going to go.   Once they were placed I added the acrylic flowers, I also added rhinestones to the center of each flower and added two by the sentiment, to finish it off.  Here’s a look at the front of the box.


The Blog Hop is giving away a free A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit to one lucky person.

Here’s what you need to do!

  To be entered into a random drawing for a FREE “A Sara Thing” Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Thanks for dropping by today, I know that you will have a wonderful time hopping along, and that everyone has done a wonderful job creating projects.   You can click on the next button to go to Lori’s post or you can go by the list below.


Andrea Tracy-Tucker