Welcome to this month’s A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  Each month a group of demonstrators get together and create alternative projects to share with you featuring that month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit.  This month’s kit was a great one it had some wonderful items in it, I will show you the completed projects a little bit later in the post.  For those of you that don’t know what Paper Pumpkin is:  Well it’s a monthly all-inclusive subscription craft kit by Stampin’ Up!.  Which includes everything you need to create that month’s project with an exclusive stamp set.  Here’s a look at my alternative projects that I created from this month’s kit.

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It’s a wonderful kit either way.  I love the big leaf stamp that came in this month’s kit and I have a few other things planned to do with this kit.  But for now, I am going to share with you this set of alternative projects.

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I took a piece of Soft Suede cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 and stamped both leaves all over it in Soft Suede Classic Ink.  Once I had the background stamped I stamped the big leaf on the die cut that came in the kit.  Along with adding some stamped images of the small leaves on the other die cut in Crushed Curry Classic Ink.  I layered the die cuts up like the kit and popped it on the embossed pillow box that I cut apart.  Now, remember that I layered the embossed piece on a piece of the bushing bride envelope that was cut to size, with that layered on Cajun Craze.  At this point, I layered this piece on the card front in the upper left-hand corner.  I added the baker’s twine and the tag to the top of the leaves to finish off the card.  This way I had a nod from the original kit with a totally different look.

I knew I wanted to create a luminary for my dimensional project this month.  I took the window box thinlit dies and cut out two of them using the craft cardstock from the Merry little Christmas cardstock pack.  Once I had this cut out I stamped the leaves on the cardstock using the colors form the kit.  I used Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Crushed Curry.  Once I had everything cut out I needed an opening for the Luminary so I used the detailed leaf in the Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies and ran it back through the Big Shot.  Once this was done I used Multipurpose Liquid glue to adhere the box together.   I added some vellum cardstock to the inside of the box.  Once this was in place I added two of the detailed gold foil die cuts to the front of the luminary.  Placing one at the top and one at the bottom making sure that they crossed over the opening a little to give the illusion of falling leaves.  This also provided a little hint at the name of the original September kit.

Once this was complete and dried completely I added a battery operated votive candle to the inside to add the little bit of sparkle and shine.  Here’s a look at what the luminary looks like in the dark.

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Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have enjoyed my projects today.  If you would like any of the products that I used to create my alternative projects you can order them in my online store by clicking here or by clicking on the Shop Tab above or by clicking on the product in the list below the hop list.  If you would like to try Paper Pumpkin you can now is a great time to give it a try October and November kits will be coordinating kits so you will not want to miss out on them.  You can sign up for Paper Pumpkin which makes a great gift for any one on your shopping list by clicking here.  Next on the hop is the very talented Andrea Tracy-Tucker I know that she has created something great for you this month.

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