A Starry Christmas Wreath for a Card

Yesterday I shared a post highlighting the 4 holiday different cards I made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, which made some cute Christmas cards.  Well, I ended up with extra star garlands and I had seen a very simple card by Lyssa Zwolanek that used the star garland as a wreath and I thought it looked super cute, so I just had to make my own!

My favorite thing about this type of card is that it is a perfect way to use up the odds and ends lying around your craft table.  This card used:

If you didn’t get this month’s Paper Pumpkin, you could recreate this look by using the small star punch from the Merry Minis Punch Pack and then use a sewing machine or hand stitch … or if you aren’t much of a sewer, like me, you can do some faux stitching with a white pen for a similar effect!

 

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My Paper Pumpkin Kit for April

Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin yet?

If not, here is the quick skinny on this new offering from Stampin’ Up!

Each month you are subscribed, you will receive a Surprise Box full of everything you need (except adhesive) to create some fun project.  They started the program in March 2013 and so March was the “Welcome Kit” which included a clear block and everything you needed for 4 cards.

Then in April, they sent out the first wave of boxes that were a complete surprise to everyone!

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It has been interesting to watch the reactions to this new kit.  Some people LOVE the 4 card kit that we received.  It has the fabulous Silver Designer Buttons in it along with some funky designs and elements.  However, others have been less keen on the stamps that were included.  The sentiments were “Seriously”, “you kick booty”, and “love your guts”.  Personally, I found them kind of fun but I know not everyone will find these sayings appropriate to send to family or friends.

On the plus side, I love the suggestions people have been making for other ideas for using the “Seriously” stamp, like

….. Seriously, I love you

….. Seriously, you rock!

….. Seriously, you are the best

heck, even …. Seriously, thanks so much!

But with each month, I challenge myself to not only make the project as designed in the kit, but to change it up and come up with some other ideas using the supplies found in the kit.  I know you can make even more cool projects if you incorporate other supplies as well, but for now, I’m trying to stick with just the box.

So, here is what I came up with for this month:

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Curious about trying it out?

So, the fun part is that when you sign up, you will get the Welcome Kit
(you can see what I did with that kit here)

Then, the next month you will get the same surprise box that we all receive around the 15th of the month.  You just have to be subscribed by the 10th of the month.

If you don’t want to continue or need to pause for a little bit, you can always do that!

Now I’ll be honest, these are great to have as kits for something small and compact to take with you when you need something to do but don’t want to cart around your full craft closet!  But they are quick and simple projects.

However, that means they are perfect for giving as gifts to teenagers, parents, friends, etc who want to be crafty but don’t have the money, time, or space to start collecting all the supplies you might want.  These are a great way to try it out and keep it compact in regards to the amount of stuff you have left over!

Check out all the Paper Pumpkin details here

 

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