paper pumpkinI created this card using some pieces from the April Paper Pumpkin kit. This kit is really cute with a sweet nautical theme. However, I don’t have a lot of need for a bunch of 3×3″ cards. I’ll probably make up one set of cards following the instructions and enclose them in the decorated box that is also in the kit. I will look at other alternative cards to make (like this one) that I can do with the ingredients. I love that the kits aren’t limited to only the original purpose – you can explore your creativity and expand your options. If you’ve been considering trying Paper Pumpkin, there is a special now when you sign up for a new subscription. Use this link to navigate to the Paper Pumpkin site and enter the code SAVEFIFTY0418 to get 50% off your first two months.

To make this card, I cut one of the 3×3″ cards from the kit in half and used it like a piece of patterned paper, and I cut one of the banner pieces in half so it can masquerade as a longer strip behind the circle. I popped out the anchor die-cut and used 6″ of the twine to create the focal point element on the card. The other elements were from regular Stampin’ Up! supplies and tools that I have on hand.

The front is unusual for me because it doesn’t have any stamping – I did stamp a birthday greeting inside and I’ll give it to my hubby on his upcoming special day. He is my anchor, so it will be a great card for him. I was easily able to use inks that coordinate because the kits incorporate colors from the Stampin’ Up! color families. Matchy-matchy really does make life simpler!

I used this sketch as the inspiration for the card. I looked for sketches that included a square element because I knew that I wanted to use a portion of the 3×3″ card on the finished card. This past sketch stood out to me because I could see that I could use the square “DSP” and easily incorporate other elements from the kit.

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