Saturday, May 5, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop You Are My Anchor

Welcome to another Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop as we feature the April Paper Pumpkin Kit, You are My Anchor. This kit is truly amazing and I am so excited to share with you all the projects that we have created. I hope they will inspire you to get creative with your own kit. 

May is a busy month for my family with the end of the school year which means I am often looking for Graduation cards for Seniors or a Retirement card for a favorite teacher. When I saw this month's kit, I just new I wanted to create a card design that would work for both of these occasions. I love creating masculine cards and the supplies in this kit are perfect and I just love the color combinations provided.

I decided to start with a Island Indigo cardstock card base and I added a layer of Soft Suede cardstock that I embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder (item #143708). To create an aged, worn look to the wood grain, I rubbed Crumb Cake Classic ink onto the cardstock with a Sponge dauber to bring out the texture of the embossing.

I created a frame from Soft Suede cardstock using the two largest square dies from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The background square was created by cutting one of the Island Indigo small cards in half and I attached the frame to it using the Foam Adhesive Strips (item #141825). 

To create the copper anchor, I took one of the Calypso Coral anchor die cuts and covered the front with Versamark ink and the coated it with Copper embossing powder, then heated it with my heat tool. As you can see, it created a wonderful metallic finish to the anchor. I took a piece of the rope twine that was included in the kit and tied a knot through the hole at the top of the anchor and then attached the anchor to the center of the frame with Mini Dimensionals, included in the kit. Using Snail adhesive, I attached the Island Indigo patterned square to the card. 

For the inside of the card, I wanted to add a pocket to hold a gift card or cash, so I attached one of the small Pool Party envelopes from the kit to the inside front cover with Snail adhesive. To embellish the envelope, I took the square of Soft Suede cardstock that was left over from the frame and punched out a circle of Island Indigo cardstock with the 1 3/4" Circle punch. I embossed the circle with the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder (item #141481) to add some dimension. The sentiment was stamped with one of the stamps from the stamp set in the kit onto one of the small banners using Island Indigo Classic ink. 

I like to decorate the inside of my cards for a more finished look. I took a piece of Pool Party cardstock and added a layer of Whisper White cardstock to provide an area to write a personal message. I stamped the large anchor image with Versamark in and heat embossed it with Copper embossing powder to coordinate with the anchor on the front of the card. 

I hope that my card has inspired you to think outside the box and create fun and amazing masculine cards for the men in your life. There are so many wonderful possibilities with this kit and I look forward to creating more projects with it soon. 

Now it's time to visit Lisa's blog and see what she has created with this month's kit. Just click the next button below to visit her blog or use the Blog Hop List below if you get lost along the way. I hope that our projects will inspire you to create your own amazing projects.

Blog Hop Roll Call List

  1. Janey Backer
  2. Deb Naylor 
  3. Karie Beglau
  4. Shirley Merker
  5. Twila Mooneyham
  6. Debbi Beal Green
  7. Anastasia Radloff
  8. Joni Metras
  9. Tricia Butts
  10. Lisa Kmiec
  11. Melissa Tennison
  12. Janet Wakeland
  13. Cynthia McQueen
  14. Sharon Burkert
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Until Next Time.

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Tricia Butts
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  1. How cute! I love how you added one of the envelopes inside your card. Such a fun alternate project for this month's kit! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    1. Thanks Melissa. The small envelopes are the perfect size for a gift card and a nice way to add a hidden surprise to the inside of the card. So glad you liked it. :)

  2. So Cute! This was a great kit!

    1. Thanks Karie. I love this kit and the nautical theme is perfect for masculine cards. :)

  3. Love the use of the mini envelope on the inside for a gift card, very nice.

    1. Thank you. I love finding new ways to use the different elements for Paper Pumpkin kits. :)

  4. Cute idea to put the gift card inside the envelope.

    1. Thanks Janey. The little envelopes are so cute and are a fun way to turn a card into a gift card holder. :)

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks Shirley. I'm glad you liked my idea. :)

  6. Love the idea of the gift card/cash holder. I will have to remember that. Very handsome card

    1. Thanks Sharon. I love coming up with new ideas for masculine cards. :)

  7. Love this!! With graduation coming up, I may have to use your inside envelope idea!

  8. Thanks Debbi. I'm glad you like it. Hope it helps with your graduation card. :)