I can not wait for you to see what I did with May’s Paper Pumpkin box. First let me say that I was not excited about the baseball theme from this kit and I almost didn’t get it. But I’m really glad that I did because I LOVE what I did with my Beyond the Box ideas.
If you are new to the blog- welcome! I’m glad you’re here and let me tell you what my version of Beyond the Box is and why I blog this each month. Beyond the Box is my version of a so you made the kit and all the parts and pieces are now on beautiful cards or projects. And you are left with a sad little stamp set without a purpose. Picture it… that stamp set was so happy to be used with his paper friends but now they are gone bringing a smile to someone’s face and the stamp set is well, sad.
Being a somewhat organized person, I will dutifully file away my stamp sets once the kit was complete. I started feeling like I wasn’t getting my money’s worth out of those stamp sets. But as a demonstrator I get caught in this place of do I show you amazing ideas with stamps you can’t buy anymore? Or do I keep showing you the things you can get right now? I want each one of you reading this blog to get more value than just the monthly kit or a stamp set. I really, as cheesy as it sounds, want to inspire you to get off your tuskus and make something! So Beyond the Box was born.
This month I am sharing 5 cards I made using Stampin’ Up! products and the stamp set from the May 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. You can see the process video below for how to make the cards in the kit as well as 3 of my BTB (beyond the box) cards. Now let’s take a look at what I made!
This was the first card I made. I used the new 6×6″ paper pads in the color families. My colors are Night of Navy, Gray Granite, and Real Red. I also used some the little stars from the Shaker Shapes embellishments. I love a red, white, and blue card!
I love everything about this card!! It uses the same papers as the card above. This time I added some sequins from the Sequins for Everything set. Those circles are from one single die in the Picture This die set.
Now we are going to switch color schemes and move away from reds and navys. I am going to be using Coastal Cabana, Gray Granite, Cinnamon Cider, and Basic White in some form or fashion. I used a circle stencil to make my background and Coastal Cabana ink. Then I layered Coastal Cabana on top that I stamped with the matching ink. That circle paper is from the Hostess paper pack! It’s giving me life right now!
I know I shouldn’t play favorites but y’all!! I think this is my favorite card of the bunch. I love that it’s not really baseball colors and if you don’t look too closely those bats could be stripes… LOL ok not really. But this card is one that I really love. The Gray Granite layer was stenciled with that “cracked glass” looking stencil in the new annual catalog. The papers are both from the Hostess Paper Pack. Seriously! This one… it takes my breath!
I had such high hopes for this card. I still like the card but it’s not what I imagined. It’s just not. I tried every pink I have and it just didn’t work to put the greeting on. I tried it on white stamped in every pink, nope. I tried it on Gray Granite. I really think that it needed to be on Crumb Cake but after trying everything else, I went with the Coastal Cabana. I decided to share it as a lesson in sometimes things just don’t work out like you thought. But it’s still a pretty card. The texture on the Crumb Cake is the new Bark folder. I thought it might look like wood and the pattern papers are from that same pack of Hostess Pattern Paper! Y’all I was right, right? You need that pack in your life! I finished this card with sequins from the Artistry in Bloom sequins.
I hope that you will join me in July when I share June Paper Pumpkin’s Beyond the Box.
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