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  • Writer's pictureVy Tran

Fun in the Sun: A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Hi! I’m Vy with Crafting Daily Dose. Welcome to this month’s A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop, featuring alternatives for the July 2023 Fun in the Sun kit.

This kit included supplies for 9 cards—3 each of 3 different designs. Kits always come with an exclusive stamp set, a mini ink cube, embellishments, and adhesives. As of today, refills are still available for this kit.

This first project is a fun take on an easel card. Usually, there is a slightly raised element on the inside of the card that props up the easel, but here, it is a pop-up that completes the scene. I was inspired by Lou Kitzelman, and I thought the pieces of this kit were perfect for this technique.

There's some added cardstock to create the base of this card. I used the envelope to make the support for the pop-up since I had already cut one up for a different project, but you could substitute Azure Afternoon or Basic White cardstock instead. The advantage to using the envelope is that it's less bulky when folded up inside the card. I've used the card panels and die cuts from the kit to complete the scene and stamped the sentiments in Azure Afternoon ink.

This card is actually pretty quick and easy to make:


-Daffodil Delight cardstock

  • 4-1/4” (W) x 11” (H), scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2" along the long side

-Basic White cardstock

  • TWO 3-3/4” (W) x 2-3/4” (H)

  • 3-3/4” (W) x 3” (H)

-Kit envelope

  • 3-1/2” (W) x 4” (H), scored at 1", 1-3/4", 2-3/4", and 3-1/2" along the long side


The crab die cut is so cute! I've already used it for another interactive card, and this time, the crab moves on a slider tab attached to a pivot arm.

I added Pool Party and Basic White cardstock, but all the other paper pieces are from the kit. The interactive mechanism requires mini brads, and I used my Take Your Pick Tool to pierce holes for them. The different layers on the front are raised up on adhesive foam so that there's room for the pieces to move freely; I used a combination of Foam Adhesive Strips and Dimensionals (you may have some left from past kits!). Having a finger notch in the front layer makes it easier to hold the slider tab. This one was made with a 1-3/4" circle punch, but any other circle or oval punch or die could work, or the piece can be cut straight with the trimmer or scissors.

This card is more involved, but it's worth it when you want something special!


-Pool Party cardstock

  • 5-1/2” (W) x 8-1/2” (H), scored at 4-1/4" along the long side.

-Kit cardbase

  • beach scene

  • TWO 3-1/2" (W) x 1/2" (H) from Crumb Cake section; pierce hole at 2" from right

  • 1/2" (W) x 3-1/2" (H) from Crumb Cake section; pierce holes at 1/4" and 5/8" from bottom

-Kit front panel

  • Trim 1/2" from right side

-Kit back panel

  • Trim 1/2" from bottom

-Basic White cardstock

  • 5-1/4" (W) x 4" (H)


  • 1/4" x at least 1-1/2", scored at 1/2" along the long side and then folded to create a collar for the slider


Thank you so much for visiting! Don’t forget to follow the hop to see other creative projects from our team!

August 10th is the last day to sign up for this month’s kit, called Meaningful Flowers. This kit makes 8 cards, 4 each of 2 designs. We'll get a Pretty Peacock mini ink cube, which is a new core color. Plus, there's a bonus stamp set! If you‘re in the U.S. and would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me, I’ll send you a handmade thank you card, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I post new ideas!


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