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  • Writer's pictureVy Tran

Ten Years of Growth: 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 March 2023 Ten Years of Growth 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. Refills are no longer available for this kit.

Do you ever save the tissue paper that your kit comes wrapped in? I do, especially when we get a special color. The tissue paper this time was gold, and I used it for an easy faux silk technique. I just crumpled up some tissue paper that was a little bigger than the cardstock layer and then adhered it down, glossy side up. I used a thin layer of glue, but Adhesive Sheets would also work well. You can wrap the excess tissue paper around the cardstock or trim it to size. I added this layer to one of the cardbases from the kit and arranged some die cuts for a quick card.

I used a small blending brush to add Polished Pink and Fresh Freesia inks to the embossed pot to really bring out the texture. I have both sizes of the blending brushes and find myself reaching for the small ones frequently because I like the flexibility of the necks.

For a finishing touch, I added a few Iridescent Rhinestones.


- Kit card

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

-Basic White cardstock

  • 3" (W) x 4-1/4"

-Kit tissue paper

  • approximately 4" (W) x 5-1/4" (H) to start


The second project uses the window cardbase. I trimmed 1/8" off each side of the front, and I also cut down the back of the card to use as a message panel. I stamped the leaf image from the bonus stamp set using Mint Macaron ink and colored it in with a Blender Pen. Because the gold foil on the window outline resists ink, the leaves look like they're behind the window.

I used small blending brushes to add Balmy Blue ink inside the window outline and Crumb Cake to the small pot. To maintain this more subdued color palette, I turned the small plant die cut over and blended Soft Succulent ink onto the white side.

The beautiful "happy" sentiment is from the kit, but if you've run out, use the stamp from the bonus set and heat emboss it in gold. The Mother's Day sentiment is stamped in Soft Succulent ink.

I used Balmy Blue cardstock for the card. The inside message panel is the back of the original cardbase, and it's stamped with the same leaf image. I added Brushed Brass Butterflies, and they're flat enough to include on the inside as well.


- Balmy Blue cardstock

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

-Kit card

  • Front 4" (W) x 5-1/4" (H)

  • Back 4" (W) x 5-1/4" (H)


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

For more ideas using this kit, check out the window scene card, locking gatefold card, and bookmark card I shared previously.

April 10th is the last day to sign up for this month’s kit, called All the Little Things. This kit makes 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs. Check out the iridescent foil accents on these cherry blossom die cuts! We'll get a Shaded Spruce mini ink cube, and there will be a free insert to help organize your box. 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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