A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop-A Sara Thing Kit

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Welcome to the first A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!!  We are so excited to be here sharing lots of alternate ideas for using your Paper Pumpkin Kit.  This month, we’re sharing ideas for the “A Sara Thing” kit!!  It was plenty exciting all on it’s own but, you’ll want to take a peek at what we’ve come up with!!

I had such fun playing with the various elements that came in the kit.

Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing - alternate card 1 from thertfulinker.com

First, I added half a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock

 – as it’s a coordinating color –

for the base.

Then, I used part of one of the Basic Black card bases

in the kit as a layer to which I added a piece of the diagonally striped washi.

Next, I took one of the blank pieces of watercolor paper in the kit

and drew on a random design using

one of the watercolor pencils (they were a free gift this month).

Using the included paintbrush, I dragged a light bit of water

over the hand drawn design to make it bleed slightly.

Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing - alternate card detail from theartfulinker.com

After I stamped the sentiment words on a piece of

Whisper White (also included in the kit), I used

the Stampin’ Trimmer to carefully

trim out the words

before adding them with dimensionals.

The glittery flower seems like an asterisk for “best” – kind of highlighting that word.

Finally, I took one of the envelopes

and carefully opened it.

The flap design is printed on the whole of the reverse side!

So, I turned the envelope inside out and glued it back together.

Next, I made a mini book.

Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing - alternate mini book from theartfulinker.com

Again, I used one of the Basic Black card bases

from the kit and cut it down.

Then, I had some fun adding color to one of the

embossed, watercolor paper hearts

found in the kit.

I LOVE the bright green (Lemon Lime Twist) on this months kit!

It also appears on the die cut leaves and envelopes provided.

But, there was no Lemon Lime Twist watercolor pencil.

Watercolor brush and pencils from Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing

Technique Tip: Taking the clear block, I brushed on some water.  Then, I scribbled in the water with my Daffodil Delight pencil followed by the Pacific Point pencil.

It takes a moment before color begins to appear.

Using the brush, I swirled the color together

and voila I had Lemon Lime Twist-ish color to paint onto

the watercolor heart.

After I had added it in a few sections, I scribbled in some

Rich Razzleberry and used a clean, wet brush

to move some of the color around

so that you get two tones.

Once I added a piece of washi to the base,

the heart was ready to be attached.

For the inside,

Papaer Pumpkin A Sara Thing - alternate mini book open full - from theartfulinker.com

I traced the heart three times onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Then, I used my Paper Snips to cut them out

but also leave them attached to each other.

After stamping the sentiment words in Basic Black,

I wanted to use the splatter stamp — but in a different color.

Technique Tip: I dampened the clear block and scribbled on Rich Razzleberry pencil.  Then I used the Rich Razzleberry puddle as an ink pad and inked up the splatter.

The Rich Razzleberry pencil was also used to outline the edge of each heart.

Tip: Use a ruler as a guide to make this easier.

After adhering the top heart to the base, I added a piece of the washi.

Paper Pumpkin A Sara Thing - alternate mini book open - from theartfulinker.com

And finally, I cut out the border of one of the die cut leaves and added it around “love”

before filling it in with Fine Tip Glue.

It looks like a little epoxy or enamel accent!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my alternate Paper Pumpkin creations!

You can find the additional products used below.

Now, it’s time to hop along to Cindy and see the wonderful thing she has come up with.

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  • Reply
    Pamela Braithwaite
    April 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Sara, I have never been to your site before, but I think I shall have to look at it often. You have a wonderful, creative talent in how you took this Paper Pumpkin card to a new level. I really like the idea of taking the Mellon Mambo pencil and making swirls that look like the stamp set and dies (from the catalog). And yet, you drew it in. That looks like fun! I really like it a lot.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 30, 2017 at 7:31 am

      So glad you stopped by Pamela and I hope you’ll be back soon! Thank so much you for the lovely comment!! Hope this inspired you to play.

  • Reply
    Holly Paplow
    April 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE your cards! I love how you did the water color background on the first card, so very cute!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 30, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Holly! That card/background seems to be the favorite.

  • Reply
    April 28, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Oh my! Such awesome creations!!!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much! That’s very kind of you to say.

  • Reply
    Kris k.
    April 27, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I love your hand drawn design!!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you Kris, that’s one of the pleasures of watercolor pencils.

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    alyse d
    April 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

    your cards are great love the water coloring and splash of lime color sc

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Alyse! and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply
    Mary BAUER
    April 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I love how easy you made the background with the watercolor pencils.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Mary! You’ll have to give that a try!

  • Reply
    Patty Kreifels
    April 26, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I like the hand drawn elements on the first card and the others are awesome.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 26, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Patty! I hope you’re enjoying this month’s kit!!

  • Reply
    Lisa Tedder
    April 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm

    Sara! Your first card is absolutely STUNNING! I love your hand drawn element. Great job!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you! Lisa. I’m so glad you liked this simple, fun way to use the watercolor pencils!

  • Reply
    Ingrid vos
    April 25, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for the technique tips!

  • Reply
    Sharon Stegeman
    April 25, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I love the heart card,..very cool idea!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Sharon! It’s always fun to try something a little different.

  • Reply
    April 25, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Such great ideas Sara! I especially love that you turned the envelope inside out!! I would never have thought of that! The insides of the envelopes are definitely a beautiful feature of this kit! What a great way to show them off! Love that I’m hopping with you! 💖

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      That’s really sweet of you to say Carolynn! I love the printed elements in the kits and am always looking for ways to extend the fun designs.

  • Reply
    Denise Kasbohm
    April 25, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I love these. Just love the watercoloring you did, they are such pretty and simple cards.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks so much Denise! Sometimes simple is wonderful.

  • Reply
    April 25, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Not sure which I like best weather scribbling on the acrylic block in a puddle. Or putting out the hearts in a paper doll chain fashion

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 5:34 am

      So glad you found some take aways!

  • Reply
    Fran Weinberg
    April 25, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Thank you for including your tips and techniques! Your card is cute, and the mini book is very clever. TFS!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 5:30 am

      Thank you very much Fran! I love to share the little things I figure out.

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    What a clever idea with the mini-book! I love the green ink pad too…so bright!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 5:27 am

      Thanks so much Vivian! The “green ink pad” here was fun to make.

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Love your cards and your clever watercoloring! I was trying to figure out what stamp you used in the first card and then I read you drew the swirls freehand with a watercolor pencil and brushed it with a bit of water … simple but so lovely! I also appreciated your creativity to create a version of the Lemon Lime Twist using water on a clear block and the yellow and green pencils. 👏

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 25, 2017 at 5:26 am

      Thank you LJ! So many fun ways to use those watercolor pencils. They were such a nice gift!

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Great card!

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    Victoria Merrick
    April 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Love the new Lemon Lime Twist, especially with the black. Can hardly wait to get my hands on some!!!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Don’t you just Victoria! I think it will be a favorite combo.

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    So cute! I wouldn’t have thought of this! So many grea ideas. Guess I’ll have to order a refill!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks! Refills are almost always a must!!

  • Reply
    Crystal Wilson
    April 24, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Really like the fold out heart! Very creative and cute!

  • Reply
    Sara Levin
    April 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you Debbie and Sue

  • Reply
    Pat Frank
    April 24, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Very cute. It’s amazing all the different things that come out of 1 small box.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you Pat! And that’s exactly why I LOVE this kit!!

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Lovely ideas

  • Reply
    Debbie Thomas
    April 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Great ideas

  • Reply
    Sara Levin
    April 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you Linda and Sue! I hope you’ll give it a try.

  • Reply
    Linda Hunt
    April 24, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    The fold out heart is a great idea!

  • Reply
    Sue McNeill
    April 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    The minibook is very clever!

  • Reply
    Phyllis Sinclair
    April 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Realy like the foldout heart card.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Thank you Phyllis, it was a fun way to create a different card.

  • Reply
    Natalie Woll
    April 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Love the swirls on the first card!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Natalie. Think of all the things you could draw and give a wash to.

  • Reply
    Lynnette Hallbick
    April 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    love the idea on the 1st card

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful! Love these ideas! TFS

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I hope SU comes out with watercolor pencils for the new colors.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Wouldn’t that be fun Karen? In the meantime, I’ll be mixing up my own shades.

  • Reply
    Kathy Beemer
    April 24, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Love these colors. Thanks for the inspiration and ideas.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

      I agree Kathy, the colors are so bright and happy!

  • Reply
    Patty Preston
    April 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Thanks for great ideas on making your own colors on the blocks!! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

      It’s an easy way to make more Patty – glad you’ll try it!

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

    What a cute set!!! I love the watercolor swirls you created on the “you are the best” card! Fabulous ideas!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much Angela!! The watercolor pencils are the best!

  • Reply
    April 24, 2017 at 10:10 am

    You really ARE the Artful Inker 😉 I love your projects! I know it’s just a simple thing, but I love those little swirls <3 Thanks for sharing 😀

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Thanks Kimberly! You’ve made my day!!

  • Reply
    Sandy Berghuis
    April 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Very nice alternative ideas – TFS!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Sandy, glad you enjoyed my simple alternatives.

  • Reply
    Judy Rozema
    April 24, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Your fold out heart is such a cute idea!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      April 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Thank you Judy! Just add some pictures or a note from the heart and anyone would be delighted to receive it.

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