It's Day 2 of the August Papertrey Ink countdown! The August countdown is always one of my favorites since it's filled with pretty autumn things and fun halloween goodies.
Today I get to introduce a new set of Shaker Shapes dies! The Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm EDT on August 15th. Just like the other Shaker Shapes dies, it features a solid backer die, a frame, confetti dies, and little details and accessories. There are two separate confetti dies nested inside the pumpkin shape - one is filled with stars, bats, etc...perfect for halloween projects, while the other is filled with tiny leaves and acorns -- perfect for autumn and thanksgiving projects.
Let me show you some projects using the new Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin (I'm sneaking in a few other new goodies too...I don't want to give it all away already on Day 2, but I'm throwing in a few teasers!)
My first project is halloween themed and uses the jack-o-lantern accessories included in the Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection to create the shaker element. It's filled with tiny stars, bats, etc. which were cut with one of the confetti dies included in the set. The leaf, stem, and curly vine are also included. I centered him in the opening of a new Cover Plate die called Night Sky.
Behind the Night Sky diecut I layered a panel of Linen cardstock which was sponged with some Summer Sunrise ink. At the top I wrapped some black baker's twine and tied a tag diecut, which was cut using a die from my new Make It Market Mini kit...you'll see a whole lot more of that a little later in the countdown! I embellished the tag with the word "boo!" which is also part of the Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection, a few confetti diecuts, and the moon - which double as the jack-o-lantern eyes.
Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink: Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection, Cover Plate: Night Sky die, Make It Market Mini Kit: Halloween Pin-Ups
Next I have another halloween card, but this time I didn't use the pumpkin as a shaker, but more like a frame instead. Notice what's inside? New Scene It dies. Yup. Pretty excited about these, but I'm not going to tell all today. :-) There are three layers, but I just used two here. They fit so nicely inside the pumpkin! I trimmed just a little excess from around the edges once I had them positioned how I liked.
I was going for an eerie feeling here and kept it pretty simple so those trees could really shine. I sponged the inside of the pumpkin frame with Enchanted Evening and Summer Sunrise inks. I stamped a sentiment from a set that you're going to be seeing more of later in the countdown. Behind the pumpkin is a layer of Linen cardstock that was sponged with Smokey Shadow and Enchanted Evening inks. I also added a few tiny diecut bats flying out of the pumpkin, which were cut with the confetti die from the Pumpkin Shaker set.
Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink: Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection, Scene It: Hallows Eve die collection, Haunted Headstones stamp set
One more halloween project using the Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die, and then I'll show you a few autumn-themed projects. Up next I used the Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin as the base for a quick and easy halloween favor or treat. I used the Write Stuff Holders die to diecut two slots for pencils from the solid pumpkin backer. I sponged some Limeade Ice ink on the solid backer, then layered the pumpkin frame over the top, cut from Orange Zest cardstock.
To create the pencils, I wrapped some plain pencils with black polka dot washi tape, and topped them off with witch boots, which are found in my newest Make It Market Mini kit being released this month. I'm going to leave you in suspense until later in the countdown as to what else is included in the kit! The sentiment is also from my new mini kit.
Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink: Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection, Make It Market Mini Kit: Halloween Pin Ups
Now how about a few autumn-themed Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin projects? First up is a much more elegant looking card than the halloween projects I just showed you. This die set can take on many different looks, depending on which accessories you use from the set. Here I diecut the pumpkin from Rustic White cardstock -- isn't there something very elegant about white pumpkins? I created a shaker from the white pumpkin and filled it with tiny leaves and acorns, cut using the more fallish set of confetti dies included in the set. I cut them from assorted cardstock, including a few shades of Shimmer Cardstock.
I layered the shaker over a panel of linen cardstock which was sponged with Orange Zest at the bottom. I added the stem and leaf details, which were cut from Spring Moss cardstock. I added lots of random diecut leaves to the open area above the pumpkin. The "grateful" word die is from the previously released Counting My Blessings set and the "for you" sentiment is from Dawn's new Enclosed: Leaf set.
Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink: Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection, Enclosed: Leaf stamp set
Next is a Thanksgiving card. I used the pumpkin as a frame instead of creating a shaker. Inside I stamped a sentiment from the previously released Autumn Adornments set.
At the base of the pumpkin I put the autumn leaf and acorn cluster from the new Quilted: Autumn set. I layered it all over a panel of Autumn Chicken Scratch paper, also new this month.
Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink: Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin die collection, Quilted: Autumn stamp set and coordinating die, Autumn Chicken Scratch Gingham paper collection
That wraps up my Shaker Shapes: Pumpkin projects, but before I go I wanted to share one more Quilted: Autumn card. While working on my projects using this set I diecut a whole bunch of the quilt blocks from different cardstock colors and all of the little bits and pieces were lying on my table. I thought it would be fun to see what sort of different arrangements I could create with my scraps besides the leaf block that's found in the set. I started playing around and here's what resulted...
This was just one arrangement I came up with, I'm sure there are lots of other ways you could arrange the basic shapes from the die. I stamped some of the leaf stems and a sentiment from the Quilted: Autumn set to finish it off. I backed it with a panel of patterned paper from Heather's new Twig Wreath paper collection.
Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink: Quilted: Autumn stamp set and coordinating die, Twig Wreath patterned paper collection