Yes, you read the title correctly, and no, I’m not stammering. Today’s card is a Paper Pumpkin Pals Paper Arts 253 card (say that three times really fast) meaning that I used my Paper Pumpkin kit for this week’s PPA253 Sketch Challenge.

PPA253 sketch challenge card b

Here is this week’s sketch by Nicole Watt.

PPA253 sketch challenge

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit makes gift bags and cards perfect for birthdays and other occasions to celebrate. I cut pieces from one of the cards and put them on a Tangerine Tango card base. The sentiment is stamped in Island Indigo on Whisper White, then matted on Tangerine Tango. I rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Three Daffodil Delight Candy Dots finish it off.

I like the jagged bottom of the sketch, but I was afraid that would be too much with the diagonal stripes of the card, so I opted to cut a curve. I used a pair of Craft Scissors for this – it was easier to keep a smooth line going than with smaller scissors like the Paper Snips. The Craft Scissors are wonderful for cutting ribbon. I have a pair that I use only for that purpose – I keep a ribbon tied around the handle. While I love the Paper Snips and use those most of the time, sometimes I like long scissors for paper as well, so I have a second pair of Craft Scissors I use for that.

PPA253 sketch challenge card a

The sentiment layer is attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some interest.

PPA253 sketch challenge card c

Here’s what I used:

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