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A Litte Smile Alternates

Whew! It’s been a busy summer. But I know you’ll be digging into the June Paper Pumpkin if you haven’t already. You’re going to be amazed at how much stuff was included in the kit. I have two alternates for you to spark your creative inspiration if small gift-card sized cards aren’t your preference.

As Designed

First, check out the four cards that are completed as designed. I used one of these for a tip for the hotel cleaning staff on a recent vacation. A little touch that I hope brought a smile to the face of a very hard worker. With the plastic carrying case, it’s so easy to have the cards with you when you need them in perfect condition.

But, if you tend to prefer full-sized cards, it is so simple to take these materials and dress them up. I posted two Christmas card alternates using this kit already, but I still had plenty of backgrounds and pre-punched pieces to make even more alternates.

A Simple Alternate

I started with a Whisper White base and then adhered the vellum coral cut-outs all around the edge of a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock. Over that, I added one of the card fronts, tied with the twine from the kit. Dimensionals gave it a bit of lift from the base of the card.

I stamped the sentiment from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit in Crumb Cake. That was it. Super simple with a beachy vibe that could be a masculine card if you left off the bow. Or dress it up with some rhinestones or enamel dots.

A Stepped-up Alternate

The second card also starts with a Whisper White base. But this time, I embossed a layer of Bermuda Bay with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. I used both the back and the front of one of the small cards but cut them apart. I stamped the back layer with stamps from the kit in Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive.

The top layer has one of the pre-punched palm trees and I added it with Dimensionals. I used a sentiment stamp, banner, and ink from the kit. To embellish the banner, I wrapped a bit of twine around one end. It is also lifted up with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I added some of the other punched pieces, the sand dollar, starfish, and leaves for a final touch of sparkle and texture.

Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from planning creative time. It’s so important to take time for yourself.

Two Happy Christmas in July Cards

The latest Paper Pumpkin, A Little Smile has a fun beach theme perfect for summer. But, I love to see if I can come up Christmas cards and start filling in my stash for December. There were so many pre-punched pieces it was almost too easy. So, I came up with two for you.

Christmas on the Beach

The first card uses the leafy pieces, flipped over from their Old Olive color. I started with a Whisper White base. I added a layer of Coastal Cabana that I stamped using the Hugs from Shelli background stamp with Frost White shimmer paint to make it look like it’s snowing. Then I created a sandy beach using a ripped piece of Crumb Cake stamped with a stamp from the kit in Crumb Cake. I also sponged the edges.

Next, I built the tree. I started with the layer on the “beach” with five leaves, then a layer of four, then three and so on. Once I had that base layer, I filled in with a few extra leaves. I used one of the glitter starfish as the star topper. I finished the tree with some gold pearls.

Finally, for the sentiment, I got out an old set of Paper Pumpkin holiday stamps and used Old Olive ink. The banner was from the kit as well as the sand dollar.

Lovely Bauble

My second card uses some Lovely Lipstick foil paper I had left in my stash. This would be an equally gorgeous card done with Gold foil and red berries. Here’s how I made it. I started with a base of Whisper White and an additional strip 5-1/2″ by 2-1/2″. I punched a 2″ circle in the center. Then I glued on one of the lacy medallions from the kit.

Beneath the strip is a 2-3/8″ square piece of foil. The bauble “hook” was made by die cutting a Beautiful Bauble die from Champagne foil and cutting out the hanger. I saved the rest for another card I’ll post soon. The strip is mounted to the card with Dimensionals. I added leafy cuts and enamel dots colored with Stampin Blends to make the holly sprays.

Next, I used the Flourish dies to cut out the trim piece. I cut it down the center and added the two halves under the edges of the Whisper White panel. Lastly, I used an old holiday Paper Pumpkin stamp for the sentiment. I heat embossed it using the retired Lovely Lipstick embossing powder. It can also just be stamped with Lovely Lipstick ink.

I hope you’re having fun with your Paper Pumpkin subscription.

Butterfly fun

I don’t think it’s a secret that I love butterflies. In my garden, in my craft room, anywhere I can find them. It’s been like this my entire life. I remember a shirt my dad bought me for my birthday when I was six or seven. the butterfly on the front was filled with an iridescent liquid that would change color from purple to blue to green. If I hadn’t outgrown it, I’d still be wearing it.

I sort of fell in love with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and matching Butterfly Duet punch. The first thing is that there are four butterfly patterns from natural to stained glass. Second, the stamps for the little butterfly and the big butterfly are one stamp and line up perfectly with the punch. Zero waste. And there are extra stamps for shading the wings and adding details. And then Stampin’ Up! added some great bold sentiments. Love. Completely in love with this set. Because of that, I have three cards for you this Thursday. The stamp set and punch are current. Many of the products I used, in addition, are throwbacks.

Garden Butterfly

The first card used the butterflies that look like leaves. Perfect for a flowery card in Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green. After I stamped and punched the butterflies, I frosted them with a touch of Frost White shimmer paint.

The card base is retired, but Balmy Blue would be a good choice, perhaps with some monochromatic stamping for visual interest. The next layer is Daffodil Delight with some of my DIY DSP that I colored in with Stampin’ Blends.

I used Balmy Blue for the sentiment and the Tailored Tag punch. Pearls and a bit of retired Daffodil Delight ribbon finished up this card.

Stained Glass Butterflies

The next two cards are notecard sized. Starting with a base of Whisper White, I used retired vellum DSP to compliment the patters on the stamped butterflies. For the first card, I sponged the base with a variety of pink shades including the retired Powder Pink and Berry Burst. Then I layered on the vellum. Coloring in the butterflies is a breeze using the stamps. I didn’t get out my Stamparatus, and they still came out pretty good. The embellishments are a combination of Artisan pearls and enamel dots.

Lastly, I used the Painted Glass stamp set (current in the annual catalog). The Thank You sentiment and medallion are both included in this set. I heat embossed the medallion stamp on a scrap of pink paper (most likely Powder Pink or Pink Pirouette. It’s easily punched out with the 2″ Circle punch. I added some Rose Metallic Thread behind the sentiment and circle. My advice on this thin wire is to use a lot and don’t fuss with it too much. It adds a nice touch of texture and bling.

I colored the vellum and the butterfly using the retired Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette. A few silver pearls finished this boldly feminine card.