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Quiet Meadow Bundle Pocket Front Card

Pocket front card using the Meadows dies from the Quiet Meadow bundle from Stampin' Up! Image shows card standing.
Quiet Meadow Pocket Card – Standing

This Pocket Front Card idea came from a Splitcoast Stampers post. I thought the design would be the perfect final card in my 100 Days Project on Instagram. The project was a challenge to create something for one hundred days. I chose cards. It took me a few more than one hundred days to finish, but I enjoyed the process. This card is not one I would make for an everyday occasion, and I’ll need to craft a custom envelope for it because it is quite large. But I can see this design as a gift card holder or a cute Christmas card with a less elaborate collection in the v-shaped pocket.

How to Make the Pocket Front Card

A Pocket front card filled with die cuts from the Quiet Meadow bundle by Stampin' Up! accented with dragonflies.
The Pocket Card resting flat

The tutorial for this card on Splitcoast Stampers is excellent. It starts with a standard half sheet of card stock scored at 4-1/4″. Then, with the card in landscape position, the two corners are scored from 2-3/4″ up the side to 2-3/4″ in the midpoint of the front. These fold back, and with a small piece of washi tape to hold them in place, become the v-shaped pocket. One thing I added to my card was a 4″x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White card stock to the front of the card. You can’t tell because the corners are covered with patterned paper. But it leaves a nice little spot for a sentiment and a note.

For the insides of the pocket, I cut a bunch of the flowers and leaves using the Meadow dies and Mossy Meadow, Soft Succulent, Bumblebee, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, and Blackberry Bliss card stock. I arranged my newly cut meadow in a balanced and pleasing layout to my eye. Then I added the butterflies using the same dies and Calypso Coral paper.

Next, I added the sentiment, stamped in Blackberry Bliss and die cut with the same dies, to the front of the card with Dimensionals. Lastly, I added punched dragonflies from the Dandy Garden paper. This is the same packet of DSP that I used for the front of the card. There are even little Blackberry Bliss dragonflies playing among the petals. Finally, for a touch of sparkle, I finished with some gold Metallic Pearls.

This is a very special occasion type of card, but it was fun to use all the dies and so many colors. I love the final effect. Big thanks to Dina Kowal for her excellent tutorial. Until next time…Ink up!

Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Three cards made from the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin subscription box from Stampin' Up May 2021
Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin cards

The May 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Batter Up!, contained all the baseball-themed goodness a card maker could hope for and bubble gum. I hadn’t seen that gum since I was a kid. So much nostalgia and fun in one box. The best part of this box was the new instructions—all the details and in color. My craft group sped through making these three fantastic designs so easily. Good thing I’m a good coach and had some alternate plays to run them through. This time I focused mainly on the stamp set, which included a hat and a bat image, some great bold sentiments, and a ton of relative stamps (mom, dad, son, uncle, grandpa, and friend). The exclusive stamp sets are one of my favorite parts of Paper Pumpkin. Let me show you how I used them for this month’s alternative cards.

All Star Card

Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin alternate using the All Star sentiment and Stitched Stars dies.
All Star Batter Up! Alternate

When I saw the “All Star” sentiment in the Batter Up! set, I knew I had to do a card with stars. Nothing says summer to me like a red, white, and blue theme, so I started with a base of Real Red. Next, I added a layer of Pacific Point DSP cut to 3-3/4″x 5″ to have a nice big border.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Real Red and used the Tasteful Labels dies to cut it out. The die has a stitched edge that is such a great detail. I used Dimensionals to add it to the card. After that, I cut the star spray out of Silver foil using the Stitched Stars dies. I saved the solid stars that came out of the die-cut and layered those on the card, too. I love the sparkle of the silver foil.

Batter Up! Hat’s Off Card

Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternate card using the exclusive stamps from the Stampin' Up! kit
You’re the Best – Hat’s Off card

For this alternate card, I started with a base of Pacific Point. Then, I stamped a 3-3/4″x5″ piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with the hat stamp from Batter Up! in the matching ink. I started in the center of the paper and then rotated the cap in all directions as I continued to stamp until I filled the page and some images went off the edge. Then, to give that piece more interest, I cut it into 1″ strips and laddered them on the card. It was a tight fit, and I think I would do a 7/8″ next time to make it easier.

For the sentiment, I broke out the Real Red again. The circle was punched with one of my retired punches, but the Layering Circle dies would work well too. My circle is about 2-1/2″ in diameter. Next, I added one of the tags from the kit and stamped it with the Friend stamp using Pacific Point ink. Lastly, I added three red enamel dots from the kit for a final touch. Wouldn’t this make a great card for a kid’s birthday?

I hope you enjoyed your monthly Batter Up! box from Paper Pumpkin as much as I did. If you don’t subscribe and you want to, there is a link in the right hand panel, the Paper Pumpkin logo. I’ve seen a preview of next month’s box—you don’t want to miss it. Until next time…Ink up!

Throwback Thursday Fruit Salad Card

Throwback Thursday card featuring Pineapple Punch paper and Lemon Zest Lemons
Throwback Thursday Fruit Salad

Welcome to my Throwback Thursday post, where I dig into my craft stash and see what I can come up with. Today’s card started with a prompt from a group I follow on Instagram: Yellow. I could have gone in many directions with this, but being that it is Thursday, and I, like all avid crafters, have a whole lot of crafts materials in my stash, I decided to see what I could do with some oldies but goodies.

Instructions for My Throwback Thursday Card

Starting with a base of Pineapple Punch and a layer of the Pineapple punch patterned paper answered the call for yellow. Stampin’ Up! has several yellow colors, all of which are lovely, but this one packs a punch! Maybe that’s how it got its name. But I digress. Lemons! I needed lemons for a yellow punch to go with pineapple paper. These lemons are from a retired set called Lemon Zest. This is not a set I will release out of my craft stash anytime soon. I love these lemons! I stamped them in Daffodil Delight to add some contrast.

At this point, I needed more fruit. I mean, I had a theme going. So I dug into the You’re So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit from last month and used one of the watermelon cards and two stickers: a strawberry and a kiwi. I cut the watermelon in half so that it was easier to arrange on the card and not so overpowering. The stamp is also from the Paper Pumpkin, and I used the recently retired Terracotta Tile ink.

Lastly, I added a white baker’s twine bow under the sentiment and used up some translucent sequins that I think were from another Paper Pumpkin. A super bright and fun card that was very easy to make. What do you have in your stash you haven’t played with in a while? Need to use up some lingering embellishments? Now is a good time to put that stash to use and make space for your new catalog wish list. Let me know if I inspired you. Until next time…Ink up!