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World’s Greatest Alternatives

I love that title. It’s actually two alternatives for the August Paper Pumpkin kit: “World’s Greatest.” The kit was designed to make nine cards, three shakers, and two other designs you can see in this picture. Aren’t the plaid details fun?

Of course, we all have everyday heroes we can acknowledge. The people in our lives that we would greatly miss. The people who make our days just a little bit brighter. This kit was ideal for sending an unexpected note of gratitude to those folks.

But as always, I was inspired to change things up just a little bit. I have two simple alternatives for you. One uses only what was in the kit. The other uses stamps from a past Paper Pumpkin. Let me show you.

Best Friend

For this card, I started by cutting the blue plaid base in half and trimming one piece down to 4″ x 5-1/4″ —save the extra strips. I layered that trimmed piece onto a base of Whisper White card stock. Next, I used the “leftover” piece from the shaker card frame. It also had a pre-punched blue circle, which left a frame for my “award.” That was placed on the card with Dimensionals.

I used the stamps from the kit to add the ribbon to one of the large white circles and the sentiment to one of the small white circles. I layered the small circle onto a gold medallion from the kit and popped it up on Dimensionals on the large stamped circle.

Next, I trimmed one of those “scrap” strips to fit in between the green plaid edges. I stamped “friend” using the stamp and ink from the kit, and yes Dimensionals. Lastly, I scattered on a few stars and there you have it. Simple, cute, and nothing wasted.

A Great Birthday Card

This lovely birthday card starts out the same way as the previous card but uses the green plaid base, cut in half and trimmed down, saving the trim strip. The plaid is on a base of Whisper White and over that I added one of the Bumblebee water color wash pieces from the kit that I had stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment from an earlier Paper Pumpkin kit (April 2019 – Sentimental Rose).

Next, I added two of the vellum sprays and a 3-1/2″ length of the grosgrain ribbon. I added a layer of the plaid strip that I trimmed earlier. For the flower, I used Magenta Madness ink and fussy-cut it as I did with the leaf sprays, but they are stamped in Just Jade. The flower is lifted on Dimensionals and I added a Gold Glitter enamel to the center. The final touch was a few of the stars from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed these two quick alternative cards and that they inspired you to create your own alternatives. Happy crafting!

Stamping Optional

Do you ever find yourself in need of a quick card? I know you love crafting, but sometimes responsibilities interrupt our creative time. It happens to me, too. So today, I’m sharing a little secret with you. Gorgeous cards in minutes, stamping optional. It requires two products, the Flowers for Every Season Memories and More cards and the Flowers for Every Season Cards and Envelopes. Check out the cards and then I’ll give you details on how each one came together.


Embrace Today: This card uses a Magenta Madness card base, one 4×6 Memories and More (M&M) card, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Magenta Madness cardstock, a 3×4 M&M card, some ribbon and two leftover flower pieces from my card creation using the Bloom and Grow set (also known as scraps). I added three In Color Enamel Dots.

Celebrate You: This card uses a Just Jade card base, a 4×6 M&M card, stickers from the M&M card pack, two Gold Glitter enamel dots, and a prepunched bee from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.

You Inspire Me: This card started with the Cinnamon Cider base, a 4×6 M&M card, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Just Jade cardstock, a 3×4 M&M card, some Linen Thread, more leftover flowers this time from the Boho Indigo project, and more In Color Enamel dots. I included the matching envelope in this image so you can see how well they work together.

Feeling Festive: It started with the base of Misty Moonlight, a 4×6 M&M card, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock, a 3×4 M&M card, twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon combo pack, and a few Clear Epoxy Droplets.

You are my Sunshine: For the last card, I used the Bumblebee base, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Magenta Madness cardstock and a 3×4 M&M card. The white dotted detail is preprinted on the card base. I added more scrap flowers from the Bloom and Grow set, some In Color Enamel dots, and a piece of Magenta Madness twine from a previous Paper Pumpkin.

If you love these cards, be sure to check out the Flowers for Every Season suite that includes the cards and envelopes and the card pack. They can be ordered separately as well. But all of these cards, with the exception of the addition of a bit of In Color cardstock, were made with just the Memories and More packs and pieces I had on my desk from the last two projects I posted. I did stamp the insides of these cards, but I didn’t have to. Quick. Easy. Stamping Optional.

Happy crafting!

Boho Indigo Product Medley Sampling

Stampin’ Up! has a fantastic product medley in the current annual catalog that called to me. Product medleys are great because they include a coordinated set of papers, stamps, embellishments, and dies that just work together. The distressed blues and warm vanilla tones are perfect for summer transitioning into early fall. I have three cards for you to showcase this set. The first two use just what is in the kit with the addition of some coordinating paper and ink. The last card is a bit more elaborate to give you an idea of where you can go with it.

Simple Boho Indigo

This pretty card came together in a few short minutes. The base is Night of Navy and I put a panel of Very Vanilla inside so the it’s easy to add a personal message. Next I added a 1″x 5-1/4″ strip of the Boho Indigo paper on the left hand edge of the card. The larger piece of DSP is 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ so that it can layer over the edge of the first strip. The paper is this medley is gorgeous and only available in the medley or the refill kit.

The sentiment from the Boho Indigo stamp set and is on one of the preprinted banners that I stamped in Night of Navy ink. I used Dimensionals to add it to the card. The gold flowers are from the preprinted sheets in the medley. Pop them out and add them to the card with Dimensionals and this card is done.

Boho Indigo Birthday

The second card is the one I made first. I wanted to use as much of the medley products in one card as I possibly could. I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla. Then I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. On top of that, I layered two pieces of the DSP so that they overlapped. The top piece is 4″ x 3-1/4″ and the bottom piece is 4″ x 2-1/2″. Where they overlapped, I used glue dots to add the exclusive Night of Navy Frayed Grosgrain ribbon and then the Very Vanilla/gold Pleated Ribbon on top.

Next, I stamped the three vase images from the stamp set in Misty Moonlight and die cut them with the matching dies. I added a preprinted leaf and one of the small paper flowers from the medley to accent the vases. Lastly, I stamped one of the sentiments in Misty Moonlight on the included banner and used Dimensionals to add it to the card.

Boho Indigo Thank You

This last card is a little crazy but super fun. It starts off simply enough with a base of Very Vanilla and a layer of the DSP. Then I die cut one of the dry embossed Very Vanilla 6×6 papers in the medley using the Tasteful Labels dies.

Next, I created this vase. I started by die cutting the large vase image from Night of Navy card stock and also from the DSP. Those to pieces are glued together. Then I did the same thing with the narrow vase using a different pattern. I die cut the narrow vase out of the middle of the large vase and pieced in my alternate paper vase. And yes, I saved that cut out for a future project. It needed something more. So I cut one of the smaller vases, the dies don’t have matching stamps, they are just decorative vases. Then I trimmed the decorative piece and added it to the “shoulders” of my pieced together vase. It wasn’t quite long enough, so I added a large paper flower to cover the gap.

Lastly, I used the dies to cut some of the tropical leaves in Pear Pizzaz. It’s probably hard to see, but these dies also do a lovely job of embossing the veins into the paper for a great looking leaf. I used Bumblebee ink to stamp the flowers and cut them out with the matching die. The sentiment from the Boho Indigo set is stamped in Misty Moonlight on one of the preprinted banners and layered over a piece of the Frayed Grosgrain ribbon.

Now that I’ve done the first exploration of this medley, I intend to mix it up with other colors, and possibly some future Paper Pumpkin kits. Let me know if you have questions about the projects. Happy crafting!