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Two Friends of a Feather Alternates

Feathers!  and Friends! and Fun!  Only one of those was a surprise in this months Paper Pumpkin box – Friends of a Feather.  The box is always packed with fun and I love getting together with friends to craft at my Paper Pumpkin Parties. But, I have to say, I had not used feathers in my card designs before. I was missing out.  The cards as designed are stunning.  The intricate details almost make alternates unnecessary. But I love figuring out what I can come up with.

I have two for you  – made from one of the notecards in the kit.

October 2018 Paper Pumpkin AlternateThe first is a full sized card and was inspired by this card by Mercedes Weber.  For my card, I used a base of Thick Very Vanilla and a layer of Cajun Craze embossed with the Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder. I embossed the layer horizontally, which made the planks run vertically on my piece, the same direction as the feathers.

The next layer is from the trifold notecard in the kit. I cut it into three pieces and used one for this. The purple wash is a little subtler in person.  I spattered Bright Copper Shimmer paint in the upper left and lower right corners.  I still had some of the paint on my brush so I swiped it on the Cajun Craze feather from the kit.  The Blackberry Bliss feather is treated with Wink of Stella. and the Coastal Cabana feather has smidge of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I was curious about the difference between the two, Wink of Stella and Champagne Mist paint.  The paint has a more opaque base. The Wink of Stella is almost absorbed into the paper making it slightly darker and leaving the shine on top.

Delightfully detailed Paper Pumpkin alternate

The tag, stamped with the thinking of you sentiment in Night of Navy is from the kit. I did fishtail one end of the tag.  I added a True Gentleman button and a bit of twine from the kit for the bow.

After I used the watercolor wash background, I still had the intricate laser-cut front from the notecard that I couldn’t let go to waste.  I used one of my Delightfully Detailed Notecards with the Mint Macaron wash on the front.  I trimmed the edges so that the card base would be visible around the edge. The twine nest under the sentiment is from the kit. So is the banner. I stamped the sentiment in the middle with Night of Navy and added a couple of the Night of Navy sprigs that were included in the kit but not specified for use on the default cards.   I love how Stampin’ Up! encourages us to be creative by giving us extra pieces and parts.

Neither of these cards was overly complex and both used a lot of the Paper Pumpkin materials.  Have you signed up to get a box of happy creativity delivered right to your door yet?  You know you want to.  Subscribe here.


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Happiness Surrounds

It’s time for another Snowflake Showcase card. This time, I’m using the sister stamp set, Happiness Surrounds that pairs with the Snowfall dies.  As I was making this card, phrases such as “gilding the lily” and “less is more” came to mind, because we all have an internal critic and for whatever reason, mine is hanging on to the megaphone with both hands.  I decided to not only go with my original design, I decided that more really is more. And that I like gilding lilies.  I can appreciate and often aspire to a clean and simple look. But sometimes, I just want all the sparkle, all the layers, and all the textures.  I want to be “surrounded by happiness”.

Happiness Surrounds with Vegas gold shimmerSo, that’s what where this card came from.  I started with a base of Thick Very Vanilla.  It compliments the warm gold tones and is strong enough to support the many layers of die cuts. The bottom layer is Blackberry Bliss cardstock embossed with the Tin Tile dynamic embossing folder.  I used a bit of Vegas Gold Shimmer paint to highlight the pattern of the embossing.

For the band across the middle, I used a 1″x 4″ strip of Regals DSP in Blackberry Bliss with a 1/2″ strip of gold foil paper. Over that, I layered the Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.

Next, I started stamping and die-cutting.  The leaf base for the flowers used four of the dies in the Snowfall set along with two of the stamps. I stamped with Mint Macaron on the same color cardstock. The Berry Burst layer is stamped with the striped six-petal flower image, then die cut. Over that I layered Grapefruit Grove cut with one of the dies. On top of that, I added a Blackberry Bliss flower stamped in Blackberry Bliss and die-cut. Then, because “why not?” I added a gold foil die cut.

I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to put all those flower layers together and created the floral spray on the card using Tombow, glue dots and for the center flower, Dimentionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched it out with a 1-1/4″ circle punch.  I used the 1-3/8″ Scallop punch to cut the gold foil layer and then a final Blackberry Bliss layer with the 1-1/2″ Circle punch. That is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.  I thought I was done with the card, but then I added one last embellishment, Gold Metallic Pearls to the center of each flower.

This is a more advanced card, but I like that it showcases the different styles that can be achieved with Stampin’ Up! products. The only limitation is your imagination. Go for it!

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Snow is Glistening – Snowflake Showcase

The Snowflake Showcase is just like a real snowflake,  fleeting perfection.  This suite includes two stamp sets, one for the holiday and one for all occasions. It has a huge die set with swirls, snowflakes, flowers, and leaves that coordinate and compliment the stamps.  It has the truly unique White Velveteen paper. But it’s only available to order this month. November.  If you love it as much as I do. Don’t wait because it’s available only as long as supplies last.

I gave you a preview of the Snow is Glistening stamp set and the Snowfall thinlits with mySnowflake Showcase Snow is Glistening September Paper Pumpkin alternate, but you may not have fully appreciated just how spectacular that snowflake tree stamp is, so I’m showing it again with this card.

The tree is heat embossed with White embossing powder on Crumb Cake cardstock. That is layered over a piece of Champagne foil. Here’s a quick paper saving trick – I cut out some snowflakes from the center of that layer before I put the Crumb Cake on top.  If I hadn’t told you, you would never have been able to tell.  Three of those snowflakes are placed around the tree.

I used the big swirly die on the white velveteen paper.  It adds texture and visual movement to the card.  Three rhinestones add more sparkle and draw the eye around the card.  The sentiment is from the Christmas Traditions Punch box and is stamped in Crumb Cake ink. I love elegant cards like this that appear more complicated than they are.


Here is the video from Stampin’ Up! on this gorgeous set.


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