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A Kit in Color – Radical Alternatives

So I promised you more alternatives for the May 2020 Paper Pumpkin, A Kit in Color. These alternatives take a bit more work, might use retired products, and more advanced techniques. This is for the avid crafters, to inspire you to use what you have in your craft stash to make something spectacular. Let’s go.

Die Cut and Embossing

The first card uses the rainbow card base from kit. On top of that I layered one half of the Purple Posy notecard that I had embossed with the retired Swirls and Curls embossing folder. If you don’t have this one consider the Parisian Flourish 3-D or some other way to add texture and interest to that layer. Next, I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather on one of the clouds from the kit. It’s lifted up on Dimensionls.

Next I die cut the butterfly from a retired set using the multicolored layer from the kit. I made sure to center my cut so I could use the negative space piece for the next card. A few of the kit embellishments and it’s done.

Shake It Up

The second card starts with a base of Pumpkin Pie. Then I added a layer of Bumblebee stamped in Melon Mambo using the new Tasteful Touches stamps set. Next step was to put together shaker.

Using the negative space piece from the butterfly in the first card, I added Window sheet to cover the hole. Next, I used the adhesive foam strips to outline the butterfly on the backside of the piece over the Window sheet. Added a few extra pieces along the edge of the cut banner so that the entire piece would be level when I added the striped backing. But before I did that, I added a scoop of the retired Sprinkles embellishments to the center. Any complimentary color of sequins will work. The striped Magenta Madness backing is from an envelope from the kit. I had to trim it down, so I saved the strip to use underneath the sentiment banner. The sentiment from the December 2019 kit is stamped in Melon Mambo.

I finished this card off with a twine bow from the kit and a few In-Color enamel dots. Shaker cards are always fun and look harder than they are. The key is to have the right supplies.

Lots of Layers

It seems like every card maker has their own particular style, which is really cool. I like layers. Layers of texture, layers of color, layers of embellishments, the more the merrier. Because I don’t care what you heard—more is more.

Take this card for example. The base is Bumblebee. I’m in love with the honey color of this new In-Color. then I added a layer of Bumblebee DSP just to make the corners and edges more interesting. On top of that is one half of a notecard from the kit that I embossed with the 3-D Hammered Metal folder. This folder is awesome because whether you use the embossed side or the debossed side, it looks fantastic.

The next layer is the multi-colored banner from the kit. Then the rainbow ticket piece is floating on top with some Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather using the stamps from the kit. But before I added it to the card, I used the left over strip of Bumblebee DSP, just flipped it over so the dots side showed and layered that under the stamped banner.

For a final touch, I punched some Pumpkin Pie DSP with the Small Bloom punch and the butterflies using the top image of the Butterfly Duet punch. Some enamel dots and one of the kit Magenta Madness flowers and that was finally enough layers to make my heart happy.

Birthday Card

I don’t know about you, but birthdays have a way of sneaking up on me. Especially now when it’s hard to know what day it is. I like to have a stash of cards ready to go. This card uses a base of Magenta Madness with a layer of the matching DSP. Next, I added half of one of the notecards from the kit. On top of that there is a vellum banner underneath the balloons. These were punched using the Balloon Bouquet punch. I used an old stamp set to make the Misty Moonlight balloons, but you could punch them from cardstock and then add some Wink of Stella or Shimmer paint to dress them up. The twine tethers and bow are from the kit.

The Wish sentiment and the Make A banner were from the Broadway Bound suite. If you’ve been Paper Pumpkining for a while you might recall that this suite coordinated with one of the Paper Pumpkin kits. Well, I decided to put it to good use. I cut out the Wish from one of the rainbow card bases in the kit. I also cut it out two more times using the white back half of the card. Then I glued all the layers together before I added it to the card. This gave it dimension without trying to fiddle with foam adhesive. The Make A is stamped in Misty Moonlight and tucked under the balloon which is on a Dimensional. Of course I added a few enamel dots as a final touch.

Silver Lining

The final card captures how I feel when I get a new Paper Pumpkin box. I love the monthly surprise and the inspiration it provides to stretch my crafty creativity. Let me tell you what I did.

The base is Misty Moonlight. The other half of one of the notecards from the kit is stamped in silver ink using a retired stamp from the Stargazing set. I added a strip of rainbow card from the kit along the bottom.

To give the clouds a silver lining, I dragged the edges along the Versamark ink pad and then used Silver heat embossing powder. I used that same Silver powder for the long-ago retired sentiment. (So old it was gifted to me and all I can tell you is that it’s Stampin’ Up! and I love it. Use your favorite or one from the kit). The smaller clouds are lifted on Dimensionals. The final touch was the clear epoxy stars.

That’s it. All of the cards I made for you from the May Paper Pumpkin kit. I hope you are inspired to try something different with your kit. And if you aren’t subscribed, you can easily change that by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin logo on the right hand side of this page. Don’t miss next month’s Sushine in a Box. It’s going to be sensational.

Happy crafting.

A Kit in Color Paper Pumpkin Alternates 1

The May Paper Pumpkin kit featured some of the new 2020-2021 In-Colors: Misty Moonlight (ink spot), Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, and Just Jade. The only color missing was Cinnamon Cider. It was bright and cheerful and exactly what I needed to be inspired. So this month I’m going to have two posts for the alternates I made. This post will include the cards as designed and some simple but fun alternates. My next post will have some advanced crafter suggestions for those who like to dig into their stash and think WAY outside the box.

First, check out the cards as designed. Rainbows, fluffy white clouds, and bold sentiments. LOVE IT. Two full-sized cards and notecard, the kit was designed to make twelve cards. They were super easy to make. I loved the vellum banners, it’s a subtle detail but adds a lot of texture and interest. The embellishments are either stars or flowers depending on your perspective, but added great pops of color. If you stopped here and just made the kit as designed, you’d win!

But of course, I had to play.

Rainbow Ticket Alternates

The first two cards I have for you used the preprinted rainbow ticket piece as the focal point. For the first card, I cut the Just Jade card in half and cut apart the envelope with the Purple Posy liner. The printed envelopes make great DSP! I used a Whisper White card base and trimmed the Just Jade piece to 4″x5-1/4″. Then I layered on the Purple Posy cut to 3-3/4″x5″. Then a vellum banner. Then the rainbow ticket. I flipped the Bumblebee banner over and stamped it with a sentiment from the December kit in Pumpkin Pie. A twine bow in Magenta Madness and some clear Epoxy Droplets finished this card off.

For the second rainbow ticket card, I used Pumpkin Pie for the card base along with a piece 6X6 Regals DSP in the same color. I love picking up these packs of DSP in the catalog that coordinate so perfectly with the paper and ink. It makes it so easy to add a layer of interest to the card.

Again, I used the vellum banner under the ticket to add more texture. This time I stamped the little cloud in the Misty Moonlight ink and sponged a little around the edges. The sentiment is from the Honey Bee stamp set. For a final touch I added three In-Color enamel dots. You can get these now in the new catalog.

Use Everything in the Kit

The next cards I have for you were inspired by the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club posts on Facebook. That group is so creative. One of the members used a punch on the flyer that came in the kit advertising next month’s Box of Sunshine. Well, I had to try it. And since I was punching up the flyer, I decided I should use the tissue paper too. After all, it was Magenta Madness!

For my first card using the flyer, I punched out two flowers using the Medium Daisy punch. I glued them together with Tombow Liquid and set it aside to dry. For the card base, I used the Just Jade one in the kit. I added one of the vellum banners. Then I cut strips from the rainbow card and the Purple Posy note card. The rainbows are 1″x2-3/8″ and the purple bases are 1-1/8″x 2-1/2″. Again, I used a sentiment from last December’s kit. To finish it off I added an enamel dot from my stash.

The last card I have for you today started with a base of Whisper White. Then I cut another piece of Whisper White 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ and covered it with the tissue from the kit. You can use a glue stick or basic white glue like you used in school. I wouldn’t try the Tombow because it might be sticky.

I punched the flowers from the flyer using the Small Bloom punch. The leaves were cut from the backside of one of the Just Jade cards. If you don’t have leaf dies, cut a strip of green then cut in from the top 3/4 of the way down repeatedly to make “grass” and set your blooms in the grass using Dimensionals. It’s the color contrast that makes this card pop. The banner is from a previous Paper Pumpkin stamped with a sentiment from the kit. The clouds are popped up using Dimensionals. For a final touch, I added the Magenta Madness embellishments to each flower. I love how this card came out and the texture and hint of transparency that the tissue paper provided to the base layer.

Okay, that’s all I have for you today. I’ll be back with the other alternatives. In the meantime, happy crafting!

World of Good Suite from the New Catalog

I hope by now you’ve seen the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that is going live June 3. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is the opportunity to order some products early. I got my hands on the World of Good Suite and I couldn’t put it down. This suite has everything you could want for card making and scrapbooking. Three of the new In-Colors are featured in this suite: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, and Misty Moonlight. Besides the Beautiful World stamp set and matching dies, it comes with the World of Good Specialty DSP, the Old World Paper 3-D embossing folder, a pack of the new Brass foil sheets, Faux Suede trim and a pack of Antiqued Corners and Slides. In addition to that, you get the World of Good Memories and More Card Pack. Let me show you how easy that card pack makes crafting.

World of Good Memories and More Cards

For the first card, I started with a base of Mossy Meadow. I added a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of DSP from the World of Good Specialty DSP. I love the maps in this suite. Next I added one of the Memories and more cards and “anchored” it with the Antiqued Corners. These are easy to apply with a bit of Tombow Liquid glue. For the sentiment I used a sticker from the Memories and More kit.

My second card is stepped up a little bit, but still a breeze to put together. This time I used Crumb Cake for the base. On top of that I added a layer of Early Espresso that I embossed with the Old Word Paper 3-D folder. It felt a bit flat to me—I love sparkle. So, I rubbed on some Champagne Mist shimmer paint. This time I used one of the embossing dies from the World Map die set. It looks like coordinates. I ran that in two areas of the card from the Memories and More just to add more texture. I layered that on to the card base with a piece of the Faux Sued trim and one of the slides from Antiqued pack. I love how it looks like the belt around a suitcase.

Next, I stamped the globe image in Crumb Cake on a piece of Crumb Cake. I used a second generation image (stamped off once) so that my sentiment in Early Espresso would still be legible. I die cut that with the circle from the die set. Lastly, I cut the small base from Brass foil. The globe sentiment and base are on Dimensionals.

The last Memories and More based card I did features the Brass foil embossed with the Old World Paper 3-D folder. Doesn’t it look cool? The black card is from the pack. I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful World stamp set in Memento Black Tuxedo and die cut it using the Stitched Rectangles. The Misty Moonlight accessories are stamps from the set and die cut. For a final touch, I added two Misty Moonlight In-Color enamel dots.

Now that I’d had some fun and tried out all the products in the suite, I decided to see what the Stampin’ Up! designers had done with the products. I cased two of their cards.

CASE-ing the Catalog

This card is almost a direct copy from the catalog. I started with a base of Misty Moonlight. I added a trimmed down card from the Memories and More. Then I stamped the globe from Beautiful World in Mossy Meadow and the sentiment in Early Espresso and die cut them out with the circle die from World Map dies. I did a bit of sponging around the edges to give my card a bit more vintage look using Sahara Sand. This ink has a hint of green undertone so it worked perfectly with the Mossy Meadow globe.

Next, I used that same coordinate embossing die on a piece of Pear Pizzaz. I tore the edge to add texture. To get that frayed look, tear toward you. I sponged those edges with Sahara Sand, too. I also die cut the larger globe stand from Brass foil. I love how the globe fits inside this die cut shape. I added the globe and stand to the card. Then layered the Pear Pizzaz piece with a strip of Faux Suede and a piece of the DSP with torn and sponged ends. I added the sentiment circle with Dimensionals. I don’t have the Cinnamon Cider ink yet, so I used one of the Memories and More stickers. For the final touch, three In-Color enamel dots.

The other card I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) was narrower in the catalog, and I took a few more liberties. I started with a base of Mossy Meadow and stamped the wind rose stamp in the same color all over the front for visual texture. The next layer is Crumb Cake, embossed with the Old World Paper folder and torn for texture and then sponged with Crumb Cake ink. On top of that, I added a piece of DSP.

For the sentiment, I was lucky enough to have the Misty Moonlight ink spot from the May Paper Pumpkin at my disposal. I stamped a sticker from the Memories and More pack. I also used one of the Bumblebee feathers from the pack. I die cut the swirls and the inkwell from Brass foil. My only regret on this card was that I should have cut the swirls from Early Espresso card stock so they would have stood out more. But, overall I’m happy with my modifications.

Final Scrappy Tag

The catalog has a really cute tag that I could have CASEd but I decided to use up some of the scraps I had generated making the cards featured above. Tags make great book marks, can be added to art journal pages, or to the front of cards. I like to make them and then use them when the inspiration hits.

I started with a 2″ x 5-1/2 strip of Cinnamon Cider card stock that I punched with the Scalloped Tag punch. I layered on strips of embossed paper, DSP scraps, and Memories and More trim pieces. There is even a left over piece of Brass foil layered in there. The sentiment is a cut up Memories and More card. I added stickers from the pack, after sponging them in Misty Moonlight. I also sponged around the entire edge of the tag. Lastly, I used the Faux Suede trim and an Antiqued slide.

I’m sure you can tell how much fun I had with this suite. I’d love to know what caught your eye in the catalog. I’ll post a new code on the first of the month that you can use to shop with me. Happy crafting!