Hugs from Shelli Alternates

The May 2019 Paper Pumpkin came is a special flowery box and contained materials enough to make twelve nature inspired notecards, three each of four designs. My Paper Pumpkin club loved this box. You can see from the picture, the stamp set included in the kit is filled with useful sentiments and inspiring images. This kit probably didn’t need alternates, but here are some to inspire you if you do choose to make use of the three kinds of ribbon and other items that came in the kit.

Alternate Note Cards

The first card simply rotates the layout to horizontal. I added a leftover woodgrain sticker from the November 2018 kit under the label. The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite which was the ink spot for the April 2019 kit. I added a couple of Artisan Pearls to the pre-punched flowers.

For the second note card sized alternate, I fussy cut images from the Botanical Butterfly DSP I earned during Sale-a-bration. On the base of the card, I stamped second-generation flower images from the kit in Old Olive ink. I also used the new Pretty Peacock In-Color ink for the sentiment. Layering the labels adds a touch of elegance to the card, like chargers under the dinner plates when setting a formal dining table.

Full Sized Cards

The note cards are suitable for mailing but I know some people prefer the standard card sizes. For the first full-sized alternate, I used a base of Very Vanilla with a layer of Early Espresso. Then I added a layer of retired Botanical Gardens vellum. When I originally purchased the vellum, I thought it was beautiful, but I wasn’t sure how to use. I’m so glad I had it in my stash for this card. The next layer is a trimmed down card front. The twine and flowers and label and sentiment were all included in the kit. I added Artisan Pearls to the flowers.

For this second card, I again cut the card front off of the note card. I used watercolor pencils to fill in the image, Old Olive leaves, Balmy Blue eggs, Espresso nest and some Lemon Lime Twist leaves. The bird, the texture on the Crumb Cake base, and the sentiment are from Best Birds. The layer in between the base and the card front is a scrap I had left over playing with inking embossing folders. I used Blushing Bride ink along with a now retired Spring Flowers embossing folder. For a final touch on the front, I used the Rose Gold shimmer paint that came in the Everything is Rosy kit. That pinky gold paint added a perfect touch of subtle sparkle.

For the next card, I made use of one of the envelopes. I started with a Crumb Cake base like the previous card. Then I layered on Early Espresso. I opened up one of the envelopes and added a strip of the inner leaf printed paper to the card. I saved the flap to make the bottom Petal Pink tag stamped with the floral image from the kit in Petal Pink ink. I didn’t embellish the card front except to add a few Artisan pearls at the end. The tag sentiment is from a retired set, Everyday Tags, and the tag was cut from one of the card backs.

The last card would be perfect for an anniversary or wedding card. The card front had two bird images that inspired me to create a “love birds” card. I used a base of Pool Party with a layer of Pretty Peacock. Over that I added the card base with a section of the laser cut Delightfully Detailed paper. Laser cut paper adds amazing details to your card and is so simple. The sentiment is a combination of Sunshine Sayings (retiring) and the “love” from the kit. Again, those Artisan Pearls (also retiring) found their way onto this card. The flowers and the velvet ribbon were included in the kit and I have lots of the ribbon left to play with, so you will see more of that gorgeous stuff.

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Were you inspired?