A Litte Smile Alternates

Whew! It’s been a busy summer. But I know you’ll be digging into the June Paper Pumpkin if you haven’t already. You’re going to be amazed at how much stuff was included in the kit. I have two alternates for you to spark your creative inspiration if small gift-card sized cards aren’t your preference.

As Designed

First, check out the four cards that are completed as designed. I used one of these for a tip for the hotel cleaning staff on a recent vacation. A little touch that I hope brought a smile to the face of a very hard worker. With the plastic carrying case, it’s so easy to have the cards with you when you need them in perfect condition.

But, if you tend to prefer full-sized cards, it is so simple to take these materials and dress them up. I posted two Christmas card alternates using this kit already, but I still had plenty of backgrounds and pre-punched pieces to make even more alternates.

A Simple Alternate

I started with a Whisper White base and then adhered the vellum coral cut-outs all around the edge of a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock. Over that, I added one of the card fronts, tied with the twine from the kit. Dimensionals gave it a bit of lift from the base of the card.

I stamped the sentiment from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit in Crumb Cake. That was it. Super simple with a beachy vibe that could be a masculine card if you left off the bow. Or dress it up with some rhinestones or enamel dots.

A Stepped-up Alternate

The second card also starts with a Whisper White base. But this time, I embossed a layer of Bermuda Bay with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. I used both the back and the front of one of the small cards but cut them apart. I stamped the back layer with stamps from the kit in Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive.

The top layer has one of the pre-punched palm trees and I added it with Dimensionals. I used a sentiment stamp, banner, and ink from the kit. To embellish the banner, I wrapped a bit of twine around one end. It is also lifted up with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I added some of the other punched pieces, the sand dollar, starfish, and leaves for a final touch of sparkle and texture.

Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from planning creative time. It’s so important to take time for yourself.

Were you inspired?