Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit

Contents of the Key to My Heart January 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit

The Key to My Heart January Paper Pumpkin kit had enough supplies to make nine Valentine’s Day cards. I love the color combination and the lock and key theme. It reminds me of the place where my son got married. There is a fence overlooking the Bosque where couples have attached locks to the fencing, similar to the Love Lock Bridge in Paris. https://pixels.com/featured/love-lock-bridge-paris-amy-sorvillo.htm

I don’t know about you, but I don’t generally send out more than a few Valentine’s Day cards. I made the three cards as designed and then I flipped the cards around and made some very cute birthday cards using some new stamp sets from the January Mini catalog. First, let me show you the cards the kit makes.

To My Valentine – Love is the Key – Key to My Heart

To My Valentine card from the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin kit.

This card has very simple stamping. Some hearts on the Fresh Freesia banner and the sentiment. I love the Calypso Coral baker’s twine included with this kit. The big floppy bow sits under the sentiment and on top of the strip of vellum. Vellum is a great material to add interest to a card without being distracting.

Love is the key Valentine's Day card from Stampin' Up! January 2023

The second card has about the same amount of stamping. This time the hearts are stamped right on to the beautiful Fresh Freesia base and the vellum circle is placed over the top to soften the entire effect. How cute is that gold key? It’s one of the prepunched elements in the kit and I like how the design anchors the sentiments to the locks by floating the tip of the key over the stamped banner.

The third card is very clever. The punched out part is a keyhole that allows the Fresh Freesia wash on the inside of the card to peek through. This is the simplest card of the three, only the sentiment is stamped. Although anytime you have to tie a bow, there is a bit of fussing involved, right? By the way, I saved that punched out keyhole piece for one of my alternative cards.

All of these cards are just beautiful and so simple to make. The “Love is the Key” card would be perfect to send to a couple. But let me show you what else you can do with these kit contents.

Key to My Heart Birthday Card Alternatives

Alternative Paper Pumpkin birthday card

For my alternates I used the base of the keyhole card and on the of the bases in the To My Valentine card. I also used the Desert Details bundle (stamps and dies) and the Queen Bee bundle from the January 2023 Mini Catalog.

For this card, I cut the keyhole card base in half and trimmed it down to 4″x5-1/4″. I glued it down to the base meant for the three-lock card so that the keyhole is upside down and the gold criss-cross hatching shows through the hole making a beautiful vase. The flowers are from the Desert Details stamp set using Calypso Coral and Mango Melody ink. I die cut them with the matching dies. The sentiment is from the Something Fancy stamp set also in the mini catalog, stamped in Calypso Coral.

For the final touch I added a generous amount of champagne rhinestones.

Key to My Heart layered birthday card Paper Pumpkin alternative design.

The second card uses the back of the card we cut in half, just the plain Powered Pink base, trimmed down to 4″x5-1/4″. I used a half sheet of Basic White cardstock as the card base. Using stamps from the Queen Bee stamp set, I added some interest to the Powered Pink layer with Calypso Coral. The leaf spray is from the same bundle, stamped in Soft Sea Foam. Notice the keyhole punch out has been transformed into a vase with a stamp from the kit and an Iridescent Pastel gem.

I added a few more gems in the top half of the card to give some balance to the design. My Dayinkers loved creating this alternate and how all the layers came together to form a beautiful birthday card.

I hope you’re having fun in your craft room during these cold winter days. Until next time, Ink up!

New Catalog and Saleabration

January brought us a new catalog, the January to April Mini, with all kinds of lovely stamp sets, paper, and embellishments for Spring. Have you had a chance to look at it? I fell in love with a few sets, and then I realized I get Saleabration bonus products with my order! You know my Saleabration rule: Always get the paper.

Saleabration promo from Stampin' Up! showing the Dandy Designs paper.

Really, I would get one of everything if I could, but the papers are so lovely. This Salebration has a huge pack, the Dandy Designs. Forty-eight 12×12 sheets. No kidding. That’s a lot of cardmaking! There’s also the Favored Flowers and the Dainty Flowers. I don’t know how anyone could pick between them all. (Spoiler: I didn’t.)

Today, I have a cute little video for you using the Give It a Whirl dies from the Annual catalog, the Dandy Designs Salebration paper, and the Easter Bunny bundle. The bundle comes with the Easter Bunny punch and it is too cute. Contact me if you need help with ordering any of the products I mentioned. There is a shop with me code on the right. Until next time, Ink up!

Words of Cheer Bundle

I couldn’t keep my hands off the Words of Cheer bundle once I got it. In fact, I should have posted some projects earlier, but I’m here now and there is still time to get your own set if you love it as much as I do. It’s available to the end of December 2021. The bundle has a stamp set with fourteen stamps, five images and nine sentiments. There are twelve dies included in the Christmas Cheer dies. The coolest part of this set is…oh, who am I kidding. I can’t decide, so I’ll just show you.

A Tag and A Card

Happy tag made with the Words of Cheer bundle from Stampin' Up!
New Year's card using the Words of Cheer bundle.

This is the first thing I made with the Words of Cheer bundle. I used two of the dies that layer together. The base of the “happy” sentiment is white cardstock. The happy is cut from the Be Dazzling paper from the previous Saleabration. The papers are some of my favorite Saleabration and there is another one coming up January 4.

I used the same happy die and the paper to make this fun New Year’s day card. The New Year sentiment is from the A Wish for Everything stamp set available in the Annual catalog. I used gold powder to heat emboss it on a small rectangle of black cardstock and I used mini-Dimensionals to add it just above the y in the last happy. The stars were cut from another die in the bundle. Super fun. Super simple.

Words of Cheer Christmas Card

Mixed media Christmas card using the Words of Cheer bundle from Stampin' Up!

This card started as a CASE of a card in the July-December mini catalog. The artisan made the card into a square, but I wanted something that would work in one of our pre-made envelopes. So I moved the sentiment below the image instead of layering it over the middle of the flowers. Then I got wild.

The base is Real Red with a 4″ square of Shaded Spruce. The flower is a multiple layered affair. I started out by stamping and die cutting the image. I used Tuxedo Black Memento ink because I wanted to color it in with my Stampin’ Blends. After I die cut the image, I placed it on the 3-1/2″ square piece of white cardstock and lightly outlined it with a pencil so that I knew where to stamp.

First, I stamped the dots in Versamark and embossed them with gold powder. Then I used Shaded Spruce to stamp some holly leaves. Next, I die cut some holly sprigs in Shaded Spruce and a few dotted sprays in Soft Succulent. I didn’t add those on yet. Instead, I erased my pencil lines and added the now colored in floral spray using Dimensionals. Lastly, I tucked in the die cuts under the edges of the raised flowers.

To finish off the card, I added the sentiment stamped in Shaded Spruce on top of a length of white glittered organdy ribbon, also in the mini catalog. And of course, I added gems to the center of each flower. I used the In Color gems in Bumblebee.

Mixed Media Words of Cheer

Mixed media Christmas card using the Words of Cheer bundle from Stampin' Up!

The last card I have for you this time is this mixed media beauty in Misty Moonlight. The dies are from the bundle. I cut the base from silver foil and the letters from Misty Moonlight. The background is a watercolor wash of Misty Moonlight on Shimmer paper. This is so easy to do, wash the paper with a bit of water to prep the surface. Squeeze a few drops of ink from the Misty Moonlight rekiner and using the wide Water Painter, layer on a coat of ink and let it dry onto the paper.

Next, I used the Adorning Designs Decorative Mask, the snowflake one (there are four total) and taped it down to my work surface over the painted paper. I sprayed the mask with a solution of shimmer paint and rubbing alcohol. The shimmer paint is a retired product but there are many similar products on the market if you don’t have one of the tiny jars of Frosty White in your stash.

I’m a huge fan of the mixed media artists I see on social media and I’m thrilled that I can use my favorite, reliable Stampin’ Up! products to create similar projects. Let me know if you’re a fan of mixed media too.

Until next time, “Ink up!”