Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Gift boxes made with the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin box from Stampin' Up!

I was a little surprised when I opened my November 2021 Paper Pumpkin, Gifts Galore. The previews showed a fun color combo of Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Old Olive, Real Red, and Evening Evergreen, so it wasn’t the colors that surprised me. It was the size of the snowman, tree, and a pile of presents. But as soon as I started working with the kit, inspiration hit.

As designed, the kit makes nine gift holders. The stamp set included three sentiments in a really fun font, as well as images of snow, a present, and a bow. I plan to fill the bags in these three with an assortment of wrapped chocolates. But they are perfectly sized for a fun pair of socks or a collection of skin care items, or even some loose tea and a tea ball. The bags that fit in these holders are imprinted with snowflakes and absolutely adorable. So, I loved the kit as designed, but look what I made.

Gifts Galore Home Decor

Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin alternative idea using desktop frames.

Because the size of the box fronts was so large, I started by measuring them. Turns out they are in the 5″x7″ range. Of course, I immediately thought of photo frames. I found some inexpensive wood options at my local hobby store and in moments had two cute decor options.

To decorate my snowman and tree, I used Shimmer Crystal Effects and some other gold shiny goo I had in my stash. I let that dry and then stamped my sentiments. The sentiment for the tree is from the Love, Santa kit (more on that later). I punched the opposite end of the snowman sentiment banner so that it would look symmetrical and placed a piece of woven Evening Evergreen ribbon underneath. The designer series paper in both frames is from the recent celebration.

For the tree, I also added some stamped, fussy-cut presents at the base. The large striped present is from Gifts Galore and the others are from the stamps in the Love, Santa kit. Super cute, super easy, and ready to be placed on a small table or anywhere that needs a festive touch.

Alternative Christmas Cards

Christmas card using the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

I use a lot more cards than gift wrapping at the holidays, so of course I wanted to make some cards with this kit. For the first card, I used a base of Flirty Flamingo with a layer of white stamped in Pool Party. The way the snow stamp is designed, it creates an even pattern easily without rotating or any other effort. I stamped about two-thirds of the way down the white panel. The sentiment is stamped in Pool Party, too. To lift the snowman and add a little depth, I used Dimensionals to adhere it do the front.

After that, I trimmed off the overhang on the right side and bottom so the card will fit in a standard envelope. For the final touch, I added some inexpensive black rhinestones I found at the hobby store. They are huge and I can’t imagine what else I’ll use them for, but the worked perfectly for the “coal.”

Christmas card using the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!

The other card starts with a base of white and a layer of Flirty Flamingo on top. I used the ink in the kit and the striped rectangle to add some visual interest to that Flirty Flamingo layer. My lines are far from perfect, but the presents cover up a lot! To fit the presents on a standard card, I cut them out individually. The Stampin’ Up! paper snips really come in handy for this kind of fussy cutting. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend them and have multiple pairs for when I have groups over to craft. The presents are layers on the card using a combination of Stampin’ Seal and Dimensionals.

For the tag, I used the masking technique. I stamped “Merry” with Christmas masked off. Then I reversed that process. To make masking easy, I used removable labeling tape like this. (I don’t receive revenue from this link). The process is: Mask, Ink, Remove mask, Stamp, Clean stamp. Repeat. Don’t forget the remove mask or clean stamp steps or the results will be less than ideal. (Ask me how I know.)

Slimline Gifts Galore Alternative

Slimline card using Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin kit.

My last alternative I’m sharing is a slimline card. I use the tutorial from Jenny Card Design for my measurements, mostly. Instead of cutting my base at 7-1/2″ x 8-3/4″, I use 7-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ so I only have to make one cut. (Yes, I’m that lazy of a crafter.) Everyone has their own favorite sizes, but this works for me.

First, I cut the layer of Pool Party a 1/4″ narrower on all sides and stamped in the same ink with the snow stamp. I used the Evergreen Forest 3-D embossing folder to create the next layer with Evening Evergreen cardstock. I tore the edge off the top of the paper to give it a more organic, mountain type appearance.

The Christmas tree is from the kit and cut right down the center. Below that are two layers of white cardstock, also torn across the top, and slathered with Wink of Stella because you can never have too much sparkle.

I used the same masking technique to stamp the sentiment on two halves of one banner in the kit in Evening Evergreen ink.

I told you this kit inspired me. If you have questions about the projects or would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, let me know. Until next time, “Ink up!”

Sparkle of the Season

The Sparkle of the Season bundle includes a stamp set with sixteen dies, five of them sentiments, and the Seasonal Swirls dies. It’s incredibly versatile because it has stamps and dies for all the fall and winter holidays. I used it recently to make both a Thanksgiving card and a Christmas card.

Thanksgiving Card with Sparkle of the Season

Thanksgiving card using the Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season Bundle.

Lovely fall colors, and a note of thanks, makes the ideal Thanksgiving card. This card employs lots of layers to get that vibrant fall vibe. I started with a base of Cajun Craze. Next I added two different designer series papers, the base from Tidings of Christmas and the strip of Expressions in Ink.

For the next layer, I used another piece of 3-1/4″ square Cajun Craze and embossed it with the 3-D timber folder because I love texture.

Then I started on the wreath. I used Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Evening Evergreen for all the elements. Most are just die cuts, but the Soft Suede and Cajun Craze are stamped first and then cut.

I finished this card with some Holiday Rhinestones and a bow of linen thread. The sentiment is from the set and stamped in Cajun Craze ink on Very Vanilla card stock. This is a great card for the avid crafter who loves lots of layers and details.

Sparkle Christmas Card

Christmas card made with the Stampin' Up! Sparkle of the Season bundle.

The second card I made with the Sparkle of the Season bundle is this traditional red and green creation. I started with a base of Evening Evergreen. I added a layer of the Tidings of Christmas designer paper, saving the strip I cut from the bottom. Next I embossed a 3-1/2″ square of Cherry Cobbler using the 3-D Timeworn Type folder.

For the wreath, I used Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent. These colors work so well together to add dimension to the die-cut pine boughs. I added a few stamped and cut pinecones in Soft Suede and few extra holly leaves in Evening Evergreen to fill out the wreath. The Cherry Cobbler linen thread came in a past Paper Pumpkin kit, but you could get a similar look by coloring regular linen thread with the Cherry Cobbler blends. (I tested it.)

I trimmed down the strip from my initial cut of the designer paper to 3/4″ by 3-3/4″ and then cut the same size piece from the Evening Evergreen In-Color designer paper. The sentiment is from the set, stamped in Cherry Cobbler on White cardstock. For a final touch of sparkle, I added a few Holiday Rhinestones.

This set was so much fun to experiment with as I made these cards. It’s available in the July-December 2021 catalog through the end of the year. Let me know if you would like to order a bundle for yourself.

Saleabration with Penguin Playmates

September is the last month of Salebration. For my next few posts, I’ll showcase the fantastic and fun free products that can be selected with a qualifying order. If you see something you want in the catalog, don’t wait to order. Saleabration products go fast and may be in short supply by the end of the month. I’m starting this showcase with the Penguin Playmates designer series paper. It coordinates with the Penguin Place bundle in the mini catalog, but it’s also delightful on its own.

Playful Polar Bear Card

Penguin Players Saleabration patterned papers on a 5x5 card with a Happy Holidays sentiment.

All of the projects I’ll share with you in this post are created without the Penguin Place bundle, so the focus is on the paper. This card is 5″x5″ using a base of Thick White cardstock. Then I added a layer of 4-1/2″ square and a layer of 4″ square paper. The graphic sides of this double-sided DSP are really versatile. While I love traditional Christmas colors, there is something fun and fresh about using non-traditional colors.

Next, I added a strip of 4″x1-1/2″ of the same paper but using the “character” side, which gave me that cute little penguin. To get the polar bear for my focal point of the card, I fussy cut out the image from another piece of the Saleabration DSP paper. I popped him up on Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, I used Night of Navy ink and a stamp from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set in the mini catalog. Lastly, I added a bit of sparkle with the Opal Rounds in the annual catalog.

Let It Snow Card

Penguin Playmates Saleabration Christmas card with Let it Snow sentiment.

The next card I have for you is a traditional 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″ base of Night of Navy. Then I added a layer of Soft Seafoam card stock. I added three strips of the Penguin Playmates paper. You’ll notice I used this 4″x1-1/2″ sized strips for several of the projects. I had them leftover from invitations I made, and I couldn’t let them go to waste.

To finish this simply cute card, I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy. The stamp is from the Encircled in Warmth set in the mini catalog. I die cut it using the Encircled in Beauty dies from the Annual Catalog. A length of white Glittered Organdy Ribbon added the final touch of sparkle.

Happy Wishes Card

This card is very similar to the card above. The base is Just Jade. On top of this, I added a layer of the Playful Penguins paper using one of the graphic dotted patterns.

Again, 4″x1-1/2″ strips. But this time, I layered them and gave them some fun angles to add interest and movement to the card.

The sentiment is from the Words of Cheer stamp set in the mini catalog, and I used Just Jade ink to stamp it on a scrap strip of white cardstock. Lastly, a few silver epoxy embellishments provided that touch of sparkle that I love.

A Quick Gift Tag

Gift tag made using the Saleabration DSP from Stampin' Up! Penguin Playmates

This has been a long post, but it shows just how many different cards and projects you can create with one 12″x12″ pack of double-sided DSP. I’ll leave you with this simple gift tag. The DSP is glued to a piece of scrap cardstock, and I cut the top corners at an angle before punching a hole. I used some silver cording and a piece of the glittered organza ribbon. I plan on tying it around a bottle of wine for an easy holiday gift, but it could work just as well tied to the handles of a gift bag.

If you’d like to see more of what I’m making with fewer details on “how” to make it, follow me on Instagram (@dayinker). Until next time, ink up!