Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Three cards made from the Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin subscription box from Stampin' Up May 2021
Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin cards

The May 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Batter Up!, contained all the baseball-themed goodness a card maker could hope for and bubble gum. I hadn’t seen that gum since I was a kid. So much nostalgia and fun in one box. The best part of this box was the new instructions—all the details and in color. My craft group sped through making these three fantastic designs so easily. Good thing I’m a good coach and had some alternate plays to run them through. This time I focused mainly on the stamp set, which included a hat and a bat image, some great bold sentiments, and a ton of relative stamps (mom, dad, son, uncle, grandpa, and friend). The exclusive stamp sets are one of my favorite parts of Paper Pumpkin. Let me show you how I used them for this month’s alternative cards.

All Star Card

Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin alternate using the All Star sentiment and Stitched Stars dies.
All Star Batter Up! Alternate

When I saw the “All Star” sentiment in the Batter Up! set, I knew I had to do a card with stars. Nothing says summer to me like a red, white, and blue theme, so I started with a base of Real Red. Next, I added a layer of Pacific Point DSP cut to 3-3/4″x 5″ to have a nice big border.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Real Red and used the Tasteful Labels dies to cut it out. The die has a stitched edge that is such a great detail. I used Dimensionals to add it to the card. After that, I cut the star spray out of Silver foil using the Stitched Stars dies. I saved the solid stars that came out of the die-cut and layered those on the card, too. I love the sparkle of the silver foil.

Batter Up! Hat’s Off Card

Batter Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternate card using the exclusive stamps from the Stampin' Up! kit
You’re the Best – Hat’s Off card

For this alternate card, I started with a base of Pacific Point. Then, I stamped a 3-3/4″x5″ piece of Daffodil Delight card stock with the hat stamp from Batter Up! in the matching ink. I started in the center of the paper and then rotated the cap in all directions as I continued to stamp until I filled the page and some images went off the edge. Then, to give that piece more interest, I cut it into 1″ strips and laddered them on the card. It was a tight fit, and I think I would do a 7/8″ next time to make it easier.

For the sentiment, I broke out the Real Red again. The circle was punched with one of my retired punches, but the Layering Circle dies would work well too. My circle is about 2-1/2″ in diameter. Next, I added one of the tags from the kit and stamped it with the Friend stamp using Pacific Point ink. Lastly, I added three red enamel dots from the kit for a final touch. Wouldn’t this make a great card for a kid’s birthday?

I hope you enjoyed your monthly Batter Up! box from Paper Pumpkin as much as I did. If you don’t subscribe and you want to, there is a link in the right hand panel, the Paper Pumpkin logo. I’ve seen a preview of next month’s box—you don’t want to miss it. Until next time…Ink up!

Throwback Thursday Fruit Salad Card

Throwback Thursday card featuring Pineapple Punch paper and Lemon Zest Lemons
Throwback Thursday Fruit Salad

Welcome to my Throwback Thursday post, where I dig into my craft stash and see what I can come up with. Today’s card started with a prompt from a group I follow on Instagram: Yellow. I could have gone in many directions with this, but being that it is Thursday, and I, like all avid crafters, have a whole lot of crafts materials in my stash, I decided to see what I could do with some oldies but goodies.

Instructions for My Throwback Thursday Card

Starting with a base of Pineapple Punch and a layer of the Pineapple punch patterned paper answered the call for yellow. Stampin’ Up! has several yellow colors, all of which are lovely, but this one packs a punch! Maybe that’s how it got its name. But I digress. Lemons! I needed lemons for a yellow punch to go with pineapple paper. These lemons are from a retired set called Lemon Zest. This is not a set I will release out of my craft stash anytime soon. I love these lemons! I stamped them in Daffodil Delight to add some contrast.

At this point, I needed more fruit. I mean, I had a theme going. So I dug into the You’re So Cool Paper Pumpkin kit from last month and used one of the watermelon cards and two stickers: a strawberry and a kiwi. I cut the watermelon in half so that it was easier to arrange on the card and not so overpowering. The stamp is also from the Paper Pumpkin, and I used the recently retired Terracotta Tile ink.

Lastly, I added a white baker’s twine bow under the sentiment and used up some translucent sequins that I think were from another Paper Pumpkin. A super bright and fun card that was very easy to make. What do you have in your stash you haven’t played with in a while? Need to use up some lingering embellishments? Now is a good time to put that stash to use and make space for your new catalog wish list. Let me know if I inspired you. Until next time…Ink up!

Popsicles, Rainbows, and Watermelon – You’re So Cool

Popsicle cards in the You're So Cool April Paper Pumpkin subscription box from Stampin' Up!

Nothing says summer fun like popsicles, rainbows, and watermelon. The You’re So Cool April Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! was designed to make three each of these four cards. They even come with lined, standard-size envelopes to mail them. And talk about a breeze to make, I think the most difficult step is tying the bow from the Bumblebee baker’s twine. You can watch the video here to see how to put them together.

If I could pick a favorite, I would tell you which one or ones I like best, but they’re all so great!

But you know me.

I have to mix it up.

So I have two alternates—easel cards. I used the Ice Cream Corner DSP for both of them. This paper is going to disappear quickly so don’t wait to order it.

Standard Easel with Kiwi Popsicle

Easel card made with the Kiwi popsicle from the You're So Cool Paper Pumpkin April 2021 kit.

First, I started with a base of Bermuda Bay cut lengthwise and then scored at 5-1/2″. So far exactly like a standard card. Then I scored the front panel again at 2-3/4″. This creates the structure for our easel card. The patterned paper is part of that Ice Cream Corner pack. I cut two pieces, each 4″ x 2-1/2″ and glued them on the card base.

Next, I cut the front off the Kiwi card and adhered the popsicle to the bottom panel only. This is the most important step. If you glue down the entire image, your card won’t fold. I added a little bow detail just for fun.

Now for the part where you make this work.

Kiwi popsicle easel card popped up. Paper Pumpkin alternate for You're So Cool.

The inside of the card is where the magic happens. I used Old Olive with the texture stamp from the kit and used first and second generation stamping in the lower right corner of the interior white card stock. The white piece is 5-1/4″x4″. I stamped the prepunched circle with a sentiment from the kit and used glue dots to put it directly on one of the prepunched silver glitter medallions. Then I added that to the interior of the card with a Dimensional. This is important. The Dimensional lifts up the sentiment and the entire assembly acts as the anchor to hold the card up in the easel position.

Cute right? And there is still plenty of room for a nice note at the top of the interior panel.

You’re So Cool Triangle Easel Card

This card starts off exactly like the first card except using Terracotta Tile paper as the base. Cut your paper lengthwise and score in the middle. Then we get tricky. This particular trick I learned from my up-line, Kathy. She’s so clever! With the card base open, line up the front panel’s top corner and the bottom interior score line so that you have a diagonal (outer-upper to inner-lower) and score. This is going to create a triangular fold.

Next, cut a piece of that pretty DSP to 4″x 5-1/4″ and then cut it diagonally. Note which way you’re cutting it in the trimmer matches the triangles on the front of your card. (outer-upper to inner-lower). After you get your patterned paper on the card, add the watermelon. Again, only glue half of it down so that the easel can stand up.

Watermelon easel card popped up. You're So Cool Paper Pumpkin alternative card.

To finish the card, I did the exact same thing on the inside. I used Bumblebee ink with the texture stamp in the lower right corner. For the sentiment I went with Terracotta Tile ink. Remember to put the sentiment-medallion combo up on a Dimensional so your easel has a way to stand. For a final touch, I added a few Opal Rounds to the watermelon.

Super cute, right?

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