Jolly Gingerbread Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

I’m going to admit something here. I am terrible at buying gifts for people. That’s why I was so excited to see this month’s Paper Pumpkin made gift-card holders. It’s like they know me. But of course, I know not everyone needs fifteen gift-card holders, so I have some options for you to use this super cute gingerbread house themed kit.

First some tips on the holders. Use a bone folder to crease your seams. Before you seal the side, add a glue dot to the inside at the base so your card doesn’t slide out the bottom. You can line up the top stamp with the framing stamp by looking at the lowest leaves in the top stamp and aligning them over the circles of the framing stamp.

Gift Tags

This alternate is a bit of a cheat since it was included as an option in the instructions. But I have a couple of tips for you on these as well. Besides following the instructions to cut them on the seams and discard the flap, remember that you can stamp both sides. The kit includes a useful “to:/from:” stamp for this purpose. I used a hole punch so that I could add some fun baker’s twine to the tags. If you made the entire kit into tags you could make thirty.

Tag Card Alternate

While you’re cutting those holders in half, save one for this quick card. I used a base of Cinnamon Cider. Then I layered on a piece of Pretty Peacock and a strip of matching DSP. I love how the gingham check works with this theme. If you don’t have this paper from last years In-Color stack, the dots from this year would be a super cute option.

Add the half holder, a sentiment and some of the adorable candy embellishments from the kit and it’s done. Super simple and ready to send.

Gingerbread House Card

For the second card, I left the holders behind and used the stamp set and one of the envelopes. I used a base of Crumb Cake but Whisper White would work just as well. Cut apart one of the envelopes and trim it to 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″. For the house, I stamped it in Cinnamon Cider and colored it in with the coordinating colors using Stampin’ Write markers. The house is almost a perfect square except for the chimney and a cinch to cut out. Before I added it to the card with Dimensionals, I stamped the little flourish stamp to be the “smoke” using Crumb Cake ink. The addition of the sentiment and the candy embellishments and this card is done.

I loved this kit. I hope you’re enjoying crafting a homemade holiday. If you need anything to create your crafts, let me know, I’m here to help you. Happy crafting!

Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Default samples of the cards created with the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin' Up!

The October 2020 Paper Pumpkin box contains all the necessary elements to make stunning Christmas cards. Cherry Cobbler twine and distressed Crumb Cake card bases add a rustic element and a perfect contrast to gold foil words, banners, and card base details. If you did nothing but make the eight cards as designed, you would be perfectly happy with this kit. But of course, I wanted to see what I could do to mix it up and create some easy, fun alternates. I have three options for you to consider, case, or use as a jumping-off point for your own creative takes on this super kit.

Envelope DSP

Alternate card using the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit. Peace and flowers and the paper from the envelope.

For this card, I cut one of the kit card bases in half and then trimmed the gold patterned side to 5-1/4″x4″. I layered this piece on a Just Jace card base. I had no idea how good Cherry Cobbler would look with Just Jade, but the blue undertones in both colors work really well together.

Next, I cut a flap off one of the envelopes. They are lined with the beautiful patterned Cherry Cobbler paper that has holiday words in English, French, and German repeated. I trimmed off all the white parts of the envelope flap and then did a final trim to create a strip 4″ wide by 1-1/4″ high. After layering that on the card, just slightly below center, I added two of the floral pieces on Dimensionals. I used multi-purpose glue to add the gold foil Peace between the flowers.

For a final touch, I used the Dark Just Jade Stampin’ Blend to color three basic rhinestones.

More Envelope DSP

Alternate card for the Joy to the World October 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit using the envelope as DSP

Since I’d already sacrificed an envelope to alternate card making, I decided to use up the rest of it as a layer of DSP on a Cherry Cobbler card base. This monochromatic start to the card makes the next elements really pop.

Next, I added one of the cable-knit embossed panels from the kit. Then I stamped a wreath with Just Jade before I added it on top with Dimensionals. For the Peace foil, I was careful to only add glue where the letters would connect with the wreath. I used a glue dot for the Cherry Cobbler twine bow.

The sentiment is stamped in Just Jade and I added two gold glitter enamel dots for a final touch of sparkle.

Not a Christmas Card

A birthday card made from the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin kit.

Depending on how many Christmas cards you like to mail, you may have pieces of this kit left over. How about a birthday card instead?

First, on Soft Sea Foam card stock, I stamped the flower in the same ink in random directions. Make sure to get partial images falling off the edge of the paper. This makes it look like the paper came from a larger sheet and the eye likes it better.

Next, I took the scrap of gold-patterned card base from the first card and added it directly to the lower third of the card. The flower piece is on Dimensionals. And I tucked the banner stamped in Cherry Cobbler under the edge and overlapping the scrap. To create a cohesive design that is more pleasing to the eye than random elements on the card front, layer the pieces even partially.

For the final touch, I added three basic pearls.

I hope you’re enjoying your Paper Pumpkin kit. If not, you can subscribe now by clicking on the link in the right-hand panel of this page. Enjoy creating beautiful handmade elements to celebrate the holidays. Happy Crafting.

Magical Halloween

Halloween is around the corner or maybe just down the road. It’s going to be a different kind of celebration this year due to the health situation, but don’t let that ruin all your fun. I have some last minute inspiration for you. Whip up a few cards and send out some spooky fun. You still have time.

Elegant Spell

Halloween doesn’t have to be bat and cats and goblins and ghosts. This card has an eerie vibe but still casts a spell of elegance for the refined trickster. I used a base of Blackberry Bliss and added a piece of the Magic in This Night DSP. (This DSP collection is incredible and you will see I used it a lot.) The windswept floral in shades of black and white is simply gorgeous. A strip of Metallic Mesh ribbon adds a touch of sparkle under the flower that I die-cut with the Hallows Night Magic bundle from Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow for the leaves. I layered the flower outline of a scrap of Black Glitter paper and fussy cut it to match. The sentiment, stamped in Blackberry Bliss, is from the Hello, Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin kit. The final touch was a few Iridescent Pearls.

Completely Batty

The second card started with a base of Smoky Slate. Again I used a 4″ square piece of the Magic in This Night DSP, but before I added it to the card I glued a die-cut fancy border of Black Glimmer paper on the edge and wrapped the seam with Glittered Organdy ribbon. I set that aside and heat embossed the sentiment from the Hallows Night Magic set in silver. After I adhered the paper assembly to the front of the card, I finished it with bats cut from Black Glimmer paper. The large bat is a die from the bundle. The smaller bats are from last year’s punch, so I cheated a little bit. But I love this card so much, I don’t even feel guilty. Also, you can substitute the smaller bats the die cuts for the mini ones I used.

Good Bones

The last card I have for you is a new format for me—a slimline card. I haven’t found a set of standard dimensions for cutting these cards so I’ll do a post soon with all the measurements I’m using to create mine. But I couldn’t resist sharing this beauty. Starting with a base of Cajun Craze, I added a layer of the Magic in This Night DSP. Next, I used the stamp set on Whisper White to create the sentiment layer. I stamped the outline image in Memento Ink so I could color in the image with Stampin’ Blends. Then I used Cajun Craze ink for the words. The cat was from the Hello, Pumpkin kit. (There were so many pieces, expect to be seeing bits and bobs from it for a while.) The bats came from the DSP—the die in the bundle works perfectly with the printed image to cut out these spidery-webbed bats. I mounted the sentiment on a die-cut banner of Black Glimmer paper as the final bit of sparkle. These cards fit in a business-sized envelope if you’re planning to mail it.

Have a creative and safe holiday. I’ll be back soon with details on making slimline cards.