Pick of the Crop – Paper Pumpkin June 22

June 2022 Paper Pumpkin Pick of the Crop cards from Stampin' Up!

It’s so nice to be back chatting with you about crafts. It’s been far too long since I’ve shared with you. But sometimes, it pays to pause. My uncle says this and he’s very wise. So I’ve been paused for a short while. I had even stopped crafting for an entire month for the first time in five years. And then the June Paper Pumpkin box arrived. Pick of the Crop.

It was exactly what I needed to restart my creativity. To rekindle my passion for sharing my creations. And to reassess what was important to me.

I love the vibe in this month’s cards. The remind me of the time when I traveled to France with my mother and my aunt and we shopped at the local outdoor farmer’s markets. Fresh, floral, and fun. And maybe just a little bit cheesy, but that’s even better! Of course I have some alternates to share.

Background Texture and Lots of Lavender

Alternative design for the Paper Pumpkin paper crafting kit Pick of the Crop from Stampin' Up!

I used one card from the kit for both alternatives. This first card uses the back of the card. A blank piece of cardstock can be rather boring. There are three simple ways to instantly add interest: Use a background stamp such as Drybrush to add an all over image. Take a single stamp, like the strawberry in the Paper Pumpkin kit, and stamp all over the card in a random way. Or emboss the paper.

For this card, I chose to emboss the background with the Fern 3-D embossing folder. Voilà! Texture and interest. There were several extra lavender branches included in the kit. The sentiment banner was also from the kit. I added a sentiment from the Cup of Tea set in Highland Heather ink. Lastly, I used some Brass Butterfly embellishments.

Shimmer Dragonflies on a Paper Pumpkin card front

This is the front of the card I repurposed from the kit. I loved that sunset or sunrise background. To start, I used a base of Pale Papaya. Then I cut the bottom strip off the card. It’s about a half-inch or so that was not part of the primary image. Then I trimmed down the width to 3-3/4″. This made it very easy to cut into three strips of 1-1/4″.

The sentiment and tag are included in the box. I used one of the new In Colors, Tahitian Tide, to stamp. For the dragonflies, I used the In Color Glimmer Paper which has an ombre effect with the Dragonflies punch. Curling the wings of the big dragonfly with a bone folder and adding one dimensional under each wing gives a lift to the shape making it more interesting.

Thanks for joining me as I rediscover my passion for posting these blogs for your interest and education. Let me know if there is a card you like or a technique you’d like me to cover. Until next time, Ink up!

Lots of Pun with Paper Pumpkin

Cards made with the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin subscription box.

The Lots of Pun, December 2021, Paper Pumpkin is filled with funny yolks, you know, the “moldy oldies.” But seriously, it’s a super cute kit with sentiments for celebrating, condolences, and general good wishes. At least one of my cards will be perfect for my Valentine.

These are the cards made as designed. The kit comes with extra pieces, so it’s easy to get more than the nine cards it was designed to make. For my alternatives, I took one of each of the card bases and cut it in half. Then I trimmed each half to 4″x5-1/4″. That means I have six more punny ideas for you!

Lots of Pun with Cherries

Alternative design for the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

For the first split card, I used the Granny Apple Green back and embossed it with the Tasteful Texture 3-D embossing folder from the current Annual catalog. After mounting the pane on a base of Pool Party cardstock, I put the cherries in the frame exactly like the card was designed. Instead of using vellum and the red banner detail, I used the rainbow striped banner. The heart embellishments in the kit were the perfect final touch.

Alternative design for a condolence card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The second alternative I created from the same card base is a condolence card. Unfortunately, sometimes we need to send this kind of card. Again, the front panel is layered on Pool Party cardstock. For the sentiment cluster (vellum, rainbow banner, red ruffle, and stamped banner), I trimmed the scrap piece of rainbow-striped paper from the pre-punched frame. The narrow strip adds a nice pop of color. The clean and simple (CAS) design lets the sentiment stand out.

Orange You Glad I Said Banana Again?

Alternative design for a thank you card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

Okay, that’s not how that ancient knock knock joke goes, but of course it came to mind when playing with these punny bananas in the Lots of Pun kit. For this alternative duet, I used the yellow checked card base with the Pool Party back. Both cards are on White cardstock as the base.

The first card is another CAS. I used the smaller vellum circle to anchor my cluster of bananas. The “top” banana is raised on Dimensionals. I giggle every time I see the banana with glasses. The sentiment in the word bubble banner is also elevated. For a final touch, I added three of the Daffodil Delight gems from the kit.

Alternative design for a congratulations card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The second card, starts with the Pool Party back that I stamped with the hat and dots stamps from the kit using Pool Party ink. When stamping a background like this, it’s good to make the images “fall off” the edge. That technique keeps the background from fighting for attention with your focal point. In this case, I super cute piece of toast in a Granny Apple Green party hat. The blue plaid medallion is the “left over” piece from the frame used in the cherries card.

Egg-stra Alternatives

Alternative design for a greeting card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The last two alternatives use the Daffodil Delight card base that has the watercolor sploosh on the front. Starting with the Daffodil Delight panel, I embossed it using the same Tasteful Textures folder. Next, I layered on the big vellum circle from the kit. I staggered the two eggs, generally only line up items if you have three or more and usually odd numbers. Again, those eyeballs will do funny things to two eggs lined up on your card. And not the good funny.

Alternative design for a greeting card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

I used two sentiments, one in the bubble banner popped up on Dimensionals. The other has the Early Espresso ruffle under to give it some visual weight. I love the little smiling eggs. Talk about “sunny side up!”

The last alternative calls to my serious side, a pun-free alternative. I used the Crumb Cake banner from the kit, layered over a second scrap of rainbow banner and then the Early Espresso striped banner. I used Dimensionals cut in half for the hello sentiment from the kit. If you have the mini Dimensionals, they work so much better, but they still should be cut in half. Last, I added that twine bow because everyone I know loves tying bows. (I said pun free, not joke free.)

I hope you liked the cards I have for you here. If you haven’t signed up for Paper Pumpkin, there’s a link to the right. Here’s a preview of the January 2022 box. Sign up by January 10 so you don’t miss out. And until next time, “Ink up!”

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!”