My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Many of you may be spending a lot more time with your wonderful families, and some of you, like me, haven’t seen many of them in person for months even though they live in town. The April Paper Pumpkin is all about family and I had an absolute blast playing with the cards. The default cards used a Z fold and Double Flap fold card. The trick on the Double Flap is to not add glue to the last inch or so of the tree, otherwise, the card won’t open. And where’s the fun in that?

Since Mother’s Day is around the corner, my two alternatives are cards for moms.

Butterfly Mother’s Day

This alternative card requires the addition of three colors of ink, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, and Early Espresso. I used the Z fold card base and stamped the tree leaves as if the tree was off the paper. This meant I didn’t have to line up the stamp to make both halves of the tree. Much easier. Then I stamped in the trunk, letting that stamp come off the page.

Using Melon Mambo ink, I stamped the tiny flight of butterflies and the sentiment. A bit of ribbon from the kit and the prepunched bird, and the front flap was complete. On the inside, I used the big preprinted sentiment card. It has a lovely statement about family and I wanted to do a card where it wasn’t covered up. The inside still has plenty of room for a hand written note.

The final touch was a few of the pearls from the kit nestled into the tree. Simple, pretty, and ready to send.

Double Dutch Fold Mother’s Day

I have been wanting to make a Double Dutch fold card for a while and this kit gave me the perfect opportunity as some of the work was done for me with the Flap fold card base. First I cut off the Shaded Spruce flap, and set it aside for reuse on my flaps. Next, I trimmed the short flap to 3-5/8″. I know that’s a fussy measurement, but it worked and I was doing this by feel.

Next, I used a piece of Pear Pizazz (use any complementary color) from my scrap stash that was 8-1/2″ x 2″ and scored each end of the strip at 2-1/8″ (cheat it short by just a hair so the card wraps around the base correctly or you’ll have to shave the width of your base). Then I cut two, 2″ pieces from the Shaded Spruce flap. I also cut two 2″x2″ pieces of So Saffron DSP scrap. Mine was from the Mosaic Mood pack, but use what you have.

Stamp the tree leaves in Pear Pizzaz. Stamp the sentiment in Crushed Curry.

Now we assemble. The Pear Pizazz strip gets glued to the back of the long panel, lined up with the bottom. Add the So Saffron DSP to the flaps and then layer over the Shaded Spruce pieces. Glue the pre-punched tree to the short flap leaving the trunk adhesive-free. Adhere the Crushed Curry strip from the kit to the bottom of the short panel. Then add the sentiment banner using Dimensionals.

Lastly, decorate with birds, butterflies and pearls. The cool thing about this card is that it will stand up with the top panel resting on the dutch door flaps.

I hope you’re enjoying your kit. Leave me a comment. And if you want a challenge, I think this kit would be perfect for making a “Partridge in a Pear Tree” Christmas card. Let me know if you try it. Happy crafting.

No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin Alternates

March 2020 Paper Pumpkin - No Matter the Weather cards as designed.

Wow. I don’t know how Stampin’ Up! did it, but they nailed this month’s kit. This rain gear and flowers themed pack has the materials for twelve adorable notecards and two stamp sets. My favorite sentiment in the kit: No matter the weather, we’re in this together. Perfect, right?

The stamps in the kit are used to add visual texture to the cards. There are raindrops and clouds and gravel and water reflections. I forgot to use the water lines on my sample, sorry about that. Each card comes with pre-punched pieces – rainboots and bunnies and plenty of hearts. You’ll probably have hearts leftover. If you look closely, you can also see the resin raindrops from the kit. They’re a bit fussy, but you can adjust them before pressing them into place.

So, super cute cards, perfect for sending right now. But, I have some alternates for you.

So Saffron Alternate

No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin March 2020 Alternate using So Saffron paper

For this card, I cut the umbrella base in half and added a card base in So Saffron. On top of the base, I used a layer of So Saffron DSP from the Subtles collection. I liked how cheerful the dots looked. The twine is from the kit. The boot punched piece is up on Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the kid in Calypso Coral ink and added some sparkly enamel dots from my stash. You can’t see it, but I put the base of the card, the plain white part inside the card so I had a nice area to write a note.

Flower Background Alternate

No Matter the Weather Paper Pumpkin Alternate using a stamped flower image to create a fun background.

For this card, I started with a Whisper White base. On top of that, I added a layer of Grapefruit Grove cut just 1/8″ smaller than the base. For the next layer, I used a piece of Whisper White that I stamped with a random flower stamp in Grapefruit Grove. This is a super-easy way to create your own DSP in a specific color. The sentiment is from the Something for Everyone Paper Pumpkin. I used the Basic Gray ink to stamp it on the banner from the kit. The boots, the hearts, and the banner are all on Dimensionals. For a final touch, I colored some basic pearls with my So Saffron Stampin’ Blends Marker.

Shiny Boots Alternate

The last alternate employs a couple of cool techniques. First, instead of just stamping the clouds, I heat embossed them in White. Because the stamps are Distinktive, they have a ton of texture and I love how the blue background peeks through.

Next, I stamped the background. I used the gravel stamp with Gray Granite ink. I used the grass stamp with Granny Apple Green. I added the flowers using a stamp from the I’ll Bee Yours kit and Grapefruit Grove ink. I love the beachy vibe this gave the card. Can’t you imagine the ocean just beyond?

The sentiment is stamped in Blueberry Bushel. I wanted it to be easy to read but also more monochromatic so it didn’t distract from my gorgeous clouds and fabulous boots. The boots! I used a stamp from the bonus stamp set to heat emboss them with some old powder on a Memories and More card I had. There is a subtle stripe that I love and I wanted something that would be thick enough to hold up the next part of this. To make the boots shiny, I used the fine tip glue pen and pooled the adhesive over the spaces in the boot. Avoid creating or leaving bubbles in the glue or having it be too thin. I let this dry overnight. Then I fussy cut them out and added them to the card with Dimensonals.

I hope you are finding time and peace to craft during this challenging period in our history. I’d love to see what you’re making. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home. And no matter what, we’ll get through this together.

Something for Everything and Alternates

The December 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit was like a preview of spring in the middle of winter. The kit contains more than enough materials to make a dozen cards with thirteen different sentiments and a flower cluster. The cards as designed are incredibly easy to put together. The die cuts are all done on adhesive sheets, so they’re essentially stickers. This simplicity doesn’t limit the possibilities. The alternates use only the materials in the kit with the aide of the stitched rectangle dies, a circle punch, and a leaf punch.

A Masculine Birthday Card

If you’re like me, you have plenty of flowery, pretty cards for every occasion. But what about the men in our lives. This kit with the striped base in Shaded Spruce and Old Olive has the perfect materials for a simple bold design.

First I cut the card base in two. Then I used the Stitched Rectangle dies on each side of the card, the solid and the stripe. Notice I changed the direction of the stripe. Then I used the circle punch to cut a smaller circle out of the Old Olive piece included in the kit.

Next, I punched two leaves with a leaf punch from the corners of the gold foil paper leftovers. I used Shaded Spruce to stamp the sentiment. All of this was added to a Whisper White card base.

Frankensteining

For the next alternative, I took two cards and remade them into two different cards using one die-cut rectangle. I started by cutting the front of the floral card and saving the resulting rectangle. This left me with a perfect open frame. I cut the Crushed Curry card in half and used the solid back to fill that open window after trimming a 1/8″ in both directions so it would fit inside the card.

I stamped a few of the floral clusters on the background in a triangle to define the space for my floral spray that I built with the pieces from the kit. The flower by the sentiment is lifted with a mini-dimensional so that it is the same height as the sentiment.

Next, I used the remaining floral rectangle on a base of Whisper White. I had intended to add the patterned side of the Crushed Curry card as the base layer, but I forgot. The good news is that I have it leftover to make another card. I used the remainder of the dotted Old Olive circle from the first card to create a kind of basket effect for my flowers. The top flower is lifted with Dimensionals. The Champagne rhinestones included in the kit are also available in the current mini-catalog.

Happy Crafting!