Hugs from Shelli Alternates

The May 2019 Paper Pumpkin came is a special flowery box and contained materials enough to make twelve nature inspired notecards, three each of four designs. My Paper Pumpkin club loved this box. You can see from the picture, the stamp set included in the kit is filled with useful sentiments and inspiring images. This kit probably didn’t need alternates, but here are some to inspire you if you do choose to make use of the three kinds of ribbon and other items that came in the kit.

Alternate Note Cards

The first card simply rotates the layout to horizontal. I added a leftover woodgrain sticker from the November 2018 kit under the label. The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite which was the ink spot for the April 2019 kit. I added a couple of Artisan Pearls to the pre-punched flowers.

For the second note card sized alternate, I fussy cut images from the Botanical Butterfly DSP I earned during Sale-a-bration. On the base of the card, I stamped second-generation flower images from the kit in Old Olive ink. I also used the new Pretty Peacock In-Color ink for the sentiment. Layering the labels adds a touch of elegance to the card, like chargers under the dinner plates when setting a formal dining table.

Full Sized Cards

The note cards are suitable for mailing but I know some people prefer the standard card sizes. For the first full-sized alternate, I used a base of Very Vanilla with a layer of Early Espresso. Then I added a layer of retired Botanical Gardens vellum. When I originally purchased the vellum, I thought it was beautiful, but I wasn’t sure how to use. I’m so glad I had it in my stash for this card. The next layer is a trimmed down card front. The twine and flowers and label and sentiment were all included in the kit. I added Artisan Pearls to the flowers.

For this second card, I again cut the card front off of the note card. I used watercolor pencils to fill in the image, Old Olive leaves, Balmy Blue eggs, Espresso nest and some Lemon Lime Twist leaves. The bird, the texture on the Crumb Cake base, and the sentiment are from Best Birds. The layer in between the base and the card front is a scrap I had left over playing with inking embossing folders. I used Blushing Bride ink along with a now retired Spring Flowers embossing folder. For a final touch on the front, I used the Rose Gold shimmer paint that came in the Everything is Rosy kit. That pinky gold paint added a perfect touch of subtle sparkle.

For the next card, I made use of one of the envelopes. I started with a Crumb Cake base like the previous card. Then I layered on Early Espresso. I opened up one of the envelopes and added a strip of the inner leaf printed paper to the card. I saved the flap to make the bottom Petal Pink tag stamped with the floral image from the kit in Petal Pink ink. I didn’t embellish the card front except to add a few Artisan pearls at the end. The tag sentiment is from a retired set, Everyday Tags, and the tag was cut from one of the card backs.

The last card would be perfect for an anniversary or wedding card. The card front had two bird images that inspired me to create a “love birds” card. I used a base of Pool Party with a layer of Pretty Peacock. Over that I added the card base with a section of the laser cut Delightfully Detailed paper. Laser cut paper adds amazing details to your card and is so simple. The sentiment is a combination of Sunshine Sayings (retiring) and the “love” from the kit. Again, those Artisan Pearls (also retiring) found their way onto this card. The flowers and the velvet ribbon were included in the kit and I have lots of the ribbon left to play with, so you will see more of that gorgeous stuff.

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Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Alternates

The April 2019 Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin kit includes two Distinktive stamps that provide realistic images of a rose and leaf spray. The kit also has an array of useful sentiments and enough materials to make nine gorgeous notecards.

Sample of the Designs

These are the three cards the kit makes if you use it as designed following the instructions. The Gray Granite ink in the kit gives the cards an aged or vintage feel. I loved the background papers that were pre-watercolored as well as the corrugated pieces that add such a unique texture. I could have made all nine cards exactly like this and been completely satisfied with the results. But, I love to share ideas so using the remaining six cards worth of materials (plus the extras that Stampin’ Up! always includes).

Simple Alternates

This alternate uses Mint Macaron ink for the leaves and Flirty Flamingo ink for the sentiment. The bow is Flirty Flamingo ribbon that I had in my stash. The instructions included with the kit list the coordinating colors. I like to see what I have on hand that matches and use of my stash.

The second simple alternate also uses Mint Macaron ink for the leaves with second generation stamping (stamp off on scrap paper then stamp the card). The rose is So Saffron. I made sure to stamp it over the pink part of the background to make it look like a Peace Rose. I also used Linen Thread instead of the twine in the kit.

For the last simple alternate, I cut one of the notecards in two using my trimmer. Then I trimmed another half inch from each side of the plain part of the card. The small white piece is stamped with the leaves in a variety of directions. Using my watercolor pencils, I filled in the leaves with Garden Green. I layered the two pieces together and added Linen Thread. The entire thing is mounted on a base of Gray Granite cardstock. The sentiment is stamped on the back of one of the banners in the kit in Mint Macaron. I like the gender neutral style of this card.

DSP Alternates

Patterned paper, for some of us its a weakness. I have packs of gorgeous paper, some unopened. I do my best to cut the paper I love and use it in my projects. Paper Pumpkins always inspire me to use my DSP (Designer Series Paper). For this first card, I layered paper with a wood grain texture. I also added Linen Thread and gems from the February 2019 Paper Pumpkin. The card is still notecard sized (3.5″x5″) but I made my own base from Whisper White cardstock.

This card is full sized. I used So Saffron as my base and also a layer of So Saffron DSP. This paper is done by color collection, and this is from the Subtles pack. The sentiment is from the September 2017 Paper Pumpkin. It fit perfectly in a vertical orientation. I meant to put the corrugated banner underneath, but I forgot. Bummer. The rose is second generation Flirty Flamingo and the Leaves are also second generation in Mint Macaron. I like how feminine this card is.

Memories and More Cards

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how economical the Memories and More packs are. You get tons of cards in two sizes, sometimes laser cut papers, stickers, and other great pieces that are perfect for pocket scrapbooking but also for making interesting cards. The pack I used for these cards is retired, but the color worked and they had a garden theme.

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Playing with Past Paper Pumpkins

The Paper Pumpkin celebrated its sixth birthday in March. That’s seventy-two boxes of creative inspiration if you subscribed from the start. I’ve only been a member for a few years, but I was gifted with several retired boxes. Woo Hoo. It was like winning the craft stash lottery. I know there are many people who have past boxes. Every so often, I’ll pull one out and see what I can do with it. This time I’m playing with the July 2014 kit, Wish Big.

The first surprise was that the kit used Blackberry Bliss. This color was brought back last year. Perfect timing! The kit came with cards and gift boxes. I had scavenged the boxes months ago. But here are the cards I came up with using the stamps and the card materials from the kit.

Wish Cards

This card is closest to the original design in the kit. The wish letters and big star were stickers in the kit along with the gray and white strip. The box came with a ton of silver stars. I added a few more with a stamp in the kit using Blackberry Bliss ink. The Make A sentiment was also in the kit.

This card is similar, just more. I added a layer of Frosted Floral DSP and more silver stars. The tag is a leftover from a more recent kit.

Thanks Cards

Going with the star theme, I used a piece of Bubbles and Fizz DSP. I was using all my retired product for these cards. But that is the cool thing about Stampin’ Up! products, they are timeless and work together beautifully even five years later. The Thanks sentiment was a stamp in the kit.

I liked the Thanks sentiment so much, I got out my Stamparatus and let it rip. The hearts were stickers in the kit. I added the white and silver twine bow. The Stamparatus makes repetitive stamping so easy. A simple one layer card that has a huge visual impact. Those fun folk art style hearts inspired my next card.


The last two projects use the round tags that came in the kit. I like cards that use tags on the front. I don’t make enough of these for as much as I like the look. I used a piece of Wood Texture DSP to play up the rustic style of the hearts. The sentiment is from Labels to Love. The twine is from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit. This would be a cute card for a summer beach wedding.

The final project I have is a simple tag. For You was in the kit along with more of those awesome silver stars.

So if you have a stash of unopened or incomplete Paper Pumpkins, pull one out – the fun doesn’t expire. Happy crafting.