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!”

Finding Hope and Inspiration in the August Paper Pumpkin

I have to tell you, it’s been a rough couple of months for this paper addict, but then my August Paper Pumpkin arrived. And I was inspired to return to the things I love. The box was titled the Hope Box, and it is filled with an amazing stamp set, gorgeous card bases and envelopes, and embellishments. And as a bonus, Stampin up added materials to make a box belly band. So you can fill it with your favorite hope-inspiring items, like a favorite poem or quote, family pictures, or even a scented candle. It can be a gift to yourself or for someone else. I haven’t finished my box yet, but I want to show you some of the cards I made with it.

The Hope Cards Mostly as Designed

Three greeting cards made from the August Paper Pumpkin kit with hope sentiments.
The August Hope Paper Pumpkin

These are the three cards the kit makes. I put a little twist on one of them, literally. I tilted the Bermuda Bay layer to add more interest. For the Polished Pink card, I added some texture stamping to the white layer. I should have used the cute stamp in the kit, but I was distracted. I also put the sentiment on the left instead of the right. Small changes, but they make the card “mine”.

The third card layers a pre-punched delicate floral/butterfly bouquet layered over the base, with splotches of color perfectly aligned. There really was not a thing to do to make this card more. It was dazzling on its own. The sentiment says, “Where there is HOPE there is faith.” We could all use some of that these days.

And do you see these pretty printed envelopes peeking out? Talk about “happy mail!”

Despite how pretty these cards are, I did come up with an alternate.

The Happy Birthday Card

The Hope Paper Pumpkin box with the alternative design. A birthday card.
Birthday card from the Hope Box

I always need birthday cards, especially in August and September! So, of course, I decided to make an alternate with a birthday sentiment. I used the Polished Pink base with the Bermuda Bay layer. The ribbon is part of the box belly band assembly, so I only used a small piece and frayed the ends for some texture.

The sentiment is stamped in the kit ink color Blackberry Bliss, and the stamps came from the “A Wish for Everything” stamp set.

To finish the card, I used three pre-punched butterflies and plenty of iridescent sequins that came with the kit.

Simple, fast, with a pretty bohemian vibe.

I hope you are finding ways to be crafty. Until next time: Ink up!

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!