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.

Memorable Mosaics

I’m catching up on some crafting while I practice social distancing. I purchased a gorgeous suite, the Mosaic Mood collection in the annual catalog. It has a stamp set, a punch, an embossing folder, DSP, flower gems and a spool of ribbon. The mosaic themed card possibilities are endless but I have three examples for you.

Sending Happy Wishes

I think everyone could use a “thinking of you” card right now. I love getting happy mail. This card was pretty simple and I love the spring vibe. It has a base of Mint Macaron. Then I used Very Vanilla card stock and the stamp set to create the mosaic tree in Highland Heather and Soft Suede. I stamped the tree branches three times, shifting the stamp slightly with each image. I like the fullness it gave to the tree.

Next, I punched the corners of the cardstock with the Detailed Trio punch. It’s not part of the suite but is a great all-purpose punch. The Memorable Mosaic stamp set provided the sentiment. I used Mint Macaron ink and the Timeless Lable punch from the suite. It’s adhered with Dimensionals over a piece of the Mint Macaron Textile ribbon. This ribbon is beautiful in person. It has a bit of shine to it and its soft. I’ll be using it a lot. The Very Vanilla layer is adhered to the card front with Dimensionals and the card is ready to mail.

Embossed Rose

The next card features the 3D Mosaic embossing folder and the Mosaic Mood specialty DSP. I started with a base of Very Vanilla. I embossed a 4″-5-1/4″ piece of Blushing Bride cardstock and then used Soft Suede on a sponge to faux age the edges. Next, I used some of the DSP. It’s a specialty because of the interesting texture on certain sheets. It’s almost like the images are heat embossed. The feel like vinyl. It’s very cool in person. I used snail on the strip of DSP and Dimensionals on the fussy cut flowers and leaves. You can see that I snuck in some more of that ribbon too.

After I put that together, I decided I wanted this to be a birthday card. I used a sentiment from the Cake Soiree stamp set and Terracotta Tile ink. I punched it out with the Timeless Label punch and distressed with the Soft Suede ink around the edges. Lastly, for the bit of bling, I used three of the Flower Faceted gems.

Z Special Fold Card

I wanted to make this last card to show off the hummingbird from the DSP. Isn’t it gorgeous? The base of this card is Garden Green cardstock cut lengthwise at 4-1/4″ and scored at 5-1/2″. Then one of the long sides is scored again at 2-3/4″. This makes the Z. On the flap of the Z, I added another piece of the DSP cut 2-1/2″ x 4″.

Next, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla for the inside, but don’t adhere that yet, because it’s going to go on top of the flap for the band. The band is a 2″ x 5″ piece of Kraft paper, Soft Suede would work well also. I scored it at 1-1/4″ and tucked that behind the Very Vanilla interior card. Then I added a 1-3/4″ by 3-1/2″ piece of the DSP.

On top of the band, I created a medallion using Mint Macaron cardstock and the Stitched Shapes circle die. I added some fussy cut roses and the hummingbird from the DSP. The bird and smaller rose are attached to the medallion with Dimensionals. Be careful on the Dimensional placement on the bird or your card won’t open. Ask me how I know that.

Anyhow, here is an inside look at the card. The sentiment is from the stamp set in Terracotta Tile. You can see how the band flips back and the card opens.

Let me know what you think or if you are working on any happy mail. Stay healthy!

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!