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!

Precious Parcel Throwback

The Precious Parcel card kit was one of the products you could receive in the past Sale-a-bration. I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with the card structure. The colors and images and vintage feel was adorable, but the slider/card construction wasn’t as appealing to me. In my attempts to use what I have in my craft stash, I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of ideas for using the beautiful materials to make alternate cards.

Full-sized card

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral base that I had in my stash (two Sale-a-brations ago and I’m running out of them). I deconstructed one of the cards and used a panel as my second layer. Then I fussy cut out the flower image from one of the slider inserts. I added a paperclip and punched stamp piece from the kit. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral too. A twine bow and some sparkly enamels finished it off.

One of the keys to creating alternates is to work with the color palette in the kit or preprinted piece you want to repurpose. Then you can scour your stash and pull out items that coordinate and start mixing and matching. Even though most of these pieces came out at different times, they work together because of color compatibility.

Notecard Alternate

The second card I created also used a preprinted base. Starting with a preprinted base speeds up card making. There are two sets in the current catalog, foil-edged cards in silver and gold and also scalloped edged notecards in four colors. I’ll be stocking up on these for future projects.

Again, I fussy cut the image from the slider piece in the card and layered it on with snail adhesive. Then I added to crystal gems. For the sentiment, I used a sticker from one of the old Memories and More kits. These are another accelerator for card making. They include a variety of preprinted layers and stickers or punch pieces that make card making too easy. In fact, this card is done.

I hope this post inspired you to use some things in your craft stash. If the stash is getting thin, check out the new catalog for preprinted stationary to use as card bases and Memories and More packs for a speedy card making.

Black and White Sketch

I’m inspired by the Paper Players again this week. They have a beautiful sketch for their current challenge, PP447, and it helped me solidify the plans I had for a black and white card. I’m still using that 8.5×11″ stamped Whisper White cardstock. This time, I left the images plain.

The Paper Players Sketch

This sketch has great balance and can be kept simple or embellished quite easily with the addition of die cuts or layered sentiments. With just three elements, the background, the panel, and the sentiment, it is easy to create a gorgeous card in a matter of minutes. Because the elements are simple, the measurements can be kept standard too. By offsetting the panel to the right third of the card, it automatically makes the card more interesting to the eye and it’s more forgiving if the placement isn’t perfect as would be required with a symmetrical design. Let me show you what I whipped up for this sketch challenge.

My Card

I used a black and white theme for this card. I started with a base of Whisper White and added on a 4×5-1/4″ layer of black and white gingham DSP. This is from the last Sale-a-Bration catalog. Any small graphic pattern would work, such as dots or any of the Background stamps in the current catalog.

Next I cut a 2″ strip of my hand-stamped DSP that I made last week using a stamp from a recent Paper Pumpkin and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted it on a 2-1/4″ strip of basic black. Both pieces are 5-1/2″ long. I used white and black bakers twine to tie a bow around the bottom third of the panel. The assembly is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This is heat embossed in white on a scrap strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ wide. I mounted that with Dimensional as well.

Thanks to the Paper Players for a fantastic sketch. I hope you’re inspired to make a card using this layout.