Celebrate with Flowers

It’s the start of the holiday season. I’ve already shared some Halloween ideas with you, but today, I’m going to go back to one of my favorite craft images—flowers. My inventory of flower stamps and dies is large. But there is always room for another great set and the Celebrate Sunflowers stamps and dies called to me. Then I saw the DSP that came in the suite and it was in a box and on its way to me. I fell in love with the way the In-Colors came together and the way this set will work year-round. I already did a post with the Memories and More cards from the Flowers for Every Season suite which includes the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. Now, I have to show you how easy it is to create a card featuring the rest of this suite including the Stampin’ Blends in the new colors.

Winter Blues

Misty Moonlight is a gorgeous blue that reminds me of Dapper Denim, but is deeper and richer. For this card, I used it for the base and then added 1-3/4″ strips of the Flowers for Every Season DSP that included Misty Moonlight in the pattern. I stamped the sentiment in the matching ink. It’s cut out with the Stitched So Sweetly dies and layered over a length of the Whisper White ribbon from the Every Season pack. I love how sheer it is.

Next, I added a die cut sunflower stamped in Balmy Blue. I used this color to show how the image works no matter what color you use to stamp and to contrast with the Misty Moonlight. Almost monochromatic, but with a bit more zip. Lastly, I added an In-Color Enamel Dot.

Spring Bouquet

The next card shows off the amazing Magenta Madness. This pink is so vibrant it’s nearly neon. I can’t look at it without feeling happier. To create this cool 3-D card, I cut the DSP layer to fit the card. Then I used the Mason Jar punch, part of the Jar of Flowers bundle included in the suite, to create an opening for the shaker dome. I stamped the flower stems in Cinnamon Cider on a scrap piece of Pool Party and colored in a few of the stems to give it more visual dimension. The domes have the adhesive built-in, so I added a few of the Flowers for Every Season gems and adhered all of that to the card base.

For the bouquet, I started by stamping the image in Memento ink on Whisper White. I colored in the image using the In-Color Stampin’ Blends. I fussy cut out the flowers and lifted it on Dimensionals so it looks like it’s coming out of the mason jar. The sentiment is stamped in Magenta Madness and is from a different set. My design didn’t leave much room for the larger sentiments, so I had to cheat a bit.

Summer Sunflower

I started this card with the crazy idea of layering foil paper over vellum. I wanted something fun and different, and I think I got that. The base is Magenta Madness. Then added the strips of DSP which scream summertime to me. Can’t you see that striped piece as a beach towel?

So I stamped that great big beautiful sunflower image in Staz-on on vellum and then colored the back side with the Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends just to give it some color. I love how the DSP shows through the sunflower image. The overlay is die cut from silver foil.

Lastly, I added the sentiment from Celebrate Sunflowers in Magenta Madness and a few Just Jade enamel dots. I’ll probably play with the vellum-foil layering some more. I like the effect.

Fall Leaves

The last card I have for you today is a result of what fell on my craft desk as I created other cards. The small scraps of DSP that seem to collect in my craft room. And since I can’t rake them into a pile and fall into them, I decided to put their beautiful remains to use with this scrappy little patchwork card.

On a 4″x5-1/4″ base of Misty Moonlight, I organized my pieces until I had a pleasing arrangement. Staggering the “seam” is important if you’re trying to make a card like this. It give the card energy, also there is a slight symmetry to the pieces, the small piece in the upper left is mirrored by the small piece in the lower right. And all the colors are in contrast, at least as much as I could. This piece went on a Just Jade base.

To finish the card, I added a strip of ribbon from the combo pack. The Just Jade gingham is adorable—you’ll see more of it. The sentiment is stamped in Just Jade and die-cut with the Stitched Nested Labels. Two small Gold Glitter enamel dots provided the perfect touch of sparkle.

Four cards and I have barely scratched the surface of this gorgeous suite. I hope you’re finding some time create. Happy crafting.

Hello, Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin Alternates

The September Paper Pumpkin kit, Hello Pumpkin, provided all the materials to make these cute holiday crackers for either Halloween or Thanksgiving. Holiday crafting is the best and we’re finally at that time of year. These little guys could easily hold a fun-size candy bar, some chocolate nuggets, a seasonal lip-gloss, or everybody’s favorite: cash.

I recommend creating the embellishment layers first. Use one of the laser cut little mats and then adhere the whole setup to the box. It’s so much easier than trying to wrangle all the little pieces on one at a time. (Ask me how I know.)

And speaking of little pieces…you are going to have a ton left-over for making alternate cards. Let me show you a couple of ideas.

Cats and Cobwebs

I started this card with a Basic Black base and a layer of Pumpkin Pie card stock that I embossed, using the Cobwebs 3-D embossing folder in the holiday catalog. The embossing adds fantastic texture so all I needed was a small collection of the pre-punched pieces to finish it off. I stamped the pumpkin cutouts with the faces in the stamp set using Memento ink. I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment from the kit on one of the pre-punched banners. The pumpkins, sentiment and black flowers are lifted on Dimensionals. The final touch was the orange rhinestone bling in the center of the flowers from the Holiday Rhinestones pack in the annual catalog.

Thankful Wreath

Did I mention this kit had a TON of pre-punched pieces in several colors? Well, this card proves it. Built on a base of Cajun Craze, I used a four-inch square of Very Vanilla as the base for my wreath. I started by stamping the leaves and flowers around a scrap 1-1/2″ circle that I temporarily adhered to the square. I used coordinating inks in Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze. You can’t see a lot of the stamping in this photo because it’s mostly covered up. The reason to do the stamping first is so that if you have gaps in your paper pieces there isn’t a stark blank area. It’s all filled in. This makes it easy to add as many or as few pieces as you want to your wreath.

Once I was done building my wreath, I added it to the base. Then I added a linen twine bow. I used a laser-cut, Cajun Craze mat underneath the sentiment from the kit and that is lifted on Dimensionals. For a final touch, I added a small strip of burlap ribbon and some of the “scrap” diamonds from the cracker boxes. I love the country vibe of this card, but it is a bit fussy to complete.

Hello, Pumpkin

The last alternate I have for you also begins with a base of Cajun Craze and a four-inch square of Very Vanilla. I added a layer of Bumblebee DSP from the In-color DSP pack available in the annual catalog. The pumpkins are pieces from the Paper Pumpkin kit. Several of the small ones are on Dimensionals. I cut the end of one of the cracker boxes off and added it to the Very Vanilla card. The twine is from an old kit. Linen thread would work well here too. The entire piece is added to the base with Dimensionals. Finally, I used the kit to create the sentiment and added it directly to the base with glue dots. This simple fall themed card could be used for either holiday or just a general note.

I hope you’re having fun with your Paper Pumpkin kits. If you aren’t subscribed, you can easily sign up with the link in the sidebar to the right. If you have any questions about a kit or need ideas, please contact me. I love talking to fellow crafters!

World’s Greatest Alternatives

I love that title. It’s actually two alternatives for the August Paper Pumpkin kit: “World’s Greatest.” The kit was designed to make nine cards, three shakers, and two other designs you can see in this picture. Aren’t the plaid details fun?

Of course, we all have everyday heroes we can acknowledge. The people in our lives that we would greatly miss. The people who make our days just a little bit brighter. This kit was ideal for sending an unexpected note of gratitude to those folks.

But as always, I was inspired to change things up just a little bit. I have two simple alternatives for you. One uses only what was in the kit. The other uses stamps from a past Paper Pumpkin. Let me show you.

Best Friend

For this card, I started by cutting the blue plaid base in half and trimming one piece down to 4″ x 5-1/4″ —save the extra strips. I layered that trimmed piece onto a base of Whisper White card stock. Next, I used the “leftover” piece from the shaker card frame. It also had a pre-punched blue circle, which left a frame for my “award.” That was placed on the card with Dimensionals.

I used the stamps from the kit to add the ribbon to one of the large white circles and the sentiment to one of the small white circles. I layered the small circle onto a gold medallion from the kit and popped it up on Dimensionals on the large stamped circle.

Next, I trimmed one of those “scrap” strips to fit in between the green plaid edges. I stamped “friend” using the stamp and ink from the kit, and yes Dimensionals. Lastly, I scattered on a few stars and there you have it. Simple, cute, and nothing wasted.

A Great Birthday Card

This lovely birthday card starts out the same way as the previous card but uses the green plaid base, cut in half and trimmed down, saving the trim strip. The plaid is on a base of Whisper White and over that I added one of the Bumblebee water color wash pieces from the kit that I had stamped with a Happy Birthday sentiment from an earlier Paper Pumpkin kit (April 2019 – Sentimental Rose).

Next, I added two of the vellum sprays and a 3-1/2″ length of the grosgrain ribbon. I added a layer of the plaid strip that I trimmed earlier. For the flower, I used Magenta Madness ink and fussy-cut it as I did with the leaf sprays, but they are stamped in Just Jade. The flower is lifted on Dimensionals and I added a Gold Glitter enamel to the center. The final touch was a few of the stars from the kit.

I hope you enjoyed these two quick alternative cards and that they inspired you to create your own alternatives. Happy crafting!