Lots of Pun with Paper Pumpkin

Cards made with the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin subscription box.

The Lots of Pun, December 2021, Paper Pumpkin is filled with funny yolks, you know, the “moldy oldies.” But seriously, it’s a super cute kit with sentiments for celebrating, condolences, and general good wishes. At least one of my cards will be perfect for my Valentine.

These are the cards made as designed. The kit comes with extra pieces, so it’s easy to get more than the nine cards it was designed to make. For my alternatives, I took one of each of the card bases and cut it in half. Then I trimmed each half to 4″x5-1/4″. That means I have six more punny ideas for you!

Lots of Pun with Cherries

Alternative design for the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

For the first split card, I used the Granny Apple Green back and embossed it with the Tasteful Texture 3-D embossing folder from the current Annual catalog. After mounting the pane on a base of Pool Party cardstock, I put the cherries in the frame exactly like the card was designed. Instead of using vellum and the red banner detail, I used the rainbow striped banner. The heart embellishments in the kit were the perfect final touch.

Alternative design for a condolence card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The second alternative I created from the same card base is a condolence card. Unfortunately, sometimes we need to send this kind of card. Again, the front panel is layered on Pool Party cardstock. For the sentiment cluster (vellum, rainbow banner, red ruffle, and stamped banner), I trimmed the scrap piece of rainbow-striped paper from the pre-punched frame. The narrow strip adds a nice pop of color. The clean and simple (CAS) design lets the sentiment stand out.

Orange You Glad I Said Banana Again?

Alternative design for a thank you card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

Okay, that’s not how that ancient knock knock joke goes, but of course it came to mind when playing with these punny bananas in the Lots of Pun kit. For this alternative duet, I used the yellow checked card base with the Pool Party back. Both cards are on White cardstock as the base.

The first card is another CAS. I used the smaller vellum circle to anchor my cluster of bananas. The “top” banana is raised on Dimensionals. I giggle every time I see the banana with glasses. The sentiment in the word bubble banner is also elevated. For a final touch, I added three of the Daffodil Delight gems from the kit.

Alternative design for a congratulations card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The second card, starts with the Pool Party back that I stamped with the hat and dots stamps from the kit using Pool Party ink. When stamping a background like this, it’s good to make the images “fall off” the edge. That technique keeps the background from fighting for attention with your focal point. In this case, I super cute piece of toast in a Granny Apple Green party hat. The blue plaid medallion is the “left over” piece from the frame used in the cherries card.

Egg-stra Alternatives

Alternative design for a greeting card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

The last two alternatives use the Daffodil Delight card base that has the watercolor sploosh on the front. Starting with the Daffodil Delight panel, I embossed it using the same Tasteful Textures folder. Next, I layered on the big vellum circle from the kit. I staggered the two eggs, generally only line up items if you have three or more and usually odd numbers. Again, those eyeballs will do funny things to two eggs lined up on your card. And not the good funny.

Alternative design for a greeting card using the Lots of Pun December 2021 Paper Pumpkin

I used two sentiments, one in the bubble banner popped up on Dimensionals. The other has the Early Espresso ruffle under to give it some visual weight. I love the little smiling eggs. Talk about “sunny side up!”

The last alternative calls to my serious side, a pun-free alternative. I used the Crumb Cake banner from the kit, layered over a second scrap of rainbow banner and then the Early Espresso striped banner. I used Dimensionals cut in half for the hello sentiment from the kit. If you have the mini Dimensionals, they work so much better, but they still should be cut in half. Last, I added that twine bow because everyone I know loves tying bows. (I said pun free, not joke free.)

I hope you liked the cards I have for you here. If you haven’t signed up for Paper Pumpkin, there’s a link to the right. Here’s a preview of the January 2022 box. Sign up by January 10 so you don’t miss out. And until next time, “Ink up!”

A Box of Christmas – Love, Santa

Gift tags from the Love, Santa kit by Stampin' Up!

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! has other kits besides Paper Pumpkin? They do. And recently I got my hands on the Love, Santa kit. The kit is designed to make twelve gift tags, three of each design you see here. The tags are so simple to make and would be perfect for crafting with the kiddos or just an easy creative moment while watching a Christmas movie.

I don’t do a lot of wrapped gifts, I’m more of a stocking stuffers and experiences kind of gift giver, so four tags was plenty for me. But what to do with the other pieces of the kit?

First, I made an ornament by layering the other two taxi cabs on a piece of Bumblebee cardstock. The ornament idea worked, but not as well as I’d hoped, because these tags, aside from the one that’s an actual tag, aren’t quite symmetrical.

I chose to make a few full-sized Christmas cards, perfect for mailing and two notecards perfect for stuffing in stockings with a gift card.

Christmas Tree Cards – Love, Santa

Two Christmas cards made from the Love, Santa kit by Stampin' Up!

I started with the two Christmas trees for my cards. These two cards are essentially the same, but in one I used embossing and the other, designer paper. The card on the left has a background embossed with the Evergreens 3-D embossing folder. I also added some presents, three from the stamp in the kit on one from the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin kit.

The card on the right has a background of designer series paper from the Peaceful Place paper pack. This paper is only available through December, and it’s gorgeous. Don’t miss out. I stamped the sentiment, also from the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin, directly on the background paper.

Both trees are elevated using Dimensionals and, of course, I used some gems to add a touch of sparkle.

Full-sized Foliage Cards

Alternatives to the Love, Santa kit from Stampin' Up!

These next two cards use the tag shaped pieces as the focal point of the full-sized cards. For the card on the left, I used the Timeworn Text 3-D embossing folder on a piece of Soft Succulent cardstock. I stamped the tag with the merry sentiment from the kit in Poppy Parade and the pine bough image in Evening Evergreen. To add interest, I stamped it twice to get a second generation image as well. The Christmas part of the sentiment and the tag are raised with Dimensionals. And yes, those are sparklies from the Holiday Rhinestones pack.

The card on the right is a bit more involved. I started with a base of Soft Succulent and added a piece of the Tidings of Christmas paper. Instead of stamping the tag directly, I stamped some scrap white cardstock and fussy cut out two pine boughs. The sentiment is from the kit, stamped in Misty Moonlight to match the designer paper. I layered it on a red medallion I had in my stash and the pre-punched banner from the kit. I also added three berry sprays from my stash. For the final touch, a crinkled seam-binding ribbon bow and a few gems.

Love, Santa Note Cards

Note cards made using the Love, Santa kit from Stampin' Up!

The last cards I made with the Santas started with a base of the pre-cut Very Vanilla note cards. The size of the cards still allows them to be mailed but they will also fit easily into a stocking or be tucked into the tree for gift giving.

The card on the left has the Santa lifted up on Dimensionals. The sentiment and gems are from the kit. I used the Tidings of Christmas paper for the background for both cards.

The Santa on the right isn’t lifted up, but the sentiment is. I used the stamp from the kit and Soft Succulent ink.

I had a great time putting this kit together. It’s always fun to come up with creative ways to use the beautiful elements Stampin’ Up! includes in their kits. If you like this one, shop with me now using the code on the right. The kits are always changing and I’m excited to see what Stampin’ Up! comes up with next.

Until next time, “Ink up!”

Nature’s Harvest for Every Crafter

Nature’s Harvest is such a great stamp set. It’s part of the Harvest Meadow suite in the 2021 July-December mini catalog. It has four sentiments and three images, but I’m going to show you three different projects that are similar, but so very different. No matter what type of crafter you are—beginner, casual, or avid—this stamp set is for you.

Beginning Crafter Card with Nature’s Harvest and Limited Supplies

A beginning crafter card using the Nature's Harvest stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I made this card with the Nature’s Harvest stamps, Misty Moonlight and white cardstock, Misty Moonlight ink, a paper cutter, adhesive and some Elegant Faceted gems. That’s it. Oh, and an envelope. But the envelope and the gems are optional.

I started with a base of Misty Moonlight, a half sheet scored in half. Then I added a 4″x 5-1/4″ layer of white that I stamped with two images from the stamp set. To lighten the image of the texture stamp, I stamped on scrap paper after every re-inking using the second generation image. This technique basically creates a second ink color for projects. I stamped the small flower image at full strength.

Next, I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight 2-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and stamped the large flower image using Misty Moonlight ink. I also added a couple of the texture images at the bottom so the stems weren’t floating in space. Finally, for the sentiment, I used a piece of white card cut to 1-1/4″ x 3″ and the Misty Moonlight ink. I used Dimensionals under the large flower and the sentiment. And for the final touch, I added three gems.

Stamping the envelope is a nice touch if the card is going in the mail.

A Casual Twist on the Natures’s Harvest Card

A distressed style card using Nature's Harvest from Stampin' Up!

For this next card, I used similar products. Instead of White cardstock, I used Very Vanilla. And I added the Diamond Weave ribbon and Brushed Metallic Dots from the Harvest Meadow Suite. And I added a second color of ink, Crumb Cake. There are a couple of other changes I’ll walk you through.

The card base, first layer, and layer with the large flower are all the same measurements as above. I used the Crumb Cake ink for the texture image and also to distress the initial layer. To distress the paper, I used my scissors to rough up the edges of the paper and even tore bits off and then sponged the Crumb Cake ink on the outside edges of the paper. I did the same with the Misty Moonlight panel after I added the large flower.

For the focal flower, I stamped the image using Versamark, and heat embossed it in gold. To add a touch of color, I filled in the leaves and petals with the Garden Green and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils. It’s subtle, but adds a nice touch. That layer is lifted on Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight on Very Vanilla and fussy-cut it out. It’s layered on top of a 4″ length of the ribbon. For the final touch, I added three metallic dots.

An Avid Option

A multilayered card featuring Nature's Harvest stamp set from the Harvest Meadow suite in the Stampin' Up! minicatalog.

This last card takes advantage of three more products in the Harvest Meadow Suite: The Harvest dies, Cork Specialty paper, and the Harvest Meadow designer paper.

I really enjoyed adding all the layers and details to this card. Instead of the stamped layer on top of the Misty Moonlight card base, I used a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of the designer paper. Next, I used the dies to cut out some of the silhouette images in the die set. I used Misty Moonlight paper so I could get that lovely tone on tone elegance. Using the dies, I also cut out my large flower that I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used that ink so I could color in the image with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers in Just Jade, Daffodil Delight, and Cinnamon Cider.

Next, I used my Dark Misty Moonlight marker to color three basic pearls. If you have tried this with your Stampin’ Blends, it’s a great way to get perfectly matched rhinestones or pearls for your projects. The large flower is floating above the die cuts on Dimensionals.

Lastly, I put together the multilayer sentiment. I started by cutting the cork paper with the long banner die in the Harvest dies set. Then I used a technique I learned at On Stage. I inked up the Thank you sentiment in Versamark, and then directly inked the stamp in Misty Moonlight before stamping it on the white cardstock. This allowed me to use clear embossing powder on the sentiment, giving it a bit of shine and dimension. This is a really fun way to create any color embossed image and the Versamark ink is totally safe to mix into the colored ink pads. I die cut that using the smaller banner die. Two metallic dots make the cork layer look like it’s been punched down with brads, but it’s really on Dimensionals.

Which card is your favorite?

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