Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Alternates

Time has snuck away from me again and I have been slacking on my posts here. I’ve been crafting up a storm making cards for The100DayProject on Instagram. It’s been a lot of fun but between that and some other life, I got distracted from sharing here. I’m going to fix that over the next few days! Or at least I hope I will. This brings me to the February Paper Pumpkin. I kind of fell in love with this kit. The colors, the embellishments – it’s just gorgeous. These are the cards as designed, but of course, I have some alternates.

Fun Fold Birthday

This card uses a half sheet of Just Jade paper as the base. Cut down the length at 4-1/4″ and score the long side at 5-1/2″. Then from one end cut 3″ off. This gives you a 4-1/4″x3″ piece that you’re going to adhere to the remaining short flap in a horizontal direction. But not yet. First, you’re going to add DSP. I used Flower and Field from the recent Saleabration. I cut one piece 4″x 5-1/4″, that goes on the inside of the card so that it faces the short panel. Then I cut a piece 2-1/4″x4″ That goes along the short flap. I used the base of one of the cards in the kit to decorate my “floating” panel. This is cut 4″x2-3/4″. Cut the same size piece of white card for inside the card, it’s hiding behind the floating panel. When you glue your floating panel to the short flap, be careful to only add adhesive to the part of the panel that will overlap the flap, otherwise, you’ll glue your card shut and that’s not near as much fun.

Gatefold Fun Fold

We’ve done gate folds before, this one starts with a base of Merry Merlot. Score the ends of your half sheet of paper so that you end up with two panels that are 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″. You’ll need a piece of white card cut 4″x5-1/4″ for the inside of the card. For the two panels, I used one of the bases in the kit and cut the panels 2″x5-3/8″

Next, I used one of the doilies in the kit and cut it more or less in half. They’re irregular, so it’s not going to be perfect. I adhered them over the panels, but I added a length of the linen thread to each side tucked under the doily halves. Why? Well, my big complaint with gatefold cards is that they don’t stay shut. I could make a belly band, but I wanted to try something new. This card actually ties closed.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Touch of Ink Saleabration set and added a flower from the kit.

Bonus cards

And here are three more cards that I created with the set recently. I left my messy desk in the picture because crafting, like life, is sometimes messy and that’s okay. I hope you get some time, I hope you give yourself permission to run a little late, get a little messy, and make something beautiful you can share with the world.

Happy crafting.

Corner Bouquet

More Oh So Ombre? Check! More Saleabration products? Check. I’ve got both for you today with this quick but elegant card you can make in a matter of moments.

The Simple Things

When I made my Ombre Moments card, I had a piece of the Rococo Rose ombre paper remaining. Perfectly sized for the front of a card, I had to do something with it. This card started to take shape. I love silhouette cards, but I wanted something lighter. In this case, I used the Corner Bouquet stamp set available in the Saleabration catalog with white heat embossing instead of dark ink.

I layered that onto a base of Rococo Rose card stock. The sentiment is from the Enjoy the Moments stamp set. I had the banner left over from a Paper Pumpkin, but I could have cut the same shape using the Stitched Nested Labels dies. I used Rococo Rose ink since the card is basically monochromatic.

For a final touch, I punched out the dragonfly using Dandy Garden DSP and the Dragonflies punch in the Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalog. One trick you can use with the dragonfly: put a dimensional under each of the wings close to the base of the body. Use your bone folder to give each wing a little bit of a curve at the end and add a single glue dot to the widest part of the body. This gives the dragonfly more of a three-dimensional appearance rather than being flat on the card.

And that’s it. No bling, no embellishments, no sparkle. The card is simple and elegant. Hope you’re trying something different with your supplies. Let me know if you need more, I’m happy to help.

Happy crafting!

Ombre Moments

You’ve seen a couple of example cards with the Enjoy the Moments stamp set. I had two guest designers that I featured along with a CASE card I did during the last Stampin’ Up! event. But I have one more for you today. This features the Oh So Ombre paper in the 2021 Spring Saleabration. That paper is so inspiring and it’s a big pack! Saleabration ends in February so get your order in soon if you want your package.

The Card

I had a couple of sources of inspiration for this card. First, a card I saw on Pinterest used a different stamp set and a slimline layout with each image stamped in the matching ink color on the ombre paper. I hadn’t considered anything but neutral earth tones for this stamp set, but something about that card just sparked this idea.

The second source was the Kaleidoscope Squares tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers. I still want to do something more with that design, but this design was definitely influenced by the rotating squares that are used to create the kaleidoscope effect.

For this card, I used a base of Granny Apple Green, a layer of white just 1/8″ smaller than the card front. Then I added a 4″ square of Bermuda Bay with another layer of white, this time 1/4″ smaller. The squares of Granny Apple Green, Rococo Rose, Blackberry Bliss, and Bermuda Bay that hold the images are 1-3/4″ that I cut with the Layering Squares dies. Then I cut the ombre paper squares from the lighter ends of the paper 1-5/8″. Each image was stamped so that as I rotated them around the square, the lighter portion of the paper rotated too and all the stems were in the interior corners.

I used Dimensionals to pop up the colored squares and Bermuda Bay ink for the sentiment. Lastly, I used another piece of the paper from the Oh So Ombre pack to decorate the envelope flap.

Let me know what you think of this alternative color scheme with the seed pod images.

Happy Crafting!