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!

Tasteful Textures – Two for Tuesday

Texture is one of my go-tos for making beautiful cards, so, of course, the In Good Taste suite in the new catalog drew my eye. The suite includes the bundled stamps and dies. The stamp set has a beautiful flower and a nice sized feather along with a spray of leaves. It also has two unique background stamps and four general sentiments. There are ten different dies, perfect for layering and cutting out sentiments. There is also a cool 3-D embossing folder called Tasteful Textile and wood embellishments. But the thing that captured my attention was the beautiful paper: wood textures, tiles, stacked stone, textiles, and paint. A totally versatile suite that will make card making a snap. Let me show you two I did to show off the pieces in this suite and demonstrate how easy it is to shine it up or keep it simple.

Simple Card

For this card, I used Gray Granite for my ink and paper. There is a layer of cardstock under that piece of gorgeous textile paper to give it some structure so I could add the piece of Faux Suede Trim. The trim actually goes on top of the base banner cut with one of the dies and some of the wood grain paper that came in the In Good Taste DSP pack from the suite.

I also die cut the sentiment with a different die from the Tasteful Labels dies. See how well they layer? I dabbed a bit of Gray Granite around the edges to give it more dimension and popped it up on Dimensionals. The feather, from the stamp set, is so easy to fussy cut that it’s almost not fussy. And doesn’t it look great with that handwriting font? For a final touch, I added three of the wood elements which are much less shiny than pearls, but just as festive.

Shiny Card

This card is a similar construction to the one above. It has a base of Whisper White and a layer of Rococo Rose underneath the gorgeous paint effect DSP. But then, I ran a small piece of Rococo Rose through the Embossing folder to add that rich texture.

I stamped the flower in Gray Granite on Rococo Rose paper. After I fussy cut it out, I dapped on a bit of Frost White Shimmer Paint into the center. I also added the paint to two of the wood embellishments. The set is called In Good Taste Elements and it has these sprays, the wood pluses above, a larger leaf and some small hexagons.

I heat embossed the sentiment, a stamp from the suite, on to the DSP, and die cut with one of the label dies. I lifted the flower on Dimensionals so it could “float” over the wood sprays. For a final touch, I added some clear epoxy droplets. This card could do duty as a birthday, thank you, or thinking of you card depending on the inside message.

Very Versailles CASE

I got my hands on the new 2020 Stampin’ Up! catalog and I’m in love with it. There are so many beautiful new products. But today, I’m showcasing one of the lovely stamp sets that debuted in 2019 and is carrying over to 2020. So if you didn’t purchase the Very Versailles stamp set already, good news you have time. And let me tell you, I think this set is such a great value. Three lovely sentiments, script background, a leafy vine, a graphic banner, and an ornate frame. The creative possibilities are endless. I decided the best way to explore this set was to CASE (copy and share everything) the projects featured in the catalogs.

2019 CASE

Inspiration for the card came from the 2019 catalog. It’s very similar, but I switched up the colors. I started with a Gray Granite base that I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle 3-D embossing folder. Nothing is better for a card then starting with great texture.

Next I added a layer of So Saffron card stock. That creamy yellow color just pops against the warm gray. That piece was cut to 3-3/4″x5″ so that I would have a nice big edge around it. After that, I cut a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″x4-3/4″. I used Gray Granite, So Saffron, and Soft Sea Foam inks to create this flowing background of images.

The next layers are all about the sentiment and embellishment. I added a 3/4″ strip of Soft Sea Foam. Above that I added a banner of Gray Granite stamped in the same ink with the script background. It’s the same width as the Soft Sea Foam strip and is popped up on Dimensionals. Before I added the Whisper White background to the So Saffron layer, I used basic white baker’s twine leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit to add a wrap and a bow.

Then, I stamped the frame in Gray Granite and fussy cut it out. It’s on the card with Dimensionals too. The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite as well. It’s die cut with the smallest Layering Oval. For the final touch, I added two silver metallic pearls. I think this card would work with almost any color combination. Give it a try.

2020 Case

For this card, I deviated a bit more from the project in the new catalog. Not only did I modify the colors and the embellishments, but I also changed the size from a notecard to a full-sized card.

I used a base of Very Vanilla and layered on a piece of Crumb Cake that had been stamped in the matching ink with the frame stamp. I love the details on that stamp. Next, I stamped the leaf spray and the graphic banner in Old Olive on a piece of Very Vanilla. I used second generation on the graphic banner to soften the impact, but it adds a nice detail. I die cut that with the second largest Stitched Nested Labels die.

To add more texture, I used Linen Thread to wrap around the die cut and added a bow. This piece is popped up on the card using Dimensionals. Next, I stamped the frame stamp in Terracotta Tile on Terracotta Tile card stock. I punched that out with a 1-1/2″ circle punch. The sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake on a 3/4″ strip of Very Vanilla. For a final touch, I added three Terracotta Tile faceted gems to fill some of the blank space that resulted from my changing the card size.

The images in the catalog are a great jumping off place to let your creativity fly. My Paper Pumpkin customers will have their catalogs soon. If you need one, contact me.