A Litte Smile Alternates

Whew! It’s been a busy summer. But I know you’ll be digging into the June Paper Pumpkin if you haven’t already. You’re going to be amazed at how much stuff was included in the kit. I have two alternates for you to spark your creative inspiration if small gift-card sized cards aren’t your preference.

As Designed

First, check out the four cards that are completed as designed. I used one of these for a tip for the hotel cleaning staff on a recent vacation. A little touch that I hope brought a smile to the face of a very hard worker. With the plastic carrying case, it’s so easy to have the cards with you when you need them in perfect condition.

But, if you tend to prefer full-sized cards, it is so simple to take these materials and dress them up. I posted two Christmas card alternates using this kit already, but I still had plenty of backgrounds and pre-punched pieces to make even more alternates.

A Simple Alternate

I started with a Whisper White base and then adhered the vellum coral cut-outs all around the edge of a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock. Over that, I added one of the card fronts, tied with the twine from the kit. Dimensionals gave it a bit of lift from the base of the card.

I stamped the sentiment from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit in Crumb Cake. That was it. Super simple with a beachy vibe that could be a masculine card if you left off the bow. Or dress it up with some rhinestones or enamel dots.

A Stepped-up Alternate

The second card also starts with a Whisper White base. But this time, I embossed a layer of Bermuda Bay with the Swirls and Curls embossing folder. I used both the back and the front of one of the small cards but cut them apart. I stamped the back layer with stamps from the kit in Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive.

The top layer has one of the pre-punched palm trees and I added it with Dimensionals. I used a sentiment stamp, banner, and ink from the kit. To embellish the banner, I wrapped a bit of twine around one end. It is also lifted up with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I added some of the other punched pieces, the sand dollar, starfish, and leaves for a final touch of sparkle and texture.

Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from planning creative time. It’s so important to take time for yourself.

Two Happy Christmas in July Cards

The latest Paper Pumpkin, A Little Smile has a fun beach theme perfect for summer. But, I love to see if I can come up Christmas cards and start filling in my stash for December. There were so many pre-punched pieces it was almost too easy. So, I came up with two for you.

Christmas on the Beach

The first card uses the leafy pieces, flipped over from their Old Olive color. I started with a Whisper White base. I added a layer of Coastal Cabana that I stamped using the Hugs from Shelli background stamp with Frost White shimmer paint to make it look like it’s snowing. Then I created a sandy beach using a ripped piece of Crumb Cake stamped with a stamp from the kit in Crumb Cake. I also sponged the edges.

Next, I built the tree. I started with the layer on the “beach” with five leaves, then a layer of four, then three and so on. Once I had that base layer, I filled in with a few extra leaves. I used one of the glitter starfish as the star topper. I finished the tree with some gold pearls.

Finally, for the sentiment, I got out an old set of Paper Pumpkin holiday stamps and used Old Olive ink. The banner was from the kit as well as the sand dollar.

Lovely Bauble

My second card uses some Lovely Lipstick foil paper I had left in my stash. This would be an equally gorgeous card done with Gold foil and red berries. Here’s how I made it. I started with a base of Whisper White and an additional strip 5-1/2″ by 2-1/2″. I punched a 2″ circle in the center. Then I glued on one of the lacy medallions from the kit.

Beneath the strip is a 2-3/8″ square piece of foil. The bauble “hook” was made by die cutting a Beautiful Bauble die from Champagne foil and cutting out the hanger. I saved the rest for another card I’ll post soon. The strip is mounted to the card with Dimensionals. I added leafy cuts and enamel dots colored with Stampin Blends to make the holly sprays.

Next, I used the Flourish dies to cut out the trim piece. I cut it down the center and added the two halves under the edges of the Whisper White panel. Lastly, I used an old holiday Paper Pumpkin stamp for the sentiment. I heat embossed it using the retired Lovely Lipstick embossing powder. It can also just be stamped with Lovely Lipstick ink.

I hope you’re having fun with your Paper Pumpkin subscription.

Time for Tea – CASE

The 2018 Annual Catalog is coming to a close. If you’re like me, there are some sets in there that you’ve been pining for or procrastinating about purchasing. Times up! The Time for Tea bundle was one of those sets that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it, but waited to order. But, it’s time!

I have a CASE for you. The inspiration card was designed by Clarie Daly. You can see her beautiful card in Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride here: https://clairedaly.typepad.com/sisterhood_of_the_travell/2018/09/stampin-up-time-for-tea.html

My CASE (Copy and Share Everything)

My color palette included Very Vanilla, Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, and Pool Party. I liked the layers in Claire’s card but wanted something a little faster to make, so I substituted the Tea Room DSP for the embossed layer. To frame the gorgeous paper, I mounted it on Bermuda Bay cardstock.

Then, instead of another layer of DSP with punched corners, I decided to use a Flirty Flamingo Colored Doily. I like the detail and texture it adds without hiding the Tea Room paper.

My banner is a piece of Very Vanilla cut to 2.5″ x 4″. I stamped the Time for Tea stamps to add the leafy sprays at the top and bottom in Memento ink so that I could color them in with my Pool Party Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is from the same set, using Flirty Flamingo ink.

Next, I added a teacup also a stamp from the set. I die cut it using the Spot of Tea dies that came in the bundle. It’s colored in with my Blends and adhered it with Dimensionals. I added a flower stamped and cut using the bundle and colored in with my Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends.

Finally, for embellishments, I added three pearls, two in the top spray and one on the flower. The ribbon bow is also from the suite. It is Bermuda Bay ribbon with metallic copper edging. The picture can’t do this ribbon justice. It comes in a two pack, Tea Room Ribbon Combo with a white and copper companion spool.

This would make a great thinking of you or thank you card. If you’d like to purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products here, please consider shopping with me.