A Little Bit On My Mind

Sorry, this post has been so late in coming. I’ve had a little bit on my mind lately. But I have a couple of great alternatives I meant to share with you sooner for the July Paper Pumpkin, On My Mind. First, let me show you the cards this kit makes without any alternatives.

This card coordinates with the Woven Heirlooms suite. The visual textures used with the pre-punched pieces make this card suitable for a masculine card. A quick change of sentiment and you’d have a great birthday card. I adore the tiny paper clip that is holding the twine bow in place.

The second card is also perfect for a masculine birthday card. The stripes and nautical theme are hanging on to the last pieces of summer. This card coordinates with the Sailing Home bundle in the Annual catalog.

The last card made as instructed coordinates with the Garden Lane suite. I like the “chicken skin” texture of the card base. The pre-punched leaf pieces in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow add the perfect garden touch to the trellis patterned paper. You can see that making the kit as is would give you beautiful results. But as always, I have some alternates for you.

On My Mind Alternates

The first alternate uses the Garden Lane suite stamp set, Verdant Garden. The vine stamp enhanced the background of the card. I used Mossy Meadow ink to make sure the image stood out against the Sahara Sand background. The Old Olive trellis paper is from the kit. The sentiment is from a previous Paper Pumpkin. Simple. Easy. Gorgeous.

Lastly, I have a Christmas card for you. I love getting prepared for Christmas early. That way I can enjoy the holiday. By making a card or gift bag ahead of time each month I find I can relax and enjoy any crafting I “need” to do in December. This card uses some Pretty Peacock velvet ribbon that came in a previous Paper Pumpkin kit as well as some gold foil tape from a retired catalog kit. Scrap strips of gold foil paper would be an excellent alternative. The medallion is stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The Season’s Greetings stamp was also from a previous Paper Pumpkin, but any holiday greeting would work. I did add a banner of DSP from the Garden Lane suite DSP. The final touch is a Gold Faceted Gem in the center of the medallion.

I hope you’re enjoying your Paper Pumpkin kits. If you don’t subscribe, now is a perfect time. All your holiday crafting will be coming in the next three boxes.

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.