Hello, Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin Alternates

The September Paper Pumpkin kit, Hello Pumpkin, provided all the materials to make these cute holiday crackers for either Halloween or Thanksgiving. Holiday crafting is the best and we’re finally at that time of year. These little guys could easily hold a fun-size candy bar, some chocolate nuggets, a seasonal lip-gloss, or everybody’s favorite: cash.

I recommend creating the embellishment layers first. Use one of the laser cut little mats and then adhere the whole setup to the box. It’s so much easier than trying to wrangle all the little pieces on one at a time. (Ask me how I know.)

And speaking of little pieces…you are going to have a ton left-over for making alternate cards. Let me show you a couple of ideas.

Cats and Cobwebs

I started this card with a Basic Black base and a layer of Pumpkin Pie card stock that I embossed, using the Cobwebs 3-D embossing folder in the holiday catalog. The embossing adds fantastic texture so all I needed was a small collection of the pre-punched pieces to finish it off. I stamped the pumpkin cutouts with the faces in the stamp set using Memento ink. I used the same ink to stamp the sentiment from the kit on one of the pre-punched banners. The pumpkins, sentiment and black flowers are lifted on Dimensionals. The final touch was the orange rhinestone bling in the center of the flowers from the Holiday Rhinestones pack in the annual catalog.

Thankful Wreath

Did I mention this kit had a TON of pre-punched pieces in several colors? Well, this card proves it. Built on a base of Cajun Craze, I used a four-inch square of Very Vanilla as the base for my wreath. I started by stamping the leaves and flowers around a scrap 1-1/2″ circle that I temporarily adhered to the square. I used coordinating inks in Mossy Meadow, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze. You can’t see a lot of the stamping in this photo because it’s mostly covered up. The reason to do the stamping first is so that if you have gaps in your paper pieces there isn’t a stark blank area. It’s all filled in. This makes it easy to add as many or as few pieces as you want to your wreath.

Once I was done building my wreath, I added it to the base. Then I added a linen twine bow. I used a laser-cut, Cajun Craze mat underneath the sentiment from the kit and that is lifted on Dimensionals. For a final touch, I added a small strip of burlap ribbon and some of the “scrap” diamonds from the cracker boxes. I love the country vibe of this card, but it is a bit fussy to complete.

Hello, Pumpkin

The last alternate I have for you also begins with a base of Cajun Craze and a four-inch square of Very Vanilla. I added a layer of Bumblebee DSP from the In-color DSP pack available in the annual catalog. The pumpkins are pieces from the Paper Pumpkin kit. Several of the small ones are on Dimensionals. I cut the end of one of the cracker boxes off and added it to the Very Vanilla card. The twine is from an old kit. Linen thread would work well here too. The entire piece is added to the base with Dimensionals. Finally, I used the kit to create the sentiment and added it directly to the base with glue dots. This simple fall themed card could be used for either holiday or just a general note.

I hope you’re having fun with your Paper Pumpkin kits. If you aren’t subscribed, you can easily sign up with the link in the sidebar to the right. If you have any questions about a kit or need ideas, please contact me. I love talking to fellow crafters!

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!

Stamping Optional

Do you ever find yourself in need of a quick card? I know you love crafting, but sometimes responsibilities interrupt our creative time. It happens to me, too. So today, I’m sharing a little secret with you. Gorgeous cards in minutes, stamping optional. It requires two products, the Flowers for Every Season Memories and More cards and the Flowers for Every Season Cards and Envelopes. Check out the cards and then I’ll give you details on how each one came together.


Embrace Today: This card uses a Magenta Madness card base, one 4×6 Memories and More (M&M) card, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Magenta Madness cardstock, a 3×4 M&M card, some ribbon and two leftover flower pieces from my card creation using the Bloom and Grow set (also known as scraps). I added three In Color Enamel Dots.

Celebrate You: This card uses a Just Jade card base, a 4×6 M&M card, stickers from the M&M card pack, two Gold Glitter enamel dots, and a prepunched bee from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.

You Inspire Me: This card started with the Cinnamon Cider base, a 4×6 M&M card, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Just Jade cardstock, a 3×4 M&M card, some Linen Thread, more leftover flowers this time from the Boho Indigo project, and more In Color Enamel dots. I included the matching envelope in this image so you can see how well they work together.

Feeling Festive: It started with the base of Misty Moonlight, a 4×6 M&M card, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock, a 3×4 M&M card, twine from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon combo pack, and a few Clear Epoxy Droplets.

You are my Sunshine: For the last card, I used the Bumblebee base, a 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Magenta Madness cardstock and a 3×4 M&M card. The white dotted detail is preprinted on the card base. I added more scrap flowers from the Bloom and Grow set, some In Color Enamel dots, and a piece of Magenta Madness twine from a previous Paper Pumpkin.

If you love these cards, be sure to check out the Flowers for Every Season suite that includes the cards and envelopes and the card pack. They can be ordered separately as well. But all of these cards, with the exception of the addition of a bit of In Color cardstock, were made with just the Memories and More packs and pieces I had on my desk from the last two projects I posted. I did stamp the insides of these cards, but I didn’t have to. Quick. Easy. Stamping Optional.

Happy crafting!