September Paper Pumpkin Alternative-Part 2

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which are two alternative ideas for the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Frights & Delights! I have to say that this month’s kit has been so much fun! Whether you are a new stamper or have been stamping for years, this kit really makes it easy to get creative with the supplies you have on hand. For these two cards, I really tried to keep them simple and to keep the supplies used to what the kit provided.

To create the card on the right, start with a piece of Basic Black cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and score at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I first used the sentiment from the stamp set in Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape ink randomly around the paper. Then use the two spider stamps from the kit and stamp those in Memento ink:

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I used the 2” Circle Punch to punch out from the Black Foil Sheet, cut a 1” x 4” piece of the Galvanized Metallic Paper and punch each end with the Banner Triple Punch, stamp both spiders in Stazon ink, and applied the laser-cut adhesive backed sentiment. This is then adhered to the circle foil piece and then adhered to the card base with dimensionals:

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For the inside, the sentiment and spiders are stamped in Memento ink and I created a “spider web” using the baker’s twine from the kit and the Fine Tip Glue Pen:

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The card on the left is a Z fold card, I first started making the scenery by cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 10 ¼” and then used a Sponge Brayer with Gray Granite ink for the skyline and Memento for the ground:

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I used the moon stamp from the kit in Pineapple Punch ink (stamped several times and was easy to line up), stamped both star stamps in Whisper White Craft ink, then heat embossed with White Emboss Powder, and then used the tree from Sheltering Tree in Memento ink. The cardstock is then cut at 2 ½” and 5 ¼”:

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I cut one of the tag toppers to create the headstone, adhered that to the middle panel with Snail, and then adhered two of the pumpkins, a ghost, and a bat with dimensionals. The panels are then adhered to the 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”) Basic Black cardstock base and I added the silver foil sentiment to the right-hand corner:

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For the sentiment on the backside, I stamped the sentiments in Gray Granite and Pumpkin Pie inks and the moon and stars are stamped in Pineapple Punch ink:

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Fun and easy alternatives for you! Of course, you can always substitute any of the supplies for what you have on hand! If you are new to stamping, Paper Pumpkin is a great way to get started, contact me today to learn more!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!
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September Paper Pumpkin Alternative-Part 1

Hello and welcome to today’s cards, which are two alternative ideas for the September 2018 Paper Pumpkin, Frights & Delights! I could not wait to get this Paper Pumpkin just so I could create some alternative Halloween cards! This kit is absolutely adorable and these first two alternatives are quick and easy!

To make the ghost card, start with Basic Black cardstock for the base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Toil & Trouble DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The next layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”:

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I used the “boo!” stamp from the PP kit on the Whisper White cardstock with my Stamparatus and the “hinge-step” technique in Gorgeous Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, Mango Melody, and Memento inks:

Cut a piece of the Black Satin Ribbon long enough to go around the front of the card and use one of the ghost die cuts, adhering the silver foil piece. Adhere the ribbon across the front and then use a dimensional to adhere the ghost to the ribbon:

Adhere the top cardstock to the DSP and then adhere to the card base:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the “spooky” is one of the laser-cut stickers, the moon and stars are in Pineapple Punch ink, the sentiment is in Gorgeous Grape ink, and I used the ghost outline from the die cut sheet and sponged Smoky Slate ink:

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To make the graveyard card, start with Granny Apple Green cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and score at 4 ¼”:

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The base layer is from the Toil & Trouble DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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To make the headstones, I cut three of the tags from the PP at the score line and used a Sponge Brayer with Smoky Slate ink, use the Spooky Bat Punch with the Black Foil Sheets to punch out the bats, and the hill is created with Basic Black cardstock using the die from the In the Woods Framelits Dies:

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The bats are adhered with Mini Dimensionals to the headstones and then I stamped the RIP in Basic Gray ink using letters from the Make a Difference stamp set. These are then adhered to the DSP and the hill is adhered on top:

The DSP is then adhered to the card base and I stamped the outside sentiment in Granny Apple Green ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched out with the 1 ¼” Circle Punch, layered this on the Gorgeous Grape piece punched out with the 1 ½” Circle Punch, and adhered with dimensionals:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, I used my Stamparatus to stamp the bats from Spooky Sweets stamp set in Memento ink several times to make the bats very dark and then I used my Black Stampin’ Write Pen to color in the lines. The sentiment is also from this stamp set, stamped in Granny Apple Green ink:

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Aren’t those easy alternatives?? The idea for the headstones actually was inspired by a card that I saw on the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club Facebook page! If you missed this month’s kit and are a current subscriber, you can purchase the kit (and refills!) from my online store! Stay tuned for my next post for two more alternatives!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

Live in the USA? I would love to be your demonstrator! Contact me today to learn more about purchasing Stampin’ Up! products, hosting a party, joining my team or if you would like a complimentary catalog!

You can head over to my online store by clicking the Shop Now! button at the very top to see all available products and don’t forget to print out your shopping list on the righthand side, under Follow Me!

I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Paper Pumpkin Manly Moments Alternative Cards

Hello and welcome to my two day Paper Pumpkin special, featuring May 2018 Manly Moments! Yesterday I shared what was in the kit and the two cards from the instructions, but today I am sharing the FOUR alternatives that I made! You know it’s an awesome Paper Pumpkin when the alternative ideas flow!!

For my first alternative, I changed around the die-cut stickers and the laser-cut element. The rest of the card is made using the Lily Pad Lake stamp set and the Lakeside Framelits Dies, the sailboats are colored in with Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Markers, and the sun is in So Saffron ink. The inside is stamped in Soft Seafoam and Gray Granite inks:

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My second alternative is using the trifold card from the kit, the end pieces are cut off for the front of the card, the leftover Whisper White cardstock is used for the inside, and the card base is in Crumb Cake cardstock. I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies, Nature’s Twine in Grapefruit Grove, and Garden Green, Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake inks:

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My third alternative is similar to the above, however I trimmed the end pieces from the trifold card to equal 4” x 5 ¼”, a strip of Silver Foil (1/2” x 4”) and adhered to a 4 ¼” x 11” Blackberry Bliss cardstock base. The white foil die cut is colored in Sahara Sand ink with a Sponge Brayer, the sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink, the leaves are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set in Gray Granite ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched out with the Tailored Tag Punch and the elements are from the stamp set and the coordinating framelits, with the bow from Nature’s Twine. The inside is stamped in Blackberry Bliss and Gray Granite inks:

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My four alternative uses the Waterfront stamp set, which will be available in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog if you missed it from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. I cut the Crumb Cake die-cut sticker in half, the top is used for the mountains and the bottom is used for the shoreline. The mountains from the stamp set is stamped in Early Espresso ink, the water is stamped and sponged in Soft Sea Foam ink, the trees and the houses are stamped in Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks (fussy cut out), the clouds are heat embossed in White Embossing Powder and the sun is stamped in So Saffron and Versamark inks, heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder. The inside is stamped in Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso inks:

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Here is all four of them up close, I love how you can use the basics from this kit and incorporate other stamps and products to create something new!!

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I have great news about June’s Paper Pumpkin!! Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! have teamed up and June’s Paper Pumpkin will coordinate with a product suite!! So, stay tuned on June 1stas more details will be announced!

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I hope today’s card inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Paper Pumpkin Alternative and Storage

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Paper Pumpkin Talk! Today I challenged myself to make alternative cards using the April 2018 Paper Pumpkin, just using the stamp set. My first card incorporated current and upcoming products, were as my second card incorporated current and retired products.

For the first card, the card base is Sahara Sand cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”. The base layer is Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the next layer is Dapper Demin cardstock, cut at 3 1/3” x 3 ¼” and is embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The lighthouse is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 1 ½” x 2 ½”, in Smokey Slate ink. The starfish, wheel, and sailboat are stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Sahara Sand and Dapper Denim ink, punched out with the ¾” punch, and then layered on Sahara Sand or Dapper Denim cardstock punched out with the 1” punch.

 

Before I adhered everything together, I tied a piece of Dapper Denim Baker’s Twine around the lighthouse piece. This is a simple and easy card to make, I left a sentiment off the front so it could be for any occasion.

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For the second card, the card base is Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”. The base layer is from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The anchor is heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder in Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with 2ndlargest Square Stitched Shape Framelit, and then layered on Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut out with the 3rdlargest Scalloped Layering Square Framelit. I used a piece of Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine, which I braided to look nautical, which I wrapped around the squares, used Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the back, and used dimensionals to adhere to the base layer.

 

After I put the card together, I decided to add the sentiment on a ½” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder, used the Banner Triple Punch on the end, and adhered this with dimensionals.

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Now, let’s talk STORAGE!

 

I’m just going to share with you how I store my Stampin’ Spots, leftover PP kit items, and even the PP box!

If you have a Big Shot, you more than likely have the Big Shot Die Brush which is great for getting those pesky little pieces out. I’ve seen some people use a full-size wood mount case to store this, but I really didn’t care for it and felt it was too small. What I did, is I turned one of the leftover boxes inside out (easy to do) and use this for my die brush and foam pad. This gives me plenty of room and keeps those little pieces in the box and easy to dispose of in the trash can!

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Stampin’ Spots-The plastic container on the left is from a big box arts and crafts store that is a 20-count jewelry/bead container that I use to store my sponges and spots. On the right is a full-size wood mount case that you can purchase from Stampin’ Up, which I use to store retired and duplicate colors. In case you were wondering, you can store 15 spots in the wood mount case!

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I use the Clear Mount Stamp Cases sold by Stampin’ Up! to store my left-over PP stamps and products. Luckily, each month Stampin’ Up! creates and provides the inserts for the case that all demonstrators have access to! These print out on a piece of 8 ½” x 11” printer paper and you can trim it down to fit. You really can fit quite a bit of left-overs in the stamp case, which is nice if you are limited on space or just like to have your PP organized.

 

Here are some additional pictures of the alternative cards I made from this month’s kit:

 

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Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Let’s Talk Paper Pumpkin!

Hello and welcome to part 1 of my Paper Pumpkin talk! Today and tomorrow I will be showing you what Paper Pumpkin is about, some alternatives, and storing your left overs! Since April 2018 Paper Pumpkin, You Are My Anchor, came in the mail this last week, I figured this is the best one to start with!

When Paper Pumpkin first came out in 2013, I really did not know what it was about or even had a demonstrator to explain it to me (I was just a customer going thru a demo that I had met thru my demo before she was no longer active), so I figured I would just skip it. When I became a demo a couple of years ago, Paper Pumpkin was part of my kit (as it is with every new demo kit), which was April 2015 Love You A Lot. I thought it was a cut little kit that made gift card holders, so I spent the next couple of months watching a learning what Paper Pumpkin is! Finding out that each month you receive either a card or 3D kit, that literally comes with everything you need was very intriguing! So, I decided to try it every month for 12 months to really see what it was all about because for the most part you will not know what is arriving in your mail box. Based on my experience alone, I really did enjoy receiving a surprise box every month and yes, there were some months that I was not to thrilled. However, whether it’s Facebook or Pinterest, you will always find alternatives that you can CASE or even be inspired to create something totally different. You always have more than enough supplies to make the project and then some! What is really neat is the stamp set you receive, which is an exclusive to Paper Pumpkin and is not available through any SU! Catalogs, and a Stampin’ Spot (or two!)! Sometimes they do a little added bonus, like April 2017 had Watercolor Pencils and March 2018 had wood embellishments. So, if this is something you are thinking about trying,if you sign up between now and May 10, 2018 you will get your first two months 50% off! Head on over to https://www.paperpumpkin.comfor more details!

Now, for this month’s Paper Pumpkin, I will make one set of cards with the box and then I will share my alternative!

Here’s what the kit makes, aren’t they super cute?? The cards measure 3” x 3” and fit in the box! Makes a great gift to give someone!

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Here is my first alternative, I used Pool Party cardstock for the card base, Island Indigo cardstock for the base layer, Whisper White cardstock, and then cut one of the 3” x 3” in half and used that as the top layer. Such a super cute way to tell someone thanks!

 

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My second alternative is a Dapper Denim cardstock card base, Whisper White cardstock base layer, cut a 3” x 3” card in half and used the card front, stamped the small images from the stamp set in Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, and Dapper Denim inks, and used the die cuts from the kit to stamp the image and sentiment in Dapper Denim ink.

 

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Stay tuned as I continue with my Paper Pumpkin talk tomorrow, which I’ll share another alternative card and storage ideas!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!