November 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Jolly Gingerbread

The November 2020 Paper Pumpkin is all about Gingerbread houses. The kit contains all of the supplies to make fifteen of the gift card holders pictured above, including a Flirty Flaming mini ink pad the 12-piece photopolymer stamp set featured below.

I was excited to hear that this months kit would be all about the gingerbread. When our kids were young and we had more time, we made gingerbread houses almost every year, and I’m not talking about the graham cracker kind that you make in elementary school. In addition to houses, we made robots, a trailer park, and lighthouses. Our creations haven’t been super fancy or competition worthy, but here’s a gallery of my favorites:

You’d think that as excited I am about gingerbread houses, my first alternate card would be in that same milieu. But no, the minute I saw the lovely filigree stamps I knew I had to transform them into something completely different. What I came up with was a dragon. Yes, a dragon, and quite frankly I’m super proud of it.

The filigree images are embossed in gold embossing powder on Real Red cardstock. I made the teeth using the diamond stamp from the February 2019, Paper Pumpkin, Grown with Kindness. The card is mounted on a black base. I was going to use plain Just Jade cardstock for the base layer, but then remembered this pattern paper from the Forever Greenery DSP pack and it really made the rest of the card pop. The whiskers are made from the metallic thread included in the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack.

After the dragon card, I decided to move on to something more traditional and made this card:

This card uses many pieces from the kit. The diagonal stripe paper is the lining from one of the gift card envelopes. The base of the card is a Cinnamon Cider cardstock and the background layer is Shaded Spruced, which I embossed with the retired Stylish Scroll embossing folder.

For my final card, I integrated the gingerbread house stamp with the Coming Home stamp set and Home Together dies from the the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

I embossed the stamped images on Cinnamon Cider cardstock so they truly look like gingerbread decorated with white icing. You can’t see it very well in the picture, but the details on the houses are colored in with various sparkly gel pens. I really love making layers of snow with the curvy dies from the Home Together die set, which are cut from Shimmery White cardstock. The Mint Macaron sky is brushed on with the new Blending Brushes featured in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. The sentiment is stamped in Saddle Brown Staz-On ink. I also brushed some clear Wink of Stella across the tops of the snow layers to give them a little extra sparkle.

Additional Products

Does the idea of receiving an all-inclusive paper-crafting kit every month excite you? Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by December 10th so you can receive the the Beary Comforting kit.

Beary Comforting offers a warm way to send a socially-distanced bear hug to friends and family, near or far. We all need of a bit of extra encouragement after a beary tough year!

Sucker for Snowflakes: Blues Edition

That’s right, I’m a sucker for a good snowflake stamp set. Every year, I tell myself not to buy another one because I have so many. Then I go and get another one anyway. I’ve already vowed to have more control next year, but this year, I couldn’t resist Stampin’ Up’s Snowflake Splendor Product Suite. The suite consists of:

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One of my favorite things from this suite is the Winter Snow embossing folder. Not only does it work well with the other products in this suite, it elevates any other holiday card/project you might be designing.

I also love the “reverse” dies from the So Many Snowflakes set, and I’m featuring one of them in today’s post.

Sometimes when I design cards, I get hooked on one color. For this series of cards the color was Night of Navy.

This is the first card I made:

I embossed a piece of the blue watercolor-looking paper from the Snowflake Splendor designer series paper pack with the Winter Snow embossing folder. I just love the texture it provides! I used white glitter paper from my stash of retired products and placed it behind the snowflake cutout. The card was fairly simple and very satisfying to make.

My next two cards are meant to be opposites of one another. The insides of the cards use the “Thank You Snow Much” sentiment from Snowflake Wishes stamp set. We always think about sending cards before the holidays begin, which isn’t a bad thing per say. These cards however, are perfect thank you cards for the gifts and acts of kindness you receive over the holidays.

Side note: I used to leave the insides of my cards blank so that I could stamp a sentiment tailored to the recipient. However, I seem to pick cards for people at the last minute (I mean heading out the door kind of last minute) and never have the time to dig out an appropriate stamp for the interior of the card. Now, I stamp the sentiment beforehand, and if you’re the last-minute card selector that I am, I encourage you to do the same. I’ve made so many cards that I now seem to have one for most occasions and if I want to make the card truly personal, I can always handwrite it.

Additional supplies:

Purchase either the Snowflake Splendor Suite or the Snowflake Wishes Bundle (the stamp set and the dies) and I’ll send you a PDF tutorial on how to make the three cards in this blog post.

Happy Stamping! (That sounds cheesy, I know, but I’m going with it.)

Chillin’ with my Gnomies

The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set from Stampin’ Up’s August–December 2020 Mini Catalog was a must have for me. I mean who doesn’t love a good gnome pun? Well, probably people who don’t like gnomes or people who don’t like puns, but I’m going to pretend that those people don’t exist and share my excitement about this set.

I found so many fabulous examples of cards made with this set on Pinterest and Stampin’ Up groups on Facebook. I CASEd many of them and still haven’t started designing my own. If you click the right arrow on the pictures of my cards, you can see the cards that inspired my designs.

First, I’m going to share a card inspired by this card made by Karla Anders. Her card uses traditional Christmas colors but I decided to jazz mine up by using the color scheme from the Snowflake Splendor product suite in Stampin’ Up’s August–December 2020 Mini Catalog.

Some day I’ll figure out how to photograph glitter paper well, but for now we’re stuck with this. Here’s my card:

My next card is inspired by one made by Garry-Pauline McArdle, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator from New Zealand. I switched up the design by using elements from the Snowflake Splendor product suite.

My final card was inspired by this card from Christy Gridley.

I brightened up the card by using Pacific Point paper. I didn’t have the pretty flocked vellum that Christy did, so I made due with plain vellum and a retired embossing folder called Scattered Sequins.

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