December 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Beary Comforting

Happy New Year! For my first blog post of 2021 I’m featuring the December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit called Beary Comforting, an all-inclusive paper-crafting subscription box from Stampin’ Up. This kit contains all the supplies you need to create twelve cards with coordinating envelopes. It also includes a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Spot and a photopolymer stamp set with the images pictured below.

The fun thing about this kit is that the animals were designed to be holding items. In addition to the single koala bears, the kit includes cutouts of a zany raccoon. You have your choice of several items for the animals to hold–a cupcake, a gift, a heart, and a bouquet of flowers. Although the cards look great in their own right, I wanted to add a little extra embellishment and I found that the Gold Glitter Enamel Dots and the 1/4″ Gold Shimmer Ribbon were perfectly suited to the job. My favorite modification to the kit was cutting the bow off the top of the gift cutout, flipped it over, added a tiny square of Kleenex and made it into a box of tissues for get well soon cards.

I always like to feature at least one card that doesn’t include any elements from the kit other than the stamp set. I call it my “stamps only” card. I copied an idea from another Stampin’ Up demonstrator, April Jensen, to create the the patterned panel on the left. The panel on the left is from the Oh So Hombre designer series paper featured in the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalog, which will go live on January 4th. The picture doesn’t show it well, but the Rich Razzleberry paper behind the koala bear is embossed with the Greenery Embossing Folder so there’s some raised foliage behind the bear.

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If you send out cards for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, other celebrations of love the January 2021 kit, Sending Hearts is for you. The kit makes eight cards and comes with oodles of heart-shaped elements and paper pieces in red and pink. For those who share treats at Valentines Day, an add-on containing 20 tiny, printed boxes and 24 die-cut, heart-shelled snails and sentiment labels is also available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers beginning on January 1st. Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by January 10th to get this box.

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.

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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!

October 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Joy to the World

Most years, Stampin’ Up reserves the October and November Paper Pumpkin kits for the Christmas Holidays. The October kit is usually cards and the November kit usually has something to do with gift giving. Next month’s kit will make gift card holders, but if you don’t need gift card holders, I’ll feature oodles of alternate projects here on my blog. The October 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit, Joy to the World, includes all the supplies required to make a total of eight cards, four of each design, pictured above, a Just Jade mini ink pad, and the photopolymer stamp set pictured below.

This month, I made a lot of alternate card designs that for the most part reworked the contents of the kit without many additional supplies. I cannot gush enough about how much I love the color Cherry Cobbler and it pairs well with the Just Jade leaves on the wreath and flowers. I wouldn’t have thought to include gold accents, but they look lovely against the Crumb Cake background.

Here are my alternate designs:

I always say don’t be afraid to sacrifice an envelope for the greater good of your card design. The envelope liner made a great background paper. On the original card design, the majority of the roses are hidden behind the tag, so I reworked the placement so you can see them better. Since Cherry Cobbler was the dominant color, I switched out the red thread for some gold I had leftover from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

On this card, I cut down the front of one of the card bases and mounted it on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I also sponge-rolled Cherry Cobbler ink on the cable-knit sweater embossed swatch of paper. Sponging on a different color of ink made the embossed pattern more prominent. Once again, I used gold thread instead of Cherry Cobbler.

Once again, I sponge-rolled the white embossed paper with Cherry Cobbler ink. I also added gold metallic pearls.

Can you tell I really liked sponge-rolling the cable-knit sweater pieces? This time I used Just Jade instead of Cherry Cobbler. I cut down the Crumb Cake card base and mounted it on a Just Jade card base. If you’ve ever made cards with me, you know that tying bows is not high on my list of paper-crafting skills. I wrapped the embossed paper with the Cherry Cobbler thread instead. I also added gold metallic pearls.

My final card is my stamps only card. It doesn’t use any other supplies from the kit. I saw a lot of people using their Stamparatus to evenly space a column using the Joy stamp and I had to do it too. This card is a short slimline card and fits in a small letter envelope.

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As I mentioned earlier, next month’s kit will make gift card holders. Here’s a little sneak peak of what to expect. The kit will contain fifteen gift card carriers with coordinating envelopes. Featured colors are Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, Blushing Bride, and Whisper White.

September 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Hello Pumpkin

Some people just aren’t into Halloween and every September Stampin’ Up puts out a Halloween Paper Pumpkin kit that usually contains bags or boxes of some kind. This kind of kit is useful to a lot of people. It’s useful to me, but I know of plenty of stampers who don’t participate in Halloween for one reason or another and have no need of a Halloween-themed stamp set. I think that his year, Stampin’ Up released a well-balanced kit that is useful to Halloween and non-Halloween participants alike.

The Hello Pumpkin kit contains ample supplies to create and decorate twenty of the cracker boxes pictured above. The great thing about the boxes is that they’re double-sided, white and Pumpkin Pie striped for Halloween and a Cajun Craze gingham pattern for an autumnal feel. It also includes a Cajun Craze Stampin’ Spot and the stamp set pictured below:

What’s great about this stamp set is that the images can be adjusted from a general fall season look to Halloween with the simple addition of the Jack-o-Lantern faces.

The cracker boxes are super cute, but this blog post is all about showcasing alternative ideas, which is what we do at my monthly Paper Pumpkin workshop. My regular attendees weren’t keen on the Halloween theme, so I stuck with the autumnal concept. I found a plethora of ideas on the internet and many of them incorporated wreaths, so that’s what I started with. I gave the ladies these two card samples to work from.

You can’t really tell from the pictures, but the flowers are popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, which gives the wreath two levels of depth.

Of course, my ladies took creative license and made these cards:

Liz’s card
Kathy’s card

The final card we made was CASEd from Denise Kepple Garrison over at www.ladybugstampin.com. Her card was just too cute not to replicate in its entirety.

Coming soon…

October’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Joy to the World. It will contain supplies to make eight greeting cards (four each of two designs). The subscription period for this kit ends October 10th and kits start getting mailed out on the 15th. Subscribe now and then register for my monthly Paper Pumpkin workshop on October 24th and get alternate ideas for using the kit’s supplies.

Project supplies:

September 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit, Hello Pumpkin

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August 2020 Paper Pumpkin: World’s Greatest

Stampin’ Up knocked it out of the park with their August Paper Pumpkin monthly paper-crafting kit, World’s Greatest. This kit provides a unique opportunity to thank life’s champions in a creative way. Since our reality has shifted due to COVID-19, life’s champions include people you wouldn’t usually think of as heroes, like the UPS man, or the cashier at the grocery store.

The kit contains all of the supplies to make the cards pictured above. The color palate is bright without being overly feminine. Featured colors are Bumblebee, Mint Macaron, Pacific Point, Soft Suede, white, and gold. The Stampin’ Spot that comes with the kit is Pacific Point. The included stamp set is pictured below.

Paper Pumpkin August 2020 Stamp Set

Here are my first three alternative designs. Aside from the addition of a white cardstock base, all supplies are from the card kit itself. Unfortunately, the gold colors in these pictures presented as a dark brown, but use your imagination to fill in what it would look like.

For these first two cards, I took one of the Pacific Point argyle bases and cut it up and used it for DSP. I sponged the vellum leaves with Old Olive because I wasn’t quite sold on the white ones.

On this card, I changed up the shaker card a little bit. Since the trophy is behind the acetate, it gives the impression of a trophy case.

The final card I’m sharing is my “Stamps & Ink Only” card. This card required a lot of masking and some sponging. Tip: Use full stick Post-It notes when masking. It prevents the note from lifting and shifting so you get a clean mask every time.

Next month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Hello Pumpkin. Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by September 10th to receive the kit. Then, attend my Paper Pumpkin Workshop on Saturday, September 26th at 2:00 PM, to make samples and alternative projects from the kit.