October 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Peaceful Christmas

There aren’t many winter holiday-themed Paper Pumpkin kits that I didn’t love upon arrival (except for maybe that Gingerbread gift card holder…I only liked that one). The October Paper Pumpkin, Peaceful Christmas, was no different. Looking at it brought me oodles of joy! It was very reminiscent of two beloved sets from October and November 2019, Winter Woods and Winter Gifts, which had very similar color palettes (both included Whisper White, Shaded Spruce, silver, and a form of red). It includes paper that matches the Peaceful Place DSP from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog that made me swoon when I received it. The kit has silver accents and the best sparkly jewels I have ever seen (not to mention the green buffalo check card panels and envelope liners).

Okay, I’ll stop gushing. In addition to all the wonderful attributes I already shared, the Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin kit includes all of the supplies to make the cards pictured above, a Shaded Spruce mini ink pad, and the nine-piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below.

Quite frankly, I blew through this kit. I’m glad that I have two more—one for myself and one for my upcoming Paper Pumpkin Workshop. I’ll start right in on sharing my alternative designs.

This first card isn’t much different from the card on the left pictured above. I simply added trees that traveled completely across the card front.

This second card is basically the reverse of the previous one because it uses the negative of the vellum punch-out. I attached it with silver brads.

The next two cards are reworkings of the card on the left pictured above. The first one uses Real Red ribbon and the second makes use of three red banners instead of just one. It also includes a tag from the Winter Gifts kit and a vellum element from an old Paper Pumpkin (don’t as me which one).

Did I mention that I made a lot alternative designs? I love this one because using a piece of Basic Gray cardstock stamped with white snowflakes really changed things up without changing them much at all—if that makes any sense. I sacrificed one of the envelopes included in the kit to create the main panel and used a scrap of Real Red cardstock to make the banner behind it.

These next three cards include leftover elements from past Paper Pumpkin kits. In fact, I wrote an entire blog post about saving elements from old kits for future use. You can read it here.

My final card is a very simple “stamps only” card. I used generational stamping (a.k.a. stamping off) to create three rows of trees in gradients of Shaded Spruce on a Thick Basic White card base. Then, I custom color embossed the sentiment by inking my stamp with Versamark and then green ink before stamping and embossing with clear embossing powder. This is a simple and elegant card to create and easily duplicate en masse.

Since I ended up a few envelopes short because I cannibalized one for cards and made extras, I decorated a few plain white ones to match the cards. I stamped Shaded Spruce trees along the bottom of the envelope front and snowflakes in Basic Gray on the flap.

Here is a list of the supplies I used in addition to the ones in the Paper Pumpkin Kit:

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What is more festive than a snowman or a towering pile of presents? The Christmas-inspired theme of November’s Paper Pumpkin, Gifts Galore, includes delightfully designed, treat packages that are sure to impress! The Gifts Galore designs are adorable whether they wrap up treats or not! If treat packaging isn’t your jam this month, the components of this kit are extremely versatile. If you live on the Eastside of the Seattle area, attend my November Paper Pumpkin Workshop on the 27th and receive ideas on what else you can do with this kit. Sign up for the class in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group on Meetup.com. Visit my other Meetup group Momster Ink’s Eastside Stampers & Papercrafters to sign up for my other monthly stamping classes, Stamping 101 and Paper Playground.

Paper Pumpkin Tip: Save the Extras

…you cannot predict the wonderful ways in which you will use them in the future.

I had a blast making alternative designs with the contents of the October 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Peaceful Christmas. Part of the reason I enjoyed my creative time so much was because I dug out a few cutouts from past Paper Pumpkin kits that coordinated with the current kit. Before I share my cards, I’d like to show you the way I store cutout shapes, tags, and vellum from previous kits.

I store them in the same plastic pages that collectors use to store baseball cards. The pockets are a great size and they have a little flap that folds over the top of the compartment which prevents items from spilling out. The pages are fairly low in cost and I place them in a narrow binder that fits neatly on a shelf.

Here are my alternative designs for the October 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Peaceful Christmas that included items from past kits.

First, I found this silver foil deer from the November 2019 kit, Winter Gifts, which had a similar color scheme as the Peaceful Christmas box. I made two cards using the (unfortunately) last two deer I had left. I gave one of the deer a red rhinestone nose and I flipped the other deer over and stamped a line of trees on it in Tuxedo Black Staz-On. I think he looks a little like he’s wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

On this next card, I dug out some silver foil stars that were included in a kit from way back in July 2014, Wish Big. For a long time, I would occasionally come across these stars and wonder why I kept them for so long. Well, seven years later, I finally found a purpose for them and I’m so glad I saved them.

If you were wondering, on this card the silver metallic word Noel is sponged with Jet Black Staz-On and the vellum trees are sponged with Basic Gray ink to give definition to the places where the vellum and foil would have made the card too monochromatic.

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Happy Stamping,


Better Late Than Never: July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Recap

Boy did I love the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, The Adventure Begins! I loved the color palette and the style of the backgrounds. The kit contains all the supplies to make the cards pictured above. Along with the coordinating envelopes, the kit arrived with a Garden Green mini ink pad and the eleven piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below:

Since the cards are tri-folds, I challenged myself to use one card base and an envelope to make three different cards. I did have to add in three card bases, some paper scraps and a Flirty Flaming ink pad, but other than that, I didn’t use any additional elements.

Here are my cards:

For some reason, I just really wanted a pink tree.

I’ve always wanted a camper trailer.

My camera made a crazy halo effect when I photographed this shaker card! The Subtle Shimmer Sequins must be extra reflective.

Finally, I made a set of stamps only cards, where I don’t use any supplies from the box aside from the stamp set and the Stampin’ Spot. These cards use the stamping off technique (aka generational stamping) to achieve different gradients of colors on the trees. I scraped the edges of the white paper with scissors and sponged with them with Crumb Cake ink.

The first card is simple and easy to make.

The second card is simply embellished with twine and Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots.

The final card has been “Christmas-ified” with some red gems and Evening Evergreen ribbon.

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April 2021 Paper Pumpkin: So Cool

It’s July and I’m catching up on my Paper Pumpkin Workshop recaps. This kit is from April but the hot summer months are a perfect time to post about Stampin’ Up’s monthly subscription paper-crafting kit, So Cool. The kit includes all the supplies to make three each of the four card designs pictured above. It also came with additional stickers, coordinating envelopes, a Bermuda Bay mini ink pad, and the seven-piece photopolymer stamp set featuring the images pictured below.

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the sentiments on this stamp set was that if my daughter’s handwriting were made into a font, this would be the font! The youthful feel of this kit provided a perfect avenue for crafting with kids, tweens, and teens.

Since the cards themselves are shaped, I decided that I wanted to put them on backers. I used patterned paper from both the Ice Cream Corner suite featured in the January-June Occasions Catalog, and the Oh So Hombre that was available free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. (Although the Sale-a-Bration promotion from earlier in the year is over, there’s another one starting up at the beginning of August.)

For this card, I added a black card base and reworked the supplies already in the kit.

I made two “stamps only” cards. This first one is a fresh and simple one-layer card. My card is colored with alcohol ink markers by Stampin’ Up called Blends, but a person without a plethora of craft supplies, can use any other kind of marker of colored pencil.

My second card features the popsicle stamp.

If you think you might love receiving the monthly subscription-base paper-crafting kit, the Paper Pumpkin, subscribe here. If you’re interested in attending in one of my Paper Pumpkin Workshops, you can find them listed on MeetUp.com under the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group.

June 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Expressions of Color

The June 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Expressions of Color, featured cards with a quietly joyful and serene feel to them. The flowers are not too frilly and the color palette is soft without being sickly. The kit included all the supplies to create the cards pictured above (three each of three designs). The kit includes the 11-piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below and two mini ink pads, one in Bumblebee and the other in Evening Evergreen. Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin kits usually only come with one mini ink pad, so the additional one was a special treat.

I love creating alternative designs with my Paper Pumpkin supplies and I offer a monthly workshop featuring that month’s kit. The class favorite alternative design for the month of June was the one in the following picture. I made this card with minimal additional supplies, a white card base and a Blackberry Bliss sponged onto the back of the vellum with the word Thanks on it. The center tag is cut using Stampin’ Up’s Stitched So Sweetly die set, but the card would also look great with a rectangle cut from the designer paper as well.

Here’s a slideshow of a few other cards I made, some of them inspired by other cardmakers’ creations.

The last project at my Paper Pumpkin workshops always features a card that doesn’t use any of the other design elements in the kit. It’s something to make after you’ve used up everything in the kit and are just left with stamps and ink. I like this card because it has a whimsical feel to it.

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Check out my blog post on what simple supplies you can keep on hand to easily make the most out of your Paper Pumpkin kit.

Subscribe with me so you can enjoy your own Paper Pumpkin, a monthly subscription paper-crafting kit by Stampin’ Up.

Attend one of my workshops, which found on MeetUp.com in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group.