The only year I’ve been disappointed by a Christmas holiday Paper Pumpkin kit is 2015, which is the year I stopped my subscription to Stampin’ Up’s all-inclusive monthly card making kit. What was I thinking? This year’s kit, Ho Ho Ho, is one of my favorites thus far. The number one reason this kit is at the top of my list is the image of Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer prancing through the sky. It’s perfect. In addition to the wonderful sky carriage, the photopolymer stamp set includes the 11 other sentiments and images pictured below.
In addition to the photopolymer stamp set, the kit also includes the supplies to make three each of the three cards pictured at the top of this page, and nine coordinating envelopes. If you want to expand what your kit can make, buy a package of Neutral cardstock and one package of Basic White cardstock, and harvest those envelopes to make additional designer paper. This is something I do with each kit. Ho Ho Ho came with some lovely envelopes which gave me oodles to work with. Here are my alternative designs.
A few notes on these cards:
Snowfall Accents Puff Paint fluffed out Santa’s beard!
I added plain vellum or Snowflake Specialty Vellum to several of the cards
I ran out of J’s and Y’s and had to make more on my Cricut!
I ran out of snowflakes, so I used leftovers from my November 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Winter Gifts.
The trees are stamped with images from the Peaceful Deer stamp set.
I always make at least one “stamps only” card, to show how you can utilize the stamp set when the rest of your kit has been depleted. Here’s the card for this month.
Here’s a list of the additional supplies I used for these cards:
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:
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.
…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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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 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.
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