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.

Additional Project Supplies

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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