Today I have six alternative design cards I made using my Paper Pumpkin (PP) Kit called Joy to the World. In the US, PP is available as a monthly subscription but in the Stampin’ Up! (SU) European and South Pacific markets, we still have our fingers crossed that we can have it as a regular feature, too! It’s a brilliant product! In the meantime, we are thoroughly enjoying our third global offering. Each month a number of North American demonstrators make videos showing alternative ideas using the supplies in the kit and often bringing in extra stash. They also come up with non-card projects e.g. small boxes, bookmarks, etc. For my alternatives, I stayed with making cards and have only brought in embellishments and about half a sheet Brass Foil Cardstock (CS).
One thing to notice is that I didn’t stop to think which way the Brass Foil stripes were going because I don’t think it matters. Card number one features the wreath and the other elements designed to go with it. I decided to add the bronze foil fancy strip to the right-hand side of the white embossed rectangle. To create this I took the edge from the layer of Brass Foil die-cuts where I had removed the first Brass Foil tag for my first flower card. It was wide enough for me to use the long narrow stitched, scalloped die from the Stitched Be Mine Dies. I layered the sentiment onto a piece of our Brass Foil CS and added two bells from the Jingle Bells (149598). I attached them to some of the Cherry Cobbler Linen Thread from the kit and made a bow, then adhered them both onto the wreath.
Wreath card number 2 has the sentiment that the kit planned for the flower images, and I decorated the top and bottom using more brass foil in the same way I used it on the edge of the white embossed rectangle on card number one. This is the only card I didn’t use one of the square or rectangle embossed white cardstock pieces. I decorated the wreath by adding a double bow I’d made using the Cherry Cobbler Linen Thread. I also added three Gold Glitter Enamel Dots horizontally in the top right-hand corner. I also added two sets of two dots on either end of the sentiment strip.
To generate wreath card number three I cut a square white embossed square into three strips which all measured one inch thick – there was a small strip leftover! I added the wreath on Dimensionals across the two lower strips and I adhered a double bow made by tying two lengths of the Cherry Cobbler Linen Thread together. The word love was added across the top strip and adhered with very thin strips of Dimensionals I’d cut from the outside edge of the Dimensionals. Finally, I added the sentiment to the bottom of the card on Dimensionals and decorated the sentiment with some Gold Glitter Enamel Dots.
Please note the flower cards above have been number right to left! To start with card number 4, I added a layer of Brass Foil CS to the white embossed square and also to the MERRY CHRISTMAS sentiment. The PP kit allows for two floral images for four of the cards so I was happy to take a second floral image and fussy cut the two red flowers. After I had adhered the first complete floral image using Dimensionals, I added the fussy cut red flowers in position using more Dimensionals. I decorated the white square with another double bow and I added three Elegant Faceted Gems on the sentiment and one in the centre of the large flower. BTW the offcuts from the second floral image were later cut into two pieces and used inside two of the cards to cover up small Just Jade Ink marks! Ooops!!
On the floral card number five, I decorated the sentiment in the same way I did the wreath card number two – I was really pleased with this effect! Apart from that, this card is very similar to the kit card but spread out across the card. To decorate it I added two large Gold Glitter Enamel Dots, one inside each of the flowers and three in a horizontal row in the bottom left-hand corner and three in a horizontal row in the top right-hand corner. I resisted the temptation to add a bow because I couldn’t find a suitable position for one!
This is the best card of all and was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. The inside of my card is Crumb Cake and the card I saw was white! I think with the Pinterest card, the North American demonstrator had folded the card as normal and cut off half of the card front so she could use it for an alternative project. The card width is 4 1/8″ so I used my Scoreboard to score down the stripe front at 2 1/8″ which meant my top column was 2 1/8″ wide and the inside column was 2″. By scoring this way it meant the 1/8″ overlap is only visible from the back of the card. I could have scored using my trimmer at 2 1/16″ and both columns should be identical sizes, but if they were out by a tad, it would be visible!
After I had scored the card front I folded the card so the inside and the card front were all Crumb Cake. I took the last white embossed rectangle and layered it onto a piece of Brass Foil CS layer and adhered on the narrow card front. Next, I adhered a floral image in the top left-hand corner and one in the bottom right-hand corner, partially on and partially off the white rectangle. I took one of the spare floral images, put some glue on the back of it and placed it at the back of the lower flower on the front of the card. Very carefully I closed the card so the third image was adhered to the inside of the card! To finish off my last card I added a large Gold Glitter Enamel Dot inside each of the two outer red flowers, and a vertical line of three in the right-hand corner.
The above photograph shows the leftovers after having made eight beautiful cards which can be used to create even more cards. As I said yesterday, at €26/20 this kit is such excellent value! Please note that this kit is only available while stocks last, and not surprisingly, they are selling really well. I look forward to seeing you next time and in the meantime, take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Brilliant cards, Jan! Thank you for sharing your alternatives! I always struggle with Paper Pumpkins except for a few. I like using the stamp sets, though.
Many thanks, Kimy. This one I found easy but I struggled with the Box of Sunshine! xx