Month: September 2021

Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin

The Haunts & Harvest Paper Pumpkin is the kit for September 2021. It is the cutest kit! The kit features supplies to make several pumpkins or apples. You get to choose!

Today’s Video

In addition to the supplies, the actual box can be turned into a wheelbarrow! Such a cute decor item for fall.

Haunts & Harvest Alternatives

For this card, I used a Cajun Craze card base. Next, I used the Timber 3D Embossing Folder on the following layer. Finally, I used the stamps to create a border layer. The Well Defined Stamp Set completes the card with a perfect sentiment.

For the inside layer of my card, I simply added a Basic White layer with a stamped leaf image in the lower corner.

This next card was made using a Mango Melody card base. I used Crushed Curry, Old Olive, and Pumpkin Pie inks for the card. I took the abstract type stamp and created a design on the left side. Using the Pretty Pumpkins bundle, I die-cut the pumpkin image. A simple twine bow and sentiment finish things off!

I hope that you enjoyed my alternatives for this month’s kit! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card One Measurements

  • Cajun Craze: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White: 2″ x 4″ (or larger depending on the desired border size) and scrap for sentiment and 4″ x 5 1/4″

Card Two Measurements

  • Mango Melody: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and 1/4″ x 4″
  • Pumpkin Pie: For die cut ( or PP element)
  • Basic White: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (2)

Penguin Playmates

By far, the Penguin Playmates has been my favorite Sale-A-Bration offering this fall. Additionally, It has been so nice to have Sale-A-Bration heading into the fall season this year! But don’t forget that it ends on the last day of September.

Today’s Video

I couldn’t resist using the striped pattern paper as the main dsp piece on my card. And the colors of this paper pack all work so nicely together. Just a hint of the paper on the inside layer of my card perked it right up!

More Penguin Playmate Cards

This adorable penguin couple is all dressed up for a holiday celebration! I love that the Penguin Place stamp set offers so many little details to personalize the penguins. 🙂 For example, hats, ties, and gifts.

But it looks like our penguin friends need to watch out! That sneaky little fox is getting ready to steal their gifts.
It looks as though this little guy is attending a formal celebration. And aren’t these sentiments clever? Such as, “I like you a lottle. It’s like a little but a lot.” Ha!

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Just Jade: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″, and 2 1/4″ x 3 1/8″
  • Basic White: 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″

Beauty Of The Earth Angle Card

Today we are working with products from the Beauty Of The Earth Suite. I really like the Designer Series Papers from this suite. The featured colors are Merry Merlot, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, and Misty Moonlight.

Today’s Video

I tried a few other versions of an angle card in the past. They were cumbersome and involved a lot of math. And math just pulls the joy right out of cardmaking!

Fall cards are some of my favorite cards to make. I am a fall girl for sure! The Cork Specialty Paper just was calling my name for this card. And, it did not disappoint. Adding the Brushed Metallic Dots and the Diamond Weave Ribbon at the very end took this card to an entirely different level!

This winter version of the angle card uses the Snowy White Velvet Sheets. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it embossed and accepted ink. And the tiny birds steal the spotlight on this card! It is difficult to see in the video, but I added Wink of Stella to the tree.

More Beauty Of The Earth Cards

A slimline card is a perfect layout to showcase the Beauty Of The Earth DSP.

Any of these papers can be used for both feminine and masculine cards. They also work for any occasion. You just can’t go wrong with this choice.

Thank you so much for joining me today. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Cajun Craze Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 11″, scored at 3 3/8″ and 7 5/8″for base, and 1 1/4″ x 10″ for band
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/2″, and scrap for sentiment
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4″
  • Cork Specialty Paper: 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, and 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ for leaves

Merriest Moments by Stampin’ Up

Today’s card was made using the Merriest Moments Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up. It is time again for my team’s Color Challenge. We were assigned the colors Polished Pink, Mango Melody, and Mossy Meadow. I decided that I wanted to make a poinsettia card.

Today’s Video

While I chose to use the Merriest Moments stamp set, we have other stamp sets that include poinsettias. In fact, you could substitute any flower stamp and make cards for any occasion!

For each card, you will need to stamp 4 Mossy Meadow large leaves, 2 Polished Pink large leaves, 6 Polished Pink medium leaves, and 4 Mango Melody berry groupings. This will include pieces for adding a poinsettia to the inside layer of your card. Be sure to watch the video for instructions on how to group and assemble these pieces.

I also cut three circles of vellum. I adhered the circles to the card base. The flowers get adhered to them. You will notice that I used two different dies to cut my vellum. A different one on each version. I wanted you to see that you don’t always have to use the exact things that I use. As much as we would love to own every single thing from the Stampin’ Up catalogs, we don’t.

Another Version Of My Merriest Moments Card

Each card has a strip of the In Color Designer Series Paper in Polished Pink. They both have a strip of Mossy Meadow as well. The difference is the width of the Mossy Meadow strip. You will note that the smaller strip allowed a gap of the Basic White cardstock to peek through on my original card. I also took time to emboss the DSP with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.

The card that I made on the video used the wider strip that aligned flush with the top of the card. The Polished Pink layer was not embossed.

No Boring Inside Layers

Here is how I chose to decorate the inside of my card. I felt the plain white inside was just a little sad. And I also decorated my envelope by adding embossed cardstock to the flap and I added a poinsettia to the front of my envelope. Those details don’t take much time and really elevate the look of your stationery!

I hope that you are inspired to take this layout and make some cards of your own! Then take those cards and mail them to someone that needs a little blessing. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Basic White Cardstock: Scraps or large enough for stamped images
  • Polished Pink DSP: 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Mossy Meadow Cardstock: 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ for thick border or 1 1/4″ for thinner border
  • Vellum: Scraps for die-cut shapes

August 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives- Hope Box

The August 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit is titled Hope Box. It was created by one of Stampin’ Up’s founders, Shelli Gardner. When Shelli designs a kit, it is highly sought out!

Today’s Video

Once again, I have found that Paper Pumpkin has improved their kit cards and I like them! As a result, I decided to create my alternatives using only the stamps and a few unused elements of the kit. I love that I can then choose any Stampin’ Up colors for my cards!

More Hope Box Cards

This is a greeting card created with elements of the Paper Pumpkin Hope Box kit.

For example, the card featured in today’s video uses So Saffron, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, and Bermuda Bay. However, my first version uses Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, and Bermuda Bay.

The sentiments that are included in the Hope Box are great for those cards that are really difficult to send. It is important to have these greetings in our stash. But we are not limited by them either. Mixing our stamp sets is super fun!

I used my Stampin’ Write Marker in Blackberry Bliss to make the dashes between the butterflies. I could do this with complete confidence that the marker would match my stamped image. You cannot do this at the local craft store. I love that Stampin’ Up inks match with the embellishments, markers, cardstocks, and ribbons!

This card design was my favorite one to make. The process is a little messy but it is fun! Some of the splatters were created using the included stamp and the rest were created by flicking the Stampin’ Write markers. Then I used the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder to dry emboss this layer. Next, I stamped al butterfly on an additional piece of Basic White cardstock and fussy cut it out. It is popped up on the card with dimensionals. And lastly, I used some Wink of Stella on it to give it some sparkle and I adhered the sentiment across the middle.

Next Month’s Paper Pumpkin

Don’t forget to hurry and sign up for next month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, Haunts and Harvest by September 10th. You can use one of the links below.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s alternative cards. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to get informed whenever I post a new video. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Melon Mambo Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Pool Party Cardstock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, and 1/2″ x 5″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″, and (3) 7/8″ x 2 1/4″

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