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Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Hello All! Today’s post is all about Paper Pumpkin, primarily the May ’20 PP. The colors in this kit show off the new In Colors: Bumblebee, Cinnamon, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Midnight. I really like the names AND the colors themselves – together, well, not so much 😏. Included in the kit was a new ink spot from the new In Color Misty MidnightLet’s take a look…

This first card is made just as suggested…

PP April ’20
Card 1

Card #2 is similar, except I cut it apart vertically in various widths and mounted it on Magenta Madness cs. Everything else is the same.

PP Alternative 1
Card 2

Card 3 I cut apart again making various sizes of squares. They didn’t fit together quite the way I wanted (ugh!) Again I mounted the squares on Magenta Madness. I used a sentiment from Silhouette Scenes. 

PP Alternative #2
Card 3

Card 4 wasn’t cut at all, simply mounted on the Magenta Madness and put on dimensionals, again using the sentiment from Silhouette Scenes.

PP Alternative #3
Card 4

The second set of cards I chose to do was a bit more of a challenge and I made not one the way it was suggested. Card 5…  I removed the card front and cut it in fourths, adhered to Misty Madness cs and mounted on dimensionals, adhering to Thick Whisper White cs. I cut a 1 1/2″ banner from the In Color 2020-2021 6 x 6 DSP using the Triple Banner Punch and adhered to the vellum banner that was part of the kit. I trimmed the vellum banner point to match. I stamped a sentiment on a  1 1/4″ banner from Silhouette Scenes stamp set and adhered that to the same banner. I wrapped the Ruched Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ribbon around and tied a knot, adhering with a glue dot. The full banner then got dimensionals and was placed as you see it.

PP Alternative #4
Card 5

Card 6 was done similarly except… I placed a 1/2″ strip in the middle from the In Color 2020-2021 6×6 DSP pack (new and available Jun 3), included the vellum panel from the kit, cut a label from Tasteful Labels Dies (new in catalog and available Jun 3) in the In Color 6×6 DSP pack and adhered in the center with dimensionals. I cut another label from the same die set (this is an awesome die set folks!), stamped the sentiment using the ink spot Misty Midnight from the Well Said stamp set. (Father’s Day is JUST around the corner and I thought this could be a fun masculine card)This was adhered to the blue label with dimensionals. I added three 2020-2021 n Color Enamel Dots

PP Alternative #5
Card 6

Card 7 I got a bit more creative and decided a lighthearted Father’s Day card would be fun. I again removed the card front, then used the Balloon Punch to create two balloons. Using the colors in the stripes, I punched additional balloons from Bumblebee cs, Misty Midnight and Pumpkin Pie. I stamped the sentiment on various balloons using the Well Said stamp set. Special Someone stamp set was used to create the rest of the card: tails on the balloons, the raccoon (Soft Suede), the mouse (Smokey Slate). The little embellishments were included in the kit. I added a banner at the bottoms from leftover parts of the card front. This Whisper White got dimesnionals and adhered to Misty Midnight card base.

PP Alternative #6
Card 7

Card 8 and I went a little crazy over the top…  There were left overs from the previous card front so I cut it down to make a square (about 3″), adhered that to a Misty Midnight scallop square cut from the Squares Dies and adhered this to a Bumblebee 3 1/2 x 7 panel (scored at 3 1/2). I used a section of the card front for the inside that shows a bit of the colors where I removed the card front 😉

PP Alternative #7
Card 8
PP Alternative #7
Card 8 small panel inside










Using a Misty Midnight card base, I adhered a panel 4 x 5 1/2 from the 2020-2021 In Color 6×6 pack to the card front . I then adhered the Bumblebee piece all the way to the top of the fold with liquid glue. I stamped a sentiment from the Dressed to Impress stamp set to a piece of Whisper White and cut a banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies (did I say I love these dies?). I adhered one of the fun embellishments from the PP kit to the banner, added dimensionals and adhered to this Bumblebee panel. For the bottom of this card, I stamped another sentiment from the Dressed to Impress stamp set using the included ink spot and cut it using another banner from the Tasteful Labels Dies. I stamped the show in Melon Mambo, colored in with Wink of Stella to give it some glimmer and fussy cut it and adhered to this banner with liquid glue. This banner was added to the card with dimensionals. Again, more embellishments from the PP kit.

Since this card was made with someone special in mind, I wanted lots of room to write something. I simply adhered another of the leftover pieces from the removed card front to a Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4. This was adhered with liquid glue and this card was now complete.

PP Alternative #7
Card 8

Whew! That was fun… 4 more cards in the PP kit to make, but not today. Paper Pumpkin is a fun “gift” to receive each month. It most often has cards to make, but sometimes includes bags or boxes. Each kit includes a stamp set, an ink spot, embellishments such as seen today, also ribbon, adhesives, AND instructions – how great is that?! Consider a PP kit for one month, six months or a years subscription. Ship with me now…

The new Annual 2020-2021 Catalog goes live Jun 3. Start making your list and checking it twice. When shopping with me, include my CURRENT HOST CODE J2E4VDGM  for a free gift from me when your purchase is between $50 – $150. No more than one free gift per customer per month though – let’s not be greedy, ok? That free gift is an item of your choice worth $10.

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card. 


Stampin’ Up! April 2020 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Hello again… so glad to have you visit… Todays cards were created using the April 2020 Paper Pumpkin and some additional supplies – so alternatives if you will. My hubby has a big family (I have a twin brother) and they are very close – so these family cards are really perfect for him to send. I sent one of yesterdays cards to my bro already 😏 Here are the new creations…

Apr ’20 PP alternative #1 – I used the basic plan but trimmed the Crushed Curry band with my Triple Banner Punch, stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink and trimmed it also with the Triple Banner Punch. Both are on dimensionals. One of the birds is adhered with a glue dot and the other with a mini dimensional cut in half.

Apr ’20 PP alternative #1

Apr ’20 PP alternative #2 – I cut off the z-fold of one of the cards and covered the pattern with Garden Lane DSP and trimmed it down to 3 7/8 x 5 3/8. The tree ‘leaves’ were stamped in Flirty Flamingo and embellished with lots of pearls from the kit; the two birds were put on mini dimensionals cut in half. The tree was adhered with glue dots. This panel was adhered with liquid glue to an Early Espresso cs 4 x 5 1/2 then wrapped with Daffodil Delight 1/4″ ribbon. I then stamped one of the banners with Early Espresso ink and trimmed the edges, put it on dimensionals and adhered it over the ribbon. This entire panel was adhered to thick Whisper White cs with dimensionals. The envelope flap got the same Garden Lane DSP adhered with liquid glue.

Apr ’20 PP alternative #2

Apr ’20 PP alternative #3 – I really like the simplicity of this card and the sentiment panel is perfect. I simply could not cover it with anything! The panel was adhered to a piece of Soft Sea Foam cs using liquid glue then attached to the left front panel of the z fold with snail. I attached several pearls from the kit. Did I say I love this? I love this!

Apr ’20 PP alternative #3

Apr ’20 PP alternative #4 – I was on a roll with these sentiment panels but wanted to step it up a bit this time… I used the Stitched Rectangles Dies to cut the sentiment panel then cut another panel with the next larger Stitched Rectangles Dies out of Soft Sea Foam cs. The sentiment panel was adhered to the Soft Sea Foam with dimensionals and these were attached to the left front panel of the z fold with snail. I punched the butterflies from the kit and adhered with a glue dot and embellished those with pearls from the kit.

Apr ’20 PP alternative #4

Apr ’20 PP Alternative #5 – Remember how I removed the z fold on a previous card? Well, I took one of those panels and stamped it in Granny Apple Green ink from the stamps provided in the kit. I adhered the tree to it with glue dots and put dimensionals on the back and set it aside. I cut a piece of Soft Sea Foam cs 4 x 5 1/4 and ran it through the Woodland embossing folder (spritzing it first to break down the fibers and get a wonderful deep design.) This panel was adhered to a 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2,  Soft Sea Foam with liquid glue. I adhered a strip of Granny Apple Green 5/8″ ribbon with glue dots, stamped one of the banners in Early Espresso ink, cut it down and adhered it over the banner with dimensionals

Apr ’20 PP alternative #5

Apr ’20 PP alternative #6 – this was fun too! I stamped the little butterflies provided in the kit all around and in the tree, sometimes covering a portion of the stamp if it was too long. This was done in Crushed Curry ink. The tree and butterfly from the kit were adhered with glue dots. I trimmed one of the Crushed Curry banners from the kit, adhered it with dimensionals, stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink and adhered with glue dots.

Apr ’20 PP alternative #6

Apr ’20 PP alternative #7 – I took the card provided in the kit and adhered Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP over the pattern section. I adhered the tree with glue dots and embellished the design with more pearls. I took a  Crushed Curry banner and trimmed it, stamped a sentiment on another banner with Crushed Curry ink, trimmed it and adhered with liquid glue. I took a piece of this fun trim that was a freebie during SAB, tied a bow and adhered with a glue dot. The envelope flap got the same Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP.

Apr ’20 PP alternative #7

I’m so proud of myself… I was determined not to let the PP pumpkin kits go unused – or to be more honest with myself, to not be completed. I feel as though I have made a HUGE change and am excited about the results. I hope you like what I have done with this kit. The next PP (you must subscribe by May 10) will have 4 of the new IN COLORS – wheee! We don’t know what those are yet, but that will be their “reveal” to the world 😁

Today the RETIRING LIST has been made available!!! I will be back again to make sure you have that information.

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card.



Stampin’ Up! and Paper Pumpkin

Good morning – it’s Tuesday. What are you ‘up to’ today? It is to rain here, so no gardening during that… guess I’ll have to make a card or two 😁

Do you hoard anything? I know, that’s a strong word – hoard…Let’s just say, up until yesterday I had a lot of them, some still tightly wrapped, some in incomplete stages with maybe two to three cards made. Today’s cards are all about Paper Pumpkin. I found some really cool kits and cannot believe I hadn’t finished them.So for the last couple of days I have been making the past Paper Pumpkin kits and really really had fun! Unfortunately I didn’t write down the months on all those I created but here are my favorites.

Past Paper Pumpkin #1
Past Paper Pumpkin #2

The cards on the left were extra fun and I had only three to do… go figure… why would I hold off making three cards? The cards on the right are from Dec 2017 – a l-o-o-n-g time ago. The nautical boxes are gift cards and my favorite ones to put together. They are going to be a gift for a special friend. I like that they have a destination already.

Past Paper Pumpkin #3
April 2018

I spent the morning putting the above items together and what do you suppose came in the mail – my April 2020 Paper Pumpkin! This first is per directions… I didn’t alter anything.

April 2020 PP per directions

Card #1 is first alternative. Thick Whisper White 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. Run the left portion through your embossing machine using the Subtle embossing folder. Cut Pear Pizzaz 4 3/4 x 3 3/4. Adhere sentiment piece from the PP directly to the Pear Pizzaz using liquid glue. Punch out leaves from the kit, add dimensionals to all leaves and adhere to the sentiment piece. Punch out butterfly and add using a glue dot. Cut a piece of the ribbon included in the kit, tie in knot and adhere with glue dot. Embellish with the blue pearls included in the kit. Adhere this to the left fold of the card with snail. For the inside, cut a piece of DSP 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 and adhere to card using liquid glue. Add sentiment from the PP kit with Pear Pizzaz ink. For the envelope, cut another piece of the DSP 2 1/4 x 6, adhere with liquid glue and trim.

Current Paper Pumpkin #1
April 2020

Card #2 – I really like this sentiment piece in the kit and did not want to cover it. I felt it needed full disclosure! With card from the kit (it is 4 1/4 x 12 BTW), use a coordinating DSP ( I used.Garden Lane) and cut a piece 3 3/4 x 4/3/4 and adhered the sentiment piece to it with liquid glue. I added SU! Basic Pearls from own stash and adhered this section to the left card front with snail. Add sentiment of choice to the inside.

Current Paper Pumpkin #2
April 2020

Card #3… I cut the cardstock included in the kit to 4 x 5 1/4. I stamped the fern from Positive Thoughts Stamp set in Pear Pizzaz ink, stamping off as I went.  Adhere the. puched out leaf from the kit direrctly to the card front with glue tos to each leaf. Stamp a banner from the kit using a sentiment from from the kit and Pear Pizzaz ink. Adhere ribbon included in the kit with glue dots, weaving it back and forth. Add blue pearls from the PP kit. Adhere this completed panel to the card front with dimensionals. Add a punched out bird from the kit to the banner. This card front gets dimensionals on the back and adhered to Blushing Bride CS cut to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2. I used a coordinating envelope from the kit to complete this set.

Current Paper Pumpkin #3
April 2020

Bing bang boom – four cards from the kit completed on the day it arrived! I think I get kudos for that – at least from myself. I like how I was able to coordinate current DSP with the cards from the PP kit to make it different. And today I will complete the April PP kit. I am determined not to hold back any more.

To place an order for the May PP kit, you must be registered by May 10. And this kit will have 4 (four) of the new 2020-2022 IN COLORS! Be sure to order your PP kit soon so you can preview the early release of these new colors.

Thanks for stopping by.

May you have a beautiful day.

Make someone happy by sending them a handmade card.



February Paper Pumpkin from SU!

Extra short post today but I wanted to share with you my current creations with the February PP kit. PP is such a treat to receive with all the embellishments, glue dots, dimensionals, card stock AND directions. I usually create one or two per directions that come with the kit, but not always. Here’s what I’ve done thinking “outside the box” …

Questions about PP? Please contact me for more details… now is a great time to invest in this monthly subscription. If you are interested in the March subscription you may order until Mar 10. One of the ideas SU! is using is coordinating the PP with current stamp sets. WOW, does this make it even more valuable for future use.

For now – ta ta. Enjoy your day… make it better by creating and sharing what you love to do!

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