Monday, March 8, 2021

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives - Part 1

 Hello my friends! As you may have read earlier, March is my blog's anniversary month. I am going to have some give aways to celebrate. There will be a give away on my actual anniversary day which is March 20th but I will also be having random give aways during the month. I mentioned in my last post that there will be a prize for the person that comments the most during the month. I will wait until April 2nd to tally up the number of comments during the month so everyone has a chance to get their final comments in. You MUST comment on a March blog post to be entered, an email comment does not count. I hope there will be lots of comments which means lots of entries!

So on to today's card. Actually, there are 2 cards today. A couple of weeks ago, I started working on February's Paper Pumpkin kit. I made three cards (one of each design) as the instructions were written. I knew right away that I was going to make the rest of the cards into some alternatives. All supplies were from the February Paper Pumpkin kit, Bouquet of Hope. I will list any extra supplies that I used at the end of the post.

Here are the original cards made as per the instructions in the kit:

Here is my first alternative:

I started by cutting up the Merry Merlot card base that was in the kit. I cut the front (floral) and back (solid) pieces into strips. I also cut the pink envelope into strips. I used the Triple Banner punch to cut a flag edge into the bottom of each of the strips.

I used a piece of Basic White cardstock which I embossed using the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder. I attached the strips of cardstock and envelope to this piece using Tombo Multipurpose glue. I like to use this for my adhesive especially when I am working with something that is embossed. I wrapped a piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon around this piece and tied it into a bow. I attached this to a Basic Black card base using dimensionals. 

I stamped my sentiment from the kit on to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I cut a flag edge into the right edge so it would match the other strips. 

What I used for Alternative #1:

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder

Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Triple Banner Punch

Here is my second alternative:

I started with a Basic White Thick card base. On top of that I added a piece of Basic Black cardstock. On top of the black cardstock, I layered a piece of the Merry Merlot floral cardstock that was supposed to be a card base. I then added the oval shaped doily. In the kit it was intended to be used with the gold foil side facing up. I preferred the white side so that is what I used.

I stamped the sentiment from the kit using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a piece of Basic White cardstock. I cut it out using the Layering Ovals die set. I also cut out the next size up oval from the solid Merry Merlot side of the card base. I adhered these two ovals together and attached them to the center of the doily using dimensionals.

I then added a few of the black sequins from the kit and that is my second alternative.

What I used for Alternative #2:

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Layering Ovals Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you liked these alternatives. I will post the other alternatives later this week. Which one of these alternatives do you like better, #1 or #2? Comment on this post to let me know and get your name into the draw to win a prize!

Stay well and keep creating!



  1. I much prefer your version of the cards Terry!

    1. Thanks Sharon! Sometimes it’s just nice to do the cards according to the directions so I don’t have to think. But I also enjoy the challenge of the alternatives.

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  3. In addition, my choice would be card #1.

  4. Somehow, my other comment got deleted...wanted to add that your versions show your personality...which is great!