Monday, August 29, 2022

August Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

 Hello friends! I have loved this month's Paper Pumpkin so much I just couldn't stop playing with it. I have so many more ideas floating around in my head that I really wish I had ordered two of this one. I think I mentioned in my last post that there are no refills available. It was hugely popular and I'm sure you can see why.

Here is the first alternative I made:

The card front is one of the card bases from the kit that I cut down. The back of this card base is also gorgeous. I will definitely be using it to make another card. I stamped my sentiment directly onto the card front using Blackberry Bliss ink. The stamp is from the Pansy Patch stamp set. I matted this card front onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and then attached it to a card base of Basic White Thick.

I stamped the sunflower stamp from the kit on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink. I stamped it off once so it wasn't so dark. I inked up the stamp a second time and stamped it again after turning the stamp a quarter turn. I stamped it off once as well. I stamped the center portion of the flower using Soft Suede ink stamped off once. I fussy cut this flower using my paper snips. Fussy cutting is not my favourite thing to do but it was actually pretty easy. I added the flower to my card front using dimensionals.

I then added three of the little bees from the kit using dimensionals. That completes the first card.

The next two cards I made used the envelopes as DSP. The envelopes in this kit are absolutely beautiful and I think they are too pretty to be used just as envelopes. Here is a picture of the envelope.

Here is the second alternative I made:

This is a fairly simple card but the envelope DSP makes it so pretty.

I cut down the envelope and matted it on a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I added it to a card base of Basic White Thick cardstock using dimensionals.

On a small piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped my sentiment from the kit using Blackberry Bliss ink. I cut it out using a die from the Harvest Dies set. 

I added a small piece of the gold honeycomb foil sheet to my card front using glue dots. I added my sentiment over top of the gold foil using dimensionals.

Here is the third alternative I made:

I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow. On top of that, I added a piece of Basic White cardstock.

I used the envelope as DSP again for this card. I cut it into three strips and matted the strips onto strips of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I added the strips to my card front using dimensionals. 

I stamped my sentiment on a strip of Basic White cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink. I used the Banners Pick a Punch to cut a banner into each side of the cardstock. I matted the sentiment onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock that I also cut banners into each side using the punch. I added the sentiment directly to the card front. Again, this is a more simple card but the envelope DSP makes it beautiful.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these cards. I have a lot more ideas for alternatives for this kit. Paper Pumpkin kits are definitely a good investment, even if you make the cards exactly as the directions state.

Stay well and keep creating!


Besides the August Paper Pumpkin Kit here are the supplies I used:

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

August Paper Pumpkin

 Hello friends! What a crazy summer this has been. The hot weather is fabulous. Although, I have heard from some friends that they are getting tired of the heat. I am so thankful that it's not been smoky. There was a couple mornings when we were at the lake that it was a bit hazy and you could smell smoke but it was gone really quickly. The storms have been incredible. We don't normally get so many storms but fortunately the lightning didn't start many fires.

I was working on the latest Paper Pumpkin today. I think this is the prettiest kit they have ever made! I am sharing the cards made as per the instructions but the card bases, embellishments and even the envelopes are absolutely gorgeous. 

Here are the cards I made. Note that these were made exactly as the instructions stated.

These cards are made using only items in the Paper Pumpkin Kit. This kit also had 2 ink spots. Usually the kit comes with one but there was an extra one in this kit. There was also some gold sheets that have a hive pattern cut into them. I will be sharing some alternatives and using these sheets in a later post.

I know I have said this before but these kits have really improved in quality from when they first started. All of the new kits are amazing!

This post is a little shorter than usual but I hope you enjoy the cards still. Sadly there will be no refills on this kit. It is completely sold out.

Stay well and keep creating!


Monday, August 22, 2022


 Hello friends! Are you enjoying this hot weather or am I the only one?

We were at the lake this past weekend and Chelsey brought my little angel out to visit. She makes me so happy! Read to the end of this post to see some adorable pictures.....

Today's card was something that turned out completely opposite from what I had originally thought I would make. I was thinking about doing a water scene but didn't know what stamp set I was going to use. When I was choosing a stamp set, I thought I would use one that I haven't used for a while. I chose Campology. That meant I was no longer doing a water scene. You can't tent in the water!

I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock. I used my Blending Brushes to add colour to be the ground and the night sky. I used Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green and Soft Suede for the ground and Night of Navy, Merry Merlot, Tuxedo Black Memento and Crushed Curry ink for the sky.

I used the smallest die from the Layering Circles Dies to cut out a Post It note. I placed this on the top portion of the cardstock to mask out the moon. After I added the inks to create the sky, I removed the Post It note and added the Crushed Curry ink to colour the moon and the halo around it.

I stamped the trees on the left side of the card piece using Garden Green ink.

I added this piece to a piece of Basic Black cardstock and added this to a card base of Smoky Slate.

On a small piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the tent image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I coloured it in using Stampin' Blends. I used Smoky Slate to colour the tent and Old Olive to colour the grass around the tent. I think it is interesting how close the Old Olive Stampin' Blend is to the colour of the ground that I created using the blending brushes. I fussy cut out the tent and added it to the card front using dimensionals.

When I was deciding where to place the tent, I laid it down on the card to see if I liked it. I left it there while I did a few other steps. When I moved it, I discovered that the ink disappeared under it. I have no idea how or why this happened but it's definitely something to think about. There must have been some kind of reaction between the water based ink and the Stampin' Blends which are alcohol based. Here is a picture of the missing ink spot.

On another strip of Basic White cardstock, I stamped my sentiment. The sentiment is from the Very Best Occasions stamp set. This is a new set in the July to December Mini catalog. It's a really versatile set with sentiments for the inside and outside . I cut a banner cut into both edges of my sentiment piece and added it to my card using dimensionalsl.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I had a lot of fun making it. Perhaps I will do a water scene in the near future.

Stay well and keep creating!


Some pictures of my angel from our weekend at the lake. Nana put her hair in a pony tail for the first time!

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Splendid Thoughts

 Hello friends! I hope you ae all doing well. I was talking to a friend on the phone the other day and discovered that she is having a pretty difficult time right now. She has had quite a lot going on and was feeling pretty down. I felt really bad because I kept meaning to call but kept getting busy with life and put it off.  It made me realize that I need to be better at keeping in touch. I know that the phone works both ways but I also know that when you are feeling low, you tend to not reach out to those that you know will do anything for you.

So I made a card for this friend. I hope she knows that it is full of caring.

I decided to use the Splendid Thoughts Bundle. The reason I chose this is because the ribbon that goes with this suite is so pretty that I needed to use it. You know how I am with ribbon!

I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock and stamped a background using the different stamps from the set. I used Soft Sea Foam ink to stamp the different plants; I used Sahara Sand to stamp the little bee and I used Petal Pink to stamp the dots. The dots are a stamp from the Forever Fern stamp set while all of the other stamps are from the Splendid Thoughts Bundle.

I then cut out three of the different leaf dies using cardstock with adhesive sheets attached. I used Soft Sea Foam for the larger leaf, Sahara Sand for the medium sized leaf and Petal Pink for the smaller leaf. I attached these to a piece of Vellum. I then attached the Vellum to my background stamped piece. I matted this with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. I tied a piece of the beautiful Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon around this and tied it into a knot.

I used a Basic White Thick card base and on top of that I added a layer of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. I added my above layers to this using dimensionals.

On another piece of Basic White cardstock I stamped my sentiment using Sahara Sand ink. I used a banner die from the Stylish Shapes Dies set and cut it out. I added this to the card front using dimensionals. 

That completes my card. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I hope it brings a bit of joy to my friend.

Stay well and keep creating!


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