Paper Pumpkin – A fresh start!

Hi folks,

This didn’t post automatically, so I’m sorry it is late.  I just checked it now.

Today’s post is about a cute and simple card made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin subscription kit from Stampin’ Up!  If you previously subscribed, or haven’t tried it yet, it’s time, because Stampin’ Up has made a fresh start.  Stampin’ Up! has improved the value of the kits substantially, and took note of customer requests for ink and project variety.  If you have questions, contact me, and I can go into detail about the kits.  New subscribers (based on email address) can get the first two kits for $10 each (see bottom of post).

Like most demonstrators, I get the kit and then figure out other things I can do with it, besides the neat projects that are included.  Believe me, if you go on Pinterest, you will see a ton of samples of how we like to change things up.  I’m just going to show you one example of changing up the mini card in the kit two ways.  You can find many postings of the large cards included in the kit already, and they are really cool.  Here is my first sample of taking one of the four small cards (left card on picture below), and changing it up to become an A2 card (5.5” X 4.25”).  A2 is the size many crafters choose, and you can make two A2 bases out of a standard 8.5” X 11” piece of cardstock.


I made the small card exactly as instructed in the kit, just to show the kit design. For the large card, I cut one of the mini cards in half (I can use both parts to replicate this card), cut a piece of Strawberry Slush paper with the Oval Accent die, and cut two pieces of Hello Honey cardstock with the flag shape from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  I embossed the flag shapes with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to emulate the dots that are stamped. It doesn’t matter that the flags are two pieces instead of a long piece because they middle is hidden behind the heart mat.  For fun, I stamped the back of a Whisper White envelope with dots, to match the card.


Instead of stamping dots on the small card piece for the larger card, I stamped them on the larger white base, and just used 4 sequins (included in the kit and meant for the large cards I’m showing tomorrow) to accent the small white heart mat. I made this card for a girlfriend, so, I changed the ink from Hello Honey (included in the kit) to Daffodil Delight, because it is brighter, and seems more like her.

For the gender neutral or masculine version, I used Mellow Moss ink, and flipped the precut sentiment banner over, so it would be plain Whisper White.  I must admit, everything I tried with the star for this one seemed like a great card for a service man or woman, rather than just a good all around neutral or masculine card, but I’m posting a picture anyway, just to give you some inspiration.



The polaroid frame and arrow are from the On Film Framelits set.  I free-hand cut an arrow shape out of Mossy Meadow to back the stamped arrow,  Both sentiment pieces are sponged with Mossy Meadow,

Value – In this month’s set alone, I could have just made four large cards and four small cards, and had leftover pieces to do more later, but like most of us, I like to get as much bang for my buck as possible.  By cutting the card bases in half, I can get 8 of each card made, as long as I use another base (Whisper White or other coordinating color) for any of the cards, and mat the colorful cardstock on top.  I have a set of useful stamps and ink spot left over to continue my creativity whenever I want.

No Pressure – The kits come with instructions, they are easy to put together, and there is a ton of inspiration/Pinspiration on the internet, to give you more ideas, if you want to mix things up.  You can sign up monthly and suspend or cancel any time.

Variety – The kits are always different, and some are intended to make gifts, some home-decor, some gift packaging, and many make my favorite, cards.  Everything you need, except scissors and adhesive, are included, including cool and unique embellishments you can’t even purchase through Stampin’ Up!  Paper Pumpkin does include specialty adhesives, like glue dots and Dimensionals, when those are needed.




Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see how you can make a nice card even when you don’t have everything you need with you.  The key is, Improvise!

Visit to purchase any of the products you have seen here, and go to: to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription through me.

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).



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