Jan’23- Paper Pumpkin Alternatives- 2 More

Hi friends! Thanks for your patience- my computer is still on the injured reserve list , so I finished typing & the post on my phone. So I’m FINALLY here today with two more Paper Pumpkin alternative cards in my second post on alternative cards. Yesterday’s post also had 2 cards, & on Monday’s post, I shared my kit cards made just like the instructions. I wanted to make a few special cards for Valentine’s Day so these two are probably in the Artistically Avid category, but I’ll let you be the judge. Avid or Artistically Avid?

2023-Jan. paper Pumpkin “Key to My Heart“ Alternative Card+
  • Directions to the first card in Petal Pink:
  • 1. Cut a card base of Petal Pink cardstock 5.5 x 8.5; score at 4.25.
  • 2. Cut a piece of Distressed Gold Specialty Designer Paper to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8. & adhere to Petal Pink card base. Set aside.
  • 3. Cut another piece of Petal Pink cardstock to 4 x 5.25.
  • 4. Cut a piece of Textured Chic Specialty Designer Paper & adhere to 4 x 5.25 Petal Pink layer on the left side.
  • 5. Cut down a PP kit Petal Pink & Gold plaid card front; cut off the back part of the card. Cut the card front in half. Save the cut off half & the card back for later use.
  • 6. Cut the edges to approximately 1/8″; ensure the frame around the gold plaid is approximately the same width. Adhere to the right edge of the card base & over the Textured Chic piece.
  • 7. Cut a piece of Distressed Gold to 1.5 x 4.25″. Adhere over the junction of the card front & Textured Chic papers.
  • 8. Using a scrap piece of Petal Pink cardstock, stamp the heart lock in Petal Pink & cut using a scalloped Layering circle.
  • 9. Cut a Distressed Gold circle, slightly larger than the scalloped Petal Pink circle. Mount the Petal Pink circle with the key image onto the Distressed Gold Circle.
  • 10. Using dimensionals, adhere the circle to the panel with papers.
  • 11. Adhere dimensionals to the key from the kit & mount on the panel.
  • 12. Tie a bow with Gold Elegant Trim & adhere to the center of the key.
  • 13. Stamp sentiment in Petal Pink on a scrap of Petal Pink card & cut out using Tailor Made Tags. In Distressed Gold cut out a “paper hole reinforcer”. Adhere to the Petal Pink tag & add Gold Elegant trim. Add dimensionals to the back of the tag & mount as shown in picture. BTW- Those little open circles have the name of “paper hole reinforcer” according to office suppliers. Who knew?
  • 14. Adhere panel to the Petal Pink & Distressed Gold card base that you set aside in step 2.
  • 15. Add three Petal Pink Solid Faceted gems around the circle & add three Gold Pastel Adhesive backed Sequins around the tag & key.
  • Alternative Card+ indicates non-kit, Stampin’ Up current products used.
  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up; Paper Pumpkin kit elements are designated as PP 1/23; AC = ’22-’23 Annual Catalog; MC= ’23 J-A Mini Catalog, SAB = ‘23 J-F SAB
  • Stamps: PP 1/23 Key to my Heart
  • Paper: Petal Pink #146985, PP’23.-card front panel cut down
  • DSP: Distressed Gold Specialty Paper #159237 AC; Textured Chic Specialty Paper #158808 AC
  • Ink: Petal Pink #147108
  • Tools: Layering Circle dies #151770- AC; Tailor Made Tags #155563 AC
  • Accessories: Gold Simply Elegant Trim #155766 AC; Petal Pink Solid Faceted Gems #159189 MC; Pastel Adhesive backed Sequins #160387 MC

My second card uses the Fresh Freesia card & it is cut down but differently than the Petal Pink Card. Follow the directions below.

  • Directions for the Fresh Freesia card. This card is a bit of a free flow of layers.
  • Alternative card+; Use abbreviation legend above.
  • 1. Cut 1/4″ off the open sides (3 sides) of the Fresh Freesia card. Leave the fold in place.
  • 2. Using the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder, emboss the kit’s Fresh Freesia parallelogram. Distress with sanding block or sand eraser around the edges & across the embossing. Allow some white paper (called the core) to show.
  • 3. Adhere diagonally across the card front. Trim any excess that hangs off the sides.
  • 4. Choose coordinating DSP. Here is Dandy Designs in Balmy Blue. Cut to 1.75 x 5.25″ & adhere to the card base a little to the left of center.
  • 5. Cut two strips of Distressed Gold at 1/4″ x 5.25”. Mount the first strip adjacent to the left side of the 1.75x 5.25 “ of the Balmy Blue DSP panel. Mount the second strip on the right alongside the Fresh Freesia parallelogram in two places.
  • 6. Punch two scalloped Hearts in Coordinating DSP. Here: Balmy Blue from Country Floral Lane. Adhere at an angle to the card panel.
  • 7. Use the large Vellum circle from the kit & adhere in a “hidden” place. Here I put our Multipurpose liquid glue on top of the blue hearts b/c the Fresh Freesia will be on top.
  • NOTE: This liquid glue gives it a little wrinkle, but I like that b/c it adds dimension. If you’re looking for a more uniform look, use Tear & Tape or Stampin’ Seal.
  • 8. Punch two Fresh Freesia DSP hearts. Here: Dandy Designs. Ink the small heart background stamp in Orchid Oasis. Stamp off once then stamp the two hearts.
  • 9. Stamp the Medallion & key in full strength Orchid Oasis on a scrap of the same DSP as the hearts.
  • 10. Cut the Medallion with Layering circle & fussy cut the key. Adhere the key to the center of the Medallion. Glue the entire medallion between the hearts.
  • 11. Stamp your sentiment in full strength Orchid Oasis on scrap DSP. Punch out with Handmade Tag Punch with the sentiment towards the top. Cut off bottom portion of sentiment to get a straight edge & align at the bottom right.
  • 12. Grab your envelope & decorate while you have out your ink & heart stamp; if desired.
  • 13. Adhere Embellishments in grouping of three.
  • 14. Cut a piece of Orchid Oasis cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25. Mount finished card on the Orchid Oasis
  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up. Refer to the Abbreviation Legend from the above card.
  • Stamps: PP 1/23 Key to My Heart
  • Paper: Orchid Oasis- AC, Kit Fresh Freesia base, kit Fresh Freesia parallelogram.
  • DSP: Dandy Designs- SAB; Country Floral Lane- MC #160375
  • Ink: Orchid Oasis- AC
  • Tools: EF- Timeworn Type 3D-AC #156505; Around the Bend dies (small hearts) MC #160649; Handmade Tag Punch #159690 – carryover from ‘22 Holiday MC
  • Accessories: Loose Flower Flourishes- AC #155808; Iridescent Pastel Gems-MC #160429; Opaque Adhesive-backed Gems-MC #160412

Finally ready to post … computer’s still funky so I’ve been typing on my phone. Slow go but complete at last!

Below is a second look at the two cards. So what do you think? Avid or Artistically Avid. ?Happy Stamping, Marilyn (akaMJ)

Jan’23- Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Happy Monday, friends! Today, I have two cards that I made with components from the January “Key to My Heart” Paper Pumpkin kit.

My first card highlights the kit’s stamps (shown below). The heart shaped lock stamp was stamped in Polished Pink & Petal Pink on Petal Pink cardstock. The images were fussy cut; it is an easy shape & there’s only three so I didn’t mind. {wink,wink}

The heart locks were mounted on Distressed Gold scalloped circles with the center circle being a larger circle. Those circles were mounted on a cut-down piece of the PP card front. I set that piece aside.

A 4 x 5.25” piece of Country Floral Lane DSP was mounted on a Petal Pink layer (4-1/8 x 5-3/8”. Then another pattern of Country floral Lane was mounted on top of that panel; it’s barely visible but can be seen at the card’s edges.

The sentiment shape started as a strip of cardstock & one end was cut at one end with Something Fancy dies. The sentiment is from the PP stamp kit & was stamped in Polished Pink on Basic White. The key stamp was stamped on the backside of the Distressed Gold paper & cutout. An open circle from the Tailor Made tags was backed with a tiny scrap of Polished Pink & adhered to the key. The entire sentiment strip was centered across the bottom of the DSP panel.

The entire DSP panel was mounted on a card base of Polished Pink cardstock. Little heart pearls were added.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up; Paper Pumpkin kit elements are designated as PP 1/23
  • Stamps: PP 1/23
  • Paper: Petal Pink, Polished Pink, PP’23.-card front panel cut down
  • DSP: Country Floral Lane #160375- J-A’23 MC; Distressed Gold Speciality Paper #159237 AC
  • Ink: Petal Pink, Polished Pink
  • Tools: Layering Circle dies #151770- ‘22-‘23 AC; Something Fancy Tags #160424 – J-A ‘23 MC; Tailor Made Tags #155563 AC
  • Accessories: Heart Pearls #159190

My second alternative card features just one element from the kit. The punched out section from lock opening that is meant to be discarded. It reminded me of a vase so I went with that.

The keyhole/vase was embossed using the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder. On a Basic White I stamped the Petal Park leaves in Pear Pizzazz. Then I adhered the top part of the vase to the leaves panel.

The flowers were stamped in Polished Pink on a separate piece of Basic White & punched out & added to the panel. That white panel was mounted on Polished Pink cardstock. This vase & floral panel was mounted onto Mint Macaron.

The vase was masked off & the tiny floral cluster was stamped in Polished Pink on the lower section of the Mint Macaron panel. The entire panel was then mounted on a Polished Pink card base.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up; Paper Pumpkin kit elements are designated as PP 1/23
  • Stamps: Petal Park #160571
  • Paper: Mint Macaron, Polished Pink, Basic White
  • Ink: Polished Pink, Pear Pizzazz
  • Accessories: Timeworn Type Embossing Folder 3D #156505
  • Tools: Petal Park Builder Punch #160576; Petal Park bundle #160577 [stamps & punch]

I hope these card’s encourage you to finish your January’23 Paper Pumpkin. See you tomorrow for more Paper Pumpkin inspiration. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Jan’23 Paper Pumpkin=>>Key to my Heart

Have you finished your January Paper Pumpkin? No? Well- I’m here to help- with tips from the kit cards & alternative ideas. Plus, a gentle, little, loving nudge to push you to pull it out & open it up. It won’t make a mess & if you’re not done you can load it back into you Paper Pumpkin box.

I’ve set a new goal this year- complete at least one set of the PP cards. This month, there are three card designs in a set. Honestly, the cards are super easy to complete but I haven’t always been the greatest about completing a set or even open the PP boxes. So the goal will be a bit of a stretch but I love our PP Kits & I want to encourage you to give it a try. A 3 month subscription at $67.50 will give you a Sale-a-bration reward. Bump your order up to $100 in product (before tax & shipping) & you’ll get two $50 rewards or one $100 reward.

Over the next few days, I will share alternative cards using the kits contents & stamps plus Annual Catalog and Mini Catalog products. For the most part, I chose to stick with the kit’s colors: Calypso Coral, Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody, & Petal Pink. Gold looks great so add some gold paper, trim or embellishments to spice it up.

Here’s my cards; just as the SU! instructs with the easy to follow directions with great graphics. Perfect & just in time for Valentine’s Day. I’m aiming to get my Valentine cards completed & in the mail by this Tuesday 2/7 so there’s a full week for delivery.

January ‘23 Paper Pumpkin cards v. MJ a-la SU! Instructions

The kit cards come together easily. I always like to make at least one set of the original design using the pictorially detailed instructions from SU! This allows me to give you any hints or tips. Although this month, there is nothing special, I did want to share the graphics definitions or what we called in my professional life- The “Legend” or the decoding of the graphics.

On our kit instructions, you will see three dots & three hexagons. These shapes represent glue dots & Stampin’ dimensionals, respectively.

SU! Paper Pumpkin Instructions with
MJs Legend/Code

Here’s a picture of everything you received.

If you didn’t get this month’s PP kit, you can still order next month’s “Sunshine & Smiles” kit by the 10th of the month. This kit perfectly coordinates with the Rain or Shine Suite Collection (#160556). That Balmy Blue will coordinate with the Mini Catalog’s Country Gingham 6 x 6 DSP (#160388) and Country Floral Lane 12×12 DSP (#160375)- at least I think so. More on that kit later.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s alternative cards. Have a great Sunday! Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Adorable Owls- version 3- Artistically Avid

Hello again, friends! Thanks for indulging me yesterday with the exciting news from Stampin’ Up. And thanks for returning today for the third & last day in my Adorable Owls series. For the past two days, I’ve shared two different cards- a simple or Casual card & a stepped up version or Avid card. Today’s card is an Artistically Avid card… lots of design elements, layers & embellishments.

The sketch of the card is the same as the last two days which was intentional so I could show how easy it is to take your casual card & step it up. I often start with a Casual card & then make it my own with “twists”.

My card base & DSP layer are the same as the casual card.

How to make this card:

Chose three pieces of coordinating double sided Designer Series Paper (DSP). Cut to 3.75 x 4.5″. TIP: If you use 12 x 12 paper you can get 6 sets. Then cut the 4.5″ side at 1.5″ and 3″. Now there are 3 pieces that are 1.5″ by 3.75.

Pick a coordinating color of cardstock & cut a 4″ X 4.75″ piece to serve as a mat. Mine is Mango Melody. Mount the three 1.5″ x 4″ DSP pieces equal distance on the cardstock. Set aside. TIP: Align the two outer pieces approximately the same distance from the edges & then center the middle piece between the two outer pieces.

Wrap Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon across the middle of the Calypso Coral & DSP panel & secured ribbon to the back.

The birthday owl was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Basic White cardstock & cut with a Layering circle die. The owl was colored with Gray Granite & Crumb Cake; Calypso Coral & Fresh Freesia were the accent colors. The owl was mounted on a Fresh Freesia scalloped circle. Then a Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon bow was tied & mounted using glue dots to the left of the owl panel.

The sentiments were stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black onto scraps of Mango Melody cardstock. They were cut a little wonky & added at angles to boost the fun of this adorable card. Last Fresh Freesia Opaque Adhesive-backed gems were added.

  • Supplies: from Annual Catalog unless otherwise stated
  • Stamps: Adorable Owl #160269 (Sale-a-bration ’23) ; Sentiment on inside- Something Fancy #160416 (Jan-April ’23 Mini Catalog)
  • Cardstock: Fresh Freesia #155613, Calypso Coral #122925; Mango Melody #146989
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP): Dandy Designs #160836 (Sale-a-bration ’23)
  • Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black #132708; for coloring: Fresh Freesia #155611, Calypso Coral #147101, Balmy Blue (eyes) #147105; Gray Granite #147118; Crumb Cake #147116
  • Tools: Layering Circle Dies #155170; Blender pen #102845
  • Accessories: Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon #155615; Fresh Freesia Opaque Adhesive-backed gems #160412 (Sale-a-bration ’23)

Thanks again for stopping by! Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Exciting SU! News

I’m breaking a promise- sorry, but it’s for an exciting reason. Yesterday, Stampin’ Up announced two updates. Newsworthy enough to postpone today’s Artistically Avid Adorable Owls’ (Version 3) card. So this is why I’m breaking my promise; & I hope you agree that it was worth it. I sent a short email with the news to friends who’ve signed up my newsletter but I know there’s more of you out there.

So here’s the first announcement:

  • 1) More To Celebrate – There are even more products now available to shop, earn, and redeem during Sale-A-Bration. I don’t want you to miss out on these great products and incredible deals, so take a look at our newly added products by reviewing the flyer below.
  • 2) New Kit- Wreath of Blooms- Ready to refresh your favorite place? This wreath is just in time for Spring. If not for you, you can make a wonderful Easter or Mother’s Day gift. Get yours today & be ready for a Spring update or gift.

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Come back tomorrow for my last installment of Adorable Owls. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Adorable Owls- version 2

Hi friends! Yesterday, I shared with you a Casual card using the Adorable Owls Sale-a-bration stamp set & my Sketch #2. plus the wonderful Sale-a-bration DSP called Dandy Designs, a 48 sheet pack.

Today, I’m going to take it up a notch & share an Avid card.

As you can see, I flipped the sketch from horizontal to vertical & centered the circle. To make the original casual card a little more interesting, I cut the 1.5” x 4” rectangles on the diagonal, giving me 6 triangles.

A Mango Melody 4” x 5.25” piece serves as a mat for the triangles. TIP: mount a triangle at the top & the bottom then piece together an alternative DSP design to comple the top & bottom rectangles.

I spaced the middle triangles equal distance from the top & bottom rectangles & added a thin strip (approximately 1/4”) of Fresh Freesia.

The birthday owl was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink on Basic White cardstock & cut with a Layering circle die. A bit of color was added using Calypso Coral & Fresh Freesia.

Three strips of cardstock in different lengths, widths & colors (Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody & Calypso) were added to the back of the diecut owl. That entire piece of cardstock strips & the owl were popped up with dimensionals & mounted to the center of the card panel.

The card panel was then mounted to a card base of Fresh Freesia. Last a bow of Fresh Freesia Open Weave ribbon was added.

So there you have it- an Avid Version of yesterday’s Casual card. Let me know what you think. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: from Annual Catalog unless otherwise stated
  • Stamps: Adorable Owl #160269 (Sale-a-bration ’23)
  • Cardstock: Fresh Freesia #155613, Calypso Coral #122925; Mango Melody #146989