Paper Pumpkin Alternative Cards

Hi friends! Here are two more alternative cards from the products in the December ’22 Paper Pumpkin called “Good Things Come in Small Packages”.

But before I dive into these PP alternative cards, I want to make sure that you have your very own copy of the NEW SU! mini catalog (January-April ’23). Plus Sale-a-bration is happening! Spend $50 (before shipping & tax) and earn free product! If you don’t have these new catalogs, please contact me at

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For both of my cards today I used products from the Paper Pumpkin kit and new products from the mini & sale-a-bration catalogs & also our current annual catalog. Don’t forget about all those great products! {wink, wink}

  • Garden Green base- 5.5″ X 8.5; scored on the 8.5″ side at 4.25
  • Balmy Blue 4″x 5.25″
  • Dandy Designs DSP from SAB 3.75″ x 5″
  • Coastal Cabana embossed with the Gingham Embossing Folder- 1.75″ x 5.25″
  • Paper Pumpkin gradation sleeve cut along score lines
  • Garden Green Decorative circle punched shape
  • White label from PP kit & stamped with PP stamps in Garden Green
  • Base of Soft Sea Foam cut to 5.5″ x 5.25″ ; score the 5.25″ side at 4.25″; this creates a 1″ overlap.
  • Country Gingham DSP from the Mini catalog -4 x 5.25″; adhere to the 1″ fold from the inside
  • From the outside add a 1/2″ x 5.5″ strip of Garden Green on top of DSP & next to the Soft Sea Foam 1″ fold over
  • Adhere a green label from the PP kit
  • In Garden Green ink, stamp sentiment “Good Things Come in Small Packages onto a scrap of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Punch it our using the Lasting Label punch.
  • Add Elegant Faceted Gems
  • From the annual catalog’s stamp set Celebrating You, stamp “Happy Birthday” in Garden Green ink on inside
A view of the inside showing the reverse side DSP from the front panel

As promised with Last Thursday’s alternative cards, I wanted to take a little time to explain the Paper Pumpkin and the PP “Cycle”.

  • Subscribe by the 10th of any month to get your first kit delivered that month.
  • The Paper Pumpkin box that arrives around the 20th of the month. Give or take a few days.
  • You receive a tracking number so you’ll know when it’s coming OR just wait for that box of happiness to arrive.
  • The kits are designed so you can create for the following month which is why I get a little jumbled on which kit I’m creating for you. Today’s cards were from the December kit.
  • Another example, is this January kit will be all about February’s Valentine Day. We get some hints & a description. But we won’t see everything until it’s released.
  • So it’s a bit of a surprise but you know whether it’s cards or something else like tags at Christmas or treat boxes.

Have a great day & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Birthday Piggy- Class Card

Hi friends! Today I want to share with you a card that we made on Friday at Stamp Class. I was a little unsure if my stamping class friends would like this card but it was an overwhelming hit- “Yes, we LOVE it”. I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Some of the friends actually burst out into giggles or laughs saying ‘this piggy is so cute”. Agree wholeheartedly!’

It was a fun fold too. The Design a Daydream Designer Series Paper or DSP measures 5.25 x 11. It is scored at 1.5”, 4.25” & 7” & adhered to a 5.5 x 4.25 piece of Petal Pink cardstock. A piece of Basic White was hidden under the first fold for the sentiment. A scrap piece of DSP lined the bottom. Since the fold was with DSP (& not cardstock) we burnished the folds & it stayed closed without a belly band.

We stamped This Birthday Piggy on Petal Pink in Black Momento ink. We colored him with our Stampin’ Write markers. We mounted the Petal Pink panel onto Pool Party. Then we made a little ribbon flag out of the velvety Petal Pink Soft Polyester ribbon. And we topped the ribbon with a little Flower Trinket.

I hope you like it! I’m so happy my class friends did! Have a great Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Fun Fold- Nuts about YOU!!

Today I am sharing the fun fold I made for my Card Class this upcoming Friday. It’s usually the 4th Friday of the month in my home in Chesterfield MO. So if you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d love to connect with you. I don’t usually share the cards before the class but this is an exceptional week. And, unfortunately, I had to cancel my class.

My Mr. started feeling like he had a cold on Monday. We both gave each other that inquisitive look. Aren’t we all conditioned to think of COVID these days? Since we were to meet friends for lunch today, we thought he’d better test. Sure enough, his home COVID test was positive. He’s doing fine except for a terrible headache, fatigue & mild sore throat. But I’m keeping my retired RN eyes on him. Like most metro areas, we still have a fair amount of COVID, but it seems we have this milder variant where many vaccinated & boosted folks (like my Mr.) get better without hospitalization. Thankfully, mine was negative this morning.

So I masked up & went grocery shopping this afternoon- stocked up on my Mr’s favorite food & drink & got a few things for myself, just in case. {wink, wink} And now I’m rushing around like a mad lady to get everything done in case I fall ill. Since I’m cancelling card class, I’m making kits for my peeps. I don’t want to disappoint my wonderful friends.

I created a PDF for my peeps; if you would like to receive it, please follow me on Facebook. & then comment that you’d like the PDF.

If you’re already a follower- thank you. Please comment so I know to send you the PDF too.

Stay Healthy & Happy Stamping, Marilyn

Otterly Awesome Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Fun Fold Blog hop. We hope you enjoy the inspiration we have for you. You will find the lineup to the other great fun fold stampers at the bottom of my post.

The card I have for you today is a super cute gate fold flap card. I used Mary Fish’s sketch #38 only I flipped it on it’s side. Her measurements were extremely helpful.

Don’t you just love this little Otter? He and his other otter friends in the Otterly Awesome stamp is only available through the end of the month (when Sale-a-Bration ends). The paper, Simply Marbleous, is also from Sale-a-bration. I really love this paper & I’m so glad I stocked up on it as it makes the perfect background for so many cards. Anyway, the point is get your orders in before Sale-a-Bration ends on this upcoming Monday, February 28th.

The shot above and below show the card unfolded; first standing up and 2nd lying flat. As you can see, I decorated the inside. First, I cut out a small piece of the reverse side of the paper, rounded the corners & stamped my sentiment. It hides under the front flap. I added Balmy Blue panels on both sides for writing a special note & added a narrow strip of DSP to give it a little character. I also added, on the backside of the flap, a DSP diecut Scalloped Contour piece.

Here is a close up of the otter. I colored him with the light and dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. For the water, I used a combination of Stampin” Blends and Stampin’ Write markers in Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue. I wanted the water to look lighter than my Misty Moonlight light blend so I used the color lifter & it affected the water based markers but I love how it turned out. [Note to self: Don’t use this technique unless you’re sure it’s the look you are trying to achieve.]

I used to struggle with closure of flap cards. Some people velcro & others use lightweight magnets. Lately, I have been using a small glue dot that I have worked over between my index finger & thumb to roll it. It loses its permanent sticky-ness but is still tacky enough to hold the flap closed. I’m guessing that over time that this rolled glue dot will lose all of its tackyness.

Here is one last look at the gate fold flap card. I hope you like it! Marilyn (aka MJ)

I’m so happy to be posting today for the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop. It is an honor to be hopping with these very talented artists. Check it out!

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Triple Gate Fun Fold Card

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have one last V-day card to share with you. It’s a fun fold so you can use the design anytime. I’m calling it a Triple Gate.

It was fun & easy to make. First step, score your 8.5 x 5.5 at 2-1/8 & at 6-3/8 (or 2 1/8″ from each side). This will give you a split center card base. Next, use three pieces of 1.75 x 4″ card stock & adhere 1-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ of DSP to each piece. . Next adhere two of these to one side of the split card base; one towards the top & the other towards the bottom. HINT: Be sure to only add adhesive to the area that touches the front flap. Next adhere the third piece between the other two but on the opposite split front panel. HINT: Be sure that the three panels do not overlap but weave together.

As you can see I rounded the corners using our Detailed Trio punch. I also decorated the inside of the card. I used the Word Wishes die cuts for the sentiment on the front.

Here’s a look at the inside when folded out.

Here is one more look at how the card folds together.

I hope you liked this fun fold in a non-traditional colored Valentine. Have a great week! Marilyn (AKA MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Evening Evergreen, Just Jade
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Dies: Word Wishes, Bouquet of Love
  • Punch: Detailed Trio

Book Binder In Symmetry Card

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Who doesn’t need a little lift on Monday from a friend!?

Sweet Symmetry DSP

Today I’m sharing a card I made on Stamp with MJ Facebook Live for Triple Play Thursdays. It’s a book binder card- so fun & easy to make.

Starting with a 11 x 4.25 piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, I scored at 5.5 and again at 6.5”. Next I wrapped a piece of Flirty Flamingo Gold Metallic ribbon between the 5.5” & 6.5” score lines & tied my bow. I ensured I was happy with the placement of the bow on the front & unfolded my card. Then I added Stampin’ Seal+ between the score lines & closed the front panel.

Tip 1: If you want to try it for the first time, skip the ribbon. You can decorate the front between the score lines with a 0.75” x 4” coordinating piece of DSP.

Look closely for the score line

Tip 2: Keep the adhesive between these two score lines- it’s ok if you get adhesive on the inside ribbon as you’ll be sealing this 1” section.

That’s it for the book binding fun fold.

All that’s left now is to decorate the front panel. I used the Sweet Symmetry DSP & layered it on a piece of Just Jade card stock. The DSP colors and patterns are right on trend; just take a look around at home decor or women’s fashions & you’ll see what I mean. I love this about Stampin’ Up- so trendy along with the color coordination.

The DSP sale runs thru August 2nd.

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The “hey friend” sentiment is from the In Symmetry stamp set; Flirty Flamingo ink stamped on basic white & punched with the Tailored Tag punch. Two additional tags were punched in Flirty Flamingo & bordered the white sentiment panel.

Thanks for stopping over! Marilyn (aka MJ)