Lots of Pun- Paper Pumpkin Alternative & next month’s Kit

I am so over the top crazy about our December Paper Pumpkin. I made the above card using the “piece of bread” image from the stamp set. So here’s the story…I was participating in a Paper Pumpkin Zoom meeting with my AWESOME Up-line (my SU! demonstrator sponsor), Brian King and fellow demonstrators. Brian made the comment about stamping the bread pieces in a row. That’s when it hit me that this image would be perfect for the Freshly Made Sketch 517 . I’d been staring at the sketch all week & trying to come up with a unique design. Thanks Brian for inspiring me!

Here are two pictures of the kit. One with the cards as fully detailed with instructions so you can copy them. And the second shows all the pieces that are in the kit. It is such as great deal! Nine (9) cards & coordinating envelopes, embellishments and a stamp set for just $22.

Here’s a close-up of the card. I added the Balmy Blue dots from the kit at the last minute & I’m not sure if I like them or should have just used the Early Espresso”eyes” from the face image. What do you think?

Next month’s kit is sure to be a winner too. Here’s a sneak peek. Remember, demonstrators don’t get to see the contents or stamp set, just like you. But here is what I do know. I really like when the Paper Pumpkin is “occasion” oriented; this one is sure to have love/Valentine

IMPORTANT: SUBSCRIBE by the 10th of the month (TODAY) if you want this month’s kit.

Name: Kisses & Hugs- January 2022

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 10 cards—5 each of 2 designs—and 10 coordinating envelopes
  • Kit features an exclusive Two-Step photopolymer stamp set
  • Kit includes a Gray Granite Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Card size: 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (11.4 x 10.8 cm) heart-shaped cards; folded
  • Coordinating colors: Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla

Add-on

Name: Kisses & Hugs Mini Treat Boxes  Item number: 160147 | $10.00 USD | Details:Contains

20 mini treat boxes and 20 heart tags

Gold cord: 10-1/2″ yards (9.6 m)

Finished size: 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ (4.4 x 4.4 x 4.4 cm)

Printed with gold foil

These coordinated treat boxes are not included in this month’s kit and are only available for purchase separately as an add-on online starting 25 January. You must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to purchase and they are only available while supplies last.

I hope you’ll consider signing up for the Paper Pumpkin. Here’s my link:

Have a great Monday, Friends. Thanks for stopping! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Frosty with Stenciled Snowflakes

Hi friends! Today I have a fun & quick card that was created with the November 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. I just love Christmas carols, stories and movies. Whenever I see a super cute snowman, I think of “Frosty the Snowman”. So I am naming my card “Frosty” because I can; after all, it is my card. LOL!

Anyway, the kit was originally designed as treat holders, but I wasn’t planning on sharing this sized treats this holiday so I re-purposed the contents.

I made my card base in Poppy Parade. Next, I mixed a small amount of our Matte Finish embossing paste with a few drops of Pool Party; then I used the Snowflake stencil in our Adorning Designs Decorative masks to stencil onto the card front. The snowflakes turned out looking more gray than blue because of the Poppy Parade paper, but even though I didn’t anticipate this, I do like it. BTW, these masks are going to retire at the end of the month; so grab yours now.

You can speed up the drying process by using your heat gun. But I wasn’t in a hurry so, I waited until the following day to adhere the snowman to the front allowing the sides and bottom extend past the card front. Then I trimmed down the snowman at the edges. I inked up only “Merry” from the kit sentiment’s “Merry Christmas” and stamped it on the front.

My Posts during the holidays will be inconsistent. We’ll be spending a lot of time with family. But I’ll still be escaping to my studio for some mood enhancement & I’ll share my creations as time allows. If you don’t want to miss a thing, sign up to follow me.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Magic is in the Air

Happy December, friends! I hope you are having a great day. I’m posting a little later than usual as I had to enter my Stampin’ Up order. As demonstrators, we are able to order from the new January -June 2022 & the January- February Sale-a-bration catalogs.

I am sharing an alternative to our November Paper Pumpkin. This month’s kit featured gift packages as shown below. The second photo shows all the components that are in the kit.

The die cuts are larger than a standard A2 card (4.25 X 5.5), so I cut off a portion of the lower tree so it would fit on a card. The presents were made with real red cardstock & the rectangular present was stamped with the diagonal rectangular image in the stamp set.

Here is a super close up picture. I hope you like it & will consider subscribing to Paper Pumpkin. For just $22, you get the entire kit shipped right to your door. Here’s a little tickler about what the December kit looks like.

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

Paper Pumpkin Alternative #2

Hi friends!

I have another Paper Pumpkin alternative card for you today. I venture to say that this October ‘21 Paper Pumpkin (PP) is my favorite of the year. And that’s saying a lot as I am always raving about PP.

I used the sketch over on the Fusion Challenge. I flipped it & turned it into a “Tall & Skinny” card.

The size is 8.5 x 3.75 & it fits in a business size envelope. I took a full sheet of cardstock & cut the 11” side at 8.5; and on the 8.5 side I cut a 7.5 & scored at 3.75. This size is good if you also send a family photo or letter with your handmade card.

I cut the PP envelope sides & top off & was left with these gorgeous silver trees on Shaded Spruce paper. I mounted the envelope piece on a piece of Silver Foil Speciality paper, then the whole thing was mounted on Thick Basic White cardstock base.

For the sentiment circle, I die cut a piece Evening Evergreen & a scalloped piece of Shaded Spruce with the Layering Circles dies. On the Evening Evergreen circle panel I used two of the stamps from the PP kit & embossed with silver. The stamps in the kit are fabulous.

The ribbon is from the Annual Catalog & called Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon. It was cinched with a knotted piece of Simply Elegant trim. To me, the ribbon has a nice “winter-y” look & feel.

I hope you like my take on the Fusion Challenge as well as my alternative PP card. I think the PP is one of the best values around; it really is worth signing up to receive it monthly. If you don’t already have a demonstrator, I’d love it if you would order your Paper Pumpkin from me, Marilyn Jones. Not ready yet? Email me & we can discuss the benefits.

We always get a sneak peek & a little info like colors, & if we’ll see cards or treat boxes or other items like tags. You can pause your subscription by the 10th of the month without “penalty”.

Thanks for stopping & please come back on Wednesday for another something new.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Christmas Bird

Happy Sunday, friends!

I had some extra time this weekend to play in the studio. One of my favorite things to do is to play along with card challenges. So I chose the Global Design Project Challenge “Case the Designer” & this week it is Stesha Bloodhart (Stampin Hoot). Below is my card & the second picture is the card to case.

Don’t you just love her card!

I chose a base of Real Red & added a layer Crumb Cake to keep with Stesha’s card. On top of the Crumb Cake is a green plaid which looks like DSP but it is actually from our October Paper Pumpkin, specifically I cut down the envelope.

My bird is from the “Free as a Bird” stamp set which was stamped on a Crumb Cake circle using Momentous Tuxedo Black. Then I used my Crumb Cake blend to outline the image.

A Real Red Scalloped Circle is on top of the Merriest Moments frame cut down using a scallop circle. A few leaves from the Forever Flourshing dies were added under the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from the set “Christmas to Remember” & stamped in Real Red. Red Rhinestones were added for a little sparkle.

I hope you have a Blessed Sunday & that you too were able to find some time to stamp.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Holiday cards a la Paper Pumpkin

Here is an alternative card created with our October Paper Pumpkin “Peaceful Christmas”. I always like to make at least one of the cards as designed as shown in the two images below

Five of the 10 cards have a Basic Gray snowed evergreen image; & it is printed on the front and BACK! So I cut the card in half & trimmed off 1/4 “ on each side so it would fit on a Basic Black card base.

I embossed the beautiful scripty “Merry Christmas” from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set in silver on black cardstock & punched it out using the double oval punch.

Under the oval sentiment is Smokey Slate textured ribbon. Add a few silver Metallic Pearls & call it done. Simple stamping albeit beautiful & fast. A perfect combination for Holiday cards.

Have a great Monday & a start to your November.

Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Healing Thoughts

Heres’s an alternative card from the September Paper Pumpkin.

The minutes I saw these pre-cut but unmade pumpkin treat boxes, I was reminded of bandaids; after all, I am a nurse! So I knew I was going to create a get well card.

My daughter & I made most of our treat boxes; see my 10/4 post “WCMD- September Paper Pumpkin. But I saved two to make some alternative cards. BTW- her coworkers loved the treat boxes (& the candy inside😉)

Here’s what I did. First, I cut the treat boxes sections apart & cut off the scored end.

Next I took a rounded end section & traced it at the cut off scored edge. Then I trimmed with my scissors.

Next, I embossed Crumb Cake cardstock using the Tasteful Textures embossing folder; and cut two 1” x 1” squares. I adhered to two of my bandaids.

My card base is Crumb Cake with a layer of Pale Papaya popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I topped the Pale Papaya with a piece of Tasteful Textures embossed Crumb Cake to keep consistent with the “bandaid pads”. The top & bottom bandaids in Soft Succulent and Poppy Parade are adhered directly using mono adhesive.

My sentiment from “Inspired Thoughts” stamp set; it’s stamped in Early Espresso on Pale Papaya. Both the bandaid & sentiment are up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. Linen thread triple wrapped peeks out on each side of the Pale Papaya bandaid. I added three brilliant Champagne Rhinestones but the picture does chapter their shine.

Thanks for stopping & Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

As promised on Wednesday, below are a few pictures from our 10 day Northeast trip. It was gorgeous- great weather & such a fun time. I shouldn’t be MIA again for a while, so check back on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays for more blog posts.

George (Kodak) Eastmans estate & gardens, Rochester NY
Ogunquit, Maine along
the Marginal Way
Us, all smiles & ready for our
Lobster Boat cruise

Inspiring Hope with the August Paper Pumpkin

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a happy & productive week. Even more, I hope you have a great weekend with a little R&R.

Today I’m featuring this month’s Paper Pumpkin called the Hope Box. Our Stampin’ Up co-founder, Shelli Gardner, designed this kit. The shipping box can be transformed into a decorative “Hope Box” to hold those things that instill hope for you. Favorite pictures, quotes, Bible verses, trinkets from travels or any memento that uplifts your spirits. The supplies to decorate the box are included.

Each month, on the 4th Thursday at 2 p.m. CST, I unbox & make the month’s Paper Pumpkin kit live on my Facebook page, Stamp with MJ. Join me or watch the replay.

The 4th Friday evening, I host in my home a Paper Pumpkin club for my subscriber friends. I’ll make my box with them. We have lots of laughs, a free alternative card to make & some refreshments. If you live in the St. Louis area, I’d love for you to join us.

Below are the cards from the kit. The envelope is peeking out from behind the card.

I made the below alternative card using the kit’s stamp set & my own supplies. My club friends will be making it too.

I cut a 5” x 3.75” piece of Pattern Party DSP; then I cut a 0.75” piece off the left side & turned it over to the b/w striped side. Using my Tombow liquid glue, I adhered the pieces to a Basic Black card base.

The Hope sentiment was stamped onto a 3” x 2.75” piece of Vellum using Stazon black ink. I stamped that cute little butterfly from the kit’s stamp set onto card stock scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green & then fussy cut them.

I adhered the vellum sentiment using the extra glue dots from my kit. I wrapped a piece of the gorgeous black & white gingham ribbon from the mini catalog. (I ❤️ this ribbon!)

Last, I added a white panel to the inside that was fancied up with a 0.25 piece of the DSP.

  • Supplies: Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock- Basic Black 8.5 x 5.5; scored at 4.25 for the card base; scraps of Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay & Granny Apple Green
  • Vellum
  • Stazon Ink in Jet Black
  • Black & White Gingham ribbon

I hope you like your kit as much as I do!

Have a great Friday!

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)