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=>>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)

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 Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com.

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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)

Paper Pumpkin plus Alternative Cards

Happy Thursday, friends! I’m posting my December ’22 Paper Pumpkin creations. It always seems to throw me off a bit when I talk about the Paper Pumpkin kits according the their month. This December kit is not for December holidays . It has things for January & the start of the another wonderful year. On my post tomorrow, I’ll explain in a little more detail why it seems “off” sometimes.

A look of all 16 boxes in a variety of designs.

This kit is getting us ready for the new year; the little boxes hold gift cards (or cash), candy or other little somethings. The occasions that are featured include New Baby, Birthday, Graduation and a general Congrats that could be used for a Wedding or Wedding shower. Make your kit and you’re sure to have a head start on this year’s milestone events.

The contents of the December 2022 kit. So much!

One of the things that we can count on with Stampin’ Up is quality products. These are boxes and their sleeves are sturdy, making them easy to create with. The Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin instructions are easy to follow, however, as your demonstrator, I am here to help you. I make my kits each month so I can advise easily. Never hesitate to reach out. Marilyn@StampwithMJ.com

Below are the boxes I made; I followed the directions so you could see the boxes close up. I always like to make the products as intended so I can best advise.

All four boxes made according to directions.
A close up.

I also enjoy making alternatives; something that uses the kit contents in a different way. Sometimes I add something not from the kit such as Designer Series Paper, matching cardstock or use a different stamp. Below is a picture from Stampin’ Up showing some alternatives from other artists. WOW! such talent!

From Stampin’ Up artists

Below are two of my card creations. {I’ll have two more cards for you tomorrow.} I took each theme & created a card. Here are the Baby & Birthday cards.

Baby and Birthday Cards using Paper Pumpkin December ’23 kit

A close up of the birthday card:

Directions for the Birthday card:

  • Cut a base of Blushing Bride to 8.5″ x 5.5″; Score the 8.5″ side at 4-1/4.
  • Cut the double sided sleeve at score lines. Alternating the pattern, mount four pieces of the confetti & stripes onto a 5-3/8″ x 3-1/4″ of Tahitian Tide cardstock. If desired, add a 1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Tahitian Tide to break up the pattern. Set aside.
  • Adhere the extra piece of the sleeve that was cut up onto the left side of the card base as shown.
  • Mount the Tahitian tide panel with the confetti & stripes to the card base.
  • Punch a Tahitian Tide circle using the Decorative Circle punch.
  • Use kit’s white die-cut circle, and stamp the sentiment “It’s your day” (from the kit) in Tahitian tide ink toward the bottom of the circle.
  • Mount cupcake die cut (from the kit) using Stampin’ dimensionals onto the circle.
  • Mount the decorated die-cut circle onto the Tahitian Tide Decorative punch shape using Stampin’ dimensionals.
  • Add a bow of Tahitian Tide Metallic Woven ribbon.
  • Stamp Happy Birthday on the inside of the card.

Here is the Baby card.

Here’s How to make the Welcome Baby Card.

  • Cut a piece of Mango Melody to 4-1/4 X 11; Score on the 11″side at 5.5″
  • Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Calypso Coral
  • Cut the Dandy Designs DSP to 3.75″ x 5″. Mount the DSP onto the Calypso Coral piece.
  • Cut two (2) pieces of 2″ x 3-1/4″ of Crushed Curry
  • Cut up the yellow sleeve at score lines. Mount each of the 1-3/4″ x 3″ pieces onto Crushed Curry.
  • Mount the two pieces as shown in the picture.
  • Using Layering Circles dies, cut a scalloped piece in Calypso COral & a smaller circle in Crushed Curry.
  • Using Calypso Coral, ink up the “Special Delivery” stamp from the kit & stamp onto the Crushed Curry Panel.
  • Add Fun Flower Resin Shapes to the front of the card.
Use the partial sleeve to create a gift card holder on the inside of the card

For the inside of the card:

  • Take the sleeve’s front section & the two 1/4″ scored sections which were leftover from the front panel cutting.
  • Use bone bolder & burnish the 1/4″ sections.
  • Add tear & tape adhesive from the kit to the 1/4″ section only!
  • Fold over the 1/4″ with tear & tape adhesive & adhere to the inside of card creating a “tunnel” or opening where you can slide in a gift card.

I hope you’ve liked this projects. Be sure to sign up in advance (prior to 1/10) for the next Paper Pumpkin; it’ll be all about Valentines Day!

Thanks so much for stopping & be sure to come back tomorrow for more cards with this Paper Pumpkin kit. Marilyn (aka MJ)

#137858- Paper Pumpkin- 1 month

Halloween – InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s October Blog Hop! Boo! Today we are sharing scary and sweet projects perfect for Halloween. We are excited to share our creations and hope you love them! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Isn’t this little silhouette image the cutest?! I just love it. I stamped the fairy princess image in Momento Black on Basic White card stock & added a layer of Pear Pizzazz across the bottom. Then I layered the “spooky” frame on top. I intentionally placed the frame with the branches on the bottom so it would appear like a thorny bush that the princess was walking by.

When I’m not sure of my placement, I use non- Stampin’ Up removable tape. Then when I have is right, I use our all purpose liquid glue to make it secure.

Next I cut the Basic White & Pear Pizzazz using my little guillotine trimmer (a SU! promotional item from years ago). I wish we had these in the catalog but you can find a non-SU!guillotine trimmer at your local craft store.

I colored the Pear Pizzazz card-stock with my Pear Pizzazz marker to make it a little darker. I created a rectangular panel using In-Color 6×6 DSP in Orchid Oasis on Orchid Oasis card stock. Also in Orchid Oasis, I stamped a sentiment from the September “Spooky Treats” Paper Pumpkin. This panel was adhered to the Tahitian Tide card base & then the silhouette scene was popped up with dimensionals.

Extra black stars from the Paper Pumpkin kit were added. Black Bakers Twine was wrapped & tied in a knot plus extra pieces were added to mimic a spider. Its hard to see but I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her wings, crown & wand.

This is definitely a different layout for me. What do you think?

A special Thank You to my fellow demonstrator & friend, Sally Nusbaum from The Gathering Place for letting me use her stamps & dies.

Thank you for hopping along with us. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  3. Marilyn Jones at Stamp with MJ
  4. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  5. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  8. Jan Dufour at Stamp Me Silly
  9. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Cardstock: Basic White, Basic Black, Tahitian Tide, Orchid Oasis, Pear Pizzazz
  • DSP: In-Color 6×6 in Orchid Oasis
  • Stamps: Scary Cute & September Paper Pumpkin
  • Ink: Momento Black, Orchid Oasis, Pear Pizzazz marker
  • Dies: Scary Silhouette
  • Accessories: Baker’s Twine Essential Pack (black) & leftover Black stars from September Paper Pumpkin, Wink of Stella.

Have a great Wednesday, friends! Marilyn (aka MJ)

Vivid Halloween

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a great weekend. Today’s card is all about October- Halloween with vivid colors.

I had some scraps lying on my cutting table; “leftovers” from other projects. Then I cut the scraps to 1” x 5” & adhered in a haphazardly way to a strip of Gorgeous Grape.

The ghost & the Granny Apple Green DSP are both from “Celebrate Everything” host paper. The Pumpkin Pie piece was dry embossed with the Splatters 3D embossing folder.

The fussy cut ghost & the sentiment stamps were two of the stamps from our recent Paper Pumpkin. I added five Classic Matte Dots to finish it off.

TIP: Color edges of image with a black marker preventing any white fussy cut edges from showing.

If you sign up for Paper Pumpkin, you can order past kits & refills like this one. Great for office & classroom treats. I’ll be making the kit with my daughter (like we did last year) so watch for that upcoming post.

That’s it! Fast & Easy. Great card for mass-production.

Products shown below.

48 sheets
Classic Matte Dots #158146
Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin stamp case
Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin kit

Paper Pumpkin- Last Day

Hi friends! Today’s the last day to sign up for the September Paper Pumpkin. I don’t want you to miss out!

It’s a very fun kit called Spooky Treats.

This kit includes:

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 18 treat boxes—6 each of 3 designs. This all-inclusive kit includes printed box bases and tops, die-cut paper pieces, adhesives, and more!
  • The Spooky Treats Paper Pumpkin Kit includes an Orchid Oasis Classic Stampin’ Spot!
  • This kit’s stamp set puts the TREAT in trick-or-treat with fun, Halloween-themed sentiments and designs. Embrace the spooky season with ghost, bat, spider, and star images. 
  • This kit also includes a special peek-through box top on one of the box designs. 

Finished box size: 2-1/2″ x 3″ x 1″ (6.4 x 7.6 x 2.5 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Basic Black, Gray Granite, Orchid Oasis, Fresh Freesia, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie

Why not try a 3 month pre-paid subscription & get the trio of holiday kits.

Happy Stamping! Marilyn (aka MJ)