Monday, January 30, 2023

Alternative card ideas using the Key to My Heart January 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit


  • Key To My Heart January 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternatives
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Today I wanted to show you some of my Alternative Card ideas using the contents of the Key to My Heart January 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I used items from the Kit, plus added coordinating cardstock, additional die cuts, and ribbons, and even some pieces from the 2022 Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin Kit.  And this is just the start!  While the Paper Pumpkin Kits include instructions for creating cards using just the kit contents, I love to put my own spin on the cards in the kits.  For the cards I created, I used floral Designer Series Paper from the Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper, I used Dies from the Tailor Made Tags Dies, Penned Flowers Dies, Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon, Fresh Freesia 3/8" Open Weave Ribbon, Pastel Pearls and Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins.  I also used the stamp set, and die cuts  and basecards from the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Some of the basecards come with either preprinted designs or with Gold Foil Designs -- just beautiful! I also opened the included envelopes that came with the kit and used the insides of the printed envelopes like Designer Series Paper on two of the alternative cards. You'll love completing Paper Pumpkin kits just as designed, or coming up with alternative ideas of your own.  And if you need refills for your Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit, Stampin' Up! has Kit refills, Item 162472 | $11.00 USD.  You might also want to pick up some of the coordinating Heart Box Treat Boxes to use for Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, or Wedding favors.  Look for item 162417 | $11.00 USD for 10 Heart Boxes.  

Valentine cards made using the Key to My Heart January 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

For the card below, the basecard is Petal Pink.  Then a layer of Basic White.  I opened up an included envelope from the Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit and used the preprinted key design as another layer on my card, treating it like Designer Series Paper.   Then I made an image layer of Basic White with a matte of Petal Pink Cardstock.  I used the stamp set from the Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit and stamped the lock and the I love You sentiment in Fresh Freesia and Petal Pink.  I added a few Highland Heather Pearls for a little bling.   

Using the inside of one of the envelopes to create a background using the Kay To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit

For my next alternative card, pictured below, I used one of the Fresh Freesia Basecards that came with the Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit.  It is pre-stamped with cross checks in Gold Foil, so I decided to continue the Gold Foil theme by adding a die cut of a floral Gold Foil using Penned Flowers Dies.  I also used a vellum heart and a gold-trimmed Basic White Heart from the Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin Past Kit, which is still available at a 50% discount.  I added a bow of 3/8" Fresh Freesia Open Weave Ribbon and Gold Cord from the Kisses & Hugs Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I stamped the heart lock image on Basic White Cardstock, and fussy cut it.  Using one of the die cut, gold-foil accented sentiment labels from the  the Key To My Heart Kit, I stamped a Valentine sentiment from the Country Bouquet Stamp set, however, there are plenty of sentiment in the Paper Pumpkin Kit that would work well for Valentine's Day.  

Using Penned Flowers Dies to create an Alternative Card idea with the Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit

My third alternative card make using the 
Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit is pictured below.  I used a Petal Pink basecard.  Then a layer of Basic White.  I used one of the envelopes from the kit, which included the key print on a Fresh Freesia background.  I die cut a Basic White and a Fresh Freesia tag using the Tailor Made Tags Dies.  I added the lock and key die cuts from the Key To My Heart Kit and I added a bow out of the Calypso Coral Cord included in the Kit.  I also used the hearts stamp and the sentiment stamp from the kit.  I stamped the hearts onto the bottom of the Basic White tag.   I die cut a sentiment label using the Stylish Shapes Dies and stamped the sentiment in Fresh Freesia.  I used two of the Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins to add a little bling to the card.  

Using Tailor Made Tag Dies to create an alternative card with Key to My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit

For my final alternative card using the Key To My Heart  Paper Pumpkin Kit, I used one of the Fresh Freesia basecards with the Gold Foil cross checks, and added a piece of Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper -- a Free Sale-A-Bration Selection you can earn with a $50 order -- fussy cut to cover the lower 1/3 of my card.  Then I used the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut a label in Petal Pink and another in Basic White.  I used the Petal Pink label as a matte for the Basic White label.  I layered a Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon under the sentiment labels.  I stamped one of the sentiments from the Key To My Heart Kit in Fresh Freesia on the sentiment label and mounted the on Dimesionals.  I added two of the Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins to finish my card. 

Using Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper to create an alternative card from the Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit

You'll love the option of creating cards from the Paper Pumpkin Kits just as designed, or making them over in your own style using additional dies, ribbons and accessories from Stampin' Up!'s treasure trove of paper crafting goods.

Here's the video instructions for putting together the Key To My Heart Kit as designed.  Click here if the the video doesn't show below.

Check out the Paper Pumpkin Blog for an overview of the kit along with a kit add- on and ideas from the talented Stampin' Up! design artists.

You'll find even more alternative card ideas on the Paper Pumpkin Pinterest page.  

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  • Stamps:  Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit (stamp set)
  • Ink: Fresh Freesia (included in the Key To My Heart Paper Pumpkin Kit)
  • Paper: Petal Pink, Basic White, Gold Foil, Favored Flowers 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper, Heart elements from the January 2022 Kisses & Hugs paper Pumpkin Past Kit (still available)
  • Accessories: Stylish Shapes Dies, Tailor Made Tags Dies, Penned Flowers Dies, Gold 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon, Fresh Freesia 3/8" Open Weave Ribbon, Pastel Pearls, Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Seal, Dimensionals

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Paper Pumpkin Procrastinators Catch Up Meetup - 7 February 2023 

I need to complete my Paper Pumpkin Valentine kits and I'm behind.  Join me for a Paper Pumpkin Procrastinators Meetup to assemble your kits or other paper craft project you need to complete.  We're meeting 7 February 2023 at 9:30 am at our local coffee shop.  Bring your Kits or other projects you want to catch up on, and enjoy a morning of coffee-drinking and paper crafting with friends.

Register for 7 February 2023 Meetup with the NW Houston-F.M. 1960-Spring Cardmakers Meetup Group.  There is no fee, but RSVP so we know how many seats to save.   

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The February Sunshine and Smile Paper Pumpkin Kit coordinates with the Rain or Shine Suite Collection (item # 160556) from the January-April 2023 Min Catalog.  You can use the stamps from the suite and the kit to create supportive, friendship-themed cards.  Create darling, springtime cards using the suite's Rain or Shine specialty paper and the kit's darling precut paper critters.

First Ever Die Add-On
For the first time EVER, Stampin' up is introducing dies as a paper Pumpkin Kit add-on  These two dies, the flower and the frog, will help both new and experienced stampers bring fun, flair and dimension to their bright and happy sunshine card.  Please note:  You will need a Stampin' cut & Emboss Machine to use the dies. Order the add-on with your next order.  Item #162486,| $6.00 USD.

This kit comes with everything you need to make 9 radiant cards -- 3 each of 3 designs and 9 coordinating envelopes. These cards will make cloudy days a little brighter for someone you love. 

What's Paper Pumpkin?  Paper Pumpkin is our monthly One-Stop Box that offers a unique variety of paper projects for subscribers of any skill level to enjoy.  These thoughtfully themed and all-inclusive craft kits encourage Stampin' Up! customers to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting.  Paper Pumpkin is a great introduction to an impressive collection of Stampin' Up! products, from one-of-a-kind ink pads to our eye-catching embellishments.  It's an easy way to stock up on supplies and create small-batch projects you'll find joy in creating and giving. 

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This kit includes:  

  • Everything you need to create 9 radiant cards--3 each of 3 designs-- and 9 coordinating envelopes
  • A sweet springtime photopolymer stamp set
  • A Mango Melody Stampin' Spot
  • A fun peek-through window scene on each card!
  • Cute precut critters and labels, fun raindrop embellishments, and more!
  • Finished card size:  4-1/4" X 5-1/2"
  • Coordinating Stampin' Up! colors:  Balmy Blue,, Cajun Craze, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce
  • Don't forget!  This kit perfectly coordinates with the rain or Shine Suite Collection (item number:  160556)

More ideas:  Looking for more ways to use Paper Pumpkin  kits?  Check out the Paper Pumpkin Blog, where talented concept artists come up with a few fun takes on the pieces included in kits and create new masterpieces. Browse the blog

You'll love looking forward to your Paper Pumpkin subscription each month.  Order an extra kit and craft with a family member or a friend.

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Join Stampin' Up!  If you have a large Wish List totaling more than $99 from the new January-April 2023 Mini catalog, consider joining Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration.  You'll get a Starter Kit of items you select from the catalog, and you'll also select from three separate Joining Bous offers!

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