Friday, August 25, 2023

Alternative card ideas for the Meaningful Flowers August 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit


  • August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternatives
  • With Love & Gratitude September 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit is specially-designed by Shelli 
  • Final week to redeem your coupons from July Purchases
Today I'm going to show you a few of the alternative cards I created using the August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit.   I loved the fun forget-me-not and pink lily elements they gave us in this kit, and even after making all these cards, I still have plenty of elements to use to make more beautiful cards.  And, if you're a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, there are refills available , Item #163864, $11.50 US.  The Thoughts of Thanks Journal, the add-on for next month's With Love & Gratitude September 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit, specially designed by Shelli Gardner, is already available.  Item #163270, $15.00 US. 

Two layouts using the inside of the envelopes from the Meaningful Flowers August 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The two cards above were created using the inside of one of the envelopes included with the August Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I used a Daffodil Delight Base Card, and matted the envelopes portion on a Garden Green Matte.  I added Azure Afternoon Sheer Ribbon from the 3/8" Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I also stamped the sentiments in Azure Afternoon Ink on Basic White sentiment labels.    I added Brushed Brass Butterflies as accents.    

Two alternative card ideas for using contents of the August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit

My next two alternative card ideas used the pink lotus flower and lily pad die cuts from the Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit as accents on one of the base cards also included in the kits.   I cut a 1" strip off the right side of one of the cards fronts from the kit , and then trimmed a 1-1/4" strip off the front of a 5-1/2 X 4-1/4" Bubble Bath basecard. 

The die cut is only attached to the inside of the card and acts as a closure for the card.
The Lotus Flower lily pad on only attached under the lily pad on the right.

An Alternative card idea using the elements from the Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit

This card uses one of the lily pad card fronts included with the kit.  First I used the Painted Textures 3D Embossing Folder to emboss the card front.  Then I used one of the dies from the Scalloped Contours Dies to die cut a portion of center of the card out.  I popped it up on Dimentionals before adding it back to the center of the card.  I used one of the lotus die cuts from the card elements and also popped it up on Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in the Pretty Peacock ink spot included in the kit.  Then I added a Bubble Bath Bow using ribbon from the 3/8" Sheer Ribbon Combo Pack from the Annual Catalog.  I used some retired gems that matched my background.  I find that making alternative cards with my Paper Pumpkin Refills allows me to use us some of the wonderful accessories that I hadn't finished using before they retired.   

An Alternative card idea using the forget-me-not flowers stamp from the August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit

The card above uses one of the images from one of the two stamp sets included in the August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then colored it using Water Painters and Azure Afternoon Ink and Garden Green Ink.  I didn't like the effect, so I used my Light Azure Afternoon Blends to add more color to the flowers.  I used a Garden Green cardbase, and then used the Radiating Stitches Dies, an Online Exclusive from the site, to die cut Basic White, and Garden Green layers to matte the Basic White image layer.  I added a ribbon of Azure Afternoon from the 3/8" Sheer Ribbon Pack from the Annual Catalog.  The sentiment is stamped in Pretty Peacock ink from the ink spot included in this Paper Pumpkin Kit. 

Pretty forget-me-not flowers greeting card using the Meaningful Flowers August 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The final two cards again used one of the envelopes.  I peeled it open and then cut it into two strips. Then I found my retired Subtle Embossing Folder and ran them through my Stampin' Up! Cut & Emboss Machine.  Then, I matted each of the forget-me-not floral images with Garden Green Cardstock.  I also dry embossed the front of my Thick Basic White basecards using the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder, a new folder in the September - December 2023 Mini Catalog that will be available for purchase 6 September 2023.    I used Basic White sentiment labels on both cards.  One is die cut using the retired Stitched Rectangle Dies, and the other a circle from the using the Stylish Shapes Dies from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  One uses a retired textured Hello Honey ribbon and the other uses a Garden Green Ribbon from the Real Red and Garden Green 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack form the Annual Catalog.  

Making Paper Pumpkin cards allows you to stretch your imagination by creating and using items from your entire current and retired stampin' stash, or follow the printed instructions included in the kit and make the cards as designed by the talented Paper Pumpkin artists at Stampin' Up.

These wonderful cards were all versions of the alternative cards created by Paper Pumpkin crafters who post to the Facebook group, Paper Pumpkin Fan Club.  Join this community and you'll find so many great ideas for creating alternative cards with your Paper Pumpkin Kits.  There's no excuse for finishing your monthly kits!  You'll find ideas for the current released monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit as well as for past kits.

Also, be sure to follow the Paper Pumpkin Blog 
  • You'll find each months Unboxing video for putting together your kit.
  • Alternate card ideas including cutting measurements
  • Links to coordinating products
  • Where to buy refills for your kit
  • Stamp Case inserts for your Paper Pumpkin Stamps
  • Including a separate stamp case insert for months when you receive a free stamp set
  • Links to kit add-on items, such as the Thoughts of Thanks Journal, Item 163270, $15.00 USD, that's available to order now, and it coordinates with next month's With Love and Gratitude September 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit designed by founder, Shelli Gardner.  What a great gift idea -- the Paper Pumpkin Kit and the matching notebook!
Read more about next months very special Paper Pumpkin Kit below.

Visit my Stampin' Up! online store to place your order for Stampin' Up! products.  Use the August Host Code if your order is between $50-$149 before shipping and tax to qualify for a thank you gift for shopping with me.  Orders over $150 earn Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up!, and you do not use the Host Code to qualify.  

August 2023 Host Code: 3A2B96PH

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With Love & Gratitude September 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Create elegant treat boxes and notecards with this unique Paper Pumpkin Kit inspired by Shelli and all things autumn!  The treat boxes can be decorated for sophisticate Halloween treats or for a beautiful Thanksgiving table with names of your guests to use on place settings.  The notecards are a wonderful way to thank the coffee shop clerk who always waits on you or a waiter who gives you extra special service over the Fall and Holiday season.

Don't wait.  Subscribes to this month's kit by 10 September 2023.


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. 

Order the with Love & Gratitude 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit by September 10 to ensure you don't miss it!!

Take a look at the lovely stamp set and beautiful box for this Paper Pumpkin Kit

This kit includes:  

  • 8 treat packages (Finished size:  3-1/2" X 5" X2")
  • 8 note cards
  • 8 coordinating envelopes
  • 1 photopolymer stamp set
  • 1 Lost Lagoon Stampin' Spot
  • Specialty gold foil pieces
  • Detailed die cuts
  • Final card size:  3-1/2" X 3-1/2"
Coordinating Stampin' Up! colors: Cooper Clay, Crumb Cake, gold foil, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pebbled Path

Thoughts of Thanks Journal Add-on September 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit
Add-On Journal with Gold-Foil Stickers

Why save gratitude for special days when you can savor it every day by writing it down in an inspiring journal?

Add-On Details
Thoughts of Thanks Journal
  • Available starting:  11 August, while supplies last
  • Price:  $15.00 USD
  • Item number: 163270
  • This add-on includes: 
    • 8" X 10" Journal
    • 2 specialty gold foil sticker sheets
    • Gold-clip page marker
Available for purchase separately on the online store

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.  

Order a prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription for 3 mo., 6 mo., or 12 mo.  Or, you can order Paper Pumpkin on a month-by-month basis.  Add the item number below to your regular order.  Or visit the Paper Pumpkin site and place your order there.  Be sure to order a kit by the 10th of each month to ensure you receive your kit.




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Final week to Redeem your Bonus Days Coupons 

Remember those coupons you earned for your $50 purchases in July? The ones where Stampin' Up! sent you an email with your coupon code(s)?  This is the final week -- until 31 August 2023--to redeem these coupons on your Stampin' Up! purchases.  

Stretch your coupons by using them on Kits on sale from the Stampin' Up! Kit Collection or on a Paper Pumpkin subscription code to use now or later. 

  • All coupon codes were emailed right after a qualifying $50 purchase was made.
  • If you earned multiple codes from a single order, you received one email with multiple codes.
  • If you earned coupon codes from multiple $50 orders, you received separate emails for each code earned.
  • Multiple coupon codes can be entered and redeemed at once.  
  • If redeeming multiple codes, they must be separated by a space. 
  • Coupon valued at more than the amount of products ordered.  The overage of coupons being applies will be forfeited. 
  • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted using Bonus Days coupon codes
  • If you earned coupon codes but didn't receive an email, check your spam folder first.  If not found, please contact Stampin' up! at 1-800-782-6787
  • 31 August is the last day to use your coupons. All unused codes will expire after 31 August 2023

Check your email for emails from Stampin' Up! with the subject line:  "You Earned a Bonus Days Coupon Code!"


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Stampin' Up! 2023-2024 Annual Catalog is Live

Download a free digital copy of the  2023 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog 

Want a hard copy of the catalog?   Add item #163220 | $4.00 USD to your order for a single copy of the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.  

New September-December 2023 Mini Catalog has begun arriving in mail boxes of my customers who have ordered from me the past 6 months. Ordering from this new catalog begins 6 September 2023, and you'll be able to download a   copy of this catalog on that date.

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Need card ideas?  Download a sampling of the recipes for making these cards so you aren't guessing on the Paper, Ink and Tools used to create these fun ideas.  Download Recipes from the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog.

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