Saturday, September 02, 2023

Final Alternative card ideas using August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit


  • August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternatives
  • Order With Love & Gratitude September 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit by 10 September 2023
  • 5 New Designer Series Papers Coming 6 September 
I'm finishing up my August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternatives.  I love turning the simple cards and envelopes that come in these kits into more sophisticated alternative cards by adding different cardstock bases, more layers and additional die cuts.   This kit includes fun forget-me-nots and pink lily elements.  And the kit includes an extra, FREE stamp set. When I'm finished with each kit, I dismantle the box, add the included ink spots to my ink spot collection -- which I use when travelling rather than taking all of my full size stamp pads along -- and slip the remining kit contents and stamp set(s) into a clear plastic envelope with its instructions, that takes up far less storage space than three years worth of Paper Pumpkin boxes took up.   If you're a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, there are refills for this kit 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.  If you're already getting the Kit, add this to your new September - December Mini catalog order, which beings 6 September. 

Alternative cards created using Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative

The two cards above were created using contents of the 2023 August Meaningful Flowers paper Pumpkin Kit.  I used the stamp set and the die cuts and elements from the kit and added embossed elements, and die cuts to add additional interest to the kit contents.  More details below. 

Alternative card idea using the pink ily die cut elements from the Meaningful Flowers August 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

These alternative card ideas used the pink lotus flower and lily pad die cut plus one of the lotus flower images die cut from the kit using the Stylish Shapes Dies.  I also cut two 1/2" strips of Orchid Oasis from one of the included basecards.  Then, I added a Thick Basic White Cardstock basecard and a layer of Basic White Cardstock dry embossed using the Painted Posies 3D Embossing Folder.  Finally, I used a few of the clear Adhesive-Backed Clear Epoxy Dots from the kit as accents on my cards.     

Forget-Me-Not stamped greeting cards created using the August 2023 Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit

These two final cards created with this Paper Pumpkin Kit, used the included Forget-Me-Not stamp from the kit. First I used a mini blending brush and Garden Green Ink to color a section of the upper portion on my Basic White image layer. Then, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the flowers followed by stamping sentiments using the included Pretty Peacock ink spot.  Then I created die cuts using the Radiating Stitched Dies, an Online Exclusive, only available on the online store.  I created alternating layers of Basic White die cuts and Garden Green Die cuts from the Radiating Stitched Dies, and mounted all of the layer onto a Garden Green Cardstock basecard.  I found a perfect Garden Green ribbon in my retired stash and added a bow from this ribbon to my card along with a few green dots from another retired item in my stash.  I find that making alternative cards with my Paper Pumpkin Kit allows me to use up some of the wonderful accessories that I hadn't finished using before they retired.   

To view the earlier Alternative cards I made with the Meaningful Flowers Paper Pumpkin Kit, click here

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.

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, that 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 September 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.

September 2023 Host Code: JJFXHR6E

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Stay Tuned to see 5 new Designer Series Paper   

New Online Exclusive Designer Series Papers that will be release 6 September 2023

Surprise, surprise!  Stampin' Up! is offering a special release of five beautiful Designer Series Paper Options.  Holiday prints, seasonal styles, and some timeless designs.  

5 new Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers from Stampin' Up!
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These will be available in the Online Exclusive category of the site beginning 6 September 2023, so be sure to check them out before placing your order from the new Mini Catalog. Designs will become active on 6 September once the sales period begins. 

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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Stampin' Up! 2023-2024 Annual Catalog is Live

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Need card ideas?  Download a sampling of the recipes for making cards from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog 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.  

New September-December 2023 Mini Catalog has arrived in mail boxes of my customers who have ordered from me during 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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September - December Mini Catalog Goes Live 6 September 2023

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