Sunday, October 01, 2023

Alternative card ideas using September Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit


  • Alternative cards using Sept 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit
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I'm almost finishing making Alternative cards using the September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit.  This is a beautiful kit of gift cards and envelopes, which I decided to turn into full-size cards.  I used a color theme of Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party for the majority of my cards, along with the die cut elements from this kit.  This kit included 8 gift cards and eight treat packages, including die cut pumpkins and foliage, and a stamp set that included stamp images similar to the pumpkin and foliage die cuts included in the kit.  This makes it easy to create elegant, traditional-autumn colored cards using color themes you choose.  I love to customize Paper Pumpkin Kits to meet my needs, and I always have more need for Fall cards than in most other seasons.  

Using Tartin Foil Specialty DSP to create Alternative cards using Sept 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit

The two cards above were created using a background of one of the Tartan Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Online Exclusives, Item #162332, along with the  September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit contents. I love how this Tartan Foil shimmers from diamonds to plaid depending on how the light hits it. I also used leaf and sentiment die cuts using the Autumn Leaves Dies and the sentiment is from Autumn Leaves Stamp Set.   I used the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder from the September - December 2023 Mini Catalog on the Lost Lagoon Layer.  

Using Splendid Steps Dies to crea Alternative cards using Sept 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit

These alternative card ideas used die cuts from the September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit and die cuts from Splendid Stems Dies.  I continued the color theme of Pretty Peacock basecard, with Lost Lagoon and and Pool Party layers.  I used the Stitched Greenery Die on a Pool Party Layer, and found a chevron-diamond print from the One Horse Open Sleight Designer Series Paper, Item # 162118, from the Online Exclusives to use as one of the layers on my cards.  The sentiment is from the September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit, and it is heat embossed using White Embossing Powder on a Pretty Peacock strip.

This alternative card uses August 2022 Sweet Sunflowers Paper Pumpkin Kit preprinted base card along with pumpkin and leave die cuts from the Sept 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Combining these two Paper Pumpkin kits creates a stunning, yet simple card.  The basecard used is Poppy Parade.  The sentiment, pumpkin and leaves are from the With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit.  The beautiful "thank you" is also from the stamp set included With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit as is the sentiment label.  

Using the stamps from the August 2022 Sweet Sunflowers Paper Pumpkin Kit base to create background images

The two cards above uses a Lost Lagoon base card and a Pool Party matte.  I dry embossed a piece of Basic White using the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder and then covered the top and bottom of the Basic White piece with a Lost Lagoon strip that had been stamped multiple times with one of the stamps from September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit using Lost Lagoon Ink.  I stamped the pumpkin in Lost Lagoon ink with a Crumb Cake Ink stem and fussy cut it, and  backed it with die cuts from the Timeless Arrangements Dies.  I tried Copper Clay die cuts behind the pumpkin on one card and used the Copper Clay sheet from the Tartan Foil Specialty Designer Series Paper on the die cuts on other card.  What's your preference?  I used the Heartfelt Hexagon Bundle for the sentiment and coordinating punch using Lost Lagoon ink on Basic White Cardstock.

For these two cards, above, I'm using Darling Detail Dies to create alternative cards using Sept 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit.    Again, my color theme is Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party.  I layered two of the Darling Detail Die cuts onto a Pretty Peacock Basecard.  Then I added pumpkin and leaves die cuts from the September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I used the Heartfelt Hexagon Bundle for the sentiment and coordinating punch using Lost Lagoon ink on Basic White Cardstock.  I added a small bow of Lost Lagoon 1/4" Bordered Ribbon to complete my card.

Opening an envelope to use as a background for alternative cards using September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit

For my final card, I  opened one of the coordinating envelopes from the September 2023 With Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Kit and cut it into two strips to use as a floral background for my card.  I used Lost Lagoon and Pool Party Cardstock layers to frame the floral background.  Then I used pumpkin die cuts and leaves and Splendid Stems Die Cuts behind the leaves for added interest.  I used the Heartfelt Hexagon Bundle for the sentiment and coordinating punch using Lost Lagoon ink on Lost Lagoon Cardstock.

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.
  • The blog includes alternate card ideas including cutting measurements
  • Links to coordinating Stampin' Up! products
  • Where to buy refills for your kit, if one becomes available
  • Stamp Case inserts for your Paper Pumpkin Stamps
Read more about next months Home For The Holidays Paper Pumpkin Kit below.

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Home For The Holidays October 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Create sparkling cards filled with warmth and light using the Home for the Holidays Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Christmas village-themed kit.  Each kit comes with eight cards, four each of two designs, with festive coordinating envelopes.  The shimmery details and traditional Christmas colors are sure to help you create cards that bring cheer and joy to any recipient

This kit also features special glitter glue!  What a great way to add some extra twinly details to your cards.  The best part?  Your October Paper Pumpkin Kit will arrive in a beautiful box that coordinates with the theme and design of the cards in this kit.  What a great way to bring inspiration to your crafting experience!  

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

Home For the Holidays October 2023 Paper Pumpkin Kit

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.

This kit includes:  

  • All the supplies you'll need to create 8 sparkly and dazzling Christmas cards--4 each of 2 designs-- and eight coordinating envelopes (Finished size:  4-1/2" X 5-1/2")
  • a coordinating photopolymer stamp set with endearing holiday sentiments and festive designs
  • a Real Red Stampin' Spot
  • A bottle of Glitter Glue
  • Beautiful Christmasy-themed precut pieces
  • Final card size:  4-1/4" X 5-1/2"
Coordinating Stampin' Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Cherry cobbler, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, daffodil Delight, Lemon Lolly, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pecan Pie, Real Red

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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Translucent Florals Card Class-7 October 2023  

Translucent Florals Card Class 7 October 2023

When:  7 October 2023, 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Where:  Starbucks - 18565 Kuykendahl Rd, Spring, TX
Who:  Everyone, including new crafters
Price: $25 - class fee includes Cardstock, Designer Series Papers, Die Cuts, and Envelopes

If you're in the Houston, TX area, join us at the Starbucks on Louetta and Kuykendahl to craft, drink coffee, and create something beautiful!

Come Craft With US 

Celebrate World Card Making FREE Virtual Event 7 October 2023

It's time to celebrate one of our favorite days of the year--World Card Making Day, 07 October 2023, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM (Central).  

If you're from the Houston area, invite your friends, and fellow crafting enthusiast to craft along with you. Join us at a local coffee shop for this FREE Event.  Register here to join us live to craft on World Card Making Day.  

Or maybe you want to craft from the comfort of your own home. 

In just under three hours, we'll create three unique cards together. 

Everyone is invite and welcome.  Whether you craft with us live, or you choose to craft from the comfort of your own home, be sure to register for the FREE event on the Stampin' Up! website so you receive a link to join the event.  Register on the Stampin' Up! website.    

You do not need to be a demonstrator to watch the event on your own or with your crafting friends.

When you register (above) for either our live event or for the virtual event, you'll find the Card Making Supply List and Measurements download on the registration page under Event Resources.  I'll supply your stamp set and packets to assemble at our live event.  Or, if you're attending the virtual event, you can prepare by cutting your cardstock for each project before the event.  You can purchase the resources needed or substitute your own similar sets and products.

These are the Stamps and Dies we'll use for this event:

  • Circle Saying Bundle, Item 161355
  • Earthen Textures Bundle, Item 161514
  • Heartfelt Hexagon Bundle, Item 162889

Complete Card Making Supply List and Cutting Dimensions for 7 October are available on the registration page.  Having these supplies on hand will make it easier for your to craft along.  However, you're welcome to substitute any of these items as you like in order to make them your own.

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What a deal!  Choose an option PLUS FREE OnStage@Home Registration...

Stampin' Up! Starter Kit Bonus 3 October 2023

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Option 1:  Get 35% off the normal cost of a Stampin' Up! Starter Kit.  If you select this option, you will receiver $125 USD worth of product for only $64.35 USD

Option 2:  Get 35% MORE product with your Starter Kit.  Those who select this option will receive $168.75 USD worth of product by spending $99 USD.

No matter which option a new demonstrator chooses for their Starter Kit, both provides you with free business supplies and free shipping on your Starter Kit.

Plus, FREE ONStage@Home Registration
It gets better!  Those who sign up for a Starter Kit during this offer will also be automatically registered for FREE to attend the virtual OnStage event on 11 November - an additional $77 USD value on top of your Starter Kit deal

Pick the offer that's right for you.  

If you're new to crafting, you may find that getting 35% more product is a better option as it helps build your collection of available crafting supplies.

For customers who already have Stampin' Up! crafting supplies, you may find that getting 35% off the normal cost of the Starter Kit fits you better when you join or rejoin Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator..

And the benefits of FREE OnStage@Home registration is an amazing opportunity to better connect with our crafting community, meet other demonstrators, connect with Stampin' Up! Leadership Team, plus learn how to use kits and new products you can easily duplicate with customers, as well as receive early access to some of these products from the January 2024 Mini Catalog before anyone else.    

What's a demonstrator?
Demonstrators run their own home-based business selling creative products, but its about much more than that.  We inspire people and give them helpful ways to enhance their lives.  Plus, you'll get to work with customers and hosts to give great parties that introduce new people to Stampin' Up!--one of the strongest companies you'll find to join--very important in today's economy.  And, once you're a demonstrator, you'll be able to use your generous demonstrator discount of 20-25% on future orders, receive weekly updates from Stampin' Up!, and you'll have access to Stampin' Up! Stampin' University online with both stampin' techniques as well as business topics.  

Former demonstrator?  
If life got in the way of your joy of stamping, now is a great time to re-join because of the specials offered.  And if you're from the Houston area, next March 2024, Stampin' Up! OnStage will host it's live demonstrator event right in our back yard at the George R Brown Convention Center!  

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