Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I spent the last 3 days with my sister exploring our first Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin Up.  I love this kit and between the 2 of us we made about 25 A7 size alternate cards combining supplies provided in the kit with items created from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, die cuts from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies, and other crafting supplies. And we both have lots of pieces left so I'm sure I'll be making more.

This background on this first card was stamped with the 2 stamps in the kit using Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight inks.  The triple leaf clusters were from the kit as well, though I sponged some Pumpkin Pie ink on the 2 yellow ones.  The 2 smaller leaves and the die sentiment were from the Colorful Seasons stamps set. 

The background mat on this second card was stamped using the larger leaf from the Paper Pumpkin stamp set.  The pop-ups have one of the large water colored leaves, one of the darker green leaf stems, and were topped with various fall colored leaves die cut with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.

The background mat on this third card was stamped with both sizes of the leaves in the Paper Pumpkin kit with Cajun Craze ink.  Then I stamped, die cut, and matted the 2 smaller leaves which were also stamped with Cajun Craze ink.

Here are a few more that my sister made.

For this card I combined several items from the Stampin Up September Paper Pumpkin kit "Layered Leaves".  I started by sponging their Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green inks on the background.  I sponged some Cajun Craze ink onto the die cut watercolor maple leaf and also stamped it with the same color.  Then made a stack with 2 of the laser cut darker green leaf stems, the maple leaf, one of the triple green leaf clusters, a gold foil leaf to top it off, and attached a green clothespin.   The Happy Birthday Thinlets die cut completed the card.  This was a quick and easy card to create.
This card was created using the two leaf stamps in Stampin Up's September Paper Pumpkin kit "Layered Leaves".  I stamped the leaves using a technique I saw on Jennifer McQuire's You Tube channel.  I set up the 2 leaves on my Misti and used sponge daubers to apply inks, one color at a time, stamping the leaf and then applying the next color.  I used Garden Green, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight inks.  The leaf on the center pop-up was from Stampin Up's Colorful Seasons stamp set,  colored in using one of their blender pens, and cut using their square stitched dies.  The process takes some time and in this case I was not always able to tell what color was where but I loved the effect.
A special thanks to Kathie from Beary Wishes for all her Alternative uses for the items in Paper Pumpkin kits - this time the September kit "Layered Leaves".  I loved the pumpkins she demonstrated on her You Tube channel.  I created this card with pumpkins using that technique, added them to the one half of one of the pillow boxes in the kit, sponged with some Stampin Up Tranquil Tide ink, added some fall colored fabric ribbon I had on hand and a few sequins. This is one of many favorite cards I made using this wonderful kit.

My sister was up for a few days to make some fall cards - here is one she created using the same pumpkin technique applied to a couple of the card fronts in the kit and some die cuts from Cricut Design Space that I cut on my Cricut Explore Air 2.

Here's another card created using a combination of elements from Stampin Up's Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin Kit for September 2017 and from their Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.  I took one of the embossed  pillow boxes in the kit, cut it open and then used a sponge dauber to apply some Garden Green ink to the front and Cajun Craze ink around the edge for some contrast.  The leaves are from the kit as well - but I sponged some Pumpkin Pie ink on the yellow leaves before applying them to the card.  The other leaves were die cut from some gold foil paper I had on hand. The sentiment was from Hero Arts stamp set #CL351 and then cut with Stampin Up's stitched oval dies.
Another Pinterest inspired project, this card was CASED from a beautiful card made by Gretchen Barron.  It features the large leaf stamp from Stampin Up's September 2017 Paper Pumpkin "Layered Leaves" and the smaller leaves and sentiment were from their Colorful Seasons stamp set. The large leaves were stamped in Crumb Cake ink, the smaller leaves in Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi & Cajun Craze inks, layered with Crumb Cake ink. The die cut Adirondack chair and branch were from their Seasonal Layers Thinlits set.
Another Pinterest inspired project this card was CASED based on a beautiful card I saw made by Laura Milligan.  It was created using a combination of  leaves stamped in Tranquil Tide ink from Stampin Up's September Paper Pumpkin Layered Leaves kit and die cuts from their Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.  The sentiment is from their Best Birds stamp set.
I have spent the last few day with my sister working on pinterest inspired cards.  These 2 were CASED from a card by Karen Angel and using some new techniques I have recently seen online.

The background was created using Stampin Up's Pumpkin Pie ink which I sponged onto a plastic place mat, spritzed with some water,  and then laid down a piece of water color paper to soak up the  ink.  You can get all sorts of different effects depending on how much water you use.  

I used a die cut vase for the container that I cut on my Cricut Explore Air 2 using images from their Design Space.  It is holding some leaves that were cut using Stampin Up's Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, and a daisy stamped from their Delightful Daisy stamp set in Daffodil Delight ink and punched with their coordinating Daisy punch.

This 2nd card was basically the same except that I cut the leaf shapes from a piece of paper that I had water colored with Tranquil Tide, Tangerine Tango, Perfect Plum, and Daffodil Delight inks. The daisy was stamped with their Tranquil Tide ink.

And here's another one, made by my sister Susan. 
Here are a couple of Anniversary cards I recently made using flowers from Stampin Up's Flower Shop and Petite Petals stamps and their coordinating punches.  On this first one I used their Perfect Plum ink. The leaves were cut using one of the May Flowers Framelits dies and then I used a stylus to put some veins on the leaves.  For the  left border I used Anna Griffin's Deer Run Edge embossing folder. And of course finished it off with some "Wink of Stella.  The sentiment on both cards is from their "Best Birds" stamps set and cut with an stitched oval from Stampin Up.  

For this second one I used the same stamps and punches for the flowers but used Flirty Flamingo ink.  The leaves were stamped from Stampin Up's Flower Patch stamp set using Pear Pizzazz ink and die cut with their Flower Fair Framelits. For this 2nd border I used Anna Griffin's Nordic Trees embossing folder. And lastly added a few small butterflies from SU's Papillion Potpourri stamps set and coordinating punch.