Bigger Than the Ocean

On Sunday, I shared three alternative projects with items in July’s Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin kit. I shared these projects (and more!) with my customers on our monthly Pumpkin in the Fungeon call. If you missed those projects, you can see them here.

Today I’m sharing an additional alternative projects with this Sending Good Thoughts kit. The mix of punch-outs, stamps and backgrounds are perfect for a nautical-themed card. Here’s a look at the finished projects from the July 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit:

July 2022 Paper Pumpkin - Sending Good Thoughts

While I had loads of fun making the three projects I shared on Sunday, one card was particularly exciting for me – the background on this card fits the theme so well and came together with some current products from the Annual Catalog and the current Sale-a-Bration brochure. Here’s my card:

Alternative Projects with Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin, July 2022, Whale Done, Brian KingI stamped the boat (one of the fun stamps in the stamp set that comes with the July Paper Pumpkin kit in Basic Gray and added “My love for your is bigger than the ocean” (from the Whale Done stamp set) in Pacific Point. I later added the two Poppy Parade hearts – but I’ll tell you about that later. I cropped that with a Stitched Rectangles Die and framed that with a Poppy Parade border. Here’s a look at the Whale Done stamp set:

Whale Done, Stampin Up! 158315The focal panel is really simple, but it’s the background piece that made me so happy. With a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of the Silver & Gold 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, one of the Sale-a-Bration options with a $50 order during Stampin’ Up!’s July-August 2022 Sale-a-Bration (or while supplies last). Here’s a look at the patterns in this incredible pack of papers:

Silver & Gold Designer Series Paper, Sale-a-Bration, Stampin Up! 159941On the gold-striped paper, I added a wisp of Pool Party with my Blending Brush. It was a soft accent that transformed this paper. I had planned to stop there but decided to add some fish to the page – with Pacific Point, I added the fish around the background. Fun! Hmmm…I wonder how it would look if I added some bubbles with one of the little stamps in the set…cute! That’s when I noted the little heart in the set and added two hearts to the focal panel. I decided a few hearts in the background might be fun, too, so they were added. I couldn’t be happier with how this background came together. Here’s a closer look:

Alternative Projects with Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin, July 2022, Whale Done, Brian KingNautical cards often feature red, whites and blues we would find in patriotic cards. If you like this mix of Poppy Parade, Pacific Point and Pool Party as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration: Poppy Parade, Pacific Point, Pool PartyStamp Sets: Whale Done, Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin (July 2022)  Papers: Silver & Gold 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, Basic White  Inks: Basic Gray, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Pool Party  Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Blending Brush, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin Today

If you’d like to be a part of my Pumpkin in the Fungeon calls, you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin here before July 10. If you have questions or need assistance, please email me at [email protected]. I hope you are inspired by these projects – now, I’m off to play with all the other amazing elements of the kit.

Thanks for stopping by today!


November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit


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Stampin’ Up!’s July-December 2022 Mini Catalog (the Holiday Mini) is live and ready for your orders! At the same time, we’re hosting a two-month Sale-a-Bration event. What Fun! To learn all about these new catalog, click on the image below:

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  1. Ahoy for such a clever design!

  2. Such a sweet card and I love the background…perfect!

  3. Fantastic card. I love the design. The background on the gold stripe paper is brilliant!

  4. I love all the elements you used in this pretty card, Brian. The background is very eye-catching, and the sweet sentiment is perfect. Enjoy your day!

  5. Love this card! Very creative!

  6. Maria A Rodriguez

    Brian, I love the fabulous background paper you created for your card, at first glance I thought it was DSP.
    This is a fabulous way to frame this image.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Stay healthy and safe.

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