Paper Pumpkin Alternatives – With Love & Gratitude

I hosted my monthly Zoom call with my Paper Pumpkin customers last weekend. During our Pumpkin in the Fungeon call, I share some fun ideas with the items included in the monthly kit, and my customers share their brilliant ideas. I’m always impressed by what others are making and love to spend that time with my customers who participate. Sometimes we rush through our projects and then just chat for the rest of the time.

Pumpkin in the Fungeon, Brian KingToday I’m sharing two alternative projects I shared with September’s With Love & Gratitude Kit – a gorgeous collection of leaves, pumpkins and gold accents. The kit includes gift bags and small cards – what a great kit designed with input from Shelli Gardner. Before I share one of my alternative projects, here’s a look at the finished projects (as designed) from the September 2023 Paper Pumpkin kit:

September 2023 Paper Pumpkin - Love & Gratitude Here’s a look at all the goodies that came in this kit:

September 2023 Paper Pumpkin - Love & Gratitudeand here’s a closer look at the coordinating stamp set that came with the kit:

September 2023 Paper Pumpkin - Love & Gratitude stamp setWhile the full kit is no longer available, the refills are available to subscribers in the online store while supplies last. You can see it here.

Alternative Projects

As always, I designed some projects to share with my customers during our Pumpkin in the Fungeon call – and as always, I loved all the cards my customers shared on the call. Today I’m sharing two of my alternative projects with you. Here are the two projects I’m sharing with you today.

Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, Stampin Up!, Brian KingBelow are closer looks at each of these projects:

Paper Pumpkins

The pumpkins, leaves and flowers in this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit are really gorgeous – such a beautiful collection of perfectly coordinated colors and images for Fall. I cut one of the card bases into a 2-3/4″ square, added a nest of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon (available in the Online Exclusives) and gold Adhesive-Backed Sparkle Gems. The collection of leaves, pumpkins and shiny elements are popped up on a backdrop with painted leaves and gold leaves from the kit. All-in-all, I think the elements are luxurious and rich. Here’s a closer look at my card:

Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, Stampin Up!, Brian KingAll of these elements are mounted on a Copper Clay card base, which ties with the color of the large pumpkin at the center of the card. If you love the mix of Gold, Lost Lagoon and Copper Clay as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:

Stampin Up! Color Inspiration - Gold, Lost Lagoon, Copper Clay

Sending Cheer

The kit includes several options for leaves and flowers, but one of the leaf images looked a lot like grape leaves to me. To give these leaves a new look, I reached for the Bottled Happiness stamp set and coordinating Vintage Bottle Punch to create this sweet, congratulations card:

Love & Gratitude Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI cropped a 3-1/8″ x 4-3/8″ panel from one of the bags in the kit for the base of the focal panel – doesn’t the rustic texture on the panel pair well with the wine theme?! I mounted that on a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ (scored at 3-1/4″) piece of Thick Basic White card stock and added that card to a piece of Pecan Pie cut at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ to tie-in with the cork on the bottle. I stamped the bottle with Orchid Oasis ink and framed it with Starry Sky ink. The label on the front of the bottle is stamped with Lemon Lolly ink and hand snipped. I added three 2022-2024 In Color Pearls for a little shine.

Here’s a look at the Bottled Happiness stamp set:

Bottled Happiness, Stampin Up! 158684

October’s Paper Pumpkin

Create dazzling traditional Christmas cards with the Home for the Holidays Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit includes eight beautiful cards—four each of two designs. Whether you want to send a few to your loved ones or fill your home with some extra special Christmas cheer, this kit has everything you need to make some sparkly, festive cards. 

Each kit includes a bottle of glitter glue! The subscription period for October’s kit is between 11 September and 10 October.

Here’s a sneak peek at the kit:

Home for the Holidays Paper Pumpkin Kit, Stampin UP!

Here are some products included in the With Love & Gratitude kit:

  • All the supplies you’ll need to create 8 sparkly and dazzling Christmas cards—4 each of 2 designs—and eight coordinating envelopes.
  • A coordinating photopolymer stamp set with endearing holiday sentiments and festive designs.
  • A Real Red Stampin’ Spot
  • A bottle of Glitter Glue
  • Beautiful Christmas-themed, pre-cut pieces

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

Sign up by October 10 to receive this beautiful kit!

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    If you’d like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and be a part of my Pumpkin in the Fungeon calls, you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin here. 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.

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    1. We had a lot of fun at the Pumpkin in the Fungeon. Your cards are very pretty. I love the wine bottle using the grape leaves. Enjoy your day!

    2. Suzanne Patt Cullen


    3. Paper Pumpkin (and alternatives) never disappoints!

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