Hello my friends.  Sorry I missed you last month – March was such a busy month for me.  I have yet to even get that kit out and work on it.  But I have moved on to the April kit and it’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the monthly kit. This month our kit is the April 2019 Sentimental Rose.  And it is beautiful!  One of my favorites so far. 


This kit is perfect just the way it is in my opinion.  But part of this hop is coming up with some Alternative Designs and change things up a little bit.  The kit is full of flowers so it has a very feminine look and feel to it. 

I put together one set of cards just as is – because they are pretty exactly as they were designed.  But if you look in my photo the box is different.  The box is cut in half!  One half is for these feminine cards – for that one I used the flower to decorate the box.  But I also decided to take one set and leave off the flowers and focus on the leaves so that I’d have a more masculine set of cards.

UPDATE:  I filmed a Facebook live on April 29, 2019 showing these cards and alternate ideas:  WATCH HERE

Masculine Card set in a half box

Instead of tying bows I tied knots.  I eliminated the panel of flowers on the card on the left and stamped leaves directly on the corrugated cardboard.  You can always turn the label over to use the plain white side without the pink outline.  Stamping only leaves on the other two cards made an easy switch to something a little more manly.  This half of the box I added just the leave and the kit came with two tags so that worked out perfect.

I didn’t actually add any additional supplies for these cards.  But I did use a cutter to cut the acetate box and the corrugated sleeve in half.  Here is a closer look at both sets in their boxes.

Stamped Full Size Cards

Now I love these cards so much what was I going to do when I ran out of the kit supplies.  So I decided I wanted to create versions of these cards with other supplies and mimic the designs.  It’s actually some simple stamping – basically paper, stamps and ink. In order to mimic the soft colors in the background I used sponge daubers.  And for the splatters I used my Stampin’ Write Markers.   I used Whisper White Baker’s twine just like the kit and then colored some of the Basic Pearls with my Stampin’ Blends to add them to the card.  And all the envelopes are decorated too.  These cards would fit in our regular Acetate boxes in our catalog. 

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • Card stock – Gray Granite, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
  • Classic ink – So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron (Gray Granite came in the kit)
  • Stampin’ Write Marker – Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Gray Granite
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Basic Pearls
  • Medium Whisper White Envelopes
  • Stampin’ Blends – Mint Macaron Dark, Flirty Flamingo Dark

Here are some photos showing each different card with all three variations – the original from the kit, the masculine version using the kit, and then my full size cards.

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. Everything worked correctly last month – so I’m crossing my fingers that it will work again this time. 

Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. 

The May kit is going to be a special kit designed by Shelli the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!  We saw a sneak peek already and I think it will be another winner!  Don’t miss it!   Sign up by the 10th – go here

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