Hello stampers crafters and friends this is my second post for the day.  I am sharing with you some of my alternative projects for this month’s Paper Pumpkin.   This month’s kit was entitled Many Happy Birthdays, and of course it focused on birthdays.  With this kit we made nine candle shaped gift card holders that were really cute, to see the original post about this kit you can click here!  Here’s a look at my alternative cards for this month’s kit.

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Alternative Cards Ideas:


My first card that I am sharing with you is a simple card that features the Balloon Pop-Up thinlits dies & the Balloon Bouquet Punch.   I used a piece of 3  1/2 x 5 1/4 Night of Navy and ran it through the Big Shot with the pop up die.  I used the Happy Birthday from the stamp set and stamped it in versamark.  I heat set the stamped image in white embossing powder.  I placed a piece of whisper white the same size behind the night of navy piece cut to the same size.  I punched out the balloons using the balloon bouquet punch, those were layered over the balloons that was cut out using the pop up die using liquid glue.  The card base is a standard 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 crushed curry card base scored at 4 1/4.  I placed the focal point of the card over to the left hand side of the card.  I made sure to make an equal border around the three sides of that card.  I wanted to leave a nice size border to the right hand side to mimic the line on the navy balloon.  When you punch the balloons you do have to watch where your turning the cardstock. many-happy-birthdays-present-card

My second alternative card that I am going to share with you today was one of the first ones that I created.  I took one of the card bases from the kit and split it in half.  After cutting the card down it was then cut in half again.      I used a Crushed Curry card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  I stamped the happy and birthday stamps randomly around the card base in Crushed Curry classic ink.  After that I stamped Happy Birthday on the front of the cut card base in Island Indigo classic ink, in the white strip in the middle of the card.  I placed this piece in the center of the card.  I knew what I wanted it to look like.  I used the bow die from the Balloon Pop-up dies in Pool Party cardstock.   I placed this on top of the cut piece of DSP to create a present.  I mean what’s a birthday without presents.

The next card that I am sharing with you is based on the concept of the card above and this month’s kit.  I needed something to do with the leftover part of the piece that I cut apart.  So I created a pull out card slider card.  I created the pull out using a piece of the pull out inserts that I cut down to size.  I did have to trim it very slightly to make it work.  I stamped the happy birthday on the pull out and in the window I stamped celebrate.   I used the foam adhesive strips to pop up the card and made stoppers on the insert using stampin’ dimensionals so that you could not pull the entire slider out and so that it would not fall out completely.

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My card base for this card was Pool Party cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.  I stamped the dots across the top and bottom of the card.  I ran the bow through the Big Shot using a scrap piece of Crushed Curry cardstock.  I trim a tiny bit of a foam strip and placed behind the bow so that it would be the same size as the present pull down.

My next card is the one that I show you how to recreate in the video tutorial below.

Video Tutorial:

If you are viewing this post by email you will have to click on the image below to see the video.   My card base was created using a piece of Night of Navy cardstock cut at  5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  I create it to be a top folding img_2389landscape style card.  I also created this card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew Design team challenge.  You can view that post by clicking here!  Again if you are viewing this post by email click on the image to the left to view the video, if you are viewing on my blog you can click on the video below.  The piece of DSP from this month’s kit was cut to 2 3/4 x 5, and matted on a piece of either Crushed Curry or Flirty Flamingo cardstock cut at 3 x 5 1/4.  I used the layering ovals framelits and cut the second smallest oval from that set of framelits from the card inserts in the kit.  I then stamped the celebrate image on top.  I used the medium star punch and the itty bitty star from the itty bitty punch pack(retired) to the the stars from Crushed Curry cardstock.  Watch the video for a tip on how to save on paper  and punching shapes.   I punched the glimmer star from scraps of the gold glimmer paper that was left overs from the candle flames from this month’s kit as well.  I am all about saving and using scraps where possible.  The larger stars were placed on Stampin’ Dimensionals and placed on the card while the small ones were attached with many glue dots.  You can see that process by watching the video.  If you would like to see the other designs that the other Design Team Members came up with or what others have created from this weeks sketch challenge you can do so here!

A Little Pop Never Hurts:


My final alternative card that I created for this month was a very simple pop up card.   I keep the front of the card very simple and clean.  I used a piece of the designer card from the kit and cut it to fit the front of the card.  It was cut at 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 and the mat for the card was done in basic black cardstock cut at 2 5/8 x 5 3/8″.  My card base for this card was a piece of Flirty Flamingo cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.   I only stamped to you on the front in Flirty Flamingo classic ink to stay with the simple appearance of the outside.  I wanted the decorative paper to be the focal part of the card on the outside.

Now the inside of the card was another story.  If you have a very simple outside to your card, who’s to say that the inside can not be a show stopper.  Which is what I hoped I created on the inside!   To me it is.  I had some extra pieces from the pieces that I had cut so I wanted to use them up.  So I cut some at different sizes and created a lot of square and rectangles.   I sat all these aside and worked on the rest of my card.   I wanted to create something that would wow the person that receives this card, and I think that I did just that.


For the inside of the card I created a pop up!  So I sat done and created a pop up piece.

It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be it’s really just a matter of figuring out your cut lines and your score lines.  I did find out that each card will be different there is not right or wrong way to do this. Once I got that worked out I knew that I wanted to continue on with the present and birthday theme I had going on.

I did some Big Shot work and started cutting bows for the presents.  When I had all the bows cut I was ready to start placing everything.  I attached the presents first on all the different levels.  All in all i created three different levels for the pop up.  I placed the presents around to hid the pop up mechanics.  Once I had the presents in place I paced the bows using mini glue dots.  I stamped the inside sentiments using Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo Classic inks.

Thanks for dropping by for my second post today, I hope that you have a wonderful day.  You can pick up any of the supplies that I used create my alternative projects as well as pick up a prepaid subscription to paper pumpkin in my online store.  You can visit my online store by clicking here, clicking on the shop tab above or by clicking on the product below in the product list.


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