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  • Writer's pictureVy Tran

Sunshine & Smiles: Extras

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin' Up's monthly subscription box. February's "Sunshine & Smiles” kit contained supplies for 9 cards--3 each of 3 different designs. Kits always include an exclusive stamp set, a mini ink cube, embellishments, and adhesives.

Because I mostly make alternatives from my kits, I usually end up with extra die cuts and cardbases. I had gotten an extra kit last month, so I have several more ideas to share .

The card fronts are perfect for Spring florals. I chose daffodils because I just returned from Spring Break in D.C., where they were in abundance. As always, you can find a link to the supplies at the bottom of this post.

To keep things simple, I used many of the same elements on each card. The flowers were created with the Daffodil dies. The leaves and stems were cut from Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and the bows are made from Balmy Blue Variegated ribbon. That beautiful sentiment is from the Flowering Tulips stamp set (and yes, the Tulips dies would be great here too). These panels were all adhered to a Basic White cardbase.

The main petals of the 1st and 2nd daffodils were cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock, and the details are slightly darker because I blended Daffodil Delight ink onto the cardstock before cutting out those pieces. The center of the 1st flower is Daffodil Delight cardstock blended with Flirty Flamingo ink, while the center of the 2nd flower is Mango Melody cardstock blended with matching ink. The last daffodil is cut from Petal Pink cardstock, with the center cut from Flirty Flamingo cardstock. The butterflies were cut to match the flower centers.

I used the Flirty Flamingo window panels from the kit to make this cheerful set of cards in conjunction with the Rain or Shine Designer Series paper and Playing in the Rain stamp set.

And I saved the last of those panels for a sweet baby card. Those are the Alphabet a la Mode die-cut letters, and the "Welcome" sentiment is from the Sweet Songbirds stamp set.

Here's an alternative that uses the Balmy Blue cardbase and the kite die cuts. As a bonus, the kite image fits the die from the Playing in the Rain set, so you can make even more kites later and add bows on the tails!

This next card uses the inside images from 2 cardbases and several die cuts, paired with a sentiment from The Best Remedy kit. I love how they go together!

And finally, I used the Basic Gray window panels to make some sweet and salty cards (the raindrops used on the 2nd card are retired).

It has been so fun playing with this kit! I'm excited to share some March kit alternatives soon.

April 10th is the last day to sign up for next month’s kit, called All the Little Things. This kit makes 9 cards, 3 each of 3 designs. Check out the iridescent foil accents on these cherry blossom die cuts! We'll get a Shaded Spruce mini ink cube, and there will be a free insert to help organize your box. If you‘re in the U.S. and would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me, I’ll send you a handmade thank you card, and I’ll be sure to let you know when I post new ideas!


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