Inspired by A Little Smile | June 2019 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

When I was in high school, we had a cork board in the chaplain’s office with little tiny paper cards called warm fuzzies. We could fill them out and leave them on the board for our fellow school mates to find. The June 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit reminded me of the fun little notes that brought smiles to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors alike.

If small cards aren’t your thing, be sure to check out the alternative full-size cards I came up with using the June kit. If you like the idea of spreading little paper smiles wherever you go but missed the kit, this is the tutorial for you!

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My favorite thing about this card is the wood grain background. I have to admit I was sad to see our woodgrain paper retire with the last catalog, but it’s super cool to know that I can make wood backgrounds of any color or style with some uninked Stampin’ Spots.


Honestly, I wouldn’t think a beach scene and a dinosaur stamp set would ever cross paths, but the palm tree elements from the Dino Days stamp set and the coordinating Dino Dies were perfect for recreating these palm trees!


I really like how simple this card was and how it came together so quickly. I love the basic watercolor wash on the background as well. This is a technique I will certainly use again and again.


This card was for sure my favorite to create. I think it’s because it was so easy to make but I love how it turned out. And who doesn’t have fun being a messy colorist and knowing it will still turn out alright? 🙂

Although it’s not in the video tutorial above, I did create a little box to keep your small cards safe while stowing away in a purse or a bag. Feel free to download this PDF with all the measurements you need to create your own box from an 11″ x 7 3/4″ piece of card stock.


Also, feel free to check out the video demonstration below. I didn’t add any additional explanation in this quick video tutorial, but I know sometimes when creating something like a box it can be helpful to SEE how it’s done.

What did you think of the June Paper Pumpkin kit? Which of these cards inspired by the kit is your favorite? I’d love to hear your stories of passing out or receiving tiny notes of encouragement in the comments below or feel free to share with me via e-mail.

Product List

Dino Dies

Paper Snips


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