Pocketful of Paper Pumpkin Fun!

March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Sometimes the stars align just right, and my Paper Pumpkin Peeps and I have the same days off from work during the week. That happened yesterday, it’s the perfect time for an impromptu get-together to pull out our kits and start stamping!

Can I just say how much I love this kit? Pocketful of Cheer is in my favorite color combination of blues and greens and it’s got stamps for some of the most needed Spring events – baby, graduation and thinking of you. And in addition to regular-sized cards there are mini cards and gift card holders.

16 March Paper Pumpkin Variations

We followed the directions pretty closely but made a few variations: Kathy S. asked me for some red ink and she stamped the red heart on one card; I punched out a red card stock heart and glued it to the balloon on the other card. Also, instead of using the patterned paper inside with a gift card enclosure as was shown in the example, I decided to put one of my cards into the envelope with the patterned side out and tie it up with a piece of extra Cucumber Crush Lace Trim that I had. There are always extra pieces left over from the Paper Pumpkin kits, and we just save them in a box for use on later projects.

Special Offer! Stampin’ Up! will be celebrating three years of Paper Pumpkin in April 2016 by including a free exclusive stamp set called “All About Everything” (in addition to the regular kit!) We don’t know what it looks like yet because the art is a surprise, but it you want to receive this special gift with your Paper Pumpkin subscription, sign up here by April 10th!



Getting Ahead of the Game – Stamp Your Cards Early!

As I mentioned in a previous post, my sister-in-law Sherry has a goal this year to make 10 Christmas cards each month so that she’ll be ready with enough cards when the time comes!  I think that’s a great idea, so to that end, my friend Anna and I got together yesterday to work on our November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kits:

Mistletoe and Holly Kit

Anna and I had planned to make these 10 cards before Christmas, but on the day that she was getting ready to come over, she had an unexpected injury and ended up in the hospital! She’s doing much better now, so we made up our cards today in anticipation of Christmas 2016.

Mistletoe and Holly cards

We were really excited about how nice these came out! There are 10 cards and 10 matching envelopes. Anna suggested that we sponge the edges of our Old Olive mistletoe and holly die cuts, so I used Garden Green on mine.

PP Mistletoe

The highlighting really adds a dimension to the greenery, and we also scored down the middle of the holly leaves with a bone folder and pushed gently to make them stand out.

PP Holly

Paper Pumpkin is the subscription kit from Stampin’ Up! that provides a monthly “craft escape” delivered right to your door. Everything you need to make beautiful projects like these (stamps, ink, and other supplies) is in the pretty orange box (except scissors – and you’ve already got those!) You can work on your kits by yourself or as a group project with family or friends. And a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription makes a great gift too! They are on sale now and also earn free Sale-A-Bration gifts.

If you’d like more information about Paper Pumpkin, to check out some of the past kits or you want to sign up now, just follow this link.



Online Extravaganza! – Save up to 50%!


This is the week to make a list and check it twice – because Stampin’ Up! just put out a super list of things on sale, starting today, Monday the 23rd, and ending on Monday the 30th of November! Everything is listed here:


As you can see, everything is organized by 50% off, 40% off, 30% off and 20% off, but at the beginning of the list there are two 24-hour sales; the first one is a group of items on sale only on Monday, 11/23 and the second are the things that are on sale only on Monday, 11/30.

The page numbers refer to the 2015-2016 Catalog (you can search each product by item # and order through the online store by clicking on the catalog icon to the right.) Call or email me if you’d like a copy of the catalog for your own use!

Online items refer to past Paper Pumpkin Kits such as these (reg. $17.00):

From top, clock-wise: Happy Thoughts Kit $8.50 (only available Nov. 23rd) Sew You Kit $10.20, Simply Snowflake Kit $13.60, Thanks A Latte Kit $11.90.

(Paper Pumpkin Kits include stamps and ink, but Paper Pumpkin Refills do not.)

Other online items are limited time Photopolymer stamps like these (reg. $16.00):

From top, clock-wise: Just Kidding Set $11.20, Banner Blessings Set $11.20, Gentle Peace Set $12.80.

My personal favorites on this sale are the selection of punches – don’t miss out if you need any of these!

50% Off Punches – Sweetheart Punch $8.00, Bow Builder Punch $9.00

30% Off Punches – Hearts Border Punch $11.20, Chevron Border Punch $15.40, Pansy Punch $11.20.





Paper Pumpkin Wickedly Sweet Treats

It’s been an eventful week; teaching school and getting everything out of the master bathroom so that it could be completely demolished on Friday – yes, we are finally getting our bedroom and bathroom remodeling started! Everything went as planned except for one thing:


Miss Egypt

Egypt – whose middle name ought to be Mischief! We kept our youngest and most curious cat in one of the smaller bedrooms while the workmen did their deconstruction. When they were done, all that was left of the shower stall was the 2″ x 4″ wall framing and the plywood flooring – and a hole where the drain had been, open to the crawl space underneath the house. After the guys left, we let Egypt out of the bedroom, not thinking, “Where will she go first?”

Straight to where she had been kept away from, all morning! A beeline to the hole in the floor. Down under the house. Well, there was no use calling her; cats don’t mind you. We just shut the bedroom door so none of the other cats would follow her down there, and we waited an hour or two. She finally came back out. On her time.

So, it was great that my friend Anna came over today to work on the September Paper Pumpkin kit with me. A good way to relax after a busy week!

Sept Paper Pumpkin

We worked on our Wickedly Sweet Treats kits; here are mine all made up and filled with treats for the ladies from church that I Visit Teach monthly. As you can see, Ziggy is checking them out, because he is quite interested in anything to do with “treats.” We wouldn’t have had to worry about Ziggy being able to follow Egypt down the shower drain hole, no matter how exciting that might have been! His ample girth also keeps him confined to the backyard and unable to climb the fence like Eddie (sigh.)

Sept Paper Pumpkin 2

Here’s what Anna decided to do with her Paper Pumpkin kit: as an alternative to the kit instructions she used her materials to make these jaunty scarecrow treat bags! She will also be able to use the eight leftover pieces of fringed kraft paper strung together and decorated to make a Halloween or Thanksgiving banner.

The Paper Pumpkin box pictured is not the usual orange color; that was the October Blissful Bouquet kit that we just got and Stampin’ Up! donated $1.00 for every kit sold this month to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, plus an additional $1.00 for every new subscription in October.

To find out how to get your creative escape in a Paper Pumpkin box each month, follow this link to My Paper Pumpkin.

Paper Pumpkin Potluck!

Paper Pumpkin is the Stampin’ Up! subscription kit that comes in the mail monthly, filled with everything you need for a creative escape – just watch this short award-winning Convention video by Carolyn and Jenna Helder to see how important getting Paper Pumpkin can be!

But truly, Paper Pumpkin kits are a lot of fun; I just had a group of my friends over for a “Paper Pumpkin Potluck” to try some out, and they loved them!

Paper Pumpkin Potluck 1

Some of them had wondered about the kits but hadn’t seen them before today. They were very impressed with the quality and quantity of the products. This kit included four gift bags and six matching birthday cards!

Nora Paper Pumpkin Potluck

They also liked the fact that each kit includes an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, not available in the catalog, that can be used for later projects. This kit made 8 cards decorated with wooden greetings and gold foil-lined envelopes. Every month it’s something different, and it’s fun to open the box and be surprised!

Paper Pumpkin kits are $19.95, which includes everything you need to complete the projects, tax and postage. But, through September 10th, first time subscribers can try out Paper Pumpkin for 50% off – $9.98 each for the first two months! And you can cancel anytime. Just use the Promo code HALFOFF through this link: https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2065572


A Closer Look at the New 2015-2016 Catalog!


I was talking to my friend Susan from the Hostess Stamp Group today and she said, “I’m loving the new catalog!” Since we’ve had it for 10 days now, I thought this would be a good time to take a closer look at some of the things that are new and noteworthy that you might have missed:

Thick Whisper White

Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock, pg. 149 – What a great idea! This white card stock is 100 lb. weight for constructing sturdier card bases (our regular card stock is 80 lb. weight.)

In Color Envy Paper

2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper, pg. 149 – Another innovation, this thinner text-weight paper is designed to be used with the Envelope Punch Board to make envelopes, but it can also be used as patterned paper on cards and other projects. At $6.00 for twenty 12″ x 12″ sheets, this is a very economical choice!

Tin of Cards

Tin of Cards Project Kit, pg. 152 – We are really excited about this one! In fact, it’s pictured on the cover of the new catalog. This kit contains all of the materials to make 16 cards, 4 each of 4 different designs, plus a tin box to store them in and dividers to keep them separated by type. You can keep filling the box with your handcrafted cards and always be ready for any occasion! It’s ready-made for a fun get-together class with your demonstrator providing the stamps and inks. Plus, it would make a great gift! Watch this video to learn more:

Watercolor Wings and Framelits

Watercolor Wings and Bold Butterfly Framelits, pgs. 75, 172 – Among the many new stamp sets, this one stands out as unique because it is a three-step stamp system, to be used first with a light color, then a medium color, and adding a finishing touch with a darker color, all on the same butterfly image. In addition, there are matching framelits dies that can be purchased separately or in a bundle with the stamps.

What is your favorite new thing in the catalog?

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The Best Time to Join Stampin’ Up!


With the beginning of the new catalog year, Stampin’ Up! has also announced a valuable incentive for those who sign up as demonstrators by June 30th! The New Demonstrator’s Kit is always a great value – your choice of $125 worth of products for only $99, with free shipping – but this month only, SU! is sweetening the deal by also including two extra stamp sets of your choice from the new catalog – absolutely free! Wow, I wish I could sign up again! Click on the picture of the new catalog on the right-hand sidebar to see what you could pick; if it was me, I would love any two of these new sets for free:

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To sign up, use this link: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/valorydegree/promotions

Now here’s another perk that just started with the new catalog – if you host a party, you can now use your Hostess Benefits Dollars to apply toward your Starter Kit!

Questions first? Just use this link and then click on the “Contact Me” button at the top of the page, and I will get back to you as soon as possible to answer any questions you have.

Paper Pumpkin Birthday Bundle, May 2015!

Birthday Bundle Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin is the Stampin’ Up! subscription kit that comes in the orange box around the middle of each month, and now you can get it for half price for the first two months if you sign up by June 10th!

I just got my May kit, the Birthday Bundle, and it includes everything needed to make four birthday gift bags and six cards and envelopes. Your first kit will be something new and different and will even include an acrylic block to use with all of the stamps in every upcoming kit. Watch the video to see how fun and easy it is to make these projects:


Just go to https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2065572 to sign up and enter the code SAVE50 to get your first two kits for $9.98 each, postage paid! After that they will come to you delivered for $19.95 a month. You can manage your subscription by skipping deliveries or canceling at any time, but these kits are full of fun and well worth it. It’s exciting to open your orange Paper Pumpkin box and find something different every month! So why not try it at this special price? Just be sure to sign up by June 10th!


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