Paper Pumpkin, “It’s a Sara Thing”

***Read the whole post. There is information about a Paper Pumpkin give-away near the end!***

So excited! I always look forward to receiving my Paper Pumpkin kit. I knew it would be a special kit because our CEO, Sara Douglass, was involved in designing it. The kit definitely lives up to it’s promise! In addition to being very cool and edgy, there is a gift enclosed, FREE Watercolor Pencils! Does it get any better? I think not! This month’s kit contained lots of goodies. I couldn’t get them all in one photo!

Paper Pumpkin April 2017, Stampin' Up!


Here’s the video from Paper Pumpkin that will show you all the assembly tips. They managed to get everything in one photo.


My Paper Pumpkin Cards:

I had so much fun with this kit! Notice my cards are a little different from Sara’s. I don’t always follow directions well!


Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!,, watercolor pencils


Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin:

There are two different ways you can subscribe. You can get a subscription month to month. (Just go to for this type of subscription.) Each month you will automatically be billed for your kit. It will come to your mailbox each month almost like magic You can stop or pause at any time. The second way to subscribe is to sign up for a Prepaid subscription. Kits will come for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or even a year. All paid at once with no worries!

Extra Perk for subscribers! Subscribers have access to a selection of past kits and refills.


Give Away!!

I have one extra of this Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before May 10, you could win this kit! Just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, list me as your demonstrator and you are in the running. The only way to get this month’s kit is to currently be a subscriber. You had to have been subscribing by April 10. I am sure that refills for this kit will be limited, so this might be the only way you can get this kit. Good luck!!! (US residents only.)




What Did I Do On Friday?

On Thursday I had four teeth pulled. Pretty much a lost day. So, what did I do on Friday?  More ice, some rinsing, nothing too strenuous. But, I was, according to my husband, “more alert”. I enjoyed some soup that good neighbors brought me. But, I was itching to do something “stampy”

Here’s task one. I’m reorganized my Paper Pumpkin stamps in my Project Life Album. I have a book set aside for that but decided to reorganize the stamps by category, rather than by just putting in the next month. Putting the stamps in a Project Life Album is such a great system – not original to me but one I embrace.

Organizing Paper Pumpkin Stamps:

Once I finish with my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit, I put the stamps in a Project Life Photo Pocket Page. Up until now, It’s been pretty random. I decided to organize them by occasion, holidays, birthday, etc.

    Old System:

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life Album

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps:

If you are going to organize you stamps, first, gather them all together,Then sort them. Sometimes the sets cover multiple holidays or events, like thanks and birthday in the same set. So, some sets are broken up.

Here are the categories I ended up with:

  • Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Hello/Get Well / Thinking of You
  • Christmas / Fall Holidays
  • Valentine / Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day
  • Sympathy / Miscellaneous

Next I took some white board that you get in the packages of Designer Paper and created dividers.

I labeled the dividers, punched holes on the side,  and inserted them in the book.

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life album

paper Pumpkin stamps organization, Project Life Albums

You may want to cut some card stock to place behind the stamps so that you can see them better.


Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life album

If you have the stamps organized in a way that makes sense to you, you will use them more often. I like to have my book out for all of my classes so that if folks want to change the sentiment, it’s easy for them.

What’s on for tomorrow?

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Santa’s Sleigh Meets Paper Pumpkin

In April, the Paper Pumpkin kit contained all the materials to make a fabulous spring wreath. (Be patient, Santa’s Sleigh is coming soon.)

April Paper Pumpkin kit, spring wreath

I think it is one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits. Since I always order two kits, I had an extra. One day recently I came upon the extra kit and decided to make it into a Christmas wreath! (See, I told you I would get to Santa’s Sleigh.)

What do you think? As nice as the spring wreath?

Santa's Sleigh Wreath, Paper Pumpkin kit


Santa’s Sleigh Wreath Assembly Tips:

I used LOTS of Glimmer papers and many of the Thinlits from the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies set. I used Early Espresso Card Stock for the reindeer and decided it needed a little pizzazz. So, I used some glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and brushed it over the reindeer to give him a little shine.

Reindeer from Santa's Sleigh Wreath

Here’s the rundown for the other items:

Silver Glimmer Paper, body of sleigh from Santa’s Sleigh

Red Glimmer Paper, detail of sleigh from Santa’s Sleigh and word Joy from Wonderful Wreath Framelits

Gold Glimmer Paper, stars from Santa’s Sleigh

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, trees from Wonderful Wreath Framelits


Santa’s Sleigh Wreath Materials:

Unfortunately, the April Paper Pumpkin kits are no longer available…. one of the reasons that I get two kits each month!

Contest Reminder:

I have been having a few problems with the emailing of my blog posts so I have decided to extend my contest until Monday. I have a few entries but I’m waiting for yours! Check this blog post for details. Remember, the winner wins a package of Designer Series Paper. Nice prize, right!

Speaking of Designer Series Paper….

Until the end of this month, you can purchase 3 Designer Series Paper packages and then get a 4th one FREE. You can select four different ones, two each of two types, or three of one and one of another. You decide!

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Paper PUmpkin BOGO sale

And last but not least, the Paper Pumpkin BOGO sale is running for just a few more days. If you are a new subscriber, buy one month and get the next FREE!!!! Can you do better than FREE? I think not!

Thanks for stopping by today.


A Paper Pumpkin Treat for You!

My customers are the best! So, I like to make them a little treat once in a while. The September Paper Pumpkin kit was just the prefect answer.When everyone arrived for class, they found this treat. Yes, candy corn fits inside perfectly.

Setp Paper Pumpkin treat

The kit came with enough materials to make 16 little treats. Because I get two kits each month, I had enough for everyone! I was even able to use the Paper Pumpkin box to store them in!


About Paper Pumpkin:

What is Paper Pumpkin?  Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box. How could this get any better you ask? It’s on sale but or just a few more days.


If you subscribe now, before Oct. 10, you will get the October kit and then get the November kits for FREE! My favorite price! make sure to enter BOGO in the promotion code area.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin:

It’s easy to do. Click on this link: It will take you directly to Paper Pumpkin and when you subscribe, it will recognize that I am your demonstrator. Next, sit back and wait for the box!

Contest Reminder:

You still have time to enter my contest. Just send me a picture of a card you could send just as a simple random at of kindness. I’ll select one card and the person who submitted it will receive one package of Designer Series paper!

Thanks for stopping by today.


“Your Orange Box is Here.”

A week or so ago I was working in my craft room. Husband Jerry went to get the mail. “Your orange box is here.” Yea!!!! That meant my Paper Pumpkin kit for August had arrived. I gave it a quick look but had not had a chance to do anything about it till yesterday.

Stampin’ Up! always provides a video to give you hints about putting it together. Here’s the video for August’s Bold Botanicals kit.

I was especially excited to see the cute gift card holders and I love the stamp set.

August, 2016, Paper Pumpkin Stamp set Bold BotanicalsHere’s one of the cards. Fun to make.

Paper Pumpkin,, Stampin' Up!

Did you notice the cute wooden charms on the card? It can be tricky to get them on the twine. Here’s a very short video to show you how to do that easily.

If you are not a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber , it’s never too late! If you have never subscribed, there is a BOGO deal going on right now. But one month, get the second one FREE!.

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