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Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peak – The Gift of Fall (August)

Exciting news!  Who needs an escape from the heat?  Stay indoors and start preparing for fall with your August Paper Pumpkin Kit – The Gift of Fall!! Watch the video below for a sneak peak and special announcement of what is to come:

 

 

To recap, the August kit, will:

  • Make 6 fall-themed gift bags
  • Make 12 fall-themed gift tags
  • Coordinate with the following colors from the SU! color collection – Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Merry Merlot, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, and Soft Suede

Did you catch the exciting announcement in the video?  I think this is the first time there has been an add-on kit to provide options for those not interested in making non-card projects!  How great will it be to create beautiful gift packaging that also includes a matching card?  You can bet I’ll be getting an add-on!  I will wager that they will sell out fast.  Do not delay!  Remember only subscribers can purchase the add-on so you will want to be signed up (and activate) your Paper Pumpkin subscription before August 1st when the add-on is available to order so you can take advantage of this great offering.

The Gift of Fall Add-On Bundle will:

  • consists of 24 card bases in two different designs, sized 5″ x 3 1/2″
  • 24 coordinating envelopes
  • sell for $10 only to subscribers with an Active Paper Pumpkin account
  • be available only while supplies last and will ship separately from your regular monthly kit.

Important note: The Gift of Fall Add-On Bundle is not needed to complete the August kit projects.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that bakes and makes handmade gifts in the season of Thanksgiving to share with those they love and appreciate.  Wouldn’t these make the perfect packaging for such gifts – Teachers, coaches, and co-workers, as well as fall birthdays and hostess gifts?  In fact, this is probably the perfect month to tweak your account and bump your kit quantity from one to two or more just to be sure you will have enough to go around OR have an organized ladies night in to make up the projects and fellowship with your friends.  You will be feeling doubly blessed to have these projects on hand when you are ready to spread your gratitude this Thanksgiving Season.

Click HERE to subscribe, either monthly or with the prepaid plan and follow the directions to sign up.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.

If you have more questions about Paper Pumpkin in general, read my Paper Pumpkin Page for more details or contact me.

Remember, the deadline to sign up for Paper Pumpkin and get the August kit is August 10th.  The add-on will be available for active subscribers beginning August 1st in my online store, while supplies last.

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Paper Pumpkin meets Animal Expedition

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You may already love Paper Pumpkin.  AND, you may already love the Animal Expedition Suite of products in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog (p. 26-27). I admit that I do!

What would you say if I told you SU! has combined these two beloved items to come up with a fun new kit for Valentines Day?  In keeping with SU!’s element of surprise, I don’t have all the details; however, SU! has provided us with a few sneak peeks and details about the upcoming kit and I’m so excited to share the news.  {STOP:  Did you happen to notice that ADORABLE chameleon in the photo above? #love}

You don’t want to miss this sure to be popular kit to help you prepare some very special treats for your Valentine loves.  I must warn you that as Paper Pumpkin has seen much growth in popularity lately it is not uncommon for them to sell out, so do not delay – sign up today!

Paper Pumpkin is available both as a month-to-month subscription ($19.95 per month) AND as a prepaid subscription (1, 3, 6 or 12 month options). Click HERE to read more about Paper Pumpkin and the benefits my club subscribers receive.

Click here to SUBSCRIBE  in time to receive this next kit if you already know the basics.

Happy Stampin’!

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Tackling Paper Pumpkin Organization

Today I wanted to share with you how I have been storing my Paper Pumpkin Stamp sets.  Those mini sets are great! But, what to do with them when you finish your kit?  There are so many great sentiments and images but it is easy to loose track of what you have and if you aren’t keeping track of them, if they are not organized, then you probably aren’t using them!

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I decided I wanted something that could sit on my stamp shelf and had easy access for me to be able to thumb through and quickly glance at the stamps to see which I want to use.  I have prepared a video tutorial to show you how to make my stamp file box.  It only uses a few products and holds one years worth of Paper Pumpkin Stamp Sets.

If you are new to my website, or Stampin’ Up! and don’t know what I am talking about when I refer to Paper Pumpkin?? then you should definitely go read learn more about this fabulous monthly subscription kit HERE!

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Another use for this box would be to organize and store your handmade cards!  Keep those beautiful creations safely stored until they are ready to be signed and sent away!  All of the products used in this project can be purchased from my online shop.

Additional Tip:  Of all the months I have been a member of the Paper Pumpkin Club there has only been one stamp set (Manly Moments, May 2018) which was too long to fit inside the clear envelope.  My solution was to cut the stamp set in half, acetate sheets and all, and put one half on one side of the whisper white cardstock and the other half on the back side.  It works just fine!  I forgot to point this out in my video.  Sorry!

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Thanks for watching today.  Let me know if you make your own and share with me how you chose to decorate yours.  I kept my simple but I know some of you will really make yours spectacular and I would love to see them!  Share your photos with me on facebook.

Have a blessed day and happy stampin’!

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Paper Pumpkin SAVINGS!

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Now is a great time to sign up for Paper Pumpkin!  From now until August 10th, if you sign up to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you will receive 50% off you first kit!!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting subscription that is delivered right to your door.  Everything you need in a little orange box for a creative escape for only $20 per month (usually).  So that means, right now you can subscribe and get your first kit for $10!

As always, the project is a surprise.  I can’t say what exactly you get for that price but take a look at some past kits to see what kind of projects you can make.  Paper Pumpkin is a great way to get your feet wet in this fun hobby (try new products build your supplies), to stock up on handmade seasonal cards and gift items for giving and be assured you will have at least one fun creative escape each month!  Remember, projects are designed for the busy crafter in mind.  Much of the prep work is done for you, so even if you usually tell yourself that being creative doesn’t work for your because your life is too busy, I’m here to tell you THIS is the way to go!  If you have an hour you can sit and complete all the projects at once.  They will be ready to give at a moments notice.  Can’t fit in a 1 hour crafting escape?  No problem, 10 minutes is all it takes to sit with your little box and make one or two items (I find it takes just as long to make 2 of anything as it does one).  Wish to be even more creative, have a little extra time this month?  Then step outside the box, ditch the predesign project instructions and create something entirely different.  The choice is yours!

There is no commitment to continue after your first month.  If you find it isn’t for you, you can cancel anytime.  Although, I can’t imagine you would want to.

To read more about Paper Pumpkin click here to be taken to my Paper Pumpkin page with FAQ, learn about the perks I give to my subscribers, and more.

If you are ready to get enrolled, then CLICK HERE to begin your subscription today! Remember to enter Promo Code: BLOOM0818 at checkout.  You will receive an email when your account is billed and another when your kit ships so you can be on the watch (and maybe prepare a dinner ahead of time to free up an evening for fun!).

Happy Stampin’ and have a blessed one!

P.S. Don’t forget about the other great savings going on right now.  Just a few more days to take advantage of deals like these (click either photo to learn more):

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Broadway Star (Paper Pumpkin)

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The Paper Pumpkin kit was a REAL treat this month!  We were given a small tip that it would coordinate with one of the new product suites that was just released in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, Broadway Birthday, which is a gorgeous, glitzy collection perfect for birthdays of all ages (male and female).  I was so excited!

It did not disappoint!

Right out of the box, the projects that were designed by SU! with this kit create two different birthday cards (4 of each) in bright, cheery colors.  There is an exclusive twine for embellishing as well (black/gold) which is a real treat.

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So fun and easy to make.  I didn’t follow the directions EXACTLY! I mostly just used the photo to guide me.  Because they have done most of the work, it is really easy to do!

 

I have realized that I craft in the same style I cook, which really makes me laugh!  I love to cook (and bake) but I have a terrible time following recipes.  I don’t measure exactly (most of the time), and I freely make substitutions of ingredients (especially if I have something I am trying to use up).  So, usually when my family comes home and asks “What’s for dinner?”, my reply is usually something like “something similar to…” or “a version of…”.  Sometimes it results in success (sometimes not!).  My family is so sweet and gracious to me that they never complain (well, mostly never!).

The stamp set will be a valuable addition to my collection as it contains some great celebratory sentiments, beyond birthdays.

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I created some alternate projects as well.  These were inspired by the Paper Pumpkin design team.  They always show additional variations for the kit contents.  Which I think is a FABULOUS idea!  Usually I do switch up a few of the projects.  This month, because it coordinates with the new Broadway Birthday Suite, I also included some products from the suite.

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I’m always in need of gift card holders.  This card style design is my go-to as it is so easy to send in the mail and does double duty acting as the birthday card AND gift holder.  Smart!  Shown in the above photo with the “WISH” die cut, you can see all I did was add a Lovely Lipstick card base, cut one of the included lime card bases in half.  I used the pattern half to decorate the panels, and the back, white half to line the card base to allow a writing space inside my card.  The gift card slides right in to the pocket on the left and the cake (which is popped up on dimensionals) holds the flap closed.

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I really enjoy receiving my kit every month!  Local friends should check my calendar and to my Paper Pumpkin Party each month.  We gather, and put our kits together, have some snacks and fun fellowship.  I always have some supplies on hand for those that want to create an alternate project or two.  And, if you are not yet a subscriber, but have been thinking about it, stop by!  I try to have extras on hand to sample and encourage my guests to bring friends.  It’s very casual and fun!

Those are are not close enough to attend, don’t worry!  You won’t be left out of the fun.  I will send my subscribers who live out of town the same project packets with instructions so you can create your own alternate projects too.  Just drop me a line and let me know you would like it!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a beautiful day and remember to make something pretty!

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Manly Moments (Paper Pumpkin)

Paper Pumpkin to the rescue!!!

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We have been undergoing renovations in our home for what seems like forever!  Demo day was actually April 12 (that day is forever emblazoned in my brain).  We gutted the kitchen for a complete remodel AND my backyard was destroyed as giant equipment came in digging a hole and ripping out trees for a swimming pool.  Of course, we didn’t plan it that way.  In fact, the pool construction was supposed to begin early in the new year!  However, as things happen, there were “complications” obtaining permits (the woes of purchasing an old house in unincorporated land that was apparently never properly subdivided and documented with the county (how that was not discovered when we closed on the sale 2 years ago is beyond me!).  In any case, that caused a long delay (and much added stress to my dear husband…talk about hoops and hurdles!).  In addition, the kitchen remodel began about a week early. Seriously though, I arrived home from attending SU! Onstage event in Atlanta (FUN!!!) on a Sunday evening and received a call the next day, “Sherrie, would it be okay if our demo guys come Thursday to start the tear out?” and I’m looking around my fully stocked kitchen trying not to panic!  The tear out was not supposed to be until the following week so I thought I had another week/weekend to pack and prepare some meals to get us through the period we would not have appliances (other than a microwave and outdoor grill).  So, we went into hyper mode because how do you tell a contractor, “um, no don’t come early”.  Seriously! Usually you are begging them to come on time!  Anyway, we are now in the midst of it all and there has been little time (and motivation) for crafting.  So, you can imagine, how thrilled I was to receive this kit in time to create cards for the special men in my life!  They are gorgeous and came together so quickly!

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Not to mention that completely calm, serene color palette! I couldn’t help thinking how much I would LOVE to be tucked somewhere inside that mountain range on my card!  Maybe drifting through the lake with no place I needed to be.  LOL!

The stamp set is equally amazing!  I can’t tell you how many times I wish I had more masculine friendly sentiments to customize my cards.  These will come in handy for a long time to come!! The fonts are simple.  I never realize how flourishy (is that a word?) sentiment stamps I choose are until I am trying to create a masculine card.  I really must pay more attention when I am placing my orders.

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Thank you, Paper Pumpkin for coming to my rescue this month!  I think this month was the epitome of a “creative escape”  because I am sure I would not have done any crafting without it! Who am I kidding?  I would have found a way to make these needed cards because purchasing cards causes me very real, palpable pain; however, there would have been much stress in the process. And crafting is supposed to relieve stress, right?

Do you ever feel like that?  Wish you had time to create a special card or gift but for whatever reason (no time, no mojo, no supplies) you just can’t pull it off?  Paper Pumpkin is such a no brainer.  Always reliable.  Always on time.  Whether you are creating to make ahead and stock up or find yourself in a pinch and need something quick, it will be a life saver.  To read more about Paper Pumpkin and the perks my Paper Pumpkin subscribers receive click the icon below.  I would love to have you join my club!!

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Thanks for stopping in today!  I hope your day contains lots less dust than mine! (truly I cannot keep up with it right now).  I’ll go for some of the pixie kind, please?  So, even if I’m not, I hope you are out there making something pretty!  Have a blessed day!

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You Are My Anchor (Paper Pumpkin)

This month’s Paper Pumpkin has so much summertime fun potential!  Included in the kit you get supplies to create 20 mini cards (with envelopes) as well as 4 adorable boxes.  The boxes can be used to hold a set of cards to be given as a gift (or used to store cards until you need them). Although the cards and boxes can be used separately.

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This picture shows the projects I made, following the instructions included in the kit.  These adorable cards are the perfect size to attach to a small gift or used as gift enclosures.  I also thought they would be perfect to tuck inside a suitcase for a husband traveling or a child going off to camp, just to send a little love note or few encouraging words.

As much as I love these small cards, I have much more use for standard card sizes so, taking the included materials, as the basic layout of one of the cards, I added a Pool Party card base and created a card I can send in the mail.  The banner was cut from one of the envelopes.  Easy Peasy!

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But the fun doesn’t stop there.  This stamp set that is full of summertime fun icons had me reminiscing of  summers past when my children were much younger and we played Summer Bingo and Road Trip Bingo.  How cute are these little stickers that can be used to stick on the bingo cards?  I used the white round Avery stickers you can pick up at most box stores.  Tucked inside one of these boxes, this would also be a cute gift for a little one!  You could even make a super cute travel Tic-Tac-Toe game!

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I just love this months creative fun! All of the instructions for these fun additional ideas can be found on my private FB page that is made available for my PP subscribers.

It’s never too late to join in the fun of my Paper Pumpkin Club.  Click HERE to  or learn more or to sign up.  Subscribe month to month to be sure you never miss out on this creativity escape (no obligation, cancel anytime or put on hold if you need to skip a month).  You can also purchase prepaid plans (1, 3, 6 and 12 month options).  This is a perfect option if you want to give it a try before subscribing or even to give as a gift.  Who wouldn’t love such a surprise pop up in their mailbox every month?  It’s a gift that keeps on giving.   At just under $20 per month this mail surprise is a great deal!

This is a little sneak peak to the free tutorial available to my Paper Pumpkin Subscribers.

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Gift Card Holder (Free Tutorial for my PP Subscribers)

 

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!