Easy-Peasy Christmas Cards!

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Hello, Hello!

If you have seen my posts before, you know I am a huge fan of Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up! In case you are new and have not heard of Paper Pumpkin…or heck, in case you have seen me mention it, but didn’t ask what it was…let me tell you about this amazing monthly kit! The joyful mail I get each month!

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit from Stampin’ Up! that comes right to your mailbox. All the hard work of designing the cards and cutting out the cardstock and diecuts is already done for you! All you have to do is put it together! Inside is everything you need to make a minimum of 8 cards. Sometimes you get little crafts that are 3D items like treat baggies or tubes for Halloween, or stockings and bunnies for Christmas and Easter. The crafts vary depending on the Holiday coming up. Mostly, it is amazing cards that are simple and easy to make. There are instructions to follow for each type of card, usually 2 designs and you make 4 of each design. Then there are leftovers that you can use to make more cards. Envelopes for the cards are always included, as are the stamp set and ink that you need. There are embellishments and adhesive as well! In your first box, they even send you a clear block to use each month for stamping!

Here are some examples from past kits. Current Paper Pumpkin subscribers have the opportunity to purchase past kits.

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So, there you have it! Paper Pumpkin is a fun box you get in the mail each month and you get to make all kinds of cards and crafts! And, it’s only $19.95! You can’t buy 8 cards for that! You’d get maybe 3, if you’re lucky! Your family and friends will LOVE your handmade cards! Trust me! Mine do and yours will too!

This next box is decorated for Christmas, so there will be Christmas themed items in it and that can help you get your holidays started. What better way to say, “I love you and am thinking of you” than with a handmade card at Christmas time?!

I will be posting more Paper Pumpkin projects in the future. I tend make 1 of each of what the instructions say and then I often veer off and do my own alternate cards and projects. However, I have been known to love their design so much that I just made what came in the kit and used the extras for my alternates. There are always plenty of extra embellishments and you can even mix items from other boxes! If I need a Birthday card, but the current kit says Thank You, I will just go to another kit and get the stamp I want. That’s the beauty of it all! You get to keep the stamps and ink as well as all the leftovers to use as you wish!

Ok, I could keep going on and on, but I won’t.

If you want this box of FUN coming to your mailbox next month, then CLICK HERE to start your subscription now! You need to register before the 10th of November! Don’t wait! DO IT NOW! You won’t regret it!

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop!

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Hello!
Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of creative fun! This is my first time hopping with this group, however, I am sure it won’t be the last since I am a huge Paper Pumpkin fan!
The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your own creativity run wild.
On this hop, we will be sharing many alternate ideas with you on how to use the September kit called ‘Frights and Delights.’
I like to start out making at least 1 of each of the planned projects in a kit first. I just haven’t bought any candy yet, so I thought I would use one of Paper Pumpkin’s images. They look better with candy in them than empty. Aren’t they cute little packages?? I’ll be using them for secretaries and teachers at the schools I sub at and where my son goes.
Then, I see where my own creative juices flow…here is what happened this month…
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I have made up my mind to do more scrapbooking and have therefore challenged myself to make at least 1 scrapbook page with the kit contents each month. For this, I need to add a 12 x 12 piece of card stock, which is in Rich Razzleberry today. Normally, I would use the included cards to back the photos, yet since this kit did not have cards, I did have to grab some other card stock as well. In this case, some Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Cajun Craze. Ideally, I would like to use as much from the kit as I can to show you that you can do it too. Also, this month, to have a change of pace for non Halloween folks, I added in a fall stamp set called Colorful Seasons stamp set and Seasonal Layers thinlits.
I used 2 of the cellophane bags and cut them on one side. Then I did a fan fold and adhered the sides together after tying them in the middle with the bakers twine from the kit. I made the bakers twine long enough so that I could tie it in a bow around the stems of the leaves.
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The leaves are stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry. The leaf overlay is cut from Mango Melody. I used glue dots on the back of the leaves to stick them to the cellophane fan circle.
For the title, I embossed one of the flower thinlits onto the silver paper that was in the box. I just used a scrap of it. I thought they came out pretty cool. I was attempting to cut the flower and instead it did this. I liked it, so I didn’t run it through the Big Shot again. I also used the Stitched Framelits to make the ovals around the title. I use these A LOT! I absolutely love them! You can also see that I used Rich Razzelberry ink to stamp a bunch of leaves all over the back ground to give it some extra pizzazz and add to the falling leaves…
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After making the scrapbook page, I thought I should make a card using as much from the kit as I could. I needed to add cardstock for the base of the cards, yet, the rest is from the kit itself. These 2 cards came together pretty quick!
This first one, I used Gorgeous Grape cardstock and cut 1 inch off the bottom of the top part of the card. Then I used the spider web cellophane bag and cut it open to make a cover for the top of the card. I used the small and large spider on the same stamp block to stamp the bottom border. Then used the silver pumpkin to adhere behind the jack-o-lantern. I stamped the sentiment and tied some of the bakers twine around the fold to disguise it.
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The only thing I don’t like about this card is that you can see the glue dots that I used to stick the bag to the front. Not sure what else I could have done.
The next card I like better…
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I used a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and Whisper White cardstock. I used the Gorgeous Grape ink for the stamping after putting almost all the stamps onto 1 block to make a word and picture collage. I saw somebody on a facebook site do something similar for a scrapbook page background and was reminded that I had once done that for Christmas cards from Paper Pumpkin a few years ago. I love using that idea when you have lots of little stamps!
I used the same block of stamps to stamp the background with Versa Mark ink. Then I added the silver circle behind the ghosts eyes to give it that eerie look. I cut off part of the tag and edged it with the Gorgeous Grape like I did the whole card and the worded rectangle. Gotta love distressing! I tied some of the black and silver bakers twine around the fold and tied a bow. I used dimensionals for the back of the tag and the ghost. Simple and quick card.
There you have it. 3 fairly quick and easy alternates to a very fun paper Pumpkin kit. Did you have to go Halloween? No, you did not. Could you if you wanted to? Naturally! Paper Pumpkin is for anyone and any level of crafting that wants to get products you can’t buy anywhere else.
Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun!
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Coming next week…Paper Pumpkin FLASH SALE! Don’t miss out. Check with your demonstrator to start getting your box in the mail. If you don’t have one, I am happy to get you started with your subscription to Paper Pumpkin!

HOW the FLASH SALE WORKS:
Paper Pumpkin has a LIMITED NUMBER of October kits to offer at a special introductory rate. The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5. The flash promotion starts October 8, 2018. The sale will continue until supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on October 10, whichever comes first.
If the supply runs out before October 10, they will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features a one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).

CLICK HERE or on the picture above and make sure you use promo Code FLASH1018 to lock in your $5 box of October fun!

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin! Now hop over to Deb’s blog to see her fun creation.
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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop

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Hello!

I love blog hops, don’t you?! I haven’t done any in awhile and now I have 2 back-to-back!

This one is with a group I have hopped with in the past. We are called Global Stamping Friends and this month the theme is Card Sets.

Since I am on a Paper Pumpkin kick right now, I chose to use Birthday cards from past Paper Pumpkin(PP) sets. This set is actually going to be a Give-Away for next week’s new Paper Pumpkin promotion. Keep reading to the end to find out more! I may even toss a few other items inside next week, maybe a few sheets of PP grid paper, that would be fun and useful…we shall see…

The “holder” for the card set is a Paper Pumpkin themed trash bin! I even have the blue tissue paper that your PP kit comes wrapped up in! There is also a PP pen inside so that you always have a pen to add a personal touch to the cards!

Here are the 5 different cards that are in the bin with envelopes. 2 are gift card holders or just little notes to add to a gift. 1 is a little 3″ x 3″ card to add to a gift. Then there are 2 full sized cards, one of which has a banner wrapped around it and comes off for the birthday person to be able to hang up. For this one, I had it say “Enjoy.” These were all fun and simple to make. That’s what is so awesome about Paper Pumpkin…it’s easy-peasy and simply delightful! For beginners or experienced folks and young or older alike.

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When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you get a lovely red box in the mail each month…from it you can either make what comes in the box following the instructions, or you can make alternate items. It is all a matter of what you are comfortable with. Check back tomorrow to see some alternates from September’s PP kit!

Then stay tuned for next week’s give-away of this card set!

Now on to Angélique‘s blog to see what card set she created! Enjoy!

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Coming next week…Paper Pumpkin FLASH SALE! Don’t miss out. Check with your demonstrator to start getting your box of crafting fun in the mail. If you don’t have one, I am happy to get you started with your subscription to Paper Pumpkin! Check back tomorrow for more details on this FLASH SALE!

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June