September's Paper Pumpkin Kit - Spookily Cute!

Ok, I've never made a big secret out of the fact that I'm not exactly a Halloween fan. I have no affinity for some of the blood and gore that's become popular over the years, nor for teens or even adults trick-or-treating door to door. 

But when I was young, we dressed in elaborate animal costumes that Mom had sewn for us from fake fur, and it was tons of fun to trick-or-treat until we hit somewhere around age 10 or so. (At which time we were still permitted to dress in costume, but then became the candy-hander-outers at our own front door.)

Nonetheless, I am still charmed by the "cute" element of little kids dressed in darling costumes, as well as friends sharing seasonal treats with one another. And I always appreciate the "gentler" way in which Stampin' Up!® presents Halloween. 

This year's Halloween Paper Pumpkin kit (the September box) was fun from the get-go. Packed in a special shiny black box adorned with white spiders and webs, it teased me to open it right away. Granted, it's taken me a while to complete the projects, as I've only worked on them for a few minutes at a time ('cuz I figured I really had until late October before I actually needed to complete them anyway). But the more progress I made, the more I grinned. These treat bags toppers are just too adorable! Anyway, at the time I'm writing this, I've got all the elements assembled as far as I can go - until I hit up the candy aisle at my local store in the next day or so and decide what treats will go into these little bags.

All 24 of them! 

YES! This kit had supplies to make 24 treat bags! Talk about a generous kit! Everything was included that I needed to assemble these, except for the treats themselves. (Well, I did also use Stampin' Up!'s newest must-have tool, the "Take Your Pick" tool, (page 30 of your Holiday Catalog), and of course my current VERY favorite tool, the Stamparatus.) And the bonus is that there are STILL elements left over that I'll be able to use on additional cards or other projects!

Now, are you perhaps wishing you might be able to make these delightful little treat bags, too? Well, for those of you who for one reason or another didn't get September's kit, OR for those of you who got the kit but wish you could make more than 24 treat bags, I've got good news for ya. As of today (while supplies last, of course), both the full kits and refill kits, are available in my online store - for current Paper Pumpkin subscribers to purchase. But what if you're not already a current subscriber? Well, I've gotcha covered with that; you can fix that dilemma in just a couple of minutes right here. 

The full kit includes everything that subscribers received in September - including the stamp set, ink, and consumables... while the refill kit includes only the consumable stuff to make 24 additional bags.

Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin kits seem to get better and better every month, and there's always a huge buzz of excitement online every month as we subscribers scurry to our mailboxes for our first glimpse of that month's craft project. Why not join the fun?!? If you're not yet a subscriber, now's a great time to jump in because.... not only will you be able to purchase THIS kit at my online store right now, but rumor has it that the upcoming kit (which will ship around mid-November) will help out with that Christmas card thing. And who couldn't use a little help in THAT department, too?

Oh! And the October kit? It's "in the mail" as they say; about to show up in our mailboxes any day now, and MAY offer a refill kit at my online store in a couple of weeks, too. And as a subscriber, you'd be able to purchase that kit, too.

Want to learn more about either September's Halloween kit OR the "Take Your Pick" tool? Be sure to watch the video at the top of this post!


Not too late to get October's Paper Pumpkin shaker cards kit!

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October's Paper Pumpkin kit arrived last week, and I put mine together while dog-sitting for my grand-dogs over the weekend. While it's been common knowledge that the October and November kits would coordinate this year, it's always a surprise to see what exactly is in each. And this month's kit certainly did not disappoint! Not only were there supplies to make 10 (that's 10, not 8, but TEN) shaker cards, but as usual with the Paper Pumpkin kits, I still have extra supplies, a stamp set and an ink spot left over to use on future projects.

But here's a really cool part. THIS month, instead of selling kit refills in the online store, Stampin' Up! will be offering these kits in their entirety (meaning including stamps + ink), BUT only while supplies last. (Which I would be very surprised to be very long.) But here's the rub:

Paper Pumpkin kits and/or refills available in the store are only available for purchase by Paper Pumpkin subscribers.

Uh, oh! Not a subscriber yet? (Or *still*, or whatever....?) Well, that's simple enough to fix: simply go to PaperPumpkin.YourPaperDreams.com and get signed up. Now! Quickly! So that you'll be ready to jump in right away and get your October kit just as soon as it becomes available..... about 1 pm or so (Pacific time) this afternoon. It'll show up in the Paper Pumpkin section of my store (but only while supplies last, remember).

 And then the next piece of good news is that by being a subscriber, you'll automatically get the coordinating November kit in your mailbox, too!

So here's the quick and dirty review about how to get your October kit:

  1. Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here - right now. (You might want to consider setting your monthly kit order to a number larger than 1 - at least at this time of year so you can have plenty of these projects on hand.)
  2. Sign OUT of your Paper Pumpkin account. (Don't just "x" out; you'll need to actually log out so you'll be able to sign into the online store soon thereafter.)
  3. Go here to order as many kits as you want from my online store (beginning at 1 pm Pacific time, but only while supplies last). And I'd be appreciative if you would apply my current host code, found here on my YourPaperDreams.com website.
  4. Enjoy putting together your 10 shaker cards when your order arrives, and then look forward to your NEXT (coordinating) kit to arrive automatically around mid-November. We don't know yet what the project will be, but we do know it'll coordinate with these cards, altho it won't be cards. Perhaps treat boxes? Packaging/wrapping of some kind? Tags? All of the above? Who knows?!?!???

I can't wait to find out! Can you?!???


Paper Pumpkin Mash-up

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There are lots of reasons crafters enjoy Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin program: it delivers a crafting surprise to your mailbox every month, introduces products that sometimes go on to show up in the regular line later, offers color combinations you might never have tried, and so many more. Personally, I particularly appreciate getting a new stamp set every month that often compliments others I already own. And these projects are perfect examples of that.

Both the gift bag and the "Hooray" card came from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. I was immediately captivated by the bright, fun colors in this kit, and sat down to assemble every element immediately. (June's kit included enough supplies for 4 gift bags, tags & tissues + 6 coordinating cards with envelopes..... and as usual, sufficient extra elements to use on future projects, too.)

I knew right away who would be the first recipient of one of my bag/card combos, but the occasion called for a little bit different sentiment on the tag than those that came with the kit. So a quick exploration of my stamp sets turned up "So excited to see you!" - from "Marquee Messages". 

Visit http://paperpumpkin.yourpaperdreams.com/ and click on "How it works" to learn more about Paper Pumpkin. And if you decide you'd like to try a subscription (either month-to-month or prepaid), please select my name - Lynda Glassmoyer (Post Falls, ID) - if the system asks for the name of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. (Thank you kindly for choosing me.)

I can't say as I've ever really been captivated by the color Emerald Envy; it reminds me of Glorious Green, from oh, SO many years ago..... which only saw daylight at my place around Christmastime. But when this kit paired Emerald Envy with Melon Mambo for this charming watermelon, well, ok, I had to admit I liked it. In fact I liked it so well I had to keep using it, even after all the elements of this Paper Pumpkin kit had been assembled!

Watermelon thank you

So here's the next thing I made a pile of..... using not only the same colors and watermelon stamp from June's kit, but a sentiment from April's Paper Pumpkin kit, along with a "wreath" die from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits. (The die proved perfect for taking a "bite" out of the watermelon!) And having taken a queue from last year's "Pop of Pink" Designer Series Paper (retired), I've come to really love pairing Melon Mambo with Basic Black. Talk about making a statement! So a strip of each color anchors the bottom of the card, and the watermelon and sentiment elements are then balanced with a set of 3 small rhinestones. A very basic card with a big helping of sass, don'tcha think?

Oh, and did you know that if you're already a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin you can get a refill for the consumable elements of the kit? (While supplies last, that is.)  As of today, the refill for June's kit is still available in my online store here - for only $8 US.