Tag Archives: Alternative ideas

A Sara Thing – Paper Pumpkin

This month was the 4th anniversary of Paper Pumpkin, and to celebrate Stampin’ Up! created a very special box.  I have to say, this is my all time favorite, Favorite, FAVORITE Paper Pumpkin ever!!!! The kit was designed by Sara Douglas, the Stampin’ Up! CEO and it included a special gift in every box.  And, guess what the gift was? … Watercolor Pencils!!!!  Oh, my gosh, what a treat!  I… Read More »

March Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

Hopefully, you read my earlier post today showing the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  Now, I have two alternative ideas for projects you can make with the kit and a few extra supplies. I love to watercolor, and Basic Gray Archival ink (which is what we got in the kit this month) is made for watercoloring!  It doesn’t smear or blur when wet.  On my cards, I stamped the images on Shimmery… Read More »

February Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time! I got my red box in the mail earlier this week.  It’s always a surprise and so much fun to open!!!  This month, the kit is called Many Happy Birthdays and it includes a photopolymer stamp set, TWO Stampin’ Spots (Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo), and supplies to make nine die-cut cards or party invitations. The supplies are shown below including 9 printed die-cut card bases (3 each… Read More »

January Paper Pumpkin!

I get so excited when my Paper Pumpkin box arrives in the mail each month.  The contents are always a surprise.  It’s so fun to open it up and see what’s inside; and this month, I wasn’t disappointed.  Love is in the air!!! This month’s kit is called Adoring Arrows, and it includes supplies to make 24 adorable treat bags!!!  The contents of the box includes 24 gold foil food-safe treat bags… Read More »

Alternative Paper Pumpkin

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed your holidays and are looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2017.  I had a super busy holiday.  This was the first time in years that I’ve been working full time during the holidays.  Plus, we had both kids home from college.  What a difference that makes!!!  Just the laundry … I got so use to doing just a couple loads once or twice… Read More »

November Paper Pumpkin!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a wonderful day spent with loved ones:) It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  This month’s kit is called Wonderful Winterland and it came it a special edition blue holiday box.  It includes supplies to make 8 4-1/4″ x 3″ cards.  The kit includes two Stampin’ Spot ink pads in Dapper Denim and Pear Pizzazz, a 9 piece photopolymer stamp set, 8 Dapper Denim envelopes, 8 Whisper… Read More »

October Paper Pumpkin

My October Paper Pumpkin Kit arrived this week!  OHHH and it’s such a pretty one!!! This month’s kit is called Season of Gratitude, and it includes supplies to make eight Fall Themed cards.  What’s even better is that all the cards are shaker cards!!!  I love shaker cards! Here’s a picture of all the supplies from this month’s kit.  It includes 8 Crumb Cake card bases, 8 printed envelopes (so,… Read More »

September Paper Pumpkin!

It’s already October!!!!  Oh my gosh, where did September go? I got my September Paper Pumpkin kit a little over a week ago, but unfortunately I received it the night before I left to drive down to Southern California for a long weekend to visit my daughter at Loyola Marymont University.  She just started in August, and we were missing each other!!!  We had an amazing, fun filled weekend that included… Read More »

August Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  Yippee!!!  I’m always so excited to open my box and see what’s inside.  I had looked at a sneak peek of the stamp set for this month, and knew I loved it, so I was super excited to see what else was included in the kit. For those of you who don’t know, Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service that provides a fun little “craft in… Read More »

Paper Pumpkin Preview

I have an unexpected treat for you!  Last Thursday on Stampin’ Up!’s Facebook page, it announced that it would show a sneak peek of part of the August Paper Pumpkin kit.  Stampin’ Up! asked customers to vote for which part it should reveal: the stamp set, the color scheme, the embellishments, or nothing (to keep it a surprise).  The response was incredible!  It got over 800 responses and the answer was clear: the stamp… Read More »

July Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  I got my sweet little red box in the mail this week.  It’s always a surprise to see what’s inside.  I never know what the contents will be, and that’s half the fun.  This month, the Paper Pumpkin kit is called What A Gem, and it included supplies to make small gift or treat boxes. Here’s a picture of the contents.  It included die cuts to make 4… Read More »

April Paper Pumpkin

It’s April Paper Pumpkin time!!!  This is an especially awesome kit, because it included an extra, bonus stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to celebrate the third birthday of Paper Pumpkin!  How great is that?  Thank you Stampin’ Up! First, let me show you the April kit.  Here’s the photopolymer stamp set: And here’s a photo of the rest of the kit.  I didn’t photograph multiple cutouts of the same pieces,… Read More »

Pocketful of Cheer

Today, I have a card to share that you can make with the contents of the March Paper Pumpkin Kit, and a few extra supplies.  This is the type of project that I provide in the monthly tutorials I share with all my Paper Pumpkin subscribers.  You can receive those tutorials for FREE around the 1st of the month following the release of each monthly kit, if you sign up… Read More »

February Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  Yippee!!!  I got my little red box in the mail last week, and oh boy do I love this kit!  OK, I know I’m using a lot of exclamation points, but it’s really cute. Paper Pumpkin is always a surprise.  That’s half the fun.  Each month, Stampin’ Up! puts together a fun box of crafts and sends it in the mail.  It could be cards, gifts,… Read More »

Alternative Paper Pumpkin Card

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is full of supplies to make Valentine treat pockets and even a decorative banner.  In fact, there are so many supplies that I have a few left over.  I decided to use some of my leftovers to make a Valentine card for my son. OK, I know what you’re thinking, YOUR SON?  But, this card is ultra feminine with pinks and hearts and sequins!!!  Well,… Read More »

January Paper Pumpkin

It’s here, my January Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!  Paper Pumpkin is so fun, because it’s always a surprise.  It’s a monthly subscription to get “fun in a box” delivered straight to your mail box.  Each kit includes everything you need to make the basic projects, except adhesive.  Sometimes the kit includes supplies to make cards and sometimes, it’s something else… I had a feeling that this month’s kit would be full… Read More »

Weekly News

I have another alternative Paper Pumpkin project to share with you today.  But before I get to that, I just learned about a great new deal.  Starting January 5, you can purchase a 3 month prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin for just $55.  Plus, when you purchase this prepaid subscription, you qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration product!  It’s a win-win.  You save money on your subscription and qualify for a Sale-A-Bration… Read More »

December Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin time!  I got my box in the mail this week, and oh boy is this a fun kit — full of LOADS of pretty supplies.  It’s got everything you need to make 12 desktop calendar pages for 2016.  The kit even includes a little wire holder for the calendars. You can see all the supplies of my box below, including 12 background papers in beautiful floral designs,… Read More »

Weekly News

I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who placed orders during the Online Extravaganza!  I’ve sent personalized thank yous to each of you, along with a special gift:) This week, there are new Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!, including one of my favorite holiday accents – Gold Glimmer Paper.  This paper makes my cards look festive and sparkly, and it really looks great with gold embossing! Paper… Read More »

More Paper Pumpkin!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!  I can’t believe how quickly this month has flown by!!!  It’s almost Thanksgiving!!! I’m off to stand in line this morning to buy tickets to my daughter’s last Christmas Dance Show.  She started her dance career 12 years ago at this very show!!!  It’s hard to believe so much time has passed.  I remember that first show like it was yesterday.  She was in… Read More »