Holiday Gift Giving with Stampin’ Up!

I just love the holiday season, but it’s easy to for time to slip away as we get caught up with decorating, holiday parties and other seasonal events.  To help simplify your gift giving, consider gifting the wonderful kits that Stampin’ Up! offers.  They are fabulous gift ideas for both beginner and experienced crafters, of all ages.


One of my favorite kits is Paper Pumpkin. It’s creative, unique, great for everyone from pre-teens on up, one-size-doesactually-fit-all, it’s delivered directly to the recipient for you, and you can purchase pre-paid gift subscriptions from 1 month to 1 year, so it fits any budget.  That is an awesome gift!  Just click on the link above to subscribe.

There are several other great kits found in the annual catalog on pages 8-17.  The Soft Sayings Card Kit (which comes with a refill kit) and Oh Happy Day Card Kit are both all-inclusive kits that include coordinating stamp sets, matching card bases and envelops and coordinating ribbons and embellishments.  They are ideal for a stamper who has some stamping supplies, but maybe not a lot of time to design.

The Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit and coordinating Hello Friend stamp set is a wonderful option for the more advanced stamper with a stash of crafting tools and supplies. 

And of course, purchasing bundles and/or selecting items within a product suite will provide you with many coordinating products that are sure to please the recipient!

Thank you for supporting my small business and following my blog.  I truly appreciate your support!  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Paper Pumpkin – holiday gift giving fun

Do you love cute, coordinated Christmas cheer? So does Paper Pumpkin!

Do you love everything heartfelt AND handmade for holiday giving?  Paper Pumpkin is offering back-to-back, made-to-match kits for October and November.  They are perfect for neighbor gifts or hostess gifts or just something little to have on hand when you want to share a little kindness to someone. 


Get the first of two adorable kits during a Season of Style when you subscribe for October’s kit at by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 10. Remain subscribed through November 10 to make sure you don’t miss out on the second coordinating holiday kit. Happy sharing!

Here a quick 1-minute video with more details.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Breaking News!

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BREAKING NEWS from Paper Pumpkin! Everyone loves heartfelt and handcrafted holiday giving. Which is why Stampin’ Up! designed made-to-match holiday kits for October and November! You won’t want to miss out so subscribe by October 10 to get the first all-inclusive kit complete with everything you need to make a festive holiday project, perfect for holiday giving!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Paper Pumpkin – Half off Savings!


This is a great time to try Paper Pumpkin! There are many subscription choices and your September kit could be half off!

Starting August 11 and ending September 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers enjoy 50% OFF their first (September) kit!  You won’t want to miss out on October and November’s kits, either!  With the holidays approaching, having these pumpkin kits will provide quality, holiday crafting fun!  With coordinating, pre-cut designs, they will add that special seasonal touch to your holiday.

Subscribe from August 11–September 10 and Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door.  Your kit will be complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects.  And with the holidays approaching, this is a great way to get ahead of the last minute hustle and bustle for half the price.

Here’s the fine print:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must subscribe by Saturday, September 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount applied to September’s kit ONLY.   After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 (which includes shipping).
  • Enter the promo code, HALFOFF0917 upon checkout.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.

TO ORDER YOUR 50% OFF KIT AND SUBSCRIBE THRU ME, visit Paper Pumpkin HERE and enter HALFOFF0917 to receive 50% off the September kit.

Benefits of Having a Paper Pumpkin Month to Month Subscription:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time  without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends and family to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills (when available) of your favorites.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Contact me if you have any questions about this special offer!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Many Uses of Memories & More Card Packs

Have you checked out the Memories & More — four different designs on page 193-194?  These are coordinating packs of cards that make craft projects fun, quick and easy.  The designs and colors were carefully chosen to coordinate with other product suites.  The cards are perfect for:

  • card making
  • memory keeping
  • home décor projects like shadow boxes and samplers
  • any other project you can imagine. 

These are definitely a budget friendly crafting supply!  For just a $10 investment, you can make a stack of cards!   Each pack includes 52 double-sided 3″ x 4″ cards, 2 each of 26 designs; 20 double-sided 4″ x 6″ cards, 2 each of 10 designs; plus embellishments such as stickers, foil die cuts and acetate overlays.  All you need is some snail adhesive, card blanks and envelopes. 


Petal Garden card pack will make breathtaking cards using the following colors of Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.


Perfect Days card pack will make fun-loving cards using Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.


Color Theory card pack will make great all-occasion cards all year long using Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Soft Suede


And finally, Bundle of Love card pack uses soft pastel cards using Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky & Very Vanilla.

Check back to see what I’ve made with the Petal Garden Memories & More Card pack!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit

Recently, I taught a stamp camp using the Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit and Hello Friend stamp set.  This was a great way to step-up my cardmaking and share several different embossing techniques to make the cards in the kit.

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This kit contains all the supplies to make 15 cards – three of each design.  To make this kit, you need the following items:  Hello Friend stamp set plus have Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Powder Pink pads, VersaMark pad, aqua painters, dimensionals, glue dots, snail adhesive, stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool, grid paper and strip of cardstock.

Tip #1:  Use the stamp-a-ma-jig tool to perfectly place sentiments on each of the punched label pieces by first temporarily holding the label punch in place with a tiny bit of snail adhesive.

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Tip #2:   Temporarily adhere the “hello die cut” to strip of cardstock before covering it with VersaMark – now, you’ll have something to hold so that you won’t smudge the embossing powder or burn your fingers while using the heat tool!

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Tip #3:  Hello Friend stamp set will make a lovely Christmas Card.  Versamark on Old Olive cardstock shows up darker.  With clear embossing powder, the stamped image looks like Always Artichoke, so I matted the piece with Always Artichoke cardstock and added some Natural Trim ribbon with gold metallic center.

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This stamp set has lots of possibilities, and the embossing kit will give you lots of supplies to make a bunch of cards to have on hand.  All of these items are available for purchase using my on-line store.

Until next time, sending your crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Paper Pumpkin Promotion

Starting TODAY (May 11) and ending June 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers will receive an introductory 25% discount on the June, July, and August 2017 kits.

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Benefits of Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Creating projects such as card sets, gift giving and home decor items.
  • The option to craft together with friends or to craftng on the go — easily portable and slips into your tote bag or suitcase!
  • The ability to purchase refills of your favorite kits so you have flexibility of making more items or creating alternative projects.
  • Purchasing past kits while supplies last.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • Anticipation with the surprise factor!

Fine print of this promotion:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions only, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95.
  • Enter the promo code, “STARTHERE” upon checkout.

Paper Pumpkin kits include all you need for a monthly creative fix!  

Add a subscription to your next Stampin’ Up! order.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Special Paper Pumpkin coming in April

There’s a big surprise coming in April to Paper Pumpkin! The kit was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass.  Now is a great time to join.  Contact me today to sign up!

  • Do you love receiving happy mail?  
  • Do you love to craft but “have limited time”?
  • Do you love to create but sometimes just need a little inspiration?
  • Do you need a convenient excuse to get together with friends and craft? 
  • Do you know someone who would enjoy a gift of a Paper Pumpkin subscription?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then a monthly subscription for Paper Pumpkin is perfect for you.  Each month you will receive a surprise box in the mail for just $20/month (shipping included) that is always new, always exciting and trend-setting!  You have a choice of month-to-month or pre-paid subscriptions. These all-inclusive kits let you enjoy craft time without a lot of prep work or supplies! 

Each kit contains a different project – sometimes it contains all the supplies to make a bunch of cards, attractive gift packaging, seasonal projects (i.e., Valentine’s Day or Halloween), or home decor project.  Every paper pumpkin kit includes:  an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, coordinating ink spot(s) that perfectly match pre-cut papers and embellishments, adhesive, full color instructions and a link to watch You Tube video for that project.  Your first kit will contain an acrylic block to use with all of your future kits. 

Plus there are always lots of alternative ideas posted on Pinterest!  And, you can purchase past kits and refills so the fun never ends!

NEWS FLASH!  Paper Pumpkin is celebrating its’ fourth anniversary with a kit inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass.  Sara describes this kit as “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass—just like her”!  Plus, April’s kit includes a FREE gift from Sara and previews one of the new 2017-2019 In-Colors!  Subscribe by April 10 to get your April Paper Pumpkin kit!    Check out Sara’s video.

HOT TIP!  Subscribe by March 31, and you’ll earn Sale-A-Bration products with your Paper Pumpkin subscription.  

  • Combine your monthly subscription with other Stampin’ Up! products to earn Sale-A-Bration products for each $50 purchase (before shipping and tax).   
  • Purchase a 3-Month Prepaid Subscription which is currently on-sale for $55 through March 31st! This option provides you with a $5 discount on 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualifies you for one FREE Sale-A-Bration product!
  • Purchase a 6-month Prepaid Subscription ($114).  This option instantly qualifies you for two FREE Sale-A-Bration products!  When combined with other purchases in the current catalog, you may earn Stampin’ Rewards.
  • Purchase a 12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $215. This option will save you $2/month on each kit, plus you earn $21 dollars in Stampin’ (Host) Rewards, and qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration products!  Your Stampin’ Rewards dollars can be used to purchase specially priced, exclusive hostess stamp sets (found on pages 197 – 201 of the Stampin’ Up! 2016-17 Annual Catalog) or your choice of current catalog merchandise.

Still not convinced, check out this video showcasing all 12 of the wonderful Paper Pumpkin kits offered in 2016.

Click here to go to my on-line store and sign up for Paper Pumpkin!

Until next time, happy crafting!


March Paper Pumpkin is Adorable!

My March Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! arrived in Saturday’s mail and it is so adorable!  The kit is called Bunny Buddies which are bursting on the scene just in time for spring!  Every March kit comes all the supplies to make nine bunny cards and nine bunny treat bags.  Your kit contains an exclusive stamp set to let you customize their bunny personalities with different faces, ears and accessories, including an adorable little pompom cottontail. These bunnies are simply “ear”-resistible!  Needless to say, I had a a lot of fun making these bunnies!

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Check out this 2 minute video on how to assemble your March Paper Pumpkin kit.

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Interested in getting a Paper Pumpkin Subscription for yourself?  Stampin’ Up! has put their 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions on sale during Sale-a-bration for $55 and getting a 3-month subscription instantly qualifies you for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  That is a really great deal – a discount on the $20 monthly subscription and a free Sale-A-Bration product.  

If you have been thinking about trying Paper Pumpkin, now is the time!  

And next month, Paper Pumpkin is celebrating its fourth anniversary; therefore, Stampin’ Up! is planning something special for April’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  Stay tuned for more details.

To subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, please click on this link.   

Until next time, happy crafting!


Get Happy Mail with Paper Pumpkin

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly paper crafting subscription service that provides a new paper crafting project delivered to your door each month. Each kit includes the stamp set, paper, ink, and accessories you need to create cards, gifts, and more. Everything is pre-cut and pre-measured, making it a super easy and super convenient.  You can make the kit as it was intended, or search Pinterest for alternative ideas.  With friends or on your own, Paper Pumpkin is the perfect, stress free way to create, shine and share what you love!

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While it is a subscription, it is very flexible – you can suspend (for a month) or cancel at any time.  Every subscriber has exclusive access to our selection of past kits. So, perhaps you opted not to purchase it that month or you want refills of the papers and embellishments in a kit, you can still buy it—either as a full kit or as a refill while supplies last.

Every kit includes an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, pretty paper and embellishments to create a project. At least six times a year, Paper Pumpkin is card kit making eight or more cards. Sometimes the kit includes cards plus gift bags, banners, treat bags, or boxes. Other times, it’s home décor, giftables, or just treat packaging.


Subscribe by the 10th of any month and you’ll receive a little red box at your door around the 20th of the month.  To suspend your subscription, please do so by the 10th of each month.  To recap:

  • It’s flexible! You can suspend (for a month by the 10th) or cancel at any time.
  • Since all the prep work is done, the projects take a shorter time to complete.
  • It is the perfect on-the-go craft. Headed out-of-town?  Going to a girlfriend’s home for coffee?  Grab your little red box.  It is easy to take anywhere to craft!
  • It’s a surprise in your mailbox every month. Who doesn’t love receiving happy mail?
  • Every month, I’ll share a short video to demonstrate how to assemble each kit or you can just go to to view the Paper Pumpkin YouTube videos.


Paper Pumpkin January 2017 – Adoring Arrows kit is perfect for Valentine’s Day

I just love this kit!  It has enough supplies for 24 treat bags to help you share the love this season.  Just add a few Hershey Kisses chocolates and you have a special treat for the office or the classroom.  Here is a 2-minute video showing you how to assemble the kit.   Trust me, you’ll want to order the refills for this kit!

And here are some great alternative ideas using Adorning Arrows Paper Pumpkin kit.


Take a look back to the past 2016 line up in this 2-minute video to see the great projects that Paper Pumpkin offers.  And once you subscribe, you can order these past kits and refills, too.


Right now, a three-month prepaid subscription is on “sale” and it qualifies you for a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  This is a great option for unleashing your creativity by enjoying Paper Pumpkin at lower cost plus you earn a free product.

As always, if you ever have a question about my posts, I am only an email away!  Until next time…happy crafting!