Here's another batch of ideas for you Paper Pumpkin subscribers! Woo hoo!

For those of you who need a refresher… My Paper Pumpkin
is a fun box of creativity that comes to your mailbox each month. If
you are new to crafting or don't have a plethora of supplies, Paper
Pumpkin 'as is' is perfect for you. If you are an avid crafter and
experienced, then… Paper Pumpkin (with my twist on it) is perfect for
you. In other words, if you'd like to get a surprise box of crafting
each month, get a subscription. I'll share variations (as you can see
below) for each month's kit.

And now through the end of August, new subscribers can get My Paper Pumpkin at 50% off – $10 per month for the first 2 months. What a great time to sign up and give it a try!!

Remember the promo code: PUMPKINDEAL



If you check out my 2/15/13 post,
you'll get a better idea of what Paper Pumpkin is about. I've also listed some FAQ's from
Stampin' Up! below. But feel free to contact me if you want to sign up
or learn more.


Here is what July's Paper Pumpkin kit (Party Pennants) contained: directions and supplies for making birthday/celebration banners.


And here are some other ideas I came up with. Keep in mind I get TWO Paper Pumpkins each month because I love it so much. So if you have just one, you won't be able to make ALL these projects.


This is a quick and easy project. Let's say you are having a party coming up.
You can use the punch-out flags and glue dot them to skewers. Some
wooden skewers come in the kit, but you'll need a few more if you are
making more than just a few cupcakes.



A great stamp set for these flags is A Dozen Thoughts.


Then just adhere a stretched out glue dot to the flag and attach the flag to the skewer. Easy-peasy.



The Summer Starfruit In Color Dahlia embellishment is a great addition and is pretty much all you'll need to make these cupcake flags rock.



Of course, since many of my stampers are scrapbookers, it just makes sense that I show a 12×12 spread for every Paper Pumpkin kit. And this Party Pennants July kit is the perfect one for scrapbookers. Look at how easy it was to come up with an attractive layout. I just added some matching card stock, some Chevron ribbon, and some Candy Dot Brad Bases (stunning by themselves wouldn't you agree?).



The Chevron Ribbon doesn't come in Tangerine Tango which is the orange color in the kit contents. But the Pumpkin Pie ribbon matched quite well, so I went with it.



I stamped on the back of the circle cut-outs with the ink and stamps that come in the kit. Then I punched out a few more circles in coordinating colors.

After attaching them where I wanted, I trimmed off the excess and used those partial circle in other areas on the layout.


See how pretty the Candy Dot Brad Bases look by themselves? – just flat silver circles!




A bone folder was a great tool for curling up the ends on the banner titles.



My third project, this pretty card was super simple and quick to make.


I stamped the hexagon background stamp that comes in the kit randomly on a 4 x 5-1/4" sheet of Pool Party card stock.


Then I attached the letter circles for "Hooray" with SNAIL adhesive and the "Hip Hip" flag with Dimensionals which you also get in this kit.


I added some Candy Dots Brad Bases, a fun arrow clip and added it to an Island Indigo card base measuring 4-1/4" x 11" (folded in half).




The inside of the card matches the front a little and is the same size piece of Pool Party as the front.



Here's one other card I made with this kit. I used another sheet of 4-1/4" x 11" Island Indigo card stock, but folded each end toward the middle like a cupboard. You'll want to score at 2-3/4" from each end to make these folds more exact.


The white flag is from the kit (just flipped over so it's completely white). I made the Summer Starfruit flag with some scrap card stock stamped with the Summer Starfruit ink and stripes stamp that comes in your kit. Not too many steps, yet gives the card more visual texture. After attaching the "It's Your Day" banner, trim off the ends and add them to the inside of the card.


The "Celebrate" banner is popped up in the middle with Dimensionals.


And I HAD to add rhinestones!




Here are a couple tips for creating the cake topper that the kit contents were intended for.


Tie your twine up high on the ends of the skewers so that the distance between the skewers won't be too wide for your cake. Stamp your flag fronts as shown.


Spread them out evenly on your work surface. Attach the letter circles with Dimensionals.


Find the middle of your twine and attach the middle flag(s) with the clothepin(s).


If you attach your clothespins with the twine loose (as shown in the above photo), your flags will all fall together towards the middle when you stand it all up. See what happens? It looks pretty bad.


So instead, be sure that your twine is pinched tightly in each clothespin.


Much better results!


My banner is ready to add to a cake! (Now I'm looking for a cake. Sigh….)

Stamp Your Art Out! ~Rachel

Supplies Used: July 2013 My Paper Pumpkin kit – Party Pennants, 2012-14 In Color Dahlias, Skewers, Glue Dots, Island Indigo card stock and ink, Pool Party card stock, Tangerine Tango card stock, Summer Starfruit card stock, Whisper White 12×12 card stock, Pumpkin Pie and Island Indigo Chevron Ribbon, Candy Dots Brad Bases, Hung Up Cute Clips (the arrow), A Dozen Thoughts stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), SNAIL Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1-1/4" Circle punch, Bone Folder, and Rhinestones.

Paper Pumpkin FAQs

Q: Why are we offering Paper Pumpkin?

Good question. Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin'
Up! We designed it for crafters that want to create a project each
month, but aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).

Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?

It's a surprise each month-anticipation for the surprise is seriously
half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to
complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You
will need adhesive.)

Q: Does my Paper Pumpkin project come with instructions?
A: Yes, of course it does. The instructions will tell you everything you need to know. And they are so easy to follow-we promise.

Q: How long will it take to make each Paper Pumpkin project? (Now say that fast three times.) 
We know you wish you had unlimited creativity time (we all do), but
since you probably don't, we designed each Paper Pumpkin to be completed
in 30 minutes or less! (We think of it as a spa treatment for your

Q: Should I get on the Paper Pumpkin carriage?

Definitely, yes. Just think of it-a Stampin' Up! surprise delivered to
your doorstep every month (wahooo!) Paper Pumpkin offers a simple,
creative experience each month. What's more-sometimes, your monthly kit
features . . . wait for it . . . some exclusive products you can only
get through Paper Pumpkin. Try it and see what you think. You can cancel
(or put on hold) your membership any time.

Q: How much does a Paper Pumpkin membership cost each month?
Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 per month. Because your Paper Pumpkin ships
automatically to you, we have already built in the shipping costs. 

Q: How do I start my Paper Pumpkin membership? 
Visit to sign up-it's that easy!

Q: When does my membership expire?
A: Your membership will last until you cancel it.

Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin?
You need to sign up on or before the 10th of the month in order to
receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the
10th, no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll
know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment
confirmation e-mail.

Q: Can I skip a month?
You sure can! Simply log on to your account and click "manage my
pumpkin", then click "skip a month" on or before the 10th of the month
in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you do this on the
11th of the month, you will receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and not
receive the following month's Paper Pumpkin.

Q: What if I want to cancel my membership?

You must submit a 10-page essay about why you would ever want to do
such a crazy thing. (Just kidding.) It's simple. Simply log on to your
account and click "manage my pumpkin", then click "cancel" on or before
the 10 th of the month in order to cancel completely. Then, you will not
receive any more Paper Pumpkin kits (how sad). If you cancel on the
11th of the month, you'll receive that month's Paper Pumpkin and will
not receive any more Paper Pumpkin kits.

Q: What is the return policy?
If you are not thrilled with your Paper Pumpkin, please call us at
1-800-STAMP UP, we'll chat and make make everything hunky dory.

Q: How do I see the upcoming Paper Pumpkin kits?

One of the best parts of your Paper Pumpkin membership is that you
never know what is going to be in that beautiful red box. It's like
opening a present every month-we don't want to ruin the surprise for

Q: What is the Welcome Kit?
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in
your first month of membership. This initial kit is the same for
everyone, regardless of which month you subscribe. If you are a new
member, we'll send the Welcome kit to you for your first month. Bonus!
the Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Q: When will the package arrive?

Your Paper Pumpkin will ship from the Stampin' Up! warehouse on or
around the 15th of the month. You will get an e-mail notifying you that
your card has been charged-expect your Paper Pumpkin soon!

Q: What if the package never comes?

If your Paper Pumpkin does not arrive on your doorstep please call us
at 1-800-STAMP UP, and one of our friendly customer service agents will
help you.

Q: When will I be charged? 
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as your Paper Pumpkin ships.