Bouquet of Hope by Paper Pumpkin

What is Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin is our monthly One-Stop Box™ that offers a unique variety of paper projects for subscribers of any skill level to enjoy! These thoughtfully-themed and all-inclusive craft kits encourage Stampin’ Up! customers to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting.

Why Paper Pumpkin? Paper Pumpkin introduces crafters to an impressive collection of Stampin’ Up! products, from our one-of-a-kind ink pads to our eye-catching embellishments. Plus, the carefully-chosen components of each Paper Pumpkin kit highlight the unbeatable versatility and coordination our products provide! This easy and exciting way to stock up on supplies—and create small-batch projects for occasions of any kind—inspires crafters to continue crafting. With Paper Pumpkin, it’s simple: share what you love, and help others enjoy creativity!

So, what’s in store for this month’s kit? February’s Paper Pumpkin kit—Bouquet of Hope—provides a way to offer comfort, care, and condolences to those enduring life’s challenges. With beautiful blooms and supportive sentiments, the Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit will soothe sorrow and share sympathy in a heartfelt, handmade way. While you can create nine cards of comfort and coordinating envelopes with this month’s kit, the kit’s exclusive, versatile stamp set can be used to uplift loved ones during trying times, any time.

To learn more about this kind-hearted kit, keep reading!

BOUQUET OF HOPE

Details

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and coordinating envelopes. Kit includes card bases, decorative die-cut pieces, embellishments, and more.
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Just Jade, Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Rococo Rose
  • Coordinates with the Flower & Field Designer Series Paper, an exclusive Sale-A-Bration item.

COORDINATING PRODUCT

155223 | Flower & Field Designer Series Paper

  • Earn this pack of paper for FREE with a purchase of $50 USD or more during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion! 
  • The Sale-A-Bration promotion will run until 28 February.

SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

Subscribe to the February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit between 11 January and 10 February at paperpumpkin.com!

Note: Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

If you have any questions about becoming a Paper Pumpkin subscriber or need help creating your account, please let me know.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Good Things Grow with Dragonfly Garden

Greetings my stamping friends! It has been a busy couple of days around my house! On Tuesday my home in Carrollton, Texas had a photo shoot for its big debut on the MLS — it is hard to believe that we are just a couple of months out from moving into our new home in Aubrey.

Since I had to do some SERIOUS organizing and decluttering, and I have never shared my “craft studio” with you because it was such a sad sight, I thought I would first share with you two photos from the shoot:

I’m actually a little sad to be leaving this studio now that it is all nice and organized! (And believe it or not I have about 30 boxes of retired products and projects out in my garage!)

For today’s project, I used products from the Dandy Garden Suite which is now available for purchase in the January-June 2021 Mini Catalog. This particular card was actually designed by a sister demonstrator — Deanna Blackmon — for a shoebox swap we did during the OnStage @ Home event back in November of 2020. This project would be considered an advanced card and includes “fun folds”:

As you can see, it involves a lot of folds and special cuts. It was a bit of a challenge for me at that time and I actually just finished putting it together before sitting down to share this post with you. (Whoever invented the camera feature of today’s “smart phones” is a genius. It allowed me to finish this card months later.)

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that were used in the design of this card with hyperlinks which will allow you to add what you need to your shopping cart if you find you “need” these products:

Product List

The dragonflies were punched from a sheet of the Dandy Garden 6×6 Designer Series Paper using the coordinating punch and both are colored with Wink of Stella to give them shimmer. I colored the flowers using the dark Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends combo packs and the larger of the flowers are also colored with Wink of Stella. I colored the leaves with the light Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends combo pack.

If you want more detailed information for the design of this card, including measurements, just ask me. I will need to measure each piece, but would be happy to help if you want to try to create this or a similar design for this “fun folds” card.

BASIC WHITE PRODUCTS:

As you may notice in my project Product List, the Basic White products (replacing the now retired and sold out Whisper White products) are now available for purchase in the North America market. Below are the new product numbers:

  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK (159276)
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ THICK CARDSTOCK (159229)
  • BASIC WHITE 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) CARDSTOCK (159231)
  • BASIC WHITE MEDIUM ENVELOPES (159236)
  • BASIC WHITE NOTE CARDS & ENVELOPES (159232)
  • BASIC WHITE 3″ X 3″ (7.6 X 7.6 CM) ENVELOPES (159233)
  • BASIC WHITE ASSORTED MEMORIES & MORE CARDS & ENVELOPES (159234)

You may want to update these product numbers in your copy of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog on pages 153-154.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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January—June 2021 Mini Catalog is now LIVE!

Greetings my stamping friends! The big day has arrived — the new January—June 2021 Mini Catalog is now LIVE! If you are a current customer of mine, you should have received a printed copy of the Mini Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration catalogs. If you need a copy, I would be happy to send you one. You just need to ask.

I have added a link to the Mini Catalog PDF in the right margin of my blog. I will add the PDF for Sale-A-Bration as well (sometime today).

Here is a short video to wet your whistle for what’s inside the new Mini Catalog:

SALE-A-BRATION

Sale-A-Bration is one of our biggest promotions of the year. It’s packed with perks for demonstrators, overflowing with opportunities for customers, and filled with fun for everyone!

This year the structure of Sale-A-Bration is a little different. Instead of one single Sale-A-Bration season, we’ve split the annual Sale-A-Bration event in two! The first Sale-A-Bration event will take place from January to February, with the second beginning in July and ending in August. With this change, we will have more time to Sale-A-Brate throughout the year!

For each event, only one Sale-A-Bration brochure will be released. Rather than feature multiple product releases in a short span of time, Sale-A-Bration products (and the brochures that tell you all about them) will now be released twice a year—once in January, and once in July. During each Sale-A-Bration event, the product offering will not change throughout the duration of the promotion.

I will share more information about Sale-A-Bration with you in the next few days.

If you have any questions about the new Mini Catalog or Sale-A-Bration, please ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Last Day to Order from August – December 2020 Mini Catalog

Greetings my stamping friends! I just wanted to remind you that Monday, January 4, 2021, is the LAST day you will be able to order products from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog. Most products in this catalog will be “retired” which means they will not be offered in a future catalog.

If you still have items on your Wish List from this catalog, be sure you get your order submitted online before 11:50 PM (MT). Please adjust the time deadline to reflect your Time Zone.

Monday, January 4, 2021 is also the last day to purchase the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle. While the Quite Curvy Bundle (stamp set and coordinating dies) will be available in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog, it will not include items that make up the “Variety” bundle (the Christmas stamp set and designer series paper). See the below pictures to see the difference:

The ordering deadline for the Variety Bundle is the same as for the Mini Catalog.

I’m excited for the new catalog launch on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and hope to have time between packing and preparing my home for sale to share lots of new projects with you using these new tools.

If you have any questions or need help placing your online order, please ask for my help. It would be best to contact me by telephone (972) 345-8641 for a quick assist.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Beary Comforting – December 2020 Paper Pumpkin

Greetings my stamping friends! I thought I would take a break from packing and organizing my craft room (we are putting our existing home on the market on January 5!) and play with my December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit – Beary Comforting.

I have to say that I absolutely love this kit, even though it has cute little bears, pandas and racoons. This kit was a little different this month. While we had supplies to make 12 cards (four each of three designs), each of the four cards animals (bear, panda or racoon) held a different item with a different corresponding message. You will see what I mean in my pictures below.

When I was separating my pieces I said to myself “Wait a minute, I’m missing a sheet of die cuts – I only have three each of the hearts, cupcakes, presents and flowers.” Then it dawned on me that rather than four cards of the exact same design and layout, I had four cards for each animal holding one of each of the four die cuts!

If you are not already a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin – a little box of wonderful that will arrive in your mail box each month – the deadline to subscribe for each month’s kit is the 10th of the month. So if you want to receive the January kit, be sure that you are an active subscriber by January 10, 2021.

And speaking of next month’s kit …

The January 2021 kit will be Love-themed, most likely Valentine’s related. There is also an add-on kit available (only to active Paper Pumpkin subscribers) – Little Love Boxes.

To become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, simply click HERE to navigate to my link and be sure to select me as your demonstrator when prompted to do so!

If you have any questions about becoming a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, I would be happy to help.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Warm Hugs with Coffee & Kisses

Greetings my stamping friends! I am still working on Christmas gifts believe it or not and I wanted to share a project with you that I made using the Warm Hugs stamp set with the coordinating Warm Wraps dies.

I made three of these coffee caddies and inside each of the coffee cups are Kcups of Caramel and Vanilla Cappuccinos. As you can see, the bag holds a variety of Hershey’s Kisses. I hope the recipients like coffee & chocolate!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of this project, along with hyperlinks to add these products to your shopping cart. (NOTE: Some of these products are included in the Giant Year-End Close-Out sale and may already be sold out.)

Product List

If you have any questions regarding any of the design elements of this project, do not hesitate to ask me.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends!

Linda

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Designer Series Paper Alternative – Gift Wrap

Greetings my stamping friends! I spent a little more time in my crafting space over the last few days finalizing my Christmas cards and “wrapping” some gifts for friends and family. I should be packing up my large collection of crafting tools so we can have our carpets cleaned this week, but fun time first, right!?!

I am giving several family members a surprise gift which is flat and I didn’t want to use a box or a bag this year. Instead I decided to create ENVELOPES to “wrap” them in. If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up!’s products, then you know we have the best designer series paper – ever! I selected this medium to use to create the envelopes.

I needed an envelope that was approximately 4.25″ x 7.00″. Since I tend to “hoard” my crafting tools, I still have my Envelope Punch Board that retired a few years ago. If you also have this or a similar tool in your craft arsenal, here are the details for your starting paper size and first score mark:

  • Cut your preferred 12″ x 12″ designer series paper down to 9.25″ x 9.25″
  • Make your first score line at 3.75″ and punch the notch
  • Rotate paper 90 degrees counter clockwise
  • Align score mark with the score guide, score and punch
  • Repeat so that all four sides are scored and punched, always remembering to match your SCORE LINE on your paper to the SCORE GUIDE on the punch board (the 3.75″ starting point only applies to the first scored side)

Your finished envelope will measure 4.50″ x 7.00″.

I then made gift tags using one of the tag punches by Stampin’ Up! (Ornate Tag Topper, retired) and decorated the tags with scraps of matching designer series paper and a die cut. The ribbon I used is also retired, but it was all I had that fulfilled my needs. Feel free to substitute the punch and ribbon with whatever you also happen to have on hand.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! products that I used in the design of these envelopes that remain available for purchase. You can click on the thumbnails below for more information and to add these items to your shopping cart. (NOTE: Some items are currently included in the Giant Year-End Closeout and are available only while supplies last.)

Product List

If you have any questions regarding this project, I would be happy to help. You simply just need to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Still Photos from December 2nd Facebook Live

Greetings my stamping friends! I am finally spending some time in my crafting space today and before I switch over to packing mode, I wanted to share with you the still photos from my Facebook Live demonstration that I shared on December 2nd. This presentation featured the October and November 2020 Paper Pumpkin kits, as well as the Tag Buffet Project Kit from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

In case you missed my Facebook Live, here is the link to the saved video on my YouTube Channel:

And now for the still photos:

(November 2020 Paper Pumpkin on card bases from October 2020 Paper Pumpkin)
(October 2020 Paper Pumpkin cards)
(Tag Buffet Project Kit – made 5 tags of each design)
(Tag Buffet Project Kit – alternative as a card)

NOTE: Paper Pumpkin kits are available by subscription only. From time to time, there are extra “refill” kits available for purchase at the end of the month once all subscriptions have been fulfilled. These refill kits are also 0nly available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers. If you are not already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, HERE is my personal link to subscribe now. The next kit to be released is Valentine’s themed. Deadline to subscribe for each month’s kit is the 10th of the month.

The Tag Buffet Project Kit and coordinating stamp set are still available for purchase. Here are the links to the products on the online store for ease to adding to your shopping cart:

Product List

UPDATE ON THE GIANT YEAR-END CLOSE-OUT:

The following products from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog have SOLD OUT and are no longer available for purchase:

  • Poinsettia Place Suite Collection (p. 15)
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper (p. 15)
  • Merry Moose Bundle (p. 27)
  • Merry Moose Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 27)
  • Adhesive-Backed Snow Flakes (p. 29)
  • In the Pines Bundle (p. 43)
  • Pine Woods Dies (p. 43)
  • Gather Together Bundle (p. 47)
  • Gather Together Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 47)
  • Gold Cards & Envelopes (p. 51)
  • Rectangular Tins (p. 55)

The following products from the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog currently in LOW INVENTORY status and likely to be SOLD OUT soon:

  • Gift Wrapped Bundle (p. 12)
  • Gift Wrapped Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 12)
  • Christmas Gleaming Variety Bundle (p. 19)
  • Christmas Gleaming Cling Stamp Set (p. 19)
  • Wonder of the Season Suite Collection (p. 31)
  • Cherish the Season Bundle (p. 33)
  • Sounds of the Seasons Dies (p. 33)
  • Snowflake Splendor Suite Collection (p. 37)
  • Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (p. 37)
  • Lots to Celebrate Photopolymer Stamp Set (p. 64)

If any of these products remain on your Wish List, be sure to submit your order ASAP to avoid disappointment when it sells out.

If you have any questions regarding any of the projects shared in this post, Paper Pumpkin or taking advantage of the Giant Year-End Close-Out, remember that I am here to be of assistance. I love sharing with you all my love for paper crafting, and specifically the marvelous products available from Stampin’ Up!

If you would like to embark on a career as an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!, I would love to have you as a member of my team. New promotions will be announced in January with the release of Sale-A-Bration — the BEST time of the year to join!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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Whisper White Cardstock – Important Notice

Greetings my stamping friends. I hope you are all doing well and are getting your creativity mojo in gear making lovely holiday cards and gifts for your friends and family.

Please make note of this announcement from Stampin’ Up!:

Whisper White has been a Stampin’ Up! staple for so long. We love it and we know you love it, too. We are sad to announce that the supplier’s mill producing our Whisper White cardstock has permanently closed due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we weren’t given much notice on this closure. This means that the technology unique to this particular supplier is now unavailable to us and we can no longer offer our Whisper White cardstock and related products, such as Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes. Please note that this won’t affect any of our other cardstocks, this only affects Whisper White.

We know Whisper White has a huge fan base; we’re big fans, too! And we are crushed that it’s going away. Even though this decision was out of our hands, rest assured that we jumped right into action to find the best replacement paper possible. We have dedicated many hours to source and test alternative cardstock options from several suppliers to find the perfect fit that still maintains the Stampin’ Up! quality you know and trust. We are happy to share that we have found a winner for our new cardstock, Basic White

The quality of our new Basic White was thoroughly tested by our quality assurance and product teams. It also tested very well with demonstrators and concept artists who gave it a huge thumbs up. We believe in the quality of the new Basic White cardstock and we know it will become your new crafting staple!

While we expect this to come as quite a surprise, we hope that this transition to our new Basic White products can be an exciting change for everyone!

Our new Basic White products will become available to purchase as soon as we have them in stock. This means that some Whisper White and Basic White products may be available at the same time. Additionally, due to the nature of sourcing, some Basic White products may not be available before the Whisper White products sell out. Please know that we are working on getting these products available to you as fast as possible.

Below is a list of all products that will be replaced with our new Basic White cardstock. These items are now available while supplies last with an order limit of 2 per item per order.

  • Whisper White 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Cardstock (124302)
  • Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (149710)
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (131527) — LOW INVENTORY
  • Whisper White 3″ x 3″ (7.6 x 7.6 cm) Envelopes (145829)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock (100730)
  • Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock (140272)SOLD OUT
  • Whisper White Medium Envelopes (107301)

If Whisper White is a staple in your card making, be sure to grab you one or two packs before these are sold out!

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends!

Linda

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December 2020 Paper Pumpkin – Beary Comforting

Greetings my stamping friends.

If you haven’t heard already, Paper Pumpkin is Stampin’ Up!’s monthly One-Stop Box™ that offers a wide variety of unique papercrafting projects for subscribers of any skill level! These themed, all-inclusive craft kits encourage crafters to explore their creativity, try new techniques, and discover their potential in papercrafting.

December’s cute and cuddly Paper Pumpkin kit—called “Beary Comforting”—is designed to uplift your loved ones as this “beary” tough year finally comes to a close. After a year like 2020, we all could use a big bear hug! With the help of this bear-themed kit, you can create 12 unbearably cute cards featuring warm and fuzzy friends, sweet stamps, and meaningful messages. Near or far, send your friends and family the extra comfort, love, and encouragement they need with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit!

You have multiple options to subscribe:

Product List

A prepaid subscription to Paper Pumpkin makes the perfect Holiday gift for that crafter of every level on your gift list!

The deadline to subscribe to receive the December 2020 kit is Thursday, December 10!

If you want to become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, HERE is the link to get you started. When prompted, select me as your demonstrator if you please.

If you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin or need help becoming a subscriber, I am here to help. You just need to ask.

Thank you for stopping by today. Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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