A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop September 2017

It’s time for another Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the September 2017 kit – Layered Leaves.

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Lately I really love the Paper Pumpkin Kits just the way they are.  I want to make the projects that are in them and don’t want to use up the supplies to make something different.  It’s a real struggle.  And this kit was no different.  So what I decided to do was set aside all the pieces that I needed to make the projects as intended and then see what was left over.  And work only with those left overs to create my alternate ideas.

For this Layered Leaves kit there is quite a bit left over – not the boxes or the card bases and envelopes but a bunch of the leaves and tags. So I decided to focus on those.  First I created this card.


All I added was Soft Suede card stock and an embossing folder.  I wanted to mimic the kit – and the cards and boxes are embossed.  I used the new Dynamic folder called Layered Leaves – ha – it has the same name as this kit!  Surely it was meant to be.  Plus it’s probably my favorite embossing folder right now.  All the rest came from my kit.  The gold foil strip is from the sheet of Gold Foil Leaf stickers – I just cut an edge off that sheet and it’s adhesive so it sticks right to the front of my card.  I used a left over piece of the metallic Baker’s Twine and pulled out the metallic piece leaving me just the twine which I tied on the tag.  I cut the metallic bit in half and the folded it up and stuck it to the back of the tag – like little sticks or tendrils hanging out with those leaves.  And that’s it.

Then I decided to make a set of tags – they are sized to fit inside one of those pillow boxes from the kit.  So you could use that as a little gift for someone.


For these I added the Soft Suede card stock, the Layered Leaves Dynamic Embossing Folder, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and Linen Thread. And some Old Olive ink to stamp the small leaf on each tag.  I cut the card stock 2″ wide, punch the top end and embossed.  On each one I added a leaf from the kit and a tag.

And believe it or not I still have more pieces left.  How far can you stretch your left over kit supplies?

Don’t forget the next two month’s of Paper Pumpkin are coordinated kits for the holidays!  Be sure to be an active subscriber by Oct. 10 to get the October kit.


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And now on it’s time to move on to the talented Cathy Caines and see what she has in store for us with this month’s kit.  Just click the next button to visit her blog.

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Here is the rest of the Blog Hop List in case you get lost.

  1. Sara Levin
  2. Rachel Tessman
  3. Kimberley Morris
  4. Monika Davis <==== YOU ARE HERE
  5. Cathy Caines
  6. Carolynn Sander
  7. Maria Willis
  8. Megan Thompson
  9. Lori Mueller
  10. Audra Monk
  11. Kelly Acheson
  12. Rick D. Adkins
  13. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  14. Jennifer Hill
  15. Dena Rekow
  16. Pam Staples

Thanks for visiting.



A Season of Style


Something exciting is coming soon – two perfectly coordinated crafting kits filled with projects for your holiday card making and gifting needs.  Fun, easy and ready for you to get creative!

You must subscribe by October 10th to receive the October Kit and by November 10th to receive the November Kit.


I have a couple of cards that I made using the August Paper Pumpkin Kit – Giftable Greetings.  For these I’ve used the stamp set and the ink that came in the monthly kit and then added some card stock that I had already on hand.

The Thinking of You card also has some Pearls and Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine added to it. The Sympathy card has an added strip of Designer Series Paper that’s been stapled on.

I just received my September kit and plan to play with it this weekend to create an alternate idea for this month’s A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop happening on the 28th.  So be sure to stop in an see all the ideas that our group has.

See you soon!


A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop August 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop August 2017


This month – August 2017 – we are sharing alternate ideas using the Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin Kit.  The kit came with supplies to make 8 cards, a gift box and tags.  Lately I’ve been pretty happy with the project just as they are.  And this month was no different but for some reason I had another idea for the little gift box.  It is really a pretty little box and while it is perfect to fit the cards and envelopes inside that’s not what I did with it.  I turned it into a bank for saving money toward something fun – like a new stamp set or bundle or if you are a demo you could save money to pay for the next OnStage event!  And then I designed a card that would go along with the box to say Congrats You Did It!


Here is a little more info on the box.  I used the Classic Label punch to make a guide for my hole in the plastic cover.  Punch out card stock and then use snail or a glue dot to place it where you want the hole.  I used a self healing mat and a craft knife to cut the hole out (it’s an old Stampin’ Up! craft knife).


To make the hole prettier from the front I used a scrap of Night of Navy card stock and first punched the Classic Label punch and then went around the opening with the new Everyday Label punch (coming out on Sept. 1 in the Holiday Catalog).  I then trimmed down each side with my cutter so I had a nice frame to go around the cut hole.


Inside the box I added a piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  I stamped a few flowers on it and glued down a couple of the little flowers from the kit.  I finished with the ribbon, tag and pieces from the kit.  Now each week save some money inside your box and work you way to something fun.  Or gift it to someone that needs to save for something special and then give them this card once they achieve their goal.

For this card I used a piece of Night of Navy card stock for the base and then took one of the cards from the kit and cut it up – the front piece was cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ and used on the front of my card.  The back piece was trimmed to 5-1/4″ x 4″ and used on the inside of my card.  I stamped You Did It on a strip of Pool Party to add to the Congrats oval.  The rest of the elements are left over pieces from the kit including the Navy Baker’s Twine.


August 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Giftable Greetings alternate ideas

Good luck on saving some money for a special Stampin’ Up! treat.

Don’t forget about the Paper Pumpkin special for new subscribers – save 50% on your September Kit.


Now get ready to visit some more creative demos as you hop through the rest of the Blog Hop.  Next up is Jennifer Hill– be sure to check out her creativity – click the next button to get to her blog and if you get lost along the way then just go to the link list below and pick up where you left off.


Thanks for visiting the hop!


A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop June 2017


Don’t Blink or You Might Miss It!
Do you love a good bargain? Then you’ll want to watch for details on Paper Pumpkin’s surprise deal for new subscribers. This offer will come and go in a flash, so don’t miss it!  If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can sign up HERE.

Here are the details – don’t miss it – it only lasts for 24 hours starting at 11:59 pm MT on 6/29  (that’s 1:59 am ET on 6/30)  and its only for new subscribers!


Today’s Blog Hop features ideas using the June Kit – One in a Melon!  It’s a super sweet kit with cards and bags perfect for summer.

The kit comes with supplies to make 4 treat bags – but what if you really need 8.  I decided I wanted to use the supplies and figure out how to get more treat bags and only add a minimal amount of supplies.  So I deconstructed the bag and spent some time looking at it trying to figure out what to do.  I finally thought that if I took each piece and split it in two that would give me twice as many pieces.  Here is what I created:


I used one of the 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cello Bags for this little treat.  I took the watermelon box in the kit and cut the front and back panels into 3″ wide pieces.  I added new score lines across the bottom to create the bottom of the bag and the little front flap.  I attached the tissue paper to the white side to create the “inside” of my bag.  I folded and stuck inside my cello bag.  I used just a bit of snail on the bottom of the bag to hold the little flap down.


I filled it with watermelon candy.  For the tag I cut the yellow piece in half and that gave me a banner.  Cut the circle tag in half and stamp the watermelon. And use a scrap of white to stamp the words on a banner.  I punched a little hole in each and tie together with the Baker’s Twine.  I couldn’t really split up the little clothes pins so use those on half the bags and then grab some other clips in your stash for the second set of 4 bags – I used our Gold Binder Clips.

I was also in need of some tags and used the stamp set to make these real quick.


I die cut circles with my Layered Circle Framelits, cut them in half and stamped using the stamps from my Paper Pumpkin kit.  I used scraps of white and stamped THANKS on each one – stamp is from Banners for You stamp set.  I punched them with the Classic Label punch and punched again to create the banner end – see my book mark post on how to do that.

I finished with Black Baker’s Twine and a little rhinestone on each.  Every circle makes two tags.


Sweet Thanks!  I’ll use these on orders from my Catalog Kickoff!  I hope everyone likes them!

Be sure to hop along and see the rest of the ideas. Next up is Sara Levin – check out her creative ideas.

And here is the full list of blog hoppers:

  1. Monika Davis ===> you are here

Thanks for visiting.


A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop May 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop May 2017


Are you ready for a new set of ideas for your monthly Paper Pumpkin kit?

For today’s post I’m joining in with a group of talented demonstrators who have created some other ideas using items from the May 2017 kit.  One of the wonderful things about the Paper Pumpkin community are all the different ideas that everyone comes up with.   So join us today as we bring you some more ideas for this month’s Sprinkled with Love Paper Pumpkin kit

If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can sign up HERE. Sign up by June 10 to receive the June kit. AND if you are a brand new subscriber use the promo code – STARTHERE – and receive 25% off each of your first three months – that’s the June, July and August kits!

On to my card for today – this one is a clean and simple card.  I used a few things from the Paper Pumpkin kit along with a few supplies from my craft room.


I decided to use one of the little envelopes as “paper” and die cut it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits using the largest of the circle dies.  You could cut 4 circles from each envelope.  And probably get two more if you didn’t cut full circles or moved to the one size smaller in the set.   I cut full circles because originally I thought I was going to use the full circle but ended up just using a portion of it.  And if you don’t have the Stitched Shapes or other Circle dies, use a punch.

I glued my circle onto a layer of Very Vanilla card stock (mine is 5″ x 3-3/4″).  I added that onto a Soft Suede card base (11″ x 4-1/4″, score at 5-1/2″).  I stamped the greeting on my card using the Soft Suede ink – you could pick which ever greeting you want.  Then use 24″ piece of the gold twine and tie it around the front of the card and tie in a little bow.

To finish I took three of the vanilla flowers from the kit and stamped the centers and then added a pearl.  Each one is on the circle with a dimensional.

I think it turned out to be a nice elegant card – it could be a wedding card even – it is wedding season now.

If you live local to me join me for some stamping this week – Friday 5/26 – Card Makers Class and next week Wednesday 5/31 for Paper Pumpkin Craft Night.  You can find details and RSVP on my website HERE.

Be sure to hop along and see the rest of the ideas. Next up is Kimberly Morris – check out her creative ideas.

And here is the full list of blog hoppers:

Thanks for visiting.



A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop

Did you receive your April Paper Pumpkin kit?


It’s full of product and Sara created some fun watercolor cards for everyone to make following the directions in the kit and her video. But for today’s post I’m joining in with a group of talented demonstrators who have created some other ideas using items from this kit.  One of the wonderful things about the Paper Pumpkin community are all the different ideas that everyone comes up with.   So join us today as we bring you some more ideas for this month’s A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit.


If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber you can sign up HERE. Sign up by May 10 to receive the May kit.

I made two different cards.  For this first card I wanted to try doing something “different” with the acrylic flowers.  I used a piece of watercolor paper (you can use a piece from the kit) and a spritzer filled with some water and Rich Razzleberry reinker.  I took some paper towels and placed the watercolor paper down and placed the flowers on top (I put the glittery side face down).  Then spritzed over the top.


Then carefully remove the flowers.  Since they are acrylic just wipe them off to clean them.


My first photo I spritzed a lot and decided it was too much so this second one was a little bit less.  Once it dried I used the watercolor pencil from my kit and added some color to each flower.


Then use the paint brush dipped in some water to smooth it out throughout the petals.  Repeat for each flower.


I added some Basic Black Baker’s Twine around this piece before adding it to the front of my card.  You can use the base from the kit or create your own.  And be sure to add a Whisper White liner on the inside of the card.  The greeting is stamped on a Whisper White banner piece. And finish with one of the acrylic flowers.


I hope you like this different twist on how to use those flowers.

I made another quick card with some additional supplies using the technique from the kit – I just create a rainbow on my watercolor piece using the watercolor pencils, the paint brush and water.


The card base is Rich Razzleberry.  I also used the Owl Builder punch to punch out some tiny hearts which I colored with the watercolor pencil and blended with the brush.  Finish with some stamping.  Sweet and easy.

If you live local to me join me for some stamping this week – Wednesday 4/26 – Paper Pumpkin Craft night and Friday 4/28 – Card Makers Class.  You can find details and RSVP on my website HERE.

Be sure to hop along and see the rest of the ideas. Next up is my friend Sue Plote – check out her creative ideas.

And here is the full list of blog hoppers:

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE “A Sara Thing” Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Thanks for visiting.








I adore you

A quick little note card made with the stamps from the January 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.


I added some supplies to create this little note card:

  • Whisper White Note cards & Envelopes
  • Whisper White card stock – a front layer and the heart
  • Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies – to cut the circle
  • Gold Thread – or use what is left from your kit
  • Metallic Enamel Shapes – for the little gold heart

Use the stamps and ink from your kit.  And you can also use dimensionals and glue dots from the kit – I had left overs.

I finished up my little treat boxes from the Paper Pumpkin kit and mailed them out to my boys today.


I did a tiny bit of altering – on the top flap of the box that gets folded over I trimmed away the back and sides so that it was just a top flap that folded over the arrow.  I also put a piece of Tear and Tape on that flap to secure it down and then put the little gold heart sticker on the back. On one box I moved the arrow to the front and put it under my heart – that was for mailing purposes – when i was trying to get it in the little padded envelope I was using the arrow came poking out of it on the side when it was placed under the flap.  It actually was cute under the heart going across the front too.

If you want the kit for February be sure to have an active account by tomorrow – Feb. 10th.  That is the cut off date.  And during Sale-A-Bration (now through March 31) you can purchase a 3-month prepaid subscription for $55 (+ tax) and get a free Sale-A-Bration item too.  The normal price is $59 – so you save a little bit.  And this deal works for both new and current subscribers. Order today on my website.


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