A Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop Nov 2017

It’s time for the November Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the November 2017 kit – Back in Plaid.  It’s the companion to the October kit.  And it’s the most popular Paper Pumpkin kit we have ever had!

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This November kit is so cute as is!  The stockings are adorable and perfect for so many things.  I want to fill them with little goodies and I’m thinking of leaving them at my neighbors houses. But I wanted to create an alternate idea for you too.  And I had a silly idea.  I tried coming up with other ideas but kept coming back to this one.  It’s a bit “out of the box”.  Yes literally we will be using the Paper Pumpkin boxes for this one!


Bean Bags!  Yes – Stocking Bean Bags for a Toss Your Stocking Game!  It’s the perfect solution if you needed a fun idea for your kids class – a simple game that even the little ones can play.  Turn the stockings into Bean Bags.  It’s super easy – I actually came up with three different ways to create the bean bags.  First for all of them – turn the stockings so the seams are on the inside – you can use a bone folder to help get all the edges pushed out really well.  Then fill each one with beans – I just bought dried beans at the grocery store – the cheapest bag I could find.  Now you can do any one of these things for closing up your bag.

  1.  Use a sewing machine and run a stitch across the stocking near the bottom of the plaid design.  Then turn the cuff over the edge.
  2. Use some safety pins and pin the stocking shut along the bottom of the plaid design. Then turn the cuff over the edge.  This way you can easily undo it later and use the stockings for something else.
  3. Turn the cuff first and then use thread – I used clear thread. And hand stitch the top shut.

Here is a look at how I set up the game:

I used the October and November Paper Pumpkin boxes to create the boxes for throwing the bean bags into.  I used a craft knife to cut right around the Paper Pumpkin logo in the top of each box.  I used some Washi Tape on the edges to make them smooth.  The Pick a Pattern tape is black and white and coordinates perfectly.

Arrange the boxes however you wish.  I placed them end to end.  Giving more points if you got the bag in the hole from the box that was further away.  I assigned 3 points.  Then 2 points for the close box.  And 1 point if its just touching the box but not in the hole.  You could do the points however you want.  I was trying to take my photos and kept throwing the stockings in trying to get more points – I think I played for a good 30 minutes all by myself!

I hope you like this fun out of the box idea!

But I also made an alternate card.  I actually used the stamp sets from both kits and added card stock and a couple of other things to create my card.


I went with the Dapper Denim ink in the November kit and focused on the snowflakes in the kits.  I drew a grid in pencil on a Whisper White square and stamped the large snowflake on each intersection.  I made sure my ink was dry and then erased the pencil lines.  I went back and stamped the small snowflake in between.  It’s layered on a Dapper Denim card base.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Everyday Label punch and trimmed to make a narrow label.  I added Silver Thread to the back and Rhinestones to the front .  Oh and the card base is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder – that may be a little hard to see in the photo.  A quick card that I just finished last night.

If you want to see what I did with the coordinating October kit check it out HERE.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect gift this Holiday Season – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself or someone else Here.  Sign up by Dec. 10th to receive the December kit.

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is the funny and creative Dena Rekow.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.  She always has me smiling!

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Here is the rest of the Blog Hop List in case you get lost along the hop or just want to jump around.

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A Paper Pumpkin Thing October 2017

It’s time for the October Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the October 2017 kit – Pining for Plaid.

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This time I have a quick idea for you.  My favorite thing to do is to use Note Cards with the pieces from my Paper Pumpkin kits to make it go a little further.


For this kit we have the pretty card bases in the Old Olive plaid pattern.  I took one of those and cut it into 4 pieces giving me enough for 4 note cards.  Then I used the left over bits to decorate it.  I still have plenty of bits left to do more.  I’m in the middle of prepping for some other classes so my play time was minimal.

I added the Whisper White Note Cards and some Gold Thread plus Old Olive ink.  I stamped one of the left over circle bits – this one looks like an ornament with the gold top.  And used up an extra set of the banners.  Super quick an easy.

If you didn’t notice this kit also coordinates with the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper in our Holiday Catalog.  So you could pull in some of that paper if you don’t want to cut up your card bases like I did for this card design.

Don’t forget the this October kit coordinates with next month’s Paper Pumpkin kit too!  Be sure to be an active subscriber by Nov. 10 to get the November kit.


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

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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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  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

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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.


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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

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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.