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April Paper Pumpkin – Just Playing

As promised I am back to show you a few alternative cards I made using the April Paper Pumpkin Kit – My Wonderful Family.  Once you are done making the cards in the kit, there are alway leftover pieces – extra tags, embellishments, glue dots….but more importantly is that each Paper Pumpkin kit comes with a stamp set! And ink!  You can see everything that came in the kit as well as the cards the kits makes HERE.

This is the stamp set that came with the Paper Pumpkin Kit.  There are lots of family sentiments as well as a tree trunk, and foliage for the tree top.


Each Stamp set is different, so buying Paper Pumpkin kits is a great way to collect a variety of stamps without spending extra money.  And you don’t have to use the stamps as intended…just use your imagination.  See that big tree top?  Just do a little stamp magic with a Gorgeous Grape ink pad and…..voila!


I stamped two tree tops side by side on a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock….and it magically looks like a purple hydrangea!  I used one of the leftover leaves from the kit and tucked it under the flower to look like a stem.  I then fussy cut the flower with my Paper Snips and attached it to the card front with dimensionals.  All that was left was to add the sentiment and a bow using the Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon and the card was done and attach it to a Highland Heather Cardstock base.


But I wasn’t done yet….I had to do a little bit of stamping on the inside too.  There is a tiny stamp with three butterflies and dots.  I stamped that multiple times up the side of a piece of Whisper White Cardstock that I attached to the inside and added a sentiment from the stamp set.


My sister loves the color purple, so that card is for her.  Of course you can use the stamp as it was intended too, like in did in the card below.


This card is also super simple to make.  Because this card is for my brother (might be obvious by the stamp) I made it a little more masculine looking and used Soft Suede Cardstock for the base.  I also used Very Vanilla Cardstock for the matting and stamped piece, but gave it a Real Red Cardstock Base to bring out the color of the tree.


Just a simple stamp no the inside and this card is done and ready for the mail.

If you would like to make either of these cards, You will need the April 2020 Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set plus these additional supplies:


  • Leaf cut-out from April 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit (or use another leaf stamp/die cut)
  • Highland Heather Cardstock – Cut 4 1/4” x 11”;  Score and fold at 5 1/2”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – Cut two pieces 5 1/4” x 4”
  • Gorgeous Grape Ink
  • Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon


  • Soft Suede Cardstock  – Cut 4 1/4” x 11”, Score and fold at 5 1/2”
  • Real Read Cardstock – Cut 5 1/4” x 4”, plus a scrap for scalloped oval
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock  – Cut one piece 5 1/4” x 4” and cut one piece 5” x 3 3/4”, plus a scrap for a stitched oval
  • Burlap Ribbon – Separate two strands to wrap around and tie in a bow.
  • Layering Ovals Dies and Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Real Red Ink
  • Snail of Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals

The fun thing about Paper Pumpkin is that each month is a surprise.  Stampin’ Up gives a few general hints and a name, but you never know what is inside the box until it arrives in the mail.  Paper Pumpkin kits are an inexpensive way to try stamping.  Each month you get a new stamp set and an ink spot, so you can create to your hearts content until the next kit arrives.  And during a 12 month cycle, the ink spots are a different color each month!…so not only can you collect stamps, but ink too!

Happy Stamping!

It’s time to order May’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!1E8CA24D-3B16-4A0A-9484-5718EFB1A2ED

Although each kit is a surprise, I can tell you a few things about the new kit coming out in May.  May’s kit contains all the supplies for 12 cards and envelopes.  Eight of the cards are the traditional size (5 1/2” x 4 1/4”) and four of the cards are note card size (5” x 3 3/4”).  So you’ll have two card sizes in one kit!  This kit is also special because four the NEW IN-COLORS for 2020-2022 will be incorporated into the kit and you will get a sneak peak!  The new In-Colors are not officially revealed until the new catalog comes out June 3rd, but you’ll have your kit at least two weeks before!  If you’d like to order May’s Paper Pumpkin Kit, the deadline is Sunday, May 10th.  You can get more information or Sign up HERE.

Paper Pumpkin kits are  a great way to add to your stamp collection (and ink) as well as get quick and easy ideas for future projects.  And because they are shipped right to your door, they are a great way to keep busy during this time of “Social Distance”….plus you have the added benefit of having beautiful handmade cards to mail to brighten up someone’s day!


Yesterday, Stampin’ Up!  revealed the list of products that will be retiring from the 2020 Mini Catalog on May 31st and from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog on June 2nd.  Although the official date for the annual catalog is June 2nd….witth the exception of Stamp sets that are guaranteed to be available only until May 15th, everything else on the retirement list is available only while supplies last!  Many items, especially the 2018-2020 In-Colors will go quickly.  That includes papers, cardstock, ink, re-inkers, markers, Stampin’ Blends, ribbon and embellishments.  So do not delay if those items are on your list.  There are also quite a few items that are discounted!….so you can save anywhere from 10% to 60% on select items.  You can see both lists by following the link below:

2020 Last Chance Products – Mini Catalog

2020 Last Chance Products Annual Catalog

2BD138C8-16CD-4D80-AC8D-F97D31008CA4Are you ready to shop?   If you would like to place an order, please click on HERE and you’ll be taken to my online Stampin’ Up! Store. If you do not already have a demonstrator, I would be honored to be yours!  If your order is less than $150, please use my April Host Code: MZU3CMRE and choose me as your Demonstrator when prompted.

If you place an order of $50 or more and use my Host Code during the month of April, I will send you a package of Pearl Basic Jewels as a thank you from me!

If your order is $150 or more, please do NOT use the Host Code as you will receive Stampin’ Rewards of your own.  Rewards start at $15 worth of free products of your choice.  Don’t forget to choose me as your demonstrator during check-out so you can receive your package of Pearl Basic Jewels from me! 

Need Help Placing an Order?  please contact me at and I will be  happy to assist you!

If you would like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, check out your options below.  Click on any item for more information!

Don’t forget…..If you would like to purchase any of these options or receive a kit each month (a continuous subscription paid monthly at a cost of $22 which includes shipping), click SUBSCRIBE TO PAPER PUMPKIN. .  Pape Pumpkin kits are shipped mid month (generally the 11th-15th) and are shipped right to your door!


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