5 Reasons to Love Paper Pumpkin

Subscription boxes are all the rage these days. From makeup and skin care, to clothing, to educational items, to pet items, and everything in between, it seems there’s a subscription box for it all. People love them! And why wouldn’t they? It’s basically like a Christmas present at your door every month and the contents a pleasant surprise.

If you’re a crafter like me, there is one subscription box that you absolutely should not be missing out on: Paper Pumpkin! Paper Pumpkin is a subscription box from Stampin’ Up! and here are 5 reasons to love this box of creativity.


1. Creative Me Time Delivered Right To Your Door Every Month

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription and each box has a do-it-yourself craft kit that you can complete in 1-2 hours. That’s at least one hour of creative crafting time you can have all to yourself! And with projects ranging from card sets to treat boxes to home decor and more, you’ll never get bored with what you get to create each month. This has been a God send to me this past year. With pregnancy and now a newborn, finding time to craft has been quite the struggle. But I can always count on Paper Pumpkin kits each month to give me a creative escape.

2. No Need to Buy Additional Supplies

May Paper Pumpkin Kit Contents. Image copyright Stampin’ Up!

With Paper Pumpkin kits, everything you need to create each project is in the box! Everything, from card bases and envelopes right down to the tiniest embellishments and adhesives, is included with each kit so you’ll never have to run to the craft store to finish up a project.

3. Extra Craft Supplies

Just a fraction of the supplies I’ve collected because of Paper Pumpkin!

Instead of having you scrambling to the craft store to get more supplies, Paper Pumpkin will leave you with new crafting supplies each month! Every kit includes a high-quality photopolymer stamp set and at least one mini ink pad that you can use over and over again even after your Paper Pumpkin project has been completed. After just a few months, you’ll have quite the stamp set and ink pad collection for creating whatever your heart desires!

Not only that, but each Paper Pumpkin kit also often leaves you with some spare adhesives! I have quite the stash of adhesive dots and dimensional adhesives now thanks to Paper Pumpkin! That means I’m spending less money on buying adhesives myself! Oh, and here’s a tip: You can ensure you have extra dimensional adhesives left over by cutting them in half when you use them!

4. Make What They Say, or Do It Your Way!

The top card is the Paper Pumpkin design. The bottom card is my twist on it.

In case you were wondering, every Paper Pumpkin kit comes with illustrated instructions so you know step-by-step how to create each project. So all you need to do is follow the directions to create fabulous paper crafts! That’s perfect for those times where I’m feeling crafty but lacking inspiration. I can still create something amazing without having to think of a design all on my own. But if you’re the adventurous type or feel extra inspired, throw out the instructions and have fun with the project kit contents! Use the items to create a project of your very own. Or combine them with your own craft supply stash to create something completely out of the box! There is no right or wrong with creativity, and Paper Pumpkin is a great gateway to creative ideas.

5. Always Have A Handmade Card on Hand

A little look at my handmade card collection ready to give or send.

Now that I’ve been subscribing to Paper Pumpkin for over a year, I have quite the stock of cards and gift card holders on hand. And as forgetful as I am, it’s nice to have that last minute birthday or thank you card on hand to mail or include with a gift! And even better that each card was made by my own two hands. Paper Pumpkin has made it so easy to create a set of cards that I can use for almost any occasion, and my collection of cards just continues to grow.

These are just 5 of the reasons that I love being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber. I’m sure you’ll find reasons of your own once you start getting creative each month!

If you’d like to start getting a box of crafting fun delivered to your mailbox each month, now is the perfect time to start your own Paper Pumpkin subscription! From now until June 10th, 2017, first-time subscribers will get 25% off the June, July, and August kits! That’s just $14.96/month for the first three months, including shipping! So go ahead! Get stamping! And make sure to choose me, Jacqueline Nimrichter, as your demonstrator! Sign up for Paper Pumpkin now at www.paperpumpkin.com or click on the image below to learn even more about Paper Pumpkin.

Sign up by June 10, 2017 and get 25% off your first three months!

Beautiful You

Ok, so I have this project in the works. It’s been in the works for a while now and I’m having a hard time hashing out all the details of how I want this project to work. But it WILL happen in the next month or two!

A big part of this project will be cards. Lots and lots of cards. Which I need to design and make. Soon. So I’m working on that aspect of the project too. But I don’t want to wait until this project launches to share some of the cards I’ve made for it so far. So here’s a look at one of the card sets I will be offering soon!

These cards were made using the new Beautiful You stamp set and the Watercolor Pencils from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. These have easily become some favorites and most used items of mine. The images in the stamp set are so fun and the sentiments are just so encouraging!

And of course I love the watercolor pencils for the painted look they give to the images. They are so easy to use and the results are always fabulous. It’s a quick and easy way to get that look of watercolor for someone who has never used watercolors before. Here is an alternate colorway of the same set.

I do plan on playing with this stamp set some more and actually painting in the images with watercolors. But for now, the watercolor pencils are my go to for coloring in pictures!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. I have a lot more work to do to get this project off the ground as soon as I’d like to! Send your creative vibes my way because I can certainly use them!

 

 

 

Have you tried out our new Watercolor Pencils yet? What did you think of them? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Adoring Arrows Paper Pumpkin Kit

It’s Valentine’s Day! And as a mother of a school-age child, I know that a holiday like today means a class treat exchange. Some moms love putting together fun treats for their child to share. Other moms dread having to create a bunch of treats for a class. So they keep it simple and go with store-bought treats and cards. Me? I’m a good mix of both! As a creative type, I love making unique and eye-catching treat holders. But as a typical busy mom who loves to procrastinate, I tend to leave myself very little time to come up with something cute, let alone time to actually make anything. So what do I do? Do I scramble and whip something up while losing sleep and part of my sanity? Or do I go against my creative instincts and just buy something?

The answer is, NEITHER! You see, there’s this thing from Stampin’ Up! called Paper Pumpkin. I’ve mentioned Paper Pumpkin before on my Instagram. It’s an amazing monthly subscription box that brings a little creativity to your mailbox every month. And January’s Paper Pumpkin kit made the PERFECT class exchange treats for my Mini Moose.

These beautiful treat bags were all made using the Paper Pumpkin kit I received in the mail last month. The kit had everything I needed to make 24 bags, which was more than enough for Mini Moose’s class.

No creative detail is missed with any Paper Pumpkin project kit. These treat bags feature gold foil heart details, vellum banners, the cutest little arrows, and even gold threading embellishments. The kit even comes with the stamp set, ink, and adhesives to stamp and assemble everything.

I love these monthly project kits. And they have saved my lazy mom butt on more than one occasion when it came to class exchange treats! Each month is a surprise as I never know what each kit will be until I open it. But I’m never disappointed. And this kit was exactly what I needed for this Valentine’s Day.

I didn’t need to scramble and lose sleep creating last minute treat bags or cards, but I still got to be creative and make something with my hands. It was the perfect compromise. I stamped, assembled, filled with candy, and sent them on their way. I didn’t have to hurt my brain designing and implementing anything. Which was a much appreciated time saver for me! Hopefully for the next holiday, I’ll be a little more prepared. But if not, I’ll just hope Paper Pumpkin has my back once again.

 

 

 

 

Want to receive a creative surprise in your mailbox each month? Then start your own Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription. Choose to go with a month-to-month subscription, or prepay for a set amount of months. And be excited to receive a new project kit each and every month, delivered right to your door!

Vertical Garden Project Kit

A green thumb I am not. By any means. I seriously have killed every single plant I have attempted to grow, whether in my home or out in the yard. Even the “unkillable” succulent plants don’t stand a chance against me. So when I saw this fun project kit in the new Occasions Catalog, I got super excited.

This Vertical Garden kit is perfect for someone like me. I can enjoy the look of succulents in my home without worrying about the need to water or give it the right amount of sunlight. And it was so much fun making all of the succulents and flowers.

I just love what you can do with paper. These die cut pieces look so much like real succulents once you curl the leaves and layer them together.  Add in the rolled paper flowers and you get a beautiful combination for the perfect wall hanging, no watering required!

Vertical Garden Project Kit

The Vertical Garden Project Kit comes with everything you need to create this fun décor piece for your home. Use a bone folder to curl up the leaves of the die cut pieces (like how you would use scissors to curl ribbon) and layer together to get the perfect, round succulent. If you want to add a little more depth and dimension to the succulents, try inking the edges of the leaves using brown or even a pink ink. Use a glue gun to adhere everything to the flower box. Then just add a sentiment from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set to finish it off.

It’s perfect for hanging on your front door or on a wall in your home. I am displaying mine on our fireplace mantle. It complements our other décor pieces perfectly! And I don’t have to worry about killing off these plants, so double win!

 

 

 

Order the Vertical Garden Project Kit and the Vertical Garden Stamp Set to create your own home decor piece!

CLICK HERE to view the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog

Swee-Tea Bag Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Here’s a fun idea for a different kind of treat holder! Tea Bags! They’re cute, small, and can give you a glimpse into what’s inside. And the best part is they’re really easy to make! Read on for a quick tutorial on how to make your own Swee-Tea bags.

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You will need:

– Vellum or creped filter Paper
– washi tape or liquid adhesive
– baker’s twine
– stapler
– candy

Instructions:

1. Cut a rectangle from your vellum or filter paper. For the bigger size bag, I cut a 2.5″ x 7″ piece. For the smaller bag I cut a 2″ x 6″ piece. You can always start with an even larger piece of paper to create whatever size tea bag you need/want.

2. Fold the rectangle in half and adhere the two long sides to create a pouch. I used washi tape to adhere the vellum and liquid adhesive for the filter paper bags. Use what you think will look best.

3. Make a point at the top (open) end by folding the top corners in towards the center. Then fold the point over one or two times. Do this before you fill the bags with treats as this will make the bags easier to close once you have added some candy.

4. Unfold and open the bags. Add some candy, then re – fold the bag to close.

5. Staple a piece of baker’s twine to the top of the bag. Make sure to staple where the top has been folded over to keep the bag closed.

6. Add a little something to the free end of the baker’s twine for some extra cuteness. I used the Banner Blast image and Banner Punch (both from the Sale-a-bration catalog) to create a little string topper. I also used last year’s Pretty Petites set and the coordinating Petite Curly Label Punch (still available).

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These little tea bags aren’t too time consuming to make. So if you need a last minute treat idea, this is a good one to keep in mind! And these are easily customized to coordinate with any theme or occasion. Plus, these are a great way to use some vellum or that creped filter paper, in case you needed a new idea. I’ve had vellum and filter paper sitting in my craft room for ages, and now I have a fun way to use up that stash! I really love how the creped filter paper looks for this project. It really looks and feels like a tea bag. Plus you can stamp on the filter paper, for even more customization options!

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and tutorial. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Until next time…

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Witches’ Brew Luminary Garland

Can you believe it’s already the end of the week? And time for my final Witches’ Brew Workshop project!

Witches' Brew Luminary Garland

This luminary garland has quickly become my favorite project of this workshop. Mainly because it turned out almost exactly the way I pictured it in my head. But also because it’s a great home decor project! And the entire garland was made using only those 6 small squares of DSP we’ve been focusing on all week, plus a little vellum and card stock. Read on for instructions on how to make your own!

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You Will Need:
– 6″ x 6″ stack of Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper (One sheet of each double-sided design, for a total of 6 sheets)
– 6 pieces of 6″ x 3-1/2″ Vellum in whatever colors you want or have
– Gumball Green card stock
Halloween Bash stamp set
Tags 4 You stamp set
– Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
– Crop-a-dile or small hole punch
– 1-3/4″ Circle Punch
– Brads
– Ribbon and mini clothespins for hanging
– Battery-operated tea lights

Instructions:
Pumpkins:
1. Cut sheet of DSP into 3/4″ strips.
2. Stack strips and punch a hole at each end of the strips. Put a brad through each hole to hold the stack together.
3. Fan out the strips to form the ball shape, making sure to put even spacing between each strip.
4. Create a stem for the pumpkin using a strip of Gumball Green cardstock, rolled into a short tube. I wrapped a strip of card stock around a sponge dauber to get the proper width for the stem. Then just adhere the stem to the top of the pumpkin using liquid adhesive.
5. Repeat to create 2 more pumpkins.

Luminaries:
1. Take your 6″ x 3-1/2″ piece of vellum and stamp a Halloween image in the center, making sure that the long sides of the vellum are on the top and bottom when you stamp (landscape orientation).
2. Create a tube with the vellum, adhering the ends together using sticky strip or another strong adhesive.
3. Cut two 1″ x 6″ strips from a sheet of DSP. Adhere these strips to the top and bottom of the vellum tube. I used glue dots in a few spots to hold the DSP strips in place, then adhered the ends of the DSP strips together with liquid adhesive.
4. Repeat Steps 1-3 to create 5 more luminary tubes. You should be able to create two matching luminaries from one sheet of DSP, with some DSP still left over from each sheet.
5. To create the bottoms for each luminary (so the candle has something to sit on when hanging), use the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to punch circles from the leftover DSP.
6. Cut 1″ x 1/2″ strips from card stock or any remaining DSP and fold each one in half. You will need four of these little strips for each luminary.
7. Adhere four small strips along the bottom inside of each luminary. Then adhere the 1-3/4″ Circles on top of those little tabs to create the platform for your tea lights to rest on. See photo below for illustration.

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8. Use hole punch to punch two holes on the top of each luminary. String with ribbon.
9. Hang your luminaries and pumpkins onto a ribbon using mini clothespins. Or use them however you desire to decorate your home.
10. Turn on tea lights and place into luminaries for a beautiful, flickering garland.

And there you have it! A fabulous home decor project that is sure to catch the eyes of everyone who enters your home!

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Design Alternatives:
– Again, this is the kind of project you can make for any occasion. Just switch up the DSP, stamp sets, and vellum colors to create a pretty garland for other seasons or holidays.
– Don’t want a hanging garland? No worries! Place the pumpkins in a decorative bowl on your mantle and surround it with your glowing luminaries for a fabulous mantle display. Or hang the individual lanterns on trees or other areas around your house. There are so many ways you can use these luminaries to decorate your home.
– If you prefer to use real tea lights for your luminaries, just leave off the base portion of the project and make only the tubes. Then carefully place the luminary tube over a lit tealight. But be sure to keep a careful eye on your luminaries since they are flammable! I highly recommend using only battery-operated tea lights.

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Well, that completes this workshop! I hope you enjoyed the projects I presented. And I hope you took on my little challenge and tried to see what you can make with just a few small sheets of DSP.

Now, I’m not going to guarantee that there will be a new Webbie Workshop for the next few months. My Etsy shops have been getting a lot of business (woohoo!) so they are keeping me really busy. Not to mention I’ve got a lot of family stuff coming up soon! My parents will be visiting in October and then the new Baby Moose will be arriving in November! So I will do my best to come up with a new Webbie Workshop or two for the rest of the year. But no promises! Sorry! But as always, you can see what I’m up to on Facebook and Instagram. I’ve always got crafty photos getting posted on those sites as I work on random projects for Etsy and for my customers.

If I don’t get to blog again until the new year, then I hope you all have a fabulous rest of 2013! Enjoy the holidays, have fun with your family, and craft your heart out! But if I do get the chance to blog again, well…

Until next time…

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