September 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Haunts & Harvest

Haunts & Harvest, the September 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit by Stampin’ Up contains all the supplies to make the 12 treat boxes pictured above. These supplies even include a mini Soft Succulent ink pad (a.k.a. Stampin’ Spot) and a ten-piece clear photopolymer stamp set featuring the images pictured below.

The September kit is always tricky one to create alternate designs from because the kit always contains some version of a treat container. These first two cards are my favorites from all the alternate card designs I created. Except for the stamp set, neither of them uses any of the kit contents. They showcase possibilities for after you’ve made all those treat boxes and given them away to coworkers or your kids’ classmates.

For this card, I tried to create a simple and elegant design. The card base is Thick Very Vanilla. The next layer is a panel of regular Very Vanilla cardstock with a square cut in the top center and then embossed using the now retired Woodland embossing folder. I brushed Wink of Stella over the tree trunks to give them some subtle sparkle. For the leaf stamped at the center of the square, I sponged the center of the leaf stamp with Mango Melody ink and then used a sponge dauber with Pumpkin Pie ink to darken up the edges. The tag was created using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

The next card is clean and lovely as well. The card base is Mango Melody. The leaves are stamped on squares cut from the now-retired Stitched Shapes dies in Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, and Mango Melody ink using the same technique wherein you use sponge daubers to give the edges of the image a darker hue. The tag is created from Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze cardstock and the Banners Pick a Punch. I finished off the card with a few gems from the Holiday Rhinestones pack.

For the pumpkin card below, I cut out each section of the darkest orange treat boxes, trimmed them down to about 3″ high, and sponged the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink and a sponge dauber. I freehand cut the stem from a scrap of Soft Suede cardstock and sponged the edges of it with Soft Suede ink. I assembled the pumpkin, starting with the center and then each side moving backwards. I placed the jack-o-lantern face stickers from the kit on the face of the pumpkin. Next, I stamped leaves around the edge of a Very Vanilla card base (no need to stamp the middle because it gets covered by the pumpkin). The leaves are stamped in Soft Succulent and the veining down the center of them is Evening Evergreen. I stamped the sentiment on one of the tags from the kit in Soft Succulent and attached it with some leftover linen thread from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. Voila!

This next card is a variation on the card pictured above. Instead of using the darkest orange pumpkin treat box, I picked the lightest one. The leaves are from the kit and the stem is freehand cut from one of the treat box segments. The card base is Soft Succulent and the Cajun Craze panel is embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder. I created the strip of raffia that runs behind the pumpkin by extracting the wire from the center of one of the ties for the treat boxes. The tag is stamped in Soft Succulent and is once again attached with some linen thread leftover from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. Finally, I mounted the pumpkin on the face of the card using Dimensionals to give it…well…some dimension.

My final card is what I like to call a “One Layer Wonder.” It’s kind of the opposite of a One Sheet Wonder where you use one sheet of designer series paper to create multiple cards, but instead you just make one card that doesn’t have any layers. I used the remainder piece from the leaf punch-outs as a stencil to create a line of leaves across the bottom of a Very Vanilla card base. I used sponge daubers inked with Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, and Mango Melody inks to fill in the stencil. Finally, the sentiment is stamped below the row of leaves in Early Espresso ink.

Thanks for stamping with me! If you live in the Eastside of the Seattle area, please join me at my next Paper Pumpkin workshop on Saturday, October 30th. Sign up in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group on Also, check out my other cardmaking group on Meetup, Momster Ink’s Eastside Stampers & Paper Crafters for further classes.

Next month’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Peaceful Christmas and coordinates with the Peaceful Place Suite Collection available in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. Subscribe by October 10th to ensure you get one.

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September 2020 Paper Pumpkin: Hello Pumpkin

Some people just aren’t into Halloween and every September Stampin’ Up puts out a Halloween Paper Pumpkin kit that usually contains bags or boxes of some kind. This kind of kit is useful to a lot of people. It’s useful to me, but I know of plenty of stampers who don’t participate in Halloween for one reason or another and have no need of a Halloween-themed stamp set. I think that his year, Stampin’ Up released a well-balanced kit that is useful to Halloween and non-Halloween participants alike.

The Hello Pumpkin kit contains ample supplies to create and decorate twenty of the cracker boxes pictured above. The great thing about the boxes is that they’re double-sided, white and Pumpkin Pie striped for Halloween and a Cajun Craze gingham pattern for an autumnal feel. It also includes a Cajun Craze Stampin’ Spot and the stamp set pictured below:

What’s great about this stamp set is that the images can be adjusted from a general fall season look to Halloween with the simple addition of the Jack-o-Lantern faces.

The cracker boxes are super cute, but this blog post is all about showcasing alternative ideas, which is what we do at my monthly Paper Pumpkin workshop. My regular attendees weren’t keen on the Halloween theme, so I stuck with the autumnal concept. I found a plethora of ideas on the internet and many of them incorporated wreaths, so that’s what I started with. I gave the ladies these two card samples to work from.

You can’t really tell from the pictures, but the flowers are popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, which gives the wreath two levels of depth.

Of course, my ladies took creative license and made these cards:

Liz’s card
Kathy’s card

The final card we made was CASEd from Denise Kepple Garrison over at Her card was just too cute not to replicate in its entirety.

Coming soon…

October’s Paper Pumpkin kit is called Joy to the World. It will contain supplies to make eight greeting cards (four each of two designs). The subscription period for this kit ends October 10th and kits start getting mailed out on the 15th. Subscribe now and then register for my monthly Paper Pumpkin workshop on October 24th and get alternate ideas for using the kit’s supplies.

Project supplies:

September 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit, Hello Pumpkin

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