Paper Pumpkin December 2022: Good Things Come in Small Packages

The December 2022 Paper Pumpkin Kit, a monthly subscription paper-crafting box from Stampin’ Up!, contains all the supplies needed to create 16 of the boxes pictured above, which are perfectly sized to hold most gift cards. In addition to the kit, Stampin’ Up! offered an add-on set of coordinating card bases and envelopes, which are unfortunately now sold out. The kit also comes with a Garden Green Stampin’ Spot mini-inkpad and the 12-piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below.

I really appreciate the versatility of this kit. All the boxes and bellybands are reversible, so if you don’t like one color, you can flip it over and find another color. The coordinating colors are Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, and Tahitian Tide. The kit contained many extra tags and a few decorative elements not pictured above. In addition to the double-sided supplies, the stamp sent has a sentiment for most types of celebrations.

Here are the cards I made with the add-on card bases and butchered boxes and bellybands.

For this first one, I accidentally made a card that pays homage to Microsoft Windows. My daughters were quick to point that out when I showed them the card. I still like it though. Maybe it could be given to a Computer Science graduate starting their first job at Microsoft?

I like the design of this next card because it uses scraps of paper you might otherwise throw away. The inside says Happy Birthday made from the stamps in the set.

My final card uses the clock face from the Timeless Greetings Kit. It’s a little bit of an ominous wedding card, I think.

My stamps only cards are a series of baby cards with little monkeys popping out of brown packages. The insides of the cards are stamped with the Good Things Come in Small Packages sentiment stamp. The monkeys are from retired Stampin’ Up? sent called, Fox & Friends.

June 2021 Paper Pumpkin: Expressions of Color

The June 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit, Expressions of Color, featured cards with a quietly joyful and serene feel to them. The flowers are not too frilly and the color palette is soft without being sickly. The kit included all the supplies to create the cards pictured above (three each of three designs). The kit includes the 11-piece photopolymer stamp set pictured below and two mini ink pads, one in Bumblebee and the other in Evening Evergreen. Stampin’ Up’s Paper Pumpkin kits usually only come with one mini ink pad, so the additional one was a special treat.

I love creating alternative designs with my Paper Pumpkin supplies and I offer a monthly workshop featuring that month’s kit. The class favorite alternative design for the month of June was the one in the following picture. I made this card with minimal additional supplies, a white card base and a Blackberry Bliss sponged onto the back of the vellum with the word Thanks on it. The center tag is cut using Stampin’ Up’s Stitched So Sweetly die set, but the card would also look great with a rectangle cut from the designer paper as well.

Here’s a slideshow of a few other cards I made, some of them inspired by other cardmakers’ creations.

The last project at my Paper Pumpkin workshops always features a card that doesn’t use any of the other design elements in the kit. It’s something to make after you’ve used up everything in the kit and are just left with stamps and ink. I like this card because it has a whimsical feel to it.

Additional Products

Check out my blog post on what simple supplies you can keep on hand to easily make the most out of your Paper Pumpkin kit.

Subscribe with me so you can enjoy your own Paper Pumpkin, a monthly subscription paper-crafting kit by Stampin’ Up.

Attend one of my workshops, which found on MeetUp.com in the Bellevue/Redmond Cardmakers group.