KITS: Paper Pumpkin In The Bag Kit

Recently, the popularity of subscription boxes have skyrocketed. I’ve observed two things about these boxes, many of which can be found on sites like They tend to be completely consumable, and/or primarily sample-sized. Think about it! Snacks, beauty finds, nail products, personal hygiene… the list goes on and on! Since I’ve subscribed to other boxes in the past, I can tell you they’re fun. But, after realizing you have a stash of sample-sizes or the cost is really expensive vs. what you’re getting, it’s a little deflating, you know?

When compared to other subscriptions, my paper-craft-loving friends can rest easy knowing My Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! has the same appeal as other subscription boxes– a surprise package in the mail! Products I love! A reasonable price!– PLUS every month you get non-consumable stamping products like an ink spot (a mini ink pad) and of course, stamps! That means Paper Pumpkin is a great way to build supplies over time, or add exclusive stamps to your collection. Faaaabulous!

Here’s another perk that sets Paper Pumpkin apart– kit refills and the option to purchase past kits!! On you will find a list of available past kits and kit refills, which are only available to current Paper Pumpkin subscribers. Let me introduce you to one of the kits (from February 2014) called In the Bag (item # 135505).

Photo: Paper Pumpkin In the Bag Kit Contents


Look at all that product! You will have plenty left over to play with after assembling your bags. In addition to making a couple of the intended “hello” bags, here are some extra things I made with my kit:


Photo: In the Bag kit project, "for you" bag

“For You” Bag. TIP! I poked holes in the sides of the bag with a paper piercing tool, threaded the baker’s twine through the holes, and attached ends of twine on the inside of the bag with packing tape. If you loop the twine before taping it will hold better!


Photo: In the Bag kit project, "congrats" bag

“Congrats” bag. A simple twist, just adhere the turquoise circles, stamp on some of the star burst circles and adhere, then pop up your letters with dimensionals! In case you want to skip the experimenting, you can fit 8 letters across. You’re welcome. ;o)


Photo: Card project using In the Bag kit contents

Initial card. With a Crumb Cake card base, a small strip of Whisper White card stock for the flag, and a 4″x 5-1/4″ layer of Pistachio Pudding card stock (which was given fabulous texture by running through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder), this card comes together in a snap. Quick, easy, and cute! Can’t beat that.


Photo: Gift card holder

Photo: Gift card holder details

Gift card wrapping. Looking for a fun way to add a personal touch to a gift card? This gift card wrapping takes the cake! Using the same products I listed for the “initial card” above, I created a memorable envelope with belly-band style closure. Would you like the project recipe for my go-to gift card wrapping? You can download a free instructional PDF I created for one of my classes. The embellishments on the instruction sheet are different than this project, but the dimensions and process are the same! I used the Project Life Corner Punch (item #135346), which I prefer to the retired 3/16″ Round Corner Punch. Enjoy that little blog-a-licious gift from me.


Photo: M-E-R-R-Y Rosettes

M-E-R-R-Y rosettes. Since the new Holiday Catalog will be released next week on August 28th (woohoo!!!) and demonstrators have already been able to pre-order holiday products during the month of August, I’ve been in a festive mood. You will be too when you see all the great stuff in the new catalog! What better way to use up those extra letters from the In the Bag kit than to make some rosettes that can be added to a wreath, banner, doorknob hanger, or framed piece? I can’t really think of any better way unless you’ve used up all your letters making the cute initial cards or gift card wrappers ;o) Words I can picture being made into rosettes: B-O-O, S-P-O-O-K-Y, B-R-I-G-H-T, C-H-I-L-L-Y, P-E-A-C-E… I am getting excited about making more now! Stay tuned for a complete project using my M-E-R-R-Y rosettes– subscribe to my blog to receive a weekly email digest so you don’t miss any of my project posts.

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know in the comments which project is your favorite. Remember you can order the In the Bag kit by becoming one of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers.

Happy Stamping,

Shop Now Signature Becky Gifford The Social Stamper




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