Sunday, June 22, 2014

The New Paper Pumpkin

I decided to try the new (improved) Paper Pumpkin recently and I’m so glad I did!  In case you don’t know, Paper Pumpkin is a monthly creative kit from Stampin’ Up.  You can order it in 2 ways.  You can subscribe to it by clicking here and every month your credit card will be charged and you’ll receive a kit in your mailbox.  If you’re going to be out of town, you can always “skip” that month’s shipment as long as you make those changes before the 10th of the month.  You can also cancel the subscription at any time.  The 2nd way is to buy a prepaid kit when you place your regular order with me.  You’ll receive a link to set up your subscription with the prepaid code provided.  You have an option to add your credit card info, but if you skip that portion, you’ll only be charged for the kit you purchased and no more.  If you want to continue your subscription, you just purchase another pre-paid kit and add the code to your account before the 10th of the month.  This way you have no obligation to buy more kits.  Prepaid subscriptions are available in 1, 3 ,6, 9, or 12 month increments with a discount being given to any prepaid subscription of 6 months or longer.  The kit is always a surprise and neither you nor I will know what the kit will contain ahead of time.  That’s part of the fun!  Some months it contains greeting card projects and other months it has things for home décor and gifts.  The June kit was the later and contained supplies to make patriotic pinwheels. 
The kit comes with photopolymer rubber stamps.  (And for your first month you also receive a small acrylic block.) 
Look at all the supplies included in the June kit!  There were 24 straws, 20 treat bags, 24 brads, 24 clips, glue dots, precut banners, 24 precut DSP squares for the pinwheels, baker’s twine, and even a little Stampin’ Spot Inkpad. 
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There is a full-color photo of the projects, as well as a sheet showing step-by-step instructions.
I found the pinwheels easy to make.  They have holes in the some of the corners so you can quickly put them together with the big brad.  Then I used the glue dots on the open end of the brad and attached the paper straw.  The glue dots hold well to the metal, plus this will cover up the back of the brad!
I stamped, punched out the banner, and then attached it to the straw with glue dots.  I also tied on a little piece of the baker’s twine.  I think it turned out really cute!
I made a bunch of these in no time!  Then I cut down one of the pinwheel squares and decorated some treat bags so they would match the pinwheels.  Those little fat paperclips are adorable and looked nice with a bit of baker’s twine added.
Here’s what I ended up with when I was finished.  Grated, I still have more supplies so I can make a bunch more of the pinwheels or treat bags (or both.)  I love this kit and I think it was a really good value at $20 shipped.  I can’t wait to see what I get next month!

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