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Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box Review – July 2016

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Paper Pumpkin is a monthly paper crafting subscription box from Stampin’ Up! They send everything you need for a creative paper project right to your door.



This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)


The Subscription Box: Paper Pumpkin

The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping in the USA, $24.95 CDN in Canada

The Products: Everything you need to design a creative paper project with stamps, ink, accessories and more. (Please note per their FAQ you will need adhesive for some monthly projects.)

Ships to: United States & Canada

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Each month’s box comes with an informative leaflet that lists what’s included in the kit and step-by-step instructions. Also there is an instructional video that you can access on their website. Paper Pumpkin’s July project is “What A Gem”.



Here are the boxes being folded.




The stamps came with 5 sayings: “it’s your day to Sparkle”, “have a Brilliant birthday”, “just a little Bling for you”, “way to shine”, and “you’re so fancy”, plus some additional shapes for more creative stamping.  Since I did not receive a clear block in the kit to adhere to Photopolymer Stamps, I stuck them on the top of the cover from the inkpad. This worked just fine for the smaller Photopolymer stamps, but wasn’t big enough for all the sayings. I used “way to shine” and “it’s your day to Sparkle”. 

UPDATE: Paper Pumpkin let us know that the clear block is sent in your Welcome Kit and since this is a review of the July box, it was not included.

The project was very easy and had all the materials included in the kit, minus the clear block. Really all I needed was scissors to cut the twine to make the tassel’s. The boxes came in two sizes (4 of each) and were easy to assemble. Just fold along the scored lines and press together with the attached adhesive strip. I enclosed a pre-wrapped square of chocolate in each box, which fit perfectly! 

I love how the exact amount of twine needed for each tassel was individually wound on a cardboard “spool”, and any extra twine needed for tying was perfectly measured and pre-cut. (Although the directions indicated Bakers twine, it’s more like yarn.) Once I got the hang of wrapping, tying and cutting, it went quickly with the help of my friend. (I thought it would be nice to have a crafting afternoon with a buddy). The only tricky (and irritating) part was threading the twine through the pre- punched holes in the cards and through the two holes in the boxes.


Verdict: All in all, it was a fun activity, and I enjoyed making the “What a Gem” boxes. These gems are going to be perfect party favors for my up-coming Christmas in July party! Extra cards are leftover, which I will definitely make use of. The stamps are reusable, have universal sayings, and look like they will last a long time. I like that I can continue to use the supplies in this kit for future creative projects.

This being my first project with Paper Pumpkin I was impressed with the low level of difficulty, the low level of mess, and the convenience of having all the materials included. This was a fun creative activity to enjoy with my friend.

What do you think of the “What a Gem” boxes for July’s Paper Pumpkin box? Have you tried a monthly crafting box before?

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Written by Nich Baviera

Nich Baviera

Nichelle has been obsessed with subscription boxes since 2012, when she received an email to subscribe to PopSugar Must Have Box. Since then, she has subscribed to Glossybox, Allure Beauty Box and GoodeBox which is now called GoodeBeing Box. She currently subscribes to: Birchbox, FabFitFun, Essence Beauty Box, PopSugar Must Have Mini Box, and Play! by Sephora. She is an avid admirer of PopSugar, so much so that she had an office tour of their San Francisco headquarters in April of 2015.

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Comments (6)

  1. I have ordered these kits in the past and they are a pretty decent deal. You can often search Pinterest for alternative project to use the supplies if you don’t like the given project – or ideas how to use the stamps/papers again.

    They are good for people that like paper crafts but don’t want to invest a ton of $$ or who aren’t completely creative!

  2. I know at one point when you subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin your first box was an “introductory” type box that was the same for everyone. That box made some basic project and included an acrylic block that would be big enough for any future MPP stamps. I’m not sure if they still do this, but it explains why, if you were given just the current month’s box to review, you wouldn’t have received a block. It would definitely be wasteful for them to send one with every month because most stampers already have a full set and anyone subscribing for more than one month would then end up with more than they need.

  3. I’ve subscribed to this kit in the past and you do not get the acrylic blocks. Stampin’ Up assumes you already have them as many of their stamp sets are clear mount. Acrylic blocks come in a variety of sizes and aren’t very expensive to purchase.

    • Clear block comes in the welcome kit which I didn’t receive to review only the July box. As indicated in the update they will provide in the August box.

  4. I love paper crafting, so this is a sub I would be interested in. I’m not sure I want to accumulate a bunch of stamps, though, and that price is up there (which is mostly to cover the cost of those stamps). I would love to receive a box with just the paper needed for these cute boxes, with twine included, and make my own tags. I do, however, realize that this being offered by Stampin’ Up, the stamps are the thing!

  5. Okay, these are adorable. I love the idea of crafting with a friend, may try this kit and do it, too!

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