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.
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About Paper Pumpkin
The Subscription Box: Paper Pumpkin
The Cost: $19.95 per month + free shipping in the USA, $26.95 + free shipping 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: U.S. & Canada
Paper Pumpkin "Poppin’ Birthday" Review
This month’s theme is “Poppin’ Birthday”:
The instruction leaflet is not as informative as the how-to-video on YouTube, which I prefer to watch before starting the project. I use the instruction leaflet as a guide when I get stuck on a step.
Enclosed is a leaflet with their website address letting the subscribers know to go to their site for endless ideas on using the stamp set.
Enclosed in each monthly kit is a water-based dye ink stamp pad, this month’s color is poppy parade and two photopolymer stamp sets. The photopolymer stamp set has numerals zero to nine with a word bubble, nd, th, st, rd, and #. The second stamp set has a birthday hat, confetti-like designs, a candle, “Today we celebrate YOU!”, “HAPPY”, “BIRTHDAY”, and “it’s your”. It would have been nice to have a stamp say “Today I celebrate YOU”, in case the giver is single or it’s just one individual sending the greeting to another.
Here I decided to deviate from the usual card making and use some of the materials for a birthday banner. I got the idea from Paper Pumpkins Instagram account. I used the die-cut pennants, cut the cards in half and placed the white circle cut-outs, and the white die-cut labels that I decorated with cut-outs of birthday gift boxes, cake with candles, and five and two representing the age of my upcoming birthday. This was an easy assemble and a fun idea for my birthday decorations.
Next, the top of the photo is the inside of the card with a pop-up birthday cake, the middle photo is the pop-up sheet for the inside of the card with the card design, and the bottom photo is the finished product of the front of the card. I decided to make a card for my friend’s upcoming birthday. The only tricky part about this month’s craft was getting the pop-up sheet to align to the card base as well as, lining up the sticker (the sticker is a set of candles) to the pop-up cake sheet inside the card. I had to take the adhesive roll, cut and measure to fit the back of the pop-up card to adhere to the base of the card. It was tricky to align it properly and my estimate of the length of the adhesive was off and I had to start over. The next attempt was a success.
Here is the front of the cards finished, and I added stamping, die-cut outs, and little pearls to the front cover of the birthday greetings.
Here is a closer look at the design of the inside flap on the envelope.
The finished look of my birthday banner.
Verdict: This month’s Paper Pumpkin was fun and the designs were creative. I’m glad I changed up the craft and included something a little different. The banner turned out great and I was able to still craft some cards. I’m always sending birthday greetings to friends and family so I was happy to add more to my stash. This craft kit sends quality paper products and all the materials to make a variety of cards well worth the $19.95 a month subscription cost.
The Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if I sign-up today? No, you will receive the April box. Sign up by the 10th of the month to receive that month’s kit.
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