Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April Paper Pumpkin - Mother of a Kit

A few years ago there was a recruiting special announced at Convention where demonstrators could get a Halloween packet and frame.  I was convinced that Stampin' Up! was going to come out with a frame line to help with our home décor crafts.  I was wrong and it became a joke between me and my fellow Idaho demonstrators.  April's kit re-ignited that idea with the cute frameable art project, though I know that there still aren't frames in the newest catalog either.

The kit came with a frame and cover and was designed to be a gift.  I'm so keeping mine.  It also came with two big hearts and heart outlines, two banners, 14 little hearts, twine, cotton ribbon, some faceted buttons, and 2 ink spots for Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.

The first picture is the kit as designed in the instructions.

I decided I'd like to put a picture of my two little cuddlebugs so I used the big heart as a template and cut out a wallet photo of Callie and Michael.

The Happy Mother's Day stamp was too cute to not use for a card for my mom or mother in law so I used the leftover pieces and a little Very Vanilla and Pistachio Pudding cardstock to put this together.  I also used the new Project Life corner rounder on the upper right corner since I needed something up in that space.

Finally, I did a cute little love note to go with another Mom's day gift.  I created a loop on the small piece of Cotton ribbon I had left over and wrapped it in twine.  Then I put a small heart on it with a dimensional.  The square is one of the pennant word pieces cut into a square to make a present.  Then I cut off a row of the Calypso Coral that the small hearts were punched out of and put it behind the present.  I think this is really stinkin' cute!

My Paper Pumpkin is a great crafting opportunity delivered to your door during the third week of the month that includes all you need to complete the project (except scissors and occasionally adhesive).  It works great for those wanting to be creative but that do not want to invest in a full craft room or those that enjoy crafting and like to have a set project to complete when you need it.  If you do the project exactly as instructed, it will take you 30 minutes.  If you want to get a little more creative by combining it with your other supplies, it will take longer.  Each kit includes the photopolymer stamps (clear), ink, project pieces, and instructions.  Past kits include 8 cards, a farmable project with 12 tags, a 12 page mini book, etc.  The stamps in these kits are exclusive to subscribers and not available for general purchase.

A few great updates to this program that I’d like to share.

1 – Prepaid Subscriptions:  Now you can purchase pre-paid subscriptions for My Paper Pumpkin to use yourself or give as gifts.  These subscriptions COUNT TOWARDS HOSTESS BENEFITS which means you can collect them at your parties or pay up your subscription to get those benefits for your own kits!  The codes are below which include pre-paid shipping or you can click this link: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryID=1444&&dbwsdemoid=80380.
  • 12-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  - 137861 - Price: $215.40  - Save $2 per month
  • 6-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  137860 - Price: $113.70 – Save $1 per month
  • 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  137859 - Price: $59.85
  • 1-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  137858 - Price: $19.95

2 – Changes to Starter Kit: Starting May 11th, if you sign up for Paper Pumpkin, you will not get the starter kit but the kit for that month like everyone else. You will receive a clear block in that package that is thinner than our current blocks and that works perfectly for the photopolymer stamps.  So if you sign up between May 11th and June 10th, you will receive June’s kit!

3 - Another great change is that SU has updated the design of the instructions included with each kit with a photograph showing each step and more. This will make completing the projects simple and fun for everyone.

Let me know today if you are interested in trying out My Paper Pumpkin to see if it’s right for you or having a My Paper Pumpkin party where everyone gets a kit of their own and we all get together to assemble them with the subscriptions counting towards the hostess’s party total!  Or just sign up here!

Have a craftastic day,

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