Fun Friend Card with Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit Stamps

I’ve been subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin since it started and so each month, I tend to get excited about the newest projects and stamps that come in the mail each month, and I sometimes forget about the past stamps.  But with the August promotion where you can get your first 2 months for only $10 a month (including shipping!), I have had some new friends join Paper Pumpkin this month and get the welcome kit.  So, I wanted to send a little note saying hello and thank you and decided to pull out those stamps that come with the welcome kit.

This is what I came up with:

It all started with a card base that I had made a while back by embossing the entire card front with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  Then just started adding some fun elements that were lying around my craft room.  I loved how the new burlap ribbon made a fun border for my scrap of Whisper White cardstock that I stamped with the speckled splatter stamp.

So I hope they like it!  I really had fun with it and think I may need to make a few more!

Don’t forget – the 50% savings for the first 2 months ends August 31st!  You can cancel or skip a month anytime with no penalty, so if you’ve been thinking about trying it out, don’t miss out on this great deal!  Plus I’ll send you one of these cards as well to thank you for joining. Smile  Get your no-obligation Paper Pumpkin subscription started here and use promo code PUMPKINDEAL!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps- Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit
Ink – Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
Paper – Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories – Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon (SU Holiday catalog), Glue Dots, Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Decorative Label punch

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My Paper Pumpkin Kit for April

Have you heard about Paper Pumpkin yet?

If not, here is the quick skinny on this new offering from Stampin’ Up!

Each month you are subscribed, you will receive a Surprise Box full of everything you need (except adhesive) to create some fun project.  They started the program in March 2013 and so March was the “Welcome Kit” which included a clear block and everything you needed for 4 cards.

Then in April, they sent out the first wave of boxes that were a complete surprise to everyone!

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It has been interesting to watch the reactions to this new kit.  Some people LOVE the 4 card kit that we received.  It has the fabulous Silver Designer Buttons in it along with some funky designs and elements.  However, others have been less keen on the stamps that were included.  The sentiments were “Seriously”, “you kick booty”, and “love your guts”.  Personally, I found them kind of fun but I know not everyone will find these sayings appropriate to send to family or friends.

On the plus side, I love the suggestions people have been making for other ideas for using the “Seriously” stamp, like

….. Seriously, I love you

….. Seriously, you rock!

….. Seriously, you are the best

heck, even …. Seriously, thanks so much!

But with each month, I challenge myself to not only make the project as designed in the kit, but to change it up and come up with some other ideas using the supplies found in the kit.  I know you can make even more cool projects if you incorporate other supplies as well, but for now, I’m trying to stick with just the box.

So, here is what I came up with for this month:

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Curious about trying it out?

So, the fun part is that when you sign up, you will get the Welcome Kit
(you can see what I did with that kit here)

Then, the next month you will get the same surprise box that we all receive around the 15th of the month.  You just have to be subscribed by the 10th of the month.

If you don’t want to continue or need to pause for a little bit, you can always do that!

Now I’ll be honest, these are great to have as kits for something small and compact to take with you when you need something to do but don’t want to cart around your full craft closet!  But they are quick and simple projects.

However, that means they are perfect for giving as gifts to teenagers, parents, friends, etc who want to be crafty but don’t have the money, time, or space to start collecting all the supplies you might want.  These are a great way to try it out and keep it compact in regards to the amount of stuff you have left over!

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Some Ideas For Your My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit

This last week, I have been performing my civic duty by heading to the district courthouse each morning to report for jury duty.  Most people are not excited by being called for jury duty, but with two overly energetic toddlers in the house and a mom who offered to come help watch the kids, I was actually looking forward to the relative quiet and time away.

But I knew that there was likely going to be times when I was sitting around waiting and so I wanted to take something with me to keep me entertained.  And then it hit me the night before I was due to report and I was trying to figure out what I could grab to make my own crafting kit to go — why not just take my “Welcome Kit” box from My Paper Pumpkin?  All I needed to do was throw in some adhesive and my bone folder and I was ready to go!

My Paper Pumpkin at Jury Duty

So that is exactly what I did!  Smile  This is me sitting in our waiting area bench getting ready to start.  I found that the box, when closed, makes a fine table for assembling.

Now, I like that I can make 4 of the same card with this kit… but what if you don’t want 4 of the same card?  I decided to try to create a variety of designs using only what I got in the kit when making my cards. And this is what I came up with:

The card on the right is the design that is shown on the instruction sheet with the welcome kit supplies.  The card on the left is a bit of a variation.  (and psst – I couldn’t take scissors with me to court, so I made my left card look like the designer paper was skinnier by wrapping it around the left side of the card and adhering it to the back of the card base as well.  Tricky, huh?!)

And here are two more designs I came up with while playing around.  I ended up using all of the contents of my card with the exception of part of one of the green scallop stickers.  But I love that each of the cards is just a bit different from the other.

If you had other stamps at home, change up the sentiments or start adding even more embellishments for even more options.

Have you signed up for My Paper Pumpkin yet? Did you get your bonus?

Remember, you need to be signed up by Sunday, March 10th to make sure you get your Welcome Kit in mid-March and receive the new project kit in April!  If you sign up after the 10th, you will get your welcome kit mailed out in mid-April and then start receiving your regular monthly project kits in May.

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