My Paper Pumpkin (MPP)

Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop...You Are My Anchor


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: You Are My Anchor.

This may be one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits so far.  I didn't want to stop creating with it and I kept on thinking of ways to use the supplies provided.   I shared an idea on how to use this kit in my post yesterday.   Today I have 2 more project ideas for you.  



I know you are thinking what is so special about putting life savers in the box?  Wait for it...



Surprise!!  You can see that I attached the life saver ring to a strip of window sheet and attached to the inside front of the box.  I used Tear & Tape to secure the window sheet strip down and then covered it up with a strip of Pool Party card stock.  I wanted the inside of the box to look as good as the outside.  Because the window sheet is flexible it "pops" up when you open the tray.  Fun surprise for the person opening the box.  

The only extra supplies you will need to make this pop up is a strip of window sheet and a strip of card stock to place inside of the box.  Oh yeah, you will also need life savers.  

The next project I made is my favorite, at least so far.  I still have a lot of supplies left from my kit, so who knows what else I will make.




You will need the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin kit:

    *3-1/2" x 10" Pool Party card stock scored at 2-1/2", 5"

    *3" x 9-1/2" Island Indigo card stock scored at 4-1/2", 7"

    *2-1/2" x  3-1/8" Island Indigo card stock

The rest is from the kit.  I cut apart one of the box sleeves and cut a piece measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" and 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"and a strip 1/2" x 2-3/4".  I cut one of the cards to use on the first panel 2-3/8" x 3" and used the remainder to cut a piece 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" for the last panel.  This card was so much fun to make and will fit into a note card envelope and is mailable.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Janey Backer's blog to see her fun creation.

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Paper Pumpkin...You Are My Anchor

Are you wondering what I am talking about?  Paper Pumpkin, what?  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly  paper crafting kit.  All the supplies arrive pre-cut, pre-scored, and ready to assemble.   Each kit includes a stamp set and ink that you can use even after you’ve created everything within the kit.  I have been a subscriber since the very beginning and the kit has certainly grown and evolved.  I look forward to seeing that orange Paper Pumpkin box in my mailbox and discovering what fun and fabulous project I get to make.  The projects vary each month from cards, gift items,  packaging ideas, mini books and well whatever else the Paper Pumpkin designers dream up.  

Every month there is a video showing the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here is the video for the April kit, You Are My Anchor.

When I get my kit I usually use the supplies to make at least one sample exactly (or at least pretty close) as the instructions direct. 


These are 3" x 3" cards and they come with coordinating envelopes.  I use this size of notes a lot.  I tuck them in to packages, use them as gift tags, and even as a little pillow note.



The 5 little notes and envelopes fit into this cute little box.  In the April kit there are enough supplies to make 4 boxes filled with 5 little notes and envelopes.  These make great gifts.

There's a LOT of product in this kit.  I decided to play a little and see what else I could make.  


Did you know that the 3" x 6" notecard makes a great easel?   

To make this card you will need:

    *4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Calypso Coral card stock

    * 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock

    * Calypso Coral circle (cut using the second to largest Layering Circles framelits)

The rest of the products are all in the You Are My Anchor kit.  

All you need to do is score the notecard at 3/4".   This 3/4" tab will be secured between the Calypso Coral and Whisper White card stock and is the easel.


Use the little label provided in the kit to make the stopper for the easel  even the dimensionals are included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.


This is a quick and easy way to make an easel card and isn't this a great masculine card?  Might be perfect for Father's Day!

If you are still unsure if you want to give Paper Pumpkin a try, how about a 50% off code for 2 months?  


The code is SAVEFIFTY0418.   Go to my Paper Pumpkin link ( and enter the code, SAVEFIFTY0418.  Here's the catch, you have to do this by May 10th!  So, don't delay and give Paper Pumpkin a try!

If you are looking for even more ideas on ways to use the April 2018 You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit, check back tomorrow.  What's happening tomorrow?  I am in a Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop and we will all be sharing lots of ideas on how to use the kit.  See ya tomorrow!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!  


I modified the January Paper Pumpkin project.  I cut off 1-1/2" from the original card.


Now it holds a tea bag perfectly.  


I used the framelits from the Lots to Love Box framelits to hold the tea bag in place.  I enjoy receiving the Paper Pumpkin kit every month.  The stamp sets are on trend and perfect for the upcoming season.  I also like having everything cut and ready for me to create with.  If this sounds like something you might enjoy Sale-A-Bration is a perfect time to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription.   Consider it a Valentine's gift to yourself.

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A Little Bit of This and That with the May Paper Pumpkin kit

I spent the morning making the May Paper Pumpkin kit cards.  I really liked that kit.  Some of the cards I followed the directions exactly and others I didn't. 

Here are a couple I made just using the supplies that came in the kit.

May MPP #3 61016

May MPP #5 61016

This one I added some Night of Navy card stock underneath the lattice and the adorable fox from the Foxy Friends set.

Foxy Friends MPP 61016

This one I cut up one of the lattices and used just a portion of it.  I added some Night of Navy card stock, Night of Navy solid Baker's Twine and the Foxy Friends stamp set.

Foxy Friends MPP 2 61016

I cut the lattice on this one and added the Night of Navy card stock and connected the two sections with the jar from  the Jar of Love bundle.  I used the stamp from the May kit to stamp the sentiment.

May MPP #4 61016

This is probably my favorite.  Here again I used just part of the lattice.  I punched the petals from the Pumpkin Pie corrugated card stock from the kit using the Blossom Builder punch.  The centers of the flowers were also punched using the Blossom Builder punch.  The large leaves are from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set that coordinates with the Blossom Builder punch and is available as a bundle.  I also added some longer leaves from the Jar of Love set and cut them out with the coordinating die from the Everyday Jars Framelits.    The sentiment is from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set.  I will be using that stamp a lot!

May MPP #6 61016

I love getting the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Sometimes I just make the kit as instructed and other times, like today I use it as a starting point.  There is just a few hours left to get in on the Flash Sale!  You have until 10:50 pm (Pacific Time) June 10 to get your first Paper Pumpkin kit for just $5.  It is usually $19.95 so this is a great savings!  Go  HERE to subscribe but hurry you only have until 10:50 pm June 10 to get in on this deal!

Flash Sale! My Paper Pumpkin

The flash sale is here!   If you have never tried My Paper Pumpkin, this flash sale is for YOU!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin now and get your first kit for only $5 US. Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL”.  Please use my link to sign up.

What is great about My Paper Pumpkin is that it comes with everything you need except for a basic adhesive.  You can make the projects following the instructions or you can choose to do something a little different.   I do a little of both.  

Here's an example of the card from the May kit.

MPP May kit 6916

Here's a variation I shared in a previous blog post.

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Here's another variation.

May MPP Christmas 6916

On this card I used the second style of card bases from the May kit.  It reminded me of Christmas trees so I turned it into my first Christmas card of 2016.

Every month it is a surprise.  Some months it is cards and other months it might be 3-D project.  Whatever the project is, you always get all the supplies to complete it  including an exclusive stamp set and at least one ink spot.  

Give it a try and remember you can stop or suspend your subscription at any time.  Go to my link and use the promo code "ONEDAYDEAL".  Remember this flash deal expires at 10:50 (PT) on Friday, June 10.


My Paper Pumpkin and a Sketch Challenge

We haven't talked about My Paper Pumpkin very much.  I have been a subscriber to this monthly paper crafting kit from Stampin' Up! from the very first month.  It has been so fun watching it grow and improve.  I love that everything is cut and scored and ready to put together.   Every month you receive a stamp set, an ink spot or 2, instructions and all the materials needed to put the project together.  The only thing you need is some basic adhesive.

I used some of the products from the May kit to create an another card for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #CCMS409.


I used the card base (love the lattice), cake from the stamp set, and the blue stars from the My Paper Pumpkin kit.  It was quick and easy to put this card together.   The "Time to Celebrate" is from the Watercolor Wishes card kit.  

CCMC #409 side

If you would like to know more about  My Paper Pumpkin please contact me or if you are ready to sign up to receive your own My Paper Pumpkin kit click here.    I hope you will also join us and create a card for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!


24 Hour Only Deal on My Paper Pumpkin!

Oh my goodness, do I have a deal for you!  Stampin' Up! wants you to experience the fun of being a My Paper Pumpkin subscriber.  You can sign up and receive the May kit for just $5.00.  This offer is for new subscribers only AND you only have until 6:50 pm MT, May 9th to subscribe.  So do not delay!  Go to and use the promo code 24Hours.  I would love it if you would designate me as your demonstrator!  The May kit is super cute!  So don't wait subscribe today!  If you later decide it is not for you ,you can suspend your subscription.  If you decide you love getting a monthly crafting kit that includes a stamp set, ink, paper, and instructions then you can continue your subscription for just $19.95 a month.  The projects vary every month which makes it even more fun.  


FFF Indescribable Gift in Crisp Cantaloupe

I am totally crushing on the Indescribable Gift stamp set in the new Occasions catalog.  It is so pretty and easy to color, a definite must have in my book.

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I used the lightest color in the Pink Pirouette Stampin Blendabilities set and then the Calypso Coral Blendies.  

150109 Indescribable Gift open

As you can see this also qualifies as a Fun Fold Friday card. Unfortunately, I do not have a tutorial ready for you but check back for it in the coming week.   You can also subscribe to the As the Ink Dries blog feed.  Look at the right hand side of the blog and it is the orange button under the Social Media heading.  When you subscribe you will be notified every time I post to the blog.

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Are you wondering what set the adorable sentiments are from?  They are from  December's My Paper Pumpkin.   We'll talk more about My Paper Pumpkin soon but you can go here for more information.     


Happy Birthday My Paper Pumpkin!

My Paper Pumpkin is celebrating its first birthday!   Like any newborn there's been some growing pains along the way and also great growth and maturity.  I have really noticed it in the past few kits.  Changes have been made and the kits are bigger and in my opinion better.  Check out the March kit.

March mypp

There are 4 wood cut thank yous and 4 wood cut congrats!  Yes that means 8 cards total!  Here's a list of all that is in the March kit.

    *Glittered Greeting Photopolymer stamp set
    *8 printed card bases
    *Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Spot
    *Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Spot
    *1 sheet of self adhesive Champagne glitter dots
    * 4 "thank you" wood cuts
    *4 "congrats" wood cuts
    *8 gold goil envelope liners
    *8 white envelopes
    *Mini glue dots

If you decide you would like to give My Paper Pumpkin a try there is no better time then right now.  In March, any new My Paper Pumpkin subscriber  will receive a set of In Color Stampin' Write Markers (2012-2014 $14.95 value) FREE with their Welcome kit.  After your first month you will receive the same kit as everyone else!  Here is my link to subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin.

Once you are a subscriber you can get in on this awesome offer! 

Click on any image above and it will take you to a PDF that is easier to read.  If you would like to order any of these full or refill kits please feel free to contact me or you can call Stampin' Up! directly( 1-800-782-6787), remember you have to be a current My Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order and they are only available while supplies last.   


Weekly Deals, My Paper Pumpkin and a Card

The Weekly Deal continue at Stampin' Up!  

Weekly deal Jan 14-20


Yes, you read that right, Free Markers!   Here's the deal.  New Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at between January 11 and February 10, 2014, will receive a FREE set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers -a $14.95  value-with their Welcome Kit. The monthly fee for My Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 a month and in your Welcome Kit you will also receive a Clear Mount acrylic block , Stampin' Spot (mini ink pad),  supplies to make 4 cards and some cute stamps.  Your My Paper Pumpkin projects will take 30 minutes or so to stamp and assemble so it is a quick and fun creative getaway.  Once you finish your project you still have the stamps and ink to use on other crafting projects!  You can do the math and see that this is a great time to subscribe to My Paper Pumpkin.   When you subscribe at  please list me (Sharon Burkert) as your demonstrator.   I will send you some ideas on alternate ways to use the supplies in the Welcome kit.  

3layer flower with Kaleidoscope DSP

See that cute "Hey there friend"?  Are you wondering where I got that cute stamp from?  You guessed it, in the My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit.  This card was inspired by this card which also features a My Paper Pumpkin stamp.

Stamp: My Paper Pumpkin Welcome kit, Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop, Petite Petals
Ink: Real Red, VersaMark
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Kaelidoscope DSP
Punches: Blossom, Pansy, Petite Petals 
Extras: Basic Rhinestones, White Embossing powder

If you have any questions or need help ordering or signing up for My Paper Pumpkin please contact me and I"ll be happy to help you.