Stampin’ Up! March Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek and an Alternative!

Happy Friday, y’all!  Another weekend looms and hopefully it will be a nice one!  We’ve had a bit of a cold snap here – ever hear of “Dogwood Winter”??  Yea.  Neither had I, but it appears to be a “thing” here in Georgia.  The Dogwoods bloom and we have another little bout of “winter”.  Hence…Dogwood Winter.

Who knew??

So – I got my March Paper Pumpkin the other day and pulled all the pieces and parts out.

It’s pretty gorgeous, y’all!

Instead of making the kit per the directions, I decided to make an alternative card with some of those wonderful elements – including the “special gift”!  And I added in a little embossing with the Petal Pair TIEF (free now during SAB with a $50 purchase!).  Take a look-see:

Now – if you want to see the May Good Things Grow kit as it was “planned” – here’s a quick video!  If you want to remain surprised when you open yours, scroll right on by! 🙂

To help me with the layout, I played along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge.

I began by embossing the front of an Early Espresso card base in the flowery Petal Pair TIEF – I ran it thru twice to cover the entire front.  Next, I matted two of the pretty panels from the PP kit on Powder Pink.  On the pink panel, I stamped the little corner image from the included May Good Things Grow stamp set in Early Espresso.  Then I Fast Fuse’d that panel to the card front.

I used a couple of Glue Dots to adhere a length of Fresh Fig 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon to the Crumb Cake panel.  I wrapped some Linen Thread around it a couple of times, securing it in the back with Fast Fuse.  Then I popped it over the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used some of the pretty leaves and flowers die cuts from the kit and adhered them with Liquid Glue.  The wooden elements are part of the special gift included in this 5th Anniversary Edition kit.  They’re plain wood on one side and white on the other!

I adhered a couple of flowers – wood side up – and a couple of leaves – white side up – with Liquid Glue.

I decided to use the little wooden banner/label for my May Good Things Grow sentiment and I stamped it in Early Espresso.  I really love this sentiment, don’t you?!?  Then, I tied a little Linen Thread bow around the end.

Before sticking the sentiment on, I wound some loops of Linen Thread and adhered them to the card front with a Glue Dot.  Then I added the sentiment with Liquid Glue and a Stampin’ Dimensional.

A few Pearl Basic Jewels were all that was needed to finish the card front!

On the inside, I embossed the bottom of a Whisper White panel in the Petal Pair TIEF and adhered it to a Powder Pink mat.  Then I wrapped more of the Fresh Fig 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon around the panel, securing it with Fast Fuse.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel into the Early Espresso card base and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a few flowers from the May Good Things Grow stamp set in Powder Pink and Early Espresso on the front.  I stamped the Powder Pink flower first, made a quick sticky note mask to cover it, and added the two Early Espresso flowers…

…and I embossed the envelope flap in the Petal Pair TIEF.

Et Voila!  I’ll for sure be making the note cards that are part of the kit – the matching envelopes are way too pretty not to be used!  But – I think it’s fun to think outside the…box…and get creative with the elements in the kit, don’t you?  Hope you like!

There’s still time to get in on the Paper Pumpkin 50% off Subscription Special, y’all!  Scroll on down for the info and links to get signed up!




Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.

Sale-A-Bration Freebies From the Annual Catalog!


Now we’ve got goodies from the Annual Catalog that you can select for your free gifts during Sale-A-Bration in addition to the goodies in the previous flyers!  Check out the flyer – you could get the beautiful Sweet Soiree Framelits or the wondrous Petals & More Thinlits (hint: the March Tutorial – which you’ll get for FREE when you place a $50 or more order!! – just so happens to use the Petal Palette bundle!!).

Here’s the only catch – The item numbers from the flyer must be used in order for the products to be redeemed as Sale-A-Bration items. The items have different numbers in the catalog that do not mark the item as part of Sale-A-Bration.  Click the picture below to get it to human-size!

Happy Shopping!

Paper Pumpkin Subscription Special!

Stampin’ Up! is offering new subscribers 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion when you sign up by May 10!  You get an amazing subscription price for two straight months!  Just add promo code SAVEFIFTY0418 at checkout in my Paper Pumpkin store!

Here are the details:

  • Promotion is for new subscribers only
  • Offer is available 11 March – 10 May 2018
  • Offer runs for 2 months
  • Use code SAVEFIFTY0418 at checkout
  • Discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two month of a new subscription.
    • How it works: A new customer can subscribe during April’s subscription period from March 11–April 10 or May’s subscription period from April 11–May 10 and receive the discount. If a new customer subscribes during April’s subscription period they will receive 50% off their subscription when billed in April and May. If a new subscriber subscribes during May’s subscription period they will receive 50% off their subscription when billed in May and June. If a customer suspends during their 2-month discount period, they will receive their discount during the first 2 months in which they reactivate.
  • Does not apply to prepaid codes

Now’s a great time to subscribe if you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin yet! Click here to head over to start your subscription now! 

There’s Still Time to Join and Reap the SAB Benefits!

Do you have a super-long list of Stampin’ Up! goodies that you want??  Would you like to get part of it with…a 45% savings?  And – THEN get 20-25% off all the rest of your list?!

Anytime is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! but…right now during Sale–A-Bration is the very best time!  Cuz – on top of all that, you get to pick TWO ADDITIONAL STAMP SETS ABSOLUTELY FREE!!

And – You’ll be guaranteed to be active for the release of the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog in June!  And be snapping up all the new goodies with your cool 20% discount!

Check out all the information over on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!



Early Espresso Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card front, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)  

Powder Pink Card Stock: 3 1/8″ x 4 5/8″ (x 2 – mats for panels on front); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner) 

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Finn Fan Fix

On Thursday, I took Finn to his orientation/assessment visit at Doggie Day Camp.

As an only, home-schooled, child, I decided he needed some constructive field trips with others of his kind.  Where he can learn to play well with others and appreciate diversity.  And to not run with scissors.

I dropped him off in the morning – he only fussed a little at being led away.  During my quick tour, I peeked out the window to see he was out in the one of the yards with several other children-of-the-furry variety.  I was already a distant memory!

Upon my return – I was presented with a lovely Swag Bag – very similar to what the stars get at the Oscars, I’m quite sure.

It had a couple of small bags of gor-met dog food, some little treats and a beef sausage (which Finn has already eaten, OBTW – and it was so good he actually dove in the trash and stole the wrapper!).

Also in the bag was his Report Card.

As you might imagine – he was pretty much the teacher’s pet.  Straight A’s.  They kinda like him!

I’m sure he’ll be routinely selected to clean the chalkboard…

Hopefully he won’t be bullied by the less-gifted members of his play group!



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18 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! March Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek and an Alternative!

  1. What a beautiful card Mary! The Paper Pumpkin Kit is pretty amazing this month! So glad that Finn did well on his first outing with the play group. I can’t imagine Finn diving in the trashcan and stealing the wrapper for the treats…ha! That made me laugh right out loud when I read it! 😀

    • To be fair – it’s just a grocery bag hung on the drawer pull. But still. He does kind of know better – so the enticement was strong! Thanks so much, Amy – and you’re right. It’s a great kit! 🙂

  2. Kate

    Card is just BEAUTIFUL!!! As always!
    Finn is the star for sure. He’s a good boy!

  3. Bernice P

    Lovely card and what a nice story about Finn… so glad he acclimated so well ..

  4. Susan K

    Love the layering, esp that you used the wood elements from the free gift pack. Beautiful!
    Way to go, Finn! Aced it the first day! He’ll be in the gifted class next time.

  5. Well, you already know how much your out-of-the-box card appeals to me if you’ve been on FB to see comments there. Finn’s day sounded like so much fun and the report card is so special…just like him! I doubt the others will bully him as they can’t read 🙂

    • True – but they just “know”…. 😉 Thanks so much, Karen – this is such a beautiful kit with so many things in it that are smack in my wheelhouse!! 🙂

  6. First: Stunningly beautiful card!!
    Second: Finn does not strike me as one who would ever be bullied…he is one of those special ones with whom everyone wants to be friends, including those less gifted. (I have a daughter like that)
    Third: Did I say that I love what you did with the PP kit???
    Fourth: Gor-jus! Love the brown and pink.

    • Yep – he’s definitely voted most popular pretty much everywhere he goes! He and you daughter would probably love each other! Thanks so much, Julie! 🙂

  7. Pat Christ

    Mary, your card is gorgeous, love the layout. And sweet Finn, of course he’s at the head of the class! 😍

  8. Kathy L

    This is a beautiful version of pp kit! I love how you used both sides of the wood elements to bring more light color to the floral arrangement. Finn looks to be one of those “kids” who are up and eager to be off to school each day! Lucky you.

  9. Dee Kepler

    You are a great inspiration to me. I love hearing about your doggie but your cards are so beautiful. I really appreciate the alternative cards for this pumpkin box and other kits you make!

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