Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop May Good Things Grow

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 this March Paper Pumpkin kit: May Good Things Grow.  

This paper pumpkin box really created wow projects without alternatives! 

Here’s the kit – I love that we got 4 + yards of Finely Woven Fresh Fig ribbon!!  And the colors were inspiring: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist. 

So I made the cards as directed.  I loved the antique look And I thought the cards were worthy of a bag.

So I took the Fresh Florals Designer paper in the Fresh Fig and decided to match the antique look with my brayer and Crumb Cake ink. 

The bag is 8 ¼ x 12, scored at 4 ¼, 5 ¾, 10, 11 ¾

On the short side score the bottom (in case your paper has a direction!) 1 ¼ from the bottom edge and 1” from the top edge (for the cuff). 

Trim the small ends off (they are 1 x ½ and then 1 ¼ x ½). Add tear n tape to the edge of the bag, seal. 

Fold the “cuff” at the top, then cut the tabs at the bottom, make into a bag.   I find I have to glue down that bit of cuff at the end to make it look neat.

Punch 1/8” holes at the top about 1” from the edge, add about 12” of ribbon and tie a knot at the ends.  Add the cards and a pretty tag and that’s a great gift.

April classes are a lot about gifts (Teacher appreciation, Mother’s Day, Graduations are all in May), so my mind is on small gifts. 

The envelopes were so pretty and are the perfect size for seeds (popular gift here in Maine) and so I tucked in a seed packet.

Then added the envelope to a plant pot (you can’t see but below the Easter goodies there’s a big bag of licorice all sorts for my Mom, her favorite), and is the “soil” for the seeds!  A bit of Easter grass and treats and that will be gifted this Sunday.

The die cuts, paper, stamps and envelopes inspired a few more cards.  

These ones show the flowers and these ones the stunning paper with the roses.

The Fig card on the left is a notecard size 3 1/2 x 5 and the Powder Pink is a regular sized card. 


I thought they were just right for hello, sympathy, and more.  This ribbon is so easy to tie. 

And here's a final card... wow these die cuts made it super easy to create pretty cards. I simply cut the big die cut in half and used on the above card and the one below.  The wood embellishments as the gift were so fun to stamp on. The lemon lime card base was from the envelope inside.

And then I couldn't help seeing that the kit base (the stiff cardboard to keep your kit contents in good shape in the mail) was Crumb Cake!!

And I was left with a piece of designer floral paper from the bag (all nicely brayered with Crumb Cake) that was 12 x 3 3/4

So I cut the cardboard into a rectangle 3 5/8 x 5 7/8 so the paper would hang over just a bit so you wouldn't see the cardboard.  

I rounded the corners with my punchbaord.  Ok I was a bit nervous, but, I had lost the top of the punchboard knob and was going to replace the board.. so if I broke it.. oh well... in fact it worked GREAT!  So I rounded the corners on the cardboard and the paper and attached some To Do List imagery that I printed on the Very Vanilla to match.  More of that wow Fresh Fig ribbon and a clip from the Dollar Store and a cute teacher gift. I think I'll put a pocket on the back for a card and a gift card and that's pretty and practical.  

My last project is still in progress... this envelope to me looked like a photo frame so I'm going to make a shadow box for this!  

I've saved lots of kit contents as I bet there will be plenty of projects from this blog.  

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 me to get started. 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 Joni Metras' blog to see her fun creations.


  1. Oh my goodness, I love how you used the brayer to give the DSP an antique look! And I adore the cute little bag you created with one of the tags from the kit! All of your alternate projects are just stunning! TFS

  2. So cute! Love the DSP aging idea. Simple but very effective!

  3. So many wonderful projects from one kit. I love your idea to create "vintage" DSP for your bag. Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas. :)

  4. Oh my gosh your clever...I recycle the base...dumb me! Great projects! Thank you so very much for popping up with us in our first hop!

  5. Wow! You shared so many wonderful ideas on ways to use this kit. Fantastic!

  6. I like the clipboard project the best! I frequently look at the packaging to repurpose it too!

  7. Love the "mini clipboard" idea....and a great way to recycle/upcycle a piece of cardboard! You truly come up with some of the best projects!

  8. I love how you turned the paper pumpkin into gifts! The antique of the paper makes it look so refined and dignified. Perfect for mother's day! Any mum I know would be so fortunate to receive!

  9. Love! Your ideas, my favorite is the roses cut on the fig base with embellishment of course :-)