More Fun News from Paper Pumpkin!

I’m back from OnStage in Minneapolis!  What a fantastic event.  If you want some sneak peeks of the brand new catalog, go to my Up North Stampin’ Gang page, ask to join, and look at my OnStage post.  I have a thread with all kinds of fun photos!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! from Mitosu Crafts UK

This just in — There will be an exclusive Paper Pumpkin Kit inspired by Shelli Gardner that will be available around the world.
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! from Mitosu Crafts UK

A look at May’s Paper Pumpkin kit – WHAT WE KNOW!

Shelli Gardner worked closely with designers and concept artists to create a Paper Pumpkin kit that is uniquely hers. It includes an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, paper, and crafting materials to create 12 mailable cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes, and a Classic Stampin’ Spot.

Coordinating colors: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock (NEW 2019-2021 IN COLOR), Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla

Be sure to check out the video as well for even more information on this kit.  You must sign up at by May 10 to get this fun kit!

I hope you love the upcoming NEW products from Stampin’ Up! as much as I do. Remember to let me know if you would like a copy of the new 2019-2020 annual catalog as soon as it’s available.  I would love to be your preferred independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Pretty Baskets All in a Row!

I LOVED creating these fun little baskets in all the gorgeous colors of the Gingham Gala Designer Series papers.  Thanks to Pam Kowalczyk‎ for the inspiration!

Daisy Punch - Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper -

These baskets are super easy to make!  Start with a 6 by 6″ piece of cardstock.  Score the paper at 2″ on all four sides.  Cut four pieces of Designer Series Paper (I used Gingham Gala) into 1 3/4″ squares.  Using a scissors, cut up two sides of the middle score line.  (See photo below)  Attach the DSP squares to the four corners.

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Fold all the score lines on the card stock square.  Cut a long strip of card stock at 3/4″ by 7″.  If you’d like ( I didn’t do it on these), cut a smaller strip of coordinating DSP at 7″ by 3/4″ and glue onto the long strip for the handle.

Bring the corners of the baskets together on one side (see photo below) and make sure all the corners cover each other.  Bring in the handle as well and staple together.  (Remember the daisies will cover the staples on one side.  You can also use a hole punch and a brad if you prefer.)

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Stamp two daisy images in a coordinating color (see product list below) and then use the Daisy Punch to punch out the two daisies.  Adhere the two daisies together and then adhere to the baskets.  Tie coordinating ribbon to the basket and fill with Easter grass if desired!  So fun and so cute!!  Click on any of the supplies below to shop with me!

Daisy Punch - Gingham Gala Paper - Daisy Delight - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

Product List

Daisy Punch


Pals April Blog Hop: Families First!

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Welcome to the Pals’ April  Blog Hop. We’re so glad you’re here because we love to put our ”Families First!” Our Design Team created beautiful projects to inspire you. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

My mom, a retired teacher, has always been special to our entire family.  She only lives about 1/4 mile from me, and at 83, she’s still going strong, involved in church and community volunteer activities.

Incredible Like You - 2 - Butterfly Duet Punch - Petal Promenade - Floral Romance - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I made this project for my mom as a Mother’s Day Gift Box.  Inside the box will nestle a Gift Certificate to our local garden nursery, where my husband and I will be taking her soon for her spring flower needs.  I already can’t wait!

To make this project, I wrapped two panels of Designer Series Papers around the Kraft box, one at 3″ and one at 2 1/2″ wide.  Both the Petal Promenade and the Floral Romance papers blend so beautifully.  I took a scrap of Floral Romance DSP and stamped the sentiment from the Incredible Like You Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow ink, then punched it out with the Pretty Label Punch.  Then I did more punching!  I punched out two butterflies in Glimmer Paper using the Butterfly Duet Punch, and some leaves in Mossy Meadow card stock and Vellum card stock using the Leaf Punch.

Incredible lIke You - Closest - Vellum - Kraft Boxes - Butter Duet PunchThen I put it all together:  I wrapped some ribbon around the box and tied a large bow.  I attached the leaves to the back of the punched sentiment and mounted it with dimensionals.  Then I added the butterflies and some Artisan Pearls.  So easy to create!  See the bottom of this post to go shopping with me for all the supplies you need to make your own gift box!

Incredible Like You - Basket Background - Kraft Box - Petal Promenade - Floral Romance - Butterfly Duet Punch - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'I can’t wait for Mother’s Day to honor my mom with this Gift Box!  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful mothers!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8, 2019, when our Hoppin’ Pals share their “More Than One Score” projects. Don’t miss the fun!

  1. Pals Blog Hop Lineup
    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
    3. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
    4. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
    6. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    7. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    9. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
    10. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    13. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
    14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    15. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
    16. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
    17. Leah O’Brien at Stamping By The Bay
    18. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    19. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
    20. Jill Killeen at Killeen House Studio

    Product List

Leaf Punch


News Flash! Stampin’ Up! Die Cutting & Embossing Changes

I wanted to bring you some news from Stampin’ Up! so that you’ll be on the cutting edge of “in-the-know!”  As you’re aware, we’re headed into the transition time between catalogs.  So…we’re anticipating the arrival of the 2019-2020 Retiring List – watch for it on 15 April (that’s next Monday!)

We’re also going to see some changes to our product lines!  Though change is hard, I know these are going to be for the better!  Woo-hoo!

Big News!!  Stampin’ Up! has just announced that they’ll be transitioning to a new manufacturer for their dies and embossing folders moving forward!

Stampin’ Up! is moving to a direct-to-manufacturer relationship. This means that they will work directly with the factories who manufacture their dies and folders instead of working with another company who then works with different factories. This gives them greater control and potential in the manufacturing process. Yay!


Here’s a look at how this transition will unfold:

Through June 3, 2019 Die and Folder Supply: While Supplies Last and Interruptions·  Inventory on some retiring dies may be depleted before the end of the 2019 occasions and 2018–2019 annual catalog sales period; Stampin’ Up! will not replenish inventory on any retiring dies and folders that sell out.

·  Inventory on some dies and folders carrying over into the 2019–2020 catalog may be depleted; if this happens, they may go on backorder or may not be available to order until they have replenished the inventory.

April 15–June 3, 2019 Retiring List·  The old-style die-cutting & embossing machine will be on the retiring list while supplies last. This also includes related products such as plates and platforms.

·  Dies and embossing folders included on the retiring list will not be offered in the new catalog in any format.

·  Dies and standard embossing folders NOT included on the retiring list will be carried over into the 2019–2020 annual catalog. Stampin’ Up! will use up their current inventory before starting to ship new-style dies, so even if you place an order in 2020, you might receive an old-style die or folder.

Beginning June 4, 2019 2019–2020 Annual Catalog·  All new dies and embossing folders (denoted with a “New” icon in the catalog) will be produced by their new supplier and made in the new style with a different and high-quality product design.

·  For carryover dies and non-3D embossing folders, Stampin’ Up! will use up their current inventory before starting to ship new-style dies, so even if you place an order in 2020, you might receive an old-style die or folder.

·  All new and carryover 3D embossing folders will be produced by their new supplier and made in the new style with a different and high-quality product design.

·  Carryover 3D embossing folders (previously named Dynamic) will not be available to order beginning with the catalog launch but they are in process on getting these ready to go and they’ll be available as soon as possible. Stampin’ Up! will let you know when they are ready.

·  No die-cutting & embossing machine will be available for purchase from Stampin’ Up! in the 2019–2020 annual catalog.


Since Stampin’ Up! is using a new supplier for their dies and embossing folders, they’ll be manufactured differently, which means the way you use them will be a little different. A few of the changes between the old-style and new-style products are listed below. In the future, Stampin’ Up! will also provide videos to show how to craft with the new-style dies and embossing folders and better showcase the features described below.

Here are some of the changes you’ll notice with our new-style dies and embossing folders:

  • The new-style open dies (those that coordinate with stamps) use a high-quality metal that’s thinner than before but still as strong and durable.
  • The new-style dies have an added lip to the inside of the blades.
  • On old-style dies, when you place an open die (dies that coordinate with stamps) over a stamped image, a small border of cardstock is visible around the stamped image. With new-style dies, the die hugs the edge of the stamped image. Instead of aligning the die to the space around the stamped image, you will align it to the edges of the stamped image. When the image is cut, there will still be a cardstock border around the image.




  • They’ve improved the adhesive that secures the dies to the insert sheet in the package so that it’s not too sticky. It’s easier to remove dies from the insert sheet, and the adhesive won’t cling to the dies.  (1,000 Yay’s for this update!!)
  • They’ve standardized the size of the die inserts for easier storage. There are now only two insert sizes: 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm), which coordinate in size with the stamp cases, and 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm). The standard sizes will allow uniform storage in whatever system you use. The envelopes that the dies come in will be slightly larger.
  • With old-style Dynamic folders, they recommended that you spritz cardstock before embossing to soften the fibers so you got a better impression. Now, that extra step will not be necessary because the new-style folders usually create a crisp impression without spritzing. The way the new folders are manufactured also gives options for more detailed and intricate designs in the future.
  • 3D folders are thinner than the old-style Dynamic folders. Because they are thinner, you will need to use a shim, depending on the die-cutting & embossing machine you use.

YAY!!!  I’m really excited about the new product line and can’t wait to get my hands on them this weekend!  I’ll be sharing photos and details just as soon as I can!

Stampin’ Trimmer Discontinuation

Stampin’ Up! will be retiring the Stampin’ Trimmer as of June 3, 2019, including all accessories—replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats. As most of you know, they’ve experienced challenges with their supplier and are taking the opportunity to research and explore a replacement option for this product, which will not be the same as the current Stampin’ Trimmer. There will be a gap in time between when the current Stampin’ Trimmer retires and when a new product becomes available, but they do not currently have an estimated timeframe.

While the replacement cutting blades will also retire with the trimmer and will not be featured in the annual catalog, Stampin’ Up! has ordered what would normally be six months of inventory based on recent historical patterns to help customers during this transition away from their current trimmer. But please know that this news could cause faster inventory depletion.

  • When the retiring list goes live on April 15, the order limit for the blades will increase from three to six (and the limit will remain at six until they’re no longer available).
  • From now until September, intermittent shipments of blades will be received from the supplier. Throughout these months, Stampin’ Up! anticipates times when the blades will not be orderable (and not offered as a backorder). During those down times, you will have the option to enter an email address to receive notification when the blades are available again.

Click the images below to head right over to my online store to start shopping for the Stampin’ Trimmer and the replacement pieces:

Price Increases in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog

Stampin’ Up! will also be doing so pricing changes in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. Here is the note that they’ve posted and you can find a link to the new price list below:

We regularly review our pricing, taking into account the cost of doing business, global exchange rates, increased supplier costs, and market comparisons. When it comes to making changes, we are conservative and put off price increases for as long as we can because we know they impact demonstrators and their customers.

Click here for a complete list of individual product price increases in the 2019–2020 annual catalog.

Lots of updates today!!  Let me know if you have questions.  I’m thrilled that we’re going to have some new products coming our way soon!!

Two More Days to Dial Up Your “Distinktive!”

You may wonder what in the world am I talking about? Well, if you’re not a subscribed customer yet, you have until the 10th of April at midnight to order this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit that promises to be unique and beautiful!  Look at the beautiful images and colors in this month’s flyer!


Here at Paper Pumpkin, we love providing easy, fast, and fun creative experiences for our subscribers. We do this in a cost-saving and time-efficient way: by delivering a cute package filled with fun papercrafting goodies . . . right to your door.

In April’s Paper Pumpkin kit, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be treating you to something extra-special: Stampin’ Up!’s brand new Distinktive® stamp images.

Check out this video!

Be sure to subscribe by April 10 to experience this AWESOME kit!  Remember, with each kit, you get everything you need to create awesome projects — ink, a stamp set, embellishments, adhesives, everything!  WHAT the projects ARE is a surprise each month — could be cards, gift packaging, or a home decor project.  I can’t wait to see it!

In addition to providing everything you need to make a pre-designed, all-inclusive project, we also have another goal in mind: to help you unlock and explore your creativity by introducing you to exciting and innovative products from Stampin’ Up!

What is a Paper Pumpkin?  Paper Pumpkin is an affordable, monthly, everything-you-need-is-in-the-box kit, and allows you the flexibility of purchasing just a month (just $20 including s&h!) or a subscription.

We’ve received a few hints:  This kit will make 9 cards plus an adorable gift box!  The colors you see in this image are the coordinating colors in this kit, too:  Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, and So Saffron) Click HERE to SIGN UP!

NO RISK involved!  Just suspend or cancel Paper Pumpkin kits aren’t for you!  OH and the price?  Only $19.95 a month, which INCLUDES SHIPPING!!  Such a bargain.  Go HERE to enter your card and get started.