Kit of the Month - Paper Pumpkin is a bargain!

Many fine paper and crafting companies offer kits in the mail, monthly subscriptions for scrapbook or card making projects, but I think if you look around you'll find what I did:

  • the cost can run pretty high, $30 PLUS shipping
  • the subscription seems to be a hefty commitment - 6 months in most cases
  • the projects are the same, different paper different layout maybe but essentially scrapbooks or cards depending on what you sign up to get
  • the supplies can be bought elsewhere, catalogs or online
  • you still need to provide some supplies
Shall I go on? I think not... Let us turn then to {cue the magical and inspiring soundtrack here} :

Paper Pumpkin Monthly Project Kits - Welcome Kit shown above

Paper Pumpkin  A great price, a great product, a great offer this month!!

  • For only $19.95 INCLUDING SHIPPING (tax for your area is extra, can't escape those taxes!) you receive a professionally designed project, all the supplies needed to make the project (except adhesive, but - I got ya covered! One of my 'thank you's when you sign up!) Really, you figure shipping is AT LEAST $6, so for fourteen dollars you get printed instructions, color photos, an exclusive stamp set with ink, embellishments, color coordinated elements for the project of the month.
  • You can sign up once, and then you can suspend the kits whenever you like - going on vacation? have a busy month coming up? need to save that $20 for something else? Suspend your account before the 10th, and return when you like! Or cancel. Any time before the 10th of the month and you're out! There is no long term commitment. (DO NOTE - if you cancel and then join again at a later date, you will receive the Welcome Kit again. Suspending the kits is an easy way to keep your options open!)
  • The projects you'll get? Well that's part of the magical fun! Its like Christmas every month - you wait  to open that prettily packaged kit and discover a new project! Tear open the paper and feel that thrill of discovery! You will get scrapbooks, journals, home decor, gift packaging, cards... Quite the VARIETY of crafts, you'll be able to stretch your creative muscles!! 
  • EXCLUSIVE stamp sets, supplies made just for these professionally designed projects, these are not thrown together from pieces of excess inventory - you're getting one of a kind kits designed just for Paper pumpkin! These stamp sets will be useful for other projects, long after you've made and shared your kit project! Build up your supplies with a new ink color each month, new stamps to mix and match into new creations, and new skills and ideas to use to inspire your own creations.
  • You need to have adhesive. I'm happy to send you your first sample of Stampin' Up! adhesive free when you sign up!! But the rest of the supplies needed for your monthly kit project will be included in the box - cut, scored, measured, and ready to assemble into a completed creation! No time lost looking for particular tools or papers or inks - everything you need is right in the box! 
Take a look at my Pinterest Board  - I'm sharing ideas I find about ways you could step up the designs provided in the kit, alternate uses for the products in the kit, and cute samples of those exclusive stamp sets hard at work on other projects! You can view it here:

Its nice to make something that matters, but it is more fun to make it with a group of friends. SO, I also offer a free Girls Night In for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers the last Tuesday of the month. Come put together your kit with us and enjoy a fun creative evening! The perfect Pumpkin box is also a fabulous transport - have box, will craft! At a friends house, at work on your lunch break, at the park as the kids play, over coffee, while you wait for practice to end... The projects will be great productive use of your time!

Paper Pumpkin is VERY attractive. Sign up this month to get your Welcome Kit, and start your adventures in crafting! I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, but you may also want to check out the Frequently Asked Questions over here on the My Paper Pumpkin site:

Happy Crafiting!

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Burlap and Blooms Wreath Kit - crafty night in!

The Burlap and Blooms Wreath Kit from the Stampin' Up! Spring 2014 Occasions Catalog was a perfect fit for my Vintage Crafters group! Everything you need was included in the kit, we just had to have our Hot Glue guns heated up and ready to go! The ladies loved the colors, and the wreath is a pretty decoration to add to your home or office spring decor.

Item # 133333  - $17.95 plus tax and shipping
Click for direct link to my online store for more details. Available until May 31, 2014

Here are some photos from our fun evening:

And here is a video showing how easy it is to assemble:

This is a great project for your group, or to make on your own! Let me know if you have any questions about how to assemble yours, or if you are interested in getting together to make this with me! I'd love to have another crafty night - always a good time!!

Happy Crafting!

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Monthly Mystery Hostess - How to place an Online Order

FEBRUARY 2014 Hostess Code:  N6FPXPTG
Orders must be placed by 2/27 with Hostess Code to qualify for the Drawing.

Here's how the Monthly Mystery Hostess Code works:If you are placing an online order of less than $150 - you will want to enter the Hostess Code for the month in your cart before you checkout. All orders placed, that use the Mystery Hostess code by the 27th of the month, will be entered into a drawing for the Hostess Benefits. 
  • This puts your name in a drawing for the combined online order's Hostess Rewards.  Say 10 people each put in $25 orders and all use the hostess code. Those 10 people are entered into the drawing for hostess benefits that month. In this example, the Hostess would earn $40 in free merchandise!  Big BONUS - right!
  • Hostess Dollars amount awarded will depend on total of orders placed using the hostess code for the month. See Hostess Rewards chart below. 
PLEASE NOTE: If you are placing an order of $150 or more, you DO NOT want to use the Hostess Code, because you will earn your OWN Hostess Rewards automatically!! See the Hostess Rewards chart at the end of the post!

Shop Online with me at 

Here is a screen shot of the shopping cart screen in my online store:
Hostess Code Box - enter code at Lower Left,
you may have to scroll down to see it if you have added items to your cart.

The Hostess Code goes into the box at the LOWER LEFT, and when you click Apply, it will show that you are shopping with Hostess "((Month)) Mystery Hostess" :

Click Image for larger view - Note at bottom Left Hostess Code applied
SALE-A-BRATION!!! Special offer for February and March orders:
When your order is $50+ you will notice that the little red box in the cart now links you to Sale-a-bration rewards, so you can choose your FREE item! Click on the link...

With Sale-a-bration we also get EXTRA HOSTESS BENEFITS!! So get your wish list ready! Once the Mystery Hostess Party total from all orders placed the using the code reaches $300 there is $30 MORE to spend! Here is the chart:
Hostess Dollars depend on Mystery Hostess Code Order Totals for the month
2014 Winners:
January - Sandra Huffman $50
February - ORDER TOTAL as of 2/24 = $310 / Hostess Dollars in drawing: $80
Place your order by 2/27 and email me your wish list! You could be the lucky Hostess chosen in the drawing! Winner will be notified by email. 

If you would like to hold a catalog, online, or Facebook Party, please contact me! I can set up your very own hostess code to share with friends and family, and you can collect all the rewards for a shopping spree! 

If not, take your chances with my Mystery Hostess Code! :-) 
Happy Crafting!

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Wanted: Stampers for fun, friendship, and FREEBIES

There are many reasons people choose to join as a Demonstrator with Stampin' Up! Its been around 25 years, so longevity and stability in these crazy economic times are important. The ability to earn supplemental or full time income doing something you enjoy is always a draw! Many Stampin' Up! demonstrators join just to get the discount! If you love the products, and they are great products - whats not to love, you can get amazing deals by being a demonstrator! 

There are demonstrators Worldwide, and Stampin' Up! has a great network to connect with them for ideas or assistance, but there are also demonstrators near you... looking for friends to stamp with... Friends to share inspiration and fun times, to make memories as we preserve our families history, to travel with to Convention and other events in our region! 

Convention 2013 - great ladies in my demonstrator network
Upline - Up-upline - Sidelines - we're all "related" through Stampin' Up!
Ok, it's a selfish reason to ask you, but join for Me!  **with my best welcoming and friendly, yet not desperate, smile over here**   I'm looking for a few new friends to join, and now is by far the best time to join if you've ever considered it!! So, if any of these reasons below appeal to you, PLEASE : CONTACT ME!! :-) 

Top 10 Reasons to Purchase the Stampin' Up! $99 Starter Kit NOW!
  1. During Sale-A-Bration (Jan. 28 - March 31), get the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit for $99 and choose up to $150 in Stampin' Up! products (that's $51 free).
  2. Customize your kit with ANY items in current Annual or Occasions catalogs,  photopolymer (clear) stamps, clearance rackholiday carryover items and specially priced bundles! If Stampin' Up! sells it, you can include it!
  3. The kit ships Free for another 10% savings! 
  4. Stock up!  You'll get 30% off your first order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax) placed within 45 days.  You'll pay a discounted price but qualify for freebies as if you paid full price, including earning Hostess Rewards as well as Sale-A-Bration gifts!
  5. When you purchase the kit, you join Stampin' Up! and receive demonstrator benefits, including a 20% discount and the chance to see and purchase new products early!
  6. Do it just for YOU!  There's NO requirement to hold workshops, parties or obtain outside orders.  However, training and support awaits if you would like to earn the extra income!
  7. Yes, you CAN simply buy the kit and nothing further.
  8. There's NO penalty to drop.  Your demonstrator benefits and discounts will be active, at a minimum, through July 31, 2014. 
  9. NEW!!! FREE CONVENTION REGISTRATION!  Stampin' Up! is offering FREE registration ($295 value) to the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City (July 17 - 19) for anyone who joins or rejoins after July 1, 2013.  It's a total immersion into paper, stamps and ink!
  10. Learn, feel special and have fun!  Purchase the kit and join through me HERE and you'll be on your way to fun, new friendships, and fresh creativity. I would love to stamp with you! Hobby Demo's are welcome!!

I'd love to get together for coffee, in person or via Google Hangout, and answer questions for you. Now is the BEST TIME OF YEAR TO JOIN - I kid you not!! And, it really is a fun and fabulous group, Stampin' Up!, and it brings me a lot of joy to craft and create with friends. Let me know that you're interested and we will schedule some face time! 
I look forward to meeting you,
Happy Crafting! 

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Getting Started: Your Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit

How to assemble your stamp set in the Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit

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If you are a new subscriber, the first kit you receive will be your Welcome Kit!
The kit contains your free Clear Block (and $8.50 plus tax and shipping Value!) your project, and your stamp set.
On my Facebook page linked above I have some photos that will show you how to put the stamp set together. I hope its helpful, and please let me know if there are any other questions I can help with!

Happy Crafting!
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Denair Art & Craft Festival - See Ya Later

Come see me at the Denair Vendors in the Park Free Art & Craft Festival this weekend, Sunday 2/23. I'll have some of our current Kits for sale, samples of the Paper Pumpkin Kits out if you want to see some before you sign up, and some of my retired stamp sets and products for sale. Catalogs will be available too!

I'll also have the supplies out for this Make & Take card, Free when you fill out an entry for my Door Prizes. Come by and see how easy it is to create your own card in just minutes!

This card uses the Chevron background stamp, the See Ya Later set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, some Basic Jewel rhinestones, and bakers twine. Its note card size, perfect for a little hello or thank you!

Come by and say Hi,
I'll See Ya Later! :-)

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5 Fast Favorites- Stampin' Up! 2014 Spring Catalog

View these and all the other great items from the Spring Occasions Catalog by Stampin' Up! at my online store - 

Essentials Wooden Elements 132258 Page 18 $4.95
Essentials Wooden Elements Stampin Up Spring Occasions 2014
Stamp, Ink, Spritz them! These are going to be so darling, use them on layouts and cards, decor and gifts. you get 32 pieces, 4 each of 8 designs. Add a 3D effect, a little texture to your design. Hot stuff!!

 Burlap and Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit 133333 page 21 $17.95

Beautiful spring decor made EASY! All you need to complete it is a glue gun! I'll be posting more photos of this later, as my friends in our Vintage Crafters group are going to be making these this week! Lovely, just lovely! And wow - easy!!

Happy Watercolor stamp set - 133188 wood; 133191 clear - page 22 $29.95 (w); $21.95 (c)

Ohhhhh... the possibilites!! This is a set that will be so much fun! Let your inner artist out and just feel the spring blossom in your designs! Hand coloring, water coloring, or abstract shading, color resist- this will be a fun one to try a variety of techniques with. Floral motifs are perfect for many different sentiments, so definitely get this beautiful set and enjoy the images on a variety of projects!

Fringe Scissors - 133325 - page 31 - $9.95

Squeeeee!! This tool will blow your mind, deceptively simple. Once you see how easy it makes party decor, scrapbook embellishment, and card elements - oh my gosh, it IS spring! Fringe, all flirty and fun!! Use it to make grass for your Easter or Spring or Hawaiian themes, use it to create great background texture for banners or layouts, gift package decorations, frames, WOW! And, it won't just be your go-to spring thing, this baby will carry you through summer and into fall and the winter months! This is one tool you'll HAVE to add to your collection!

Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards & Envelopes - 133362 - page 22 - $12.95

This set of note cards will really impress you! A set of 20 cards, you get four each of five designs, with envelopes. They're wonderfully printed watercolor designs on luxurious card stock, no really - LUXE! Add your own stamps, and you can create cards for any occasion that look like you spent hours - but you can make them in minutes! #winning The colors are great! This whole watercolor set I wish would carry over to the new catalog, its just so pretty both in design and quality. Definitely made my list!!

Ok, dang. Five favorites goes too fast! LOL
The layout of the catalog is so helpful, you get alllll kinds of ideas up front, and can really see the possibilities of each item, and then the specifics are detailed at the back with the product information. I love looking through the catalog just for inspiration, I seem to find something new to love almost every time! Do you need a catalog to hold and mark and note in? ;-) Contact me at my website above and I'd be happy to send you one. Orders can be placed in my online store, and will ship directly to you anywhere in the US! Place an order this month using my monthly Mystery Hostess code, and you'll be entered to win the Hostess Benefits for the month! Once you've placed your order, just email me your wish list and I'll let you know if you can expect a fun package at the end of the month! Happy Shopping!

P.S. Sale-a-bration makes your online order even sweeter - pick a free Sale-a-bration gift with every $50 you spend! More info on my Stampin' Up! site:

Really, this catalog is so gorgeous. Its hard to choose just five. Maybe next week I'll share more. I keep loving everything i'm getting! What are some of your favorites???
Happy Crafting,

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Saturday Share - Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit

Thank you to all of you who have signed up already and are waiting for your first kit.  Everyone who subscribes gets the Welcome Kit in your first month, with a FREE clear block to use with all the awesome exclusive stamps you'll be receiving! And, the awesome February promotion continues! Now through March 31st, when you sign up for Paper Pumpkin you'll also receive a FREE set of Markers! 
Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit - Sign up before March 31st and get FREE Markers!

The Welcome Kit stamp set is called "Hey There, Friend" and what a great first set to receive! You can use the sentiment for any number of occasions: hello to a friend, Congratulations, Birthday, gift sets for teachers or coaches, pen pals (people still do that, right?) or pretty much any time you need to write a note to someone but it may not be a special occasion! Here are some ideas I found on Pinterest for ways you can use that set after you complete your Paper Pumpkin project. These are Pinned from the sources, if you care to follow the links to Pinterest - I have a whole Paper Pumpkin board with ideas. I'll be adding to it as we go through the year, so check back and see what else we can find to do with these exclusive sets!! 

Gathering Inkspiration - Amy Frillici
This is a great sentiment to make a stack of cards up with to have on hand.  Who doesn't love a handwritten note in their mailbox along with all the regular bills and junk mail?  I know I am always excited to see something handwritten.

Stamp With Sandy - Sandy Mathis
A great card for the men in your life, coworkers or team mates... Friends all over! What a great set! Find a card layout you like, and sub in this stamp set! 

Lakeshore Stamping - Jenny Peterson

Love this one, so pretty and feminine. Perfect for all your girlfriends, daughters, sisters or mothers! Did I mention what a great set this is?!? :-) Obviously, an awesome start to your Paper Pumpkin Adventures! 

Here's a picture of the warehouse at Stampin' Up! with a bunch of My Paper Pumpkins getting ready to ship out to their new homes. Wouldn't you love this in your mailbox?  
Click here for more information and sign up today!
My Paper Pumpkin getting ready to leave Stampin' Up! 
Sign Up today & it will head YOUR way!

The Welcome Kit is just the start. Sign up before the 10th of the month to get your adventures going! The kits this year are looking SUPER cute! (yes, I saw sneek peeks!! Cay-uuute!!!) You won't want to miss out!
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Paper Pumpkin - I'll Share the Love with You!

Sign Up by 2/10 - and I'll add more to this sweet offer!
New Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at by February 10, 2014, (thats TOMORROW, people!) will receive a FREE set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers -a $14.95 value-with their Welcome Kit.
But Wait - THERES MORE!!
***Challenge - If I sign up at least SEVEN subscribers by 2/10 I will get a Grab Bag of Stampin' Up! product worth $500.00 - which I will share with my Paper Pumpkin subscribers!!*** 

Does $100 in paper crafting products for $20 sound like a good deal to you?  It is! Paper Pumpkin offers just this deal with new sign ups completed by February 10th.  It is a monthly creativity escape delivered right to your door and includes everything to make the sample projects except adhesives. Cost is $20 plus tax. People like college students, kids of all ages and retirees would all love to get a fun creative box each month. 

  So how do you get $100 for $20?  Sign up by February 10th and help me earn a grab bag of $500 in retired products which I am happy to share with everyone that signs up! I need three more sign ups before I meet the goal to earn the grab bag. In addition, a free marker set will be included in the first kit which has a value of $15.  So you are assured of receiving $35 of products for $20 at a minimum!  
  Follow this link to sign up since I can't do it for you:  You can manage your subscription at this website also.  So skip it for a month or two while you vacation in warm places or cancel it after the first month.  But I am hoping you hang in for few months before deciding on cancelling because the next few months' kits are pretty awesome!

Think of Paper Pumpkin as Happy Mail. It's a mini creative get away with all the prep work done for you. Each month a new project will be mailed to you. Everything you need to complete the project will be included in the box - all the supplies are cut, prepped, READY to create the project of the month! Instructions are included, so you can create whenever you want to! OR Join me at my Pumpkin Night event the last Tuesday of the month, and we will work on the project together!

The Details:
•This special offer is only valid for new subscribers.
•Customers must sign up at
•The markers will be sent with the subscriber's Welcome Kit. No coupon code is required. Anyone who signs up for a Paper Pumpkin membership during the promotion dates will get a set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers, no coupon code required!
•You must choose me, Angela Bodas as your demonstrator and subscribe for two months to qualify. After that you may cancel, or skip a month at any time.

Each month I'll host a free Pumpkin Night where we can get together and make our monthly project. Look on Facebook for the next one! - I can even stream live, if you want to be my long distance craft buddy! Google Hangouts are pretty fun!! I'll share some of the great ideas for using your exclusive stamp sets on other fun projects, and when my grab bag arrives we will ENJOY THE FREEBIES!!!!

More info & Sign Up here :

Happy Crafting!


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See Ya Later - Sale-a-bration Set

See Ya Later Stamp, DSP Stack Subtles Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist,
Island Indigo ink, Small Heart Punch, Crushed Curry Cardstock, Dazzling Details
"Once in a lifetime, you meet someone who changes everything." Isn't that a great one!?? Teacher appreciation, coaches, friends, business partners, your Love, wedding gifts or shower cards, ooh! Baby showers... Its just FULL of potential!!
This Sale-a-bration set has some REALLY sweet sayings! Its kind of hidden on the back flap of the brochure fold-out, but Wow! Love this one, I can see myself using it for a ton of cards!! Its also got that perfect size and sentiments for scrapbooking too - I can envision some super cute layouts... So many good choices for Sale-a-bration free gifts, what are you going to choose??!?

Happy Crafting!

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Hello Lovely! You Make Me Happy

Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride, Hello Lovely, Chevron Ribbon,
Vintage Faceted Button, Basic Jewels Rhinestone, Honeycomb TIEF
Happy. Love makes us happy, most of the time! This card will make someone you love happy, pretty much every time I'm guessing! ;-) Share the love this month with sets that let others know you care. This set is super versatile! Also one of the cards we made at the Love Notes class this month.

Happy Crafting!

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Love You More - Valentine Limited Edition

Love You More Stamp Set, Raspberry Ripple, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray, Stitched Satin Ribbon
 The stamps that they released for Valentines Day are just too cute - and can be used all year! Love is ALWAYS the answer, right? This card is for the Love Notes stamp camp this month, CASEd from Catherine Carroll at Ideas Inkorporated.

You can get the Valentines limited edition sets only as supplies last, so pop on over to my online store and get yours ordered today! Midnight Crafter Angela Bodas for Stampin' Up!

Happy Crafting!

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Paper Pumpkin delivers the magic to your door!

There is a special promotion going on right now for My Paper Pumpkin monthly craft kits - you won't want to miss out!

Haven't heard about Paper Pumpkin? Think of Paper Pumpkin as Happy Mail. It's a mini creative get away with all the prep work done for you. Each month a new project will be mailed to you. Everything you need to complete the project will be included in the box - all the supplies are cut, prepped, self adhesive, READY to create the project of the month! Instructions are included, so you can create whenever you want to! OR Join me at my Pumpkin Night event the last Tuesday of the month, and we will work on the project together! 

More information on it, and you can sign up today, at


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Banner Blast Sale-a-bration Stamp Set - Love It!!

Banner Blast, Banner Punch, Melon Mambo, Early Expresso, Bakers Twine, Dimensionals
Love... Its in the air! :-) I just had to have this cute little set from the Sale-a-bration gifts, it has a coordinating Banner punch as well, which just completes my matchy-matchy sensibilities! lol How easy and cute can you get?!?

Cased this Valentine (or love in general!) card from Carol Longacre over at Our Little Inspirations, drop by and check out her work - shes pretty amazing!

I used the Hearts Collection Framelits to die cut my main heart, and then layered everything on with Dimenionals, so its really very 3D. I used Early Espresso and Melon Mambo, the colors are soft and deep, very sweet. I added a few stamps to the envelope, and Voila! Ready to share the love! We will be making this one at the Love Notes class coming up. To see my events just visit my Facebook page at 

Happy Crafting!

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