05 September 2015

..::Product Review + Giveaway::.. Paper Pumpkin - August

My Review of the August Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."


I was sent the August 2015 box from Stampin' Up to review.  

The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95 (shipping is included in the price!).  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.

PLUS, for the next five days (until 9/10), you can use promo code 'HALFOFF' and get 50% off your first two months.  You can't beat that!

Packaging & Presentation of the August Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

Like last month-- instead of the Paper Pumpkin box being directly mailed, it arrived inside of a cardboard box.  The exterior box is red and baby blue.  It measures 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.

On the outside of the box says, "Creativity in a box" and when you open it up it says, "Skip to the fun".

When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.

The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (August) stamp set, and (1) Craft Stampin' Spot in 'Whisper White'.

The final layer housed the actual August kit, 'Chalk It Up to Love'.

The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin, is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! You can view this month's video above.

My Personal Experience with the August Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).

Since this is basically two projects in one, I always like to look at the front of the instruction pamphlet to really see how these should come out.  Plus my 7-year old was helping me, so I wanted to give him a quick visual even though he watched the video with me.

We started by stamping the ink on the black tags.  The Stampin' Spot is a LOT softer and more spongy this month, so don't press too hard or you can easily over-ink the stamps. The good thing here, too, is that if you mess up (which I smeared one of them) you can always re-stamp on the backside of the tags. Make sure you set these off to the side to dry-- don't skip that step.

You can select from two different base cards, and when you pick one, fold it in half.  Attach the banner and one of the tags that you stamped and attach them with the included dimensionals.  The envelopes are already made for you this month.

Next, the boxes arrive flat, so you have to fold them and put them together.

The next step requires exactly 21.0" of ribbon, so cut your section and attach a glue strip to one end.

Wrap the ribbon totally around the box and stick it to itself.

Now, you have to make the flowers.  This was really fun.  Punch each layer out, and roll the edges using a pencil.

Stick each layer together (make sure you attach them in opposing directions) by using the dimensionals.

The middle of the flower is made by using the little paper strips.  Punch one out, and take a pencil to curl the edges here, too.  Attach a glue strip to one end and roll it tight.

Stick another dimensional in the middle of your flower and attach the middle that you just created.  At this point, it would be wise to kind of 'shape' your flower.

Add both your chalk tag and your flower to the top of the ribbon/box by attaching dimensionals.

In the end, you have some really neat gift boxes that can be personalized for any occasion!

Pros of the August Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
  • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
  • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
  • I had a lot of fun with this kit, because you can do so much with it.  In fact, you can manipulate these crafts and do what works for you.  
  • In this kit, you get two crafts in one.
  • Both crafts can be used together.
  • Has a vintage style this month.

Cons of the August Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • I haven't found any cons of the August box.

This is definitely my style. I love the look of these.  I have so many uses for them, that I am going to be sad when I use them all up.  You can really customize these for any occasion.  While the boxes are not very large, they can hold a decent amount of homemade chocolates which are very rich anyway so you don't need too many.  I love the fancy-foiled look of the cards coupled with the more 'DIY-look' of the tags.  It has a certain feel to them that any recipient will enjoy.  My son had a great time helping me with these.  It took him a while to create the flower, but I think he really enjoyed the different steps to the outcome.

Are you wanting to get your very own Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box by Stampin' Up?  Enter the GIVEAWAY! 

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Open to US entrants only. 
$19.95 ARV
Giveaway will end 09-19-2015 at 2359. 
No purchase necessary. 
Winners will be announced 09-20-2015. 
The winner will be emailed and given 24 hours to respond. 
If no response, the next winner will be chosen.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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