30 September 2015

..::Review + Giveaway::.. Paper Pumpkin - September

My Review of the September 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 September 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.

ALSO, don't forget that for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber, Stampin' Up is going to donate $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

They are also going to donate $1 for every new subscriber, until 10/10.

Packaging & Presentation of the September 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 (September) stamp set, and (1) Classic Stampin' Spot in 'Cajun Craze'.

The final layer housed the actual September kit, 'Wickedly Sweet Treat'.

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. I definitely recommend watching it.

My Personal Experience with the September 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).

I love making little treat bags, and I thought these were cool since they look like little hay bales.  This looked fairly easy, but boy was I wrong.  I began by stamping my tag.  You have all of the stamps to get creative with here.  I just put a few of them together, and it ended up looking pretty good. 

The bags are already 'pre-fringed', so grab one of the bag supports and stick it in the bottom to give your bag structure.

The second layer of fringe needed to be added to the bag.  Start from the backside of the bag (the part with the fold in it) and wrap it all the way around.  Be sure to stay even alongside the bottom of the bag.  The fringe is already pre-glued, so just peel off the adhesive backing.

Next, curl the fringe with one of the paper straws that came in the kit.  You can try it like the video, but I didn't get anywhere with that technique.  I had to do one-by-one, and it took quite a while.  Be sure to curl the fringe at the top of the bag, too.

Grab some of your favorite candy.  I am one of those crazy people that love candy corn, so I have some hanging around that I put in here.  I don't know why it looks so crumbly; it's Brach's.  I guess I expected better from them.

After you put your candy in the bag, gather the top and tie it with a piece of the raffia.  Don't forget to stick the paper straw in the center (or you can skip this step if you want).

Remember that tag you stamped?  Yep-- time to use it.  Attach it to the striped tag and double-string them together.  Tie it around your bag.

After you are done, here's what it looks like!

Pros of the September 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.  
  • Great to bring in the fall season.
  • You can and will spend a lot of time on this one.
  • Very unique idea.

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

Ah, fall is here. What better way to ring it in than with a treat from Paper Pumpkin?  These little bags take a while to set up, but in the end you are left with a pretty cute and unique gift.  Anybody would be happy to be the recipient of this!  These are really left up to you-- you design the stamps, you can switch between apple/haystack, you put the candy in...the possibilities are endless.

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 10-14-2015 at 2359. 
No purchase necessary. 
Winners will be announced 10-15-2015. 
The winner will be emailed and given 24 hours to respond. 
If no response, the next winner will be chosen.

Don't want to enter the giveaway?


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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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