24 October 2015

..::Review + Giveaway::.. October Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box


My Review of the October 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."


Review…

I was sent the October 2015 box from Stampin' Up to review. This is a limited edition pink 'Breast Cancer Awareness' box. 

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.


Packaging & Presentation of the October Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

This month is a little different.  This is a limited edition box, so it was pink instead of the usual red color in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The size is still the same, measuring 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up' and the top says 'Paper Pumpkin'.

On the outside of the box, the flap says, "Together we make a difference" and when you open it up it says, "Stamp out breast cancer".


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, and this month a card stating that they were able to make a substantial donation in support of breast cancer research.



The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (October) stamp set, and (1) Classic Stampin' Spot in 'Basic Gray'.



The final layer housed the actual October kit, 'Blissful Bouquet'.


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 October 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 seeing card creation kits because they are the most useful for me.  I send lots of cards, and I love adding a little personality to my own creations.  This particular kit comes with three different options of cards to create, so it was difficult to pick which one that I wanted to make for a tutorial.  I like stamping a lot, so I went with the 'Congrats' card since it had the most stamping.

Begin by stamping your banners with the 'Congrats' stamp.


After that, stamp flowers, partial flowers, petal sets, vines, and miniature blossoms on the gradient card.  Use the gray backboard to assist.


While the ink is drying, grab a yellow card and fold it in half.


Use the golden foil leaves to highlight the leaves on your stamped card. These are peel and stick, so they are easy to work with.


Attach this card to the folded yellow card.  The video uses double-sided tape, but I don't have that-- so I just used a glue stick.  Cut 18" of the string and roll it into a circle and nest it in the middle of your card.


Put about 5 or so dimensionals on the back of the stamped banner and attach it to the front of the card, directly in the middle of the nested string. These dimensionals hold both the banner and the string in place.


In the end, it looks really fun, bright, and welcoming.


Pair your creation with an orange envelope, and it's ready to send!


Pros of the October 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.  
  • I love that there are three different cards to choose from.
  • There is a lot of stamping in this kit, and that's fun.
  • The cards have fun and unique layers.


Cons of the October Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • I wish this kit would have came with some double sided tape strips.
Summary

I wouldn't say that this kit is the epitome of the fall season, but it works.  It works because everything that these cards are can be used at any time during the year.  These are very feminine, vintage, and busy.  This kit does take a lot longer than usual, and you have to be very careful with stamping because you only have limited materials.  Lastly, I love that Stampin' Up did something unique for Breast Cancer Awareness.  Taking the time to create a special box on top of donating money for a cause speaks volumes of the company.

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 11-07-2015 at 2359. 
No purchase necessary. 
Winners will be announced 11-08-2015. 
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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