May Paper Pumpkin

I will be honest. Initially I did not like Paper Pumpkin. I am not talking about one month. I didn’t like the concept. I didn’t want to use a kit that someone else created and my cards looked manufactured. I wanted to create my own cards that were unique and handmade. Then I tried it.

I have come to love Paper Pumpkin. To be honest, the main reason I love it is because I can create when I am tired or on the go. I don’t have to spend time coming up with designs. I don’t have to gather all the supplies. I can open the box, grab my scissors and bone folder, and create. After I make the predesigned cards (and have more energy), I can create alternatives.

May 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

The June Paper Pumpkin was a stretch for me. I am not a baseball fan. I started by creating one each of the predesigned cards. I was tired, it was the end of the week so that was as far as I got.

Then I went on a trip. I took the kit and a few white 5 1/4″ x 4″ card fronts, that’s it. I wanted to see what I could create with the remaining pieces and the stamp set. Here’s what I came up with:

It was fun creating some simple alternatives without adding extra supplies (other than the additional card fronts). I hope you enjoyed these alternatives. I am looking forward to the June Paper Pumpkin which should be arriving to my mailbox any day now.

About Papercrafting With Amanda

Welcome! I am glad you have found this site. I am looking forward to sharing my love for papercrafting with you. I will share projects I have created, new products from Stampin’ Up, and anything else that makes sense to share. First a little bit about me.

I have been a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator since June 2015. I have been papercrafting most of my life, changing my medium occasionally. As a child I loved stickers! I would collect them, arrange them on papers, tell stories with them. I also enjoyed origami and dabbled with it on and off over the years. At some point I found rubber stamping and played with it to create cards, designs on paper, decorative items. In high school I discovered scrapbooking and started to explore the possibilities. Through college I did a little here and there. As a mom I had high hopes of creating scrapbook after scrapbook but just didn’t have the time as I was also a high school Spanish teacher and involved with my church. I wanted to craft but I needed it to be practical and easy to finish in a short time. And that it is why I returned to cardmaking and similar projects. I love being able to create something in less than an hour, especially when it is a special occasion and a card is needed. I love being able to create cards to send to my students, colleagues, friends, and family. No need to go to the store to pick out a card. I can customize the card for the recipient or choose from my stash as needed.

One of my first cards using Stampin’ Up products

As I mentioned, my full time job has been as a Spanish teacher in a public high school. As a demonstrator, I enjoy putting together classes to socialize and share my love of papercrafting. I love showing how to put something together or explaining something new. While I would love to invite everyone to my dining room for an in-person class, I know that just isn’t possible. My hope is that through this site I am able to share my ideas and knowledge just as I would in an in-person class and ultimately share my love for papercrafting.