November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit: Gifts Galore

Snowman treat packaging in November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Above all, the November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Gifts Galore is a fun way to package up some holiday treats or small gifts to share with family and friends! However, the versatile elements in this kit are also perfect for many other holiday crafting projects.

We all love to see piles of presents on Christmas morning. So make that your reality with the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin Kit! Its bright, festive colors, classic Christmas sentiments, charming snowman, and other holiday designs provide everything you need to spread some Christmas cheer!

While the cellophane bags in this kit are food-safe, the packaging is sized for both treats and gifts. In short, there’s plenty of joy to share with Gifts Galore!

November Paper Pumpkin Kit Details

Name: Gifts Galore


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create nine treat packages—three each of three designs—and nine food-safe bags.
  • This all-inclusive kit includes printed die cuts, die-cut boxes, cellophane treat bags, adhesive, and more!
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Coordinating colors: Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the November Paper Pumpkin Kit from October 11 – November 10, 2021.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Find out all the details and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here:

Coloring the Kitchen – CTD665

Coloring the kitchen this week begins with a challenge from The Color Throwdown. It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in any challenges, but I needed a little push in a different direction today. This week’s challenge is a pastel trio of colors: pink, aqua and lavendar. Since I’ve been working with a lot of Halloween and Christmas colors recently, this color combination is a welcome change!

In addition, the little ghostly cookies inspire me to bake, which in turn brings the What’s Cookin’ Bundle to mind. With its bowl, whisk, spatula and wooden spoon, the creative baking fun in the kitchen can begin! Whether your adventure involves cooking or baking, it’s a wonderful set for decorating cards, recipes, or scrapbook pages.

What’s Cookin’ Stamps and coordinating Cookin’ Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Coloring The Kitchen Card

First of all, I have to ask you – are all the baking utensils in your kitchen color-coordinated? Mine definitely are NOT. In fact, they’re just about every color in the rainbow! So for this challenge I chose an aqua whisk, a purple spatula and a pink bowl, along with a pink checkered tablecloth and a wooden spoon. I think that my three year old grandson, who loves to bake with me, will be happy with this color combination!

Layout for the Coloring the Kitchen card with the What's Cookin' Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Design Elements

Card Base: Blushing Bride cardstock, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Score the cardstock at 4-1/4″ and fold to create the card base.

Coloring the Kitchen Card Layers:

Cut Basic White cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Then add a small rectangle, about 3″ x 4″, of Coastal Cabana cardstock behind the lower right corner before adhering it to the card base.

Continue to build the baking scene. Firstly, cut a triangle of pretty paper for the tablecloth. This pink checkered pattern is from the retired 2020 Sale-a-Bration Pleased as Punch DSP. Of course, if you’re using a different color scheme, match your kitchen utensils with the tablecloth of your choice! Secondly, stamp the spatula from What’s Cookin’ in Highland Heather ink and the bowl in Blushing Bride ink on Basic White cardstock and die cut them with the Cookin’ Dies.

For the wooden spoon, stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb cake cardstock and die cut it. Also cut the whisk from Coastal Cabana cardstock. Finally, adhere all the pieces to the white layer.

To complete the card, stamp the Happiness is Homemade sentiment in Coastal Cabana in the lower right corner. If desired, add a couple of sequins, such as these Highland Heather flowers from the retired Gingham Gala Sequins pack.

What’s next?

Are you joining a challenge this week? I had fun with the Color Throwdown #665 color palette, and I’m looking forward to joining more challenges in the future. In addition, there will be more creations with the What’s Cookin’ Bundle, such as in this Repurposing Christmas Cards post. What will you be making next? Leave a comment and let us know!

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary!

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary is a fun sentiment from the Frightfully Cute Bundle by Stampin’ Up! Combine the greeting with a subtle, not so scary witch, and a cute little cat for a sweet Halloween card.

You're So Sweet...It's Scary card layout showing Halloween patterned paper you can create with the Frightfully Cute Bundle.
You’re So Sweet Halloween Card

Create Your Own Designer Series Paper

Use the Brights Designer Series Paper as the background for a quick card. Firstly, choose from one of four patterns in the paper pack. In order to step up the card design, customize it with your own pretty paper. Just stamp the small bats in Gorgeous Grape ink all over the patterned purple paper!

Photo shows the purple patterns in the Brights Designer Series 6" x 6" Paper pack.
Gorgeous Grape patterns from the Brights DSP

After you choose a pattern and stamp the design, cut a 3″ wide strip diagonally from top left to bottom right. It should be long enough to cover the card front as shown. TIP: Lay the full sheet of 6″ x 6″ paper over the card front to determine how you want the pattern to go. Then trim the right and left side diagonally, approximately the same amount on each side so it is 3″ wide. Finally, adhere it, then trim the edges with a paper snips to fit the card front.

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary Sentiment and Tag

With the Delightful Tag Topper Punch, you can create three different tag widths, and adjust the length as well! For this tag, cut your Basic White cardstock to 3″ x 2″, then punch one end. Tie the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon through the hole. Next add the tag near the center of the card, overlapping the patterned purple paper.

Photo shows tags in the three different widths available with the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
Delightful Tag Topper Punch for tags in three different widths

In addition to the punched tag, die cut the remaining shapes with the Frightful Tags Dies. Begin by stamping the moon in Crushed Curry ink. Use the circular die to cut it out. Also, cut two trees from Basic Black cardstock. Next, adhere the moon and trees as shown on the sample card. Continue to decorate by stamping a cat in Tuxedo Black Memento ink in the bottom center of the tag.

Moving on to the sentiment, stamp the greeting in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Die cut the label with the Frightful Tags Dies. Be sure to center the greeting on the right end so that there’s enough room for the witch on the left. With Versamark ink, stamp the witch, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

To finish off the card, of course a little bling is perfect! Use the yellow and green jewels from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels pack to coordinate with the moon and tag.

More Halloween Inspiration

The Frightfully Cute Bundle is perfect for all your Halloween cards and decorations. Find more Halloween inspiration with a Frightfully Cute Shaker Card as well as Bewitched and Be Dazzling

TODAY ONLY – Stamp Sale!

Today only, the stamp set or two you’ve been eyeing could be on sale. The 24-Hour Stamp Sale is our biggest stamp sale of the year, and it’s happening TODAY—20 October! For one day only, you’ll be able to snag select cling stamp sets at a 15% discount Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! Photopolymer and host sets are excluded. This short sale only happens once a year—you won’t want to miss out on these super savings!

Which stamp sets are on your Wish List? Which ones would be a perfect gift for a friend? One of my favorites is A Wish for Everything which has sentiments for almost every occasion you will need all year long:

A Wish For Everything Cling Stamp Set – On sale today!

As an example, see a birthday card with this stamp set and the Stitched Triangles Dies here.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a great set for friendship, get well and general encouragement, give the Positive Thoughts set some consideration. The greetings and images in this set are easy to use, especially with the coordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.

Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp Set

Ok, make your list, then you’re good to go! Click here to shop, or hit reply if you have any questions for me. I’m happy to help!

A Penguin Party

A penguin party is in full swing today to celebrate a birthday! But it’s cold outside, so they’re dressed with hats and scarves to keep warm. With the Penguin Builder Punch, it’s a snap to create as many penguins as you like. Of course, you’ll also want the Penguin Place stamp set in order to create all of the penguin accessories. So save 10% and purchase both products together in the Penguin Place Bundle!

Image of the Penguin Place stamp set and Penguin Builder Punch.
Penguin Place Bundle: Penguin Place stamp set PLUS Penguin Builder Punch

Creating the Penguin Party Card

A Penguin Party birthday card showing placement of the penguins and all their accessories from the Stampin' Up! Penguin Place Bundle.

In order to create a Penguin Party card, start with a Mint Macaron card base 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Then score it at 4-1/4″ and fold. Using the Penguin Builder Punch, cut five black penguin bodies. Similarly. punch five white bodies. In order to assemble the penguins glue the white and black layers together. Alternatively, stamp the penguins with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Basic White cardstock. Then punch out the penguin bodies. Either way you’ll have five cute penguins to decorate!

Continue by stamping the eyes, noses, balloons, hats, scarves, gifts, etc. Snip these accessories with a Paper Snips, a must-have tool for your stamp room!

Click the button below for more details. There’s a list of all the products used and instructions, as well as links to purchase any items you may need.

Penguin Inspiration

For more penguin inspiration, see the Penguin Playmates Series which begins here. This series demonstrates how to use various size pieces of Designer Series Paper in card layouts. Although the featured paper is no longer available, you can use any paper for the layouts. Just change the colors, elements and embellishments to use what you have!

What will you create today? We’d love to see what you’re working on. Leave a comment below to share what you’re making today!

Frightfully Cute Shaker Card

A Frightfully Cute Shaker Card is fun to make and even more fun to shake! Use the orange shades in Sequins for Everything to fill this shaker. They are perfect for our Halloween card! Then add a touch of gold with some Gold Shimmer Ribbon to accent the sparkly sequins.

For some spooky texture, die cut the spider web with Snowy White Velvet paper. Don’t forget to stamp the bats and spider too!

Frightfully Cute Shaker Card showing the position of the shaker, spider web and greeting.

Frightfully Cute Shaker Card Recipe

Begin creating the shaker card by cutting Night of Navy cardstock for a standard card base, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ and fold. Next cut Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper to 4″ x 4″. Also cut Misty Moonlight cardstock to 1-3/8″ x 4″. Adhere the Designer series Paper and Misty Moonlight piece together with multipurpose glue, overlapping just slightly. Set this piece aside while stamping the shaker piece.

Preparing the Shaker Pieces

To build the shaker, firstly stamp the circular image from Frightfully Cute in Bumblebee ink on Basic White cardstock. Secondly, die cut the circle with the Frightful Tags Die. Thirdly, use Layering Circles Dies to die cut a hole in the background piece you created in the previous step. Also cut a Night of Navy circular frame using the same size circle as the Bumblebee piece, and one slightly larger. This will cover the ribbon edges once the shaker is finished.

Adhere a small piece of Window Sheet on the back of the hole. Then cut a small piece of Gold Shimmer Ribbon for the left side of the hole, and a larger piece for the right. Attach the ribbon, wrapping a small amount around to the back of the panel. Once the ribbon is on, place the Night of Navy frame over the window sheet, covering the ribbon ends.

For some spooky texture, die cut a spider web from Snowy White Velvet Paper with the Frightful Tags Dies. Adhere the spider web with a few dabs of multipurpose glue. Finish the background by stamping some bats in black ink, and of course, you’ll want to add a spider or two also. Finally, stamp the sentiment in black ink on a scrap of white cardstock and glue it at the bottom center of the panel.

Raising the Front Panel

The next step is to position the Bumblebee circle beneath the die cut hole and glue it to the card base. Afterwards, add Foam Adhesive Strips around the outside of the Bumblebee circle, adhering them only to the circle, and not to the top panel. Additionally, add foam strips around the perimeter and interior of the top panel.

Put Sequins For Everything on top of the Bumblebee circle, then remove the paper from all the adhesive foam strips and carefully lay the top panel in position over the card base. Then shake, shake, shake your Frightfully Cute card!

For a list of all the products used in this post, click the button below.

For more Halloween fun, be sure to check out the Bewitched and Be Dazzling post!

Repurposing Christmas Cards

Repurposing Christmas cards by making them into new cards is one of the most popular ways to keep them from cluttering your home. While you could just recycle them, why not give card-making a try? You’ll create a fresh original Christmas card with your own special touches!

For this craft, start by simply cutting your favorite elements from the old cards. For example, cut a scene, a greeting, or a cute picture. Perhaps there is a sentiment set you haven’ t used much (or at all!) yet. Look through your old cards to see if you have images that would coordinate perfectly with the greetings.

In order to transform your card, choose cardstock for your new creation in a coordinating color. In addition, find a sentiment, background, and embellishments. Two examples are shown below to get you started.

Religious Themed Card Scene

Firstly cut a larger image down to fit a standard card front, which is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Use a paper trimmer, or alternatively a die cutting machine with dies, such as these Stitched Rectangles Dies. Then mount your image on the card front with multipurpose glue, or other adhesive.

Finally add a sentiment, like this one from For Unto Us. For an ornate image, such as the red and gold one below, heat-emboss the greeting with Gold embossing powder to match the background. If you haven’t tried heat embossing yet, get more details in this post. Of course stamping the sentiment in a coordinating color works too, but the embossing is so elegant!

Repurposing Christmas Cards with a religious theme - example.

Repurposing Christmas Cards by Cutting Out Elements

Sometimes there are just a couple elements that you want to save from an old greeting card. For this card, it is these smiling gingerbread people. To create a new card with them, cut a piece of silver foil for the background. Then score it 1/4″ from the edge all the way around to resemble a baking sheet. Add the cutouts, then stamp and die cut a spatula and rolling pin. Lastly add the die cuts and a greeting with the What’s Cookin’ Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. As a result, the cute gingerbread people have a new life and you have a cute card to send!

Example of repurposing Christmas cards by cutting out elements.

Featured Stamp Sets: For Unto Us, What’s Cookin’

The sentiments in the For Unto Us stamp set have beautiful fonts as shown below. Use them for both the outside and inside of your repurposed cards. For example, the first card above has “oh, come let us adore him” heat embossed in gold on the inside.

Sentiment images from the Stampin' Up! For Unto Us stamp set.
For Unto Us stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

Alternatively, build creative kitchen cooking and baking scenes with the What’s Cookin’ bundle of stamps and dies. While the dies cut out some stamped images from the coordinating set, there are several additional elements included, such as the cutting board and whisk. The bundle includes 10% savings over buying the two products separately.

Cooking and baking images and coordinating dies in the Stampin' Up! What's Cookin' Bundle.
What’s Cookin’ Bundle: What’s Cookin’ stamp set and Cookin’ Dies by Stampin’ Up!

In conclusion, repurposing Christmas cards can be as simple as adding a greeting. Or it can mean embellishing with as many additional elements as you like! Are you ready to try it today? Leave a comment below and let us know what you are creating!