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Paper Pumpkin: November 2016 Kit Review

Paper Pumpkin – Wonderful Winterland – November 2016 Kit Review + Giveaway

paper-pumpkin-november-2016When I was young the idea of mail was beyond my imagination. There was something magical that with something as simple as an address, people can get trinkets and letters from loved ones. This was in the day before I knew about bills and thought the world was full of rainbows.

Now that I am adult, I accept that most of the mail I receive is bills, except for this time of year. This is the season of family updates, family photos and letters – I love this time of year!

When I received the November 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit “Wonderful Winterland”, the decision was made that these would be in the lineup for our 2016 Holiday cards.

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Stampin’ Up: Stitched Shapes Framelits Set Review

Stampin’ Up – Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies and Stamp Set Review + Giveaway

stitched-framelits-oopI love when we can break the rules and break from the everyday norm. There are few times as adults that we can break the rules but when we do they are generally small things such as taking a work ditch day.

When companies do this it is for marketing purpose and it is more promotion than avoidance of adulting. Many times companies release their product in a yearly catalog or look-book, This gives a central place where the product are listed and featured.

On November 1st, Stitched Shapes Framelit Set will be available outside the yearly catalog and will continue to be available beyond November. As an added bonus this is being added to the regular product line. 

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Paper Pumpkin October 2016 Kit Review

Paper Pumpkin – Season of Gratitude – October 2016 Kit Review and Giveaway

october-2016-season-of-gratitude-kitIt is hard to imagine that we are starting to enter the holiday season. I have officially seen my first holiday commercial complete with music!

What is often overlooked is in our march towards this time of year, it is also important to remember to show gratitude. When I think of this coming time of year, I always reflect on what I am thankful for and the people I appreciate the most.

When I received the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit “Season of Gratitude” I knew I had received the cards I wanted that would show all the people I care about some gratitude.

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Stampin’ Up: Stitched with Cheer Project Kit Review

Stampin’ Up – Stitched with Cheer – Project Kit Review + Giveaway

stitched-with-cheer-notecardsOne of my favorite times of the year is when I start to receive holiday cards. I love to hear from people that I lose touch with throughout the year, and seeing the happy photos.

When I was young I was in charge of the yearly holidays cards and I would look forward to it. Each year I would look forward to choosing the perfect cards for the recipient. I loved verifying addresses and updating my “master list” spreadsheet. I credit this yearly ritual to giving me the handwriting ability I have today. Now that I am older and have a home and “furmily” of my own I tend to do our own holiday cards.

Instead of purchasing cards I tend to make them by hand. I begin my search early in the season and many times I purchase the supplies throughout the year. This year my card making will be made easier since receiving the Stitched with Cheer Project Kit by Stampin’ Up which is a 18 card kit and the perfect way to show my appreciation for friends and family.

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Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Kit Review

Paper Pumpkin – Something Good To Eat – September 2016 Kit Review and Giveaway

something-good-to-eat-kitThe neighborhood I live in is one in which we all know each other, and are friendly. Last year during the holidays I gave each of my neighbors a gift that I thought they might enjoy. The gifts ranged from mugs to pet gifts. The best part was that everyone loved it, and it inspired another neighbor who made all the neighbors fleece blankets.

In an effort to become best neighbor ever, I wanted to do something special for people for the upcoming Halloween holiday since we do not get trick or treaters. I had not decided the exact way I was going to deliver this treat, but as I often say, timing is everything.

When I received the September 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit “Something Good To Eat” happens to be the perfect way for me to deliver a small amount of treats to many neighbors.

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Stampin’ Up: Pretty Kitty Stamp Set Review

Stampin’ Up – Pretty Kitty Stamp Set Review + Giveaway

pretty-kitty-stamp-setSometimes as cat guardians we are put into funny and odd positions. As the humans we are the source of love and attention, but we are also responsible to clean their litter boxes and clean up hairballs when they invariable come up.

It is difficult for non-cat owners to understand why after the bad we would continue to love these furry mess makers. One of the best ways that I express my cat lady love to my friends is through the sending of cards. The stamps that I like the best are the ones that integrate my love of cats.

Since I am always on the search for cute, high quality and useful cat themed items, when I saw the Pretty Kitty Clear-Mount Stamp Set I knew that it was the stamp set I had been wanting.

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Stampin’ Up: Oh Happy Day Card Kit Review

Stampin’ Up – Oh Happy Day Card Kit – Review and Giveaway

oh-happy-day-card-kit-completedAs time has gone on I have noticed that time is much more of a commodity. The goal now-a-days is to maximize time and consolidate tasks as much as possible.

I have noticed that as we get older events are brushed under the rug, and the dates that were once special no longer hold the same reverence.

The first time I realized this was in my mid-30’s and it was my birthday. I remembered days when I received cards in the mail, and phone calls from everyone in my phone list, and I noted that that birthday was different. It seems fitting that since I am all about nostalgia and celebration that I acknowledge dates otherwise pushed aside.

Since I am a traditional girl, I love to send cards to loved ones for holidays and events, and even my neighbors have received cards for their special days. When I saw the Oh Happy Day Card Kit I knew it would be the perfect for the occasions that I want to commemorate.

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Tin of Tags by Stampin’ Up Review

Stampin’ Up – Tin of Tags – Review and Giveaway

Tin of Tags OpeningIf there is one thing that I find occuring earlier are the holiday advertisements. My first thought is usually a plea to hold of on the passing of time, and why start advertising so early.

As I have gotten older I see there is a very practical reason for this mass holiday marketing, and while much of it is over my head, it boils down to planning. Most people start planning for the holidays and gift giving 6 months before the holiday.

The other thing that starts coming out this time of year are the holiday catalogs. While I know we still have some time before the holidays are thrust upon us, it is never to early to start planning. On September 1st Stampin’ Up released its Winter 2016 catalog and that is where I encountered this Tin of Tags Project Kit. I thought it might be fun to have this early holiday giveaway in support of the catalog release!

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Paper Pumpkin August 2016 Kit Review

Paper Pumpkin – Bold Botanicals – August 2016 Kit Review and Giveaway

August 2016 Bold Botanicals Paper Pumpkin KitIf there is one thing that is inevitable it is the passage of time. As I get older this becomes more and more evident with little reprieve. I feel as though it was only a couple of months ago I was thinking of fall, and the changing weather and leaves approaching.

As luck will have it, the August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit “Bold Botanicals” is a subtle reminder of the upcoming fall season and the crisp leaves that accompany it. .

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Thoughtful Branches Bundle by Stampin’ Up Giveaway

Stampin’ Up – Thoughtful Branches Stamp and Thinlet Die Bundle –  Giveaway

Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer BundleI have been a crafter for years, but was never a stamper until a couple of years ago. It was my 35th birthday and I could not find invitations that fit what I wanted in the invitations. I began to rifle through my limited craft collection, since most was in storage at that time, and hatched a plan. I went to the craft store with a concept in my head, a budget on my wallet and a deadline on the date, as it quickly approaching. After an exhaustive search I decided to embark on a craft medium that I had never tried before – Stamping.

Since I am not a stamper, and really knew very little about stamping I was nervous to say the least. After my first couple stamps, and with Jason encouraging me, I realized that this was a great way to get a base image, and accent it in the colors I chose.

Recently I was informed that for the month of August Stampin’ Up was offering a bundle outside their normal catalog. The bundle being offered is the Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Bundle. 

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