Sunday, June 15, 2014

Grandma's Rocking Chair - June 16, 2014 - Paper Pumpkin

Grandma's Rocking Chair Question - What do you think about Paper Pumpkin?  Should I sign up for it?

Let me be clear I LOVE MY PAPER PUMPKIN.  Why, well my reason may be different than yours and there are a lot of different reasons so that is OK.  Let me say as a business sometimes I don't create just for me.  I make cards, scrapbooks, paper crafts for others, for classes and for videos, but sometimes not for me.  I got into Stampin' Up! because I love to create things. I use to do a craft a year - one year it was crocheting, one year ceramic, one year glass painting etc.  I found Stampin' Up! and I could do different things with the same tools and I loved it.  I joined as a Demonstrator to really get the 20% discount as I was buying a lot of things from them and it really is a great savings. I created to de-stress from work and it really helped. I also found out I loved to research and find new techniques and to also teach them to others.  We moved from DC to Wyoming and a new job I really needed some more de-stressors and with my oldest daughter I really needed to create.  I found some friends here and my stamping business started to become a business.  I retired and really wanted to make the business a business and I hope it will be a full going business soon, but I lost something in the process.  I lost the fun and the creating just for me.
Don't get me wrong I create but I do it for the business.  Find the techniques, I create the cards for the classes, I create make and takes for my hostesses, I design wedding invitations and I put together scrapbooks for others. I love it I really do but sometimes I need something just for me.

That is where My Paper Pumpkin comes in.  My Paper Pumpkin comes every month like clock work, only $19.95 and that includes shipping, you will have to pay your state taxes but that shouldn't be to bad.  So for around $20 you get a kit every month.  Stampin' Up! says that it takes 30 minutes to finish the kit and it is usually less but still I can get a few minutes in for a good project just for me. Yes I do a video of me opening it and doing one things but I do a few on my own and having the video on is not tough I am still doing it for me.

So I think everyone should be subscribing to My Paper Pumpkin.  Maybe not for my reason but there are other reasons to do it.  So let me list a few.

1. Every Month it is a different project, like a celebration when you get that box. Don't you love surprises?  Paper Pumpkin has one every month.

2. You get to create something every month.  With kids, job, house chores, family obligations and with all the running around we do sometimes we just need to keep that right brain active.  What better way than a 30 minute craft once a month. Quick and easy and you can even find 30 minutes waiting for the kids to get out of school or at a swim meet (I do take mine to some strange places).

3. You don't have a lot of money to spend on crafts, but you still like to make cards and have nice hand made gifts at home for that special occasion.  For $19.95 plus tax you get to have just that.  Some months you make cards usually 4 -5 cards, some months it is great project or a super present just for that right person.

4. You don't want to buy a lot of stuff and never use it.  Each Paper Pumpkin Kit comes with Everything you need to create the project except Scissors and some adhesives. So you get the Stamp set from 2 - 6 stamps (only available with the Paper Pumpkin Kit), you get an ink spot a different one each month, you get all the card stock cut to the proper size, you get all tags and embellishments and sometimes even a surprise. Where can you get that all for $19.95.

5. Now you have two ways to get Paper Pumpkin.  You can sign up for it and it will come every month unless you put it on hold or cancel it.  Or you can buy pre-paid subscriptions. for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months.  When you are ready to start just go to the Paper Pumpkin Site and put in your subscription, you can also hold this for a month or more if you will be out of town or busy. You can even order it for a friend as a gift - wouldn't you want a gift of 30 minutes of me time every month. 

Some questions and answers about Paper Pumpkin.

Q: When Will I Be Billed?
A: Your credit card will be charged as soon as your PaperPumpkin ships. You will get an e-mail notifying you that your card has been charged.
Q: What comes in my Paper Pumpkin?
A: It's a surprise each month—anticipation for the surprise is seriously half the fun! No worries, though, you'll have everything you need to complete the project: paper, stamps, ink, accessories, and more! (You will need adhesive.)
Q: Is my subscription on auto renew?
A: Yes, your subscription is on auto renew. However, you can skip a month or cancel at any time. Simply log on to your account and click "manage my account" on or before the 10th of the month in order to skip the Paper Pumpkin for that month or cancel completely.
Q: When do I need to sign up in order to get my Paper Pumpkin for a specific month?
A: You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive your Paper Pumpkin for that month. If you sign up after the 10th―no worries! You will get your first kit the following month. You'll know your Paper Pumpkin is on its way when you receive your shipment confirmation e-mail.
Q: Is there a discount for ordering a higher number of months at once?
A: Yes, there is a savings. When you order a six-month subscription, you save $1 per month, and when you order a 12-month subscription, you save $2 per month.
Q: How are prepaid subscriptions redeemed?
A: When the order is paid for and closed, the customer will receive an e-mail with a redemption code and instructions on how to redeem. The e-mail will guide them to where they will enter their code. The system will recognize the number of months they've paid for. Be sure to instruct your customers to enter all their information on the site so when their prepaid subscription runs out, they can continue to receive Paper Pumpkin kits without interruption.
Q: Can a prepaid subscription be ordered with a hostess code?
A: Yes. If you have a workshop with a hostess code set up, a customer can go online and enter any of the prepaid subscription item numbers.
Q: Can I buy a prepaid subscription with hostess benefits?
A: Yes. A prepaid subscription can be added to either the free or half-priced hostess items.
Q: Can a prepaid subscription be ordered as a gift?
A: Yes. Although this isn't officially a gift subscription program, you or your customers can buy a prepaid subscription and give it as a gift. You'd just purchase the prepaid subscription and when you receive the redemption code, share it with the recipient of your choice who can redeem the subscription at One thing to keep in mind is that the redemption codes will not work across borders. (So, someone in Canada could not gift a subscription to someone is the US and vice versa.)


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I hope this helped you decide about Paper Pumpkin.  If you would like to watch my videos on Paper Pumpkin Check out my youtube Channel here.

Happy Stamping

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