Paper Pumpkin

Triple Layer Stamping Technique

It's been many years since I showed this technique, and I think it's time to show it again! Enjoy my video, then get your stamping on!

Card Stock Dimensions:

Rococo Rose (or color of your choice) - card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" plus 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" and 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".                                       

Whisper White - 5 1/4" x 4", 4 1/4" x 3", 3 1/4" x 2".

Sentimental Rose from April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit in Rococo Rose


Sentimental Rose from April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit in Rococo Rose


Sentimental Rose from April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit in Rococo Rose

Card Stock Dimensions:

Rococo Rose (or color of your choice) - card base 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" plus 4 1/2" x 3 1/4" and 3 1/2" x 2 1/4".                                       

Whisper White - 5 1/4" x 4", 4 1/4" x 3", 3 1/4" x 2".





Product List

Sentimental Rose Collage

I decided after running my first ever Quarter Marathon at age 54 that I would make a little something for myself as a reward and a reminder that I am Strong & Beautiful & Resilient. I used the Sentimental Rose stamp set and supplies from my April Paper Pumpkin Kit. I love this little gift to myself and hope you like it too! The Strong & Beautiful stamp set has been one of my favorites from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. So many great sentiments for strong women and girls!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit and Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

See alternate cards made with the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Kit using the following link.

Interested in having monthly Paper Pumpkin Kits delivered to your door? Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try for the first time or as a returning customer with the Hugs from Shelli May Paper Pumpkin Kit. Stampin' Up!'s own Shelli Gardner, Co-founder & Board Chair played a major role in the inspiration and design of this kit. It's filled with beautiful touches of nature, a gorgeous color combinations, and artfully created details. The "Shelli Kit" is sure to be one of the best and most popular Paper Pumpkin Kits yet! Don't miss out on this very special kit. You need to subscribe by May 10th to receive the Hugs from Shelli Kit. Contact me to place your order or subscribe at

Get a Sneak Peek of the very special May Paper Pumpkin Kit now! Then plan to subscribe by May 10th.


Products used in addition to the April 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit Sentimental Rose

I am Strong & Beautiful

My first thought when I woke up this morning was, "I did it. I really did it. I didn't think I could but I did! I ran a quarter marathon."

Yesterday, at age 54 and having never been athletic or played a sport, I completed my first Quarter Marathon! 6.5 miles! And I did it in 1 1/2 hours, walking just 14 minutes of that.

The back story...I told my daughter Andrea, 27, that I wanted to run a 5k. Now, I've done the occasional 5k...mostly walking, but I wanted to see if I could RUN a 5k. I asked Andrea to help me. She agreed and said she would look for a race for us to sign up for. Well, Andrea has always been a goal-centered person, and when she puts her mind to something she does it. Andrea signed us up for the Cap City Quarter Marathon...not their 5K. OH, BOY! When I expressed my apprehension, she replied, "Mom, if we're going to do this, we need to push ourselves." And push we did! We began in January. I could barely run 2 minutes. It was an accomplishment for me to run 3 minutes. The first few times we got together to run, I did a lot more walking than I did running. A couple times, I was in tears, filled with doubt, and wondering what I had gotten myself into. Well, Andrea was patient and persistent. She coached, she encouraged, she pushed, and she didn't let me give up. After a few weeks of us training together, I ran 6 minutes straight, then 10, then 17, then 20. This may not seem like a big deal to many, but to me they were huge accomplishments. After all these little milestones, Andrea would praise me, then we planned our next training run.

It wasn't until just a few days before the April 27th race that I got a little bit excited and believed I could get through it. What I didn't know was that I would run my best ever. A couple times, I told Andrea to go ahead and run ahead of me knowing she could get a better time without me. She said, "No, we're staying together, and I just want you to keep pushing yourself." Honestly, I'm not so sure I would have finished, and I certainly would not have run across the finish line, if she hadn't stayed with me. I felt really good as we passed the 4 mile sign. We reach 5 miles, and I wasn't sure I could keep going. My legs hurt and were so tired, but I didn't want to quit. I was thinking in my head, how would I feel if I just walked the rest of the way. I had to slow down to a walk and was feeling discouraged, when I said to Andrea, "I want to run across the finish line, not walk". She replied, "There's no reason we can't, but you have to push through it". And that I did. I could hear spectators calling my name from the side, "Keep going, Mary", "You're almost there, Mary", "It's only going to suck a little longer, Mary", and "You're right there, Mary". I ran (slowly) across the finish line raising my arms telling myself I did it. I dropped my arms and stopped beside Andrea who quickly put her arm around me as my legs began to give out. She told me to keep walking, and we did with her arm under mine and me leaning on her. Even after we finished the race, Andrea continued to coach and encourage to keep going. We got our medals, had our picture taken, and grabbed some snack and drinks, as I felt my eyes filling with tears. I remember looking at Andrea and saying, "I did it". 

My daughter, Emily, 22, rode her bike from the OSU campus to the race route in downtown Columbus to cheer us on. I can't tell you how much that meant to me to have both my girls there, helping me through this. I admire them both so much for all they have accomplished in their short lives and am so grateful for the way they help me and encourage me to be the best me I can be and to try things I'd never do otherwise (like ziplining in the rainforest, riding a 4-wheeler through the mud in Thailand, and finishing a Quarter Marathon.

So after sleeping most of yesterday afternoon and getting a good night's sleep (I couldn't even finish watching the Blue Jackets game last night), I woke up with a tremendous feeling of accomplishment and ready to take on more! More in my Stampin' Up! business, more in life, and more running. Can't say I'm ready to train for a half marathon as Andrea suggested we do, but who knows. Andrea and I agreed to continue running together twice a week, so we'll go from there. For now, I just want to enjoy looking at my Finisher's medal knowing I accomplished something I never thought I could before. Life is good!

Here is a card I made Andrea today to thank her for all she did to make it possible for me to accomplish the feat. I couldn't have done it without her. I also made a card for Emily because I want her to know her cheering us on at the race helped me get to the finish line. It was fun to celebrate with both my girls after I crossed the finish line...running. Both cards feature the Sentimental Rose Distinktive stamp set from my April Paper Pumpkin Kit and Gray Granite, Flirty Flamingo, and Mint Macaron ink pads. Note that I "stamped off" on Emily's card which gave those flowers a softer look than those on Andrea's card.

Strong & Beautiful stamp set & Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Distinktive stamp set

Strong & Beautiful stamp set & Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Distinktive stamp set

Strong & Beautiful stamp set & Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Distinktive stamp set

Strong & Beautiful stamp set & Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin Distinktive stamp set

Product List

Glue Dots

Exclusive Products coming in May!

We have 2 exclusive products available to customers in May.

The first is the "Hugs from Shelli" May Paper Pumpkin Kit. Shelli Gardner, Co-Founder, former CEO, and current Board Chair) worked closely with the Stampin' Up! Design Team in the creating of this exclusive kit. Shelli has a way of putting her own special touch into all her creative projects, and I'm sure this kit is no different. I can't wait to get my hands on it! Current Paper Pumpkin subscribers will receive this kit automatically. If you are not a subscriber and wish to get this very special Paper Pumpkin kit, you can get one in one of two ways. You can subscribe monthly at or contact me to purchase a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month pre-paid subscription. Subscribe by May 10th to receive the Hugs from Shelli kit!

The second offering in May is the "Everything is Rosy" Product Medley.This exclusive, limited-time collection of coordinating, petal-packed products has everything you need to let your creativity bloom. This Product Medley has been designed with avid stampers in mind. AND...wait for includes Rose Gold. Yay! I'm so excited to create with these Rose Gold elements and all the other coordinating products. Everything is Rosy Stamp Set and 10 Coordinating Dies
Melon Mambo Ruched Ribbon (10 yards)
Night of Navy with Rose Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon (10 yards)
Rose Gold Shimmer Paint
6” x 6” Designer Series Paper Stack (48 sheets – 8 each of 6 doubled sided designs)
6” x 6” Rose Gold Foil Paper (8 sheets)
3 sheets of Die Cuts, two are printed 
Rose Gold Die Cuts (4 sheets – 2 of each design)
Rose Gold Adhesive-backed Mirror Embellishments 


Everything Is Rosy will be sold May 1st - 31st or while supplies last.


Prayer Request

Thursday, I blogged about combining my Stampin' Up! job and my Visiting Angels job. The lady featured in that blog post, loving referred to as my "Paper Pumpkin Assistant", had a fall, broke her hip, and had surgery since I last saw her Wednesday afternoon. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. If you missed my November 22nd blog post, you can take a look with this link: 


 Peace, love, and joy to all! 

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

Happy Thanksgiving, Stampin' Peace Friends. I wish you all a day of peace, love, and happiness with family and friends.

This week, I've been reflecting on all that I am thankful for. There are so many things, both big and small. Things that I am grateful for this year in particular include the support of family, friends, and Stampin' Up! teammates and customers as I moved and transitioned to my new home in Columbus. I'm grateful that I took the opportunity to move closer to my beautiful daughters, Andrea and Emily, and my sister Joan and her family. I know this is where I am meant to be right now.

I'm also especially grateful for the opportunity to serve elderly people, some with dimentia, working as a Visiting Angel. I am making a positive difference in the lives of these people and their families and am thankful for all I am learning about them and their life stories. I'm proud of myself for the patience, compassion, and friendship I am able provide my clients while helping them with their basic living skills and giving their family members a sense of peace and much needed breaks.

I thank God everyday that I am able to continue on my Stampin' Up! journey doing what I love and sharing it with others. I know that this job, which I love so much, allows me to make a positive difference and spread kindness in our world simply by sharing creativity through stamps, ink, and paper. Yes, these three little things, stamp, ink, and paper, really are some of the big things in my life. They've helped me grow and learn about myself, providing me with the confidence and skills to be a successful business woman. In addition to earning an income, I have earned trips that I have been able to enjoy with my daughters, and have made countless friends around the world. I've been able to use my Stampin' Up! business to raise thousands of dollars for various charities and causes, something that fills my heart with joy and gives me a greater purpose. I've been able to bring groups of people together to enjoy fun and fellowship as they share their love of paper crafting. I've brought strangers together who in time have become friends through my classes and events. 

Below are photos I took of my client Sharon, also known as my Paper Pumpkin Assistant, as she was punching out and sorting craft pieces. I've been taking my monthly Paper Pumpkin Kit to Sharon's for us to work on together. While Sharon has shaky hands that don't stamp well, she is happy to be given a job to do. My goal doing these Paper Pumpkin Kits with Sharon isn't about the finished product. My goal is to bring my experience as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator to Sharon is to give her a sense of purpose, show her she is valued and appreciated, and most of all to share laughter, smiles, and fun bringing us both happiness. I know Sharon will forget these shared experiences before I even leave her home, but I know I have been able to bring her happiness in the moments.
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This last photo shows Sharon actually writing to her daughters. I don't know what she wrote to each of them or what their reaction was, but I do know that Sharon put so much effort and heart into this activity. I was so happy for her. It doesn't matter that it was forgotten just a short time later. She was happy in the moment as we shared stamps, ink, and paper.

Here are the finished cards we made with the October Paper Pumpkin Kit and a 2-page scrapbook layout I made with leftover pieces for preserving the memories of this day.
Paper Pumpkin Kit, October 2018

Paper Pumpkin Kit, October 2018

 May you all enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.


Time is ticking away! Don't miss out on exclusive products, bonus days coupons, and my 10th anniversary gift! Several Stampin' Up! promotions end August 31st.

1) BONUS DAY COUPONS ARE BACK but end August 31st.

Place your order(s) by August 31st and for every $50 you spend (before SH/tax), you will receive $5. Your earnings will come to you as coupon codes via email. Hang onto these coupon code and then use them when you order throughout September. What a great way to put a little cash in your pocket to spend on new 2018 Holiday Catalog products beginning September 5th. Order online at your convenience at using August Host Code GSZ9YJC7. Enter Host Code in box at bottom left of payment page, then click 'Apply'. Or contact me to assist you in placing your order.
2) COLOR YOUR SEASON Limited-Time Products including exclusive stamp set, framelits, and Watercolor Pencils
Get your hands on the following limited-time products before they disappear. These exclusive products are only available through August 31st but may sell out before then. I LOVE the versatility of the stamp set and coordinating framelits. I bought the Bundle to get 10% off each product and am excited to use it throughout the entire calendar year and for so many different occasions. PLUS, the watercolor pencils are fabulous. This assortment of colors is a nice addition to the set found in the Annual Catalog.
Color Your Season Promotion details and product information here: 
Order online at your convenience at using August Host Code GSZ9YJC7. Enter Host Code in box at bottom left of payment page, then click 'Apply'. Or contact me to assist you in placing your order.
3) SPOOKY TREATS PACKAGING for September Paper Pumpkin
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Order a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription to start receiving your monthly paper crafting kits. Each month you'll receive a surprise stamping project with everything you need except adhesive to start creating right away! It's a fun,stress-free, creative escape in a box!
BONUS - You will receive Bonus Days Coupon Code(s) when you order 3, 6, or 12 month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions by August 31st.
4) My 10th Anniversary Gifts 
Saturday, August 18, 2018, was my 10th Anniversary as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Joining Stampin' Up! 10 years ago was one of the best decisions of my life. I joined simply to purchase great products at a discount. I anticipated I'd do this for a while, get a good collection of stamps and supplies, drop, and then craft on my own. I had absolutely no intention of making a "business" of my hobby. I was stamping and creating and not growing tired of it in the least. I just wanted to keep doing more of this wonderful stamping hobby of mine. I was my Emily, 11 year olds at the time, who walked into my craft room one day to see what I was doing, and said, "If you're going to keep making stuff, Mom, you should sell it." And that, is how it began. It wasn't fast or dramatic. It was simply baby steps of me stamping and sharing and inviting others to stamp and create with me. Now, all these years later, I have countless friends, tremendous gratitude for the many opportunities SU! has afforded me, and lots of wonderful memories of SU! events and incentive trips and the people who shared these events with me. My heart is full of joy, but there is room for many more years of SU! love. I'm excited to see what the next 10 years bring me as I continue to love what I do and share what I love and make a difference in the lives of others by doing so.
Gifts of aluminum and tin are the traditional gifts of 10 year anniversaries. To celebrate my 10th anniversary as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I have a gift for everyone who places an online order on my website using Host Code GSZ9YJC7 by August 31st.
  • Place any size order to receive 10 Whisper White card bases and 10 envelopes.
  • Place an order of $50 or more to receive 10 Whisper White card bases and 10 envelopes AND a sampling of our 5 foil sheets: Champagne, Copper, Gold, Silver, and the brand new Galvanized Foil (6"x12" piece of each color). You'll also receive a $5 coupon code to use in September from SU! because it's Bonus Days throughout all of August.
Foil sheets always add an extra special touch to your cards, scrapbook pages, and other paper crafts. I especially love using them with my holiday paper crafting. You'll be able to order the new Galvanized Foil Sheets and Galvanized Buttons from the 2018 Holiday Catalog beginning September 5th. Wait 'til you see the Festive Farmhouse Suite that they are included in. Cute. Cute. Cute. Amazing Designer Series Paper in the suite too.
Today, I'm preparing Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogs to mail. If you would like one, please email me catalog request including your mailing address to

Picnic Paradise & Summer Savings

I love working Stampin' Up! as a business, but I also enjoy receiving some creativity in a box each month. My Paper Pumpkin subscription brings "creativity in a box" to my house each month. There's no fuss, no stress, no long list of things to buy or pull out. I simply sit and open my box to a surprise with projects planned for me and all the supplies I need. I simply sit down with my red-orange box, my adhesive, and paper snips, and I'm ready to craft. I love that the projects come with directions, color photo, and high-quality supplies. And if I'm not "in love" with the project (which usually I am), I know there are lots of sources on social media that will give me alternative projects to make using that month's kit. AND, if I REALLY, REALLY love it, I can often purchase refill kits on the Paper Pumpkin website. PLUS, I have an extensive collection of stamp sets and ink spots that I can use over and over in the future. It's a winning situation no matter how you look at it.

Monthly subscription cost is $19.95 + tax per month. New Subscribers, get 50% off their first kit when you subscribe in the next 2 days. Promotion ends August 10th. Please click to be directed to and sign up today. I'd appreciate it if you would designate me, Mary Knabe, as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator. You can cancel your subscription at anytime.


In case you're wondering what the kits are like, here are some photos of my July kit as I unboxed it to do the projects which were easy, fun, and colorful. I think I'll fill the baskets with little treats for some back to school gifts. The 3" x 3" note cards will certainly get used and bring smiles to their recipients, perhaps, with baked goods, flowers, or small gifts.

Your Paper Pumpkin kit will arrive by USPS after the 15th of each month.
Every kit comes with a stamp set and ink spot.
Behind the tissue paper is your complete kit wrap and sealed to protect your supplies.
Add paper snips and adhesive, and you're ready to go!
I suggest you begin by sorting your supplies. Notice that pieces are die cut for you. They punch out quickly and easily.
The printed ruler at the bottom of the directions makes measuring and cutting ribbons and trims quick and easy.
Left over supplies, stamp set, and ink so I can keep on creating.


I made a few cards without the sentiment so I can use them for whatever I want.
I bundled 6 cards and envelopes to give as a teacher gift.


I use some extra supplies and a bit of my own ribbon to make a couple alternate projects...3 bookmarks and an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" photo holder to be framed or added to a scrapbook. You could add a title or caption such as "The Apple of My Eye" or "First Day of Kindergarten". IMG_8154

Blooming Summer Savings

For a limited time, NEW Paper Pumpkin Subscribers get 50% off their first kit. That's a huge savings for giving these monthly paper crafting kits a try. It's a great time to Subscribe, Create, and Share. Please check it out at I would appreciate you designating me, Mary Knabe, as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator so that I receive credit for your subscription. This promotion ends August 10th.



2 Days Left plus a Bonus Gift...

Time is running out! Just 2 days left for new subscribers to try Paper Pumpkin and get the September kit HALF OFF. In addition when you subscribe using PROMO CODE HALFOFF0917 and designate me, Mary Knabe, as your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I will send you a past kit absolutely FREE.  Now is the perfect time to give Paper Pumpkin a try! 

This Fall into Savings Promotion ends midnight, September 10th.

Use this link to subscribe and get your first kit half off!

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Your Paper Pumpkin Subscription will continue automatically each month after your first kit arrives at $19.95/month plus tax. Cancel your subscription as anytime if you decide it's not for you. If you're look me, though, you won't want to. I love receiving a surprise paper crafting kit in the mail each month, and what a collection of stamp sets I've collected over the years by being a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber.  Contact me with questions or visit

Below is my friend and long time customer Ali when she received her bonus gift of a FREE past Paper Pumpkin Kit from me when she subscribed to Paper Pumpkin using Promo Code HALFOFF0917 and designated me as her Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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