Thursday, March 21, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Club on Trial

The Paper Pumpkin Club is  basically a Birchbox for stampers.  Each month you will receive a box of Stampin Up goodies to make a few cards.  It's personal card making time in a box.  Well, I love card making and Stampin Up products, so what the heck, let's give it a try.  I contacted Wendy and told her to sign me up.
Anyone who signed up with Wendy Cranford of Luvin Stampin Up, would receive an eXtra special treat from her just for signing up.  She sent me a case to house all my Paper Pumpkin stamps for the year.
Totally adorable.  This little case really got me hyped and super excited about the club.

Inside the case was another surprise- these cute samples from Stampin Up. (I love the punch dresses.)  I could hardly wait until the arrival of my first Paper Pumpkin.  I began counting the days.

Last week my first Paper Pumpkin finally arrived...

with this cute little welcome letter.
Now to the goodies.
After opening the crisp white tissue paper wrapping, this was what I discovered inside. excitement started declining. 

These are stickers. Where's the real mini spool of ribbon, and where were the real starbursts cut from a Stampin Up punch?  I was expecting the quality that I got from Wendy from her samples.

I sorted through all the contents to make sure I had what I needed to make the four cards.  Yes, FOUR cards!  Everything was there.  So I got busy, and in less than 15 minutes, this was the end product.

I admit, I was not totally impressed with my first Paper Pumpkin box.  It just didn't appear to be quality paper.  The stamp was ok.  The ink pad was ok. The buttons were ok. But the rest was a total thumbs down.
Yes, I was totally disappointed (Have I said that already?) with my first Paper Pumpkin kit, but I am not one that gives up so easily.  So, I'll hang with them for three months.  Honestly, if quality doesn't improve, I will not be a repeat customer for the "Birchbox for Stampers."
On a happy note, one of the third grade teachers and his wife are expecting a baby boy in a few weeks. Yay for babies~ He loves baseball and Ohio State. So we (the second grade team)  combined the two ideas and presented the family with these little gifts.

The items are all handmade by Tonya of Sweet Mia Boutique (except the cards. I picked those up from the Dollar bin at Target.)  She has a space at The Meeting Corner where I as well have a booth. She's great! 
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1 comment:

  1. OH NO! I am so sad! Well I am SUPER glad you liked the kit I sent you! But I am so sad that you don't like your paper pumpkin kit :(. I am going to forward your response to Stampin' UP! because they need to know how our customers feel! Hang in there maybe April's will be better! Did you see my video on how I changed the cards a little. (I do love the Hey There Friend stamp)


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