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Have you heard me talk about Paper Pumpkin yet?


You all know I LOVE stamping and playing with all my paper, inks, and stamps…but as a demonstrator who is constantly needing to come up with projects for my classes and workshops, sometimes I just want someone ELSE to come up with the ideas!  And precut the cardstock for me.  And come up with coordinating colors and cute embellishments for me.  And write the instructions and provide artwork to show me what the finished product should look like.

That is why I LOVE getting my Paper Pumpkin box in the mail each month.  It is advertised as a monthly “creativity escape”, but I view it as an escape from having to think too hard.  🙂  Everything you need for a project is in the box – cardstock, embellishments, instructions…even stamps and ink!  Everything is precut or pre-scored, and ready for you to get started.  You don’t have to pull out a bunch of materials before getting to work, and there is not a big mess of “craft-aftermath” at the end…just what you need for a half hour or so of relaxing craftiness!

You get a different project every month, and it is always a surprise!  Some months it is a card kit, other months you may get a project like a mini-scrapbook, a decor item, we even got some very nice embellished gift bags a couple months ago.  For an example of what a typical month’s box looks like, check out this video showing the March 2014 kit:



So what are the details?  Paper Pumpkin is a subscription service, you get one box per month for $19.95 (with free shipping!)  You can cancel or suspend your subscription if you ever feel like taking a break from it.  The first month you will receive the starter kit (pictured below) which includes a clear block that you can hang onto and use with clear mount or photopolymer stamps you will be receiving in your kit each month.

If you sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription by the end of March, you will receive a FREE set of 2013-2015 In Color Markers ($14.95 value!)

And if I get just one more (seriously…ONE) person to sign up, I get a free stamp set from the upcoming annual catalog which is SO CUTE.  Please won’t you help me get it?  This would make a great monthly creativity escape for yourself, but it would also be a lovely gift for a daughter, mother, or close friend who enjoys crafts but may be short on time and/or space to indulge in them often.


Just click the image above to subscribe! If it does not automatically list me as your demonstrator, please select Stephanie Kokan, Madison AL 35757 from the list when prompted.


Also, don’t forget that Sale-a-Bration ends in a few days!  Don’t miss out on your chance to get a free gift with any $50 purchase!

Happy stamping!



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It’s finally here, the best time of the Stampin’ Up year – Sale-a-Bration!  What is so great about Sale-a-Bration, you ask?  It’s just like the rest of the year, only there are lots of fun new products and you get these extras:

  • Choose one exclusive Sale-a-Bration product (includes stamps, paper, tools, project kits, even digital products) for FREE with each $50 you spend.  No limits!  Spend $100, get two free products.  $150, get three free products.
  • Hostesses – during Sale-a-Bration, you will receive a bonus $30 hostess dollars on top of the usual rewards with a qualifying party.  This is one of the best times of the year to host!
  • Join the Stampin’ Up! family by becoming a demonstrator and get $150 in any products of your choice for just $99 (with free shipping!)  Then you can start receiving a 20%+ discount on your own purchases and earn money by sharing stamping with others.

Can’t wait to see all the fun new products?  Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure and then SHOP online!

My three-month Sale-a-Bration stamp club is getting started TONIGHT, I can’t wait to share all the fun projects we will be making with you!  If you are interested in building your stamp collection slowly while sticking to a budget, and earning some freebies along the way, please email me at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com to find out how to participate!



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Just a reminder, today is the LAST DAY of the 25% off 25 stamp sets sale.  Don’t miss out!

If you place an order today, you will be entered in a drawing to win the hostess benefits and enjoy a little shopping spree in the Stampin’ Up catalog!  Each $25 you spend earns you one entry in the drawing.  Just click here to shop in my online store, and enter the hostess code YPBWBUFH in the lower left hand corner of your screen when you are viewing your shopping cart.  I will notify the winner this afternoon via email.

Now on to some fun festive projects!  I met up with some of my stamping friends for dinner last week – always fun to see these sweet ladies and just as fun to share ideas with each other!  We each made some fun holiday-themed projects to swap, I’ll share them with you over the next few days.  Here is an adorable pumpkin from Beth Crocker that I just love (and aren’t I disciplined that I did not eat the chocolate yet?  No guarantees on how long it will last now that I have the pictures I need…)



  • Stamp Set:  none!
  • Ink:  Early Espresso (Stampin’ Write Marker)
  • Cardstock:  Pumpkin Pie
  • Tools:  Simply Scored, glue

What a cute idea for Halloween gifts for teachers, neighbors, coworkers – just a fun little something that is especially appropriate for those not into the whole creepy/scary Halloween scene.

I believe the tutorial for this project came from Brenda Quintana at http://www.qbeesquest.blogspot.com.  I know I have seen other cute chocolate kiss-based projects there before.  🙂

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We looked at a Thanksgiving card yesterday, so why not start looking at Christmas cards next?

I was mildly horrified to go to Home Depot on Sunday afternoon to buy a couple extra rakes (because our children are now big enough to do manual labor for us – yay!) and find that the entire indoor garden section had already been taken over by Christmas decorations.  I mean, what about Halloween, what about Thanksgiving?  Of course the kids were beside themselves to find that such a thing as an inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex wearing a Santa hat exists in this world!  What fun!  Can we buy it, Mom, can we buy it?

Sigh.  How about if we start stockpiling some handmade cards for all those teacher gifts and neighbor gifts that we’ll be handing out in December?

When you look at the Mosaic Madness stamp set, is Christmas the first thing that comes to mind?


It was not the first thing that came to my mind.  If anything, I can imagine using some of these shapes as ornaments, but when I was browsing Pinterest one night and saw where someone had used them to make up a whole tree, I was blown away!  Thanks, Rachel Woollard, for this fabulous idea!



  • Stamp Sets:  Mosaic Madness, Sweet Essentials
  • Ink:  Garden Green, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke, Real Red
  • Cardstock:  Real Red, Whisper White, Real Red Glimmer Paper, Soft Suede
  • Tools and Accessories:  Mosaic Punch, Dimensionals, paper snips, and I made the red star using a retired set of framelits from last year but I think the Frosted Finishes embellishments would look stunning as well:



  • I stamped an assortment of the mosaic shape in a variety of ink colors and punched them all out at once.  It really saves a lot of cardstock if you use a long strip about 1″ wide and stamp a whole row of shapes on it to be punched out.   This is a great use for scraps that you are hanging onto (I don’t know about everyone else, but I keep a giant folder full of Whisper White scraps from previous projects and I always go digging in there for projects like this that need small pieces rather than cut up a full sheet.)
  • I used my Petite Pennants Punch to cut a piece of Soft Suede and snipped off the pointy end to make the “pot” that the tree is sitting in.  The tree trunk is a small scrap that I just cut freehand with my paper snips.

Don’t forget all the promotions that are going on right now:


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Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary celebration just keeps getting better and better.  October has been the best month yet in my opinion!

This morning Stampin’ Up rolled out a list of 25 stamp sets that will be available for 25% off between now and October 28!  Both wood mount and clear mount are on sale, as well as the French & Spanish versions of the stamps.

But wait, there’s more!  I am going to jump on the bandwagon and offer a mystery hostess drawing!  For every $25 you spend in my online store before noon central time on October 28th, you will receive one entry into the drawing.  I’ll draw a name at noon central time on 10/28 and the winning name will get a shopping spree – a chance to pick whatever goodies they want using the hostess benefits earned from everyone’s orders put together! Hostess benefits start at $25 but can go way up from there depending on how many people participate.  Don’t forget, that promotion where hostesses get a $25 bonus for parties $250 and up is still going on!!

To participate in the mystery hostess drawing, shop in my online store and use the hostess code YPBWBUFH in the lower left corner of the screen at checkout.  Local customers, you can email me your order and have it shipped to my house to save a little on shipping.


Another bonus!  Today is Tuesday so the Weekly Specials have just been posted.  These are selected current items available at a discount while supplies last.  Looks like COOKIE STAMPS are included among other things this week, so if you have been wanting to get those for the holidays now is your chance!!  Weekly special purchases do count toward your mystery hostess entry.


Finally, one more big announcement:  Stampin’ Up has extended the $25 Starter Kit deal for one more day.  You now have until the end of today to take advantage of this deal if you would like to.  Click HERE to find out more!!

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Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday.   I love fall, I love pumpkin pie, I love getting together with family and friends.  Did I mention the pumpkin pie?  I have already made two in the last week and it is only the middle of October!

One thing that we do every night with our children when we say our bedtime prayers is to take a few minutes and talk about what we are thankful for.  When my daughter was two, she had a six month run where every single night she was thankful for dirt, worms, flowers, and Mommy.  In that order.  (That’s right, I came in fourth to DIRT.  🙂  That girl loves to garden!)  My son often tells me he is thankful for dinosaurs, but he melts my heart when he says how thankful he is for his little buddy Nathaniel who has successfully recovered from multiple open heart surgeries.

Since we make a point every day to consciously list things we are thankful for, I just love the idea of a whole holiday devoted to that idea.  Even better, it is not crazy commercialized.  There is no merchandise or expectation of gifts – just a pure celebration of thankfulness!  Since we have decreed Thanksgiving as the one holiday where we do NOT travel to see family (we see BOTH sides for Christmas in a giant road trip around the southeast), I am making a card to send instead.  This one is gorgous but super quick to make with simple shapes and just two stamps!

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  • Stamp Sets:  Magnificent Maple, Banner Greetings (hostess set)
  • Ink:  Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
  • Cardstock:  Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather DSP
  • Tools and Accessories:  None!  Well, paper snips and adhesive, but that’s it!


  • I used a technique called Rock and Roll for this one to get two ink colors on one stamp.  It’s really really easy.  Just ink the entire stamp in one color (in this case the Crushed Curry), and then roll the edge of the stamp on a different colored ink pad (in this case Tangerine Tango).  Gives you a cool two-color effect with no special tools required.
  • I would recommend starting with a lighter color for the whole stamp and using a darker color around the edge – otherwise you will get darker ink polluting your lighter color ink pad.  You don’t want to put orange splotches in your nice yellow ink pad!
  • I stamped the banner greeting on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out using my handy paper snips before adhering it to the front of the card.

Don’t forget that today is the LAST DAY to join the Stampin’ Up family for only $25.  Tomorrow the price goes back up to $99.  If you have ever thought you’d like to learn more about being a demonstrator (or even if you haven’t but getting a 20% discount on all your future purchases sounds appealing), now is the time!  There is truly no obligation to buy or sell anything else once you have purchased the $25 starter kit – you get until March 31 2014 to enjoy the perks of being a demonstrator even if you never hold a workshop or meet a sales quota.  I would love to have you on my team!  You can join the fun right here.

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When I opened my September Paper Pumpkin kit, I just started laughing.  The kit is designed to make four congratulations cards, with stamps reading “Wahoo! and “You did it!”

Why so funny?  I went to school at the University of Virginia, where our official mascot is the Cavaliers, but unofficially we are Wahoos.  I mean, it’s the #1 definition of Wahoo on urbandictionary.com.   I spent a lot of time in college cheering Wahoowah!  Go Hoos!

Okay, okay – on to the actual cards.  I love the Wahoo! stamp, but I send relatively few congratulations cards so I thought I’d play around with some other sentiments as well.  The basic color scheme and graphics are fairly masculine, so I grabbed some other stamps off my shelf and made one into a Father’s Day card and a couple thank you cards.

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  • All materials for the Wahoo! card were included in the September 2013 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The ink color is Midnight Muse.  To find out more about Paper Pumpkin and how to get it, click here.  It is a fun subscription service that sends you a project kit once a month.  The kit includes absolutely everything you need for a project…even stamps and ink!  All cardstock is precut or prescored and you just get to do the fun part of putting it together.
  • I did use the Delightful Dozen stamp set for the Father’s Day card and my Another Thank You photopolymer stamp set for the Thank you card.  The Seriously, you kick booty stamps were from a prior Paper Pumpkin kit (April 2013?) and are not for sale at this time.

In addition to making the cards from the Paper Pumpkin kit, I just couldn’t resist making myself a little something with that Wahoo stamp.  I used my Stampin’ Write markers (Tangerine Tango and Midnight Muse) to achieve the alternating colors, and my Stamp-a-ma-jig helped me get it lined up perfectly:

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There are just a few days left in October’s fantastic Starter Kit deal!  If you have ever wanted to become a demonstrator, now is a great time.  For just a few more days, you can get a starter kit for just $25 (normally $99)!  For that $25 you will receive any $26.95 of your choice in Stampin’ Up product as well as a pack of business supplies, and you get to enjoy the perks of being a demonstrator through March 2014 with no further obligation to purchase or sell a thing!

I would love to have you on my team, whether you want to grow a business or just be a hobby demonstrator and enjoy discounts on your own purchases!  Whether you live here in the Huntsville area or if you live all the way on the other side of the country – I’m here to answer any questions you may have, before AND after you sign up.   You can ask me anything at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com, or click here to sign up online!

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