December Paper Pumpkin Calendar Alternative

Hi Friends!

Last week I had my friend Annie over (with a friend) as she wanted to make some crafts for Christmas gifts for her family and friends. You see, Annie’s mom (Karalee) sadly died back in March and I wanted to do something special in her memory. A couple hours after they arrived, my niece and nephew came over to make their Christmas gifts for the family as well. It was so heart-warming to have these young people over making hand-made gifts. I know I will forever treasure mine, and I’m sure all the recipients will as well.

I showed Annie my most recent Paper Pumpkin kit, from this month. I offered a kit to her and she asked if she could do embossing instead of “plain stamping”… it’s so funny, I think I showed her how to emboss about 8 or 9 years ago, and it is still her favorite stamping technique. Well, here is Annie’s 2019-20 calendar. We found it amazing that this 18 month calendar ends in June 2020, which is when Annie will graduate from High School! Shout out to my friend Diana Gibbs for the idea of using this stand up frame to showcase this super cute calendar! Love it! Here is a link to her original post:

The colors may be hard to see, but she heat embossed the January page with silver snowflakes from Alpine Adventure stamp set (item #147742)  and the “2019” numbers came from the Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer stamp set (item #141936 from the Annual Catalog).

the little circle stamp came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, and then Annie added the Happy Valentine’s and small hearts from a new stamp set that is in the new Occasions Catalog that launches on January 3rd called “Meant to Be” (bonus it is a bundle with matching hearts and stitched hearts framelits/dies!!)

For the month of March, she embossed in gumball green (a retired embossing powder I had in my stash) using a soon to be released new stamp set called “Amazing Life” on page 28 in the 2019 Occasions catalog.

Annie loved this phrase from the new cling mount stamp set “Beauty Abounds” on page 13 of the 2019 Occasions Catalog, this is a lovely bundle with amazing butterfly and floral images and dies! (yes- it’s a bundle- must have on your wish list for sure!!) She used Gold embossing powder on this month.

Here is one of the beautiful butterfly images from Beauty Abounds as well, embossed with retired pool party embossing powder.

For the month of June, Bike Ride Photopolymer Stamp Set item #143716 was used and embossed in Gold embossing powder.

July and August were stamped with some summer fun images from a now retired stamp set and retired tangerine tango and crushed curry embossing powder.

Annie stamped the apple outline stamp from Bike Ride and heat embossed with basic black embossing powder, then colored in the apples with Real Red and Shaded Spruce Alcohol markers- Blends!

For October, she used the same basic black embossing powder and colored in the pumpkin image from Seasonal Chums Clear-Mount Stamp Set item #144948 and used pumpkin pie and shaded spruce blends.

These cute gold leaves were embossed from the Bike Ride stamp set.

Annie used the Rudolf and Merry Christmas stamps from Seasonal Chums and embossed in basic black, colored in with blends.

For 2020, the January-May months were the same theme/colors as 2019, but for June 2020, Annie used some of my long-retired (Stampin’ Up!) graduation stamps.

*All images copyright Stampin’ Up! 2005-2019

Didn’t she do an amazing job? I was so proud of her, and I’m sure her friend will treasure this gift.

Do you subscribe to our Monthly Paper Pumpkin kits? I have never missed a kit since we launched almost 6 years ago now… they have improved every month since the rocky start in 2012… the move to photopolymer stamps and lots of extra supplies, a monthly video to showcase the “how to put it together” as well as an awesome Paper Pumpkin Fan Page on Facebook (run by three amazing demonstrators- let me know if you would like me to add you to that group).

I would love for you to try Paper Pumpkin- did you know that we offer a guarantee? If you are not happy with your kit for any reason, just let me know (if you subscribed from me) and I’ll make it right.

Here is my custom link

I would appreciate your support in 2019! If you would like the January 2019 kit, which we have been told is called: “Be Mine, Valentine kit” which happens to coordinate with the Animal Expedition Suite on pages 26-27 of the Annual Catalog.  This kit makes 24 adorable Valentine’s treat packages
In case you want to plan some alternative projects, the coordinating colors are: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, and Pool Party. I can’t wait to see what you make with this kit! Let me know if you have any questions.

Did you know during Saleabration (which starts January 3, 2019) if you purchase a 3 month (or greater) prepaid subscription, you will earn a free saleabration reward (or more)! Contact me directly if you want to order a prepaid subscription and I will help you place the order!

Thank you for stopping by today and reading this post, I would love to hear from you, I treasure your comments.

Have a blessed day,

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~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
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Team Lynnzcrafters Christmas Party 🌲

Happy Holidays Everyone!!
I had a lovely Christmas with my family, and a nice long weekend, but back to work yesterday (yes- I do miss the vacation week all my teacher friends get).

I was going through my blog posts and realized I never published a few that I had started before Christmas. Very worthy of sharing with you all, so here is a look at how I celebrated with my amazing Lynnzcrafters Team!

For starters, when people arrive, they can put their “grab bag” (a handmade gift) under the tree- this is the game where “stealing” is encouraged! Everyone brought some yummy appetizers or dessert to share- forgot to take photos of the spread, but it was amazing, as always!

Here are the 11 ladies who participated in the grab bag, and they are holding/wearing the gift they ended the game with… look at all those happy faces! We have papercrafters, knitters, wool-felters, jewelry makers, and painters amongst this group!! Seriously- best gifts EVER!

And here are the 13 who were able to attend the team party, thanks to Kara for showing me how the timer function worked on my phone!!

We also did a tag swap this year, everyone needs tags at Christmas time, right? Here are Kathy and MaryBeth with their tags.

Laurie and Wendy with their tags.

Elizabeth with her tags.

Diane, Kara and Sheila with their tags. And I forgot to take a picture of my tag, I’ll have to see if I can get a photo from someone who received my tag in the swap.

Then we split into 3 groups for my stamping project/Make and Take. It is a 2019 Calendar. I featured a lot of new products in the 2019 Occasions and Saleabration catalogs. (I plan to post a close up of all 12 months in a separate post sometime next week).

I put a box with 4 months at a time on each of the three tables, and rotated them about every 1/2 hour. Ladies helped each other to stamp and die cut their pieces.

We played Christmas music on Pandora, and crafted away. (Boy from this angle you can see how messy my craft room is… I really need to find time to declutter).

And here is a photo of my gift to each person on my team. I do still need to arrange pick up for those who couldn’t attend – (Sharon B. I will mail yours to you!) I’m so thankful to my friend Sariah who helped me order these amazing gifts for my team. I love drinking tea out of my new stainless steel travel mug- it stays warm for hours! I hope you’re enjoying your mugs ladies!

When do you take down your Christmas decorations? I like to keep mine up until Martin Luther King weekend so I can enjoy the white lights, there is something soothing about it, don’t you think?

I would like to thank you all for your continued support, encouragement and understanding this year. I seem to have grand intentions that often fall short of my own expectations (like blogging more often, or classes/projects that will take only a certain amount of time). But, I am learning to brush it off, take a deep breath, and be kind to myself by not dwelling on what went wrong, or what could have been better. In 2019, I am continuing to focus on having monthly stamping events for my team and customers where everyone has fun, helps each other, and enjoys time together. If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free to email me at my NEW email account:

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code:  ZDM4JRXP
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website:
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!