Paper Pumpkin Alternatives – Ho Ho Ho

I hosted my monthly Zoom call with my Paper Pumpkin customers over the weekend. During our Pumpkin in the Fungeon call, I share some fun ideas with the items included in the monthly kit, and my customers share their brilliant ideas. It’s always such fun to see what others are making and to spend that time with my customers who participate. I love this time to connect with them.

Pumpkin in the Fungeon, Brian KingToday I’m sharing some alternative projects with this last month’s Ho Ho Ho kit – an adorable collection of beautiful and fun Christmas cards. There are so many wonderful elements to this month’s kit – and I had fun with these projects. Before I share my alternatives, here’s a look at the finished projects (as designed) from the October 2022 Paper Pumpkin kit:

October 2022 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin Up!

Aren’t these adorable?! Here’s a look at all the goodies that came in this kit:

October 2022 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin Up!and here’s a closer look at the coordinating stamp set (love it!):

October 2022 Paper Pumpkin, Stampin Up!All of these cards are perfectly wonderful as designed. Still, you know we like to play with the elements and turn them into something new.

Alternative Projects

As always, I designed a handful of projects to share with my customers during our Pumpkin in the Fungeon call – I’m sharing three of them with you today.

Here’s a look at three of my alternative projects with this kit:

Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, October 2022, Stampin Up!, Brian KingNow for a closer look at each of these projects.

Merry Christmas

Stampin’ Up! has offered embossing paste for many years – and I’ve never cracked into it. That ended last week when I knew the die-cut backgrounds would make an amazing stencil for my embossing paste. I placed the die-cut panel over a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock, globbed some paste over it and rubbed it in with a spatula. When I lifted the stencil from the cardstock, I was in love! Such a beautiful, lifted effect! Here’s my card:

Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, October 2022, Stampin Up!, Brian KingI framed the Poppy Parade panel with Thick Basic White and then layered Crumb Cake under it. All of that is on an Early Espresso card base. How cute is this Santa?! He’s very merry, isn’t he?!


I knew I wanted to showcase the Cherry Cobbler letters that spell JOY but had to find the right way to use them. I layered the letters over several panels from the kit (including banners, background pieces and a strip from a card base) to make this tag: Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, October 2022, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThe tag is stapled to a North Pole Sack, an add-on with this month’s Paper Pumpkin. If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and would like to purchase these little bags (they are only $4), CLICK HERE.

Ho Ho Ho

When I first saw the long, slender Crumb Cake panel of cutout designs in this kit, I knew I wanted to make a card perfect for a check, gift card or cash. Who doesn’t love that?! The front of my card, which measures 5-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, features a fun collection of elements from the kit:

Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, October 2022, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThe inside has a little pocket (I used Tear and Tape adhesive to secure the flap) for a note and additional surprise. I stamped a little card for the inside:

Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Alternatives, October 2022, Stampin Up!, Brian KingThis Crumb Cake panel measures 5-1/2″ wide by 7-1/2″ long, scored at 3-1/4″ and 6-1/2″ to create the pocket inside. It just seemed like the logical thing to make with this long, slender panel. Don’t you agree?

Colors in this Kit

There are some really fun colors in this Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin Kit – some are traditional colors for Christmas, and some are less expected. All are beautiful. Here’s a look at the colors from this kit:

Stampin Up! Color Coordination - Ho Ho Ho Paper Pumpkin, October 2022

November’s Paper Pumpkin

November’s Paper Pumpkin kit is the second Christmas-themed kit of the year – and it coordinates with the October kit. How fun is that?! Here’s a quick sneak peek of the next Paper Pumpkin Kit, which includes tags (but you know we are also going to make some cards with there elements):

November 2022 Paper Pumpkin Kit - From the North Pole

If you are as excited by this kit as I am, you have until November 10 to subscribe. Good times!

Here are some stats about the From the North Pole kit:

  • This month’s kit contains enough elements to create 12 tags—4 each of 3 designs. Finished gift tag size: 2″ x 3″. This all-inclusive kit includes printed die-cut paper pieces, twine, adhesive, and more!
  • Includes a Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • You’ll love decorating your gift tags with snowflake and banner die-cut pieces on our Mint Macaron glitter specialty paper (a Paper Pumpkin exclusive).
  • Create festive gift tags for all your packaging needs this holiday season with classic Christmas colors and designs.

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors are Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce and Sweet Sorbet.

    Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin Today

    If you’d like to be a part of my Pumpkin in the Fungeon calls, you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin here before November 10. If you have questions or need assistance, please email me at [email protected]. I hope you are inspired by these projects – now, I’m off to play with all the other amazing elements of the kit.

    Thanks for stopping by today!


    November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit


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    1. Great ideas for this Paper Pumpkin ! I haven`t gotten into mine yet since I was knee deep in the Halloween set ! I am going to get brave and try the Embossing Paste . Love this month`s stamp set !!

    2. Merry and marvelous alternative ideas!

    3. Fun…I have done a few and there were some nice elements to this kit. Thanks for the ideas!

    4. Thanks for these great inspiring alternative ideas. I’m about to find an open space in my calendar to play with this fun kit. Enjoy your day!

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