It’s time for the November Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop sharing alternate ideas for the November 2017 kit – Back in Plaid.  It’s the companion to the October kit.  And it’s the most popular Paper Pumpkin kit we have ever had!

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This November kit is so cute as is!  The stockings are adorable and perfect for so many things.  I want to fill them with little goodies and I’m thinking of leaving them at my neighbors houses. But I wanted to create an alternate idea for you too.  And I had a silly idea.  I tried coming up with other ideas but kept coming back to this one.  It’s a bit “out of the box”.  Yes literally we will be using the Paper Pumpkin boxes for this one!


Bean Bags!  Yes – Stocking Bean Bags for a Toss Your Stocking Game!  It’s the perfect solution if you needed a fun idea for your kids class – a simple game that even the little ones can play.  Turn the stockings into Bean Bags.  It’s super easy – I actually came up with three different ways to create the bean bags.  First for all of them – turn the stockings so the seams are on the inside – you can use a bone folder to help get all the edges pushed out really well.  Then fill each one with beans – I just bought dried beans at the grocery store – the cheapest bag I could find.  Now you can do any one of these things for closing up your bag.

  1.  Use a sewing machine and run a stitch across the stocking near the bottom of the plaid design.  Then turn the cuff over the edge.
  2. Use some safety pins and pin the stocking shut along the bottom of the plaid design. Then turn the cuff over the edge.  This way you can easily undo it later and use the stockings for something else.
  3. Turn the cuff first and then use thread – I used clear thread. And hand stitch the top shut.

Here is a look at how I set up the game:

I used the October and November Paper Pumpkin boxes to create the boxes for throwing the bean bags into.  I used a craft knife to cut right around the Paper Pumpkin logo in the top of each box.  I used some Washi Tape on the edges to make them smooth.  The Pick a Pattern tape is black and white and coordinates perfectly.

Arrange the boxes however you wish.  I placed them end to end.  Giving more points if you got the bag in the hole from the box that was further away.  I assigned 3 points.  Then 2 points for the close box.  And 1 point if its just touching the box but not in the hole.  You could do the points however you want.  I was trying to take my photos and kept throwing the stockings in trying to get more points – I think I played for a good 30 minutes all by myself!

I hope you like this fun out of the box idea!

But I also made an alternate card.  I actually used the stamp sets from both kits and added card stock and a couple of other things to create my card.


I went with the Dapper Denim ink in the November kit and focused on the snowflakes in the kits.  I drew a grid in pencil on a Whisper White square and stamped the large snowflake on each intersection.  I made sure my ink was dry and then erased the pencil lines.  I went back and stamped the small snowflake in between.  It’s layered on a Dapper Denim card base.

The greeting is stamped on Whisper White and punched with the Everyday Label punch and trimmed to make a narrow label.  I added Silver Thread to the back and Rhinestones to the front .  Oh and the card base is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder – that may be a little hard to see in the photo.  A quick card that I just finished last night.

If you want to see what I did with the coordinating October kit check it out HERE.

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a fun little escape and everyone comes up with so many creative ways to stretch them.  Its a perfect gift this Holiday Season – the kits come with everything and new subscribers will get the clear block in their first box.  You can Sign Up yourself or someone else Here.  Sign up by Dec. 10th to receive the December kit.

And now it’s time to move on and see the rest of the gang’s creativity!  Next up is the funny and creative Dena Rekow.  Just click on her name or the next button to visit her blog.  She always has me smiling!

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