Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.  I have been reflecting for some days now about how very grateful I am for the life I have.  The big stuff and the little stuff, and the things that I can sometimes take for granted I am so thankful for today and every day. 

Our family enjoyed turkey day at my In-laws home with extended family and it was an extremely enjoyable evening.  I made up a seasonal centrepiece for the occassion. Paper pumpkins and a gold doily on a footed plate with a candle. Perfect!
I decided that a pumpkin theme could probably hang on all through the fall, rather than just for a weekend :)   So here they are now...a little less formal but still darn cute don't you think? 
These came together really quickly too. Perhaps you would like to make some for Halloween or fall decorations, so here is how I did it:
For each pumpkin I cut 10 strips of paper 4" x 3/4" and punched a hole near the one end of each strip.  Then I threaded each strip onto a brad. I ran each stip down my bone folder to help them curl up. Then I punched out a 1 1/4" circle of the same paper and stuck it onto a Jumbo Sticky Round and cut it out.  I pulled up the strips and stuck the edge to the sticky circle until all were stuck. 
For the top I used the Modern Label punch and scored it. I cut a couple of very small strips of cardstock and again curled them with my bone folder and stuck these down along with some scraps of linen thread and then adhered the ends of the label punch together. Then adhered the "top" to the pumpkin. Ta da!
I think these would be great as a fun kids fall craft too.  I'd love to see how you get crafty with pumpkins, so share links to your projects below. 

Update! I guess over at Hand-Stamped Sentiments they thought a Pumpkin theme was a good idea too and made it into a theme challenge.  Check out all sorts of pumpkin projects by clicking here.  
 
 
 


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10/14/2012 2:23pm

I love this for the centerpiece. And I agree these guys could definitely stay out all fall. The embossing really softens them up. Great job with the challenge. Thank you for joining us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

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Stampin Up with Amanda
10/16/2012 9:39am

Thanks Shannon. I sure like the embossed ones too. I look forward to playing more at HSS.

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Mindy Backes
10/14/2012 7:17pm

What cute little pumpkins! That makes a great centerpiece! Love it! Thanks for playing at HSS!

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Stampin Up with Amanda
10/16/2012 9:39am

Thanks Mindy :)

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10/14/2012 9:55pm

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it was wonderful. I LOVE your pumpkins, especially the embossed ones, they are really elegant. Thanks for sharing the how-to, and for playing along at Hand Stamped Sentiments! Erika

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Stampin Up with Amanda
10/16/2012 9:54am

Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving next month too.

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Bobbie Trost
10/15/2012 9:53am

So lovely. Thanks for sharing the how to! Thanks for linking your project with us at HSS.

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Stampin Up with Amanda
10/16/2012 9:55am

No problem. It was so easy I thought others might like to try it too :)

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10/15/2012 11:30am

Great pumpkins and thanks for the tutorial. I like how you used the label punch for the stem and love that you embossed the pumpkin pieces, too. Thanks for joining us at HSS!!

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Stampin Up with Amanda
10/16/2012 9:56am

Gotta love those tools. The embossed are my favourite too. Thanks for popping in.

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