The new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is live plus 2 Promotions help fill your stamp shelves!

Good Morning! The brand new 2021-2022 annual catalog is live! Start browsing the copy you received from me and then decide between 2 promotions to help fill your stamp shelves!

If your shopping list has a few lines, you might consider the Join+ promotion because you get to pick which products to purchase that value $155 while only paying $99 plus tax. You can then start to enjoy the demonstrator discount on your future orders shortly after you receive your demo id. It’s like using a coupon for every order! Full details and sign up is online through my website by clicking these words.

The second promotion rewards you for connecting and crafting with your stamp circle whether that circle is just you or you want to include your stamp friends too:) During this promotion, host your friends for a Zoom Make Along party. I’ll take care of mailing the make along kits, providing the Zoom link and sending you the graphic below so you can invite your friends to the party. Your friends place an order using your host code. When your party reaches $250 in sales (excluding shipping and tax), you earn $25 more host dollars to spend!

Full details for the the Connect, Craft and Collect promotion can be found by clicking these words.

As always, if you are placing an order that is under $150 (excluding shipping and tax), please use the host code that is published on my blog on the right side. The host code changes every few weeks. Click here to use the current host code which is VCTWDJ9X. If your order is over $150, do not use a host code (and try to get your order to $250 so you can earn the $25 in extra host rewards yourself). Click here to place your order if it is over $150.

Click the Contact button if you want to host your own Zoom Make Along party or have new catalog excitement to share.

Thanks for stamping with me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. You can download the new 2021-2022 annual catalog from my blog. Click on the new catalog image to download. Then start browsing for your new favorite products!

Connect, Craft and Collect $25

The new 2021-2022 annual catalog goes lives on Tuesday, May 4th! Are you excited? Maybe your excitement will increase after browsing the catalog pages. If you made a qualifying purchase from me in the past year, your personal copy is on the way to you. A few people have let me know the postal service is making deliveries…so be watching your snail mailbox for your copy!

Stampin’ Up! has announced a promotion to reward hosts and customer’s that are their own host, like me, lol! Qualifying orders will receive our generous Stampin’ Rewards PLUS additional rewards! Hosts can earn Stampin’ Rewards based on order totals for an entire party. Outside of the party setting, Stampin’ Rewards are available to those who place individual orders that meet the order totals shown here.

This promotion runs from May 4th–June 14th 2021. Please contact me to request your own host code which you can share with your friends. They order online using your host code and their products are shipped directly to them. You increase your party sales by asking your friends to order using your host code.

If you are interested in gathering some friends for a Zoom Make Along party, please click the Contact button and request information about hosting a party. We set a date for the Zoom, I’ll mail the kits and then we can chat while I demonstrate kit assembly over Zoom. We can close your party on Zoom night. That’s the ease of hosting online since everyone can be placing their own orders while the Zoom event is happening.

We can even use the graphic below to get your friends interested in attending your party.

Make sure to click the Contact button to get your party started!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

I am a Beekeeper!

Bees have always fascinated me. It probably goes back to the days when we lived in the country and had fields to wander in. Plucking the flowers to present to Mom while observing the insects buzzing by. I remember learning that plants feel pain too as evidenced by their wilting once they were plucked and their nutrient source was broken.

Fast forward to attending an informational session presented by Shedd Farley of the Farley Center in Verona, Wisconsin. Shedd spoke of how the center came to be and the programs offered in their mission of Peace, Justice and Sustainability.

One program is their New Beekeepers Program which offers an in person class following a year in the life of the honey bee. I kept his talk in the back of my mind thinking someday I would take the class. I decided to sign up for the class in January 2020 not knowing what a different year 2020 would be. This is a ripple effect that actually started with their newspaper article that was published many years ago.

Farley Center Beekeeping Program Mentors are Patrick Norby and Matt Kersten. They did a fantastic job answering all our questions and offered insight based on their bee keeping experiences. The year started with package install and ended with honey extraction day and fall clean up. I shared a few photos on my Facebook page from last year. I will be starting to blog our bee keeping journey for this year. So I hope you follow along!

I am excited to share the bee package install videos below. Om Bee One hive is the first video that starts with commentary from my parents, the B and B part of the endeavor (Barb and Bob). The Gnome Sweet Gnome is the second video and gets right into the install.

Although I have produced over 400 paper crafting videos for my Youtube channel, these are the first two beekeeping videos. I was not sure what to expect for video quality since filming is outside and I am a distance from my camera phone. So please be kind and I’ll improve the production value as I go along.

I’ll be sharing more bee videos and bee blog posts as we move through the seasons for educational and scientific purposes since the horizontal Layens hives are not as common as the vertical Langstroth hives. Women bee keepers on the internet are even less common; let’s fix that with sharing my videos and posts:) We used Langstroth hives during the Farley Center class but I decided on using Layens hives instead after doing much research on the internet and reading books. I had time in 2020 so I made plans;) One bee keeping Youtube video a day, keeps the doctor away, haha!

I hope you enjoy the educational and real world experience of honey bee keeping from Zone 4 in Wisconsin, USA!

Super Awesome Bee Keeper Shirley

Paper Crafting Blog Thinking of You Girls

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Welcome to our Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over the globe including the USA, United Kingdom and Australia. We have a wide array of Thinking of You projects with girls in mind. You may have arrived from Krissi Hannah’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

The Dandy Garden Suite features the best product in the January to June catalog…the Dandy Laser Cut Papers! There are 2 sheets of laser cuts in a package. I used the top middle laser cut on my design today.

See how the laser cut dragonfly adds instant wow…

Mat the Blackberry Bliss cardstock with Soft Suede cardstock and add a Ladybug trinket as shown in the card are on the right. Or leave off the card for a simple stamping look.

My Youtube video shows how it came together…

Thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to zoom to Tracy’s blog and see what fun project she designed.

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Here is a list of hoppers in case you get off the trail…

Shirley Merker. YOU ARE HERE!

Tracy Held

Annette McMillan

Sandra Roberts

Joy Nelson

Terri Stewart

Maureen Rauchfuss

Sandy Ward 

Julia Mazur

Krissi Hannahs

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my Super Awesome Stampers Team for the best benefits! Click here for details on what Stampin’ Up! offers in a welcome kit for. Join now and receive 5 additional designer series paper packages in your welcome kit! That’s a $63 value for free!

All the supplies to create this hand stamped greeting card can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the host code found on the right side of my blog when ordering through my online store if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, don’t use the code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Thanks for stopping by!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Diamond Fold Kits in the Mail on sale now!

I was considering my design options for my next round of Kits in the Mail when my snail mail box was surprised with a Diamond Fold hand stamped greeting card from my friend Cyndi Pratt. It was an intriguing design that I had not seen before. So I thought I would share it with you so you can be intrigued by it too:)

See what is included in the kit in this video:

Here is a visual of what is included in the kits…

There are 3 options to purchase the kits through the PayPal links below.

1 Flower, 1 Dragonfly and 1 Popsicle Diamond Fold Kits in the Mail

Contains 1 flower, 1 dragonfly and 1 popsicle May 2021 Kits in the Mail.

$14.00

1 Popsicle and 1 Flower Diamond Fold Kits in the Mail

Contains 1 popsicle and 1 flower kit May 2021 Kits in the Mail.

$10.00

1 Dragonfly and 1 Flower Diamond Fold Kits in the Mail

Contains 1 dragonfly and 1 flower kit May 2021 Kits in the Mail.

$10.00

I will be assembling the kits during a Facebook Live virtual event through the One of a Kind group on May 22, 2021. In addition, I’ll email you a Youtube link so you can assemble when you are ready. You decide which way you want to stamp the kits with me:)

I so appreciate your support whether it’s ordering the kits or placing product orders too. Either way helps me to continue to support the One of a Kind events and also provide fabulous content on my blog.

Please note that the sentiments included on the sample photos are not included in the kit since Stampin’ Up! prohibits providing stamped images in kits. If you would like to recreate the sentiments in the photos, here are the supplies to complete the kits.

In Bloom stamp set

Night of Navy ink pad

Hydrangea Haven stamp set

Blackberry Bliss ink pad

Ornate Floral embossing folder

Sweet Ice Cream stamp set

Poppy Parade ink pad

Bermuda Bay ink pad

Thank You for stamping with me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley Merker