Paper Crafting Blog Hop Sale-a-bration 2022 meets Happy Birthday


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 Happy Birthday projects to share with you featuring January/February 2022 Sale-a-bration products. You may have arrived from Sandy’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

The Daffodil Afternoon designer series paper pack has 6-12×12 inch sheets of 2 patterns each in the package. The patterns are bold to make instant colorful projects. The paper package is a great thank you gift for placing a qualifying order!

supplies used…

watch my Youtube video below to see how to create this hand stamped greeting card…

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


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

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Sandra Roberts

Sue Boerner

Tracy Held

Annette McMillan

Julia Quinn

Maureen Rauchfuss

Mickey Moore

Joy Nelson 

Terri Stewart

Krissi Hannahs 

Sandy Ward

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Order the products used in my project using the links below.

Turtle Friends

Best Year

Happiest of Birthdays

Brushed Brass Butterflies

Pale Papaya Open Weave ribbon

Artistry in Bloom adhesive backed sequins

Pale Papaya cardstock

Flirty Flamingo cardstock

Daffodil Delight cardstock

Very Vanilla cardstock

Flirty Flamingo ink pad

Scalloped Contours dies

Daffodil Afternoon pattern paper pack is free with a $50 order (excluding shipping and tax)

Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount and the $99 Starter Kit offer along with the bonus offer of 2 additional stamp sets of your choice for signing up during Sale-a-bration? Click here for details on what Stampin’ Up! offers in your welcome kit and the bonus offer. Join my Super Awesome Stampers Team for the best benefits! I offer virtual support and snail mailed greeting cards and kits too.

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

ICS Blog Hop Daffodil Afternoon A Little Note

The Inspire Create and Share Blog Hop has stops around the world. We are glad you found us. Showcasing Sale-a-bration products is the theme for today’s hop. If you have arrived from Tricia’s blog, welcome! If you are starting at my blog, make sure to hop all the way around until you land back on my blog.

The Daffodil Afternoon pattern paper pack has vibrant shades of lots of flowers gathering the afternoon sun. Look at all of the detail in the card design…scored Pale Papaya cardstock, Stitched with Whimsy accents, die cut sentiment, sniblet of Pale Papaya and White Woven Ribbon that has been pulled at the end and a brand new Brushed Brass Butterfly.

supplies used…

I created a how to Youtube video to step you through the creative process.

Now click on the Next button below to hop to Elizabeth’s blog to see what fun project she created.

Contact your demonstrator to place an order for the products featured in my project. If you don’t have a demonstrator, feel free to order through me by clicking on the Shop Now buttons along the right side of my blog. Thanks!

Announcing Bay Window Kits in the Mail

Fancy Folds are Fun! They are even better when arriving in your snail mailbox as Bay Window Kits in the Mail that you stamp and assemble:) As a bonus, a pdf idea file will be emailed to you with lots of different ways to decorate the Bay Window fancy fold to inspire you.

The greeting card stands upright like this.

Please note that your kit will include the papers, ribbons, embellishments and punched shapes. You will need to provide your adhesive, ink pads and sentiment stamps.

There are 3 options for ordering kits. Select the option that works for you.

One Doily and One Floral

Kit includes 1 Doily Heart and Home kit and 1 Daffodil Afternoon kit


One Valentine and One Floral

Kit includes 1 Valentine kit and 1 Daffodil Afternoon kit


One Doily, One Valentine and Two Floral

Kit includes 1 Doily, 1 Valentine and Two Daffodil Afternoon kits (only 3 kits in photo but there are 4 kits included in this option)


To complete the kits, I used the following items which can be ordered through my online store.

Basic Gray ink pad

Real Red ink pad

Flirty Flamingo ink pad

Tear and Tape


Glue Dots

Stampin’ Seal

Pansy Patch stamp set

Honeybee Home stamp set

Special Moments stamp set

Once you place an order for kits, I’ll email you the pdf idea file and also the Youtube assembly video. In addition, I am hosting a Kit Together Zoom event on January 20th, 10am and 6pm central time for 45 minutes. Join me then to say hi! Bring your kit to assemble while we chat.

Thanks so much for ordering kits!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. Here is a short video announcing these kits so you can see how they stand up.

A Perfect Bee Themed Gift Wrap

It was my first year managing my own hives. It’s been a whirl from painting the hive boxes, installing bees into the boxes, monitoring their progress every few weeks and helping where I can. We even populated the woods with 2 swarms that settled way up in the tree tops and did not find the swarm traps on their own.

I did harvest comb honey and through that process strained a few pint jars of honey. These jars were given to the people that helped me this year. Of course they needed to be decorated! As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, we have early access to order spring catalog products and one paper pattern caught my eye from the Heart and Home collection. It has bees and flowers all over it!

Here is what the final jars looked like…

Top view to see the pattern paper a little better…

the jar before they were decorated…

supplies used to create the jar toppers…substitute any appropriate sentiment on the gift tag

Here is the how to create the jar topper video that is posted on my Youtube channel.

The project is also part of my Pretty Paper Projects pdf idea file. It’s a file that is emailed to you when you place a $50 or more order excluding shipping and tax that also uses a current host code in your order. If your order exceeds $150 excluding shipping and tax, don’t use the host code but remain shopping with me so you can redeem all the host rewards yourself. Either case will earn you the Pretty Paper Projects idea file.

If you would like to order supplies to create your own jar toppers…use the links below.

Hive embossing folder

Bumblebee Gingham ribbon

Bumblebee Trinkets

Heart and Home pattern paper pack (please note only 2 sheets of the bumblebee pattern per package with 5 other patterns included). Cut the bumblebee pattern to 6×6 inches and wrap over the lid.

Linen Thread

So Saffron ink pad

Cinnamon Cider cardstock

Basic White cardstock

As far as the honey sales go, I hope to purchase an extractor in 2022 so I can sell honey and not just the cut comb honey. I have cut comb available for porch pick up at the time of writing this post. Send me a message if you are interested in a container and I’ll see if I have any in stock yet. My bees and hives are treatment free so it’s the best of the best honey around!

Follow the bees on my Youtube channel Super Bee Shirley with BBS Bees. I documented as much as I could and will continue to document as my bee keeping journey progresses in the interest of education. There are not as many Layens Horizontal Hive beekeepers and videos out there. There are even less women beekeepers. So Yay for Me!

Thanks for supporting my paper crafting and bee keeping business!

Super Awesome Beekeeper Shirley

#layens #horizontalhives #beekeeping

Create Greeting Cards or Gift Boxes with the Pretty Pillow Box Kits in the Mail!

Whether you like to create greeting cards or 3-D items, the Pretty Pillow Box Kits in the Mail has got you covered. Create these greeting cards by adding your card bases.

Or create these 3-D gift boxes instead. For either option you need to add your sentiment stamps, ink pads and adhesives.

a peek inside the boxes…

Here is a photo of the supplies included in your kit…the pattern paper is die cut into the pillow box shape for you. Please note that the sentiments are not included since we can’t include stamped images in kits. In addition, order your kit quick because supplies are limited and will be swapped for other, equally as cute supplies as stock is depleted.


To complete the kits, I used the following items which can be ordered through my online store by clicking on the words.

Color and Contour stamp set

Pumpkin Pie stamp set

Soft Suede stamp set

Paper Snips

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tombo liquid glue

If you are creating the 4 greeting cards, the card base colors I used are Cinnamon Cider, Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Balmy Blue which can all be ordered through my online store but clicking the Shop Now button on the right side of my blog.

If you are looking to make your own Pillowbox Gift Boxes, you will need to order the Pretty Pillowbox Dies from my online store.

Thank You for stamping with me! I will email you a pdf idea file as a bonus thank you gift for ordering a kit from me. Super Sweet Deal!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley