Fun Fridays includes a Paper Pumpkin Night Out!

Lisa J. and I have a fun end to our Friday today. She is hosting a Paper Pumpkin Night Out! She won the party at the WAGS fundraiser where I donated a stack of hand stamped greeting cards and the PPNO. She said she split her raffle tickets between the prizes and won mine! WAGS stands for Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs. Lisa has a WAGS dog named Haley that helps Lisa throughout her day. Find information about WAGS through this link.

We will be creating with the Sara Thing kit tonight. This kit was designed by our CEO and daughter of our co-founder in celebration of 4 years of Paper Pumpkin kits. The stamp set for this kit is written in Sara’s writing! A fun touch and a set I will treasure in my stash.

Here’s Sara…

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and here is what we will create from the kit!

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Would you like to help Lisa out by placing an online order? Simply use host code WJT7PCJY at my online store by clicking this link.  A three month Paper Pumpkin subscription is only $59 plus tax and your snail mail box will be happy! Scroll to Paper Pumpkin at my online store for other subscription options and past kits that are for sale. After purchasing your subscription, follow the link in the confirmation email to get your account set up so Paper Pumpkin knows where to ship your boxes!

I’ll try to remember to take photos from the party tonight and share them here. Lisa and I discussed getting photos the last time we stamped together but we get busy stamping and then forget! I wonder if I arrive with a post it note on my forehead with “TAKE PHOTOS!!!” that we will remember to snap a few. Stay tuned to find out!

Have a Fun Friday!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. I was just looking around the #WAGS website and who did I find? Lisa and Haley!

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Epilogue…

Lisa and Haley (peeking behind Lisa) with our guests and their creations. Thanks for a fun night!

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Where in the World is the SU catalog?

I have been busy hand delivering catalogs across Wisconsin. Sometimes, catalogs arrive at their final destination via courier service. This catalog was first delivered to my nephew who was suppose to deliver it to Darla but it did not make it into the delivery car.

So I picked it up at my sister’s house and with the quick thinking Minturns, we hatched the plan to deliver it to Darla’s husband’s work. When I arrived, I inadvertently asked if this was where Darla worked. I quickly corrected myself and asked for Mark instead. I then explained that I do Where in the World is the SU catalog blog posts, would they like to participate? I let them know that Mark participates too:)

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They each picked a hand stamped greeting card in exchange for participating and being a courier service. Does anyone recognize these lovely ladies or know where Mark works? Add a comment with your guesses!

The final leg of the catalog courier service (that would be Mark) delivered the catalog to his lovely wife, Darla. She looks happy to have some new summer time material! She takes a great selfie too!

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Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Fridays plus Where in the World is the SU catalog?

I had planned to hit the road at 6am when they opened this morning, but I got there a little later than that! The friendly counter staff enthusiastically agreed to a photo op and said today was photo op day. There must have been others asking for photos too:)

This was the second day open at their second location. Do you know where this location is? Add a comment if you do and/or what your favorite donut is!

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I got an assorted dozen and this is what is left after sharing with my family. My favorite is the plain sour cream old fashioned donuts.

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I left the pink, jimmy sprinkled thank you card with the counter ladies since the May Paper Pumpkin kit was donut themed! I let them know I can come back and stamp a donut card with them. So I hope they take me up on the offer!

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Would you like to meet me at the shop to stamp a donut card while we enjoy a real donut? Add a comment to get the conversation started. Thanks!

The Return of the Youtube Videos

Good Morning!

I have been absent from sharing Youtube videos every since my phone stopped talking to my computer. Seems as though I needed to update my computer software which did not sound like fun. I also needed a faster internet connection than what we have at the house to do the update. So I was off to do the update at M and D’s house!

Before hitting the update button, I first needed to make sure all the slides that my Dad and I scanned a few summer’s ago were backed up somewhere else. It was a lot of slides, in the thousands so I did not want to do that job again! I digitally scrapbooked all except for Dad’s navy photos which are still on the to do list. I’ll start sharing those layouts at some point. Remind me to do that!

Anywho, back to my Youtube video triumphant return! Actually, the first video I filmed is too long to upload from my house. Seriously, we have that slow of a connection! But this video uploaded in under an hour! So I’ll share this one with you. It ties into my post from last week here about sharing at senior living communities.

Hope you enjoy watching and look forward to new videos on my channel. I have over 200 videos now so take a look around while you are there!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

If I were pearls, where would I be?

Here is the follow up to my Facebook Live post last week where I shared a sneak peek of the design for my monthly team cards. I was also playing a game with myself that I know you can relate too! It is called, if I were a supply, where would I be? The game starts with me standing in the middle of my stamping room and scanning all surfaces with my eyes. I think back to when I last used the supply and then I can usually find it pretty quickly. This method did not work this time though! Those pearls were hidden good!

I had looked several times throughout the day for the pearls so decided to look again the next morning. Within 30 seconds of looking the next morning, I found the pearls! So I was off to finish the cards and they went out via snail mail shortly after.

If you join my team in June, you will receive this card too! Let me know if you want to meet at the new Greenbush Bakery location to discuss being a demonstrator. We can stamp a donut paper project while we chat too.

I thought I would share the card assembly progress in photos so hope you like the behind the scenes looks!

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My Super Awesome Team Members enjoy about a card in their snail mailbox a month from me. Sound like a super awesome perk me up? Join my team today to start perking!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

New Catalog Host Rewards

Browsing through the new catalog is an exciting time. It takes me several looks before I grab paper and a pen to formulate my shopping list. The Coffee Suite tops my list!

Stampin’ Up! wants to help us move more products from our shopping lists to our stamping rooms. So during the month of June, hosts earn $35 more in rewards for having a $350 party. Sweet!

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Host events can be in person while sharing a Paper Pumpkin Night Out, a mini Card Buffet, Scrapbook 101 or online through a Facebook event. Hosts can also simply send an email to friends asking them to order online using a host code.

Ready to host to help you earn more host rewards so you can enjoy some extra free products? Super Awesome! If you contact me today to set a date, you will receive a ribbon share from me as a thank you for hosting!

Looking forward to your June party with friends!

Shirley

Last Chance Ordering

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Hello There!

Our annual catalog sales period is almost at an end. Sigh…Tuesday, May 31st is the last day to order from this catalog. Retiring (and clearance rack) items are available while supplies last so I encourage you to order online and would like to reward you for doing so!

Please use hostess code U4DFR2J2 when placing your $50 or more order through my online store here. If your order is over $150, do not use the hostess code since I want you to spend all the stampin rewards.

Fine Print:

Orders must be placed by noon on May 31st through my online store. Look for my name in the upper right corner at my online store so you know you are ordering through me.

Orders must use hostess code U4DFR2J2. Exception is if orders are over $150 (see above).

Paper Pumpkin 1, 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions count the same as actual product orders!

You earn 6 sheets of designer series paper, a ribbon share or some other fabulous brand new product from my reward basket for every $50 in online orders.

We must see each other to pick out your reward. If you live too far away for a personal visit, then I will snail mail 6 sheets of DSP to you.

You can stop at my house to pick out your reward item and your brand new 2017-2018 catalog shortly after you place your order.

Happy Online Shoppin’ and have a nice weekend!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am also considering rolling out an online ordering reward system so this past month has been a test for this program.

Senior Stampers are Super Awesome!

I have visited the New Perspective in Senior Living community twice a month almost since they opened. When I initially toured the community, I thought I was just touring to see if I could hold stamping events there. Turned out, the activity director wanted me to lead greeting card making events for the residents!

I have since expanded sharing at many other senior living communities that will take a chance at trying this activity with their residents. The residents are happy to take away cards they can mail and frequently have stories to share about loved ones appreciating getting mail from them.

Most of today’s stampers agreed to being in photos and I remembered to take them! So here are the super awesome stampers from New Perspective!

Melody (on left) stamps on her own with Paper Pumpkin and was also featured in a Facebook Live video on my business page about a month ago as mother of the bride being the bridal shower hostess. Yvonne quietly works to make her cards look professional. I think she secretly has an art background and seems to enjoy creating the cards and using the supplies.

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Marion (on the left) has a funny story to tell about all the cards she has given her husband Bob over the years. She has actually only given him a few instead re-using the same card each year.  In my mind, she adds another personal note each year to make the card special. I’ll have to ask her if that is what she did! She said the box of cards has been misplaced so is happy to get some new ones during our sessions.

Shirley is in the middle and does not see too well. Her friend Marge usually attends and they work together to assemble the cards. Marion and I helped her today so her flowers and balloons were going the right way!

Millie just starting attending and always is smiling through the session. I think she likes everything about creating cards, the colors, the textures and the supplies we use are fun!

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Joann and Ruth usually arrive with people in mind to mail their cards to. I try to vary the sentiments and include lots of Happy Birthday designs. IMG_7189

I included a bonus gift box in today’s session. I repurposed the flowers from the decorations from Melody’s daughter’s bridal shower. The pearl on the vase flower decoration was too thick to mail with one stamp. Added a snippet of antique ribbon and they have a summery gift box in case they need it.

My Senior Living Stampers are Super Awesome! I enjoy my time with them! Thanks for stamping with me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Creativity Starts with a Kit!

A Paper Pumpkin Kit that is! If you have a list of reasons why you are not being creative, how about trying out a kit where all the planning and prep work has been done so you get to the fun stamping sooner. It arrives in your mailbox once a month, is compact and transportable to your summer destinations. People of all ages and creativity experiences can enjoy creating with this kit.

Sounds like something you would like to try? Yes, Please! Well, Paper Pumpkin is on sale too for first time customers!

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First-time customers get an introductory 25% off for June, July, and August! Use promo code STARTHERE at the Paper Pumpkin website here. Please make sure I have been selected as your demonstrator so that you can also take advantage of receiving free designer series paper from me!

And the fine print:

 

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription.
  • Receive 6 sheets of 12×12 designer series paper from me when meeting the above requirements. We need to see the white’s of each other’s eyeballs to redeem the free dsp. I can snail mail it as well for those living outside my delivery zone.

In addition, Stampin’ Up’s Youtube Paper Pumpkin channel is loaded with a short video on how to assemble the kit in case you need more direction than the flyer included in the kit. Here is the link to the Youtube channel.

For the experienced paper crafter, Pinterest offers loads of photos of alternate Paper Pumpkin projects using supplies already in your stash. Check it out!

I hope you agree that Paper Pumpkin is an easy creativity option for your summer fun!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

You Soar High Above the Rest Rob!

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My nephew Rob finished another few years of college beyond his first degree at the Carroll College graduation ceremony yesterday. He is now a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Insert clapping here! Good thing because I just learned on Friday that my toes may need physical therapy. My toes?!? Yes, you read that right and that was my reaction too. Rob called it pre-hab. Oh the joys of the Merker toes!

This was Rob in line to get his diploma and sash conferred.

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His shirt was watermelon wonder colored so he was on trend! There may have even been some peek-a-boo peach, dapper denium and smoky slate in his bow tie. His sash was a hue of sage shadow so mom Tricia (my sister) will treasure that sash forever!

Good Luck to all the graduates as they start their next phase on life’s journey!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley