Valentine’s Made Easy

I needed to assemble lots of valentine’s party favors for my visits to senior living communities. The Adorning Arrows Paper Pumpkin comes to the rescue! Supplies for 24 boxes were included in this kit. Watch the quick How To video here:

Since February is a popular month for senior living visits, I needed quite a few more party favors so I went looking through my Paper Pumpkin past kit stash of leftover supplies and found what I needed to create the rest of the party favors.


Quick and cute! Stamped the verse on the die cut banner, stapled it and the candy to the die cut heart and done!

The next favor combined cone bags from last year’s Spring catalog with Sending Love designer series paper and bits from a few different products. The folded bag end adds another layer of interest.


Last favor was assembled almost as intended. The pink baker’s twine was suppose to be a bow but I decided to make it easy for me and used a length instead to add interest.


Paper Pumpkin is on sale during Sale-a-bration! Get the full details at my website under the Paper Pumpkin section. I love getting a monthly kit in my snail mail box that just needs stamping and assembly. You would too!

Happy Stampin!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

hey, chick! Sneak Peek

The Hey Chick stamp set is fun to create with. Thought I would share my first design and a sneak peek at this week’s Card Buffet options.



You can create this card at the Card Buffet this week. Sessions are Thursday, January 19th, 10am-noon and 2-4pm. Create any 10 cards with envelopes for $20. Adhesives are $3 extra or new packages are available for purchase or bring your own.

Please RSVP by January 18th, 9am to reserve your spot since seating is limited. Bring a friend that has never stamped with me before, place orders during the event or prepay to earn extra free card kits.

Hope to stamp with you soon!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. Your eyes did not fail you. I did have a Saturday session scheduled and other plans for the day. I decided to attend the #WomensMarchonMadison instead. Would you like to join me there?

If January 19th does not fit your schedule for a card buffet, remember, we can find a time that works for you since my schedule is flexible as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I can even travel with a mini buffet to you and your friends. Just ask!

Invitation to Greeting Card Buffet

hey chick! The Sale-a-bration and the spring Occasions catalogs are live! Both are filled with great project ideas, great products and great rewards for everyone! For every $50 purchase, earn 1 Sale-a-bration item for free. Hosts also earn more host rewards. New demonstrators can select any 2 stamps from the regular or Occasions catalog. Pick the reward that works for you!


Above samples feature the Sale-a-bration Hey Chick stamp set.

The Sale-a-bration Tasty Trucks stamp set can be converted to an ice cream, taco and a hot dog truck too!


The Carried Away Designer Series Paper is the Sale-a-bration item featured below.sab17_p06a

Would you like to use all these great products? Then you are invited to a Greeting Card Buffet, Saturday, February 21st, 2-4pm. You select which cards to create from a line up of designs. Full details at my Super Awesome Stamper Shirley Merker’s facebook page. You can RSVP there as well. Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Shirley

I’m a Hooker!

Ok, I know I have used that line before, but it is true! Mom and I started hooking about 3 years ago and finished our first Halloween themed rug this fall. Well, Mom did. As I was working on the last hooks on Christmas Eve, Dad noted I was on the wrong holiday. I have to bind the rug yet but need to find the right shade of black wool yarn first.

The next day, I received inspiration from a Christmas gift to Jim’s Mom from his sister Sue. Sue is a quilter. She used a design from Kimberbell designs. You are not tipsy, I must have moved as I was taking the photo so it is blurry.


I traced the squares onto copy paper the good ole fashioned way by putting the quilt on a window. Wrote down the widths and I have a pattern!

Transposing it all to burlap using a wide, black sharpie and Dad’s squares creates a canvas to hook on.


A mix of new and recycled wools will be cut into strips which are “hooked” in the burlap holes.


After a few days of hooking in between doing other things…


The loops up close. Yes, every one is hand hooked by me. A slow process for sure. Lots of time for paper crafting designs to swirl around in my head while I hook.


Mom decided to wool applique the same pattern but selected different wools. We hope to finish a block a month for our own Block of the Month Club. You can hear me laugh out loud (yes, I just typed it all out instead of using LOL), because our first rug took so long and this is pretty close to the same size.

I’ll share our progress and eventually the completed Halloween themed rug!

What other hobbies do you enjoy besides paper crafting?

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

#Onstage2017 Display Stamper Submission

I have it marked on my calendar to apply again to be a display stamper at our all demonstrator gathering coordinated by Stampin’ Up! The gathering is called Onstage and it is great fun! In fact, attending convention is one of the reasons I signed up to be a demonstrator 13 years ago! If you would like to attend Onstage in the Twin Cities as part of my team, you need to sign up to be a demonstrator  through my website to start enjoying the best winter hobby ever! Haha!  Onstage registration starts January 10th. The midwest gathering has either been close to capacity or sold out so don’t delay in joining my team!

Okay. On to my submissions for display board stampers. Hope they pass the test!



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That’s It! The home office asked for 3 greeting cards, 2 of 3-D projects and 1 scrapbook page. Hope my samples have inspired you to get stamping!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. It is going to be bitter cold in my neck of the woods. Did you know my online store and the demonstrator opportunity are available to you from the comfort of your computer? No braving the cold for supplies anymore! One of the many reasons I love Stampin’ Up!