Toil and Trouble, Boil and Bubble

Jim’s sister Sue created this pin worthy tablescape. It screams Something Wicked This Way Comes. Notice the test tubes? These are left overs from her Something Good to Eat Paper Pumpkin kit from last year. Full kits, refill kits and test tubes are available through my online store here.

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She created her own labels that say spider venom, unicorn fur, toad pee, raven’s blood and zombie blood. Fun!

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I’ll be handing out candy tonight. I plan to create some owloween treat bags like I shared in this post for my stamping neighbors. So unmask yourself so I can give you the chocolate!

Happy Halloween!

Super Awesome Shirley in the Halloween pajama pants

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Pick a Pumpkin

I try to mix up the designs that I mail each month to my team. This is a no scrap dsp generated design using a piece of 4×3 inch pumpkin pattern from the Spooky Night package. The pumpkin faces are from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and are stamped in cajun craze ink on cajun craze cardstock. The glowing pumpkin is actually a gift tag stamp from the Seasonal Chums stamp set. I colored the face using a pumpkin pie stampin write marker.

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A snippet of 5/8″ burlap ribbon adhered with our tear n tape makes for an embellishment that does not add much thickness. So this card can be mailed with one postage stamp.

Would you like to join my Super Awesome Stampers Team to enjoy the perk of a greeting card in your snail mailbox each month? Click here to get to my website and then click Join The Fun for all the details and to join my team. I welcome stampers that want to enjoy the discount on their own supplies, want to hold events or want to build a business. Contact me if you want to discuss how I can help you stamp as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Happy Pumpkin Day!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Spooky Cat

Spooky cat cards are making their way to mailboxes of friends and family that love Halloween. Also mailed were order thank yous, belated birthday wishes and Happy Anniversary greetings. A tall stack for sure!

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The cat hats were fussy cut from a sheet of 12×12 inch designer series paper in the Spooky Night package full of preprinted hats. The pumpkins are from the same dsp package. I used the coordinating cat punch to perfectly punch out pumpkin pie and basic black cats. The pumpkin faces are stamped on cajun craze cardstock using cajun craze in. Stamps are from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set.

I still have about a half a sheet of spooky cats so if you like Halloween as much as I do, let me know so I can add you to my Halloweenie mailing list!

Super Awesome Shirley

 

 

Cattail Retreat – Epilogue

This should really have been the prologue but I missed taking a photo of my pillow gifts at retreat. So I recreated what I gifted when I was back at my house. This photo is a similar design to what I shared for pillow gifts. I used the pumpkins in place of the “owleween” image and spooky moon paper.

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Dawn also presented us with a purple and wine themed bowl warmer while we were settling in. She said it can be placed in the microwave with the bowl while heating so that fingers are protected from the hot bowl. The purple is on the opposite side of the print side.

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I think it is too nice (partly because it is purple!) to use in the kitchen. I will instead use it as a bow bowl. I pre-tie bows so I’ll use the bowl to corral them before I place them on glue dot strips. Stampers pull a bow from the strip and attach it to their card. In between bow tying sessions, I will use it to corral my snippets of wool while I rug hook similar to how Dawn and Pam were using their bowls, to corral snippets of fabric while making straight edges. Thank you Dawn for the thoughtful and multi-purpose gift.

This concludes my posts about our weekend retreat at Cattail Retreats. I hope you enjoyed reading along. I enjoyed my time at retreat and sharing it with you.

Can you picture yourself on retreat with us next time? Remember that the focus of the weekend is working on your own projects. You can make as little or as large of a dent on your list as you would like to. Breakfast is on your own. The rest of the meals are split up so we are only preparing and cleaning up one meal per stay. If you would like to join us next time, use the Contact Me button above for more details and dates. I have weekends reserved for February, August and October.

Have a nice rest of your weekend!

Super Awesome Weekend Retreater Shirley

P.S.  I almost forget to share the visit to Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam. Pam’s trip is complete!

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Scene 3 Completed Tasks

This was my pile of work for day 2 at the retreat. I shiver when I use loose glitter but I can tolerate our glimmer sheets because most of the glitter stays on the sheet. I have kept my previous paper trimmer to only cut the glimmer sheets so that I keep my Stampin’ Up! trimmer glitter free. I cut 5 sheets of 12×12 silver glimmer to use them for senior living session card kits. The seniors love the glitter! I had all the kits in one stack before I realized I forgot a photo for the blog so my pile of glimmer strips will have to do!

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Dawn’s pile of hats and scarves was a project she got done early in the weekend too. Each of her students receives a pair with their name on a label. It is a gift that is memorable and also functional with our Wisconsin winter. Dawn’s says that what they treasure most is their name on the items and that she took the time to make one for each of them.IMG_7649

I had packed a make-n-take but was undecided I would share it since they were so busy with their projects. I decided to share it as we closed out the weekend because I had picked a project that had triangles on it! Dawn and Pam could also color the triangles as they pleased. These kits are from Paper Pumpkin and a box that was designed by our CEO and co-founder’s daughter, Sara.

It was interesting that triangles wove us together, first with Pam and Dawn and quilt triangles. Then, the three of us creating with the paper crafting make-n-take. I had lots of non-triangle options for a make-n-take but for some reason, I packed this one. These were the last 3 of this card design I had left too.

I’ll have an epilogue to share this weekend so check back for that.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley