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

Scene 2 A Journey Starts…with triangles!

The ladies I retreated with are quilters. One made the journey to Wisconsin a few years ago for work. The other made the journey to Wisconsin for the weekend to visit her friend from their home state of South Dakota. Pam wins the award for the most miles traveled to get to a retreat!

I noticed this quilt square and asked about the story because my Mom loves to be on the lookout for barn quilts. She and my sister have even made their own barn quilt. So I know Mom would want the story behind this barn quilt square. Notice the barn quilt has tiny, tiny triangles.

This quilt square commemorates a shop hop trip Dawn and Pam made with a few others to Minnesota. Each shop hopper made their own square and then shared the square with the others. The idea is that they would each get the same square to sew together to make a quilt of their own. Pam recalled her square has planes on it, partly because she would rather take a plane, than drive if I am recalling the reason correctly. Dawn said she incorporated the words “joy ride” because she was the driver and joy is her favorite word. This barn quilt square made the journey back to South Dakota with Pam.

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Pam sent a box of supplies ahead of her trip so she could work on this pattern. She had a few squares done prior to the weekend but most she assembled during our retreat. Her goal is to enjoy the process and not measure how much she has finished. I watched while she assembled one square because piecing together all those triangles seemed a little crazy to me. Although there were a few triangles, it was mostly strips that she pieced together. So she got a few points off the crazy scale for using strips!IMG_7659

Dawn was the other quilter at retreat and worked on many projects over the weekend. This was one of those projects. The tree and words were already printed on the panel. She added the piano key border first. I heard them talking about piano keys so I think that is what the rectangles are called along the left. Then the similar border along the other sides. Last is the detail in the bottom right. No triangles on this quilt.

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Dawn’s quilting journey started with thinking quilters are crazy (just like me) for cutting up perfectly good fabric into triangles and then piecing it back together. It sounds like it took a few years for Dawn to realize that quilting is not all about triangles. There are other methods to quilting including fabric books which she sewed over the weekend as well.

I did not tell them that I have always thought I would reserve quilting for when I retire. For now, rug hooking fills the time when I am not paper crafting. It was neat to watch Pam assemble a square and listen to their lingo throughout the weekend. They also were pretty focused on their math skills because just as in paper crafts, we know the instant we cut wrong the second the cutting is complete. In paper crafts, I have to redesign if I cut wrong. My guess is that incorrectly cut fabric may result in triangles being pieced together! 🙂

The triangles appear in our story again before the weekend is done. Catch that in Scene 3 along with my silver glimmer paper pile!

Super Awesome Math Skills Person Shirley

Scene 1 and Job Done!

This is the view right outside the craft room at Cattail Retreat. Peaceful with lots of fall color. The pond changes as the day passes and as the breeze carries nature across the surface. Rain gently fell on a different day creating interesting ripples. It was nice to watch it all from our cozy craft room.IMG_7645

The main event at retreat is whatever craft projects you can manage to bring all the parts to:) I bring my computer for when I run out of projects because I can edit Youtube videos and create blog posts. I edited the video for this DIY stationary to include the quilted snack table covering as the background on my photo.

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Click on the Youtube video for how to create the stationary.

The video editing job is done! So I could move on to my next project; sorting card kits. More on that in the Scene 2 blog post for tomorrow. So check back then!

Super Awesome Retreater Shirley

Last One from Fall Fling

I will Let it Snow on this card as long as it is not snowing outside! We have gotten wintery weather around Halloween in my part of the country in the past. Winter can hold off a little longer since I prefer 72 degree weather. And I have not taken down the vegetable garden or started yard clean up yet.

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Kay Messling did a nice job designing this card using the Merry Music designer series paper package. The snow scene is from a stamp in the set Merry Little Labels. Kay looks for stamp sets that have coordinating punches for ease of use. This image coordinates with the Everyday Label punch and has 4 more images in the stamp set that coordinate with this punch as well. Thanks for sharing this card Kay!

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All of these products are available at my online store here. Thanks for shopping with me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Last holiday card assembled from Fall Fling

I just assembled the last card from our all demonstrator Fall Fling shoebox swap and it is a pretty one! Jamie Statz-Paynter designed this card using a non-winterish designer series paper. Can you guess which one is used?

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It is the Delightful Daisy package, the third sheet from the left. Pretty neat that our geometric patterns can be used for a variety of themes.

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Would you like to buy 3, get 1 free of our Designer Series Paper? It is on sale through October 31st. You pick which packages from the list below. Delightful Daisy is on the list!

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Go to my online store here to take advantage of this offer. Please use host code VTN9R4DX if your order is under $150. If your order is over $150, do not use the host code so you can spend all the host rewards! Any orders over $50 earn Online Shopper Rewards so check this post out here for details on this program offered through me. 

Super Awesome Design Jamie! Thanks for sharing it at Fall Fling!

I have one more holiday design to share from Fall Fling. Check back tomorrow to see it!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Christmas Cards

Christmas card inspiration is here! I know it is not Halloween yet but for those of us that make a stack of Christmas card, we are already dreaming up designs and preparing supplies.

These cards were designed by fellow demonstrators for our Fall Fling.

Kay Messling is on trend using touches of basic black paired with glimmery gold.

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Lynn Schwiebert designed this card which reminds me of Sherlock Holmes days (before Benedict Cumberbatch was Sherlock).

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Linda Hartwich designed this card to Deck the Halls!

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Norma Artman gave the quick tip that our tombo liquid glue is needed to adhere anything to our glimmer paper and she is right! It took me actually using the glue to adhere the layers for me to learn this tip. Thanks Norma for the tip!

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I hope these samples help you plan your own designs. All the supplies needed to re-create these cards can be purchased at my online store here. Make sure to check out my online shopper rewards program before placing your order. Thank you for your orders!

Super Awesome Shirley