A Trio of Inspiration

These cards were swaps at our all demonstrator Fall Fling gathering. If I have incorrectly credited you with the design, please contact me to correct the designer’s name.

Using Awesomely Artistic stamp set, ruffled embossing folder and lemon lime twist to add pops of color. Designed by Lori Verdon.IMG_7573

Using the Quilted Christmas Suite, framelits and embossing folder, for a fall toned card. The Quilted Christmas Suite also has coordinating stamps, ribbon, designer series paper and felt embellishments. Card design by Rachel Durtschi.IMG_7575

Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers thinlets shows it’s versatility in this card created by Judy Arawinko

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There are few more swaps to share from Fall Fling which will be posted this week. So stay tuned!

Super Awesome Shirley

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Your Invitation to Weekend Craft Retreat

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You are invited to a Weekend Craft Retreat where your paper crafting supplies, knitting or sewing supplies can stay out on your own 6×3 foot table the entire weekend! Finish projects or get started on new ones.

Take a break when you need to in the separate living area or on the grounds outside.

Food is coordinated potluck so you will be providing a meal with another person. That is all the cooking for the entire weekend!

Sleeps 8 across 3 bedrooms. Looking to book one group per bedroom so ask your friends to join us! Towels, bed linens are provided. Kitchen has dishes, cookware and silverware.

Our retreat starts in 5 sleeps on Friday, October 20th, arrive after 10am. We depart by 3pm on Sunday, October 22nd.

Cost is $120 per person. Includes lodging, tax on lodging and paper crafting make-n-takes.

The retreat website is here: http://cattailretreat.com/

Use the Contact button above for full details and to RSVP. Thanks!

See you at the retreat!

Super Awesome Shirley

 

Madison Moms Blog Mom’s Night Out

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Would you like to join the Madison Moms Blog for a fun night without the kids on Thursday, October 19th? They have lots of pampering and activities planned with more details on their Facebook event here.

I’ll be sharing a hand stamped greeting card or 3-D using the supplies below.  I am going to keep the designs a secret until after the event. I’ll be bringing Paper Pumpkin too. Guests can sign up for a chance to win a free Paper Pumpkin Party when they visit me during the event.

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See you at the Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

and Done!

The is the last post about the progress of my Halloween themed rug that I have been working on since October 2014 (or maybe earlier than that but I can’t remember exactly). I do remember that I took the rug with me on my first volunteer retreat for Breast Cancer Recovery Infininate Boundaries Retreats. I worked on the pumpkins in the back seat of BCR van while Gail drove and Cheryl sat in the front seat on our way to Egg Harbor in Door County. This was in October 2014.

The following year in October 2015, my Mom hopped a ride with Jeanette to zoom down the interstate for a weekend retreat at Woodridge Lodge. The lodge owner, Chris Savoy, is a rug hooker and designed the Halloween pattern below which we had purchased a few retreats earlier.

Mom had been admiring several other patterns since we started getting away at the lodge a few years earlier. This was the weekend she decided to purchase a few more patterns and declare ourselves hookers! I am the only daughter that is a hooker with her:)

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I added our beagle angel Spencer peeking out from the pumpkin patch as he would do in his own backyard patch. The cat is Mr. Kitty, my Mom and Dad’s cat and was in the pattern originally. I stuck pretty close to the pattern but I know those stars were tricky so I may have hooked over a few for a blacker halloweenie night.

People ask if I will put my rugs on the floor. Since this is my first rug that took at least 3 years to complete, I can safely say that it will remain on the back of the couch during Halloween season. I need to add a label to the back and then I can say that this rug is Done!

Stay tuned for progress reports on the snowpeeps themed rug I started while I was searching for the orange binding yarn for the Halloween rug. I hope the snowpeeps progress is faster than 3 years!

Super Awesome Rug Hooker Shirley

One Eight Zero

One Eight Zero, 180 kits are stacked in the photo below. That is the number of card kits I prepared on World Card Making Day, October 7, 2017. These kits will be used during my November greeting card making sessions at senior living communities. I would like to keep the designs a surprise so I’ll share them with you after the sessions are over. I used the stamp set Gourd Goodness on both designs.

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Here are samples created with the stamp set Gourd Goodness designed by home office concept artists.

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Super Awesome World Card Maker Shirley

Spooky Cat

My house is already decorated for Halloween and Mom is unpacking her decorations as I write. Mom loves Halloween and we (mom, my sister Wendy and I) have a hard time resisting all the Halloween offerings in the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalogs. So we don’t resist. Stamps can be used for decor too!

This year, SU has a Spooky Night Suite complete with a cat punch and coordinating cat patterned paper that can be perfectly punched! YvonCarol did a nice job designing this card. The stitched shapes framelits make a nice moon. The cat hat is cut from the same Spooky Night designer series paper package that the punched cat came from. She even added a collar to the cat. The lemon lime twist cardstock nicely compliments the daffodil delight moon.

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See the full Spooky Night Suite at my online store by clicking on these words.

To get the Halloween tour at my Mom’s house, you will have to dress up on Halloween night and visit her!

Boo! from Super Awesome Shirley and Mom!

Sometimes a sympathy card is needed

I am grateful to receive a sympathy card in a swap. This occasion is difficult to sit down and create when one is needed. I usually create several to have on hand so that I can just sign and send.

This card was created by Carolynn Lucas for our shoebox swap. It features the top selling and longest running stamp set Lovely as a Tree.

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Here are the images for the stamps in the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. You can see why this set is still very popular!

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Here is another sample created by a home office concept artist.

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You can add Lovely as a Tree to your stamp collection in either wood (item # 128655) or clear mount (item # 127793) block options by ordering through my online store. Click here to zoom to my online store.

Comment below with how long you have had Lovely as a Tree in your stash or if you are just acquiring this stamp set!

I borrow Lovely as a Tree from Mom’s collection. I can’t relay the copyright date on it since it is visiting my sister Tricia’s house right now. Mom said it was one of the first sets she bought and it still ranks high as a favorite set!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

 

Z Fold Greeting Card with how to video

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I created these extra special z fold greeting cards to thank the helpers at our all demo Fall Fling gathering. Lots of bling and a few sequential steps needed to get the z fold and scoring right. So I filmed 2 how to videos to help you re-create these cards in your own stampland.

Grab and 8.5×11 inch piece of cardstock, a pencil, score board and stampin trimmer and create the z folds with me while watching the next video.

Need a few supplies to complete your extra special z fold cards? My online store is open 24/7. Click here to zoom to my online store. Current host code is WQ2QAFVV which you can enter if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can receive all the host rewards. Make sure to keep track of your online orders using my Online Shopper Rewards track sheet found in this blog post. You will be rewarded for ordering with me!

Thanks for stamping with me today!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Buy 1 Fast Fuse get 2 free refills & other World Card Making Day deals

You read that right! But 1 Fast Fuse adhesive runner and get 2 refills for free! This deal is only good through October 10th as part of the World Card Making Day celebration. A few, popular stamp sets and note cards are on sale as well to help you create more cards. See the images below for included stamp sets.

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In addition, the buy 3 get 1 free designer series paper sale should help you create more projects too.

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Ready to order? Use host code WQ2QAFVV at my online store if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can receive all the host rewards. Make sure to keep track of your online orders using my Online Shopper Rewards track sheet found in this blog post. You will be rewarded for ordering with me!

Here are a few ideas for using the designer series paper that is on sale now.

The left cards use Painted Autumn designer series paper. Lynn Schwiebert designed the top card with a peek-a-boo photo. Joyce Hall designed the sunflower card with crushed curry ribbon. The right card uses the Be Merry dsp package and was designed by Carolynn Lucas.

Happy Stampin’!

Super Awesome Shirley