Craft the Night Away or aka Your Invitation to Weekend Retreat

My mind will be in serious packing planning mode this week. My weekend craft retreat is next weekend, August 24-26th in Poynette! It takes 30 minutes from door to door for me. An easy drive to organize my thoughts for which project I craft with first.

Would you like to attend? You are welcome to attend on your own or bring your friends. You get your own large table to spread out on for the entire weekend. Unloading is easy directly from the driveway into the ground level craft space which overlooks the pond.

The house sleeps 8 across 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. We coordinate noon and evening meals so you should only be providing and cleaning up 1 meal per weekend. Breakfast is on your own so you can sleep in if you want to.

We retreat at Cattail Retreat in Poynette. Click here for a link to their website.

Click the Contact button above to contact me for full details and to RSVP. Please do so today so you can start planning your packing strategy soon!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

The pond overlooking the craft space…


Inside the craft space and happy crafters!IMG_7656

Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop


Welcome to the Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. We are Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators showcasing our fabulous products on scrapbook pages. If you are on the hop trail, you may have arrived from Karen Pearmain’s blog. She had a great layout!

I decided to create a layout using my favorite color, Blackberry Bliss…

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The Tranquil Textures designer series paper has a fun multi colored circle pattern so that was my starting point. The fresh fig circles had a darker outline which could be Blackberry Bliss tones.

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I used 1 1/4, 1, 3/4 and 1/2 circle punches along with the largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelits to enhance the circle theme.

The Blackberry Bliss ink pad was applied directly to the whisper white cardstock to mimic the printed purple designer series paper also from the Tranquil Textures package.

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I like to keep my scrapbook layouts pretty flat so I opted to extend the fresh fig finely woven ribbon beyond the paper mats.

The butterfly framelit from the Springtime Impressions package provides contrast.

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This layout was inspired by a greeting card I designed as shown below. Scrapbook layouts are just larger greeting cards with spaces to tuck memories.

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all the supplies used and the Big Shot too!

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Now click on the next  photo to see what Lisa Henderson has created.


P.S. You may be wondering where the photos and journaling are. I usually add those later after I print a stack of photos. I’ll create another post when I get that done!

If you don’t already have an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, click the Contact button above. Let me know if you are interested in scrapbooking events, greeting cards, retreats or anything else paper crafting.

All products can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the August host, EVCHY9NM, code when placing an order under $150. Don’t use the host code if your order is over $150 so you can redeem all the host rewards. Thanks!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop Picnic Paradise


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are fans of this monthly crafting kit. Follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as designed, or use the supplies as a starting point to let your creativity run wild.

On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use the July Paper Pumpkin kit, Picnic Paradise. You may have arrived from Sharon Burkert’s blog. She had a great project!

I designed a basket full of strawberries to decorate the front of a greeting card. These would make a fun, summertime invitation to an ice cream social during strawberry season.

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I used the basket from the kit as a template and traced it on a piece of the Wood Textures designer series paper. I cut along the tracing line and stamped the “weave” from the weave stamp that was included in the kit.

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Next, I cut about a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch of tissue from the blue tissue that is included in the kit. Fold the tissue into quarters, tuck inside the basket and fold 2 of the corners down. The blue tissue coordinates with our Pool Party cardstock which I used as the card base.

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When the strawberries and blueberries that are included in the kit are used up, reach for our Lemon Builder punch and Lemon Zest stamp set and fill the baskets with lemons instead!

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Thank you for joining us as we share the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin. Now hop over to Debbi Green’s blog to see what she designed.



If you are intrigued by receiving a paper crafting kit in your snail mail box, try it at a discount by using promo code BLOOM0818 at my Paper Pumpkin website by clicking here. This offer ends on August 10th so create your account now! Thanks for trying it out!



Sneak Peek at Card Buffet

It’s nice to have sympathy cards on hand when you need them. Stamp a stack at the Card Buffet this Saturday, August 11th, 1-3pm, at my house in Sun Prairie.

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There will be other designs to select from as well. So if you want to stamp a mix of themes, you are welcome to.

$20 covers 10 cards with envelopes without adhesives. $23 covers all supplies. Please RSVP by clicking the Contact button above so I have enough kits prepared and a space reserved for you.

Earn extra kits by bringing someone new to the buffet that has not stamped before, placing an order during the buffet or with the August host code prior to the buffet or being a member of my Super Awesome Stampers Demonstrator Team!

Remember to RSVP and I’ll see you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

August Card Buffet RSVP closes on Wednesday

Create 10 hand stamped greeting cards with all supplies cut according to the samples provided and tucked into the envelopes. You pick which designs to create from a buffet of options.

Sessions are Friday, August 10th, 5:30-7:30pm or Saturday, August 11th , 1-3pm in air conditioned coolness (if needed) at my house.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 8th, 8pm by clicking Contact above. If you see this post after the deadline but still want to attend, please contact me because I may be able to save a spot for you.

You are welcome to bring friends! A new friend that has not stamped with me before earns you both an extra card kit. If you are a member of my Super Awesome Stampers team, you get an extra kit too.

Place an order during the event or using the August host code (will be published on August 1st) and receive an extra kit.

I reserve the right to cancel the session if less than 3 stampers RSVP. So please invite your friends!

Fee is $20 per person with out adhesives, $23 with adhesives. Includes 10 card kits and envelopes.

Hope to stamp with you then!

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