Ink, Stamp and Share Blog Hop Tic Tac Toe

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by my fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators and me. This month, we are featuring a Tic Tac Toe Challenge. We pick 3 squares from the grid in tic tac toe form and design using the options in the squares. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrine Jse’s blog and her fabulous project.

My hop design features the Alpine Adventures stamp set and Alpine Sports Thinlets.

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I added Red Rhinestones for my embellishment, used Whisper White Baker’s Twine for the ribbon and a Pearlized Doilie for the circle.

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The Swirls and Curls textured impression embossing folder adds just the right texture to an early espresso card base to complete the snow scene. Other cardstock is whisper white and real red along with Wood Textures designer series paper.

All the supplies used and a Big Shot too!

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Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Ginger Rabesa’s blog to see what summer themed project she designed.


Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.


If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Weekend Getaway at Cattail Retreat

We had a fabulous time during our weekend getaway at Cattail Retreat. We split the room with half working on paper crafts and half working on quilting and gifts. Creativity was flowing in all directions!

First up was piling kits for upcoming Christmas card making sessions. I took advantage of the free table space until other guests arrived. That’s about 100 kits pictured. I did another 100 after these were stuffed in their envelopes.

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The design for these kits uses retired designer series paper and ribbon…gingerbread punch is in our annual catalog!

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Since Halloween is next week, I designed a spooky pillow gift. Dawn sewed a fun pouch to share as a pillow gift too. Thanks Dawn!


After my kit piling was done, I worked on reducing my whisper white paper scrap pile by punching bows from the Candy Cane builder punch. I used all my scraps and created about 150 bows. I stamped the hohoho words using real red ink from the coordinating Candy Cane Season stamp set. They are attached to glue dots strips for easy assembly.

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We had lots of great food including taco dip, chili, southwest black bean soup and chicken chili in tomato sauce. Treats were an apple pie from #NorskeNook, gluten free brownies from #chocolatecoveredkatie and mango turmeric #Nessallakombucha. All delicious!


I set aside my paper crafts to hook a few loops on my pear centerpiece. The photo on the left is progress from the August retreat, the first 2 pears hooked. The photo on the right is progress made this weekend. I completed 3 pears! #patience and #goals learned while rug hooking for sure! It takes me a couple of hours to hook 1 pear.

Group photo right before packing up with some of the quilts worked on while at retreat in the background. We missed a few people that departed early.


The original retreaters…Tiffany on left, me in the center and Jeanette on the right. They are scrapbooking super stars! They design layouts and print photos prior to the weekend. During retreat, they match photos with layouts. They stay on task and usually meet their goal and matching all the photos with layouts. Pretty impressive since they have littles and take advantage of life experiences so have lots of memories to keep!


Thanks for a great weekend! Catch you next time at Cattail Retreat!

Super Awesome Weekend Getawayer Shirley

P.S. Future retreats are February 8-10, 2019, August 9-11, 2019 and October 18-20, 2019. Message me if you are interested in attending these dates. Thanks!



It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale

Put on your party hats, and get ready to save. For 24 HOURS ONLY, save 15% on select stamp sets during our Birthday Stamp Sale! This sale will be gone in a flash, so order by this evening to take advantage of the sale!

Here are the stamps on the sale.


See any you would like to order? Then click to go to my online store here to scoop them up! Please us the October host code JERCQ776 if your order is under $150 and I’ll send you a frigtening fun Halloween thank you card. If your order is over $150, do not use the code so you can redeem all the host rewards. I’ll send you a fun thank you card too!

Here is a video showing a few of the stamps on sale.

Thanks for stamping with me today!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


Paper Crafting Blog Hop with Falling for Leaves


I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring fall themed projects. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating so we have a wide array of fun projects to share with you! You may have arrived from Sue Boerner’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

I decided to reach into the piece stash to create a quick greeting card. The Detailed Leaves die cut and the negative around it are from the stash. When I first cut a leaf a few weeks ago from this piece of Nature’s Poem patterned paper, I discarded it because the colors were too bright. But upon looking at the colors today, these colors match the leaves that are outside of house right now. So the color combo was appealing for the design session today.

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I highlighted the striped brown tones by backing the focal point on early espresso cardstock and stamping with early espresso ink.

I next highlighted the orange tones by grabbing the negative of a leaf die cut from a different patterned paper. This was backed with grapefruit grove cardstock and accented with grapefruit grove ribbon.

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It’s fun to weed through my pieces stash. What have you created lately from your pieces stash?

Thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to zoom to Emilie Poncelet’s blog and see what fun project she designed.


Here is a list of hoppers in case you get off the trail…

Shirley Merker, US YOU ARE HERE!


All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the host code found on the right side of my blog when ordering through my online store if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, don’t use the code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my Super Awesome Stampers Team for the best benefits! Click the Contact button above to get the conversation started.


Wood Crate Projects Class at OOAK!

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All of these projects feature the Wood Crate Framelits and coordinating Wood Words stamp set. Would you like to make a set of these projects and go home with your own brand new Wood Crate Framelits?

I am offering this class at the One of a Kind Stamp and Scrap Expo on Saturday, November 17th, 1pm, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Hurry, registration closes for this class on October 24th so I can order your Wood Crate Framelits and supplies. Registration and payment is through the OOAK website by clicking here.

Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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