970 holiday cards is the official count

I thought it would be fun last year to keep count of the number of holiday cards that went through my hands and out to the world. I shared the result in this blog post here. The number from last year was 901 in case you skip the original post.

I remembered a little late in the season this year that I should have been keeping track of the number of kits prepared so I could compare it to last year’s number. So my best guess for the 2019 Christmas holiday gift card shuffle is 970! This includes kits I share at senior living communities, kits prepared for Card Buffet guests and cards I create and assemble on my own.

For the numbers people, this includes:

485 pieces of cardstock scored and cut in half for card bases

162 pieces of 8.5×11 inch whisper white cut into 6 pieces to line the inside of the card

36 pieces designer series paper for card fronts

bins of holiday themed punched images with dimensionals for adhering

25 packages of whisper white envelopes

3 packages of real red rhinestones

all the red ribbon I had for bows or embellishments!

I love to design and prepare kits to share with others so the holiday season is fun for me.

Here is a photo of my personal, last session before the cards went out the door. I try to match the card theme with the people getting the card. Hope you like the design I sent you!

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Last, our Christmas Eve Scrabble board…Mom won of course. She works a strategy to use as many of the colored squares as possible. Always a fun game!

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Hope you had a nice holiday! Catch you in 2019!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Embossing themed Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. This could be dry embossing, embossing powder or even embossing paste, it’s demonstrators’ choice! 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 Sharon Dalton’s blog. She had a great layout!

My project started with the skating snowpeeps from the Spirited Snowmen stamp set.

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Glossy paper that was processed through the Big Shot with Swirls and Curls embossing folder creates photo mats on Balmy Blue cardstock. Add a flurry of glossy paper snowflakes created from the Winter Blizzard framelit throughout the layout.

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Night of Navy inked snowflakes provide a snowy layer.

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All the supplies used…

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Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you like about my layout by leaving a comment.

Now click on the next photo to see what Cindy Mitchell has created.

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Below is a list of the participating demonstrators:

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

 

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 monthly host code found on the right side of my blog 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

Ink, Stamp and Share New Year Color Challenge

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators and me. This month, we are featuring a color challenge using the colors in the graphic. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrine’s blog and her fabulous project.

I decided to continue with a winter theme by using Spirited Snowman and Beautiful Blizzard stamp sets.

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Negatives from using the Blizzard Thinlets die were collecting on my table. So I placed it over a 4×5.25 inch piece of daffodil delight cardstock that had been run through the Big Shot using the Subtles embossing folder. I sponged Pacific Point ink through the snowflakes.

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and voila! a subtle snowflake print in the color challenge colors.

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All the supplies used…

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Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Jacqueline’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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

Laura Mackie

Tricia Butts

Sandra Roberts

Deb Naylor

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Janey Backer

Linda Handford

Sandrine Jse

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Jacqueline Bobeldijk-Schilder

Jo Blackman

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

Paper Crafting Packaging Blog Hop

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I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring gift packaging. 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 the United Kingdom and Sandra Robert’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

The leftover custom designer series paper I created for this blog post was still on my table when I started to gather supplies for my project. So I grabbed by scoring tool and an acetate box to quickly create a custom belly band. The whisper white cardstock measures 4.5×11 inches with scoring at 4 1/2, 5 1/8, 9 5/8 and 10 1/4 inches as marked on the photo below. Use a strip of tear and tape to secure the band after wrapping around the acetate box.

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The paper and ribbon belly band are not secured to the acetate box so the box can be reused for a different occasion. Use our epoxy dew drops and clear faceted gems generously since this box is intended to be hand delivered. The white flax ribbon is a new spring catalog product.

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Glossy paper snowflakes add just the right touch…

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The Spirited Snowmen stamp set is only available in the Holiday catalog. Purchase it now before it melts away!

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

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

Shirley Merker 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.

 

Santa’s teeny Longaberger sleigh delivering holiday greetings

Make and send a card central happened over the last few days. This photo shows how I match up the card design with recipients’. Families with kids get the reindeer and santa designs. Many of the other designs featured the Under the Mistletoe dsp and Peaceful Pines suite.

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Ready for delivery to the post office. The Milwaukee street branch still had room in the lobby bins. The outside bins were full as reported by the guy that I let ahead of me to stuff his handful of cards in the bin.

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The bin of about 120 cards were delivered!

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One of the designs being trucked along the United States Postal Service today…sing the song with me!

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Happy Holidays!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley