Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop Poppin’ Birthday


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities 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 on how to use the March Paper Pumpkin kit, Poppin’ Birthday, in alternate projects. You may have arrived from Charmane Hopkins’ blog. She had a great project!

Follow the photos below to see what I created. I started with the bonus numbers stamps by peeling back the protective plastic sheet. I inked 1-9 with Granny Apple Green ink. You can see the bottom row of stamps are uninked.

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I centered the inked stamps on Granny Apple Green cardstock and pressed on the protective plastic sheet with my fingers to transfer the ink from the stamps to the paper.

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Voila! A fun background!

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Add the streamers stamp along the edges to complete the background stamping. Use the included poppy parade ink spot to stamp the party hats around the gray striped paper that was cut from the kit contents.

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Add the sentiment on the die cut that was included in the kit. Decorate with the party hat and bow die cuts that were included in the kit.

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Stampin’ Up! produces a fast time motion Youtube video to show kit assembly as intended for the visual learners out there, including me! Watch the video here:

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




Ink, Stamp and Share Guy Cards


Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators and me. This month, we are featuring projects created with guys in mind. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Tricia Butt’s blog and her fabulous project.

The Tranquil Textures designer series papers has a few options that look like water. I picked the pattern with a little purple so the fish could be accented with purple.

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This card design was in the March Card Buffet line up. The supplies used to create the card were contained in a plastic tub lid and passed around the stamp table. Blender pens were used for coloring the fish. I wrap a piece of scrap paper around the cover at one end to indicate which pen should be used for which color. The pens won’t need to be “brushed out” of color until after the event. This might also save my ink pads from being accidentally dipped with the wrong color:)

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


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

Sandra Roberts

Janey –


Laura Mackie

Jacqueline Bobeldijk-Schilder


Linda Harford


Deb Naylor








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 Blog Hop Happy Birthday!


I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring Happy Birthday designs. 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 Elizabeth Green’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

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These products and gorgeous grape cardstock were used to create the fun cards…

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Add assorted pastel Stampin’ Write markers to create fruity colored gummy bears. I also used the triple banner punch. See it way over on the bottom left? It’s the details that make a fabulous card!

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


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

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Tracy Held
Sue Boerner
Anastasia Radloff
Sandra Roberts
Terri Stewart
Sandy Ward 
Sue McDonald
Elizabeth Green

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.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


The Sneak Peek Post! aka pre-order March Greeting Card Buffet Designs

You are invited to create 10 hand stamped greeting cards with all supplies cut according to the samples provided and tucked into their envelopes. You pick which designs to create and how many of each design from a buffet of options. Create 10 cards with envelopes for $20. Let me do the prep work for you! Add additional kits for $1 per kit.

Card Buffet sessions are Wednesday, March 20th, 9:30-11:30am and Saturday, March 23rd, 1-3pm in my home in Sun Prairie. RSVP required.

The March Card Buffet designs are below. Please preorder according to the names listed above the photo. Please RSVP with your preorder by Friday, March 22nd, 8am by clicking Contact above or emailing me your order. All preorders received by March 22nd, 8am will earn an extra kit.

Please pre-order as heart, thanks butterfly and gummy bears.

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Please pre-order as fishing, sequin butterfly and teapot. I have yet to design the fishing card but it will be fabulous!

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Additional details:

Members of my Super Awesome Stampers team can attend the March Card Buffet and create one of each design for free! Please bring your adhesives though.

You are welcome to bring friends! A new friend that has not stamped with me before earns you an extra kit. They earn an extra kit for being a first time stamper with me.

Place an order during the event or using the March host code (TSXT27B6) with your online order and earn an extra kit. Place your order by clicking here to zoom to my online store.

I can provide adhesives for $5 extra or bring your own. I’ll have new packages of glue dots, dimensionals, liquid glue, tear n tape and SNAIL for cash and carry sale as well.

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

Hope to stamp with you and your friends then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

ISO Senior Living Sponsors

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Hello Super Awesome Stampers!

I visit senior living communities during the first and second weeks of the month. Residents gather in the activity room. I distribute greeting card making kits along with punched shapes and bows already attached to glue dots. We chat while assembling the cards. Sometimes we use the glitter glimmer sheets which is always a hit!

Sessions are more like art therapy. I talk about the fun color names and punches used.  The gorgeous ribbons provide visual and touch sensory experiences. I travel with assorted greetings and an ink pad so we can customize all occasion cards to the sentiment the resident wishes. The butterflies shown in the photo above will be featured in the May sessions. Bunnies are on the April designs.

I visit all care levels: independent, assisted and memory care communities. If I am able to speak to an activity director on the phone and secure a session commitment, I am usually booked for return sessions. Not everyone that is interested in a session is able to book one due to limited budget. Would you like to sponsor a session at a community in your area or where a family member or friend lives? Just let me know where you would like me to visit. I’ll call the activity director to offer a sponsored session. Sponsorship is easy with one simple cash or check donation from you.

I visit communities in the Durand, Eau Claire and Menomonie areas during the first week of the month. I’ll be criss crossing the Madison area and surrounding burbs during the second week of the month. I travel within an hour’s time from these areas and also visit communities along the interstate heading north of Madison on my trip up to Durand.

The residents really appreciate me visiting and I enjoy visiting the residents. The senior living sessions have been a part of my business for over 5 years. So I am experienced with leading the sessions and working with resident abilities or limitations.

Thank you for considering to sponsor a session. Please contact me if you or your company would like to sponsor a session. Have a super awesome day!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley