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


ICS Blog Hop Varied Vases


Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase a color challenge using the colors below. You may have arrived from Ginger Rabesa’s blog and her fabulous project. My project is below.


I decided to use the stamp set Varied Vases and coordinating Vases Builder punch. But my stamp table had other plans for this project. I used the Vases Builder punch with a different stamp set.

The stamp set Crafting Forever was at the top of the pile since we had used it at the Card Buffet on Sunday. I picked it up because I was reading the sentiment incorrectly during the buffet. As I was thinking about the conversation I had with Diane during the buffet, I took a real good look at the writing. I was saying the verse as shown on the card below during the buffet and Diane corrected me. I was squinting at the red rubber while reading it during the buffet and had not used this verse before. I have been leaving the label off on the backside of the stamp so the stamp sticks to the acrylic block better. So there was no label to read, just the squinting at the red rubber.

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Raise your inky fingers if you have gotten lost in your stamp room and did not get the assigned house chores done. My hand goes up, but I am assigning the chores:) This was a funny moment during the buffet when I realized my eyes only saw what they wanted to see and I spoke what my eyes saw.

Use our 1/8 inch circle hand held punch to create the scissor holes…

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Attach a piece of ribbon since we mark our favorite ribbon cutting scissors this way…

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Use the Vases Builder punch for a pop of coastal cabana and blackberry bliss colors…

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Those half circle stamps are the scissor loops.

All the supplies used plus the Wood Crate framelit and blackberry bliss marker. Use the marker directly on the verse so the “whe” is not inked:)

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Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Karie Beglau’s blog to see what fun colors she used in her project.


Ink and Share Blog Hop Waterfront


Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring masculine themed projects made with Stampin’ Up! products designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrin’s blog and her fabulous project. My hop design is below and features the Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.


I have been wanting to ink up this stamp set for months and did I ever ink it up! I used all of these ink pads in order of the inking line.


These are the colors I used…


Linen thread and burlap ribbon were discarded as embellishment. They took away from the serene scene.

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


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

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

Deb Naylor

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Jo Blackman

Ginger Rabesa

Rhonda Waechter

Sandrin Jse

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Phoebe Borromeo-Carr

Linda Handford

Sue McDonald

Kirsten Aitchison

Jacqueline Bobeldijk-Schilder

Vickie Kerr

Tricia Butts

Travel or Scrapbooking Blog Hop


I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring projects that are travel or scrapbooking related. 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 Melanie’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

I have lots of scrapbooking ideas floating around in my head with memorabilia and photos to make layouts complete. But with a busy last week which included a tragedy in my town blogged about here, I went with my second project idea; a pillow gift.

I have a weekend retreat in August I can use these for or roomie gifts for Onstage in Orlando in November. That follows our travel related theme since they will be traveling to a fun destination. My project is a wooden crate pillow gift with matching hand stamped tissue paper and a coordinating lemon stamped and punched gift note for a personal message.

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Side view to show these really do look like old fashioned wooden crates!

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Create 1 crate as shown from a 6×6 inch patterned paper from the Wood Textures dsp stack. The corner with the missing dsp will be ok since it will be covered by the full bottom piece from the opposite side. You will know what I mean when you start creating your crates:)

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper is part of the buy 3, get 1 free sale going on through July 31st. Full details about the sale are in this blog post.

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Here are all the supplies used plus the Big Shot. The sentiment stickers are from the Memories and More Delightfully Detailed card pack. I just happen to pick the sticker that color coordinated with the colors of the wood paper and treats:)

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I was awaiting the July Paper Pumpkin kit so I could have snagged the blue tissue paper to line the crate with and also color coordinated the candy to the blue tissue paper. But the mailbox did not have my kit today. So I needed to use white tissue paper from my wrapping paper stash and decided to stamp lemons on it. Neat trick for when you really want your gift to be coordinated!

Please add a comment and let me know what you liked about my design.

Thanks for hopping with us. Now click on the next image to zoom to Sandra Robert’s blog

to see what fun ideas she designed.


All the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here.

If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to have you join

my Super Awesome Stampers team. Click Contact above to get the conversation started.


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

Shirley Merker, USA YOU ARE HERE!
Here is a bonus blog that missed deadlines but has a great project to share!

ICS Blog Hop Another Wonderful Year


Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase designer series paper that is part of the buy 3, get 1 free sale. You may have arrived from Karie’s blog. She had a great project.

I decided to use the Garden Impressions package because of the vibrant color schemes that virtually create a card on their own. To enjoy both sides of the paper, custom fold over a few pleats and “seal” them with our new Faceted Dots. The dots really do catch in the light showing off their facets.

The layered leaves embossing folder was used on the powder pink card base and also the envelope flap.

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The supplies used along with powder pink and grapefruit grove cardstock. I see I omitted the flower framelit used to “seal” a flap from the Springtime Impressions framelits collection.

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Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Terri’s blog to see what fun colors she used in her project.