Fun Fridays includes a Paper Pumpkin Night Out!

Lisa J. and I have a fun end to our Friday today. She is hosting a Paper Pumpkin Night Out! She won the party at the WAGS fundraiser where I donated a stack of hand stamped greeting cards and the PPNO. She said she split her raffle tickets between the prizes and won mine! WAGS stands for Wisconsin Academy of Graduate Service Dogs. Lisa has a WAGS dog named Haley that helps Lisa throughout her day. Find information about WAGS through this link.

We will be creating with the Sara Thing kit tonight. This kit was designed by our CEO and daughter of our co-founder in celebration of 4 years of Paper Pumpkin kits. The stamp set for this kit is written in Sara’s writing! A fun touch and a set I will treasure in my stash.

Here’s Sara…


and here is what we will create from the kit!


Would you like to help Lisa out by placing an online order? Simply use host code WJT7PCJY at my online store by clicking this link.  A three month Paper Pumpkin subscription is only $59 plus tax and your snail mail box will be happy! Scroll to Paper Pumpkin at my online store for other subscription options and past kits that are for sale. After purchasing your subscription, follow the link in the confirmation email to get your account set up so Paper Pumpkin knows where to ship your boxes!

I’ll try to remember to take photos from the party tonight and share them here. Lisa and I discussed getting photos the last time we stamped together but we get busy stamping and then forget! I wonder if I arrive with a post it note on my forehead with “TAKE PHOTOS!!!” that we will remember to snap a few. Stay tuned to find out!

Have a Fun Friday!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. I was just looking around the #WAGS website and who did I find? Lisa and Haley!

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Lisa and Haley (peeking behind Lisa) with our guests and their creations. Thanks for a fun night!



Fun Fridays plus Where in the World is the SU catalog?

I had planned to hit the road at 6am when they opened this morning, but I got there a little later than that! The friendly counter staff enthusiastically agreed to a photo op and said today was photo op day. There must have been others asking for photos too:)

This was the second day open at their second location. Do you know where this location is? Add a comment if you do and/or what your favorite donut is!

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I got an assorted dozen and this is what is left after sharing with my family. My favorite is the plain sour cream old fashioned donuts.

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I left the pink, jimmy sprinkled thank you card with the counter ladies since the May Paper Pumpkin kit was donut themed! I let them know I can come back and stamp a donut card with them. So I hope they take me up on the offer!


Would you like to meet me at the shop to stamp a donut card while we enjoy a real donut? Add a comment to get the conversation started. Thanks!

Fly Away with Fun Fridays

I snail mailed these cards to members of my Super Awesome Stampers team earlier this week. So everyone should have received one by now so I can reveal the design and the fun postage stamps!

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One of the perks of being on my team is receiving about a card a month in your snail mail box. A fun surprise that shows up to brighten your day! If this perk sounds like something you would enjoy, ask me how to become a part of my team.

Have a Super Awesome Weekend!


Where in the World is the SU Catalog?

Another installment, play along if you can by adding your guesses! I asked the counter lady if she wanted to be in the photo and she said no. So I just got a shot of the glorious cheese case. There is another case too that is filled with curds and more cheese!


The cheese loot I purchased will be made into lasagna and enchiladas. The Rembrandt gouda will be a delicious snack with dates, nuts and kombucha!

Add a comment with your guess about Where in the World is the Stampin’ Up! catalog? I’ll post photos of the cheese as we cook with it for cheesy inspiration.


Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Last Day to Sale-a-brate and Join the Super Awesome Stampers!

Yes, today is the last day to Sale-a-brate when joining my Super Awesome Stampers Team!


A fellow demonstrator graciously offered this image to share so I am taking her up on it! The image is not clickable for me though. Click on this sentence to be taken to my online store.

Team Benefits offered by Stampin’ Up!:

Discount on all your product purchases! The reason I signed up almost 14 years ago!

Ability to earn an additional stamp set from SU for meeting sales goals!

Advance knowledge of new products and ordering opportunities!

Free training and videos on all things stamping and business on the demo website when you are ready to view!

Team Benefits offered by Me as your upline:

Help with first event projects and demonstrations.

Monthly card in your snail mail box.

Facebook monthly group meetings which you can access at any time.

Support and encouragement whether you are enjoying the discount for yourself or building a business.

In person group meetings.

And Much More from Stampin’ Up! and Me!

If your shopping list is greater than $99, consider joining my Super Awesome Stampers Team Today! Thanks!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Lovely Little Lace

While visiting friends in Maryland, Mom-Mom and Pap-Pap and MeMaw and Poppy helped make my stay more enjoyable with their hospitality. So these cards made their way bumping around United States Postal Service trucks this week to arrive in their snail mail boxes as a thank you surprise.

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Mom-Mom and Pap-Pap treated us to Mountain Gate for dinner where I tried regional corn fritters and beans. MeMaw and Poppy had lunch on the farm with a tour of barns and fields. They also had a sleepover for the wee one so the adults of the wee one and I could enjoy my first Maryland crabs! It was delicious! Andrea was a great instructor on how to crack open the crabs with the wooden hammer.


I joked that I only have a west coast seafood boil to experience. Then I would have experienced it on all coasts. Thanks for a pleasant Maryland visit!

Have a nice weekend!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Fun Fridays – Where in the World is Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad have been taking advantage of no puppy duties to galavant around Pepin County with me. First stop was at a favorite eatery. We played “Where in the World is Mom and Dad?” with my sisters so I thought I would invite you to play along as well. Here was the first photo:


Clue number 2:


Mom and I started the Jenga game:


The reward for my sisters’ guesses was a photo of Mom and Dad:


And this is where we were:


They have curly tops too so if you want soft serv and chicken, this is the place to be!

Hope you are having a Fun Friday!

Shirley on vacation at Mom and Dad’s

Weekend Getaway Fun on Friday!

Eight Stampers planned and packed paper crafting projects and then added a few more supplies to the transport pile (haha!). If you have attended a Weekend Getaway, you know we have a hard time only taking “a few” supplies to the getaway. We might need elegant eggplant, perfect plum and rich razzleberry to create the perfect project. Why only use one shade of color when we can use three?!!! Seriously, many of us have been getting away for many years so we do try to pack light knowing our time away is limited. Although we can craft the night away, we do need to sleep for a few hours each night!

Creating pillow gifts to share with getaway guests is something I look forward to. This one was not on the pillow but on each work table due to the perishable product inside.

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The coffee candy will give us a few calories when we need it later in the evening.

Inside each box was a peachy surprise.

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Glad I had this brand new Perfectly Wrapped kit to make creating this box easy and pretty. The tangerine tango and peekaboo peach flower petals compliment the real peach treat inside.

I visited the Tree Ripe peach truck yesterday so had to share the goodness!

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Afternoon refreshment mixed with vanilla vodka as long as we are locked in for the night!

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We also partake in coordinated potluck. Tonight is walking tacos and it smells so good!

I’ll be posting more from the getaway so stay tuned!

Fun Fridays – The Dill, The Dog and The Toads

As I was weeding eliminating the toad habitat aka the dill patch, I thought this might make a fun, Fun Fridays post. Of course this thought came to me towards the end of the eradication and the toads were nowhere to be found for a photo op.

The toads keep me company now that Spencer is gone. He use to circle the plots since they are fenced to keep small critters including himself out. Never to early to check for his favorite – green beans! We can safely say that dill was not his favorite. In fact, if he was being sassy, we would show him a sprig of dill and he would calm down quickly and retreat to his nap mat for some regrouping.

I saved a large jar of dill and used about 2 teaspoons in a pull apart recipe. Never fear, more fresh dill will grow along the edges of the garden. Just enough shade for the toads under the wood board shelter that keeps them cool and the garden dirt contained.

So this is how paper crafts are weaved into the Dill Edition. Buns nicely packaged to take a few to my sister:

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I should have edited my watermark to say “baked by.” HaHa!

I bake my own buns and created a quick digital layout to share the process. My Pampered Chef stoneware is a trusty friend on baking day:

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And the paper crafts:

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The stamp sets Wild About Flowers and Gifts from the Garden, the garden green ink pad, 1 1/2 inch circle punch and paper snips are still current. Cello bags have changed size in the new catalog but we still have them! I used a few recently retired products (washi tape punch, Cherry on Top DSP and clothespin) while I await my first order from the new catalog. I’ll share the unboxing when I get it!

Hope you enjoyed the Dill, the Dog and the Toads! Have a nice weekend!