Craft the Night Away or aka Your Invitation to Weekend Retreat

My mind will be in serious packing planning mode this week. My weekend craft retreat is next weekend, August 24-26th in Poynette! It takes 30 minutes from door to door for me. An easy drive to organize my thoughts for which project I craft with first.

Would you like to attend? You are welcome to attend on your own or bring your friends. You get your own large table to spread out on for the entire weekend. Unloading is easy directly from the driveway into the ground level craft space which overlooks the pond.

The house sleeps 8 across 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. We coordinate noon and evening meals so you should only be providing and cleaning up 1 meal per weekend. Breakfast is on your own so you can sleep in if you want to.

We retreat at Cattail Retreat in Poynette. Click here for a link to their website.

Click the Contact button above to contact me for full details and to RSVP. Please do so today so you can start planning your packing strategy soon!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

The pond overlooking the craft space…


Inside the craft space and happy crafters!IMG_7656


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

Sneak Peek at Card Buffet

It’s nice to have sympathy cards on hand when you need them. Stamp a stack at the Card Buffet this Saturday, August 11th, 1-3pm, at my house in Sun Prairie.

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There will be other designs to select from as well. So if you want to stamp a mix of themes, you are welcome to.

$20 covers 10 cards with envelopes without adhesives. $23 covers all supplies. Please RSVP by clicking the Contact button above so I have enough kits prepared and a space reserved for you.

Earn extra kits by bringing someone new to the buffet that has not stamped before, placing an order during the buffet or with the August host code prior to the buffet or being a member of my Super Awesome Stampers Demonstrator Team!

Remember to RSVP and I’ll see you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

August Card Buffet RSVP closes on Wednesday

Create 10 hand stamped greeting cards with all supplies cut according to the samples provided and tucked into the envelopes. You pick which designs to create from a buffet of options.

Sessions are Friday, August 10th, 5:30-7:30pm or Saturday, August 11th , 1-3pm in air conditioned coolness (if needed) at my house.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 8th, 8pm by clicking Contact above. If you see this post after the deadline but still want to attend, please contact me because I may be able to save a spot for you.

You are welcome to bring friends! A new friend that has not stamped with me before earns you both an extra card kit. If you are a member of my Super Awesome Stampers team, you get an extra kit too.

Place an order during the event or using the August host code (will be published on August 1st) and receive an extra kit.

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

Fee is $20 per person with out adhesives, $23 with adhesives. Includes 10 card kits and envelopes.

Hope to stamp with you then!

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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.