Paper Crafting Blog Hop with Falling for Leaves


I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring fall themed projects. 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 Sue Boerner’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

I decided to reach into the piece stash to create a quick greeting card. The Detailed Leaves die cut and the negative around it are from the stash. When I first cut a leaf a few weeks ago from this piece of Nature’s Poem patterned paper, I discarded it because the colors were too bright. But upon looking at the colors today, these colors match the leaves that are outside of house right now. So the color combo was appealing for the design session today.

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I highlighted the striped brown tones by backing the focal point on early espresso cardstock and stamping with early espresso ink.

I next highlighted the orange tones by grabbing the negative of a leaf die cut from a different patterned paper. This was backed with grapefruit grove cardstock and accented with grapefruit grove ribbon.

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It’s fun to weed through my pieces stash. What have you created lately from your pieces stash?

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


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

Shirley Merker, US 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.



Wood Crate Projects Class at OOAK!

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All of these projects feature the Wood Crate Framelits and coordinating Wood Words stamp set. Would you like to make a set of these projects and go home with your own brand new Wood Crate Framelits?

I am offering this class at the One of a Kind Stamp and Scrap Expo on Saturday, November 17th, 1pm, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Hurry, registration closes for this class on October 24th so I can order your Wood Crate Framelits and supplies. Registration and payment is through the OOAK website by clicking here.

Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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I’m back at the One of a Kind Stamp and Scrap Expo!

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I am back as the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator at the One of a Kind Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Madison during the weekend of November 16-18, 2018. I have been participating in this show in various ways ever since it started. Way back when before I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, my family would visit from out of town and we would attend the show together.

This year, I have a table on the show floor so visit me there! I also have 3 classes, the Daisy Jar on Friday, the Wood Crate Projects on Saturday and my staple, Card Buffet on Sunday. Please consider attending a class. As a bonus, you will get to rest your legs for an hour during class 🙂

In addition, I’ll be a demonstrator during the Saturday night Create n Keep. This event is 4 hours of stamping fun!

Here is a link to the expo’s website: click here to zoom to the OOAK website.

See you there!

Super Awesome Shirley


October Card Buffet This Week!


Make something fun and functional, hand stamped greeting cards to share with friends and family. Create 10 hand stamped greeting cards with envelopes during the buffet. All supplies are cut according to the samples provided and prepared into kits. You pick which card designs to create from a buffet of options.

Cost of $20 includes 10 card kits. Adhesives are $3 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.

Sessions are Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th, 9-11am at my house. In addition, I could schedule a Saturday October 13th, 1-3pm session as long as 4 stampers attend so please invite your friends! I can accommodate up to 12 stampers per session.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 10th, 8pm by clicking Contact above and let me know which session time works for you. Please make sure I reply with confirmation I have received your RSVP. I may relay additional information in the confirmation communication as well.

Earn extra free kits! A new friend that has not stamped with me before earns 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 current host code which is on the right side of this blog and receive an extra kit.

I reserve the right to cancel the session if less than 4 stampers RSVP. So please invite your friends!

These are the buffet options plus a Halloween design. Preorder your designs by Wednesday, October 10th, 8pm and earn an extra free kit!

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Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

ICS Blog Hop Fall for All and Cauldron Bubble


Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase Fall for All. You may have arrived from Janey Backer’s blog and her fabulous project. My project is below.

My starting point was Halloween! My family loves Halloween! I documented the reasons why in a scrapbook layout here.

The Toil and Trouble designer series paper is vividly colored so I decided to fussy cut a witch and adhere to a gorgeous grape mat. The gorgeous grape cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder. I wanted a soft look so this folder delivered nicely.

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Trick or Treat stamping from the Caldron Bubble stamp set using Pumpkin Pie ink adds festive fun. All those frogs hopping around as the photo background are from the designer series paper package Toil and Trouble.

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About 15 witches can be fussy cut from one page of the witches pattern from the Toil and Trouble dsp making project completion easy.

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