January Card Buffet

January Card Buffet will feature Sale-a-bration 2019 products with spring Occasion catalog goodies rounding out the designs. Would you like to join us?

Sessions are Wednesday, January 16th, 9:30am or Saturday, January 19th, 9:30am. My Friday, January 18th is open as well. So if Friday works better for your group, please let me know what time to schedule a session! RSVP by clicking “Contact” above and let me know which day you prefer.

Just for attending the buffet, you will go home with the Sale-a-bration 2019 and spring Occasions catalogs.

If your shopping list is long, you might consider signing up to be a demonstrator for the discount. If you sign up during Sale-a-bration, you select either receiving $175 of product for $99 plus tax or $175 of product plus the Craft and Carry tote for $129! Shipping is free for an additional $17.50 in savings! Plus you select which $175 of products you want! Please contact me if you have questions about being a demonstrator and the support I offer as your upline and being a member of the Super Awesome Stampers.

Card Buffet details:

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 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.

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.

You are welcome to bring friends! A new friend that has not stamped with me before earns you 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 January host code CSJ6SEWG and receive an extra kit.

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

Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


ICS Blog Hop It’s Time to Sale-A-Brate


Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase Sale-a-bration 2019 products. You may have arrived from Deb Naylor’s blog and her fabulous project. My project is below.

The frogs from the So Hoppy Together stamp set have been calling to me. That’s unusual because coloring is not my favorite technique. But I envisioned shades of green on my go get ‘er frog so coloring I did.

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I started by stamping the frog with jet black Staz On ink on watercolor paper. Then a blender pen pick up a little bit of garden green ink and filled in the darker parts of the frog. The second, lighter shade was Pear Pizzazz and filled in the tummy and face.

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Real red lips were drawn using stampin’ write marker. Daffodil delight stampin’ write marker filled in the eyeballs.

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See the epoxy hearts above? There are 2, one for the froggy heart and one on the Sale-a-bration organdy ribbon. Punch a heart from granny apple green cardstock using the brand new Dog Builder punch and place behind the epoxy heart so it stands out.

All the supplies used…


You have one last day to order the Beautiful Blizzard stamp set. I used the blobby looking stamp to create depth with the daffodil delight ink under the bike part of the stamp.

Please leave a comment and let me know if the new Dog Builder punch is on your shopping list!

Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Audra Monk’s blog to see her fabulous project.


970 holiday cards is the official count

I thought it would be fun last year to keep count of the number of holiday cards that went through my hands and out to the world. I shared the result in this blog post here. The number from last year was 901 in case you skip the original post.

I remembered a little late in the season this year that I should have been keeping track of the number of kits prepared so I could compare it to last year’s number. So my best guess for the 2019 Christmas holiday gift card shuffle is 970! This includes kits I share at senior living communities, kits prepared for Card Buffet guests and cards I create and assemble on my own.

For the numbers people, this includes:

485 pieces of cardstock scored and cut in half for card bases

162 pieces of 8.5×11 inch whisper white cut into 6 pieces to line the inside of the card

36 pieces designer series paper for card fronts

bins of holiday themed punched images with dimensionals for adhering

25 packages of whisper white envelopes

3 packages of real red rhinestones

all the red ribbon I had for bows or embellishments!

I love to design and prepare kits to share with others so the holiday season is fun for me.

Here is a photo of my personal, last session before the cards went out the door. I try to match the card theme with the people getting the card. Hope you like the design I sent you!


Last, our Christmas Eve Scrabble board…Mom won of course. She works a strategy to use as many of the colored squares as possible. Always a fun game!


Hope you had a nice holiday! Catch you in 2019!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


Ink, Stamp and Share New Year Color Challenge


Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators and me. This month, we are featuring a color challenge using the colors in the graphic. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrine’s blog and her fabulous project.

I decided to continue with a winter theme by using Spirited Snowman and Beautiful Blizzard stamp sets.

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Negatives from using the Blizzard Thinlets die were collecting on my table. So I placed it over a 4×5.25 inch piece of daffodil delight cardstock that had been run through the Big Shot using the Subtles embossing folder. I sponged Pacific Point ink through the snowflakes.

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and voila! a subtle snowflake print in the color challenge colors.

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All the supplies used…

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


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

Laura Mackie

Tricia Butts

Sandra Roberts

Deb Naylor

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Janey Backer

Linda Handford

Sandrine Jse

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Jacqueline Bobeldijk-Schilder

Jo Blackman

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 Packaging Blog Hop


I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring gift packaging. 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 the United Kingdom and Sandra Robert’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

The leftover custom designer series paper I created for this blog post was still on my table when I started to gather supplies for my project. So I grabbed by scoring tool and an acetate box to quickly create a custom belly band. The whisper white cardstock measures 4.5×11 inches with scoring at 4 1/2, 5 1/8, 9 5/8 and 10 1/4 inches as marked on the photo below. Use a strip of tear and tape to secure the band after wrapping around the acetate box.

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The paper and ribbon belly band are not secured to the acetate box so the box can be reused for a different occasion. Use our epoxy dew drops and clear faceted gems generously since this box is intended to be hand delivered. The white flax ribbon is a new spring catalog product.

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Glossy paper snowflakes add just the right touch…

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The Spirited Snowmen stamp set is only available in the Holiday catalog. Purchase it now before it melts away!

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Thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to zoom to Katie Johnson’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!

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.