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!

A Surprise from Sara

We turned creative control of our April Paper Pumpkin kit over to Stampin’ Up!’s CEO, Sara Douglass, and the end result is stunning! Her style is, “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” which is exactly how she described the kit. Sara designed this kit so you can discover creativity through the eyes of our CEO while having an experience that is uniquely YOU! Get ready to embrace your inner artist and skip to the fun with Sara.

As if a kit designed by Sara is not reason enough to sign up, there’s more! She’s including a FREE gift inside every April box! We’re keeping it a surprise, but you won’t want to miss it!


What is Paper Pumpkin?

  • An all-inclusive paper crafting kit arriving in your snail mailbox every month
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month
  • Project designs vary each month
  • The surprise factor!
  • Subscriptions count towards Sale-a-bration rewards and host rewards
  • Or opt to pay month to month

FAQ at the paper pumpkin website Sign up there and select me as your demonstrator. Purchase subscriptions through my online store here. Thank You!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

It Takes a Stamping Village…

to bring fun paper crafting kits to share with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison guests. Each time I ask my stamping friends to help donate Paper Pumpkin kits to RMHC, stampers step up. This time, we were able to donate 13 kits!

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Faye Owen, Kay Messling, Tammy Muehlemann and Wendy Brantner made monetary donations so I could pay for full kits. Harriet donated stamps which I combined with refill kits and ink spots. Jeanne donated empty boxes to contain the kits I put together. I donate an acrylic block to mount the stamps on and deliver the kits to the Madison house.

Linda accepted the donations today and will make sure they are included in guest welcome bags.

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What follows is a True Story! I was cleaning out my email inbox last week and so was my friend Lisa Kinning. She responded to my email asking for donations from…a year ago! She also donated a year ago and wanted to donate again. So I’ll have more kits to donate when I visit the house in April. Thanks Lisa for your generous donation, twice!

Would you like to donate Paper Pumpkin kits to Ronald McDonald House of Madison? Contact me and we will get it done! Thanks!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Card Buffet…so many fun options!

I have offered a Card Buffet event for several years. I feel it is the best option for guests and for me. Guests select which cards to create from the line up and how many of each card. I get to design using lots of fun colors and coordinating products and make those piles of supplies…ready to be stamped and assembled!

I have all the designs ready for the sessions this week so I thought I would share them.

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I typically include a 3-D project and Paper Pumpkin kits too in the buffet line up. I will have a scrapbook layout available as well but I don’t have it designed yet.

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Ready to create a few cards? Sessions are Thursday, March 16th, 1:30-3:30pm, Saturday, March 18th, 10am-noon and Sunday, March 19th, 2-4pm.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 14th so I can have enough kits ready and a station reserved for you.

Cost is 10 cards with envelopes or 3-D’s for $20. I can provide adhesive for $3 or bring your own.

Earn extra kits by prepaying by March 14th, placing an order during the event, being new to stamping with me, bringing friends with you that have not stamped with me before.

Thanks and hope to stamp with you this week!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley



Paper Pumpkin = Paper Crafting Kits for Kids

I asked my stamping friends to help with #givingtuesday by donating a Paper Pumpkin paper crafting kit to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison. The kits arrived at my house later last week. I delivered them to RMHC of Madison after inserting an acrylic block.


Paper Pumpkin is an all inclusive paper crafting kit that creates hand stamped greeting cards and party favors. Everything needed to create the projects are included the box: stamps, inks, papers cut and scored, die cuts or stickers and ribbons. Glue dots help make assembly easy for the newbies. The kits will be included in welcome bags so that children receiving care at the nearby hospitals can take it with them to the hospital or back home with them. Parents can get involved during creation time since photo instructions are included in the box too.


If you would like to get on the donor list, the cost is $20. I’ll cover the cost of the acrylic block and deliver the kits to the house. Thanks for donating!

Update: Wendy saw this post and is donating a kit! Thanks Wendy!


Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


What a Gem – Alternate Paper Pumpkin Project

The What a Gem Paper Pumpkin Project kit creates 8 treat holders. But I decided to create this greeting card instead:

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I used the kit contents, these stamp sets and pool party statin ribbon and cardstock.

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As I was creating 8 of these cards, I was trying to think of anyone that is expecting. Nope, I got no one so I’ll be ready when I do! I can also see using this card for new puppy or kitty additions. Just add images peeking out from the corner of the buggy from our new Bella and Friends or Pretty Kitty stamp sets.

Watch the how to video to see how I transformed a 3-D box into a mostly 2-D card!

Looks like a fun paper crafting kit delivered right to your snail mail box? It is! Ask me how to get started!

Thanks for stamping with me today!


Card Kits to Go for Ronald McDonald House of Madison

Lori, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and I met at the RMHC to assemble card making kits that the families can take with them to the hospital or back home with them.

This was our assembly line:


Partially filled boxes which are recycled Paper Pumpkin boxes!


Ready for stamping!


That’s Us! Me on the left and Lori on the right. Thanks for helping Lori!


If you would like to help with donations, our greatest need are envelopes, glue sticks and wood mounted stamps. Smaller, kid friendly images are best. If you have older stamps that you will not be using and would like to donate them, we will take them. If you would like to help with the next box assembly event, contact me for details.

Thanks for helping with your favorite charity whether it is RMHC or a different one!


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!

Keeping Families Close with Ronald McDonald House of Madison Gifts

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Ronald McDonald House Charities keeps families close and surrounded by love when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home. Stampin’ Up! is a national sponsor of RMHC by donating time and money through sales of an exclusive stamp set that is unique each year. This year, the stamp set is My Hero, item numbers (wood) 141954 or (clear) 141957. To date, Stampin’ Up! has contributed over $1.5 million to RMHC and their network of local chapters.

Demonstrators are encouraged to be involved with our local houses. My Super Awesome Stampers Team coordinates a Cards for a Cause with proceeds being donated directly to the Madison house. We hold this event at the house so that stampers can take a tour of the house to see the good work being done. My SAS Team also provides a nightly meal, usually in August so we can share our garden goodness! The tomato salad and kale crisps never have leftovers!

In addition, my team assembles Cards Kits to Go which are included in guest welcome bags. These kits are full of paper creativity all donated by generous demonstrators and stamping customers. Guests are welcome to take the kit with them to the hospital or back home. We are happy to provide a fun distraction. We hope they like what we have provided! I am delivering 13 Cards Kits to Go today, following up with doing 13 of something mentioned in the Monday, June 13th post here.


Contact your local RMHC to ask how you can get involved. If you would like to be involved with the Madison RMHC, leave a comment to get the conversation started. Information about the Madison house can be found on their website.

Thanks for supporting RMHC in ways that work for you!