Coffee Break Suite

I like coffee flavored foods but don’t drink coffee. It’s either water or kombucha for me and occasionally hot tea. I collect all of Stampin’ Up! coffee and tea stamps so the Coffee Cafe stamp set quickly made it’s trip from Utah to my stamp shelf.

I had a design session for a blog hop that will be posted tomorrow so decided to post the samples that did not make the cut for the hop the day before and after the hop. You will enjoy three designs over three days using Coffee Break for my efforts. The party favor posted tomorrow will also be the favor at this week’s Card Buffet. I hope you reserved a seat!

Today’s greeting card design had me fussy cutting coffee mugs and pots from the Coffee Break designer series paper. It was quick work with my super sharp Stampin’ Up! paper snips. I wanted to add depth that the fussy cutting would allow instead of using a straight edged cut piece.

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Vellum creates the cup bubble topper which was cut using the Big Shot and the Coffee Cups framelits. I loaded the Big Shot platform to cut 5 pieces at once, the cup bubble topper, the straw, the cup that holds the sentiment, the trio of beans on the inside of the card and also the wee heart stirrer attached to the bottom left cup.

All of the straight edge papers are cut to an easy 4 inches making this a no scrap dsp generated design.

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Check back tomorrow to hop along the Coffee Break Blog Hop and see the party favor I designed!

The Coffee Break designer series paper is being retired so order it quick here at my online store!

Here are home office concept artist designs using this suite. Now do you want to order it all? haha!

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Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Card Exchange…Quiet Please!

When we retreat for a weekend with other papercrafters or meet as Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, we exchange hand stamped greeting cards. The designs are great since we have been stamping for many collective years. Add all the years up and it would typically be over 300 years of stamping experience in one room!

This was the line up at our recent retreat with paper crafting friends. We had 19 card exchange participants. There was another table for sorting the cards too.

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Mom usually distributes the cards with care making sure each pile receives a card. If anyone helps with the distribution, they need to stay in line with Mom. No skipping around to piles. If the piles don’t all look the same, someone’s pile has been missed. We learned that the hard way several times in the early years and had to reshuffle back to original bags to figure out who was missed.

Focusing on the task ensures each pile is identical and any extras go back to the original stamper. Quiet, Please! And don’t talk to the helpers making the piles! We have a check-in sheet with name, how many cards submitted (so we know if there are extras in their bag) and design theme. More hard lessons learned along the way.

My exchange card uses the Coffee Cafe suite…

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I’ll share Mom’s card in a different post later this week. She used the Barn Door bundle. The barn door rails are peeking out from the real red cardstock towards the top of the card pile giving you a sneak peek.

Thanks for creating great designs and using fabulous Stampin’ Up! products!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Fun at Weekend Paper Crafting Retreat

It’s been 2 sleeps since 20 paper crafters converged on Wildwood Retreat for 3 days and 2 nights of paper crafting fun. Lots of good food, conversation and creating papercrafts. We had the range of crafts from party favors, scrapbooks, greeting cards and digital design too. A sewing machine was humming too.

photos from the retreat…first arrivals and the Friday night table favor

make-n-take with Tricia, Tammy and Marcy…

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with Tiffany, Faye and Jeanette. Tiffany and Jeanette just signed up to be demonstrators so they could enjoy the discount. Welcome to my Super Awesome Stampers team!IMG_8187

Make-n-take with the family, cousin Debbi, Aunt Dollie, cousin Cheryl, me, my Mom with the pink scarf and Aunt Mary in the purple.

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Tammy baked her birthday cake. She treated us to earl gray flavored cake and rich, buttery frosting for the bottom layer. The top layers were lemon poppyseed with lemon curd. Both delicious!

Tricia designed the Saturday night table favor. She did a nice job!

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Julie caters the Saturday night meal. Sharon helps Julie with the prep. She featured greek dishes this time: falafel, stuffed grape leaves, greek baked beans, hummus and lettuce salad. Falafel was my favorite.

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party favor prep…Mom needs 65 popsicle cards for table favors for the Lutheran Ladies Rally that is happening today at her church.

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This photo sums up the weekend fun! Thanks for taking the time to share your weekend with us.

Would you like to attend a future retreat? My next retreats are at Cattail Retreat in Poynette (20 minutes north of Madison, just off the interstate) on August 24-26, 2018 and October 19-21, 2018. We are getting away May 3-5, 2019 in the Eau Claire area. Click the Contact button above for more details and to reserve your spot.

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Super Awesome Coordinator Shirley

 

 

Apron of Love

I was a hop stop earlier this week and shared this card. If you missed the hop, click here to zoom to my post to get on the hop.

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I shared in the hop post that this card was inspired by my Grandma. We lived way up north in Dent, Minnesota when she would visit us for a month at a time. I recall that Grandma would take the Greyhound bus from her house in Illinois. Dad was always concerned if Grandma had to stand in the aisle instead of getting an actual seat. So I am sure we would get to the bus depot early so she could get on the bus first.

I was also inspired to make this card because I am in the kitchen a lot. I cook home made most of the time, have a vegetable garden, can peaches, beets, tomatoes, pickles, blueberries, apples, strawberries and sauerkraut too.

When we had our beagle Spencer, we would also bake him homemade treats. His tummy seemed to do better too if he did not eat the processed treats. It also gave us something to do with Spencer. He knew we were baking for him, must have been the meat juice (saved from crock pot cooking) and garlic smells.

I think Jim found this cookbook to help us with recipes when we first started baking biscuits for Spencer.

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This page was bookmarked…I make notes with recipe changes, when I made it and other facts that might be fun to read later on.

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Grandma’s cookbooks were dispersed and this is the one I received…I kept the paper towel that she used to mark a page. We make recipes out of this book, mostly floury things. The angel food cake is a favorite and is baked when I get extra eggs from my nephew.

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What is your Apron of Love story? Share in the comments!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

Paper Pumpkin 50% off for 2 months

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Thanks for considering Paper Pumpkin!

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