Happy Birthday Aunt Dollie!

My Mom’s sister celebrated 80 years of good living with a surprise party at her favorite neice’s house. Aunt Dollie likes to color images for focal points on her greeting cards. Since I have stacks of stamp sets, I decided to stamp 80 images that she can color to her hearts content.

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There are 2 of each image stamped with Memento ink pad, a mix of retired and current images. If she does not like the color combination she picked for the first image, she can change up the colors for the second image.

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I used a card exchange card and color coordinated with a Paper Pumpkin box to gift the images in. A simple and complete package that was quick to assemble.

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Happy 80th Birthday Aunt Dollie!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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My Snail Mailbox

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My snail mail box was full with these 3 cards in one day! Happy to see people using their Paper Pumpkin kits. I am not sure if the sender of the scripture card knows that purple is my favorite color. It’s a pretty one!

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You will receive your May kit in the middle of the month. Then start to brighten someone’s day with your Paper Pumpkin creations!

Thanks for being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Kits for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison

Stampin’ Up! is offering the following Paper Pumpkin kits for sale starting Wednesday, April 25th, until they are sold out. What is left will be permanently removed from the online store on May 9th.

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So tomorrow is a great day to share our favorite hobby with the kids and families that use the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison. One donated kit will be $12 so that is a very nice price to help the kids pass the time in a crafty way.

Paper Pumpkin is an all inclusive kit that is easily transported to the hospital in an easy to open box which can contain all the extra parts. All supplies are included after I add an acrylic block. I’ll make the delivery to the house shortly after I receive the kits.

Please let me know if you would like to donate a kit or 2. I’ll be placing the order tomorrow so we don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity.  Thank you for your help in making the day a little more crafty for the kids!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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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

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