Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts outing

Wool in the summer? Yes, please if you are hooker! I have been steadily working on my snow peeps rug since I last blogged about it here. Each loop is hand pulled by me so when I have a chunk of time and my stamping to do list is manageable, I get to hookin’! Here is my progress since the last post:

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and a close up of all those loops…one peeps had to have a purple hat of course!

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But I set aside the snowpeeps and ventured to Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts in Stoughton to find binding yarn for the Halloween rug here…

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My plan is to whip stitch the burlap edge to finish the rug. I hope to make progress this weekend while Mom can help me get started. I am determined to finish for the Halloween season this year, which I do believe may mark 5 years since I started this rug!

Ingrid from Spry Whimsy was gracious enough to show me around her shop and share what she and her husband, Peter, create there. Ingrid is a spinner transforming wool into yarns and teaching others how to spin. Peter is a felter creating usable and wearable art and shares in classes as well.

A few photos that I took…that’s Ingrid next to her Super Woman of Wool tshirt…

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They host a fiber lovers circle on Wednesday evenings that she said I am welcome to join even though I would be the first hooker. Sounds like fun amongst other fiber lovers, let’s go! I look forward to learning more about the fibers at Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts and how I can incorporate them in my rugs.

Until the next hooking installment,

Super Awesome Hooker Shirley

 

 

Flash Paper Pumpkin Sale

You read that right! Receive your first month of Paper Pumpkin for 75% off! Paper Pumpkin is a paper creativity box delivered directly to your snail mail box that contains all of the supplies, samples and instructions to create awesome cards and projects each month. Ready to try it out for $5?

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Click on this link to zing you to paperpumpkin.com and automatically designate me as your demonstrator.

and the fine print:

  • for new subscribers only
  • not valid on prepaid subscriptions
  • discount applied to first kit

Sign Up and then look forward to your first box around July 15th! Thanks for your support!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Where in the World is the SU catalog?

I have been busy hand delivering catalogs across Wisconsin. Sometimes, catalogs arrive at their final destination via courier service. This catalog was first delivered to my nephew who was suppose to deliver it to Darla but it did not make it into the delivery car.

So I picked it up at my sister’s house and with the quick thinking Minturns, we hatched the plan to deliver it to Darla’s husband’s work. When I arrived, I inadvertently asked if this was where Darla worked. I quickly corrected myself and asked for Mark instead. I then explained that I do Where in the World is the SU catalog blog posts, would they like to participate? I let them know that Mark participates too:)

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They each picked a hand stamped greeting card in exchange for participating and being a courier service. Does anyone recognize these lovely ladies or know where Mark works? Add a comment with your guesses!

The final leg of the catalog courier service (that would be Mark) delivered the catalog to his lovely wife, Darla. She looks happy to have some new summer time material! She takes a great selfie too!

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Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Return of the Youtube Videos

Good Morning!

I have been absent from sharing Youtube videos every since my phone stopped talking to my computer. Seems as though I needed to update my computer software which did not sound like fun. I also needed a faster internet connection than what we have at the house to do the update. So I was off to do the update at M and D’s house!

Before hitting the update button, I first needed to make sure all the slides that my Dad and I scanned a few summer’s ago were backed up somewhere else. It was a lot of slides, in the thousands so I did not want to do that job again! I digitally scrapbooked all except for Dad’s navy photos which are still on the to do list. I’ll start sharing those layouts at some point. Remind me to do that!

Anywho, back to my Youtube video triumphant return! Actually, the first video I filmed is too long to upload from my house. Seriously, we have that slow of a connection! But this video uploaded in under an hour! So I’ll share this one with you. It ties into my post from last week here about sharing at senior living communities.

Hope you enjoy watching and look forward to new videos on my channel. I have over 200 videos now so take a look around while you are there!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

If I were pearls, where would I be?

Here is the follow up to my Facebook Live post last week where I shared a sneak peek of the design for my monthly team cards. I was also playing a game with myself that I know you can relate too! It is called, if I were a supply, where would I be? The game starts with me standing in the middle of my stamping room and scanning all surfaces with my eyes. I think back to when I last used the supply and then I can usually find it pretty quickly. This method did not work this time though! Those pearls were hidden good!

I had looked several times throughout the day for the pearls so decided to look again the next morning. Within 30 seconds of looking the next morning, I found the pearls! So I was off to finish the cards and they went out via snail mail shortly after.

If you join my team in June, you will receive this card too! Let me know if you want to meet at the new Greenbush Bakery location to discuss being a demonstrator. We can stamp a donut paper project while we chat too.

I thought I would share the card assembly progress in photos so hope you like the behind the scenes looks!

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My Super Awesome Team Members enjoy about a card in their snail mailbox a month from me. Sound like a super awesome perk me up? Join my team today to start perking!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Senior Stampers are Super Awesome!

I have visited the New Perspective in Senior Living community twice a month almost since they opened. When I initially toured the community, I thought I was just touring to see if I could hold stamping events there. Turned out, the activity director wanted me to lead greeting card making events for the residents!

I have since expanded sharing at many other senior living communities that will take a chance at trying this activity with their residents. The residents are happy to take away cards they can mail and frequently have stories to share about loved ones appreciating getting mail from them.

Most of today’s stampers agreed to being in photos and I remembered to take them! So here are the super awesome stampers from New Perspective!

Melody (on left) stamps on her own with Paper Pumpkin and was also featured in a Facebook Live video on my business page about a month ago as mother of the bride being the bridal shower hostess. Yvonne quietly works to make her cards look professional. I think she secretly has an art background and seems to enjoy creating the cards and using the supplies.

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Marion (on the left) has a funny story to tell about all the cards she has given her husband Bob over the years. She has actually only given him a few instead re-using the same card each year.  In my mind, she adds another personal note each year to make the card special. I’ll have to ask her if that is what she did! She said the box of cards has been misplaced so is happy to get some new ones during our sessions.

Shirley is in the middle and does not see too well. Her friend Marge usually attends and they work together to assemble the cards. Marion and I helped her today so her flowers and balloons were going the right way!

Millie just starting attending and always is smiling through the session. I think she likes everything about creating cards, the colors, the textures and the supplies we use are fun!

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Joann and Ruth usually arrive with people in mind to mail their cards to. I try to vary the sentiments and include lots of Happy Birthday designs. IMG_7189

I included a bonus gift box in today’s session. I repurposed the flowers from the decorations from Melody’s daughter’s bridal shower. The pearl on the vase flower decoration was too thick to mail with one stamp. Added a snippet of antique ribbon and they have a summery gift box in case they need it.

My Senior Living Stampers are Super Awesome! I enjoy my time with them! Thanks for stamping with me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

You Soar High Above the Rest Rob!

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My nephew Rob finished another few years of college beyond his first degree at the Carroll College graduation ceremony yesterday. He is now a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Insert clapping here! Good thing because I just learned on Friday that my toes may need physical therapy. My toes?!? Yes, you read that right and that was my reaction too. Rob called it pre-hab. Oh the joys of the Merker toes!

This was Rob in line to get his diploma and sash conferred.

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His shirt was watermelon wonder colored so he was on trend! There may have even been some peek-a-boo peach, dapper denium and smoky slate in his bow tie. His sash was a hue of sage shadow so mom Tricia (my sister) will treasure that sash forever!

Good Luck to all the graduates as they start their next phase on life’s journey!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Where in the World is the SU Catalog?

Today’s location is easy, MY HOUSE! A stack of brand new 2017-2018 annual catalogs arrived yesterday via the UPS truck. The delivery was early in the day so I had the finish my work before I could plunk down and enjoy paging through. The ideas showcasing our product line are super awesome!

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Need a copy of the catalog? Visit me, host a party, place an order are all ways you can receive your own copy as a thank you for supporting my business.

Today’s look through will include making a shopping list. Designer Series Paper is always at the top of my list! Fabulous designs and color combinations make project creation easy when using our papers. What is at the top of your list? Leave a comment below with your pick.

Have a nice day and include some stamping in it!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Fly Away with Fun Fridays

I snail mailed these cards to members of my Super Awesome Stampers team earlier this week. So everyone should have received one by now so I can reveal the design and the fun postage stamps!

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One of the perks of being on my team is receiving about a card a month in your snail mail box. A fun surprise that shows up to brighten your day! If this perk sounds like something you would enjoy, ask me how to become a part of my team.

Have a Super Awesome Weekend!

Shirley

Where in the World is the SU catalog?

I am going to let the pictures do the talking since I am tired from a day of advocacy for the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. Photos have already been shared on Facebook so this might be an easy one for those that already follow me on Facebook.

Dana and I had just finished our first meeting. As we rounded the corner, I spied the badger. I told Dana about my Where in the World posts. She was happy to participate and I was happy for a model to hold the catalog!

More hints where I was today. Bonus Points if you can name what job the people we were visiting have and what their names are!

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Sandra Gines and Hayley Young from WBCC did a great job preparing and ensuring the day went smoothly. Thank you for that!

While waiting for my ride this morning, I remembered that a hand stamped thank you card might be a welcome piece of snail mail for the people we talked with today. I had a few notecards already stamped on hand so I grabbed those quick. Snail mail boxes will be a little more fun for a few people thanks to my ready made stash and quick thinking.

Add a comment with your guesses for another round of Where in the World is the SU catalog!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. Click here to learn more about the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition. WBCC’s mission is to bring Wisconsin voices together to Stand Up and Speak Out about breast cancer through Legislation, Education, and Collaboration.