Halloween Sugar Cookies

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Dad’s plate of unfrosted sugar cookies. Had a little frosting left so spread it thin.

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I only ate 2 while Mom and I decorated. Mom did not sample but she said they smell so good! I followed my sister Wendy’s recipe which is written at the front of the Lutheran Ladies Cookbook, compiled around 1989.

Hope you are having a spooky Halloween!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Happy Halloween!

On my to do list for yesterday was taking photos of the swap cards from the September Fall Fling Demonstrator Gathering I coordinate. I had fun walking around Mom and Dad’s house finding different textures and colors for the backgrounds for these photos. You will enjoy these photos in the coming weeks since there are about 50 designs to share.

M and D’s house is fully decorated for Halloween. So when Mom suggested I use these creatures in my photos, I told her I had already shared these designs on my blog so I did not need to retake the photos.

Well, we retook the photos and here they are! The books make fun props too.

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We did not get to making the spooky sugar cookies at the time I wrote this post. It was on my to do list for Halloween Eve. So, I’ll share those photos after we bake and decorate them on Halloween.

Have a spooky fun day!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Get Creative Have Fun Repeat

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That is all for today.

Oh and I have crossed 3 items off my to do list today.

If you follow along my business facebook page, you would have seen the to do list this morning. Working on item number 4 and found the Get Creative+Have Fun+Repeat image on my desktop. Catch you tomorrow for some spooky Halloween fun!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Day in the Country Paper Crafting Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Enjoy the crisp, fall air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Or perhaps work on holiday projects after the leaves have fallen and it feels more like winter is setting in.

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond which changes with each season.

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Here is what you will feel like after your day in the woods retreat…Ok, so this was after 3 days on the most recent October weekend retreat. Lots of sewing, scrapbooking, card kit making and decor crafts happened prior to this photo:)

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Our day retreat starts with a Card Buffet or Scrapbook with Me sessions or sign up for both activities. A seasonal lunch will be provided. Then, use the afternoon to work on your own projects. You will get your own table to spread out on for the afternoon.

Day retreats are Saturday, November 9th and December 7th. The event starts at 8:30am and ends at 5pm. It’s a 30 minute drive to Cattail Retreat in Poynette just to give you an idea that it’s an easy commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate and is easy to find.

The cost depends on the activities you sign up for. Card Buffet only is $40. Scrapbook with Me only is $45. Sign up for both activities and the cost is $80. Price is per person and due to me by November 1st so I have enough time to prepare projects and reserve the space.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

Interested in retreating with us for the entire weekend? Contact me for details about the weekend retreats in February, August and October. Thanks!

Thanks and hope to share a day retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Twas the Night Before Stamp Expo…

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Twas the night before stamp expo pack up and all through the house, the supply tubs were stacked high, almost to the ceiling I dare!

The prep tables were a mess of snippets of ribbons, empty spool rolls, scraps of pretty patterned papers left next to Carl Cutter, he is my second boyfriend you know;)

Lots of self adhesive embellishments were cut apart, stuffed into kits, ready for the Card Buffets’ start.

The score board is worn out, markers placed at 4.25 and 5.5 inches. Where is the stylus? Stored right on the board for scores on one last minute design.

Fifteen packages of whisper white envelopes opened and how many whisper white cardstock packages cut down? I have lost count!

A few more hours to prep for scrapbooking class. My favorite themes: snowpeeps, fall and flowers. The time will go quick!

Now off to bed I go, otherwise I’ll risk punching lopsided daises, for the Tin of Cards class.

See you soon at the One of Kind Stamp and Scrap Expo in Madison!

original poem by Super Awesome Stamper Shirley Merker