A little cupcake with your frosting…

I have a support system…well let’s call it a sprinkles supplier (My Mom), along with empty plates to fill (for my Dad). Both will have something sweet a few times a day if offered, fresh baked, even better.

Here is our latest baking session…ginger bit cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sundae toppings themed decorated cupcakes plus what was left of the batter to make a mini cake.

My Mom enjoys the heaps of frosting and lots of sprinkles on our decorated cupcakes.

Dad prefers a lighter layer of sugar…

mini cake for 2…

A waffle cone was broken for the finishing touch. It absorbed moisture overnight. So if you are recreating this design, add the cone bits right before serving if you want the crunch.

Natasha’s Kitchen chocolate cupcake recipe is the winner with a soft crumb. Here is a link to her video: https://youtu.be/OS3mw-_kTkI

Inspiration to decorate these cupcakes came from Chaleese Bakes Cakes: https://youtu.be/ulixexbTsn4

I’ll share the story about how my cupcake decorating relates to my stamping business in an upcoming post.

Until the next bake!

Super Awesome Cupcake Decorator Shirley

DIY Planner Tabs

Attending a Stampin’ Up! convention usually means a notebook is included in our swap bag. I decided to DIY one of these notebooks to create a planner with my handy Everyday Label punch, scorning board. and colorful paper scraps.

Folding my new tabs and securing with a staple to the top of a page…

It was a quick project that makes running my business easier now that I can easily go to my notes for a particular program.

Supplies Used:

Everyday Label Punch

Scoring Tool

Purple Posy cardstock

Daffodil Delight cardstock

Mint Macaron cardstock

Pool Party cardstock

Just Jade cardstock

Consider adding tabs to a notebook to create your own custom planner!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Mini-Catalog is live today!

August is an exciting month! Today the August-December 2020 Mini-Catalog went live. If you are a customer of mine, you should have received a copy in your snail mailbox. Otherwise, check out the pdf copy available on the right side of my blog.

Here is what the cover of the new catalog looks like. Dig it out of your mail pile and shop today. Then you will have fun and fresh supplies to craft with when you are ready.

A new online shopping experience was also rolled out today. When you visit my online store, expect a different look and take a few moments to navigate around. If you are placing an order under $150, please use host code 6WJ3ZMNV. This host code is automatically entered if you click these words to do your shopping. If it’s over $150, do not use the code so you can redeem all the host rewards. Want a host code to invite your friends to order on your party? Click the Contact button above to get the conversation started.

August also marks my anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. It’s been 17 years since I decided I preferred perfectly coordinating products delivered right to my front. The coordination has just gotten better over the years. The ribbons are still my favorite, though, with the interesting textures and rich colors.

Last, the August Kits in the Mail are ready for ordering. I have 6 kits ready for shipping. Would you like to claim one? Click here for all the details.

Happy Shoppin’ and Stampin’!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Cleaning Protocol, I got this one!

Good Morning Stampers. Many of you offer to help clean up after attending an event. Thank you for the offer, but I got this! I have a system I use between events that involves disinfect spray, wipes, hot soapy water and fresh air. Yes, I open the windows except on blizzard days;)

Here is what I do:

1) The stamps and blocks are rinsed under the wash tub faucet to remove excess ink. Stamps are removed from the block and cleaned with stampin mist on the stampin scrub and set aside to dry. Blocks are dunked in hot, soapy water until the rest of the clean up is done. They get a good 30 minute soak:) They are rinsed in hot water and then air dried.

2) Open the windows, in part to reduce the cleaning agents smell. I am sensitive to all smells and is why you won’t smell perfume when you enter my house.

3) Unroll a wad of paper towels. Wipe down all the ink pads, community utensils, big shot and big shot accessories with disinfectant. Now is a great time to invest in your own utensils so you don’t have to use the community ones.

4) Wipe down the door handles with disinfectant.

5) Wipe down tables and chairs with disinfectant.

6) Vacuum the floors. I frequently steam clean the carpets and ask that your shoes be removed.

7) All Done!

My cleaning protocol has been in place almost as long as my Stampin’ Up! business of close to 17 years. Germs have never been my friend since I am the one most likely to get sick after a gathering with people. Perhaps I was fighting cancer all those years so germs took a backseat in the fight. We will never know. Since my cancer treatment was severely harsh, it’s been a long fight back to relative health. I am ever vigilant about germs since I know I can barely fight my own, let alone the ones other people carry. I have taken steps to rebuild my immune system but it will never return to optimal levels that most of the population enjoys. When I get sick with a cold, it takes me weeks and many boxes of kleenex to recover from effects that are noticeable. I am sure the cellular level is still working hard long after the sniffles are gone. That’s why I drink kombucha, teas and eat mostly things that grow out of the earth.

I am a scientist so understand the world we can only see under a microscope and even smaller than that. Tiny molecules that can only be detected with very expensive and large equipment. I worked first in an environmental lab cleaning up Super Fund sites where gasoline tanks were leaking. I moved on to working in a pharmaceutical lab; testing the drugs I would later take to combat my cancer. Since I understand how germs work, my cleaning protocol has been in place since the beginning of my business, keeping you and me at relative safety from the germs. Doing what I can for sickness prevention is the best way to keep living life on track.

Please know that you can ask me about my cancer journey since I don’t bring it up in conversation. If you are curious to learn what my experience was and is like, I can answer questions. I can tell you that all the weight that I lost has found me again;)

Until we meet, stay well!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley



Day or Weekend in the Country Retreats

Sometimes, you just need to take a day in the country for yourself. Enjoy the crisp, country air and sights around the pond at Cattail Retreats. Partake in good foods and get as little sleep as you want to. It’s ok, you can craft the night away!

Here is the view from the craft room…the bright light in the greenery is the pond which changes with each season. Work on your favorite crafting projects while you spread out on your own table.


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:)


February 21-23, 2020 is the next weekend retreat. Arrive anytime after 10am on Friday and depart by 3pm on Sunday. Cost is $120 per person. Can you only stay for the day? Then the cost is $25 per day. We coordinate meals with breakfast on your own. Then 1-2 people provide, prepare and clean up for the lunch and dinner for Friday and Saturday. Sunday is leftovers.

It’s a 30 minute drive to Cattail Retreat in Poynette with short commute up the interstate. The house is about a mile from the interstate and is easy to find.

The website for Cattail can be found by clicking here.

August 7-9, 2020 and October 23-25, 2020 are also reserved at Cattails.

Please contact me to reserve your spot and receive further details.

Thanks and hope to share a retreat soon with you!

Super Awesome Retreater Shirley