Pile o’ Christmas Cheer

It always starts with someone in mind. A person may need cheering up or wishing birthday greetings. This time, I had my senior living communities to design for. What would I gift them for a little Christmas cheer when I visit in December?

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The package needs to be easily opened and can be reusable. I let people know they can enjoy the treat inside, refill it and re-gift it. It needs to be festive and fun and easy to assemble since I have many to make.

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So I started gathering piles of supplies I had on hand, designed the favor and then ordered the supplies needed to make about 300. Each resident and staff will receive one. They were a big hit with the first communities I visited yesterday.

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If we cross paths in December, I’ll gift you one too. In case we don’t, here is a Youtube video showing how to assemble plus a few other ideas at the end of the video.

 

Happy Holidays!

Super Awesome Party Favor Maker Shirley

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Sunny Thanks

I needed a quick party favor so I pulled out my Paper Pumpkin bits box. Can you tell which parts are leftover bits?

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The sunflower (edited from the original snowflower typing error, must have snow on my mind!) tags are leftovers from the Something Good to Eat kit available at my online store here. The stamp is from the Layered Leaves kit which is sold out. I have an extra Layered Leaves stamp set if you would like one.

The 2×6 cello bags are currently sold in the annual catalog. I cut them down to fit 2 colored coordinated tootsie rolls. Gotta have candy that matches the packaging! 🙂

Paper Pumpkin kits are a monthly program that delivers paper crafting kits to your snail mailbox with almost everything you need to create the projects inside (you may have to add your own scissors). FAQs and sign up is through this link.

Kits are affordably giftable at $20 plus tax per month. Order subscriptions to bring the price down $1 or $2 per month based on the number of months you order. Subscription orders are placed through my online store here. Scroll down to Paper Pumpkin on the left side after reaching my online store to find subscription pricing. After purchasing subscriptions, Paper Pumpkin will email you with the promo code so you can add it to your Paper Pumpkin account.

I hope you like Paper Pumpkin as much as I do!

Super Awesome Paper Pumpkin Stamper Shirley

Toil and Trouble, Boil and Bubble

Jim’s sister Sue created this pin worthy tablescape. It screams Something Wicked This Way Comes. Notice the test tubes? These are left overs from her Something Good to Eat Paper Pumpkin kit from last year. Full kits, refill kits and test tubes are available through my online store here.

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She created her own labels that say spider venom, unicorn fur, toad pee, raven’s blood and zombie blood. Fun!

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I’ll be handing out candy tonight. I plan to create some owloween treat bags like I shared in this post for my stamping neighbors. So unmask yourself so I can give you the chocolate!

Happy Halloween!

Super Awesome Shirley in the Halloween pajama pants

Fun Fridays, Share the Fun!

I have been sharing the designs from fellow demonstrators this week and have more designs to share next week. For today, I thought I would share photos of the prep work and also demonstrators that attended the Fall Fling.

I provided 8 make-n-takes and used my tubbing system to make sure all the supplies used for one project could be contained in a tub. Starting from the top left are 2 cards, the holiday catalog dsp share, scrapbook layout (blogged about here), an acetate gift box, a pizza gift box, a sheet of thick whisper white that could be stamped with images from The Little Things stamp set and a Halloween treat bag.

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I use rolling suitcases to transport the tubs to the stamping location. Four tubs fit in one suitcase. The Big Shot is strapped to the extended handle. My CentreStage bag is strapped on too. I use the suitcase pockets for grid sheets, catalogs, additional Big Shot platforms, stamp-n-scrubs and mist cleaning bottles. My method of transport is slick!

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Some action shots during the gathering. I’ll have to put group photo on the agenda next time!

Hope you enjoyed seeing behind the scenes. If you want to attend our next gathering, contact me to discuss options. Have a nice weekend!

Super Awesome Coordinator Shirley

Bridal Brunch Thank You Cards

So what to do with your bridal brunch paper decor after the party is over? How about transforming the supplies into the guest thank you cards. This is what I did with the patterned paper, flirty flamingo cardstock and vase wraps that were part of the table centerpieces from the bridal brunch this past Saturday.

original decor:

transformed with a little cutting, punching and stamping…

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Watch my Facebook Live video to see how the decorative label punch is used for the thanks tag and to see the assembly line! Search for Super Awesome Stamper Shirley Merker in Facebook to find my business page.

I’ll make delivery to Melody on Wednesday. Hope they like the re-design!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

Embossing Folders on Sale! aka the Retiring List has posted

SU announced the retiring list of products from the annual and Spring occasions catalog. I just cruised the online store and found these essential Big Shot paper transformers!

The real zingers are these though:

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I reach for these to add the perfect last detail to many projects including these sour cream party favors shared at our annual paper crafting retreat:

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Ready to place an order for those embossing folders, super awesome fringe scissors and other fine products? My online store is open! Click on this link to shop now.

Please use hostess code E6NBEWZZ if your order is less than $150. If your order is more than $150, you should consider being a demonstrator (under me!) so you can buy your products at a discount! If you still want to order more than $150 and be my customer, that is fine too. Just don’t use the hostess code because you get to keep all the host rewards.

Happy Stampin!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. Don’t mind the grid below. I can’t delete it and it transferred with a copy and paste.

 

Scrabble and Hot Cross Buns

We hosted an Easter afternoon with Jim’s family on Sunday. Preparations included rounding up all the special dinner and service ware. The next house will have a built in glassware wall, yes, I typed WALL. I like to make tablescapes just like my Mom does.

We have a several generations of glassware from both sides of the families. China from  my Grandma G, serving ware that has been passed down, glasses from a sister (and we used all of them!).

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Bunny butt treat bags ensured candy got taken out of the house but just as much candy stayed with us. Cotton tails were on the backsides of the bags.

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My first hot cross buns turned out delicious. I’ll be substituting rye flour in my next batch and taste testing with my Dad. He misses the raisin rye from the Dunnsville bakery. I think this is a similar recipe.

My nephew Travis shares his brown eggs for fresh from the farm goodness. His eggs are the extra large brown ones. I dyed the others from store bought white eggs (don’t tell Travis!) with either pickled beet juice or spinach and red onion skin dyed water. Pretty!

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Nancy brought a festive dessert. Nice ending to a home baked meal.

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Our first Scrabble board. Started with KEG and ended with UR both relating to the beverage industry.

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After another Scrabble game, our afternoon was up. Jim and I tidied up while our guests drove back to their homes. Thanks for visiting!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. I did not take a photo of my plate with all the courses. We had honey glazed ham, green bean casserole, lettuce salad, twice baked potatoes, pickled beets, hot cross buns, regular buns and champagne. Yum!

Card Buffet…so many fun options!

I have offered a Card Buffet event for several years. I feel it is the best option for guests and for me. Guests select which cards to create from the line up and how many of each card. I get to design using lots of fun colors and coordinating products and make those piles of supplies…ready to be stamped and assembled!

I have all the designs ready for the sessions this week so I thought I would share them.

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I typically include a 3-D project and Paper Pumpkin kits too in the buffet line up. I will have a scrapbook layout available as well but I don’t have it designed yet.

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Ready to create a few cards? Sessions are Thursday, March 16th, 1:30-3:30pm, Saturday, March 18th, 10am-noon and Sunday, March 19th, 2-4pm.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 14th so I can have enough kits ready and a station reserved for you.

Cost is 10 cards with envelopes or 3-D’s for $20. I can provide adhesive for $3 or bring your own.

Earn extra kits by prepaying by March 14th, placing an order during the event, being new to stamping with me, bringing friends with you that have not stamped with me before.

Thanks and hope to stamp with you this week!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

 

Pretties

I love to create 3-D’s…maybe it is because I know a treasure will be tucked inside…maybe it’s because I can use embellishments that have thickness…I know it’s because I can use my coordinating Stampin’ Up! products to make the design session easier and presentation look professional.

Here is what I am working on for an upcoming event where the ladies will appreciate the pampering. Our clear tiny treat boxes will contain the inspirational messages with fun touches.

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Assembly line…

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I decided to share my hoarded stash of sparkly embellishments which add the perfect touch to the box top. Pretties!

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These will be the dinner party favor. I hope to share the table setting after the event. So stay tuned!

Consider creating in sweet sugarplum today. It will delight your senses!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Valentine’s Made Easy

I needed to assemble lots of valentine’s party favors for my visits to senior living communities. The Adorning Arrows Paper Pumpkin comes to the rescue! Supplies for 24 boxes were included in this kit. Watch the quick How To video here:

Since February is a popular month for senior living visits, I needed quite a few more party favors so I went looking through my Paper Pumpkin past kit stash of leftover supplies and found what I needed to create the rest of the party favors.

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Quick and cute! Stamped the verse on the die cut banner, stapled it and the candy to the die cut heart and done!

The next favor combined cone bags from last year’s Spring catalog with Sending Love designer series paper and bits from a few different products. The folded bag end adds another layer of interest.

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Last favor was assembled almost as intended. The pink baker’s twine was suppose to be a bow but I decided to make it easy for me and used a length instead to add interest.

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Paper Pumpkin is on sale during Sale-a-bration! Get the full details at my website under the Paper Pumpkin section. I love getting a monthly kit in my snail mail box that just needs stamping and assembly. You would too!

Happy Stampin!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley