Gracious Gathering with Snatam Kaur

I checked Overture’s seating chart over last weekend for tickets to experience Snatam Kaur. There were 2 front row seats available. I checked again before heading out last night and they were still there! I decided to take advantage of these seats if they were available when I arrived at the box office. Alas, they were sold to the couple that had just visited the box office before me.

So I settled for a front row balcony seat where I could receive the full experience. I would be able to see all the performers, enjoy the music float up and enjoy the heat rise too.

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As I entered my row, a person sat 2 seats over. Soon, a couple were seated between us. To my right was a person that slipped in her seat after me. As I opened my newly purchased CD, I decided to act on my intention for the evening. I wanted to make a connection. One sentence that entered my mind as I drove down East Washington Street.

We had a lively exchange. Tracy is a storyteller. WOW, an author, I thought. She traveled from Menomonie today for a storytelling session at a local library. I asked if she was reading from her own books. Tracy said, no, she is a real life story teller. Experiencing Snatam Kaur was a maybe on her agenda for the day. I am glad she made it a priority. She helped make my new experience for the day better.

My intention of making a connection was fulfilled by meeting Tracy. I grew up just south of Menomonie, attending the Sacred Chant was a maybe for me too and I am a storyteller through my blog. If I had not gotten a little lost navigating the Madison streets, I would have been in the front row seats and missed the opportunity to meet Tracy. Funny how that worked out. My GPS was conspiring with the universe:)

The Sacred Chant Concert started. As the simple sounds from the stage started filling the room, the fifth instrument, the audience voices, grew stronger. Space after the mantras are left open. No clapping after finishing the mantras. Although there was clapping throughout the concert including a reminder to vote. Snatam Kaur is a peace activist so I would have expected no less than her statements surrounding voting.

There were bagpipes, oh yes. An expected guest via a cell phone tone is my guess. They sounded at an appropriate time during a chant introduction about finding your own voice. We had a laugh at that.

To finish the night, Snatam Kaur signed CD’s. I was star struck! I was trying to think of something to say and came up with just saying Peace and Thank You. Those stars came out so I don’t think that is what I said. Snatam Kaur was a gracious host throughout the night and during the after show. I am glad I attended!

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One last thought. Snatam Kaur is a scientist. So we have starting out in science in common. We most likely have similar thought patterns. Maybe that is why I have been so drawn to her and her music. I remember reading about Snatam Kaur after she appeared in Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions. I’ll have to watch the session again. It was a good one.

This blog entry might be the start of a scrapbook I have been thinking about starting. All About Me is the theme. I have scrapbooked hundreds of pages over the years but very little of those pages are about me. Maybe this life experience will be page #1.

peace, light and love…

Super Awesome Sacred Chanter Shirley

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Daisy Jar Class

It’s a design day in the stamp room today. I won’t be taking out the garbage until all the supplies are put back in their cases:) Yes, I am down to working with 2 inches of clear desk space and stamps are teetering in stacks.
The designs are for the August Card Buffet and Daisy Jar class.  The Daisy Jar is below. Note that the foliage is fresh cut from the lilacs that had a few flowers opening!
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All supplies are included in the Daisy Jar class, except the lilac foliage although we could send you home with a bunch:) The Daisy Jar class is by prepay only since you will go home with a new daisy punch and whatever you don’t use from your package of faceted gems. Cost is $35 and is due to me by August 1st so I can order the supplies.
The Card Buffet is 10 cards with envelopes for $20, you provide your adhesives. You are welcome to attend the buffet and then start on your jar when you are finished with the buffet. RSVP for the buffet is by Wednesday, August 8th, 8pm.
The Daisy Jar class and Card Buffet will be offered on Friday, August 10th, 5:30-8pm and Saturday, August 11th, 1-3:30pm. I have added 30 minutes to the session in case you want to make the jar and do the buffet.
RSVP by clicking Contact above and let me know if you want to attend the Daisy Jar class or Card Buffet or both. Pay for both events at the same time and receive an extra card kit at the buffet.

Hope you can join me for some stamping fun in August!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Black Ice – Hottest Paper Crafting Technique

Black ice is the hottest paper crafting technique, literally because a heat gun is used to melt embossing powder for a raised effect. It’s also a popular technique so it is hot in that sense too. Here is my version using the copper foil paper since I did not see any samples using the copper foil.

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This photo shows a side by side of the copper foil that has had the black ice technique applied on the left side. It is shimmery and looks like a layer of lake ice has been applied. The right side is as the copper foil appears directly out of a new package. It is smooth and shiny.

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The embossing powder is very fine so a containment system is needed. I use some scrap copy paper as shown in the video below. To protect my work surface, I use a desk blotter and recycle the top sheet after using embossing powder because the fine particles tend to scatter. Even with the huge desk blotter, I managed to dump some on my table:( I picked up what I could to put back in the container. The embossing powder has very small particles so a little goes a long way.

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Supplies used to create this hand stamped greeting card…

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To see how to recreate the black ice technique, watch my Youtube video:

All supplies can be ordered at my online store by clicking here.

dimensions of the layered pieces:

Pick a Pattern designer series paper 3×4 inches, item # 144163

Crumb Cake mat 2 13/16 x 3 14/16 inches, item #120953

Copper Foil 2 11/16 x 3 12/16 inches, item # 142020

about 3 1/2 inches very vanilla 1/2 inch lace ribbon, item #141672

about 8 inches basic black bakers twine, item #134576

Thanks for supporting my business!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Free Shipping on Monday!

I woke up to an email that said FREE SHIPPING on Monday, December 11 on all Stampin’ Up! orders! Need a package of real red to finish your holiday cards or a spool of our coordinating ribbons? All orders qualify for free shipping on Monday!

This is one last chance to give you a few more dollars to spend on stampin goodies before the holidays. We are offering free shipping for 24 hours only. Free shipping runs from 12:00 AM, December 11 to 11:59 PM (MT).

I am excited, are you? I’ll have my order ready to enter when I wake up tomorrow morning. If I get in the queue early enough, I should have the order by Friday!

PLEASE use host code 77PGZQE9 if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the code so you can enjoy all the host rewards. If you would like your own host code to share with your friends, please ask! You can share the code of social media, email or smile and dial works too!

All orders over $50 excluding shipping and tax qualify for my Online Shopper Rewards program too. Go to that Project Type on the right side of my blog for details on the program.

Click on the image below to zoom to my store to make your list and check it twice. Then place your online order on December 11th to enjoy free shipping. Thanks for your support of my business!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

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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