ICS Blog Hop Varied Vases


Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase a color challenge using the colors below. You may have arrived from Ginger Rabesa’s blog and her fabulous project. My project is below.


I decided to use the stamp set Varied Vases and coordinating Vases Builder punch. But my stamp table had other plans for this project. I used the Vases Builder punch with a different stamp set.

The stamp set Crafting Forever was at the top of the pile since we had used it at the Card Buffet on Sunday. I picked it up because I was reading the sentiment incorrectly during the buffet. As I was thinking about the conversation I had with Diane during the buffet, I took a real good look at the writing. I was saying the verse as shown on the card below during the buffet and Diane corrected me. I was squinting at the red rubber while reading it during the buffet and had not used this verse before. I have been leaving the label off on the backside of the stamp so the stamp sticks to the acrylic block better. So there was no label to read, just the squinting at the red rubber.

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Raise your inky fingers if you have gotten lost in your stamp room and did not get the assigned house chores done. My hand goes up, but I am assigning the chores:) This was a funny moment during the buffet when I realized my eyes only saw what they wanted to see and I spoke what my eyes saw.

Use our 1/8 inch circle hand held punch to create the scissor holes…

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Attach a piece of ribbon since we mark our favorite ribbon cutting scissors this way…

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Use the Vases Builder punch for a pop of coastal cabana and blackberry bliss colors…

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Those half circle stamps are the scissor loops.

All the supplies used plus the Wood Crate framelit and blackberry bliss marker. Use the marker directly on the verse so the “whe” is not inked:)

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Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Karie Beglau’s blog to see what fun colors she used in her project.



World Famous Dill Rolls, ok maybe just in my family


Yum! Need I type more? I make yeast risen rolls starting with warm water, yeast, flour and salt. Yes, the old fashioned way. I modernize it by kneading with the stand mixer to just the right texture. The smell of the dough rising is the best way to bring you into the present. A fresh, hot roll slathered with real butter is a treat!

Growing up, I remember Mom use to bake her own bread too. But she got the frozen dough which made her job a little easier. Fresh bread out of Mom’s oven was the best. A slice of bread with a layer of butter and cinnamon sugar was a frequent afternoon treat.

I am an admin of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Facebook group for demonstrators that no longer have upline support. I host a once a month meeting where the first post is, Roll Call! Who’s online with us? I add a photo of my latest rolls or the dill roll photo if nothing has come out of my oven recently.

I just did a roll call post for the entire group with the dill roll photo and had requests for the recipe. I recalled I had created a post about the roll adventures already so I looked back in the blog and found it. Click here to read the original post about the Dill, the Dog and the Toad. In this post, I included the photo layout below.

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Here is the requested recipe for the dill rolls. They might make World Famous status if my demonstrator friends around the world bake them!

Dill Rolls Recipe by Shirley Merker

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pyrex measuring cup in microwave or stove top pan.

Add 3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese and 1/3 cup water.

Heat to about 105 degrees fahrenheit. Add to stand mixer bowl.

Into stand mixer bowl, add 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar. Let proof for a few minutes. I like to see the yeast exploding before I proceed to the next step. Just the chemist in me I suppose.

Add 2 1/4 cups bread flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons minced onion, 2 teaspoons fresh dill weed, 1 room temperature egg.

Use dough hook to mix until just to smooth stage. Add more flour if needed.

Cover mixer bowl with tea towel and let rise until doubled.

Divide dough into 12 pieces. Then divide the 12 pieces into 3 pieces. Place 3 pieces per muffin cup.

Let rise, uncovered, until batter fills the cup and overflows like in the photo above. If your room humidity is dry, loosely cover with a stiff bag so the bag does not touch the dough.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pan and place on cooling rack after asking everyone in the house to partake in a hot roll. If this is your afternoon refreshment, serve with a cup of #nessallakombucha, #treeripepeaches and assorted #eaugalleitalian cheeses. Dinner is then optional:)

I usually make note if I borrow a recipe from another source. The recipe page does not indicate an alternate source so I am not sure if I copied another recipe or made this recipe up. Either way, they are so good!

Please add a comment if you baked a batch and where in the world you are located. It would be fun to learn you enjoyed my recipe and shared with your family. Hmmm…maybe I should bake a batch again soon?

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley



Free Ink Pads ends Tuesday


Don’t delay if you want to refresh your ink pads since this offer ends Tuesday. Fine print follows:

  • Free assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads available only to new demonstrators who submit applications by July 31st at my online website by clicking here.
  • Each Stampin’ Pad Family is an assortment of 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors.
  • The 2017–2020 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads bundle is exclusive to this promotion and includes all colors in both the 2017–2019 In Colors as well as those in the 2018–2020 In Colors.
  • The Neutrals assortment does not include the three Basic colors: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White.

Receive all the benefits of being a part of my Super Awesome Stampers Team which include a card in your snail mail box from me about once a month. Team events featuring make-n-takes, party favors and all things stamping. Customized support from me during all stages of your demonstratorship whether you want to buy for yourself,  host an occasional event or build a business to pay the bills.

Please let me know if you have any questions about being a demonstrator. If you are ready to receive $200 in products you select for $99 plus tax with no shipping, sign up is online through my website here. Looking forward to having you on my team!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Ink and Share Blog Hop Waterfront


Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring masculine themed projects made with Stampin’ Up! products designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrin’s blog and her fabulous project. My hop design is below and features the Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.


I have been wanting to ink up this stamp set for months and did I ever ink it up! I used all of these ink pads in order of the inking line.


These are the colors I used…


Linen thread and burlap ribbon were discarded as embellishment. They took away from the serene scene.

Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Phoebe’s blog to see what summer themed project she designed.


If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Deb Naylor

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Jo Blackman

Ginger Rabesa

Rhonda Waechter

Sandrin Jse

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Phoebe Borromeo-Carr

Linda Handford

Sue McDonald

Kirsten Aitchison

Jacqueline Bobeldijk-Schilder

Vickie Kerr

Tricia Butts

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!
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