Stamping Lessons Lend to Cake Decorating

I have always loved frosting on cakes…give me the big flower with lots of edging! I had a Wilton cake decorating set years ago. A busy life and easy access to great Carl’s Cakes was little incentive to learn the craft of cake decorating. BUT, I have been plotting learning this skill with, you guessed it, Youtube videos.

I have the color combo’s learned from my years of paper crafting to guide me. Placement of focal points surrounded by smaller details and various texture lessons already give me a good foundation of skills. Now, it’s just baking the cakes, mixing the frostings and testing out my squeezing skills to make the fluffy, frosting flowers.

Here is my first attempt decorating a vanilla cake recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cook book copyright 1981. The serving size on this cake is 12 servings. You can see I had fun using all the tips in my starter Wilton tip set. I realized after posting this blog entry that this cake features trendy colors, Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Pale Papaya, Cajun Craze and Very Vanilla!

under the cake dome always looks better…frosting was butter, powdered sugar, milk

My next cake was a chocolate mocha cake. Cake recipe is from Ina Garten here. The frosting is heavy whipping cream with 2 packets of instant Sanka. The frosting was piped to look like a tree trunk slice on top with bark along the cake sides.

The pumpkins were piped using leftover over frosting from the first cake. Stems were plain coffee beans while the center circle had almond bark coated coffee beans. Leaves were molded using assorted tree leaves and almond bark. Definitely make this cake again. The mocha frosting is actually one we use to top chocolate chip cookies for tea.

For the next cake, I was trying to recreate Mom’s favorite Carl Cake’s flavor, apricot hazelnut. Instead of apricot, raspberry extract was used in the cake and frosting. The cake is again from Ina and is the Birthday Cake recipe here. I would split this recipe into 3, 8-9 inch circle pans the next time since it took way longer to bake and almost overflowed the pans I used.

The chocolate glaze is Aldi’s Berryhill chocolate hazelnut spread. Raspberry jam was the filling. The frosting was butter, Crisco shortening, powdered sugar and raspberry extract so it’s shelf stable. Flowers are from molds with melted chocolate chips. A tiny bit of yellow tinted frosting makes the pollen flower centers. I was trying for a succulent theme but the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorating tool did not have the right tips. So settled for the stars and shell border instead.

It was a fun experiment with different types of cakes, frosting and shaping tools. I decided that coupling frosting bags are on my shopping list along with those tips to create the succulents, roses and leaves. Never thought a flower nail would be on my list, but there ya go. Next up when I have some free time will be cupcakes so stay tuned!

Super Awesome Cake Decorator Shirley

A few kits left for this round featuring Beauty of the Earth and Bloom Where You’re Planted

I have a short stack of Kits in the Mail ready for shipping to you. Order one or both themes using the easy Paypal links in the blog post below.

Beauty of the Earth features an autumn feel, perfect for the crisp weather nights coming up.

Bloom Where You’re Planted kits feel like a visit to the greenhouse at Olbrich Gardens in Madison.

These greeting cards are vest folded with the personal greeting removed from the top opening. All supplies are included in the kits except adhesives, sentiment stamps and ink pads. Please note that patterned papers may be substituted as I work through my stock. Stampin’ Up! packages the patterned papers for customers, generally 2 sheets of each design per package with 6 designs per pack. Which makes kit stuffing a bit challenging, especially when I use large pieces of 2 cards per sheet such as in this design.

Order the kits using the Paypal buttons below.

2 Bloom Where You’re Planted greeting card kits

Includes 2 vest folded kits featuring Bloom Where You’re Planted suite products


2 Beauty of the Earth greeting card kits

Includes 2 vest folded kits featuring Beauty of the Earth suite products


4 vest folded greeting card kits

includes 1 each of 4 designs: 2 of Bloom Where You’re Planted and 2 Beauty of the Earth


I’ll share the kit assembly during the September 11, 2021 One of a Kind Facebook event. In case you are not on Facebook, I’ll email you the video link as well after it publishes to my Youtube channel. Thank you for ordering kits with me!

Super Awesome Shirley

Christmas Whimsy Card Kit on sale now!

Christmas Whimsy is an adorably festive card kit with a modern design! Santa’s elves might be hard at work in the North Pole but with this all-inclusive kit, the hard work is done for you! All pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to craft. The simple steps of this kit are perfect for beginner crafters and kids, too! Grab a kit or two! The kit contains everything you need to create eight elf-centric Christmas cards including printed card bases, die cuts, embellishments, an exclusive stamp set, a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot, and more!

Look at all this fun!

Here is video from our CEO, Sara Douglass, showing how to assemble this kit.

Looks like a kit you would like to order? Follow this link to my online store to add it to your order. This link uses a current host code to link your order to me. BUT, delete the host code in the online store IF your order is over $150, excluding shipping and tax, so you can redeem all the host rewards yourself. Don’t care for this kit but interested in others? Click this link to go to a post describing the Kits Collection.

HANG ON!!! If your order is over $99, you might consider joining my Super Awesome Stampers team. Right now, Stampin’ Up! is including your pick of 1 of 12 August-December catalog bundles to include in your welcome kit! Plus you get to select up to $125 of your choice of products and enjoy free shipping on the entire package! That’s a saving of around $15-$20! Click here for all the joining details and to sign up to be on my team. Thank You for considering it!

Here is a graphic of the 12 bundles that are available to add to your new demonstrator welcome kit. Maybe seeing all the neat options will entice you to be a Super Awesome Stamper!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Kits Collection Make an Afternoon of Fun!

At Stampin’ Up! we’re driven to make a positive difference in people’s lives. We offer not only great products and customer service, but we also provide amazing experiences, creativity, community, and more! 

We’re proud of our reputation for attracting and providing solutions for avid crafters, and we’ll continue to focus on that customer group. We also want to share this great opportunity and community with even more people and create a path for non-crafters and beginners to be a part of what we do—making it easier to craft with us and easier for demonstrators to share the Stampin’ Up! experience.

We see a real opportunity to reach other types of customers whom we believe would benefit from being associated with Stampin’ Up!—perhaps those who don’t consider themselves to be creative, have time or space limitations, or who would love to have fun experiences but aren’t interested in collecting crafting supplies (yet). We want to give these potential customers a taste of the Stampin’ Up! experience so they can see what we offer and imagine how it could make a positive difference in their lives.

Enter the Kits Collection. These all-inclusive kits were designed for beginner crafters or those looking for a quick creative fix. They are a fun and fast introduction to Stampin’ Up! and all that it has to offer—its creative focus, its active community, and its opportunities for personal growth.

Here is a video from Sara Douglass explaining what is included in a kit. They have even included a QR code in the box that will link you to an assembly video!

Looks like something you might want to try or share since they make excellent gifts too? This link will take you to my online store. At my online store, click on Shop Products/Kits Collection to see kit availability. These kits are only while supplies last so order while you are visiting my store. The link to my online store provided above uses a current host code which will link your order to me. Please remove the host code if your order is over $150 excluding shipping and tax so you can redeem all the host rewards yourself.

Check back tomorrow since the Christmas Whimsy kit will be revealed then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Beauty of the Earth was the August Suite of the Month

Suite of the Month is a unique program where you are rewarded for purchasing the designated suites from me. Yippee! You earn a free make and take kit when you purchase the designated suites with Youtube links provided for kit assembly. Which means you can assemble the kits when it works into your schedule. I’ll also include a Zoom social so we can chat about all things Stampin’ Up! or bees or cake decorating or whatever else we can find interesting to discuss:)

In addition, I am collaborating with other demonstrators across the globe that will be sharing 2 projects each using the same product suite. So you will get a bundle of ideas to use with the rest of your product suite by watching these videos. The video links and project photos will arrive in your email box as a pdf file. Super Sweet!

Please order early in the month if you want to participate in the Zoom socials since the socials will be held later in the month. When I see an order come through with the designated Suite of the Month, I’ll ship your make and take kit to you automatically for that month. Please Note: If you purchase the designated suite after the month has past for that suite, I will only be able to share the video links and not the make and take kits.

You are welcome to order any and all of the suites on the same order so you can earn and spend all the host rewards. If your order stays under $150 (excluding shipping and tax), please use the host code on the right side of my blog when ordering. If your order is over $150, don’t use a host code so you can redeem all the host rewards yourself.

Here are the Suites being featured with links to my online store using a current host code. All page numbers refer to the May-April 2021-2022 catalog unless noted.

September – Tidings of Christmas page 88-89

October – Gingerbread and Peppermint page 8-10

November – Pansy Petals page 28-29

December – Expressions in Ink page 96-97

Any questions, click the contact button at the top of my blog.

Here are the project videos for the Beauty of the Earth suite which was featured in August.

Thanks for stamping with me!

Super Awesome Suite of the Month Stamper Shirley