New Catalog Products Sneak Peek Main Stage Presenter Samples

Fellow Great Lakes demonstrators got the design opportunity to play with brand new products and present them to use on the Main Stage. Sandy did a great job with the Follow Your Art Suite. I am always impressed by samplers and this one is super awesome!

I received this stamp set during the make n take supply distribution(read about that here), and will have the rest of the products on my order this week. Are you interested in making a sampler similar to this one? Please click the Contact button above if you are. I’ll set class dates for May and you will be first on the RSVP list!


Is convention starting to look like a fun day? It is. I would love to have you join me in November. First step is to become a demonstrator on my team. Click the Contact button above to get started!

Check back for more Onstage convention fun!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Paper Crafting Blog Hop Thinking of You


I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring Happy Birthday designs. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe are participating so we have a wide array of fun projects to share with you! You may have arrived from Sue McDonald’s blog across the pond in the United Kingdom. She had a fabulous project!

I have a special treat for you, guest designer is my Mom today! She loves to make candy bars for special events. The kind where fancy dishes are set out and filled all kinds of candy delights with tiny scoopers. The How Sweet It Is suite of products was at the top of her shopping list.


The Melon Mambo pin on the left side of the tag is an actual safety pin! We think it can be used to slip a ribbon through and attach to the top of the tags found in the Sweet Pins and Tags package (item number 148571 on page 15 of the Spring catalog in case you missed those). Mom adhered the pin with a rolled up glue dot.


After cutting out the treat jars from the How Sweet It Is designer series paper (item number 148568), the negatives were sitting on the counter. Mom decided to attach them to the inside of the card using Tombo liquid glue and stamp inside the negatives.


After Mom was done designing, I asked how her experience was. She said, omg, too much pressure! We were also in a time crunch since she was designing less than 24 hours until the blog hop go live time. She did a great though! Add a comment to let her know what you liked about her card. We will hop together and I’ll post her comments on the other blogs.

Thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to zoom to Tracy Held’s blog in Australia and see what fun project she designed.


Here is a list of hoppers in case you get off the trail…

Sue McDonald

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Tracy Held

Sue Boerner

Anastasia Radloff

Sandra Roberts

Katie Johnson

Sandy Ward

Terri Stewart

All the supplies used can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the host code found on the right side of my blog when ordering through my online store if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, don’t use the code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount? Join my Super Awesome Stampers Team for the best benefits! Click the Contact button above to get the conversation started.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

April Card Buffet You Are Invited

Would you like to join us to create a few hand stamped greeting cards? Wow your friends with your new found talent! Could be your new experience for the day. It could also be an experience you share with someone that may think they are not creative. The only requirement to asking your friends to attend with you is that you like to spend time with them:) I’ll teach them how to stamp in just a few minutes.

Projects will feature spring Occasions 2019 with current annual catalog goodies rounding out the designs. All projects will be springy and flowery because I am willing spring to arrive with my designs!

Card Buffet details:

Create 10 hand stamped greeting cards with all supplies cut according to the samples provided and tucked into the envelopes. You pick which designs to create and how many of each design from a buffet of options. Create 10 cards with envelopes for $20. Let me do the prep work for you! Add additional kits for $1 per kit.

I can provide adhesives for $5 extra or bring your own. I’ll have new packages of glue dots, dimensionals, liquid glue, tear n tape and SNAIL for cash and carry sale as well.

You are welcome to bring friends! A new friend that has not stamped with me before earns you an extra card kit. If you are a member of my Super Awesome Stampers team, you get an extra kit too.

Place an order during the event or using the host code listed found on the right side of this blog and receive an extra kit.

Session dates are Wednesday, April 24th, 1-3pm, Friday, April 26th, 9:30-11:30am and Saturday, April 27th, 9:30-11:30am. I can also schedule a private session for your group. Just ask!

Please bring a friend or 2 or 3! I’ll accommodate as many stampers as I can. I reserve the right to cancel the session if less than 3 stampers RSVP.

RSVP by April 22nd to reserve your spot and so I can have enough time to prepare kits for you. RSVP by clicking “Contact” above and let me know which day you prefer and how many in your party.

Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P.S. Guy themed Card Buffet session dates are Saturday, May 18th, 1-3pm, Tuesday, May 21st, 9:30-11:30am and Wednesday, May 22nd, 8:30-10:30am. RSVP today and save the date!

New Catalog Products Sneak Peek Make n Take Edition

Stampin’ Up! hosted demonstrators for an evening of Centrestage Leadership and a day of Onstage stamping fun during #minneapolisonstage2019. Other events were located around the world simultaneously. Click here for my Centrestage post. Click here to see the Prize Patrol post.

This post will contain the 5 make n takes we completed during Saturday’s all day event.







Our co-founder, Shelli Gardner, worked with designers to create the May Paper Pumpkin kit. It promises to be vintage inspired since that is Shelli’s style.




I had great table mates that worked together to open the sealed products, adhere stamps to blocks, pass the supplies to the right and clean and put away stamps. Great team work! Sadly, I did not get a photo with my table mates since we were kept busy from the 9am start time to just after 5pm. We even had make n take time over lunch.

If you would like to feature these sneak peek products at your upcoming paper crafting party with your friends, click the Contact button above to get the conversation started.

Thanks for enjoying stamping with me!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley




New Products Sneak Peek Prize Patrol!

Stampin’ Up! hosted demonstrators for an evening of Centrestage Leadership and a day of Onstage stamping fun during #minneapolisonstage2019. Other events were located around the world simultaneously.

Prize Patrol is highly anticipated after each main stage stamping presentation. I had button #5 and this was my prize. I love vintage inspired designs so this stamp set will provide me with hours of stamping fun!


Last prize for the day was the all attendee giveaway!



Check back in the morning for more #minneapolisonstage2019 fun!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley