Paper Crafting Blog Hop Gingerbread and Peppermint


Welcome to our Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all over the globe including the USA, United Kingdom and Australia. We have a wide array of projects to share with you featuring December Holidays. You may have arrived from Maureen’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

The Gingerbread and Peppermint Suite has lots of options. Select just a few items or get the whole lot! I used the Gingerbread and Peppermint patterned pack to create a dramatic back drop for my merry message. Three die cut shapes from the Pillowbox Dies were used on the card. Can you find all three?

The tag “ribbon” is actually a scrap of real red cardstock for something a little different.

My Youtube video shows how to use the long tag to create the fancy edge on the Real Red cardstock.

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


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

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Tracy Held

Annette McMillan

Julia Quinn

Terri Stewart

Joy Nelson  

Sandy Ward

Maureen Rauchfuss

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount and the $75 Starter Kit offer? Join my Super Awesome Stampers Team for the best benefits! Click here for details on what Stampin’ Up! offers in your welcome kit. The $75 Starter Kit offer ends on November 30th. Details on this offer are found by clicking here.

All the supplies to create this hand stamped greeting card 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

If you like cats and dogs, the new Sweet Stockings bundle is for you! In rich holiday tones, our favorite pets are paired with stockings, gift boxes and even a fish bowl! I decided to feature the grumpy kitty in this design…not happy with being stuffed in a stocking…

The stitched rectangular shapes was actually created using the banner die from the Sweet Stockings die set. Run it through the Cut and Emboss machine to get this piece.

Then flip the die around and “lock” the stitching. Run it through the Cut and Emboss machine a second time to get the stitching around the entire piece.

Here is what is included in the Sweet Stockings Suite…

Here are the patterns featured in the designer series paper pack…the kitty with the antlers looks a little cross too;)

To order the Sweet Stockings suite or just the paper, click on the previous words or images above. You can also order the rest of the individual items in the suite as well.

Thanks for stopping in today!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

Good Morning Beautiful

As I write this post, Jim Brickman is playing his piano song “Good Morning Beautiful.” It’s a catchy tune that brings in a new day and amplifies the shining sun. I have lots on my schedule for today so need the extra peppy sun to help me through my day.

First up today is writing this post and officially declaring Christmas Holiday 2019 paper crafting done! All senior sessions have been held, neighbor cards have been delivered and greeting cards being sent near and far are on the postal trucks.

The volume of supplies I use around this time of year are fun numbers for me. This is just my best guess for the supplies used for the senior sessions as I tried to keep count while preparing supplies continually during the season.

I could probably make a 12 days of Christmas song out of it, maybe next year!

1000 red rhinestones

600 tied bows

420 holiday rhinestones

200 punched bows

46 rubber bands

36 sheets of designer series paper

28 packages of envelopes

24 packages of colored cardstock

6 packages of whisper white

5 packages Night Before Christmas paper

3 packages of glue dots

and lots of glue sticks!

I prepared 1114 kits for the seniors to assemble with all these supplies. That’s a lot of seniors I visited during the holiday season! Here is a sampling of the designs shared at the sessions.

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Wishing you a fun holiday week. Let the Scrabble games begin!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

970 holiday cards is the official count

I thought it would be fun last year to keep count of the number of holiday cards that went through my hands and out to the world. I shared the result in this blog post here. The number from last year was 901 in case you skip the original post.

I remembered a little late in the season this year that I should have been keeping track of the number of kits prepared so I could compare it to last year’s number. So my best guess for the 2019 Christmas holiday gift card shuffle is 970! This includes kits I share at senior living communities, kits prepared for Card Buffet guests and cards I create and assemble on my own.

For the numbers people, this includes:

485 pieces of cardstock scored and cut in half for card bases

162 pieces of 8.5×11 inch whisper white cut into 6 pieces to line the inside of the card

36 pieces designer series paper for card fronts

bins of holiday themed punched images with dimensionals for adhering

25 packages of whisper white envelopes

3 packages of real red rhinestones

all the red ribbon I had for bows or embellishments!

I love to design and prepare kits to share with others so the holiday season is fun for me.

Here is a photo of my personal, last session before the cards went out the door. I try to match the card theme with the people getting the card. Hope you like the design I sent you!


Last, our Christmas Eve Scrabble board…Mom won of course. She works a strategy to use as many of the colored squares as possible. Always a fun game!


Hope you had a nice holiday! Catch you in 2019!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


Christmas Greeting Card Buffet

You are invited to create 10 hand stamped Christmas 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.

The buffet will be by pre-order only. Pre-order is due with your rsvp so I can have your kits ready for you. Please RSVP with your pre-order by Wednesday, December 5th, 8am by clicking Contact above.

Please pre-order designs as ornament, santa or tidings.

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Please pre-order as snowpeeps, merry and bright, reindeer and tis the sweet season. Note that Be Jolly with the candy cane is sold out. But I’ll have the candy cane stamp and punch available to use on the “tis the sweet season” card.

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In addition, these autumn kits will be available for $1 each as Take-n-Makes, while supplies last. You take them with you to stamp using your supplies. From upper left: leaf punch, crumb cake leaves, harvest blessings and witch.

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Additional details:

I can provide adhesives for $3 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 both 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 December host code (to be published on December 1st) and receive an extra kit.

I reserve the right to cancel the session if less than 3 stampers RSVP. So please invite your friends!

Hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley