Paper Crafting Blog Pumpkin Spice and a Jar


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 created with July to December catalog products to share with you. You may have arrived from Maureen’s blog. Hop all the way around using the Next buttons until you get back to me so you see it all!

It’s Pumpkin Spice season which is showcased in this pattern paper from the Rustic Harvest pack. Add a Hello There sentiment from the Nature’s Prints stamp set to a Jar punch for a focal point. The Brushed Brass Butterflies add a touch of whimsy.

The Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder adds background interest. The Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon completes the design.

Thanks for hopping with us each month. Now click on the next image to zoom to Sue’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!

Sue Boerner

Julia Quinn

Annette McMillan

Julia Mazur 

Tracy Held

Maureen Rauchfuss

If you do not already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would be happy to be yours. Order the products used in my project by clicking on the Shop Now button on the right side of my blog.

Ready to enjoy the demonstrator discount and the $99 Starter Kit offer along with the bonus offer of a bundle of new In Colors products? Click here for details on what Stampin’ Up! offers in your welcome kit and the bonus offer. Join my Super Awesome Stampers Team for the best benefits! I offer virtual support and snail mailed greeting cards and kits too.

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

Ghostly Halloween Kitty…Boo to You!

I decided to not invest in Halloween themed paper crafting options this year. Shocker, I know:0 We love Halloween (that’s me, my Mom and my sister Wendy). But I knew I would not have time to play with the items this year. So I instead looked around at what I had on hand to create a spooky card.

When I saw the Blackberry Beauty designer series paper in the catalog, I immediately thought this paper pack included 2 potential Halloween prints. Getting a package in my hand confirmed I have a good eye;) It was a fun challenge for me to use these prints and the Cat Punch to make a spooky Halloween black ghost cat.

I made 12 of these cards and have the twig looking paper left to make a few more. The Chalk Marker makes the spooky white eyes…

Here is a video showing how I created this hand stamped greeting card.

Order supplies to make this card through my online store here or click the product links below. Remove the host code BFUNJKRY if your order is over $150 (excluding shipping and tax) so you can redeem all the host rewards yourself. Make sure you remain shopping with me so I can reward you with an emailed pdf tutorial.

Cat Punch

Blackberry Beauty designer series paper

Stampin’ Chalk Marker

Vellum cardstock

Basic Black cardstock

Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon

Playful Alphabet die cut letters and numbers

Scoring Tool

Turtle Friends stamp set coordinating punch bundle (punch not used in the cat card)

Cute Stars Adhesive Backed Embellishments

Happy Halloween!

Super Spooky Shirley

Sugar Cookie Socials Continue in 2021

I love sugar cookies and always compare purchased cookies with my sister’s recipe. My sister recipe always wins! I follow her recipe when I bake my own but they never taste the same. I think it’s because she has a different terroir which is the countryside while I live in the city.

It’s tradition for my Mom and me to bake a batch to decorate for Halloween and then ugly sweater versions for the winter holiday season.

The ugly sweater versions started to make appearances during my January customer appreciation event. This year, I decided to move this event to December and host a zoom make and take social. Make and take packets were mailed out and much to my delight, stampers showed up to the zoom calls! It was such a good experience, I will be continuing this format.

The Sugar Cookie Socials will be held monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Attend either session 9-10am or 6-7pm central time. How do you get an invitation to join the social? Purchase at least $50 (excluding shipping and tax) using the host code listed on the right side of my blog (current code is EUNVSZHN). If your order is over $150, do not use a host code so you can spend all the host rewards yourself. Either method will earn you an invitation to join the social for that month and snail mailed make and take packets from me. Order early in the month so there is time for me to prep your kits and for them to make the journey from my mail box to yours:) The kits will change each month and the designs kept a secret. I’ll ship your kits and email you the zoom call links automatically after your qualifying order is placed.

Any questions? Click the Contact button on my blog to send me a note. Thank You!

Super Awesome Sugar Cookie Decorator Shirley Merker