Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop Masculine Themes


Welcome to the Masculine themed Ink and Share Scrapbook Blog Hop. We are Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators showcasing our fabulous products on scrapbook pages. If you are on the hop trail, you may have arrived from Cheryl Taylor’s blog. She had a great layout!

My page has lots of movement from the ruffled balmy blue water to the Tranquil Textures designer series paper to the fish jumping off the page.

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supplies used…these images are perfect for coloring using your favorite medium too.

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Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you like about my layout by leaving a comment.

Now click on the next photo to see what Jacqui Lawrence has created.


Below is a list of the participating demonstrators:

If you don’t already have an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, click the Contact button above. Let me know if you are interested in scrapbooking events, greeting cards, retreats or anything else paper crafting.

All products can be ordered through my online store here. Please use the monthly host code found on the right side of my blog when placing an order under $150. Don’t use the host code if your order is over $150 so you can redeem all the host rewards. Thanks!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop Poppin’ Birthday


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop! We are fans of this monthly crafting kit. Follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as designed, or use the supplies as a starting point to let your creativity run wild.

On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas on how to use the March Paper Pumpkin kit, Sentimental Rose, in alternate projects. You may have arrived from Janey Backer’s blog. She had a great project!

What to do with the stamps after the original kits contents are depleted? This month, I carefully opened the box and slipped only the stamp set out. I did not want my designing mojo to be influenced by the suggested designs included with the kit.

I started plucking pieces from my sniblets pile, added the Layered Leaves embossing folder to the crumb cake card base, daubed on Wink of Stella and crumpled up the fussy cut rose because it was just too flat looking (and that is just the kind of day I am having, a good busy but I am not going to get it all done before the clock strikes midnight!).

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Uncrumple the rose and voila!, came up with this idea…

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close up, uncrumpled…

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all the supplies used…

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in case you want to see the Stampin’ Up! fast motion video using the original kit contents…


Thank you for joining us as we share the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin. Now hop over to Lisa Kmiec’s blog to see what she designed.




My Onstage Swaps

A highly anticipated activity when demonstrators gather is swapping. I knew my time leading up to Onstage convention was tight so I did not sign up for any swaps.

A day before departure, I realized I had some Card Buffet kits that just needed assembly. I brought 7 cards to swap and came back with 5. That math is a little off but I gave 2 of them to worthy demonstrators. Maybe they will snail mail me a card instead? I can only hope for happy mail:)

Here is the card I created…



I used sponge daubers for quick and easy coloring. Plus, the puppy needs to look fluffy so sponging was the best coloring option for this outcome. The stamp set Bella and Friends is being retired at the end of May. So order yours today from me!


These are the swaps I received in exchange from fellow demonstrators…


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!

Scroll to my previous blog posts to catch the rest of the Onstage convention story!

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!