Life’s too short to say No to Cake!

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Life’s too short to say No to Cake! I agree! A slice from Carl’s Cakes makes the day better. I love the mocha flavor. Mom and I get a cake at every chance. I’ll be bringing apricot hazelnut to celebrate her birthday the next time I visit.

I designed the flirty flamingo greeting card version above to share at the February Card Buffet. My sister baked a cake for her husband so I designed the balmy blue and silver foil version and got it in the mail quick!

Would you like to stamp a few of these cards at the Card Buffet? The session is Thursday, February 21st, 9:30am. Full details are in this blog post.

Please click the contact button to RSVP so I will prepare kits for you. I’ll reply back with confirmation that I received your RSVP with a few more details.

Hope to stamp with you on Thursday!

Super Awesome Card Buffeter Shirley

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With Love, From Cattail Retreat

Our Cattail weekend retreat has ended. The projects worked on will be around for a good, long time. Quilt tops sewn, sun dress (and accessories planned) for a little granddaughter was stitched, photos scrapbooked (yes, actual paper copies, not digital ones!) and a new hobby was learned, paper piecing fabric to make mini works of art.

The food started with this…coconut mango cherry dream with fresh whipped topping…

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Saturday lunch was pheasant wild rice soup, taco dip and sandwiches with tiramisu. Saturday dinner was chicken enchiladas, refried beans, rice and chocolate pudding layer cake which was frozen so it was like an ice cream treat. Sunday is leftover day plus bonus chocolate cake. Plus samples of Nessalla hibiscus cardamom ginger kombucha and home brew peach kombucha and moscato. All very delicious!

Pillow gifts…fabric bowls with truffles from Dawn, hearts themed potholder (too nice to use this way, it will be a table center piece for a bit), pillow box from me compliments of Paper Pumpkin.

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My new experience for the weekend was Dawn teaching me how to paper piece quilt blocks. The teapot took about 6 hours but took breaks and had dinner in that time too. The teacup (not pictured) took about 90 minutes the next day including a sewing machine tune up with Pauline’s help.

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Dawn worked on her dresden pattern…

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The scrapbooking girls..Jeanette, me and Tiffany. Tiffany zoomed home first thing this morning due to the snowy weather. She got home in good time but Jeanette was slowed by the weather.

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We had a fun and productive weekend making memories in a country setting. Looking forward to next time when we just have the August heat to contend with!

Click here for a tour of the retreat house starting in the craft room. I filmed the video in Facebook so add a comment if you are able to view it. This is the first time I tried sharing a Facebook Live video to my blog.

Super Awesome Weekend Getawayer Shirley

 

ICS Blog Hop It’s a Love Thing

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Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase wedding, anniversary or Valentine’s day cards. You may have arrived from Deb Naylor’s blog and her fabulous project. My project is below.

The Be Mine Stitched framelits has 16 dies to select from. I used 5 of the 16 options. The open heart swag created lots of mini hearts to decorate the card with. The flirty flamingo patterned hearts are cut from the All My Love dsp using the Be Mine Stitched framelits.

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Use our Heart Epoxy Droplets to create easy bubbles over the mini hearts. A Petal Pink Frosted Flower Embellishment adds balance to the design. A snippet of each of the ribbons in the All My Love ribbon combo pack adds structure.

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All the supplies used…

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Please leave a comment and let me know what you like about my card.

Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Cynthia McQueen’s blog to see her fabulous project.

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ICS Blog Hop It’s Time to Sale-A-Brate

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Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase Sale-a-bration 2019 products. You may have arrived from Deb Naylor’s blog and her fabulous project. My project is below.

The frogs from the So Hoppy Together stamp set have been calling to me. That’s unusual because coloring is not my favorite technique. But I envisioned shades of green on my go get ‘er frog so coloring I did.

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I started by stamping the frog with jet black Staz On ink on watercolor paper. Then a blender pen pick up a little bit of garden green ink and filled in the darker parts of the frog. The second, lighter shade was Pear Pizzazz and filled in the tummy and face.

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Real red lips were drawn using stampin’ write marker. Daffodil delight stampin’ write marker filled in the eyeballs.

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See the epoxy hearts above? There are 2, one for the froggy heart and one on the Sale-a-bration organdy ribbon. Punch a heart from granny apple green cardstock using the brand new Dog Builder punch and place behind the epoxy heart so it stands out.

All the supplies used…

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You have one last day to order the Beautiful Blizzard stamp set. I used the blobby looking stamp to create depth with the daffodil delight ink under the bike part of the stamp.

Please leave a comment and let me know if the new Dog Builder punch is on your shopping list!

Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Audra Monk’s blog to see her fabulous project.

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Ink, Stamp and Share New Year Color Challenge

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Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring projects designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators and me. This month, we are featuring a color challenge using the colors in the graphic. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Sandrine’s blog and her fabulous project.

I decided to continue with a winter theme by using Spirited Snowman and Beautiful Blizzard stamp sets.

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Negatives from using the Blizzard Thinlets die were collecting on my table. So I placed it over a 4×5.25 inch piece of daffodil delight cardstock that had been run through the Big Shot using the Subtles embossing folder. I sponged Pacific Point ink through the snowflakes.

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and voila! a subtle snowflake print in the color challenge colors.

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All the supplies used…

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Thanks for stopping at my blog! Now click the next image to hop to Jacqueline’s blog to see what fabulous project she designed.

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Here is a list of the participating demonstrators in case you hop off the trail.

Laura Mackie

Tricia Butts

Sandra Roberts

Deb Naylor

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Janey Backer

Linda Handford

Sandrine Jse

Shirley Merker YOU ARE HERE!

Jacqueline Bobeldijk-Schilder

Jo Blackman

If you do not already have a demonstrator, all the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here . Please use the host code in the right column of my blog if your order is under $150. If it is over $150, do not use the host code so you can redeem all the host rewards.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley