#sunprairiestrong Life changes in an Instant

A week ago this time, Sun Prairie was just waking up and the days’ bustle was getting started. Morning walks were being taken, toast being served and minds were getting ready to work.

I had 3 greeting card sessions that day followed by volunteering at Gilda’s Club as kitchen host with an alumni Girl Scout troop. It was a busy day for me.

My last task for the day was to deliver a product order to DeForest on my way back from Gilda’s in Middleton. I head east, then north and then south to home. On my journey south, the sky was filled with black smoke that grew larger the closer I got to home.

My initial thought is that is not good; I hope no one is hurt. The smoke seems to be over PAC, close to where I live. As I change direction, I can see it is further south and east. I arrive home with neighbors outside looking around. Jim said the house rattled but sounded different than the garage door and my car. When I did not enter the house, he checked the garage to see I was not home so he knew it was something else.

As the events unfolded, we learned of the destruction and the price paid from the fallen firefighter. Life changes in an instant.

We were asked to stay away from the area so emergency workers could do their job. I had a senior living session at a community that is just inside the evacuation zone on Wednesday morning. I knew the residents were back in their community so I packed my supply tub light in case I had to walk in. I was able to park in their lot with the police barricade just beyond the driveway. Residents were so appreciative that I held the session. It made such a difference to their day that I was there. I like to think I make a difference during every other session too. Insert smiley emoji here:)

It’s been a week since since that day when life changed in an instant for many. Businesses are boarded, fences up to maintain a parameter around the zone and a final farewell for the firefighter was done.

Sun Prairie is taking steps to help those affected with #sunprairiestrong support. As I was reading about how other businesses and people were raising funds, I have an idea how my business can help with Cards for a Cause. I already have a Card Buffet on my schedule for this Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm and Monday, July 23rd, 9-11am. Anyone that places an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store can stop in during Card Buffet hours and hand stamp a greeting card on me. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. In addition, each guest that pays for the Card Buffet will have $5 of their $20 fee donated. The donation will be made to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

If you plan to stop in during buffet hours to hand stamp a free greeting card for placing an online order as directed above or want to reserve a spot at the buffet to stamp 10 greetings cards for $20, please click on Contact above to let me know you are attending so I can have a card kit(s) ready for you. Let me know in the comment section the best way to relay my address to you so you can find my house where the event is being held. I live just north of PAC.

I look forward to meeting you at the buffet to help others after their Life Changes in an Instant.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Card Buffet in One Week, You Are Invited!

This time next week you could be arriving at my house to hand stamp your own greeting cards from a buffet of options including this one.

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There will be other fabulous, one of a kind designs as well in summery colors. Blackberry Bliss will be in the line up too:)

Sessions are Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm or Monday, July 23rd, 9-11am in air conditioned coolness (if needed) at my house. I set up tables in my front room so you only have to navigate 2 steps into my house.

Create 10 cards with envelopes for $20. 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. Orders can be placed for these items too.

Please RSVP if you can make either session by 8am on Thursday, July 19th by clicking Contact above. If you see this post after the deadline but still want to attend, please contact me because I may be able to save a spot for you.

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.

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

July Card Buffet Invitation

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TGIF! It is a gorgeous day here in Wisconsin. No air conditioning needed and birds are pleasantly chirping. The neighbor cats must be indoors, haha!

This is your invitation to hand stamp a stack of greeting cards at the July Card Buffet. The line up will include 1 winter design plus assorted summery designs. Event fine print follows:

Sessions are Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm or Monday, July 23rd, 9-11am in air conditioned coolness (if needed) at my house. I set up tables in my front room so you only have to navigate 2 steps into my house.

Create 10 cards with envelopes for $20. 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.

Please RSVP if you can make either session by 8am on Thursday, July 19th by clicking Contact above. If you see this post after the deadline but still want to attend, please contact me because I may be able to save a spot for you.

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.

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

Patriotic Blog Hop

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I hope you are enjoying our Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop featuring projects that are patriotic to the country the demonstrator lives in. Fellow demonstrators from all over the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada are participating so we have a wide array of fun projects to share with you! You may have arrived from Sandra Robert’s blog. She had a fabulous project!

It’s strawberry season in my area. I have not picked any berries yet and missed the opportunity to purchase from a local stand while up north this weekend. If you are reading this while enjoying some berries from your local stand, add a comment about your picking, preserving and eating adventures!

Since strawberries have one of the colors that is considered patriotic to my country, I thought a strawberry card would be a unique twist for our patriotic themed blog hop. Red, white and blue are considered patriotic colors for my country in the United States of America.

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The banner was created using our triple banner punch. The top of the banner needed a little something so the real red piece that was cut off using the punch was attached to the top of the banner.

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The supplies used to create this hand stamped greeting card…

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Please add a comment about your own strawberry adventures!

 

Thanks for hopping with us. Now click on the next image to zoom to Anastasia Radloff’s blog to see what fun ideas she designed.

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All the supplies used in my design can be ordered through my online store here.

If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would be happy to have you join my Super Awesome Stampers team. Click Contact above to get the conversation started. Thanks!

In case you need to hop back on the trail, here is a list of blog hop demonstrators:

Shirley Merker, US  YOU ARE HERE!

Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop You are My Anchor

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Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use this April Paper Pumpkin kit: You are My Anchor.

I decided to use the stamps and baker’s twine included in the kit to create this hand stamped greeting card and matching envelope. Use the custom fold down technique to add interest to the Picture Perfect Party designer series paper. Glitter enamel shapes provide the anchor for the fold down.

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The Adventure Awaits sentiment was cut using the rolling pin from the Apron Builder framelit set. Yes, those are brand new cutting pads. They are so clear and smooth feeling. You get to witness the first cut! I decided to treat myself to new plates since my old pairs were pretty worn.

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Close up of the front and inside of the card…

Additional supplies used not included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

5 2018ppbloghop2-001 Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Twila’s blog to see her fun creation.

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Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. NEW subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE to subscribe with me as your demonstrator. Please use promo code SAVEFIFTY0418 otherwise you won’t receive the discount.