A Evening of Paper Crafting Fun!

Shoebox Swap-001Is your new stack of Stampin’ Up! products calling you to create something fabulous and fun. How about sharing one of your creations at a Hand Stamped Greeting Card Shoebox Swap?

You cut the supplies for your greeting card enough times for everyone else to make it. Pack those supplies along with stamps, inks and any hardware needed for card completion into a shoebox sized container. Everyone else does the same thing as well.

Then, during the Shoebox Swap, go around to the stations and create each others’ fabulous projects. Everyone brings their own adhesives. You go home with lots of designs and good ideas to use current products.

Sound like a fun evening? Then join us on Tuesday, February 25th, 6-8pm. I’ll be in the room by 4pm so you are welcome to bring your dinner and use the time from 4-6pm as you wish for other cropping projects.

Please RSVP by February 10th by clicking the contact button. I’ll send you a confirmation email with more details and location information. The event will be in Sun Prairie.

I’ll relay the final participant count on February 11th on the Facebook group.

There is also a Facebook group to coordinate the events. Please PM me in Facebook to be added to the group.

Please note that all supplies need to be 100% Stampin’ Up! products found in the 2019-2020 annual catalog or Spring 2020 catalog. No Exceptions! If you need to order products, my online store is open 24/7 by clicking the Shop Now button. Please do not use Sale-A-Bration items or retired Stampin’ Up! products.

This event is open to Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and stampers that are serious about using Stampin’ Up! products because you need to use 100% current Stampin’ Up! products.

We can talk business while we work our way through making the projects. I’ll share a few items at the end of the event as well.

Please pack 2 sheets of stampin’ grid paper to protect your work area.

Card Design Rules:

use any colored cardstock for a card base, but please do not use whisper white

create a full card with a front and inside

use at least 2 layers of paper in addition to the card base

add a non paper embellishment or 2 or 3 (we love embellies!)

use ribbon

use dies, punches, embossing folders in any combination

envelopes do not need to be included but can be used to make kits for easier assembly

Use lots of products and colors to showcase what our catalogs offer and your design will be great!

There is no cost to this event other than your time in designing a fabulous card, preparing the supplies and the time at the event.

Have any questions about the event or the card design? Please ask by clicking Contact above. Thanks and looking forward to creating your shoebox design!

Super Awesome Shirley

Fall Fling Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Gathering


Would you like to enjoy a day with other Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, stamping fabulous projects, talking about the latest products and sharing business tips? Fall Fling is Saturday, September 15th, 9am-4:30pm in Sun Prairie. Sun Prairie is located about 10 minutes from the east side of Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

The morning activity is a shoebox swap. You design a card and then prepare card kits so that other demonstrators at the event stamp and assemble your kits. Everyone else prepares kits too. We pass the supplies used for assembling the kits in shoebox sized containers. Thus, it is called a shoebox swap.

Lunch is through a group Jimmy John’s order or bring your own. Link will be provided closer to the event date.

The afternoon activities include make-n-takes which you only need to provide your adhesives for and demonstrations which you get to sit back and watch.  The day ends with business talks.

Early bird registration closes on August 16th with all registration closing on August 23rd so we have enough time to prepare our projects.

Swaps are tracked through a Doodle poll. Click here to register your swaps.

Please click the Contact button above to request a registration form and to RSVP.

Thanks and hope to stamp with you then!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley


The Single Lady

Judy Arawinko did a nice job designing this hand stamped greeting card for our shoebox swap. She added the new glimmer enamel shapes to the inside, layered with pool party cardstock, sentiment. The single lady is first stamped on the card base and also stamped on the Delightful Daisy designer series paper. Her dress and hat are fussy cut from the dsp and popped up from the card base using new mini-dimensionals. The single lady is from the stamp set Beautiful You.

You are in luck because starting October 1st, select designer series paper is part of the buy 3, get 1 free sale and the Delightful Daisy dsp is part of the sale!

If you would like to place an order to take advantage of the sale, order on October 1st and please use host code VBM3YAGE. My online store is open 24/7 by clicking on these words. Thanks for your order!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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A Harvest without all the sneezing

The temperature outside has been creeping up to 90 degrees for several days. I have been hibernating in my house but yesterday thought I would take advantage of the warmer day and started with the garden and yard clean up. Up went some of the tomatoes and the viney pumpkin and gourd plants that had already not liked the cooler overnight temperatures. I took into the house tomatoes and cucumbers I had missed plucking earlier in the week. Those cukes were good with some hummus for a light meal!

As I looked down on my shoes which had been increasingly covered in really rust pollen as I walked through the grass, I thought I would be happy to get inside for an afternoon with the Painted Harvest suite to cool off and enjoy a harvest that will not make me sneeze!

The Painted Harvest bundle includes the Painted Harvest stamp set and leaf punch that you can order at my online store here: click here for online store  The samples in the next few photos were created by home office staff and shared in our holiday catalog.

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Fellow demonstrator Deb Geier created this card to share during our shoebox swap at our all demo meeting.


Lynn Schwiebert created this scrapbook layout that she shared on the display table.


Painted Autumn designer series paper is part of the Painted Harvest suite. Which pattern is your favorite? Mine is the multi colored branches on the fair left. Multi colored patterns means instant pop without effort. Quick, easy and fabulous!

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What will you create with your Painted Harvest bundle that won’t make you sneeze? Add a comment with your ideas.

Super Awesome Sneezer Shirley

I Spy Shimmer and Shine

Let’s play a game of noticing which similar products are used on these cards to achieve different looks. Will you play along? Get your spectacles on for I Spy!

I spy 2 different embossing folders: pinewood plank and woodland.

I spy framelits: layering squares, ovals and circles, seasonal layers and eclectic layers.

I spy foil sheets: copper and champagne which shimmer and shine.

I spy stamp sets: Basket of Wishes, Paisleys and Posies and Colorful Seasons.

I spy ribbons: 1/4 inch copper trim and linen thread.

I spy cardstock in colors: early espresso, soft suede, pumpkin pie, very vanilla, crumb cake.

Do you spy two products not used on both cards? The pretty label punch is a new product in our annual catalog. The watercolor pencils were first introduced in the spring catalog so are newish.

These cards were shoebox swaps from our demonstrator meeting that was last Saturday. Angela Bickett designed the “blessed” card. Lori Verdon designed the thinking of you card. My guess is that they never dreamed their cards would be used for a game of I Spy!

Order supplies to recreate these cards at my website here.

Have a nice weekend!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley