#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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ICS Blog Hop Another Wonderful Year


Thank you for hopping around with us as we showcase designer series paper that is part of the buy 3, get 1 free sale. You may have arrived from Karie’s blog. She had a great project.

I decided to use the Garden Impressions package because of the vibrant color schemes that virtually create a card on their own. To enjoy both sides of the paper, custom fold over a few pleats and “seal” them with our new Faceted Dots. The dots really do catch in the light showing off their facets.

The layered leaves embossing folder was used on the powder pink card base and also the envelope flap.

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The supplies used along with powder pink and grapefruit grove cardstock. I see I omitted the flower framelit used to “seal” a flap from the Springtime Impressions framelits collection.

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Thank you for hopping with us. Now click on the next image below to travel to Terri’s blog to see what fun colors she used in her project.


Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop Broadway Star


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up 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 with you on how to use this June Paper Pumpkin kit, Broadway Star. You may have arrived from Deb’s blog. She had a great project! Here is what I designed…

Party favors and small gift packaging are items I frequently use. It is easy to transform the supplies from a Paper Pumpkin kit from the original project to treat toppers and acetate box inserts.

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Where is the color coordinating candy? I was thinking of fun stixs but Jim was the one that did the grocery shopping this week. Had I asked him to locate lemon lime twist colored fun stixs, you can imagine his response. So my 2×8 inch cello bags remain empty for now.

The Hooray card is inside an acetate card box. The card serves as fun decoration but is also functional since I will include an envelope for the card. About 5 cards with envelopes or small gifts like jewelry, chocolates or even lemon lime twist fun stixs can fit inside the box. 🙂

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Karie’s blog to see what she designed.



Ink and Share Blog Hop Sunny Days


Welcome to our Ink and Share Blog Hop featuring summer themed projects made with Stampin’ Up! products designed by fellow Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrators. If you are hopping around, you have arrived from Cindy’s blog and her fabulous project. My hop design is below.

I created this greeting card on the Summer Solstice while it was raining outside. Sunny days are surely ahead, at least in someone’s mailbox anyway!

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I used the largest Stitched Shapes oval framelit to cap the top of the focal point to mimic the banner shape in the stamp. I used about a third along the longest side of the framelit to create the cap.

Stampin’ n write markers were used to color the images. Whisper white thick cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the ruffled embossing folder to create a little interest. Mats in flirty flamingo and daffodil delight cardstock complete a pink lemonade look.

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All the supplies used…The birds were singing by the time I finished writing this post so maybe the rain will give away to a sunny day!

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Now click the next image to hop to Ginger’s blog to see what summer themed project she designed.


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 host code QV2D4WCD 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

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

Happy Birthday Aunt Dollie!

My Mom’s sister celebrated 80 years of good living with a surprise party at her favorite neice’s house. Aunt Dollie likes to color images for focal points on her greeting cards. Since I have stacks of stamp sets, I decided to stamp 80 images that she can color to her hearts content.


There are 2 of each image stamped with Memento ink pad, a mix of retired and current images. If she does not like the color combination she picked for the first image, she can change up the colors for the second image.


I used a card exchange card and color coordinated with a Paper Pumpkin box to gift the images in. A simple and complete package that was quick to assemble.



Happy 80th Birthday Aunt Dollie!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley